Christine Wisniewski

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    James Fox of Bootleggers on The Barbecue Trend in Phoenix

    James Fox Executive Chef Bootleggers (Phoenix, Scottsdale) It's taken a while, but if you're a fan of slow smoked barbecue then you're probably already aware that we have a pretty solid selection of 'cue joints in this town. There are the standby options like Bryan's Black Mo ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    Caffe Boa in Tempe Is Doing Easter Brunch in Old School Croatian-Style

    If you're still looking for a unique way to celebrate Easter brunch this year, you might be interested in what they've got planned over at Caffe Boa in Tempe. Owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski are bringing some Croatian traditions to their restaurant by offering rotisserie-style all natural, who ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Caffe Boa Owner Jay Wisniewski Says, "You Don't Need a Big-Name Chef to Have a Great Restaurant"

    Owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski of Caffe Boa​Update: After this piece was published, Wisniewski called to clarify that Payton Curry wasn't overpaid, but was getting expensive. Charleen Badman, Bernie Kantak, Silvana Salcido Esparza -- who needs 'em? Jay Wisniewski, owner of Caffe Boa, th ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    CLOSED: Caffe Boa Bistro

    ​Well, it ain't due to any health inspection issues. Caffe Boa Bistro, the Italian-inspired eatery in the Las Sendras Plaza in Mesa, has closed for business. A spin-off the the original location in Tempe (both are owned by Jay and Christine Wisniewski, and the Tempe spot was once home to loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Caffe Boas Have Different Owners and Menus -- But Similar Health Inspection Failures

      ​The Caffe Boa restaurants in Tempe and Ahwatukee have different owners and different menus, but similar health inspection failures. This sorry coincidence came to our attention in a recent report by the Maricopa County Environmental Services dep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Caffe Boa Won't Butcher Any Bunny This Easter

    ​Last week, we mentioned that Chef Payton Curry was disappointed that Caffe Boa was continuing his four-year tradition of serving up rabbit on Easter Sunday. As it turns out, Tempe's Caffe Boa has actually opted to go in a different direction this year. PETA would be proud. Ok, maybe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Christine Wisniewski at Caffe Boa

    ​Food and art are in many ways related. Both require imagination, a deft hand, and a willingness to step outside the norm. Though Christine Wisniewski claims she hasn't made much use of her degree in painting and drawing -- "It was either own a restaurant or be a starving artist," she says -- the ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    How Do I Navigate a Restaurant Wine List?

    In the spirit of wine-drinking adventure, we bring you tips for busting out of your wine rut one glass at a time the easy way: At a restaurant, where you don't have to commit to a whole bottle. UNCORK THE ISSUE: How do I navigate a restaurant wine list? SPILL THE JUICE: "If you are a lover of win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    How Should I Plan a Wine Tour Vacation?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: How should I plan a wine tour vacation? SPILL THE JUICE: "Pick a region, know it proficiently, and try to taste as much as possible and experience as much as possible in that region," says Christine Wisniewski, the owner of Caffe Boa with her husband, Jay, and a certified sommelier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    A Wine Breakfast with David Mirassou: What's it like to be part of America's oldest winemaking family?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: We meet David Mirassou for breakfast and an early morning wine tasting at Vincent's Market Bistro and ask him, "What's it like to be part of America's oldest winemaking family?" School's so much more fun with food and wine involved... SPILL THE JUICE: "It's tough because I have so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    AZ Wines Impress at FnB's Arizona Judgment

    Caffe Boa chef Payton Curry (left) joins FnB's Pavle Milic on the Arizona Judgment tasting panel.​Even though you'd never know it to look at his jovial expression, FnB owner Pavle Milic was a ball of nerves leading up to yesterday's Arizona Judgment, a by-invite-only blind tasting of wines that we ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    May 5, 2010

    FnB Hosts Meet the Winemaker Series, Plans Preliminary Blind Tasting

    ​Chef Charleen Badman's creative, farm-fresh American cuisine, Pavle Milic's expert selections of top Arizona wines, and a relaxed, convivial atmosphere have already turned Scottdale's FnB into a favorite haunt of food enthusiasts, wine geeks, and other bons vivants, but now there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    New Urban Garden Ready to Launch in Downtown Tempe

    Downtown Tempe's getting a little greener thanks to a new Urban Garden designed to provide fresh produce to local chefs and residents. The project's helmed by Caffe Boa owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski, head chef Payton Curry and the Phoenix Permaculture Guild. Curry, who's been a champion of the ... More >>