Food Network

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    July 26, 2013

    Food Network Now Casting for New Grocery-Themed Cooking Reality Show

    Two words for pro cooks and chefs who know what the hell a supermarket is and could use a little extra scratch in their wallets: casting call. That's right. On the heels of dumping racist butter-slinger Paula Deen, the Food Network is trolling for fresh meat for a yet-to-be-named cooking reality s ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    How's Your Week Goin'? Jamburritos Food Truck's Michael Brown Has Been Busy Closing a Deal on a Brick-and-Mortar Space Downtown in the Midst of Being Rejected by the Food Network

    When discussing the highs and lows of food truck ownership, chef Michael Brown of Jamburritos Cajun Grille Express knows they can happen at any time -- sometimes around the same time. See also: - Six Phoenix Food Trucks, Rated - Food Truck Caravan Rolls Into Downtown Scottsdale The ex-New Yorker, ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013
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    April 12, 2013

    James Beard Award-Winning Celebrity Chef Teams Up with Phoenix's Justin Beckett for Special Dinner (Spoiler Alert: Reality TV)

    On the heels of the announcement that he'll be opening a new restaurant in the old Beef Eaters building on Camelback Road this fall, Valley chef Justin Beckett has more news -- of the celebrity chef kind. See also: - Valley Sweets Expert Julia Baker Getting Her Own Show on the Cooking Channel - Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Matt Pool on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, His Last Meal on Earth, and What Most People Don't Know About Coffee

    This is part two of my interview with Matt Pool, owner of Matt's Big Breakfast and Giant Coffee. If you missed part one, where Pool explains what he learned from Chris Bianco and defends Phoenix as a food town, read it here. See also: -- Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant Gets a Facelift and We've G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Aaron May Opens Over Easy Locations in Mesa and Gilbert

    When chef-restaurateur Aaron May and his partner-dad Brad opened the first Over Easy in 2007 in a former Taco Bell on 40th Street, they had an instant hit on their hands. Even though they'd added on a small shaded patio -- bigger than the restaurant's interior -- they still had long waits on the wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Chefs, What Would It Take to Sell Yourselves to a Major Corporation?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail James Beard likened himself to a "gastronomic whore" after signing an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    M.J. Coe Dishes on the Weirdest Thing He Couldn't Eat and the Death of Cupcake Wars

    M.J. Coe Tammie Coe Cakes and MJ Bread 610 E. Roosevelt St., No. 145 Phoenix, 85004 Federal Pizza 5210 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 See Also: Aaron Chamberlin Dishes on (Not) Being a Celebrity Chef and the Hype Around St. Francis When It Opened Steven "Chops" Smith Dishes on the Weirdest Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Help Food Network Connect to the Phoenix Food Scene: Submit Your Pitch Today

    Have you always wished you could hack Food Network? Now's your chance. The TV network has teamed up with Advertising Age to find the most innovative technological idea to help tailor Food Network's content (including the Cooking Channel and its digital presence) to local audiences. They want to know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Beau MacMillan Stars in New Game Show "Beat the Chefs," Premiering Thursday, August 23rd

    See also: Beau MacMillan To Appear On Premiere of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Made Beau Mac -- executive chef of Elements at Sanctuary Resort -- is our local celeb-chef and certifiably famous TV star, the high-energy, fast-talking BoSox buff who's truly in his element on the small screen. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    What Would Help Make Better Cooks in the Valley?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.Sure, the Valley can claim a lot of talented chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good about Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His Life

    See also: Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House This is part two of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. If you missed part one, read it here. The great thing about being a chef is: I get to throw a party every night! The tough thing about bein ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    James Porter Explains Why Deadliest Catch Is Better Than Anything on Food Network and Names One Local Chef He Could Happily Spend a Week With

    See also: James Porter, Eddie Matney and Others Team Up with Local Brewery to Make Their Own Beer This is part two of my interview with James Porter, chef-owner of Petite Maison. If you missed part one of the interview, read it here. Favorite food smell: Saffron and white wine. If your cooking we ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 21, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    The Breadfruit's Dwayne Allen Takes Some of the Mystery Out of Food Network's Mystery Diners

    See also: Local Restaurants Featured on Mystery Diners See also: Phoenix Area Restaurants Featured on Mystery Diners Find a Mixed Bag of Reactions See also: Kim Brennan of Big Earl's Greasy Eats Pushes Back Against Cave Creek Conservative Columnist, Defends Mystery Diners Episode and Plans White Tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Am I a Food Snob? (A Flowchart)

    From time to time, Zach Fowle will provide a visual guide to every day and extraordinary situations ... and (because he has bad handwriting) Claire Lawton will illustrate them. Welcome to Charted Territory: The world of a food snob is an often-confusing world of trends, vocabulary and kitchen app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    10 Favorite Burrito Joints in Metro Phoenix

    In his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! and editor of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly, says there's no known etymological origin for the word, burrito -- even where it was created is a mystery. We l ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    April 9, 2012

    Epicuriad in Photos

    On Friday, 11 of Arizona's top chefs flexed their food-pairing muscles at the second annual Epicuriad, the Beer for Brains Foundation's dinner event that pits beer against wine in a food fight to the finish. Chow Bella was provided a media pass to document the deliciousness, and with almost 30 beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Salt River Fields

    Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, The most important advice we can give you regarding finding food near Salt River Fields: avoid the Pavillions shopping center, unless McDonald's and 5 & Diner are your idea of fine dining. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Churn's Monica Castillo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Starting today, we've got some introductions to make. Meet our Caramalpalooza candymakers, starting with Monica Castillo of Churn. Castillo, who's worked everywhere from the Parlor to the Valley Ho, is a pastry chef with a degree from Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Win Free Tickets to the Street Eats Food Truck Festival this Saturday!

    ​By now you've likely got your calendar marked for the first big food truck event of 2012. But do you have your tickets yet? From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday, January 14, at Salt River Fields near Talking Stick Resort, the Street Eats Food Truck Festival, presented by New Times, will featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Top Ten Burgers in Greater Phoenix

    ​You can thank the St. Louis World Fair of 1904 for being the launching pad for the hamburger as we know it (at one point, it was called the hamburger sandwich). Today, the round patty in a bun is the primary way in which the Western world consumes beef. When it comes to burgers in the greater Pho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Susan Tully's Wassail Christmas

    Christmas comes a little early to Chow Bella this year -- in the form of some darn good holiday storytelling. Today, Susan Tully shares a booze-filled tale of love and cheer. Claire Lawton​The first time I met my next-door neighbor, I was a guest at his annual Wassail party. His Wassail wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Beau MacMillan To Appear On Premiere of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Made

    Celebu-chef Beau MacMillan, of Elements inside Paradise Valley's Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, is no stranger to television gigs (let's see...Chopped All-Stars, Worst Cooks in America, Iron Chef America...) Makes sense then that Beau Mac and a few of his friends will be appearing on the premiere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    21 Cakes: Gourmet Cupcakery of Swanky Sweet Treats in North Scottsdale

    ​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, 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 items, and satis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Beau McMillan and Nine Other Celebrity Chefs to Compete on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

    ​If an Iron Chef is "a king among chefs" then what's a king among Iron Chefs called? A SUPER CHEF, YO, THE ONLY TITLE THAT MATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In a move that has nothing to do with sagging ratings, the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef, premiering October 30 on the Food Network, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Food Network Names The Parlor Pizzeria's "Salsiccia" Best Slice in the State

    Food Network MagazineThe Salsiccia from The Parlor Pizzeria​From Birmingham, Alabama, to Laramie, Wyoming, Food Network Magazine recently completed a cross-country road trip to discover the best slices in every state. The Arizona winner? The Salsiccia From The Parlor Pizzeria in Central Phoe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Bruschetta Three Ways, All Vegetarian

    ildueipicche bruschetta​ I don't know about you, but I am ready to give my cook top a break -- send it on vacation with the chefs who, like a NYC shrink, shutter their doors for a summer respite. My ambition to make a meal has been reduced to quick and easy preparations that require a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    July 18 In Blogs: Jan Brewer, Adult Swim, SofaKingRadio, Food Network, and Yukari Miyamae

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Follow Friday: Chefs/Cooks On TV

    It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter accounts for any Phoenix foodie to follow. We've been spending a sad amount of time indoors this summer running away from the heat and searching out new food inspiration on the boob tube. Everybody is tweeting now, e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Lunch & Learn Series Returns With Celebu-Chefs Aaron May, Robert Irvine, and Marcus Samuelsson

    Sanctuary Camelback Mountain​When it comes to giving our brains something else to do this summer besides think about how crazy hot it is, award-winning chef Beau MacMillan of the Scottsdale resort, Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, is bringing back his popular Lunch & Learn series with lots of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Guy Fieri The Road Show -- It's Happening Tomorrow

    Guy Fieri ​Just in case you've been living under a rock or need a friendly reminder, the spiky-haired Food Network star Guy Fieri will be on stage at Mesa Arts Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.. The National Pork Board (what's a "pork board"?) sponsored event promises to bring "the best elements of a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    $10 Lunch at Los Taquitos

    Megan Dobransky The exterior of Los Taquitos Grill in Ahwatukee.​Los Taquitos Grill's claim to fame is its appearance on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," although you wouldn't know it by walking into the Mexican restaurant. The only nod to the fame is in the form of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Food Network Films at Sweet Republic... And Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe?

    Carol Blonder Sweet Republic's Toffee Banofi Sundae The Food Network folks are in town and busy. We hear they stopped by Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe yesterday for fried chicken with Beau MacMillian, before hitting up Sweet Republic today for Alton Brown's favorite take on Banofi P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    AZ Biltmore Hosts "Inside the Chef's Studio"

    ​Any excuse to hang out at the iconic Arizona Biltmore resort is great (oh, that architecture!), but if you've got a thing for gourmet cooking, there's extra incentive to visit, thanks to the new "Inside the Chef's Studio" series. This will be your chance to step inside the Biltmore's main k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    The Virgin Cook Pops Her Cherry With a Bloody Mess

    By Missy & The Universe via Flickr I admit it. ​I have no clue how to cook food that tastes good. I'm practically a cooking virgin. When I met my in-laws, I tried to bake a pie for the first and only time. I had this ingenious idea that if regular pecan pie tasted good, a pie  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Tonight: Over Easy on The Food Network

    Over Easy's Waffle Dogs get some television love.​Christmas comes a little bit early for the folks at Over Easy, who will be featured tonight on The Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Chef Aaron May's retro-inspired diner, which started off as a breakfast joint but now serves equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Giuseppe's Set to Appear on Food Network

    Just got the word from Giuseppe's owner Richard Bock that his tiny Italian eatery on Indian School will be featured in the June 1 episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. The show's host, Guy Fieri, was in town last October to film the segment. On a related note, Bock should h ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Fest Comprises 12 Events This Week

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival sounds monolithic, but the granddaddy among the Valley's culinary festivals is surprisingly multifaceted -- a dozen different events at 16 different restaurants and venues around town, ranging from casual tastings to semi-formal sit-down occasions.

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    January 8, 2009

    Closed for Business: Aunt Lena's Creamery

    Was it the economy that did them in? Stephanie Case, a representative for Chandler's Fulton Towne Center, confirmed that popular gelato shop Aunt Lena's Creamery closed at the end of November, although she couldn't comment on the cause. Co-owner Ray D'Ottavio, pictured above, appeared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    No Reservations does a drive-by

    By Michele Laudig Huh. So Tony Bourdain finally comes to Phoenix, and the only thing that merits attention to this city -- or hell, this state -- is a two-foot chili dog from Cooperstown? I still don't know if the brief AZ segment pissed me off, made me sad, or simply bored me to tears. No offen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Joe's Farm Grill on TV -- tune in!

    Here's the lowdown from Joe Johnston, owner of Joe's Farm Grill, which will be featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives next Monday night (May 19): We were contacted last Fall about being a part of "Drive-ins, Diners, and Dives" hosted by popular chef, Guy Fieri. In mid-December, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    Food Network is casting for a new series

    This just in: FOOD NETWORK IS LOOKING FOR AMAZING STORIES FOR A GROUNDBREAKING NEW SERIES!!! Do you or someone you know have an amazing food related story to tell? Do you know someone who has gone from being homeless to the owner of their own restaurant, makes pop art out of pineapples, or eats ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007

    The Food Network feasts at Joe's Farm Grill

    "When they call, you make time," says Joe Johnston, owner of Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert, of his recent contact with the Food Network. A production crew from the show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" will be onsite tomorrow to start shooting for an episode that will air in late February. The shoot wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2007

    In Honor of Thanksgiving: The Top Music Turkeys of 2007

    Britney Spears: This one’s obvious and way too easy, but Brit’s had a spectacularly bad year, so I’ll get it out of the way first. The head-shaving, the booze-and-drugs-gobbling, battling Federline in court and an automobile with an umbrella, the allegedly bad parenti ... More >>

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    January 29, 2007

    I heart Iron Chef

    Food Network Chef Morimoto rocks it in the Kitchen Stadium Ooh, did you catch that episode of Iron Chef America with Masaharu Morimoto versus Homaru Cantu? I finally watched it last night after having in my DVR list for a few days. (I got a little behind last week, and was more preoccupied wi ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Pails in Comparison

    Southwestern flavors prevail in menu's Mexican-American war

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