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MasterChef Junior Season 5 Returns with 20 New Hopefuls

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

This month MasterChef Junior Season 5 began with a whole new group of hopeful tiny home cooks. These little people put my cooking skills to shame but I just love watching them to see what they come up with. They exhibit such passion for cooking and knowledge that rivals that of some adults. (Ahem,... Read More
Friday Bites with Jody Jackson

Friday Bites with Jody Jackson

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

If you’re a local sports fan, you’re definitely already familiar with Jody Jackson from FOX Sports Arizona. She’s been with the network since 2000, which makes her the longest-tenured member of the network. Jody also holds the honor of being a two-time Emmy Award winner, which she treasures almost as much as her title... Read More
Friday Bites with Hans Schatz

Friday Bites with Hans Schatz

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Hans Schatz has spent over 30 years in the food service industry. He started this journey, as many do, washing dishes and busing tables while in high school. From there he was able to work his way up to a senior leadership position with an almost three billion food service corporation. Hans has worked... Read More
Friday Bites with Christina Barrueta

Friday Bites with Christina Barrueta

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

We took a little bit of a break from our Friday Bites feature, but we are back and this week featuring one of my favorite people. I first met Christina Barrueta back in 2010, right after PhoenixBites was launched. Since that day I have continued to see her at countless events and have built... Read More
The Westin Phoenix Downtown Appoints New Executive Chef

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Appoints New Executive Chef

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel has some exciting news. They have named Chef Marco Garcia as their new executive chef. Chef Marco is a culinary veteran, bringing more than a decade of hospitality experience to the job. “Chef Marco comes aboard at a most opportune time, as we embark on a major renovation of our... Read More
Susie Timm debuts Knife Fork Media Group

Knife & Fork Media Group Takes Bite out of F&B Marketing

Posted on: March 31st, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

Knife & Fork Media Group Debuts March 31 When entrepreneur Susie Timm started a food events company in 2009, she had no idea it would spin off and grow rapidly into one of the nation’s most respected Marketing and Public Relations firms dedicated to specialty food and drink. Known for the past six years... Read More
Why we love Sam the Cooking Guy.

Why We Love Sam the Cooking Guy (& a recipe with tips)

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

One of my favorite things to do it watch cooking shows. I don’t really do it to get ideas on things to eat, but more to watch technique and to see how the different personalities create flavor combinations. While watching these types of shows is not high on my husband’s list of favorite things... Read More
Friday Bites with Kyle Mason

Friday Bites with Kyle Mason

Posted on: March 25th, 2016 by Alison Bailin No Comments

To say that Kyle Mason has been a busy man the past year would be an understatement. On the personal side, he both got engaged and welcomed a new baby daughter into the world in 2015. On the professional side, the mixology master won last summer’s “Bar Brawl” series at the Sanctuary on Camelback... Read More
Local Teens Earn Gold Awards for Food-Focused Community Service Projects

Local Teens Earn Gold Award for Food-Focused Projects

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Alison Bailin No Comments

On March 19, more than 30 local teens took home the highest award in Girl Scouting: the Gold Award. “One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “This prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting... Read More
Friday Bites with Ben Smith

Friday Bites with Ben Smith

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Ben Smith is known as the guy to call for anything. Serving as Chief Strategist at Surplus Asset Management, he has access to millions of restaurant and grocery equipment assets. With warehouses all over the U.S., and countless restaurant and supermarket closures and remodels keeping them full, there is never a shortage of culinary implements... Read More

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