Arizona restaurants and chefs were shut out on the list of nominees.
But Phoenix did have a brush with stardom at Friday Night's awards gala, which highlighted achievements in food media, included the presentation of a first-ever Publication of the Year Award to Edible Communities, the company behind Edible Phoenix and 70+ other community-based food magazines throughout North America. Their free mags were described by the awards committee as displaying "fresh directions, worthy ambitions, and a forward-looking approach to food journalism."
Each of the company's publications (including Edible Phoenix) is run by members of the community it serves, and focuses on locally farmed/grown/made products. The latest issue includes a visit with Phoenix Knife House owner Eytan Zias and a peek inside Arizona Republic critic Howard Seftel's barren wasteland of a fridge.
Pick up a free copy of their latest issue at Changing Bookstore, Queen Creek Olive Mill, or any of the local purveyors listed here.