Eye Candy: Salame

Assorted salame A stack of housemade salame sits in the Beard House kitchen during the reception before Gregory LaPrad and Anthony Andiario's Beard House dinner in early July. LaPrad and Andiario have received rave reviews for their cooking at Quiessence, a temple to seasonal and local cuisine in the Arizona desert. See more photos of the event here.

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On the Menu: July 4 through July 10

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday. July 7, 7:00 P.M. Handcrafted American Unilaterally declared “the best restaurant in Phoenix” by Elan Head of Phoenix magazine, Quiessence has come into its own under the direction of chef Gregory LaPrad, who rewrites the farm-inspired menu daily to highlight local ingredients. This dinner will also feature a selection of wines from the chef’s favorite Arizona winemakers. Thursday, July 8, 7:00 P.M. Waterside Italian For some teams, a winning streak lasts a couple of months; the lucky ones hang on for a few seasons. But the partnership between Andy Nusser, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich—of Babbo and Casa Mono fame—has been going strong for

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