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Tracy Dempsey

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    December 13, 2013

    5 Christmas Desserts in Metro Phoenix to Pre-Order (Or Pick Up) Now

    What would December be without a generous helping of peppermint and chocolate? There's no bad time of year for desserts, but the winter season is when bakers pull out all the stops, creating sweets so decadent it's the stuff traditions are made of -- quite literally in the case of gingerbread houses ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Chef and Restaurateur Lisa Giungo (Lisa G.) Loses Battle with Lung Cancer

    The Valley food community lost a dear friend this past weekend when Lisa Giungo, more commonly known as "Lisa G.," passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Following years spent working at Scottsdale's Arcadia Farms, Giungo opened her own place, Lisa G's, in a 1930s bungalow in Central Phoenix ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Lisa G. Fundraiser, Brazilian Day, and More This Weekend In Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? Here are a few things we have on our plate including a fundraiser for food community member Lisa Guingo, who recently was diagnosed with lung cancer, and a Greek cooking class with Denise Clayton of Denise Is Cooking. Don't forget this weekend ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Amy Binkley, Tracy Dempsey, and More Join Top Female Chefs for Tastings, Demonstrations, and Pretty Much Changing the Culinary World

    Quick, name five female chefs in the Valley. If that exercise proved difficult, it may be because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than 15 percent of professional chefs and head cooks in the country are women. But from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at the Art Institute o ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    What to Expect at the 2012 Cupcake Love-In: Sixteen Bakers, Hundreds of Cupcakes, and One Giant Sugar Rush, Natch

    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 >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Meet-and-Greet (and Booze with) Favorite Local Chefs at Dine Out with The Chefs This Weekend

    The world of food doesn't get more boozy and schmoozy than Dine Out With the Chefs and if your social calendar is looking a little bare the good news is the once a year event is just around the corner. From 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, September 7, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will become a ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    8: Bob McClendon

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    16: Bernie Kantak

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    17: Bryan Dooley

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    20: Natalie Morris

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    21: Peter DeRuvo

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    24: Jeff Zimmerman

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    26: Korina Adkins

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    28: Clint Spotleson

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    31: Tim Wilson

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    33: Victoria Chavez

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Bernie Kantak Explains What's Good about Food Network and How Josh Hebert Inadvertently Changed His Life

    See also: Lifting the Wine-List Veil at Citizen Public House This is part two of my interview with Bernie Kantak, chef and co-owner of Citizen Public House. If you missed part one, read it here. The great thing about being a chef is: I get to throw a party every night! The tough thing about bein ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    42: Barb Harris

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    64: Marianne Belardi

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    78: Eugenia Theodosopolous

    Recently inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as "Pastry Chef Extraordinaire," Eugenia Theodosopolous traces her culinary roots to her time studying and working at the Ecole Lenotre in Paris. At Essence Bakery Café in Tempe, Chef/owner Eugenia offers high-quality organic local food and P ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    87: DJ Fernandes

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    100: Tracy Dempsey

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Seven Don't-Miss Wine & Farm (& Tequila!) Dinners in Metro Phoenix

    Whether you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, or just want an excuse to enjoy a decadent and delicious night out, there's a dinner this spring for everyone, including wine lovers, tequila aficionados, and fans of farm fresh ingredients. Some dinners are on weekdays, oth ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Mark Tarbell, Tracy Dempsey, and Matt Taylor Help Kick Off Winter Chef Series at Phoenix Public Market

    Welcoming in the winter season, a new line-up of Valley chefs and taste makers has been set to host Phoenix Public Market's Winter Chef Series, two-hour demonstrations and cooking classes featuring a variety of memorable meals and culinary personalities. Mark Tarbell, chef and owner of Tarbell's, t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Crave Ice Cream's Shannon Dufresne Closes Up Shop, Will Launch Artisan Food Blog and Cooking Classes (Think Jamie Oliver)

    The cardiovascular system of the Valley's locally-produced food world recently experienced an increase in heart rate when Shannon Dufresne, owner of Crave Artisan Ice Cream, announced she was calling it quits. "My decision is by choice, not circumstance," Dufresne tells me. "After three years of on ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Tracy Dempsey, Jen Anderson of Windsor, Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis, and More to Hold Cooking Classes at Phoenix Public Market

    ​Learning how to prepare fresh ingredients with chef Aaron Chamberlain of St. Francis? Tastings with chef Jen Anderson of Windsor? Recipes from the Queen of Sweet, Tracy Dempsey? This summer is gonna be face-time fabulous thanks to the Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market. From 2 t ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    June 2, 2011
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    April 5, 2011

    Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Winners to be Announced Tonight

      scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org The Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off tonight not just with a kick-off party, but also with the announcement of the winners of this year's spots in the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. The nominees make for quite a power meeting, don't you ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Caramelpalooza 2011: The Results Are In

    Jonathan McNamaraYes, that's a peanut butter and jelly caramel. ​The competition got sticky Friday night at the second annual Caramelpalooza, co-sponsored by Chow Bella and Smeeks. We're not sure of the exact head count -- beyond the fact that the line wrapped around the block -- but we do know th ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Tammie Coe, Fairytale Brownies and Goody Twos Toffee for Valentine's Day

    If there's anything good about Valentine's Day, it's that it gives us an excuse to stuff our faces with chocolates, candies and other heart-shaped confections.     Whether you're looking for a sweet gift or plan on drowning your relationship sorrows in sugar, the following are some of ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    2010 Redux: Best Food Battles

    All photos by Wynter Holden except #3 by Jonathan McNamara.​As we bid farewell to the year and look ahead to 2011, for the next two weeks Chow Bella contributors will bring you some greatest hits from 2010. We've already highlighted Carol Blonder's most memorable food-related books. Today, ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    The Cupcake Love-In Cupcake Eating Contest

    ​The average person's stomach can hold about a liter of food, or close to two pounds' worth. But who wants to be average? All over town, restaurants are offering up contests of confection, defying brave eaters to ingest more food than they should eat in a week -- daily recommended values be d ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Coming Soon: The House at Secret Garden

    ​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 >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Caramelpalooza at Smeeks: Last Chance to Apply to Judge!

    Heather Hales​Caramelpalooza is almost upon us -- and it's not too late to apply to be one of our special guest judges at our caramel tasting event, to be held Friday, March 26 at 7 pm at Smeeks candy store in central Phoenix. The competition will be fierce and sweet, including Urban ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Tammie Coe to Compete in Caramelpalooza Tasting

    ​ ​This just in: Tammie Coe -- baker and cake decorator extraordinaire -- will compete in our caramel tasting, Caramelpalooza, a week from today. Details about the event -- and how you can be a judge -- here. Tammie joins Tracy Dempsey, Sweet Republic, Bourbon Steak, Urban Cookies and the ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Chow Bella Presents Caramelpalooza at Smeeks

    ​What's tastier than a sweet, chewy, stick-to-your-dental-work caramel? A big ol' pile of 'em! Thus (drumroll, please) Chow Bella is pleased to announce our inaugural live Battle of the Dishes event: Caramelpalooza at Smeeks candy store, Friday, March 26 at 7 pm. We're taking this seriousl ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Tracy Dempsey Desserts Debut in This Week's Meal Ticket

    ​What's pastry chef Tracy Dempsey been up to since she left Digestif? Find out what desserts she's whipping up at her new gig in Old Town Scottsdale in this week's Meal Ticket dining newsletter. We'll also have the scoop on two local Irish restaurants that offer more than just  ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    New Stealthy Table Covert Dinners Roll Into Phoenix

    The La Vida truck's hiding a secret...​At the Scottsdale Old Town Farmers' Market this weekend, we caught up with Joe Garcia of La Vida Locavore and got the inside scoop on a new "covert culinary dinner" project called Stealthy Table. Basically, it's like the food versio ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    St. Francis, Crudo Cafe Expand Service

    ​Do you ever get a midday craving for a restaurant that's only open evenings? Or a nighttime urge to eat at a favorite lunch spot? Two new-ish local restaurants have just expanded their hours. For the past four months, chef-owner Aaron Chamberlin has been sticking to dinner-only service at ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Cold Comfort From Crave Artisan Ice Cream

    ​Yesterday I stopped by Lisa G for lunch and got a taste of some delicious ice cream made just a few doors down on 7th Street. Salted caramel with almonds, fresh mint with chocolate, and chocolate with cocoa nibs . . . all delish. Crave Artisan Ice Cream is now operating out of the space fo ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Lots of New Local Eateries in the Works

    AZCentral's list of 20 new restaurants scheduled to open by the end of the year has suddenly been changed to 15 since the story was posted yesterday. Not hard to figure out which five are now missing -- it's the restaurants on Jackson that Bernie Kantak is planning. Should we rea ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    May 28 In Blogs: Marcia Powell, The Offspring, Tracy Dempsey and More

    In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Medical Examiner Holds Marcia Powell's Remains as Fiduciary Seeks Next of Kin Up on the Sun: Th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Next Week: Digestif Hosts Top Chef Stephanie Izard

    The torturous thing about watching Bravo's Top Chef is that it tends to leave viewers with insatiable cravings for food that only exists in TV land. You watch the chefs hustle to create a dish, you cheer them on... and then, you go to bed very, very hungry. So here's your chance to actually eat ... More >>

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    October 26, 2008

    Eye Candy from Eats3

    By Michele Laudig Good times. Saturday's Eats3 Arizona Grand Tasting turned out to be a mighty fine way to spend a gorgeous, sunny October afternoon -- friendly people, tons of the best restaurants in town serving up more delicious dishes than one could possibly eat, all kinds of good wines and be ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Cowboy Ciao and Digestif host wine, beer, and absinthe dinners

    By Michele Laudig Okay, I fully expect wine dinners coming from the Spaghetti Western camp -- have you ever read the wine menu at Cowboy Ciao or Kazimierz? My god, "read" is probably not the right verb. "Study" is more like it, since the thing resembles the bible in its thickness. But wine isn't t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008

    Digestif debuts at SouthBridge

    Hell, it's already last week's news, but last week I was among the legions of the severely flu-stricken (ack!), so here's the belated skinny on the latest high-profile restaurant opening: Chef Payton Curry is already cooking up a storm at Digestif, a new "Cal-Ital" eatery at Scottsdale's SouthBridg ... More >>

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    March 23, 2007

    West of Western Feeds Downtown

    Courtesy of West of Western Great chefs of the West: Cookin' up a storm at the Arizona Center Thousands of growling bellies will descend on the Arizona Center this weekend for downtown's most delicious event of the year -- West of Western Culinary Festival -- and they're all sure to leave s ... More >>

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