Kevin Binkley

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    May 5, 2014

    The James Beard Awards Happen Tonight -- And You Can Livestream the Ceremony

    The Oscars of the food world will take place today in New York City when the James Beard Foundation honors the country's best food and beverage professionals at the 24th annual James Beard Awards. The event will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and will be livestreamed onlin ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Kevin Binkley Passed Over Again at The 2014 James Beard Awards

    It turns out the third time was not the charm for Arizona's only James Beard Award finalist this year. The annual culinary awards were held tonight at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. Much to the disappointment of many Arizonans, chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaur ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    2014 James Beard Award Finalists Announced: Kevin Binkley Only Arizonan to Make the Cut

    This morning in Chicago the James Beard Foundation announced the list of final nominations for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Last month, the foundation announced the long list of semifinalists -- a list that included six Arizona chefs, restaurants, and restauranteurs. Kevin Binkley of Bi ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Top 10 Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week, September 2013

    In just a handful of days, Arizona Restaurant Week, the twice-a-year event put on by the Arizona Restaurant Association, will be in full swing. And this year, the nine-day fall celebration, which runs from Saturday, September 21, to Sunday, September 29, is expected to include over 150 restaurants o ... 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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    August 29, 2013
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    August 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Restaurants of the Year (So Far) in Greater Phoenix

    What do the stars of this year's Valley dining scene look like so far? Like many across the country still adapting to the effects of the recession (so long, fine dining) and reacting to a culture more informed about food than ever (11 seasons of Top Chef and counting), they're cooking street snacks ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013
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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 6, 2013

    Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19

    The most versatile -- and perhaps most succulent -- of summer fruits isn't the peach, blackberry, or mango. No, it's the humble tomato, often overlooked as a mere sandwich topping or fodder for bland canned sauces. Join chef Kevin Binkley on Wednesday, June 19, as he honors heirloom tomatoes with wh ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    16 Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix to Eat at the Bar

    Restaurant bars stopped being strictly bars years ago. Nowadays, many people consider them the best seats in the house for a casual dinner that doesn't require reservations, waiting, or a deep reservoir of patience. Because most of them operate on a first-come, first-served basis, customers are free ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Kevin Binkley Stiffed (Again) at the 2013 James Beard Awards

    Tonight, the James Beard Foundation Awards, also known as the Oscars of the culinary world, announced this year's winners at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. See also: - Vincent Guerithault on Wolfgang Puck and Kevin Binkley - Bink's Mid ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Kevin Binkley, Searsucker, and Short Leash Hot Dogs Among Winners of the 2013 Foodist Awards

    Who's this year's master mixologist, top chef, and most outstanding restaurant concept? Last night, the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) put a name to them all -- as well as a few other categories -- at the first-ever Foodist Awards. See also: - Big Brain Awards 2013 At a ceremony and dinner a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Bink's Midtown Is a Must (Especially When It Comes to Veggies)

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

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    March 18, 2013

    4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

    If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes che ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday

    No, it isn't your St. Patrick's Day hangover messin' with your head: Bink's Midtown, the restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, will open this week in the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn. See also: -2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candidate ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 25, 2013

    8 Favorite Fresh-Baked Bread Experiences at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    Bread is such an important part of a restaurant meal. It's the first solid thing to hit the table, the first impression made, the first clue as to what we might expect about all that's to follow. If it's stale or cold or dry or just plain lousy, we're not only disappointed but worried. Bad bread nev ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    What National Chain Restaurants Do You Secretly Like?

    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 much as they may deny it, chefs and restaurateurs secretly enjoy nationa ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    6 Sexy Foods Nikki Buchanan Wants to Eat on Any Day But Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day -- a good excuse to tell the people we love that we love them the best way we know how. A hand-made card, candy, flowers, perfume, underwear . . . all that stuff works for me. Please just don't drag me to a restaurant on the busiest, most hectic night of the year. See also: -The ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Kevin Binkley Gets Closer to Opening New Spot in Central Phoenix

    Permits, permits, permits. They're the bane of every restaurateur's existence in the pre-opening phase of a new restaurant. But Kevin Binkley -- who opened Binkley's Restaurant in 2004 and Café Bink in 2008 -- is taking it all in stride, sprucing up the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn in pr ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Whole-Roasted Pigs Cooked in La Caja China: Saturdays at Café Bink, Sundays at The Mission

    You may be completely over bacon (it's certainly fashionable to say so), but if you're any kind of pork-lover at all, it's pretty hard not to get excited about whole roasted pig. With its crispy skin and falling-apart meat -- ultra-flavorful for being cooked on the bone with all the fat -- it's fabu ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant: Best Molecular Gastronomist

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Mini Chocolate Lava Lamps and More Desserts at Binkley's Restaurant

    If you have your ears (or, er, tongues) open in the Phoenix food scene, Binkley's Restaurant needs no introduction. Chef and owner Kevin Binkley has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest for several years in a row, and this year he was named as a finalist. To those who ... 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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    September 6, 2012

    Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week

    See also: Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli Restaurant Week begins September 15 and runs through September 23. And while it smacks of Black Friday, Christmas in July and all the other bargain bonanzas that attract the great unwashed, ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    How To Be a Restaurant VIP and What It Will Get You

    See also: Kevin Binkley Stiffed at Beard Awards Shh, don't tell anyone, but some people get the royal treatment in restaurants while others don't. You've probably witnessed some version of Special Handling in action -- servers scurrying to and from a particular table, the chef-owner engaging in an ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    67: Amy Binkley

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Here's a Sneak Peek at the Menu for Cafe Bink's New Weekend Brunch (Starting This Weekend)

    For those who would classify themselves in the "need amazing brunch, will travel" set, saddle up those mimosa glasses and head for Carefree. Cafe Bink, the accessible and affordable sister restaurant to Binkley's, from chef-owner and 2012 James Beard Foundation Award finalist Kevin Binkley, has anno ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Six-Course Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's Sounds Juicy

    Summer's heirloom tomatoes are in season, and Kevin Binkley wants to celebrate. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, Binkley's Restaurant will host an heirloom tomato dinner, featuring 10 different heirloom varieties, courtesy of local farmer Bob McClendon.

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    May 30, 2012

    Kevin Binkley Dishes on The French Laundry and His Badass Wife

    Kevin Binkley Binkley's Restaurant 6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-437-1072 Cafe Bink 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree 480-488-9796 This is part two of my interview with Kevin Binkley, chef-owner of Binkley's Restaurant and Café Bink. Rea ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger and Why Squash Blossoms Are Overrated

    Kevin Binkley Binkley's Restaurant 6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-437-1072 Cafe Bink 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree 480-488-9796 This is part one of my interview with Kevin Binkley, chef-owner of Binkley's Restaurant and Café Bink. You ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Soft-Shell Crab Done Right at Quiessence, Teeter House and Binkley's

    It's soft-shell crab season now until the end of summer, which means we're going to be seeing lots of it on local menus -- usually served lightly battered and deep-fried, always eaten whole. The good news? No futzing around with crab-crackers. The bad news? Having to eat those beady little eyes. ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Three Ways to Eat Your Way Through Arizona Restaurant Week

    Sure, it may be called Arizona Spring Restaurant Week, but this nine-day sup-fest -- from Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, May 27 -- takes place when the Valley starts heating up and the restaurant business starts slowing down. In Phoenix and beyond, about 90 eateries are offering three-course di ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Kevin Binkley Stiffed at James Beard Awards

    This just in: Valley chef Kevin Binkley -- the guy pretty much everyone agrees owns the best restaurant in Arizona -- did not win the 2012 James Beard Best Chef Southwest award this year. Instead, the honors went to Paul Qui, executive chef of Uchiko in Austin, Texas. Last year, the category tied. ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Laurie Notaro's Army of Foodies, the Amuse Douchers of the Culinary World

    Every army has a pecking order, and the Amuse Douchers are no different. To rise in foodie rank, you have to be bold, you have to be fearless, and you have to...basically not have any other interests, hobbies, or loved ones that check in on a regular basis. We ALL suffer for our art, but unfortunat ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Profiteroles with Roasted Banana Ice Cream at Café Bink

    There's one chef in all of Arizona who's currently nominated for a James Beard Award. Up for Best Chef: Southwest, Kevin Binkley is making our state proud. But with entrees priced around $40, not everyone will be rushing to Binkley's to see what the buzz is all about. Luckily, the restaurant has a l ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    2012 James Beard Awards Finalists Announced: Only One Valley Nominee Moves On to the Finals

    Last month, the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists for the 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chefs Awards -- and the Valley got loved on -- hard. Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner and chef of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen, and chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant and Café Bink were both n ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Cafe Bink: Happy Hour Report Card

    ​The Spot: Cafe Bink, 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree. (480) 488-9796. The Hours: 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday The Details: They've made it easy: All well drinks, beer (draft and bottle), and wine is 50% off. That brings a glass of the San Tan Sex Panther Double Choco ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Silvana Salcido Esparza, Kevin Binkley, Sam Fox, Vincent on Camelback, and Shin Bay Announced as Semifinalists for 2012 James Beard Awards

    ​Today, the James Beard Foundation, the New York-based national nonprofit organization and undisputed standard of excellence when it comes to giving props to the culinary world, announced its semifinalists for the 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chefs Awards -- and the Valley is seeing some sweet Bear ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Binkley's Winemaker Dinner and Chili Tofu in Today's Eater's Digest​ This upcoming Wednesday, January 11th, Binkley's in Cave Creek will be hosting their very first Winemaker's Dinner of 2012 with the talented winemaker Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores Winery. Chef Kevin Binkley has put together a pretty amazing seven-course menu for the eveni ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Baby Goats, Banoffee Pie and Chipotle's New Concept

    A round-up of tasty morsels from Valley food blogs. ​Mouthbysouthwest shared the news that Chipotle is opening a new concept called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the first of which will be in Washington, DC this summer. The restaurant "is inspired by the traditional shophouses found throug ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Beard Awards Bypass AZ in Finalists List

    Oh, the anticipation of Twitter.This morning, the James Beard Foundation live-tweeted the finalists for its prestigious culinary awards.Nobody from Arizona made the cut. There were five finalists for each category.In the running was Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts (Outstanding Restaurateur), ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    No Beard Love For AZ

    Wah wah wah... Today's an anticlimactic day for some of the most talented people in the Arizona restaurant biz, as the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the 2009 awards. Nobody from this state was on the list. But the eight semifinalists who'd been in the running for vario ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Eight AZ Names Among James Beard Nominees

    In a press release this morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its preliminary lists of nominees for various categories in the prestigious James Beard Awards. There are 20 nominees in each category, and eight Arizona individuals and restaurants are among the elite group. Finalists will be ... More >>

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    July 3, 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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    January 15, 2007

    Power to the people

    This is my kind of democracy: For the first time in the history of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the public is invited to cast votes to decide who'll get get top honors at the 2007 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, April 12, at Marquesa at the Fairmont Scottsd ... More >>

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    November 17, 2005

    Iron Chef

    Maybe the Valley's best

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