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Eric Schaefer

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    February 18, 2014

    Oregano's Can Teach Us All a Lesson

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. I'd like a job at Oregano's. If anyone from corporate is reading this, please call me, okay? Never mind the fact that I already have ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    The Brooklyn Cafe in Scottsdale Keeps Real Cooking Alive

    For more than two decades, Voltaire in Scottsdale served the same menu of classic French-inspired fare. Dishes like Beef bourguignon, oysters Rockefeller, and Duck a l'orange stayed, while restaurants elsewhere worked to incorporate buzzy concepts like "organic," "free range," and "all-natural" int ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The Clever Koi in Phoenix Is Innovative but Sometimes Overly Complicated

    We've been excited about The Clever Koi since as soon as we heard that chefs Jared Porter and Joe Absolor, both formerly of The Parlor, were opening a modern Asian eatery in Central Phoenix. The restaurant was one of the most-anticipated in recent memory for many a food lover, but high expectations ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Live Rabbits and Fried Pickles at First Friday in Phoenix

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. I may very well be one of the few Phoenicians who somehow has managed to avoid the social and cultural phenomenon known as First Frida ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Thai Boat Noodle Soup Is the New Pho

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. For my last column of 2013, I'm sharing with you a secret. No, it's nothing terribly earth-shattering or lascivious, but it will add a ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Eating Christmas: Tales of Toffee, Snow, and Christmas-Loving Jews

    In this week's paper we bring a little preview of what's to come Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Crescent Ballroom: the second annual Eating Christmas. Our writers gnawed hard on the holidays, and they'll be serving up the fruits of their labors at the event. You can also read each piece (and catch a couple of ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    October 29, 2013

    Steak 'N Shake in Tempe Disappoints; Nothing Like the Midwest Favorite

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. What would you do if you were responsible for the long awaited expansion of a Midwestern legend into a city densely populated with Mid ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    The Stupidity of the Adult Milkshake

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. There are a lot of terms tossed around in the world of food that are overused and meaningless. Some are just cliché, others are inac ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    It's Fall: Pass the Cassoulet

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Cooler weather is upon us! October is the month during which I check the five different weather apps on my phone, hoping that one of ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    A Shawarma-Falafel Mash-Up at Schaefer's New Favorite Mediterranean Spot in Metro Phoenix

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. My favorite use of the word "falafel" comes from an unlikely source. In 2004, in the heat of the Presidential election, conservative ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Can the Wrigley Bring Fine Dining Back to Phoenix?

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Whatever happened to fine dining? Sure, you can have a James Beard-worthy meal at a number of Valley restaurants, but establishments ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Vitamix: The Curious Allure of the $400 Blender

    Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. The Vitamix is a $400 blender. Read those words again: The Vitamix is a $400 blender. It sounds insane to me and, thus far, I've bee ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Schaefer's Whining About Wine

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Last week, I professed my love of White Castle hamburgers, a food that sits on the lowest rung of the culinary ladder. So, in the int ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    In Defense of the White Castle Hamburger

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. (And this week, New Jersey.) Enough with "sliders" already. Brisket sliders. Ahi sliders. Jewish sliders. (Looking at you, Chompies.) ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    An Homage to the Costco Hot Dog

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Is there any better value in food than a hot dog at Costco? No, I say, there is not. Because for precisely $1.63 I just consumed a ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Eric Schaefer Kicks Off a New Column for Chow Bella and Introduces Us to Travis Tolmachoff

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. The future of Phoenix food might just be a tall, lanky white kid named Travis Tolmachoff. Many people have dreams of making it big as ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Eric Schaefer's Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants He Misses the Most

    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? This week, Eric Schaefer lists the five restaurants he misses the most. Lately, my culi ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Eric Schaefer's KFC Haiku (Yes, You Read That Right) and More Tonight at "FRIED" at Crescent Ballroom

    If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. Tonight, Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom, Chow Bella writers are warming up for summer with "Fried," an evening of true stories. Admission is free; food and drink will be available for sale. And now, Eric Schaefer's ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    New Menu Items and Spicy Drink Specials Tonight At Crescent Ballroom for "FRIED"

    Have you heard? Chow Bella writers will be playing with fire tonight at "Fried," an evening of true stories of food and heat. But no food-focused reading would be complete without food, duh, so check out the three newly debuted menu items and two special drinks the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom has li ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Gio Osso Will Open Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale June 7, with Grand Opening June 13

    Foodists who know and love Gio Osso -- the edgy executive chef at Estate House before it closed in 2010 -- have been saying for years now: "Gio really ought to have his own place, something small and intimate, where he can do his own thing." And sometimes, dreams that you dare to dream really do com ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Fried: Chow Bella Writers Turn Up the Heat at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix June 13 at a Free Reading

    If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. On Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the lounge at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix, Chow Bella presents our third public reading: deep-fried tales of summer, food and heat from some of our favorite local writers. See also: - Tania Katan's Chri ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013
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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 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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    August 29, 2012

    21: Peter DeRuvo

    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 24, 2012

    24: Jeff Zimmerman

    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 22, 2012

    26: Korina Adkins

    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 20, 2012

    28: Clint Spotleson

    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 15, 2012

    31: Tim Wilson

    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

    33: Victoria Chavez

    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 10, 2012

    34: Pamela Hamilton

    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 1, 2012

    41: Michael Perry

    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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    July 30, 2012

    43: Wendell Crow

    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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    July 26, 2012

    45: Marco 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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    July 23, 2012

    48: Lisa Reinhardt

    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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    July 13, 2012

    54: Dave Andrea

    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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    July 12, 2012

    55: Farah Khalid

    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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    June 29, 2012

    63: Audrey Lasalle

    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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    June 22, 2012

    68: Cindy Gentry

    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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    June 8, 2012

    78: Eugenia Theodosopolous

    Recently inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as "Pastry Chef Extraordinaire," Eugenia Theodosopolous traces her culinary roots to her time studying and working at the Ecole Lenotre in Paris. At Essence Bakery Café in Tempe, Chef/owner Eugenia offers high-quality organic local food and P ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    87: DJ Fernandes

    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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    May 23, 2012

    Phoenix Food Nerds Unite on Dominic Armato's Discussion Board

    Local food blogger Dominic Armato is a gastro-geek on a mission. He wants to build a grassroots coalition of people who are passionate about food, and to that end, he has launched a discussion board called PHXfoodnerds.com. His aim is to bring Phoenix food-lovers together for food-related events, i ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Eric Schaefer's Phlegm-y Thanksgiving and His Turkey Recipe

    Luster Kaboom​This year we're giving thanks to some of our favorite writers for sharing tales of Thanksgiving woes -- and joys. Today our typically acerbic friend Eric Schaefer shares a heart-warming story of friendship. Really. My favorite Thanksgiving memory doesn't involv ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Eric Schaefer's Perfect Food Day

    Eric Schaefer asked that we not use his picture, so here's one from one of his Perfect Food Day spots.​This is how Eric Schaefer describes himself in the "About Me" section of his blog, Eric Eats Out: I'm a 30-something husband, father, business-owner, drummer, pilot, car-nut, a ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Ask the Critic: How Long Do You Wait to Visit a New Restaurant?

    I ate at Gallo Blanco just a couple weeks after it opened, and it was already something I wanted to tell everyone about.​There is no science to reviewing restaurants. To the contrary, it's all about what my gut tells me, based on a series of dining experiences, impressions, and a sense of ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Christopher Gross Takes on Chowhound Regular

    I can't resist the drama, so I've reposted a current Chowhound thread in case the moderators possibly pull the entires. In a nutshell, Eric Schaefer -- a local foodie who goes by ejs1492 on Chowhound, and whose blog, Eric Eats Out, is one of my faves -- has been accused by chef Christopher Gros ... More >>

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