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Hail to the chef: Kevin Binkley gets gets props from the Culinary Hall of Fame

Tomorrow marks the start of the 29th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and it's looking like one hell of a foodie marathon.

What sounds like a six-day blowout is actually more than a dozen different events under the festival umbrella. The James Beard "Out of the House" dinner and reception starts things off tomorrow night at the Westin Kierland Resort, and while its $275 price of admission makes it a splurge, there's plenty in the way of affordable parties, too. A series of Mixologist happy hours -- at Axis/Radius on Tuesday, Kazimierz on Wednesday, and the Hotel Valley Ho on Thursday -- are $35 apiece, and admission to Saturday and Sunday's Great Arizona Picnic is only five bucks.

Congrats to the Culinary Hall of Fame Award-winners, who'll be feted on Thursday at the Fairmont, but who've already been announced: Culinary Ambassadors The Thunderbirds, Culinary Media Masters Kim Laurie and Don Sandler (hosts of Culinary Confessions on KXAM), and Culinary Rock Star, er, Chef Extraordinaire Kevin Binkley.

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