By Mary Grace Cerni There are party fouls that can be forgiven. Really egregious ones, even, like peeing in the indoor plants. But disrupting the music by unplugging the host's device in favor of your own iPod or smartphone? Now that's fucked up.
This is part two of our interview with the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Executive Chef Mel Mecinas. As the resort's head chef, he oversees a number of dining outlets, including the hotel's Southwestern steakhouse Talavera. On Monday, Mecinas talked about his culinary mentor chef Joa ... More >>
Every year around this time every food or wine related magazine is chock full of advice for pairing wine with your holiday meals. Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, keep it light, do this don't do that. This wine goes with this kind of stuffing, that wine is terrible with turkey etc. I could spend a thousand w ... More >>
In the aftermath of radiation spills from Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor in the 2011 earthquake, one question remains regarding its effect on our seafood: Is it safe to eat? In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times reports that, "according to the scientists who are studying the issue, the shor ... More >>
A seafood restaurant with modern Italian flair is coming to Scottsdale, and its arriving courtesy of a well-known family of restaurateurs. Set to open in late November at the Shops at Gainey Village, Cuttlefish Ocean Kitchen is the concept of Joey Maggiore, son of Tomaso Maggiore, who has owned To ... 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 >>
For eight years, notable farm-to-table chef Greg LaPrad made Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain a destination restaurant with an ever-changing menu of sophisticated, rustic fare. But this June, LaPrad said goodbye to his South Phoenix home, leaving to open his own restaurant, Overland Trout, ... More >>
Baseball and music have a storied history together, from the ballpark organs and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" singalongs of yesteryear to today's increasing reliance on various components of the Cha Cha Slide. Not all music is for the fans, though: The Arizona Diamondbacks' walk-up music is for and ... More >>
Why Arizona wine? In 2000 -- the year I planted my first vineyard at the end of a lonely, dusty road in Cochise County, 12 miles south of Willcox -- one of the 10 Best 'How to Lose Money' jokes on Saturday Night Live was: Plant a Vineyard In Arizona. Arizona is all Sonoran Desert, obviously suicid ... More >>
This is part two of my interview with Ehren Litzenberger, executive chef at BLD in Chandler. If you missed part one, where Litzenberger dished about simplicity, chocolate-covered grasshoppers and his beef with "foodies," read it here. See also: -- 11 Great Cooking Supply Stores in Metro Phoenix -- ... More >>
This is part two of my interview with Noca chef Claudio Urciuoli. If you missed Monday's interview, in which he dished about Olive Garden, truffle oil and the weirdest thing he ever ate (which pretty much tops everybody else's), read it here. See also: -- Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Ur ... More >>
With the Oscars right around the corner, it seems fitting that chef Cullen Campbell of Crudo, his home of expertly crafted modern Italian fare in Phoenix, would be called upon by a foundation whose awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. See also: - Best Move 2012 - Crudo - Cullen Campbel ... More >>
While Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on our thermostats, most people are bundling up and keeping indoors during the chilly season. Everyone except California-based reggae rockers Rebelution that is. The Santa Barbara-natives are ditching the warm embrace of their sandy sunny digs to embark o ... More >>
Pie is so last week (no really, check out the photos from last weekend's Pie Social), leaving this weekend's dining schedule open for the biggest cupcake event of the year. Hundreds came out to the third annual Cupcake Love-In at the Hotel Valley Ho to participate in a frosted free-for-all with trea ... More >>
With the holidays right around the corner (seriously, Target's running Christmas commercials already), we can expect to consume our fair share of sugary goodies. And what better way to start than with the 2012 Cupcake Love-In. Established in 2010 by sugar mavens Kelly Garcia of Butter & Me and Trac ... More >>
If you've wandered the grounds of The Farm at South Mountain, you've probably spotted owner A.Wayne Smith scooting around on his mini tractor. As a landscape architect, he's stayed very involved in the property he bought in 1983 and slowly transformed into a soothing pastoral retreat for frazzled u ... More >>
The Spot: The House at Secret Garden, 2501 E. Baseline Road, Phoenix, 602-243-8539, www.houseatsecretgarden.com. See also: Apple Pie and Butternut Squash at House at Secret Garden The Hours: Happy Hour is offered 5 to 6:30 p.m, Tuesday through Friday.
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.
Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. North Phoenix music shoppers are satisfying their diverse palette by picking up a range of music genres last week at Zia Records on ... More >>
Tedd Roundy Two cupcakers debate over which of Heaven's gluten free cake's to try We came, we saw, we cupcake'd. And we don't want to see another cupcake till next year. Holy cow, cupcakes really aren't dead! This was apparent the moment we pulled into the chaotic parking lo ... More >>
The southern California leg concluded nicely. Thanks to a great promoter and the draw of some awesome local rippers, we played to 130 kids at The Smell in Los Angeles, a well-known downtown all-ages space with a relatively big stage. We don't normally get the opportunity to play with big PAs and dru ... More >>
You just don't hear enough flutes in pop music, amirite? Couple that breathy sound with flanged and plucked bass, vintage synths, a sexy beat and an incredibly high falsetto and you've got "Orange Blossom" by Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. The tune tips its hat to The Talking Heads and m ... More >>
Keyon FareghiYesterday we chatted with Emilio Morales of Sunshine Moon Peking Pub about what has brought him to this point in his life. Today our conversation continues as we discuss his plans for the future, Korean food and Anthony Bourdain. Morales comes from quite a large family, which ... More >>
Skankstress Katy Perry just announced a tour date for Phoenix's Comerica Theatre on August 3.It's part of a "California Dreams" tour that starts on June 7 in Atlanta and runs through August 14, the second show in Katy's hometown Santa Barbara, California. Tickets, priced pretty modestly at $3 ... More >>
We know the saying, "don't judge a book by its cover", but what about beer? What if you had to choose 10 beers based solely on the artwork that covered the glass bottle each came in? The ten beers below would be on the top of our list if we to cast aside silly things like beer style or alcohol ... More >>
An historic 1929 mansion in South Phoenix is about to get a new life as a restaurant. Pat Christofolo, owner of Santa Barbara Catering and The Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain, is teaming up with her chef son, Dustin, to open The House at Secret Garden, on October 29. The casu ... More >>
An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. Tomorrow night, April 13th, join 5th and Wine as they present their Zaca Mesa Wine Dinner. Each of the four courses will be paired with Santa Barbara Vineyard's wines. Dinner starts at 6:30 and reservations can ... More >>
If TV has taught us anything about Beverly Hills, it's that it's full of super-rich, catty a-holes who are beautiful, own Chihuahuas, and are anti-Clampett. For once, can't somebody tell these folks where they can stick their Chanel? Hey, maybe someone on Food Network's new scripted reality show, P ... More >>
Trunk Space has a cure for the summertime blahs
Victor Palaganofun. at their first Phoenix show.With their album, Aim And Ignite, set for release on August 25, Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit fun., the vehicle for former Format member Nate Ruess, has a new song called "Walking The Dog" out. Yes, Nate is still, apparently, a little obsessed with ... More >>
By Ray Stern Parent-of-the-year story in the Repub: Wasted mommy shows up at a daycare to pick up her 4-year-old daughter, but she had already driven the kid home hours before. Back at home, a neighbor finds the girl alone, eating Ovaltine powder from a can. Other news today: A wildfire in the Sant ... More >>
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