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Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery Now Open in Scottsdale Airpark

The owners of Casavino Winery in Fountain Hills have taken their passion for delectable eats and fine wines to the next level. Their latest venture, Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery is now open in the Scottsdale Airpark.

“I have an ongoing love affair with remarkable food and wine,” said Twisted Rose Co-Owner Frank Yaconis. “Twisted Rose brings to life my vision for a comfortable wine bar in a relaxed atmosphere that showcases my passion.”

Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery offers Casavino’s line of wines including Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Viognier and more for sale by the bottle or glass. Many of these wines will be crafted and aged on site in Twisted Rose’s winemaking room.

“The wine making groups from Casavino and Twisted Rose are in collaboration with some of the best winemakers in the world and have formed the ultimate team to provide world class wines at very reasonable price for our customers,” said Yaconis.

Wine tasting is available daily and for special events or private parties.women restroom

Executive Chef and Co-Owner Nick Schaus brings his culinary prowess to the team after years of high-end restaurant and catering experience. His culinary point of view is “twisted” as each dish on the menu has his signature spin.

Twisted Rose’s menu features happy hour specials like stuffed mushrooms, appetizers including grilled artichokes and an antipasto platter, open-faced sandwiches like caprese or honey-lime braised chicken, salads like the mediterranean chopped, entrees including maple-glazed salmon and a selection of desserts.

The broad menu utilizes wine as a key ingredient in a variety of dishes. From pulled pork with a merlot-based BBQ sauce and stuffed apples, to fettuccine alfredo with a chardonnay cheese sauce, to Schaus’ legendary bread pudding with brandied fruit and raspberries.

“I am using Casavino’s entire suite of wines in my dishes. We want the diner to experience these wines in every facet of their meal. Wine transcends simply sipping it from the glass,” said Schaus.

The winery and eatery is open Monday- Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00- a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Casavino wines round out the happy hour menu Monday- Saturday for $5/glass from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Additionally, Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery serves craft beer and a selection of martinis.

About Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery: Co-owned by Frank Yaconis and Executive Chef Nick Schaus, Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery pairs hand crafted wines, beers and martinis with twisted up dishes that have a wine-centric focus.

For more information visit www.twistedrosewinery.com or call 480-398-7700.

Family Owned Business

Making A Family Owned Business Work

Making a Family Owned Business Work: Lessons from Two Family Owned Neighborhood Favorite Restaurants — Uncle Sal’s and The Side Door

It’s no secret that owning a business can be all-consuming — especially family owned businesses. Even if not every family member is directly involved in the day-to-day operations, they are affected by the business in some way. The goal is to set the boundaries between families and business and as much as possible keep them from getting blurry.

So how does a family owned business keep those boundaries clear on several occasions? Following the rules below has helped us — Uncle Sal’s and The Side Door:


Establish clearly defined roles

If your family is anything like ours, each family member will naturally fall into a role that they are a great fit for. For us, each one of our family members has a very distinct position and a set of responsibilities. This allows for all of our other employees know exactly who to turn to in need. Know which family member’s responsibilities builds strong relationships with our staff; this allows the staff to understand what roles we play in the business.

Treat employees like you do your family and treat the working family members like employees; no exceptions

In order to create a successful environment where everyone feels valued for their contributions, and most importantly, accountable for their responsibilities, equal treatment is a must.

Create win-win situations

In every business, life gets in the way, and at our restaurants we take great measures to let our employees take care of what is most important to them and support them with their challenges. By creating a supportive, caring environment, all of our employees reciprocate the care right back at our customers.

We often get asked how we manage to have everyone on staff — family or not — show the same level of engagement with our business. The answer is simple. By caring about our employees the same way we do about our family members, we instill in them a deep care for the business as well. In fact, they treat the business like a member of their own family, too.

In our next column we’ll talk about the importance of getting everyone in the family on the same page. Our restaurants had just completed a major “facelift,” and we have certainly walked away with many lessons about what to do and what to avoid. Whether you are a family restaurant — or a family owned business of any kind — the one thing you cannot have is too many cooks in the kitchen!