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.

Wei Better Orange Chicken

Pei Wei (n:) Asian culinary tradition by wok-searing premium ingredients in portions that satisfy.

Just when you think Orange Chicken can’t get any better, IT DOES! This classic Asian dish is a family favorite across America and Pei Wei is turning it up a notch.

Pei Wei has defined what it means to serve fresh Asian Cuisine. Their fresh, never frozen chicken that is hand cut in-house by professional Chefs, sautéed in a 650˚ wok with fresh orange slices defines the epitome of what Wei Better Orange Chicken is all about.

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On Thursday March 29th we were able to attend an exclusive family-style dinner hosted by Pei Wei’s Director of Culinary Innovation, Chef J., to sample their newest delectable dish and other menu favorites.

🍊 Orange Chicken Dish: Chef J. and his team prepared Wei Better Orange Chicken in many different variations which included: The Original Orange Chicken, Orange Shrimp, Orange Flank Steak, Orange Tofu and Orange Vegetarian. Any of these dishes can be served with white rice, brown rice, vegetables, lettuce cups, quinoa, noodles and mixed greens.

E&K Favorites: The Original Wei Better Orange Chicken

Website: https://www.peiwei.com

Address: All Locations

Vienna Beef 125th Anniversary Celebration

Vienna Beef 125th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, February 3, we attended the 125th anniversary celebration of Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog Pop Up Party. The event was held at Helio Basin Brewing Co. in Phoenix, and was hosted by AZ Foodie. We had an amazing time visiting this brewery for the first time and being surrounded by great company. We hung out with old friends, and met some new friends as well. The atmosphere was very cozy and inviting for friends to sit together, chat, eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company.

We tried a variety of dishes prepared by Executive Chef Tamara, which were all inspired by Vienna Beef. From the quesadilla with jalapeños, chicharrones, duckfat beans, polish sausage with cheddar, cashew rice, veggie burgoo, mini bagel dogs, hatch chile cream cheese, and much more. We also tried a blackberry wheat beer which was crisp and refreshing.

Aside from all the great food, there was also some entertaining live music. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the guitar and saxophone, and the amazing singing. There was also liquor sampling from Pure Peru and the sample we tried was so delicious.

We had a blast playing the games that were set up outside on the patio. We challenged each other in corn hole, life size Connect Four and Jenga. We’ll say that neither of us lost any of the games. 😉 We had a great time and laughed so much.

We had the pleasure of meeting Katie Dennis who is the Director of Retail Marketing for Vienna Beef. She gave us some history about the evolution of Vienna beef and how it came to be in the Southwest! 🙂 We also got a fun goodie bag filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a genuine Chicago dog!

What is a Chicago-style hot dog? It’s an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, bright green sweet relish, chopped white onions, juicy tomato slices, a crisp dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt…all nestled into a steamed poppy seed bun.

Fun Facts about Vienna Beef: Born in 1893, they have become Chicago’s and the Midwest’s first choice hot dog. They are an independent, family owned company. They are more than just a hot dog company, they also sell soups, cheese sauce, pickles, and deli meats. Many of Chi town residents are now refugees of the Valley. Did you know the Valley is the second highest metropolitan area Chicagoans reside?

E&K Favorites: Blackberry Wheat Beer and the hatch chile cream cheese

Website: http://www.heliobasinbrewing.com/   http://www.viennabeef.com/

Address: 3935 E. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85018