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"We ate at 35 places in three days," Valley super chef Bernie Kantak (The Gladly, Citizen Public House) says of his recent Seattle excursion with Little Miss BBQ pit-master Scott Holmes. He says it with a faint, rueful chuckle. TranslationYes, we made pigs of ourselves... but we learned so much.

Fast friends after cooking together at the James Beard House in New York City last year, the duo promised to do a culinary R&D trip in 2017. Ultimately, the settled on Seattle. And planned it on the fly.

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"Any time that I'm traveling, I always try to glean as much perspective as I can from other chefs and what they're doing," says Christopher Brugman, chef de cuisine at Hearth '61 at the new Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley.

Visiting his sister in Atlanta last fall, the chef mixed business with pleasure. "[Atlanta has] a really eclectic food scene. There are three [restaurants] that really set it off for me as far as excitement, and thoughtfulness, and playfulness, and uniqueness of represntation of how they dine and how their hospitality is different."

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Mother’s day has come and gone. Now it’s time to celebrate your old man. (Side note: Does anyone other than your old man still call their father "old man?") This year, instead of swinging by CVS for a discounted keyboard necktie, how about treating Dear Old Dad to something fab made right here in the Valley? We've rounded up the best gifts, activities, deals and, of course, dining options for dear old dad.

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