Since April, Valley residents have been eating for a good cause at Arizona's largest homeless shelter. Helpings Cafe is located at UMOM New Day Centers on Van Buren, where trainees from the shelter go through a six- or nine-week training program to gain work experience.
Even though it's summertime, there's agricultural news right in our backyard. Here are 5 local good-news stories you might have missed, so we've rounded them up. Read up on the new ideas growing here in the Valley, and maybe gain some inspiration. See also: Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 T ... More >>
Grateful Spoon Gelato Today Usually we associate happy hour with frozen margaritas not frozen treats. But at Grateful Spoon Gelato inside La Grande Orange Grocery they do happy hour with your sweet tooth in mind. From 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday you can get half off any scoop of gelato. The s ... More >>
Peach-picking season started at Schnepf Farms last week, and this weekend, The Farm at Agritopia will launch its own Peach U-Pick event. Over the next few weeks, farms all over the state will start picking peaches, melons, and other summer produce. The Farm at Agritopia will let guests come pick t ... More >>
Whether you like to admit it or not, you're probably thinking about making some changes in the New Year. We know we are, starting with cracking open the oven more and the freezer less. Oh, and actually using that gym membership we fork out for every month . . . But if you're looking for a few more ... More >>
Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced Fahman Enterprises Inc. of Dallas, Texas was voluntarily recalling Pran Turmeric Powder after the product was found to have "high levels" of lead. The spice, which was distributed in Dallas, was imported from Bangladesh. The recall has now promp ... More >>
We have to hand to the burger. Though it is, in theory, a sandwich, this meat monument has managed to become a culinary category all its own with patty spin-offs such as veggie, lamb, turkey, and bison, plus the seemingly endless combination of toppings ranging from the classic (lettuce, tomato, oni ... More >>
While most of us spent the Labor Day weekend relaxing, Bashas', the Arizona-owned grocery store chain with more than 130 locations in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, was doing some serious explaining. The company, which also operates AJ's Fine Foods and Food City, has admitted to mislabeling ... More >>
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
Okay, we all vowed to shed a few pounds in 2013, that's a given, but if one of your resolutions involved being a stand-up citizen and doing something good for your fellow man, here's an easy, feel-good contribution: Pick the citrus you won't and cannot possibly use from your trees (you know, the bag ... More >>
See also: Laurie Notaro's Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Wine-Free, Fun-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving Most of us are on the move these days -- and with nutritionists telling us to eat smaller portions spread throughout the day, grabbing an energy bar on the run can seem like a good idea. That is, until you ea ... More >>
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>
Stanfield farmer Carlos Carranza Jr. was sentenced to 21 months in prison today for blowing a government loan on strippers, a BMW and other items.Carranza Jr.'s wife, Laura Murrill, 31, will serve a three-year probation sentence for helping to spend the dough.Carranza Jr. used to work with family me ... More >>
In November, The Phoenix Cheesesteak Company, a food truck started in 2009 by owner Ron Blom and his family, made the leap from four wheels to four walls at 2605 North Seventh Street in Central Phoenix (northeast corner of Seventh Street and Virginia) in the former home of Calabria Italian Kitchen. ... More >>
In addition to food trucks making the scene in a big way in 2011 (see the article here), the year in food for the Valley was chock-full of other newsworthy goodies as well -- even chef Payton Curry managed to slip in a last-minute announcement. Here are a few of Laura's favorites:10. Chefs o ... More >>
Renee WalkerCurrent food label.With all the hoopla finally dying down on MyPlate, the new icon of healthy eating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that replaced the food pyramid, maybe it's time the nation focused on another food-related headache of sorts: the nutrition label. ... More >>
Seriously Whole Foods, what gives? Backyard chicken farming has been totally cool and hip for well over a year and we have been having to do the unthinkable and venture into feed and tack stores to purchase food for our ladies. Feed and tack stores?! Oh my, the horror! Okay, all joking aside ... More >>
We knew that last year's Big Brain award winner, Natalie Morris, was back in town but she recently shared with us a little secret that we almost couldn't believe. After eating her way around the world -- trying foods like Tibetan yak cheese and Icelandic preserved shark -- she came back from Italy o ... More >>
Taco Bell: Have you seen our new ad campaign with real Taco Bell employees saying our seasoned-beef recipe contains 88 percent ground beef inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? It's great, right? Really great. Fast Food Nation: Is it funny? It doesn't sound funny. Taco Bell: It's not ... More >>
Taco Bell: Hey, remember that lawsuit filed against us a few weeks ago saying that we use a "meat mixture" containing less than 35 percent meat? Fast Food Nation: Um, sort of. Taco Bell: Well, check this out, it's our new Quad Steak Burrito and Quesadilla, made with real USDA Select beef! ... More >>
Doesn't a hearty brunch just seem like something a Southwestern restaurant should just own? Apparently chef Robert McGrath -- being the Valley's foremost authority on Southwestern flavors, thanks to that James Beard Award -- agrees, and has just added brunch service to the offerings at Rene ... More >>
Happy National Burger Chicken Month? Thanks to high beef prices, my new favorite holiday is looking as sad as the Hamburglar after a bust. Seems burger chains everywhere are giving the heave-ho to hamburger hurrah in lieu of fare that's fowl. Carl's Jr., just came out with a Teriyaki Chicken Sandwic ... More >>
www.demotivateus.comPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a new ally in its fight to end certain types of experiments performed on animals in classes at Arizona State University: the students themselves.Well, not all the students, just the ones with the same general furcoat-h ... More >>
Chick-fil-a More than 800,000 pounds of ground beef recalled by meat distributor. Holy cow!At least one Valley resident's been treated for salmonella poisoning linked to beef recalled yesterday by Beef Packer, Inc.Beef Packer Inc. recalled more than 800,000 pounds of tainted bovi ... More >>
Homes all over Arizona are falling apart. Blame the bad soil -- and the lousy construction
Painted Rock Reservoir's beauty is deceiving. It's one of the most toxic sinkholes in America
Maxie's World Grill moves into bigger digs
Drinkwater's City Hall piles on the portions -- and the pounds
Four Seasons fancy meets Arizona casual on new and much-improved menu
Letters from the week of May 9, 2002
Fast service, cheap prices, casual ambiance and terrific eats
Struttin' with some barbecue at Bennett's.
'They're fighting for their careers, for their reputations, for their money.'
State's buzz on killer bees? Learn to live with 'em.
Vegging out at the Valley's hippest hoe shebang!
How hardy Texas cattle became prestige pets for the rich and nostalgic
HIS FEDERAL EMPLOYER SUBJECTED HIM TO A DIZZYING ARRAY OF INDIGNITIES. NOW HE'S FINDING JUSTICE.