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 >>
Since leaving his partnership with Ed Leclere last November, former-Kai chef Micheal O'Dowd has been a busy man. He's formed a new company, The MOD Restaurant Group LLC, and is ready to open a new restaurant in May.
The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>
Chef Michael O'Dowd and partner Ed Leclere, founders of Vivid Lifestyle Concepts (VLC), the company they started this spring after O'Dowd left as executive chef at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, have called it quits. Under VLC, O'Dowd and Leclere, a former Harley-Davidson promotions director, opene ... More >>
This month the openings far outnumbered the closings as we saw several Valley dining outlets re-open and welcomed a whole slew of new food trucks to the scene. We're waving good-bye to Aaron May's beer-centric Scottsdale restaurant, Praying Monk, but don't fret, there's something else exciting on th ... More >>
On the heels of opening North Scottsdale's Renegade by MOD in May, ex-Kai chef Michael O'Dowd and partners Ed Leclere and Don Misheff of Vivid Lifestyle Concepts have opened their second restaurant -- this one tucked into a golf club in Fountain Hills. Called Wicked Six Bar and Grill by MOD (anyon ... More >>
When it comes to risk-taking cuisine in the Valley, there's no better example -- at least not right now -- than what they've got cookin' in the kitchen at Renegade by MOD. The Scottsdale restaurant comes courtesy of Chef Michael O'Dowd, formerly chef at Kai, and partner Ed Leclere. Though Renegade ... More >>
Renegade by MOD is the daring new restaurant from chef Michael O'Dowd, whose decade at Kai earned the restaurant AAA five-diamond and Forbes Travel Guide five-star acclaim. Breaking free of his corporate chains last fall, O'Dowd is now a first-time restaurateur as well as a celebrated chef. And at ... More >>
After a little over three months, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel has found a replacement for Michael O'Dowd, its former executive chef. O'Dowd started with the hotel in October 2012 after leaving the acclaimed restaurant Kai, a sister property, following a 10-year run there, and he now owns V ... More >>
The restaurant company Vivid Lifestyle Concepts (VLC), is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, Sept.3 to fill various positions for Renegade by MOD and the soon-to-be-open Wicked Six Bar & Grill at SunRidge Canyon golf course in Fountain Hills.
This year is shaping up to be a busy one for chef and first-time restaurateur Michael O'Dowd. In May, the ex-Kai chef, who put the nationally renowned restaurant on the map during his 10-year reign, opened Renegade by MOD, his restaurant of eclectic global eats in North Scottsdale, under his new co ... More >>
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 >>
Even if you've never heard of chef Michael O'Dowd, you've most certainly heard of Kai, the AAA five-diamond and Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurant that O'Dowd, during his 10-year reign at the culinary destination, put on the map. See also: - New Breakfast Spot, Snooze AM Eatery, Coming to Cen ... More >>
Michael O'Dowd, the chef responsible for turning Kai into a culinary destination with national recognition, is setting his sights on another challenge: starting his own business. See also: - Short Leash Hot Dogs to Open Permanent Location in Downtown Phoenix - "Arizona's Hottest New Patio" Opens in ... More >>
See also: Chef Robert McGrath Leaves Renegade Canteen See also: Aaron May's Praying Monk Opens as Vitamin T Closes When Robert McGrath flew the coop at Renegade Canteen last fall, he left a celebrity chef void in the kitchen. But that's been filled in recent weeks by Chef Aaron May, the brains and ... More >>