From hiring ex-Noca chef Chris Curtiss to run his new NoRTH location in Arcadia last November, to taking over the Oakville Grocery Co. space at CityScape in October to open Chloe's Corner with co-owner Ashly Young last week, restaurateur Sam Fox has been a busy boy indeed -- and just a month into 20 ... More >>
Out with the Oakville, in with the new.
Last October, Oakville Grocery Co., the ex-eatery and gourmet groceries spot at Downtown's CityScape, saw some controversy when the Arizona Republic reported its owner and operator, Michael A. Webb, was booted out in under three months by CityScape's develope ... More >>
2011 was a busy year for the Valley restaurant scene. We added more than 100 new restaurants and lost just under 50. Just in case you forgot about some of the newcomers, or missed the news that one of your favorite restaurants closed, here's a look back ...
2011 Restaurant Openings  ... More >>
Jamie PeacheyThe Breakfast Club and Barrista Bar in Scottsdale will open its second location on November 14.CityScape, downtown's newest highrise (and ongoing restaurant scene saga) of residential, retail, office, and hotel components, has announced three new restaurants opening in the coming ... More >>
Sumosommelier David JohnsonSpirits expert, ex-wine director at Oakville Grocery Co., and Sumosommelier David Johnson is at it again. After recently competing in the first Tommy Bahama "Rumologist" comeptition and attending celebu-chef Stephanie Izard's Goat Tour dinner, Johnson has joi ... More >>
Phoenix was hopping this past month with new restaurants aplenty. We lost a few -- but we're pretty sure we'll be too busy with the newbies to notice.
Restaurants (and other Food-Related Establishments) That Opened in June 2011
Copper Blues, CityScape Phoenix
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A small crowd of locals gathered outside the new Oakville Grocery Co. at Cityscape this morning, hungry for a bite and a peek inside the new store, which opened to the public at 10 a.m. Oakville's deli is good for lunch on the go.Fans of the old location at Scottsdale Quarter will be ple ... More >>
The allure of a lunch deal comprising a couple of tacos and a shot of tequila is too much to pass up. That's what got us to Vitamin T, the relatively new taco shop in Downtown Phoenix. Tacos and tequila aside, there may be another reason to visit Vitamin T.
Food Critic Laura Hahnefeld on V ... More >>
We realize we've gotten a little carried away without laying down the wine basics, so this week we're resorting back to the basics with a Wine Tasting 101 from Sommelier David Johnson. Get ready to take notes... Just kidding! Pour yourself a glass and follow along.
Wine dinners with Sommelier David Johnson always feel more like an eccentric dinner party with an array of characters you never knew you wanted to meet but suddenly can't believe you didn't know. Johnson is the most popular guy in school: No, not the quarterback who got all the girls, but the gregar ... More >>
Uncork the issue: How do I even begin to learn about the world of wine?
Spill the juice: "Don't think of it as the 'world of wine,'" suggests David Johnson, the wine director at Oakville Grocery Co. "It becomes daunting. People think they have to know about everything. The truth is that it's an inch ... More >>
Chef Walter Sterling of Oakville Grocery Co. cooks up a chilled avocado and lime soup to cool off on those hot summer days. No slaving away over the stove here. All you need are the fresh ingredients, a knife and a blender.
Chef Walter Sterling does his homework. He has collected more than 100 cookbooks and references them as well as researches region-specific cuisine when creating isoteric menus for the Thursday wine tastings at Oakville Grocery Co.
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:
Up on the Sun:
New Release Tuesday: Kid Sister
Phoenix Indie Bowl 2009: Have You Signed Up Yet?
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