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 […]

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, […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat

Tammie Coe Expands to Pizza Tammie Coe has been one of Arizona’s most prolific pastry chefs for nearly two decades, known for her iconic fondant cakes, cupcakes and sugar cookies. Her baked goods can be shipped nationwide and are available at AJ’s Fine Foods. There is an artistic quality to Coe’s culinary creations. “My mom […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat!

For Your Valentine: Honeymoon Sweets Honeymoon Sweets opened in 1996 and is celebrating 25 years of business in 2021. The popular Tempe bakery is owned by husband-and-wife bakers Tim and Joan O’Connor, who met at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. After working on the East Coast, they moved to Arizona, raised […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat

Local First: Experience Nutrition Melanie Albert was inspired by her mother to dedicate her life to healthy eating, which led to her business, Experience Nutrition, in 2010. “I first became interested in nutrition and the power of food more than 25 years ago when my mom, who is now 91, was diagnosed with breast cancer,” […]

Kitchen Doors: ’Tis the Season to Support Local Businesses

The holiday season is an excellent time to support local businesses and buy unique gifts for colleagues, family and friends. Here are some ideas from Local First Arizona members. See Salt seesalttaste.com Founded by a mother and daughter in 2013, See Salt offers organic finishing salt in several flavors with French fleur de sel as […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat

Local First: Phoenix City Grille 5816 N. 16th St. |  Phoenix Since Phoenix City Grille opened in 1997, Sheldon Knapp, who owns the restaurant with his wife, has seen the local culinary scene flourish. “There is so much more creativity and talent in Phoenix than ever before,” he said. “There is also an emphasis on […]

Kitchen Doors: Let’s Eat!

CHASE’S DINER 2040 N. Alma School Road | Chandler New Yorkers Nancy and Skip Chase opened Chase’s Diner in Chandler in 1997. “Back in New York, I’d spend time riding my motorcycle from small town to small town, and everywhere I stopped would be mom-and-pop restaurants. When we moved to Chandler we decided to open […]

Kitchen Doors: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Andre House partners with local restaurants to serve guests From small businesses to healthcare workers to families, the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted all of our lives. One of the most affected groups is nonprofits, especially those that provide meals and services to people in need and rely heavily on donations and volunteers.      Since […]