Outstanding in the Field Returns to Gilbert This Fall; Tickets Are on Sale Now

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Jeremiah Toller
Outstanding in the Field returns to the Valley in the fall.
For years, traveling food event company Outstanding in the Field has been coming to the Valley to host dinners that combine unique venues with the talents of local chefs for one-night events that showcase Arizona's local bounty. And this fall is no exception.

In October, Outstanding in the Field will return to the Valley to host back-to-back dinner events featuring chefs Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft and Cullen Campbell of Crudo.

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

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Mornin' Moonshine opens in downtown Phoenix today.
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Downtown Phoenix, you've got a new option for coffee. This morning DJ Fernandez, the man behind well-loved local spots Tuck Shop and Vovomeedna, debuts his latest concept, a small coffee shop called Mornin' Moonshine. Located at 111 W. Monroe Street (on the ground floor of the office building), the coffee shop will focus on coffee with some pastries available from local bakeries. The new coffee spot takes its name from the Mornin' Moonshine cold-brew coffee that's been available at Vovomeena for some time now. Made with Japanese brewing systems, the cold brew comes in a variety of unique flavors such as orange peel ginger and lemon jalapeno. For more information, check the Vovomeena Facebook page.


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5 Things Not to Miss at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival This Sunday at CityScape

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Evie Carpenter
Last year Cowboy Ciao offered Pig 'n Grits, made with slow-roasted pork, Manchego grits with cotija cheese, pomegranate gastrique, and roasted hominy pico do gallo.
On Sunday, March 22, some of the Valley's top chefs and favorite restaurants will come out for Eight's Check, Please! Arizona Festival. The event, which is a fundraiser for Eight Arizona PBS and is co-sponsored by New Times, will feature dozens of restaurants that have been featured during the seasons of the popular television show.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, and tickets are still available starting at $79. In addition to including food and drinks, tickets include access to a schedule of entertainment from some of our local celebrity chefs. Here are the five parts of the event you really don't want to miss.

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Charleen Badman of FnB Teams Up With Welcome Chicken + Donuts Tomorrow Only (And We've Got the Menu)

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Charleen Badman
Stop what you're doing and clear you plans for tomorrow morning. Because you're not going to want to miss what's going down this Saturday at Welcome Chicken + Donuts.

For one day only, James Beard Award nominated chef Charleen Badman of FnB restaurant in Scottsdale will be "hacking" the kitchen at the Phoenix restaurant. This latest in the series of Welcome Chicken + Donuts chef collaborations will feature three different types of donuts, and a special flavor of fried chicken.

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14 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix: Spring 2015

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It's festival season, Arizona!

Spring has undoubtedly sprung in the Valley of the Sun. Before it gets too unbearably hot to wander around outdoors for an afternoon, here are 14 food and drink festivals you should check out in the next two months.

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

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Lauren Saria
Chef Kelly Fletcher, formerly of The Revival in Tempe.
Umami Tempe
Tonight

Tonight, Umami Tempe will host chef Kelly Fletcher for a special dinner event. Fletcher, formerly of The Revival, has created a six-course menu for the evening that includes dishes such as pork and pine-nut polpettine with Boursin and tomato jam; white bean with kale pistou, shaved prosciutto, and elephant garlic chips; and togarashi seared Soku tuna with rice noodle, paitan broth, crispy chicken skin, and radish butter. The dinner, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., costs $60 per person and will be held in the restaurant's Tea Room. Space is limited; to reserve a spot call Heidi Lee at 602-738-2665.


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Here's The Schedule for Pat Duncan's 2015 "Farmer in the House" Dining Series

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Lauren Saria
At the Duncan Family Farm in Litchfield Park, farmer Pat Duncan grows more that 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables.
These days it's not uncommon to see a farmer's name on a restaurant menu right next to some of beautiful produce he grew for diners to enjoy. And that's a great thing, recognizing our food producers for the work they do.

But you know what's even better? Having the actual farmer right there as you enjoy the fruits -- or, uh, vegetables, of his labors. And that's exactly the idea behind local farmer Pat Duncan's annual dining series Farmer in the House.

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Tickets Are on Sale Now for AZ Wine & Dine on April 2 at Scottsdale Quarter

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William Westfall
Fennel sausage stuffed into shrimp from Lon's at The Hermosa Inn at AZ Wine & Dine in 2012.
If your social and culinary calendars aren't already full enough, then be sure to add the fourth annual AZ Wine & Dine to your list of food-focused events to hit this spring.

The tasting event will be held Thursday, April 2, and will return to a familiar venue, the Scottsdale Quarter. Attendees can look forward to bites from more than two dozen local restaurants, as well as wine pairings from Young's Market Company and a selection of craft beer.

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25 Things We Ate and Drank at Devoured Culinary Classic 2015

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Evie Carpenter
On Sunday, Hana Japanese Eatery took home several awards, including Best of the Best.
After two days of eating and drinking some of the best food the Phoenix dining scene has to offer, we can say confidently that the Devoured Culinary Classic was a success. With dozens of local restaurants showing up at the Phoenix Art Museum to feed attendees, there was no shortage of things to eat, drink, and see on either day of the event.

Over the years, the two-day food frenzy has established itself as one of the best of the Valley's many culinary events, in part because the chefs and restaurants who participate each year tend to pull out all the stops. Oysters? Check. Foie gras? You bet. And steak and lamb and sushi, too. This year's event was no exception, and we've got the full stomachs to prove it. Here we've listed some of the most memorable bites and sips from the weekend's festivities.

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Devoured Culinary Classic 2015: The Winners of the People's Choice Awards

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Jenny Zink
Roka Akor took home the top award on the first day of this year's event with a bone marrow and escargot combination.
This year, the Devoured Culinary Classic invited attendees to vote for their favorites in various categories. From Best Overall Presentation to Best Dessert and Most Unique Dish, the awards recognized some of the standout work that the many participating restaurants put out on each day of the event.

On both days, event-goers also were asked to help name one restaurant the grand prize winner. These two restaurants took home the award of Best of the Best, thanks to serving standout dishes and offering beautiful presentation. Here are the results of the first-ever People's Choice Awards at this year's event.

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