Tom Harvey of Cuff in Glendale: "I Loved the Industry Long Before I Loved to Cook"

Categories: Chef and Tell

Lauren Saria
Tom Harvey
Executive Chef
5819 W Glendale Drive, Glendale

It might surprise you to hear that Tom Harvey, a former executive chef at Eddie V's in Scottsdale, chose to leave his comfortable, cushy corporate gig to help open an independent restaurant in downtown Glendale. But Harvey and business partner David Chang believe in the West Valley neighborhood.

'This community, it gives success to restaurants that really hard," Harvey says.

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Mejico in Central Phoenix Delivers Well-Prepared, Northern Mexican-Inspired Fare

Categories: Cafe Review

Jackie Mercandetti
Enchiladas de Res, Queso Fundido, and Chile Relleno with flan.
If the crowds at Mejico Cocina Mejicana are any indication, there's room for another Mexican restaurant in Phoenix.

And if the well-­prepared, northern Mexican-­inspired fare there is a guarantee, this cool, contemporary restaurant, opened in February in the old Linda's space, ought to be around for a long time.

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Hayden Flour Mills Named 2014 Food Winner in Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Categories: News

Evie Carpenter
A handful of White Sonora wheat grown by Hayden Flour Mills in central Phoenix.
For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has been selecting a few American companies each year to showcase at the annual American Made Awards. Held in New York City, the event spotlights American artisans and makers in various categories.

This year, Phoenix-based Hayden Flour Mills is one of a small number of American Made Award Winners. Nine of ten winners are chosen by the executive editorial team of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart, while one People's Choice winner is chosen by the audience.

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Categories: Sugar Rush

Rachel Miller
Red Kuri squash.

Perhaps you have some distant memory of your mom roasting pumpkin seeds on pie tins for you. I do. As a kid I didn't appreciate the pumpkin seed. I just wanted to get to the pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll. Now as an adult, I want those toasty seeds. Mostly to artistically sprinkle on top of the pumpkin pie or pumpkin roll, but they are still a precious, crunchy commodity.

Last fall we taught you how to roast your pumpkins here, but don't forget about those seeds. They take a little work, but they are a well worth it fall treat. Plus, they look beautiful on top of your pumpkin pie or pumpkin loaves.

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

Categories: Events

Jeremiah Toller
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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Phoenix Barista Harlin Glovacki Qualifies for US Barista Championship

Categories: Grind

Jules Tompkins
Harlin Glovacki placed fifth in this year's Southwest Regional Barista Competition.

Harlin Glovacki of Nom de Plume Coffee Roasters made Phoenix coffee afficionados proud last week by taking fifth place in the Southwest Division of the Big Western Regional Barista Competition. Achieving a top-six placement qualifies him to compete at the national level in February's United States Barista Championship in Long Beach. This is particularly impressive considering that it was Harlin's first time competing in the regional competition.

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The Pig's Meow Beer & Wine Bar, From the Owner of the Whining Pig, Is Now Open in Arcadia

Categories: Now Open

Lauren Saria
Heads up, Arcadia, there's a new bar in the neighborhood and it comes courtesy of an experienced crew from some of CenPho's favorite drinking holes. As of Wednesday, October 15, the Pig's Meow, a beer and wine bar owned by Greg Malkin of The Whining Pig, is open for business.

The cozy spot is located at 3730 East Indian School Road, in the space formerly occupied by the Poor Little Rich Girl consignment boutique.

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LaDawn Driscoll of Liberty Market: Pie Social Celebrity Bakers 2014

Categories: Pie Social

Hayden Harrison
LaDawn Driscoll of Liberty Market

Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the fifth annual Pie Social from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at Second and Roosevelt streets. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now till Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one through a quick Pie.Q. quiz to test their baking prowess.

Today: LaDawn Driscoll of Liberty Market

About a year ago when LaDawn Driscoll became the head pastry chef of Liberty Market, her life came full circle. Her parents lived on Page Avenue -- close to where the old grocery store was located.

"My mom used to walk me in my stroller to go shopping when this was an actual market," Driscoll says. "Little baby LaDawn was in here. It's just crazy."

Her mother taught her the home cooking basics, which led to a love and career of baking. Now she bakes her mother's banana cream pie for customers along with an array of other desserts. She applies her creativity to every bite.

Driscoll said she's excited to bake for Pie Social and has her pie picked out, but as a past participant she's even more excited to get her own mouthful.

"It's a gorgeous day downtown and people eat pie," Driscoll says. "I only got two pieces last year. This year I'm bringing more help so I can eat pie and they can stand behind the table."

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What Is My Halloween Candy Alter Ego? A Flowchart

Categories: Flowchart

Illustration by Claire Lawton
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5 Best Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Lauren Saria
Charleen Badman's tomatoes topped our list of 100 Favorite Dishes this year.
Last month Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for healthy/specialty restaurants in metro Phoenix.

Best Vegetables: FnB
They don't call her "the veggie whisperer" for nothing. Chef Charleen Badman really does have the magic touch. In fact, we once took a tomato-hating friend to her restaurant, FnB, and watched in awe as our dining companion devoured a whole roasted beef steak. "I've decided, if Charleen cooks it, I'll eat anything," she declared. And we agree. From tender eggplant and foraged mushrooms to her famous braised leeks, we have faith that Badman can turn even the most hated of vegetables into something remarkable. This year, we discovered that her vegetable thumb doesn't just work in the kitchen. At her home garden, the chef coaxes a stunning array of vegetables and spices out of the ground. We promise, you've never seen such a lush planter box in your life.

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