5 Best Bites & Dishes of 2013

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For over two years, Valley chefs and restaurateurs have been responding to questions about food, service, the restaurant scene, customers -- pretty much anything -- that I've had on my mind for a weekly post we call Bites & Dishes.

For 2013, I've rounded up five of the best topics, those that sparked discussion, provided insight into the Valley's cooking scene, and made us smile.

Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com.

See also: Food and Drink Trends for 2014 as Predicted by Valley Chefs

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