Welcome to "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Cooler weather is upon us! October is the month during which I check the five different weather apps on my phone, hoping that one of ... More >>
Rosé wine is a very divisive topic. A recent New York Times article, Rosé: In Demand, but Not Demanding reports, "If you feel the need for a good, strong bath of cynicism, gather a few sommeliers in summer and discuss rosés. They could give teenagers a few lessons in eye-rolling, lip-curling, and ... More >>
Cheese lovers rejoice! Gina's Homemade is adding five new fine Italian cheeses to the family.
Arizona is not just a barren, dust-covered state. Take some time this summer to check out all the bounty our state has to offer. From lettuce and peaches to goat's milk and grass-fed beef . . . This state can be delicious. Agri-tourism is on the rise, and visiting farms and ranches is a great way t ... More >>
This week we introduce a new, occasional wine column by one of the best-known Arizona winemakers, Sam Pillsbury. Welcome to Spillsbury. When managing editor Amy Silverman asked me to write for Chow Bella and New Times, I had to stop and think how that was going to work. I think that will evolve. I ... More >>
According to some, love is a battlefield, the drug, and blindness. But when it comes to dining out, one thing it shouldn't be is all-the-time expensive. That's why we've come up with a list of 10 favorite casual romantic restaurants that go easy on the wallet (between around $15 and $40 a person), s ... More >>
This is what spring in Arizona is all about, people. Fresh air, sun, smiling happy guests and some rockin' Arizona food at the Devoured Phx Culinary Classic. Here's how it went down on Saturday with our favorite booths and people.
If you run in circles supporting local businesses, the arts, balanced living or sustainability initiatives in Arizona, chances are, you've run into Monika Woolsey. She's the Director of Marketing for Chow Locally, a co-organizer of Get Your PHX/Phoestivus holiday markets and founder of a hormone he ... 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 >>
Heather Gill PhotographySunday night's Stephanie Izard (and Guests) Goat Tour dinner was a convergence of new and cool projects all gathered together under white lights strung above the grass carpeted courtyard of Joe Garcia's soon-to-be-built-out The Accidental Yard in Old Town Scottsdale. ... More >>
Phoenix (or Scottsdale, rather) is getting some love in Stephanie Izard's "Goat Tour" benefiting Share Our Strength. Izard's taking a trip around the country visiting with some of the chef's she's met over the years to kick it in the kitchen as well as promote her snazzy new book titled The G ... More >>
Daniel Guerithault Vincent GuerithaultThis week we sat down to chat with Phoenix food scene legend Vincent Guerithault, the man behind Vincent on Camelback, Vincent Market Bistro, Vincent's Van Go and The Camelback Market. Think of Guerithault as the local Mr. Miyagi of fine dining: years ... More >>
www.tampabay.comThe Eiffel Tower explodes with fireworks once every year on July 14th.For those of you who feel like one patriotic holiday in July isn't nearly enough, we've got good news. Thursday, July 14, aka Bastille Day, is upon us -- time to swap your hot dog for a filet mignon and party li ... More >>
Arizona BiltmoreSummertime in the Valley may be a scorcher, but the Arizona Biltmore, one of Phoenix's first resorts built in 1929 with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright serving as the consulting architect, is playing it Hollywood cool. As part of their Hollywood & Wine summer-long series fea ... More >>
Michele Laudig Goodbye January, Hello February! The Valley was busy this past month with the opening of 15 brand new eating and drinking spots. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to a few places as well. C'est la vie. RESTAURANTS OPENING IN JANUARY Fuego Tacos, 2501 E. Camelback Rd.Citizen ... More >>
Jobot Coffee Shop Hooray for Jobot opening on Roosevelt Row in October, 2010 The Valley of the Sun saw a lot of activity in the restaurant world in 2010. More than 100 new restaurants opened and fewer than 50 closed their doors for good, according to our tally. Here is our Restau ... More >>
Five months ago, Cafe Provence took over the Anthem space that previously housed Madelyn's, serving a casual menu of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Now, the restaurant has just branched out to French fine dining in the evenings. It's a welcome upscale option for the north ... More >>
courtesy of Vincent on Camelback Chef Guerithault with Blue Room slidersThis year marks the 25th anniversary for Vincent Guerithault's quintessential French restaurant Vincent on Camelback. Vincent made his mark on the Phoenix dining scene with classic French haute cuisine in the 1980's. H ... More >>
Citron is taking August "off." I won't be back in September.
Bistro Provence flies French flag in Chandler
Sophie's is the new choice for French in Phoenix
A BYOBer's guide to pairing wine with food at selected Valley restaurants