February 2016 Around Town

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has joined together to create the Community Involvement and Intervention Project. The six-month project aims to improve healthcare for thousands of area veterans and also serve as a model program for fire departments around the nation. “We value veterans in our community, and this partnership…

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank offers compassion, dignity and hope

Executive Director Jan Terhune says the food bank got its start inside the small kitchen at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. By 2005, the food bank had become too big so leaders applied for 501(c)3 status, and moved to a standalone location. They named the new location Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.

Art Walk

Over 50 local artists showed off their skills at Downtown Chandler's Art Walk.
 This monthly event features different varieties of artwork, including photography, pottery, and jewelry. 
Photography Rob Kubasko, Iguana Inc.

Food, glorious food

Like most families, our gatherings always include food. Whether we are celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, a graduation or special holiday, food is always front and center and is what brings us together. Since we have three young children, we often host many of these get-togethers at our home. Once in a while we'll dine out. We let the kids pick…

Parks and Recreation

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Parks and Recreation Board celebrated two Chandler Parks on December 12. Folley Memorial Park's renovations near downtown and Citrus Vista Park's completion in southeast Chandler were both recognized. Renovations included the addition of ramadas and upgraded landscaping.

Mother-Daughter team brings authentic Italian cuisine to Chandler

Joanne was born in Calabria in southern Italy, where she developed a love for Italian food at an early age. She moved to the United States in her teens and she founded her catering business in New Jersey in the 1980s. When Joanne moved to Arizona in 1992, she continued her catering business on a part-time basis. After retiring from…

d’Vine Gourmet

If you are looking to treat your loved ones with memorable gifts this Valentine’s Day, or for any occasion, look no further than d’Vine Gourmet. Since 2003, Denise and Andrew McCreery have been providing Arizonans with delicious, gourmet foods and beverages. Before opening d’Vine Gourmet, Denise worked as a teacher for at risk youth in Tucson. Her husband, Andrew, being…

The Earnest experience

Living in Arizona can sometimes become visually mundane. With strip malls galore and desert landscape everywhere you look, a person can find themselves yearning for color and character. Sometimes, though, beyond the sandy brown walls and cookie cutter fronts, unassuming gems can be found where ingenuity and creativity come alive. Earnest Restaurant is one of those gems.

How to pair wine and cheese like an expert

“Complexity” is the true answer to this question. Traditional standards for wine and cheese pairing were created in a period when cheese focused on key styles (cheddar, Swiss, blue and brie) and wines were focused on French classics (thank you Julia Child). These classics are still spot-on and work perfectly, but in this day and age, the availability of cheese…