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up close The Scottsdale market is the largest vintage and antique market in the West and it continues to grow leaps and bounds each year. Last year, it attracted more than 35,000 shoppers and that number is expected to grow in 2016. The market first began in 2011 as what both women refer to as a happy accident. In July 2011, the Holts and Arnolds took a trip to Banff in Alberta, Canada, where they began discussing their frustration over a lack of places to shop for vintage items in the Phoenix area and joked about starting their own event so they could shop themselves. But, their husbands immediately saw a good business idea and encouraged their wives to pursue it. “Our first market was in our friend’s backyard in September 2011,” Holt says. “We simply pulled together a Facebook page, put an add on Craigslist and crossed our fingers.” The duo’s first market had 23 vendors and they anticipated maybe 200 vintage and antique fans to show up, but more than 600 people came through the doors in about four hours, and the rest, as they say, is history. “We knew then that something special had started,” Holt says. Today, the markets are filled with about 200 vendors from around the country who sell handmade and vintage goods. “Our goal is to inspire vintage in the daily lives of our shoppers and our vendors,” Holt says. “We want people to recycle and reuse items in their daily lives, and we try to encourage them to include those items throughout their homes.” The pair plans to hold four markets in 2016, including their first out-of-state market in San Diego July 16-17. The markets are full of high-quality items, all of which are vintage, antique and handmade. Arnold notes the market experience isn’t just about shopping for trinkets. “The market isn’t just tables of ‘junk.’ People come in looking to spend and shop for items they sometimes struggle to find anywhere else.”

The Beginning The two young women – both married and with three children each – certainly

“Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market was born from a love of junk and a desire to have a supportive and encouraging community in the greater Phoenix area.”

stay busy. But, you could say both were born with “junkin” in their blood. Raised in Spokane, Washington, Holt fondly remembers going to junk, estate and yard sales with her parents and siblings. “To this day, my parents’ house is filled with antiques and all sorts of treasures that remind me of my youth,” Holt says. “I’ve been finding the beauty in other people’s ‘junk’ my whole life. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is simply a product of my own love of junk.” As an Arizona native, Arnold doesn’t see junking as a job – it’s her passion. “I started treasure hunting at a young age, going to garage sales every weekend with my family,” Arnold says. “I love transforming what others see as trash into something beautiful!” As for their friendship and business

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partnership? You could say that was fated. Arnold and Holt first met at a church class for young married couples. Arnold had recently given birth to her first child and Holt was pregnant with her first. They first bonded over becoming new moms, but their friendship grew as they realized their shared passion for unique finds.

Looking Ahead The upcoming out-of-state market is just the first step in their growth. “We get daily requests to come to other cities,” Holt says. “Many of our shoppers and vendors come from other states, and we do have expansion plans on the horizon. It isn’t a matter of if, just a matter of when.” The women add that the vendors they work with depend on these markets for a huge part of their financial draw each year, and the pair are more than happy to support the creative community in any way that they can. And a sense of community is a big factor in the women’s success. Both Holt and Arnold acknowledge that they wouldn’t be where they are without their husbands. “They are who encouraged us to start our first market, and they have stood by us throughout the entire process,” Holt says. “Our husbands, parents, family and kids come out and help us set up the markets, are there to help throughout the entire weekend and help us tear down at the end. We simply couldn’t do this alone.” Both Holt and Arnold continue to stride strong with the business, helping to keep the creative community flourishing while staying rooted to their passion for finding beauty in the unexpected. “I love design and using vintage pieces to bring warmth and tell a story in someone’s home,” Arnold says. “Finding the perfect piece is a true treasure hunt for me. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market was born from a love of junk and a desire to have a supportive and encouraging community in the greater Phoenix area.” See what Junk in the Trunk is all about at the next market, held Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-8, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Find event details at www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

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he zealous team of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale works hard to ensure that it delivers an experience that will have a lifelong impact on its children. Fountain Hills resident Tina Duffy holds many roles within the organization. As vice chairperson of the Programs Committee, chairperson for the Angels Campaign and a community volunteer, Duffy has left her imprint on the organization for nearly seven years now. In turn, she has also left an imprint on the hearts of many children. Prior to volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs, Duffy worked in health and wellness for 18 years as the owner and fitness trainer of Springer Fitness. She later began to mentor children, and by incorporating her health knowledge, Duffy got children involved in fitness activities. “It means so much to be able to help someone who deserves all the opportunities the world has to offer but may not have the facilities in order to do so.” Duffy helps children attain those opportunities through her charitable work as a board member, and her hopes for the club’s children is that they will always have the opportunity to reach their goals. “I love seeing these children feel that they have a place to call their second home.”

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risha Hendricks of Phoenix’s 12 News is proud to call herself not only a Scottsdale resident but also a third-generation Sun Devil. Her grandfather was a big-time football player for the university in the 1950s, and Hendricks happily carried on the family’s tradition, attending ASU to study broadcast journalism. “I decided to pursue a career in journalism to help make a difference in people’s lives,” she says. Upon graduation, Hendricks soon made her mark in the world of reporting. She began her career in Montana and after two years, she received a call from 12 News to be a multimedia journalist, planner, prouder and fill-in traffic anchor. Hendricks eagerly accepted the offer to continue her passion in her home state. Now in her sixth year with 12 News, Hendricks is a force to be reckoned with. This Emmy-nominated journalist has covered a wide range of stories including Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting in Tucson and the largest wildfire in Arizona history, the Wallow Fire. Catch her while you can; Hendricks is certainly always on the go, exploring Arizona to ensure that residents are delivered quality news.

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Do you like to take fashion risks? Yes, absolutely! I have several wild silk Versace shirts that I have picked up in my travels. What’s one thing in your closet you cannot live without? A well-tailored sports coat and a pair of handmade Italian shoes will complete any outfit. What do you love most about the Valley? The friendly and welcoming people here. I really do love the people who live, work and play in the Valley. And also the sunsets and amazing restaurants.

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hen you walk through the office doors of Euro Pacific Capital, you’ll meet one of the branch’s best-dressed: Marlaina De Alva. De Alva joined the Euro Pacific team in October 2010, and she is on her 18th year as a stockbroker. Her responsibilities include everything from overseeing all aspects of compliance and approving new accounts to covering any broker who may be out of the office. “I like to say that my role comprises everything from the very mundane to the extremely complicated!” she says. As the only female in the office, De Alva coins herself as the Mama Grizzly. “I am very protective of them!” And while this Mama Grizzly is strong and protective, she also epitomizes femininity with her wardrobe. De Alva’s typical workday look is a knit top paired with a flowy skirt. “I prefer skirts to pants. They are much more comfortable and cooler here in Arizona.” De Alva’s style is reflective of her personality, too, so much so that her friends often point out various garments and say to her, “That’s so you.” Being able to express oneself is why De Alva adores fashion. “It’s an aspect of one’s personality,” she says. “And I love when someone can select something that’s so ‘me.’” How would you classify your personal style? I definitely have a distinctive style. I don’t like any outfit to be too “matchymatchy.” I always mix it up and like to wear a little pop of color, whether it’s bright shoes with an otherwise conservative outfit, or maybe a blingy accessory. I’m also the queen of the transition-to-evening style, meaning that I have a cocktailready ensemble under my workday wear! Where do you like to shop in the Valley? Nordstrom and bebe. When not in the Valley, Vegas baby! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love running 5K races!

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ost often, when people think about getting their acting chops for commercials, plays, television shows and movies, they are likely thinking about the bright lights of Hollywood. However, budding actors and actresses may not need to look much further than their own backyard here in the Valley, thanks to local acting coaches and casting directors Jan and Garth Williams.

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The husband-and-wife team, who have both lived and worked in big acting areas such as Los Angeles and Chicago, are now residents of Paradise Valley and are proud to call Arizona home. When it comes to acting talent, the two are focused on making Arizona a key part of the discussion through Garth Williams Casting & Development, for which they are both casting directors and coaches, as well as Almost Famous Theatre Company, where Jan is the artistic director and Garth is the producing director. “We are hoping that the pendulum swings in the right way for the state, that more jobs are brought to the state for actors,” Garth says. “If we can live in paradise and work here, it is the best of both worlds.” You might wonder what spurred them to open an acting studio seeking to help those who have an interest in the field of acting, and you could trace that back to their early acting days. Together, the duo has more than 40 years of combined experience in various aspects of the entertainment industry, giving them the opportunity to provide a blended brand of coaching to their students. In addition to being a casting director, Garth has a background in theater and TV acting. He spent time in the theater and during his time in LA, he spent about seven years acting on the NBC daytime drama “Santa Barbara.” “I played a recurring character, brought in when the storyline dictated,” Garth says. “I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.” He reflects that his time on the show was something that he will never forget. “I loved being on that show. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had, and my hope now is to share that love and hope with others.” Jan attended Chaparral High School and then Arizona State University, where she studied theater. While living in the Valley, she was chosen to be Jaclyn Smith’s double in a movie and recalls that during her time on the movie set, she learned quite a bit more than anticipated. “During the two months on the set, I learned more than I ever did in a classroom setting,” Jan says. “I learned about movie technology, lighting and camera angles, all in a compressed amount of time. So it was a very unique learning

experience but also very helpful.” Jan was also fortunate enough to connect with a mentor and talent manager, Joan Sittenfield, who has cast and packaged shows such as “Law and Order” and “Taxi.” Jan then moved to LA to study acting with Sittenfield, learning her strong ethics and methods along the way. She’s been an on-camera spokesperson for a number of companies, including McDonald’s and General Motors. Her off-camera experience includes serving as the Entertainment Programming Manager for Disney Entertainment, where she cast performers for live shows. Both Garth and Jan worked for SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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several years doing their respective jobs and are sure they must have crossed paths somewhere along the way. However, it wasn’t until they both acted in the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” that they finally met face-to-face and hit it off. “We met doing theater later in life, but we are sure it was meant to be,” Jan says. “Once we got together, we started thinking about what we could do to create art for others in the community. We really wanted to make this little black box theater and so we started small, deciding to do casting and give back to the actors and want-to-be actors to help the acting community thrive and be sustainable.”

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Leading the Pack Today, six years later, Jan and Garth are doing some pretty amazing things for the Valley’s local talent. “When we started, most of the work for actors was still going to people in LA. Even projects in Arizona were going to LA actors or they would double cast them,” Garth says. “We knew we needed to raise the bar and compete at a national level, and we realized that if you get the actors ready, you will attract the jobs, which is exactly what we are doing with our group.” Garth Williams Casting & Development, which began in 2010, started with one core class open to about

10 actors. Garth says about 20 people showed up and things have only grown from that point. In 2012, they added Almost Famous Theatre Company to their repertoire and have since produced 11 theatrical productions starring students from their core classes. “We attract great people, mostly word-of-mouth referrals for coaching, and we are excited that we attract the people who are ready to change their lives for the better,” Garth says. The students who come through their programs aren’t just people hoping to grace the silver screen, though; a spectrum of students walk through their doors. “We have APRIL 2016 |

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“I am a big believer in destiny, things don’t just happen, they happen for a reason,” Kataria says. When Kataria was a young girl growing up here in the Valley, she attended the Arizona State Fair with her family – little did she know that fun visit would end up changing her entire life. Walking to the car with her parents and siblings, her father enticed her to sing a song and after much prompting, Kataria finally gave in. A gentleman also in the parking lot heard her singing and came up to the family to ask who had been signing. Kataria’s father, always proud of his girl, quickly pointed her out and even shared a demo tape with him (which they always carried in the car with them). As it turns out, that man was a good friend of Michael Jackson’s manager and things snowballed from there. “We got a call a day and a half later and I guess that his manager, Dexter, played Michael the demo and he really liked it and wanted to meet me,” Kataria says. “We ended up driving to Neverland the very next day and it just escalated from there and I remember everything and it was just so surreal.” Kataria says that her first visit to Neverland was better than Disneyland – it was like living in a fairytale. She and her mother were brought into a library to meet Jackson and when he came into the room to meet her for the first time, he refused to give her a handshake, rather, he gave her a big hug saying that they hug in that family. He asked her to sing for him and she says that he told her she has the voice of an angel. After that meeting, life quickly changed for Kataria. She and her mother were asked by Jackson to move into Neverland and she began working to record and then tour in Europe. Then, life quickly changed again. Kataria was set to be on tour with the King of Pop when he suddenly died in 2009. Jackson’s death forced Kataria to take a look at life back in the U.S. without Jackson helping pave the way. Like many aspiring recording artists out there today, Kataria thought the next best course of action might be to try her hand at some of the big reality TV talent shows.

“At one point in my life, I had the way of thinking that I needed the big record deal to make it, I needed shows like ‘[The] X Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ and, at the time, I had this story – the Michael Jackson connection, so I thought it was the perfect time to go out and see if the iron was still hot,” Kataria says. Her talent, fan support and story did take her through several rounds of both shows, but, for Kataria, she believes this really wasn’t the way things were meant to be. “Everyone knew I was Michael’s protégé and with these shows, I think they all have some sort of agenda, so if you go in there not fully understanding that and knowing from the beginning exactly what is going on, it is a bad experience,” Kataria says. It wasn’t all for nothing, she says though. Kataria says she did learn some valuable lessons through the process. “The moral here for me and one that I want to share with others, is that for every boy and girl who wants to become a singer, you don’t need the big record label, you don’t need someone else to tell you that you are allowed to do it or not allowed to do it, you can make that decision on your own,” she says. Since the shows ended, Kataria has taken a new look at life both personally and musically. She is focused on what she can accomplish on her own and how she can take control. “My goals are to just keep control of everything that I put out,” she explains. “With a label, you lose control of your creative style and I wanted my music to be about me. Now that it is in my own hands, I get to put out my own kind of songs, I am the vision behind my music and I can cater more to what my fans are looking for.” As for her music, Kataria is moving ahead full steam. The singer, who focuses on a style which is very much Bollywood meets Hollywood, there is no resting now. “I just released my second single and am doing it all on the local scene now. It is very exciting and I can’t wait to see how it is received by the fans,” she says.

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While the natural star knows she did things in a backwards sort of way, starting with Michael Jackson and the record label at a young age, and now working on her own without a label, she says she is very excited to see what the future holds. “I’m digging the music scene here, It’s opening my horizons and I’m discovering there is a market here for people who enjoy local music and it is a very exciting time,” she explains. While, musically, Kataria is putting her own music out without a label, she is by no means alone. She is doing all of this with the huge support of her family and friends. Kataria is still living with family in Phoenix, giving her a support system all the time: to lean on in tough times and to celebrate the good times as well. Quite simply, Kataria says she would be no where without them. “I would be nothing and have nothing without the support of my mom and dad,” she says. “They have been super supportive and none of this, my past and today, would have been possible without my parents pushing me and standing by me through it all. They have kept me going.” And, much like the energizer bunny, she plans to keep going and going, with no end in sight. For Kataria, this is her life and she is going to live it to the fullest. “My most recent way of thinking is that life is a gift and when one thing doesn’t work out, there is always something else out there for you,” she explains. “Life is short, so spend it with good people, doing things that you love. It is no longer about dreaming the impossible dream, it is about living that dream with the gifts that are around you.” Kataria is certainly focused on moving forward and living life to the fullest. She recently released her music video for her second single, “Riot” and is working on her next big hit, “Love’s Crazy,” which is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. If you would like to hear her music, you can download “Riot” from iTunes or hear it on her Facebook page, THENishaKataria. Head to Instagram to follow her @NishaKataria.

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Scottsdale Quarter welcomes the fifth-annual AZ Wine & Dine event April 7, and this year’s festivities have a new spin. The focus is on resort restaurants, 19 of them in fact. Each restaurant’s menu or dish will be expertly pre-paired with a selected wine, giving guests an opportunity to sip and sample their way through the region’s premier resort restaurants without booking an overnight stay. Participating chefs and restaurants are some of the best in the nation, and many have earned national nods for their innovative resort culinary programs. Put on by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, the event seeks to give locals a taste (literally!) of the amazing culinary talent that is right in their own backyard. 5-8 p.m. $75. www.azwineanddine.com. BY CHELSEA YOUNG

Artistic Musings Fashionable Finds If you love fashion, you won’t want to miss Phoenix Art Museum’s special exhibition showcasing its fashion collection, Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum, on view from April 2 to August 7, 2016. The exhibition features the museum’s collection, which began in 1966, and includes iconic designers such as Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Chanel, alongside exquisite historical works, such as a leather gloves with metal, lace and silk embellishments dating as far back as 1650. The debut of this exhibition is a ticketed fundraiser ($50 general admission) April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. www.phxart.org.

Raising the Standard

The newest cocktail at the Hotel Valley Ho’s Zuzu is The Standardtini, of vodka, lemonade and muddled blueberries with an orange twist. Only available upon request, this refreshing concoction touts the hotel’s room service partnership with its new next door neighbor, The Standard, a luxurious boutique-style living experience opening this month. The Standard is Scottsdale’s only apartment community partnering with a hotel to offer one-ofa-kind resident perks, such as access to certain hotel amenities like the pool, cabana reservations during the weekend, VH Spa & Salon services, room service from ZuZu and personal training. Plus, its opening has given us all an excellent reason to try a new libation! To learn more about The Standard, take a look at www.experiencethestandard.com.

What’s It Worth? Ever wondered what that painting you’ve been holding onto might be worth? Or perhaps you’re just ready to do an “out with the old, in with the new” move. Either way, bring that painting or sculpture that may no longer suit your style to Larsen Gallery April 16 or April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for complimentary artwork evaluations. Located in the Scottsdale Arts District, Larsen Gallery has specialized in consigning art for more than 20 years, so you know you (and your artwork) are in knowledgeable hands. Call 490.941.0900 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.larsengallery.com.

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AWARDS ALL AROUND It’s Fate! Scottsdale’s Fate Brewing Company (www.fatebrewing.com) was recently given the honor of Best Beer Bar in Arizona by the Brewers Association’s website, www.craftbeer.com. The smallbatch brewery has crafted more than 200 interesting brews since its opening in 2012 and also serves up delicious wood-fired pizzas (try the Pablo Honey, which has a habanero honey drizzle). Culinary Kudos Hats off to one of our very own chefs! Lenard Rubin, Executive Chef at The Country Club at DC Ranch, was named the 2016 American Culinary Federation’s Western Region Chef of the Year. This summer, he’ll compete for the national title during the Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show in Phoenix July 15-19. Rubin will be representing the state of Arizona and the entire Southwest region when he competes this summer, and if he wins, will be named the 2016 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year.

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Sundance Actor Robert Redford is making his mark in Scottsdale. Last month Redford’s Sundace brand, best known for its film festival, opened its first Arizona store at Kierland Commons. What began as a catalog in 1989 has grown into six stores across multiple states, with Scottsdale being its most recent addition. The Sundance brand prides itself on offering items that are handcrafted in America with a unique and highly artistic touch while taking into account the natural environment. The retail store offers clothing for men and women, jewelry, accessories, furniture, art and home decor. You’ll notice that items often take cues from of-the-earth tones blended with Western influences, all while keeping comfort and fashion at the forefront. www.sundancecatalog.com. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Also founded in 1989, furniture brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams began in North Carolina and has since expanded internationally. Its Signature Store’s newest location, at Scottsdale Fashion Square, is the company’s 30th store. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ underlying vision is to help make the world a more comfortable place, and the brand does so through timeless, yet forwardthinking, styles. At the 11,000-square-foot Scottsdale store, you’ll find an eclectic mix of design, spanning eco-friendly, American-made upholstery as well as furniture, lighting, rugs, bed linens, artwork and accessories. And dog lovers can purchase dog beds in fabrics that coordinate with the sofas! www.mgbwhome.com.

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That Little Black Dress April 7, 11 a.m. Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak invite you and your friends to attend their 25th Anniversary Charity Fashion Show Fundraiser. Located at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, the fashion show will surely be one for the books. The day includes a presentation by international fashion expert Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black and honors Lin Sue Cooney of Hospice of the Valley. Runway, $150; VIP, $125. www.creativewomenofpinnaclepeak.com.

April 2, 6 p.m. More than 500 guests are expected in attendance at the newly renovated Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch for a picnic unlike any other. The retro Route 66-themed picnic will feature American Cancer Society’s CEO “stars.” Proceeds from the event will help the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. Individual tickets, $400; table, $4,000. www.picnicunderthestars.org.

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April 8, 5:30 p.m. notMYkid’s mission is to empower and educate people with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior. Enjoy a night under the stars at Desert Foothills where this mission comes to life. This year’s theme, Boots-n-Bling, is a cowboy chic soiree complete with s’mores, hay wagon rides, cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, games and dancing. Proceeds from this year’s event will go directly toward funding notMYkid’s programs. $250. www.notmykid.org.

April 15, 7 p.m. Scottsdale League for the Arts’ most stylish event pulls out all the stops. Eat Drink & Be Pretty is just that – fabulous fare and sensational spirits paired with beauty tips and tricks. Taking place during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, guests will also enjoy live music and spa treatments as well as a runway show of spring fashions from the Valley designers. $85-$125. www.leagueforthearts.org.

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Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala

April 16, 6:30 p.m. Since its inception in 1908, The Board of Visitors has granted millions of dollars to serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly in the greater Phoenix community. The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball, which began in 1938, is the longest running philanthropic event in Arizona. The philanthropic tradition continues at the 101st Annual Charity Ball at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. $600. www.boardofvisitors.org.

The Original Taste April 23, 7 p.m. Held at the Scottsdale Waterfront, The Original Taste will have your tastebuds doing a happy dance. The event combines more than 40 of the Valley’s premier restaurants, over 50 wines from across the globe, select brands of beers and premium liquor. Proceeds from the evening benefit Executive Council Charities to fund critical youth programs at organizations like Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Ryan House. $100. www.ec70phx.com.

April 21-22, Thurs., 5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m. This event honors the memory of Lou and Evelyn Grubb and raises funds for St. Joseph’s and Barrow Neurological Foundation. The golf event kick-starts with a roaring twentiesthemed dinner and raffle Thursday night before heading to the greens at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Friday. Golf tickets start at $500; individual gala tickets, $250. www.supportbarrow.org.

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Mother’s Grace Brunch April 28, 9:30 a.m. This brunch at Paradise Valley Country Club celebrates the upcoming Mother’s Day with a tribute to mothers and their inspirational work. Hosted by The Mother’s Grace Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting mothers and children who have faced hardships, the Champagne brunch features shopping and inspirational guest speakers commemorating the ultimate full-time employee: Mom. No ticket cost, but donations of your choice are appreciated. www.mothers-grace.org.

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RUN THE RUNWAY April 2, Scottsdale Airport Run the Runway ... literally! This annual 5K/10K race takes place on the Scottsdale Airport runway. Participants will enjoy a oneof-a-kind route surrounded by beautiful planes and entertainment. After the race, festivities include bounce inflatables, a DJ, vendors, interactive activities, photo ops with planes, race awards and more. The run benefits Playworks Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity. Spread your wings and soar, runners! 6:30 a.m. $15-$65. www.runtherunwayaz.com. VIVA: A VALLEY KIDS FOUNDATION BENEFIT April 2, Scottsdale Waterfront SouthBridge VIVA: A Valley Kids Foundation Benefit is one of the premier fundraising events for Valley philanthropists and hosted by the Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club. The annual VIVA is a semi-formal event featuring casino-style gaming, live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles, dancing and more. Guests will celebrate the best in Arizona culinary talents and enjoy live music, craft cocktails, beer and wine. All proceeds benefit Valley Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves the Phoenix community’s leaders of tomorrow – our children! 7-10 p.m. $100. www.vos2030az.com. WISHES ARE FOREVER BALL April 2, The Phoenician This dazzling event attracts more than 500 attendees – and it’s understandable why! The ball celebrates the mission of Make-A-Wish Arizona by raising funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening conditions. Make-A-Wish Arizona invites you to be a part of their James Bond 007-themed ball to help grant the wishes of every eligible child in Arizona. The evening includes a silent auction, live auction and the opportunity to see the impact that wishes have on someone else’s life. 6 p.m. $500. www.arizona.wish.org. MOONLIT DRIVE-IN MOVIES April 2-30, The Promenade Scottsdale They say baseball is an American pastime, but don’t drive-in movies qualify as an American pastime, too? Viewers will experience the movie-going experience as it used to be ... drive-ins! Every Saturday of the month, enjoy a different film shown on a 32-foot inflatable screen under the stars. Movies include “Minions,” “Night at the Museum: Secret Tomb,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Inside Out” and “Alvin & The Chipmunks.” 7:30 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalepromenade.com. OLD TOWN FARMERS’ MARKET April 2-June 11, Old Town Scottsdale (between Brown Avenue and 1st Street) Right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale

SUNDAY A’FAIR April 3, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts The first Sunday of the month marks the season’s final Sunday A’Fair! This event features free outdoor concerts by Arizona’s top musicians, so pack a picnic basket and lawn chair to enjoy the fresh outdoors. There will be fun hands-on art activities for children and families, not to mention delicious food and beverages available for purchase. 12-4 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

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Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo & Parade April 1-3, Cave Creek Memorial Arena Giddy-up, Arizona, because the 38th Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo & Parade is trotting into town. Hosted by The Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee, an Arizona nonprofit organization of volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to support the professional sport of rodeo in the community, the event is jammed pack with performances by the top-ranking contestants from the Rodeo Cowboy Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. The three-day fiesta includes delicious bites, drinks, a parade, rodeo dances and live music. See you at the arena, partner! Fri. and Sat. performances start at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. starts at 2 p.m. $12-$28. www.cavecreekprorodeo.com.

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42ND STREET April 5-10, ASU Gammage Adapted from the novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1993 movie, “42nd Street” tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home to audition for the Broadway musical “Pretty Lady” in The Big Apple. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy is asked to take the main role in the show. Will she leave the audience wanting more? This radiant production is directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner. Showtimes vary. $20-$125. www.asugammage.com. VIDEO ARTWALK April 7, Scottsdale Arts District Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association comes the debut of Video ArtWalk! The walk incorporates visual arts with video artworks where images and shows will be displayed on the exterior walls of buildings, in vacant storefronts and in galleries. To make the walk even more interactive, street musicians and entertainers will perform along the cobblestone path to truly capture the new era of visual performance in technological mediums. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com. PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL April 7-14, Harkins Scottsdale 101 Are you a “Netflix and chill” type? Do you catch yourself adding unsolicited commentary during movie outings with friends? Do you follow your favorite director on social media? Well, you have a common case of movie frenzy, and the remedy is quite simple: Phoenix Film Festival! The festival screens more than 150 films – from major studio movies to independent films – all under one roof at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. $13-$300. For showtimes, visit: www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

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do FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH FIESTA April 8, Duffy residence in Fountain Hills Tina and Tom Duffy invite you to their home for the Fountain of Youth Fiesta benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. The evening will feature delicious food, entertainment, and silent auction and live auctions with a purpose to help continue to provide the clubs’ children with facilities and programs that give them opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $50 in advance. For more information, call 480.816.4534. 9-5 THE MUSICAL April 8-May 8, Desert Stages Theatre Co-workers Violet, Judy and Doralee have had it with their obnoxious, egotistical boss and create a wild fantasy where they give him the boot in this musical. When a coworker overhears the ladies talking about their fantasy in the restroom, they are forced to take action. While the boss remains out of pocket, the ladies take control of the company and improve the workplace for everyone in it. Showtimes vary. $22-$25. www.desertstages.org. A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS April 9-10, Symphony Hall The Phoenix Symphony is all lights, camera, action this month! The red carpet will be rolled out and awaiting your best catwalk strut. Come dressed to the nines as The Phoenix Symphony brings the music of the big screen to a live musical performance, performing songs from Oscar-nominated and winning dramas, romances and Hollywood classics. Let’s just say this event has nothing on Jay Gatsby’s opulent parties. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. $18-83. www.phoenixsymphony.org. CAVE CREEK HOME EXPO April 16-17, Stage Coach Village This second-annual home expo will feature more than 30 exhibitors featuring items for your home and your garden as well as fine art. Check out exhibitors for furniture, pool, landscaping, flooring, LED lighting and so much more. Home Depot will also offer interactive classes and there will be a kids workshop Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.cavecreekhomeexpo.com. GREAT SOUTHWEST CAJUN FEST April 23, Dr. AJ Chandler Park Celebrate Cajun culture and handcrafted beer at the Great Southwest Cajun Fest. Presented by Angry Crab Shack, the event will showcase the meat and potatoes of New Orleans cuisine packed with Arizona fusion and flavor. Attendees will enjoy live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing revival bands – you’ll think you’ve been transported to the southeastern region of Louisiana. 12-9 p.m. $10. www.southwestcajunfest.com. GRAHAM NASH April 23, Talking Stick Resort Showroom Former member of the British pop band, The Hollies, and the 1960s folk-rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash will take Talking Stick Resort’s Showroom stage this

Arizona Bike Week April 6-10, WestWorld of Scottsdale Sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, the 20th Annual Arizona Bike Week is back and better than ever before. Each day riders will cruise together on various rides such as the charity rides “Peace Out, Prostate Cancer” and the “Hand in Hand Ride” benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The week will also feature concerts, vendor shows, entertainment and food. Times and prices vary. www.azbikeweek.com.

month. Known for his signature tenor voice, the singer-songwriter will captivate the audience as he plays a collection of his greatest hits including “Chicago,” “Ohio” and “Teach Your Children,” as well as new tracks from his 2016 studio album, “The Path Tonight.” 8 p.m. $40-$320. www.talkingstickresort.com. PULITZER PRIZE WINNER STEVE BENSON April 26, Civic Center Library Auditorium 
As The Arizona Republic states, “Irreverent. Leftleaning. Searing. And not always politically correct. That’s our political cartoonist, Steve Benson.” The Republic’s editorial cartoonist will share his experience as a Pulitzer Prize winner with a Valley audience this month. Benson also was a Pulitzer finalist in 1984, 1989 and 1994. He has received a variety of other awards in his SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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distinguished career and has served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Don’t miss out on what this leftleaning cartoonist has to say! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalelibrary.org. THE THIRD DIMENSION: SCULPTURAL STORIES IN STONE AND BRONZE Opens April 30 This new exhibit at The Heard Museum will feature donated work by leading American Indian sculptors such as Allan Houser and John Hoover. It will also include sculpture by the next generation of accomplished sculptors, who were inspired by these pioneers, such as Doug Hyde and Houser’s son Bob Haozous. The majority of the sculptures will come from the estate of Ann B. Ritt, who collected sculpture by Houser and Hoover. Peruse the exhibit to see how these artists each valued storytelling and the inspiration that stories gave to their art. For times and pricing, visit www.heard.org. WAKE, SHAKE & MINGLE: A FITNESS FUNDRAISER April 30, Boondocks Patio & Grill The treadmill and StairMaster can easily become monotonous workouts. Instead of begrudgingly heading to the gym on April 30, spice up your daily routine with Wake, Shake & Mingle: A Fitness Fundraiser. Participants will experience the dance session of all dance sessions. For 100 fun minutes, you’ll be led by noted Valley instructors who will have you working up a sweat in no time. Participants will also enjoy healthy bites, groovin’ music, goodie bags and chances to take home some great raffle items. Proceeds will benefit the life-changing programs and services offered by Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Adults, $75; children, $25. www.freshstartwomen.org.

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ear after year, the charitable Celebrity Fight Night attracts the biggest and hottest stars including Academy Awardwinning actors and actresses, Grammy Award-winning musicians and professional athletes. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night will be held April 9 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The star-studded gala gives Valley residents an opportunity to mix and mingle with an array of stars as it honors featured guest, Muhammad Ali, and raises funds for charity. Celebrity Fight Night’s primary beneficiary is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorder Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute. This year’s black-tie evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, an exciting live auction and entertainment including performances by seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, along with many other stars. “We are excited to have Carrie Underwood perform this year as our headliner,” says Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “In addition, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Brooks & Dunn,

If You Go…

WHAT: Celebrity Fight Night WHEN: April 9, 5 p.m. WHERE: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix TICKETS: Prices start at $1,500 per ticket INFORMATION: www.celebrityfightnight.org

The Tenors and Sinbad will be performing.” This will be McEntire’s 11th consecutive year hosting Celebrity Fight Night, and 16-time Grammy-winning songwriter and producer David Foster will be returning for his 17th consecutive year as the evening’s musical director. This power-packed night of excitement not only leaves the audience with unforgettable memories each year but, more importantly, provides significant dollars for charities. Throughout Celebrity Fight Night’s 22-year history, $118 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorder Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute as a significant beneficiary. Walker also says numerous other

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charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of the supporters. “We also support many other charities such as helping the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul with our weekly Never Give Up program, which is in its eighth year,” Walker says. This year’s honorees include Carrie Underwood, Carson Palmer, Dr. Francis Yeoh, Yank Barry and the Argyros Family. The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards were established as a way to acknowledge leaders in the sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with The Champ’s fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Some of those previous award recipients throughout the years have included Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Robert De Niro. “Celebrity Fight Night is about more than attracting some of the world’s most famous celebrities,” Walker says. “Celebrity Fight Night is a result of many generous people who have funded one of the largest and most respected Parkinson’s centers in the United States.”

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Introducing the Deco Design Studio by Deco Communities It’s time to design a home that is as unique as you are. Make your dream home a reality when you work side-by-side with our award-winning designers to select your choice of features, fixtures, and finishes for your new Deco Communities condominium. With hundreds of design options, the possibilities are endless. The Deco Design Studio is Now Open by appointment only, exclusively for the VIP buyers of Deco properties.

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SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL

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alling all food lovers – the Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 17 for a fun, foodfilled weekend. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the event includes plenty of excitement, with 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, cooking challenges, chef demos, a family zone, a wine garden and a vodka lounge.

If You Go…

WHAT: Scottsdale Culinary Festival WHEN: April 16, 12-9 p.m.; April 17, 12-6 p.m. WHERE: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale TICKETS: General admission, $10; Saturday VIP, $140; Sunday VIP, $110; beer garden, $40; ages 12 and under, free INFORMATION: www.scottsdalefest.com

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Attendees can enjoy food from this year’s participating restaurants, including The Neighborhood Treatery, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Roka Akor, Sushi Roku, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Pita Jungle, El Hefe, Pork on a Fork, The District, Delice Bistro, Inchin’s Bamboo Garden, Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequlia, Black & Bleu, Dakota and SanTan Brewing Company, plus many more.  In addition to culinary delights, the 25-acre festival grounds will feature 11 themed zones jam-packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate Arizona’s food culture. Access to all zone activity is included in the general admission ticket pricing, with the exception of the VIP area and the Southwest Festival of Beers, a not-to-miss experience that will feature 200 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants and beer games. Meanwhile, in a Culinary Experience Tent, education is the focus with a mixology demo, chocolate-making demo, meetthe-brewers panel, a food photograph seminar and an urban farming seminar. An Epicurean Expo will feature chef demos, student cooking challenges, wine seminars and the latest in kitchen and cooking gadgets. A new addition to Sunday’s lineup, held in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, is the Challenge to the Chefs: Teen Edition. The winner of the challenge will walk away with more than bragging rights; they’ll receive a $500 gift card to Whole Foods and a kitchen start-up gift from SubZero Wolf. And if you’re bringing the kids, head to the Family Zone, where young ones will enjoy face painting, bounce houses, carnival games, a magician and crafts. Three stages offer live entertainment, while festive libations are served up in the Skyy Bar, Campari Cocktail Deck and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Wine Garden. For the ultimate experience, go VIP, which includes meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs, exclusive demo seating, unlimited food and wine tastings in a special tasting tent and an all-access pass. All net proceeds will support the nonprofit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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ne of the United States’ largest rugby events takes place right here in Scottsdale, and this year’s event is one of many firsts. The previously named Rugby Bowl, now renamed as The Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic, is the first time ASU will play a country (Mexico), the first time The Fiesta Bowl is sponsoring, and the first time the event will include an evening glow with giant, eight-story tall hot air balloons. Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, the match will take place April 23. Starting at 5 p.m., fans can get up close and personal with the top-flight rugby competition as the ASU Men’s Rugby Team goes head-to-head with the Mexican National Rugby Union Team. And, on the heels of the year of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” world-famous Yoda and Darth Vader hot air balloons will make their Arizona debut. These iconic balloons have traveled across the world and have been featured at hot air balloon festivals in Russia, Taiwan, Germany and at the Albuquerque International

If You Go…

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Balloon Fiesta (the world’s largest hot air balloon festival), but this will be their first visit to Arizona. The evening Hot Air Balloon Glow will take place on the field immediately following the ASU-Mexico showdown at sunset. “The Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic is not only an event featuring a David & Goliath story, but it also brings thousands of people to downtown Scottsdale for an evening hot air balloon glow,” says Jason Rose, founder of The Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic. “For as little as $12, fans will experience an incredible evening under the stars.”

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New Store Opening Soon 8912 Pinnacle Peak Road • Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (NE corner of Pinnacle Peak & Pima in the La Mirada Center)

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formerly named Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center has been reimagined into a place that offers a retreat to unwind and escape. Outdoors, one of the resort’s two pools was completely remodeled into 2 ½ times its original size with eight new poolside cabanas, plus a new restaurant/ bar concept, Twisted Vine. And speaking of wining and dining, there are two new stand-out additions that both highlight Arizona’s history (the resort even hired a historian to help!). A new restaurant, Kitchen West, serves modern American West fare while paying homage to Arizona’s past through historical photos decorating the space. A new lobby bar, Bar Six40, is named after the 640 acres of land that Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased, which would eventually become Scottsdale. Here, you can enjoy light breakfast eats in the morning; later, choose from a selection of craft beers and wines on tap with bites from Kitchen West.

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any Scottsdale resorts have recently undergone renovations, revealing updated pools, refurbished rooms and new culinary concepts. And while you may think these have been done only to draw in visitors, the renos are also for locals’ enjoyment. Here’s the scoop on three resorts rockin’ new digs.

The Hermosa Inn This year, The Hermosa Inn celebrates 80 years as well as new ownership. The historic property began in the 1930s as cowboy artist Lon Megargee’s residence and art studio and has since grown into a boutique hotel. Retaining its historic character, the inn has added a new entryway

and updated resort lobby. Six casitas that were part of the original architecture have also been renovated. Later this year, look for the addition of new guest rooms and expansions to Last Drop at the Hermosa and the patio at LON’s. And what better way to welcome the inn’s improvements than with a special 80th anniversary cocktail? The Alonzo 80 – named in honor of Megargee – is a blend of gin, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and bubbly. Cheers! www.hermosainn.com.

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Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas Part one of two (which will begin this summer) included a $5 million update of the meeting space, updates to the guestrooms and villas, and enhancements to the poolside Oasis Bar and Grill. But perhaps the biggest renovation kudos go to BlueFire Restaurant & Grill, with an overhaul of both the space and the menu, as well as an entirely new pool and cabanas for those lazy spring and summer days. And to further open up the space, especially during nice weather, the lobby and restaurant now feature retractable glass doors.

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oronto native Niki Woehler has a knack for creating abstract art using distressed natural elements as her muse. While she is creative-minded and has been painting for more than 20 years, Woehler is relatively new to the art scene in the Valley as she started showing and selling her art just in the past two years. Prior to pursuing art, she was an advertising executive. Upon meeting her, it’s clear that Woehler is on her ideal path; she has the presence of a woman who is loving what she does, and her joy for her work exudes in her every movement. Though, one might say Woehler’s journey to becoming an artist was almost by happenstance.

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Local artist Niki Woehler captures the beauty of nature BY KAMILLA GRAHAM PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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“I wanted original art in my house, so I painted it,” Woehler says. “It was such a personal thing, and I kept it as a private part of myself, never dreaming that I could sell it. Then, a former client wanted to see my work and loved it, and she requested three pieces for her home. That’s when it occurred to me that maybe I could do this all the time.” As the mother of three children, Woehler says that she often paints to clear her mind in addition to feeding her creativity, noting that her skills come from an emotional and spiritual place rather than formal artistic training. Her paintings are inspired by the elements – water, wind, earth and fire – and objects ravaged by these. Think of eroded rocks, rusted metals or a scene obscured by rainfall. The imperfect details lend themselves to a story, a story that Woehler seeks to tell through her paintings. Highly textured, Woehler’s works are comprised of materials such as acrylics, metal, graphite, amethyst, quartz and pyrite. To get the textured effect, she rarely uses brushes, opting instead for a variety of untraditional tools like trowels and rakes to evoke imagery of nature. Vibrant and vivid in color, her paintings are so tactile that the senses are drawn in, and you can almost sense her artistic process. The paintings are often large, too; some tower at six feet tall. And for Woehler, the bigger the paintings are, the better. “My preference is large because of the size of the tools I use,” she says. “I love to make giant, sweeping gestures, and I love scale.” When she is commissioned for a piece for someone’s home, Woehler says it is her greatest joy to produce something they will love. To create an even greater artistic experience for clients, she even sends them the playlist of music she listened to while painting. Woehler’s work can be found in private collections in the United States and Canada. Locally, you can view her work in various galleries and inside the new Phoenix hotel, Found:RE. One of her pieces will also be auctioned at the MakeA-Wish Arizona Wish Ball this month. Learn more about Woehler and her work at www.nikiwoehler.com.

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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Brady Cohen, executive chef of Salty Sow BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Salty Sow serves contemporary farmhouse fare with a heart for what’s local and seasonal. Executive Chef Brady Cohen tells us about his journey to chefdom and the offerings at this American gastropub. WHY DID YOU BECOME A CHEF? When I was 14, my mom opened a coffee shop in my hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I got exposed to the restaurant industry. When I left for college, my roommates and I found ourselves with big appetites but no working oven or stove. So we improvised and came up with some pretty outrageous food. Though I was studying business, I got so into cooking that I transferred my scholarship funds to enroll in the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN EXECUTIVE CHEF. While at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, I completed an externship at Epcot Center at Disney World. Once I came back, I connected with Fox Restaurant Concepts and worked for them in virtually every culinary position you could imagine. Eventually, however, I knew I wanted to train in fine dining in a culinary mecca. Thanks to help from my brother, I actually ended up in London on a work visa, working for Galvin at Windows, a Michelin star restaurant on the 30th floor of the Hilton Park Lane. HOW DID YOU END UP BACK IN AMERICA – AND AT SALTY SOW? For all reasons people do things: a girl, of course! I also missed home and was ready for a new challenge. When I saw Salty Sow would be opening, I met with the ownership team and everything clicked. We share very similar values – we respect the farmers and growers who provide our ingredients, the members of our team, and supporting local whenever possible. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT IF THEY VISIT YOU AT SALTY SOW? Salty Sow is one of the area’s hidden gems and our patio is perfection. We like to think of ourselves as both a neighborhood bar and unpretentious gastropub focused on sustainable ingredients mindfully sourced from local farms and purveyors. Don’t miss our crisp chicken thighs and prime rib! We have a ton of regulars, and we work hard to give back to this community as it has given us so much. TELL US SOMETHING SURPRISING. Last November, in honor of the movie “Burnt” and its star Bradley Cooper, Marie Claire set out to find “America’s Most Eligible Chef Bachelors.” Somehow, I made this list. It was equal parts very kind and completely embarrassing. Salty Sow, 4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.9463; www.saltysow.com.

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A STUNNING SPARKLER Sip on Spiga Cucina Italiana’s Santo Frizzante BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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hough less than two years old, Spiga Cucina Italiana has quickly become a go-to wine bar and lounge in North Scottsdale. One major reason? The spectacular happy hour cocktail list. “Because our aim is to showcase the best food and drink from Italy, Portugal and Spain, people often assume we are all about the wine,” says Beverage Manager Brandon Thompson. “And while it is true that we have an eye-popping 2,350-bottle wine collection with some of the rarest vintages from across the Mediterranean, we’ve taken great care to craft a cocktail menu to similarly impress our guests.” Among the most impressive to the palate: the Santo Frizzante, literally translated as “holy fizzy.” And fizzy it is! “With the Santo Frizzante, we aimed to create something a little bubbly, a little bold and very refreshing,” Thompson says. Thompson’s recipe begins with a vodka base. He then adds both grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur, and then tops it with a heavy pour of prosecco. Served in a martini glass, it looks as sleek and seductive as it tastes. “Upon first tasting the cocktail, guests always note the bubbles from the prosecco, which tickle the taste buds,” Thompson says. “But then the flavors of both the elderflower – which has subtle notes of pear and passionfruit – and the grapefruit take over, resulting in a perfectly balanced sip. Not too sweet and not too dry, it’s just refreshing, especially on a spring day.” Spiga Cucina Italiana, 7500 E. Pinnacle Peak Road; Scottsdale; 480.513.9000; www.spigaaz.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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BY GABBY RICHMAN AND CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTOS BY JAMES PATRICK

8 Valley bartenders share their most memorable moments

It’s a well-known sentiment that bartending lends itself to overhearing interesting (to say the least!) conversations over cocktails. Bartenders play many roles – as artists of their craft, they also serve others, listen to customers’ needs and do so with eager eyes upon them. You could even go so far as to say bartenders are the generous friend or sounding board someone needs. We talked with bartenders at eight locally loved bars who see their fair share of notable people and have no shortage of intriguing stories to share. But no matter the person or the tale, the commonality is that these bartenders always keep their cool with the utmost dedication to their craft, chalking up each day or night behind the bar as an opportunity for creativity and community, and perhaps a few laughs too.

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Z88’s Steen Olson has been at the helm of the restaurant’s bar for 13 years, as both a bartender and manager, and he’s been in the industry for more than double that. His first bartending job began at now-closed Greasewood Flat 27 years ago and he says he’s never looked back. A Valley native, Olson says he feels very rewarded to be at a place like AZ88 that has lasted for so many years (since 1988, in fact), giving a nod to owner Karl Kopp for always encouraging his team’s success. “I am the most fortuitous bartender in town to be able to master my craft with a great staff and the best bar-backs in

Scottsdale,” he says. Olson promises he makes a mean sidecar, perfect for Arizona’s spring weather, but he shares that his favorite cocktail to make is an Old Fashioned. This cocktail is comprised of Makers Mark, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Peychaud’s Bitters, all aged in American oak for 21 days. Olson then pours the concoction over ice, muddled with cherries and fresh sliced orange, and adds a personal twist – he tops it with ginger beer instead of soda. Ask Olson for his specialty the next time you drop by for dinner and a drink. Olson notes AZ88 sees its fair share of high profile individuals, some of the SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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nicest and most down to earth being baseball players Cody Ross and Dontrelle Willis. We also got the low down on one of Olson’s most memorable stories about a guest. “Slash [the lead guitarist] from Guns N’ Roses came in with his wife or girlfriend at the time. I will never forget what he ordered: an ice cream sundae and a Kettle One martini straight up with olives. He then proceeded to draw cartoons on the beverage naps. Needless to say, he was very gracious and entertaining.” AZ88, 7353 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.994.5576; www.az88.com.

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Citizen Public House

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ld Town Scottsdale’s Citizen Public House has a bartender who is Citizen born and bred. Eric Wilson got his bartending beginnings at Citizen four years ago and has been there ever since, acknowledging that he learned from some of the best and most experienced bartenders in town. He fondly says that his job now is the best job he’s ever had. Wilson, who personally enjoys a mean Sazerac (whiskey with a hint of absinthe and bitters), says his favorite drink to make actually gives a nod to his father. In honor of his dad’s 57th birthday, Wilson came up with The 57, a blend of Jameson, sweet vermouth, Amaro Meletti, Canton ginger liqueur, Nux Alpina walnut

liqueur, housemade tobacco and leather bitters, and toasted orange peel. Insider tip: You don’t need to be turning 57 to enjoy this bad boy! Personal touches like these are exactly what Wilson says the restaurant encourages its employees to bring to their guest interactions. They’re encouraged to work openly within their environments and really make it their own, and Wilson notes that every day is a new day to find a renewed approach to their guests, and even better, to their repeat guests. And speaking of guests, Wilson has had some interesting ones, including Bob Dole as well as Ty Pennington from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who APRIL 2016 |

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Wilson recalls liking a good Moscow Mule. Other notable guests? “Kevin Youkilis is 100 percent my favorite celebrity that I’ve taken care of,” Wilson says. “He’s truly such a nice, personable guy. I don’t even watch or follow baseball, but I am a Youkilis fan. He’s one of the most humble, down-to-earth gents I’ve met behind the bar.” Citizen Public House, 7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.398.4208

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The Duce

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he Duce is a fun downtown hangout where anyone is welcome to grab a drink, play some cornhole or hit the dance floor. This eclectic spot has something for everyone, which is why Arizona native Patrick Kenger joined the bartending team at The Duce just under four years ago. The bar manager started in the industry as a student at Arizona State University – first bussing tables, then working as a barback, which turned into promotional work for nightclubs and finally led to bartending. “During that time I developed a true passion for the craft and even after graduating I knew I wanted to be a part of the service industry for a long time,” he says. Kenger enjoys the technical skills

involved in making a cocktail (especially one he can shake the hell out of), but he also says he loves the role he can play in someone’s night in-between ordering drinks. The Duce has been hosting the Phoenix Suns’ Christmas party for the past few years, where the players and their families come in for a good time – which you can imagine produce a few juicy stories. Being a big Suns fan, Kenger tries to work all of the parties and at one of them a few years back, noticed a kid sitting down at the end of the bar hunched over. “I thought he was one of the player’s kids, but I didn’t pay much attention,” he explains. “I finally got over to him and quickly asked if he wanted a soda or SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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something. He stands up and I realized I was staring up at seven-foot Alex Len. It was an embarrassing moment as a bartender and a Suns fan. He ordered a root beer.” Aside from celebrity sightings, Kenger says that some of the funniest memories he has of bar-goers include people trying to pay with Fry’s VIP cards, proposals in the middle of the bar and intoxicated people making their own bathrooms. Beyond the stories and drinks, The Duce was also featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.866.3823; www.theduce.phx.com.

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Durant’s

Gail Lynch

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fter a fluke incident landed Gail Lynch (hostess at the time) behind the bar, she never looked back. Now, more than 30 years later, Lynch is still mixing up drinks for guests and putting smiles on their faces. Lynch joined the Durant’s team almost 11 years ago. It’s a no-brainer that someone with so much experience would wind up at one of the oldest (and most iconic) classic steakhouses in Phoenix, with more than 65 years in the Valley under its belt. “I love being part of an old school restaurant that holds its place in the history of Phoenix, and a place with an awesome product that I am proud to be part

of,” she explains. Sizzling steaks, big red booths, shaken cocktails and a bar that has been visited by some of the most famous celebrities in the world is just part of Lynch’s everyday gig. “Durant’s has hosted many cool people from Muhammad Ali giving the ole one-two punch to the men working in the kitchen to Don King greeting everyone as he passed in his colorful coat and crazy hair to the graciousness of Ernest Borgnine and Henry Winkler,” she admits. With notable people like this also come many great stories, but don’t expect a peep from the staff as part of their great success is that they’ll never tell. APRIL 2016 |

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Some of Lynch’s favorite memories include mingling with the regular guests at the bar on a daily basis. “My fondest memory is of the gentlemen, who have since passed, that would have lunch at the bar each day and entertain me with stories of days gone by and hum tunes from old movies and records.” Although Lynch enjoys the occasional vodka martini or an Old Fashioned, she typically offers up the suggestion of a sidecar when guests aren’t sure what to order. Durant’s, 2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.264.5967; www.durantsaz.com.

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jade bar

Eddie Garcia

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ddie Garcia traded biology for bartending, but it’s safe to say that he found his calling. The bar manager and mixologist for jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa has been behind the bar for 25 years, and at this location for about three of them. Although he started his career wanting to be a high school biology teacher and basketball coach, his path changed when he was working at a Biltmore-area restaurant called Nola’s while studying to get his degree. Jeff Myers, the general manager at the time who would later open Alice Cooper’stown, took a chance on Garcia and put the bartending rookie on the schedule to try out the craft – and

it took off from there. But, don’t think he had to give up his dream of teaching completely. “Here at jade bar, we have a Mixology 101 class on Saturdays that has been going on for years and allows me to combine my love of teaching with my fascination for cocktails,” Garcia says. “Each class offers information on a different spirit, and we teach participants how to make classic and new cocktails using those spirits.” Recently, jade bar inducted its first members into the jade bar Hall of Fame (which highlights former and current mixology superstars): Jason Asher, Kyle Mason, Micah Olson, Tyson Beuhler and Jillian Vose. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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“To say the least, these five are rock stars in the cocktail world!” he says. “They have not only influenced cocktail culture in the Valley but around the world. This past February, we had all of them here one night behind the bar at the same time – imagine having Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and Julia Child in your kitchen at the same time – it was awesome!” jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.2100; www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

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The Little Woody

Shannon Krol

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ith about 20 years of bartending experience under her belt, you can say that Shannon Krol is an expert at her craft. Krol, general manager and head bartender at The Little Woody, joined the bartending world before industry jobs were a booming business and considered a career move. “Back then bartending wasn’t considered a ‘real job’ so I took a lot of confidence jabs and was always trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. After about 15 years of trying to figure it out, I realized I had been doing it all along,” she says. If you ask Krol’s friends, they would likely say that her drink of choice is Montenegro Amaro Liquer, but she

considers whiskey neat her go-to spirit. She also enjoys a good gin, tequila, rum, mezcal or scotch. Just like her taste in alcohol, she also enjoys making just about any drink – except lemon drops – and suggests a glass of Tequila Fortaleza Reposado neat to go with the weather these days. Being at The Little Woody for four years has given Krol the opportunity to see all of the regulars who come through the bar, a lot of which are musicians. And, it really is a place where everybody knows your name, as you’ll often see Krol and some of the other bartenders calling out to their regulars as they walk through the door and even coming out from behind APRIL 2016 |

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the bar to give them hugs. “Scotty from the Gin Blossoms is our neighborhood rock star and one of my favorite people ever,” she says. “He always has a smile on his face and is such a genuine person. It’s always a pleasure to see him walking in the door.” Every third Wednesday, the bar also has speakeasy sessions for local musicians to get together and jam. Join in or just sit back, relax and enjoy local celebrities showcasing their talent on instruments like the saxophone, upright bass, bongos or harmonica. The Little Woody, 4228 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0339.

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Phoenix City Grille

Frank Vitale

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ith 44 years in the bartending business and 19 of those years spent at Phoenix City Grille (PCG), it’s clear that Frank Vitale has just as much of a history to him as the Grille does. Vitale, who started as a bar-back when he was just 17 years old, has spent most of his career with PCG owner Sheldon Knapp, splitting the past 30 years between the Grille and Knapp’s other restaurant at the time, McKenna’s. Apart from seeing NBA legend and former Phoenix Suns player Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins at PCG, Vitale has had his fair share of celebrity run-ins along the way, including James Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Hope Lange, Evel Knievel,

Oliver Reed, Kurt Russell, Fred Astaire, Raymond Burr, Elton John, Chris Evert, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Johnny Depp – just to name a few. Vitale, who is the bar manager at PCG, says his favorite part of the job is seeing old familiar faces that he has served throughout the years come back and visit him. “I realized that one of my regular customers and I went to the same high school in Scottsdale,” he explains. “Days later when I came to work, there was a picture of me from my freshman year (resembling Spock with a bow tie on) taped to the mirrored wall behind the bar that she had enlarged from our high SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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school yearbook.” Knapp’s taste varies as he enjoys making a freshly squeezed lime juice margarita, but his drink of choice is a crisp glass of Rombauer Chardonnay. For the springtime, he recommends Hemingway’s Cuban Daiquiri. Phoenix City Grille, 5816 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.266.3001; www.phoenixcitygrille.com.

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Proof

Jon Crone

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on Crone is the man to see at Proof, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s relaxed, yet refined, eatery. Crone has been with Proof for 3 ½ years and has been bartending for a total of seven years. After working as a server, he made the switch to the beverage side where he says the act of bartending is an absolute art; he’s not only crafting cocktails but he’s doing so with an audience. Crone has had the opportunity to meet well-traveled people who each have a different story to tell, and, often, he uses those stories as inspiration to create a cocktail that brings them back to a certain moment in time. Crone says he’s had many moments where a celebrity was

at the bar, but received the same treatment as the guest next to them because he truly believes that everyone who sits at his bar should feel like a celebrity. But, being a football fan, one of his coolest guests has been Super Bowl XXXV winning quarterback Trent Dilfer. Another favorite: Eugene Levy, the actor who played the dad in the “American Pie” films. Proof always features at least one take on the classic Old Fashioned, so Crone is constantly experimenting with ingredients – ask for his latest version! And if your favorite song comes on and the mood strikes you, let it be known Crone won’t be one to judge. “One of the funniest moments I have APRIL 2016 |

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had was when Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” came on over the speakers. A guest was really getting into the song and apparently decided it was a good idea to act the song out. In his enthusiastic state, he ran up to the bar, grabbed the sugar bowl used to rim cocktails and poured it all over himself. It was all fun and games until he realized there was about two cups’ worth of sticky sugar all over him, and the reception he was attending was just getting under way.” Proof, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, 10600 E Crescent Moon, Scottsdale; 480.513.5085; www.proofcanteen.com.

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GARDEN GADGETS

Keep every part of your yard looking lush with these adorable accents BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Check tool set, $29.98 at CuteTools, www.cute-tools.org. Blueberry dust pan, $17.98 at CuteTools. Artichoke garden finial, $69.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. LED solar dragonfly garden stake, $19.95 at Pier 1 Imports. Peony watering can, MacKenzie-Childs, $225 at www.horchow.com. Large butterfly bench, $4,750 at www.horchow.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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There’s no better time to rock this pretty gem – a LAGOS Caviar Color ring in blue topaz – than springtime. As temperatures begin to climb, take a fashion cue from the brilliant (and cooling) blue hues of pools and distant seas with this sparkling semiprecious stone. Bezel set in a sterling silver band, this large statement ring is crafted with intricate insets of Caviar beading, and logo detailing is displayed in 18-karat gold. Eye-catching and versatile, the ring will complement warm weather wardrobe staples while perhaps conjuring images of far-off locales (don’t say we didn’t warn you!). $1,800. Available at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. APRIL 2016 |

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SIZZLING SUNNIES

This season, shake up your shades with one of these supercool men’s or women’s selections BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Gunmetal square aviator, Prada, $399 at Optics. Light blue square, Derek Lam, $414 at Optics, 480.991.0509. Orange cat eye, Tory Burch, $49.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Gold oversized pentagon, Miu Miu, $89.95 at To Be Continued … A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Tortoiseshell cat eye, Brighton Collectibles, $110 Diva Divine Boutique, 480.585.2570. Black aviator, Serengeti, $89.95 at Well Suited, 480.556.9750. Patterned matte black, Carrera, $239 at Optics. Dark green rectangle, ECO Biobased by MODO, $165 at Optics. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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PRINTS CHARMING Pick a pair of these patterned shorts to sport in the warm Arizona weather

BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Gray-and-white spotted, Keepsake, $39.95 at To Be Continued … A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Bright multicolor, Elevenses, $19.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Tribal print smock, Patrons of Peace, $44 at Honey B’s Boutique, 480.292.8912. Black-and-white geometric Bermuda, Tribal, $72 at Diva Divine Boutique, 480.585.2570. Black polka dot Bermuda, Pure Amici, $118 at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190. Blue embroidered, Union of Angels by Cindy Bapst, $89 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. APRIL 2016 |

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LIVE BEAUTIFUL, BE BEAUTIFUL

Save the planet and look good while doing it BY LACI LANGSTON

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co-friendly products are all the rage right now, and what better month to jump in on the trend? With Earth Day just around the corner, spend this April giving back to Mother Nature. Begin in your cosmetic collection by making the switch to embrace the power a green beauty regime has to offer. Ditch the toxic chemicals that many traditional beauty products contain, and start making a positive impact on the planet by choosing ones with natural ingredients. Here are a few of our favorite earthfriendly finds:

RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Solar If metallic hues are wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Fortunately for us, they are so right. Step up your shadow game and discover what the RMS Beauty hype is all about. Acting as an (organic) eye shadow and eye cream, its texture creates a youthful and trendy look in a warm golden bronze shade. Welcome aboard the raw and natural eye polish train! $28 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, 602.955.2354. Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Bliss Full There is something so flattering about effortless beauty. Bliss Full is the perfect pale pink tint that adds just the right amount of pop to complete your look. This shade works well for all complexions and will leave your lips feeling hydrated and oh-so-divine. Certified organic and placed in a refillable packaging system, Kjaer Weis embodies green beauty. $49 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar. Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight Hair Treatment Say goodbye to frizz, waves and any other annoyances standing in the way of achieving that naturally straight hair look. Stubborn hair is for the birds, and Aveda’s Smooth Infusion will cure any bad hair day. Using plant-based fibers, this treatment forms a hold on your hair, creating a sleek and ultra-smooth style fit for any hair type. $26 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. COOLA Suncare Unscented Face Mineral Sunscreen Matte Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Living in Arizona means sunburns, dry skin and, unfortunately for some, skin cancer. Since us ladies are always out and about, we tend to forget about applying sunscreen to our faces. Lucky for us, COOLA has created an all-natural sunscreen mixed with BB cream which tints, nourishes and protects your skin all at once. $36 at Nordstrom. Lush Cosmetics Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub With fresh coconut, avocado and sea salt as the three main ingredients, this mixture equals pure bliss. Ocean Salt is a two-for-one product because it’s for both your face and your body. Want results right away? This gem right here will do exactly that using the freshest and finest ingredients. Your skin will be the softest, brightest and best its ever looked. Two words to describe this product: game changer. $22 at Lush Cosmetics, 480.946.5874. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque A little goes a long way with this face masque. Minimized pores, blackhead-free and hydrated skin – this masque does it all. Apply it a few times a week and watch how fast your skin improves. The skin revamping product also gives you the opportunity to go green with its eco-friendly packaging. $26 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

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Being a blue eyed blond I was worried that my eyebrows would look overdone but Rachell has been custom blending her own colors for each person for over twenty years so I trusted her to get the right shade and shape. I love the arch she gave me! It was like getting an instant lift! I get so many compliments on how my eyeliner enhances my lash line and makes my blue eyes just pop! But it still looks super natural! —Tina Clemmons President/Owner De Novo Scan, Clinical Thermography

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I was most impressed with Rachell’s conservative approach to permanent makeup, she really stresses you can always add more and that made me comfortable. She is such a color genius and so experienced. I love that now I can just get up and go. —Dawn Billings Heartlink Founder, Creator of Primary Colors Personality Test

For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy

"My motto is Classic Beauty, nothing trendy. Nobody wants to look like they had their makeup tattooed on! That’s why all my signature treatments are designed to look soft and natural. Remember you can always add more! My clients never wake up Wednesday morning with Saturday night makeup! Classy, classic and conservative is my specialty look.

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esigned to capture its premium setting, this custom three bed, 2 ½ bath home in Troon Village wows with beautifully framed views from every room. With an estate-like setback for privacy on its 1.64-acre lot, this property begins with a paver drive leading up to a rotunda auto court. A custom ironwork door greets guests and opens to the first of many breathtaking views highlighted with architectural details. The 4,551-square-foot residence blends rich wood elements with open spaces and sweeping windows. It is ideal for entertaining, with formal living and

dining areas that open to each other, and features wood beam ceilings, stacked stone accents and travertine flooring that create an inviting ambiance. A full bar area with an imported onyx countertop completes this area before seguing to the patio. Additional features include a gourmet kitchen with new granite slab counters, new appliances including a commercialgrade Dacor 8 burner range, and breakfast room. An oversized den has cross-beamed ceilings and new wood floors, and there is also a billiard room and library. All bedrooms are en suite, including a master suite with dual walk-in closets, a fireplace

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and stone-tiled bathroom. Outdoors, multiple dining and seating areas allow for a relaxed setting, each angled to enjoy sunrises, sunsets and mountain views. Adding to the serenity is an elevated spa that flows into the pool and are both adorned by newly installed landscaping. For convenience, an outdoor cooking station with a barbecue is located adjacent to the indoor kitchen. 24610 N. 119th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $1,395,000 with The Luckys, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.320.8415 or lucky@russlyon.com.

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vital stats: 2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 Base price: $86,450 Price as tested: $104,825 Seating: 4 Engine: 3.0-L turbocharged V-6 diesel Horsepower: 254 hp Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

2016 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER HSE TD6 The pinnacle of diesel luxury

Fuel economy: 22/28 mpg city/highway Fab features: Powerful, quiet, fuel-efficient diesel engine World-class luxury Simply marvelous

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ange Rovers are sold around the world, and nearly half of them are equipped with diesel engines. In the Queen’s motherland, that number soars to a whopping 90 percent. Now, for the first time, Land Rover is introducing diesel powertrains to the United States market. Both the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport can now be purchased with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with 254 horsepower and, more importantly, a massive 440 foot-pounds of torque, connected to a quick-shifting eightspeed automatic transmission. It promises APRIL 2016 |

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32 percent fuel efficiency over the V-6 gasoline engine with a combined 25 mpg. The Range Rover model is known as the HSE Td6; I’ve driven it and I can tell you it’s nothing short of spectacular. I’m talking about the diesel engine performance here, but the same can be said of the Range Rover itself, which is as close to a perfect vehicle as one can get. Recently, Land Rover execs and engineers introduced the diesel-powered Range Rover for media to drive both on and offroad in Sedona. They acknowledged that the timing of their diesel introduction was less than desirable, given the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, cheap gasoline and that buyers seldom use the vehicle to tow a boat or trailer, where having massive amounts of torque from a diesel engine is automotive nirvana. About 15 to 20 percent of buyers are expected to choose the optional diesel engine. But Land Rover execs know their buyers couldn’t care less about towing capacity, improved fuel economy, reliability ratings or that they’ll shell out an additional $1,500 to get the diesel. All of these factors don’t matter to the kind of person who gets on a waiting list to pay around $100,000 for the supposed specialness of owning and driving a Range Rover. Case in point: Have you ever sat in a Range Rover and inhaled the intoxicating fumes of its top-grain semi-aniline perforated leather seats? Have you caressed the real Macassar wood veneer, or listened to symphony hall-like sounding instruments on the Meridian Audio system? Or, have you enjoyed the high-tech electronics, amenities and world-class off-road creds? It is for these reasons that you’ll opt to include the whisper quiet diesel – because it’s about the empowerment that comes with the seduction of owning and driving the finest of British luxury. Alas, royalty must be served. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA. You can catch him on several local TV stations and can reach him at jmprueter@yahoo.com.

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ALL ABOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER A luxury train ride across the Canadian Rockies BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROCKY MOUNTAINEER

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here’s something magical about a train ride. Perhaps it’s a throwback to a golden age of travel when even the journey was an adventure. You can capture that magic with the best of today’s amenities when you board the Rocky Mountaineer (www. rockymountaineer.com) for a trip across the Canadian Rockies. For more than 25 years, the Rocky Mountaineer has transported passengers over majestic mountains, past glacier-fed lakes and alongside rushing rivers as they experience a part of Canada only accessible on board the luxury train.

Classic First Passage to the West The Rocky Mountaineer offers a variety of routes, but one of the most spectacular (and the most popular) is the First Passage to the West. Book the GoldLeaf Deluxe service to get the best experience on this four-day, three-night excursion. You will spend your days in the glass-domed

with the peaks of the coast and Cascade Mountains in the distance. The glassdomed coach makes it easy to sit back, relax and watch the grandiose spectacle from the comfort of the train. As night approaches, you’ll arrive at Kamlooops, a typical Western boomtown. There are a number of fun eateries downtown; try The Noble Pig for local brews and bites, or, for something a bit more upscale, book a table at Terra.

Final Day On Board the Train train and your nights at luxury hotels. The visit begins in Vancouver, a modern gem on Canada’s Pacific Coast, about three hours by air from Phoenix. You will stay the night at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, a historic hotel in the heart of the city. You can enjoy dinner and drinks at the hotel’s new Notch8 Restaurant & Bar, which gives a nod to the hotel’s railroad history.

First Day On Board the Train Your first day starts with a transfer to Vancouver’s train depot. As you depart the coast and head into the heart of British Columbia, you’ll enjoy a gourmet breakfast while passing through the verdant Fraser Valley and the rushing waters of Hells Gate (part of the Fraser River). As the day progresses, you can indulge in complimentary adult beverages, or perhaps a cup of tea, as you watch the rolling hills give way to the high desert,

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You’ll leave Kamloops to climb the mountains and head deep into the Canadian Rockies. Another day of gourmet meals and drinks is interspersed with history and majestic views. Today, watch for bears, deer, elk and mountain goats as the train slowly climbs the mountain. The most spectacular part of the trip is the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering masterpiece – one of the steepest, most scenic railway lines in North America – that lets you breathe in the splendor of the Rockies. The train’s outdoor vestibule is an ideal spot for getting great photos!

Ending Your Journey in Banff Your journey ends in the quaint resort town of Banff with a stay at the AAA Four Diamond Rimrock Resort Hotel. Whether you relax at the hotel’s spa, explore the town’s boutiques, or head up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola, you will lose your heart to this mountain enclave.

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ooking for a bit of light to brighten your office space or favorite reading nook? Look no further than a special edition lamp by Italian-based lamp designer Foscarini. Known for innovative and slightly unconventional pieces, Foscarini introduced a special piece to commemorate its partnership with iconic architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni, who helped craft the brand’s Lumiere lamp. After this partnership, Lumiere garnered international success and quickly became Foscarini’s most popular lighting piece, taking its inspiration from the classic table lamp and lampshade with a sleek, modern twist. To celebrate the silver anniversary of this partnership, Dordoni reimagined a chromefinished edition: Lumiere 25th. The commemorative design features a blown glass diffuser that has a special mirror-effect metallic finish – when you turn the lamp on you can actually see through to the finish to the bulb. The refined elegance and modernity of Lumiere 25th warms any room with diffused light, and because of the delicacy of the blown glass, it takes more than 100 hours to create each lamp. Find it locally at Lumature, a contemporary lighting showroom that specializes in fine contemporary furniture and lighting from America and Europe. Available in small ($915) or large ($1,204). 15620 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.998.5505; www.lumature.com.

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T H E WRIGHT LOOK Soft, yet bold, styles collide with the structured lines of architecture to create a blueprint for flawless ensembles

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JACKET: Short bolero, Patrick Kelly, $375. NECKLACE: ’80s resin, Maria Oros, $275. JUMPSUIT: Denim with belt, $175. All from Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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NECKLACE: Rhinestone collar, $110. JACKET: Sequin blazer, Lillie Diamond, $95. SKIRT: Handpainted circle, $125. All from Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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DRESS: Fur top gown, Todd Oldham, $495. BRACELET: Lucite bug bangle, Kolos, $125. All from Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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TOP: Sheer nylon, $85. SKIRT: ’50s patio skirt, $135. BRACELETS: Small and large cuffs, Maria Oros, $125 and $195 respectively. All from Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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TOP AND PANTS: Silk striped set, Pauline Trigere, $450. All from Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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DRESS: Olive pleated, Jack Bryan, $275. From Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770.

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Scottsdale Fashion Week: Michael Costello Show BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Guests enjoyed a fashion show by designer Michael Costello, which featured models such as Rachel Mortenson. The show was held at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale.

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Jacklyn Whiting and Courtney Malcic

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Nick and Lea Novak Kevin Bootz and Marlene van Leeuwen

Colleen’s Dream: Evening of Dreams Gala BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Colleen’s Dream Foundation’s third-annual Evening of Dreams Gala supported investigational scientific research in establishing an accurate and accessible early detection test for ovarian cancer. The gala, held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, included sensational spirits, silent and live auctions, dinner and live musical entertainment.

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Bill and Melissa Evan

Scottsdale Fashion Week: Fashion-A-Ball BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Dave Leach and Lindsay Howell Gezile Daka and Maria Matyola

The Fashion-A-Ball was held at the W Scottsdale and featured athletic apparel and swimwear, Michael Kors and Jessica Simpson swim presented by Dillard’s, Athleta, Monica Hansen, HOLT Swimwear and Sun Kitten featuring Gretchen Christine Rossi. Kyle and Jennifer Cobe

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Stacey and Joe are in the middle of a custody battle and Stacey has evidence that Joe abuses drugs/alochol…

Yvette says:

Stacey may have grounds to file an emergency petition for temporary legal decision making and supervised parenting time. Stacey can request a hair follicle test and weekly random drug and alcohol testing with a court approved facility for a period of time.

Child support

Julie and Richard divorced a year ago and Richard just lost his job and stopped paying child support…

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If Richard wilfully fails to pay child support when he has the ability to pay, the court can find him in contempt and issue an arrest warrant. A child support order is effective until a party requests a modification of the amount from the court. To modify child support, the loss of a job must be found to be substantial and continuing. When possible, Yvette and Jennifer encourage amicable resolution of family issues through mediation. Otherwise, Yvette and Jennifer are ready to fight for your rights in court. Rubin & Ansel. A premier boutique family law firm in Scottsdale. If you have a family law question that you would like answered, email us at Y&J@rafamilylaw.com.

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MASK Making a Difference Unity Award Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

Maggie Webster and Laurie Bennett

Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids (MASK) hosted the Making a Difference Unity Award Luncheon to acknowledge and celebrate moms making an impact in the community. The luncheon at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess included presentations and awards in honor of these moms.

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John and Norma Parker

Blue Door Ball BY BEN ARNOLD

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale hosted their annual gala at the Arizona Biltmore. The evening, held in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, recognized 13 extraordinary club teens who were competing for the title of Youth of the Year.

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Held at The Phoencian, this 20th-annual event, which supports Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, grossed $1.5 million. Attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, live music and dancing.

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Monica Caraballo and Bettina Chow

Glitz, Glam, Give Gala BY BEN ARNOLD

The red carpet evening celebrated the magic of Hollywood movies in support of the Arthritis Foundation. Guests lived like celebrities during the Academy Awards viewing party, Rolfs fashion show and live auction.

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Taylor Stone, Rachael Wolfner and Karlyn Kirkegaard

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Inspire Downtown Scottsdale Mixer BY BEN ARNOLD

Melissa Lively and Shana Liddell

This neighborhood mixer welcomed new home buyers, top Valley real estate agents and movers and shakers of Scottsdale. It took place at AZ88 where guests enjoyed the restaurant’s eclectic menu, famous martinis and and changing art installations.

We put the epic in epicurean. Dine in style at the Valley’s culinary jewel on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort. With world-class entrées and wines, live entertainment and unparalleled views of the McDowell Mountains, your TSR night will be like no other.

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Dancing with the Stars Gala BY DAVID APEJI

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The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s 10th anniversary Dancing with the Stars Gala took place at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and featured outstanding Arizona celebrities and community leaders paired with professional dance instructors who danced competitively to raise funds for kidney disease awareness.

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New Leaf Camaraderie Gala BY DAVID APEJI

The 32nd-annual Camaraderie Gala was a festive soiree inspired by the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood. Held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, the evening included dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and casino games. Funds raised benefited A New Leaf’s shelter programs. Mick Levin and Tina Sanchez

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drink Maya Day and Nightclub

Cocktail: The Pom Pom tops a traditional mimosa with your choice of raspberry or pomegranate liqueur. Cost: $8 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale; 602.810.0736; www.mayaclubaz.com.

Black & Bleu American Grill

Cocktail: The grill’s Pomegranate Mimosa combines sparkling wine with pomegranate juice and a hint of fresh blackberry. Cost: $6 9343 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.1810; www.blackbleu.com.

Crudo

Cocktail: Dazed & Confused boasts strawberry-infused Aperol, passion fruit, lime juice and, of course, sparkling wine. Cost: $10 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666; www.crudoaz.com.

Ticoz Latin Kitchen

Cocktail: The Big Girl Mimosa is a mix of house-infused citrus, Champagne and strawberry agua fresca. Cost: $6 5114 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.200.0160; www.ticozaz.com.

The Bevvy

Cocktail: Santa Margherita rosé Champagne, guava nectar and strawberries mingle in the Scottsdale Mim for the perfect medley of fruit flavors. Cost: $11 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail; 480.525.9300; www.bevvyaz.com.

SOL Mexican Cocina

Cocktail: The Fro-Mo takes a traditional mimosa and injects it with SOL’s signature frozen margarita (available on the weekends during brunch only). Cost: $9 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.6708; www.solcocina.com.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

Cocktail: RA’s Ginger Mimosa uses a gingerinfused orange juice and sparkling wine (available on the weekends during brunch only). Cost: $5 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.951.5888. 3815 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.9256; www.rasushi.com.

SOI4 Bangkok Eatery

Cocktail: The Thaimosa is made from sparkling rosé wine, Peach Schnapps and fresh mango puree. Cost: $11 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.778.1999; www.soifour.com.

Market Street Kitchen

Cocktail: Their Pink Grapefruit Mimosa features pamplemousse rose liqueur, grapefruit bitters, sugar cubes, fresh grapefruit juice, a grapefruit twist and prosecco. Cost: $10 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.278.7044; www.marketstreetkitchen.com.

The District Burger Bar

Cocktail: The District Splash jazzes up a traditional Champagne and orange juice mixture with the addition of pineapple and grenadine. Cost: $7 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale; 480.664.0356; www.districtbaraz.com.

The Gladly

MIMOSAS WITH MOXIE

Sip on these bubbly beverages at brunch time BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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Paul Martin’s American Grill

Cocktail: Their Champagne Lemonade features house-infused Meyer lemon vodka, lemon juice and a touch of fresh basil, topped with Piper Sonoma sparkling wine. Cost: $13 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.

runch is popular in the Valley, thanks in great part to our undying love of the mimosa – a tasty treat that is traditionally made with a heavy pour of sparkling wine and orange juice. Although the sipper is delicious in its original form, several restaurants and bars have been going outside of the box and getting more creative with their recipes, adding everything from ginger beer to pink grapefruit, and a variety of other unique ingredients, into the mix. Here is a look at some of our favorite spins on this classic morning cocktail.

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Cocktail: For the perfect sunny day treat, check out the Sorbet Mimosa, which incorporates Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a housemade Solerno blood orange sorbet. Cost: $12 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; www.thegladly.com.

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dining guide Among an Old World ambiance, Sassi takes culinary cues from traditional Southern Italian cuisine that favors seasonal ingredients. In true Italian form, begin your dinner with antipasti; the woodgrilled octopus ($15) is a recipe inspired by seaside Mediterranean towns, wherein a wood grill is used to elicit a smoky, meaty flavor from the octopus. A generous drizzle of olive oil flecked with candied chilies, sea salt and coarse pepper gives the octopus a markedly crisp, nuanced texture. And, served with lentils, whole candied chilies and grilled lemon for an added smoky garnish, it is among the most savory of ways to start your evening. 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale; 480.502.9095; www.sassi.biz. BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

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here is quite a lot of buzz about socalled superfoods, which claim to flood your body with nutrients and improve your overall health. One of those superfoods is the acai berry, which grows on certain palm trees in Central and South America. The berries are believed to provide a burst of energy and have long been a popular addition to smoothies and juices. The acai berry’s flavor is almost like a fruity red wine with chocolate overtones, and much like some wines, it is believed that those tiny berries contain powerful antioxidants, perhaps double that of blueberries and 10 times what is found in grapes. So, if you’re in the market to amp up your nutrition, seek out these acai bowls at local eateries when you’re in need of an extra boost, or, perhaps, a froyo-like indulgence with a health kick.

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food files Grabbagreen 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale 480.991.9901 www.grabbagreen.com Grabbagreen makes sure that however you choose to indulge you’re getting serious quality ingredients with the most nutritional value. Their entire menu is based off of superfood ingredients and spans breakfast, lunch and dinner, all the while ensuring that all customers are taken care of despite their dietary needs. What to Order: Amazonia Acai Cup If you’re on the go and in need of

essence to truly shine – leaving you feeling refreshed and energized.

Kaleidoscope Juice 7119 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale 480.949.2601 www.kaleidoscopejuice.com Kaleidoscope Juice was built on the principle that the quality of our lives is based on the quality of the energy that we hold within our thoughts and the foods that we take into our bodies. Every ingredient that goes into the menu offerings is selected with thoughtfulness to enriching

and other decadent dessert items like a dessert panini and pizookie. But for a healthier indulgence, they also offer five phenomenal acai bowls to choose from, ranging from super healthy to a little sinful. What to Order: Yin & Yang This acai bowl is so unexpected and only a little naughty – that is, if you think bacon is naughty. The bowl combines a tart acai sorbet combined with peanut butter, banana and almond milk. Its crown glory is a healthy mix of peanuts, banana and bacon. The sweet and salty combination tones down the tart flavors, leaving

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THOSE TINY BERRIES CONTAIN POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS, PERHAPS DOUBLE THAT OF BLUEBERRIES AND 10 TIMES WHAT IS FOUND IN GRAPES. some quick energy, the Amazonia Acai Cup is just what the doctor ordered! The combination of acai, banana, cacao, granola and a touch of honey will get you moving in no time. The addition of cacao in this cup brings out the chocolate undertones of the acai berry, and it’s no surprise that banana and chocolate marry well together. The cup is topped with sliced banana, granola and a perfectly sweet drizzle of honey.

Kale & Clover 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale 480.568.8707 www.kaleandclover.com Kale & Clover cares about your health and wants to make getting a healthy start and boost of energy to your day quick and accessible. Although some menu descriptions might read so decadent you’ll think they can’t possibly be healthy, the entire menu is based off of goodfor-you ingredients and preparation that leads to health-conscious choices. What to Order: Acai Bowl This beautiful bowl found on the breakfast menu is a tantalizing combination of acai puree, soy milk, banana, blueberry, housemade granola and agave for natural sweetness. The refined flavors, unadulterated by chemicals or complicated concoctions, allow their purity and

your body. Kaleidoscope offers baked goods, smoothies, salads, bullet proof coffee, sandwiches, protein waffles and more. If you’re overwhelmed or looking for some direction, the staff are all highly educated and happy to guide you to the best choice. What to Order: Acai & Pitaya Bowl There is a lot going on in this bowl, and upon reading the list of ingredients you may think that the individual flavors would get lost, but this bowl is a little dish straight from heaven. The bowl is made up of (are you ready?): acai, banana, raspberry, almond butter, Brazil nuts, maca, coconut oil, cinnamon, liquid vitamins, hemp seeds and coconut water. After all of that is blended and made smooth, it is then topped with banana, a dragon fruit drizzle, housemade hemp granola and shaved coconut. One bite and you’ll be transported to a tropical island – instantly relaxed, refreshed and ready to conquer your day.

The Neighborhood Treatery 20851 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480.419.7878 www.theneighborhoodtreatery.com Whether you’re in the mood to be a little good or a little bad, The Neighborhood Treatery has you covered. They serve a variety of smoothies, ice cream concoctions

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you with a hearty and comforting bowl of deliciousness.

Nekter Juice Bar 20553 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale 480.771.3405 www.nekterjuicebar.com There are so many reasons to make a trip to Nekter, from the three pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables you’ll find in each of their juices to the excellent antiinflammatory properties in each glass. Not to mention the passion and dedication that the employees have to ensure your experience is a great one. Any questions you throw at them will be answered with a friendly smile, and you’ll leave with a great product, plus an education about what you’re putting into your body. What to Order: PB Bowl Nekter boasts three separate acai bowls, all highly addictive and delicious, making it close to impossible to choose a favorite. We selected the PB Bowl based on the added punch of – you guessed it – peanut butter. This bowl is jam-packed with flavor and nutrition, combining acai, banana, strawberry, dates and peanut butter along with a housemade vanilla cashew milk. If that weren’t enough, it is topped off with a hempseed granola, more banana, strawberry and agave nectar for an additional touch of sweetness.

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DINING GUIDE BY TARYN JEFFRIES

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NOTE: Restaurants are randomly selected from a rotating master list. While the information about each restaurant is routinely checked, changes can occur. Please confirm all information, and we solicit your help in correcting any errors found in this guide. If you wish to have your restaurant considered for inclusion in this directory or have any corrections for this list, please email the editor-in-chief at chelsea@richmanmediagroup.com

AMERICAN

PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL Looking to get dressed up and indulge in a decadent dining experience? Their seasonally driven menu is a contemporary presentation, but these dishes are classic and will remind you of another era; where people treated going out to dinner as a full-on experience. The menu even features a whole section on “Kitchen Classics,” made fresh and with special care to really spotlight the flavor of the ingredients. 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com; $$ PIG & PICKLE The Pig & Pickle does an excellent job combining the casual vibe of a barbecue joint with the sophistication most have come to expect from Scottsdale restaurants. The menu items are exciting and inventive, making sure there are items that familiar and approachable as well as some offerings for the more adventurous. Their pork shank is a thing of beauty. They also have a special late night menu, and let’s be real, you can’t go wrong with a spot that has specialty tots on the menu! 2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.1407; www.pigandpickle.com; $$ REMINGTON’S Remington’s at The Scottsdale Plaza Reosrt is nothing short of a classic steakhouse with traditional dishes along with some surprises. All of their steaks and chops are grilled-to-order over mesquite coals, allowing the flavors of the meat to shine through. The Tournedos Oscar is the perfect melding of surf-and-turf with a heavenly béarnaise sauce. Dine to live music every Friday night. 7200 N. Scottsdale Road,

Scottsdale; 480.951.5101; www.scottsdaleplaza.com; $$$ THE UPTON It goes without saying that The Upton, housed in what used to be Petite Maison, has some very big shoes to fill. It appears, however, that Chef Chris Schlattman is up for the challenge and he’s on familiar turf. As the former Petite sous chef, he’s very familiar with the kitchen and has made some swift changes to make the place his own. The outdoor seating is expanded and the menu displays a love of food and experimentation like the miso vegan ramen or the sous vide steak. 7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale; 480.991.6887; www.theuptonaz.com; $$

ASIAN

GEISHA A GO GO Looking for a date night with all the flash and flair of an anime cartoon? Geisha A Go Go should be your go-to spot. From the Japanese video games to the Karaoke rooms, this place is a party just waiting for your arrival. Geisha is host to an impressive and lively happy hour. The vibe here is young and a little rowdy. 7150 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.699.0055; www.geishaagogo.com; $$ GEORGE & SONS ASIAN CUISINE If you’re looking to indulge in flavors indicative to the regions of Southeast Asia, you’ve found the right place. Choose from Hong Kong ribs, Vietnamese chicken, Singapore chow fun, or any one of George’s own fusion creations for a unique and superb dining experience. They also offer a wine list sure to complement any menu choice. 11291 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.661.6336; www.georgeandsonsasiancuisine.com; $$ HIRO SUSHI What Hiro Sushi lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up in fresh seafood and bold flavors. This local secret is a foodie favorite based on its great service and highly talented sushi chefs. Grab a spot at the highly coveted sushi bar and enjoy the show. The sushi chefs will entertain you with their skills as well as their keen sense of humor. The Sushi Dinner is your best introduction to their menu and abilities. 9393 N. 90th St., Scottsdale; 480.314.4215; www.hirosushiaz.com; $$ INCHIN BAMBOO GARDEN The cuisine here is a combination of Indian and Chinese and the fusion results in an exciting and flavorful blend. The space is adorned with antiques and treasures from Beijing to Shanghai. The comprehensive menu features a mix of standard and vegetarian options, and tableside sauces allow you the option of kicking up the spice level if desired. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley; 480.306.6883; www.bamboo-gardens.com; $$ LING & LOUIE’S ASIAN BAR AND GRILL What happens when a native of Shanghai and an all-American guy from Ohio fall in love and create a restaurant? You get Ling & Louie’s, which offers up an edgy and affordable experience that will please a variety of diners. The energetic atmosphere and the easily navigable menu guarantee that no dinner here will be boring. 9397 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.767.5464; www.lingandlouies.com; $$ SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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OSHA THAI CAFÉ This restaurant, set in a strip mall, serves up top-notch authentic Thai cuisine. The menu is extensive, offering everything from appetizers, soups and salads to stir-fry, curries, and noodle dishes. For a post-dinner treat, try the sweet sticky rice with coconut milk or mango (seasonal). 10953 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480.767.1440; www.oshathaicafeaz.com; $$ SAKANA SUSHI & GRILL Sakana offers fresh, tender sushi in a comfortable environment with great prices and an excellent customer experience. The menu features specialty sushi rolls, sashimi, udon and ramen, as well as cooked dishes for your non-sushi loving friends. With generous portions, great value and friendly service, Sakana will make you feel like a lucky cat. 6989 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.609.3850; www.sakanasushiandgrill.com; $$ YUME SUSHI GRILL Yume is home to a meld of sushi and Korean dishes living in mouthwatering harmony. Their varied menu is sure to have something for everyone in your party. From their chicken bulgogi and vege udon to the many sushi and sashimi combinations, you’ll receive hearty portions for reasonable prices with a side of attentive service. 16459 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.247.8708; www.yumesushigrill.com; $$

BREAKFAST

BENEDICT’S CAFE This quaint eatery offers up breakfast and lunch options, making it a perfect spot to stop in for brunch on the weekends. Order up a fluffy omelet, decadent French toast or a perfectly crafted coffee, and you will leave with a full and happy belly. Chef Donna Londot also teaches cooking classes here, so she just might share your favorite dish’s recipe with you. 5555 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 602.992.3337; www.benedictscaterers.com; $$ BUTTERFIELD’S PANCAKE HOUSE With pancakes in the name, you’re sure to expect an array of options, and you would be correct, as there are 14 variations on the menu. The breakfast fare doesn’t stop there, though. There are also waffles, French toast, skillets and many more specialties available. You’ll also find a friendly staff and welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. 7388 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.6002; www.butterfieldsrestaurant.com; $$ MOJO MORNING JOINT Whether you are looking for a refreshing meal before or after you hit the links, Mojo Morning Joint is healthy, fresh and filling. Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. and they keep serving until 2 p.m. Their hitchhiker is a quick breakfast sandwich presented on an English muffin dressed with herb mayo and includes scrambled eggs, tomato and your choice of breakfast protein. You can also imbibe on any of their vodka- or rum-infused smoothies. 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.502.1800; www.grayhawkgolf.com; $$ MORNING SQUEEZE If you’re out for a morning walk with Fido and find yourself famished, head over to Morning Squeeze where you can both find something to your liking. Pick a nice spot on the patio and

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guide let Fido pick from their dog menu, while you choose from an expansive menu. Breakfast is also available during lunch hours, so you never have to miss out! 4233 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale; 480.945.4669; $$ PERK EATERY The popularity of this breakfast joint will almost guarantee a wait, but it will be worth it the moment your meal arrives. The restaurant is family owned and features a midwest mentality that will ensure you get to know a little about the staff before you’re done with your coffee. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale; 480.998.6026; www.perkeatery.com; $$ THE EGG I AM Whether you are looking for a decadent or light breakfast, The Egg I Am fits the bill. Their crab cake Benedict is sinfully decadent while their Vera Cruz chicken and avocado omelet is de-”light”-full. If you have room, make sure you try the salted caramel mocha hot chocolate. It is rich and full of so many levels of dangerous goodness. 10155 E. Via Linda; Scottsdale; 480.451.3447; www.theeggandirestaurants. com; $$

FRENCH

CAFÉ FORTE Cafe Forte’s menu focuses on fresh and distinct flavors along with creativity and beautiful presentation. The menu is succinct with plenty of options for vegetarians or vegans. Choose a table on the patio and take in the simple elegance of the space. The baked brie is a beautiful introduction to an outstanding meal. 7032 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.994.1331; www.cafeforte.com; $$ CHEZ VOUS CREPES Parisians Richard and Isabelle Horvath created Chez Vous Crepes to bring a little piece of France to Scottsdale and this charming spot is a perfect recreation of a classic cafe. With a fair selection of sweet and savory crepes as well as classic French sandwiches, a delightful wine menu, and French-speaking staff, you’ll instantly feel transported. 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.443.2575; www.chezvous.restaurant; $$ ZINC BISTRO Longing to relive that trip you made to a romantic Parisian bistro a few years ago, but not tempted by the airfare? Look no further than Zinc Bistro to fill that void. This spot intends to return you to the nostalgic ambiance of an authentic Parisian bistro from the accoutrements all the way to the plated dishes. You can also indulge in their 25-foot zinc oyster bar. With all of the opportunities for an adventurous meal, you may find yourself saying, “Vive la France!” 15034 N. Scottsdale Road,. Scottsdale; 480.603.0922; www.zincbistroaz.com; $$$

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ALBERTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT On any given day you can find Albert, the restaurant’s namesake, entertaining tables or in the back preparing pasta and sauces from scratch. The fresh-made bread served with an array of dips and olive oil is a great way to start your meal. The artichoke salad is a creative take on the traditional salad. For an interesting take on fettuccine alfredo, opt for the Fettuccine Alberto, which is served with a

cheesy tomato sauce that’s so comforting it feels like you’re being wrapped in blanket of delicious love. 7171 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.5800; $$ FORNO FABBRI 1949 This Italian bakery has been using the same craft-cooking method and family recipes since 1949 – and there’s a reason why. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you won’t be disappointed. From breakfast dishes to pizza and paninis to entrees, they offer everything. There are also cheese- and salumitasting plates. 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; www.fornofabbri.com; $-$$ SASSI Located at the base of the Pinnacle Peak Mountains, Sassi offers up magnificent views, old-world ambiance and all the charm and flavor of Southern Italy. You can’t go wrong with any of their exquisite pasta offerings, like their orecchiette that has just the right amount of heat. They also host several wine dinners throughout the year as well as live entertainment throughout the month. 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.502.9095; www.sassi.biz; $$$$ THE SIDE DOOR CORNER STORE The Side Door Corner Store presents an uncomplicated menu that will please any of your diners as easily as your wallet. You are guaranteed great food, prices and service. Choose from a variety of specialty pizzas with a Brooklyn-style crust. Try the Mexico City for a kick, with refried beans, mozzarella, red onion, cilantro,and topped with tortilla chips. With no food item on the menu over $16, they make dinner an easy choice. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4484; www.thesidedooraz.com; $$ UNCLE SAL’S ITALIAN RESTAURANTI & BAR A local family owned and operated restaurant, Uncle Sal’s offers up great food and warm, inviting and friendly service. You’ll find plenty of seating options and a wraparound bar. Note that the bar and dining areas have separate menus, making it easy to find selections that fit any budget. Daily specials make this a place worth multiple trips a week. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2533; www.unclesalsaz.com; $$ VIVO! RISTORANTE If you’re a fan of Tomaso’s but have been looking for a Scottsdale location, you’re in luck with the recent opening of Vivo! Tomaso Maggiore, who boasts a number of Valley restaurants, has created another authentic Italian restaurant that pays homage to his travels throughout Italy. The menu is focused on lighter dishes as well as a market in which you can take home goods imported from Italy. The star of this spot might just be the mozzarella bar that features items like an array of mozzarella (of course) as well as cured meats and vegetables. If you’re looking for a spot that will fill you up without feeling as if you need to be rolled out to your car, take a trip to Vivo! 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.699.9081; www.vivoaz.com; $$

MEXICAN

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make them a shining star in the area. With topnotch tacos on the menu like cochinita pibil, nopalitos cactus y huevo and al pastor paired with daily specials and intoxicating drink menu, you’ll find yourself wanting to settle in and stay awhile. 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.656.4197; www.barrioqueen.com; $$ OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY Located in a refurbished 75-year-old adobe home, Old Town Tortilla Factory transfers all the charm and history that embodies the building and parlays that into the creation of excellent dishes as well as superb service. The menu approach is southwestern with a twist, bringing contemporary flair to the traditional. Grab a table on the patio and enjoy their spicy carne y camarones with a millionaire’s margarita and take in the scenery. 6910 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.945.4567; www.oldtowntortillafactory.com; $$ THE BLIND PIG This clever little spot is home to a cafe, butcher shop and bar. Pop in and order some specialty cuts of meat and enjoy some impeccable dishes while you wait. The short rib tacos are perfectly tender and hold just the right amount of spice, and the house rice is an interesting combination of sweet, salty and spicy. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.994.1055;  www.blindpigaz.com; $$  THE MISSION This highly lauded spot provides a sophisticated backdrop to your dinner. Pork is king at The Mission with the pork belly pibil, and the crispy pork and cola lime glaze are two of the best interpretations of pork belly in the Valley. All menu items offer vibrant flavors and the Spanish-influenced ambiance make this a great date spot. 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 480.636.5005; www.themissionaz.com; $$$

MODERN AMERICAN

5TH & WINE The name alone may trick you into thinking that only charcuterie is available with your wine selections, but you would really be missing out if you passed this little spot by simply because of the name. The majority of the menu items have an Italian influence and obviously all pair well with their available wines. If you’re not sure which glass to choose for your meal, the staff here are well-versed and eager to help you pick the perfect pairing. 7051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.699.8001; www.5thandwine.com; $$ BINK’S SCOTTSDALE Bink’s Scottsdale is one of the newest of four restaurants created by Chef Kevin Binkley and his wife Amy. Open every day for lunch, happy hour and dinner as well as a sought after Sunday brunch, you’ll find dishes crafted by one of the best local chefs using the best available local ingredients. 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.664.9238; www.binkleysrestaurantgroup.com; $$$ BOOTLEGGERS MODERN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE With a rustic yet modern decor, traditional barbecue dishes with a kick, and a clever nod to the Prohibition era with an assortment of moonshines, this hot spot shines amongst the trendy joints in the area. Don’t leave without ordering the bacon board. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984; www.bootleggersaz.com; $$

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guide BRITTLEBUSH CAFE & BAR Whether you’re at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a staycation or you’ve popped over for a dining experience, Brittlebush serves gastropub favorites. With kitchen creations that use only ingredients from the best regional purveyors, you’re sure to find something to tempt the tastes of all your guests. 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.624.1202; www.kierlandresort.com; $$ CAFÉ MONARCH To describe Café Monarch in one word, one would have to lean towards “perfection.” The location and backdrop are gorgeous, especially the courtyard. The soft lighting creates a romantic ambiance and if that weren’t enough, the food is phenomenal. The menu changes each week and each dish arrives before you in the perfect portion size. The four-course dinner is predetermined and you’ll have your choice of three entree options. This is truly a romantic experience that you should treat yourself to at least once. 6934 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.7682; www.cafemonarch.com; $$$ DAILY DOSE With so many delightful options to choose from, you’ll have a hard time picking just one item off the menu. Eleven omelet variations, seven different Benedicts, and eight healthy options will keep you coming back to make sure you try all you can. With large portions and attentive, friendly service, there’s no better way to get going in the morning. 4020 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.994.3673; www.dailydosegrill.com; $$ EL CHORRO El Chorro is an Arizona tradition, exemplifying the state’s strong history. The location has been operating as a restaurant since 1937 in various forms, growing in space over the years. Whether you opt to indulge in their decadent brunch menu or linger over their hearty dinner offerings like the classic trout amandine, chateaubriand for two or the Niman Ranch prime NY steak, you’re guaranteed an exquisite dining experience (and don’t skimp on the sticky buns!). 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170; www.elchorro.com; $$$ FNB Chef Charleen Badman is making veggie lovers out of all who walk through the doors of FnB. Ask anyone who has ever had her braised leeks and watch the glimmer show up in their eyes as they describe the dish. Each menu item is expertly crafted to allow for the flavors to shine. This spot has received a plethora of recognition and awards – head over and find out why (just make sure to call ahead for a table!). 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.284.4777; www.fnbrestaurant.com; $$$ HI FI KITCHEN & COCKTAILS Looking to hit the town in style but still want to make sure that your food to drink ratio is appropriate? Head into Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails for drinks as well as above average bar fare. Their straightforward menu options are expected in name only. There are the requisite burgers as well as toasted soft pretzels, but would you expect a kale or quinoa salad? They have customizable mac and cheese that is sure to help soak up a little of those libations, too. 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale; 480.970.5000; www.hifibars.com; $$

ORANGE SKY Housed inside Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky is definitely somewhere to go if you’re looking to impress. From the attentive staff to the breathtaking views and intimate booths, you are sure to have a dinner to remember. Dine high above the city, on the 15th floor of the hotel to be exact, as you take in a sunset, and take advantage of the chef’s tasting menu for a truly indulgent experience. 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.850.8606; www.talkingstickresort.com; $$$$ POSH IMPROVISATIONAL CUISINE If you’re an adventurous eater this is a great place to treat yourself. Posh lacks a traditional menu; instead of choosing the things you want, diners note on a card the things that you would rather do without and how many courses you would like to experience. The kitchen will then create an incredible assortment of “surprise” dishes. It’s a true treat for the true food enthusiast. 7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale; 480.663.7674; www.poshscottsdale.com; $$$$ RANCHO PINOT GRILL The exclusive use of seasonal and locally grown products has created an uncomplicated and satisfying menu that consistently receives rave reviews. While you may be familiar with dishes like the ricotta gnocchi or braised pork shoulder, you may not be prepared for the extra side of “wow” that seems to accompany every dish. 6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.367.8030; www.ranchopinot. com; $$$ SOUL CAFE Whether you’re craving a simple egg and protein breakfast, some spicy chilaquiles or some lighter fare like a fitness frittata, Soul Cafe offers fresh, straightforward dishes that will feed your soul. Looking for something a little more risqué? Their bacon blue pancakes are a delicious combination of bacon and blueberries with a side of eggs. 7615 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.515.6254; www.soulcafescottsdale.com; $$

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AHI MAHI FISH GRILL Ahi Mahi is all about providing diners healthy and flavorful choices. The concept is simple: select your protein, the perfect flavor and the most complementary sides for your dinner. You’ll find eight fish options, four sauce flavorings and nine different sides, making for plenty of options. Try the grilled mahi-mahi with their heady Java sauce and two of your favorite sides for a quick, flavorful and healthy meal. 2805 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.219.9310; www.ahimahifishgrill.com; $$ COCONUT’S FISH CAFE Coconut’s is an upscale fast-casual serving up fresh, flavorful seafood favorites with playful beach-themed decor. Most dishes allow for you to choose the way the fish is prepared, whether it’s blackened, Asian or with a Southwestern flair. Their fish tacos are legendary and the seafood chowder is rich, creamy and loaded with ono, mahi-mahi and clams. 16640 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.275.6690; www.coconutsfishcafe.com; $$ EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Feast on extremely fresh seafood in a sophisticated environment with an upbeat live jazz APRIL 2016 |

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band. The menu provides a wide variety of seafood dishes as well as steak offerings. The Scottish Salmon is a light, fresh option and might counteract the decadent indulgence of the can’t-pass-up truffled macaroni and cheese. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800; www.eddiev.com; $$$ HULA’S MODERN TIKI Hula’s Modern Tiki offers up a classic American dining experience with a twist. You’ll find burgers and chicken dishes, but venture out of your routine and try their spicy Thai fish cakes, which are spicy, fresh and definitely unpredictable. Their butterfish (along with the other fish options) can be prepared six different ways, but the wasabi cream sauce with the blackened wasabi fish special really plays off of and enhances the light and delicate flavors of the fish. 7213 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.4852; www.hulasmoderntiki.com; $$

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BLT STEAK BLT Steak strives to meld the steakhouse experience with the ambiance and feel of a bistro. What you get from that combo is a feast for the eyes as well as your belly. The aesthetics of the restaurant are intoxicating all by themselves, from the rich woods and their extensive wine selection on display. Add in the decadent menu offerings and you’ll easily be in love with this place. The prime porterhouse for two is a perfect introduction to the menu. Make sure to add a bit of veggies to your dinner with the broccoli mac and cheese. 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; www.bltscottsdale.com; $$$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or for dinner, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and treated like royalty for the extent of your visit. The masculine decor and attentive service are rivaled only by the quality menu options from the traditional cuts to their steak companions like the truffled poached lobster. 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.596.8265; www.flemingssteakhouse.com; $$$ J & G STEAKHOUSE When making reservations be sure to ask for a seat by the window and prepare to be wowed by the amazing views of the city. Couple the amazing views with the sophisticated selection of classic dishes of premium meats and fresh seafood crafted by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and you have a foolproof setting for a special occasion – all at this steakhouse at The Phoenician. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com; $$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Guests have long known that Morton’s is a fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion. Diners who call ahead to let the staff know of their occasion will arrive to congratulatory greetings as well as a decorated table. It bears mentioning that Morton’s also features an eclectic and enticing “Bar Bites” menu, encouraging you to pop in after a long day and enjoy selections such as mini crab cake BLTs and petite filet mignon sandwiches, among many others. 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440; www.mortons.com; $$$$

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DREXYL MODERN AMERICAN

Upscale restaurant aims to be a neighborhood staple BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS BY JOANIE SIMON

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ho says you can’t go home again? “Certainly not me,” says Chris Mercato, director of operations at Drexyl Modern American, The Shops at Gainey Village’s newest eatery. A native of Arizona, Mercato grew up in Scottsdale and met Kelly Cordova when he took a job at the now-legendary

Marco Polo in Scottsdale. Years later, after spending time working with a laundry list of local restaurants including North, Maloney’s, Jilly’s and Barcelona – and working every restaurant job save for doing the actual cooking – Mercato was introduced to local brothers Mark, Craig and Trevor McDowell, and their long-time friend Chad Ahrendt. The six men quickly began developing the Drexyl concept. “It was always my dream to develop a restaurant with upscale food and vintage cocktails, but with more of a neighborhood vibe, where folks fresh off the golf course feel just as comfortable coming in as those dressed up for date night,” Mercato says. “When space became available at Gainey Village, we – and our other amazing partners – all agreed it was time.” SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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But what would a great space and concept be without equally great food and creative cocktails? Enter Chef Robert Eckhardt, whose local culinary star has been on the rise after notable stints at LON’S at the Hermosa Inn, Tonto Verde and Desert Mountain Country Club. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, Eckhardt spent many years training under the likes of chefs Michael Mina and Roy Yamaguchi before making his way to the Valley in 2012, but he credits two Italian women for igniting his passion for food. “I grew up in Northern California in the small city of Castro Valley, where my early culinary influences were my greatgrandmother and grandmother,” Eckhardt says. “They didn’t speak much English but managed to teach me how to cook through doing, rather than listening to specific instructions over and over.” As a result, when it comes to his food, Eckhardt keeps it simple. “It’s about enhancing the natural flavor of ingredients, not masking them with overly complex recipes and heavy sauces,” Eckhardt says. Take your pick from a couple standout menu items: the Fried Ravioli, with housemade pasta, gorgonzola, beef tenderloin, yellow tomato puree and pea shoots ($12), or the Heritage Pork Chop, a house-smoked and double-cut chop with grilled apple butter, truffle goat cheese orecchiette pasta, candied bacon and seared Brussels sprouts ($23). Like the food, the cocktail menu is similarly simple and approachable, yet playful. Developed with direction from Alliance Beverage, Drexyl currently features 10 highlighted specialty cocktails for $10 each, as well as an extensive wine and beer menu. Try an interesting take on sangria with the Crown Apple Sangria, of Crown Royal Apple, sauvignon blanc, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur and cranberry juice. Though only open since mid-February, Drexyl’s success has been so fast during dinner service, they launched lunch service in March. Drexyl is located at The Shops at Gainey Village at 8877 N. Scottsdale Road; Scottsdale; 480.840.1861; www.drexylusa.com.

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