Author Brad Snyder on What Every Child Needs to Know About Coffee and Pizza

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Lauren Saria
Two of the books from the What Every Child Needs to Know children's book series.
What does every child need to know about coffee?

Some people might say, "Nothing, kids don't need to know about caffeine and espresso!"

But Phoenix-based child researcher and author R. Bradley Snyder disagrees. And in the Need to Know children's book series he's co-authored with longtime friend Marc Engelsgjerd, Sndyer breaks down the basics of topics ranging from coffee and pizza to punk rock and the economy.

Sure, most people wouldn't even consider trying to explain the differences between Neopolitan and Chicago-style pizzas to children under the age of six. But Snyder says tackling topics that are important to parents is "an interesting way to promote interaction between parents and kids."

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John Culver of Blasted Barley Beer Co. in Tempe on Leaving Fine Dining, Learning From Bob Tam, and the Importance of Being Creative

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Lauren Saria
Chef John Culver of Blasted Barley Beer Co. in Tempe
John Culver
Executive Chef
Blasted Barley Beer Co.
404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
www.BlastedBarley.com

Walk into Tempe's new Mill Avenue brewery, Blasted Barley, and you'll notice the large patio, the kegs of beer sitting on a loft above the bar, and a selection of games -- including cornhole and skee-ball -- in the back of the restaurant. It's a fun looking place for sure, but perhaps not a place where you'd expect to find interesting, quality food.

Chef John Culver knows that. He also wants to prove you wrong.

"I don't want to go totally off the wall," he says. "But I want to bring it up a notch."

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Inside Jill Anderson's Clean, Modern CenPho Kitchen

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Katie Johnon
Jill Anderson takes us on a tour of her CenPho kitchen.
Some people rely on Pinterest, others just have an eye for style. Jill Anderson is the latter. The Pasadena native who got her interior design certification through Scottsdale Community College has made a career out of curating other peoples' homes through Scottsdale Wiseman and Gale Interiors. When she's not busy beautifying the humble abodes of others or attending the occasional Burning Man festivity, Anderson can be found right at home in her renovated 1970s central Phoenix condo.

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Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow in Phoenix on Cooking at the James Beard House (Again) and What Phoenix Does Better Than Austin

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Lauren Saria
Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow in Phoenix and Austin.
Harold Marmulstein
Executive chef, partner
Salty Sow
4801 East Cactus Road
602-795-9463
saltysow.com

It's not every day a chef gets to cook at the illustrious James Beard House in New York City. But in a few weeks, chef Harold Marmulstein will cross the country to present his food at the famous house for a second time.

The first time around, the chef says, he applied for the opportunity, and he went out to New York to cook last February. This year, the foundation invited Marmulstein to come back, and he's preparing to present a five-course "spring-inspired" farmhouse menu on May 7.


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Casey Hopkins-Johnson of Welcome Chicken + Donuts on Her Favorite Doughnut, Her Feelings About Krispy Kreme, and the Restaurant's Next Collaboration (Hint: Butterscotch Pudding)

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Lauren Saria
Meet the woman who puts the "donut" in Welcome Chicken + Donuts.
Casey Hopkins-Johnson
Head baker
Welcome Chicken + Donuts
1535 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix
602-258-1655
facebook.com/welcomechickenanddonuts

You have to get up early to get a doughnut from Welcome Chicken + Donuts. On the weekends, some varieties will be sold through before the lunch customers even start to arrive.

But if you think you have to get out of bed early to enjoy one of the restaurant's deep-fried, doughy creations, just know that Casey Hopkins-Johnson has to get up even earlier to make them.

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Robert Nixon of Geordie's Steak at The Wrigley Mansion on The Restaurant's New Name

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Lauren Saria
Robert Nixon of Geordie's Steak
Robert Nixon
Executive Chef
Geordie's Steak at The Wrigley Mansion
2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix
www.wrigleymansion.com

The Wrigley Mansion has always been a destination for some of the very best views in town. Built by chewing gum mogul William Wrigley Jr. in 1932 as a gift for his wife, the sprawling home features panoramic vistas of the Valley and one of the city's most opulent venues for special events. The maze of rooms, balconies, and spiral staircases gives the mansion an air of old school charm, the kind of feeling that just can't be replicated in something new.

But despite all that the place has going in its favor, the fine dining restaurant located inside the mansion has mostly fallen off the radar. What was once a tempting dining destination has become more of a classic Phoenix spot that gives longtime residents a dose of nostalgia more than anything else.

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Inside Katie Johnson's Vintage-Inspired Kitchen in Central Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Welcome to my kitchen, Phoenix.
Kitchen tours is Chow Bella's monthly series where we get up close and personal with the at-home chef's most prized space. Ditch the grocery list and forget the recipes, this time around we're all about capturing a different kind of taste.

Entertaining a few guests is hard enough. But inviting the entire internet into your private abode? That'll take some coaxing.

Which is why I'm initiating things with a tour of my own private interior in my home in a historic neighborhood in central Phoenix. It's not grand but it's also not god-awful. It gets the job done and, whether I'm using it to create culinary magic or malpractice, it is easily one of my favorite rooms in the house.

So what do you say, Phoenix? I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

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Chris Schlattman of The Upton on Porter-isms, Christopher Gross, and Matt Carter's The House

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Lauren Saria
Chris Schlattman
Chris Schlattman
Executive Chef
The Upton
7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
www.TheUptonaz.com

Until recently, chef Chris Schlattman's goal in the kitchen, he says, was to learn -- and then leave.

When he wanted to learn about sugar, he got a job as a pastry chef. When he wanted to learn about molecular gastronomy, he staged for a week and landed a job at Grant Achatz's Alinea in Chicago. He wanted to learn about resort cooking, so he went to T. Cook's.

At each job, he learned what he wanted to know. Then he split.

"That's what cooks do when they're young," Schlattman says. "You're basically a thief. You steal information."

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Joey Bruneau of Nabers in Chandler on Pizza, Bacon, and Anthony Bourdain

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Lauren Saria
Joey Bruneau
Executive Chef
Nabers
825 N. 54th Street, Chandler
www.nabersaz.com

He's been working in the kitchen for more than 15 years, but chef Joey Bruneau once considered pursuing a career in art. He even received a full scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Phoenix, where he would have studied design.

The idea of having a desk job didn't appeal to Bruneau, so he chose a career in the kitchen.

"So, I guess, food is my art now," Bruneau says.

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Meet Cory Oppold and Juan Zamora, the New Chefs at Atlas Bistro in Scottsdale

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Lauren Saria
Atlas Bistro sous chef Juan Zamora and executive chef Cory Oppold
Cory Oppold
Executive Chef
Juan Zamora
Sous Chef
Atlas Bistro
2515 N. Scottsdale Road
www.atlasbistrobyob.com

Since opening in 2002, Atlas Bistro has established itself as a must-go destination for adventurous diners. Thanks to the ever-changing menus of contemporary cuisine, food enthusiasts know they can count on a seasonally influenced fare paired with excellent bottles of wine from the adjacent AZ Wine Company store.


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