Marilyn Hawkes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Sake Haus executive chef Joe Cajipe earned his cooking chops by working at his family’s Filipino restaurant in Chandler while going to college. The self-taught chef then worked in the kitchens of SumoMaya and Ra Sushi to learn the art of Japanese cuisine before landing the top chef gig at Sake Haus, which opened in April 2022. Here’s what he had to say about his new position. How much does your Filipino background influence your...

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Before founding Eat Clean Phx in 2018, Ryan and Brittany Powell tried various national meal prep services and found the quality to be lacking. Seeing a need, the couple started their own company specializing in organic, restaurant quality, made-from-scratch dishes. And the best part? They deliver within a 100-mile radius of their commercial kitchen in Scottsdale.  Here’s what Ryan had to say about his meal prep business. Who are your customers? We have such a...

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Now serving as the interim CEO of St. Joseph the Worker (SJW), Jarrett Ransom has held many titles with the organization, including chief philanthropy officer and interim chief operations officer. Within the last year, SJW has worked with more than 7,000 clients. We recently talked with Ransom about the nonprofit’s mission and objectives. Tell me about the mission of St. Joseph the Worker. Since 1988, the mission of St. Joseph the Worker has been to...

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Chandler resident Carol McDonald never imagined she would become an artist after retiring in 2018 from her “left-brain, analytical business administration career.” Over the years, she had taken a slew of art classes, but never thought of herself as “remotely artistic.” For Christmas in 2018, McDonald’s husband bought her an easel and a canvas and encouraged her to paint. She experimented with different paints, colors and textures and discovered that she enjoyed expressing herself through...

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Bodega Opening Angry Chickz California-based Nashville hot chicken chain lands in Glendale. If you choose the hottest level, you must sign a waiver. 5130 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, angrychickz.com Ay, Chabela Chubasco Taco’s Andrew and Nick Renteria and Sam Olguin of Killer Whale Sex Club have opened a Mexican seafood eatery. Look for swordfish, halibut and charred octopus tacos. 719 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, aychabelaphx.com Black Rifle Coffee Veteran-founded coffee company has opened a free-standing...

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Chef Rocco Pezzano, owner of Sfizio Modern Italian Kitchen in the Desert Ridge area, says that pasta with vodka sauce is making a comeback. “This (dish) used to be popular in the ’80s and then disappeared. Now it’s coming back and the younger generation loves it,” he says. Pezzano offers a couple of tips: Don’t put oil in the water, because oil coats the pasta and then the sauce won’t adhere; and use a short,...

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Chef de Cuisine Drew Anderson has taken over the kitchen at Kai, the celebrated restaurant honoring Native American cuisine at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Anderson incorporates “the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes” in his cuisine and uses local products and seasonal produce from the Gila River Indian Community whenever possible. The award-winning restaurant has the distinction of being the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant in Arizona....

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If you’re hankering for a hot chicken sandwich, but don’t feel like going out, we’ve got a solution for you: Make yourself a spicy sandwich at home. To help you out, we spoke to Miguel Banuelos, executive chef at Chickadees Chicken and Fries, an Old Town Scottsdale spot that opened on Labor Day weekend. He graciously shared one of the chicken sandwich recipes with us. Banuelos offers a couple of tips when making the sandwich...

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Scottsdale resident Deena Goldstein never set out to write a book about her late father, with whom she shared a treasured relationship. “We just had the most amazing connection,” she says. But, the day before her father died, Goldstein sat by his bedside and jotted down some thoughts about him on her phone. It wasn’t until later that she wrote a heartfelt father/daughter memoir titled, OK, Little Bird, which tells the universal story of losing...

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Phoenix-based food blogger Lauren Allen grew up in a home where her mom cooked everything from scratch. So when she went off to college, Allen was surprised that many of her fellow students didn’t know how to cook or appreciate good food. “It was weird for me to meet other college girls my age who didn’t even know how to boil water,” Allen says. “I wanted to teach people that cooking is easy. You can...

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Opening Bamboo Asian Kitchen This new spot at Christown Spectrum Mall has all your favorite Asian dishes to go or dine in. 1818 W. Montebello Ave., Phoenix, bambooasiankitchenaz.com Belly A popular Phoenix restaurant sets up shop at Epicenter, featuring a modern take on Southeast Asian cuisine and drinks. 3150 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert, 480-500 6464, bellyphx.com Big’s American Sports Bar & Grill Belly up to the bar and watch your favorite sports teams and choose...

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In our continuing series about Valley nonprofit organizations, we recently caught up with Lost Our Home Pet Rescue founder and executive director Jodi Polanski to learn more about her organization. Why did you start Lost Our Home Pet Rescue? I was working as a mortgage banker and volunteering at a pet rescue during the housing crisis of 2008 and kept hearing stories from realtors about pets found abandoned in foreclosed homes, often without food or...

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