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    October 31, 2014

    The Yard Tempe Will Include New Location of Aaron May's Over Easy

    As we told you earlier this summer, Tempe will soon be home to the second location of Sam Fox's ambitious mutli-use complex called The Yard. Like the original Phoenix location, The Yard Tempe will include a new location of Fox's Culinary Dropout restaurant and a few other local businesses. In June ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    5 Lessons Learned at Taste of Chicago, The World's Largest Outdoor Food Festival

    Taste of Chicago, or The Taste as it's usually referred to, is one of the nation's best-known food events. It's been around since long before Food Network was a social force and kale was cool. For many, it's a summer tradition that's as cherished as any and this year was the event's 34th anniversary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season continues this weekend with the fourth annual Arizona Taco Festival but if you're looking for something a little more celebrity-driven, may we suggest catching some of the region's best chefs as they tour the Valley on Saturday? And if you're planning on heading to Tempe at all, we'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Tomato & Grilled Cheese Cupcakes at Urban Cookies Bakeshop: This Week Only

    Nothing says summer like the flavor of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, but you might not be expecting to eat the fruit-once-mistaken-for-a-vegetable for dessert. You can try an unusually sweet twist on the classic pairing of tomato soup and grilled cheese at Urban Cookies Bakeshop, available today thr ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    "Butter for Paula" Support Group Launches Butter Wrapper Protest

    Dedicated Paula Deen supporters are popping up by the thousands to show support for their butter queen. Some 600 thousand fans of the Facebook page "We Support Paula Deen," led by a man named John Schmitt, launched a campaign to send empty butter wrappers to companies that dropped the Food Network s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Next Up on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Tempe's Curry Corner and The Duce in Downtown Phoenix

    For the 14th season of his popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, spiky-haired chef Guy Fieri spent time with six Valley restaurants in January. See also: - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona - Score Small Bites of Summer at 30 Restaurants in Metro Phoenix T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Free Ice Cream: Sweet Republic's Five Year Anniversary on Wednesday, June 12

    When owners Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung opened the doors of Sweet Republic in 2008 it didn't take long for people to realize the Valley's frozen treat scene would never be the same again. We've given them our vote three times since opening and so have Food and Wine, Sunset, the Travel Channel a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Amy's Baking Company: Overcooked Reality and the Decline of Western Civility

    Editor's note: After the insanity of the last two weeks, we decided that the Amy's Baking Company saga desperately needed some context. New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld graciously complied. A tall, thin man with long, gray hair and a pair of saggy but expensive jeans shakes the handles of tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Crepe Bar's Jeff Kraus: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Crepe Bar isn't the kind of restaurant people would be likely stumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Chris Curtiss Leaves NoRTH Fattoria Italiana for Bourbon Steak

    Chef Chris Curtiss, who has spent the past 19 months implementing a house-made pasta program for Sam Fox's NoRTH Fattoria Italiana, is leaving Fox's organization to work for James Beard Award-winner Michael Mina at Bourbon Steak in the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess. See also: -- Chris Curtiss Dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Guy Fieri Spends Time With Six Valley Restaurants for New Season of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

    Recently, Guy Fieri has been in the spotlight, thanks to Pete Wells utterly destroying his new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen, in a New York Times review. But this week, the restaurateur and Food Network host has been quietly filming six Valley restaurants for the 14th season of hi ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 19, 2012

    Slade Grove Makes Gluten-Free Amaretti Cookies

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 27, 2012

    Nine Food Trucks We Wish Would Road Trip to Phoenix

    See also: 10 Corporate Food Trucks Totally Bogarting the Mobile Kitchen Scene, Man Don't get us wrong, we're damn proud of the Valley's mobile food scene. And it's not like Phoenix doesn't boast some nationally recognized trucks. Now-defunct Truckin' Good Food from Jeff Kraus made a list of Most In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Anatomy of a Chocolate Chip Cookie with Brady Breese of Urban Cookies

    See also: Mail Order Cookie Clash: Urban Cookies vs. Goosebumps See also: Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars See also: Urban Cookies' Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Gâteau Chocolat at Zinc Bistro

    For those looking to escape from Phoenix to Paris, Zinc Bistro is the perfect place to dine. The interior is complete with brass railings, ornate ivory ceiling tiles, a 25-foot zinc bar, and Magnum-sized wine bottles turned into wax-covered candleholders, bringing a touch of French charm to Scottsda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 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

    June 27, 2012

    65: Mark Tarbell

    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 7, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung

    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

    May 8, 2012

    Just Like Mom's: Congrats to the Winners of Chow Bella's Mother's Day Essay Contest

    From Jamaica to Panama, the entrants in Chow Bella's first-ever Mother's Day essay contest took us on a whirlwind tour of maternal culinary inspiration. And boy, are we hungry. Thanks to all who entered, and particularly to Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, who graciousl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Chef Brian Hulihee Celebrates His 10th Anniversary with Roaring Fork

    This week we sat down with Chef Brian Hulihee of Roaring Fork. The last time we checked in with Chef Hulihee in 2010, he talked about his young family and his excitement over pink sea salt. This time, he's celebrating his tenth year anniversary working at the restaurant. Oh how time flies... Today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Epicuriad: The Finest Food/Beer/Wine Pairing Competition This Side of ANYWHERE

    Trust us: With all the superb food festivals we have in the Valley, it's not easy to make it onto Chow Bella's radar.   But the Epicuriad is no ordinary event. On the strength of its unique premise -- top local chefs match dishes with beer and wine in an all-out food pairing competition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Iron Chef Jose Garces Shows Star Power at Old Town Whiskey, Needs a Little Help at Distrito

    Chances are if you're a fan of Food Network's Iron Chef America, you've heard of chef Jose Garces. Recently, two of Garces' concepts, Distrito, a modern Mexican restaurant, and Village Whiskey (altered for Scottsdale to Old Town Whiskey), an upscale tavern, have come to the Valley, inside The Sagua ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012
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    January 13, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink and Bake This Weekend

    ​Are you guys ready to end the week? I sure am, especially since it's a three day weekend which means I might be able to slip a beer or three in on Friday and be able to fully recover by Tuesday morning. 1. Eat Lobster Grilled CheeseAside from partaking in a few a cocktails of the craft beer ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    December 19, 2011

    Iron Chef Jose Garces of Distrito at The Saguaro

    Jose Garces​This week in Chef Talk we bring you a few words from the man behind The Saguaro's new restaurant Distrito, Chef Jose Garces. Winner of the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Mid-Atlantic award in 2009, Garces owns and holds the title of executive chef at a handful of restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Jessica Cuff on Portion Control and Pie-ing Her Kids

    Cupcake Wars Jessica Cuff​We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers. And don't forget about our celebrity bakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy and Five Other Self-Help Books From Eccentric Sources

    Sometimes help can come from the unlikeliest of places. You might not think of Ozzy Osbourne as a self-help guru, but you sure as hell can't say the the dude doesn't know how to survive. His years of hard living benefit his new book, Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy, out on bookstore shelves today. In the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    The Great Food Truck Race: Vote for Your Favorite AZ Wheels to Roll Into Next Season's Line-Up

    Short Leash Hot Dogs is currently ranked at #35 -- we can do better.​With all the national television love Phoenix eateries have been receiving lately, the time to strike is now -- while the karma iron is hot -- to get our favorite food trucks (possibly) on the next season of Food Network's Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars

    Sal and Brady on the set of Cupcake Wars in Los Angeles.​A tomato soup and grilled cheese cupcake? That sweet creation was one of four made by owner and baker Brady Breese and lead baker Salvador Garcia of the Valley's own Urban Cookies (the name changed to OllieCake for the show) to win last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Paletas Betty on Cooking Channel's Food(ography) Tomorrow

    Paletas Betty​Following Sweet Republic's stint last week on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, looks like another Valley ice cream eatery will be getting some cool television exposure. Food(ography) host Mo Rocca​Paletas Betty, the paleteria with locations in Chandler and Tempe a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits and Sausage Gravy from Over Easy

    ​Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email 50: Cheddar Jalape ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 18, 2011

    Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House, Part Two

    Citizen Public House​Yesterday, Chef Bernie Kantak shared details of his culinary adventures and early artistic creations. Today, the conversation turns towards matters more serious, from witnessing a slaughter to ghosts in the machine. First job: My grandmother on my mother's side ran a kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray Announce New Show: Collective Groan Heard Around the World

    ​Yesterday on the Rachel Ray Show, Rach the Rach and Guy Fieri announced their new show, Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown -- a title that makes zero sense and which everyone already knows will not contain smackdowns of any kind. Premiering this summer on the Food Network, Ray Ray describ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Penzeys Spices Shutters Scottsdale Store, Moves into Tempe Marketplace

    ​We credit everything from Food Network to the national attention drawn by celeb chefs Beau Mac Millan and Chris Bianco to new restaurant concepts such as Cycle for the upswing in local culinary interest. Still, we were surprised when a new Penzeys Spices location popped up at the still-tre ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    Anthony Redendo of Sofrita and Redendo's Pizzeria

    Courtesy of Anthony Redendo ​For Anthony Redendo of Sofrita and Redendo's Pizzeria, having a successful restaurant of one's own is not enough. Redendo is a teacher and mentor to his culinary students at Phoenix College as well as his followers on Facebook. Is this guy really a ch ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Make-A-Wish Kid Snubbed by Barefoot Contessa; Two Food Network Chefs (One Is Beau MacMillan) Come to the Rescue

    ​Enzo, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with life-threatening leukemia, wanted to spend an hour or two of the few he might have left with his idol, Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa (bed-ridden, he watches her Food Network show with his mom). But when the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Top Chef All-Stars Season 8, Episode 11 Recap: Deep-Fried Chef's Law

    You got this idea from where, now?​Six chefs remaining and Angelo's gone, yo. Can anyone believe this? Not the part about the six chefs but about Angelo. Seriously? Who will represent crazy now? Answer: Angelo, in about 20 minutes. In the meantime, at the Honeycomb Hideout, we see Blais show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Guido Saccone of Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria, Part Two

    that makes his heart melt and his appetite roar. "Pasta's something I really have passion for," Saccone says. "That's what I eat every day, sometimes twice a day. I tell my wife it's going to kill me."

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    November 18, 2010
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    January 13, 2009

    Mesa Gal's Recipe Lands Her on The Food Network

    That Guy Fieri is one busy dude. It seems like he has a lot on his plate hosting Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives (a Chow Bella fave for all the local indie restaurants it's featured), which takes him all around the country, and Guy's Big Bite. But he's also hosting Ultimate Recipe Showdown, now in it ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Features Giuseppe's

    By Michele Laudig The Food Network seems to do well in the Phoenix metro area, especially considering all the fun local joints that've been showcased on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, including Matt's Big Breakfast, Aunt Lena's Creamery, Chino Bandido Takee Outee, and Joe's Farm Grill. Soon, there'll ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Up next on TV: Aunt Lena's Creamery

    By Michele Laudig Alrighty: It's been confirmed that Aunt Lena's Creamery, the Chandler gelato shop, will be featured in the "Brain Freeze" episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, set to air on the Food Network on Monday, August 11, at 7 and 9 p.m. Aunt Lena's features 32 flavors of made-from-sc ... More >>

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    December 11, 2007

    Matt's Big Breakfast in the spotlight

    This morning, I chatted with Erenia Pool about the latest news at Matt's Big Breakfast: the Food Network's profiling them, too! (See my post from last week about Joe's Farm Grill.) I couldn't wish the attention on sweeter people. Guy Fieri and the crew from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives filmed there ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 11, 2006

    May Day

    Going tapas

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