James Beard

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Shrimp Quesadilla from Barrio Cafe: 100 Favorite Dishes

    Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Postino and Short Leash in Phoenix Make the List of Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat

    "Yelp Data" has mined its bevy of user reviews and rankings to reveal the absolute top 100 restaurants in the country that you have to try. Unfortunately, only two Arizona spots made the list, but both are in the Phoenix area. Short Leash's food truck locked in the 81st spot on the list, while Posti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Mel Mecinas of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale on Joaquim Splichal and What He Wants You to Know About Talavera

    Mel Mecinas Executive Chef Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North This week, we're chatting with chef Meliton "Mel" Mecinas, executive chef at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon. As the resort's top chef, Mecinas oversees five kitchens and all the hot ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013
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    October 23, 2013

    The Persimmon: Where to Get It, What to Do with It

    Persimmons are the "hot" fruit. You can look for them this time of year at a few farmers markets, including the Old Town Farmers Market in Scottsdale. That's great because they're pretty to look at and in season, but, um, what do you do with them? Don't worry. We're here.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Searsucker Scottsdale's Steven "Chops" Smith Headed to James Beard Awards: Here's What's on the Menu

    Following in the contrail of Crudo chef Cullen Campbell, another Phoenix chef is headed to New York City for some James Beard culinary fun: Steven "Chops" Smith of Searsucker Scottsdale. See also: - Kevin Binkley, Searsucker, and Short Leash Hot Dogs Among Winners of the 2013 Foodist Awards - The 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award

    Today, the James Beard Foundation Awards, also known as the Oscars of the culinary world, culled its huge February listing of restaurant and chef semifinalists into a short selection of finalists for this year's awards, which will be announced on Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Crudo Chef Cullen Campbell Invited to Cook at the James Beard House

    With the Oscars right around the corner, it seems fitting that chef Cullen Campbell of Crudo, his home of expertly crafted modern Italian fare in Phoenix, would be called upon by a foundation whose awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. See also: - Best Move 2012 - Crudo - Cullen Campbel ... 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

    July 20, 2012

    Anatomy of a Scone with Candy Lesher of Baci d'Amore

    See also: How to Make Unforgettable Scones See also: Scone for the Holidays: AndyTalk's Recipe for Being a Good House Guest When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Eating 16th Street: Let's Begin at Pollo Sabroso

    See also: Calle 16: A Mural Project Hey readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, stea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2012
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    May 15, 2012

    This is Either the Most Awesome Lamb Ever Served, or the Most Pretentious

    Alinea is one of those restaurants with a webpage that doesn't make it immediately clear if they serve food or design furniture for Ikea. The type of restaurant that counts a derivatives trader as part of their creative team and partnered with a science equipment manufacturer to create a "Anti-Gridd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    A Friends of James Beard Dinner in Our Own Backyard Last Night

    Is a trip to NYC and a dinner at the famed James Beard House on your "bucket list"? Note to self, a taste of the experience and access to James Beard award winning chefs from across the nation is right in your backyard. Well, it was last night, anyway. While the James Beard Foundation celebrates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Nobuo Will Offer Omakase-Style Bento Brunch!

    Chef Nobuo Fukuda, the James Beard winning proprietor of Nobuo at Teeter House, is poised to serve what will probably be the classiest bento boxes the Valley has ever seen. An email sent last week promises a $50 Sunday brunch, starting April 15, featuring "Omakase-style bento boxes" and a compliment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Sweet Potato Cream Biscuits with Cinnamon Honey Butter and Scrambled Tofu

    Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm using sweet potatoes, carrots, and onions.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Stephanie Izard's Goat Tour: Scottsdale Tickets Still Available

    Huge Galdones (​Hey Phoenix, are you excited that quasi-local majorly-talented national celeb chef Stephanie Izard is coming to town this weekend? We are. We bet her parents are, too -- they live in Scottsdale. Izard's been absolutely rockin' the the foodosphe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them and 100 Other Myths About Cooking and Food

    ​My first thought when I saw the title of Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them was please, spare me from another irreverent take on serious kitchen happenings. Relief came when I spotted the authors names. Team Bruce Weinstein (chef) and Mark Scarbrough (food writer) have collected culinary notc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    James Beard Award Food Blog Nominees On Twitter

    It's that time again. We've compiled a small but meaningful list of great Twitter accounts for any Phoenix foodie to follow. This week, we wanted to highlight the 2011 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards finalists in the "individual food blog" category. Naturally, these bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Changes at The Esplanade, Whiskey Tastings and A Foodie Photog

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Fork & Screen, AMC's in-theather dining venue​AMC at the Esplanade has temporarily shut its doors and will be reopening in August 2011 with new in-theater dining called Fork & Screen. Then the restaurant directly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    What's Cooking at Sky Harbor's Terminal 4?

    Sky Harbor AirportBig changes are in store for Terminal 4.​Changes are happening over at Sky Harbor International Airport, and we're not just talking about the otherworldly metal arches that recently went up at 44th Street and Washington in preparation for the PHX Sky Train. The grub offered insid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    "My Sweet Mexico" -- A Guide to Making Mexican Desserts

    ​Following in the footsteps of Diana Kennedy, known as the Julia Child of Mexican cuisine, and Rick Bayless, celebrity chef and restaurateur, New York City-based chef Fany Gerson brings together history and culture and in her collection of authentic Mexican dulces recipes in My Sweet Mexic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Nikki Buchanan Leaves Up Agency for Aaron May The new loaded dogs at Chase Field ​A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. Nikki Buchanan blogged on The Wild Lavender that she has left her spot at Up Agency for a job as Aaron May's new in-house publicist.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival "Hit List"

    Scottsdale Culinary Festival​Last night, the 33rd Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicked off with a glam opening bash at Shade at the W Scottsdale.The six-day food fest includes over a dozen events, from upscale chef dinners and a Friends of James Beard event to the weekend's more accessible a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Matt Carter of The Mission and Zinc Bistro

    Keyon Fareghi​For Chef Matt Carter, a trip across Scottsdale means a journey from France to Spain -- and back again. Now, that's a worldly guy. The Mission  in Old Town Scottsdale offers margaritas and twinkly lights alongside the Spanish cuisine, while Kierland Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Local Chef Believes His Own Hype on Twitter

    Everybody's a freakin' genius celebrity chef in this town. Right? I just happened to look at the Twitter profile of a local chef who's apparently been fed a steady diet of baloney about his alleged greatness, and now seems high on the fumes of his own b.s. Said chef pompously re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Sea Saw's Nobuo Fukuda Teams Up With NOCA

    Sea Saw chef Nobuo Fukuda's cutting-edge sashimi creations and luxurious omakase dinners have earned him not only legions of devotees, but a prestigious James Beard "Best Chef: Southwest" award. And since the opening of NOCA last August, chef Chris Curtiss has gained a cult following for h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Chow Bella Road Trip: Raku

    The tiny counter at RakuI don't get people who hate Las Vegas. What's not to love about a city devoted to modern-day Roman-style excess, with interesting restaurants at every turn? I just got back from a long weekend there, and I can't think of any better destination to take you far  ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008
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    June 5, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Scottdale Culinary Fest starts today

    It sounds like a marathon of food and booze: The 30th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off six days and nights of eating, drinking, and schmoozing, with tonight's Friends of James Beard benefit dinner, as well as a sold-out wine tasting at Kazimierz. But don't worry if you didn't get your ... More >>

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 27, 2007
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    May 8, 2007

    Congrats to Sea Saw's Chef Nobuo Fukuda!

    Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation Cheers to the winner: Chef Nobuo Fukuda savors the sweet taste of victory. Yeah, Arizona messed with Texas -- where all of this year's other James Beard "Best Chef -- Southwest" nominees are from -- and came out ahead. At last night's 2007 James Bear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2007

    Ready, set, eat!

    Courtesy of Scottsdale Culinary Festival Hail to the chef: Kevin Binkley gets gets props from the Culinary Hall of Fame Tomorrow marks the start of the 29th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and it's looking like one hell of a foodie marathon. What sounds like a six-day blowout is actuall ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2005

    Reality Check

    Better be good

  • Dining

    October 2, 2003

    Cafe Roulette

    Fine food and casinos rarely mix well in the Valley

  • Dining

    April 10, 2003

    Pie vs. Pie

    Digging out of the Valley's pizza rut

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002

    Best French Restaurant

    Christopher's Fermier Brasserie

  • Dining

    January 31, 2002

    A Meal of Living Dangerously

    The Valley of the Sun gets a heaping helping of "cuisine de sol"

  • Dining

    October 11, 2001

    Hooter Nanny

    It seems gourmets go for sports-bar grub, too

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Going for Brokers

    Which restaurants are up for sale? We hazard a few guesses

  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Fork Medicine

    Friends pitch in when chef falls ill

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    Artificial Hip

    This is "Scottsdale's newest fine dining" experience?

  • Calendar

    May 11, 2000

    Grill Power

    The Sonoran Grill with Mad Coyote Joe

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    March 16, 2000
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    July 1, 1999
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    February 25, 1999
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    January 21, 1999
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    April 23, 1998
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    March 26, 1998
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