No need to wait for the fall for culinary event action to start. This weekend, the new Summer Chef Series, from the Devour Phoenix restaurant coalition, will kick off, providing Valley food lovers a unique way to keep cool and learn from some of the Valley’s best chefs. Inside the Phoenix Public Market some of the Valley’s finest chefs will conduct two-hour cooking classes, including tastings, two beverages of the chef’s choice and take-home recipes during the Summer Chef Series. Each chef will have their own unique theme for summertime cooking. The series is a collaboration of Devour Phoenix, an initiative of Local First Arizona, and the Phoenix Public Market, a program of Community Food Connections. The Summer Chef Series is Saturdays from July 23 – September 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased online at http://www.phoenixpublicmarket.com/. Proceeds go to benefit the Phoenix Public Market and Devour Phoenix.
July 23: Tudie Frank-Johnson from D’licious Dishes will help us beat the heat with Popcorn Crawfish Salad – spicy, fried crawfish tails tossed with market greens & baby tomatoes; Achiote Marinated Chicken Breast on the grill with Cucumber Salsa; and Vanilla Crepes with Crow’s Dairy Butter Pecan Goat Cheese and Cajeta for dessert.
July 30: Aaron Chamberlain from St. Francis will be preparing fresh, healthy summer favorites and will share tips on keeping a stocked pantry to maximize your time in the kitchen. Make it fresh, make it fast, make it great!
August 6: Chrysa Robertson, Rancho Pinot Grill
August 13: Doug Robson from Gallo Blanco will share techniques on preparing fresh salsa and will show us how to make perfect-for-summer ceviche and quinoa salad.
August 20: Tracy Dempsey, Tracy Dempsey Originals.
August 27: Jen Anderson, Windsor
September 3: John Hall, Canela Bistro
Bashas’ Supermarkets launches its second-annual Donut Flavor Craze Contest. The grocery store is calling again on kids ages 5 to 15 now through May 12 to come up with Bashas’ next great doughnut flavor (there are currently 59 flavors).