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Interview with Executive Chef Salvatore Moscato of Hilton Sedona

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Amy Martin No Comments

In early January, the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa announced the arrival of its new executive chef, Salvatore Moscato. Chef Salvatore now oversees the resort’s banquet dining options as well as its signature restaurant, Grille at ShadowRock, offering regional fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had a chance to ask him a few... 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

Interview with Chef Doug Robinson of Publik House in Peoria, Illinois

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

On Taryn’s recent trip back to her hometown of Peoria, Illinois, she had the opportunity to interview one of her new favorite chefs in the area. Read her recap of her meal at Publik House here. Taryn Jeffries: What made you decide to become a professional chef? Chef Doug Robinson: I couldn’t stop thinking... Read More

Gardening Tips from Chef Kenneth Arneson

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Recently recognized as “Certified Green Lodging” by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is dedicated to its eco-friendly efforts throughout the resort’s property. Executive Chef Kenneth Arneson has added a new level to the property’s environmental sustainability – adjacent to the patio at Rico’s American Grill, he’s planted a... Read More

Interview with Chef Anthony DeMuro of Different Pointe of View

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Amy Martin 3 Comments

We’ve raved about the incredible menu at Different Pointe of View in the past (and still are!), so today we learn more about the brains behind the operation – Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro. A little about his background: He went to the culinary program at Scottsdale Community College and has now been with Hilton... Read More

Interview with Executive Chef Jagger Griffin of Ocean Prime

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Amy Martin No Comments

Not too long ago, we drooled about Ocean Prime’s Candied Yams with Marshmallow Brulee (if you missed it, you can read the writeup here), one of my very favorite comfort dishes. Chef Jagger Griffin heads the kitchen at Ocean Prime (located up at CityNorth) and recently, I had a chance to ask him a... Read More

Interview with Chef Jeff Smedstad of Elote Café in Sedona

Posted on: September 5th, 2011 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Anytime we ask for Sedona restaurant recommendations, we always hear, ‘You must go to Elote Café!’ The restaurant serves up award-winning Mexican cuisine, product of Chef Jeff Smedstad and an inspiration of this travels to Mexico. The café has become a tourist attraction in the Red Rock City, but also a popular spot among... Read More

Lin Sue Cooney’s ‘Sweet’ Addiction

Posted on: September 2nd, 2011 by Amy Martin 5 Comments

Recently, we learned that Lin Sue Cooney, 12News’ evening shift news anchor, has a “sweet” addiction: toffee. And, she has a toffee business! Lin Sue and her dear friend and business partner, Cindy Leech, began a toffee business, Sweet Stops, selling their favorite delicious confections. At Sweet-Stops, Lin Sue and Cindy’s specialty is their... Read More

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

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