This week the Valley welcomed its first Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. The Colorado-based breakfast restaurant chain specializes in creative takes on breakfast classics with seasonal menu changes and an ever-changing Pancake of the Day. Today, we're sharing the second half of our chat with Joe Strelnik and ... More >>
Paul McCabe Executive Chef T. Cook's at the Royal Palms www.tcooksdining.com This week we're talking with T. Cook's new executive chef Paul McCabe, who comes to the Valley after a decade in southern California kitchens, most recently at La Jolla's La Valencia Hotel. It's been about a month since ... More >>
Eddie Hantas Chef/Owner Hummus Xpress www.hummusxpress.com Since January, Eddie Hantas has been serving healthy, fresh Mediterranean food in a fast-casual atmosphere at Hummus Xpress in Tempe. The Subway- (or if you prefer, Chipotle-) style restaurant is his second venture, opened about year after ... More >>
This week we're chatting with chef Jay Bogsinke of St. Francis, who's taking some of pressure off chef/owner Aaron Chamberlin at the restaurant as he deals with his second spot, the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. Yesterday we found out what brought Bogsinke to this farm-to-table haven. If you missed th ... More >>
Jay Bogsinke Chef St. Francis stfrancisaz.com 602-200-8111 This is part one of our interview with chef Jay Bogsinke of St. Francis. Bogsinke has been at St. Francis since August, when chef/owner Aaron Chamberlin decided to call in some extra firepower for the restaurant as he wrangles with the new ... More >>
On Monday, we chatted with Dustin Christofolo, the new executive chef at Quiessence, about how he's prepared to take over the high-profile position at the end of the month. If you missed the first part of the interview you can read it here. Today, we're back to talk about a few new things you'll fin ... More >>
Dustin Christofolo Executive Chef Quiessence, The Farm at South Mountain 602-276-0601 www.quiessencerestaurant.com After years of running the show at The House at Secret Garden, chef Dustin Christofolo will take the reins at Quiessence when the restaurant reopens at the end of October. He'll rep ... More >>
Blaise and DJ Aki Chefs The Sushi Room www.sushiroomaz.com 480-821-9000 A restaurant called The Sushi Room in Chandler probably isn't where you'd expect to find some of the city's most authentic Hawaiian cuisine. But thanks to the restaurant's chef, Blaise Aki, this Japanese joint is turning out ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Sacha Levine, former sous chef at FnB who now works at Rancho Pinot. She still makes time to help out her mentor Charleen Badman at the old spot and turns out her own line of pickles products, which are sold at Bodega. Yesterday we got the whole story about how ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Kevin Lentz, owner of Phoenix's French Grocery. Yesterday he told us about how he dreamed of opening a cottage bistro in New Orleans - and how that dream led him to French Grocery. Today, we learn about how he fell in love with the restaurant business and get h ... More >>
Kevin Lentz Chef, Owner French Grocery www.frenchgroceryinc.com This week we sit down with Kevin Lentz, owner of French Grocery in Phoenix. The market, which opened this summer, offers a friendly neighborhood spot to get everything from gelato to French press coffee -- roasted locally in Tempe. To ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with chef Aurore de Beauduy of Vogue Bistro in Surprise. Having traveled and worked all over the world, you can imagine de Beauduy is a woman with a quite a lot of stories to tell. Today she shares our favorite of those adventures (at least from those we've gotten t ... More >>
Aurore de Beauduy Chef Vogue Bistro www.voguebistro.com Phoenix is a long way from the quaint cafes and white-linen world-class dining destinations of Paris -- and you can be sure it was neither a short nor a particularly direct route that led Aurore de Beauduy from the City of Lights to the Valle ... More >>
We're back with the second part of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, we get the story about how he landed a job with chef Jose Andres at his center for culinary experimentation, minibar in Washington, D.C. He also shares the one thing he wants you to know about Bink's Mi ... More >>
Justin Olsen Chef de cuisine Bink's Midtown binksmidtown.com This is part one of our interview with chef Justin Olsen of Bink's Midtown. Today, he dishes on how he went from fixing cars to the culinary arts and how he ended up working at Binkley's four years ago. Be sure to come back tomorrow for ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Marco, Jinette and Edmundo Meraz of Republica Empanada in Mesa. Today Jinette dishes on how she met her husband and why it wasn't love at first sight. Marco share the advice he got from Chris Bianco and where they got the inspiration for their Latin-inspired me ... More >>
This is part two of our interview with Brian Peterson, executive chef and part owner of Cork in Chandler. Today we get the story on how this former Chicago guy learned to love living in the Valley and what he still thinks the Phoenix food scene is missing. If you missed part one, in which he talked ... More >>
Last night at Roka Akor in Scottsdale, James Bread Award-winning chef Nobuo Fukuda and Roka Akor Executive Chef German Sega prepared an omakase dinner for guests on the restaurant's impressive robata grill.
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 >>
Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. It's tough not to talk travel without talking about food -- especially whe ... More >>
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