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    November 12, 2014

    Cooks and Corks at Four Seasons Resort This Friday -- Get Your Tickets While You Can

    If you're looking for a fancy soiree to put on your weekend calendar, then you might be interested in Cooks and Corks, an al fresco evening of food and drinks at one of the Valley's top resorts. The one-night tasting event is the official kick-off to next year's Scottsdale Culinary Festival and w ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Kevin Binkley to Host James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek

    Next month the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour will make an appearance at Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek. The annual tour is designed to bring "the experience of dining at New York City's historic James Beard House to cities around the country." Host chef Kevin Binkley will welcome ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Dish It Out at Salt River Fields Was Easy to Enjoy With Fun Entertainment

    Event season is in full swing as evidenced by the hundreds of people who came out to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix by stuffing themselves with food and drink at Dish It Out on Sunday. Sure, it's a little ironic to raise money to fight child hunger in such gluttonous fashion, but ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Dish It Out on Sunday at Salt River Fields: Four Top Local Chefs to Compete in Cook-Off

    This Sunday, October 5 the first Dish It Out tasting event and cook-off will take place at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The new culinary fest comes courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and R Entertainment -- who have also helped organize Devoured Phoenix -- and will bring together ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    5 Best Food Neighborhoods in Metro Phoenix

    We love our Valley dining scene but it's impossible to deny that there are certain parts of town with more to offer than others. That's not to say there aren't plenty of great restaurants, bars, and breweries that lie outside of these five geographic areas, but these are the places with more to offe ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    10 Flavors of Gelato from Local Chefs to Debut at The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale on Friday, August 1

    This Friday, August 1, locally-owned dessert chain The Gelato Spot will launch its second annual Gelato Wars contest. As with last year's event, the contest will pit a lineup of local chefs against each other in a battle to earn a custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash, and a $5,000 check prese ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    The Pink Pony in Scottsdale Will Reopen Next Week (Spoiler Alert: It's Not a Steakhouse Anymore)

    Scottsdale's oldest restaurant, The Pink Pony, is nearly ready to ride again. After being closed since summer, the more than 60-year-old landmark restaurant will reopen at the end of this month -- and for those who are familiar with the old spot, the good news is that not everything will have change ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Pizza People Pub Today through Sunday, January 12 This week, the Pizza People Pub will celebrating its official grand opening with seven days of events and food and drink specials. Today through Sunday, you can head to the midtown restaurant, located in the space formerly occupied by Cheuvront wine ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    10 Best Pork Belly Dishes in Metro Phoenix

    By Heather Hoch and Lauren Saria During our quest to find Phoenix's best offal dishes, we noticed a great deal of pork belly popping up on the menus around town. While pork belly didn't quite make the weirdness cut for our offal specifications, we thought the delicious, luxurious cut of pork deserv ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    5 Best Places for Craft Cocktails in Scottsdale

    Shine, our annual pocket guide to all things Scottsdale, is out. And this year, local artist Luster Kaboom is taking readers on an illustrated ride through the city's best spots for food, drink, art, and entertainment. Here, in no particular order, are the five best places for craft cocktails in Sc ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 7, 2013
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    October 9, 2013

    Aaron May's Praying Monk in Scottsdale Shutters, Space to Become Bootleggers

    When the restaurant gods shutter a Monk, they open a Bootlegger. At least that's the case with Praying Monk, restaurateur and chef Aaron May's stylish American beer cafe in Old Town Scottsdale opened in May of last year. Shuttered last night, Praying Monk, located at 7217 East First Street, will b ... 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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    August 8, 2013
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    June 20, 2013
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    June 14, 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: - 12 Spots for BBQ, Beers, and More for Father's Day in Metro Phoenix - 15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona Kaiseki Dinner at Posh It's no secret to Phoenix ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Apple Pie Moonshine, Brisket Hash Nachos, and Quite Possibly the Best PBLT in the Valley at Bootleggers in North Phoenix

    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 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 >>

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    March 2, 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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    February 11, 2013

    6 Don't-Miss Events During AZ Cocktail Week: Feb 16-22

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Phoenix is becoming a bona-fide food-town, "becoming" (present progressive) being the operative word. Exhibit A, for your consideration: the second annual Arizona Cocktail Week, a seven-day series of boozy events -- some educational, others not so much -- b ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    7 Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Greater Phoenix: Cozy Home Edition

    When it comes to romantic restaurants, there's something about those set in refurbished old homes that makes them more charming, more interesting in their history, and more full of character than the rest. See also: - 14 More Valley Places to Wine and Dine Your Honey Bun on Valentine's - 5 Sweet ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Doug Robson Dishes On Why Tacos Are Great and What It's Like to Eat Bugs and Worms

    Doug Robson Gallo Blanco Café, The Clarendon Hotel 401 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix 602-274-4774 See also: -- Gallo Blanco's Doug Robson to Open New (and Slightly Different) Mexican Restaurant in March -- 8 Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurants: Best of Phoenix 2012 This ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    The Parlor Offers Nose-to-Tail Dinners Wednesday Through Saturday Starting February 6

    Matt Carter started the local nose-to-tail trend four years ago, slow-roasting a whole pig in La Caja China for Sunday brunch at The Mission. Kevin Binkley jumped in whole hog last fall, offering an all-you-can-eat pig dinner on Saturday afternoons and evenings at Cafe Bink. Now Jared Porter is get ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    January 10, 2013
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    January 3, 2013
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    December 28, 2012

    Top 5 Food Predictions for Phoenix in 2013

    As another culinary year approaches, it's time to once again gaze into the crystal ball to predict the Valley's food trends for 2013. See also: Chefs, What Will the Top Food Trends for Phoenix Be in 2013? It's no secret that our food scene is slow to hop aboard the rest of the country's gastronom ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    The 10 Best Things I Ate in 2012

    As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the most all-around stellar meals I had the pleasure of consuming in the Valley. See also: - 9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix - 10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix From the fancy to the more famili ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

    This year, the variety of new restaurants in the Valley has more breadth and depth than ever before: comfort-food-meets-gourmet in Scottsdale; artisan pizzas by a legendary baker in Central Phoenix; and knockout Italian eats in east Mesa. When I made this list, I wanted a selection of restaurants ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Milagro Grill: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Milagro Grill 4280 E. Indian School Road, #101, Phoenix 602-773-5844 See also: - Macayo's Family Makes Good at Arcadia's Milagro Grill - Chimi Challenge: Macayo's vs. El Molino Hours: Happy Hour is offered 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    October 29, 2012

    12 Favorite Places to Eat Outdoors in Greater Phoenix

    At last! Blissfully cool mornings, evenings with a hint of chill and daytime temps that mean we can lunch on a shaded patio without swimming in sweat. This right here, this seasonal slice of heaven is why we endure traffic, tourists and summer. See also: 10 Favorite Places for Pozole in Greater Ph ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Meet-and-Greet (and Booze with) Favorite Local Chefs at Dine Out with The Chefs This Weekend

    The world of food doesn't get more boozy and schmoozy than Dine Out With the Chefs and if your social calendar is looking a little bare the good news is the once a year event is just around the corner. From 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, September 7, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will become a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    18 Fall Food Festivals in Metro Phoenix

    It's safe. You can come out now. It's September. And while temperatures may still hover uncomfortably for a bit, we feel fall in the air -- and that means outdoor festivals with lots to eat and drink. So get out your calendar (or your smart phone) and jot down the dates for these must-do events. And ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Mexican-American Fusion Restaurant Coming to Arcadia

    "I grew up in Arcadia, and went to Arcadia High School, so this location just felt right." That's Reed Johnson, owner of Milagro Grill, a new Mexican-American fusion restaurant planned to open in mid-August at 4280 East Indian School Road, at the corner of a strip mall and in the former home of Joe ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Celebrate BBQ Season in Style with "Haute" Dogs

    You may be thinking of having a hot dog to commemorate Independence Day. You may also be thinking you don't really want to DIY over a hot grill in 110-degree weather just to eat a plain old mystery-meat wiener with mustard and relish. Frankly, we don't blame you. Here are three places to eat upsca ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    98: Lara Mulchay

    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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    July 26, 2011

    Big Earl's BBQ Fills Opening Left by Morales with Ex-Mission Chef

    Jackie Mercandetti​Looks like Big Earl's BBQ, chef James Porter's home of "old school 'Q" in Old Town Scottsdale has found a replacement for Tony Morales, their pitmaster since January who left last week to focus on Desert Smoke BBQ, his business of signature sauces and spice rubs. Chef James ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    "Dine Out with the Chefs" Event Adds Bernie Kantak, Charlene Badman, and Aaron May

    Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House will be on hand at this year's event.​The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is stepping up its game this year for its sixth annual, "Dine Out With the Chefs," one of the Valley's most exclusive culinary events where guests get to mingle with local ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Rain or Shine, Scottsdale Culinary Festival Heavy on the Pour

    We did not love Macayo's, despite Scottsdale Culinary Festival's subliminal marketing ploy. ​Another year of Scottsdale Culinary Festival events has come and gone. We sampled the fare at the 33rd Annual Great Arizona Picnic, watched the wine flow at Cooks & Corks, and took the opportuni ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Alex Padilla of Taberna, Part Two

    Keyon Fareghi​Yesterday we spoke with Alex Padilla of Taberna Mexicana and today our conversation continues... Honduran-born Padilla is notably health-conscious -- nothing on Taberna's menu is smothered in cheese and rice and beans are not automatic. Padilla tells us he is ap ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, Part Two

    Chef Luis Millan of Canteen Modern Tequila Bar fuses together his Mexican heritage, French cooking techniques, Spanish food adoration and Arizona kitchen experience to create really interesting dishes with international flair.

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    May 20, 2010

    Former Nine 05 Chef Hired at District American Kitchen

    Jay Bogsinske (pictured at left with Matt Carter) is a familiar face from the former Nine 05.​On the heels of chef Nathan Crouser's recent departure, District American Kitchen has hired Jay Bogsinske as its new chef de cuisine. Yesterday was his first day on the job. Before coming to t ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

    Jason Silva A year ago, I sipped some wine at West of Western culinary festival with entrepreneur and small business advocate Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, chatting about boosting the profile of local restaurants. If only I'd brought a crystal ball with me. ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Battle of the Dumplings: Moira vs. Nine05

    Let me guess: when you're looking for comfort food, Asian cuisine doesn't exactly pop to the top of the list. While yummy, sushi lacks the warm, tummy-nurturing sensation that comes with mac n' cheese or Aunt Sally's meatloaf. But there are a few Asian dishes that easily calm frazzled ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Thomas Keller Comes to Kierland

    sloane burwell​ Cookbook fans and foodies alike crowded Sur La Table at Kierland Commons Wednesday afternoon as more than 200 people waited in line to meet award winning chef Thomas Keller, who was on hand to sign his new cookbook, Ad Hoc At Home. Keller is famous for his meticulou ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Christopher Gross' Chef's Tour: A Recap

    Sloane BurwellJames Porter gets Aaron May's autograph. After this weekend, it's time to replace "party like a rockstar" with "drink like a chef." Friday night is a bit of a blur for most (if not all) of the participants in a Chef's Tour of central downtown Phoenix restaurants (yes, and bars) dreamed ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    March 26 In Blogs: Pickaxes, Elton John, Downtown Sushi and More

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Speed Camera Pickax Attacker Gets Probation and Fine Governor Brewer's ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    Is cuisine an artform?

    Earlier this year, legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adria found himself out of the frying pan and into the fire, when the organizers of Documenta -- a huge, once-every-five-years contemporary art show held in Kassel, Germany -- invited him to be one of only two Spanish contributors. It's an understat ... More >>

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