The Joy Bus Diner Reopens with a New Chef and the Same Amazing Mission

Photo: Chef Joshua Hebert After being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, The Joy Bus Diner in Phoenix has reopened with a new chef, new menu items and the same mission: to bring chef-inspired meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valleywide. The Joy Bus Diner’s new chef, Joshua Hebert, has […]

Kitchen Doors: Restaurant Road Trip, Valley Views and Bon Appétit

Restaurant Road Trip A taste of Mexico from a Top Chef at Tucson’s Boca Tacos y Tequila Chef Maria Mazon did an incredible job representing Arizona’s thriving culinary scene when she appeared on “Top Chef” earlier this year. She stood out for her personality and passion for Mexican cuisine. Mazon had many restaurant jobs before […]

Quick Bites: Join Macayo’s 75th Anniversary Festivities September 24-26

Known for its iconic chimichanga and souvenir margarita mugs, Macayo’s is celebrating its 75th anniversary from Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26 with entertainment, family-friendly activities, drink specials and food specials with prices from when the restaurant first opened in 1946. Throughout the 75th anniversary weekend, guests can participate in contests and giveaways with prizes, […]

Dine Out and Help Out During Arizona Restaurant Week

During Arizona Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy prix-fixe menus at more than 120 restaurants across the Valley. In addition to providing a chance to experience delicious cuisine at a variety of restaurants while supporting the hospitality industry, fall Arizona Restaurant Week offers an easy way to help local families. In conjunction with fall Arizona Restaurant […]

Quick Bites: Chopped for a Cause

On August 13, Fry’s Food Stores and local family-owned Fresh Cravings, a line of salsas and hummus available nationwide, hosted a “Chopped”-style mystery basket cooking competition at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix.  The competitors were Fry’s executive chef Omei Eaglerider, St. Vincent de Paul head chef Chris Hoffman and Salad and Go executive chef […]

Quick Bites: Refreshing and Unique Summer Treats

We all scream for ice cream, but when you are craving something different during the sizzling summer, there is a wide variety of refreshing and unique treats. A popular Mexican frozen treat, paletas are made with fresh fruit or a creamy base. One of the most popular places for paletas in the Valley is the […]

Happy Hour Hot Spots

The Valley has happy hour options to fit every taste. Here are a few.  High-end happy hour: Opened in 2020, The Americano in North Scottsdale offers an upscale happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 5–7 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Happy hour beverages include $10 specialty cocktails such as the Drunken Wifey made with […]

Raise a Glass to Support Teachers with Four Peaks

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, Four Peaks Brewing Co. has kicked off its 11th annual Four Peaks for Teachers campaign, raising funds to donate school supply kits to 10,000 teachers across Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. The kits will be distributed in July. To celebrate its 11th year of Four Peaks for Teachers, Four […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat

Elote Café Unique Mexican and Southwestern cuisine at one of Sedona’s most popular restaurants Jeff Smedstad grew up in Chandler and is living his dream in Sedona as chef and owner of the acclaimed Elote Café. He was inspired to be a chef by cooking in the U.S. Coast Guard.  “As a kid from Chandler, […]