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Evie Carpenter

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    October 7, 2014

    Jeff Kraus Kicks off Crudo's Blank Space Series with Exquisite Plating and, Of Course, Coffee

    A trip to Crepe Bar, chef Jeff Kraus' home turf, will likely yield inventive small plates for your table, so it was hard not to leap at the chance to see his creative mind unleashed in Crudo for the one night, no-holds-barred culinary adventure known as the Blank Space dinner. In fact, we weren't th ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    5 Ways to Learn More About Liquor and Cocktails in Metro Phoenix This Fall

    You might fancy yourself an at-home mixologist and maybe you have been building up that home bar selection into something quite respectable. Well, it's time to put all of those bottles to use and learn how to implement their boozey goodness in the best way possible. Luckily, there are a few spots in ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Urban Ale Trail Saturday, September 20 This Saturday beer lovers will descend on downtown Phoenix's watering holes to participate in the inaugural Urban Ale Trail. The self-guided tour will guide drinkers to a number of downtown, midtown, and uptown restaurants and bars where they'll find beer sa ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Livability.com Rates Tempe as Fifth-Best College Town of 2014

    List-centric website Livability.com has rated Tempe, Arizona, as one of the top-10 college towns in the country for 2014 based on employment and recreational opportunities. No one would mistake the site for a peer-reviewed scientific journal -- it's owned by moving-van companies, and it began its s ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Romeo's Euro Cafe Tuesday, August 19 Every third Tuesday of the month chef Romeo Taus of Romeo's Euro Cafe in Gilbert hosts a special dinner event with three courses and three wines for $30. This month's event features Asian Calamari Salad with cilantro tangy citrus sesame oil dressing and spicy ca ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Talk & Tasting with Jon Bonné Saturday, August 9 Wine lovers will probably know the name Jon Bonné, the award-winning journalist is wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and authors the paper's annual "Top 100 Wines" list. This weekend Bonné will come to Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Pastry Chef Marisa Lown on Eating Well: "It's Not a One Size Fits All for Everyone"

    Marisa Lown Pastry chef The Radical Cupcake theradicalcupcake.blogspot.com These days you won't find pastry chef Marisa Lown in a restaurant kitchen, but that doesn't mean she's left the Valley pastry scene. Lown is still active both in her kitchen and on social media as The Radical Cupcake, whic ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    10 Best Things I Ate and Drank in July

    I know summer is supposed to be the slow season for restaurants in this town but I can tell you I didn't notice anything slow during last month's dining excursions. A few of the items that make it on July's list of the best things I ate and drank are special creations that do a great job of showcasi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain Tuesday, August 5 Starting this week and continuing through the month of August, Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain will be offering A Taste of Quiessence summer dining experience. For the event chef Dustin Christofolo will be creating a three-course ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Cocktail Summer Camp at The Gladly: 200 Years of Whiskey Cocktails Passed in a Flash

    Are you good at retaining information while consuming a formidable amount of alcohol? If so, then chances are you'd get a lot out of The Gladly's Summer Cocktail Camp, a series of bi-monthly cocktail classes featuring some of the Valley's top mixologists this summer. Each booze-soaked camp feature ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    The Herb Box Tuesday, July 15 This summer The Herb Box at DC Ranch and Southbridge has brought back its Supper Club Series that will take diners on a culinary adventure around the world. For the next two months, the restaurant will offer prix fixe dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, each of w ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Bob Tam of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: "We Want to Feed Those Who Feed Others"

    Bob Tam Chef, partner Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour www.bitterandtwistedaz.com In the words of Bitter & Twisted Principle Barman and Proprietor Ross Simon, the downtown cocktail lounge is "a bar that happens to have great food." As in, first and foremost, this place is about the drinks. But ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    "Sweet Julia" Series Debut Saturday, June 21 Catch Phoenix's own confection queen Julia Baker in the debut of the six-episode series Sweet Julia this Saturday on The Cooking Channel. (Check your local listings for times.) The series will cover everything from desserts -- of course -- to how to inco ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Harvesting Native Arizona Wheat with Hayden Flour Mills (SLIDESHOW)

    When you shop at the farmers market or grocery store, it's easy to take for granted the many hours of work that go into a single loaf of bread. Or at least, it is until you have the chance to insert yourself directly into the middle of the process. On Saturday morning, about two dozen volunteers h ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Hugh Laurie's Rock Face Is Epic

    Toes were tapping, bodies were swaying and there were mini standing ovations after almost every song Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band played for a sold out crowd Tuesday night at the Mesa Arts Center. If there was any doubt that the House M.D. star was a tried and true musician before, it was ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in The Biltmore Neighborhood Right Now

    You'd never know that fine dining has taken a downturn when you look at the restaurant scene in the Biltmore neighborhood. This upscale area surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa continues to be one of the best dining and shopping destinations in town. There's been a lot of growth in the are ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The 7 Chef Pig Out at The Gladly Lived Up to Its Name

    Before you could even step inside The Gladly Sunday, you could smell the salty, smoky aromas of pork wafting through the air. But that will tend to happen when seven of the Valley's best chefs team up to create an eleven-dish, pork-centric supper. With the help of Tender Belly, which provided all ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Preview Event: Grand Opening Is Tonight (PHOTOS)

    The highly-anticipated Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour opened its doors for a few hours Thursday night to give guests a taste of downtown's newest hotspot before officially opening Friday, May 30. Saying that people were eager to get in would be an understatement. The bar area was full before th ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    10 Signs You're A Phoenix Foodie

    Don't worry, you don't have to be a Valley native to be considered a true Phoenix foodie. It's not how long you've lived here that gives you real culinary cred, but things like knowing where to find edible seafood and when it's peach picking season. Or knowing that a restaurant with Schreiner's saus ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    O.H.S.O. Distillery Opens Today Get excited, Scottsdale-ites! The second location of Arcadia's O.H.S.O. nanoBrewery opens in north Scottsdale today. Called O.H.S.O. Distillery the restaurant and bar is located at 15681 North Hayden Road and will offer new food items, new specialty drinks, and diff ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    5 Favorite Day Drinking Spots in Central/Downtown Phoenix: Quick PHX

    Our Quick PHX guide this year showed you a lot of dining, partying, and entertainment options this year, and we have some more drinks to share. From coffee to happy hour and cocktails, check out some of the best imbibing options in Central/Downtown Phoenix. Today we'll show you the best spots for ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Artopia Friday, April 25 This Friday night, we're announcing the winners of the fifth annual Big Brain Awards at Artopia, a celebration with food, drinks, and, of course, art. We've already introduced you to all the finalists in the Culinary Arts category, which includes Aisha Tedros of A.T. Coffee ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    5 Best Barrel-Aged Cocktails in Metro Phoenix

    Barrel aging can transform a cocktail from its typical flavor to a smoother, richer, and more cohesive final product. As the cocktail mixture sits in the barrel, it develops much like a bourbon does as it barrel ages. While cocktails typically spend much less time in barrels than the spirits they're ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Jason Grossmiller of Arizona Distilling Company on SB 1397: "It's a Shame."

    Jason Grossmiller Co-Owner, Distiller Arizona Distilling Company azdistilling.com Arizona Distilling Company seems to be making a habit of blazing trails for the state's fledgling micro-distilling scene. When it released Copper City Bourbon last June, it was the first legally distilled spirit made ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Perry Rea of Queen Creek Olive Mill on What Makes Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil Good

    This is part two of our interview with Perry Rea, owner of Queen Creek Olive Mill. Today, the certified olive oil sommelier explains the differences between good and bad extra virgin olive oil and gives us advice on how pick good oil. If you missed part one, in which we learned how the mill makes Ar ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale Right Now

    This time of year downtown and central Scottsdale become the Valley's biggest tourist destinations, thanks in no small part to the high concentration of top-notch restaurants you'll find in these trendy neighborhoods. With so many choices it's hard to pick the very best of the crop but right now o ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Arizona Aloha Festival Saturday, March 8 This weekend, the 20th annual Arizona Aloha Festival will go down at Tempe Town Lake, bringing Hawaiian and Polynesian culture to the Valley. In addition to live performances and tons of vendors (you know you want one of those dashboard hula girls), you'll ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Mark Tarbell's The Tavern: The Biltmore 'Hood Gets Caviar, Lobster Rolls, and Lamb Burgers

    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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    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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    March 4, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix on Chris Curtiss and the "Gluten Intolerance" Trend

    Adam Brown Exective Chef Noca restaurantnoca.com This is part one of our interview with Adam Brown, the new executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown, a former Noca sous-chef, was named executive chef in late January, taking the job that had been vacant since mid-2013 when former chef Claudio Urc ... More >>

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    March 1, 2014

    15 Things We Ate and Drank Saturday at Devoured Food Wine Classic 2014

    After the first day of the Devoured Food Wine Classic, we're stuffed. The overcast skies and intermittent rain didn't keep crowds of Valley food lovers from drinking and dining the day away at the Phoenix Art Museum. With nearly 50 restaurants and more than 30 wineries at the first of the two-da ... 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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    February 12, 2014

    Le Napoleon Bakery in West Phoenix: Handmade Chocolates, European Pastries

    There are plenty of places in the Valley crafting delicate French macarons -- the popularity of these sweet little sandwich-like confections has been on the rise for years. But few places other than Le Napoleon bakery in West Phoenix offer 18 different flavors every day along with all manner of Euro ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    10 Metro Phoenix Chefs We Want to Date

    When it comes to finding love, we at Chow Bella aren't asking for much. All we need is someone to make us sweet pastries in the morning, a three-course candlelit dinner in the evening, and the occasional brunch on Sundays. Basically, we want to date a chef. Someone who can melt the butter as well ... More >>

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    January 25, 2014

    Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2014, Advice from Day One: Get the Lobster Roll, Bring Cash, Prepare for Lines

    In its third year, New Times' annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival has become a must-attend event for the food truck fan and novice alike. I've attended (and written about it) every time. After a warm, filling Day One at this year's Street Eats, I can tell you that this year's festival is a good o ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Singh Farms Saturday, November 9 Located just off Loop 101 at Thomas Road, Singh Farms opens up its 20 acres of farmland every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly farmers market offers a selection of organic produce and artisan food products. With great values on items like eggs, greens and ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Joe's Farm Grill Wednesday, November 6 Joe's Farm Grill is thanking customers with the annual "Free Cheeseburger Day" this Wednesday, November 6. All you have to do is show up, stand in line between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and you can get a free cheeseburger, french fries and a drink. The key is that y ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Top 5 Places To Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Four Peaks Brewing Company Tuesday, October 29 Arizona's craft beer lovers can celebrate the release of Brewing Arizona: A Century of Been in the Grand Canyon State this Tuesday at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe. The 360-page book features hundred of illustrations and and historical information about ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Roosevelt Row's Taste of the Trucks Food Truck Festival: Lots of New Eats, Shorter Lines

    Dozens of the Valley's food trucks hit Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for the Taste of the Trucks food truck festival. We headed out on Sunday to sample just what the fest had to offer -- and we're happy to say many of the complaints we shared after the la ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    8 Best Coffee Houses in Metro Phoenix

    Coffee: Elixir of the gods -- or at least the sleep deprived. Here in the Valley there are plenty of places to get a fix of fresh-brewed coffee. But if you're looking for a particularly satisfying jolt of caffeine we've narrowed down the options in this year's Best of Phoenix® edition. Here are t ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Liberty Market Today In celebration of five years of business Gilbert's Liberty Market is offering $5 Tower Burgers and $5 22-oz Liberty Ale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you drop by the restaurant's 5 Year Anniversary party you'll also find special desserts and you can enter a drawing for gift cards. ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    A Taste of Greece Festival In Chandler: All Greek and Good Eats

    There are a few Greek festivals in the Valley and this weekend saw the celebration of A Taste of Greece festival held at Chandler's St. Katherine Church. The three-day event might not be the biggest Greek fest, but delivers on authenticity and spirit. See our slideshow of the event. All of the fo ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    10 Best Things I Ate in September

    Another month, another look back at the best things I ate during September. From dishes like my new favorite carne asada taco, to magnificent Mediterranean eats, to a killer lasagna my dining companion likened to the work of the devil, here are ten of the best things I ate this month selected from ... More >>

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    September 7, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. 10 Best Things I At ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown on the Meaning of Farm-to-Table and the Surprising Story of How He Ended Up at Binkley's

    Justin Olsen Chef de cuisine Bink's Midtown binksmidtown.com This is part one of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, he dishes on how he went from fixing cars to the culinary arts and how he ended up working at Binkley's four years ago. Be sure to come back tomorrow for ... More >>

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    September 1, 2013

    The Gladly in Phoenix Offers Special Guests a Sneak Preview

    Although the doors didn't officially open until Saturday, about a hundred guests enjoyed a sneak preview Friday night of one of the Valley's most highly anticipated new restaurants, The Gladly. Chef Bernie Kantak, Andrew Fritz and mixologist/bar master extraordinaire Richie Moe, the triumvirate re ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Seven Hate-Free Chicken Sandwiches in Metro Phoenix

    See Also: Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" Protest Today: Puckering Up for Gay Rights All this talk of chicken sandwiches lately has made us hungry for one thing -- a chicken sandwich. But not just any ol' chicken sandwich, we want a delicious, hate- free chicken sandwich that believes that everyone should ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    St. Francis Posts a Kids Lunch Menu and Sets Off a Little Debate About Children in Restaurants

    Evie Carpenter​It started innocently enough. Last week, St. Francis, the stunningly cool bastion of contemporary American cuisine in Central Phoenix, posted a lunch menu for kids on their Facebook page and ended up with a discussion -- pro and con -- about children in restaur ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Chompie's Ultimate Sliders Challenge

    Evie CarpenterZach Fowle prepares to take on the slider challenge at Chompie's.​​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ing ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Zach Fowle Attempts Tonight's Man v. Food Challenge at Chompie's

    Evie CarpenterZach Fowle and his nemesis: Chompies' Slider Challenge.​Tonight, Travel Channel celebrity Adam Richman will perform feats of gastronomic fortitude direct from Tempe in a new episode of Man v. Food. His ultimate hunger quest for this episode: the slider challenge at Chompie's. Fea ... More >>

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