West of Western Feeds Downtown

Categories: Chow Bella
Courtesy of West of Western
Great chefs of the West: Cookin' up a storm at the Arizona Center

Thousands of growling bellies will descend on the Arizona Center this weekend for downtown's most delicious event of the year -- West of Western Culinary Festival -- and they're all sure to leave sated.

Where else can you get a taste of the talents of 48 of the Valley's best chefs over the course of two days? You could try to hit up that many restaurants on your own, but take it from me -- that's a lot of driving.

Better to park it at 5th Street and Van Buren, spend a leisurely Saturday and Sunday mingling with chefs, fellow foodies, cookbook authors, and representatives from various local food-centric non-profit groups. The price of your pass ($57 in advance, $67 at the gate) lets you sample all the goodies you can handle, and if you shell out a few extra bucks for the food and wine pass ($65 in advance, $75 at the gate), you can bend it like Bacchus in the wine tent, where dozens of exhibitors will let the vino flow. Two-day passes are also available.

It all happens from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Check out the West of Western homepage for the full skinny, but not before you ogle this list of all the heavy hitters who'll be on hand for the shindig:

Brian Archibald, Tuscany, J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge
Paul "P.T." Barnum, 56 East & 98 South
Kevin Binkley, Binkley's
Matt Carter, Zinc Bistro
Dennis Christenson, The Phoenician Resort
Tammie Coe, Tammie Coe Cakes
MJ Coe, MJ Bread
Christopher Cristiano, Bloom & Sauce
Brandon Crouser, Atlas Bistro
Payton Curry, Digestif Urban Enoteca
Chris Curtiss, Circa 1900
Tracy Dempsey, Cowboy Ciao
Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe
Kelley Fletcher, House of Tricks
Ivan Flowers, Different Pointe of View
Lionel Geuskens, Trente-Cinq 35
Lisa Giungo, Lisa G Cafe & Wine Bar
Marc Hennessy, Meritage, J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge
Lee Hillson, T. Cooks, Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Bernie Kantak, Kazimierz
Troy Knapp, Compass Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Deborah Knight, Mosaic
Jason Kramer, Patsy Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Mark LaBella, Cafe LaBella
Greg LaPrad, Quiessence
Ryan Leslie, Sundial
Danielle Librera, The Sweet Pea
Wendy Little, Latilla, The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa
Beau MacMillan, elements, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Carlos Manriquez, Twisted
Aaron May, Sol y Sombra
Mel Mecinas, Acacia, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Matthew McLinn, Methode Bistro
Robert McGrath, Pischke's Paradise
Michael O'Dowd, Kai, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Gio Osso, Oscar Taylor
Judy Palmer, Ganache This
Anthony Patafio, Acacia, Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale
Michel Pieton, Latilla, The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa
James Porter, Tapino Kitchen
Michael Stebner, The Greene House
Vukadin Stevanovic, Stanley's Homemade Sausage Company
Stephen Stromberg, Latitude 30�
Jack Strong, Kai, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Chad Withycombe, Mucho Gusto
Claudio Urciuoli, Taggia, Caleo Resort
Jeffery Yankellow, Simply Bread
Kurt Zuger, Wigwam Resort & Golf Club

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