Restaurant Road Trip: Shift Kitchen + Bar

2023 started with some impressive milestones for Shift Kitchen + Bar in Flagstaff, including the restaurant celebrating its seventh anniversary and executive chef Christian Lowe being named a James Beard Award semifinalist in the Emerging Chef category. “It is a recognition both for Chef Christian and for Shift. We are so honored to have what […]

Kitchen Doors: A Driving Force

Arizona native Matt Carter has been a leader in the local culinary scene for more than two decades as executive chef and partner in some of the Valley’s most popular eateries. After high school, Carter spent a summer working at a breakfast restaurant in San Diego, which inspired him to go to Scottsdale Culinary Institute. […]

Pour, Sip and Vibe at Chic Chef 77

A vast array of experiences have shaped Nik Fields’ culinary businesses. She had a successful career in finance, is a private chef to athletes and celebrities, and has her own line of spice blends, olive oils and other gourmet foods, as well as kitchenware. To further expand her culinary empire, Fields was inspired by her […]

Turquoise Wine Cellar & Tasting Room Is a West Valley Gem

In August 2022, Jennifer Sinconis and her neighbor Laura Hernandez opened Turquoise Wine Cellar & Tasting Room in Glendale. “When I moved to Arizona from Washington state three years ago, I realized there was an opportunity in the West Valley to create a place to enjoy wine tasting with a community vibe,” Sinconis said. The name Turquoise pays […]

A Sweet Way to Celebrate Pi Day

Pi Day takes place on March 14 to honor the symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14. In addition to being a day for math enthusiasts, it has become known as a day to enjoy and celebrate pie. “People love pie for many reasons, […]

New in Town: Coabana Offers a Taste of the Tropics in Downtown Phoenix

Coabana brings tropical vacation vibes to the downtown Phoenix cocktail scene from the décor and music to the menu. Coabana opened in October 2022 by the company that owns some of the Valley’s most acclaimed bars, including the Whining Pig, Pigtails, Rough Rider and Teddy’s Preserve, which opened earlier this year. Cuban-inspired Coabana is located very close to […]

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 […]

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,” […]