Charleen Badman

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    September 24, 2014

    Roasted Tomatoes from FnB: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in August

    Many restaurants are getting ready to reopen for the fall season, which means we can get ready to see a whole slew of new fall menus. And while I'm excited to see what's coming down the bend, I'll be sad to see some of my favorite summer dishes fall off menus until next year. This month's best eats ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    James Beard Foundation's Taste America Comes to Phoenix Next Week -- Here's the Menu

    Next week seven of the Valley's best chefs will come together for a dinner event that's sure to have any food lover brimming with joy. Chefs Silvana Salcida Esparza, Paul McCabe, Charleen Badman, Josh Hebert, Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso, and Kevin Binkley will be joined by chef Sherry Yard of Helms Ba ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    March 20, 2014

    James Beard Finalists Are Mostly Men (Not Surprisingly), But Women Made a Stronger Showing This Year

    Eater just released a series of infographics showing the gender of finalists and semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Awards. We aren't shocked that finalists are 72% male, but, more interestingly, the 27% female showing on the finalist list is the highest percentage since 2009. While Phoenix's fe ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Vegetable Literacy For Thanksgiving Saturday, November 23 Any good host or hostess knows that sides are no mere back up singers to the giant, golden turkey on the Thanksgiving table. They're stars, too. But serving the perfect side dishes means dealing with vegetables, which can be a make or break ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    The Persimmon: Where to Get It, What to Do with It

    Persimmons are the "hot" fruit. You can look for them this time of year at a few farmers markets, including the Old Town Farmers Market in Scottsdale. That's great because they're pretty to look at and in season, but, um, what do you do with them? Don't worry. We're here.

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    September 27, 2013

    FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale: Wine Tasting, Chef-Farmer Lunch, and Sunday Brunch Series Kick Off This Fall

    There's always something good cooking at FnB Restaurant in Scottsdale, and that includes the three dining and drinking series the restaurant is kicking off this fall. Owner and front-of-the-house host extraordinaire Pavle Millic has rounded up a group of "grape geeks" for a Late Night Winos Tastin ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Sharon Salomon's 5 Best Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? And who better to begin with than writer and dietitian Sharon Salomon? After all, how man ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    FnB's Charleen Badman to Host Chinese Pop Up Beer Pairing

    Remember the giant shitstorm early last summer, when Pavle Milic of FnB innocently asked his Facebook buds which restaurant he should take his mom to for great fried rice? You'd have thought Western Civilization depended on the answer, as people stridently defended their positions on New York-style ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

    If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes che ... More >>

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    March 2, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    February 26, 2013

    Charleen Badman: On Male Chefs, Cooking for Famous People, and the Irrelevance of Her Lady Parts

    This is part two of my interview with Charleen Badman, chef and co-owner of FnB, AZ Wine Merchants and Bodega. If you missed part one, in which Badman praised Lori Hashimoto, described her first meeting with Chris Bianco's mom, and talked about the kitchen phrase she hates, read it here. See also: ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Charleen Badman: On Lori Hashimoto, Chris Bianco's Mom, and the Kitchen Phrase That Gets Under Her Skin

    Charleen Badman FnB 7125 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 31, Scottsdale 480-284-4777, See also: -- Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic to Open FnB on Craftsman Court on Tuesday -- FnB's Charleen Badman Tells Food & Wine Her Favorite Places to Eat, Shop and Sleep in the Valley -- 15 Met ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    FnB's Charleen Badman Tells Food & Wine Her Favorite Places to Eat, Shop, & Sleep in the Valley

    Legendary Valley chef Charleen Badman of FnB, her Scottsdale restaurant she owns with partner Pavel Milic, is no stranger to the spotlight. See also: Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic to Open FnB on Craftsman Court and Tastemakers 2012 - Charleen Badman So not surprisingly, the Arizona native and a ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic to Open FnB on Craftsman Court on Tuesday

    Chef-owner Charleen Badman and her suavecito, front-of-the-house partner Pavle Milic served their last supper at the original FnB on Stetson Drive on New Year's Eve. And now they're getting everything organized and spiffed up for a Tuesday opening (that's tomorrow, January 8) at their Craftsman Cou ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    "Run for Wine" in 2013

    You might think running and fine food and wine don't mix. You think "runners" typically survive on power bars and coconut water, right? Well, apparently the owners of FnB, Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic, are both active (if you follow Milic on social media you know all about his running habits) and ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Peter Kasperski Considers Using FnB Name in San Diego

    FnB fans were all atwitter 10 days ago after news broke that Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic were leaving Stetson Drive to move their beloved restaurant over to Craftsman Court. See also: - FnB's Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic Leave Stetson Drive for Craftsman Court - Cowboy Ciao Files for Bankr ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Results of Last Night's Fried Chicken Throw Down Between Noca and FnB

    Last night was the EPIC Fried Chicken Throw Down between Noca and FnB, held at Noca -- which, it could be argued, makes for home field advantage, but never mind. No one here is suggesting fowl play. See also: Nine Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix The hype leading up to this blitzk ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Win FnB's October Instagram Contest, Fly to Rabbit Island for Brunch Prepared by Charleen Badman

    If you have ever dreamed of taking a private seaplane to an island just to have lunch, we have news for you. Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman of FnB in Scottsdale are holding a contest this month for their Instagram followers that could make this fantasy a reality. See also: - Pavle Milic & Charl ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    FnB and Noca Create Goofy Promo Video for Upcoming Fried Chicken Throwdown

    Never mind that the Fried Chicken Throwdown scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at Noca is very nearly sold out. The two contenders -- in one corner, Charleen Badman of FnB, and in the other, a possibly reluctant Claudio Urciuoli of Noca -- and their backup men (namely Eliot Wexler of Noca and Pavle Mi ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Badman and Milic Move the Bodega into AZ Wine Merchants

    See also: AZ Wine Merchants Included in Food & Wine's "25 Best Places to Drink Wine Now" See also: Blind Tasting at FnB Proves AZ Blush Wines Hold Their Own Against World's Great Rosés If you're planning to pop into Charleen Badman's and Pavle Milic's Bodega in Old Town to grab some farm-fresh egg ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Battle of The Butterscotch Pudding: Baratin vs Frank & Albert's

    See Also: Tastemakers 2012: Charleen Badman See Also: S'Mores Smackdown: Frank & Albert's vs. Beckett's Table The dessert that I hounded my mother for the most when I was a kid wasn't chocolate chip cookies or cake or even ice cream -- it was butterscotch pudding. The kind out of the box that took ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    38: Charleen Badman

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    April 4, 2012

    Three Ignite Phoenix Videos That Rocked Our World

    The presentations from the first Ignite Food are now online for your viewing pleasure. There are 18 in total; we've pulled three of our favorites. Ignite Phoenix is like our own hometown TED talks. A diverse range of speakers are given five minutes to make an "elevator pitch" for something they ar ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Scottsdale Stadium

    San Franciso Giants: Scottsdale Stadium Seeing a game at Scottsdale Stadium? Lucky you. Not only is it a beautiful little stadium (not the newest, not the biggest, but a sentimental favorite), you are without a doubt in the best ballpark 'hood when it comes to drinking and dining options. We could ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Baratin: Casual Complement to FnB and Simply Stellar Locally Focused Food

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions. Share a few photos, some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfyi ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Chefs Charleen Badman, Justin Beckett, and More to Present at Ignite Food

    After over a month's worth of submissions, Ignite Food, founder Jeff Moriarty's spinoff idea of Ignite Phoenix, has announced its lineup of presenters -- each of whom will have five minutes to speak on a food- or drink-related topic. Headed up by customer relationship management consultant and food ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Pavle Milic & Charleen Badman Offering Exclusive Island Brunch For a Good Cause

    Like their three new concepts under one roof -- Baratin, Bodega, and AZ Wine Merchants, which opened earlier this month -- it goes without saying that when FnB co-owners Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman set out to do something, they do it with style. The two have recently announced an amazing ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Foodiebear Reviews Tien Wong Hot Pot, FnB Restaurant's Color Run Challenge and Sandwich Porn at Sammiches

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. ​Foodiebear's blog makes you feel warm and fuzzy with the stellar snaps and well-written reviews of local restaurants. This week Foodiebear takes us to Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler. Head over for helpful hints on how to enjoy a hotpot with p ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    FnB Back with New Late Summer Menu

    ​They're baaaaaaack! FnB, the Scottsdale eatery of eclectic American comfort food courtesy of front-of-the-house pro Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman, is back from summer break and will be open for business tomorrow -- Wednesday, September 7 -- with a new menu to share. Think manti, ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Charleen Badman at Maya's Farm for Special Event Hosted by Outstanding in the Field

    Bob Coscarelli ​There are farmers, there are chefs, and there are diners. While all are a part of eating out, it's rare the three groups come together all at once -- at least, not like this. Chef Charleen Badman​Outstanding in the Field, a "restaurant without walls," organizes seasonal ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    FnB: "Late Night Love" This Sunday Will Be Last Chance to Dine Before Summer Break

    FnB​If you've been thinking about a visit to FnB lately, better start making reservations in a hurry. The Scottsdale eatery of eclectic American comfort food courtesy of front-of-the-house pro Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman, will close on Monday, August 1, for a monthlong staff sabbatic ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Pavle Milic's Perfect Food Day

    Pavle Milic​Hospitality is his middle name. The consumate gentleman, Pavle Milic of FnB describes himself as "the lucky partner to one of the best cooks in the town -- Charleen Badman."  He loves to eat. He loves the process of cooking and the act of sharing and breaking bread with ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Pavle Milic, Ty Largo and Other PHX Foodies Fight Fat ​Dieting -- much like pimpin' -- ain't easy. When you make the decision to cut back on, say, cheeseburgers, it seems like that's all you see. Every commercial on TV features the glorious sizzle of a patty mid-grill; every billboard tempts you with glistening lettuce and tom ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    FnB's Charleen Badman Gears Up to Feed 550 Students

    Chef Charleen Badman hopes more chefs try to make a difference in their communities. FnB chef Charleen Badman has nothing against mac 'n cheese. In fact, she claims to make a pretty killer version herself. But when she found out that the gooey comfort food was often the lone "vegetarian" opt ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Follow FnB, and You Might Feast For Free

    FnB's Pavle Milic and chef Charleen Badman want to feed you for following them on Twitter.​It's fascinating to see how things play out on Twitter, and this past weekend, one restaurant owner's whim generated a surprising amount of excitement in a very short amount of time.Yesterday afternoon, FnB' ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Nov. 11 In Blogs: Neo-Nazis, SeeSaw, Zoe Beokbinder, Tempeh, and Prop 203

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

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    November 9, 2010

    Nov. 9 In Blogs: Terry Goddard, ASU Art Museum, Girl Talk, FnB, and ICE

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

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    October 5, 2010

    Fun New Book: The Geometry of Pasta

    ​Ever wondered why Italians have come up with so many quirky shapes for pasta, or why they've given them so many whimsical names? ​This clever, cute, and geeky book has all the answers you need, along with recipes on how to make them all. I've never made homemade pasta before, but ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Charleen Badman at FnB

    Charleen Badman ​The kitchen at FnB restaurant (7133 E. Stetson Dr., 480-254-9463) isn't where it should be. Rather than safely hidden behind closed doors in a back room, the Scottsdale eatery's pots, pans, grills and blenders are out in the open, smack in the middle of the Technic ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Tomorrow: FnB Does an Early Bird Special Let these people fuss all over you: FnB's Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman.​I've been one of those lucky night owls who've enjoyed FnB's late-night specials too many times to count. Starting at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the happening Old Town restaurant does  ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    FnB Starts Its Own YouTube Channel

    What will they do next?As if they don't have enough going on (like that big blind tasting of AZ wines coming up), those creative folks over at FnB have just launched their own YouTube channel: FnB TV.The project started serendipitously when Dave Babb of Enclave Productions was dining at the res ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010
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    February 25, 2010
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    February 10, 2010

    FnB Gets Attention from New York Times, Food Wine

    ​Could any restaurant in the Valley possibly be generating more excitement right now than tiny FnB, the cozy, convivial spot that ever-gracious front-of-the-house multitasker Pavle Milic opened late last year with chef Charleen Badman? Not in my book. Local food fanatics are raving abo ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    FnB Updates Menu and Adds All AZ Wine List

    ​There was already plenty of excitement about the opening of FnB, a collaboration between Pavle Milic, Peter Kasperski, and chef Charleen Badman, since it opened in Scottsdale a little over a month ago. Now, they're keeping up the momentum with a revised menu and an attention-getting wi ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    More on Pavle Milic's FnB, Opening Soon

    ​The moment Pavle Milic has been waiting for is almost here. If all goes as planned, he'll finally be opening his own restaurant, called FnB, sometime around the 23rd of this month. That's not even two weeks away, and Milic couldn't be more excited.

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    October 27, 2009

    FnB in the Works for Former Digestif/Sea Saw Space

    ​Effin' A, they're calling it FnB. Restaurateur Peter Kasperski has teamed up former Digestif GM Pavle Milic -- who just gave notice at Prado -- and chef Charleen Badman of Rancho Pinot to open another gastropub in the Stetson Drive space that was the longtime home of Sea Saw, and until last ... More >>

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