Culinary Institute of America

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

    In addition to being one of the least sinful cities in the country, Gilbert happens to be one of the hottest mini dining hubs in the Valley. Later this year the city's downtown area will welcome a slew of new eateries to the scene including LoLo's Chicken and Waffles, Snooze, and Sam Fox's Zinburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix Appoints New Executive Chef

    After over two years at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, executive chef Stephen Toevs is moving on to warmer waters -- so to speak. Toevs will continue with the property as an executive chef, but this time at The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, which is set to open on November 22. Who next to take the helm of The Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Eight's Great GrillFest to Bring National and Local Grill Experts to Peoria on Sunday

    If you ask grill master Steven Raichlen of PBS' Primal Grill, he'll tell you there are plenty of reasons it makes sense to choose Phoenix as the place to bring together national and local grill experts for a celebration of all things cooked over a flame. For starters, he says, there's our nearly yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Chef Dustin Christofolo of Quiessence Introduces the New Brick Oven Table, Edible Garden and Wine Program

    On Monday, we chatted with Dustin Christofolo, the new executive chef at Quiessence, about how he's prepared to take over the high-profile position at the end of the month. If you missed the first part of the interview you can read it here. Today, we're back to talk about a few new things you'll fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Gio Osso of Virtù on His Favorite Local Restaurants and What Kind of Chef He Might Be

    Gio Osso Virtù Honest Craft 3701 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale 480-946-3447 See also: -- Gio Osso Will Open Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale June 7, With Grand Opening June 13 This is part one of my interview with Gio Osso, chef-owner of the brand new Virtù Honest Craf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Former Kai Guy Michael O'Dowd on What He's Up to at Renegade by MOD and the Problem with Comfort Food

    Michael O'Dowd Renegade by MOD 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-614-9400 See also: -- Ex Kai Chef Michael O'Dowd Opens Renegade by MOD in Scottsdale this Friday This is part one of my interview with Michael O'Dowd, executive chef and co-owner of Renegade by MOD. Come back Tuesday when O'Dowd dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Five Things to Buy at Phoestivus This Wednesday, Dec. 12

    In preparation for the next round of Phoestivus on December 12th from 4 to 8:30 p.m., we assembled a list of some of our favorite finds and must grab classics in our quest to shop local this holiday season. If you head on over to Phoenix Public Market and can make it past the food trucks and beer ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Winnona Herr Makes Butterscotch Bananas Foster Pudding

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Is Barrio Cafe's Take on Mexican Food Authentic? And Does It Matter?

    Editor's Note: The final post in our "Eating 16th Street" series about Barrio Cafe has drawn quite a bit of criticism, so when Sharon Salomon -- a Phoenix-based food writer, dietitican, investor in Barrio Cafe and one of chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's culinary school instructors -- asked to write a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The Anatomy of a Macaron with Duc Liao of Scratch Pastries

    See also: Tastemakers 2012: Duc Liao See also: Heavenly: Salted Caramel Macarons at Scratch Pastries When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into the kitchens of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    17: Bryan Dooley

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    10 Things About Julia Child That Make Her Cooler Than You Ever Thought Possible

    See also: Julia Child Restaurant Week Specials at Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants This Wednesday, August 15, would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. And although the American chef may be most known as a television personality, author of the groundbreaking book Mastering the Art of French Cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Payton Curry Dishes on Marketing Bullshit and the Futility of Eating Kale in the Summer

    This is part one of my interview with Payton Curry, chef and co-owner of Brat Haus, scheduled to open July 2. Come back on Tuesday for part two. Payton Curry Brat Haus 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 602-738-1274 With his tousled curls, blue eyes, and rosy complexion, Payton Curry looks a ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger and Why Squash Blossoms Are Overrated

    Kevin Binkley Binkley's Restaurant 6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-437-1072 Cafe Bink 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree 480-488-9796 This is part one of my interview with Kevin Binkley, chef-owner of Binkley's Restaurant and Café Bink. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Pulled Squash Sandwich at Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ

    For vegetarian BBQ, head to Cave Creek to check out Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ. Along with great options for carnivores, Bryan's has a Vegetarian "Pulled" Squash Sandwich.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Which Local Baker Wants to Throw a Pie at Sheriff Joe?

    Courtesy of Tim O'Connor. Joan & Tim O'Connor of Honey Moon Sweets.​We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Chef David Hall of Thyme for a Chef

    ​We're taking a break from the bustling Phoenix restaurant scene this week to talk to Chef David Hall of Thyme for a Chef personal chef services. He share how he, a former engineer, got into the culinary world and explain what a personal chef really does. Did you always know you wanted to be a ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    The Ritz-Carlton Names Stephen Toevs as New Executive Chef

    Linda M. HeroldNew Executive Chef Stephen Toevs will bring his memory-making meals to The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix.​One of chef Stephen Toevs fondest memories of food is shelling fish with his father and grandfather off the coast of Rhode Island for his mother's capellini pasta with white clam sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Olive Garden's "Culinary Institute" in Tuscany: What the Hell is Happening Over There?

    Hanover Signs​Poor Olive Garden. First the Italian food chain got tagged for accidentally serving a child sangria ("Mom, dis Kool-Aid makes my sgetti bwurry!"), now it's the target of recent internet buzz with tales of what really goes on at its infamous Tuscan cooking school. You can almost hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    "My Sweet Mexico" -- A Guide to Making Mexican Desserts

    ​Following in the footsteps of Diana Kennedy, known as the Julia Child of Mexican cuisine, and Rick Bayless, celebrity chef and restaurateur, New York City-based chef Fany Gerson brings together history and culture and in her collection of authentic Mexican dulces recipes in My Sweet Mexic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Payton Curry, What Are You Listening To?

    Payton Curry​Payton J. CurryThe chef recently launched a pop-up concept at the Welcome Diner. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Cat Power Radio. It's been one of those weeks for me. I don't do radio at all. What's the last song played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Tim O'Connor: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Today we've got a sweet tooth for Tim O'Connor, co-owner of Honey Moon Sweets and our latest Caramelpalooza candymaker. Before the "Honey Moon," co-owners and bakers Tim & Joan O'Connor met while studying at the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1983; since then, the culinary duo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Melissa Barth's Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse and Banana Dessert

    Carol Blonderchocolate-peanut butter mousse and sauted banana cake with creme fraiche ice cream​ Posh pastry chef Melissa Barth followed her older brother into a culinary program in high school, hit the pastry station, and found her niche. After completing the pastry and baking program at the Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Melissa Barth of Posh

    Carol BlonderPosh pastry chef Melissa Barth​ Like most younger siblings, Melissa Barth liked to follow her big brother around. In high school she entered a culinary program to be just like him. Her brother went on to a career in computers, but once Melissa hit the pastry station, she never wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Chris D'Angeli of Slice Cake Studio

    courtesy of Chris D'AngeliPastry Chef Chris D'Angeli​ In her 15- year career, pastry chef Chris D'Angeli has created an impressive resume. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chris has traversed the U.S., working in five star hotel properties like The Ritz Carlton, as well a ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    How Do I Even Begin To Learn about the World of Wine?

    Uncork the issue: How do I even begin to learn about the world of wine? Spill the juice: "Don't think of it as the 'world of wine,'" suggests David Johnson, the wine director at Oakville Grocery Co. "It becomes daunting. People think they have to know about everything. The truth is that it's an inch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Eric Osburn of Centurion

    Chef Eric Osburn, who opened Centurion in Roosevelt Square this June, has been cooking ever since he saw his dad flip an omelet for the first time at age 11. By 13, he was cooking all the meals at home, had his first kitchen job at 15, and was taken under chef Sam Caniglia's tutelage in a country cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Book Week: Ratio by Michael Ruhlman

    What's on your summer reading list? This week, Chow Bella contributors will answer that question with reviews of the food-related books we've read lately. If you have a recommendation for us, please leave it in the comment section. Today's selection: Ratio by Michael Ruhlman. Ratio ​ Part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Cat Cora Chats With Chow Bella, Part 1

    After spending so many hours glued to the TV watching chef Cat Cora make unexpected ingredients into glorious dishes that get the Iron Chef America judges waxing rhapsodic, we figured we'd never attempt to cook like the master. But as it turns out, Cora's just as much of a whiz at devising unp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Behind the Bar: David Needham of Vista Lounge at JW Marriott

    Nicki Escudero David Needham​He may be a bar expert now, but David Needham, manager of Vista Lounge at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, got his start as a culinary student at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park in New York. Not that he didn't always enjoy cocktails, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Institute Changes Its Name

    ​Get ready to say a mouthful as the Scottsdale Culinary Institute changes its name to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Maybe we should be excited--Julia Child, who was featured in the now-on-DVD movie Julie & Julia, attended the Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris. There are cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Chef Talk: Payton Curry, Caffe Boa

    Nicki Escudero Payton Curry​Thanks to Payton Curry, the 30-year-old executive chef at Caffe Boa, the Valley's dining scene is becoming more local-oriented due to his "locavore" approach. And to think that he almost didn't make the move to the Valley. "I was scared shitless," Curry say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Chef Talk: Joe Aiello, Aiello's

    Nicki Escudero Joe Aiello outside his restaurant​When Valley diners want New York Italian food but don't want to leave Phoenix, Aiello's provides a slice of Manhattan here in town. Brooklyn-born Joe Aiello owns the 2-year-old restaurant, where he whips up East Coast Italian-style food, ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Chipotle Makes a Deal for Slow Food Phoenix

    ​Yep, that's right. Chipotle is doing good for the community, again. Last week it was a free showing of food industry documentary Food, Inc., and now it's putting on a fundraiser for none other than the food awareness movement's top dog, Slow Food USA. Tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m., customers can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Chef Talk: Bryan Dooley, Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue

    Lauren Gilger Chef Bryan Dooley.​It says something when a chef names his restaurant after himself. In our opinion, it says something good. After Bryan Dooley spent 15 years as a chef at the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale, he opened Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue in downtown Cave Creek. Yep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Food and Fights: Highlights of the 2009 Scottsdale Culinary Festival

    Everyone who's anyone in the Phoenix metro culinary scene, from local foodies to the stars of Hell's Kitchen and Bravo's Top Chef, turned out for this weekend's Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Libations flowed at the Southwest Festival of Beers and inside the Robert Mondavi wine garden. Restaurant che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Cooking School Secrets: Meet the Future Chef

    All my life, passion, rather than reason, has led to my relationships, my jobs and my extracurricular activities. It's why I ended up in culinary school when I have a house, some kids and a few pets to support. Here's the short version: I've always been a late bloomer. Dated late.Married late. Had ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    November 7, 2007
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    January 13, 2005

    Golden Autumn

    Old standby earns longevity

  • Dining

    September 19, 2002

    Success Story

    Brothers dish up Baja-style seafood

  • Dining

    December 6, 2001

    Big Apple appeal

    The ambiance at Times Square Deli is Anywhere, USA, but the food is New York all the way

  • Dining

    September 27, 2001

    The Radicchio's Red Glare

    Valley eateries raise funds for the survivors of slain NY restaurant workers

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001

    Best Party Platters

    Flancer's Cafe

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Visualize World Pizza

    Breaking records at New Wise Guys

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    September 3, 1998
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    March 27, 1997
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    November 9, 1995