Roosevelt Row's Chile Pepper Festival 2014: Nominate A Chile Pepper Champion

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Jeremiah Toller
Get ready to turn up the heat, Phoenix.
Roosevelt Row will be heating up next weekend when the third annual Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival goes down. The spicy event will take place on Saturday, September 27 at the A.R.T.S. Market from 5 to 11 p.m.

In addition to naming a best chile pepper dish during the event, Roosevelt Row will also be crowing a new Chile Pepper Champion. This community member is honored for his or her work supporting good food and nominations are being accepted online.

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7 Chef Steakout in Tempe Serves Beef 7 Ways

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Josh Chesler
Starting things off with the sushi-like beef tartare set the pace for the entire meal.

When we heard there was going to be a "7 Chef Steakout" at Tempe's Top of the Rock, we immediately began counting down to the moment when the beef-filled extravaganza would begin. Seven dishes from seven of the Valley's top chefs and seven local beers and cocktails from Four Peaks were enough to get us there.

With the culinary experience now over, here's our summary of every deliciously meaty course.

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5th Annual Farmer+Chef Connection Returns to Desert Botanical Garden Next Month

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Evie Carpenter
The annual event connects local famers with food buyers and restaurateurs.
Arizona is a big place, one with lots of chefs, farmers, food artisans, and wholesale buyers. The problem is connecting these people with one another.

That's where the annual Farmer+Chef Connection comes in. The event brings together food suppliers, buyers, and restaurateurs for a day of breakout workshops and networking opportunities. And for the first time, part of the event will also be open to other members of the food community as well.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars Dinner was Epic

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Evie Carpenter
Chef Josh Hebert's Uni cheesecake with seaweed and ponzu.
For the second year, the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: "Local Flavor from Coast to Coast" tour made a stop in the Valley for a benefit dinner of epic proportions. The A Night of Culinary Stars dinner, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature, was held last Friday at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa and featured picture-perfect plates from seven of the top local chefs.

This year, events in Phoenix and Atlanta kicked off the first weekend of the five-week, ten-city national tour. In each city, the foundation holds a benefit dinner featuring Taste America All-Star chefs, local James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs, and culinary celebrities, as well as celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, book signings, and tastings.

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5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Evie Carpenter
This week The Gladly is celebrating one year of business.
The Gladly
Today through Thursday, September 16

Now through Thursday The Gladly is celebrating its one year anniversary by thanking customers with a few sweet -- and savory -- deals. All week the restaurant will be giving dine-in dinner guests one $1 Original Chopped Salad per table, as well as a complimentary anniversary dessert of chef Bernie Kantak's choice for two people to share during both dinner and lunch. The celebration will also double as the debut of The Gladly's updated look, which includes bold-patterned wallpaper and new furniture and accessories in the dining room and bar.


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Waffle Iron Chef Daniel Shumski Comes to Changing Hands Bookstore on September 19

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Yes, you can make waffled mac and cheese, and Daniel Shumski can teach you how.
The waffle is a beautifully presented hunk of sweet bread, but what if you're not in the mood for a traditional take on a waffle. Well, Daniel Shumski is here to say you can use the waffle iron to make nearly anything, from fried eggs to pizza, and he'll be at Changing Hands Bookstore later this month to share his secrets for waffled everything.

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Blank Space: Crudo Launches Mystery Menu Dinner Series Featuring Top Valley Chefs

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Crudo chef Cullen Campbell
Whether or not you'll be into Crudo's new dinner series boils down to one simple question: How much do you trust your favorite local chef?

If the answer is "completely," then you'll have no problem trusting chefs such as Kevin Binkley and Chris Curtiss to create a no-holds-barred menu you'll be sure to enjoy. That leap of faith is the driving idea behind Crudo's new dinner series, Blank Space.

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5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Head to the north Scottsdale restaurant tomorrow for a tequila-paired dinner.
Spotted Donkey Cantina
Tuesday, September 9

Tomorrow Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale will host a tequila dinner event featuring Tequila Chamucos. The five course dinner will start with appetizers including la canasta chips and salsas; cheese chicken quesadillas; and salmon ceviche with cantina shooters, orange capers ,and roasted green chili. Executive chef Esteban Colon will prepare the meal, while bartender Troy Pudney will make two cocktails and provide individual Tequila Chamucos tastings. The dinner costs $60 a person and starts at 6:30 p.m. For a reservation call 480-488-3358.


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James Beard Foundation's Taste America Comes to Phoenix Next Week -- Here's the Menu

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Photo by Debby Wolvos
The James Beard Taste America dinner comes to Phoenix next week.
Next week seven of the Valley's best chefs will come together for a dinner event that's sure to have any food lover brimming with joy. Chefs Silvana Salcida Esparza, Paul McCabe, Charleen Badman, Josh Hebert, Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso, and Kevin Binkley will be joined by chef Sherry Yard of Helms Bakery in Los Angeles for A Night of Culinary Stars dinner event hosted by the Royal Palms.

The impressive lineup of talent will be joining forces for the James Beard Foundation's Taste American Tour, which makes it's second annual stop in Phoenix on Friday, September 12.

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Clever Koi's Fourth Day Off Dinner Melds Asian with Italian with Crudo in the Kitchen

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Heather Hoch
Five dishes, five drinks, two restaurants, and as much karaoke as you can handle at Clever Koi.
Every last Sunday of the month, Clever Koi invites another restaurant's team into the kitchen to join forces to create one five course meal. Crudo was the fourth restaurant to do a Day Off Dinner at Clever Koi, joining Welcome Diner, Crepe Bar, and Brat Haus. With a packed house, the kitchen sent out dish after dish of one-of-a-kind fusion fare courtesy of chefs Jared Porter and Cullen Campbell, along with their staffs. Uni, pig tail, and green tea tiramisu, along with plenty of tasty cocktails, were all on the menu.

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