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56 OUT Sweet sips for the holidays

Pulse 29 UP CLOSE Fairmont’s Jack Miller captivates with charisma, character, culinary chops and Christmas at the Princess

32 BEAT Samantha Capaldi works to keep wine accessible

34 BEAT The path that led restauranteur Andrew Fritz to help found locally loved eateries

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’Tis the season of indulgences. From treating the people in your life to treating yourself, if there was ever a time of year to splurge a little, it’s now. Fittingly, this month marks our second food and beverage issue, with a focus on the people and places that make the Valley’s culinary scene one to toast. Our profiles include the mastermind behind all operations at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, from its culinary concepts to the extravaganza that is Christmas at the Princess (page 29); the restauranteur behind Citizen Public House and other locally loved eateries (page 34); and a sommelier on a mission to make wine accessible (page 32). For the scoop on our top 26 picks across multiple F&B categories – including special occasion dining, unmatched ambiance, and distinct Southwest flair – dive right into our feature story on page 63. And for those whose hearty appetite comes with a wandering spirit, check out our travel feature on 10 U.S. foodie cities (page 94). We’re also spotlighting a very unique gift that keeps on giving on page 91: a gastronomic subscription service featuring wine and wagyu straight from a vineyard and ranch in California. In other indulgences, we’re serving up some of the most standout appetizers around town on page 100 (after all, it’s also the season of sharing!), luxurious bottles of wines and spirits to gift (page 96), Arizona-made dessert wines (page 56), and spa treatments that use nutrient-rich foods (page 58). Finally, you’ve got to head to The Hermosa Inn to try what is, perhaps, one of the coolest cocktails I’ve ever seen while it lasts. The Ornamentini (page 98) is available at Lon’s and Lon’s Last Drop through the end of this month, and given the cocktail is presented in an ornament, it is a picture-perfect example of holiday cheer in glass. It’s hard to believe that December marks the home stretch of 2019 and of this decade. From all of us here at So Scottsdale, we thank you for another year of reading local and hope this issue helps you savor this month – and the end of the year and the decade – on an oh-so-sweet note. All the best, Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief chelsea@richmanmediagroup.com Instagram: @young_chelsea Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine

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Fairmont’s Jack Miller captivates with charisma, character, culinary chops and Christmas at the Princess

Jack Miller believes that life’s experiences build the character that makes one great. According to Miller, his earliest memories built the foundation for his character today. “We were living in Kentucky and my dad couldn’t find any work, so we moved to Florida in 1958, near Cape Canaveral and

the space industry,” Miller says. “He worked weekdays in construction and weekends at a gas station, all while both he and my mom heaped love and support on me at every turn.” Though Miller was young, these experiences had a profound impact. “Living near both the beach and the space center, there

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Pulse UP CLOSE was always some big to-do happening from surf competitions to shuttle launches,” Miller says. “From that, I learned about showmanship.” That, combined with his father’s work ethic, inspired Miller’s approach to any task. “No matter how big or small, be up for any task and do it with a positive attitude and some style,” Miller says. And young Miller definitely did things in style. A star athlete and captain of his high school football team in addition to being class president, Miller was recruited by several universities to play football. It was during a meeting with the Atlantis Beach Lodge about hosting his class prom, in fact, that Miller met general manager Bill Houghtaling. The meeting resulted in a part-time job while Miller made plans for football and college. “Then during my final game of my senior year, I sustained a severe injury,” Miller says. “Two surgeries later, my football career was over and all of the scholarships were rescinded.” He was devastated, but Miller had an idea for his next move. “Upon graduation in 1974, I called Bill, who had moved on to Tennessee at Holiday Inn,” he says. “He told me to pack my bags and come to Memphis to mentor under him.” Miller made the move, taking on any task he could to gain experience. “If floors needed cleaning, I cleaned them. If toilets needed unclogging, I unclogged them,” Miller says. His work drew the attention of the kitchen team, who taught him how to cook, make drinks, and run the front of house. In 1978, when Miller was offered a food and beverage position at Holiday Inn in his hometown, he was ready to put his combined hospitality and culinary learnings into action. “I poured myself into dreaming up programming to get people talking,” says Miller, who loved nothing better than putting on themed cocktail nights, seafood fests and even costume parties. By 1979, Miller was the top-performing Holiday Inn food and beverage director nationwide. As a result, at 22 he was named the general manager of Holiday Inn San Antonio, the youngest ever to hold the position. For the next 30 years, innovating at hotels across North America became his life’s work. By the late 1990s, Miller was regional vice president of InterContinental Hotels. He also married a fellow hospitality professional, Shea, and raised four children. “Fast forward to 2008 and I was content. So when I got a call asking me join Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, I declined,” Miller says. Thankfully, he changed his mind after the family was offered a visit to experience the area firsthand. “As general manager I set out to make the resort the center of the community despite the recession, and often by way of guests’ taste buds.”

Local Innovation Over the next several years, Miller helped reimagine the Princess as a culinary mecca, signing on nationally regarded chefs Michael Mina and Richard Sandoval to open concepts on-site, including Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar. Miller also helped the resort develop its own concepts, such as Ironwood American Kitchen and The Plaza Bar.

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“We want to give people something to experience and talk about with friends. As such, we did things wholly new to Arizona such as bringing on a tequila goddess at La Hacienda to guide guests through agave spirit tastings and hiring a rum princess at Toro to do the same with our rums,” Miller says. “Then, of course, there’s Christmas at the Princess.” Founded by Miller in 2009, Christmas at the Princess – with its 43-foot tree a la Rockefeller Center’s annual tree – has grown into one of Arizona’s biggest and best holiday traditions. The program, available every day for the entire month, features more than 30 attractions including festive culinary experiences across the resort; a 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink; 4.5 million lights; holiday character appearances; train rides; a Ferris wheel; marshmallow roasting; and a new attraction called Winterland, which includes an ice bar, mistletoe, and romantic holiday music to set the ambiance. Miller also developed a similar program for summertime focused on fireworks and pool activities, most recently themed Superhero Summer at the Princess. Additionally, he has spearheaded the resort’s ongoing relationship with the Waste Management Phoenix Open and has poured nearly $100 million into improvements and renovations over the past decade. The result: The Princess has grown from 400 employees to 1,200 and is currently the best-performing Fairmont resort worldwide. So, what’s next? “Ohio,” Miller says. But don’t worry – he isn’t leaving the Princess. His son Jack, a quarterback and senior at Chaparral High School, is among the top college football players nationwide. “He’s committed to play at The Ohio State University next year, and I want to be his biggest cheerleader, just as my parents always were for me,” Miller says.


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to go a little lighter, while creating a multi-dimensional hair color. In this instance, the colors are subtle shades of brown and gray. Copper tones are all the rage as more and more people desire a look of red without the commitment and hassle of keeping up with red hair. Additionally, rooted gold tones are a favorite this season. There’s also a variety of feminine chestnuts and browns. “These colors tend to not fade as much so it’s more low-maintenance,” Rodney explains. For those pesky gray hairs, Rodney reveals that the key to gray coverage is to not cover it 100%. Instead, he prefers to use a neutral color on select pieces to make the grays look highlighted. This way, people don’t have to recolor as often. By doing this technique, it saves the condition of the hair since you’re not covering all of your roots as often. For those of us who lived through the 80’s, you may see familiar-looking accessories making a comeback.

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SOMMELIER ALL DAY Samantha Capaldi works to keep wine accessible

For sommelier and entrepreneur Samantha Capaldi, it’s always a good time for a glass of wine. Capaldi, who grew up in Southern California, attended The University of Arizona to study public administration and business marketing before getting a job at Yelp after graduation. “I spoke with countless small business owners about their goals, dreams and why they do what they do,” Capaldi says. “Hearing their inspirational stories gave me a push to branch out on my own as an entrepreneur.” After much research, Capaldi decided to enroll in the intensified sommelier training program at the International Culinary Center of California. She became certified as a level II sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers at the age of 22. “After that, I saw food and wine in a completely different way and wanted to turn my passion into a career,” Capaldi says. In 2016, she started her own business, Samantha Sommelier (www.samanthasommelier.com), which provides wine consultations for events such as weddings and private in-home wine tastings. “These tastings are great for anyone who wants to learn about wine in a fun and approachable setting, which for most of my clients, is the comfort of their own homes,” says Capaldi, who brings the wine, glassware and tasting sheets as part of the full experience. “People have hired me for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, work bonding events, and date nights.” Capaldi considers herself a resource for the average wine enthusiast and those who simply love a great glass of wine. In fact, she refers to herself as a pocket sommelier to guide people in their wine adventures. “My mission is to keep wine fun and approachable for every level of wine enthusiast,” says Capaldi, who also currently serves as the 2019 spokesperson for 14 Hands, a winery in Washington. “My goal has always been for people to view me as a resource to help them not be afraid of the extraordinary world of wine and all of the incredible human interactions that come along with it.” In many ways, Capaldi’s personal growth has mirrored her career evolution. “On paper it all looks like it was a pretty smooth process, but I can tell you a lot of tears have been shed from 2016 to now,” she says. “I’m at a place personally and professionally where I feel that I can take on anything that comes my way – as long as I am constantly learning and staying ahead of the curve so that I can be the best business owner, friend and wife I can possibly be.”

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IN GOOD SPIRITS

The path that led restauranteur Andrew Fritz to help found locally loved eateries

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There was no one in Andrew Fritz’s family involved in hospitality. But there was Gus. “My first job when I was 15 was at Skyline Chili, a popular regional chain in my native Ohio,” Fritz says. “I marveled daily at how the franchise owner, Gus Georgostathis, delighted in multitasking between company finances, recipes, customers and mentoring staff.” Fritz worked at Skyline throughout high school under Georgostathis. “Except during summers, when I stayed with my dad in Arizona. And no, I didn’t mind the heat a bit,” says Fritz, who moved here full time in 2001 to attend Arizona State University. He initially studied architecture. But when he took a position at Cowboy Ciao, he knew his path was meant to be more like Georgostathis’ rather than Frank Lloyd Wright’s. “I graduated with a business degree and stayed on at Cowboy Ciao through 2009,” Fritz says. Serving as a host, busser, server, bartender and assistant general manager, he became close with chef Bernie Kantak. “In 2009, he approached me about a restaurant project in Downtown Phoenix. A chance to build something of our own.” And though nothing ultimately materialized due to the recession, when Next Nightclub closed in Old Town Scottsdale in 2011, they jumped at the chance to realize their dream. “Within the year, we reopened it as Citizen Public House,” Fritz says. He was humbled by its immediate success and proud beyond measure of Kantak’s quick local celebrity status. Then, in 2012 when Ruth’s Chris Steak House left its longtime locale near Biltmore Fashion Park, they put pen to paper with a dream on a much grander scale. “We formed In Good Spirits Hospitality with an eye to open several new concepts under that umbrella, starting there,” says Fritz, who helped open The Gladly in 2013 as an operator and partner of In Good Spirits. Since then, they’ve also opened Commander Hamburger, a casual restaurant serving Kantak’s popular chopped salad (the one that has its own Facebook page!), burgers and ice cream in Downtown Phoenix, and they have their sights set to do even more. “Looking into the future, the next phase of our business will be to develop concepts in partnership with our in-house talent, who I hope Bernie and I inspire a fraction of as much as Gus inspired me.”

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Sean Frantz relies on classic clothing with a dash of trendsetting flair

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

As the marketing director for Riot Hospitality Group, Sean Frantz spearheads marketing and social media for the restaurant group, which includes locally loved brands like Farm & Craft, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, El Hefe, Riot House, and Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse. Working in the culinary and creative industries, Frantz is surrounded by people with a variety of styles and strives to stay trendy thanks to fashion-forward Instagram accounts and media outlets he follows. With lots of unique colors and patterns like checks and stripes, Frantz admits his wardrobe is more extensive than his fiancee’s. “When I attend a networking event, I like to stand out without going over the top,” he says. “I think this helps people remember me when I introduce myself.” On most days, a casual T-shirt and well-fitting jeans are appropriate for his casual office atmosphere, but he loves an excuse to put on a blazer or suit for important meetings, events or date night. His must have item? A perfectly fit pair of jeans. “You can wear a simple tee or blazer with great jeans, and they’ll make your outfit complete,” Frantz says. He often finishes his look with Ted Baker wingtip boots or a pair of leather chucks.

What are your favorite brands? I really enjoy Express because being a slim-fit guy, I find the fit of their clothing very flattering. Also, 7 for All Mankind because I have yet to find a better feeling pair of jeans. If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be? Off the top of my head, Scott Disick. His suit game is solid, and that’s the most expensive attire to buy! What is your No. 1 style tip? Simple is better, for the most part. I used to wear only graphic T-shirts, and although some are still OK, I suggest a more clean, sophisticated look.

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RAISING THE BAR

Balancing well-crafted cocktails and a functional style are what Mimi Jasperson does best

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

Mimi Jasperson is stirring up the Old Town Scottsdale bar scene with cocktails as intriguing and trendy as her style. As the bar manager and lead mixologist for Spellbound Entertainment Group – focusing on the concepts of The District, Clubhouse at Maya, and Maya Day + Night Club – Jasperson has perfected the art of finding fashionable staples that work from meeting brand reps to making cocktails. “I am inclined toward maxi dresses and jumpsuits because you look put together easily and can move freely in both,” says Jasperson, noting some of her favorite brands are Vici, House of CB, and Oh Polly. The mixologist favors simple prints and colors that can be easily mixed and matched and loves to pair current trends like oversized sweaters and vintage band T-shirts with boyfriend jeans or liquid leggings. A well-fitted black blazer is the secret weapon in Jasperson’s wardrobe. “I’ve worn my blazer with jean shorts for brunch, paired with black leather leggings for dinner out, and styled with an animal print silk skirt for work meetings,” she says. As fun as dressing up can be, Jasperson believes that confidence is key to making a fashion statement. “Confidence is exuded when you feel comfortable in your skin,” she says. “Even athleisure looks amazing if you wear it with confidence!”

What is your most prized fashion item? My Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies pumps, a gift from my father-in-law for my wedding day. Every time I look at them, I remember that day and how lucky I am to have gained family like him. What is your favorite store? Nordstrom, especially for its customer service. I’ve always felt taken care of when shopping there. How does your career affect your style? I wear items that make going from a meeting with clients to a liquor training with my team seamless by always thinking of function first and fashion second, without letting either one slip.

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cylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of Danese Creations, has been in business since 1971. Through her gift of custom designing, men and women can get all their custom designing, tailoring, alterations, bridal wear and all accessories, fabric, jewelry and the best fitting bra. “I’m a 3rd generation Custom Designer/Tailor in my family, I follow My Mother Maria and Grandmother Chapita,” said Danese. “My designs have made it to the Emmys, The Country Music Awards, the Oscars, the White House, The Oprah show, I’ve also been featured on First Edition, total Divas, all the local TV channels. It’s been an amazing ride for these last 48 years!” While Danese is proud of the accolades and the high profile clients that have graced her designs, some of her fondest memories are the ones that have changed the lives of others. “I saved a brides wedding day by making a beautiful, custom

wedding gown from scratch, on the day of the wedding, in 2 hours and 50 minutes, that is how I got dubbed “the Fairy Godmother Of Fashion”, she explains. “I’m also called “The Boob Whisperer” for the expert bra fittings that I do. Your boobs can either make you or break you. If they look good, you look good and feel good, sexy, young, (even if you’re old) thin, (even if you’re heavy), and your clothes fit well.” Danese is committed to helping every man or woman find their perfect fit, in addition women can get a free bra fitting. Clients need to set an appointment with her shop, and with zero obligations to purchase bras from her. “Most women just don’t know what a bra is supposed to do, how a bra is supposed to fit, how a bra has been designed, or what bra size is right for them. Industry estimates are that anywhere from 70 to 80 perfect of women are wearing the wrong size bra, although in my opinion, informed by more than 48

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NIGHT OF HOPE

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels held its annual gala at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

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Rejoice in the wonder of the holidays with Ballet Arizona’s rendition of The Nutcracker, choreographed by director Ib Anderson and set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. With 150 performers dancing to live music from Phoenix Symphony, this production of the Christmas classic at Symphony Hall is sure to shine. Upgrade to VIP to get a variety of perks, including a pair of pointe shoes signed by one of the dancers, hot chocolate for four, a Ballet Arizona gift card, a complimentary parking pass, and more. Select dates will also feature free family fun an hour before showtime including a children’s coloring station, a reading of The Nutcracker storybook, ballet class, and face painting. Performances run Dec. 13-24. Times and general admission prices vary. VIP, $75. www.balletaz.org.

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG

SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

Scottsdale Fashion Square continues to expand, with its latest resident opening up shop early this month in the form of a European-style eatery, cafe and wine bar all in one. Zinque, a Californiabased concept, aims to give its patrons a taste of France during breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night with imported Parisian bread, cheese from Burgundy, chocolate croissants, steak frites, quiche, charcuterie plates, and a wine list emphasizing organic and sustainable varieties from France, Spain, Italy, and Napa Valley. The indoor-outdoor hub includes a wine bar and a patio with a 30-foot oak tree and glowing fireplace adding ambiance. www.lezinque.com.

There’s a new place to get your holiday shopping done in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Housed in the former home of Saba’s Western Wear, The Merchantile of Scottsdale is a boutique marketplace featuring 40 locally owned and independent merchants, including clothing, accessories, home decor, beauty products, art, and gifts. Functioning as a collaborative retail concept, The Merchantile will bring in a variety of pop-up vendors on a rotating basis and allows companies to share space in a brick-and-mortar setting – all in an effort to help small local businesses grow. There’s also an on-site coffee shop and coworking space, Gypsy Coffee, as well as creative events and workshops. Closed Tuesday. www.themerchantileofscottsdale.com.

HOLIDAY WELLNESS

W Scottsdale has debuted a new way to wellness with its Away Spa, and the spa may be unlike any you’ve seen before. The reception desk doubles as a cocktail bar, and there’s a secret menu accessed by private code. Plus, a Spa After Dark concept allows guests to rent the spa after-hours for private events with glowin-the-dark treatments, bottomless bubbly, and a DJ fueling the atmosphere. Services include massages, facials, body peels, makeup application, nails, and hairstyling. www.scottsdaleawayspa.com.

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Head to Marcellino Ristorante to discover some of chef Marcellino Verzino’s culinary secrets at an engaging cooking lesson themed Christmas Eve in Italy. Taking place Dec. 14, this session of his monthly class will focus on scialatielli alle vongole – handcrafted pasta with imported Manila clams – and will include plenty of tips from the seasoned restaurant owner and award-winning chef. Guests will be able to enjoy their creation alongside a fresh salad and handmade biscotti. Reservations required. 1-3 p.m. $40. www.marcellinoristorante.com.

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Scottsdale’s annual holiday extravaganza, Scottsdazzle, has made a joyous return to Old Town for its fourth year. During this monthlong event, guests can enjoy exciting festivities and dining and shopping deals at area businesses. Event highlights include free concerts along the waterfront (Dec. 7, 14

and 21, 7-8:30 p.m.); a Santa Wine Around (Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m.) with exclusive pricing and complimentary goodies at five tasting rooms; a sugar plum takeover of 5th Avenue (Dec. 7, 3-7 p.m.); and the inaugural Sweet Treat Trail (Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.), where dessert

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This month, Scottsdale Fashion Square is bursting with festive finds, exciting experiences and seasonal merriment. For that must-have Santa photo-op, take your children to Santa HQ where they can explore his workshop, use a magic mirror to transform into an elf, and get photos with Santa on his sleigh. But, one of the mall’s merriest offerings is the opportunity to give to families in need through the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree. Help make a child’s holiday brighter by stopping by the tree (located on the lower level’s east wing in front of Sephora). Simply take a tag from the tree, find the gift, and return it to the volunteers. Salvation Army will wrap the gift and get it to the recipient. www.fashionsquare.com.


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GREAT EVENTS THIS MONTH BY KAYLOR JONES

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. 5, Comerica Theatre Relive the magic of this holiday classic, complete with intricate costumes, beautifully painted backgrounds, and world-class choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. Moscow Ballet’s interpretation of one of the most popular ballets of all time will include appearances from traditional Russian folk characters and backdrops that depict Moscow’s famous skyline for a production that personifies the phrase “poetry in motion.” 7 p.m. $18.50-$85+. www.comericatheatre.com. Dancing for Arizona’s Children Dec. 7, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess At this fifth annual dance challenge and brunch event, local community leaders will pair up with professional dancers to raise funds for Arizona’s Children Association. Proceeds will contribute to the nonprofit’s Strengthening Families Fund, which helps support the thousands of Arizona children living in out-of-home care through foster care, adoption, and family education services. Registration, 10 a.m.; program, 11 a.m. Individual, $150; table, $1,250+. www.arizonaschildren.org. Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon Dec. 9, Phoenix Art Museum The Arizona Costume Institute’s (ACI) largest annual fundraiser promises yet another afternoon of fashion-focused fun. Beginning with a Champagne reception, the event will also include a raffle, lunch, and a presentation from this year’s guest speaker, Tonne Goodman, a former Vogue fashion director. Proceeds from this holiday luncheon will benefit ACI as they promote the appreciation of fashion and design through numerous programs and their support of Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion design department. 11 a.m. General admission, $250. www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org. Fashion Show Luncheon Dec. 14, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa The Board of Visitors Fashion Show Luncheon marks the 66th year of this longstanding event from the oldest charitable organization in Arizona. Flower Girls will model the latest styles from Dillard’s alongside professional models and the grandchildren of members. The luncheon will also feature a raffle with luxury items. Funds raised will benefit The Board of Visitors, which has granted more than $20 million to help meet the health care needs of women, children and the elderly in the Greater Phoenix area since its inception in 1908. 10 a.m. $150+. www.boardofvisitors.org. Holiday Prelude XXXIV Dec. 16, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Phoenix Youth Symphony and the Phoenix Theater Company Guild will join forces to host this festive fundraiser. The afternoon will be complete with a luncheon and “Rhapsody of Fashion” themed fashion show with American and European contemporary collections from Fashion by Robert Black, Galina Couture, The Clotherie, Lourdes Chavez Couture, and Jewels by Alan Anderson. The event will also include a variety of unique gift booths perfect for holiday shopping. Boutiques and raffle ticket sales, 9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon; fashion show, 1 p.m. General seating, $100; preferred seating, $120-$135. www.phoenixyouthsymphony.org. Annual Desert Ball Dec. 21, The Phoenician Celebrate 54 years of this Valley tradition as the Desert Foundation Auxiliary hosts its Annual Desert Ball. The theme this year revolves around honoring the past, celebrating the present, and building the future. The evening will include live music and a fivecourse meal for guests to savor while 20 local debutantes, all freshmen in college, are presented to the community. Proceeds from the event will support ElderTLC, a nonprofit that provides meaningful gifts to low-income seniors in care facilities during the holiday season, and Gigi’s Playhouse, an organization that runs educational, therapeutic and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome. 6:30 p.m. $250-$450. www.desertfoundationauxiliary.org.

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Through Dec. 31, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Celebrate the season in style at the 10th year of this annual festival as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a winter wonderland. Create family memories at the 6,000-square-foot ice skating rink, make s’mores together, ride a train to see all the holiday lights, meet Santa Claus and other festive characters, and admire the signature towering Christmas tree at this monthlong event. Times and prices vary. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

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for an additional fee, there’s something for everyone in the family at this dazzling festival. 5:30-10 p.m. Adults, $12.60; children, $10.50. www.lightsoftheworldus.com. ZOOLIGHTS: GLOW WILD Through Jan. 19, 2020, Phoenix Zoo Let your wild side shine at this winter-long celebration, where millions of glittering lights will brighten up the zoo in hundreds of different displays. Guests will meet live reindeer, enjoy festive food and drinks, and explore the all-new wildlife lantern safari and its dozens of glowing animals at this family-friendly happening. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Members, $17.95; nonmembers, $19.95. www.phoenixzoo.org. HOLIDAY WINE & DINE Dec. 5, The Shops Gainey Village The fourth year of this Christmas event promises an evening of community fun, with horse and carriage rides around the shopping center, baked goods, complimentary wine tastings, and hot chocolate and coffee from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. There will also be live music from local artists played throughout the festive evening. 4-7 p.m. Free. www.theshopsgaineyvillage.com. CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS Dec. 6, Talking Stick Resort Two members of America’s First Family of Entertainment, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, are here to bring some holiday cheer with this live multimedia performance. This story of three family Christmases, with plenty of smooth harmonies, nostalgic videos and a dash of comedy thrown in, is sure to warm the hearts of Nelson family fans and newcomers alike. 8 p.m. $30$75. www.talkingstickresort.com.

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS Through Dec. 31, Desert Botanical Garden This quintessential celebration will showcase 8,000 luminarias placed around the desert foliage, as well as various glowing animal sculptures from the garden’s newest art exhibition, Wild Rising from Cracking Art. When purchasing tickets, guests can choose to donate to Season for Sharing, which funds agencies that serve the elderly, improve education, and assist at-risk children and families. Select dates only: Dec 6-8, 13-15,

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17-23, 26-31. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Members, $29.95; nonmembers, $34.95. www.dbg.org. HOLIDAY LIGHTS Through Jan. 5, 2020, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Meet Santa (Dec. 6-23), participate in an ugly sweater contest (through Dec. 15), and take a train ride through the Railroad Park as it’s lit up by glittering Christmas lights at this locomotive-themed event. Tickets to ride the park’s train and historic Charros Carousel will be on sale for $5 and $3,

respectively. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. www.therailroadpark.com. LIGHTS OF THE WORLD: PHOENIX Through Jan. 12, 2020, Arizona State Fairgrounds Every Thursday through Sunday, experience the largest holiday lights show in North America. Lights of the World combines the Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with awe-inspiring technology to display aspects of different cultures from around the world. With food, crafts and carnival games, as well as a variety of rides to enjoy

THE BURGUNDY BALL Dec. 7, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia This Moroccan-themed charity ball will include a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a raffle, dinner, a live auction and dancing. Proceeds from the evening, which is held in honor of 2019 Leadership Impact Award Honoree Benée HiltonSpiegel, will support Cortney’s Place, a nonprofit serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through exercise and nutritional wellness programs and music, hydro and pet therapy. Reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Individual, $350; table of 10, $3,500. www.cortneysplace.org.


HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TREES Dec. 7, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Kick off the holiday season at this annual gala, which will feature professionally designed and decorated trees and wreaths, a cocktail reception, dinner, and a live tree auction in support of the Arizona Burn Foundation’s programs for burn survivors and burn prevention and advocacy efforts. 6 p.m. $500. www.azburn.org. HOLIDAY PHOTOS WITH SANTA Dec. 7 and 14, The Promenade Support a great cause and earn a complimentary photo with Santa in exchange for a donation to food and clothing bank Harvest Compassion Center. Items of need include canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, diapers and baby wipes. In true holiday spirit, there will also be an ugly sweater station where guests can decorate sweaters brought from home to their heart’s content. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalepromenade.com. PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Dec. 13-15, Margaret T. Hance Park Connect with local artists while doing some holiday shopping at this family- and pet-friendly festival. Peruse more than 170 art vendors and cultural organizations and enjoy live entertainment ranging from circus and dance performances to choral groups. The festivities will also include interactive art projects and plenty of food and beverage vendors. Dec. 13, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.com. 12 BARS OF CHRISTMAS BAR CRAWL Dec. 14, Old Town Scottsdale Deck yourself out in some overthe-top holiday gear and enjoy the offerings at a dozen bars during this festive bar crawl. After registration, participating teams can visit any of the participating bars, including Blue Clover Distillery, Bottled Blonde and Wasted Grain. Tickets include a 16-ounce Santathemed cup and a Santa hat (while supplies last). Noon-8 p.m. $18$20. www.xmasbarcrawl.com. ALICE COOPER’S CHRISTMAS PUDDING Dec. 14, Celebrity Theatre Rock out at this 18th annual holiday fundraiser as Alice Cooper joins forces with original band members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway in addition to Judas Priest front man

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JIM BRICKMAN

Dec. 29-30, Musical Instrument Museum Witness the Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist in action at this memorable concert. Simple, soulful and soothing, Brickman is known for his engaging live performances, chart-topping instrumentals, and collaborations with artists such as Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond and Lady Antebellum. Times vary. $48.50-$68.50. www.mim.org.

Rob Halford and guitarist Joe Bonamassa. VIP tickets include a meet and greet, a catered preshow party, a premium seat, and a commemorative gift. Proceeds will support the free programs for teens at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers. 7 p.m. General admission, $50-$220; VIP, $800. www.celebritytheatre.com. CHEF’S KITCHEN DINNER SERIES: CHAMPAGNE Dec. 18, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Toast the holidays at this bubbly-themed dinner that will include a luxurious four-course meal prepared tableside. Each dish, crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, will be enjoyed with fine Champagne for a night that’s sure to please the foodie in anyone. 6 p.m. $175. www.montelucia.com. ZD WINES WINE DINNER Dec. 19, Alto Ristorante e Bar This installment of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s winemaker dinner series showcases selections from ZD Wines, an award-winning Napa Valley winery. The evening will begin with an appetizer and wine reception followed by a fourcourse dinner with paired wines

for a truly epicurean experience. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $115. www.hyatt.com. SUNRISE IN THE SKYSPACE Dec. 20, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Ring in the winter solstice (and the shortest day of the year) by spending sunrise in SMoCA’s sculpture garden. This event will take place at one of the museum’s permanent installations, Knight Rise by James Turrell. Refreshments are included. 7 a.m. $10. www.smoca.org. VOCTAVE Dec. 21, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Relish the sounds of Voctave, an a cappella group whose arrangements of Disney and Broadway hits have made them a sensation. Perfect for the entire family, this concert will leave guests feeling merry and bright with a program of classic holiday favorites. 7 p.m. $28-$48. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE Dec. 26, Comerica Theatre Join the Peanuts gang as they star in a Christmas play, and discover

the true meaning of the holidays in this all-new touring production. Adapted from cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Christmas story and featuring the music of composer Vince Guaraldi, this show will inspire nostalgia in audiences of all ages. 4 p.m. $43.50+. www.comericatheatre.com. CHEEZ-IT BOWL Dec. 27, Chase Field College football fans rejoice at the arrival of this tournament between members of the Big 12 and Pac12 conferences. Don your team’s gear and enjoy one of the concluding games of the 2019 NCAA Division 1 football season. 8:15 p.m. $30-$120; prices for packages vary. www.fiestabowl.org. NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA Dec. 31, Arizona Biltmore Enjoy a cocktail reception, a three-course dinner, dancing, and a special program from Phoenix Symphony at this celebration to end 2019 and begin anew. With a Champagne toast, plenty of delicious desserts, and live performances from the full orchestra, there’s no better way to ring in the new year. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $500. www.phoenixsymphony.org.


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DRINK YOUR DESSERT

Local vineyards offering sweet sips perfect for the holidays While dessert wines are great for pairing with treats, they’re equally as sweet and satisfying on their own after dinner. Make this month a little more merry and bright with these Arizona-made dessert wines, each the perfect way to end any holiday or seasonal celebration.

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Sunset Wilhelm Family Vineyards A past Arizona Grand Wine Competition Best in Show winner, this wine is a decadent portstyle red wherein fermentation was halted at just the right time to achieve a near-perfect level of residual sweetness. It is aged two years in neutral oak and is then aged another six years in the bottle to allow for optimal flavor complexity. $26. www.wilhelmvineyards.com. 18 Bruzzi Vineyards Vidal Blanc Page Springs Cellars This wine is made from 100% vidal blanc grapes – the first ones successfully planted and harvested in Arizona – which are known for their high sugar content and bright acidity. This particular bottle is made in the Vouvray style, which brings out juicy stone fruits and Asian pear characteristics. $28. www.pagespringscellars.com. Tiger’s Treat Sonoita Vineyards Named to honor Tiger, the vineyard dog who was a staple at Sonoita Vineyards for 18 years, this is a full-bodied and rich ruby-style port of sorts, thanks to some creative modifications from the winemakers. Namely: It is a syrah fortified with whiskey. As a result, expect raisin, vanilla, chocolate, clove and jammy fruits to the taste. $63.78. www.sonoitavineyards.com 2012 The Epilogue Petit Sirah LDV Winery Though named The Epilogue, it might have very well been called The First Act given it is the veteran winery’s first dessert wine offering. A petit sirah, it has half the residual sugar of most dessert wines. With notes of caramel and tobacco, this one may even be enjoyed with an after-dinner cigar. $24. www.ldvwinery.com. 2017 Sweet Adeline Muscat Carlson Creek Vineyard As the latest release in the Sweet Adeline collection – which, up until last month, was sold out due to customer demand – this is the first muscat-specific vintage under the label. It bursts with stewed apricots, honeysuckle and lemon zest on the nose, all of which continue onto the tongue, along with Seville oranges on the finish. $21. www.carlsoncreek.com. 2016 Petit Verdot Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery This wine was initially harvested to celebrate the opening of the winery’s distillery in Elgin, Arizona in 2016. The winemakers actually used a grape spirit distilled from their own grenache to fortify a late harvest of the petit verdot. It is completed by being aged in French oak for two years, resulting in intense flavors of blackberry and caramel. $39.81. www.flyingleapvineyards.com. Grande Finale Su Vino Winery Light and refreshing, this wine is made from late harvest riesling grapes that are crushed after being frozen in order to extract extremely concentrated flavors and sweetness. A white varietal made in ice wine style, it tastes of peaches and apricots. $24.99. www.suvinowineryaz.com.

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CULINARYINSPIRED TLC

Spa services that incorporate nutrient-rich foods Spa specialists will be the first to tell you that food isn’t just for consuming. In fact, certain foods – including avocado, coconut and honey – are often incorporated into face and body treatments due to their nutrient-rich properties. So during this season of indulgence, check out a selection of local culinary-inspired spa treatments that serve as a guilt-free treat.

BY MANDY HOLMES

Berries and Figs The VH Spa at Valley Ho hotel offers two head-to-toe treatments infused with seasonal fruits. The Winter Berry Facial ($100; 60 minutes) incorporates a berry skin moisturizing cream ideal for brightening and imparting a youthful glow. It’s followed by a soothing hand treatment. To keep your feet hydrated, the Pomegranate Fig Pedicure ($50; 60 minutes) utilizes fruits high in antioxidants and a seasonal palette of nail polishes. Available through the end of January. www.hotelvalleyho.com. Avocado and Citrus At Boulders Resort & Spa, the Avocado Citrus Rebirth body treatment ($175; 50 minutes) nourishes the skin with ingredients rich in vitamin E, phytosterols and potassium to help prevent the appearance of aging. First, skin is gently exfoliated with a grapefruit- and jasmine-infused sugar scrub. Then, a warm blend of avocado and olive oils enriched with healing calendula is applied, with a finish of a hydrating citrus and jasmine body cream. Available yearround. www.theboulders.com. Coconut Milk and Honey The Coconut Milk & Honey Wrap ($175; 50 minutes) at Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, combines coconut milk and local honey with essential oils and mushroom extracts. Deeply hydrating, it uses a heated body wrap to nourish skin with antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids. An in-house herbalist can also enhance treatments with customization. Available year-round. www.royalpalmshotel.com. Mandarin Orange and Cranberry Give your skin a burst of fruit with the Camelback Signature Facial ($175; 60 minutes) at The Spa at Camelback Inn featuring grapefruit, mandarin orange, cranberry and pomegranate. Botanical enzymes get rid of dead skin cells and help to moisturize and tighten skin while antioxidants soothe and protect it from environmental toxins. Adding further rejuvenation, hot stones are massaged into the hands and feet. Available year-round. www.camelbackinn.com. Cocoa Bring a natural glow to your skin with the Cocoa Mole Energizing Wrap ($250-$260; 80 minutes) at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. This treatment begins with an antioxidant-rich cafe mocha sugar scrub followed by a smooth cocoa mole mud. It also includes the choice of a facial or scalp massage using nourishing oils, both of which can be customized. Available year-round. www.fourseasons.com. Coconut Smooth organic coconut oil is mixed with cleansing sea salt in the Coconut Sumatra Body Ritual ($179-$279; 60 or 90 minutes) at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. Invigorating to the senses, this intoxicating experience includes tropical-inspired moisturizing coconut extracts, a full body exfoliation, and a relaxing coconut- and vanilla-scented Swedish massage. Available year-round. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

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INFUSED WITH LOVE

Local artist Christiane Barbato aims to make a difference and give back through her ceramics

BY HEATHER LYNN HORVAT / PHOTO BY CHRISTIANE BARBATO

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As a ceramics artist, Christiane Barbato strives to make a difference in the world through her art. “I know that I have to be of service and impact the world somehow,” Barbato says. “It’s my mission through art.” Originally from Brazil, Barbato made the move from Sao Paolo to Scottsdale in 2006, though it was actually a homecoming of sorts as she had been an exchange student at Chaparral High School during her formative years. As the owner of a hotel and spa in Brazil, Barbato was already privy to the world of entrepreneurship, but having taken ceramics classes since she was 17, she eventually felt called to further hone her craft. In 2009, she started making plates for her own home. “My neighbors saw them and asked if I could make some for them and another friend ordered some for a wedding gift. Because of my training in business, I decided to put up a website and start selling online.” With a master’s in business administration and her background in hotel management combined, Barbato decided to turn her love of ceramics from a hobby into a full-time business, Blue Door Ceramics, in 2013. Since then, her dinnerware has been picked up by a number of local restaurants, including Talavera, Geordie’s, Roka Akor, Bourbon Steak and Cartwright’s. Michelin star restaurants in Hawaii, Napa Valley and Chicago also feature her wares. Barbato considers her one-of-a-kind ceramic plates for homes and restaurants contemporary but timeless. Her inspiration comes from many sources, including female artists like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. Drawn to nature, Barbato uses colors like white, off-whites, grays and blues. “I love the tones of stones and gems. Nature inspires me and connects me to my higher self.” Barbato notes that ceramics is long process requiring patience, as speeding up the drying process results in cracks. “It is important to never get attached to your pieces because you never know how they will come out of the kiln after 12 hours of firing. It might be like Christmas Day, or not!” Barbato says. With gratitude, Barbato donates part of her profits to Casa Brazil, a nonprofit organization that was founded with the purpose of assisting underprivileged children in Brazil. “Malnutrition is one of the greatest causes of childhood death in Brazil, and Casa Brazil’s objective is to make a difference in as many lives as they can,” she says. “My dream is to expand and spread love and beauty through the world in the form of ceramics.” Barbato’s handmade decoration pieces, dinnerware sets, plates and bowls can be purchased at Grace Renee Gallery in Cave Creek, Modernique and Galeana 39 in Phoenix, and Bungalow Furniture & Accessories in Scottsdale. Learn more at www.bluedoorceramics.com.


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A revolutionary new way to achieve your best smile! BEFORE A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. Receding gums can be caused by gum disease or because of excessive brushing, certain medications, clenching or grinding, or smoking. Not only are receding gums painful and unattractive, but the actual bone underneath is being lost, leading to tooth loss. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a revolutionary procedure that solves the problem of receding gums. PST offers natural-looking, long-lasting healthy smiles to those suffering from receded gums, giving patients a beautiful new smile in as little as an hour. Since nothing more than local anesthesia is needed, patients can return to work after their appointment. The Pinhole Surgical Technique takes the place of traditional gum grafts, with minimal discomfort or pain. In fact, recovery time is virtually nonexistent with PST. The results are more predictable, less noticeable, and will last as long as any other gum correction procedure. Stunning new smiles can be seen immediately. Dr. Erik Svans, DDS was among the first dentists to study the Pinhole Surgical Technique under its inventor, Dr. John C. Chao, DDS in 2014. Since introducing

AFTER PST to his practice, Dr. Svans has seen very predictable and reliable long-term results. There is no scalpel, incision, or stitches with PST, making it virtually painfree. This innovative procedure uses a .1 inch “pinhole” opening to reposition a patient’s receded gumline to its healthy, natural location. After repositioning the gum tissue to cover the exposed root surface, Dr. Svans strategically places collagen through the Pinhole to stabilize the tissue in place. The collagen resets the gum tissue and makes it stronger than before. Patients can return to normal eating that very night.

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Previously, treatment for receded gumlines was very painful and required cutting donor gum tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth. The donor tissue was then stitched to the receded site, which had also been cut or “flapped” in preparation for the graft. Recovery for this traditional surgical technique requires two to three weeks with prescription pain medicine. In contrast, PST is a kinder, gentler procedure since it only requires a repositioning of existing gum tissue over the exposed root surface. With PST, Dr. Svans can treat one to all teeth in one visit, in as little as 30 minutes. Patients are amazed with the results, instantly falling in love with their healthy, beautiful new smiles. If you’re ready to stop living with the pain and embarrassment of recessed gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be right for you! Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Dr. Erik Svans at 480.219.8760 or visit www.PinholeAZ.com.

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EXCELLENCE

ATLAS BISTRO Lauded chef Cory Oppold uses certified organic food from local purveyors such as McClendon’s Select and Twisted Infusions to create art on a plate at Atlas Bistro, a hidden gem tucked in next to AZ Wine Company in South Scottsdale. The threecourse tasting menu, offered Wednesday to Saturday, changes seasonally (and sometimes more often) and starts at $65 per person, with a dessert or cheese course for an additional charge. You’ll find dishes such as beet pastrami (pictured here) with red beets, mustard custard, caraway seed crackers, pickled pearl onions, sour cream, and dill fronds. A bonus: Atlas is a BYOB concept, so you are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine or buy one at AZ Wine next door before starting your culinary adventure. www.atlasbistrobyob.com.

Honoring excellence in all things epicurean

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For the second year in a row, we are proud to shine a light on the innovation and ingenuity that fuels the food and beverage industry across the Valley. With flair and finesse, local hot spots are disrupting the status quo when it comes to wining and dining. Toasting 2019 in the most delicious of ways, here are our 26 food and beverage honorees. BINKLEY’S RESTAURANT At Binkley’s Restaurant – a Central Phoenix legend in its 16th year – chef Kevin Binkley invites diners into what he calls an extension of his own home for a memorable coursed dining experience, taking guests on a culinary tour through the restaurant, with stops and bites along the way before finishing in the main dining room. The innovative tasting menu changes weekly, with anywhere from 18 to 26 courses enjoyed over a period of around three hours. Spotlighted here is a frozen tropical fruit cocktail, one example of the type of seasonally driven dishes served. Binkley’s capacity is kept to just 20 people for dinner every Wednesday through Saturday, beginning at $200 per person. www.binkleysrestaurant.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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CHARLES WILEY In 2001, Wiley opened Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa as executive chef and director of food and beverage. He then launched ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in 2005. Finally, the man the James Beard Foundation named one of the best hotel chefs in America opened Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows in 2017. Today, he oversees all food and beverage operations for Westroc Hospitality, which developed and manages the three resorts. And while the world is quickly getting to know him from appearances on everything from the Today show and Live with Regis and Kelly to features in Bon Appetit and Wine Spectator, he remains as accessible and active in his local kitchens as ever, notably hosting his own supper club at Hearth ’61 one Sunday of each month. www.mountainshadows.com.

MATT CARTER An award-winning chef and concept king, Carter is the culinary mastermind behind Zinc Bistro, The Mission and Fat Ox. He also co-founded The House Brasserie. A Scottsdale native who trained in France, Carter’s goal has been to put the Valley on the culinary map since 1992 when he took his first professional cooking position locally under chef Christopher Gross. He also worked with Michael DeMaria, who was instrumental in helping Carter open Zinc Bistro in 2001. The next 18 years would be a whirlwind of wildly different menus and concepts. And though the menus at Zinc, The Mission and Fat Ox – French, Latin and Italian, respectively – are quite different, Carter’s approach of using simple, locally sourced ingredients that are expertly prepared and artistically plated at each has helped him achieve his original dream. www.chefmattcarter.com.

SAMANTHA SANZ This year was a big one for Sanz, chef de cuisine at Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, as she was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, one of the culinary world’s most prestigious honors. Sanz’s passion for food began as a child in her native Mexico, where she would run through the kitchen of her family’s restaurant, tasting along the way. After culinary school, she worked her way up with positions at both Elements and Virtu. In 2015, at only 27 years old, Sanz took the helm at Talavera with the aim of bringing contemporary Spanish flavors to the masses. Her menus, featuring paella, dry-aged steak, Iberian ham, and a flavorful selection of tapas, are quickly becoming the stuff of legend. www.talaverarestaurant.com.

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Local LOVE

FNB FnB executive chef and co-owner Charleen Badman, the 2019 James Beard Best Chef Award winner for the Southwest, is a proud member of the Arizona Herb Association, nicknamed the Herbies, and an avid gardener. It should come as no surprise then that she and her team shine when it comes to showcasing locally grown herbs, spices and vegetables, some of which Badman grows in her own garden. Globally inspired flavors, usually from Asia and India, are infused into FnB’s homegrown ingredients – often solely vegetables – resulting in a menu that’s worldly and hyperlocal all at once. And one that Food & Wine magazine called “the epicenter of creative Arizona cuisine.” www.fnbrestaurant.com. PHOTO BY JILL RICHARDSON

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CARTWRIGHT’S MODERN CUISINE When chef Brett Vibber bought Cartwright’s in 2017, he did so with the mission of honoring the legacy of the American West by weaving its authentic flavors into every element of his menu. In the years since, he has taken the concept of authenticity to another level, namely by foraging for indigenous foods across Arizona and showcasing them on his menu. His foraging team works weekly to harvest and preserve more than a dozen ingredients that may come as a surprise to guests, including saguaro fruit, mesquite pods, cholla buds, banana yucca, and fiddlehead ferns, among others. He even offers an Arizona omakase menu starting at $95, which gives guests the chance to sample his latest foraged items as well as prime beef and wild seafood. www.cartwrightsmoderncuisine.com.

VIRTU The food crafted by Virtu’s executive chef and owner Gio Osso is inspired by all things Mediterranean – think handmade pastas, crudos and seafood, all of which he sources with care and conscientiousness. In 2013, when Osso endeavored to open the restaurant, which is tucked into Old Town Scottsdale’s charming Bespoke Inn, he did so with a vision to plan his ever-changing menu based on what local purveyors told him looked, smelled and tasted best at any given moment. And since the day Virtu opened, he has done just that by working with local and regional farmers and artisans to provide a true farm-to-fork experience. www.virtuscottsdale.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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CAFE MONARCH In 2017, Cafe Monarch in Old Town moved from its former home to a new, larger space across the street, one that includes an outdoor patio with both a dreamy fireplace and a water fountain as its centerpiece. This upgrade increased the already special ambiance so much that the restaurant was named one of the most romantic in the United States by Trip Advisor in 2018. And between the patio; the dimly lit interior; its Court of Master Sommeliers-trained servers; and delectable fixed-price, four-course tasting menus offered Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, it’s easy to see why. The restaurant is a romantic favorite for anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, and special date nights. www.cafemonarch.com.

DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW The view is certainly different than anywhere else in Arizona at the longest consecutively-awarded AAA Four Diamond restaurant in the Valley. Perched atop North Mountain, the combination of glittering city lights and cactus-lined desert landscape is dizzyingly spectacular both day and night. As bold as the view is beautiful, executive chef Anthony DeMuro’s menu is refined yet approachable, including traditional steakhouse fare such as lobster bisque and filet mignon alongside unique entrees like Muscovy duck leg confit and butternut squash agnolotti. There is also a chef’s tasting menu that features five courses with optional wine pairings starting at $89 per person. Fair warning: This is among the top proposal venues in town, so be prepared to cheer on at least one happy couple during the experience. www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.

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GEORDIE’S AT WRIGLEY MANSION Originally designed in 1932 by Wrigley Gum’s owner William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th anniversary gift for his wife, Ada, this hillside mansion wows with its Spanish-meets-Monterey-meets-Mediterranean architecture and views of the city. Once inside, guests are treated to the iconic food of James Beard Award winner and executive chef Christopher Gross, who renovated and reopened the venue’s signature restaurant, Geordie’s, earlier this year with a refreshed look and new menu. Highlights include housemade pasta, house-smoked salmon, and Hudson Valley foie gras as well as a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list of more than 800 bottles. Whether in the ornate formal dining room or on the patio overlooking the city, families and friends flock here for year-round Sunday brunch and special holiday dining experiences, including Easter and Mother’s Day brunches as well as Christmas Eve dinner (reservations required). Insider tip: Make time before or after dinner for a drink at Jamie’s Wine Bar, adjacent to the regular bar area but with its own look and feel complete with rich woods, a fireplace and intimate couch seating. www.wrigleymansion.com.


Southwest FLAIR

RICHARDSON’S CUISINE OF NEW MEXICO Richardson’s serves a full menu inspired by the distinct smells and flavors of New Mexico. The sensory experience begins with the eyes, which marvel at the Saltillo tile, the gleaming copper bar, and the colorful Southwestern woven rugs that adorn the walls. The smell of garlic, chiles and slow-cooked pork dance around the interior as one listens to the laughter of other brunch or dinner guests in the booths nearby. Finally, the sensory experience culminates in the irresistible tastes of Richardson’s Southwestern dishes, from chipotle ribs and Schreiner’s sausages to Chimayo chicken and spicy carne adovada, all of which transport diners to Santa Fe without ever having to leave Central Phoenix. www.richardsonsnm.com.

DUST CUTTER Tucked into the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, the name of this modern-inspired urban saloon references the first drink cowboys would have postride to literally cut the flavor of dust from their mouths. Dust Cutter not only features Southwestern specialties such as hatch chile-infused corn bread and mesquite-smoked meats, but it does so while using a host of local vendors, including Hayden Flour Mills, Crow’s Dairy and Hickman’s Family Farms. In addition, a complimentary Evening Rituals program is offered Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. wherein a guide takes guests through the making and tasting of a specialty cocktail that uses multiple indigenous Southwestern ingredients. www.marriott.com.

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SIERRA BONITA GRILL This restaurant’s tagline promises “a Southwestern experience,” and it delivers on every level. Named for the first permanent cattle ranch in Arizona – Sierra Bonita Ranch in Willcox – the interior is an homage to the region, from its cowboy sculptures and Native American pottery to its rodeo- and Old West-inspired art. And while there are a bevy of delicious Mexican dishes on the menu, notably the Azteca soup, chorizo-infused SBG signature burger, and stacked enchiladas, Sierra Bonita aims give guests a full regional experience by offering dishes such as cowboy stew, which features bistro tenders, hominy, carrots, onions, chiles, and green chile mashed potatoes and Santa Cruz pasta, a decadent blend of roasted poblano cream sauce, grilled chicken, toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, salsa and panela cheese. www.sierrabonitagrill.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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FLINT BY BALTAIRE Just opened in October, Flint’s concept is rooted in wood-fired American fare, but every dish is also accented with coastal Mediterranean and bold Middle Eastern flair. The seasonal menus are brimming with vibrant, smoky flavors and farm-fresh ingredients including shareable dips and spreads paired with house-baked pita bread, whole-roasted chicken carved tableside, and irresistible desserts such as burnt Basque cheesecake. The space itself is also a treat, featuring a stunning indoor-outdoor layout with midcentury modern furnishings and brass detailing where guests can unwind and enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails. Bonus: Brunch and a rooftop dining area will launch in early 2020. www.flintbybaltaire.com.

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VECINA Dotted with clever Latin twists, this modern American restaurant – named for the Spanish word for neighbor – opened in Arcadia’s former Kitchen 56 space in September. The popular patio remains but much of the former decor has been updated. The most striking addition may be a colorful mural from local artist Tato Caraveo that stretches nearly the length of a full interior wall. The kitchen is led by Cooking Channel Taco Wars champion and 2019 Arizona Taco Festival People’s Choice award-winner James Fox, who brings experience from Zinc Bistro, Southern Rail, Buck & Rider and The Mission. Fox’s menu takes a special interest in dreaming up new ways to showcase seasonal vegetables – such as broccoli with matcha-infused salsa, mangoes and spicy pepitas – and features several creative takes on tacos. www.vecinaphx.com.

HUSH PUBLIC HOUSE With only 40 seats, dimly lit Hush Public House is among the most intimate dining experiences in the Valley, and a unique one at that. Helmed by executive chef Dom Ruggiero, formerly of Chelsea’s Kitchen, FnB and Zinc Bistro, and business partner Charles Barber, the longtime bar leader at Zinc Bistro who acts as general manager and cocktail creator, Hush Public House specializes in modern American cuisine that makes use of locally sourced product as much as possible. The dinner menu features a total of just 20 options, which change regularly and range from halibut crudo and chicken liver mousse with liquor-infused cherries to smoked beef ribs with cucumber coleslaw. The drink menu has fantastic classic cocktails as well as an impressive wine selection. www.hushpublichouse.com.


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AMBIANCE

OCEAN 44 When Scottsdale Fashion Square approached the Mastro family about bringing a concept to the area as part of the shopping destination’s multi-million-dollar facelift, they knew they had to go big. Opened last year in the freestanding space formerly home to Harkins Camelview Theatre, Ocean 44 was built from the ground up to conjure the feeling of being seaside while being utterly seductive and dramatic – much like its sister locales, Dominick’s Steakhouse and Steak 44, but with a twist. Here, sustainable seafood takes center stage, including a raw bar that serves as a visual focal point upon entering the eatery. There are plenty of quiet nooks for intimate conversation and a lavish bar with cascading lights that provide ambiance and intrigue. All of the culinary delights are served from an elaborate glass expo kitchen, one of the many eye-catching features of the 12,000-square-foot space. www.ocean44.com.

TOCA MADERA Thanks to its captivating design, artful drinks, and modern organic Mexican cuisine, Toca Madera has made quite the impression since it opened in October. The open floor plan flows from the dining room, with its expansive skylight and towering tree centerpiece, to the kitchen to the ceviche bar to an intimate bar area in the back – all enhanced with custom woodwork, greenery, and bronze and brass details. With glowing fire tables in the lounge area and regular theatrical entertainment thanks to DJs and performance artists, the overall vibe is all things fabulous and fun, and it feels unlike anything Arizona has yet to see (the original Toca Madera is in West Hollywood). The agave spirit-focused cocktail menu is sumptuous and showy, with picture-worthy presentations that don’t skimp on quality, and organic ingredients are also used in the menu of mostly small or shareable plates. www.tocamadera.com.

MAPLE & ASH Hailing from Chicago, Maple & Ash opened this fall to quick local acclaim. The steakhouse’s space is distinctly refined with a contemporary color palette accented by timeless elements such as rich jewel-toned leathers, candelabras, and natural woods. Draped with semi-sheer and plush velvet curtains, the multiple dining rooms are centered around a celebratory atrium strung with a showstopping, custom-made chandelier. The lounge is warm and vibrant, featuring velvet seating and sleek, low-profile cocktail tables in a candle-lit atmosphere. Inspired by the smoke rising from a wood-fired grill, a swirling watercolor wallcovering is displayed behind the leather-bound bar, adding a dramatic ambiance to the space. The scent of maple and ash firewood roams the air as guests peer into the open kitchen, which is home to the 14-foot wood-burning hearth. www.mapleandash.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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DRINKS

UNDERTOW UnderTow is a Tiki-inspired subterranean cocktail bar from the team at Barter & Shake Creative Hospitality, who also own the new Century Grand next door. The ultra-intimate space, located under Sip Coffee & Beer Garage in a reimagined oil change bay, is designed to transport guests to the belly of a spice trader’s turn-of-the-century clipper ship. Through commissioned artists, UnderTow’s decor revolves around the adventures of a revered ship captain. Similarly, the menu follows his journey in chapters (they are now on chapter six), moving the story forward and displaying cocktails in line with each chapter’s theme. The fully immersive, world-class cocktail experience also features rare rums from around the world and offers a variety of handcrafted, signature merchandise available for retail. www.undertowphx.com.

LITTLE RITUALS Open for less than a year, Little Rituals – founded by the innovative owners of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – has already been nominated for 2019’s Best New Cocktail Bar in the West by Tales of the Cocktail. And while the honor is impressive, the bar itself may be even more notable, tucked into the fourth floor of the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix Downtown. But make no mistake: This is not your typical hotel bar. On one side of the seating is a bird’s-eye view of the buzzing city below and on the other is a mural showcasing a who’s who of Arizona landmarks, politicians and pop culture references. Further upping the wow factor is the liquid CO2 glass chiller used to chill glassware, ice cubes made using nanofiltered water, and a cocktail menu divided into six categories ranging from elegant twists on classics to unique flavor combinations. www.littleritualsbar.com.

PIGTAILS For years, Valley residents have frequented the beer- and wineonly Whining Pig bars across Greater Phoenix. But when its Desert Ridge location opened this year, guests learned that in addition to the traditional Whining Pig, there was also a cocktail bar called Pigtails hidden down the venue’s back hallway. Dark with a full wall of greenery and succulents among the low booths, the large bar acts as the space’s centerpiece and gives a great view of the show the bartenders put on as they craft their cocktails. There are both traditional and more exotic options using barrel-aged whiskies, house-infused spirits, and even “desert after the rain” scented mist. Pigtails has proven so popular that a second location will open within a new Downtown Phoenix Whining Pig in 2020. www.thewhiningpig.com.

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Comfort

FOOD FIX

THE LARDER + THE DELTA Chef Stephen Jones’ The Larder + the Delta is all about comfort food from just one place: the American South. The menu is a journey through the rich tapestry of flavors that define Southernstyle food, both modern and nostalgic. In fact, many of the most indulgent offerings are a blend of both classic and modern dishes on the same plate. For example, Jones makes the juiciest, crispiest fried chicken and then serves it with dairy-free (but definitely not flavor-free) potato salad. He also succeeds on all levels with his updates of pimento cheese, pork ribs and Hoppin’ John (also known as Carolina peas and rice). Insider tip: “the good damn burger” really is that good! www.thelarderandthedelta.com.

BECKETT’S TABLE Though sophisticated and refined, executive chef Justin Beckett’s namesake Beckett’s Table in Arcadia may be the ultimate comfort food hot spot in Arizona. With the lion’s share of its main ingredients arriving from farms no farther than 30 miles from its kitchen, freshness is a hallmark of Beckett’s hearty American menu, which takes great pride in offering comfort food from around the country. As such, expect a unique spin on childhood favorites like grilled cheese, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and deviled eggs as well as items like shrimp and grits, hoe cakes, Atlantic salmon, and fork-tender short ribs. And no matter what, don’t miss Beckett’s dessert, especially the award-winning fig and pecan pie and the chocolate-dipped bacon s’mores. www.beckettstable.com.

SALTY SOW An American gastropub with decadent wine and swine, Salty Sow’s contemporary farmhouse fare makes use of familiar flavors while kicking things up a notch with thoughtful twists on traditional ingredients from the talented culinary team. For example, they add truffle oil to the deviled eggs, rosemary to the fried chicken and waffles, rib-eye steak to the tacos, and duck fat to the fries. Bacon is also made in-house and beef shoulder is slow-cooked all day, giving off mouth-watering aromas. Beyond the food, the restaurant has handcrafted cocktails, a variety of margaritas, an openair kitchen, and a relaxing outdoor patio with a fireplace and live music on the weekends. www.saltysow.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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Style

A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N

BY KAYLOR JONES

Stackable and sleek, Valani Atelier’s Hexa Rings embody the aesthetic of the season – red, white and green with a dash of glitz. The gemstones on these hexagonal rings, which are each sold separately, are available in three holiday-appropriate varieties: ruby, diamond and emerald. Made of 18-karat yellow gold, the rings can also be custom-engraved for a personalized gift. With strong lines and an architectural structure, these accessories serve as a standout addition to any soiree-ready ensemble. $1,500-$1,650 at Valani Atelier, www.valani.com.

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Style ALLURE

BY NEYDA MELINA

WINTER WONDERLAND Channel your inner ice queen with frosty shimmers and snowy whites

Liquid eyeshadow, Giorgio Armani, $28 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Sheer nail top coat, Chantecaille, $28 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Multiuse highlighter, Shiseido, $25 at Sephora, www.sephora.com. Liquid eyeliner, Givenchy, $34 at Neiman Marcus. Shimmering glow powder, Dior, $48 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Limited-edition clear gloss, Chanel, $30 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Rachell Hall’s Permanent Makeup

MICROBLADING PLUS™ Microblading PLUS With Rachell Hall’s signature Microblading PLUS technique, she creates the virtual hairline effect of Microblading plus a soft powdered backdrop of shading to create the illusion of perfect natural brows that are the envy of every woman.

Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution plus... Remember, discounted prices are not an indicator of value in permanent cosmetics. Trust YOUR face only to the very best. For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy

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

REFERRED BY THE VALLEY'S FINEST PLASTIC SURGEONS AND ESTHETICIANS Make your life simply beautiful! CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION 8075 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 6 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | www.RachellHall.com (Off Hayden, between Mountain View and Shea)

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Style DWELL

BY NEYDA MELINA

ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS Get-together gear for holiday hosting and beyond

Semiprecious stone cocktail picks with brass holder, $225 at Aerin, www.aerin. com. Cheese board and knife set, Michael Aram, $135 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Three-tiered marble stand, $180 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www. mgbwhome.com. Blue Italian Champagne flutes, Spode, $80 (set of four) at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Brass place card holders, Jonathan Adler, $98 (set of four) at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com. Etched serving tray, Anthropologie, $68 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com.

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MEET DR. HANNA MANSOOR (SMILES BY HANNA) PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TO DR. MANSOOR FOR THE PERFECT SMILE!

Having missing teeth can make it hard to talk, chew, and even swallow. Not to mention the self-conscious feeling you get when you smile. Luckily, Dr. Mansoor is the Premier leader in Implant & cosmetic dentistry and wants to help you regain your beautiful natural smile!

• The leading Premier Dental Implant and Veneer specialist in the Valley. • Expert Master Digital Smile Designer to create a perfect, natural new smile for you. • Master in Laser Dentistry. • Gentle, holistic, and conservative. • Friendly doctor and team.

Contact Dr. Hanna Mansoor to learn more about how she can help you achieve a healthy, dazzling new smile! Call today at 480.405.0712 or visit www.SmilesByHanna.com 1355 S Higley Rd, Suite #119, Gilbert, AZ 85296


Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

COZY CAPES

Combat the cooler temperatures in winter’s chilly-chic trend

Faux fur, Toteme, $540 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Monogram wool, Gucci, $2,890 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Plaid cascade wool, Lamarque, $495 at Nordstrom. Tie-waist trench, Hatch x J.Crew, $298 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Cashmere and wool sleeveless, Valentino, $3,980 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Windowpane cape scarf, $55 at Madewell, www. madewell.com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

SHOP

ARCTIC ACCESSORIES Bundle up in cold-weather wear

Leopard print headband, $24.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Faux fur earmuffs, $12.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Faux fur fingerless gloves, Pia Rossini, $40 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Rainbow pompom beanie, $39.50 at Madewell, www. madewell.com. Herringbone down vest, Polo Ralph Lauren, $348 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Plaid wool scarf, Ami Paris, $275 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com.

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EARRINGS: Diamond and turquoise briolette, $5,800. NECKLACE: Yellow gold with diamond pave, $3,100. DRESS: Blue silk halter with leg slit, Danese Creations, $1,900. BRACELET: 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds, $55,000. RING: Colorless diamond coil design in white gold, $4,100. Dress from Danese Creations, www. danesecreations. com. All jewelry from Galicia Fine Jewelers, www.galiciajewelers. com.

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FORMALWEAR FOR HOLIDAY SOIREES

BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND KAYLOR JONES / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE / STYLING BY STACEY RICHMAN HAIR AND MAKEUP BY PRIMP & BLOW; 877.373.7678 / MODEL: FORD/RBA / LOCATION: ARIZONA BILTMORE, 2400 E. MISSOURI AVE., PHOENIX; 602.955.6600; WWW.ARIZONABILTMORE.COM

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EARRINGS: Emerald and diamond waterfall, $4,750. DRESS: Rose gold with beads, Danese Creations, $1,647. BRACELETS: White gold stretchy diamond bangle, $5,300; rose gold stretchy diamond bangle, $5,300; yellow gold stretchy emerald bangle, $3,850. RING: Double emerald and diamond, $3,400. Dress from Danese Creations, www. danesecreations. com. All jewelry from Galicia Fine Jewelers, www.galiciajewelers. com.

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EARRINGS: Colorless diamond, $12,300. DRESS: Asymmetrical fuchsia, Danese Creations, $1,300. BRACELET: Cuff with 50 carats of chocolate diamonds, $39,000. RING: 18-karat white gold colorless diamond corset, $5,900. Dress from Danese Creations, www. danesecreations. com. All jewelry from Galicia Fine Jewelers, www.galiciajewelers. com.

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EARRINGS: Feather dangle with diamonds, Beverley K, $7,177. DRESS: Silver with sequins, Danese Creations, $1,143. RING: 15-carat blue sapphire with diamond split shank, $146,250. BRACELET: Baguette diamond, 14 Facets Collection, $17,460. Dress from Danese Creations, www.danesecreations. com. All jewelry from London Gold, www. londongold.com.

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EARRINGS: Indicolite tourmaline and Tahitian pearl, $3,500. NECKLACE: Tahitian pearl with colorless diamond toggle, $4,600. DRESS: Black shantung with open back, Danese Creations, $1,373. BRACELET: Pave diamond link, $7,900. RING: Colorless twotone diamond loop, $5,100. Dress from Danese Creations, www.danesecreations. com. All jewelry from Galicia Fine Jewelers, www.galiciajewelers. com.

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EARRINGS: Circular dangle with diamonds, I. Reiss, $4,950. NECKLACE: Gold choker with diamond center, I. Reiss, $3,600. DRESS: Multicolor embroidered silk organza, Danese Creations, $1,800. BRACELETS: Hammered cuff with filigree edges, $5,512; slim cuff with pave diamonds, $4,837; both I. Reiss. RINGS: Pave diamond, $3,712; diamond twist, $3,262; both I. Reiss. Dress from Danese Creations, www. danesecreations. com. All jewelry from London Gold, www. londongold.com.

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EARRINGS: Diamond dangle, 14 Facets Collection, $9,270. NECKLACE: 28-inch diamond, London Gold, $35,820. DRESS: Red with peplum waist, Danese Creations, $2,169. BRACELETS: Fiverow with milgrain accents, $20,700; diamond with swirls, $13,320; both 14 Facets Collection. RINGS: Oval diamond, Ascencio, $287,910; pearshaped diamond engagement, London Gold, $52,740. Dress from Danese Creations, www. danesecreations. com. All jewelry from London Gold, www. londongold.com.

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Luxe

W H E E L S / WA N T / H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / P L A C E S

BY KAYLOR JONES

Give a gift that adds playful luxury to holiday home entertaining with the Shagreen Poker Set from Aerin. This 300-piece poker set includes six colors of chips and two decks of playing cards, all stored in either a chocolate case (pictured here) or a cream version. With brass hardware, suede lining, and a wood veneer, the set also makes a statement when displayed on the coffee table. An heirloom piece meant to be passed from generation to generation, this set is sure to add a dash of opulence to game night. $2,500 from Aerin, www.aerin.com.

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Luxe WHEELS

2020 FORD EXPLORER The sixth-generation SUV is likeable but not loveable BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2020 Ford Explorer Base price: $36,675

The Ford Explorer, a family favorite for nearly three decades, is among America’s best-selling SUVs. The new sixth-generation 2020 Explorer is an even more capable, comfortable and spacious three-row vehicle. And with a new rear-wheel drive platform and a sportier design, it handles daily driving with poise and assurance. Options include the top-of-the-line Explorer Platinum (tested here) powered by a 3.0-liter, 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. A 400-horsepower V-6 is available for those who want a quicker, sportier feel. For the first time, Ford also offers the Explorer with a hybrid powertrain. The Platinum model comes standard with a twin-panel moonroof, allowing more light to flood over the tri-diamond perforated leather seating that outfits the most comfortable Explorer cabin ever. Other Platinum equipment includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door trim, and armrests as well as optional massaging seats. New E-Z entry second-row seats make accessing the power-folding third row an easy maneuver. A new Terrain Management System features seven drive modes to tailor your driving

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experience to road, weather and terrain conditions. The EcoBoost-powered Explorer also has a towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds. Standard technology includes a 10-inch LCD touch screen, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, several driver-assist safety features, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a wireless charging pad. Even with all of these positives, a few disappointments can be found with the new Explorer. The diminutive third row seats have minimal cushioning and leg and shoulder room. The interior lacks an upscale appearance, falling short of its competitors. The ride can be on the firm side, with bumps and potholes transferring into the steering column and throughout the cabin for an unsettled and noisy ride. Overall, the 2020 Ford Explorer is certainly improved over the previous generation, but it’s not a home run. As a family hauler, it will satisfy the needs of most buyers. But, with a price topping out at more than $60,000 (for the Platinum), it may not be the best choice for those who want a luxury-feeling SUV, especially considering the excellent new Lincoln Aviator Reserve starts at $56,190 and easily surpasses the Explorer.

Price as tested: $60,935 Engine: 3.0-L V-6 Horsepower: 365 Fuel economy: 18/24 mpg city/ highway Seating: 7 Fab features: Impressive standard safety and technology features Powerful and refined engine Attractive exterior styling


Luxe

WANT

WINE & WAGYU

Innovative subscription service offers specialty cuts of meat and California wines

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

For the wine and food lover in your life, a subscription-based gift that keeps on giving – in the form of wine and wagyu – might just be your best holiday bet. This joint offering from a family-owned and -operated California ranch and vineyard has an unlikely beginning. In 1985, Julio Palmaz – then a doctor of vascular radiology – revolutionized medicine when he invented and patented the balloon-expandable heart stent, an implantable device meant to save the lives of those with heart disease. In 2006, the Argentinian-born Palmaz was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame for his efforts. His wife, Amalia, also a native of Argentina, served as president of her family’s mining business, Cristamine S.A. And though they moved to the U.S. in the 1970s, the couple never forgot their South American roots. Both grew up in ranching families where grassfed, pasture-raised animals are the norm, not the exception. To honor this tradition, the Palmaz family now owns and operates Genesee Valley Ranch in Las Plumas, California, where cattle are raised

under meticulous conditions, fed a superb diet, and monitored daily to create some of the finest wagyu beef available. Under the family’s guidance, the ranch – formerly a stagecoach stop and restaurant – is now a popular destination and community resource. An old general store now serves as a used bookstore, and the restaurant menu showcases local products including wagyu beef from the ranch. The Palmaz family also owns and operates Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California. The vineyard boasts 610 acres of planted grapes and an 18-story wine cave where a team of farmers and winemakers work together to create award-winning cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, rieslings, muscats, and an Argentinian-style blend called brasas. In an effort to give their fans around the globe the chance to experience both their wagyu and wine firsthand, Palmaz now offers a package through its Brasas Food & Wine Society wherein clients who chose to be members of one of their wine clubs can also become subscribers to their farmto-fork ranch club for a nominal added fee. Members are sent wines two weeks before their public release and can create a custom wine selection based on preferences. There are three tiered options ranging from the Chacra Club ($3,671 per year), which includes 14 bottles of wine and semimonthly deliveries of premium cuts of meat, to the Estancia Club ($7,688 per year), which includes 54 bottles of wine and semimonthly deliveries. Cuts include smoked wagyu beef sausage, wagyu bratwurst, tomahawk steak, osso bucco, New York strip, beef bacon, and more. Memberships with beef or wine only are also available starting at $350. Additionally, membership also includes invitations to exclusive events such as a Northern European wine cruise and a traditional Argentine barbecue. Registration for 2020 subscriptions is now open. To learn more about membership, visit www.palmazvineyards.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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Luxe HAUTE PROPERTY

SPOTLIGHT: MAJESTIC MANSION BY KAYLOR JONES

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Situated on a secluded flag lot in Paradise Mansion Estates, this 7,666-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The private gate leads to an expansive circular driveway with a perfect view of the palatial, Tuscan-inspired exterior. At the home’s entry, a tall arched front door transports guests into a domed foyer adorned with intricate marble flooring. The stone detailing continues on the fireplace that serves as the focal point of the first living space. Plenty of bright windows light up the space and continue into the nearby formal dining area. The kitchen, also accented with imported stone flooring, features multiple ovens and sinks, spacious granite countertops, detailed tile backsplashes, and a large island with room for extra seating, all in warm brown tones that provide almost as much comfort as a home-cooked meal. Perhaps the most standout feature is the circular wine cellar with room for hundreds of bottles and lit with a unique star-shaped chandelier. Across from the kitchen sits a breakfast nook and a family room that includes another stone fireplace. The rustic wooden beams that stretch across the ceiling serve as a pleasant contrast to the cool marble flooring. The split master bedroom and its accompanying sitting room, walk-in closet and fireplace exude luxurious living, as does the master bathroom, complete with a jetted tub, a roomy shower, separate sinks, and a bidet. Other spaces include multiple guest rooms, an exercise room, a library, an office, and a game room. Outside, stunning red tile lines the heated pool and spa. The adjacent covered patio provides a perfect vantage point to admire the surrounding desert foliage and mountain views. With plenty of room and multiple access points from inside the house, the patio functions as a seamlessly integrated outdoor living space. Other features of the backyard include a sports court and built-in barbecue, all primed for entertaining. 6060 N. Paradise View Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $2,895,000 with David E. Smith of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 602.617.7831; david. smith@russlyon.com.


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Luxe PLACES

CULINARY CAPITALS Dig into 10 of the top U.S. food cities

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

From coast to coast, America’s top culinary cities are rewriting the book on all things gastronomic. Some specialize in fusion cuisine while others shine because of their locally sourced and freshly caught bounty. Here’s a look at 10 U.S. cities of particular epicurean excellence – and the can’t-miss restaurants in each.

Portland Ranked by some as the current best food city in America, Portland is unique in that it offers some of the most affordable high-quality food in the country. A chief reason why: It’s a mecca for award-winning food trucks, carts and pods. And we’re not talking hot dog stands – think handmade pastas, mouthwatering lobster rolls, and Asian delicacies. In addition, the region’s distinct Pacific Northwestern cuisine, highlighting game meats, seafood and shellfish, has put the city on the foodie map. Best bets: Le Pigeon, Canard and BG’s Food Cartel.

San Francisco PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT PORTLAND

It’s no surprise that a city on the cutting-edge of technology and innovation is also among the top food cities in America. Its unique combination of high-end chef’s tasting menus and white-glove service with eclectic, culturally diverse food markets, holes-in-thewall, and funky chef-owned spaces make San Francisco a must on any gourmand’s bucket list. The metropolis is also noteworthy for its proximity to both Napa and Sonoma wine countries as well as for helping pioneer the farm-to-table movement. Best bets: Benu, Quince and Atelier Crenn, all with three Michelin stars each.

New York City There’s a reason why New York has its own styles of cheesecake, bagels, pizza and chowder. The first real foodie city in the U.S. remains one of its best today. Each of its boroughs – Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens – is individually known for its chefs and restaurants, not to mention the iconic Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greek and Jewish neighborhoods that have produced some of the top chefs in the world. Best bets: Rainbow Room, Tavern on the Green, and Delmonico’s, which was the country’s first fine dining restaurant.

Seattle

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Though nicknamed the Emerald City and known for its fair share of clouds and rain, Seattle’s dining scene makes the city shine bright year-round. Beyond the coffee and indelible Pike Place Market, the area’s fertile soils and access to oceans, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound make it one of the best places in the world for produce and seafood. Seattle’s diverse population also means it’s one of the top spots for food from places ranging from Korea to Africa. Best bets: Canlis, Lark and JuneBaby, all James Beard Award winners.


Las Vegas Thanks to the lavish casinos and resorts in Sin City, renowned chefs from around the world including Charlie Palmer, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Wolfgang Puck have chosen Las Vegas to showcase some of their most sumptuous dishes. Tasting menus, wine pairings, and luxuries like foie gras and caviar abound, often in the most opulent of settings. Best bets: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Craftsteak and Restaurant Guy Savoy.

Chicago In 2015, the James Beard Awards’ chef and restaurant categories moved from New York to Chicago’s Civic Opera House, signaling to the world that the Windy City was worthy of culinary respect of the highest order. Beyond popularizing twists on comfort foods such as deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago is among the American epicenters for molecular gastronomy and home to beloved celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard. Best bets: Alinea, Smyth and Girl & the Goat.

Miami If you’re a fan of flavor and spice, Miami is likely to be your top food city. Inspired by a rich melting pot of cultures from Cuba, Peru and Colombia to Mexico, Haiti and Puerto Rico, expect a combination of twists on Latin American and island fare as well as some familiar comfort foods given the city’s location in the heart of the Southeast. Think Cuban sandwiches, ceviche, churros, and tons of seafood. Best bets: Le Jardinier, Joe's Stone Crab and Matador Room.

Los Angeles

PHOTO BY ZACK BENT

Some say it’s the trademark coastal cuisine that makes the City of Angels special. Others point to its health-conscious options or its street food scene. And even others say its LA’s popularization of the fusion movement that merges diverse types of cuisine. And they’re all right – the cuisine of LA cannot be put into a box. It’s in a category all its own. Best bets: Vespertine, Providence and n/naka.

Denver In recent years, the Mile High City has earned plenty of press for its legalization of marijuana and continued dominance as a top craft beer region. But media including Conde Nast, Zagat and People magazine are finally giving Denver its due as one of the most exciting food cities. Chefs from Asia, Europe, New York and LA are flocking to Colorado’s capital to cook their own styles of food as well as Rockies-inspired and New American cuisines, often with a nod to the slow food movement. Best bets: Tavernetta, Ultreia and Bar Dough.

Charleston No list would be complete without a city that has Southern charm. From low country boils to grits, Charleston offers all things Southern comfort in spades, along with a cornucopia of other culinary treasures. The city has experienced a food renaissance with hundreds of innovative new restaurants melding the flavors that make dining in the South unique, with modern twists and influences from cultures around the world. Best bets: Fig, Slightly North of Broad and Husk. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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Taste DRINK

CELEBRATED SELECTIONS Wines and spirits that wow this holiday season

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Make someone’s holiday a little more merry and bright by gifting them a stunningly beautiful spirit this season. Or, if you made the “nice list” this year, treat yourself to a special something to sip.

2017 Bledsoe Family Wine A 1-liter bottle shows off the rich color of this red wine, which bursts with cherries, blackberries, coffee, cobbler and dried herbs. Mostly cabernet sauvignon, this is a passion project from Bledsoe Family Winery, owned by former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe. $48. www.bledsoefamilywinery.com. 2014 Iron Horse Gratitude This limited-production sparkling rosé with notes of red apple and orange marmalade was initially released in 2017 during the devastating northern California fires. In tribute to that, $5 from each bottle is donated to a local food bank near the vineyard for their assistance through the disaster. $68. www.ironhorsevineyards.com. Bozal Mezcal Tobasiche This smoky libation comes from wild agave in Oaxaca, Mexico. To make, the agave hearts are cooked in the traditional method in earthen oven pits and then crushed and mashed by a horse-drawn stone Tehona wheel. It enchants with a sweet nose and herbaceous and cedar aromatics with an earthy finish. $80. www.bozalmezcal.com. 2010 J. Schram Representing only 3% of the famed Schramsberg Vineyard’s annual production, this chardonnay-focused sparkling blend is aged for more than seven years and features rich fruit notes of apple, pear and Meyer lemon layered with cinnamon. The bottle is dedicated to Jacob Schram, who founded the Calistoga, California, estate in 1862. $120. www.schramsberg.com. Don Julio 1942 Produced in small batches and aged for a minimum of 2 1/2 years, Don Julio 1942 is handcrafted in homage to the year Don Julio González began his tequila-making

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journey. On the nose are caramel and chocolate followed by oak, vanilla and roasted agave on the palate. $150. www.donjulio.com. Dom Pérignon x Lenny Kravitz One of the most iconic luxury Champagnes has teamed up with Lenny Kravitz to launch limited-edition bottles of the Dom Pérignon Vintage Champange and rosé. Kravitz designed these exclusive bottles for Vintage 2008 and Rosé 2006. Bonus: They taste even better than they look. Starts at $230. www.domperignon.com. 2019 Mod Reserve Champagne An award-winner recognized by both Robb Report’s 2019 Best of the Best and Wine Spectator Food & Wine Festival’s 2019 Best of the Best, this distinctive cuvee, offers unparalleled freshness and invigorating minerality. Crisp and complex, it is made from chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. $300. www.modselectionchampagne.com. 2016 Solaia A vintage from Italy’s Chianti region, the 2016 Solaia recently obtained a nearly impossible 100point score from Wine Advocate. Expect a nose of plum jam and berries followed by perfectly integrated sensations of chocolate and licorice with a finish showcasing the slightest essence of fresh mint. $350. www.antinori.it Dancing Bear Ranch Gift Box Cakebread Cellars recently released a limited-edition offering of their most prestigious wine, Dancing Bear Ranch cabernet sauvignon. Twelve bottles of the sought-after wine, from 10 different vintages, are presented in a beautiful cherrywood collectors’ case while supplies last. There are less than 50 sets available. $3,500. www.cakebread.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL

In 2014, renowned restaurateur Paul Fleming – a one-time Paradise Valley resident and founder of P.F. Chang’s and Fleming’s Steakhouse – opened Paul Martin’s American Grill in Scottsdale with a focus on high-quality, natural and sustainable dishes. Among them is the Alaskan Halibut ($34). To make, sustainably raised and long-line caught Alaskan halibut is flown in weekly and lightly seasoned with Cajun spices for color and flavor before being sauteed in herb-infused oil and braised in white wine and lemon juice. Once braised, both oven-blistered cherry tomatoes and asparagus are added to the pan so all of the flavors can combine. The asparagus is plated first, and then topped with the halibut, tomatoes, and a generous pour of housemade beurre blanc sauce. Paul Martin’s American Grill, 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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DECOR & DRINK

Enjoy a glass of cheer this holiday season with The Hermosa Inn’s Ornamentini

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Each year, The Hermosa Inn develops a custom cocktail for the holidays, available throughout December at Lon’s as well as Lon’s Last Drop. “I looked to my own family traditions for inspiration this year,” says Jon Dils, general manager of Lon’s. “Every year on Christmas Eve, each member of my family shares an ornament that best represents his or her year. It serves as a way for us to talk about our own special moments and learn about those of the entire family.” As such, he thought about how he could use an ornament as a vessel for the drink itself. “But I didn’t want guests drinking out of delicate, glittery glass,” Dils says. “So I set out to find some plastic ornaments to make my vision come to life.” Dils found clear, fillable plastic ornaments and began working on the recipe for what is now the Ornamentini ($14). He chose Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka as the base spirit, loving its aromas of pastry bread and its sweet-yet-salty finish. “I combine Purity in a shaker with ice, lemon juice and a syrup made by reducing sugar, water, cranberries, orange zest, vanilla and cinnamon sticks,” Dils says. After shaking, the contents are poured into the ornament, and then placed in a martini glass rimmed with ground dehydrated cranberry crystals and garnished with a cranberry and rosemary sprig. “It’s neither heavy like eggnog nor overly sweet like so many holiday cocktails. Instead, it’s balanced and tangy with hints of spice,” Dils says. The final touch is pouring the cocktail from the ornament into the glass, which can be done tableside by the server or by the guest after snapping the requisite photos. The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.7878; www.hermosainn.com.

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CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Nathan Larsen of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Nathan Larsen is executive chef at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, where he oversees all culinary operations for Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, Turquoise Pool Bar, in-room dining, and banquet operations.

What inspired you to get into cooking? While studying fire science at a small school in Salt Lake City, I began practicing martial arts and working at a Thai restaurant near my apartment as a host and dishwasher. There, I found myself in the back talking martial arts with the all-Thai kitchen staff. Eventually, the chef challenged me to make a curry. It was a hit, and I was hooked. I ended up leaving college to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York in 2000. Tell us about your journey to Andaz. After graduating from CIA in 2002, I worked my way up in kitchens across the U.S., including Boulders Resort & Spa, Seville Golf & Country Club, and Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Arizona as well as at resorts in Washington, D.C., Kentucky and Utah. I joined Andaz earlier this year. What’s Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen all about? Visually, Weft & Warp is like a midcentury modern living room with handcrafted furnishings and works from local artists at the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound. Thanks to our glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen, guests can see us working at all times. Our menu is primarily contemporary Sonoran cuisine with a focus on shareable plates that showcase local purveyors and vendors whenever possible. What local vendors are you currently showcasing? Right now, we are using onions from Pinnacle Farms, cheeses from Crow’s Dairy, barley from Hayden Flour Mills, medjool dates from Sphinx Date Ranch, and olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill, to name a few. Any foods you personally hate? I have never tasted a remotely edible meatloaf, even my own mother’s version. What would we be surprised to know about you? I have eight children, with ages ranging from 1 to 14. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.368.1234; www.andazscottsdale.com.

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Taste FOOD FILES

SAVORY STARTERS Hors d’oeuvres worth ordering

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Cheddar & Potato Pierogis

Culinary Dropout These European-style dumplings are made by wrapping dough around a savory filling – always a base of cheddar and potatoes but then complemented with seasonal add-ons – and pan-frying. For the winter months, crispy Brussels sprouts, mustard creme fraiche, and fresh herbs will be the featured additions to bring in an earthiness perfect for colder days and nights. $10. www.culinarydropout.com.

Seafood Bruschetta

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse Basic bruschetta, this is not. Gone are the mozzarella and basil one might expect in favor of rich and decadent butter-braised lobster, which is the clear star of the dish. It’s accompanied by juicy cherry tomatoes as well as red and green bell peppers. The final touch: A citrus-infused aioli with just the right amount of bite. $14. www.keelerssteakhouse.com.

Italian Meatballs

North Italia Each of the three massive meatballs, made from a combination of beef and pork, is offered as part of this starter. They are braised, covered with a housemade rustic marinara, and topped with fresh grana Padano. They are then served in a hot cast-iron skillet accompanied by creamy polenta that has soaked in some of the marinara from the skillet, making it extra crave-worthy. $13. www.northitalia.com.

Blue Corn Crusted Calamari

Appetizers are the oft-looked over part of a menu, sometimes only given a glance in favor of their bigger entree counterparts. But we beg to differ because certain starters can be the most sensational part of a meal. During the holidays, make breaking bread with family and friends extra memorable with a selection of scrumptious appetizers that will have you answering the question, “Would you like anything to start?” with a resounding yes.

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Terras This menu favorite is gluten- and dairy-free, but still retains an explosion of flavors and textures. By using blue corn to coat the squid versus breadcrumbs, there is not only the crunch one expects, but an added earthiness and saltiness without all the gluten. Once fried, the dish is paired with contrasting crunches thanks to a combination of watercress, heirloom tomatoes, shaved red onions and hearts of palm. A vinaigrette infused with Spanish chorizo accompanies the dish, giving it a hearty bite. At CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa. $14. www.civana.com.

Charred Ground Brussels

Twisted Grove Crispy and sweet, these delicious bites will make a veggie lover out of anyone. To make, Brussels sprouts are charred until crisp. Then, they are tossed with candied bacon and garlic that has been cooked low and slow to obtain a more roasted flavor profile. The contents are plated in a mason jar and onto a charcuterie board, then drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction to finish. $11. www.twistedgrove.com.


Pork Belly Buddha Buns

Elements Developed by executive chef Beau MacMillan and keeping with Elements’ Asian influence, the pork belly Buddha buns feature Korean barbecue-glazed pork belly, pickled cucumbers made with rice wine vinegar, and scallions and sesame seeds used for garnish. Baked into the bun dough there is also a surprise to add more flavor: chives. Each plate features two buns. At Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. $15. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

Lobster Escargot

Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse A contemporary spin on classic escargot, this seafood version substitutes the snails for one glorious pound of Maine lobster chunks, which have been sauteed in Lincoln’s traditional scampi butter of fresh pureed garlic, parsley and assorted herbs. The lobster pieces are then served in a cast-iron staub with toasted pieces of Noble country bread to soak up the butter. At JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. $19. www.camelbackinn.com.

Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates

SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen As with many dishes on the menu at SumoMaya, this one is a fusion of cultures and flavors. It starts with sweet medjool dates, which are actually native to Arizona. To add a south-of-the-border twist, they are stuffed with Oaxaca cheese, which is native to Mexico and similar to Monterey Jack, as well as spicy chorizo before being wrapped in bacon and cooked until the bacon crisps. To elevate the dish, it’s finished with a rich foie gras-infused sauce. $13. www.sumomaya.com.

Drunken Goat Cheese Fondue

Rusconi’s American Kitchen Fondue has a way of bringing people together in the best possible way – over cheese. Chef Michael Rusconi melds the best of this classic fondue tradition with his talent for elevating the ordinary. This ooey-gooey appetizer features creamy roasted garlic, melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions, and artisan bread for dipping. $10. www.rusconiskitchen.com.

PHOTO BY JOANIE SIMON

Tidal Wave Chilled Seafood Plateaux

Modern Oysterbar Chophouse Fresh seafood is plentiful in this three-tiered tower of ocean delights. Recommended for parties of eight or more, it includes two full lobsters, four king crab legs, eight crab claws, and 12 oysters, all chilled, as well as grilled shrimp. If your party is smaller, the restaurant also has you covered as they offer a “High Tide” version that serves four to six people and even a “Low Tide” option for two to four people. Market price. www.modernoysterbarchophouse.com.

Yakiniku Drumettes

Ocean Prime Chicken wings at a surf-and-turf fine dining establishment? Yes, when the answer is Ocean Prime’s Yakiniku drumettes. Featured on the lounge menu, these Asian-style barbecue wings are served with carrot and celery slaw. Yakiniku refers to Japanese-style grilled or cooked bite-size meat, barbecue or even vegetables, and these chicken drumettes – crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside – do this style justice. $12. www.ocean-prime.com. So Scottsdale! December ‘19

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MODERN OYSTERBAR CHOPHOUSE

This oyster bar and chophouse is unique in its open kitchen design, offering a full-size seafood bar where guests can watch the raw bar chefs in action from the dining room. Fresh oysters and seafood are brought in daily, and the chilled seafood plateaux is a perfect starter for the table to share while the surf-and-turf entrees are just as impressive. Be sure to leave room for a sweet treat, like bacon French toast bread pudding or the M-bomb, which features chocolate mousse and chocolate cake sprinkled with cookie crumbles. Dinner service starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.531.1400; www.modernoysterbarchophouse.com; $$$

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AMERICAN

HEARTH ’61 This modern restaurant boasts stunning views that guests can enjoy while sipping craft cocktails and dining on seasonal new American cuisine driven by local ingredients. Hearth ’61 also offers monthly wine dinners and cocktail seminars. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings. At Mountain Shadows: 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.624.5400; www.mountainshadows.com; $$$ MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT Recently opened in August, Medieval Times is a family-friendly attraction that offers dinner and a two-hour show featuring jousting tournaments, knights, horses and falconry. The feast includes tomato bisque, roasted chicken with sides, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available on request. A variety of packages are available as well as group rates for special events and celebrations. At Talking Stick Entertainment District: 9051 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 866.543.9637; www.medievaltimes.com; $$$ RUSCONI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN Rusconi’s American Kitchen offers seasonal, sustainable cuisine with several items cooked on a woodburning grill. Entrees include roast chicken with green chile mac and cheese, corn and butternut squash bread pudding, and beef tenderloin medallions in a red wine reduction. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner service starts at 5 p.m. nightly with happy hour weekdays in the bar from 4 to 6 p.m., and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.483.0009; www. rusconiskitchen.com; $$-$$$ VOLANTI Volanti offers contemporary fare overlooking Scottsdale Airport’s runway and the McDowell Mountains. Lunch and dinner options include salads, tacos and burgers. Brunch offerings include chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon toasted challah French toast. Open weekdays at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner and 9 a.m. for brunch on the weekend. 15000 N. Airport Drive, Scottsdale; 480.657.2426; www.volantiscottsdale. com; $$

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BARBECUE

BRYAN’S BLACK MOUNTAIN BARBECUE Named Best Ribs in America by Food Network, Bryan’s offers a variety of barbecue items available as sandwiches, plates or combos with sides including baked potato salad and a famous olive coleslaw. Meats are also available by the pound. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 6130 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.575.7155; www.bryansbarbecue.com; $$ BOOTLEGGERS MODERN AMERICAN SMOKEHOUSE This casual tavern and smokehouse features craft barbecue and housemade moonshine cocktails. Starters include smoked chicken wings; and a bacon board. The menu also features burgers, sandwiches, smokehouse tacos, smoked prime rib, and a barbecue sampler for two or four people. Open daily for lunch and dinner with happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984; www. bootleggerssmokehouse.com; $$ LIBERTY STATION AMERICAN TAVERN & SMOKEHOUSE Liberty Station serves up smoked meats, comfort food, craft beer and vintage cocktails. The menu offers shareable plates including brisket loaded fries, tacos, and green chile pork stew as well as soups, burgers, sandwiches, seafood entrees and barbecue meat platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner with happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two locations: Terravita and DC Ranch; www.libertystationtavern.com; $$ STARLITE BBQ This cozy restaurant has barbecue smoked with Arizona pecan and mesquite woods. Appetizers include porky fries, pickled fried green tomatoes and mesquite grilled cauliflower. The wide selection of barbecue includes beef ribs, pork, duck and meatloaf. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight with happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.553.9330; www.starlitebbq.com; $$

BREAKFAST

ARCADIA FARMS CAFE Opened in 1990 as a market and bakery, this quaint cafe in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale offers sea-


sonally inspired American dishes to enjoy on its lush garden patio. The farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot partners with local purveyors and serves homemade baked goods, bountiful salads, sandwiches, omelets and crepes. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.941.5665; www. arcadiafarmscafe.com; $$ BUTTERS Butters offers a neighborhood feel for breakfast and lunch with an extensive menu featuring favorites including cinnamon roll pancakes, berry bliss French toast, scramblers, skillets, crepes and fresh-squeezed juices. Lunch items include burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: Northsight Crossing and Mercado on Hayden; www.butterscafe.com; $$ HASH KITCHEN Famous for its bountiful Bloody Mary bar with more than 40 toppings, Hash Kitchen offers a variety of hashes, Benedicts and frittatas, as well as unique menu items like brunch lasagna, poutine brunch fries, and pineapple upside down pancakes. Open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends until 3 p.m. Four Valley locations including Scottsdale Horizon and The Shops Gainey Village; www.hashkitchen.com; $$ PREP & PASTRY Hailing from Tucson, Prep & Pastry opened at Scottsdale Waterfront in September. The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, Benedicts, plant-driven options, and scrumptious breakfast potatoes. Cocktail offerings include a variety of mimosas, the Southwest Sunset with strawberry-infused bourbon, and the Thai Fighter with ginger lemongrass vodka. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7025 E. Via Soleri Drive, Scottsdale; 480.477.1502; www.prepandpastry.com; $$ SNOOZE This vibrant diner dishes out an eclectic breakfast and lunch menu. Known for creative, dessert-style pancakes and several variations of eggs Benedict, Snooze offers something for everyone with a family-friendly vibe. It’s very popular on the weekends, but the wait is made enjoyable with one of its specialty cocktails. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Several Valley locations including Kierland Commons, 15054 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.664.3133; www.snoozeeatery.com; $$

FRENCH

LE SANS SOUCI Since 1995, guests have enjoyed outstanding French cuisine at Le Sans Souci in Cave Creek. Familiar French fare like trout meuniere, coq au vin and tableside desserts are a few of the guest favorites. A three-course early bird special is available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Closed Monday. 7030 E. Bella Vista Drive, Cave Creek; 480.488.2856; www.lesanssoucirestaurant.com; $$$ MERCI FRENCH CAFE AND PATISSERIE Opened in 2007, Merci is a Parisianstyle cafe serving homemade French food and pastries. Merci opens daily at 9 a.m. for breakfast and lunch including crepes, quiche, burgers and open-face sandwiches. Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday featuring French favorites like onion soup gratinee, beef bourguignon and creme brulee. Guests can BYOB during dinner hours for a small corking fee. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.2777; www.mercifrenchcafeandpatisserie.com; $-$$ VOILA FRENCH BISTRO Chef Jean-Christophe brings more than 30 years of experience to Voila, which opened in 2015. The menu includes traditional French cuisine such as mussels, escargot, quiche, sole meuniere and foie gras. Succumb to temptation and order a classic French dessert like creme brulee or profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. 10135 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.614.5600; www.voilafrenchbistro.com; $$

ITALIAN

ALBERTO RISTORANTE In this little corner of Cave Creek, you can find owner Alberto in his cozy namesake restaurant serving guests and sharing his passion for Italian cooking. From veal chops to linguine with clams to chicken parmigiana, Alberto Ristorante is a classic Italian bistro. The pizzas and calzones are also cooked in a wood-fired oven. Don’t skip out on a slice of tiramisu for dessert. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Closed Monday. 7171 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.5800; www.albertocarefreeaz.com; $$ FAT OX Fat Ox is a contemporary Italian concept by Phoenix-born chef Matt Carter. The restaurant is stunningly

well-designed with a wrap-around patio for dining alfresco. The menu highlights more than a dozen housemade pastas that change seasonally, plus flavorful roasted meats. The full bar offers hand-crafted, Italianinspired cocktails; an extensive wine list; and internationally renowned craft beer. Aperitivo hour daily from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.307.6900; www.ilovefatox.com; $$$ LOCAL BISTRO Local Bistro offers a contemporary approach to Italian cuisine. The seasonal menus consist of wood-fired pizzas, risotto and pastas, salad and sandwiches, and meaty entrees of seafood and steakhouse cuts. For starters, try the fondue-like drunk bread or the handmade burrata with crispy eggplant, tomato-chili marmalade and mint. Gluten-free and kids’ menus available. Social hour from 2 to 6 p.m. daily and reverse social hour starting at 9 p.m. Lunch and dinner served Monday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Sunday brunch starts at 9 a.m. 20581 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.302.6050; www.localbistroaz.com; $$

SEAFOOD

EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Eddie V’s is known for its superb seafood and lively cocktail lounge. Fish is flown in daily, tortillas are made fresh by hand for the lobster tacos, and the crab cakes are made with a half-pound of jumbo lump crab meat. Guests can enjoy live jazz music in the lounge every night. Happy hour Sunday and Monday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 4 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800; www. eddiev.com; $$$-$$$$ OCEAN PRIME From renowned restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, Ocean Prime is an award-winning restaurant that specializes in exquisite seafood and steaks with locations all over the U.S. Menu favorites include Chilean sea bass with Champagne truffle sauce, filet mignon, and scallops with Parmesan risotto. The 10-layer carrot cake is a necessary sweet finish. Gluten-free friendly menu available. Happy hour in the lounge Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Open nightly for dinner starting at 5 p.m. 5455 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.347.1313; www. ocean-prime.com; $$$

THE SALT CELLAR Welcome to Arizona’s only underground full-service restaurant! Down the wooden stairwell lies this landmark establishment that has been serving some of the best seafood in the Valley since 1971. A variety of seasonal seafood is sourced from all over the world, but The Salt Cellar is known for its excellent selection of whole Maine lobsters. Enjoy discounted cocktails and appetizers daily during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. 550 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.1963; www.saltcellarrestaurant.com; $$$-$$$$

STEAKHOUSE

DOMINICK’S STEAKHOUSE Located at Scottsdale Quarter, Dominick’s is a high-end steakhouse offering cuts of beef that are wetaged and hand cut in house. The menu also includes a raw bar, fresh fish entrees, and tasty sides like corn creme brulee and Alaskan king crab and rock shrimp mac and cheese. Open daily for dinner with happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7271; www.dominickssteakhouse.com; $$$$ MASTRO’S RESTAURANTS The Mastro’s family of restaurants is a favorite for fine steak and seafood. Notable menu favorites include the lobster cocktail and bone-in filet mignon with a choice from savory sides like garlic mashed potatoes. The two-foot seafood tower served “smoking” with dry ice also serves as a succulent spectacle. Complete the dining experience with a bottle of wine from the broad list or order their infamous dry-ice martini. Mastro’s has live entertainment in the lounge and opens nightly at 5 p.m. Three local concepts throughout Scottsdale: Mastro’s City Hall, Mastro’s Ocean Club, and Mastro’s Steakhouse; www. mastrosrestaurants.com; $$$$ PRESTON’S STEAKHOUSE Executive chef Charles Schwerd honors his grandfather’s legacy in the meat industry and commitment to quality by serving certified USDA prime cuts of meat including the original recipe Delmonico steak, porterhouse, house-smoked prime rib, and New York strip. Preston’s also offers fresh seafood in a variety of preparations. The bar opens daily at 3 p.m., and the dining room at 4 p.m., with daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.5087; www.prestonsscottsdale.com; $$$

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THE PULSE OF THE CITY SOIREE Banner Health hosted its annual gala at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia where guests enjoyed a concert, dinner and a live auction. Funds raised went toward expanding behavioral health services and programs for Arizona children and teens.

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Gina and Fletcher Clarcq

David and Kasie Valade

Olivia Laux and Matt Cooley

Alejandra and Genaro Valladolid

Erica Gallo and Brice Belling

Lea Cheshareck and Krystal Keilholtz

Kimberly and Keith Reitzel

Chris and Mary Schubert

Elevsis and Alexis Delgadillo

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A MCNIGHT TO REMEMBER

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona hosted this internationally-themed gala at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Proceeds helped provide lodging for families who require medical resources.

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Sarah and Michael Read Boeder

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TASTE OF BRUNCHÂ

Held at Mountain Shadows, this philanthropic morning included brunch, live and silent auctions, and music in support of the Arthritis Foundation.

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AVA’S TREEHOUSE GALA

This gala at Mountain Shadows included a hosted cocktail hour, dinner, and live and silent auctions benefiting the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children.

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BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships returned for its ninth year to WestWorld of Scottsdale with a featured match between Aspen Valley Polo Team and The Royal County Berkshire Polo Club. The event also included fashion shows, performances, and VIP tents with plenty of festive fanfare.

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Abby Rittermann and Lindsey Houck

Melody Rosales and Bianca Mendivil

Salvatore and Amber Visca

Lindsey Reed and Karen Higuera

Molly Moore and Lindsay Fernandez

Simon Saliger and Emily Tuczinski

Jon Ritchie and Mariela Fierro

Aundrea Proksa and Kami Aguero

Brandon Sbragia and Renee Bradshaw

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HOLLYWOOD MEETS MEXICO Toca Madera offers swank with a side of salsa in Scottsdale

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Last month, Toca Madera opened its doors as the latest addition to Scottsdale Fashion Square’s luxury wing near Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s. A modern organic Mexican restaurant with a chic cocktail bar and lounge, Toca Madera is operated by The Madera Group, who also own Tocaya Organica (and its two Scottsdale locations). The opening marks the concept’s second location and its first in Arizona, joining the original in West Hollywood that’s known as a popular celebrity hangout. At over 8,000 square feet, the decidedly posh space is nearly twice the size of its other location. It also has the concept’s first open-air kitchen and ceviche bar. The design is rich, modern and dark, but dotted with greenery and fire elements that set a playfully seductive ambiance throughout. Just as alluring as the design and decor is the cocktail program. Developed by The Madera Group’s Charity Johnston, known for her work on John Taffer’s Bar Rescue as well as Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word, Toca Madera’s signature farm-toglass cocktails use only fresh, seasonal ingredients and are all made using agave spirits, notably tequila and mezcal.

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Johnston’s in-depth familiarity with the Valley’s beverage culture, including the subtle differences from neighborhood to neighborhood, played a role in creating the cocktail menu for Toca Madera’s new location. The result merges the mixology culture found in Arcadia and Downtown Phoenix with the energy and vibe of Old Town. Of particular note on her menu is Los Muertos, made with El Tesoro Añejo Tequila, blood oranges, lime juice, fresh hibiscus and active charcoal-infused agave, and Alma de Sol, made with Avion Reposado Tequila, turmeric-infused St. Germain, lemon juice, fresh passion fruit puree, Zucca amaro and a red wine float. In addition to the signature cocktails, there are more than 150 agave spirits including tequila, mezcal, sotol and pulque as well as wines and beers from across the globe. The kitchen is similarly led by an industry veteran: executive chef Joseph Castillo. A native of Southern California, his culinary experience includes the Patina Restaurant Group and Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale. Toca Madera’s menu is comprised of modern Mexican cuisine, pairing bold flavors with the highest quality sustainable and organic ingredients. It has several standard sections such as salads, sides, desserts and entrees, but also small plates, raw bar items, and tacos. A portion of the menu, appropriately named “rocks,” features high-grade proteins ranging from grass-fed carne asada to American and Japanese wagyu served over hot lava stones. Toca Madera is open for dinner Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour, with discounts on food and drink, is 4 to 6 p.m. daily, with extended offerings on Tuesday until 8 p.m. Toca Madera, 4736 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.478.0157; www.tocamadera.com.


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