The weeklong Scottsdale Culinary Fest came to an extravagant end last night at the annual Best of the Fest dinner held at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency. The event brought out eight of the Valley's top chefs who each prepared a coursed dinner for two tables of guests. It's a sort of unofficial competi ... More >>
Chocolate was the unifying factor at the Heard Museum's second annual Haute Chocolate festival, held Friday, Jan. 31. From cocktails to cupcakes -- with some Peruvian cacao thrown in -- it was a sweet evening with a few twists and even an edible fashion show.
If you're already up to your ears with holiday stress from gift shopping, you can forget about planning an elaborate feast for your friends and family. Make reservations at one of the Valley's finest restaurants to enjoy a Christmas dinner with lots of love and laughter -- and less of hearing your r ... More >>
From cocktail-centric celebrations to a wine country brunch, there was no shortage of events for the food lover during last week's Scottsdale Culinary Festival. One final event ended the week with a bang last night at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency, an intimate dinner experience to showcase the talent ... More >>
The Guilty Pleasure: Dessert and Coffee Where To Get It: Compass Arizona Grill, atop the Hyatt Regency Phoenix downtown Price: $8 for dessert, $3 for coffee What It Really Costs: The only regret is that you didn't think of it sooner. On a recent dining excursion to downtown Phoenix, I was strolling ... More >>
Tis the season...for boozing, that is. To celebrate, more than a dozen downtown Phoenix restaurants and bars are taking their holiday concoctions into the battlefield in a six-week competition to see who can come up with the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012. The seasonal libations vary from ... More >>
At the Arizona Republican Party's election-viewing party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix last night, the moment came that precisely none of the scheduled speakers was prepared for -- on a large screen to the right of the stage, Fox News declared that President Obama had won re-election.
Eating pie is pretty much the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and at Saturday's Pie Social, there were plenty of celebrity pies to enjoy -- 14, to be exact. At first, as we judges waited around for a seemingly endless procession of pies to be brought to the table, it seemed a bit daunting to ... More >>
We've added four more bakers to our already star-studded list of celebrity bakers for Pie Social 2012. Open your pie hole Saturday, November 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Second Street and Roosevelt as Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row team up for our third annual sugar binge. See also: -Pie Social in Photos, ... More >>
The Spot: Compass Restaurant & Lounge, 122 North Second Street, (602) 440-3166. phoenix.hyatt.com The Hours: 9 to 11 p.m. daily The Details: This nightly reverse happy hour features $5 house wine (Merlot, Chardonnay, or Cabernet), $5 well drinks, a nightly cocktail special for $7, and a desser ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer was in Washington this week to defend the controversial immigration law known as SB 1070 -- or as Brewer called it, a trip to "defend our state against President Obama, Eric Holder and the Justice Department."Brewer's been taking full advantage of 1070's date with the Supreme Cou ... More >>
Our first Easter Brunch Roundup was posted with plenty of time for those of you who enjoy (or can at least manage) scheduling everything with time to spare. For the rest of you, who like the pressure of waiting up until the last second, now's your time. There's less than a week left until the holida ... More >>
Last Friday night, Smeeks hosted Chow Bella's 3rd Annual Caramelpalooza, and phew, that was a TON of caramel. As author of the blog's Dessert First series, I was asked to be one of five judges. Thanks to all of the ice cream/candy/cookie/popcorn/paleta makers for bringing their creativity to the t ... More >>
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. That's all we can say about the line-up for Caramelpalooza 2012, the third annual caramel tasting event co-sponsored by Smeeks candy store and Chow Bella, going down Friday, March 2 at 7 pm. But don't take our word for it -- check out the list for yourself. Please, try not to dro ... More >>
weheartit.com We know you're digging up those recipes for prime baking season: the holidays. While you're trying to decide between Aunt Bessie's fruitcake and Grandma's Christmas pudding (side note: never go with fruitcake), think about some friendly yuletide competition offered at the Hya ... More >>
Phoenix Comicon 2011 In Photos If you attended Comicon this weekend, the chances are good that you're currently nursing a pocky hangover (possibly a real one as well) and using Memorial Day to nap. While you recover from the sheer awesomeness, take a look back with these photos including cost ... More >>
In the light of day, while they're being watched, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ain't so tough.The above video with footage by Bill Pierce and editing by Dennis Gilman documents a November 19 demonstration outside the Phoenix offices of ICE by undocumented Arizona DREAM Act student ... More >>
Claire Lawton Culinary students Abel Ley, David Cooper and Justin Cooper critique the ingredients they prepared during a practice skills relay. There's no secret ingredient here; just nine culinary student teams competing for The America Culinary Federation's Western Regional title. On Sat ... More >>
We're done with resolutions to eat healthfully and quit our vices. This year we're resolving to reconnect with our nerdolicious self -- basically to let our geek flag fly. And it looks like we won't be alone. 2010 is shaping up to be the year of the geek, with scores of ... More >>
Crucifixion by Ramon DelgadilloI've often fantasized about an anti-Joe Arpaio art show utilizing the talents of the Phoenix art community, a show that would address the ongoing repression and tyranny here in Marikafka County (as some call it) in specific, and our beloved state of Ari-bama, in genera ... More >>
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.
Brazilians and Brazilians of stars
The Cards sure played like wimps last year, but essentially naming their stadium Pussy Park?!
Sticking a fork in 2005
Bookman's hosts its own "March Madness"
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures
Papago's blast from the past
The South by Southwest music conference might've been a disappointment this year, but there are still plenty of questions left to be answered
Visiting revolving restaurants is playwright's hobby
"The Big Eagle" preys again on unsuspecting investors.
Cole Taylor is quitting the escort business to become an Internet star-- but not before conducting a behind-the-bedroom-door tour of the lucrative Scottsdale call-girl scene
June 17 - 23, 1999
National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution
April 23 - 29, 1998