Forks & Corks: The Reverse Root Beer Floats Flowed -- and So Did the Wine

A highlight of the 8th Annual Forks & Corks -- along with the food and drink, of course -- was a cocktail napkin that read, COMFORT FOOD DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN FALL ASLEEP ON YOUR PLATE.

There was no sleeping on plates last night at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, where dozens of Valley restaurants served everything from chicken and waffles (The District) to donut holes (Lon's at the Hermosa). Each food item was paired with wine or beer. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival was hosting its own big party across town, but Forks & Corks, we're told, was still plenty crowded -- too crowded, at times.

One of the most unusual offerings was Frank & Albert's "reverse root beer float," created with ice cream made on the spot. Chow Bella contributor Kathy Monkman kindly captured all the food porn for your viewing pleasure. 

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at

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