Chef Eddie Matney and Eddie's House in Scottsdale by Lynette Carrington It’s been eight years since Chef Eddie Matney opened his signature restaurant, Eddie’s House at Marshall Way and Indian School Roads after becoming a vibrant fixture in the Valley and a regular on local TV. During that time, he has grown his brand considerably and continues to delight his fans. With signature dishes that utilize unique flavor combinations, fresh and local ingredients with a dash of genius and served up with the finest hospitality, the team at Eddie’s House thrives in a very creative culinary environment. Supporting such a thriving culinary operation is no small feat and Chef Matney has also found the right recipe for a superb support staff that includes Catering Director, Tina Maas. She has worked her way up from her original position as a server and now knows the business nearly inside out. She also works diligently as Matney’s assistant.“I’m still serving and doing catering jobs,” says Maas. “Eddie likes how efficient and organized I am when it came to catering. One day at an event he said, ‘Tomorrow you’re coming in and you’re taking control of my life and you’re going to tell me what to do!’” Just like that, a star was born at Eddie’s House and Maas recently celebrated her one year anniversary at the restaurant. Catering from Eddie’s House is available Valleywide for just about any kind of event imaginable. Eddie’s House is open 5-10 p.m. daily for dinner and 4-10 p.m. each day for happy hour. That’s right! You can “Get Your Eddie On” at Eddie’s House during happy hour which features a huge assortment of specially priced small plates and cocktails. Check out some of the delicious noshes available during the nightly happy hour:Jacob and Gabriella Matney’s EdamameMo’ Rockin Shrimp, chili-beer dipping sauce, dough ballsTuna Tartar Nachos, Arizona corn and cilantroCrispy Chicken Drummies, honey chili chimichurriSeafood Wontons, cream cheese apricot voodoo sauceGrilled Flatbread topped with Chef Eddie’s inspired daily selectionCharred Calamari, spicy heirloom tomato coulisMint Pesto Grilled Lamb Chops, mint cumin hummusToasted Horseradish-Mashed Potato Stuffed ShrimpMediterranean Hummus Plate, grilled vegetables, pita bread, herb cream cheeseYard bird Sliders, bacon aoli, watermelon rindGhost chili, marinated cucumber, radish, Ahi tunaA selection of $7 happy hour cocktails includes Eddie’s House Martini (up, rocks, dirty… your choice), Mule Me (vodka, bourbon or gin n’ ginger beer), Island Escape (rum, mint, lime, ginger, pineapple), Lemonade Thyme (gin, lemon, thyme-infused simple soda) and Violet’s Turning Violet (vodka, lime, ginger, fresh blueberries). After decades in the Valley, Chef Eddie is still inspired and loves to wield his culinary prowess at Eddie’s House. “The fact of the matter is I still love to cook!” states Eddie Matney. “I’m 55 and I’ve been doing this since I was 15 years old, when I started out as a dishwasher. The great thing is I still get a rush from cooking. I love being on the line. I like creating new food. I like the whole thing about food. My mom always told me that food is an expression of love and I have a love affair with food.” He spends as much time as possible cooking in his namesake restaurant and also loves to cook at home for his family.“Chef Eddie Unplugged” is also a hugely popular feature at Eddie’s House. “It’s held at the chef’s counter,” explains Matney. “We call it ‘Chef Eddie Unplugged’ because I don’t know what I’m going to cook. I don’t even go into the cooler into 6 o’clock at night after the guests get there. It’s totally off-the-wall! Hopefully I’m in a good mood because then I cook well.” “Chef Eddie Unplugged” is available by reservation. Just call the restaurant and the fun begins as soon as Eddie hits the refrigerator! Ingredients at Eddie’s House are sourced locally as much as possible and free range chicken is also used. Everything is made fresh-to-order with the kind of care and attention to detail that people have come to know and love. “We’re a restaurant where you can come in and have a great salad with grilled chicken or shrimp,” says Matney. “We’ll make you anything you want. The flavors are big and bold and we work really hard. I want everyone to know that we always do really great stuff at the restaurant.” Additionally, Matney is a huge supporter of charities and is always eager to assist when called to do so. It’s part of his commitment to the Valley and his community. Eddie’s House will always have you feeling like family. The restaurant is located at 7042 E. Indian School Road (northwest corner of Marshall Way/Indian School). For special events or for the current menu, go to www.EddiesHouse.com or call 480-946-1622 for reservations or to inquire about catering or special events.