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    October 1, 2014

    Dish It Out on Sunday at Salt River Fields: Four Top Local Chefs to Compete in Cook-Off

    This Sunday, October 5 the first Dish It Out tasting event and cook-off will take place at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The new culinary fest comes courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and R Entertainment -- who have also helped organize Devoured Phoenix -- and will bring together ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Joe Arpaio's Chili Cooked by Kyrsten Sinema, Randy Parraz, and Andrew Sherwood

    I'm heartened to see local Democrats unabashedly supporting the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which is spearheaded by Respect Arizona, and assisted by Citizens for a Better Arizona, headed by everyone's favorite kick-ass activist Randy Parraz. See also: -Joe Arpaio Recall Boasts 169,283 Vali ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    February 1, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: 5 Sweet Spots for Valentine Treats in Metro Phoenix Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain Opens Feb. 1 Haute Chocolate Market & Festival at the Heard Museum The good people ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Check Out Kick Ass Kake's Larger-Than-Life Lady Gaga Cake

    It's safe to say that Kick Ass Kakes' designer and owner, Jay Murphy, is a big Lady Gaga fan. How big? Big enough to lovingly render a slightly larger than life in cake, frosting and fondant. See Also: --Lady Gaga, US Airways Center --Do Your Cakes Look as Incredible as They Taste? Enter the 2013 ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    24 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season's about to hit full tilt. Are you ready? Now you are. Here are some of our favorite local food & beverage events happening from now until the end of April: FEBRUARY 2/1 - Haute Chocolate Market & Festival Where: Heard Museum Price: $30 in advance, $35 day of the event and $45 for V ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    December 8, 2011

    Chocolate Dessert Recipe Contest at the Hyatt Offers Winner a Spot on Compass Grill's Menu ​We know you're digging up those recipes for prime baking season: the holidays. While you're trying to decide between Aunt Bessie's fruitcake and Grandma's Christmas pudding (side note: never go with fruitcake), think about some friendly yuletide competition offered at the Hya ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Chuck Wagon Cook-Off (Yee-Haw!) in Chandler This Friday and Saturday

    Chow from Cowgirls Forever in Desert Hills, Arizona.​Hungry for a taste of the Old West minus the stampedes and bowed legs? Check out the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, a unique, two-day event named one of the best in the country by American Cowboy magazine. The chuck wagon -- food truck of t ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Great Cajun Cook-Off Canceled for November, with Big Plans for Spring You'll have to wait for spring for the likes of this. ​Late last week, Phoenix fans of Cajun food were likely crushed to hear about the cancellation of this year's Great Cajun Cook-Off and Foodfest, originally planned for November 6 at Heritage Square. The annual charit ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    July 1, 2011

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week. FnB Goes BYOB For the Summer: Whoops! Our 10 Favorite Hot Dogs in Phoenix Fi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    "Hotter Than July Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Fest" Seems Like a Bad Idea

    ​Look, I'm no party planning expert -- my last event, a duel-themed church potluck and key party, failed miserably -- so maybe a chili cook-off and salsa festival in the middle of the afternoon, in July, outside, is a perfectly fantastic idea that just seems like a bad one at first glance. O ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    This Weekend: Shepherd's Pie Contest is a Good Excuse to Drink More Guinness

    ​Not that you ever need an excuse to imbibe more thick, frothy Guinness (the real Irish breakfast), but this weekend, the The Caledonian Society of Arizona is offering up a pretty good one: A shepherd's pie contest.You might think the beef or lamb pie is a pretty straightforward recipe, with meat ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Pie Social News: Beckett's Table and Coloring Contest Winners

    ​This just in: Justin Beckett from brand-spanking-new Beckett's Table in Arcadia is our last-minute entry in the celebrity pie baking contest at this weekend's Pie Social. The other celebrity chefs are listed above. News about coloring contest winners after the jump.

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    November 4, 2010

    The Spice is Right

    Put the South in your mouth at Heritage Square

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    March 13, 2009

    Sri's Fruits and Vegetables -- and a Chili Cookoff! -- Sunday at Ahwatukee Farmers' Market

    Wife-and-husband Chandler farmers Sri and Richard know how to make their fresh produce a hot commodity: Control access. You can't find Sri's Fruits and Vegetables anywhere, any time, except at the Ahwatukee Farmers' Market each Sunday morning. (Okay, it's a small family business, and it's not as tho ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    This Weekend: That Enthralling Gallop, D.L. Hughley and La Tomatina

    Friday, August 15: "That Enthralling Gallop" at The Kitchenette Photography Collective Betsy Schneider's "France" This week Managing Editor Amy Silverman presented New Times readers with a look at controversial artist Betsy Schneider. Starting tonight, Schneider's work can be seen in an show call ... More >>

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    March 18, 2008

    Who knew it was recipe contest season?

    Something's up with the alignment of the planets. Lately my inbox has been flooded with emails about recipe contests, and I figured I'd compile the details for all of you fabulous, creative cooks out there. Get crack-a-lackin' and win something, already! The idea behind's "Desperation Dinn ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    Get ready for a Food Fight

    The folks behind the First Press Weekend of Wine clearly know what suckers we are for a good smackdown. With so many gourmet-cooking-as-competitive-sport shows on TV these days (Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen), why not play on their popularity and pit two top local chefs aga ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007

    Gilbert gal gets cook-off kudos

    Damn, I'm an alliteration wizard today, huh? And to think, our freakin' breakroom vending machines don't even have Diet Coke right now. So check it out -- Jenny Flake from Gilbert just competed as one of 15 finalists in Southern Living's big annual recipe contest. And although she didn't end up win ... More >>