Local Chefs Team Up for Escoffier-Themed Dinner at POSH in Scottsdale on November 9

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Auguste Escoffier
Known as "The Chef of Kings and the King of Chefs," Auguste Escoffier is a legend in the culinary world. He is the father of modern French cuisine whose contributions to the world of gastronomy include establishing the brigade kitchen system, codifying the recipes for the five mother sauces, and helping to elevate cooking to a respected profession. His book Le Guide Culinaire still serves as a major reference book for chefs and home cooks alike.

Next month, the Seven Chef collaborative dinner series will continue at POSH in Scottsdale with a dinner paying homage to the famous chef. At the Time Out dinner on Sunday, November 9, diners will travel through time as some of the Valley's top chefs re-create classic Escoffier dishes with a modern twist.

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Fred Harvey Biographer Stephen Fried Returns to Phoenix This Week For Two Events

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Though most Americans have some familiarity with the story of The Harvey Girls, we tend to be much less knowledgeable about the man and company for whom the legendary waitresses were named.

Investigative journalist and author Stephen Fried spent years researching the visionary businessman Fred Harvey while writing his book, Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West -- One Meal at a Time. And though you may not know it, Harvey's story has a lot to do with food.

"This is a great foodie saga even if you're not a chef," Fried says.

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Arizona Taco Festival 2014 at Salt River Fields Offered Lots of Hits and a Few Misses

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The 2014 Arizona Taco Festival was like heaven for taco lovers.

The 2014 Arizona Taco Festival took place this past weekend at Scottsdsale's Salt River Fields. There was enough sun, tacos, and booze to go around for the two full days of festivities, with tacos coming from every type of establishment from food trucks (including Traveling Monk) to casual bars (such as Dos Gringos) to higher-end trendy Mexican staples (like Distrito).

In the name of research, we tried (at least) one taco from every vendor who had tacos available on Saturday afternoon, and some definitely stood out from the pack. Here are some of the things we took note of between tortilla-wrapped bites.

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

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Miracle Mile Deli
Tuesday, October 21

This Tuesday the Phoenix institution, Miracle Mile Deli, will launch its new breakfast menu. The restaurant's breakfast service will feature made-to-order dishes such as Challah French Toast, Latkes Benedict, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, and Pastrami Hash. Other classic breakfast options will include Lox, Onions, and Eggs; Super Nova Lox and a bagel; and Plain Ol' Pancakes. Breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., after which the familiar lunch menu -- including the famous Straw Sandwich -- will become available. For more information check the Miracle Mile Deli website.


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NovemBEER Is Back! Get Exclusive Presale Tickets to the First NovemBEER Festival Now

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November is just around the corner -- wait, where did the time go!? -- and you know what that means? Beer.

The month-long NovemBEER is New Times' annual celebration of craft beer and this time around we've got something big to announce. In addition to a series of style-focused beer tasting events, we'll also be hosting the first ever NovemBEER Festival on Saturday, November 22.

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14 Tacos to Look for at the Arizona Taco Festival This Weekend at Salt River Fields

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This weekend, dozens of local restaurants will head to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale for the annual Arizona Taco Festival. The two-day event is a blowout festival of all things taco and tequila and will feature live music, multiple bars, and a hot chile pepper eating contest.

There will be no shortage of things to eat, see, and do, and we've got a sneak preview of what six taco teams will bring to the table.

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Chef Peter DeRuvo Is Back for an Italian-Style Celebration of Nose-to-Tail Eating

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When it comes to Italian chefs in Phoenix, you can hardly ignore chef Peter DeRuvo. After all, he's been associated with some of the top Italian restaurants in town, including most recently, Davanti Enoteca, home of the most beloved focaccia di recco this town has ever known. The restaurant closed last year after having been open for just nine months, and with that incredible focaccia went the chef.

Now, after spending a year in Chicago, DeRuvo's back. He's teamed up with fellow Rancho Pinot alumnus Keenan Bosworth to host a five-course, pork-centric, nose-to-tail dinner at Pig & Pickle later this month.

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

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Cowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski
Cowboy Ciao
Tuesday, October 14

Friendly competition between local wine experts is nothing new to Cowboy Ciao. In fact, the restaurant regularly hosts Sommelier Showdowns that pit two wine professionals against each other in a contest to pick a better pairing. This month the restaurant is shaking things up from the usual routine by putting on a three-way Sommelier Showdown featuring Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch Imports, restauranteur Eric Railsback, and of course, Cowboy Ciao owner/wino Peter Kasperski. The dinner, which will begin at 6:30, will feature five courses with three -- yeah that's right, three -- wine pairings per course. Tickets cost $65 and reservations are required. Call 480-946-3111.


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Kevin Binkley to Host James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Dinner at Binkley's in Cave Creek

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Next month the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour will make an appearance at Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek. The annual tour is designed to bring "the experience of dining at New York City's historic James Beard House to cities around the country."

Host chef Kevin Binkley will welcome seven of the top chefs from around the Valley and country to help prepare an eight-course dinner for guests. And if you're not already excited, just wait until you see the lineup.


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The Simple Farm to Host Pumpkin Patch on October 17

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Since owners Lylah and Michael Ledner decided to close The Simple Farm -- which is also the couple's private residence -- to the public in August, there's been limited opportunity to see the cute urban farm and visit the Ledners' Nubian goats.

The good news is that later this month the Ledners will be opening The Simple Farm to the public for a morning of pumpkin picking and tours.

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