French Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    5 Places to Eat, Drink, and Celebrate Bastille Day in Metro Phoenix

    Say what you want about their politics, but the French have given us a lot to be thankful for in the realm of food. Quiche, baguettes, escargot, Brie, pain perdu (or for the non-francophiles, French toast)...the list of delicious French dishes on and on. This Monday, July 14, why not take a meal i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Chef Christopher Gross Brings Back "Petit Plates" Menu at Christopher's and Crush Lounge

    James Beard Award-winning chef Christopher Gross has been serving top-quality French fare to the Biltmore neighborhood of years. At Christopher's and Crush Lounge you can always count on Gross' menu that blend classic French cuisine with modern, American dining tastes. And as of this week he's add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Frog Legs at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue: They Really Do Taste Like Chicken

    The Chef: Bryan Dooley The Restaurant: Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue The Animal: Frog The Dish: Frog legs with lemon tartar sauce Though they're not exactly common fare in the southwest, frog legs are a staple of French, Cantonese, and American southern cuisines. Popular types of preparation ran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Peoria, Surprise and El Mirage Right Now

    Head west of the Loop 101, hit the US 60, and you're in the north West Valley. And while it's not the hottest or hippest part of greater Phoenix, the cities in this neck of the woods -- which include Peoria, Surprise, and El Mirage -- have more than a few restaurant gems to offer hungry diners. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Chef Aurore de Beauduy of Vogue Bistro on Surprise and Her Most Memorable Meal Ever

    This is part two of our interview with chef Aurore de Beauduy of Vogue Bistro in Surprise. Having traveled and worked all over the world, you can imagine de Beauduy is a woman with a quite a lot of stories to tell. Today she shares our favorite of those adventures (at least from those we've gotten t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Nikki's Five Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18-27)

    Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Vincent Guerithault on Wolfgang Puck and Kevin Binkley

    This is part two of my interview with Vincent Guerithault, chef-owner of Vincent on Camelback and Vincent's Market Bistro. If you missed part one, where Guerithault talks about being an apprentice, famous people he's cooked for and where he buys his macarons, read it here. Disclosure: I dated Vince ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Vincent Guerithault on Who He's Cooked For and Where He Gets His Macarons

    Vincent Guerithault Vincent on Camelback, Vincent's Market Bistro 3930 East Camelback Road 602-224-0225, See also: -- Taste Maker #53: Vincent Guerithault -- James Beard Award-Winning Celebrity Chef Teams Up with Phoenix's Justin Beckett for Special Dinner (Spoiler Ale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Jacques Qualin of J&G Steakhouse On Lori Hashimoto, Anthony Bourdain and the Difference Between French and American Cooks

    This is part two of my interview with Jacques Qualin, chef de cuisine at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort. If you missed part one, where Qualin talked about head cheese, being an apprentice, and working for Daniel Boulud, read it here. See also: -- Hana's Lori Hashimoto Dishes on Brazilian L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    New French Bistro from Notable Valley Chef Opens in North Scottsdale

    Native Frenchman and chef George Venezia may have lived in the Valley for several years, but he still retains a Gallic agreeability his customers adore. See also: Austin-Based Hopdoddy Burger Bar Coming to Scottsdale Pork-Centric Austin-Based Restaurant Salty Sow Coming to Paradise Valley And now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Nikki's Got Four More Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week -- It's Not Too Late!

    Arizona Restaurant Week kicked off last Saturday and ends this coming Sunday, September 23 -- which means there's still time to find a great bargain if your favorite restaurant isn't already booked. "You snooze, you lose" definitely applies here. See also: Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child

    If there was ever a day to celebrate food and the culinary arts, Julia Child's 100th birthday seems a fitting time. Several Phoenix restaurants collaborated on the national Julia Child restaurant week, which ends today. And as of 12:30 p.m., there were still a few tickets available to the Julia Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    10 Things About Julia Child That Make Her Cooler Than You Ever Thought Possible

    See also: Julia Child Restaurant Week Specials at Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants This Wednesday, August 15, would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. And although the American chef may be most known as a television personality, author of the groundbreaking book Mastering the Art of French Cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Julia Child Restaurant Week Specials at Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    See also: Listen to Guns N' Roses, Watch Julia Child Threaten to Eat Vegetarians See also: Christopher Gross Compares Truffle Oil to Heroin and Dishes on the Foie Gras Ban Even though Julia Child stood at an impressive 6' 2", it's clear that she never looked down upon any determined cook. During Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Chris Curtiss Dishes on His First Phoenix Gig and Why Food Network Sucks

    This is part one of my interview with Chris Curtiss, executive chef at NoRTH Arcadia. Come back tomorrow for part two. Chris Curtiss NoRTH Arcadia 4925 N. 40th Street, Phoenix 602-324-5600 Chris Curtiss looks happy. He's making pasta at a wooden table in NoRTH Arcadia's sparkling exh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Jacques Pépin and Barbara Fenzl Cook Southwestern Cuisine on PBS

    If you love cooking shows that focus on teaching -- not drama -- you're in for a real treat at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4. That's when Eight, Arizona PBS premieres Jacques Pépin Cooks for Eight, a two-hour cooking special starring world-famous French chef Jacques Pépin and Arizona's own culinary c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Jeff Kraus of Truckin' Good Food

    Experience Gastro ​We're chatting in this week's Chef Talk with Jeff Kraus, owner and chef of Truckin' Good Food. Although the mobile version of TGF no longer roams the streets of Phoenix bringing Parisian-inspired delicacies to Valley residents, Kraus' new endeavors are making our mouths water. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    What Chef Would You Most Want to Cook For?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where each week Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question or topic 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.​They're masters at thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Chef Vincent of Vincent on Camelback, Part Two

    Hayes Button Vincent Guerithault​Yesterday we brought you the first part of our conversation with Chef Vincent Guerithault of Vincent on Camelback. Today our talk continues. What was the new life like for you when you came to America?It was a lot of work. I didn't speak a word of English s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Bastille Day Specials in Phoenix

    www.tampabay.comThe Eiffel Tower explodes with fireworks once every year on July 14th.​For those of you who feel like one patriotic holiday in July isn't nearly enough, we've got good news. Thursday, July 14, aka Bastille Day, is upon us -- time to swap your hot dog for a filet mignon and party li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    New in Anthem: Fine Dining at Cafe Provence

    ​Five months ago, Cafe Provence took over the Anthem space that previously housed Madelyn's, serving a casual menu of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Now, the restaurant has just branched out to French fine dining in the evenings. It's a welcome upscale option for the north ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Becky Windels' Smoked Trout Beignets

    Courtesy of The Herb Box​Yesterday we talked to Chef Becky Windels of The Herb Box in Scottsdale. Today, she shows us how to prepare one of the restaurants signature appetizers, Smoked Trout Beignets. A beignet is a fried pastry ball, often served as a dessert with powdered sugar or jam. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, Part Two

    Chef Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar fuses together his Mexican heritage, French cooking techniques, Spanish food adoration and Arizona kitchen experience to create really interesting dishes with international flair.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club brings Julia Childs-inspired cuisine to moviegoers

    We can't help but get hungry whenever superstar chef Julia Childs is mentioned, so why not eat her food while watching a movie about her?

  • Film

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Chef James Porter Readies His Petite Maison

    ​Three months ago, when chef James Porter abruptly shuttered his restaurant Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar, he promised to return later this summer with a brand-new, more budget-friendly French country bistro in Scottsdale. Now, he's ready to deliver. Petite Maison is officially opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Chef Talk: Brian Ferguson, 98 South

    Lauren GilgerChef Brian Ferguson outside of 98 South in downtown Chandler.​Brian Ferguson runs the most organized, least serious army platoon in town. It's also the tastiest. Those are his words, by the way, "army platoon." He describes his team as "a very tight, cohesive unit. You don't have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Metro Brasserie Opening Monday

    By Michele Laudig For a while, the sign in the window of FOODBAR, at SouthBridge, indicated that it was closed for renovations this summer. But when it finally reopens on Monday, October 20, it'll be a whole new restaurant: Metro Brasserie, a traditional French brasserie open daily for breakfast, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Heads up, Francophiles: Bastille Day celebrations next week

    By Michele Laudig Independence Day last Friday just gave us a sweet three-day weekend, but zut alors, the French have to celebrate Bastille Day on a Monday this year. But there's still plenty of reason to party. (Isn't French food and French wine worth celebrating all the time?) Check out the me ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 6, 2006

    Liège Largess

    Belgian endeavor

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    June 16, 2005

    Sammy Time

    Fresh pasture for downtown grazing

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    April 22, 2004

    Sorry, Kermit

    Our critic finds a piece of Paris in the Valley

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    February 26, 2004


    Finally, a restaurant that actually cooks up to its reputation

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    May 30, 2002

    Of Bouillabaisse Gone By

    Bistro Provence flies French flag in Chandler

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Ritz Cracker

    Finer French fare, bottled barbecue and brunch

  • Dining

    October 18, 2001

    Medium Well

    Portland's shows promise, especially at lunch

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 20, 2001

    Best French Restaurant

    Sophie's: A French Bistro

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    Four Ever Young

    Vive la France! Bistros bring fine, fast fare to the Valley

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    French Tickler

    Sophie's is the new choice for French in Phoenix

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 21, 2000

    Best French Restaurant

    6th Avenue Bistrot
    7150 East Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale

  • Dining

    September 7, 2000

    Pardon Their French

    Bistro 24 is simply boring

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