Tag: Chelsea’s Kitchen

Where to Bask and Brunch in Phoenix

March 5, 2012 | 4:30 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

For those of us who don’t wake up in time to grab anything for breakfast besides a granola bar or for those us who wake up so early it’s time for lunch at 11:00 a.m., brunch is the perfect mealtime solution. And with only two months of gorgeous weather ahead, what better way to enjoy brunch than on the patio, basking in the breeze and the best temperatures around? Don’t have a patio? Then follow our list below for eight of the best patio Sunday brunch specials the Valley has to offer.

1) Petite Maison: the Scottsdale eatery is bringing back their much-acclaimed Sunday Brunch du Champagne from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests sip on never-ending champagne and mimosas and can choose from three courses or one or two dishes a la carte.

2) Province at Westin: from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Central Phoenix hotspot shares an extensive brunch menu with specials such as breakfast tacos, fresh granola or for the lunch fans, a grilled burger on a house-made brioche roll.

3)  Chelsea’s Kitchen, Phoenix: Chelsea’s Weekend Brunch is as extensive as they come, featuring everything from baked mac ‘n’ cheese to Chelsea’s famous hotcakes to a lengthy selection of white and red wines.

4)  Sanctuary Resort & Spa, Phoenix: Chef Beau MacMillan’s Seasonal Chef’s Buffet and Sunday Brunch may be the best meal of the week, not just the weekend. MacMillan’s personal creations include inventive dishes like Pumpkin Zucchini Five-Spice French Toast, Filet Steak Benedict, and Dungeness Crab & Avocado Salad. Champagne, coffee and tea included with meal.

5)  From 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday brunch at The Herb Box in North Scottsdale and The Scottsdale Waterfront is an event to write home about. See: Red Velvet Pancakes topped with mascarpone crème, a side of slighty-sweet gran marnier syrup and applewood smoked bacon. While the Good Morning Eggs with white cheddar and Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes are just as delectable, we’re guessing that that we had you at Red Velvet.

6)  Nellie Cashman’s, Westin Kierland: The North Scottsdale café shares a relaxing Bubbles and Brunch event every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with scrumptious comforts like house-cured white tea smoked salmon, iced shrimp, crab legs, omelets-on-demand and organic cheeses from all over the world. Each Sunday features new entrees, as well.

7)  The El Chorro Sunday patio brunch is a Phoenix tradition, much like their famous homemade Sticky Buns. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., patrons can enjoy items like Crème Brulee French Toast, a Giant Shrimp Cocktail or even the El Chorro Buffalo Burger. Gluten-free menus are always available.

8)  NCounter, Tempe: a breakfast, lunch and brunch menu – highlighting awesome smoothies and dishes like The Pear omelet or the Ultimate BLT – is available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (when the last light rail train takes off).

120 Seconds: Kimber Lanning

December 6, 2011 | 10:30 AM | 120 Seconds | By Staff

On the clock today, Kimber Lanning the founder and director of Local First Arizona, AZ’s non-profit striving to strengthen our local economy, businesses and neighborhoods by keeping it local! From her own local business beginnings at Stinkweeds and Modified Arts, Lanning is now the powerhouse behind the local movement.

So here’s how this works, we fire off questions, you fire back your first thoughts. Ready Kimber, let’s go… »READ MORE

Destination: Airport?

July 5, 2011 | 3:06 PM | City Guides | By Alanna Watson

Let’s be real here, the airport is generally an unpleasant place to find yourself. Whether you are coming or going, the long lines, funky smells and overpriced water bottles all contribute to the general low of your travels. To top it off, all you can really count on in the realm of nourishment is barely worth the time it takes to get it (unless we’re talking about Cinnabon.Totally worth it.). For Sky Harbor Airport’s largest and busiest terminal, that is all about to change. With local restaurant giants like the LGO Group and Sam Fox swooping in to save your travels from luke-warm french fries, we might have to make the airport food court a regularly frequented dining spot. Read all about it after the jump.  »READ MORE

The Grandest Orange

February 16, 2011 | 1:40 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Is anyone else out there getting a little nervous about the $900M CityScape project in that’s supposed to (finally) transform Downtown Phoenix into a 24/7 hub? A project that we previously compared to the failed City North development, and that was just dubbed Sh*ttyScape by the Phx New Times’ well-respected food editor, Michele Laudig.

Of course, this latest round of handwringing was inspired by the not-at-all-shocking news that La Grand Orange’s Bob Lynne has pulled out of CityScape. But who is Lynne and why is this considered a near fatal blow to CityScape’s hope of becoming a can’t-miss dining destination?

Read this behind-this-scenes profile by our sister publication, Scoop Factory, that pulls back the curtain on of one of the Valley’s most successful (and secretive) restaurant gurus.


Fox Hunting

January 25, 2011 | 2:50 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

As promised, our sister publication, Scoop Factory has all the delicious deets on Sam Fox’s latest hotspot:

Hello Scoopers. “Enough of the nostalgic architecture posts,” you say. Give us something savory, piping hot and insider-only. Well try this one on for size. We’ve learned that a certain famed Valley food-dude is quietly constructing a new restaurant in the heart of the Arcadia/PV/Biltmore areas.


DLT’s The Rumorist

January 4, 2011 | 12:44 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Calling all gossip girls and dirty laundry-loving dudes, it’s DLT’s column dedicated to the Valley’s juiciest rumors, spottings and innuendos. Check in regularly for the latest (unconfirmable), but too-good-to-not-be true tidbits.

Quick update on our breaking news about the Vatra Grillhouse/Kitchen 56 switcheroo. Looks like Peter DeRuvo, the top-flight chef the owners imported from North Scottsdale to whip the place into shape, might not be manning the kitchen when the restaurant re-opens later this year. In fact, word is he’s going to replace another high-profile chef who abruptly left his resort restaurant earlier this year.


Vatra Grillhouse Goes Down in Flames

January 4, 2011 | 8:25 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Vatra Grillhouse, the Arcadia fine-diner with the funny name is no more. Barely five months old, this remodeled garage located at 56th Street and Indian School was popular for its million dollar views of Camelback Mountain, and not much else. This despite being dropped in the middle of the Valley’s most food-crazed neighborhood (these are the same patrons who pack the handsome but ho-hum, Chelsea’s Kitchen night after night). However, the space won’t be empty for long, or not at all, as the same owners appear to be relaunching with a new name and concept.


Behind the Apron with Graeme Blair

September 20, 2010 | 7:28 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Managing Chef at the Brittlebrush Bar & Grill, Graeme Blair brings the flavors of his native Scotland to north Scottsdale. Overlooking the impossibly-green, rolling hills of the Scottish-style Kierland Golf Club, this handsome gastro-pub feels about as far away from the broiling Sonoran Desert you can get. Especially after knocking back a few pints while listening to a bagpiper salute the sunset. Seriously!

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