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Chef’s Table: Fork & Dagger’s Executive Chef Mark Dow

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 6 Comments

As graduate of Scottsdale’s Le Cordon Bleu, Executive Chef Mark Dow has had an extremely successful career here in Arizona and is in possession of an impressive resume. Chef Dow heads the kitchens of La Bocca urban pizzeria wine bar, The Handlebar Tempe, Modern Margarita and will soon be adding the upcoming Nickel Bar. Chef Dow is taking all of... Read More
Chef's Table

Welcome to the Chef’s Table

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 5 Comments

If you are a lover of food and the art that goes into a great meal out, you’ve likely been presented a dish at a restaurant and snapped a photo or two to share on social media or just to reflect on the moment later. The craft and care that goes into each and... 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

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 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 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 Chef Eddie Matney

Posted on: February 21st, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

It is not very often that you will come across a restaurant that feels like home.  Sure, most people go out to eat to get out of their own dining rooms, often wanting an elaborate or an opulent experience.  While I certainly enjoy those “fancy” experiences, more often than not, I always feel like... Read More

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