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Get Ready to Eat Your Art Out

EatYourArtOutTuesday, February 26, seems to be disguised as Thanksgiving here in Chandler. The day will be full of food, fun, family, friends, and giving, without the “slaving in kitchen.” Best of all, when you eat out you are supporting the arts and restaurants in Chandler.

What do you have to do to get in on the fun? It is simple…go out to eat. There are 23 participating restaurants for you to choose from. Here is the breakdown for each meal:

For breakfast visit:

For lunch visit one of these delectable locations:

For dinner visit one of these delightful locations:

Mark your calendar “Eat Your Art Out Chandler” on Feb. 26. Gather your friends and family for a meal or two out on the town. It will be a day of celebration, support and scrumptious food. For additional information, please visit our website.

Winery, Bistro & Cafe

Today we have the great opportunity to highlight two Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants, Kokopelli Winery & Bistro and Bay Leaf Cafe.

Let’s first start our restaurant exploration at Kokopelli Winery & Bistro. Don, one of the restaurant owners, still remembers being a six-year-old boy and making his first batch of wine with his grandpa. “We didn’t have the same equipment as we did back then, we used a basket press,” recalled Don. When Don had his first experience being a wine maker as a little boy he asked his Grandpa, “How am I doing?” His Grandpa looked on in encouragement and told him not so bad. That was one of the many moments that shaped the idea for Kokopelli Winery & Bistro.

Eventually, Don and his wife, Carol,  made the move to Arizona to start the winery. The winery was fulfilling a great promise that Don made to his mother that one day he would grow her a vineyard and that is just what he did. Don’s mother is the second generation winemaker in America from the Minchella family. “We don’t know how many generations we have back in Italy except for the fact that there are one too many to count,” Don said.

Today the winery is one of Arizona’s oldest and most decorated. It’s award winning Bistro offer fresh European style lunches and dinners. When asked why they are participating in Eat Your Art Out Chandler they responded by saying, “Giving back to our community is part of our mission.”

Time to travel to a different cuisine and culture.  A new concept in Indian food offering healthy, delicious food customized to your choice is exactly what Bay Leaf Cafe is all about. Opening their doors on December 16,2011,  Bay Leaf Cafe  aimed to establish itself in an honorable position amongst the  top restaurants in Chandler area. Bay Leaf Cafe features contemporary, seasonal cuisine in a setting that combines striking neoclassical architecture with simple yet elegant modern furnishings.

Bay Leaf offers the convenience of traditional Indian menu and quick grab and go options for those in hurry. Rice Bowl, Chapathi wrap, salads and popular chats are offered under their quick menu. Traditional fare includes tandoori and curry dishes. When asked why they are participating in this event owner, Satyendra said, “I believe Art is an integral part of our life and should be promoted to make our generation/future generations sensitive to human attributes.”

Please support the restaurants who support us!  When you grab lunch or go out to dinner, try one of these participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler Restaurants.

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro
Hours (General):

  • Monday: 11:00am till 6:00pm
  • Tuesday- Thursday: 11:00am till 9:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 11:00am till 10:00pm
    Live Music & Dinner Friday & Saturday
  • Sunday: 11:00am till 5:00pm

35 W. Boston St., Chandler, AZ 85225

Bay Leaf Cafe

  • Tues-Sat 11am-9.30pm
  • Sun-11am-8.30pm
  • Mon-closed

SE Corner of Chandler Heights & Alma School Rd.
955 W Chandler Heights Rd ste-1, Chandler, Arizona 85286
Phone: 480-802-6634

Artsy Fartsy Foodies: Kokopelli Winery

Kokopelli Winery has been a Downtown Chandler staple for as long as I can remember, so we were all very excited when owner Dennis Minchella told us that Kokopelli Winery would be participating in Eat Your Art Out Chandler and support the Center.  

“Without the arts, we wouldn’t see how far the human mind can go. Art is amazing in its many forms and it allows us to be swept up in the emotion of the craft and to get away from our issues for a while,” he said, adding that wine and art go very well together.

Kokopelli Winery got it’s start in 1992, and in 2001 Dennis’ parents opened the Downtown Chandler restaurant so they could expand their business and serve some great food to compliment their amazing wines. Kokopelli is a success because of the passion for wine that is felt by the Minchella’s and their customers, as well as their understanding of supporting local businesses.

“It’s funny, but when I was a kid I would walk to the corner store to buy my candy. I knew the owner, in fact, I knew every owner in the downtown,” said Dennis. “Today, life is faster and people shop for bargains […] but we are all searching for that more comfortable time and that is usually found by dealing with the people in close proximity to you. By going to a show at Chandler Center for the Arts, then dining or shopping in the local downtown area, you get a sense of comfort and relaxation.”

That mindset has made Kokopelli so successful that they are now on the verge of opening their 1 Millionth bottle of wine, which they will do so at this year’s Kokopelli Krush, an annual weekend event in Downtown that encourages teams to crush the most grapes, with the winning team receiving a cruise.

So how does it feel to be on the verge of a 1 million bottle milestone?

“It is very exciting. To know that my parents founded the winery and got things rolling. Really there wasn’t a wine industry in Arizona when they came here. There were two hobbyist wine makers and Dr. Dutt of U of A, who was trying to prove that grapes could be grown successfully in AZ. To think back 20 years and to remember driving pilings into the ground that would support the cordons that would hold the grapes to make all this wine is hard to fathom,” said Dennis.

You can taste the passion at Kokopelli, so make sure you do so on February 28th from 11:00am-5:00pm, but also sometime this weekend, and help Dennis and Kokopelli Winery celebrate a wonderful milestone of opening their 1 millionth bottle of wine.

You can find Kokopelli on Faceb0ok and Twitter, as well as everything you ever wanted to know about them here.