Marilyn Hawkes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Wine lovers, this post is for you. Every quarter, Postino offers two or four bottle wine packs in festive, easy-to-carry cardboard boxes. Currently, the Valley-based restaurant is featuring Four Ways to Rosé, a $55 box that includes four bottles of rosé that you can mix and match from lesser known producers around the world. If you’re hankering for rosé, you better order soon because on Nov. 4, Postino is rolling out a new holiday-themed pack....

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Pop tarts and beer? That would be a solid yes for Sharry Englehorn, co-owner of Angels Trumpet Ale House. “Pop tarts are wonderful with beer, but then again, what isn’t wonderful with beer?” To that end, Englehorn has graciously shared the gastropub’s pumpkin pop tart recipe. Englehorn likes to pair fall pumpkin dishes with a viscous stout. “The roasted malt really compliments the squash and spiced flavors,” she says. But, you don’t have to limit...

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September brought a flurry of new restaurants in the midst of a pandemic and the closure of seven, some of which were longstanding establishments. Here’s to cooler days and chilly nights as we make our way through 2020. Aioli Gourmet Burgers This popular burger outlet opened its third location in the former Caveman Burgers in north Phoenix. 430 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-633-3030, aioliburger.com B Gastro Bar Family-owned Cuisine & Wine Bistro has rebranded as...

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In June, Rebecca Tillman was named executive chef at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, replacing longtime chef Jeremy Pacheco. Tillman, who for the last three years has served as executive sous chef at The Phoenician, brings years of experience with farm-focused, seasonal cuisine to LON’s. She’s already busy working on new menus, strengthening her kitchen team and putting everything in place behind the scenes. Q: What’s it like going from such a large property to...

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The popular Arcadia bar, UnderTow, at 3620 E. Indian School Rd., will reopen in its original location beneath Sip Coffee & Beer on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with six-foot social distancing at 50 percent or less capacity, according to Barter & Shake Hospitality’s Kailee Asher. “Realistically (because of the bar’s small size), we’ll be closer to 25-30 percent capacity.” Seating will be by reservation only. But don’t get too comfortable there, because the underground bar will...

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For many of us, 2020 has been a difficult year and sometimes it’s hard to see the bright spots amid the chaos. Enter the Feed Phoenix Initiative, a collaboration between Local First Arizona and the City of Phoenix. It launched in August to provide high-quality meals to vulnerable populations using funds from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). Rather than use a large caterer or food service company to make and...

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Openings Alibi at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown This full-service rooftop bar, open to the public Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, offers craft cocktails, global street food by chef Ken Arneson and a 180-degree panoramic view from the 14th floor. 108 E. University Dr., Tempe,480-968-6800, tempedowntown.canopybyhilton.com Benjamin’s Upstairs The creative team behind Citizen Public House and The Gladly has opened Benjamin’s Upstairs (located upstairs from Citizen Public House in Scottsdale), with a menu by chef Benjamin Graham...

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If you’re a fan of poke, but haven’t tackled raw fish at home, we’ve got a recipe from the folks at Ahipoki Bowl to share. According to managing partner Jason Jantzen, this tuna poke appetizer is a light, fresh-tasting dish that will “delight your guests.” When shopping for the tuna, look for a filet that’s firm to the touch, Jantzen says. “And don’t be afraid to give it the smell test. Fresh tuna should have...

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For those of you who are still hesitant to dine in (no judgment here), we have enlisted Chef Michael O’Dowd from Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club to give us a few pointers on how to spice up a date night at home. O’Dowd, also known as Chef MOD, says it’s important “exploit your senses.”  Make sure your lighting is appropriate, display flowers with a scent and pick music that will complement the mood. “It’s...

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Bar owners across Arizona have joined a lawsuit to sue the governor’s office after an executive order was issued June 29 to shut them down in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In late July, Governor Doug Ducey extended the closure order, which will be reevaluated every two weeks. The lawsuit, filed by Ilan Wurman, an attorney and associate professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, originally represented 26...

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As with so many businesses in the age of coronavirus, Arizona-based event company Cloth & Flame has had to adjust to the new normal. Since Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order prohibiting large gatherings went live, Cloth & Flame has been concentrating on smaller gatherings, including corporate events (splitting larger parties into smaller groups) and micro weddings. They specialize in “boundary pushing” custom-designed experiences in “accessible and seemingly impossible locations.” We recently spoke with owner Matt...

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It’s hard to believe that 14 new restaurants opened in the middle of July in Phoenix amid a worldwide pandemic, but here we are. Kudos to all. The Valley also saw six restaurants close in July. Openings Carnitas Way The folks at Los Sombreros have debuted a new concept featuring scratch-made California-style burritos, bowls and salads. Order online for take-out or delivery. Locations in Mesa, Scottsdale and Uptown Phoenix. carnitasway.com Flavorz Fish & Chicken Fried...

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Now that we’re experiencing record-breaking heat, it’s time to roll out some cool dishes to take the sizzle out of summer. Bassel Osmani, co-founder of Pita Jungle, offers a gazpacho recipe that he also serves in his restaurants. Osmani says that it’s important to buy the best produce you can find. “Go to your favorite farmers market and get the cleanest organic produce.” He suggests using Persian cucumbers rather than large waterlogged cucumbers and get...

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