NoRTH Italia Community Dinner

NoRTH Arcadia will host a Spring Chef’s Dinner where Executive Chef Kenny Woods will craft a four course meal served with beverage pairings for $55 (not including tax and gratuity).  The menu will feature a Chef’s selection of dishes like Insalata Di Fragole, Aragosta Pappardelle and Torta Bacca Blu. Call...

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Niman Ranch Scholarship Dinner

Pig & Pickle’s team is inviting Chef Gio Osso (Virtu Honest Craft) and Chef Matt Taylor (Gertrude’s) in for a dinner mashup to benefit the farmers who make the best quality products through the Niman Ranch Scholarship. This incredible opportunity is 3 courses along with a beginning and ending snack...

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New T Cook’s Executive Chef

It was sad news the day it was announced that Chef Paul McCabe was leaving T Cook’s and The Royal Palms Resort.  His food was incredible and he was an asset to the local dining scene.  His food was seasonal, inspired and flawlessly executed.  It seems they have found a...

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Arizona Restaurant Week Preview – CRAFT 64

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Arizona Restaurant Week starts on Friday and runs through Monday May 25th, which means you have 10 days to enjoy special three course meals (some paired with beverages) for $33 or $44 at many of Arizona’s best restaurants.  Book your reservations now by...

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Food Education at Home

I have two little boys (ages 3yrs, Blaise and 15 months, Calvin) and so far, to date, there’s not much they won’t eat.  Now, I don’t claim to be a parenting expert.  Actually, quite the opposite.  My 3 year old still isn’t potty trained. I’m sticking with the “late bloomer”...

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Episode 110: Chef Martin Scott

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Executive Chef Martin Scott joined The Westin Phoenix Downtown just a few short weeks ago, but he has over 20 years experience in the industry.  Having traveled the world with his culinary talents, In this week’s podcast, Chef Scott shares the stories of...

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Fine Dining Etiquette

Fine dining has gone by the wayside and the overwhelming majority of restaurants, especially in Arizona, capitalize on diners’ desire to be casual.  My typical response when my husband asks, “Is this dressy enough for tonight’s dinner?” is “It’s Phoenix, I’m sure someone will show up in flip flops.”  On...

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Why EVO is so hot right now

The title of this post is anticipatory.  Christina Barrueta (Write on Rubee) shared Dom Armato’s (Phx Food Nerds) post about Chef Peter de Ruvo taking over the kitchen at EVO and how he is turning out food that will make the food freaks flock. EVO you might recall, is the...

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Warm Salsa and Urban Mexican Cuisine

Did you get your fill of tacos, margaritas and chips & salsa yesterday on Cinco de Mayo?  By chance, was your salsa served warm?  I grew up in Arizona and have never been served intentionally warm salsa at a restaurant.  From the salsa bar bonanza at La Santisima on 16th...

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Sabor a Mexico – Jalisco

Let your tastebuds travel to the state of Jalisco with the talented culinary team at El Ricky’s in Scottsdale in their special Sabor a Mexico series.  Chef Paulina Martinez knows the authentic flavors of Mexico, but gives them a special urban twist that is all her own.  This unique dinner...

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