Wedge & Bottle in Ahwatukee Makes Wedding Cakes -- Out of Cheese

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Wedge & Bottle
Forget everything you thought the word cheesecake means.
You might think you're not the marrying kind. But Wedge & Bottle has something that will make even the most commitment-phobic person ready to tie the knot with their take on the wedding cake. (Assuming you're not lactose intolerant.)

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you -- that is a cake made of cheese: a cheescake, if you will, except not exactly. The four-tier "cake" is layered with with different artisan cheeses and decorated with lavender, Black Mission figs, rosemary, and grapes, making the cake as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious.

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A Champagne Truck Is Coming to Phoenix This Week -- Hooray!

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Veuve Clicquot
A champagne truck is coming to town? It's going to be a great week!
Right now you might be feeling a Garfield-like hatred for Mondays. Normally, we'd be right there with you too, but we have some good news: A Veuve Clicquot truck is coming to town to deliver champagne to everyone and they're pairing their bubbly with bites from local dining hot spots in Phoenix.

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Beer Jelly Lets You Have Your Favorite Ale for Breakfast

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Potlicker Beer Jelly
We'll raise a glass to this line of handmade Vermont jellies.
If you're the kind of beer lover who wishes they could pair a brew with every meal, or even just have your favorite ale be the meal itself, you're in luck. One Vermont resident has taken four different beer flavors and infused them into spreadable jellies.

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Science Says Mozzarella Is the Best Cheese for Pizza-- Everyone Else Says Duh

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Lauren Saria
Mozzarella? On pizza? Who would've guessed that it would work!
According to NPR, a report published in the Journal of Food Science last month might change the way you look at pizza forever. Well, maybe not. The article looked into different types of cheese and how they bake on a pizza, and it appears, to no one's surprise, mozzarella is the best for the task. However, there's more to this cheesy experiment than just a uni-cheese pizza.

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Cartel Coffee to Begin Carrying Pastries from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

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Heather Hoch
Coming soon to a Cartel location near you.
Phoenix Public Market Cafe has been carrying Cartel coffee since the beginning, but now the partnership is about to become a two-way street. That's because, starting this week, all of the Valley Cartel Coffee locations will carry pastries made from the Phoenix bakery and cafe, which is good news if you love PPMC's lemon bars, but you live in Tempe or Scottsdale.

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

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Timur Guseynov
This north Phoenix Chinese eatery had a few too many violations during their health inspection last month.
Although fewer restaurants had a significant number of violations during inspections last month (13 in June, 10 in July), there are still a few that scored a "D" from Maricopa County health inspectors in August and need to make some changes before re-inspection. Here are the nine restaurants in the Valley that need to make those adjustments or did make adjustments at the time of inspection during the month of August after receiving a "D" score.

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Free Beer: Ingo's Tasty Food Hosts Pop-Up Beer Garden on Labor Day

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Ingo's Tasty Food/Facebook
Get ready for a beer garden, Arcadia.
Looking for something fun (and cheap) to do on your extra day off this weekend? Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia is hosting a special, one-day only pop-up beer garden event on Monday, September 1. The event will feature complimentary beer tasting, drink specials, gelato, and, of course, their tasty burgers.

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The ButterUp Knife Just Solved All Your Bread and Butter Issues

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DM Initiatives/Kickstarter
Ribbons of butter: Sign us up.
Getting your bread buttered really can be a pain if you're using the real stuff and you don't have time to let it get to room temperature. Thankfully, an Australian-based company has come up with a creative way to solve that morning struggle with its ButterUp knife. Combining a grater with a serrated butter knife, it allows you to cut bread and spread butter with ease.

"But how does it work?" you might ask.

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Nearly Half of Restaurant Workers Live Below Twice the Poverty Line, Study Shows

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Evan Blaser/Flickr
So tip your server double!
If you're dining out, tipping four dollars versus three dollars on that $16 tab might not mean a lot to you, but to your server, that little extra means a whole lot more. Back in our serving days it did, especially since those tips were often meant to be supplemental income for other members of the staff, from the hostess to the food runner to the dishwashers, as well.

Well, a new study from a nonpartisan think tank shows that those extra tips really do matter because while most restaurant workers don't receive benefits like health insurance or a pension plan, many of them are still living on impossibly low wages, putting them below and twice below the poverty line.

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Finger Naps Could Be the Solution to Your Sticky, Saucy Problems

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Finger Naps
Protect your fingers from greasy, sticky food.
Everyone loves eating messy barbecue and dressed up wings, right? Well, if you aren't a fan of getting sticky, molasses-based sauces all over your hands, you might find yourself passing on the 'cue unless, of course, it's a dry rub. Prepare to get the meat sweats with everyone else because Finger Naps are here to make your wildest sanitary dreams come true for finger foods.

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