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Brendan McCaskey

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: And the Winners Are....

    Twenty chefs, hundreds of people, and thousands of caramels -- Smeeks and Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013, held Friday night at Biltmore Fashion Park, was (if we say so ourselves) the biggest and best yet. Stay tuned this week for a complete caramel play-by-play by judge JK Grence, who writes Cho ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013
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    February 28, 2013
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    November 5, 2012

    Pie Social 2012: The Winners

    Good morning! Has your sugar hangover worn off yet??? Thanks to the hundreds of folks who came out Saturday afternoon for the third annual Chow Bella/Roosevelt Row Pie Social. From the bright sunshine to Tobie Milford's music to spontaneous swing dancing on the grass, it was a lovely day. Oh yes, ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Digesting Caramelpalooza: A Judge's View

    Last Friday night, Smeeks hosted Chow Bella's 3rd Annual Caramelpalooza, and phew, that was a TON of caramel. As author of the blog's Dessert First series, I was asked to be one of five judges. Thanks to all of the ice cream/candy/cookie/popcorn/paleta makers for bringing their creativity to the t ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

    Hundreds of you came out to lick, crunch, chew and otherwise gobble caramel confections prepared by 18 of the Valley's finest chefs Friday night, all part of the third annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Smeeks and Chow Bella. We might be a little biased, but we think it was our best 'palooza ye ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Brendan McCaskey: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

      ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Brendan McCaskey. Brendan McCaskey tells Chow Bella he "lives downtown, and loves downtown!" A Scottsdale C ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Making Terrariums with The GROWop's Kenny Barrett and Joshua Hahn

    ​Kenny Barrett's no stranger to dirt and a few plants. The local creative and one of the founders of the Roosevelt Growhouse and the GROWop in downtown Phoenix spends most of his time tending to the boutique/urban garden's produce and managing Valley of the Sunflowers, the two-acre lot-revitalizat ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    A Sneak Peek at Frances Studio's Holiday Pop-Up

    For months, the creative minds behind ​Smeeks, Frances, and the new Frances Studio on Camelback Road and Central Avenue Studio, have been scoping out holiday decorations and gifts and stockpiling their found treasures. And this Friday, we get to snatch them up. Owner Georganne Bryant says tha ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: A Sticky Situation

    Jonathan McNamara​Last Friday, locals craving a sugar rush lined up in the parking lot of Smeeks at Central and Camelback roads for Chow Bella's second Caramelpalooza event. The judging is over, and a favorite was selected by both the audience and a judging panel -- Essence Bakery's deliciou ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: The Results Are In

    Jonathan McNamaraYes, that's a peanut butter and jelly caramel. ​The competition got sticky Friday night at the second annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Chow Bella and Smeeks. We're not sure of the exact head count -- beyond the fact that the line wrapped around the block -- but we do know th ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Brendan McCaskey: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​Today's caramel-maker is Brendan McCaskey. As he puts it, Brendan is an avid downtowner, candy fanatic, and part-time Smeeks employee whose style is a little Ina Garten, a lot Amy Atlas. He's conquered the traditional cupcake and an occasional tart, and says he's been scoping out th ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011 Candymakers Announced!

      ​ We can already tell that this competition is going to be sticky. Chow Bella and Smeeks are proud to announce the line-up of candymakers for Caramelpalooza 2011 -- a free, open-to-the-public caramel tasting to be held Friday, March 11, at 7 pm in the parking lot at Smeeks candy store ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Brendan McCaskey, What Are You Baking?

    courtesy of Brendan McCaskey​Even if your oven sits cold all year, chances are you're considering firing it up, right about now. As a holiday twist on our "What Are You Eating?" feature on Chow Bella and "What Are You Wearing?" on Jackalope Ranch, for the next few weeks we'll be bringing you ... More >>

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