Best Local Food Publication 2014 | Edible Phoenix | Food & Drink | Phoenix

Foodies and professional chefs and people who just love to eat have come to rely on Edible Phoenix, a quarterly publication promoting the abundance of good food in the Valley. A printed and online celebration of farmers, food nuts, chefs, and restaurant owners, this colorful culinary mag makes our mouths water. Getting to know the people who grow and cook our food has never been so enjoyable, and getting to peek into their worlds by way of their recipes, frequently published in Edible's pages, is a real plus. News on the best farmers markets, reviews of just-opened diners, and lots of good writing about great food makes us hungry for more Edible Phoenix.

You probably know at least one or two things about Pavle Milic. One could be that he's part of the dynamic duo that runs Scottsdale's FnB. The other is that he is one of the biggest advocates of Arizona-made wine. What you might not know is that he also is co-founder of My AZ Now Radio, where he hosts his podcast, Stay True Radio. The show is a lot about local wine, with guests like Sam Pillsbury, Maynard James Keenan, and Todd Bostock. However, since it began airing in September 2013, Milic also has talked shop with a cicerone, a tattoo artist, a gallery owner, and a chicken farmer. If you want to learn a little more about the local food and beverage scene, Milic's Stay True Radio show is the way to go.

Lauren Saria

Second Story Liquor Bar owner Tommy Plato says his chic new restaurant aims to tell a story. And he's not kidding. Everything from the servers' Mad Men-inspired duds to the restaurant's website ties into his storytelling theme. That even includes Chef Josh Bracher's cuisine, which is organized into acts on the restaurant's seasonal menu. You'll start your dinner with a selection from the Intro category, before moving along to heartier fare in the Prologue, Plot, and Finale segments of the carte du jour. What's more, each time Bracher switches things up, the new menu constitutes an "episode" of Second Story's show. If the food and drinks weren't so good, we'd have to roll our eyes at how seriously this restaurant takes its dramatic theme.

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