Cheers to Mocktails

A top New Year’s resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle. For some people, that may include drinking less alcohol or cutting it out altogether. Even if you are alcohol-free, you can enjoy tasty and thoughtful mocktails at various Valley establishments. “There are a number of reasons why someone might choose not to drink alcohol, […]

Hundred Mile Brewing Co. Is a Dream Come True

In December, Hundred Mile Brewing Co. opened in Tempe. Owner and founder Sue Rigler is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in microbiology. She previously worked for Krones, a German brewing equipment manufacturing company, and has done extensive research at more than 500 breweries. “I knew I wanted to open a brewery in 2014 after […]

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Lucky Foods

Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in China and several other Asian countries, begins Jan. 21 to kick off the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity. There are several places to enjoy traditional Lunar New Year foods in the Valley. “The foods served during Lunar New Year celebrations are intended to bring […]

Family Creates an Authentic Experience at Sfizio Modern Italian Kitchen

In Italian, “sfizio” refers to something you don’t need, but want. After being out of the restaurant business for several years, chef Rocco Pezzano didn’t need to open a restaurant but was convinced by his son Marco to open Sfizio Modern Italian Kitchen in north Phoenix in 2021. “After working in restaurants for several years, […]

Restaurant Road Trip: Willows Kitchen and Wine Bar at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona

Willows Kitchen and Wine Bar opened in late 2022 as part of a renovation at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. Named for the beautiful trees on the property, the restaurant features American fare, unique cocktails, an extensive wine list and incredible views of Sedona. “Diners should expect an elevated and intimate yet homey experience with gorgeous views not […]

Give Back with a Produce Box

For a holiday gift that helps others, local nonprofit Project Roots AZ sells produce boxes with profits reinvested in community gardens that provide food for those in need. Project Roots AZ’s produce boxes feature seasonal offerings of freshly picked vegetables and fruits for $35. Produce boxes are delivered every Sunday. Monthly and biweekly produce-box subscriptions can also be […]

Tea Time in the Valley

While the tradition of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1800s, it has become popular across the U.S., including in the Valley.  Jo Gemmill, who is from England, opened the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree in 2002. “I wanted to provide a beautiful space in the desert for a good cup of tea and homemade food,” […]

Sandwiches Like No Other

There are a lot of sandwich shops across the Valley, but Zookz offers sandwiches that are truly unique. That’s because owner Carole Meyer spent years creating her own custom sandwich maker inspired by her grandmother, resulting in round panini-style sandwiches with crimped edges that resemble flying saucers. Meyer grew up in North Africa, and food was an important […]

A Cultural Dining Adventure

Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a dining experience unlike any other, as evidenced by its impressive accolades, including being the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant in the state. Two things that set Kai apart are the exceptional guest experience and the focus on indigenous and local ingredients. […]

A Family Legacy

Restaurants and hospitality run through the veins of the Keeler family, who own and operate three Valley restaurants. “My father, Paul Keeler, owned and ran restaurants in the Boston area, where my brother and I started working at a young age, washing dishes and bussing tables,” said Matt Keeler. In 2003, the Keelers opened a […]