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Also gone are display racks that peppered the interior. Now the space has a clean, uncluttered feel. Intimate booths and a few high cocktail tables have replaced banquet-style seating. Rounding out the look is contemporary chrome ceiling lighting and chrome accents along the woodwork.


The new interior projects a more current look and should appeal to younger diners, Minchella says.


“There is a whole other market we wanted to tap into.” They were aiming for a casual, contemporary, relaxing space where patrons can unwind with Kokopelli’s extensive wine list, which Minchella says is expanding to include up to 40 new wines, many of them Arizona brands.


New offerings appearing on the menu were big sellers in October at Kokopelli’s 10th annual Krush Festival, a combination competitive grape crushing and wine tasting that drew about 3,200 people to downtown Chandler.


The Minchellas are also boosting their craft beer selection from 40 to about 80, a move also meant to appeal to a younger demographic, Minchella says.


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MENU CHANGES: Kokopelli Chef Erik West prepares salmon from the new menu at the Bistro in downtown Chandler.


Patrons who need help navigating the wine list can use the bistro’s new iPads, on which Dennis has installed an application developed by his company, Game On Technologies. The app walks diners through the wine and craft beer selections and helps them pair a wine with a particular food, functioning as a virtual wine steward. Of course, live employees are available to make suggestions as well.


Kokopelli Winery & Bistro is located at 35 W. Boston St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information call 480-792-6927 or visit www.kokopelliwinery.net.


Melissa Bordow is an independent writer who lives in Mesa and has called Arizona home for 30 years.


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Hang out with the Knights, donate food


Area residents are welcome to come by the newly remodeled Knights of Columbus Hall in Chandler from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20. Bring a donation of canned food to benefit St. Vincent de Paul, enjoy watching football on two large screen televisions, enjoy Mary’s famous Green Bay chili, burgers and snacks free of charge, and discounted beverages from the bar at the member’s rate. Knights of Columbus Hall is at 644 E. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. For more information call the facility at 480-963-4372 or Jack Fore at 480-760-3225.


OWL seeks new members


Help support a number of charities by joining the Ocotillo Women’s League (OWL), a nonprofit social club of women of all ages who are residents of Chandler’s Ocotillo planned community development and those from neighboring developments. The next meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Mon., Nov. 21 and every third Monday of the month at Bernard’s at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. in Chandler. OWL assists the East Valley Blue Star Mothers, a local organization of mothers, grandmothers and wives who have or have had children and family serving in the military. The OWL group has also supported Matthew’s Food Crossing, Hamilton High School’s Homeless Student Fund and “Turkeys to Troops,” a program sponsored by Heroes to Hometowns. The cost for the lunch is $15. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.owlsgroup.org.


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