Chef Kierstin Mor grew up just a half-hour away from Napa Valley, a growing region that has a lot in common with the French countryside. That's especially fitting considering Kierstin first learned how to cook by watching local public television shows, igniting a passion that wouldn't be fully realized until a career in technology led her to Paris. It was there, in the gourmet supermarkets of Europe that she decided to make the professional leap into the culinary sphere. She soon enrolled in the famed Ecole Ferrandi school and wasted no time learning the essentials of French cooking. While in Paris, she also discovered a second love––her husband, chef Snir Mor. The two bonded over their ferver for gourmet food, and when they moved to Surprise in 2004, they took it upon themselves to share this infatuation with their new neighbors. Before long, Amuse Bouche was born. It’s not exactly easy to recreate Paris in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, but the Mors have captured the French capital’s je ne sais quoi with some help from executive chef Matt Ochs. Together, the trio has crafted a menu that spotlights French staples like braised short ribs, chicken liver pâté, and chocolate pots de creme. The bistro itself would feel right at home tucked away in an alley of the Latin Quarter, thanks to its romantic ambience and cozy-but-not-cramped dining room. And because no French meal would be complete without a glass of wine, the restaurant employs a BYOB policy, allowing guests to pair their seasonal dishes with a favorite bottle or pre-filled drinking horn.
Tucked away in the historic Heard Building in downtown Phoenix, this family-owned café is a casual, order-at-the-counter operation catering primarily to area office professionals. That means Focaccia Fiorentina is only open for weekday breakfast and lunch, but still does brisk business at its indoor and patio tables. The fun, simple space also offers takeaway options and delivery, but don’t confuse Focaccia with fast food – pizzas and calzones are made to order with hand stretched dough, mozzarella is handcrafted and desserts are made on-site. Recipes are thoughtful as well, like a penne in delicate pink vodka tomato sauce; hearty focaccia sandwiches, including a combo of imported prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil; or a Greek pizza, draped in pesto sauce, mozzarella, feta, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives.
When Toy Town Playcenter’s architects planned their air-conditioned, 2,000-square-foot town, they considered the interests of both parents and children. While tykes pedal down mock city streets and lament the price of milk at the miniature grocery store, parents can cruise free Wi-Fi and sip coffee from the snack bar. City planners also prize sanitation, enforcing a socks-only policy and scrubbing down all surfaces multiple times daily.
It’s a wonder anyone cooks anymore, when they can get food from Sunfare, which specializes in freshly prepared, healthy meals delivered daily. The idea is weight loss or weight maintenance, at a reasonable price. Through seven programs including Signature Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Gluten Free Diet, Select Diet, Paleo Diet, Optimal Cleanse or Family Dinners, Sunfare helps to get customers to their desired weight. Recipes change frequently, but some favorites include blue cheese soy chicken with caramelized shallots, grilled rosemary rack of lamb, super lean pork chop with Cajun kale or gluten-free curry shrimp pad Thai. Members can also customize their selections to their own personal taste preferences.
Smooth curtains of melted chocolate cascade from fountains, parting only to drench strawberries, bananas, and pretzels with a coat of sweet warmth. While Waterfalls of Chocolate doesn't have a map to a magical land of candy, they do set up and operate specialized chocolate fountains at parties and events, bringing with them milk, white, and dark chocolate and dipping foods ranging from fruits to bite-size cookies for an additional cost. Their tiered fountains can hold up to 11 pounds of chocolate to satisfy gatherings up to 200, an ideal choice to celebrate a wedding or a cloning experiments that worked too well.
With a mobile crew of chefs educated at top culinary schools, Healthy Habits Personal Chef Services brings the fine-dining experience to customers' homes. The chefs deliver healthy gourmet meals or step into clients' kitchens to craft multicourse feasts out of organic ingredients and vegetarian-fed meats. If desired, they'll also teach clients how to prepare sophisticated dishes, such as fish en papillote, themselves, tailoring the recipes for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.