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Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this case, your day. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.

Citizen Public House Hosts Revenge of the Pig

'Twas a marriage of alcohol and pork at the Revenge of the Pig dinner hosted by Citizen Public House in Scottsdale. At $75 per person, guests gobbled down six courses of Miss Piggy, and sipped on six pork-paired cocktails.

The pairings were meticulously thought out by chef Kelly Fletcher of Tempe's House of Tricks, Citizen's chef, Bernie Kantak, and in-house mixologist Richie Moe. Forks clinked, mouths watered, and yeah, the pigs were flying -- off the plates, that is.

Course after course, guests were dazzled by the food on their plates and the drinks in their glasses. Each of the six courses was designed around pork as the star attraction -- even dessert.

See the full Revenge of the Pig at Citizen Public House slideshow.

--Alex Rodriguez

64 oz of Beer To Go: Arizona's New Growler Law Goes Into Effect

The much-discussed new AZ Growler Law went into effect this week, which means as early you can now take home 64oz of your favorite beer from any bar willing to fill the container for you.

Previously, folks could only get growlers filled at actual breweries like Four Peaks and SanTan, but now AZ has switched up their regulations -- any bar that wants to fill these refillable brown 64oz jugs can do so with whatever they currently have on tap.

So where can you get these amazing take home jugs filled? Well, not every craft beer bar is immediately jumping on the growler wagon but places like O.H.S.O., Papago Brewing Co., Taste of Tops, and Valley Whole Foods Markets are all on board and most of them have a few events in place to celebrate.

Find out more information about the locations where you can get your growler filled.

--Shannon Armour

Rice Paper Owners to Open New Restaurant in Hotel San Carlos

Bistro 202, the cafe inside the Hotel San Carlos, downtown's historic boutique hotel, hasn't exactly been destination dining for the city set, but San Diego sisters Lan and Hue Tran are hoping to change that.

The owners of Rice Paper, the Vietnamese restaurant in midtown which opened last summer, are remodeling the former Bistro 202 space inside the hotel and plan to open a new restaurant this fall.

A call to Lan Tran for comment has yet to be returned, but in the interim, a Rice Paper manager confirmed the Trans' newest venture inside the hotel.

In addition, Brad Kreutzberg, an employee of the San Carlos Hotel, tells me that the Trans have been in the process of remodeling the restaurant for the last two or three months, and that it will open in late September or early October. He goes on to say that while traditional American fare will be served in the a.m., the new restaurant will offer a menu of French Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the afternoon and evening hours.

Stay tuned for details.

--Laura Hahnefeld

New "Bikini" Coffee Shop Takes Cue From "Breastaurants," to Open in Scottsdale, Natch

Just when you thought the Valley was done with "breastaurants," (an actual term used to describe restaurants that employ scantily clad women as waitresses), another one pops out to say hello -- and this time, the cups come with coffee.

Following in the ta-ta tradition of Twin Peaks, Tempe-based Tilted Kilt, and Hooters, Barista Cafe, a "bikini" coffee shop and restaurant coming to Scottsdale in August, will feature an all-female staff clad in short shorts and sports-bra-type tops.

Find out what separates Barista Cafe from the other breastaurants in town.

--Laura Hahnefeld

July Restaurant Openings and Closings

It was a rough, rough month for coffee and tea shops around the Valley. While we bid goodbye, at least temporarily, to places like Royal at Market, we also picked up some new faces. Scottsdale has a new place for fancy sausages and beer and downtown picked up a new breakfast joint.

See the full list of openings and closings.

--Ando Muneno

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