33 World Beer Cup Winners to Look For in Arizona

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Zach Fowle
Four Peaks claims another World Beer Cup award.
There are two major judging competitions for beer. One, the Great American Beer Festival, is held yearly in Denver. It's the largest and most competitive tasting in the country -- but entrants have to be from this country. Winners of a GABF gold medal are deemed the best examples of their respective styles among American craft brewers, but what of the men and women making beer in the other 195 countries across the globe?

These folks send their beer to the World Beer Cup, an earth-wide competition held every other year in a rotating selection of cities. This year's Cup got all Rocky Mountain high in Denver, very near its ancestral home -- Vail, Colorado -- where the competition was first held in 1996. That initial WBC featured 600 beers from 250 breweries; this year saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries. All those brews compete for just 282 awards in 94 beer style categories, and the ones that win are considered by many to be the world's best.

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Amy's Baking Company Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Premiere Airs Tonight

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America's favorite restaurant owners Amy and Samy Bouzalgo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale will once again face off with Gordon Ramsay on tonight's season six premiere of Kitchen Nightmares. The two-hour episode will air from 7 to 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, featuring "never-before-seen footage" and "an exclusive interview with Amy and Samy" according to the network.

We'll be live tweeting during the show, so be sure to join us on Twitter at @ChowBellaPHX.

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Samy and Amy Bouzaglo Will Appear on The Dr. Phil Show Today -- And We'll Be Live Tweeting

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The wait is finally over, folks.

Later this afternoon Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale will return to television, this time in an episode of the Dr. Phil show, which will air on KTVK 3 at 3 p.m. According to the Dr. Phil website, during the show the couple will come face to face with one of their "online bullies" and get some (much needed) public relations advice from public relations pro, Howard Bragman.

Can't watch live or just want to join in on the conversation? Then be sure to keep an eye on the Chow Bella Twitter (@ChowBellaPHX) because we'll be live tweeting throughout the episode.

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Mixologist Brandon Casey Takes Over at Citizen Public House; Richie Moe Has New Project Coming Soon

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Lauren Saria
Chef Bernie Kantak and mixologist Brandon Casey at Citizen Public House.
When Citizen Public House opened in 2011, there wasn't really a craft cocktail "scene" in this town to speak of. The restaurant's bar program, led by mixologist Richie Moe, was really the only one around. Of course, that's changed in the past three years -- as have things at the Scottsdale restaurant, which now includes a speakeasy bar upstairs and a sister restaurant, The Gladly.

For starters, as of about a month ago, Moe no longer is part of Citizen Public House or any of its associated restaurants and bars. Both he and Kantak are tight-lipped on the details of the split (Moe says it's because they're still negotiating a settlement), but did share that he has a new project coming soon with "lots of familiar faces." And with Moe moving on to something new, there's now space for some up-and-coming talent to take center stage.

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Mixologist Richie Moe No Longer With Citizen Public House, R+D, and The Gladly

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Evie Carpenter
Richie Moe
Mixologist Richie Moe has parted ways with Citizen Public House partner and executive chef Bernie Kantak. According to spokesperson and public relations representative Ty Largo, Moe and Kantak parted ways amicably over a month ago after an "incident that could not be overlooked."

"The gang 100 percent wishes Richie the best," Largo says.

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T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

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Jackie Mercandetti
Craving Johnny Chu's hot pot? You're going to have to wait.
If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good.

Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was called Tien Wong from 2010 until last year, when the chef added ramen and tea to the hot pot-focused menu. Chu's wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q described the concept as a "permanent pop-up" inside Tien Wong.

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Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the 2014 Finalists for the Foodist Awards

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With all these awards flying around this week, it's getting hard to keep it all straight. So here's a refresher: The Arizona Restaurant Association created the Foodist Awards last year to celebrate "the most amazing tastes, faces and places in Arizona food and beverage."

Last year, the list of finalists was announced without disclosing the categories in which each person or restaurant was nominated. But this year, they've announced 30 finalists in 10 categories that include "Top Chef," "Food Pioneer," and the unexpected "Best Dish - Steak."

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Here Are the Winners of the 2014 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

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The Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 winners. The list includes honorees in four categories: best chef, restaurateur, beverage master, and lifetime achievement.


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Changing Hands' First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix Now Hiring

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It's been about a year since we told you Changing Hands would come to Phoenix as a part of The Newton, the 17,227-square-foot mixed-use multi-tenant space to open in the space formerly occupied by Beef Eaters Restaurant on Third Avenue and Camelback Road.

The bookstore's second location also will include the First Draft Book Bar -- and good news for booze and coffee-minded folks, it's hiring now.

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Arizona Distilling Company Wins Silver, Bronze Medals at San Francisco Spirits Competition

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The Desert Dry Gin, made with local botanicals, received a silver medal.
Local craft distillery Arizona Distilling Company received some exciting recognition this weekend when two of their three currently released spirits medaled in a national liquor competition. The San Francisco Spirits Competition recognizes international distilleries through extensive tasting panels by industry experts and this year saw the most ever entries with 1474 spirits coming in from 63 different countries. This was the first year Arizona Distilling Company entered its spirits in the competition and medaled with both of the products that they entered.

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