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My Wine Cellar in Ahwatukee has long been a popular spot for Valley wine enthusiasts. In early October, Shannon Rush, who served as the wine bar’s manager for the past three years, purchased the restaurant from owner Zoya Vora-Shah.

Rush has recently upgraded the restaurant’s interior and patio and the changes will be unveiled at the wine bar’s sixth annual wine festival on Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon-3 p.m., when guests can sample up to 20 wines from around the world for $20.

To go along with the restaurant’s new digs, Rush is expanding the menu to incorporate tapas-style shareable dishes, including the miso braised pork shoulder listed below. This dish is the creation of My Wine Cellar’s chef Tim Yulwel. “He has a lot of Korean and Japanese background in his cooking,” she says. The recipe pairs Asian flavors with tortillas for an interesting and tasty fusion.


After opening 28 restaurants as an executive chef for Thirsty Lion and other corporations, Kody Harris decided it was time to launch her own place. She got out a map, drew a 10-mile circle around her Ahwatukee home and started looking for locations. On November 8, Harris opened Fresko, a Mediterranean restaurant with an emphasis on Greek cuisine. “My parents are Greek immigrants. A lot of these recipes come from my family.” The lamb souvlaki marinade and tzatziki recipe that follow come from Harris’s mother.


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