Matt Carter

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    October 14, 2014

    12 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

    Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for ethnic restaurants in metro Phoenix. Best Japanese Restaurant: ShinBay On the exterior, chef Shinji Kurita's James Beard Award-nominated restaurant looks like just ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Matt Carter to Launch Weekly Tasting Menus at The House Brasserie With Opus One Paired Dinner on Friday, October 3

    If you've been to California's wine-making regions then chances are you've heard the name Opus One. Chances are much slimmer, however, that you've actually been inside the landmark, white limestone winery. After all a tasting will set you back $45 for just the current vintage and if you actually wan ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    April 14, 2014

    Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Best of the Fest 2014: Beautiful Tablescapes, Memorable Food

    The weeklong Scottsdale Culinary Fest came to an extravagant end last night at the annual Best of the Fest dinner held at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency. The event brought out eight of the Valley's top chefs who each prepared a coursed dinner for two tables of guests. It's a sort of unofficial competi ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe Name Gio Osso's Vitru Among The Valley's Must-Try Restaurants

    Our humble food scene has been getting a nice bit of national attention recently. In the last two weeks both the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe have complied lists of must-see dining spots and drinking destinations in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. Both outlets named Chef Gio Osso's Vir ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Chef Jay Bogsinke of St. Francis on Michael de Maria and the Death of Formal Cuisine

    Jay Bogsinke Chef St. Francis 602-200-8111 This is part one of our interview with chef Jay Bogsinke of St. Francis. Bogsinke has been at St. Francis since August, when chef/owner Aaron Chamberlin decided to call in some extra firepower for the restaurant as he wrangles with the new ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Bootlegger's in North Phoenix Gives Valley Barbecue a Boost

    Bootleggers in North Phoenix is a kind of barbecue pit gone the way of a gastropub. It's a place where a half-pound of sliced brisket can be paired with a well-crafted Old Fashioned served up in a mason jar; cold-smoked chicken wings can be chased with gourmet jelly shots; and a griddled pork belly ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Rick Phillips of EATERAZ to Open Casual Restaurant with BBQ Component Moonshine -- and Guess Who's Consulting for Him?

    As the likable smart-ass behind the food scene blog EATERAZ and the guy who puts on both the Arizona Taco Festival and the Arizona BBQ Festival (all with considerable help from his equally likeable and possibly more smart-ass partner Dave Tyda), Rick Phillips is known for being a magazine publisher ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner at Praying Monk in Scottsdale on March 10

    Under normal circumstances, we'd have to log quite a few miles in order to enjoy plates created by Aaron May, Christopher Gross, Matt Carter, and Josh Herbert in one night. And that's assuming we'd be able to stuff ourselves with that much food. It won't be a problem, however, on March 10 when the ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Bloody Marys and Mascarpone Crepe at The House Brasserie in Scottsdale

    Welcome to Brunched, where Chow Bella samples local restaurants' offerings for our favorite meal. Hey, you get to sleep in and eat breakfast -- what's not to like? See also: -- So-So Huevos and Fabulous French Toast at SOL Mexican Cocina -- Pork Belly and Chawanmushi for Bento Box Brunch at Nobuo ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    10 Best Things I Ate in October

    Sharing my favorite eats of the month from new restaurants, reviewed restaurants, and places I've popped into just because. It's not a countdown, it's a collection. And I hope it inspires. Enjoy. Pork Stomach and Black Pepper Clay Pot at New Hong Kong "I can't believe I'm on my second bowl," rema ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

    Cobbler on Quack at Cowboy Ciao There's no better dessert (not even pumpkin pie) to put you in the mood for fall. Country Velador, pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao, came up with this genius pairing: traditional apple cobbler with duck fat ice cream. Based on taste alone, you'd never guess that duck fat i ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Aaron May Dishes About Why He Pisses People Off and Describes His Last Supper (You'll Love the Dessert)

    This is part two of my interview with Aaron May, chef-partner of Praying Monk, Over Easy, The Lodge, Mabel's on Main and May's Counter in Tucson. If you missed part one, where May talks about whether he's a chef, a restaurateur or a party boy -- and what I learned (full disclosure) in a year of work ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    So What Exactly Do We Mean When We Say "American Cooking"?

    As a food writer, I'm required to describe or categorize the food served at restaurants so that readers know what to expect and whether or not they want to go. Sounds easy enough, right? Especially since most of the time, chef-owners or their PR teams do the heavy lifting for me. See also: Eliot W ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Nikki's Got Four More Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week -- It's Not Too Late!

    Arizona Restaurant Week kicked off last Saturday and ends this coming Sunday, September 23 -- which means there's still time to find a great bargain if your favorite restaurant isn't already booked. "You snooze, you lose" definitely applies here. See also: Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restau ... 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 15, 2012

    After Many Delays, Matt Carter Opens The House in Old Town

    See also: Chef Matt Carter to Open New Restaurant in Scottsdale See also: Here's the Lineup for This Year's Dine Out With the Chef's Event After weeks of delay, Matt Carter, Terry Ellisor and Brian Raab quietly opened The House at 6936 E. Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale on Wednesday night. Th ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Celeb Chefs Matt Carter, Beau MacMillan, and Aaron May Cooking Up Four-Course Brunch at Superstition Farm

    In what may be the biggest and brunch-iest news of the year, celebu-chefs Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro and The Mission), Beau MacMillan (Elements at Sanctuary), and Aaron May (Praying Monk, Over Easy, and Renegade Tap & Kitchen) are joining forces to whip up a four-course brunch for hungry guests at Sup ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Top Ten Spots for Mac 'n' Cheese in the Valley

    Mm, mm, mac 'n' cheese. President Thomas Jefferson had it for dinner at the White House in 1802, Crayola made it a crayon color in 1993, and Kraft sells more than one million boxes of it every day. Dressed up with additional ingredients or stripped down and simple, mac 'n' cheese, essentially cook ... More >>

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    January 14, 2012

    CLOSED: Bonfire Grill and Bar

    What the skewer? Bonfire Grill and Bar, Old Town Scottsdale's stylish restaurant of American wood-fired cuisine at 7210 East 2nd Street has been shuttered. Opened in March of last year where Furio used to be, Bonfire boasted a menu designed by chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro and The Mission. A not ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Valley Chefs Demonstrate How Not to Saber a Champagne Bottle

    Looks as if a few notable Valley chefs may have benefited from our post last week on sabrage, the name given to the practice of opening a champagne bottle with a sword. Last month, during a benefit dinner at the home of Jamie Hormel (owner of the Wrigley Mansion, heir to the Hormel meat-packing emp ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011
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    October 13, 2011

    Cafe: Bonfire Grill and Bar

    Jackie Mercandetti​Are you a meat lover? If you are, you can thank chef Matt Carter for the wood-fired cuisine at Bonfire Grill in Scottsdale. Carter consulted on Bonfire's menu, creating a selection of American dishes with hints of the extravagant, heavy on the skewers, and approachable eno ... 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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    May 24, 2011

    Flavors of Phoenix 2011 and Chicken Pizza in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Flavors of Phoenix 2011Get your wallets out for this event. The 20th Annual Flavors of Phoenix is happening this Thursday. Thirty of the Valley's top chefs, including Aaron May, Beau Mac ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Matt Carter Guest Chef's Tonight at Monti's and Pretzel Dogs in Today's Eater's Digest

    Fake Ginger​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Culinary Masters Part ThreeIt started with Eddie Matney back in February. In March Beau MacMillan gave it a go. Now it's Matt Carter's turn. Tonight, Don't miss NY Times-acclaimed chef Matt Ca ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    February 18, 2011

    Beau MacMillan, Eddie Matney Defect to Monti's La Casa Vieja (For a Day)

    Monti's La Casa Vieja​What happens when an executive chef loses the top-of-the-line stainless steel commercial appliances, professional tools and cache of underlings that he's used to? Either he rises like cream to prove he's got culinary game without the fancy extras, or he sinks like poached egg ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Matt Carter's Black Cod with Tomato Nage

      Keyon Fareghi​Our chat with Matt Carter ended yesterday with him explaining a little about why The Mission is different from other Latin restaurants in the area. The proof may not be in the pudding, but in the black cod dish that he will show us how to prepare tod ... More >>

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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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    September 27, 2010

    Dine Out with the Chefs Sunday Oct. 3

    Start stretching out your stomach and saving up your allotted calorie intake. You'll want to try a little bit of everything from more than 20 Valley chefs at the fifth annual Dine Out with the Chefs 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

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    September 9, 2010

    Foodie Fight 2 Brings Out Local Luminaries This Saturday

    ​Several months ago, foodie-about-town and marketing/PR agency owner Ty Largo (shown at left) challenged his friend and fellow food geek/blogger Joel LaTondress (shown below, at right, he's also known as the Yelper who incited ABC Baking Co. owner Amy Bouzaglo's epic tangent, which got Chow B ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Bliss and ReBar Host Grand Opening Tonight

    photos by Jessica VanZalen ​ In with the new -- Downtown hot spots Fate/Nine05 shut down in March leaving plenty of room for what's now Bliss and ReBar. (No word on whatever happened with Nine05's chef-owner Matt Carter and his plans for other projects on the corner of Fourth Street and Garfie ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Petite Maison Hosts Chef Matt Carter Tonight

    ​Petite Maison created plenty of buzz when it launched its late-night "Staff Meal" (offered from 10 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday) and now the cozy French country spot in Old Town is mixing things up by welcoming guest chefs into chef James Porter's kitchen. Tonight, chef M ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    New Restaurant Concept Coming to Former Nine 05 Space

    ​Downtown's momentum took a hit when chef Matt Carter's Asian fusion spot Nine 05 abruptly closed its doors three months ago, but soon the corner of 4th Street and Garfield will show signs of life again. Fez owner Mark Howard tells me he's working on a "very fun" new restaurant tha ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    In the Raw: Local Chefs Get Naked for Charity

    Nice, um, cucumber!A friend showed me his copy of the new In the Raw calendar, and what can I say? It's pretty ballsy.Ken and Lee Singh are the charming couple who run the all-natural Singh Farms -- a 20-acre wonderland where their composting efforts have created nutrient-rich soil for fresh veggies ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Farewell to Nine 05 and Everything Else Planned for That Corner

    ​Today would be a gorgeous day to eat some spring rolls and drink sake on the front patio of Nine 05, but sadly, it's too late. The nine-month-old restaurant has closed. Servicemen were removing equipment when I stopped by, and the place was deserted. The kitchen appears to be in a state of ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Nine 05 Chefs Matt Carter and Jay Bogsinske Demo New Dish

    Jay Bogsinske (left) and Matt Carter of downtown's Nine 05. ​This past weekend, we popped by Scottsdale's Old Town Farmers' Market to see what they're up to lately. If you haven't been there this season, Viking now sponsors a weekly chef's demo in a white tent loaded up with a teensy m ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    CRAVE Arizona is Perfectly Balanced Gluttony

    ​Celebrity chefs. Blind wine tasting contests. Food samples from dozens of Valley restaurants. Only two weeks after Scottsdale's Dine Out With the Chefs event, culinary afficianados from across the Valley loosened their belts for another huge epicurean event: CRAVE Arizona ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Cafe: Nine 05

    ​If there's one thing missing from our monthly outing to First Friday it's blueberry mochi cake. Don't get us wrong. We like street-side brats and popcorn as much as the next guy, but even once in a while we want to class it up. Seems Matt Carter of Nine 05 feels the same way. Food Critic Mi ... 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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    July 28, 2009

    Now Open Downtown: Nine 05

    ​After a hiatus for renovations and development of a totally new menu, the transformation of Nine 05 (from the restaurant formerly known as Fate) is complete. The restaurant opened last night. Executive chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro and The Mission, joined by chef Jay Bogsinske, has creat ... 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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    March 26, 2009

    Chef Matt Carter Takes Over Former Fate Restaurant

    There's been talk for quite a long time that chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro and The Mission has had his eye on downtown -- particularly around Roosevelt Row. Well, he finally made his move. Carter's in Uruguay right now, says Brian Raab at The Mission, but before he left, he signed a lease on ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Local Celeb Chefs Bail On Their Own Restaurants for V-Day

    All right, I'm having fun with headlines. But I couldn't help but notice how many local "celebrity" chefs are listed in the "all-star" lineup of a charity event that just so happens to take place on Valentine's night -- one of the busiest nights of the year for most restaurants. It's a night wh ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    October 20, 2008

    A Handful of New Restaurants Open in Scottsdale

    By Michele Laudig Although plenty of restaurant openings have been delayed or flat-out nixed (hello, Mexican Standoff, Shell Shock, Leche, REM?), October's shaping up to be a decent month for new eateries in Scottsdale. The most high-profile among them is The Mission, a Latin-inspired eatery that' ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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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    March 28, 2002

    Too Sexy for My Soufflé

    Local Chefs hate Zinc Bistro, so you know it's gonna be good.

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