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The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest originally owned restaurant, plans its 40th anniversary


 The New Cuisine of Havana, Cuba


Charles Anselmo



It’s Always A Good Day For Cabernet At North Scottsdale’s Relocated & Transformed Grape Bistro


Scottsdale, AZ – Meet your new favorite restaurant: Grape. Formerly Grape Wine Bistro, Grape has re-opened in a brand new location in north Scottsdale. The new Grape is conveniently located just north of the Loop 101 at 23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-105, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, in the Sprouts plaza on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak.



                       Idealism versus practicality vie in local food fight            

                                        By Payton Curry



Foodservice Equipment and Supply magazine dubs Cave Creek restaurant first place in national contest.

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - Fantastic desert-to-table cuisine may be what Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House in Cave Creek, Arizona is famous for, but great food is not the only thing on the table that’s drawing national attention.


Drinking Outside the Box

by: Stephanie Peters


The next time you ask your server “what’s on tap?” you might want to be more specific--- wine or beer?  Wine on tap, a new trend, has started to pick up steam in Arizona with wine bars and local restaurants making room for kegs filled with mainstream and boutique wines.

So, what is keg wine? Before you assume we are talking about something similar to box wine, think again.


Black Morels are in season and

back on the menu at The Stockyards





By Elin Jeffords




Arizona’s Centennial anniversary has come and gone, and as of May 18th, the Stockyards wildly popular Centennial Menu is going with it. Not to worry, though, waiting in the wings is a new three course culinary extravaganza for our guests to enjoy. On Saturday, May 19, general manager Gary Lasko, executive chef Mike Shea and the SY crew are rolling out “The Classics” Menu ($100 for two).