Arizona Cocktail Week 2015: Here's The Schedule of Speakers, Events, and Seminars So Far

Categories: Events

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Courtesy of Arizona Cocktail Week
Micah Olson competes at the Last Slinger Standing competition last year.
Arizona Cocktail Week is just around the corner, which means it time to start planning out your schedule of dining, drinking, and, of course, education for the eight day-long celebration of all things booze. From Saturday, February 14 to Saturday, February 21, cocktail lovers and booze hounds will have no shortage of things to do.

This year's schedule includes some return events such as the Cocktail Carnival, an outdoor party that will showcase dozens of vendors, carnival games, aerial pool performers, and cocktail tastings, as well as the Top Bars of America event, where some of the country's top mixologists will set up pop-up bars at the Hotel Valley Ho. There's also a lineup of educational seminars, many of which will focus of the spirit of the moment, whiskey.

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Danzeisen Dairy Brings Single-Source Milk to Metro Phoenix

Categories: Chow Bella, Grind

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Zaida Dedolph
An alfalfa-nosed Holstein cow at Danzeisen Dairy.
I write a lot about coffee, but I feel like I've done Chow Bella readers a disservice. My tendency has been to focus on the terroir of coffee, on who produced it, on how it got to the cup in front of me. But how often have I asked (or answered) those same questions about milk? Its flavor attributes are every bit as dynamic as those of coffee, and its quality is equally - or maybe even more dependent- upon production methods, regional variations, and processing.

Also! Cattle is one of the "Five C's" of Arizona; Coffee, sadly, is not. So really, it's about time I gave a little love to coffee's favorite friend, milk. Which is easy to do, considering that metro Phoenix alone has a fantastic array of local dairy options to examine.

I started out on my quest by visiting Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen to see what makes their milk so special. Warning to the tenderhearted: This post is accompanied by many photographs of very adorable cows. Baby ones, even.

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9 Food and Drink Super Bowl Specials in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

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Super Bowl fever has officially hit the Valley of the Sun, so we've gathered some of the best food and drink events going on to celebrate the big game. It's such a pain to have a bunch of people over for the Super Bowl, so why not go out to eat?

It doesn't matter if you're a diehard Patriots fan, a 12th man, or not interested in football in the least, you can still enjoy the culinary festivities that Super Bowl XLIX will bring out around Phoenix.

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Only Remaining Location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple to Close and Become a Parking Lot

Categories: News

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Kholood Eid
The only remaining location of Bill Johnson's Big Apple will close.
Things have been rough for the folks behind the Bill Johnson's Big Apple family of restaurants for quite some time. On November 12 the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but that didn't stop the restaurant's locations in Mesa and North Phoenix from shuttering last year.

That left only one restaurant open, the original Bill Johnson's Big Apple located at 3757 East Van Buren in Phoenix. Now, according to The Arizona Republic, that restaurant is set to close, too.

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How to Make Rock & Rye (What the Hell Is Rock & Rye, Anyway?)

Categories: Last Call

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JK Grence

A rather old-timey flavor that I've seen pop up here and there lately is Rock & Rye. I've occasionally seen bottles of it collecting dust on a liquor rack bottom shelf. If you're from Detroit, or a Juggalo (you know who you are), then your more common association is with Faygo's Rock & Rye flavor soda.

This largely forgotten potion goes back to well before Prohibition. Even ardent followers of the temperance movement had a bottle in their medicine cabinet despite the high alcohol content.

But just what is rock and rye?


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Taste of the NFL at WestWorld in Scottsdale: Party with Celebrity Chefs, Football Players, and Little Big Town

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Tim Trumble
Chef Eddie Matney and Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan
There's certainly no shortage of places to party, eat, and drink during the next two weeks. But few events are going to pack as much star power Taste of the NFL's Party With a Purpose, which will be held on the eve of the Super Bowl at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

The strolling food event will feature celebrity chefs including Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Food and Phoenix's own Beau MacMillan, as well as dozens of current and former NFL players. The night will even conclude with a performance from Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town.

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Zang Asian Bistro in Glendale Serves Approachable Eats in Generous Proportions

Categories: First Taste

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Lauren Saria
Fried Lemon Pepper Tofu from Zang Asian Bistro in Glendale
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

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Lauren Saria
Inside Zang Asian Bistro
Restaurant: Zang Asian Bistro
Location: 6835 N. 58th Dr., Glendale
Open: Less than a month
Eats: Asian
Price: $15 or less/entree

It's been more than two years since Zang Asian Bistro closed its doors in downtown Glendale. But thanks to restaurateurs David Chang and Tom Harvey, it's back in action and under the same chef who made it a neighborhood staple back in 2005, Kim Ming Poon.

Located adjacent to Cuff, the New American restaurant where Harvey is chef and owner, Zang offers a casual and slightly updated dining room, as well as a separate counter for take out diners.

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21 Places for Valentine's Day Dinner in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Seasonal

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Love is great and all, but hey, pass the foie gras. Here's our list of 21 places around the Valley to dine with (or without) your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

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85 Metro Phoenix Places to Eat and Drink: Super Bowl Guide

Categories: Chow Bella

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Hey there, Phoenix! We're rolling out the grassy green carpet in honor of the biggest event to hit town since - well, since the last Super Bowl rolled through. The 49th annual celebration of all things professional football promises to be the grandest yet, and Phoenix New Times has it all mapped out. From parties and Super Bowl-centric events to must-do restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions, we've got you covered.

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Jack Durant, Legendary Steak House Owner, Topic of Future Feature Film

Categories: News


First, there was the man. Then there was a book, and a play, and now a film about Jack Durant, founder of Phoenix's best-known steak house and, well before anyone thought to write about him, the subject of lots of really amusing rumors. But is the truth about Durant, a colorful character who was at least a notorious ladies' man and at most may have been connected to the mob, fodder for a feature film? That remains to be seen.

The script for Durant's Never Closes concerns a single day in the life of Durant, who died in 1987. The man rather famously left his house and an annual allowance of $50,000 to his pet English bulldog, Humble. He made a mint, and spent some of it to help build Good Samaritan Hospital. He liked to boast the Don Bolles murder was planned in his restaurant's lounge. He reported enjoyed ridiculing his patrons, and was briefly, in the 1950s, one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Dangerous Men in Arizona.


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