Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2017

The Devour Culinary Classic of Phoenix took place over the weekend of March 4-5 on the beautiful grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum.  This event highlights the movers and shakers of the Arizona food and beverage industry.  Attendees were ushered into the sculpture garden courtyard where they were treated to tastings from Arizona liquor, beer and wine merchants (plus a few from Cali) and several valley …

Melville Winery at Market Street Kitchen

I had the pleasure of attending a winemaker dinner Tuesday night at Market Street Kitchen featuring Chad Melville from Melville Winery in Lompoc, California.  Market Street Kitchen is in the DC Ranch area of North Scottsdale, near Jalapeño Inferno, Fleming’s and The Herb Box.  The original DC Ranch holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the Scottsdale community, where only a few …

Cuisine de Savoie Part Deux

First of all, thank you for all of the positive feedback that I received regarding Part 1 of the Cuisine de Savoie.  I am still dreaming of the trip and trying to recreate the experience by making fondue and raclette for Hubby and the kids.  As our plane touched down on U.S. soil, I had to swallow the bitter pill of reality: kids with strep, …

Cuisine de Savoie Part 1

  As I am writing this, it’s Super Bowl Sunday and in lieu of my usual Super Bowl fare of queso dip and Texas chili, I am borrowing a friend’s raclette machine to serve alongside some charcuterie, cornichons and fingerling potatoes.  I have been inspired by my recent trip to the Savoy region of the France where cheese, potatoes and saucisson (dry, cured sausage) reign …

Famous Dave’s

The Valley of the Sun never ceases to amaze me.  According to a recent National Restaurant Association report, Arizona’s restaurant industry leads the rest of the country in growth, and is expected to do so for the next 10 years.  Restaurants are a driving force of Arizona’s economy, with over 9,300 establishments whose sales figures are projected to reach over $11.5 billion in 2016.*  There …

2017 Restaurant Bucket List

A Phoenix food writer, Dana Vollmer with cocktailsandcactus.com, encouraged a group of local food writers to come up with a restaurant “bucket list” for 2017.  These would include a list of places in AZ we would like to visit, whether they have been open for some time or are set to open.  I was up for the challenge, and had so much fun writing it, …

Explore Arizona: Sunrise Park and Navajo County

When Hubby and I were courting some 25-odd years ago, we spent many weekends exploring the beauty and diversity of this great state of Arizona.  It is not all cacti and desert.  With the exception of an ocean view, there is much to offer, from the dude ranches down south in Douglas, to the majesty of the Grand Canyon in the north near Flagstaff.  Recently, we …

It’s a Sunday Affair

During our Harvest Dinner (http://www.texaztaste.com/harvest-dinner/), Aaron Chamberlin, chef and owner of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market, and I hatched a plan to collaborate on a Sunday brunch.  We called up a few friends, designed a menu, and on a beautiful Arizona fall Sunday, pulled a table out in the sun, lit a fire in the outdoor fire pit, and rolled up the sleeves on …

Marcella Dreams of Uchi

With the closing of ShinBay in Scottsdale, I have been eagerly searching for sushi of the same caliber.  As luck would have it, we had plans to travel to Dallas for my college reunion, so I set about obtaining a coveted reservation at Uchi Dallas.  Success was in the form of a 5 pm reservation on a Saturday.  Five pm??  How old am I, right? …

Char Kitchen + Bar Scottsdale

Father/Son duo, Peter and Pal Micakaj, have taken over the space in Hilton Village vacated by Bink’s Kitchen +Bar.  Peter, Albanian by birth, immigrated to the US in the 60’s and has worked in the restaurant industry across the country, from New York City to Detroit and now Arizona.  His son, Pal, joins him in the kitchen, while sister, Pauline Martinez, who co-owns Perk in …