Lisa Giungo

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Chef and Restaurateur Lisa Giungo (Lisa G.) Loses Battle with Lung Cancer

    The Valley food community lost a dear friend this past weekend when Lisa Giungo, more commonly known as "Lisa G.," passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Following years spent working at Scottsdale's Arcadia Farms, Giungo opened her own place, Lisa G's, in a 1930s bungalow in Central Phoenix ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 24, 2013
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    October 24, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    It's a busy weekend for Valley food lovers. With a two-day food truck festival and plenty of Halloween-themed dining and drinking in the works, we're planning on hitting it hard. Here are the best things to put in your mouth this weekend. A Taste of the Trucks Saturday, October 26 Roosevelt Row ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Lisa G. Fundraiser, Brazilian Day, and More This Weekend In Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? Here are a few things we have on our plate including a fundraiser for food community member Lisa Guingo, who recently was diagnosed with lung cancer, and a Greek cooking class with Denise Clayton of Denise Is Cooking. Don't forget this weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Local Food Community Rallies Around Lisa Giungo as She Fights Lung Cancer

    The week ended on a sad note for us here at Chow Bella, when we received word that a beloved member of the Phoenix food community has fallen ill. Her name is Lisa Giungo, but you might know her simply as "Lisa G.," and remember her namesake CenPho restaurant, Lisa G.'s Wine Bar and Cafe, which clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Seven Don't-Miss Wine & Farm (& Tequila!) Dinners in Metro Phoenix

    Whether you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, or just want an excuse to enjoy a decadent and delicious night out, there's a dinner this spring for everyone, including wine lovers, tequila aficionados, and fans of farm fresh ingredients. Some dinners are on weekdays, oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Lisa G at Arcadia Farms' Marketplace

    Maya Dukmasova Lisa G at Arcadia Marketplace​This week, Lisa Giungo (jun-go) -- affectionately known around town simply as Lisa G and famous for her Bowl of (meat)Balls -- sets the record straight about the closing of her namesake restaurant, reveals secret techniques, and shares ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Arcadia Farms' Marketplace Offers Counter Service in Style

    Marketplace -- the latest venture from the Arcadia Farms folks -- is basically the restaurant's original concept, only grab-and-go style.   The aesthetic is pure Arcadia Farms: cutesy reclaimed decor like old milk carrying crates stuffed with gourmet crackers, apothecary jar ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 11, 2010
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    January 26, 2010

    Stealthy Table Unveils Debut Menu

    The James Bond theme song is playing in my head as I type this.I just got a look at the complete menu for Stealthy Table's inaugural covert dining event -- "My Bloody Valentine," scheduled for V-Day, of course -- and it's looking mighty fine. Pork belly? Cocoa nib-crusted short rib? Meatballs? Choco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe Opens Tonight

    ​After a weekend of private friends-and-family events, The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe finally opens its doors to the public tonight (2337 N. 7th St.)  Owners Matt and Courtney Diamond have transformed the former Lisa G Cafe Wine Bar, which they purchased from Lisa Giungo back ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    St. Francis, Crudo Cafe Expand Service

    ​Do you ever get a midday craving for a restaurant that's only open evenings? Or a nighttime urge to eat at a favorite lunch spot? Two new-ish local restaurants have just expanded their hours. For the past four months, chef-owner Aaron Chamberlin has been sticking to dinner-only service at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Lisa G Rallying Restaurant Community for Lionel Geuskens

    Lionel GeuskensWith one post of her Facebook and another on her Twitter account yesterday, Lisa Giungo (of Lisa G Cafe Wine Bar) raised $250 and two plane tickets for her longtime friend and colleague, Lionel Geuskens. And that was just in one day, "so I know I can get him home," she says. The fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Devour Phoenix Takes Over CenPho Culinary Festival

    West of Western is no more at the Phoenix Art Museum, but the show must go on. The fifth annual installment of the popular culinary festival took place at the museum this past March. In March 2010, look for an all-new culinary fest at the museum called "Devoured," sponsored by a just-launched n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Art Burn: Lisa G Supports the Arts, and Her Staff

    We've discussed just about every way a restaurant owner can source local art, short of personally heading out to galleries and art fairs and soliciting artists to exhibit in their space. But there's one possibility we hadn't even considered -- exhibiting artwork made by your own staff. Sure, thi ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Get ready for West of Western

    Don't spoil your appetite on the weekend of March 15 and 16! That's when the West of Western Culinary Festival will bring a jaw-dropping lineup of some of Arizona's most high-profile chefs into one central location for guests to sip wine, sample delicious foods, and socialize all afternoon. Consid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 30, 2006

    Matt's Big Hassle

    Three years ago, Mayor-elect Phil Gordon promised to make it easier for small businesses to renovate old buildings. But the problems faced by one indie restaurateur show that, if anything, it's harder than ever

  • Dining

    August 3, 2006

    G Spot

    No more whining