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15.Quince Says Goodbye to Jerome and Opens Up Shop in Cottonwood

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We have some good news and some bad news to report. OK, first, the bad news: 15.Quince in Jerome has officially left the building. The popular eatery is no longer serving up its tasty tacos and delicious margaritas out of its old Main Street location. 15.Quince lovers, fear not. Here’s the good news: 15.Quince has relocated to a bigger and better space in Cottonwood, just a few miles down the hill from Jerome. Fans of 15.Quince can expect the same amazing food, as well as a few additions to owner Vladimir Costa’s menu.

Talk about another great reason to stop in Cottonwood!

15.Quince is located at 747 S. Main Street in Cottonwood. For more information, call 928-634-7087.

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Calling All Foodies: You’re Going to LOVE Our April Cover!

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Q&A With Chef Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table in Phoenix

Courtesy of Justin Beckett and Beckett’s Table

It was just another day at the office and pie was on Managing Editor Kelly Kramer’s mind… for very good reason. The night before, she dined out at Beckett’s Table and after dinner, she tucked into a slice of the fig pecan pie. Next day, she couldn’t stop talking about that pie. What was the deal with that pie? I mean, it was just a slice of pecan pie, right?

Wrong.

Below, Chef Justin Beckett talks about Kelly’s favorite pie, as well as what goes into his food, his cooking style, and why you should eat at Beckett’s Table.

What did you envision when you decide to open up your own restaurant?
The vision was always clear to us. We wanted to open a restaurant that felt like a dinner party — like we were having friends over to our home and throwing a party. We wanted the neighborhood to feel as if the restaurant was theirs and we were running it for them. The restaurant had to be a place where friends, business people, first dates AND families could come together.

What makes Beckett’s Table so unique?
I believe that our always welcoming, never say “no” attitude is a unique feature. I also believe that we treat every guest as if they were an old friend coming home. We really want everyone to feel “hugged” when they enter our restaurant.

The culinary scene has come a long way in the Phoenix area… what do you attribute that to?
The farmers markets have taken hold, which is great for local farmers, restaurants and the public. I also think that in general, we are supporting and rooting for the little guy and/or the independent restaurants. I think that Phoenix is trying really hard to be a food town.

How did you come up with your menu? What are you most proud of?
The menu is comprised of foods I like to eat and foods that are in season. We are constantly coming up with new dishes or ways to improve the dishes we already make. A lot of our menu items start with a conversation about this or that and snowball into a great dish. I am proud of the whole menu, and if there is something that I/we don’t love… we change it. That is the beauty of having a seasonal menu that we print in house.

What makes a dish a Justin Beckett dish, that is, how do I know I’m eating your food?
I think there is a little bit of comedy or “not taking myself too serious” in every dish I make. Sure, there is technique and structure, but really, I just want to take a classic dish and make it current and fun, appealing to the eye, and of course very tasty.

My colleague Kelly Kramer raved about your fig pecan pie… so what’s the story behind your pie?
Well, pecan pie is a classic, but it is always too sweet, so we added some figs and changed up the pie dough to make this unique pie. Then we added housemade citrus cream cheese ice cream to liven up to the richness, but knock down the sweetness and round it out with a bit of “zest.” I like that it ties into Arizona since pecans and citrus are abundant here.

So, when you’re not in Phoenix, where do you like to eat out?
In Tucson, Ilove Cafe Poca Cosa; in San Francisco, I love Bakery Tartine and Bar Tartine; in New Orleans, I love Cochon.

Information: Beckett’s Table is located at 3717 E. Indian School Road  Phoenix, AZ 85018; 602-954-1700; http://www.beckettstable.com

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In the Area: Vivace in Tucson

Flickr image by Victor Radziun

Next time you’re hungry and near the Catalina Foothills in Tucson, pop by Vivace for a bite to eat. I happened to be in the area along with Mark Lipczynski (one of our contributing photographers… check out our “Hometowns” page to see his photographs) working on an upcoming story, when our subject — who will be part of our September issue — suggested we nosh at Vivace before hitting the road again.

The place has an excellent — and affordable — lunch menu. Think pizza, salads and other specialty dishes like roasted eggplant. Besides good food, the service was outstanding. Our server was funny, attentive and fast. Vivace is clearly a neighborhood favorite: the place was bustling.

Manga!

Information: 4310 N. Campbell; 520-795-7221

 

Flickr pic by Victor Radziun

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What Are You Doing This Weekend? We Say Eat!

The weekend is right around the corner and we’re willing to bet, YOU’RE HUNGRY! Sounds like a culinary adventure is in order, which is perfect because it’s Arizona SPRING Restaurant WeekTranslation: you can nosh on a three course, prix-fixe meal for only $30 or $40 (per person).

But foodies, take note: you only have until May 22 to enjoy some good eats. We have to say, we’re pretty impressed with the number of participating restaurants. A great mix of places, locations, cuisine and vibe—from classic, old-school joints like Durant’s to a few of the new kids on the block… can you say Beckett’s Table?

A quick side note: our Associate Editor is thrilled that her favorite Italian eatery, Aiello’s, is on the list. Thumbs up Joe!

So tell us, which restaurant will you be hitting up this weekend?

>>Flickr pic by Rail Life

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Notes from a Foodie

Liberty Market, Gilbert. Photograph by Paul Markow.

Here, we present a Q&A with the author of our April cover story, Nikki Buchanan. While we’d love to show you her pretty face, we just can’t — you know, to preserve her anonymity. So, we’ll show you the image from our April cover instead.

What are some of your favorite comfort foods? Fried chicken is No. 1; meatloaf and mashed potatoes; mac & cheese, chocolate; or almost anything involving butter, cheese, sour cream or whipped cream.

If you could only have two comfort food items every day for the rest of your life what would they be? Potatoes and chocolate.

Are there any recipes that you’ve had handed down in your family for several generations? My maternal grandmother’s peach cobbler and my Aunt Dimp’s sour cream cake (only one generation but it will live on).

What’s the biggest or most time-consuming meal you’ve ever made? Thanksgiving for a boatload of people.

What’s your favorite part about going out to eat? Being with friends, people-watching and of course, eating!

Do you prefer making food or going out? Why? Depends on the day. Friday and Saturday nights, I want to go out. Sunday, I want to make something special and stay home.

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