Guest Chef – Crème & Chocolats

Confectioner (n:) a person who makes or sells candies and, sometimes, ice cream, cakes, etc.

We just wrapped up our fourth filming in our Guest Chef series with Boyd Harrington. It has been so much fun, and a huge learning experience for us. Being a consumer, most don’t realize the work that goes on behind the scenes and how much training and preparation is involved in bringing the product to the customer. We just finished filming at Crème & Chocolats where we learned how to make the perfect chocolate dipped ice cream cone, and also crêpes. We found that swirling the perfect cone was actually harder than making the perfect crêpe. Don’t be fooled though, both take a lot of practice to perfect! We had a great time filming here!

Aurélie and Jean came to Arizona with the dream to share their favorite treats. They are inspired by their French background to know good chocolate, rich desserts, and exquisite pastries. Crème & Chocolats gives you more than a variety of tasty treats, they give you a cozy ambiance to indulge in them. They use a 10% butterfat recipe which is higher than a soft serve (2-5%) which what makes their soft serve creamier and smoother, and you can choose from 9 varieties of flavor-infused Belgian chocolate to dip your cone into. Aside from running their bistro, they are also the parents of 3 young little boys and married for more than 10 years.

Guest Chef – d’lite Healthy On The Go

Barista (n:) a person who makes and serves coffee (such as espresso) to the public.

We filmed our third Guest Chef series at d’lite Healthy On The Go with our videographer Boyd Harrington. Filming here was a different experience since they serve all types of drinks from coffee, to lemonade, to teas. They also serve sandwiches, wraps and salads. They have a diverse menu, which made working here a brand new learning experience for us. We could see how on point all the employees were and how much they had to hustle to get orders out quickly. We were able to make our personal favorite, the Breakfast Buzz! This is one of our all time favorite shakes ever, and it was so fun to be behind the counter making these and serving them to customers.

d’Lite Healthy On The Go has several locations around the valley. Founded by a husband and wife team in search of healthy options to fit their busy schedule, and health needs, they came up with this amazing concept of healthy and convenient food. They wanted to make sure they accommodated customers with all different types of health needs ranging from calorical, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, and allergies. Their foods are made using high-quality, nutritious products.

Guest Chef – Nitro Live

Nitrologist (n:) a person who works at the front counter guiding customers through the ice cream making process while ensuring that every customer receives excellent product and service.

We’re having a blast working on our guest Chef Series with our videographer, Boyd Harrington. In case you haven’t been following along on our Instagram page, we’ve created a unique concept of working behind the scenes inside local businesses. We love connecting on a personal level with local companies we love to support. We spent our time filming Episode 2 at Nitro Live learning how to make ice cream desserts out of liquid nitrogen! We picked up the concept quickly and had so much fun working behind their counter.

Nitro Live is family owned and operated by Felicia and Rich, who were on the brink of retirement, but decided to put that on hold to create a company that applies the science of liquid nitrogen to creating delicious ice cream tailored to customers’ needs and imaginations. They also have the ability to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions, including lactose free, no sugar added, low fat, and vegan treats. They also have a passion for making a difference in the community, including conducting demonstrations at local schools.

Guest Chef – SodaRush

Soda Jerk (n:) a person who serves and sells soft drinks and ice cream at a soda fountain.

If you’ve been following along on our Instagram page, then you’ve seen that we have teamed up with Boyd Harrington to create a unique concept of working behind the scenes in local shops. Our goal for the Guest Chef series is to connect better with the companies we love to support and get a feel for what they do for all of us consumers. We had a ton of fun at SodaRush learning how to make different drinks, fresh lemonade and interacting with the customers. Keep an eye out for more to come. 🙂

SodaRush is a family owned and operated Soda Shop.​ Originally from Kansas, Jim and Amber moved to the valley of the sun with their 4 children to open their own soda and cookie shop. They now have two locations in Mesa, and in Gilbert. SodaRush not only only serves their Signature Sips and Gourmet Cookies, they also serve Ice Cream Cones, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and Coconut Limeade, and also Cotton Candy, Giant Soft Pretzels, and Fruit Puree Parfaits.

Crisp Premium Pizza in Old Town Scottsdale

Crisp Premium Pizza in Old Town Scottsdale

{{ you can’t make everyone happy, you aren’t pizza }}

 Their motto is – The best crust you will ever have with the most premium ingredients! 

One thing that sets Crisp Premium Pizza apart from the rest is they are the only pizzeria in town serving grandma style pizza pies. A grandma style pie is a square, thick pizza, with a crisp crust that it oiled on the bottom and baked in a (square!) pan. They offer two types of pies:

-A traditional pie which is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil, and EVOO.

-A white pie that uses ricotta rather than tomato and adds fresh garlic, fresh basil, and EVOO. 

These pizzas can be topped with a variety of premium meats and vegetables. They import their flour from Italy which makes the most amazing crispy bottom and fluffy on top crust! 

Adrian is the owner of Crisp, and you will also often see his wife Bana in the shop. They recently moved here from Brooklyn and are both very sweet and welcoming. 

We had the pleasure of helping Bana and Adrian host a media night for bloggers and other influencers on May, 2nd, 2018. It was a huge success! We sampled several pizzas, and had a great night taking photos and chatting and mingling with other blogger friends. They ordered the cutest cake which was in the shape of their signature grandma style pizza pie! 

All in all the night was a huge success. It feels good to see a community of bloggers come together to share their love of supporting local businesses through their social media pages and also word of mouth. 

E&K Favorites: Traditional Square (so good!)

Website: www.crisp-pizza.com

Address: 7111 E. 5th Ave, Scottsdale