Tracy Dempsey

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    October 27, 2014

    Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals Makes Original Bacon Pecan Brittle

    Today, we put bacon in everything. Seriously, everything. We're talking about bacon mayonnaise, bacon vodka, and yes, even bacon lube. But a decade ago, that wasn't the case. So in 2004, when chef Tracy Dempsey decided to put some pork belly in a dessert, the reception wasn't what you'd expect give ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Sisterhood of the Stove: Chef Chrysa Robertson Organizes Dinner Featuring Top Women Chefs

    Chef Chrysa Robertson isn't too thrilled about the many "testosterone tete-a tetes" going on around town -- and by that she means the recent proliferation of dining events featuring lineups of local male chefs. Over the summer there was a "Steak Out," "Veg Out," "Pig Out" and a handful of other coll ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    10 Flavors of Gelato from Local Chefs to Debut at The Gelato Spot in Scottsdale on Friday, August 1

    This Friday, August 1, locally-owned dessert chain The Gelato Spot will launch its second annual Gelato Wars contest. As with last year's event, the contest will pit a lineup of local chefs against each other in a battle to earn a custom-molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash, and a $5,000 check prese ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Cowboy Ciao to Host Alumni Dinner With Chefs Including Kantak, Osso, Fukuda, and More

    Bernie Kantak. Gio Osso. Nobuo Fukuda. Tracy Dempsey. Keenan Bosworth. What do all these chefs have in common beside being some of the best-known names in town? Believe it or not, they all passed through the kitchen at Peter Kasperski's Cowboy Ciao restaurant. There are few places in town that hav ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals Launches Summer Baking Class Series

    When it comes to desserts in the Valley, one name in particular tends to come to mind: Tracy Dempsey. You'll find her name on the menu at some of Phoenix's top restaurants including Citizen Public House, Crudo, House of Tricks, and more. Her one-of-a-kind dessert menus are famous for combining unexp ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    3 Easter Treats in Metro Phoenix for Your Basket

    Easter is right around the corner, and if you're still stocking up to make baskets, don't worry. Local confectionary favorites are prepping freshly made sweets to brighten up your Sunday and take the worry out of planning for the holiday. From chocolate to caramel corn and bright pastel colors, thi ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014
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    September 12, 2013

    Gelato Spot Local Chef Competition: And the Winner Is...

    This summer, local frozen confection fave Gelato Spot has been hosting its 1st Annual Local Chef Flavor Competition, inviting restaurant professionals in the Phoenix metro area to create something that captures their culinary point of view. Twelve chefs were split into three groups and battled head- ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    12 AZ Chefs Create Limited Edition Flavors for The Gelato Spot

    There's no better way to cool off in the uber-hot Arizona climate than by eating an ice cold treat like gelato. This summer there's even more to love about frozen confections because 12 local chefs have created exclusive flavors for The Gelato Spot. Starting Monday, all five locations will begin ser ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"

    It was a fairly sizable turnout at Talking Stick Resort last night for the Chocolate and Wine Experience, the decadent Day 2 of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival. True to title, the event offered all forms of chocolate indulgence and bottled vino, but left plenty of room for interpretation ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Caramelpalooza 2013: Buy Tasting Tickets Now

    Polish off that sweet tooth, Phoenix, because Caramelpalooza 2013's just a little more than a week away. Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual caramel tasting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- a new location but the same sugar rush (more, in fact) you've enjoyed in years past. F ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Slade Grove: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

    As the chefs competing in Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual Caramelpalooza -- coming 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- get out the candy thermometers, we've got our pens ready to introduce you to the faces behind the caramel. Last year at Caramelpalooza, Slade Grove took second place for Best ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Announcing the Caramel Makers for Smeeks & Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013!

    We are practically in a sugar coma, just thinking about the line-up for Caramelpalooza 2013 -- the biggest and best ever, if you ask us. See also: - Caramelpalooza 2012: The Winners!

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    November 13, 2012

    10 Metro Phoenix Desserts to Pre-Order for Thanksgiving

    Turkey, stuffing, countless side dishes, dinner rolls -- you have enough on your plate to make for Thanksgiving. By ordering dessert from an expert baker, you free up some time to relax on the holiday, are ensured that the final course won't leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth, and save yourself fro ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    The Anatomy of a Macaron with Duc Liao of Scratch Pastries

    See also: Tastemakers 2012: Duc Liao See also: Heavenly: Salted Caramel Macarons at Scratch Pastries When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into the kitchens of s ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Anatomy of a Marshmallow with Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals

    See also: Tastemakers 2012: Tracy Dempsey See also: Tracy Dempsey's Caneles See also: Tracy Dempsey's Perfect Food Day When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matter, an exact science. In this series, we're going behind the bakery case and into ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    From Pickled Pork Cheeks to PB&J Foie Gras, Phoenix Chefs Are Serving It Up In a Jar

    See also: Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals See also: Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo To Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca See also: Tastemaker 86: Cullen Campbell Nothing says "Hey, Y'all" like a big ol' Mason jar of sweet tea, and folksy restaurants (corpo ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Ignite Food: From Homemade Bacon to Home-Brewed Beer, and Justin Beckett's Eat-A-Thon

    ​Editor's Note: By all the accounts we've heard, the inaugural Ignite Food was smooth as butter -- except, ironically, for the food. While it was available before the event began, apparently word didn't spread to the crowd. And so by intermission there was apparently a giant line for what we hear ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 31, 2012

    Tracy Dempsey's Caneles, the French Treat We Just Had to Try for Ourselves

    Caneles were one of our picks as a food trends in 2012. Naturally, we've been wanting to try one. Taking one for the team (ha ha), we followed Tracy Dempsey on Monday afternoon into the commissary kitchen of Arcadia Farms in Old Town Scottsdale, where she makes her many Tracy Dempsey Originals confe ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey Redefines Pie

    We're counting down the days to Pie Social 2011 -- 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 408 E. Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. Don't forget, you can get in on the action yourself. Here are details for community bakers. And don't forget about our celebrity bakers -- every day we'll introduce you to a di ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    "Pig in the Orchard" Bread Pudding at Citizen Public House

    It would be sacrilegious to write about dessert in this town without mentioning Tracy Dempsey. With that in mind, we headed to Citizen Public House to see what happens when a bacon-obsessed restaurant meets up with a pastry chef who's known for her Bacon Pecan Brittle.

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    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 >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Pie Social 2011: Who's in the Final Celebrity Baker Line-Up?

    ​Hey Phoenix, are you ready for pie? Roosevelt Row and Chow Bella are pleased to announce the line-up for this year's celebrity pie contest -- part of 2011's Pie Social, Saturday, November 12 on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. If you don't bake in a commercial kitchen (and even if you d ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Summer Chef Series with Tracy Dempsey and Three-Cheese Poppers in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Phoenix Public Market Summer Series The Phoenix Downtown Public Market summer cooking series continues this Saturday with special guest chef Tracy Dempsey. Using items typ ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    2011 Cupcake Love-In Baker Lineup Announced

    Timur Guseynov If last year's entries were any indication, the 2011 Cupcake Love-In will be pretty sweet.​Despite the endless parade of frosted delights showing up in bakeries, at culinary festivals, and on fancy restaurant menus over the past few years,& ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    June Cupcake Crawl Offers a Sweet Sneak Preview of the Cupcake Love-In

    Timur Guseynov Red velvet cupcakes from last year's Love-In.​Event founders Kelly Garcia of Butter & Me and Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals, and their crew, are trying to get locals excited about this year's Cupcake Love-In at Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho. Not that they n ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Cycle at the Lexington Hotel Successfully Reinvents the Restaurant

    ​ While the Valley has an established pop-up art gallery scene, this past weekend marked the debut of anything even close to a pop-up restaurant, in the form of Cycle, at the Lexington Hotel in downtown Phoenix. After development group Habitat Metro purchased the hotel, they de ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey: Caramelpalooza Candymakers

    Mari Belardi​We wind up our candymaker profiles today with Tracy Dempsey.After growing up in far-flung corners of the world, Demspey settled in Scottsdale, and migrated from a career in teaching to her first love: the culinary arts. Today she is the owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals. I ended ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

    What's up with all the contests lately? Last week, the big news was all the Arizonans on the semifinalist list for James Beard Awards. Also, Noca's Chris Curtiss landed in Food Wine's chef popularity contest, which the public can vote on. Now, round three in the competition department: the Ar ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011 Candymakers Announced!

      ​ We can already tell that this competition is going to be sticky. Chow Bella and Smeeks are proud to announce the line-up of candymakers for Caramelpalooza 2011 -- a free, open-to-the-public caramel tasting to be held Friday, March 11, at 7 pm in the parking lot at Smeeks candy store ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Want to be a Judge at Pie Social?

    ​The line-up of judges for our celebrity pie bake-off at the first-ever Pie Social on Saturday, November 13 is looking almost as swanky as our line-up of celebrity bakers. But we've got one slot left -- for YOU. We want to add a Chow Bella reader to our judging panel. Enter our contes ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Pie Social: The Final Celebrity Line-Up

    ​With just a little more than two weeks left to dust off those pie tins, Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row proudly announce our final line-up of celebrity chefs for the first-ever Pie Social, to be held Saturday, November 13, 2 to 6 p.m. at 5th Street and Roosevelt: Veronica Arroyo, Bo ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Pie Social Celebrity Bakers (So Far) Announced

    ​We don't have a complete list yet, but couldn't wait to share the love. Here are some of the bakers/venues who've agreed to make pie for our first-ever Pie Social on November 13, 2 to 6 p.m., at 5th Street and Roosevelt:Barrio Cafe, The Breadfruit, Tracy Dempsey, Essence Bakery, Honeymoon Sweets, ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Cupcake Love-In Judge: No Easy Job!

    A few of the contenders for Classic Cupcake.​When Tracy Dempsey asked me last week to be a last-minute judge at the inaugural Cupcake Love-In -- held yesterday at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale -- I replied without hesitation. Of course! I couldn't wait to get my Gail Simmons on. ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Get Ready for Cupcake Love-In Oct. 10

    Ten to the third power brings Cupcake Love-In's "peace, love, and cupcakes" to Hotel Valley Ho from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Shell out $10 in advance ($15 day of), and you'll get to scarf down cupcakes from 30 different bakeries, cupcakeries, restaurants and pastry chefs.

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    August 19, 2010

    Cupcake Love-In: Sweet Bites

    Cupcake Love-In "Cupcake smack down" is the prominent theme on the twitter account for Cupcake Love-In, posted this week in sync with the launch of a Valley culinary event celebrating sweet treats. Our Zach Fowle -- Phoenix darling of eating contestants and author of our own Feast of F ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals-Part Two

    Yesterday we chatted with Tracy Dempsey about inspirations, her food attitude, and being a woman in professional kitchens, today Tracy tells us why ice cream, and shares a recipe. Tracy scoops ​You have added ice cream to your line of Tracy Dempsey Originals, why ice cream?I have always done ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Tracy Dempsey: Tracy Dempsey Originals

    We recently caught up with Tracy Dempsey, pastry chef and business owner, scooping samples of Tracy Dempsey Originals ice cream at The Phoenix Urban Market and Wine Bar. We got the scoop from the scooper. Tracy Dempsey at Phoenix Urban Market and Wine Bar​Tracy Dempsey grew up traveling the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Hog Heaven

    New ‘cue fest debuts in Scottsdale

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    March 25, 2010

    Sweet Dreams

    Chow Bella presents utopia to the dessert lover

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    March 24, 2010

    Urban Beans, Honey Moon Sweets and Wicked Kitchen Join the Caramelpalooza Line Up

      (Note: Judging selections have been made.) Hold onto your fillings, people -- the competition for Chow Bella/Smeek's ​Caramelpalooza just got stickier. Urban Beans, Honey Moon Sweets Bakery & Dessert Bar and Wicked Kitchen Gourmet have joined Urban Cookies, Tammie Coe, Tracy Dem ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Tracy Dempsey Marshmallows at Smeeks

    ​Is Tracy Dempsey the Valley's most highly multitasking pastry chef? Seems like the busy gal is all over the place -- last year, she consulted on local ice cream brand Udder Delights' new flavors, and created a one-of-a-kind dessert for our Best of Phoenix issue. This year -- so far -- she's ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Stealthy Table Unveils Debut Menu

    The James Bond theme song is playing in my head as I type this.I just got a look at the complete menu for Stealthy Table's inaugural covert dining event -- "My Bloody Valentine," scheduled for V-Day, of course -- and it's looking mighty fine. Pork belly? Cocoa nib-crusted short rib? Meatballs? Choco ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Last Night: VIPs Flock to Oakville Grocery Grand Opening

    ​​Last night, the new Oakville Grocery at the Scottsdale Quarter opened to a packed house of chefs, industry professionals and local food lovers for a VIP Grand Opening celebration. At 6 p.m., guests began to trickle in while the grocery's in-house chefs and local vendors set up tables w ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Tracy Dempsey Creates New Ice Cream Flavors at Udder Delights

    Talk about a sweet gig.   Acclaimed pastry chef Tracy Dempsey has just signed on as "guest chef" at Udder Delights, a gourmet ice cream shop in Gilbert (1385 E. Warner Rd., 480-507-3859), in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Owners Sherene Robinson and Casey Stechnij enlisted Dempsey ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Tracy Dempsey Set to Leave Cowboy Ciao

    This morning, celebrated pastry chef Tracy Dempsey officially announced that as of June 8, she'll be leaving her gig overseeing desserts for Cowboy Ciao, Digestif, and Kazimierz, a position she's held for the last five years. "It's not an easy decision," she says. Dempsey is busy working o ... More >>

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    March 21, 2008

    Restaurant developments at SouthBridge

    For awhile there, it started to look like we were going to choke on all the new restaurant openings in Scottsdale. To be sure, a ton of 'em have already opened (as you already know if you even occasionally read Chow Bella!), and plenty more are coming down the pipeline. But while originally it loo ... More >>

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    November 29, 2001

    Mad About Bread Pudding

    Diners find comfort in old folks' food

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