Food, glorious food

If you know me, then you know I'm a huge foodie. Like, the kind of person who may or may not stand in line for hours to get my hands on a cronut or a ramen burger or whatever is the latest buzzworthy food. What can I say, I'm a sucker—and not just for trendy food but also for really…

Hamilton High School Graduation

Hamilton High School held its graduation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on May 31. The school expected 857 students 
to receive their diplomas. Photography by Heather Hackett Creates.

Perry High School Graduation

Congratulations to Perry High's Class of 2017! This year, 825 seniors were expected to graduate on May 31 at the commencement 
ceremony held at the school. Photography by Renee Clancy.

30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards was held on June 1 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The event honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. Photography by Everardo Keeme Photography.

Arizona College Prep – Erie Graduation

Arizona College Prep - Erie recognized 87 graduating seniors on May 31, its largest class to date. The students have earned more than 
$12.3 million in scholarships. Photography by DElizabethBishop Photography.

Vision Gallery Hosts Reception for New Exhibit

Vision Gallery hosted an opening reception for a new exhibit that features the art of three female artists who use TechShop to hone their craft. From Thin Air II: Art from TechShop features pieces from Lauren Copley, Jamie Cordelier and Emily Longbrake.

Greenhouse Gardens – Pawsitively Fetching Photos

Greenhouse Gardens held a "pawsitively" fabulous pet event for a good cause. Professional pet photographer Christina Armstrong 
(PixByChris.com) took pet photos and donated a portion of the proceeds to rescue group One Dog Arizona (Facebook.com/OneDogAZ). Pups from the rescue were in attendance and available for adoption.

Fit Society Grand Opening

Fit Society (formerly Studio Fit) held a grand opening event in their new building with local vendors, raffles, giveaways, prizes, 
free workouts and a big bouncer for the kids!

Blacker Orthodontics Pool Party

Blacker Orthodontics held its annual Beach Blast at Hamilton Aquatic Center. Patients and Chanderites were invited to come splash with the staff and enjoy a fun-filled family evening of swimming, games, food and DJ.

Youth Advisory Council Graduation

Fifteen teens graduated from the Youth Advisory Council program at the Chandler Center for the Arts, where they engaged in sessions that focused on arts appreciation, community service and leadership skills to become well-rounded community leaders. This is the seventh year for the program, funded by the Chandler Cultural Foundation.

Chandler Public Library Events

The Chandler Public Library held its 7th annual LibCon celebration for teenage fans of comics, anime, video games, cosplay, and other 
fantasy and science fiction entertainment. In a separate event, congratulations to Santan Elementary students, winners of the district and regional Battle of the Books reading competition!

Turbo Resources Groundbreaking Ceremony

Turbo Resources—which provides aeronautical and aerospace parts to international airlines and other customers—broke ground on 
its new global headquarters in Chandler. Turbo already is based in Chandler but is building a new 247,000-square-foot 
corporate base to include offices and warehouse space.

July 2017 Around Town

Learning about the challenges faced by the disabled community, and ways employees can better communicate with and provide modifications for persons with disabilities, was at the center of specialized training provided to city of Chandler employees in late May. The training included basic ADA/disability awareness training for employees involved in customer service, including separate instruction for Recreation Division staff involved…

Unusual Wine Pairings That Work

An ice cold beer has been the perennial instinctive beverage of choice when devouring summer’s flagship cuisine—hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad and chips, to name a few. So does that mean wine is off the table at the next barbecue fiesta or poolside party?

Come for Breakfast, Stay for Dinner

If you’re looking for Ryan Watson, you should start at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, one of Chandler’s newest restaurants. Watson might be busing tables or whipping something up in the kitchen next to Chef Jeramie Lopo. Even though he’s the owner and general manager, he’s happy to do what needs to be done.

Meal Time Makeover

Traditionally, being too tired or busy to cook dinner has meant dashing out for fast food or ordering a pizza. Now, thanks to a number of local, ready-to-eat meal services (most offering delivery!), busy cooks, healthy-eating enthusiasts and those who are not excited about using a hot oven or grill in triple-digit weather can find plenty of delicious and convenient…

Fresh, Local Flavor

When Michelle Jacoby and Mark Lipczynski first started Bite Magazine, they were looking for a creative outlet through which they could share their mutual love of food as well as all of Arizona’s wonderful locally made products. Three years later, the flourishing online publication showcases the best of Arizona’s culinary scene with a focus on storytelling and getting to the…

Nourishing Hope

Formerly Chandler Christian Community Center, AZCEND is Chandler’s largest basic necessities service provider, fulfilling the emergency hunger needs of the area’s most vulnerable residents through its Chandler Food Bank. It all started back in November of 1966, when a consortium of Chandler churches unified with the common cause of alleviating poverty in their community. Today, AZCEND still operates from its…

Corn Crusted Scallops with Tomato Jam & Truffled Crema

True foodies have surely heard of Elote Café. The Sedona restaurant, owned by renowned chef Jeff Smedstad, is known for its forward-thinking Mexican cuisine. And now, the secrets of his kitchen are available for purchase. Smedstad will release his newest cookbook, Elote Café Notebook, this month. It's a collection of his favorite recipes inspired by his travels across Mexico and…

Your New Neighborhood Spot

The owners of Twisted Cactus Brewing Company want you to come in for the beer, but stay for the food. And, it turns out, that won’t be hard to do. Since it quietly opened in November 2016, Twisted Cactus has received a warm reception and garnered rave reviews from locals who were looking for a comfortable and inviting space in…