Lauren Bailey

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the 2014 Finalists for the Foodist Awards

    With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage." Last year, the list of fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    5 Best Restaurants in Gilbert Right Now

    In addition to being one of the least sinful cities in the country, Gilbert happens to be one of the hottest mini dining hubs in the Valley. Later this year the city's downtown area will welcome a slew of new eateries to the scene including LoLo's Chicken and Waffles, Snooze, and Sam Fox's Zinburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Postino Wine Cafe to Open in ASU Art Annex Building in Tempe This Fall

    Just weeks after Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey opened Joyride Taco House in Central Phoenix, the restaurateurs announced that they have their sights set on a whole new neighborhood. This fall Upward Projects will open a fourth location of Postino Wine Cafe just steps off the Arizona State Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Food & Wine Names Bar Crudo and Windsor Among the Best Bars in America

    We're not going to say we told you so, but we did say Bar Crudo was the best place for specialty cocktails in the Valley. And we're not the only ones who think so.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

    There's nothing better than a pizza after days of stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. You're in luck, because Chow Bella spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best pizzerias. Here's a list worth saving for when you need a great pizza, no matter where you are in ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Personal Best: A Look Back at Our Summer of Love

    With the scent of Best of Phoenix in the air (our biggest issue of the year final hits newsstands -- and the Internet -- later this week) we set out this summer to ask some of our favorite food folks to list their "Personal Bests." We came up with everything from Pavle Milic's favorite spots to take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 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. Arizona's First Ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Postino Owners Opening Joyride Taco House in Phoenix

    Described as the "fifth and final piece to Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey's nucleus of restaurants," a second location of Joyride Taco House will join Postino Central, Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza on Central Avenue in Central Phoenix this December. DeMarco and Bailey, the Upward Projects re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 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. 10 Favorite Chocola ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Lauren Bailey's 5 Best Hidden Food Gems in Metro Phoenix

    The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week, Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects shares her favorite hidden treasures in town. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Joyride Taco House in Gilbert Starts Out Sputtering

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert on Tuesday, June 4 (and We've Got Pictures!)

    Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey of Upward Projects (the restaurateurs behind all three Postinos as well as Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza) are hanging pictures and putting the final touches on Joyride Taco House, which opens for lunch and dinner in Gilbert on Tuesday, June 4. See also: -- 11 M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Postino Arcadia Now Offering Weekend Brunch

    Arcadians looking for a new weekend brunch spot can now add Postino to the list. See also: - Postino Owners to Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert in June - Mother's Day in Metro Phoenix: 12 Recommendations Based on Time, Budget, and Location The stylish little wine cafe at 3939 East Campbell Aven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Postino Owners to Open Joyride Taco House in Gilbert in June

    Restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey are at it again. The duo behind Upward Projects, the restaurant group responsible for all three Postino locations, as well as Windsor, Churn, and Federal Pizza, have announced that their latest concept, Joyride Taco House, will open inside downtown Gilbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Here's Who's Been Nominated for the 2013 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

    For over twenty years, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts have been presenting the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame awards, where the best chefs, restaurateurs, and beverage masters in the state have secured a place in culinary history. See also: - Chef Kevin Binkl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    11 Best Pizza Spots in Metro Phoenix

    As a restaurant town, Phoenix still gets a bum rap: too many chains, too few ethnic, no restaurant-rich urban core, and no famous equivalent to Philly's cheesesteak or Chicago's hot dog to call our own. But there's one thing we do have in abundance, and it's great pizza. Seriously, we are a first-ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program

    See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli See also: Windsor and Churn: Behind the Design Scenes with Craig DeMarco, Lauren Baily and Daniel Germani What a difference a month makes! Owner Eliot Wexler closed Noca for summer hiatus the first of July. And today, he re-opens with a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Postino Winecafé Set to Open in Gilbert -- Yes, Gilbert

    Seriously ... Gilbert? That was my first thought when I learned Postino was extending its reach out there to the far East Valley (yeah, I'm a Central Phoenix guy). Despite my apprehension, I got outta the bubble and ventured way past the strip malls and tract homes of varying shades of beige to ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Windsor's Matty Helland Wins Devour Bartending Competition

    It was mixologist mayhem this Wednesday night at The Vig Uptown, where, among a packed house of more than 150 spectators, 11 bartenders went head to head for prizes and bragging rights at the 3rd Annual Devoured Cocktail Competition. Matty Helland of Windsor, restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Eleven Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Greater Phoenix

    Ever since Italy and France began making iced and flavored confections made from milk or cream in the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the most successfully cool, dairy-based treats on the planet. Not sorbet, ices, or gelato (we promise those lists will come later), here are 11 of our favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Windsor to Debut Brunch Menu and Bloody Mary Bar

    As if the stars were aligning to ensure at least one of my predictions for the Valley food scene actually comes true, Windsor, the cozy North Central neighborhood bar and restaurant from restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, has announced it will debut its very own brunch menu -- which incl ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Chef Jen Anderson at Windsor

    Maya Dukmasova Chef Jen Anderson in the kitchen at Windsor​This week we talk with Chef Jen Anderson at the recently opened Windsor, a gastopub in central Phoenix. We caught her over lunch at the restuarant one afternoon and she gladly dished about her story, the local food scene, and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Windsor and Churn: A Design Tour

    Claire Lawton ​When restauranteurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey went for a walk through the Windsor neighborhood in uptown Phoenix, they found a home for their third restaurant endeavor (they also run the Postinos in Arcadia and on Central Avenue). The building was old, even for Phoenix s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    May 26 In Blogs: Windsor and Churn, Randy Newman, Christpher Boffoli, and Botched Suicide

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: