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Donald Downes has been writing about restaurants, food and people since 1989. Turning ideas into words, Donald is experienced  in many areas of writing: Feature Articles, Reviews, Interviews, Menus, Websites, Blogs and Business Collateral. His work has appeared in many publications, including

"Food & Wine" - restaurant reviews
"Chile Pepper" -
feature articles
"USAToday" - "Local Tastes"
restaurant blurb 
"PHOENIX Magazine"
- restaurant reviewer


"Scottsdale Magazine" - dining columnist
"East Valley Tribune Get Out" magazine -
      restaurant reviewer/columnist
"WHERE Phoenix/Scottsdale" - dining columnist

"Arizona Woman" magazine - food/dining columnist

Additionally, Donald has authored/edited three "Pleasures of the Palettes" cookbooks for an annual Phoenix charity event. His restaurant guide book "The Menu Phoenix/Scottsdale The Best Restaurants" was a handy reference for notable noshing spots.  "Unlike many restaurant reviewers, Donald Downes has the background and education to skillfully lead readers into the kitchen and dining room." - Louise DeWald, Author of Arizona Highways Cookbooks.


Additional publishing credits: Southwestern Hospitality, PHX Downtown, Frequent Flyer and Super Bowl XXX Official Visitors Guide. Original recipes appear in two Chile Pepper cookbooks: Hot, Spicy and Meatless and Hot & Spicy Chili by Dave DeWitt, Mary Jane Wilan and Melissa Stock; Prima Publishing; and What's Cooking in Arizona?, compiled by Sandy Bruce; Golden West Publishers.


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  Food & Wine

"Phoenix Riding High - a critic's roundup of the hot new places"

"Arizona Hot Spots"

  Chile Pepper

"UFOs Spotted in Cave Creek, Arizona"

  Get Out - Entertainment Magazine

"Just try to eat it - If brain burritos and innards don't sound frightening, then you're tough."

Review: Durant's - A Steakhouse Shrine for 60+ Years

  Arizona Woman

Review: Patsy Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

"Turkey Tales and Other Kitchen Calamities"

  Where Phoenix/Scottsdale

"Dinner Fare with Western Flair"

  PHOENIX Magazine

"Balancing Act"


Additional Writing Samples are available by request.

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