James Porter

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    October 6, 2014

    Dish It Out at Salt River Fields Was Easy to Enjoy With Fun Entertainment

    Event season is in full swing as evidenced by the hundreds of people who came out to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix by stuffing themselves with food and drink at Dish It Out on Sunday. Sure, it's a little ironic to raise money to fight child hunger in such gluttonous fashion, but ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    September 16, 2014

    10 Top Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

    With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Josh Bracher of Second Story Liquor Bar: "There's a Reason for Everything on the Plate"

    Josh Bracher Executive Chef Second Story Liquor Bar It's been about two months since Second Story Liquor Bar opened in Old Town Scottsdale above The Gelato Spot. The cozy restaurant and bar brings a dose of old school-style to the area's nightlife scene. Everything f ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Joey Maggiore of Cuttlefish Will Open Notorious Burgers and Vevo Italian Marketplace This Year

    This is part two of our interview with Joey Maggiore of Cuttlefish in Scottsdale. The seafood restaurant opened late last year and features an oyster bar (complete with Vespa seating) and a menu of coastal Italian cuisine. Today, we're talking about the two new restaurants Maggiore plans to open aro ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Finding Awesome Offal in Metro Phoenix

    You've never had to look much farther than your favorite authentic Mexican or Chinese restaurant to find examples of how delicious offal can be. These cuts of meat are unfamiliar to most American palates but with proper execution can be some of the most flavorful parts of an animal. Though things li ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown on the Meaning of Farm-to-Table and the Surprising Story of How He Ended Up at Binkley's

    Justin Olsen Chef de cuisine Bink's Midtown This is part one of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, he dishes on how he went from fixing cars to the culinary arts and how he ended up working at Binkley's four years ago. Be sure to come back tomorrow for ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Steve Freidkin of TEXAZ Grill On Great Texas Restaurants, the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off and His Last Meal On Earth

    This is part two of my interview with Steve Freidkin, owner and operator of TEXAZ Grill. If you missed part one, where Freidkin dished about chicken fried steak, his favorite local deli and two local chefs he admires, read it here. See also: -- TEXAZ Grill's Chicken Fried Steak is a Classic Guilty ... More >>

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    June 2, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Couples We'd Rather Watch Run a Restaurant Than Amy and Samy

    The horror of -- and fascination with -- the Amy and Samy Show may have been seeing people's obvious dysfunction laid bare. That's why we love reality TV. It lets us feel superior. And boy did we ever, watching that train wreck. Here were two people who seemed to love each other but obviously had no ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Todd Sicolo Dishes on Grant Achatz and His Short-Lived Las Vegas Marriage

    Todd Sicolo T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-808-0766 See also: -- Josh Riesner of Scottsdale's Pig & Pickle Dishes on Bartending Bullshit and What He Ate That You Never Will - Keenan Bosworth of Pig & Pickle Dishes about Chrysa Robertso ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Forget Candy! Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Metro Phoenix with Food and Alcohol

    Maybe you shouldn't forget candy completely, but as a grown up, there are ways to celebrate Halloween that are far more delicious than chalky, corn syrup-filled packaged sugar. There are pumpkin beers and entrées, horror-themed cocktails, and frightening foods like headcheese (real head included). ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Shock Your Palate with Petite Maison's Offal Halloween Menu

    Halloween can be enjoyed by dressing up in crazy costumes, decorating your house with skulls and cobwebs, or passing out candy to the kiddos. But if you ask us, the best way to celebrate any occasion is with food. Frighten your palette in the best way possible -- eating delicacies that might freak y ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Bacon Dishes We'll Miss from Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Do Bacon Right (Assuming the Bacon-Apocalypse Really is Coming, God Forbid)

    Got a freezer? Like, a big one? If so, you might want to stock up on bacon and other pig products pronto before the world-wide shortage on all things porcine hits your wallet. See also: - Global Bacon Shortage - S'Mores Smackdown: Frank & Albert's vs. Beckett's Table Bad enough that it'll cost an ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Trading Places: Five Chef and Restaurant Switches We'd Like to See Happen in the Valley

    After hearing that Chicago's Alinea and New York's Eleven Madison Park, two of the country's highly celebrated restaurants, will be trading chefs and staff for one week in the fall, it got us to thinking: What chef/restaurant switcheroos would we like to see in the Valley? Here are five we'd love to ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    This weekend, we're trading in our pint glasses for stems of red and white. We'll be making a trip to Cave Creek for a couple of glasses of wine and a plate of grilled duck or we'll be hittin' the road for a not-to-be-missed wine festival in the pines and we'll also be whipping up a beautiful batch ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Embedded at Petite Maison: Lauren Saria Tackles the Front of the House

    For most restaurateurs, it's simply about gluttony. But James and Wendy Porter of Petite Maison in Scottsdale are gluttons for punishment. There's no other explanation for why they would invite Chow Bella contributors to work both the front of the house and the kitchen on a weekend, and during Arizo ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Should a Chef Alter a Signature Menu Item If a Customer Requests It?

    The implied meaning of a signature menu item is that it doesn't change. And for restaurants who offer them, the message to customers is simple: If you come here, you can have this special item. But what if the customer wants a signature dish with alterations? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Are Food Festivals Worth It?

    Thousands of people, lots of restaurants, and the plastic cups -- my god, the plastic cups! For many parts of the country, food festivals are in full swing this time of year. We've most likely had a taste or two at several, but what do those on the other side of the booth think? This week, Valley ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Sonoran 7 Wives Saison

    ​Beer: 7 Wives Saison Brewery: Sonoran Brewing Co. Style: Saison ABV: 5.2-ish   While brewers I've talked to usually sing the joys of collaborating with others in their craft, a few have confessed that the process is a pain. Attention spans are short among beer-makers, they say, and coordin ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Should Tipping Be Mandatory?

    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 ​Last week, the Internet food community nearly po ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Chef James Fox of Big Earl's BBQ

    Lauren Saria ​Chef Talk this week takes us to Old Town Scottsdale where we'll be chatting with James Fox from Big Earl's BBQ. If you don't already know, Big Earl's BBQ is Chef James Porter's way of satisfying ourneed for down-home cooking. Fox joined Big Earl's team just a few months ago af ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Egg Rolls From Wahsun

    ​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 31: Egg Rolls from ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Wahsun: EaterAZ in on "Chinatown-Style Secret," Wendy Porter Gets a Scare

    EaterAZ​Oh dear, it seems I may have let a big secret out of the bag. Wahsun, the tasty, no-frills, quirky Chinese restaurant I reviewed a couple of weeks ago calling it, "one of the Valley's Chinatown-style secrets," appears to also be a hidden favorite of a couple of other Chow Bella frien ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    February 24, 2011
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    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 >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Desert Smoke BBQ Teams Up With Big Earl's BBQ

    ​It was under wraps at first, but now the word is official. Petite Maison chef-owner James Porter's new Old Town Scottsdale barbecue joint -- Big Earl's BBQ, opening later this month -- has a deal with Desert Smoke BBQ's Tony Morales to provide all of the restaurant's sauces and spice rubs."O ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    2010 Redux: Culinary Happenings

    Crudo dished up beautiful plates of fish at the Devoured culinary fest.​In the spirit of tying up loose ends, we're recapping some of our favorite food-related finds of the year. We've already looked back on the Best Books, Battle of the Dishes, Just Offal, the Best R ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Scottsdale Chefs Cook for Tailgate Party at the Bud Light Fiesta Next Week

    Oregon or Auburn? We're still on the fence about which team we hope wins the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) next week. What we're really excited about is the Bud Light Fiesta going on at Scottsdale's SouthBridge January 3-7. As the name of the festival implies, there will be plenty of beer. To comp ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    The Cupcake Love-In Cupcake Eating Contest

    ​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ingest more food than they should eat in a week -- daily recommended values be d ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Petite Maison Welcomes Dairy Farm Club

    ​Buying local and eating farm-fresh food gets a little bit easier this week with the introduction of a Scottsdale pick-up point for Superstition Farm's Dairy Farm Club. Starting Thursday, cozy French joint Petite Maison will be the bi-monthly spot where members of this dairy CSA (that is, c ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Voting Ends Today for Local Hero Awards

    ​Seems like every year I tell Chow Bella readers when to get their vote on with local food mag Edible Phoenix's Local Hero Awards, where readers are invited to participate in recognizing the area's hardest-working food producers by simply submitting write-in nominations on the mag's website.This y ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Old Town Farmers Market Is Back

    ​Scottsdale's Old Town Farmers Market is back and reportedly going to be bigger than ever. How big? Well, just about double the size of last season's.Big name local produce growers McClendon's Select, Seacat Gardens, and Maya's Farm will all be selling fresh fruits and veggies at the market, s ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Dine Out with the Chefs Impresses Sophisticated Palates

    Last night at the 4th annual Dine Out with the Chefs event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, some of the Valley's hottest local chefs came out of their respective restaurant kitchens to cook, serve and wander among us mere mortals. Chef James Porter, whose newly-opened ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Sunday: Dine Out With the Chefs at Scottsdale Center

    J&G Steakhouse​Start saving your appetite now.This Sunday will be a splurge worth blowing your diet for, courtesy of more than 20 high-profile chefs from across the Valley who'll be dishing up mouthwatering tastings at Scottsdale's fourth annual Dine Out With the Chefs event.The festiviti ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Petite Maison Kick-Starts Brunch This Weekend

    ​Not quite two weeks old, Scottsdale's Petite Maison is adding brunch service to its repertoire this weekend. Until now, chef James Porter has been sticking to nightly dinner at his new French country bistro. For the Labor Day holiday, he'll be serving quiche, beignets, poached eggs with ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week: Three Roots Cafe Returns to the Tempe Scene Chef James Porter Readies His Pet ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Christopher Gross' Chef's Tour: A Recap

    Sloane BurwellJames Porter gets Aaron May's autograph. After this weekend, it's time to replace "party like a rockstar" with "drink like a chef." Friday night is a bit of a blur for most (if not all) of the participants in a Chef's Tour of central downtown Phoenix restaurants (yes, and bars) dreamed ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Lots of New Local Eateries in the Works

    AZCentral's list of 20 new restaurants scheduled to open by the end of the year has suddenly been changed to 15 since the story was posted yesterday. Not hard to figure out which five are now missing -- it's the restaurants on Jackson that Bernie Kantak is planning. Should we rea ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Arty Girl: NU at the Heard Museum

    Courtesy of Heard Museum.Your Friday night looks like this...Looking for something to do tonight? Okay, listen to me...I've got it all planned out.And I promise I won't just tell you to hit Third Friday.Not that you shouldn't! Yes, go to Third Friday. This is just something to do in addition to Roos ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Saturday: Locavore AZ Dinner at Superstition Farm

    Tapino's Locavore dinners started off as special events at the restaurant, always featuring locally grown produce, ingredients from local purveyors, and Arizona wines. Inevitably, the events would sell out, and they'd have to add new dates. Lately, Tapino has taken things to the next level by going ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Saturday: Lunch for a Buck at AZ Ag Day

    One dollar for a full lunch? Consider it food for thought. A mere buck is the farmers' and ranchers' share of the cost of the ingredients that go into the meal served at the annual Arizona Agricultural Day, which takes place this Saturday, March 7, at Superstition Farm in Mesa. Get a look at t ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    This Just In: Chef Line-Up for West of Western

    Wasn't it just New Year's Eve? Weren't we just shivering in our sweaters and jackets? All of a sudden it's March, and it feels like summer's right around the corner. No complaints from me, buddy. I love this time of year, not only because of the balmy weather, but because there's so much to do ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Edible Phoenix Announces Local Hero Award Winners

    I just got the word from Edible Phoenix publisher Pamela Hamilton that the quarterly mag has its official winners list for the annual Local Hero Awards, which recognizes people in the culinary community. Nominees and votes were collected online through mid-December. So congrats to the followi ... More >>

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    June 23, 2008
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    June 6, 2008
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    March 23, 2007

    West of Western Feeds Downtown

    Courtesy of West of Western Great chefs of the West: Cookin' up a storm at the Arizona Center Thousands of growling bellies will descend on the Arizona Center this weekend for downtown's most delicious event of the year -- West of Western Culinary Festival -- and they're all sure to leave s ... More >>

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