Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week
Coup Des Tartes

Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

Phoenix's Coup Des Tartes Being Booted Out of Location to Make Way for Car Dealership Parking Lot

Now here's a kick in the asphalt.

Coup Des Tartes, the romantic French bistro and oldest B.Y.O.B. in Phoenix, is being forced out of its former historic farmhouse home at 4626 North 16th Street to make way for a parking lot. Check out the full story on Coup Des Tartes.

--Laura Hahnefeld

The Racist Paula Deen Deposition Transcript -- And the Backlash It Caused on Twitter

Last month, Southern chef and butter queen Paula Deen gave a videotaped deposition to a lawyer representing a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. The former employee, Lisa Jackson, is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, who own the restaurant for alleged sexual harassment, racism, and sexism.

As reported first by the National Enquirer, the transcript of the deposition (filed Monday in U.S. District Court) contains quite a few unflattering quotes from Deen, including that "Yes, of course" she's used the N-word.

To put it lightly, people weren't so amused, taking almost immediately to Twitter and hijacking the hashtag #PaulasBestDishes (the name of her show on the Food Network) to mock the TV host.

Check out the full story on Paula Deen's racist comments.

--Lauren Saria

CLOSED: Big Earl's BBQ in Scottsdale

Looks like the smoke's gone out at Big Earl's BBQ. The home of "old school 'Q'" in Old Town Scottsdale has shuttered.

Opened in January 2011 in a standalone white brick building at 7213 East First Avenue (formerly Jac's Pizzeria), Big Earl's came courtesy of Scottsdale-based JABD Enterprises. The restaurant filled a niche for Scottsdalians tired of driving to Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert or Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue in Cave Creek to get their 'cue fix.

Here the full story on Big Earl's BBQ.

--Laura Hahnefeld

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