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Chef Jeff Smedstad’s Elote Cafe Notebook Signing

Posted on: August 26th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Hear Chef Jeff Smedstad’s discuss his new cookbook, Elote Cafe Notebook, plus learn about his history as a chef and author ast the special booksigning, September 11th.

Chef Jeff Smedstad's Elote Cafe Notebook Signing

Sedona is one of those places that just fills my heart with joy. The drive alone, rounding around the red rocks immediately blankets me in calm. There’s a slower pace within those city limits; people seem to be kinder and far more relaxed than within the confines of the concrete jungle I call home.

In addition to the woo-sa effect that Sedona has on me, there are a multitude of phenomenal restaurants and resorts in the area, perfect for feeding the soul and your belly. One of my favorite spots is Elote Café; certainly for the phenomenal kitchen creations but also for the passion and excitement that Chef Jeff Smedstad brings to this local hotspot.

When I say hotspot, it’s not an exaggeration. You’ll always find a line in front of the restaurant, but don’t let that discourage you. The lines move relatively quickly and if you remember the orts of wisdom taught by our elders, “good things come to those who wait.”

I was recently invited to a special tasting at Elote to experience the unique dishes held within the pages of Chef Jeff Smedstad’s most recent cookbook, Elote Café Notebook. The recipes feature Chef’s take on Southwestern cuisine, derived from his 20 some years of traveling throughout Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla and the American Southwest. His travels have shaped the way he thinks about food, the way he interprets flavor combinations and his overall approach to his kitchen and the crafting of his menus.


The dishes that our group experienced cannot be found on the Elote Café menu, they are a collection of his personal recipes, something you might find laid out in front of you were you given the honor of being invited to an affair at his personal home. In addition to some new personal favorite dishes you’ll find a collection of stories and anecdotes that will help you gain a greater insight into Chef Jeff Smedstad and the light and love that he puts into everything that he does.

If you want to get a copy of the Elote Café Cookbook, you won’t want to miss the book signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix on September 11th. The signing will begin at 7pm and Chef Jeff will speak of his history, inspiration as well as sharing some kitchen tips for home cooks. The major bonus for this event will include small bites from the cookbook. You’ll hear some great stories, meet a super cool guy and walk away with a cookbook that will be treasured for years.


The Elote Cafe Notebook Signing at Changing Hands Bookstore
September 11, 2017 | 7pm
300 W. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85013 | 602.274.0067


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© Taryn Jeffries 2017


About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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