Cuisine & Wine Bistro, Formerly MWC Bistro, Is Now Open in Gilbert

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It's only been about a year since Zoya Vora-Shah, owner of My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee, opened a second restaurant and wine bar called MWC Bistro in Gilbert. Both spots offered a neighborhood vibe and a hand-picked wine list, as well as craft beers and a menu of seasonal cuisine.

But this week MWC Bistro changed hands. At the new Cuisine & Wine Bistro owners Fabrice and Mairead Buschtetz plan to focus more on food, with a new menu that draws inspiration from international cuisines.

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Here Are the Results of the 2015 Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition

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Lauren Saria
Nine Valley bartenders particiapted in yesterday's cocktail competition.
Nine Valley bartenders went head-to-head for the title of Best Cocktail in The Valley 2015 yesterday at Crescent Ballroom during the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. The event, the second high profile bartending competition held this spring, featured bartenders from local restaurants including Crudo, Citizen Public House, Hula's Modern Tiki, and The Parlor.

Each bartender was assigned a locally distilled spirit -- either Arizona Distilling Company's gin, bourbon, or moonshine, and during the competition, bartenders faced off in three rounds of three people. Competitors were given a generous ten minutes to make their cocktail for a panel of four judges.

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9 Metro Phoenix Restaurants Scored a "D" from the County Health Department in February

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Evie Carpenter
One downtown Phoenix dining spot failed to pass a county health inspection this month.
We're sad to say there were quite a few restaurants that didn't pass their county health inspections this month. Sure, the majority of restaurants scored an "A" on their inspections, but these nine spots had some trouble. And while some of the violations may not sound so offensive, many of the mistakes that landed restaurants on this list are considered priority violations, or ones that "directly contributes to increasing the risk of foodborne illness or injury."

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Phoenix Chef Glenn Humphrey of Arizona Culinary Institute Has Died

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Chef Glenn Humphrey
Phoenix chef Glenn Humphrey, who most recently worked as Placement Director at Arizona Culinary Institute, died earlier this month. The chef's passing means the loss of a mentor and friend to countless Arizona chefs, who Humphrey influenced during his career as an educator in the state.

Humphrey taught at culinary schools in the Valley for more than twenty years -- first at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute from 1993 to 2001, and later at Arizona Culinary Institute from 2001 to 2015.

He was also an active member of the Chefs Association of Arizona, as well as the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP). His many connections within the culinary field helped him achieve near-95 percent job placement rate for the graduating chefs at Arizona Culinary Institute.

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Arizona Citrus Under Quarantine -- Public Asked Not to Move Fruit, Trees, and Trimmings

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Adult Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (2-3 millimeters long) on a young citrus leaf
The tiny bug in the photo above, called Asian citrus psyllid, could threaten the health of Arizona's $37 million citrus industry. The aphid-like insect, which can be smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen, can carry citrus greening disease, which is fatal to citrus trees and has already devastated groves and wiped out farmers in Florida.

For now, only the bug (but not the disease) has been found in Arizona. And to prevent the spread of the bug, the Arizona Department of Agriculture has put a quarantine on citrus from some parts of the state. Last week, a small part of Gila Bend became the first part of Maricopa County to be placed under quarantine.


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Kelly Fletcher No Longer at The Revival in Tempe

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Lauren Saria
Chef Kelly Fletcher, formerly of The Revival in Tempe.
It's been a wild few months for The Revival, the new restaurant housed in the former Mucho Gusto space in Tempe. After a whirlwind renovation and re-launch the restaurant opened to lukewarm success, and after four months pivoting from a New American menu to one focusing on Mexican cuisine.

Now, only about eight months after opening, the restaurant faces another big change up. According to a post on chef Kelly Fletcher's Facebook page, the former executive chef is no longer at the restaurant.

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Dinner Lab, a Pop-Up Dining Event Company, Is Coming to Phoenix This Spring

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Ryan Green
The New Orleans-based pop-up dining event company will expand to Phoenix later this year.
Despite what you may have thought, the pop-up dining trend hasn't ended. In fact, Dinner Lab, a New Orleans-based pop-up dining event company, hopes to take pop-up dining to a whole new level.

The company operates as a subscription service that gives diners access to pop-up dining events in their city and cities across the country. For an annual fee, Dinner Lab invites diners to weekly dinners held at unique locations with food prepared by local and national chefs.

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Here Are the 2015 James Beard Award Semifinalists From Arizona

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David Zickl
Kevin Binkley makes the cut again this year.
Earlier today the James Beard Foundation announced restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards. This year's long list includes just four chefs and restaurateurs from Arizona, down from six semifinalists last year. And we have to say, the nominees aren't all that surprising -- in fact, all four Arizona semifinalists were nominated last year and in the same categories as this go 'round.

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Cheese Whiz Lara Mulchay to Open Craft+Culture in Downtown Phoenix

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Lara Mulchay -- the Big Cheese of Phoenix -- is back with a new project.
Since Lara Mulchay's shop, Petite Fromage, "went on hiatus" in 2010, Valley cheese lovers have not so patiently waited for her return.

She's back, with a little help from a giant hotel corporation and a new concept called Craft+Culture.

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Mary Coyle May Rise Again Thanks to Ice Cream Truck Kickstarter Campaign

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Katie Johnson
Mary Coyle's The Standard Banana Split
Last year we lost several local dining institutions including Karsh's Bakery, Monti's, Havana Cafe, and Mary Coyle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour. We know we'll probably never see some of those bygone restaurants again, but there's at least hope for one of the sweetest shuttered spots.

Mike Stoffey, who owned Mary Coyle's for about three years before it closed, hopes to revive the ice cream shop in a new form. If he can gather enough money in the next few months, Stoffey plans to put a Mary Coyle's (New) Ol' Fashion Ice Cream truck on the Valley streets.

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