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New happenings at The Saguaro Hotel

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by Amy Martin 2 Comments

The folks at The Saguaro Hotel down haven’t slowed down since the Grand Opening and start of its two resident restaurants, Old Town Whiskey and Distrito. With new happenings plotted for the coming months, they’ve proved that the new hotspot hasn’t shown us all we have to look forward to yet. Check out what... Read More

Grgich Fume Blanc: Better wine & nice price

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Napa Valley vintners continue to compete on a worldwide scale buoyed in no small part from the contributions of numerous dedicated wineries. As a result of steady production and a string of good vintages, this year’s huge inventory of Sauvignon Blancs continues from 2011. This means good buys are still to be had. One... Read More

Grilled cheese, please!

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

On February 26 from 4pm-7pm, Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho gets cheesy (in a good way) when the second Grilled Cheese Throw Down is held in their Sands Conference Center (formerly Trader Vic’s) as Valley chefs compete for the title of ‘Best Grilled Cheese.’ Cost to attend is $20 and includes all the grilled cheese... Read More

Valentine’s Day 2012 Dining Guide

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and marks one of the busiest “holidays” for dining out. We’re lucky enough to live in a city with many selections for romantic (and even anti-romantic) restaurant options for this love-filled celebratory day, but how will you choose? We’ve compiled a list of a few local gems that caught... Read More

February 2nd: Late night Roaming Pork Party at Roka Akor

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

If there’s any good reason to stay out late on a school night, it should be for pork… and lots of it. The Tender Belly Roaming Pork Party is headed to Roka Akor on February 2nd for some late night noshing as industry members and pig-lovers join for this special event. Designed by Tender Belly... Read More

Nominate your favorites for the 2012 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

Scottsdale League for the Arts, the organization behind the 34th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is accepting nominations for 2012 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, so now is the time to talk up your favorite local chef! Past winners include Chrysa Roberts, Aaron May, Matt Carter and Beau MacMillan. Winning chefs and restaurants will be inducted... Read More

Add some flower power to your happy hour

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Come up smelling of roses with Elixir Floral Infusions… literally. The brand expanded distribution to Arizona in October with their line of concentrated floral infusions. Using just a dash, the infusions transform cocktails, teas, sodas and more into an ambrosial bouquet, only adding a shy 20 calories per serving. The infusions are made from... Read More

Yangarra Shiraz: An earthy Aussie

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Knowing a local restaurant that has a well-balanced wine list can present an excellent exploring opportunity. If you make yourself familiar with a restaurant’s wine list by taking a few minutes to look it over during each visit, it becomes easier to spot changes and try new wines. Good restaurants know that “changing it... Read More

Costantino’s Kitchen: New local product line

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

My favorite stories are those very similar to Christopher Costantino’s. Until recently, Christopher was a very successful local sales wonder, immerged in Corporate America, but his heart wasn’t there. It was in the kitchen. He even attended culinary school. As a child, Christopher’s grandmother shared with him her secret recipe for Tomato Basil Italian... Read More

freschef: Mesa-based company offers chef-designed, locally-sourced, convenient meals available at Fry’s

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

As a busy mother of two small boys, I sometimes (read: almost all the time) feel torn in a million directions. As I meander through my day, I am constantly running lists in my head. When is this or that one’s next Doctor’s appointment? Do we have enough milk or bread to get through... Read More

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