Danielle Morris

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Earnest in Chandler: An Olive Oil Cocktail and Savory Monkey Bread

    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, and dish about 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 item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Earnest (Formerly Cork) in Chandler Opens Today; Here's The Menu

    After a two-week whirlwind makeover, Earnest will open its doors to customers today. The restaurant occupies the space previously known Cork and is operated by former-Cork chef Brian Peterson and with co-owner and pastry chef Danielle Morris. Unlike its upscale, wine-focused predecessor Earnest ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Chef Brian Peterson of Cork on The Tasting Menu Trend and His Biggest Inspiration

    Brian Peterson Executive Chef Cork Today we share part one of our interview with Executive Chef Brian Peterson of Cork in Chandler. The upscale neighborhood wine bar has gone through quite a transformation since it opened in 2008 and today Peterson dishes on how they've managed to find their niche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Couples We'd Rather Watch Run a Restaurant Than Amy and Samy

    The horror of -- and fascination with -- the Amy and Samy Show may have been seeing people's obvious dysfunction laid bare. That's why we love reality TV. It lets us feel superior. And boy did we ever, watching that train wreck. Here were two people who seemed to love each other but obviously had no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Ehren Litzenberger of BLD in Chandler on Simplicity, Chocolate-Covered Grasshoppers, and Who We Can Blame For "Foodie" Obnoxiousness

    Ehren Litzenberger BLD 1920 W. Germann Road, Chandler 480-779-8646, See also: -- Cork Earns Wine Honors From OpenTable -- Chou's Kitchen in Chandler Makes Travel Leisure's List of Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S. This is part one of my interview with Ehren Litzenberger, execu ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Cafe: BLD

    ​We get it. This is the internet age. We want all things at all times. If you're talking about being able to stream movies at a moment's notice, we agree with you. If you're interested in unrealistic expectations for local eateries, we'd direct you to BLD. This new eatery from the folks behi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Caramel Porn: Caramelpalooza 2011 in Photos

    Jonathan McNamara The caramel offering from Danielle Morris, Cork.​Looking for more sugar? Check out our slideshow from Friday night's caramel tasting at Smeeks.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Mari Belardi​We wind up our candymaker profiles today with Tracy Dempsey.After growing up in far-flung corners of the world, Demspey settled in Scottsdale, and migrated from a career in teaching to her first love: the culinary arts. Today she is the owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals. I ended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Cork Owners Plan New Casual Spot, BLD

    ​When it opened back in 2008, Cork Restaurant was a breath of fresh air in the Southeast Valley, a sophisticated fine dining destination that would've fit right in among Scottsdale's top eateries but was designed to be enjoyed by folks right in its own South Chandler neighborhood. Sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    17: Banana Cream Pie at Cork

    ​ ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments se ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2008