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West Valley farmer caters to Phoenix chefs and foodies

By: Julia De Simone - May 2016

The Arizona Republic

Only with age did I realize the food my family prepared always tasted better in the company of others. Whether linguine with clams or a fresh tomato seasoned simply with olive oil, sea salt, oregano and basil, it was a gift to savor among those I loved without the rush of a clock....

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Critic's Bites: Resort eats, Farmer in the House, Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame winners

By: Dominic Armato - April 2016

The Arizona Republic

Pat Duncan, Arizona’s “Gentleman Farmer,” is no stranger to local produce, and local chefs are no strangers to him. Duncan’s “Farmer in the House” series, now entering its 10th year, aims to highlight the connection between Arizona chefs and agricultural products, with dinners that feature the bounty of Duncan’s Trading Company, his Laveen farm......

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Melon mania with chef Kevin Binkley and farmer Pat Duncan

By: Jennifer McClellan - July 2014

The Arizona Republic

Do you recall blissful childhood memories of biting into a slice of watermelon on a warm day? The feeling of sweet juice running down your cheeks, the crunch of ice-cold fruit between your teeth and the joy of spitting out tiny black seeds? Melons are one of the quintessential summer fruits, making it germane that July is National Melon Month.....

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Duncan's local organic produce inspires Valley chefs

By: Carey Sweet - March 2009

The Arizona Republic

Patrick Duncan waved a knife around, precariously close to Kevin Binkley's head. Binkley, chef-owner of the fine dining Binkley's Restaurant and its more casual sister Café Bink in Cave Creek, was too busy studying fresh plucked English peas to mind....

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Duncan's Trading Company

By: Christopher A. Costantino - September 2004

AZ Food and Lifestyles Magazine

In the United States, commercial produce is grown for size, appearance and durability, with taste bringing up a seemingly distant fourth. It's no wonder that the demand for locally grown organic produce is on the rise - organic food tastes better....

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St. Francis Offers Special Farm-To-Table Meal and Blessing

By: Melissa - February 2010

Arizona Foothills

We can’t help but appreciate when a restaurant is viewed as more than just a place to grab a bite to eat. Chef Aaron Chamberlin, owner of St. Francis in Phoenix, believes that tradition, history and community make a restaurant more than just a eatery but a neighborhood gathering place as well. Chef Chamberlin named months-old St. Francis after the neighborhood land deed owned by the Brophy family that dates back to 1936....

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Farmer in the House

By: Carey Sweet

The Arizona Republic

Wondering if all those “local, organic” designators on restaurant menus are too good to be true? You can’t get much better proof than having the actual farmer who grew your dinner sitting right next to you....

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Local foodies' predictions for food trends in 2013

By: Karen Fernau

The Arizona Republic

It’s a new year and another chance to predict which foods will be trendy in 2013.

This year, we asked Valley food trendsetters, from chef to baker to sommelier, to peer into crystal balls and tell us what we will be hankering to eat all year long.....

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Eats3 wrap-up

By: Carey Sweet - October 2008

The Arizona Republic

By the time the After Party for Eats3 got underway at 10:30 p.m. last Saturday, organizing team leader Peter Kasperski had clocked in what he estimated at two hours sleep since the culinary festival's kick-off bash started at 9 p.m. Thursday....

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Duncan's Trading Company's "Farmer in the House"

2013

Phoenix New Times

It doesn't take a lot to convince us of the importance of eating your vegetables, but when it comes time for Pat Duncan's....

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Crave Grand Tasting a gastronomic success

By: Carey Sweet - October 2009

The Arizona Republic

"I'm over where the food is."

That's how one attendee at last Saturday's Crave Grand Tasting at SouthBridge was overheard identifying her location to a lost companion. "The food," she repeated, shouting into her cellphone amid a noisy sea of revelers....

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