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Uptown has joined forces with local restaurants, chefs and C-CAP Arizona to host a Fall Chef Series at the market each Saturday through October. Every week we will feature a different chef from the valley. These chefs inspire and educate by transforming seasonal Arizona products, many of which can be found right here at Uptown Farmers Market, into delicious, simple tastes for the community. We continued the series with Chef Akos Szabo of FOUND:RE Phoenix and Match Cuisine & Cocktails.
If you joined us at Uptown on the 6th, we are sure that you (like us!) couldn’t resist stopping at the Chef Demonstration table — the aromas coming from Chef Robson’s Paella dish demonstration were simply mouthwatering. We were honored to have Chef Robson, of Otro Cafe, join us to create this signature dish that is a staple at his restaurant, and he sure drew quite the crowd with his GIANT pan!
It was a little chilly this past Saturday morning at the market but that didn’t stop any of you from joining us for Small Business Saturday! While we warmed our hands and supported our local favorites, Chef Jared Porter from Clever Koi got setup for his demo. Chef Porter used a red snapper from Uptown vendor, Holy Mackerel Seafood, which was caught on Monday, flown in Tuesday and tasted by you on Saturday – never frozen! How fresh and delicious is that?
What a fun holiday market this past weekend! We hope you enjoyed all the festive activities from unique presents, to having Santa for pictures and balloons made into holiday fun! Chef Justin Beckett and his wife Michelle joined us from Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail for a spectacular demo. Beckett’s Table started in 2010 and has become a popular Arcadia eatery with a great community feel. In 2014, it was time for Beckett to expand and he headed over to the Central Phoenix area and opened the highly anticipated Southern Rail in 2014. At Southern Rail you can find your fried green tomatoes, okra, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken and beignets but you can also enjoy lighter fare.
Chef Paul Hamernik from St. Francis joined us this weekend for our Uptown Market Chef demo. He arrived early and had the C-CAP students walk around the market that morning to pick out fresh ingredients from McClendon’s Organic Select, Farm Phoenix and other local vendors. What they chose created a spectacular Winter Salad.
It’s the week before Thanksgiving and a perfect time to gather up some bounty and learn about how to properly garnish those holiday drinks. Ross Simon, from Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, joined us on Saturday and poured out a plethora of drink tips for us. While Ross setup, the C-CAP students sliced fresh produce that Ross had found right there at market; from figs at the Community Exchange Table to oranges and apples from McClendon’s Select, all were sliced on a hand-made cutting board on loan from one of our vendors, Sanja at Artisan Cutting Boards. He was also able to collect beautiful pomegranates and sprigs of Asian Basil from Maya’s Farm.
This weekend the market was humming with energy as everyone enjoyed strollingthrough and grabbing their favorite fresh local items from honey, to fruits and veggies and everything in between. We celebrated our one year anniversary at the Saturday market as well and we’d like to thank you all for making the market the success it is. Here’s to many more years! To celebrate we had a photo booth, a jumpy house that was in the shape of a celebratory cake and balloon artist busting out spiders and swords.