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.
It's been almost exactly a year since Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery closed its doors, leaving downtown devotees feeling bereft without a locally focused brick-and-mortar market and a convenient, affordable go-to for a nosh and a glass of wine.
But all that changed this week. In an informal ceremony Wednesday night, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton lit the new Phoenix Public Market sign on Central Avenue, and chef-owner Aaron Chamberlin unveiled the Phoenix Public Market Cafe (14 East Pierce Street) at a launch party. Through the cafe, Chamberlin hopes to make a casual community hub for downtown dwellers and the folks who work there. Here's the full story.
-- Nikki Buchanan
Ah, mac and cheese. Whether it comes from a blue box or your mother's oven, few childhood comforts can compare. These days, your cheesy noodle perfection can be customized with additions ranging from the gourmet (pancetta, panko bread crumbs, and lobster) to the not-so-gourmet (hot dogs, ketchup, and noodles shaped like cartoon characters). To commemorate the classic casserole, here's our list of the nine best mac and cheeses in metro Phoenix.
If you haven't seen Friday night's season finale of Kitchen Nightmares featuring Amy and Sammy Bouzaglo, the control-freak duo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, then you're missing out. Check out the complete episode here.
In a couple of weeks, fans of Pomo Pizzeria, the stylish Scottsdale spot serving certified authentic Neapolitan pizza (complete with a stamp of approval from the Italian trade group Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana), will need to travel north to score their favorite artisan pies.
Thankfully, Pomo's new home isn't too far north -- and the digs are familiar ones.
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Sunday is Mother's Day, and (especially if you don't do it throughout the year) you'd better find a way to honor the woman that gave you life. Brunch is the traditional meal of the holiday, and there are plenty of those in the Phoenix area if your mom loves waffles, omelettes, and bacon. But there are also other things to consider when planning a celebration, like timing, budget, and location. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of delicious Mother's Day menus that fit every family's needs.