Peter Kasperski

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    October 13, 2014

    3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Cowboy Ciao Tuesday, October 14 Friendly competition between local wine experts is nothing new to Cowboy Ciao. In fact, the restaurant regularly hosts Sommelier Showdowns that pit two wine professionals against each other in a contest to pick a better pairing. This month the restaurant is shaking ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Cowboy Ciao to Host Alumni Dinner With Chefs Including Kantak, Osso, Fukuda, and More

    Bernie Kantak. Gio Osso. Nobuo Fukuda. Tracy Dempsey. Keenan Bosworth. What do all these chefs have in common beside being some of the best-known names in town? Believe it or not, they all passed through the kitchen at Peter Kasperski's Cowboy Ciao restaurant. There are few places in town that hav ... 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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    December 19, 2013
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    September 16, 2013

    Tuesday Night TV Dinner, Bourbon Heritage Month and More This Week In Metro Phoenix

    Another weekend has passed us by but this week in Phoenix there are more than a few dining and drinking opportunities for mid-week fun. Here are a some of the events we have on the books. Monday Night Chef's Table with Four Peaks Brewery Monday, September 16 To kick off the week ZuZu in Old Town ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013
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    August 6, 2013

    Chef Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao on Last Year's Bankruptcy and Who to Look Out for in His Kitchen

    This is part two of our interview with Lester Gonzalez, chef at Scottdale's Cowboy Ciao. If you missed the first part of the interview, in which Gonzalez talked about the restaurant's new location at Sky Harbor Airport and his gave his thoughts about Gio Osso of Virtu, you can read it here. Today, h ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Cowboy Ciao Owner Opening Counter Intuitive in Former FnB Space

    It's been a little over seven months since chef Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic pulled up stakes at Stetson Drive and moved their restaurant, FnB, a few streets over to Craftsman Court. The Old Town Scottsdale storefront has been vacant ever since. But now it looks like its landlord, Peter Kaspersk ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    5 Things To Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean you have to starve. Here's what we've got on our plate this week. Beyond Frybread - Discovering Diné Nuevo Cuisine This Thursday, July 18, Tertio winebar chef Renetto-Mario Etsitty will create a one-of-a-kind Navajo-influenced menu for "Beyond Frybre ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Chow Bella Named Best Feature Blog by Arizona Press Club

    Chow Bella writers were honored at the Arizona Press Club's annual awards banquet, held Saturday night at the Duce in downtown Phoenix. Chow Bella was named Best Metro Feature Blog. In addition, New Times' food blog also took home second place in the feature blog category and a third-place award f ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    The Herb Box and Gertrude's at DBG Beta Test WineQuest Mobile, a New iPhone App For Selecting Wine

    Unless you're a wine wonk like Mark Tarbell, Peter Kasperski, Amy Binkley or Dave Johnson, you probably find reading a multi-page wine list and making a smart selection intimidating. Too many wines to choose from and way too much terminology and lore to master. So you take a shot in the dark, shell ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic to Open FnB on Craftsman Court on Tuesday

    Chef-owner Charleen Badman and her suavecito, front-of-the-house partner Pavle Milic served their last supper at the original FnB on Stetson Drive on New Year's Eve. And now they're getting everything organized and spiffed up for a Tuesday opening (that's tomorrow, January 8) at their Craftsman Cou ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Peter Kasperski Considers Using FnB Name in San Diego

    FnB fans were all atwitter 10 days ago after news broke that Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic were leaving Stetson Drive to move their beloved restaurant over to Craftsman Court. See also: - FnB's Charleen Badman and Pavle Milic Leave Stetson Drive for Craftsman Court - Cowboy Ciao Files for Bankr ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    16: Bernie Kantak

    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 12, 2012

    What Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Means for Cowboy Ciao, Kazimierz and Peter Kasperski

    See also: Cowboy Chow files for Bankruptcy See also: Cowboy Ciao's Marianne Belardi Says Goodbye After Fifteen Years Chow Bella reported last week that Peter Kasperski of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz World Wine Bar filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy under Cowboy Ciao LLC on June 29th. In the comment se ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Cowboy Ciao Files for Bankruptcy

    See also: Marianne Belardi Says Goodbye After 15 years See also: Cowboy Ciao Somm Throwdown On Friday, June 29, Peter Kasperski, owner of Cowboy Ciao in Old Town Scottsdale, filed Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona. According to records, he owes $1.1 million to the Arizona De ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Pavle Milic's Quest to Make Wine: A Quixotic Exploit?

    Earlier this spring, we launched Vine Geeks -- in which AZ Wine Merchants' Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic share advice, news and a little levity from the world of wine. Today, we bring you Romancing the Grape. In this occasional series, Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Beau MacMillan, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Beau MacMillanFood Network star MacMillan is the executive chef of elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.  When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? ESPN Sports Radio.What's the first album you bought? Led Zeppelin, ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Chartreuse: Is This What Jesus Would Drink?

    Image via This Girl Can Eat Handcrafted by French monks based upon a secret 400-year-old recipe, chartreuse was originally known as "The Elixir of Life." We're uncorking our latest column, Bottoms Up -- a weekly guide to everything brewed, bottled, blended, barrel-aged and generally booz ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Cowboy Ciao Somm Throwdown and Watermelon Krispie Treats in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wino ShowdownCowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski is at it again -- this time the self-proclaimed wino is going head-to-head with former cellarmaster and Thomas George Estates operations manager Se ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Cowboy Ciao vs. Citizen Public House in Father's Day Sommelier Showdown

    Spirit of Wine​Oh yeah, it's on. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, Cowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski and Citizen Public House operator and partner (and former Ciaoster) Andrew Fritz will go head to head in a sommelier showdown to take place at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale. Fiv ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Cowboy Ciao's Sommelier Throwdown and Beheaded Peeps in Today's Eater's Digest

    Kitchen Daily ​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?May the Biggest Wino WinTonight, Kazimierz/Cowboy Ciao Owner/resident wine master, Peter Kasperski, and Acme Wine Marking owner, Jim Kopp, battle it out during Cowboy Ciao's epic Sommelier T ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    July 23, 2010

    The End of History Beer, Xmas Eve in July and LMAO Chocolate Milk in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Xmas Eve Wine Dinner for CharitySaturday night join Kazimierz World Wine Bar in Scottsdale for their Xmas Eve Wine Dinner. Guest Chefs Bernie Kantak and Gio Osso are creating a 6 course ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    January 26, 2010

    So Much for Tutto . . .

    No photos to share right now, dear readers, just a little rant. The other night I ended up eating dinner at Tutto, the Italian restaurant that Joseph Gutierrez opened in the space that used to be Digestif. I didn't have an agenda, per se -- just was curious to try a few things. In short, I really mi ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    FnB Updates Menu and Adds All AZ Wine List

    ​There was already plenty of excitement about the opening of FnB, a collaboration between Pavle Milic, Peter Kasperski, and chef Charleen Badman, since it opened in Scottsdale a little over a month ago. Now, they're keeping up the momentum with a revised menu and an attention-getting wi ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Now Open: Pavle Milic's FnB

    ​A few weeks ago, we reported on the upcoming opening of former Digestif GM Pavle Milic's new restaurant, FnB, in Sea Saw's old spot at 7133 E. Stetson Dr. in Scottsdale. The moment Milic was waiting for has now arrived. FnB (which stands for Food & Beverage, a hat-tip to the service indu ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    More on Pavle Milic's FnB, Opening Soon

    ​The moment Pavle Milic has been waiting for is almost here. If all goes as planned, he'll finally be opening his own restaurant, called FnB, sometime around the 23rd of this month. That's not even two weeks away, and Milic couldn't be more excited.

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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 19, 2009

    Digestif Closes in Wake of Payton Curry's Departure

    ​Chef Payton Curry had planned on staying with Digestif through this coming weekend (for the Crave culinary festival), but last night was his final turn in the kitchen there. Curry recently gave notice at the Old Town restaurant to make a move to Tempe's Caffe Boa. Spaghetti Western "buzz a ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Chef Payton Curry to Leave Digestif for Expanding Caffe Boa

    Chef Payton Curry (left) with former Digestif GM Pavle Milic at last year's Eats3​The imminent departure of chef Payton Curry from Digestif is the big news from this weekend.After cooking at the restaurant through the Crave Arizona weekend (October 22 to 24), he'll join Caffe Boa, r ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    New in Scottsdale: Acua

    ​Just a month after we said R.I.P. to Canal, chef Joseph Gutierrez is already up and running in that space with his second of three restaurants at Scottsdale's turnover-prone SouthBridge development. Acua opened for dinner service last Thursday, serving an Asian-French fusion menu comprised ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Digestif Moving; Kasperski Selling Restaurant Spaces

    Digestif is downsizing. Later this month, chef Payton Curry will be working the display kitchen at the former Sea Saw location on Stetson Drive, pending the sale of restaurateur Peter Kasperski's two SouthBridge restaurant spaces, the current Digestif and the half-finished space that would hav ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    February 13, 2009

    Eight AZ Names Among James Beard Nominees

    In a press release this morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its preliminary lists of nominees for various categories in the prestigious James Beard Awards. There are 20 nominees in each category, and eight Arizona individuals and restaurants are among the elite group. Finalists will be ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Sea Saw: End of an Era?

    In a thriving economy, we'd call Scottsdale restaurateur Peter Kasperski's grand plans to expand one of his eateries (Sea Saw) and open three brand-new ones (Mexican Standoff, Shell Shock, Confection) "ambitious." Reeeally ambitious. These days, as the SouthBridge spaces for his unopened businesses ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Waiter Confidential: Waterfront Woes

    My food handler's Card reads "Food Service Worker," not "Industry Analyst." But on the flip side, those are credentials enough to see the kind of economic Love Canal the Scottsdale Waterfront's becoming for a number of its restaurant tenants. Second helpings of Scottsdale Galleria anyone? Sniffing ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    March 21, 2008

    Restaurant developments at SouthBridge

    For awhile there, it started to look like we were going to choke on all the new restaurant openings in Scottsdale. To be sure, a ton of 'em have already opened (as you already know if you even occasionally read Chow Bella!), and plenty more are coming down the pipeline. But while originally it loo ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008

    Did you see the April issue of Food Wine?

    It landed in my mailbox on Saturday, but I'm not sure if it's on newsstands yet. Anyway, it includes a great feature on Scottsdale restaurateur Peter Kasperski and his creative approach to wine pairings at Cowboy Ciao, Sea Saw, Kazimierz, Digestif, and the as-yet-unopened Mexican Standoff and Shell ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008

    Digestif debuts at SouthBridge

    Hell, it's already last week's news, but last week I was among the legions of the severely flu-stricken (ack!), so here's the belated skinny on the latest high-profile restaurant opening: Chef Payton Curry is already cooking up a storm at Digestif, a new "Cal-Ital" eatery at Scottsdale's SouthBridg ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007
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    July 2, 2007

    Baroque and The Tavern close their doors

    I just confirmed with the folks at Market Street at DC Ranch that two upscale eateries -- The Tavern and Baroque Luxe Lounge -- closed at the end of last week. The former started off as Star-Spangled Tavern, a spendy comfort food concept from Blue Wasabi owner Jimmy Carlin and Kazimierz owner Peter ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007

    Jaimee Rose, I beg to differ

    Rarely do I feel like attacking another local writer's work in public -- usually I just share my criticisms with friends and fellow journalists, in private. But come on. How can a story that contains this sentence in the lede -- "Does anyone hear Phoenix and think yum?" -- make it on to the front ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Star Struck

    Bunny versus duck

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    September 19, 2002

    Best Seller

    No doubt about, Sea Saw is unequivocally good sushi

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    November 1, 2001

    Ciao, Fella

    It's "So long Hapa, hello Cowboy" for Scottsdale sushi chef

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