Desert Digest

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Simple Machine Brewing Co. was named Best Brewery in our 2022 Best of the Valley issue. Owner Marshall Norris an Arizona native is excited for Best Fest to network and meet other vendors. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are pouring four beers that we are entering into the Great American Beer Festival. They are the ones that we are the most proud of. We are pouring Laze, an American IPA,...

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Creamy cheese, rich meats and fresh heirloom tomatoes. These are all ingredients restaurateur Joey Maggiore uses in the dishes at his Phoenix restaurant, The Sicilian Butcher. Try them for yourself at Best Fest and learn more about the illustrious Italian chef below. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We are going to serve amazing food for people. We are going to do a fazzoletti, which is basically a mini lasagna that is...

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Hope’s Frybread started as a fundraiser for a family friend. “We gathered what we could for ingredients to make Navajo tacos to sell,” owner Hope Peshlakai says. She has now been serving up homestyle Navajo food at pop-ups and catering gigs around the Valley for 10 years. Hope chatted with us to explain more about Navajo food and diversity in Phoenix. Get a taste for yourself at Best Fest on Saturday, August 13. What can...

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BARCOA Agaveria invites its patrons to discover the amazing world of heritage agave spirits. Housed in a historic building that was once a hardware store, the bar shares a space with XICO, a Latinx & Indigenous art studio. We caught up with BARCOA founder David Tyda to talk about agave-based spirits and local businesses. Learn more at Best Fest on Saturday, August 13. What can attendees expect from you at Best Fest? We’re partnering with...

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Sterling Smith is a U.S. Navy Veteran and long-time competitor in the professional barbecue circuit. He started Loot N’ Booty to share his passion for barbecue with the world and create a legacy his children can carry on. Loot N’ Booty has been all over the world teaching barbecue classes and it’s sold nationally and internationally. Loot N’ Booty is headed to Best Fest on August 13 with its award-winning BBQ rubs, sauces and signed...

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Mahfam Moeeni-Alarcon has spent years mastering the craft of selecting fine cheeses and wines and concocting culturally inspired dishes. After college and culinary school, she worked at various restaurants in different positions to learn as much as she could about the business as well as wine, cheese and craft beer. In 2017, Moeeni-Alarcon opened Chandler restaurant Mingle + Graze. Now it’s headed to Best Fest on August 13 with a delicious selection of hand-picked Spanish...

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There’s something macabre and mystical about Bone Haus Brewing, which draws inspiration from the catacombs of Europe to the mining history of territorial Arizona – and embeds the number 13 and short stories chronicling its fictional patriarch Hans Von Biermann in each of its cans. But it’s also demystifying craft beer, hosting Beer School sessions and bringing classic and inventive brews alike to Fountain Hills. We caught up with Morgan Ringwald, who handles sales and...

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Food truck and fast-casual burger joint Aioli Gourmet Burgers has been dishing out inventive burgers and shakes since 2013 – and has recently added its own lemonade brand to the mix. We caught up with Vivianna D’Ambrosio, Aioli’s director of sales and marketing, to talk about what she loves about the Valley. You can join us to do the same at Best Fest on August 13, where we’ll be celebrating the most laudable people, places...

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Opening Beirut Market A Middle Eastern market featuring daily lunch and dinner dishes along with fresh produce, desserts and groceries has opened in the Rose Garden Center. 21043 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-675-0647 Caffé Vita Seattle’s leading independent coffee roaster sets up shop in Arizona. 509 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, caffevita.com Chick-A-Dee This new Thai restaurant specializes in chicken and rice dishes topped with cucumber, cilantro and a choice of sauces. 49 W. Thomas...

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Dom Ruggiero, the chef-owner of wildly popular Hush Public House in North Scottsdale, has a knack for figuring out where the market is under-served, and a good restaurant is needed. Case in point: North Scottsdale was a dining desert until Ruggiero opened Hush and resolved the problem in 2019. From day one, the place was packed with customers who loved Hush’s laidback vibe and Ruggiero’s sophisticated version of comfort food. Now, he and his wife...

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THE SCENE When I interviewed chef Jeremy Pacheco about his home fridge for our July/August issue, he perked up when we discussed his new restaurant, The Genuine. He enthused about the wood-fired oven, the locally sourced meat, the pasta and the veggies. “There will be something for everyone,” he said as we chatted across his kitchen counter. “A nice neighborhood hangout.”   So, when I got an invitation to come in for a media happy hour...

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As the food scene grows throughout the Valley, the west side of Phoenix continues to surprise customers with mouthwatering dishes from across the globe. Check out these three unique places to have your next meal. Get a Taste of India at India Garden India Garden is one of the only Indian restaurants on the west side of Phoenix serving traditional Indian and Nepali cuisine. Upon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted with amazing customer...

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