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Eliot Wexler

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    March 5, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix: "This Has Always Been Home"

    This is part two of our interview with Adam Brown, the executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown's been in charge of things since the restaurant resumed dinner services last month, after a months-long hiatus that began when the previous chef stepped down. On Tuesday, we heard from Brown and the resta ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Noca Dinner Service Is Back and We Tried It

    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 >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Noca in Phoenix Names Adam Brown as New Executive Chef

    In October we reported that Noca, the Biltmore restaurant owned by Eliot Wexler, was losing its executive chef Claudio Urciuoli to the San Francisco Baking Institute. At the time Wexler wouldn't name the restaurant's next chef and said that Noca would be serving lunch only for the time being. That ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Noca Re-Opens Feb. 12 and We've Got the Menu (in Progress)

    Eliot Wexler is insane. I can say that without fear of retribution because he has become a close friend of mine since he opened Noca in August of 2008. To say that he is obsessive about food doesn't even begin to do it justice; Eliot is unrelentingly hell-bent on sourcing the highest quality ingr ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Big Changes Afoot at Noca: New Role for Claudio Urciuoli, New Chef, Restaurant Remodel, and Lots of Nocawich

    What's happening at Noca these days? The better question may be what isn't. Eliot Wexler, owner of the venerated restaurant in the Biltmore area, tells me that, in March, executive chef Claudio Urciuoli went to San Francisco to further his baking skills at the San Francisco Baking Institute. That d ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Noca and Posh Teaming Up for One-Night-Only, 5-Course "Dine-Around" Dinner

    As Eliot Wexler, owner of the venerated Noca in east Phoenix told me, the decision to do a one-night-only, five-course dinner pairing between his restaurant and that of Posh, the restaurant of improvisational cuisine in Scottsdale from chef-owner Josh Hebert, happened rather suddenly -- as in last w ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Sharon Salomon's 5 Best Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? And who better to begin with than writer and dietitian Sharon Salomon? After all, how man ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Claudio Urciuoli on Olive Garden, Truffle Oil, and the Weirdest Thing He Ever Ate (Which Is Pretty Weird)

    Claudio Urciuoli Noca 3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-956-6622, restaurantnoca.com See also: -- Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program -- Noca Serves Up Wallet-Friendly Lunch with Nocawich This is part one of my interview with Claudio Urciuoli, the executive chef at ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Results of Last Night's Fried Chicken Throw Down Between Noca and FnB

    Last night was the EPIC Fried Chicken Throw Down between Noca and FnB, held at Noca -- which, it could be argued, makes for home field advantage, but never mind. No one here is suggesting fowl play. See also: Nine Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix The hype leading up to this blitzk ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    FnB and Noca Create Goofy Promo Video for Upcoming Fried Chicken Throwdown

    Never mind that the Fried Chicken Throwdown scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at Noca is very nearly sold out. The two contenders -- in one corner, Charleen Badman of FnB, and in the other, a possibly reluctant Claudio Urciuoli of Noca -- and their backup men (namely Eliot Wexler of Noca and Pavle Mi ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 1

    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 >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 2

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2012
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    September 24, 2012

    4: Cathy Hayes

    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 >>

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    September 21, 2012

    5: Stephen Jones

    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

    September 20, 2012

    Eliot Wexler Challenges Charleen Badman of FnB To Fried Chicken Throwdown at Noca

    It sounds like the start of a politically incorrect joke: A White Girl, A Jew, An Italian and a Colombian going to battle over the greatness of FRIED CHICKEN. See also: Nine Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles' Big New Flagship Now Open for Business

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    September 20, 2012

    6: Francesca Bianco

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012

    7: Snir and Kierstin Mor

    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 >>

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    September 18, 2012

    8: Bob McClendon

    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 >>

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    September 17, 2012

    9: Eytan Zias

    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 >>

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    September 14, 2012

    10: Joe Johnston

    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 >>

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    September 13, 2012

    11: Chrysa Robertson

    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 >>

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    September 12, 2012

    12: Dave Johnson

    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 >>

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    September 11, 2012

    13: Michael Brown

    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 >>

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    September 10, 2012

    14: Josh Hebert

    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 >>

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    September 7, 2012

    15: Jim Cerreta Sr.

    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 >>

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    September 6, 2012

    16: Bernie Kantak

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 4, 2012

    18: Sam Fox

    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 >>

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    August 31, 2012

    19: Eliot Wexler

    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 >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Jeff Kraus Explains What's Cool About Food Trucks, Waxes Nostalgic for S.O.S. and Names Four Over-Hyped Food Terms He Wishes Would Go Away

    See also: Tastemaker #40: Jeff Kraus See also: A Sneak Peek at Jeff Kraus's New Crepe Bar Jeff Kraus Crepe Bar 7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe 480-247-8012 www.facebook.com/TruckinGoodFood This is part one of my interview with Jeff Kraus, chef-owner of the recently opened Crepe Bar and former owner of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program

    See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli See also: Windsor and Churn: Behind the Design Scenes with Craig DeMarco, Lauren Baily and Daniel Germani What a difference a month makes! Owner Eliot Wexler closed Noca for summer hiatus the first of July. And today, he re-opens with a b ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli: The Burrata Addiction, Tinkering With Dough, and "Adding Colors to the Palette"

    A few weeks ago, a series of rat-a-tat news events left Valley foodies gripping their collective forks and then poking themselves with them to make sure what they were reading was true: chef Claudio Urciuoli had parted ways with business partner and James Beard Award-winner Chris Bianco, chef Matt T ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Chef Matt Taylor Leaves Noca

    Chow Bella has confirmed that the chef at one of the most popular restaurants in town is suddenly gone for good -- and during Restaurant Week. Awkward. Late Wednesday afternoon, the rumor leaked that chef Matt Taylor was no longer at Noca. I called Taylor on his cell and left a message. No answer. ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    95: Eric Schaefer

    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 >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 20, 2011

    The Hole Story on Gourmet Doughnuts

    Jackie Mercandetti​Eliot Wexler, owner of the award-winning restaurant Noca in Central Phoenix, has a theory about why we're obsessed with doughnuts. "The great thing about doughnuts, in general, is that whatever culture you're from, across the world, there is a doughnut. A variation, a permu ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    New Noca Chef Matt Taylor in the Kitchen Since Sunday: Did Southern Simple Supper, Created a "Nocawich," Working on Bar Bites

    NocaSouthern Simple Supper second course: chicken fried Berkshire pork loin, white grits, pickled watermelon rinds, chicory glace.​New Noca chef Matt Taylor, the 27-year-old who's worked with four James Beard award winners and was previously at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with ce ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Noca's New Chef Is 27 Years Old, Has Worked with Four James Beard Award Winners, and "Killed" the Tasting, Says Owner Eliot Wexler

    Jackie Mercandetti ​Usually, phone calls at 2 a.m. in the morning bring no good, but for Noca owner Eliot Wexler, this one was a welcome wake-up. Chef Matt Taylor​The call came from 27-year-old chef Matt Taylor. Taylor, currently working at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas wit ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Chris Curtiss Talks About Why He Left Noca, What's Next, and Settles a Rumor

    ​On Sunday, a disturbance in the dining force was felt at Noca, the contemporary American restaurant in Central Phoenix, when it was reported that its executive chef, Chris Curtiss, was leaving. I had a chance to talk with Curtiss, the culinary whiz who was nominated this year for the Southwe ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Noca's Chris Curtiss Up for People's Best New Chef in Food Wine Poll

    ​A slew of chefs have been nominated for the Southwest category of Food Wine magazine's new The People's Best New Chef contest -- ten in all, from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Texas -- but there's only one representing our great state: Chris Curtiss, executive chef of Noca. It's not ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Noca Set to Launch "nocawich" Lunch Service

    Noca's famous lobster roll.​For anyone who scratches their head at the thought of relaxed fine dining spot Noca going all casual and sandwich-centric for its new lunch service, I have two words for you: Lobster roll. It makes perfect sense, actually. The eatery has been doing a clever, up ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Local Restaurant Peeps' Predictions for 2011

    What cuts of meat will you be eating in 2011?​Helen Yung, Sweet Republic co-ownerI think it'll be the year of gourmet food trucks. It started this year but will make a huge jump in 2011, with well-regarded restaurants joining the game.Craig DeMarco, Postino ownerMy short list: ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Noca Gets a Nod From Bon Appetit

    ​The September issue of Bon Appetit hasn't hit the streets yet, but the word straight from publisher Conde Nast is that local restaurant Noca gets a mention in Nina Elder and Andrew Knowlton's roundup of "The Country's Best Daily Specials."About one recent Sunday special, the grilled heirloom toma ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Sea Saw's Nobuo Fukuda Teams Up With NOCA

    Sea Saw chef Nobuo Fukuda's cutting-edge sashimi creations and luxurious omakase dinners have earned him not only legions of devotees, but a prestigious James Beard "Best Chef: Southwest" award. And since the opening of NOCA last August, chef Chris Curtiss has gained a cult following for h ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Eight AZ Names Among James Beard Nominees

    Creme brulee at Vincent's In a press release this morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its preliminary lists of nominees for various categories in the prestigious James Beard Awards. There are 20 nominees in each category, and eight Arizona individuals and restaurants are among t ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Fun With Wagyu: Pastrami at Noca

    It seems like I've been hearing about it for months now: Noca's mythical wagyu pastrami. Owner Eliot Wexler was busy tracking down wagyu brisket -- definitely an unusual cut of the pricey, succulent Kobe beef -- while chef Chris Curtiss was fine-tuning the ultimate recipe. Wexler was ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    NOCA Cult Keeps Growing

    Eliot Wexler and chef Chris Curtiss have never explicitly told me that they're trying to turn us all into NOCA addicts, but I'm convinced this is their grand plan. And you know what? It seems to be working. At a birthday party last weekend, I danced my ass off in a friend's kitchen, and ev ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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