Dish It Out on Sunday at Salt River Fields: Four Top Local Chefs to Compete in Cook-Off

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Evie Carpenter
Catch Christopher Gross and other local chefs this Sunday at Salt River Fields.
This Sunday, October 5 the first Dish It Out tasting event and cook-off will take place at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The new culinary fest comes courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and R Entertainment -- who have also helped organize Devoured Phoenix -- and will bring together more than 60 restaurants and beverage vendors.

The event will also include a Cook-Off, pitting four of the best-known local chefs against each other in a contest to win the title of Cook-Off Champion.

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Best of Phoenix A'Fare 2014: Here's the Final Lineup of Restaurants and Entertainment

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Lauren Saria
Catch dozens of local restaurants including Los Sombreros at this year's Best of Phoenix A'Fare.
New Times' annual Best of Phoenix A'Fare is just around the corner and there's still time to get your ticket to the party. On Saturday, October 4 we'll be celebrating the best that our city has to offer with food, drinks, and live entertainment.

In keeping with this year's theme, Tales of the City, we're having our 15th annual celebration at the Burton Barr Central Library. There will be dozens of local restaurants, drinks from a handful of local bars, and music from some of the Valley's best DJs and bands.

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First-Ever Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Drew Crowds to the Spicy Side

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Joanie Simon
The winning dish at the first annual Scottsdale Spice Event.

When I was invited to judge the "Scottsdale Spice" awards, I thought maybe folks misunderstood the type of things I write about. Turns out it was really about culinary heat.

On September 27, Valley chefs ignored the latest big storm to they could compete at the inaugural event presented by the Scottsdale Chamber at the Venue Scottsdale. At stake was a "Golden Ticket," earning the winner a chance to go on to compete in Las Vegas, NV this November at the World Food Championship. My fellow New Times writers were busy at the Chili Pepper Festival on Roosevelt Row, so I was happy to venture to Scottsdale to do a little judging.

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

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Lauren Saria
Beef Keemah Kabob at Rania's in Chandler.
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There's going to be a gastronomical throw-down tonight in Gilbert, at Rania's Kabob Grill. The restaurant is hosting the latest installment of the Chef Off series, which pits two East Valley chefs against each other in a competition to win over diners and take home the title of Chef Off champ. In this week's event Rania's chef Bank Foley, collaborating with owners Shookria and Abdul Ansari, will be put up against current champ, chef John Wong. Each will create three courses to be paired with the same three winea; diners will get to vote for which dish paired better. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $55. For reservations call 480-656-7111.


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Want to Start a Food-Focused Small Business? University of Arizona Has a Class for That

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Have you always wanted to start your own bakery?
Do you dream of starting up your own small business that centers around food? Whether than means a bakery or a food blog, University of Arizona has a new educational series that might just help you achieve that dream.

Now through late October UA's Continuing and Professional Education program is offering five Edible Enterprises courses, each which will feature a different local food entrepreneur.

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

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Lauren Saria
The Wild Willy lives on at Wimpy's Paradise.
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Last week we told you about the sad news regarding Randy Walters' plans for Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House in downtown Chandler. The neighborhood might not be getting its own free-standing hot dog spot, but the good news is that Walters is folding the old Pittsburgh Willy's into his other restaurant, Wimpy's Paradise. Walters tells us Pittsburgh Willy's will officially re-open inside Wimpy's Paradise on Tuesday -- meaning you'll be able to hit up the Chandler restaurant for P-Willy's classics such as the Wild Willy, a hot dog topped with buttery chipped ham and mounds of melted cheddar.


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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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