• Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Arizona Wines Make A Splash

    It's been a banner week for the Arizona wine scene, with some national and international light shining upon our up and coming wine business. As first reported by the Australian liquor business blog The Shout, Pillsbury Wine Company has reached a preliminary distribution deal with Decante This, a sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    10 Arizona Places Nobody Really Knows How to Pronounce

    Thanks to the language differences between Anglos, Mexicans, and various Native American tribes, there are a whole lot of places around Arizona that no one really seems to know how to pronounce.Check out 10 such places, along with our best ideas for how they're supposed to be pronounced:

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Top 5 Places to Eat This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Market Street Kitchen Wednesday, November 13 This week Market Street Kitchen will welcome Todd Bostock, winemaker at Dos Cabezas WineWorks, to the Valley for a one-night dinner featuring the Sonoita winery's products. The three-course dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring devi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The House at Secret Garden in Phoenix Welcomes New Chef

    When notable farm-to-table chef Greg LaPrad left Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain to open his own restaurant, Overland Trout in Sonoita, owner Pat Christofolo (who also owns Morning Glory Cafe, Maya's Farm, and The House at Secret Garden) filled the high-profile position with her chef-son, 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    What Are the Pros and Cons of Arizona Restaurant Week?

    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 Restaurant Week, the twice-a-year event put on by the Arizona Resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain Names New Chef

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Should We Eliminate the Concept of "Kid Food"?

    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 month, in the health section of U.S. News & World Report, Dr. David Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Supper: Ex-Quiessence Chef Tony Andiario's Pop-Up Restaurant in Tempe Worth Popping Into

    If you didn't make it to Quiessence, the destination restaurant at the Farm at South Mountain, before chefs Greg LaPrad and Tony Andiario left at the end of the season, you're in luck. In the not-so-far-off future, you'll be able to taste LePrad's talents at Overland Trout in Sonoita. And as for And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. 10 Favorite Chocola ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Ex-Quiessence Chef Opening July-Only Pop-Up Restaurant on Tempe's Mill Avenue

    Looks like Tempe's main drag will be getting a taste of handcrafted Italian cuisine this month (and only this month) courtesy of Tony Andiario. The former executive chef of Quiessence, the venerable farm-to-table restaurant at The Farm at South Mountain, worked alongside friend and fellow chef Greg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Cibo in Downtown Phoenix Has a New Happy Hour Menu

    Cibo Urban Wine Cafe and Pizzeria's new happy hour menu has given lovers of Italian food another reason to head to downtown Phoenix. See also: - Scottsdale's Pomo Pizzeria Moving to Downtown Phoenix - Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad Leaving the Farm at South Mountain for Sonoita

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona

    Summer is in full swing -- and so is summer festival season. You might have to drive a bit for strawberries, lavender, and corn, but getting there is half the fun, right? Road trip! Food connoisseurs and amateurs alike can fill their schedules until September with the list of festivals in Arizona we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Here's How You Can Score a Seat at Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad's Invite-Only Farewell Feast

    More than a few people consider Quiessence the best restaurant in this town and a big part of that repuation has to do with the talents of chef Greg LaPrad. For eight years he's made the South Mountain restaurant a destination for diners and we couldn't be sadder to see him go. See also: - Quiesse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Kelly Fletcher of House of Tricks on Lori Hashimoto, the Boys at Citizen, and the Next Big Thing

    Kelly Fletcher House of Tricks 114 E. Seventh Street, Tempe 480-968-1114, See also: -- House of Tricks: Happy Hour Report Card -- Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad Leaving the Farm at South Mountain for Sonoita This is part one of my interview with Kelly Fletcher, executive chef at Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad Leaving the Farm at South Mountain for Sonoita

    It's the end of an era. Chef Greg LaPrad -- the talented farm-to-table chef who made Quiessence a destination restaurant and kept it in the media spotlight for eight years -- plans to wrap up his eighth and last season at the restaurant on Saturday, June 15. Sister restaurant Morning Glory Cafe clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Sam Pillsbury Answers the Question: Why Arizona Wine?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant Gets a Facelift (And We've Got the Photos)

    Since it opened early last year, James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant in Central Phoenix has had its fair share of troubles. There were complaints about portion sizes, uppity staff, uncomfortable seating -- and then, as if things couldn't get any worse, Bianco parted ways last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Chris Bianco Finds New Chef (Who Shares His Philosophy) for Italian Restaurant

    Word on the street was that Chris Bianco had installed somebody new in the kitchen at Italian Restaurant, but nobody was quite sure who. So I called the pizza maestro and soon-to-be cookbook author (No, it won't be entitled The Life of Pie), who confirms that he's brought in some new talent -- namel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2012

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    AZ Hops & Vines in Sonoita Grows Arizona's First Commercial Hops Crop

    See also: Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine and Beer Lovers Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren't destined to be the only gold in them thar hills. Shannon Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Pavle Prunes the Vines -- and Keeps an Eye out for Rattlesnakes

    In this occasional series, Pavle Milic will spill about his current mission to learn how wine is made -- literally from the Southern Arizona ground up. Today: pruning and weeding. The alarm goes off at 4:30 am. I jounce out of bed in fear of pressing snooze to enjoy the proverbial "five more minutes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Meet the Vine Geek (Part Two)

    On Tuesday, you met Brian Reeder, co-owner of AZ Wine Merchants and one of our new wine columnists. Today, his story continues. When we left off, Pavle Milic (in the photo above, from left, it's Reeder and Milic) had opened a little restaurant in Scottsdale and Brian had decided resort life at the M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Wine & Chocolate Gift Boxes from Dos Cabezas WineWorks and Tracy Dempsey Originals

    Here at Chow Bella, we understand how important it is to give (and receive) the perfect foodie gift. So this season, we're helping out by offering 21 food- and drink-focused gift suggestions, one each work day until Christmas, from a local business or provider. You get scads of rock-star ideas, the ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011
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    November 18, 2011

    The Festival at The Farm and Kettle Chip Chicken in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Weekend Wine Hey Arizona wine lovers -- are you ready for the wine event of the season? This Saturday, November 19th join The Farm at South Mountain for the 3rd Annual Festival at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey's Perfect Food Day

    ​Tracy Dempsey is known for her thoughtful sweet creations and perhaps most known for her Original Bacon Pecan Brittle. She is smart, kind and completely dedicated to mastering the art of satisfying your sweet tooth. Dempsey (headshot here was taken by Sophia Flocken) showed an early interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Joe Johnston's Perfect Food Day

    ​ If you've ever seen the Joe's Real BBQ logo, you'll find a picture of a man fully decked out in a fedora, button up shirt and tie, wire rimmed glasses and the apron representing his ability to get his hands dirty -- that's Joe Johnston. He originally went to school for engineering (U.S. Naval A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Cultivate Santa Cruz: The Little Food County that Could​Have you seen little bits and blurbs about a project called Cultivate Santa Cruz? Ya, we have too. Here's what it's all about. The little food county that could at the dead center bottom of the state is working its way up the mountain, with a litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Beckett's Table Rosé Wine List Out to Break Stereotypes

    Nicole Whittington​Rosé gives a perception of sweetness, but its cotton candy color can be deceiving. Beckett's Table just added an additional section to their wine list featuring all rosé wines, most of which are Provençal in style. This dryer style, characteristic of the Southern Franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Rhonni Moffitt's Perfect Food Day

    Rhonni Moffitt​Rhonni Moffitt describes her food philosophy in three words: It's all about fresh, local and creativity. She publishes Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine, an online and print mag about wine in Arizona with a special emphasis on the Arizona wine industry. She sits on Northern A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Why Arizona Wine Isn't a Non Sequitur

    Growing grapes and making wine in Arizona? Is that even possible? Better question: Is that even drinkable? If you've been around the block to Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley, you know that the answer to both of those questions is an overwhelming affirmative... but if you're like us, we're stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Imbibe: Ariz. Wine Tasting at My Wine Cellar & Tempe Festival of the Arts

    Arizona wines will be jumping off the racks at My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee tonight as My Wine Helper founder Jim Wiskerchen hosts a $10 tasting of four homegrown wines today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for $10 - $5 of which can be applied to the purchase of a bottle to take home with you.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Pavle Milic Pours His Heart Out at Ignite Phoenix 9

    Photo courtesy of virtualwayfarer via FlickrIgnite Phoenix 9 happened a week ago, and we at Chow Bella are still aflame about the food-related topics discussed.  As food writers and lovers of fermented liquids, we were most excited about the presentations of Maureen Basenberg, founder of the A ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
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    June 6, 2007

    Long Sonoita Nights with Andy Hersey

    By Brendan Joel Kelley (Thanks to my friend Paula Harms for taking the lovely photos of Andy Hersey) Last weekend, as I mentioned in a previous post, I took off down south to see my cowboy buddy Andy Hersey throw down at a barn dance in Sonoita to celebrate the release of his latest record, Betwee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007

    Our Neighbors to the South: Phoenix Vs. Tucson

    By Brendan Joel Kelley Tucson This last weekend I took a road trip out of town to see some music (more on that later), visiting my favorite little town in southern Arizona, Sonoita, and cruising through Tucson on the way there and back. I don't care much for Tucson, although the smaller town often ... More >>