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

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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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Noca Has Closed for Good; Eliot Wexler to Open Nocawich at ASU in Tempe

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Lauren Saria
Noca is gone but you can look forward to creative entrees like this Nocawich hot dog.
The Phoenix strip mall space that once housed Eliot Wexler's fine-dining outlet Noca has been dark for several weeks, but Wexler hasn't said much about the future of the spot until now. There's good news and bad for Noca fans, but the bottom line is that you won't be seeing the restaurant serving dinner again. Wexler has decided to close Noca and focus on his sandwich concept, Nocawich.

"If you look back, we did some beautiful stuff," Wexler says. "And it paved the way for the Nocawich project."

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The Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert to Be Featured on NBC Nightly News

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Lauren Saria
Looks like Gilbert's Agritopia is getting some well-deserved national attention.
Clear your schedules tonight because The Farm at Agritopia is hosting its weekly Agritopia Farmstand & Food Trucks event, but this time NBC Nightly News is stopping by to see what our little piece of farm heaven in the Valley is all about. Whether you're there every Wednesday or you haven't stopped by The Farm yet, tonight is the ideal night to go and show your support for locally grown produce and the organic farming movement in town.

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Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ Expands Hours, Will Add "Bryan's Side Door" Next Year

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Nikki Buchanan
Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ
It's Sunday morning and you're craving some 'cue, so you decide to take a nice, long ride out to Cave Creek for a dose of pulled pork from Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ. There's only one problem. You get there and realize the restaurant's closed.

Don't worry. We've been there and we feel your pain. The good news is that you don't ever have to go home barbarcue-less on Sundays again. As of next month, Bryan's will expand its winter hours to include Sunday service.

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After Six Months, The Local in Downtown Phoenix Has Closed

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Lauren Saria
The Local's Chris McKinley
It was a bright but short run for The Local. The downtown Phoenix restaurant opened on Roosevelt Row this spring, and almost exactly six months to date from its official opening, it has shuttered.

"We poured our hearts and souls into it, but at the end of the day if the numbers don't add up . . . it is what it is," says The Local chef and co-owner Chris McKinley.


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Miracle Mile Deli Will Move to New Location in Phoenix Next Spring

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Courtesy of Miracle Mile Deli
A rendering of the new Miracle Mile Deli.
There are a few changes coming to Miracle Mile Deli, the iconic restaurant currently located at the Camelback Colonnade. The first is that the restaurant will launch a new breakfast menu later this month. The second is that the restaurant will move to a new home in spring of 2015.

"It's going to be a huge step for us," says Miracle Mile Vice President Josh Garcia.

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Petite Maison in Scottsdale Sold to New Owners

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Jackie Mercandetti
Say aidos to this excellent rendition of escargot.
Chef James Porter doesn't want to say Petite Maison is closing, per se. But the truth is he and his wife Wendy have sold their five-year-old restaurant to new owners who will not be keeping the Petite Maison name or concept.

"We are re-appropriating the space," Porter says of the change. "It's exciting."

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Orange Table Has Re-Opened in Tempe -- Chimichurri Hash Is Back!

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Lauren Saria
Orange Table's Chimichurri Hash has become a staple of Valley brunch-ing.
In July we told you that longstanding Scottsdale breakfast spot Orange Table would be closing its doors for a complete overhaul, that it would reopen as a new restaurant with a new owner. Though the new management promised to keep much of the menu and staff the same, we knew it'd be the end of a brunch-ing era.

Fortunately for fans of White Flannel, coffee soda, and the Brunch Burger, Orange Table is back. On Saturday the restaurant reopened -- same owner, same menu -- at 203 East Seventh Street in Tempe.

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Amy's Baking Company Owner Allegedly Threatened Customer With a Knife (VIDEO)

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Things have been quiet on the Crazy Amy front, but this weekend, the infamous couple exploded back onto the national scene in a big way.

According to a 911 call to the Scottsdale Police Department, Amy's Baking Company owner "Samy" Salomon Bouzaglo threatened a customer with a knife on Saturday afternoon.

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Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch Names New Chef

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Courtesy of Market Street Kitchen
When Market Street Kitchen opened in 2012, the owners tapped two of the Valley's best known and well-loved chefs to helm the kitchen: James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath as executive chef and Matt Taylor as chef du cuisine. It seemed like the prefect recipe for success until, less than a year later, McGrath stepped down to a consulting role, at which time Taylor took a leading role. Then, earlier this year, he too left the restaurant to join the team at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Now, more than six months later, the restaurant is ready to announce the name of its new chef. Market Street Kitchen will now be in the hands of chef Emilio Badalamenti.

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