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With a focus on regenerative hair and health, National Hair loss also has seen tremendous results in hair scans. By plucking a number of hairs, they can get up to three months’ worth of data, which can provide a lot of information about what a patient needs to change and what vitamins are right for him or her. Partnering with a prestigious company that specializes in hair loss to collect this data, National Hair Loss is able to analyze the finds of the follicles – including nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances, metals and invasive organisms – and come up with an individualized plan for each patient. National Hair Loss realizes the importance of a “leaky gut” and finding out what intolerances each patient has and why those can be accelerating the hair loss. Many of these factors and deficiencies contribute to the fact that hair loss is increasingly common among a younger demographic. In fact, National Hair Loss has seen a dramatic change in patients’ ages, with patients ranging from 18 to 45 years old now outnumbering those in their 50s to 70s. National Hair Loss is excited to be able to deliver patientspecific solutions, restoring confidence and providing second chances for so many suffering from hair loss. To schedule a no-cost consultation, visit www.nationalhairlosCarly Klein or call 602.283.2355. Founder & President *Patients of NHL and performed by Dr. Cheri Ong

Experts in MonaLisa Touch News Update: The MonaLisa Touch has now been FDA approved in the U.S. for over 2 years and at Arizona Women’s Care more than 1000 procedures have brought amazing results to women across the Southwest region. This amazing NON HORMONAL treatment for vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, frequent bladder or vaginal infections and other symptoms that result from a lack of estrogen has revolutionized our success in treating these disheartening issues. In a recent Stanford University study, reductions in dryness and painful intercourse were especially marked, dropping an average of 75% and 66% respectively. As Lindsay (age 56) states, “I was skeptical, but I needed to try something. After the 3 treatments, intercourse was so much better I could not believe it. I actually asked my husband if we could do it again, and he was shocked! It has made such a difference in our relationship.” The MonaLisa Touch uses fractional CO2 laser therapy

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Contents Pulse 37 UP CLOSE Entrepreneur Sarah Benken on overcoming the odds and inspiring others to do the same

40 BEAT Brian Colling helps businesses succeed while improving the community

42 BEAT Kendra Clark’s heartfelt mission to empower women and their families

44 HIS STYLE Meet Nick Grovich




Women on the scene

Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker

60 LOWDOWN News to know

64 DO Six great events this month

66 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

70 EVENT Phoenix Knuckleball

72 EVENT Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon

74 OUT Places to chill

76 OUT Holiday happenings around Arizona

78 CULTURE Veronica Graffius of Calvin Charles Gallery


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December is one of my favorite months of the year, not only because it’s my birth month (shoutout to my fellow Sagittarius folks!), but because it’s a time of whimsy and merriment. When else are we dreaming of sugarplum fairies and counting down the days by eating a piece of chocolate? It’s truly the only time of year that packs so much enchantment – from twinkling lights to colorful decor to festive performances aplenty – into a 31-day span. Perhaps December is most magical when you’re a child, but even for adults, if you look beyond the busyness of the season, you’ll find sprinkles of that same sense of awe in many places. In fact, here in Arizona we have quite an assortment of wintry wonderlands. In the Valley, there’s a chilly ice bar, serene snowfall, and ice skating (on real ice, no less), plus all kinds of holiday cheer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Journey north to, well, the North Pole Experience near Flagstaff, and head to Sedona for two visual treats: The Festival of Lights, which features 6,000 luminarias, and red rock country’s playful spin on the northern lights. Get the lowdown on pages 74 and 76. Oh, and you won’t want to miss your chance to explore an ice cream paradise (page 60) – just bring your camera and your sweet tooth. On the savory side, we’ve got you more than covered with 22 decadent dishes (page 80) and ultra-indulgent takes on taters (page 116). As they say, when in Rome (or, rather, December), right? With all this spectacular wonder, it makes sense that our cover features someone whose occupational specialty is just that. Scottsdale-based actress Amanda Melby Crisalli takes us on a tour of her career and the behind-thescenes perseverance it took to get in the spotlight. Her accolades and titles are many (read about them on page 52), and she’s also fiercely committed to helping other hopeful actors fine-tune their craft. On that note, here’s to a miraculous end to 2017. Wherever this month takes you, may it be magical, merry and memorable. Happy holidays, Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief Instagram: @young_chelsea Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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Entrepreneur Sarah Benken on overcoming the odds and inspiring others to do the same

As a vivacious junior in high school – with lots of friends and activity involvement including DECA and tutoring elementary school students – no one would have predicted Sarah Benken’s teenage pregnancy, her choice to drop out of high school, or the struggles she would face in the years to come. Yet, it was

Benken alone who took this challenge head-on. “Like everything else in my life, I had no idea what I was doing,” says the North Carolina native. “I was certain I wanted to beat the odds and show the all the naysayers that I could become somebody regardless of my circumstances. I dropped out of high

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Pulse UP CLOSE school my junior year because I couldn’t make ends meet on a part-time job and refused my parents’ financial support. Having a baby was my decision, and one I had to overcome alone.” Benken spent the next 10 years juggling the hectic life of raising a child, getting her GED, and working full-time. She landed her first job in accounting at 17, giving her a decent paycheck, but deep down she wanted more. Over the years, she suffered through lengthy commutes and long hours; like so many, she was overworked and underpaid. “One day, I realized I was sick of the rat race and that I had a desire to become my own boss. But how?” Benken says. “I had been going through a period of discovery and reflection for about a year when my mother suggested the idea of opening an errand-running service. At first, I laughed it off, but the idea stuck and within a month I was creating Metro’s Other Woman.” At just age 26, Benken founded Metro’s Other Woman ( to help restore work-life balance for busy executives and small business owners. As a national lifestyle management firm, Metro’s Other Woman specializes in calming chaos by eliminating pesky chores and “time sucks” – such as home maintenance or personal organization – so people can focus on what matters most. They specialize in business and personal services including housekeeping, laundry, meal prep, dog walking, booking appointments, and event planning. Within two weeks of launching her self-funded business, Benken was able to secure enough income to walk away from her full-time job. Over the following year, with the help of business partner Michael Foushee, they expanded to an additional market while developing a licensing model. Currently, Metro’s Other Woman is active in four major markets, including Phoenix, with further expansion plans for 2018. “I think too many women are scared to take the leap into owning their own business,” Benken says. “Here’s the truth: It will never be the right time, and you’ll never be prepared for what an entrepreneur’s life hands you. If you want to open a business, I say be as prepared as possible and, like me, have some great mentors around you. You need grit, so plan to dig deep.”

Paying It Forward It’s this drive that Benken is also passing on to her two children. Her kids see firsthand how much work goes into running a business, and she loves that it’s a family affair. Her children, respectively, have attended staff meetings and tradeshows, entered receipts into QuickBooks, helped set up for galas, and even appeared on news segments. She wants to inspire her children, and other women, to have independence and an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s her goal to be a mentor, like so many women were to her over the years. “Earlier this year, I unveiled the WAB [Win a Business] Program through Metro’s Other Woman,” Benken says. “WAB is a give-back program that awards a Metro’s Other Woman business to qualified women who desire to become entrepreneurs but lack either know-how or funding. The winners receive an 18-month mentorship, where they train directly with me and other


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location owners. We want to give away 10 Metro’s Other Woman businesses within the next five years.” With a passion for helping women rise, she has also created the KNOW Tribe (, a no-cost association comprised of strong, successful business women who want to connect with others like them. Through this, Benken hopes to create a place where like-minded women can meet, create friendships and build business partnerships. “There are a ridiculous number of women in the Valley doing big things, and I thought that they should be celebrated,” says Benken, who is publishing a book for that purpose, featuring those in the KNOW Tribe. “KNOW Phoenix will be a coffee table-style book released in January that spotlights 150 female entrepreneurs throughout the Valley in virtually every industry. The women featured are a compilation of proven leaders, high producers, and rising stars – truly pillars of this great city.” Benken has also served as a mentor for pregnant teens, worked with human trafficking causes, and taught courses at Florence Crittenton and the Phoenix Dream Center on topics such as becoming your own boss, overcoming obstacles, removing shame, and moving forward. Though it’s been a long, winding road for Benken, it’s one that shaped her into who she is, and while she’s seen the light of success, she’s humbled by how she got here. “I know I am not here because of just myself,” Benken says. “I am where I am today because of everyone who has offered a hand as I stepped up the ladder – and it’s my mission to be that hand for others.”

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HAIR COLOR IS TRICKY. Ensuring the perfect shade, finishing the process with hair that is still healthy, creating the perfect look—there are not many who can do it all or who are known as the go-to expert in color. But now Scottsdale has a color guru. Rod Gentry, one of the industry’s color experts, has relocated from Chicago— where he spent 24 years working in the field—to Scottsdale. His clients know four main things about Rod: They’ll receive undivided, personalized attention at their appointment (no double booking!); he’ll use only the top and best products to ensure their hair stays healthy; his wealth of knowledge and expertise will allow them to achieve the look they want; and that the color will be perfect, every time. Rod approaches hair color differently than others, first working with a client to determine the look they want, and then taking into account the client’s complexion and lifestyle to make sure that the end result will be something that is both flattering and workable.

One of his main focuses is always on the health of the hair, and so he uses only highend, enzyme-based developers (rather than peroxide-based ones) so that hair is left in a better condition, and extremely shiny. He also always finishes a color process with a conditioning treatment as part of the color service. “You can have long hair and great color, but if it’s damaged, it won’t look as good,” he explains.

HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE WILL ALLOW THEM TO ACHIEVE THE LOOK THEY WANT; AND THAT THE COLOR WILL BE PERFECT, EVERY TIME. He relentlessly pursues education to stay at the top of his field, traveling worldwide to learn about the newest innovative techniques, products and knowledge, training in such places as London and New York. “I really think that education is the key to success,” he explains. Rod’s services include single process color, highlights, color gloss, color paneling, ombre, extended conditioning, color correction, color removal and more, as well as cutting-edge haircuts. “I guarantee my work. Period,” he says.

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A few months into the new year, Colling Media will celebrate its 10th anniversary. At the helm of its milestone is the company’s founder, Brian Colling. After earning degrees in business and communications at Arizona State University, Colling went on to work in media, where he focused on helping businesses grow with TV and online advertising. Colling’s passion for helping people find success in all aspects of their businesses, especially in the ever-changing advertising industry, led to him launch his own company. “I wanted to be able to help in all areas of advertising and marketing without limitations,” Colling says. In 2008, Colling Media was born. The company houses different advertising strategies that are unique to every business’ needs. “My ‘why’ is to make a difference in this world. I feel a good place to start is helping businesses find success as they work to improve the community. In many ways, I feel we help drive the economy.” For Colling, it’s all about results, which he says drive every aspect of his life. True to that mindset, Colling aims to get results for everyone, even organizations that cannot fully afford his services. Each year, his company picks one local organization to cover advertising costs. In recent years, those organizations have been universities. “We helped University of Arizona with an alumni event to raise money for scholarships and consulted with ASU for display advertising,” says Colling, who has also consulted for Kids Need to Read. “Education is extremely important to me, especially since one of our founding principles is continuous improvement through education.” Colling Media also makes regular donations to St. Mary’s Food Bank, Crisis Nursery, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, T-Gen Foundation, Thunderbird Charities, and Helping Hands for Freedom. “These groups make big differences in the community, and I admire what they do,” he says. Between business and personal pursuits, Colling notes that there is never a dull moment. “My wife and two kids are my life. We have a lot of fun doing various activities together, from going to local sporting events and concerts to eating at Arizona’s amazing restaurants.”





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Kendra Clark believes that every mother deserves a little mothering, too. As a mother of four herself – as well as a grandmother and certified physician assistant – Clark could be called an expert on that fact. It’s been her experience that too few women get the help and reassurance they actually need, which is why she created Everything Mother, a community of women that offers free parenting education and resources to empower new mothers (and fathers). “My intention with Everything Mother is to cultivate confidence, offer education and provide resources to new mothers in the postpartum period, and, frankly, as long as they might need it,” Clark says. “I believe when we empower mothers, we strengthen marriages, nurture children and fortify families.” While Clark agrees that support for new mothers has always been a concern, today’s more connected environment makes it an even greater challenge. The advent of cell phones and social media amplifies the effect of isolation and challenges many new parents. “Scottsdale is home to many amazing mothers who strive to cultivate a rich environment for their babies and children,” Clark says. “However, the reality is that many mamas suffer in silence and feel the need to compete with the ‘perfect’ image of their peers that are often portrayed on Facebook and other social media platforms. They see only the best others are experiencing, but that is often not reality.” During Everything Mother sessions, participants are encouraged to stow away phones and focus on themselves. The group is an encouraging, judgement-free place where women share their personal stories, daily struggles, triumphs and tears. It’s also a place for women in any phase of parenthood, offering groups for everything from postpartum to working moms to empty nesters. “Not all women are lucky enough to have the support system they deserve and that’s OK,” Clark says. “For those women, we are here and waiting with open arms. Get ready to feel the love.” To learn more about Everything Mother, visit


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An avid coin collector as a kid, Nick Grovich, the president of American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion in Carefree, Arizona, now boasts a new kind of menagerie: a closet full of covetable footwear. “I love shoes,” he admits. “I really love Dr. Martens and Jared Lang, and I always get compliments on my Duckie Brown Saddle Shoes by Florsheim.” The world-renowned coin dealer, who works with clients throughout the U.S., has a soft spot for interesting embellishments and fittingly enough, a natural penchant for lustrous materials. “I used to dress much more conservatively,” Grovich says. “I’m more fashion-forward and casual now, as things have become more relaxed in business attire.” Nowadays, a typical ensemble consists of BOSS trousers, French cuff shirts and cuff links, a designer tie, and the occasional pair of colorful socks or suspenders. Off the clock, he’ll reach for vintage rock T-shirts and jeans by Rogue or Cult of Individuality. “I love things that are unique,” he says. “[Things] you don’t just see everywhere.”

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After more than 20 years in the fashion, publishing, public relations and entertainment industries, Dominique Rose Charbit came to the conclusion that her personal look could never be contained by any existing parameters – so she created her own. The native Parisian’s signature “gypsetter” style fuses “the sophistication of a jet-setter and the free-spirited lifestyle of a gypsy,” two identities embraced in her online magazine, World of Dominique Rose. “I wear everything you see in my online magazine,” says Rose, who counts Zimmermann and Loup Charmant among her favorite designers. “I only curate products I would or will buy.” The publication is many things: an outlet for her entrepreneurial spirit, a sanctuary for pleasure seekers, and perhaps most importantly, an embodiment of her bohemian flare. Rather than recycling tired trends, the world traveler gathers inspiration from trips to the French Riviera, Italy, Spain and Mexico, building her wardrobe upon flowy pieces that punctuate her beachy vibe and proclivity for adventure. “I get so much fulfillment discovering new places,” she says. “Arizona is where I experienced and achieved my ‘American Dream’ and I am so grateful.”

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Actress Amanda Melby Crisalli shares her onstage story and the behind-the-scenes perseverance it took to get there

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Like any seasoned actress, Amanda Melby Crisalli’s life is filled with a myriad of roles, with her most recent being a leading role in Raising Buchanan, a feature-length comedy that recently wrapped filming in the Valley. The Scottsdale resident also runs her own acting studio, Verve Studios (, in Scottsdale Airpark; is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University; and is a busy mom. She plays many characters on screen and in theater, but it’s her day-to-day life – and personal journey as a performer – that has been her most significant role. A native Minnesotan, Crisalli landed in Phoenix after living in Southern California; Washington, D.C.; and Cleveland. From a small town, she had big dreams of acting onstage and making her name known on the silver screen – dreams that started when she was young, in a household that embraced the drama of acting and a love for music. Her parents met studying theater at St. Cloud State University and then owned and ran a music store. They lived a busy life, raising four children, running the shop, and being active in theater and community service. “We were all very dramatic and musical,” Crisalli says. “I played the cello, violin, oboe, flute, piano and guitar throughout childhood. My sister played violin, piano and drums and my brothers played piano, guitar and drums. My parents loved to sing and act, so we all did theater, too. It was a world of music and make believe; I loved every second of it.” It was this passion for performing that attracted Crisalli to the acting world. She was just in third grade when she tried out for the lead part in The Miracle Worker at her local theater. Her mother’s friend was directing it, so young Crisalli thought she was a shoo-in, though it would prove to be her first taste of real disappointment and a lesson that she’d carry throughout her career. “I did not get the lead and was cast as a Perkins Girl instead,” Crisalli says. “It was an early lesson in how hard this business is and how even if you have some doors open for you, talent still wins the role. I really wanted to act, so I tried out for Wind in the Willows shortly after and was cast as Wendy Weasel. I got a talent agent around age 16 and started booking commercials and modeling work and have never looked back.” Additionally, as an accomplished cellist, Crisalli was awarded a prestigious music scholarship to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she earned second chair in the cello section of the symphony orchestra. Though, despite her accolades and early gigs, it wasn’t an easy journey for Crisalli. Being cast in commercials and taking parts in local plays did not quite pay the bills. She took on jobs mowing lawns for the parks department, working the night shift at a printing factory, taking pictures of babies at a mall portrait studio, and was a registered group exercise instructor. She also took any part that was offered to her. “I am not embarrassed to say that I earned my Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card on a McDonald’s commercial when I lived in Cleveland,” Crisalli says. “It was for a regional campaign, and we were asked to sing and dance to the jingle: ‘8 for 88 and I like it!’ At the audition, I was almost paralyzed by embarrassment, but right after we started, I switched my mindset and decided to have fun. From there, the confidence came and I booked a lot more work.”


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Crisalli is living proof that practice and patience are the keys to landing gigs. “I used to audition for anything and everything During her time in Ohio, Crisalli would go on to earn her cards I could. And, if I got cast, I always said yes,” Crisalli says. “I’ve for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television become pickier about saying yes in the last 10 years. Taking on a and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association project, whether it’s film or theater, takes a tremendous amount of (AEA) – and her resume only grew from there. She landed roles time and energy and it takes me away from my family. For me to in feature films like Locker 13 with Ricky Schroeder and The say yes now, the project has Majestic with Martin Landau to be a challenge in some and Jim Carrey, along with a way and has to be something number of short film credits I haven’t done yet.” and appearances on Candid Enter her latest project, Camera, Boston Public and Raising Buchanan, which The Young And The Restless. was written and directed by Her awards are numerBruce Dellis, who penned the ous, including three Emmy role of Ruth just for Crisalli. nominations for her work She will star alongside René as producer and host of Auberjonois of Star Trek the local TV show Screen and Boston Legal and M. Wars, the 2007 Phoenix Film Emmet Walsh from Blade Foundation Board Member Runner and My Best Friend’s of the Year, the 2008 Layne Wedding. The cast also Award for contribution to includes Cathy Shim (Reno the arts in Arizona, and 911), comedian Andy Dick the 2011 Governor’s Arts (NewsRadio), and Terence Award for her contributions Bernie Hines (Secret Life of to the Arizona Entertainment Walter Mitty). Community. “The editing phase has Beyond acting, Crisalli just begun and it will take models, performs voiceovers, about six months before we and has done nearly 30 have a completed movie,” commercials, including a Crisalli says. “I am the execnational spot for Courtyard utive producer on that film, by Marriott, as well as so while my role as an actor Culver’s, Casino Arizona, on it has wrapped, I’m still Cox Communications, and heavily involved with it until it the cover of a Pier 1 Imports “EACH DAY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND reaches the finish line. I am ad circular. She also works MAY INCLUDE TEACHING, READING extremely proud of the prodas a producer, director and PLAYS OR SCREENPLAYS, GOING TO AN uct and think the audience spokeswoman, and teaches AUDITION, SUBMITTING FOR A PROJECT, will really love it when it’s acting for film and television DOING STUDIO ADMINISTRATION, OR released in 2018. It’s smart, at ASU’s School of Film, GRADING FOR ASU. WHEN I AM PLAYING funny and very timely.” Dance and Theatre. A PART, THE BALANCE SHIFTS QUITE A Between takes, gigs In fact, sharing the craft BIT AND NOT MUCH ELSE GETS DONE, and her days in the editing of acting is an integral part BUT I LOVE THAT THERE’S NEVER A DULL room, Crisalli spends time of Crisalli’s day-to-day life. MOMENT BEING A WORKING ACTRESS.” with her family, loves to bake, In 2005, she opened Verve and enjoys traveling. Though Studios, a Scottsdale-based free time can be limited, when she does have it, she takes time to acting studio where she – along with some of the Valley’s best savor the experiences that her path has brought her. It wasn’t the teaching artists – provides students of all ages ongoing scene easiest of journeys, but it’s a role that has been a perfect fit. study training to prepare for careers as professional actors. “Each day is a little different and may include teaching, read“Really good actors make it look it easy, but they have worked ing plays or screenplays, going to an audition, submitting for a really hard and long to make it seem that way,” says Crisalli. “An project, doing studio administration, or grading for ASU,” Crisalli ongoing scene study class allows actors to keep working on their says. “When I am playing a part, the balance shifts quite a bit craft. My goal is for actors to be able to articulate what their techand not much else gets done, but I love that there’s never a dull nique is, and in order to do this, he/she must practice it over and moment being a working actress.” over with different scenes, genres and scene partners.” So Scottsdale! December ‘17


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Dreams of colorful sugarplums, swirling snowflakes, and dancing flowers will come to life with Ballet Arizona’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, Ib Andersen, the production will illuminate Symphony Hall with more than 150 performers, imaginative costumes, and the graceful athleticism of the company’s nationally recognized dancers. Weaving a tale of festivity and fantasy, this vibrant, magical journey is a timeless holiday tradition for all ages, featuring Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live by The Phoenix Symphony. Dec. 8-24. Times vary. $25-$164.

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There’s nothing like a gift that keeps on giving, and that’s exactly what LDV Winery’s wine experience subscription program, Bon Vivant, does. With a goal to give subscribers the feeling of being immersed in various wine regions, the packages – with themes such as “Cruise the Rhône” – pair winemaker-selected wines with gourmet cheeses and other specialty products, all perfect for hosting a wine night. Subscribers receive three packages bi-monthly over six months for $183.52. They are available for pickup at the LDV Wine Gallery in Downtown Scottsdale the third week of each Bon Vivant month (upcoming pickups are in December, February and April).

There’s a new way to get your caffeine fix – and it’s on wheels. As the Valley’s newest food truck (or, rather, beverage truck), Drip Coffee and Espresso is delivering plenty of java joy with locally made brews from CULT Coffee Roaster. Offerings include dripped, flavored, nitrogen-infused and iced coffee, as well as espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and Americanos. They also have hot, iced, flavored and chai teas; Italian sodas; smoothies and Lotus energy drinks. For snacking, choose from locally made pastries and even bite-size caramel apples. Weekly routes will be posted on Facebook and Twitter and at


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An ultra-cool experiential art exhibit focused on icy treats has arrived in Downtown Scottsdale. Full of hidden delights, The Art of Ice Cream Experience is housed in a two-story building on Craftsman Court just north of 3rd Avenue. The vivid space is an Instagrammer’s and photographer’s paradise, exploding with color, texture and interactive engagement among eight themed rooms that pay tribute to favorite ice cream flavors and frozen goodies. Of course, delectable ice cream treats will be available for sampling, too. The pop-up experience will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Feb. 28, 2018. Choose your arrival time (in one-hour increments) and purchase tickets online.

Mowry & Cotton, the recently opened eatery at The Phoenician, recently rolled out brand-new brunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Taste your way through the menu a la carte or pull up a chair for the Porch Party ($39 per person), a community dining experience where you can sample your way through 10 dishes and house specialties. Highlights include monkey bread and a housemade hog breakfast board – served with crumpets, no less. Pair your meal with a fro-mosa (a frozen sorbet mimosa; the Porch Party comes with three!) or a bloody mary that’s garnished with brisket.



Whether you’re looking for a unique staycation or the perfect gift for an outdoor-loving friend, the Sanctuary has just the ticket. The resort’s new Hike-Tech package combines luxe pampering with an energizing workout (along with some spectacular photo ops). The two-night adventure will include lodging in a Mountain Casita, two spa services, breakfast for two daily, and hiking Camelback Mountain with an expert guide. Perhaps the best part is that you’ll be able to replay the picturesque views from your climb anytime – the experience includes a GoPro Hero Session that you get to keep. Pricing starts at $1,875.


A trending way for transport – because it lessens your carbon footprint while also burning calories – is bike sharing. With the cooler temps, Grid Bike Share (previously only in Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix) has arrived in Scottsdale at the perfect time. Operated by Santa Monica-based CycleHop, Grid Bike Share will have 100 rental bikes available in Scottsdale. Unlike the other three Valley cities, the Scottsdale program will not have a bike station; rather, bikes will be free-floating, allowing users to locate and unlock bikes via a mobile app. Bike rentals are $7 per hour; weekly and monthly plans range from $10 to $20.



Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is delivering holiday cheer through a soothing sampler of treatments just for Arizona residents. Available through Dec. 31, the 75-minute Seasonal Sampler package combines three separate treatments into one pampering experience for $230 (including tax and gratuity) – a perfect gift or treat for yourself. The samplings include a 25-minute Cranberry Comfort Facial featuring antioxidant-rich pomegranates, a 25-minute Merry Mint Massage using calming peppermint oil, and a 25-minute Chai-Mistle-Toes Soak and Scrub with a healing combo of honey crystals, black tea, cinnamon, and eucalyptus.


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If you’re in the market for a little kitchen assistance this holiday season, Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint is here to help. On Dec. 13, the Scottsdale location will host a kids cooking class featuring ways to use bread in recipes, including banana bread pudding and croissants, with products from local bakery Strictly From Scratch. The class will be led by Scramble’s executive chef Mike Williams, who will teach chef skills and cooking techniques. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. 6-7:30 p.m. $25 includes the class, eating and a goodie bag. And, in case you’re tired of cooking come Christmas Day, Scramble will be open for breakfast from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the holiday.

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Scottsdazzle Through Jan. 1, 2018, Downtown Scottsdale Scottsdazzle is a month-long celebration of cheer and merriment with live music, entertainers, unique events, and stunning decor. In addition to two Scottsdale Public Art installations, PRISMATICA and Reflection Rising, festivities will include free concerts along the canal (Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23), a Cowboy Christmas festival (Dec. 9), and a holiday-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk (Dec. 14). On Dec. 16, be sure to take a stroll down “Sugar Plum Avenue” (5th Avenue) to see holiday decor and enjoy live entertainment, aerial performances, and interactive activities including an art mural. Full event details and times can be found online. Free. Holiday Prelude XXXII Dec. 8, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Phoenix Youth Symphony will join forces with Phoenix Theatre Guild to offer holiday shoppers a 5,000-square-foot space full of different boutiques selling one-of-a-kind treasures. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a vintage couture fashion show featuring Fashion by Robert Black and Ella Zahlan as well as jewelry by Alan Anderson. Holiday Prelude XXXII is Phoenix Youth Symphony’s biggest annual fundraiser that raises money for art programs. 10 a.m. $90-$125. Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding Dec. 9, Celebrity Theatre Alice Cooper and a troupe of other rock stars will rock your holiday season with a show unlike any other while raising funds for a good cause. The show will also debut the winners of Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, which gives young rockers the opportunity to be the event’s opening act. Proceeds will benefit Solid Rock Teen Center, Cooper’s nonprofit that enriches the lives of teens through music, dance and self-expression. 7 p.m. $120-$750. Applause! Gala Holiday Event Dec. 14, Wrigley Mansion Phoenix Theatre invites you to an elegant evening that’ll leave you feeling merry and bright. This holiday event pays homage to Valley philanthropists whose generosity helped make the organization’s Applause! Gala in October a reality. Guests will raise a glass to benefactors such as Nancy Hanley, Lynne Love and Martha Martin and enjoy a variety of global wines from Tarbell’s. For tickets and to RSVP, call 602.889.6309. 6 p.m. $250 per couple.


Winemaker Dinner Dec. 14, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch Capping off the resort’s winemaker dinner series is Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, a Napa Valley winery best known for its sparkling wines and pinot noir. The event will showcase Domaine Carneros Brut, Taittinger Brut La Francaise, Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé, Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, and Taittinger Nocturne Demi-Sec with a winery representative on hand to answer questions and share information. Guests will enjoy a wine reception with appetizers before sitting down for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Reservations required; call 480.444.1234. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $95++. Desert Ball Dec. 22, The Phoenician Desert Foundation Auxiliary’s 52nd annual Desert Ball is a celebration of family and friends, and it’s a tradition that gives back to the community. The Phoenician will be draped in beautiful floral arrangements and decor as 12 Valley debutantes are presented to the community. Event highlights will include a gourmet dinner and live music by The Hamptons Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maddie’s Daddy Foundation and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS). 6:30 p.m. $250-$400.


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WINTER WONDERLAND CELEBRATION Dec. 2-29, Butterfly Wonderland This month, Butterfly Wonderland becomes Winter Wonderland with blue, white and silver decor donning the venue. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-24) and from Tuesday to Friday, Dec. 26-29, you can view amazing, 7-foot living angels with expansive wings, adding an ethereal aura to the whimsical conservatory. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission.


by formal tea service, holiday kids crafts, and a raffle. 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. $50-$62. SIT. STAY. BRUNCH Dec. 3, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Lost Our Home Pet Rescue’s seventh annual brunch and auction will feature Champagne, brunch, a silent auction, a live auction with auctioneer Letitia Frye, inspiring stories, and adorable pets. KEZ 99.9’s Melissa Sharpe will emcee and Sandy Day, the vice chairman of Lulu’s Fund, will be presented with the Pet Champion Excellence Award. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $85.

OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE FARMERS MARKET Ongoing, Downtown Scottsdale Now in its ninth year of operation, this Saturday farmers market at 1st Street and Brown Avenue features about 100 local growers and specialty food producers. You’ll find a variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, seasonal items such as cider and apples, flowers, meats, eggs, cheeses, and breads. The market is family-friendly and well-mannered pets are welcome. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.


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POPS: HOLIDAY POPS Dec. 1-3, Symphony Hall Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday Sing-Along, guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Times and prices vary. FATHER CHRISTMAS AND THE SNOW QUEEN Dec. 1-17, Theatre Artists Studio This interactive holiday show is performed in the style of The

British Panto – audience participation is essential to the action and resolution of the play. Perfect for the whole family, the story takes audiences through a magic cupboard to help save Father Christmas from the wicked Snow Queen. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. $25. NUTCRACKER SWEETS TEA Dec. 3, Chateau Luxe As a fundraiser for the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation, this family-friendly event will welcome attendees with a live piano accompaniment and mimosas, followed

MISSION 31: POSSIBLE Dec. 4, Mountain Shadows Arizona Cardinals’ Running Back David Johnson will host his first annual Mission 31: Possible, An Evening with David Johnson. Guests will mix and mingle with Johnson and his teammates as they indulge in an evening featuring a cocktail reception, food, and a live auction. All proceeds will benefit Mission 31 Foundation, which provides opportunities to ill children and their families by offering support and life-changing experiences. 6-9:30 p.m. $350. HANDEL’S MESSIAH Dec. 6, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts An annual holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah makes its return, played by The Phoenix Symphony. The acclaimed Hallelujah chorus highlights these performances, which will feature Tito Muñoz as the conductor, as well as The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists. Dec. 7-10. 7:30 p.m. $34-$69.




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TONY BENNETT Dec. 7, Celebrity Theatre Join Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett at this one-of-kind concert. Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, who has been touring with her father, will open the performance with a collection of jazz and pop standards. Doors, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $78$138. PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Dec. 8-10, Margaret T. Hance Park More than 150 art and food vendors are scheduled to participate in this sixth annual festival. Festivalgoers will enjoy fare from local food trucks, live entertainment, a hands-on community mural project, and a family zone. Dogs are allowed. Times vary. Free. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TREES Dec. 9, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn This 19th annual gala will feature professionally designed and decorated holiday trees and other festive items. There will also be a silent auction, dinner, and the signature live tree auction. Kechi O, a 2017 finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will perform and speak about her experience as a plane crash survivor. All proceeds will benefit the Arizona Burn Foundation. 6-10 p.m. $400. POINSETTIA TEA Dec. 10, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch The 27th annual Poinsettia Tea will feature tea, scones, sandwiches, desserts and entertainment by the North Valley Chorale. Destry Jetton, Arizona Midday host and executive producer for Channel 12, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. All proceeds will support Duet’s health and aging services. 2-4 p.m. $70. DAVID BRITTON CHRISTMAS: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON Dec. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Now calling Phoenix home, worldclass baritone and recording artist David Britton and his musicians will celebrate the season with an enchanting evening of Christmas music. 8 p.m. $19-$39. www. BOARD OF VISITORS FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON Dec. 16, Arizona Biltmore The 2018 Flower Girls will take to stage for this 64th annual event, which will include cocktails, a raffle


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Dec. 19-24, ASU Gammage This month, ASU Gammage will welcome the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Cinderella. From the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, the musical puts a contemporary twist on the classic tale. With elaborate scenes and an outstanding cast, the show will transport you back to your childhood while inviting you into Cinderella’s enchanting world. Showtimes vary. $20-$205.

and a fashion show with holiday attire from Dillard’s. Proceeds will benefit community healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly, including Barrow Neurological Foundation, The Board of Visitors Ryan House, and Maggie’s Place. 11 a.m. $150. WINDHAM HILL: WINTER SOLSTICE Dec. 21, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from Windham Hill Records’ Winter Solstice series as well as its many solo releases. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. LINDSEY STIRLING Dec. 23, Comerica Theatre A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Lindsey Stirling has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music

industry with more than 7.8 million YouTube subscribers and numerous Billboard chart-topping hits. She will bring her Christmas tour – Warmer in the Winter – through Phoenix, just in time to get you in the spirit. 8 p.m. $35-$350. CACTUS BOWL Dec. 26, Chase Field Enjoy a college football must-see! The 29th annual Cactus Bowl will feature the winning Pac-12 team versus the winning Big 12 conference team. Teams were not yet announced at press time. 7 p.m. $10-$120. FIESTA BOWL PARADE Dec. 30, Central Phoenix Celebrate the Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30, 2 p.m.) at the 47th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade. Take in the vibrant floats, giant balloons, local celebrities, and marching bands as they make their way along the twomile parade route through Central Phoenix. 9 a.m. Free; reserved seating, $25.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Dec. 31, AZ Air Time Kids ages 7 to 17 are invited to a New Year’s Eve sleepover event with all-night trampoline races, dodgeball, movies, music, dance contests, karaoke, dinner and snacks, a New Year’s toast with sparkling cider, and a light breakfast. Drop off, 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve; pickup, 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Advanced registration is required. $99 per child ($10 off for siblings). THE ANNIVERSARY GALA: 70 NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD Dec. 31, Arizona Biltmore The Phoenix Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve gala will celebrate its 70th season with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program will include performances by The JJ’s Band and The Phoenix Symphony, plus a Champagne toast. 8 p.m. Individual, $750; table of 10, $7,000.

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Joe Niekro Foundation presents the third annual Phoenix Knuckleball


On Dec. 9, athletes and celebrities from across the country join will Phoenicians at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia for a fun-filled and philanthropic night. Hosted by the Joe Niekro Foundation (JNF), the Phoenix Knuckleball is an annual gala that supports brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AMV), and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness. JNF is committed to providing public education, services and support for patients and families as well as aiding in the advancement of neurological research. In fact, JNF currently has 32 support groups across North America as well as an online community of more than 20,000 survivors, caregivers, physicians, and other supporters. The Phoenix Knuckleball helps makes all of this, and more, possible for the foundation. A Pitch for Life paints the theme for this year’s gala, which will be chaired by former MLB pitcher Brett Merriman and his wife, Anita. The evening’s emcee will be Norris Thomas, a former cornerback for the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who is now a motivational speaker, author and broadcaster. Daniel Moreno, a local army veteran, American Ninja Warrior and AMV survivor, will be the keynote speaker. Both Thomas and Moreno will be joined by others in the community who will share their stories and educate others about JNF’s life-giving mission. Guests of the black-tie affair will be greeted with a cocktail reception. The


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night will continue with a gourmet dinner and special programming, including filmed survivor stories, guest speakers, a live auction, and live entertainment by the Groove Merchants. A VIP Meet & Greet Reception will give attendees the opportunity to meet athletes in attendance while enjoying light bites and cocktails. Proceeds from the Phoenix Knuckleball will go toward the advancement and expansion of the foundation’s Patient Services Program, which provides emotional support to patients and their families. The gala will also help to establish a localized clinical research grant for applicants in the Phoenix area.

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Peyton Manning headlines the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon


IF YOU GO… What: Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon When: Dec. 13; 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale Tickets: Individual, $150; table of 10, $1,500 Information: www.phoenixchamber. com

Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a highly anticipated event for locals and visitors every year. Coined “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” and with a full week of tournaments and other exciting happenings, it will take place at TPC Scottsdale Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2018. Such a fantastic event ought to have an out-of-this-world prologue. That’s where the Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon comes into play. With two-time Super Bowl


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Champion and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning as the headline speaker, you know this kickoff will be an epic one. “The Tee-Off Luncheon is such a popular event in the community and something that really kicks off the Waste Management Phoenix Open,” says Carlos Sugich, the golf tournament’s chairman. “Not only will we talk about all of the exciting things we have in store for 2018, we will also get to hear stories from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football.”

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CHILL OUT Icy fun in the Valley of the Sun

We’ve found the best places for you to chill – literally and figuratively – this holiday season, whether you’re frolicking in the snow, twirling on an ice rink, or exploring an icy wonderland.



A Carefree Christmas Through Dec. 23, you can find real snow in the Valley at the Carefree Christmas celebration taking place at the Carefree Desert Gardens. A highlight: The Carefree Snow Village, which boasts more than 40 yards of real snow blown in Dec. 9 and 10 (with more dates pending) and a 32-foot alpine slide open to adults and children for just $5. Each weekend, they will also host craft fairs, gingerbread house-building competitions, open-air markets, comedy shows, and concerts. The four-acre gardens will also be adorned with a professional holiday light display. Christmas at the Princess Chilling out at this annual holiday tradition is easy, thanks to a myriad of attractions including S’mores Land, which features activities like roasting marshmallows over a camp fire; taking an icy slide down the newly expanded, four-lane Polar Glide; enjoying a whirl on the Christmas Carousel; or even hopping on Frosty’s Ferris Wheel. Another can’t-miss attraction is the Desert Ice Skating Rink, a 6,000-square-foot real ice skating rink set under the desert stars, open nightly to the public for $20 per person. For an elevated evening experience, opt for a luxury rink-side fire pit table with s’mores and blankets (valet is included). For reservations, pricing and a full list of attractions, call 480.585.2694 or visit CitySkate Holiday Ice Rink Each holiday season, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets transforms into the Valley’s largest outdoor ice skating rink: CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix. Skate sessions will run through Jan. 7, 2018, and Santa will also make an appearance on select weekend days. General admission is $15 (with discounts for veterans, seniors and children under eight). Guests can also opt for a $30 “fast pass” to skate, which allows them to skip the line. Every Wednesday, guests can also “Skate It Forward” – $5 from every ticket purchased on a Wednesday (and used that day) will go toward select Valley organizations. How cool is that? Polar Play Ice Bar Located at OdySea in the Desert, Polar Play is Arizona’s very first ice bar. Dress warm, but you’ll also be provided with a coat and gloves in preparation for entering the “Polar Zone.” As you travel through a portal into the ice bar, all of the walls, the bar itself, and even the benches are made from ice. Special lighting and music further enhance the chilling experience. During your icy adventure, adult beverages are available, and games like shuffleboard, cornhole and checkers add to the fun. While it’s kidfriendly until 7 p.m. daily, afterward it becomes a 21-plus establishment. Entry times are on the hour for a one-hour experience. Admission starts at $15.


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B E A PA RT O F T H E C O N V E R S AT I O N The Phoenician’s newest hangout, Mowry & Cotton, turns the page in a western folklore tale. Bold and original, the neighborhood restaurant pairs a spirited drink and beer list with a straightforward, regional food menu cooked up by Chef Tandy Peterson. Claim a spot at the lively bar or kick your feet up on the open porch. Mowry & Cotton invites you to grab a chair and stick around for a while. Call 480 423 2530 for reservations and visit to learn more.


SPIRITED SOJOURNS Holiday happenings around Arizona

Sure, Northern Arizona isn’t quite the North Pole, but there’s so much festive fanfare, you may feel as though you’ve been swept right into Santa’s whimsical world. So, bundle up in your scarves and sweaters and head to the state’s cooler climes for a hefty dose of holiday merriment.


The North Pole Experience Departing from the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff almost nightly through Dec. 28 (not open on Christmas Day), the North Pole Experience starts by taking families on a trolley ride to Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the forest. Once there, guests of all ages take part in hands-on experiences, including working side by side with elves making toys, seeing Santa’s sleigh, and enjoying cookies with Mrs. Claus. A bonus for the kids – they can get access to Santa’s main factory floor, with soaring toy slides and a special commemorative teddy bear from Santa himself. Admission starts at $33 for children and $39 for adults. Sedona Festival of Lights For 45 years, people from all over the world have gathered at Tlaquepaque in Sedona for the Festival of Lights. On Dec. 9, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a visit from Santa (and an opportunity for photos), followed by the tolling of a bell at 5 p.m., which signals the lighting of 6,000 luminarias set throughout the outdoor pavilion, courtyard and expansive walkways. There is even an opportunity to purchase specially designed luminarias at the event to honor cancer survivors, with proceeds going to charity. Sip on free apple cider while music fills the air, thanks to live performances by electric string quartets, violinists, vocalists and even a swing band until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Sedona Northern Lights Sedona also has a second event – in honor of the Sedona Arts Center’s 60th anniversary – called Sedona Northern Lights, which is the largest 3-D light project ever done on a natural canvas. From Dec. 14 to 17, hourly from 6 to 9 p.m., an artistic, holiday-themed 3-D light show will be projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock), viewable from dozens of outdoor areas throughout the city. Free. The Great Pine Cone Drop Forget the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square! For nearly 20 years, Flagstaff has offered a quirky alternative called The Great Pine Cone Drop, a tradition that was started to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the historic Weatherford Hotel leading into the year 2000. After Thanksgiving, the hotel hoists a 150-pound, 6-foot, LED-lit pine cone – made with more than 200 aluminum petals reminiscent of a Christmas ornament (only much bigger!) – up three stories above its roof. Then, on New Year’s Eve, thousands of revelers bundle up (the average temperature is about 20 degrees) and gather in the streets, counting down to 10 p.m. to coincide with the Times Square celebration in New York City, and then again at midnight to mark Arizona’s magical moment. Each year, a local DJ spins songs from the hotel’s balcony, leading the crowd in a countdown as the Weatherford Hotel dazzles with a light show followed by fireworks. Admission is free.


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ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY Meet Veronica Graffius, the visionary behind Calvin Charles Gallery




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Located in the heart of the Scottsdale Art District, Calvin Charles Gallery has been dazzling art lovers since 1999. What began as a small Asian antique dealer has now grown into an internationally recognized modern art destination with elegant architectural design. The 6,000-square-foot gallery, which also functions as an event venue, focuses on bringing mostly contemporary and Asian art, representing more than 36 international artists from diverse backgrounds and art disciplines, including painting and sculpture. Some of the exhibited artists include Fernando Botero, Aurora Canero, Pascal and Jennyfer Stratman. “Every piece of artwork in the gallery was made in the hands of an individual originating from a different part of the world, with a different story and a different message,” says Veronica Graffius, the gallery’s managing partner. “We take pride in sharing the inspiring stories of our artists, and although many of them started as a ‘starving artist,’ their hard work has paid off,” she says. Mexican-native Graffius joined the gallery in 2005 when the former owner of the gallery and Graffius’ best friend, Deborah O’Hara, asked her to do so. “She had an eye for art, and I had an eye for managing sales,” Graffius says. “Both being visionaries and art lovers, we took the gallery to new heights with an influx of new artists, growth of collectors, and movement in the community of Scottsdale.” In 2008, after O’Hara passed away, Graffius was chosen as the beneficiary to take over the gallery. Now, after nine years, Graffius has grown alongside the gallery. “The opportunity to manage such a marvelous gallery has been a blessing in my life,” says Graffius, emphasizing that her goal is to continue to represent well-established artists, as well as to provide the opportunity for emerging artists. “I find beauty in the stories behind every piece of art,” she says. “I find beauty in the fact that every artist has a different style, given where their journey in life is taking them.” Among other objectives, Graffius notes that one of the gallery’s goals is to educate and inspire students by reaching out to nonprofits and fine arts programs to educate younger generations about art and that “the sky is the limit.” Calvin Charles Gallery has three upcoming exhibitions in 2018: Home to the Soul of Mexico by Gennaro Garcia (Jan. 4-29; opening reception Jan. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.), Luna’s Sol by Stephanie Page (Feb. 8-March 1; opening reception Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.), and an exhibit, unnamed at press time, by Nigel Conway (March 8-April 3; opening reception March 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Calvin Charles Gallery, 4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.421.1818;

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During the holidays, it seems as though the world stops counting carbs and calories. Whether you fall into that camp or just plan to splurge here and there, we’ve found 22 dishes to make it worth your while. Go ahead and dig into gourmet bliss – after all, ’tis the season to indulge. BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

CANNOLI PANCAKES Hash Kitchen You’ve died … and gone to carb heaven with this one! The oversized dish, with an equally oversized helping of delicious, features thick, fluffy ricotta and cinnamon pancakes piled high then layered with creamy, sweetened ricotta and chocolate chip cream. They’re garnished with crumbles of cannoli, powdered sugar, and a maraschino cherry compote. $11.

ROSSO CREST DI GALLO Fat Ox With a shape closely resembling the crest of a rooster (cresti di gallo translates to “rooster crest” in Italian), this exceptional hand-rolled red wine pasta is magnificent on its own, but at Fat Ox, it’s married with handmade duck sausage and mushrooms in the winter months to up the decadence factor tenfold. Dandelion greens and huckleberry serve as delicate garnishing. $16.

KEPTA DUONA Sonata’s Restaurant As Eastern Europe’s answer to cheese fries, this indulgent appetizer consists of crispy rye breadsticks tossed in duck fat aioli and then covered in copious amounts of havarti cheese. The skillet is cooked until the cheese reaches melty perfection. Insider tip: Order more than one of these sensational starters for the table. Trust us. $8.


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Facing page: Fat Ox This page, clockwise: Twin Peaks, Beckett’s Table, Sonanta’s Restaurant, Hash Kitchen


CROW’S DAIRY FETA Beckett’s Table This sensational winter comfort food starts with a peppery local feta, which is heaped into a cast iron skillet. It is then paired with sweet, tangy peppers and onions; cauliflower; and lemon and then loaded into a 600-degree oven until it’s ooey, gooey and dancing with punchy flavor. $12.

MOM’S POT ROAST Twin Peaks No holiday is complete without some home cooking. Twin Peaks does Mom proud with this dish, which starts by making melt-inyour-mouth pot roast over the course of several hours. It is topped with a housemade,

devilishly delectable brown gravy and accompanied by garlic-infused roasted potatoes and carrots plus buttery sauteed green beans. It will make you want to call home to your own mom – and invite her out on the town to taste this dish! $14.79.

COCONUT FRENCH TOAST Taco Guild Soaked in tres leches custard, cinnamon and cardamom, this breakfast staple gets a flavorful upgrade. Made with torta bread, the interior is soft and spongy while the exterior is a caramelized crust. Topped with toasted coconut, fresh mango, strawberries, honey-cinnamon butter, and spiced maple syrup and served alongside

housemade beef and pork sausage patties, this dish is winter brunch bliss on a plate. $9.95.

BUTTERMILK CHICKEN Sierra Bonita Grill Not for the faint of heart, this chicken is marinated in buttermilk, eggs and spices before it’s dipped in flour and an egg wash. The chicken is flash-fried then finished in the oven, which keeps it juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s served with sweet potatoes that have been mashed with heavy cream, Oaxacan chiles, brown sugar, molasses and cinnamon. Finally, it’s topped with black pepper gravy and crowned with fresh asparagus. $16 (small); $26 (regular). So Scottsdale! December ‘17



BREAKFAST POT PIE Snooze, an A.M. Eatery We know, we had you at pot pie … at breakfast. This version is picture-perfect after waking from a long winter’s nap (or perhaps after a night of too many eggnogs?). It’s loaded with Snooze’s homemade rosemary sausage gravy, which is smothered over a flaky puff pastry and topped with an egg sunny side up (or however preferred), complete with golden hash browns. $9.50.

of an old family recipe, which was originally made with cheaper cuts of meat and considered peasant food in her family’s native home of Italy. Today, Russo makes this seasonal dish using beef tenderloin, confit organic chicken, and locally sourced sausage. It is paired with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, buttered baby vegetables, and topped with a roasted garlic red wine demi-glace. $29.50.


Roaring Fork Surely mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort carb, especially in the winter. This version screams Southwest at its best with its creamy mix of pepper jack cheese, heavy cream, onions and red peppers, which are all melted into the pasta with an extra-special ingredient – a poblano pepper puree. $8.

Hula’s Modern Tiki Warning: Think twice about ordering this dish unless you have the wherewithal to devour it with more than just your eyes! This over-the-top, Polynesian-inspired burger is loaded with a mountain of rice, enveloped with succulent brown mushroom gravy, and finished with sunny side up eggs. Not only is it a comfort food all the way from Hawaii, but a longtime Hula’s fan favorite. $11.



The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar With the 3 Meat, chef and owner Jennifer Russo has created a deconstructed version

Crudo This gooey potato pasta in the style of caccio e pepe – the Roman version of spaghetti with pecorino Romano and black



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This page, clockwise: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery; Sierra Bonita Grill; Roaring Fork Facing page, clockwise: Crudo, Market By Jennifers Restaurant + Bar, North Italia, Dust Cutter

pepper – has the perfect blend of olive oil, butter, black pepper, and, of course, plenty of grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Finished with lamb and an Italian pasta sauce, it’s rich with red wine and tomato goodness. $18.

own, Dust Cutter takes it over the top by pairing it with cilantro- and agave-infused butter for spreading and dipping (and practically eating on its own). The butter is so popular, the staff refers to it as “crack butter.” $7.

HATCH CHILE HAYDEN WHITE TRUFFLE GARLIC MILLS CORN BREAD SKILLET BREAD Dust Cutter This made-from-scratch comfort food favorite is served in a skillet that includes local Sonoran Hatch chiles and chunks of fresh-roasted corn. While delicious on its

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Clockwise: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, Eddie Merlot’s, elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

and grana padano, which is a hard, slow-ripened cheese from Italy that tastes a tad richer than its cousin, Parmigiano-Reggiano. It’s perfect to share – or keep for yourself. $10.

MARYLAND CRAB CAKE Eddie Merlot’s A little sweet, a little spice and oh-so-nice, this version of a crab cake starter features premium jumbo lump crab meat flown in from Maryland and mixed with a secret combination of herbs, spices and bread crumbs. It’s served with a tangy corn relish and a punchy Cajun remoulade for dipping. The zest and richness of the crab cake and remoulade are balanced with a garnish of paprika oil and micro greens. $15.95.

BAKER’S BACON CHOP ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Bacon lovers, rejoice! This fully-loaded entree features bacon that is cured,


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smoked, spiced and honey-lacquered. The result is a full-bodied, eye-popping flavor that will dance in your head far longer than those visions of sugarplums. The meat is paired with shishito peppers, a sweet potato hash, a runny egg, red pepper chimichurri, and actual pork rinds. $36.

GUAJILLO BRAISED SHORT RIB ENCHILADAS Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup Perhaps this is where the term “the whole enchilada” hails. Gadzooks’ custom-order menu offers a myriad of choices, but this monster of a meal is a must-try combo. It starts with either flour or corn tortillas, which are piled high with guajillo chile-braised short ribs and then smothered with one or more sauces and creamy cheeses, including salsa, honey-infused slaw and scratch-made crema. Then it’s topped again with goat cheese or a griddled-fried over easy egg, or both! $7.75.

LOBSTER CARBONARA EVO Ultrasoft gnocchi, pancetta and crispy prosciutto are tossed with Parmesan cheese, black pepper, olive oil and butter to create a hearty entree perfect for a cool winter’s night. And the fresh, buttered and seasoned lobster tail served with it doesn’t hurt either. $32.

MUSHROOM SOUP Christopher’s Crush & Lounge Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame honoree and local cooking icon Christopher Gross’ signature soup begins by infusing silky duck broth with a sweet port wine reduction. This otherworldly starter is poured tableside over massive chunks of braised portobello mushroom and the piece de resistance: a seared but rare slab of Hudson Valley foie gras. The bowl, which is dusted in mushroom powder, is served with a crusty French baguette and a heaping scoop of butter. $20.

Clockwise: Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup, Brat Haus, EVO, Southern Rail, Christopher’s & Crush Lounge

BBQ BOAR Brat Haus This “haus-made” artisan creation starts with a boar brat, a dark meat that tastes like a cross between pork and beef with a unique juicy succulence. It is then topped with savory pulled pork. But it doesn’t end there – it’s smothered in bacon barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar cheese with an optional addition of pickled red onions. $14.

BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, RICE AND LEEK CASSEROLE Southern Rail This is not your grandma’s casserole! Four types of cheese are melted with smoked onions steeped in a heavenly cream, rice, and the three popular winter vegetables, which are each cooked three different ways to add layers of flavor. The dish is topped with more cheese and blistered in a wood oven before being garnished with candied pecans. $13.

ESCARGOT POTPIE elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain When award-winning super chef Beau McMillian suggests an indulgent dish, you listen! This winter, his recommendation is

this surprising, stupendous (and yes, snailfilled) appetizer, which is made by baking buttery escargot in a pastry along with Bloomsdale spinach, garlic confit, savory maitake mushrooms, and soy caramel. $24. So Scottsdale! December ‘17



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’Tis the season for glittery flair, even adorning your shoes. On-trend for winter are shimmery-chic finds like the Sequin 105 Metallic Booties by Giuseppe Zanotti, known for his iconic, innovative and enchanting footwear designs. Crafted in Italy, these silver-sequined stunners are set on a metallic heel, lined in satin, and feature a back zip with a leather sole – and they’re a prime example illustrating Zanotti’s fusion of classic, artisanal craft with a futuristic, boundary-pushing aesthetic. From jazzing up your favorite LBD to strutting your stuff at a celebratory fete, these boots were definitely made for dazzling. $895 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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BERRY & BRASS Deck the halls with two of winter’s coolest trends

Velvet chair, Haute House, $2,499 at Horchow, Arching acrylic shade floor lamp, $329 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Openwork metal-framed rectangular mirror, $745 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790. Ivory and fuchsia patterned rug, $74.95-$499.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Metal-clad coffee table, $799 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297. Cable knit faux Sherpa throw pillow, UGG, $39.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond,


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HOLIDAY GLAM Make a festive entrance at any soiree

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes glitz and glam. Whether you want to get dolled up before a holiday shindig or a glamourous gala, we’ve got you covered. Break out the brightening highlighter and metallic shadows and up the ante with a bold lip color to celebrate in style with these rich, look-at-me finds.

Fenty Beauty Eclipse 2-in-1 Glitter Release Eyeliner Singer and beauty icon Rihanna stayed true to her song lyrics, “shine bright like a diamond,” when she created this product for her beauty line. In the green-black metallic/smoky emerald glitter variation, this limited-edition, smoothglide liquid eyeliner lets you choose your own finish – low-key metallic or high-impact sparkle. The liner dries to a sleek metallic finish, which you can rub when dry to reveal a surprising sparkly effect. $20 at Fenty Beauty, Estee Lauder Limited Edition Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Highlighter Victoria Beckham’s partnership with Estee Lauder signals the return of Modern Mercury highlighter, a known favorite amongst the brand’s dedicated followers. Intense and with high shimmer, this exceptionally pigmented highlighter will work to illuminate the skin and enhance your natural beauty (and cheekbones). This treasure is made with a gelee formula, which makes the application process simple and flawless. $75 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Edition Lipstick in Le Rouge What better way to get in the holiday


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spirit than to don a red lipstick? Achieve full opacity with just one swipe or continue applying to build an even bolder color. True to its name, this dazzling accessory has a luminous satin texture, providing a glossy cream sheen finish and giving your lips plentiful hydration. $37 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Bobbi Brown Caviar and Rubies Eye Shadow Palette Packed with a festive punch, this limited-edition party palette is dressed to the nines with nine neutral, jewel-toned and gilded eye shadows. These high-sparkle metallic and shimmer shadows blend smoothly while adding a dash of dimension to any eye look. Need something to balance out all of that sparkle? Mix and match with the matte options to create a smoky, sultry effect. $75 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Beauty My Burberry Blush Palette Sweep this limited-edition face powder over your cheeks for a glowing, flushed effect. The perfect hint of color, the floral design palette is made up of a subtle rosy hue and illuminating pearls that add a hint of sparkle. The non-chalky formula is lightweight, easy to blend, and can be layered for extra intensity. $68 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

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GIFTS THAT GLIMMER Treat a loved one (or yourself) to something sparkly for the holidays

Aquamarine pendant, London Gold Designs, $18,522 at London Gold, 480.367.1717. White gold diamond and sapphire removable earring charms and diamond hoops, $3,200 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. Three-strand yellow gold diamond necklace, $3,600 at The Diamond Guys, 480.656.0652. Custom-designed morganite rose gold engagement ring, price upon request at The Diamond Guys. Open-work diamond bracelet, $23,949 at London Gold. Yellow gold diamond ring, $3,800 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. Diamond cocktail ring, $9,750 at Isaac Jewelers, 480.941.9090. Marquis climbers, $10,900 at Isaac Jewelers.


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THE SILVER LINING Shine bright in the season’s most striking hue

Metallic peplum dress, Kate Spade, $59 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Cowl-neck tunic, Frank Lyman, $219 at Classy Jazzy Cutique, 480.513.1480. Jacquard pants, Cartonnier, $24.95 at My Sister’s Closet. Sequin and beaded flap bag, Dolce & Gabbana, $975.95 at To Be Continued, 480.699.2700. Metallic pointedtoe pumps, Gucci, $295.95 at To Be Continued. Clubmaster sunglasses, RayBan, $289 at Optics, 480.991.0509.


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JACKET: Black textured leather, $348. NECKLACE: Gold Y-drop, $48. TOP: Red turtleneck, $118. PANTS: Black jeans, $148. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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NECKLACE: Gold layered, $48. TOP: Floral blouse, $138. SKIRT: Black maxi, $138. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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JACKET: Red leather moto, $398. TOP: Black sweater, $118. PANTS: Multicolor printed, $198. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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EARRINGS: Long rhinestone, $48. JACKET: Blush faux fur, $278. TOP: Pink lace bodysuit, $118. SKIRT: Brown midi, $185. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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DRESS: Blue bodycon applique, $228. From Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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EARRINGS: Silver contemporary, $38. TOP: Teal floral V-neck blouse, $138. PANTS: Teal high-waisted, $178. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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EARRINGS: Gold hoops, $38. TOP: Mustard knit sweater, $138. PANTS: Black leather leggings, $158. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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When family and friends gather ’round for the holidays, there’s nothing quite like bonding over game night. Upgrade your standard Scrabble game for a giant version of the fun wordplay war. Crafted from wood with colors and graphics based on the original 1949 edition, RH, Restoration Hardware’s Giant Wall Scrabble clocks in around 6 feet by 5 feet. Equipped with all the accessories its tabletop predecessor has, including a fabric bag for the letter tiles, the giant game also has the addition of four magnetic tile racks that detach from the board during play, chalk, an eraser, hanging hardware, and, of course, a chalkboard to keep track of the score. $1,346 at RH, Restoration Hardware.

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DOWN THE DANUBE Eastern Europe comes alive with Viking River Cruises



The Danube is Europe’s second largest river, snaking its way through 10 countries, from Germany through the Eastern European frontiers to the Black Sea. There’s no better way to see the wide Danube and Eastern Europe’s treasures than on board one of Viking River Cruises’ longships.

The Viking Lowdown Viking River Cruises offers a unique way to see multiple countries in a comfortable setting, without having to repack your suitcase every night. One of the most popular Danube River Cruises is the Passage to Eastern Europe, which spans 11 days and five countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Hungary. You’ll spend eight days cruising through these countries, visiting seven ports and spending two nights in Budapest and one in Bucharest. You’ll meander down the Danube, using a longship – a long and low boat – to navigate the wide river with its bridges. One of the notable features of a Viking river cruise is the abundance of local cuisine, guides and culture that help you soak up Eastern Europe from the moment you board.


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There’s no better thrill than boarding the ship, having someone else take care of your luggage, grabbing a glass of Champagne, and feeling as if stress is melting away. Truly, this is the quintessential experience when boarding a Viking river cruise. First, there’s a welcome dinner while still at port in Bucharest and a presentation in the lounge afterward. Or, you can walk along the sun deck and toast the setting sun before casting off down the Danube. Viking provides an overview each day, detailing what you can expect, trivia about the places along the route, the time you can expect to dock, and what you will be seeing on your excursions. If things change along the way, the crew keeps you informed. Most days, there both full- and half-day excursions; every Viking river cruise includes seven shore excursions with a local guide. Though you can choose an off-board acitivity or relax on the ship, the excursions offer a chance to experience the local culture and see highlights of the countries along the way. On this Eastern European passage, there are many great highlights, such as Veliko Tarnovo, a Bulgarian town that’s about 45 minutes by motor coach from the Danube. This full-day excursion takes you into a medieval city along the Yanta River. On another day, the ship docks in the Bulgarian town of Vidin,


near the medieval fortifications of Baba Vida. You can go on a cooking outing to a local home, or stroll on your own to explore the town and the 13th-century fortress. One day is spent cruising through the spectacular views of the Iron Gates National Park. During this day on the water, the staff explains life in Eastern Europe, shares local foods, and sets up cooking demonstrations. It is also the perfect time for rest and relaxation on the open-air deck, an ideal spot to watch the sunset over the river. As the ship passes through Belgrade, Croatia, Serbia and into Hungary, the crew often shares moments from history – both the distant and not-so-distant past. Watch the ever-changing landscapes. Visit with the people who live here, in an area once closed to Western visitors. Taste foods of Croatia. See lands populated by the Ottomans and the Hapsburgs. Tour the paprika regions of Hungary. Pick out hand-painted ceramics or lace in Kalocsa, Hungary. See the horsemen perform on the puszta, or plains, tamed by Magyar warriors. Finally, make your way into Budapest, a shining city built on two sides of the Danube – Buda on the hill and Pest in the flats – connected by the impressive Chain Bridge. This “Paris of the East” is a magnificent city, and your stay will end here, with a final excursion and two nights spent in a hotel just steps from the bridge.

Viking helps you plan your trip from beginning to end, adding airfare, transfers, excursions, and pre- and post-trips. The longships offer Explorer Suites, which are the largest and most luxurious, with a private wrap-around veranda off the living room, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, two TVs, laundry service, a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package, and private airport transfers. There are also one- and two-room Veranda Suites with lovely fullsize verandas and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Onboard eating options are plentiful. You’ll find beer, wine and soft drinks with each meal, though the Silver Spirits Beverage Package (also available for purchase) provides access to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout your stay. There are multiple places to enjoy meals, from the Aquavit terrace to the formal dining room. The buffet breakfast is a highlight, with the chefs cooking eggs to order alongside an array of fresh, regional fruits and vegetables. Dinner is a much-anticipated event, with desserts always the crowning glory at the end of a long day of exploring. For more information, visit


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2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA250 Good things in a small package BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $33,400

The small, compact luxury crossover segment is growing rapidly, flooded with a vast array of makes and models. Mercedes-Benz’s entry is the GLA250, more hatchback than SUV and smaller than the maker’s other compact crossover, GLC. Since its debut in 2015, GLA has seen few substantial changes but many minor upgrades. The 2018 model gets redesigns to the front and rear bumpers, grille, wheels, and LED taillights. The power rear liftgate can be opened or closed with the wave of your foot under the bumper and a rearview camera is now standard. Interior changes include a new 8-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto compatibility, and a black ash matte wood trim. GLA is offered in three trim levels: the base front-wheel drive GLA250 (tested here) with a 208-horsepower, turbo-charged V-4 engine; the all-wheel drive GLA250 4MATIC, which has the same engine and horsepower as the base model; and the performance-oriented AMG GLA 45 allwheel drive with 375 horsepower. There is also a special Ice Edition that’s mostly an appearance package and is limited to just 400 units. Acceleration should satisfy most drivers, but


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I did experience some turbo lag – slight engine hesitation – upon acceleration. Although not a sports coupe, GLA has crisp handling. But the suspension is on the firm side and not so welcome on rough roads with uneven pavement. The 4MATIC system is surprisingly capable and will do well on snowy roads and rough gravel, thanks to the optional off-road comfort suspension. Slip behind the steering wheel and you’ll find a favorable, elevated driving position. All cabin materials are high quality with meticulous craftsmanship. There’s plenty of legroom up front, however, two average-sized adults will struggle to remain comfortable in the diminutive rear seat. The GLA is equipped with a suite of safety systems, including eight standard airbags, plus warning systems like Active Brake Assist to avoid or mitigate collisions and Attention Assist to detect signs of drowsy driving. Overall, GLA is the best-looking vehicle in its segment. There’s room enough for four, even if the rear seat isn’t as roomy as I’d like. But for all its good looks, the ride might be too firm. And for those who seek a real crossover rather than a tall hatchback, GLA may not fill the bill.

Price as tested: $50,000 Seating: 4 Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-charged V-4 Horsepower: 208 Fuel economy: 24/33 mpg city/ highway Fab features: Standout good looks Agile and easy to drive Superb safety technology



BIG, BOLD AND RED Five winter wines that wow

There’s nothing like a glass of big, bold red wine to pair with the welcome chill in the air. In addition to being the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing night by the fire and delicious to sip with a seasonal meal, red wine also makes a great hostess and holiday gift. Here are some of our favorite local varietals to taste and to give.

Carlson Creek: 2015 Malbec This family-owned, Cochise County-based vineyard – which also has a tasting room in Scottsdale – has grown so popular that it’s expanded from 40 to 280 acres since its inception just a handful of years ago. The Malbec, the vineyard’s first-ever release of this varietal, is a full-bodied bottle with hints of smoke and tobacco. It also has malbec’s signature notes of black pepper as well as rich flavors of plums and blackberries. $40.

Javelina Leap 2015 Zinfandel Last year’s winner of the Arizona Republic Wine Competition for top zinfandel, this 100 percent zinfandel – grown entirely on Javelina Leap’s own estate in Northern Arizona – knocks you down with its dizzying pepper and spice notes, only to pick you back up with its mellow, supple mouthfeel and sinfully satisfying flavors of cherry and passion fruit. $36.

LDV Winery 2012 The Signature Petite Sirah Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of Cochise County and also boasting its own tasting room in Scottsdale, LDV Winery focuses on growing Rhône varietal grapes including syrah, grenache, viognier, and – fittingly, their signature grape – petite sirah. “The Signature” is made from 100 percent petite sirah grapes and is only made when the vintage produces grapes that will showcase well on their own. This ultra-full-bodied wine explodes with smoky, spicy, dark fruit flavors. $40.

Page Springs Cellars 2015 Grenache Fun fact: Grenache is the most widely planted grape in the world. However, in Arizona – due to the terrain – it takes on a silky texture quite unique to the area. This blend of 89 percent grenache and 11 percent barbera is sourced from fruit spanning three different vineyards across Elgin, Fort Bowie and Portal in Southern Arizona. This gives it intensity upon first swirl and sip followed by crystal-clear flavors of strawberry, stone fruit and even a hint of herbs. $40.

Pillsbury Wine Company 2013 Guns & Kisses A recent double gold medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, this earthy, peppery shiraz is as big and bold as it is surprisingly balanced. Wine aficionados will note something unique on the nose – the distinct aroma of viognier. That’s because this 100 percent estate wine is made in the tradition of Côte-Rôtie, a lauded wine region of France where they coferment red wine with white viognier grapes for their aroma. $72. Each wine is available at a variety of Valley locations, including select Total Wine & More, Whole Foods, Fry’s Food Stores, and AJ’s Fine Foods.


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Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa recently launched a sizzling new steakhouse menu under the direction of executive chef Paul Millist. Of note is Millist’s 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak ($55), topped with king crab Oscar as an optional add-on ($10). A USDA prime cut, the rib-eye is cooked using a Josper Charcoal Oven, an elegant combination of a grill and oven that – at 1,200 degrees – burns clean and only gives a light char to the meat, locking in the juiciness and delicate flavors of the coveted cut. Millist then tops it with massive hand-pulled pieces of sweet Alaskan king crab leg and a classic, creamy French bearnaise sauce, which lends hints of salt and butter to the dish. Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; So Scottsdale! December ‘17



NIGHT FALLS Bourbon & Bones’ seductive seasonal elixir


Arizona mixology icon Richie Moe, famously known for his work at Cowboy Ciao, Binkley’s Restaurant Group, and Kazimierz World Wine Bar, as well as co-founder of both Citizen Public House and The Gladly, once dreamt of becoming a chemist of sorts. It’s no wonder, then, that at his latest position as beverage director at Bourbon & Bones Chophouse & Bar, he is considered the mad scientist of mixology. Moe’s latest experiment, Night Falls ($16), is equal parts fall, flabbergasting and fantastic. And it starts with … butter. “Yes, butter – not to mention brown sugar,” says Moe, who uses a process called “fat washing” to infuse butter and brown sugar into Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon then clarifies it several times to separate the fat from the resulting creamy, sweetened bourbon. From there, in homage to the flavors in a Manhattan, he adds Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth and aromatic Angostura bitters, which bring out flavors of clove and nutmeg in the spirits. “At that point, we’ve more or less made an autumn-themed Manhattan, but we’re not done yet,” says Moe, who then adds Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur, a nutty Italian spirit made from unripe green walnuts known for their smoothness. All ingredients are then stirred together and poured into a martini glass. “We take it to the next level by adding an orange wheel we’ve drenched in cinnamon and baked until dehydrated,” Moe says. “As it sinks to the bottom of the glass, the cinnamon infuses with the clove and nutmeg flavors perfectly.” The result is a velvety, luscious and spirit-forward cocktail that will warm up any chilly fall or winter’s night. Bourbon & Bones, 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Rob Wagner of Famous 48

Rob Wagner serves as executive chef of Square One Concepts and its newly launched Famous 48, an upscale tavern wherein each menu item is influenced by one or more of the 48 continental states.


How did you get your start? Growing up in Illinois then Colorado, my parents worked multiple jobs, so if I wanted to eat, the cooking was up to me. I was so adept at it that I started cooking for the entire family on the weekends. This led to my first gig – working in my parents’ pizza place, a side business they shared, at just 14 years old. What led to your current gig? I moved out here at age 19 and got a job with Sun Devil House, which became Club Rio, in Tempe. I moved on to Houston’s, eventually earning a role as corporate kitchen trainer. At that time, I also attended and graduated from culinary school, then took my talents to White Chocolate Grill, The Vig, and a host of others before joining Arcadia Tavern in 2009, where I met Square One Concepts’ founder, Barrett Rinzler. We opened our first Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers in 2011, and the rest is history. How did the idea of Famous 48 come about? The actual idea came after a night of talking about all of our favorite comfort foods from across the country – the lower 48 states – and how we would put our spin on them. What can guests expect visually from Famous 48? Our 3,000-square-foot space is styled with leather horseshoe booths and wooden high tops with tufted honey leather bar stools for maximum comfort. Our open-air patio features couches and fire pits, creating an intimate dining and lounging experience. What are some early menu favorites? Do not miss our bacon jalapeno deviled eggs, drunken “wino” bread, or Southwest eggrolls for appetizers. For main dishes, try my halfroasted chicken, barbecue baby back ribs, roasted pork loin sandwich, fish ‘n’ chips, or meatloaf sandwich. Are there any foods you personally won’t eat? I am not a sushi guy. Famous 48, 4218 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.0101; www.famous48. com.

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THIS SPUD’S FOR YOU The Valley’s most perfect potatoes

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food for any time of the year, especially during winter. They are so popular, in fact, that the average American eats more than 138 pounds of them each year! Read on to discover 12 of the most apeeling takes on taters by Valley chefs.


Camp Social

Poutine, $10 A “campy” take on the Canadian classic, this indulgent starter is comprised of fried pickles and French fries smothered with cheddar curds and elk gravy (yes, it’s actually made using elk!) and garnished with cilantro. 6107 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.750.0506;


Grandma Sarah’s Famous Potato Pancakes, $11.49 Named for the owner’s grandmother, this traditional Hanukkah dish starts with hand-grated potatoes mixed with onions, salt, pepper, matzo meal and eggs. They are then hand-molded, fried to crispy perfection, and served three to an order with sour cream and applesauce on the side. Multiple locations;

Eddie Merlot’s Top: Mastro’s Bottom: Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie’s Gourmet Black Truffle Tater Tots, $18.95 Start your meal with five housemade tater tots topped with flavorful black truffles and shaved Parmesan cheese, then served atop a dollop of chive sour cream with a garnish of fresh chives. 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0480;

El Chorro

Scalloped Potatoes, $8 Offered as a side dish, El Chorro’s scalloped potatoes are a must-have to complement the restaurant’s surf-and-turf fare. Ooey and gooey, the potatoes are loaded with a combination of heavy cream, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and herbs, then baked to get a slight crisp on top. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170;

Federal Pizza

Sweet Potato Pizza, $13 Dig into a carb-loaded, wood-fired pizza at this award-winning midcentury modern restaurant. It’s crowned with sweet potatoes, sage and ricotta, and it’s also available with a gluten-free crust option. 5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.2520;


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Steak 44

Chef Watson’s Potatoes, $12 Steak 44’s executive chef Robert Watson’s namesake menu item is a dizzyingly delicious play on au gratin potatoes featuring caramelized onions, gouda and mozzarella. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400;

St. Francis

Crispy Fingerling Potatoes, $12 This best-selling starter is made by baking the potatoes with olive oil, paprika and pepper, and then topping them with shredded Parmesan, crisped rosemary and sage. For dipping, they’re served with a housemade lemon aioli and Mexican ketchup. 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.8111; El Chorro

Urban Tacos

Pork Belly & Potato Taco, $6.25 a la carte You might go loco for this innovative taco. Mashed potatoes are heaped onto a corn tortilla along with luscious pork belly, Oaxaca cheese, chopped poblano, chipotle salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro in this south-of-theborder-inspired potato dish. 6522 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.368.2708;

Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse

Garlic Lobster Twice Baked Potato, $28 This perfectly baked Idaho potato is topped with an entire lobster, making it a scrumptious side for the table to share or even a swoon-worthy entree on its own. Located at JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979;



Lobster Mashed Potatoes, $38 This decadent dish – a signature of the steakhouse since its inception – features giant pieces of lobster folded into creamy, buttery housemashed potatoes with a touch of salt and herbs. Multiple locations;


The Original Green Chile Potato, $6 To experience New Mexico without leaving the Valley, don’t miss this off-the-menu, twice-baked and whipped potato stuffed into a roasted smoky Anaheim – or New Mexico – chile, served with a tortilla on the side. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.265.5886;


Hangover Fries, $11 Hangover or not, this rich mound of crisp-fried Parmesan fries – complete with melted cheddar, jalapenos, tomatoes, bacon, sour cream and two sunny side up eggs – will cure what ails you. 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.3353;

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Nestled among towering palm trees and regal Spanish colonial architecture lies the award-winning T. Cook’s. Executive chef Todd Allison and his team have created a tempting menu of Northern Mediterranean cuisine with hints of Southwest flair using hand-selected ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. If in season, the pan-sauteed branzino is an incomparable option for a light, yet decadent, dinner. The Mix Up Bar alongside the main dining room offers happy hour Sunday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. At Royal Palms Resort & Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.808.0766;; $$$



SOI 4 BANGKOK EATERY Soi 4 is an upscale dining destination for Thai food with unique dishes like the Thai taco, utilizing pan-seared paratha Indian flatbread with braised short rib. Group dining options are available and their private mezzanine level can accommodate up to 40 guests for full-course meals or for hors d’oeuvres with cocktails. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.778.1999;; $$

ELEMENTS Elements is a refined culinary experience helmed by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan. The innovative seasonal menu features farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents that incorporates organic produce; sustainable seafood; and hormone-free meat. Guests can revel in the views of Paradise Valley at sunset, an ideal restaurant for special occasions. At Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale; 480.607.2300;; $$$


CAFE MONARCH Chef and owner Gus Lewkowicz’s award-winning restaurant is easily one of the most romantic restaurants around, catering to many birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or even an extravagant night out. The four-course, fixed-price menu rotates weekly. Reservations only. 6934 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.7682;; $$$$

SEL This chef-driven restaurant serves a four-course, fixed-price menu that changes regularly. Chef Branden Levine has a gastronomic sophistication and his panache is illustrated in the photogenic aesthetics of every plate brought to the table. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Reservations recommended. 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.949.6296;; $$$$


JEWEL OF THE CROWN The northern Indian-Pakistani menu features well-known Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. And like most Indian menus, they are vegetarian friendly. With the dining room elegantly adorned with ornate Indian decor, this restaurant is perfect for special occasions. 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.949.8000; $$ SASAKI SUSHI & BAR In addition to signature rolls, Sasaki serves traditional nigiri, sashimi and maki rolls. This sushi bar also has tantalizing appetizers like the takoyaki ramen and udon noodle soup as well as a variety of poke bowls. Let the chef demonstrate his artistic talents by ordering the chef’s special that changes regularly. Happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday, and all day on Sunday. 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.659.9023; $$


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JERUSALEM BAKERY For authentic challah bread and cinnamon-chocolate babka cake cravings, Jerusalem Bakery has you covered. This bakery not only serves traditional Jewish baked goods but also sweet and savory pastries with French and Mediterranean origins. Only open on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find them on Saturdays at the Phoenix Public Market from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 10953 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.451.0011;; $ RUZE CAKE HOUSE Ruze’s mother-daughter baking team has taken Scottsdale and social media by storm with their fresh, artistic designs. Beautifully decorated macarons, cactus-shaped cookies and delicate cupcakes line the pristine counter. They offer a large selection of vegan cakes and baked goods as well as gluten-free options. Perfect for special occasions, weddings and custom desserts. 7033 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.438.8692; www.; $-$$ SUGAR JAM BAKE SHOP Sugar Jam Bake Shop sells addictive handmade baked goods like pies, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, scones and muffins. The bistro side of the cakery serves breakfast, brunch and lunch where they showcase freshbaked brioche and meaty entrees smothered in homemade Sugar Jam barbecue sauce. Remember to preorder custom cakes and larger quantities ahead of time during the holiday season. 7950 E. Redfield Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.6210;; $$


BREAKFAST KITCHEN BAR Wake up to a redefined idea of breakfast with some rich, reimagined ways to start the day. Try the savory shrimp scampi omelet or the sweet churro waffle. Salad, burgers and sandwiches are also alternatives to breakfast. Gluten-free and vegetarian

menus are available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and brunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy hour/tapas starts at 1:30 p.m. and goes until close. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.361.6698;; $$ BUTTERFIELD’S PANCAKE HOUSE & RESTAURANT Being a pancake house, Butterfield’s serves more than a dozen different specialty pancakes, including the Oreo cookie s’mores cakes and the cinnamon roll cake. There are even oven-baked pancakes that have maximum fluffiness and flavor – just bring your patience as they require a 30-minute bake time. 7388 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.6002;; $$ MORNING SQUEEZE Morning Squeeze is a groovy brunch spot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. They combine traditional breakfast favorites with fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. On the dog-friendly patio, your furry friends can enjoy brunch, too. 4233 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.4669; www.morningsqueeze. com; $$


BOSS PIZZA BAR Pizza, burgers, sports and beer all under one roof – what could be better? Add in a dog-friendly patio and it’s even better. Combine pizza and burger cravings by ordering the bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with ground beef, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, red onion and Thousand Island dressing. 7125 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale; 480.777.2677; www.bosspizzabar. com; $$ POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA The Pomo family specializes in Neapolitan pizza baked in hand-built, wood-fired ovens. Their time-tested recipe is certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana and Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani organizations, authenticating Pomo’s true Italian pizzeria experience. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.1366; www.; $$ RISTORANTE ARRIVEDERCI Sorrento-born Chef Franco launched Arrivederci in 1995 specializing in what he calls “nouvelle Italian cuisine.” Using fresh ingredients and more vegetables, the menu consists of Italian classics with a healthy

twist. 7101 E. Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.8225;; $$-$$$


PRADO With an ambiance reminiscent of an Old World dining room, Prado is as festive as it is chic. Special fixed-price menus will be served on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve so call to secure your holiday dinner reservations. Serving breakfast and dinner daily and lunch Monday through Friday. Brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.627.3004;; $$$ EL PANZÓN Y FRIDA As Frida Kahlo did with art, executive chef Paulina Martinez is doing with creative Latin fusion. The food-adventurous will be excited for the buffalo worm-crusted fish cakes but will be as easily satisfied with the orange beef taco bites. The signature cocktail menu is just as colorful as the atmosphere. Open for bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Mondays. 7323 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale; 480.659.1544; www.; $$-$$$ LA SALA TEQUILA CANTINA This cantina is an elevated Mexican dining experience featuring tequila cocktails and mesquite-grilled entrees. Don’t pass up a chance to try any of the four flavors of cheese crisps. Bring a friend for drink specials and shareable starters during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Brunch and bubbles now available on weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.656.7628; www.lasalacantina. com; $$


CHULA SEAFOOD Chula Seafood is a wholesale business to several restaurants in town, a marketplace for locals to purchase fresh sustainable fish, and a restaurant in its own right. Fish is caught off of the California coast and then transported straight from the boat to Arizona. Stop by on Saturday mornings for a smoked salmon sandwich on an everything bagel. They always sell out within hours of opening so call ahead to order or go early. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8015 E. Roosevelt Road, Scottsdale; 480.621.5121;; $$

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Eddie V’s is known for its superb seafood – with fresh fish flown in daily – and their lively cocktail lounge. Guests can enjoy live jazz music in the lounge every night. Happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800;; $$$-$$$$ OCEAN TRAIL AT TALKING STICK RESORT This New Orleans-themed seafood bar is located inside Talking Stick Resort. Ocean Trail is small and seats only 19, but they serve exceptional seafood with Creole flavors unlike any other restaurant in the Valley. The menu consists of raw oysters, Cajunstyle boils and steamers, and creamy clam chowder. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. At Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.850.7777;; $$-$$$


DOMINICK’S STEAKHOUSE An elegant fine dining experience, Dominick’s is a high-end, New Yorkstyle chophouse with added Italian dishes. Beyond the quality food, what is most impressive is the luxurious pool in the main dining room. Along with their award-winning wine list, Dominick’s is an ideal restaurant to host a special event. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7271;; $$$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Fleming’s is a nationally renowned steakhouse restaurant that serves exceptional USDA prime and certified Angus beef paired with outstanding hospitality. The steaks are prepared to a guest’s exact preferences, seasoned, broiled at 1600 degrees, and finished with butter and parsley. Private dining rooms available for business meetings and special occasions. Two locations, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas and Market Street at DC Ranch;; $$$-$$$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s is a nationwide chain of steakhouses known for serving some of the best cuts of USDA prime-aged beef in the country. The recipes are so popular that they are published in Morton’s Steak Bible and Morton’s The Cookbook for home chefs to replicate. Private dining rooms and

catering are also available. Power Hour beverage and food specials in the bar Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close and all day on Sunday. At Kierland Commons, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440;; $$$-$$$$

WINE BARS & LOUNGES THE GRAPEVINE Serving Old Town Scottsdale since 1971, The Grapevine is a casual neighborhood hangout with an openair balcony and nightly karaoke. At the upstairs patio bar, guests can order from an eclectic menu of tasty bar fare as well as Mediterraneaninspired entrees. 4013 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 480.994.1792; www.; $$ KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR Hidden in Old Town Scottsdale is an unmarked door where, upon entering, guests are greeted with live entertainment, dim cavernous cellar lighting, and a thick folder of more than 2,000 listed wines. Underrated are the worldly tapas – the charcuterie and cheese plates are always winners along with the famous Cowboy Ciao Stetson chopped salad and any of the imaginative flatbreads. 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.946.3004;; $$ SCAPEGOAT BEER & WINE When your group has beer and wine drinkers, Scapegoat can play the mediator with rotating taps and a seasonal wine list. But don’t overlook the gourmet tapas menu items such as The G.O.A.T., which is Parisian ham with three cheeses baked between local bread, and the gruyere cheese puffs. No reservations accepted. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 7150 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.292.7605; www.scapegoatbar. com; $$ SORSO WINE ROOM Sorso is a premier wine bar in North Scottsdale with a fantastic cellar and a gourmet menu to pair. Salads, sandwiches and charcuterie boards are available for lunch and dinner to elevate the wine-tasting experience. At the market part of the store, guests can stock up on bottles, growlers, sweets and wine accessories. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344; www.sorsowineroom. com; $$

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This 28th annual event hosted by the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club took place at the W Scottsdale to raise funds for local children’s charities.


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To celebrate a decade of service, the nonprofit MASK held a black-tie soiree at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to benefit its programming.


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Hosted by Dr. Bryan Gawley, M.D., of Gawley Plastic Surgery, the third annual Gawley Gala took place at Toro Restaurant at TPC Clubhouse. Guests enjoyed a Brazilian grill station along with passed hors d’oeuvres, an “MD Manhattan” specialty drink, and live music by Toro’s Latin trio. A silent auction and raffle helped raise money for the fight against breast cancer, with all proceeds benefitting the local nonprofit Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!.

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Dr. Bryan Gawley and Heather St. Peter

Carolyn Landon and Yvonne McFadden

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Barbra and John Hannan

Barton Harris and Jennifer King

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Christie Chrysa and Rita Steer

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Held at Scottsdale Fashion Square, this exclusive event featured food, shopping, and the chance to win a stay at Mountain Shadows. A percentage of sales was donated to Colleen’s Dream Foundation to help support research in the early detection of ovarian cancer.


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The Hills Salon & Spa celebrated its one-year anniversary with an evening soiree. The first 50 attendees received a free blowout or facial service. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefitted Phoenix Children’s Hospital.





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This seventh annual event was hosted Mark and Lauren Teahen, with honorary chairs Zack and Emily Greinke, at Hangar One Scottsdale. The evening included celebrity athletes and a cocktail party with a silent auction and food stations by Dominick’s Steakhouse. Funds raised went to Chrysalis, an Arizona agency that offers support and programs to sufferers of domestic violence.

Jennifer Konerko and Charity Larson


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Mark and Lauren Teahen

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Anthony and Victoria Admire

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Audrey’s Angels’ annual fundraising gala took place at The Camby Hotel, where guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, a silent auction, a hosted bar, and dinner. Phoenix artist Randall Hedden gave a tribute art performance, and the finished piece was donated to the live auction to raise funds for Audrey’s Angels music enrichment programs.


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Guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of SOHO Scottsdale, a distinctive development offering live-work residences in North Scottsdale. The evening included a tour of three SOHO Scottsdale residences, cuisine provided The Vig, a Construction Zone Fashion Show, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the Arizona Cardinals’ star running back, David Johnson.

Michael Ferrar and Irene Clary


Debbie Everidge, Gail Cosgrove, Darlene Scott

Lanette Klinger and Karla Shank

Leigh McDaniel and Rebecca Fowler

Kimeley Love and Shakir

Cesar Cramton and Jennifer Moser

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Classy Jazzy Cutique celebrated 10 fashionable years with live music, wine, appetizers and shopping discounts for attendees. The boutique also debuted Frank Lyman Design’s spring collection and the new FAV Handbags line.


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So Scottsdale! December ‘17




A new female-owned bar opens at South Scottsdale’s SkySong


For Erika Rode, all roads led her to Bitters, the newest craft cocktail hot spot in South Scottsdale, located at SkySong. Rode opened the 2,700-square-foot space – which boasts gorgeous exposed brick, intricate ductwork, and its own on-site garden – in late October, making it the first bar to open at the Arizona State Universityowned development since its inception nearly a decade ago. Her goals: to shine the spotlight on local breweries as well as unique craft options from across the globe; to churn out thoughtful handcrafted cocktails using small production spirits whenever possible; and to offer a small but mighty menu of fresh, fabulous food. “My passion for craft, small-batch production in food and drink developed during my time in the liquor and hospitality industries,” Rode says. “Meeting the families behind smaller vineyards, sitting with folks who started breweries in their garages, and tasting the difference in flavor at a distillery that chose an artisanal style over mass production resonated with me. I want to give the ‘smaller guys’ a voice.” And that she does, especially on


So Scottsdale! December ‘17

the beer and cocktail menus. Bitters features 12 rotating beers on tap, which are all local, limited-edition, or of craft variety. Current offerings include O.H.S.O. Popsicle Blonde, Elysian Night Owl, Huss Koffee Kölsch, and Ciderboys First Press. On the cocktail side, each of the signature options has the word “bitter” in the name, using a play on words (think The Bitter Truth and For Bitter or For Worse). All are made-to-order from fresh-squeezed juices and their own mixer recipes; you won’t find any premixed cocktails here. For those who prefer wine, there are nearly a dozen options by the glass as well as hand-selected bottles, which will also rotate. To pair with any of the above is a menu that features 12 signature small plates, which will change on a regular basis based on local ingredients and seasonality, as well as flavored popcorn and salads. Currently, the menu includes rock shrimp, farro risotto and beef satay. “Our gourmet plates are made from scratch with a seasonal and local focus. We offer quality choices and items across the entire menu, not just a focus on one category,” Rode says. They also offer a personalized locker program called the Bitter Enthusiast Club, where up to 30 members are granted access to the space to store their favorite bottle of whiskey to enjoy on-site anytime, plus exclusive tastings and access to rare bottles. Bitters is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bitters, 1455 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.550.5088;

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