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Forks & Corks: The Reverse Root Beer Floats Flowed -- and So Did the Wine

Making a key ingredient of Frank & Albert's reverse root beer float.
Making a key ingredient of Frank & Albert's reverse root beer float.
Kathy Monkman

A highlight of the 8th Annual Forks & Corks -- along with the food and drink, of course -- was a cocktail napkin that read, COMFORT FOOD DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN FALL ASLEEP ON YOUR PLATE.


There was no sleeping on plates last night at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, where dozens of Valley restaurants served everything from chicken and waffles (The District) to donut holes (Lon's at the Hermosa). Each food item was paired with wine or beer. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival was hosting its own big party across town, but Forks & Corks, we're told, was still plenty crowded -- too crowded, at times.

One of the most unusual offerings was Frank & Albert's "reverse root beer float," created with ice cream made on the spot. Chow Bella contributor Kathy Monkman kindly captured all the food porn for your viewing pleasure. 
Cuvee white wine from Alto Ristorante
Cuvee white wine from Alto Ristorante
Kathy Monkman
Filet mignon with marmalade from Aventura Catering.
Filet mignon with marmalade from Aventura Catering.
Kathy Monkman
Grilled prawns, Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
Grilled prawns, Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
Kathy Monkman

Marinated pork fry bread, La Hacienda at the Scottsdale Princess.
Marinated pork fry bread, La Hacienda at the Scottsdale Princess.
Kathy Monkman

And for dessert -- Alto Ristorante's chocolate flourless cake.
And for dessert -- Alto Ristorante's chocolate flourless cake.
Kathy Monkman


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