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Award winning pitmaster bringing BBQ Trapp Haus to downtown Phoenix

Phoenix has its reputation in the national food circles for pizza, tacos and Mexican food offerings, it won’t be long before we can add BBQ to the list. Already the home of Little Miss BBQ, Porkopolis, Honey Bear’s and the soon to be opened Starlite BBQ  comes BBQ Trapp Haus bringing their BBQ and urban Southern cooking to downtown Phoenix.

Great news if you’re a BBQ fan like me(I’m a rib man) but the rub is we have to wait a few months for the anticipated December opening from owner and pitmaster Phil “The Grill” Johnson.

BBQ Trapp Haus eats

BBQ Trapp Haus isn’t your typical BBQ joint with its urban decor from owner Johnson’s New York City upbringing and it southern inspired menu which goes beyond pulled pork, smoked brisket and ribs. Fear not all the staples will be had for the masses to get sloppy with but we will also be available to grab BBQ nachos, Empanadas stuffed with pulled pork, “No Bun Bowls” such as the Mac Bowl with smoked mac & cheese and more.

“It has always been a dream of mine to open my own BBQ joint,” Phil says. “BBQ Trapp Haus is the combination of my Bronx background, my skill in competition-style BBQ and my desire to give people good food that is made with my heart and soul.”

Traditional BBQ fans will be ordering the classics of Applewood Smoked Pork, St. Louis style ribs and Hickory Smoked Brisket along with PTG’s (Phil the Grill to his friends) sides of “Mean Greens” , PTG Baked Beans, Jalapeno Honey slaw and crispy waffle fries.

PTG is known for his “Philly Crack Wings” from his popular food truck “Sammitch” which will be on the menu along with Sammitches including New York style Pastrami Reuben, Philly Cheese Fix and Pork Heaven.

Craft beers and smoked infused bourbon will be poured to wash down you flavorful eats and should you still have room for strawberry shortcake and banana pudding will be on the dessert list.

Pitmaster accolades

In the world of food competition pitmaster Phil is known from his earning several awards from the Kansas City Barbecue Society including the Grand Championship on the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour(didn’t even know they had one) and 2nd place at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational.

His food truck Sammitch has been named one of the Top 10 food trucks around the valley  and has built a loyal following that should follow him right to 511 E. Roosevelt when he opens.

 

 

 

Mission Possible Cafe story as important as its food.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission helps men, women and children who are homeless, addicted and traumatized in a non-traditional way through their job training program. In the fall they will open the Mission Possible Cafe at 1516 W. Van Buren St. after men and women go trough a four months of training to learn about food service and other valuable skills.

Once opened Mission Possible Cafe will serve southwestern inspired meals with an emphasis on Mexican grilled cuisine Mon.-Fri. from 6a.m.-2p.m.

As important as the quality of food at affordable prices, employees will focus on their customer service skills.

The Mission Possible Cafe approach

The holistic approach taken by Phoenix Rescue Mission at Mission Possible Cafe focuses on more than the rehabilitation it offers, it includes job training through its vocational training program.

“Adding Mission Possible Café to Mission Cookies and Mission Catering as a training ground for our already successful Food Service Manager¹s Training program, will allow us to continue to serve our clients and help them advance,” said Jay A. Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Eight Month Vocational Course

After completing the first four months of food training, participants will apply what they’ve learned by working in the cafe.

The goal is to have participants take what they’ve learned as they go out in search of a job in the food service industry to help them get back on their feet.

“Clients will learn food service operations, develop leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry. We hope the community will join us for a great meal and help transform lives in the process,” said Cory.

You can stay up to date with the progress of the opening by visiting http://www.missionpossiblecafe.com/

 

 

 

 

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria announces Scottsdale location

The Phoenix area has been a popular place for Chicago area transplants for years its been the last couple of years that they’ve been able to get what some consider to be the best deep dish pizza in Arizona. With Giordano’s, Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s arriving in the last couple of years it’s been Lou Malnati’s that has continued its expansion with recent announcement of a 2nd location and this week’s announcement of its 3rd in north Scottsdale.

Lou Malnati’s coming to Scottsdale

The anticipated opening of the third location in north Scottsdale is still a year away but fans of the popular pizzeria will enjoyed the largest of the Arizona locations when it opens. It will be in the new Chauncey Lane development near Scottsdale Rd. and Loop 101.

When the restaurant opens it will be 10,000 square feet with an outdoor patio and will employ over 150 people and offer a full bar in the restaurant.

Deep Dish Pizza

Malnati’s is known for its deep dish pizza that uses California grown vine ripened tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese from a Wisconsin dairy and scratch made dough that hold it all together with its flaky and buttery crust.

2nd location announced

A few weeks back word came that the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix will get the 2nd location which will be for take out, delivery and catering. The pizzeria will share space with local neighborhood restaurant Kitchen 56 on the southeast corner of 56th St & Indian School Rd.

The building is currently under renovation to give Kitchen 56 a fresh look and accommodate Lou Malnati’s. This location is scheduled to open in the fall.

If north Scottsdale fans of the deep dish pizza can’t wait til the summer of 2018 to get their fill of deep dish pizza the can head to the original Arizona location in Uptown Plaza at 100 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85012. http://www.loumalnatis.com/

 

Taco Guild introduces Old World and New World brunch menu

Housed in an old church in central Phoenix, Taco Guild has been named by the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” as one the best Mexican restaurants in the country and become a local favorite for traditional Mexican cuisine with the modern touch of executive chef Dan Santos. Diners can now experience these unique dishes on the weekend as Santos has introduced a brunch menu.

The brunch menu includes 10 new items, 5 from the Old World with classic Mexican dishes and 5 from the New World with a modern and contemporary twist.

“This is the biggest overhaul to the brunch menu we have made and we are excited to share it with our guests,” says Santos. “As with all our dishes we aim for mastery and offer diners a truly unique and special experience.

Guild Torta

Old World and New World brunch at Taco Guild

These delicious sounding new dishes include bold flavors and fresh ingredients can be enjoyed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Old World menu items:                                                                     

 Chiliquiles corn chips, spicy tomato sauce, menonita cheese, two eggs prepared your way and your choice of protein. Served with borracho beans. 9.95

Corn Cakes with Sausage & Eggs Griddled corn cakes, house-made beef and pork sausage patties, spicy tomato sauce and two eggs prepared your way. 9.95

Plantain Brulee Cornmeal Pancakes Cornmeal pancakes, plantains, spiced brown sugar, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. 9.95

Chorizo con Papas & Eggs Southwestern potatoes, chorizo, peppers, onions and two eggs prepared your way. Served with house-made tortillas. 8.95

Coconut French Toast Tres leches custard flavored with cinnamon and cardamom, torta bread. Topped with toasted coconut, mango, strawberries, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. Served with house-made beef and pork sausage patties. 9.95

Coconut French Toast

 New World menu items:

 Huevos Rancheros Quinoa Bowl Southwestern seasoned quinoa, spiced crema, salsa fresca, avocado and two eggs prepared your way. 8.95

Coffee Steak Hash & Eggs Coffee seasoned steak, Southwestern potatoes, onion and peppers. Served with two eggs prepared your way and borracho beans. 10.95

Guild Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle House-made cornmeal waffle, guild chicken, spiced maple syrup, honey cinnamon butter and serrano pepper. 9.95

Guild Torta Your choice of protein, peppers, onions, avocado, two eggs, menonita cheese, Southwestern potatoes and toasted torta roll. 9.95

Guild Parfait Orange agave fat-free yogurt, fresh mint, berry compote and house-made granola. 4.95

Taco Guild is at 546 East Osborn Rd. Phoenix http://www.tacoguild.com/

 

 

Alex Stratta takes over the kitchen at MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails

It was less than a year ago that I reported that James Beard Award winning chef Alex Stratta took over culinary operations at The Herb Box , well that short-lived stint has come to an end. Chef Stratta has taken his culinary talents to MATCH:Restaurant & Cocktails in The Found:Re Hotel in Phoenix.

New menu debut

The first change will take place in September when chef Stratta will debut a new menu for the wood-fired and local focused restaurant. “We are testing new recipes and seeking the perfect balance of flavor and relatable dishes that suit the tastes of our local residents and out-of-town guests,” said Stratta. “The wood fired oven and grill will continue to take center stage as we evolve our menu.”

He and his team will continue to focus on simple, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that will be presented in an artful style to coincide with the hotels art inspired decor and design.

The Alex Stratta culinary history

The globe-trotting chef has collected awards for his Las Vegas restaurants Stratta & ALEX and his first stint in Phoenix at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician Resort. He’s also worked for famed chefs Alain Ducasse in Monaco at Louis XV in The Hotel de Paris and Daniel Boulud in New York at Le Cirque. He’s also made the finals on Top Chef Masters, Italian Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. In addition to his James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” award he’s been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, several AAA Five Diamond awards and a two star rating from the Michelin Guide for ALEX.

MATCH is at 1100 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix https://www.matchphx.com/

 

Pomelo at The Orchard introduces Summer Sippin’ Special!

Summer is slowly coming to end as kids head back to school and your favorite football team return to training camp. In Arizona we have a longer summer than most and you still have to stay hydrated and refreshed and Pomelo at The Orchard is helping you do both with their Summer Sippin’ Special! through the end of August.

Pomelo at The Orcahrd

All day everyday ALL of Pomelo’s specialty cocktails will be $5. This includes cocktails that use top shelf spirits as well.

What a great opportunity to quench your thirst with Pomelo’s 2 signature cocktails Bellissimo and 12th & Barbados. The Bellissimo, is made with  Pomelo Vodka, blackberry thyme syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling wine. 12th & Barbados, made with Plantation 5-year Rum, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, fresh lime juice and Mango Reàl.

Pomelo at The Orchard is at 7100 North 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 http://www.pomelophx.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nook Kitchen to host Don Julio cocktail dinner

Wine dinners are pretty common in the restaurant world but the last few years have seen special dinner menus paired with beer and spirits. Tequila has become a popular pairing for dinners and Nook Kitchen in downtown Phoenix is hosting a 5-course Don Julio cocktail dinner on Wed. August 2nd.

The dinner will pair Don Julio tequilas that are aged and rare on some courses with a menu that is inspired by the cuisine of tequilas home state of Jalisco. The menu is as follow…..

First Course:

Grilled nopales and lengua de vaca consume

 

Don Julio Reposado,

Himalayan salt cordial,

kaffir lime oil, cayenne flake

 

Second Course:

Chef LaRosa’s deconstructed Chili Relleno Poblano, Oaxaca queso, tomato chili chutney, tequila pomegranate gastrique

 

Don Julio 70 Clara Anejo,

dry orange curacao, spanish dry vermouth,

blood orange sour

 

Third Course:

Watermelon, tequila & lime shaved ice

 

Fourth Course:

Braised pollo de muslo, maiz de la calle, maseca, mole, frijoles negros a la hoya

Don Julio 1942,

fermented masa, tamrindo,

guanabana liquer, fresh lime

 

Fifth Course:

Mexican inspired chocolate flan cinnamon, cumin, chocolate

house made tepache (traditional Mexican fermented pineapple drink)

 

The cost for the dinner is $55 plus tax and tip per person and will begin at 6p.m.

The downtown Nook Kitchen is the 2nd location of the popular Arcadia restaurant and is house off the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn at 15 E Monroe St, Phoenix. (602)258-1037 http://nookkitchen.com/