Julia Baker

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    "Sweet Julia" Series Debut Saturday, June 21 Catch Phoenix's own confection queen Julia Baker in the debut of the six-episode series Sweet Julia this Saturday on The Cooking Channel. (Check your local listings for times.) The series will cover everything from desserts -- of course -- to how to inco ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    3 Easter Treats in Metro Phoenix for Your Basket

    Easter is right around the corner, and if you're still stocking up to make baskets, don't worry. Local confectionary favorites are prepping freshly made sweets to brighten up your Sunday and take the worry out of planning for the holiday. From chocolate to caramel corn and bright pastel colors, thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here are a few things to put in your mouth this week in the Valley. National Root Beer Float Day There's no reason apple pie should be the only treat to get credit for being "All-American." Root beer is just as patriotic. Did you ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because your weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we have to look forward to this week. California Wine Dinner If, like us, you haven't had a chance to get away this summer to sunny California to sip on a buttery Napa Valley Chardonnay or robust Cabernet, don't despai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Valley Sweets Expert Julia Baker Getting Her Own Show on the Cooking Channel

    The Valley's Julia Baker, founder, executive chef, and CEO of Julia Baker Confections, is no stranger to television. The Le Cordon Bleu grad and Paris-trained chef has made appearances on ABC's The Chew, the Oprah Winfrey Network's The Gayle King Show, and recently the dessert edition of the Cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: And the Winners Are....

    Twenty chefs, hundreds of people, and thousands of caramels -- Smeeks and Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013, held Friday night at Biltmore Fashion Park, was (if we say so ourselves) the biggest and best yet. Stay tuned this week for a complete caramel play-by-play by judge JK Grence, who writes Cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Valley Sweets Expert Julia Baker Joins Paula Deen's Son Tonight for Dessert Edition of Not My Mama's Meals

    Heavy Southern comfort food? Not in Bobby Deen's kitchen. See also: - Second Location of Essence Bakery Coming to Phoenix This Summer - 13 Best/Worst Jesus Cakes for Easter The son of Paula Deen, America's favorite butter enthusiast, Bobby Deen has a new show on the Cooking Channel called Not My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Five Places to Eat, Drink and Celebrate for Mardi Gras in Metro Phoenix Aaron May Opens Over Easy Locations in Mesa and Gilbert Charcuterie Class and Tasting at The House Brasser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    5 Sweet Spots for Valentine Treats in Metro Phoenix

    The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and for the anxious holiday planner that can really only mean one thing: Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Rather than half-assing it with some predictable drug store purchase of candy and a card, we suggest you show a little love to local business this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Julia Baker Opening Flagship Chocolate Shop & Wine Bar at Biltmore Fashion Park

    The Valley's own Julia Baker, founder, executive chef, and CEO of Julia Baker Confections, is no stranger to success. The Le Cordon Bleu grad and Paris-trained chef is currently making sweet Christmas gifts for Elton John, designing Robert Redford's birthday cake, and recently, got ink in the holida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Oprah Gives Shout-Out to Valley Confectioner Julia Baker

    How to know when you've arrived? It's not Snooki following you on Twitter, your mention in a rap song/your rap song, or your video making it on Tosh.0 -- it's a shout-out from the Big O herself, Oprah Winfrey. Julia Baker, chef and owner of Julia Baker Confections, should know. The one-time statist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    A First Look Inside Oakville Grocery Co. at CityScape

    ​A small crowd of locals gathered outside the new Oakville Grocery Co. at Cityscape this morning, hungry for a bite and a peek inside the new store, which opened to the public at 10 a.m.  Oakville's deli is good for lunch on the go.​Fans of the old location at Scottsdale Quarter will be ple ... More >>

  • 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

    April 5, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Winners to be Announced Tonight The Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off tonight not just with a kick-off party, but also with the announcement of the winners of this year's spots in the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. The nominees make for quite a power meeting, don't you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    This Weekend: Devoured Phx Culinary Classic

    Last year, Kai's table at Devoured was the most beautiful display of all.​Over the last few years, the Valley of the Sun has become the Valley of the Culinary Festivals. A handful of must-visit food- and wine-tasting events is now a sprawling season of eating, from East Valley to West. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

    What's up with all the contests lately? Last week, the big news was all the Arizonans on the semifinalist list for James Beard Awards. Also, Noca's Chris Curtiss landed in Food Wine's chef popularity contest, which the public can vote on. Now, round three in the competition department: the Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Julia Baker: Julia Baker Confections

    Carol BlonderJulia Baker ​ We recently visited Julia Baker at her headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. The "no talking" kitchen was in full swing preparing holiday confections for corporate customers and Julia Baker's Chocolate Boutique at The Montelucia. Julia graciuosly gave us a tour, and o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Ask The Chef: Locally Grown/Made Gift Ideas?

    Gift List​They follow food blogs daily, are the first in line to try new restaurants, and can be found at the farmers market every weekend. What to give your foodie fanatic for the holiday? Last week we brought you tools for the chef; today we'll share a suggestive sampling of lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Dining Out with the Valley's Culinary Kings & Queens

    We ate like royalty (minus the royal treatment) with some of the Valley's finest Sunday afternoon at Dine Out with the Chefs at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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    June 11, 2010

    Valrhona Chocolate Demonstration Better Than a Trip to Wonka's Factory

    Carol BlonderValrhona ​ A visit to the town of Tain L'Hermitage located in the Rhone Valley of France is on the bucket list of chocolatiers and professional pastry chefs from around the globe. Tain L'Hermitage is the home of Valrhona and the esteemed Ecole de Grand Chocolat. Carol BlonderJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Last Night: VIPs Flock to Oakville Grocery Grand Opening

    ​​Last night, the new Oakville Grocery at the Scottsdale Quarter opened to a packed house of chefs, industry professionals and local food lovers for a VIP Grand Opening celebration. At 6 p.m., guests began to trickle in while the grocery's in-house chefs and local vendors set up tables w ... More >>

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    December 22, 2005