Tonight was fancy night at Mowry & Cotton. I met up with my long time foodie friends Andrea and Merichelle in a sort of reunion night. Mowry & Cotton opened up at The Phoenician in 2007. I was able to attend a fun Yelp event here last year. It is named after two businessmen (George Mowry and James Cotton) who came to Phoenix in 1872 and opened the first fine liquor establishment in downtown Phoenix. They were trying to create more of a community feel instead of the typical saloons that were around. Chef Tandy Peterson has created a nice rustic menu of comfort food that pays homage to meals that were cooked over a fire back then. The concept here is a shared dinner menu that you mix and match with the people at your table. They have several choices of meat and fish to choose from like salmon, sea bass, steak and ribeye. They also have a variety of popular flatbreads (thin pizzas). Other choices are salads, vegetables and appetizers. They have several cocktails to choose from like their signature Washington & 1st drink (named after Mowry & Cotton’s distillery location in downtown Phoenix). They are also open for breakfast and serve brunch on the weekends. The staff wears button down shirts, suspenders and leather boots to reflect the times. For decor, there are old distillery bottle all around the restaurant that plays off the lighting that comes in to create an ambiance feel of the Old West.
Mowry & Cotton
Mowry & Cotton has been running a special Summer Culinary Countdown menu that includes a Bottle and Board for $25. It comes with a choice of a bottle of wine and a flatbread. We tried the Roasted Squash Flatbread and the A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris bottle of wine. For dinner, I ordered the Grilled Pheasant. It was tender and smokey and comes with lots of fixings like almonds, onions, broccolini and cherries. Others at my tabled ordered the Chicken Pot Pie, the Corn and Chorizo Dip (with Chicharrones!) and Grilled Potatoes. We enjoyed trying one another’s food over good conversation. This is a great new addition to The Phoenician. The rest of the evening was spent in The Phoenician Cactus Garden and enjoying the beautiful views of Phoenix from the lounge area.
The hot days of summer can be a lot of fun outdoors with the grill. Tonight in our Missional Community, we barbecued up some chicken and steaks. Everyone brought some sides and drinks as well. Afterwards we headed to the pool to swim. I’m not a big fan of the hot summers here in AZ, but barbecuing and swimming are always a great way to enjoy fellowship and to beat the heat.
The theme for summer is light. This is a refreshing light soup that is served cold and is perfect for the hot summer days. Gazpachos are a tomato-based, vegetable soup traditionally served cold, originating in the southern region of Andalucía.
4 cups (one 32 oz carton) creamy tomato soup
2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped cucumber (2 medium cucumbers)
3 tbsp lime juice (juice of 2 limes)
1 green bell pepper, stems and seeds removed
1 cup soup & oyster crackers
1 cup chunky salsa
2 tbsp cilantro
Combine all ingredients in a blender, saving a bit of cilantro or a few cucumber slices for garnish. Purée until smooth. Chill and serve cold. * – You can also make a pesto gazpacho by puréeing the tomato soup, 2 tbsp basil and 1/2 cup raw pine nuts.
1 box frozen oven ready breaded cod or other breaded fillets
Flour or corn tortillas
3 cup shredded white cabbage
1 ½ tbsp cilantro dressing
1 cup chopped tomato
Fresh cilantro for garnish
Cook fish sticks according to package directions. Place 1 fish sticks in each tortilla. Top with cabbage and drizzle cilantro dressing on top or toss the cabbage with the cilantro dressing. Hit the tacos with a squeeze of lime and top with tomatoes and fresh cilantro.
* – I like to add onions and hot sauce and serve with a summer white wine.
When I go to house parties, I like to eat. Well… we had quite the spread for Aaron’s birthday party. There was shrimp, mexican food, fried chicken, pulled pork, chips – everything you can think of. I couldn’t stop munching. We also had a lot of dancing. The macarena, the watermelon crawl – it was fun. Some people even took some time to jump off the roof into the pool. I even played jenga for awhile. A lot of fun and a great night of fellowship.