Chow Bella won first place in the opinion blog category at the Arizona Press Club's annual awards event, held Saturday night at the Duce in Phoenix.
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The winning entry included New Times' food critic Laura Hahnefeld's First Taste review of Crescent Ballroom's restaurant; Chow Bella intern Lauren Saria's McRib battle; Chow Bella contributor Zach Fowle's review of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale; a piece about Whole Foods' "value tour" by Chow Bella contributor Shannon Armour; and a rant about criticism by New Times Managing Editor Amy Silverman.
"Shows real ability on the writing-and-editing front. It's funny, it's got voice, it's unpredictable -- it's not just a dirge-like recitation of here's-what-I-think," the judge wrote.
Chow Bella -- New Times' food blog -- also placed third in the feature blog category.