Author Archives: Joanie Simon

AZ Wine & Dine – Thursday April 2

The Annual AZ Wine & Dine is coming up soon.  If you’ve never been, it’s an intimate food event featuring bites and sips from the top chefs of our local hotels and resorts.  Brought to you by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, it’s all going down Thursday, April 2, from...

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Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen

It’s really unfair to give any sort of assessment of a restaurant right after they’ve opened.  There are zillions of little things to adjust, tweak and change before a place settles into a solid rhythm. But, I was invited to check out the new Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen at Scottsdale and...

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Episode 102: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Chef Rebecca Tillman is the new Executive Chef at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.  She is returning to the Valley with her family after adventures abroad and, most recently, in Wisconsin. She shares her background, her approach to cooking and how she...

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30th Annual Bon Vivant

Not many food events can tout 30 years of history, but Bon Vivant will be celebrating their 30th on March 29th from 6pm to 9pm at Tempe Marketplace.  This event is an East Valley staple and not only does it enable you to enjoy a wide variety of sips and...

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Talavera Chef Mash-Up

Apparently chefs in town want to check out eachothers kitchens.  I just posted yesterday about the Ramen Swap with Posh and Umami.  Now one of our local favorites, Chef Mel Mecinas, is opening up his kitchen at the Four Seasons to mashup concepts with a list of other talented local chefs....

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Life Lessons from Devoured

This was my 5th year attending Devoured. Each year I revel in the increased competition between chefs and heightened enthusiasm from the crowds.  If you’re just looking for the straight up food pics, head on over to our Facebook page.  But, if you want a few life lessons, gained from...

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Devoured Preview – Chef Eric Ramirez

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Devoured Culinary Classic is this weekend, and to whet your whistle for this epic food and wine event, I sit down with Eric Ramirez, Executive Chef for Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend at The Yard for a short interview.  We talk seafood standards, shenanigans...

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Episode 100: Chef Rick Boyer

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Woooo hooooooo!!!!  This is our 100th episode of Restaurant Live Arizona!  Just shy of two years in the making and we have punched out one episode per week.  Thanks to everyone who has been a support to the show and all of our...

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Devoured Preview – Chef Doug Robson

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Devoured Culinary Classic is almost here, and to whet your whistle for this epic food and wine event, I sit down with Chef and Owner of Otro Cafe, Doug Robson, for a short interview.  He talks about why he specifically enjoys this...

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Episode 99: Del Frisco’s Grille

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Chef Jimmy Ton at Del Frisco’s Grille at the Espalande is new to Phoenix, but having a great time exploring our dining scene.  He wasn’t sure what was in store for him before he was moved to the Valley, but he has been...

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