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Gelato War Spoons

The scoop on this year’s Gelato Wars

The Gelato Spot’s annual Gelato Wars are back! Through August 31, patrons of Gelato Spot can try 10 flavors whipped up by local chefs and vote for their favorite.

Gelato Wars is a month-long competition for bragging rights, a customized copper trophy and $500. It’s also a fund raiser with the goal of donating at least $5,000 to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

“Our mission is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy…and what’s more joyful than gelato,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Gelato Spot owner Tommy Plato said getting 10 chefs — 5 new and 5 returning — to all come together and create unique gelato flavors was like “herding cats into a cold bathtub.” But we’re here to tell you that the delicious results will beat out a cat bath any day.

Scottsdale Living’s Social Media and Digital Manager Perri Collins taste-tested all 10 flavors and ranked them from best (No. 1) to less-best (No. 10) — come on, there’s no such thing as bad gelato. To even the playing field a little, Associate Editor Amanda Ventura weighed in, too.

Camelback Crunch, Tracey Dempsey Originals

Camelback Crunch, Tracey Dempsey Originals

Blueberry Buttermilk Pie
Justin Beckett and Jeff Schoening, Beckett’s Table
This creamy and sweet gelato flavor is a delightful mix of marion berries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries from the northwest, where Jeff Schoening hails from.
Where I ranked it: No. 9
[Editor’s Note: This flavor was like a cheesecake wrapped up in sweet ribbons of berry mixture. I think it was simple, delicious and something I’d eat a few more scoops of, but it’s not novel enough to stand out among the competition.]

Camelback Crunch
Tracey Dempsey, Tracey Dempsey Originals
The 2013 defending champion, Tracey Dempsey, made a dessert homage to her residence near Camelback Mountain. This gelato is a nice balance of flavors and textures that don’t seem to have much in common at first, but they blend really well together.
Where I ranked it: No. 1
[Editor’s Note: This was in my top three, but that’s in large part due to the fact that Tracey Dempsey used all of my favorite flavors in one gelato.]

Honey Toasted Almond Biscotti
Gio Osso, Virtu
“I grew up eating with toasted almond bars from the neighborhood ice cream truck, so I used that as my inspiration and added salt for a more sophisticated taste,” says Osso. If you like sweet, then this flavor is for you. It was tasty, but the sugary sweetness overwhelmed the nuts.
Where I ranked it: No. 3
[Editor’s Note: This flavor was actually a bit too salty for me — though I do love some almonds and salted caramel.]

White Chocolate Stracciatella
Josh Hebert, Posh
The cherry and chocolate combination was nothing new and exciting. It was subtle and refreshing, but rather middle of the road.
Where I ranked it: No. 6
[Editor’s Note: I agree here. I think the flavor was delicious but lacked the novelty of the other competitors.]

Sage Brown Butter & Candied Cashew
Josh Bracher, The Second Story Liquor Bar
The candied cashews had an amazing flavor. It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty.
Where I ranked it: No. 5
[Editor’s Note: Yep. This was a balanced cup of sweet nuttiness.]

Carrot Cake
Keenan Bosworth, Pig & Pickle
This was a good idea with bad execution. It tasted nothing like carrot cake, although you could really taste the goat cheese in the gelato.
Where I ranked it: No. 7
[Editor’s Note: Maybe I built this flavor up more in my head because I love carrot cake; I eat it every year for my birthday. However, I did like the incorporation of the goat cheese. It was in my top five.]

Chocolate Sorbet with Smoked Almonds and Caramel
Walter Sterling, Ocotillo (set to open later this year)
A chocolate gelato won last year’s competition, so Walter Sterling chose something with chocolate in hopes of stealing the trophy, but we think his dreams are about to be dashed. The chocolate was very bitter, the caramel wasn’t as pronounced as it should have been and the nuts were too large and crunchy.
Where I ranked it: No. 8
[Editor’s Note: This vegan dark chocolate sorbet was delicious. You really do have to like bitter chocolate, though. When I was vegan, I learned to really love dark chocolate so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. If anything, this is one of the more decadent flavors better enjoyed in small portions.]

Mole
Michael Dowd, Urban Vine
Mole is an ambitious flavor with 17 different spices and nutella folded into this gelato for a spicy explosion on your tongue. It tasted like a kid grab handfuls of every spice he could find in a middle-eastern market and mixed them together with chocolate milk.
Where I ranked it: No. 10
[Editor’s Note: This was in my top three. It reminded me of eating peppery German gingerbread, Lebkuchen, as a kid.]

Sweet Corn with Truffle Honey
Matt Carter, The Mission & Zinc Bistro
It was hard to taste the corn or honey over the overpowering thyme in this gelato flavor. The layers of corn and blueberry would have made a better impression
Where I ranked it: No. 4
[Editor’s Note: I agree, but the sweet corn ice cream is a must-try. I can still kind of taste it as I type this.]

Smoked Banana Pudding
Scott Holmes, Little Miss BBQ
“We’re a BBQ place, we had to smoke something!” says Scott Holmes. This is a simple idea with complex flavors and a delightful finish. Well done!
Where I ranked it: No. 2
[Editor’s Note: Yes! Remember those vanilla wafer and banana puddings your mom made for pot lucks? This is the next level of that. There could have been a bit more caramel to balance every bite into perfection, but overall this was a top three flavor.]

Gelato Spot Locations:

Biltmore/Arcadia
3164 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ  85016
602.957.8040

40th St. & Greenway
4010 E. Greenway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032
602.494.4010

Old Town Scottsdale (Wood Fired Pizza & Gelato)
4166 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
480.425.8100

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Top 5 Restaurants: French (Spring-Summer 2014)

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants French! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Restaurants: French

Coup Des Tartes
1725 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 212-1082
Website
Coup Des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, covered ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.

Vincent on Camelback
3930 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 224-0225
Website
Vincent on Camelback was voted a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurant in 2013. Chef Vincent Guerithault uses Southwestern ingredients to produce a hybrid cuisine based on the most exacting French techniques.

Zinc Bistro
15034 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85281

(480) 603-0922
Website
Zinc Bistro has been described as “A taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.

Atlas Bistro
2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257

(480) 990-2433
Website
Atlas Bistro’s BYOB policy allows guests to bring their finest wines to pair with the best tasting food in Arizona. Organic, hand foraged, local, wild, line caught, sustainable and exotic are just some of terms you will find on the menu that Atlas’ chefs revise daily.

Christopher’s
2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 522-2344
Website
This American-contemporary French bistro allows visitors to feel at home, with a glass wall separating the kitchen from dining area, while indulging in anything from specialty pizzas to smoked truffle infused filet mignon with suggested wine pairings.

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Praying Monk

PRAYING MONK HOSTS CELEBRITY CHEF DINNER

Praying Monk Restaurant and Bar in Scottsdale will host a rare dinner event featuring six exquisite dishes prepared by six of the regions most acclaimed chefs Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Jared Allen Host Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner fThe NFL’s Minnesota Vikings Defensive End Jared Allen is celebrity host of the unique dining experience benefiting Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. Allen founded the organization in 2010. The nonprofit provides handicap-accessible homes for wounded veterans returning from duty.

Joining Praying Monk and LTB Concepts’ Chef Aaron May, the unprecedented lineup includes:

  • Chef Beau MacMillan of Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
  • Chef Akira Back of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge in Las Vegas
  • Chef Matt Carter of The Mission Restaurant and Lounge, The House Brasserie and Zinc Bistro
  • Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s Restaurant & Crush Lounge
  • Chef Josh Hebert of POSH Restaurant

The night opens at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre, as well as a meet and greet with Allen. The six-course experience begins at 7:15 p.m. and wraps up with a savory dessert. Each chef will prepare their signature flavor in one of six decadent courses, served with a beer, wine or cocktail pairing.

Tickets are $125 and include food and drink pairings. Tax and gratuity are not included. Tickets can be purchased online at www.PrayingMonkScottsdale.com or by phone by at 1-866-977-6849. Visit www.PrayingMonkScottsdale.com for menu details coming soon.

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Top 5: French Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 French Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 212-1082
nicetartes.com
Coup Des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, coved ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.


Sophie’s French Bistro

2320 E. Osborn Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 956-8897
sophiesbistro.com
Sophie’s Bistro is probably one of the most authentic French bistros in Phoenix, reminicent of a Parisian bistro with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and a traditional menu.


Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85281
(480) 603-0922
zincbistroaz.com
Zinc Bistro has been described as “A Taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.


Bistro 24

2401 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 952-2424
ritzcarlton.com
Located within The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, Bistro 24 is an American-inspired bistro, defined by fresh, seasonal ingredients and dishes and combine flavors of America’s melting pot of culture.


Amuse Bouche

17058 W. Bell Rd., #104,
Surprise, AZ 85379
(623) 322-8881
amusebouche.biz
Serves French fare, including filet mignon and quiche as well as hummus, frittatas, paninis and sandwiches. One favorites includes the beef tenderloin with carrot butter sauce over mashed potatoes.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5 French Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: French Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 French Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Amuse Bouche

17058 W. Bell Rd., #104,
Surprise, AZ 85379
623-322-8881
amusebouche.biz
Serves French fare, including filet mignon, quiche and croissants as well as hummus, frittatas, paninis and sandwiches. Favorites include the homemade meatloaf sandwich and beef tenderloin with carrot butter sauce over mashed potatoes.


Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-212-1082
nicetartes.com
Coup des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, coved ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.


L’Auberge Restaurant

301 L’Auberge Ln., Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-1661
lauberge.com
A destination all its own, L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek was named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler. The restaurant also has the area’s most extensive wine program.


Sophie’s French Bistro

2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-956-8897
sophiesbistro.com
Sophie’s Bistro is probably one of the most authentic French bistros in Phoenix, reminicent of a Parisian bistro with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and a traditional menu.


Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85281
480-603-0922
zincbistroaz.com
Zinc Bistro has been described as “A Taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012