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Interview with Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak’s Executive Chef Kenneth Arneson

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

A few months back, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kenneth Arneson, Executive Chef of Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak after the menu at Hole-in-the-Wall was revamped. Since he’s such a nifty guy, we wanted to do a follow-up to dig a little deeper. Chef Ken joined Pointe Hilton less than a year ago (October... Read More

Get Twisted!

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

You might say that Tommasina Mamola has Marina running in her veins. Her family has been in the restaurant business in the Valley for 26 years and counting with Portofino’s Ristorante Italiano (the location in Surprise now have different owners), San Remo Ristorante and Franco’s Ristorante. Her family is from the old country, Naples... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Steve De Barril of Seasons 52 Biltmore

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 by Amy Martin 2 Comments

Seasons 52 known for its seasonally-inspired, figure-friendly cuisine recently named Steve De Barril the Executive Chef Partner at their Biltmore location. Chef Steve isn’t new to the restaurant – he served as the sous chef of the Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California and was promoted for his outstanding leadership.... Read More

Interview with L’Auberge de Sedona’s Chef David Schmidt

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

When Amy and I were planning our Bitecation to Sedona, we had no idea that we would meet so many amazing people. One such person was the consummate professional and gentleman, Executive Chef David Schmidt. With a long history in the culinary field (including Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, T.Cooks, Orange Tree Golf Resort, Michael’s... Read More

Interview with Chef Peter Nunez of Marcella’s Italian Kitchen

Posted on: July 6th, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

As Executive Chef of Marcella’s Italian Kitchen, Chef Peter Nunez creates simple, uncomplicated Italian classics that satisfy a variety of palates. The menu features starters like Fresh Mozzarella (handmade the moment ordered), Braised Veal Meatballs, and Beef Carpaccio (beef tenderloin, extra virgin olive oil, capers, lemon-garlic aioli, Parmigiano-Reggiano, arugula, crostini). Among the entrees you’ll... Read More

Interview with Chef Peter DeRuvo of Prado

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

So, it’s no secret that Amy and I have major love for Prado. A huge part of that can be attributed to Chef Peter DeRuvo, Chef de Cuisine of Prado at the Montelucia Resort. Each time that we have been in, we get to know a little more about him and his playful personality... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Kenneth Arneson of Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak

Posted on: May 19th, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Kenneth Arneson, Executive Chef of Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, as the menu for Hole-in-the-Wall has recently been revamped to feature classic smokehouse BBQ grub. Chef Ken joined Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak less than a year ago (October 2010, to be exact) and got to work quickly. Since... Read More

Chef Laurent Tourondel Fired Up Scottsdale on April 2nd

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 by Dennis Eckhoff No Comments

Select Visa cardholders from all over the Southwest convened at BLT Steak on Saturday, April 2, to participate in a grilling demonstration with BLT Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel, hosted by Chase Card Services and Marriott Rewards. Guests from as far as Denver and Southern California gathered at BLT’s Scottsdale location, housed within the JW... Read More

Profile: Sapporo’s Executive Chef Stephen Stromberg

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

With all the recent changes made to the menu at Sapporo recently, we wanted to talk with the man behind the curtain, Executive Chef Stephen Stromberg, to see where his inspiration and ideas came from. While Chef Stromberg was born in Omaha, NE, his culinary journey began with a move to Colorado at age... Read More

Interview with Chef Beau MacMillan

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 by Amy Martin No Comments

At a recent “Lunch & Learn” class at Sanctuary at Camelback, I was able to sit down with Chef Beau MacMillan for a few minutes. Chef Beau is the executive chef at the award-winning restaurant, elements. He has also appeared on several Food Network shows, Iron Chef America, Worst Cooks in America and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Amy Martin:... Read More

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