Peter Kasperski

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix: Arizona Cocktail Week and Beer Week Edition

    Artisanal Spirit and Cocktail Market Today Don't get us wrong, we love regular farmers markets, too. But when we have the chance to hit up a market full of artisan spirits and other cocktail-related products, you can bet a bottle of 30-year-old scotch we're going to go. The Artisan Spirit and Cockt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda on What He Misses About Japan and the Difference Between a Japanese and an American Chef

    Nobuo Fukuda Nobuo at Teeter House 622 East Adams Street, Phoenix 602-254-0600 See also: -- Tastemaker #59: Nobuo Fukuda -- 13 Favorite Cold Dishes in Metro Phoenix This is part one of my interview with Nobuo Fukuda, chef-owner of Nobuo at Teeter House in Heritage Square in do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Nobuo Fukuda Teaming Up with Roka Akor's Chef, German Sega, for One-Night Omakase Event

    Trusting diners who love grilled Japanese cuisine have a new event to look forward to this summer and that's the one-night event that will bring Chef Nobuo Fukuda to Scottsdale's Roka Akor to collaborate with its new executive chef, German Sega. See also: - Robatayaki Dinner at Roka Akor in Scott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Five 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 the books this week. More events this week: - Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek June 19 - go lb. salt Launches Salt Education Series in Gilbert This Spring - "Arizona History Dinners" Kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    11 Favorite Salads in Metro Phoenix

    Summer is just weeks away, which means it's panic time for those of us who packed on the lbs. over the winter. Yes, of course, we should've seen this coming, and what the hell happened to that exercise regimen we felt so enthusiastic about back in January? Now there's no place to run and certainly n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    10 Favorite (Restaurant) Doughnuts in Greater Phoenix

    Homer Simpson sold his soul to the devil for one, 30 Rock's Liz Lemon loves putting them in the microwave, and on the first Friday of June each year, we celebrate their very existence. It's the doughnut. While readily available at bakeries and shops, snatching one up at a Valley restaurant is a bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Payton Curry Dishes on Marketing Bullshit and the Futility of Eating Kale in the Summer

    This is part one of my interview with Payton Curry, chef and co-owner of Brat Haus, scheduled to open July 2. Come back on Tuesday for part two. Payton Curry Brat Haus 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 602-738-1274 With his tousled curls, blue eyes, and rosy complexion, Payton Curry looks a ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2011

    Chef Payton Curry Says Farewell to Caffe Boa

    Jamie PeacheyChef Payton Curry was the talk of the town with his Christmas "reindeer menu."​After nearly a year and a half as executive chef at Tempe's Caffe Boa and Mesa's Caffe Boa Bistro, chef Payton Curry is leaving to launch his own restaurant."I want to do what Charleen Badman's doing, and w ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Samantha Dickerson: Kazimierz World Wine Bar & Cowboy Ciao

    Carol Blonder Samantha Dickerson ​Samantha Dickerson works the front of the house at Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz, but we found her behind the bar at Kazimierz. Both popular downtown Scottsdale haunts feature well-reputed wine lists, as well as classic and craft cocktails. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Coming Soon: The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe

    ​You probably saw my post about Lisa G closing over the weekend -- where I mentioned new owner Matt Diamond -- but now that I've had a chance to chat with Diamond, I have more details for you. So he's got a serious wine background. He's traveled to various wine regions, worked for such loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Chef Bernie Kantak Planning Five Restaurants Downtown

    Former Cowboy Ciao chef Bernie Kantak and his business partners have finalized a deal to open not one, not two, but five new restaurants downtown, reports the Republic today. The concepts will be Southwestern, Southern, steakhouse, Latin, and wine bar, and will be located at 1st Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Digestif: Pavle Departs, Payton Gets on Camera

    Pavle Milic, general manager at Scottsdale's groovy Digestif, was a man with a plan. But in the words of John Lennon, "Life is what happens while you're busy making plans." So although Milic had gotten the ball rolling on opening his own gourmet panini restaurant (inspired by Ino, in New York ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Walking on Water

    Fred Unger's idea of gondolas on Scottsdale's canal went under. Now he's back with a bridge and $250 million

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    Congrats to Sea Saw's Chef Nobuo Fukuda!

    Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation Cheers to the winner: Chef Nobuo Fukuda savors the sweet taste of victory. Yeah, Arizona messed with Texas -- where all of this year's other James Beard "Best Chef -- Southwest" nominees are from -- and came out ahead. At last night's 2007 James Bear ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2001

    Bar Trek

    Plot a course for a nip and a nosh