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Dining out with food allergies is challenging at best, deadly at worst. Phoenix entrepreneur Shandee Chernow used her own experience with allergies to create CertiStar, a software program servers and school cafeteria employees can use to identify food allergens so patrons can feast without fear of emergency room visits. CertiStar (starting at $99/month) is in use at Chompie’s, Joe’s Real BBQ and more. certistar.com

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“Fancy Fry’s” just got more fun: At the Fry’s Signature Marketplace at Tatum and Shea boulevards, you can now stock up on sliders, Reubens, matzo ball soup and other prepackaged meals from Chompie’s. We’ll have a pastrami on rye with our Cab at the wine bar, thank you.

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To raise awareness and funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Chompie’s is partnering with Singleton Moms, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization that supports single-parent families affected by cancer.

During September, Chompie’s will donate $1 to Singleton Moms from each entrée ordered from the deli’s special three-item menu, which includes Josh’s Whole Grain French Toast, Classic Grandpa Ruby’s Reuben and the Fitness Omelet.

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Each month, we of the PHOENIX magazine creative team ask ourselves a different question about our favorite dining and drinking experiences in the Valley. Our picks are usually hidden in the back of the magazine among our Dining Guide restaurant listings. Not any more. Our picks are going digital! Feel free to follow us on social media (at least, those of us who tweet) and be sure to tag us (@PhoenixMagazine on Twitter and @PHXMagazine on Instagram) on pics of your favorite picks.

August 19 is National Potato Day. In honor of this holiday we're asking ourselves, What's your favorite spuds-cenric dish in the Valley?

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Any time you stop by Chompie’s, you’ll find the bakery case loaded with freshly made cookies, cakes, breads and other jaw dropping pastries. But in December, the local deli chain offers up festive baked goods, including gingerbread and Hanukkah houses and a variety of holiday cookies. You can also special order chocolate peppermint rugelach (a traditional Jewish pastry), made with cream cheese dough scented with peppermint extract and topped with crushed candy canes, according to Chompie’s co-owner Neal Borenstein.

He stocks a variety of rugelach year round, including the popular chocolate and cinnamon walnut varieties. “We make some of the best rugelach in the country,” he says. But if you're itching to try your hand at making some at home, Borenstein has shared Chompie’s recipe below.*

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