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Monica Castillo

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Twist Caramel's Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert: Caramelpalooza 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Just over a year ago, Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert, two moms who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    NutWhats' Lisa Rast: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth-annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Although Lisa Rast is simply nutty about nuts, she's excited to com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    The P. Joseph Project's Patrick Boll and Jason Raducha: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth-annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. It takes some real cojones to quit your day job and start a pop-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Herb Box's LaDawn Driscoll: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. LaDawn Driscoll might be a newcomer to the Caramelpalooza competiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Churn's Monica Castillo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. For someone so sweet, you might be surprised to learn that Monica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Digesting Caramelpalooza: A Judge's View

    Last Friday night, Smeeks hosted Chow Bella's 3rd Annual Caramelpalooza, and phew, that was a TON of caramel. As author of the blog's Dessert First series, I was asked to be one of five judges. Thanks to all of the ice cream/candy/cookie/popcorn/paleta makers for bringing their creativity to the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

    Hundreds of you came out to lick, crunch, chew and otherwise gobble caramel confections prepared by 18 of the Valley's finest chefs Friday night, all part of the third annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Smeeks and Chow Bella. We might be a little biased, but we think it was our best 'palooza ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    'Pomo Pizzeria's Debra Giovenco Cole: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 18 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Debra Giovenco Cole of 'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana at the Borgata in Scottsdale and That's a Wrap in Phoenix.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Honey Moon Sweet's Joan and Tim O'Connor: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​ From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Joan and Tim O'Connor of Honey Moon Sweets This culinary duo has been rolling out pastries from from their well-loved T ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Tammie Coe Cakes' Tammie Coe: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Tammie Coe of Tammie Coe Cakes.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Beatriz Alatorre de Hong: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 18 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, or as she's known in the Mexican popsicle world, Paletas Betty. You could ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Virginia Senior: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    ​In preparation for Caramelpalooza 2012, we'll be introducing each of the local chefs submitting their sticky, sweet creations on Friday, March 2nd at Smeeks in Central Phoenix. Today we'd like to present Virginia Senior of Urban Beans. An architect and fine artist, Virginia believes in the powe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Nutwhats' Lisa Rast: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Shelby Moore​From now through Caramelpalooza -- March 2 at Smeeks candy shop -- Chow Bella will introduce you to the 17 chefs participating in the third annual caramel tasting. Today, meet Lisa Rast of NutWhats. For years, Lisa Rast has been mixing it up with cinnamon, walnuts, oats, almo ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Churn's Monica Castillo: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Starting today, we've got some introductions to make. Meet our Caramalpalooza candymakers, starting with Monica Castillo of Churn. Castillo, who's worked everywhere from the Parlor to the Valley Ho, is a pastry chef with a degree from Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode ... More >>

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