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ngela Christensen has always been a positive, glass half-full type of girl – a belief that her parents instilled in her and one she has carried throughout her life. In 2005, she married Colby Christensen and was later blessed with a perfect little boy and then girl. When they found out they were pregnant again, they were thrilled.
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unfortunately, these visitations will increase as Callie ages. “Initially, it is was really hard, but gradually something beautiful shifted in every one of us,” Christensen says. “We all appreciate the little moments so much more and realize how life is truly a gift. We snuggle more, play more and giggle more. It’s not easy every day, but it made us a closer family and better people.”
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money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Within an hour they had raised $50. “After all the hours at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the kids and I wanted to have a bigger impact with our lemonade stand. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Callie was diagnosed, life gave [us] lemons, and even though we cannot control what comes with it, we can control what we do next.” Now, Christensen and her children set up their “Life Gave Lemons” lemonade stand at different events around the Valley. They collect money for various nonprofits, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and share their message of strength and unity. They have also created a spin-off clothing line for Life Gave Lemons (Christensen formerly owned a girls’ fashion line, Never Nola). “Every single design is inspired by a diagnosis or experience, and every sale raises research funds for the cause it rallies for,” Christensen says. “Our goal with each design is to be playful, light and maybe even make you laugh, all while spreading a bigger message of empowerment. Our fabrics are amazing, and the shirts are cut to be flattering.” Despite her illness, Callie remains the darling of the Christensen family. They call her pure sunshine, with a laugh that is contagious. “We hope to give inspiration and hope – that life can be happy and whole – to other families that are struggling with a diagnosis or disease,” Christensen says. “We want to lift people up! With our new shirts, we hope to make people laugh at a hard thing, and to continue to raise money with our stand in an effort to improve the quality of life for those that were given ‘lemons.’” To request a Life Gave Lemons booth at an event or to check out the merchandise, visit www.lifegavelemons.com.
A Connoisseur of Color Rodney Gentry, stylist and color expert at Sachi Studios
Rodney Gentry is one of those people whose Midwestern charm and enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you. And in his line of work, that’s certainly a plus. Gentry is possibly the Valley’s most adored hair stylist. His clients (some of them might better be described as fans) will happily travel across state lines in order to have him handle their tresses. Many of them simply trust nobody else with their hair. Having operated his own salon in Chicago before relocating to Scottsdale, Gentry brings big city expertise to the Valley, which he combines with his own unique passion for styling and coloring at Sachi Studios. Each client enjoys a truly personalized service. Gentry considers the condition and history of the hair before recommending a treatment program, style and (if desired) color. His focus is on nurturing hair back to full health at the same time as providing stunning styles and fabulous colors. “It’s my goal to make each client feel truly beautiful – and to leave them with a style that they can easily recreate themselves every day,” he says. Part of this comes down to the right products. Gentry only uses the very
best brands available, not skimping when it comes to choosing those products that will bring about dramatic improvements in the hair’s condition. This applies to everything, from daily shampoos to the color treatments that he uses, which are enzyme-based rather than peroxide-based. This means they enhance the condition of the hair as well as give it a wonderfully vibrant color. Color is Gentry’s true passion. From full hair makeovers to the subtlest of highlights or lowlights, he works with his clients to select the colors that are right for their skin tone, the shape of their face and even their preferred color of clothing. “Every single person is unique in their coloring, which is why personalized consultation is so important,” he explains. “You really have to care about each and every client in order to bring out the best in their hair. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to beautiful hair!” Gentry also believes that it is important to stay abreast of trends. From the Oscars to the latest catwalk shows, he’s up to speed with seasonal styles and colors in order to enable each of his clients to achieve a touch of Hollywood
glamour. From super straight blonde locks to superbly highlighted plaits with the tiniest of accessories woven in, Gentry is available to provide advice and guidance on how those in the Valley can look their very best this summer, both color-wise and style-wise. If you haven’t yet checked out Sachi Studios then you’re not giving your hair the love it deserves!
Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit www.rodneygentry.com for further information.
Emily Soccorsy helps manifest people’s visions, from the root up BY BRITTANY MARONEY
PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK
mily Soccorsy has a saying: “Life sometimes takes you down to the studs, like a house being rebuilt from its foundation.” Losing her beloved mother to pancreatic cancer was one of those times. “I felt completely vulnerable and stripped down to my core,” Soccorsy says. “Like a house without a roof, the light was different, the air was different, the world seemed to shift. It caused me to reassess everything.” From the darkness, Soccorsy found light and was inspired to change her career path. With partner Justin Foster she began begin Root + River, a fullservice branding agency that help leaders tell the world their unique stories in a real, honest and inspiring way. “Brands are born in conversations, but most business leaders struggle to talk about their concept, their business,” Soccorsy says. “I believe businesses are manifestations of the purpose we feel in our hearts; they are not just a means to an end. So, I feel deeply that connecting people to their purpose and telling that story is a gift I need to share.” Root + River is now a successful growing business, one built on new beginnings – for business leaders, the brands they love, and certainly for Soccorsy. Her mother would be proud.
Do you have a personal motto in marketing? I love mantras! Marketing is not rocket science. It’s “CM squared over time” – clarity of message, delivered consistently, over time. What’s it like juggling a business and being a busy mom? I am guided by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ quote, “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” So that means we schedule around family life, always volunteering in the classroom and being present at field trips. How would you like to see Root + River grow? I would like to see Root + River grow to help 10,000 awake leaders become soulful, root-based brands. That’s our big goal right now, and we’re on it! SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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Jason Caballero makes Scottsdale sommelier history BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
t six feet feet four inches tall, Jason Caballero – a former college rugby player and the lead sommelier at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Bourbon Steak – may not look like the man to see about wine. But looks can be deceiving. In recent months, Caballero made headlines as the first person in the Valley in nearly 20 years to earn the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier certification, a designation that takes anywhere from five to 10 years to get and involves rigorous study, a series of exams and, of course, all sorts of blind tastings. After initially getting his start behind the bar in 2000, Caballero made the study of wine his life’s work once he joined Olive + Ivy in 2006, which, at the time, boasted one of Arizona’s only Advanced Sommeliers, who would become a mentor. “There are many qualities that make a great sommelier, but the most important is to remember that the position is one of service,” Caballero says. And speaking of service, Caballero is “serving” it up in spades with a new Fight, er, Flight Club program at Bourbon Steak. The quarterly program pits Caballero against wine experts nationwide in the wildest blind wine tasting – and food lover’s dream – in town.
Okay, a Flight Club? It all starts with our chef, formerly Jeremy McMillan and now Tony Snyder, who dreams up a five-course menu with wine pairings by our guest sommelier and me. We then let our guests taste and sip everything without knowing who chose which wine. Guests select their favorite pairing for each course, and by dessert, we crown a Flight Club champ. What is the most unique wine experience you’ve ever had? In 2015, I was chosen to travel with the Guild of Sommeliers to France for the wine adventure of a lifetime. We visited a dozen chateaus and tasted wines from the barrel with some of the world’s most iconic winemakers. What’s the key to the perfect pairing? Listening to what a diner likes trumps all the obscure wine knowledge in the world.
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Jeff Krohn has cultivated a wardrobe that reflects his personal values BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK
eff Krohn, a former ASU quarterback and the current vice president of business development at Alliance Residential Company, vividly remembers the struggle that came with transitioning from life as a D-1 athlete to the professional world. “There is an underlying identity crisis that every single athlete goes through once they are finished with their respective sport,” he says. “From fashion to food, from workouts to your self-worth, everything is in a state of flux.” Trading his athletic wear for fitted suits, blazers and slacks was counterintuitive at first, but over the years, Krohn has developed a bold and functional sense of style that extends far beyond aesthetics. “Great trendsetters aren’t great because of the clothes they are wearing, but rather because of how they feel about what is underneath those clothes,” he reflects. “Understanding and becoming who you want to be physically, mentally and spiritually is the most important part of making the adjustment.” Whether he’s nose to the grindstone, growing Alliance’s national platform alongside his father and sister, or rocking cowboy boots at an industry conference, Krohn upholds this sentiment with tireless devotion. “Half of a room might love your outfit, the other half might hate it,” says Krohn, who admittedly loves shirts with personality and anything that pops. “So [just always] do you.” What would we be surprised to find in your closet? An array of cowboy boots and subsequent hats for any occasion! What are your favorite accessories? Watches, although not a single one of them works. I love pocket squares and ties as well! What is the most important lesson you learned while playing football for ASU? To see the forest through the trees. In other words, don’t get caught up in the minutia of each day … There are many things to distract you in life, but knowing “why” you are doing something causes many of those things to fade into your periphery.
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Melissa Pruett on her floaty style and unapologetic shoe obsession BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
Describe your style in 10 words or less. Baby. Needs. New. Shoes. What was your most memorable wardrobe splurge? I recently spent my 28th birthday in Indonesia and purchased a dress from the resort where I stayed. I was so pleasantly shocked to find this gorgeous handmade Balinese dress for only $38! It was only later that I realized I missed an entire decimal place on the currency conversion. Most memorable $380 I’ve ever spent! On the Fourth of July, I’ll be wearing … A bikini and some good ol’ American denim!
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ou’ve likely seen Vanessa Ruiz’s face countless times as she brings the news to Valley dwellers. Since 2015, Ruiz has been a commanding and compassionate voice behind the news desk on 12 News, first beginning her tenure as co-anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts before becoming the lead anchor of 12 News First at 4. Ruiz has had an impressive career, and starting Aug. 1, she’ll add “professor” to her resume, trading the news desk for a lecture podium at the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. There, she looks forward to empowering aspiring journalists – and she is reminded of her own experience as a college student at Florida International University, which ultimately launched her broadcast career. “As part of the interview process to be an intern, I got a chance to really see what a newsroom looks like and how it operates,” reflects the Miami native, who actually grew up in Colombia, South America, and later went to high school in Spain. “I was one of the lucky ones selected and started in a national network newscast, Telemundo. There, I got a chance to immerse myself in stories, both national and international. I saw how exciting, fast-paced and important journalism can be, and I knew right away that it was the place for me.” It wasn’t just the fast-paced energy of breaking news that Ruiz fell in love with; it was also the inspirational stories and sharing the world with her viewers. Her energy and enthusiasm quickly got her noticed by the staff. In 2001, she was offered a job at Telemundo as a writer and associate producer, one that would transport her to a pivotal moment in her career. “It wasn’t even a year after I got that first job in television news that 9/11 happened and then the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Ruiz says. “Those were experiences you never forget, especially living them from inside a newsroom. I’ve never looked back since.” Ruiz eventually became Telemundo’s youngest news anchor, with prestigious interviews under her belt, including the heads of state for Israel, El Salvador, Ecuador and Peru. In 2005, she began reporting at WSVN, the Fox station in Miami, and in 2011, she became an anchor for TV Marti, the U.S. government broadcast to Cuba. In 2014, she joined the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles as a correspondent for the morning show, Today in L.A., before transferring to Phoenix. Here, Ruiz quickly climbed the ranks and was offered a position behind the news desk. As a broadcaster, Ruiz has set herself apart – and been lauded for – her fluency in both English and Spanish. With her spunky attitude, glowing smile and generosity of spirit, she has enamored viewers across the Valley. “I always try to connect with whomever I’m interviewing or profiling,” Ruiz says about her on-screen style. “I think that SO SCOTTSDALE! |
empathizing is very important when you tell someone’s story because there’s a reason why you’re there and a journey to share, and sometimes it’s not always pretty. I’ve always felt the situation or person you’re talking to deserves respect. I feel that philosophy is what’s made me tell my best stories throughout the years.”
A New Chapter In June, Ruiz announced her intention to leave her long-standing career in front of the camera to take on a new role at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the ASU Southwest Borderlands Initiative, which enhances research and teaching focused on the Southwest and the U.S.Mexico border. As such, Ruiz will direct the borderlands coverage team at Cronkite News, the student-produced, faculty-led news division of KAET-TV Arizona PBS that focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border region and Latino issues and culture across Arizona, while also serving as a hands-on learning laboratory for students. She will also help lead Cronkite Noticias, a weekly Spanish-language newscast. Additionally, Ruiz will work on special productions with the title of professor of practice. With all of her roles at ASU, her focus is two-fold: to help bilingual and multilingual journalism students work across their languages and to help to foster the future of journalism, especially as the media business continues to evolve. “After 17 years in TV news, my experiences as a journalist had me thinking that I’d like to get involved in a more direct way to help my community. I wanted to help others and make a true difference in some way. I wanted to reach out and inspire young people,” says Ruiz, who hopes to help students engage more cultures and audiences. “At some point, I started to feel that desire for a professional shift, and this opportunity with the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS will give me the ability to do just that. I get the best of both worlds – inspiring others while getting to practice the craft I love.” One person who has certainly inspired her love for education and service to her community is her fiancee, Sam Alpert, the senior vice president of business for Junior Achievement of Arizona, whose work focuses on education and economic choices for students across Arizona. Ruiz notes that he’s shown her the value and impression that mentorship can create. “I know what it’s like in the beginning, when you’re learning and starting in the TV news business. It can be daunting and intimidating,” Ruiz says. “I hope to be a support for my students and share with them the knowledge and wisdom I’ve gained through the years, to make them feel and know that everything is possible and nothing is out of reach.” Something can be said for the experience that nearly two
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“AFTER 17 YEARS IN TV NEWS, MY EXPERIENCES AS A JOURNALIST HAD ME THINKING THAT I’D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED IN A MORE DIRECT WAY TO HELP MY COMMUNITY. I WANTED TO HELP OTHERS AND MAKE A TRUE DIFFERENCE IN SOME WAY. I WANTED TO REACH OUT AND INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE.”
decades in the industry provides. Countless stories coupled with long hours and tight deadlines can really bond people, making a newsroom feel more like family. “I’ve had some incredible colleagues over the years in Miami, Los Angeles and now Phoenix. The 12 News team – Mark Curtis, Caribe Devine and Bruce Cooper – are like family to me. We’ve been able to create a true and authentic synergy. That chemistry you see on set is just us. It’s the real deal, and I think the audience always felt that. “Behind the scenes, I’ve worked with some of the best people, from producers to technical staff. I will definitely miss working with them every day, but the good news is that the Cronkite School and 12 News are literally across the street from JULY 2017 |
each other. So, I know this isn’t goodbye.” As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Beyond the 12 News studio, the Cronkite School is brimming with a new semester of students waiting for Ruiz, eager to learn from her career and follow her footsteps into the exciting world of journalism. “The Phoenix area has meant so much to me professionally and personally. [The Valley] and the experiences I have had as the voice of [it] have made me stronger and a better person,” Ruiz says. “I’ve met some truly wonderful people here, and those experiences are paving my future path. I also met my future husband here, and when I think about all of it, all I can do is smile and say, ‘Thanks, Phoenix! Now it is my turn to give back.’” | SO SCOTTSDALE!
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The city’s storied museums are an easy, educational escape from summertime woes, with cool – literally and figuratively – spaces to wander and explore. Check out the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where admission is free on Thursdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Or, head to the Musical Instrument Museum, where you can travel the world through music and then stay for a show; they span nearly every genre from jazz to Americana. Photo of folk singer/songwriter Joshua James taken at the Musical Instrument Museum on June 9 at 9:08 p.m. JULY 2017 |
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Travel to an icy world reminiscent of the north and south poles at Polar Play, the latest attraction at the entertainment complex Odysea in the Desert. At just 23 degrees and comprised of 30,000 pounds of ice, Polar Play is Arizona’s first ice bar. Your chilly experience will include a coat (you can even go VIP with a faux fur option), ice sculptures, games like shuffleboard and corn hole, and drinks for those over 21. After your cool escape, thaw out by a warm fire at the venue’s lodge – or just step back into the Valley’s heat! www.polarplay.com.
Following Andaz Scottsdale’s December 2016 debut, its spa is now open. The 12,000-square-foot retreat includes a private outdoor pool, eucalyptus steam rooms, an indoor relaxation lounge, outdoor relaxation areas with hydrotherapy pools, a fitness center, and a full-service nail and hair salon. Each service and product takes influence from holistic practices, utilizing indigenous ingredients curated by a Sedona botanist. You can even create a true-to-you essence at its Desert Blending Bar with an assortment of essential oils and botanical boosters. www.andazscottsdale.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Kona Grill has fittingly opened its newest Valley venue at Scottsdale Quarter, where it will dish out a menu of American favorites and Asian fare, plus a variety of cocktails and sake. Incorporating modern design elements among an upscale ambiance, the new location features a large indoor/ outdoor space, a sushi bar, a full-service bar, and an exhibition kitchen. Additionally, it will serve as the test kitchen for new menu items. www.konagrill.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |
Tomaso’s When in Rome
The latest concept from Executive Chef Tomaso Maggiore – and the first derivative of the original Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant – is a Roman-inspired venue, Tomaso’s When in Rome. The North Scottsdale eatery resembles a Roman trattoria complete with Romanesque architecture and themed walls that pay tribute to historical landmarks in Italy’s capital city. Traditional dishes will be served at lunch and dinner, and, naturally, an extensive collection of wine rounds out the offerings. After all, as the saying goes, when in Rome … www.tomasoswheninrome.com.
North Scottsdale’s first noninvasive body contouring office, Contour You (www.contouryou.com), recently unveiled a new, expanded location at Desert Village Shopping Center, offering services such as CoolSculpting and fat reduction, plus injectables, peels and facials. On July 26 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., check out the newly designed, 2,000-square-foot space at a soiree that will include libations, light bites, specials, demos, gifts and raffles. RSVP required; call 602.390.2015.
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Taylor House Century Bicycle Ride
National Day of the Cowboy Celebration
July 15, 7 a.m. Escape the heat and enjoy a brisk bicycle ride in Flagstaff. This 17th annual event raises funds to support The Taylor House, which provides housing near the hospital for families of patients at Flagstaff Medical Center. The ride will begin at Flagstaff Medical Center and head out on Lake Mary Road, where riders will pedal their way among scenic views on rides of 50, 80 or 100 kilometers (due to road construction, the race is following a metric century ride). Donation levels start at $60. www.taylorhouseride.com.
July 21-22, 12-8 p.m. Held in Uptown Sedona, this 13th annual event celebrates the pioneer heritage and cowboy culture of the West. The celebration pays homage to all things cowboy, including roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical performances, storytelling, country music, a cowboy and cowgirl outfit contest, and more. Lasso up your troops because this is one event you don’t want to miss. Free. www.sedonamainstreet.com.
Payson Book Festival
July 21-23, times vary Presented by Eat Sleep Golf, #TheOven17 is the perfect event for golf enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy a weekend in Tucson playing competitive, 18-hole rounds at two courses: La Paloma Country Club and Sewailo Golf Club. A pairings party kick starts the event on July 21 at Borderlands Brewing Company. Other events will include lunch each day, drink tickets, a vodka tasting, a FootGolf competition, and awards. $225. www.eatsleepgolf.net.
July 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. When you combine prose with the pines, you get the Payson Book Festival! Held at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson, attendees will have the opportunity to meet 70 Arizona authors representing all genres of fiction and non-fiction. Guests will enjoy book signings, presentations, food from local vendors, entertainment and door prizes. Free. www.paysonbookfestival.org.
Summer Soiree July 23, 4:30 p.m. The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s highly anticipated outdoor gala, Summer Soiree, raises funds for the venue among a serene outdoor setting where guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and catered dinner under the stars, surrounded by the arboretum’s stunning gardens. The evening will also feature silent and live auctions, entertainment and live music. Individual, $125; table of eight, $1,000. www.thearb.org.
GREAT EVENTS TO ATTEND!
Hit the road and soak up festivities statewide BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
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Sedona Hummingbird Festival July 28-30, times vary Sedona’s hummingbird population is the highest and most diverse at the end of July. The Hummingbird Society celebrates the birds with an annual festival packed with presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world. Held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, there will also be live entertainment, shopping and local food vendors, plus the option to book birding trips and garden tours. On July 29, a gala banquet will take place at Poco Diablo Resort. Reservations required for tours and the gala. Prices vary. www.sedonahummingbirdfestival.com.
do SUMMER SUPPER Through Sept. 10, Marcellino Ristorante Enjoy a three-course meal at this cozy Italian eatery in Old Town Scottsdale. The Summer Supper special will include a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, with highlights such as caprese, gnocchi and housemade biscotti. Open for dinner at 4 p.m. daily. $35. www.marcellinoristorante.com. OCEAN OF LIGHT: SUBMERGENCE Through Sept. 24, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art One of the museum’s newest exhibits was created by Squidsoup, an artist collective known for crafting meditative spaces using sound and light. Ocean of Light: Submergence is an LED structure that envelops viewers in light while they explore the idea of interactivity. Museum hours vary. Included as part of museum admission. www.smoca.org. 2017 WINE DINNER SERIES July 3, Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Kai, will host the final event of their annual wine dinner series in partnership with Dos Cabezas WineWorks of Sonita, Arizona. Each guest is invited to a private reception with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a six-course dinner and a spectacular viewing of the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass fireworks show from Kai’s private patio. Hors d’oeuvres reception, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $185. www.wildhorsepassresort.com. DIVE ‘N’ MOVIES July 7-28, Wet ‘n’ Wild Every Friday this month, cool off in the relaxing Monsoon Bay wave pool while enjoying familyfriendly films. Movies include Finding Dory (July 7), The Secret Life of Pets (July 14), The Jungle Book (July 21) and Moana (July 28). 8 p.m. $20. www.wetnwildphoenix.com. VINEYARD TO TABLE SUPPER CLUB July 11, LDV Wine Gallery Join the owners of LDV Winery for this oneof-a-kind wine dinner experience celebrating the vineyard to table journey. The LDV Winery owners will host and cook, pairing three LDV wines with recipes and great conversation. Space is limited; call 480.664.4822 to reserve. 6 p.m. $65. www.ldvwinery.com. MIXOLOGY COURSE July 14, J&G Steakhouse Take a guided tour of mixology with Jared Sowinski, director of beverage at The Phoenician and Laura Chinitz, J&G Steakhouse’s cocktail expert. You’ll learn the history of cocktails and experience a demos of three different cocktail recipes, which will include samples. The event will also include the resort’s Culinary Countdown three-course menu. 7-9 p.m. $50. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com. WINTER IN JULY July 15, Phoenix Zoo Temperatures are heating up, but the Phoenix Zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland
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Mixology 101 Through July 31, jade bar at Sanctuary Resort Tantalize your taste buds and discover the art of cocktail creation as Sanctuary mixologists share techniques and tastings of up to four innovative cocktails. This interactive class educates guests about jade bar’s freshness philosophy and spirit details, while delving into the history of the cocktails they create. Mixology 101 takes place every Saturday and reservations are required. Attendees can also enjoy 15 percent off food during each class. 12 p.m. $40. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
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for its annual Winter in July experience. Chill out in tons of snow, splash around at the wet and wild play areas, and watch loveable animals enjoy icy treats. The event will include more than 40 tons of snow – including a snowman-building pile – in addition to live music and games. 7-11 a.m. Free with zoo admission. www.phoenixzoo.org. ARIZONA GET OUTDOORS EXPO July 15-16, WestWorld of Scottsdale The hunt is over for the ultimate outdoor experience! The Arizona Get Outdoors Expo promises fun and adventure for the whole family with indoor recreational activities. In addition to a corn hole tournament, there will be catch and release fishing, a rock climbing wall, live wildlife, 3-D archery, an RV show and boat displays. There will even be biking and yoga, plus entertainment from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show featuring thrilling feats from world champion lumberjacks. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8. www.azgetoutdoors.com. SCIENCE WITH A TWIST: TREK, WARS AND WHO July 21, Arizona Science Center Designed specifically for ages 21 and older, Science With a Twist’s themed evenings include cash bars, music, dancing, live science demonstrations and hands-on activities. At Trek, Wars and Who, you’ll discover a sci-fi party unlike any other. Experience out-of-thisworld interactions (like crossing paths with
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JACK CANFIELD: BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS Aug. 2-6, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Jack Canfield – the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series – is bringing his transformational work to Scottsdale with a unique five-day experience where he will help you redesign your personal and professional life. You’ll emerge with a new mindset, a different outlook, and a clear path of where you’re going – and how to get there. Times vary. $2,995. www.www.jackcanfield.com. ED SHEERAN Aug. 5, Gila River Arena Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran is coming through the Valley and bringing James Blunt with him. The tour
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celebrates Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷. The album, pronounced “divide,” includes the hit singles, Shape of You and Castle On The Hill, which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous release earlier this year. 7:30 p.m. $74-$95. www.gilariverarena.com. ETHIOPIAN FEST Aug. 5, DoubleTree by Hilton Tempe Cafe Lalibela, the first Ethiopian restaurant in Arizona, is celebrating 21 years with a night of feasting, traditional music, festivities, dancing, and all things Ethiopia – plus, an exciting announcement about what the future holds for this beloved eatery. Ticket price includes admission, a buffet dinner, and a chance to win one of three prize packages. 6:30-11 p.m. $40. www.ethiopianfest.splashthat.com.
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Arizona Breakfast Weekend returns to the Valley BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARIZONA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
veryone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And thanks to one long weekend each year, Valley restaurants are making it possible to indulge in this V.I.M. (Very Important Meal) like you never have before. “Arizona Breakfast Weekend gives breakfast lovers the opportunity to enjoy all things egg, bacon and Benedict at breakfast and brunch spots at amazing price points,” says Steve Chucri, president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association. “Arizona Breakfast Weekend’s goal is to position the state as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations by increasing awareness of the many dining opportunities available, as well as stimulating business and revenue for restaurants throughout Arizona.”
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What: Arizona Breakfast Weekend When: July 27-30 Where: Valley-wide Tickets: No ticket required; meal options range from $7 to $15 Information: www.arizonabreakfastweekend.com
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According to Chucri, there are three general levels of pricing during Arizona Breakfast Weekend, each of which is chosen by the venue and promoted in store and on social media, as well as on the event website. Some restaurants will choose a featured dish of breakfast favorites like ham and eggs priced at $7, while others may up their breakfast game for $10 by adding more sides or by creating a more complex dish. The top price level – at just $15 – will include a bloody mary or mimosa and a signature menu item or two. Many of the area’s finest chefs – for morningtime or otherwise – will showcase their culinary styles for diners during the long weekend. Some of the venues signed on include The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar, Perk Eatery, Original Breakfast House, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Ticoz Latin Kitchen, and Hash Kitchen (all locations). Some venues will include beverages such mimosas, fresh coffee, juices and even themed cocktails as part of their offering, and many have vegetarian and/or gluten-free options for guests. Plus, each eatery will also offer its full regular menu.
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elements at Sanctuary – XII Within elements, there is an expansive corridor lined with wines from around the world. If you slink past the seemingly endless display – boasting brands and varietals upwards of $1,000 per bottle – you will find XII. This ultra-private dining room offers custom culinary experiences for up to 12 guests at a time. Designed with a glass wall that opens to the kitchen, XII gives guests a bird’s-eye view of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan and his team at work, creating one of the most intimate, interactive dining experiences in the Southwest. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
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Cool down with VIP dining experiences at four wine cellars BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
et’s face it, for the next few months patio dining is out. So, what’s in when it’s this hot? Escaping somewhere that has to be cool (literally and figuratively) – a wine cellar! Try these hidden VIP dining experiences beyond Valley restaurants’ cellar doors. Sassi
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn – Underground Wine Cellar The return of triple-digit heat also ushers in a cool reprieve in the form of a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in the underground wine cellar at LON’s at The Hermosa Inn. Through Sept. 9, LON’s will open up its subterranean wine cellar – kept at just 57 degrees and normally only available for private functions – to offer hotel guests and Valley residents alike a special tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco starting at $65, with wine pairings for an additional $35. The cellar boasts 3,000 bottles of wine and has been recognized consistently since 1996 by Wine Spectator magazine. The experience is offered Thursday through Saturday nights. Reservations can only be booked within seven days and must be done via phone at 602.955.7878. www.hermosainn.com. Sassi – Wine Cellar Sassi’s Wine Cellar dining experiences (custom options abound) offer up to 14 guests the chance to tour a private collection of Italian wines with an expert guide or on-site sommelier as well as the chance to enjoy a glass of wine or bubbly on the balcony before gliding through the restaurant to the wine cellar. Here, guests can view the impressive, 2,500-bottle wine collection through glass windows while enjoying a custom cellar menu (with wine pairings) at a palatial dining table among Old World-inspired ambiance and a world away from any of the other dining rooms. www.sassi.biz. Sierra Bonita Grill – Private Wine Room Sierra Bonita Grill has a secret – and it’s just a staircase away. Hidden beneath the actual restaurant itself lies a subterranean wine room with private seating in their formal wine cellar for up to 10 guests. And while the space does require reservations in advance, there is no additional fee to book the room, except for a gratuity minimum. A bonus: Your basement VIP party gets its own dedicated server and the option to choose from the traditional menu or create a custom menu in advance for the evening. www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
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summer escape to Verde Valley is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. With tourists opting to visit during other seasons, the summer is prime time to explore Sedona, Oak Creek and even Cottonwood – and at a great rate.
Stay – L’Auberge de Sedona Lauded as one of the most luxurious boutique hotels, L’Auberge de Sedona – nestled on the banks of Oak Creek – is an intimate retreat offering both traditional lodge rooms and extravagant (and quite romantic!) cottages, each of which includes an outdoor, open-roof cedar shower and a cozy fire place. Of particular note on property are the two dining options – Cress on Oak Creek and Etch Kitchen & Bar – both designed to infuse the incredible creekside location into the culinary experience. Etch offers a more casual option while Cress takes guests on an epicurean adventure, with three- and four-course tasting menus boasting Food Network-worthy delicacies.
Seek cooler temperatures in these northern Arizona hot spots BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS COURTESY OF PHILIPPE DEJEAN AND LA BELLE SOCIAL MEDIA
Staying true to its Sedona roots, the hotel offers a variety of wellness activities, including creekside yoga, forest bathing, hiking, expert-led stargazing and even a chance to mix one’s own signature scent at L’Apothecary Spa. This summer, L’Auberge is offering the Cooler by Nature package, which includes a two-night stay, a $300 credit to L’Apothecary Spa, a $200 credit to Cress and a $150 credit for a spa activity, including the new star bathing option for guests to meditate and admire the quiet, starlit sky. For July through August, rates start at $1,263 for two nights. www.lauberge.com.
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Adventure Company offers kayak adventures – including one that ends at Alcanterra Winery for a tasting and vineyard tour – ranging from two to three hours, plus shuttle transportation. Guided trips are offered in both the morning and afternoons, and absolutely no experience is necessary. And though most tours leave from Sedona and take guests to the Verde River near Page Springs, there is also a tour available from Cottonwood, which takes guests along the Clarkdale portion of the river, offering just enough current for an easy and smooth ride. Both trips feature canyons, verdant forests, brightly colored wildflowers and a multitude of wildlife. www.sedonaadventuretours.com.
Sip – Old Town Cottonwood Over the past decade, the Verde Valley has seen the birth of nearly two dozen vineyards and tasting rooms nestled among the communities of Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and Sedona. Visiting Old Town Cottonwood is one of the most convenient (and safest, since everything is within walking distance) ways to sample the best the region has to offer. Along Main Street, you’ll find tasting rooms for Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company, Burning Tree Cellars, Merkin Vineyards Osteria, Small Batch Wine & Spirits, and Fire Mountain Wines. Tastings range from $10 to $15, and some offer chocolates, games and other treats to enjoy during the visit. www.oldtown.org.
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One of Scottsdale’s newest studio galleries, Desert Mountain Fine Art, carries on an artistic legacy BY OFELIA MONTELONGO
arlier this year, husband-and-wife team Phillip and Gabi Payne opened a new studio gallery, Desert Mountain Fine Art, and you could say art runs in the family. The young couple – who are both artists themselves – opened their first gallery when they were just 19-year-old newlyweds in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Phillip Payne, a bronze sculptor whose family has dedicated their lives to art, grew up playing with clay and learning sculpting from his dad, renowned Western bronze sculptor Ken Payne and the founder of Sedona’s Mountain Trails Gallery. Gabi Payne found her calling through oil painting. Through the years, the Paynes’ expertise expanded by working in different art galleries in New Mexico and participating in tent shows. In 2015, they established themselves in Scottsdale with a goal of creating a home base in the local art community.
Located at Kierland Commons, their new studio gallery showcases a variety of sculptures, paintings, photographs, jewelry and mixed media from 36 national and Canadian artists. The gallery’s concept stretches beyond a typical Western gallery. You can find a vibrant flower oil painting next to the likes of a bronze sculpture, fine jewelry, or one of the artists-in-residence working on their next masterpiece. The eclectic mix of contemporary and Western evocative artwork gives the gallery a distinct style. Among their objectives, the innovative duo seeks to offer affordable art and feature both emerging and established artists. “We welcome any type of art from our artists,” says Phillip, who describes the gallery as a home for dreamers, both those who make art and those who appreciate it. “Art is meant to be a story between two dreamers.”
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Phillip notes that art is also an immense part of family culture and the stories behind the pieces are significant and meaningful. “Each piece has a moral behind it,” says Phillip, who emphasizes the importance of knowing what inspired the artwork. “It’s not only what you do; it’s also why you do it.” Desert Mountain Fine Art seeks to not only offer joy and beauty, but to also unify the community. Since their opening, they have hosted events ranging from charity auctions to a variety demonstrations and workshops. Case in point, the gallery is a true studio, where artists actively create art, give lectures and teach classes. The studio gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.483.5663; www.desertmountainfineart.com.
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Pinhole Surgical Technique® The painless fix for receding gums... in about an hour! A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans for the Pinhole Surgical Technique®. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.
Here’s what you need to know: • If the recession is less than 2mm, typically your dentist should closely monitor the tooth. BUT if the tooth is sensitive, un-esthetic, or the root structure is starting to wear away we can quickly and painlessly reposition the receded gum tissue to re-cover the exposed root surface with Pinhole Surgical Technique®. • If the recession is 2mm or more, the supporting bone for the tooth is already resorbing away, and corrective measures should be taken as soon as possible. Continued bone loss can lead to eventual tooth loss. Keeping “small problems small” is a philosophy of ours to maintain optimal overall health of your mouth and body. • Once bone loss occurs, it is impossible to re-grow, and as the gingival tissue recedes, both the supporting hard (bone) and soft (gingival) tissues are being lost that are vital to your Periodontal Health. Pinhole Surgical Technique® is a simple, quick, and effective treatment option for solving gingival recession problems. Dr Svans has been treating gingival recession using Pinhole Surgical Technique® since 2014 and has appeared on Channels 3 and 15 as an expert guest for Pinhole Surgical Technique®. He has treated over 1,000 teeth with this procedure, and is highly experienced in both the procedure, its outcome, and helping you maintain optimal gingival health by controlling the factors that lead to Gingival Recession in the first place.
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Russell LaCasce, a 20-year industry veteran, joined Hotel Valley Ho as executive chef in early 2017, overseeing all culinary operations for the hotel, including the pools, in-room dining, banquets, catering and its signature restaurant, ZuZu. Where did you get your start? When I was 13, I began washing dishes at a tiny seafood restaurant on the beach in Charleston, South Carolina, before heading to Utah to start my career. Ready to get serious, I moved to the Valley in 2006 to attend the Arizona Culinary Institute. How did you get into the local food scene? It all started for me in 2006 while I was still in school, when I took a position at the Royal Palms Resort’s famed T. Cook’s working under chef Lee Hillson. So I got my start at one of the state’s most famous restaurants under one of the Valley’s culinary icons – no pressure or anything! What was your big break? Timing is everything in life. In 2010, just as Sanctuary was going through a renovation and Chef Beau MacMillan was making a name for himself on the national stage with several Food Network shows and specials, I took a position on their team, earning my way to executive sous chef before joining Hotel Valley Ho, a Sanctuary sister property. Thankfully, we will still get to collaborate.
CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Russell LaCasce of Hotel Valley Ho BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
What can guests expect from you at ZuZu? I live to make good ingredients taste great and love to create dishes that are colorful, sleek and sexy, yet still approachable. Think tuna tartare with avocado mousse and kumquats. Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.376.2600; www.hotelvalleyho.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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Village Tavern’s Triple Berry Cosmo packs a healthful punch BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
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ounded in 2001, Village Tavern has stood the test of time (especially by Scottsdale standards) by serving something for everyone, from picky eaters to flavor-focused foodies. “In recent years, developing recipes for health-conscious consumers without sacrificing flavor has been top of mind, especially in the summer,” says general manager Brian Harrington. “We’ve excelled at this on our cocktail menu, thanks in great part to all of our fresh fruits and hand-squeezed juices.” The eatery’s Triple Berry Cosmo ($10), for example, is an antioxidant- and superfood-packed sipper for summer. “We start by muddling blueberries with agave nectar,” Harrington says. “Agave has a far lower glycemic index than real sugar, yet none of the chemicals found in artificial sweeteners.” Harrington then adds Absolut Berri Açaí Vodka, which contains no sugar and uses only natural açaí, blueberry and pomegranate flavors, as well as PAMA Pomegranate Flavored Liqueur, made with all-natural pomegranate juice, vodka and a touch of tequila. “Next comes a hint of fresh lime juice and coconut water – which brings a real depth to the cocktail and boosts metabolism – then we add ice and shake.” The final product is strained into a chilled martini glass and garnished with skewered blueberries and a lemon wheel. “More than anything, it is a refreshing marriage of all the fruit flavors, without any artificial or sugary sweet mixers or fillers.” Village Tavern, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.6445; www.villagetavern.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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Spruce up your space with textured treasures and pretty prints BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Floral tufted sofa, Old Hickory Tannery, $4,499 at Horchow, www.horchow.com. Iridescent white shell tray, $44.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Shagreen and brass cone match striker, Aerin, $275 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Diamond wool shag rug, $399-$1,199, west elm, 480.948.1950. Beaded scallop square throw pillow, Michael Amini, $89.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond (online only), www.bedbathandbeyond.com. SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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For your next sunny day sojourn to the lake or beach, upgrade your food and beverage game with a one-of-a-kind cooler by Sovaro. The luxury cooler sets itself apart with natural insulation from cork, a renewable resource that will not only keep your cargo cool â€“ it will look cool, too. Available in quart sizes of 30, 45 and 70 (the latter can hold up to 18 standing wine bottles!), the cooler comes in black or white with a range of metallic hardware accents. Accessories such as extra dividers, prep trays and tumblers can be added for an additional cost. $495-$895 at www.sovaro.com. JULY 2017 |
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Make a splash this summer with accessories that pop
BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Bright pink mini leather satchel, Givenchy, $1,790 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Yellow suede mule, Dolce Vita, $100 at Zappos, www.zappos.com. Harlow necklace in turquoise, Kendra Scott, $195 at Zappos. Green rosette silk satin headband, Jennifer Behr, $325 at Neiman Marcus. Diamond and chalcedony drop earrings, Nina Gilin, $1,600 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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FUN IN THE SUN
Pool and beach essentials for lounging in style BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Floral cover-up, $165 at Draper James, www.draperjames.com. Pompom beach basket, Seafolly, $102 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Seashell jelly T-strap sandal, Dolce & Gabbana, $745 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Aztec beach towel, $44.99 at Bersuse, www.bersuse.com. Multicolored striped hat, Missoni Mare, $495 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Matte tortoiseshell sunglasses, Derek Lam, $399 at Optics, 480.991.0509. JULY 2017 |
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GETAWAY GLAM The ultimate beauty packing list BY LACI LEIGH STILWELL
raveling should be light, easy and worry-free – aka, packing the essentials only. When preparing for a vacation, you probably don’t want to bring your entire vanity, but you don’t want to sacrifice your beauty regimen either. Whether you’re jet setting somewhere tropical or cozying up in a cabin, there are some gems you just can’t do without. There is a strategy to traveling in style, and with these beauty saviors in your suitcase, you’re set up for a stunning sabbatical.
AERIN Roselip Conditioner Bring your lips back to life with this aroundthe-clock moisturizing conditioner, which nourishes and drastically calms lips with its signature rose scent. Its sophisticated soft shade renders a pearlescent pink haze, adding the perfect amount of shine. Pretty soon, this lip conditioner will become a staple that won’t leave your purse. The easy application of the product makes it the perfect essential for the summertime! $28 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum This exclusive, potent cocktail for your eyes is infused with 24-karat Nano Gold particles. The must-have serum delivers refreshing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements that assist in de-puffing and re-energizing the delicate skin around your eyes. Roll on the magic collagen booster and you’re welcomed with a bright-eyed alteration, leaving your peepers rejuvenated. $210 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Emme Diane Mineral Tinted SPF 40 This sheer, tinted, mattifying sunscreen has quickly become all the rage. Its silky finish leaves your face smooth and, most importantly, protected. Use alone or layer underneath foundation – the choice is yours! This water- and sweat-resistant prize shields you from the sun so you can focus on enjoying your vacation, not tending to a dreaded sunburn. $43 at Emme Diane, 480.584.8470. Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator Glow on the go with this ravishing, iconic glow stick. The must-have gives a universal shine that enhances radiance and brightens the complexion, resulting in effortless beauty. This portable illuminator wakes up your skin, painting a youthful glimmer. Designed for oneswipe coverage, it glides onto your skin with a unique silky texture and a barely-there feel. Wake up, swipe up and take on the day – looking like you just left a runway show. $42 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo Tousled, just-back-from-the-beach hair full of body and volume is what’s trending, and, lucky for you, it makes traveling that much easier. This dry shampoo is rich in vitamins that condition and improve your hair’s elasticity while targeting excess oil and build up. Perk up your locks with this rose-scented hair helper and restore its luster and shine. $17 at Neiman Marcus.
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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
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estled among the natural desert landscape of North Scottsdale, this Spanish revival property captures the soul and spirit of the most prestigious homes built during California’s golden age. Its unique design is inspired by famed architect Wallace Neff, and, truly, you’ll feel as though you’re swept away to a five-star resort experience. Located in the prestigious community of Desert Highlands, the fourbedroom, six-bathroom home is perched on three acres of privacy, with square footage spanning more than 11,500 feet. Built by renowned builder Nance Construction, the interiors include intricate Portuguese limestone and ebony walnut flooring, hand plaster walls, soaring ceilings with elaborate wood beams and custom iron work by Peter Sevin. Artfully designed, the library also serves as a convenient screening room and includes gorgeous Georgia sugar pine carving. The two-story kitchen is astonishing, with soap stone countertops, a large butcher block island, and a professional stainless steel appliance package,
RESORTSTYLE LIVING including a glass door Traulsen refrigerator and freezer, Thermador indoor grill, and a one-of-kind La Cornue French stove. The second floor has its own private entrances, showcasing an additional laundry room, two oversized bedrooms, two luxurious baths, and an intimate second story patio. The breathtaking master suite
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has rich wood flooring, a large stone fireplace, and handcrafted French doors that lead to a private patio and spa. The master bath features marbletop vanities, upholstered walls, his and her boutique-style closets, hand-cut marble flooring, and a deep free-standing soaking tub. Mirroring the intricate details in the main home, the guest casita features an intimate kitchen with a Gaggenau cooktop, a spacious bedroom, a laundry room, and a luxurious bathroom. The exterior grounds of this private estate are a glimpse into a timeless paradise. Designed by Santa Barbara landscape architect Puck Erickson, spectacular archways line the grand sitting area that includes an outdoor fireplace, a rose garden, and a built-in barbecue. The mosaic-tiled pool’s dazzling waters lead up to a poolside cabana with a wet bar and picturesque views of Pinnacle Peak. 10040 E. Happy Valley Road, Lot 8, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $4,850,000 with Raul Siqueiros of The Agency, 480.560.1744 or email@example.com.
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hether you’re a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, the Telluride Yoga Festival is a unique and inspired way to continue your path to wellness in a setting conducive to rejuvenating your spirit. Nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by Colorado's breathtaking San Juan Mountains, Telluride is a fittingly idyllic place for a yoga retreat. Here, the energy of nature is unmistakable and a catalyst for slowing down to reconnect with yourself. Among the undulating landscape, clear blue skies and crisp mountain air, this majestic town offers solace from life’s usual fast pace – the nearest stoplight is 45 miles away – and the festival draws more than 750 participants each year. Since 2007, the Telluride Yoga Festival has brought together world-class instructors to share the gift of yoga in all its many forms through workshops, classes and discussions. This year’s 10th annual event will take place July 20-23, offering the perfect escape from the Arizona heat. The four-day fest will feature more than 100 offerings including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, SUP (stand-up paddleboard) yoga, inspiring speakers and social gatherings. Both Telluride and nearby Mountain Village will play host to the festival’s activities. And since the festival is
A STATE OF SERENITY
Relax and reconnect at the Telluride Yoga Festival BY CHELSEA YOUNG
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pedestrian-friendly, you can walk, bike or take a gondola to all of the venues; there are also guided hikes offered between sessions. The gondola is an exhilarating experience in itself – as the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the U.S., it’s an unbelievably scenic, 13-minute ride that links Telluride to Mountain Village. Though festival activities abound, you can create your own schedule to best fit your interests and personal well-being. From aerial yoga and conscious breathing classes to meditative mountain biking and a seven-course tasting menu that focuses on connecting with your chakras, the options are varied, valuable and, above all, transformative. To learn more about pricing and luxury accommodations, including hotels, condos and private residences, visit www.tellurideyogafestival.com.
vital stats: 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63
2017 MERCEDESBENZ AMG GLS63
Base price: $124,100 Price as tested: $131,470 Seating: 7 Engine: 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 Horsepower: 577
The 577-horsepower family hauler
Fuel economy: 13/17 mpg city/highway Fab features: Thrilling performance Mellifluous exhaust notes Luxurious, roomy cabin
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he definition of upper social class, prestige and luxury motoring is now the SUV, having supplanted large luxury sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as the choice vehicle for the global one percent. That certainly includes the sevenpassenger Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63 tested here. It comes equipped with exhilarating driving dynamics powered by the mind-boggling adrenaline performance of 577 horsepower and 561 SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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pound-feet of torque from the handcrafted 5.5-liter, biturbo V-8 engine, connected to the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-tronic transmission. The GLS63 is a massively overqualified high-end luxury SUV with impeccable materials and refined quality. Loaded with cutting-edge, high-tech operating, infotainment and safety innovations, there is no shortage of glitz and glamour regarding Mercedes’ SUV options, which includes the GLE, GLC and GLA. The GLS isn’t a new vehicle for Mercedes, but for 2017, the GL changed its name to GLS. It also got a fresh look, with a facelift to the front end, a new hood with power bulges, and design tweaks to the back, including a new rear bumper, full LED taillights and new wheel options. Despite the exterior changes, styling remains boxier rather than taking on Mercedes’ latest design language, which is curvaceous and futuristic. The inside has a redesigned instrument panel and media display, a new multifunction steering wheel, and new trim options, which include special-edition “designo” diamond white and cardinal red quilted leather upholstery. Mercedes has the edge when it comes to luxury SUVs, outselling all other brands, and the AMG GLS63 is not only everything you would want in a vehicle; it’s also everything you could dream about wanting. What I love most about the vehicle is its flat-out performance. Zero to 60 is achieved in just 4.5 seconds, matching a Mustang GT. It has surprising grip on twisty roads when selecting Sport or Sport+ from the suspension setting menu. While both of these measurements don’t approach supercar stats, when considering that GLS is a heavy, 5,800pound, full-sized SUV, that kind of performance is more than impressive. While its styling both inside and out may be close to expiring its freshness date, there’s something thrilling about driving a three-row family vehicle that’s loaded with safety technology – and a monstrous V-8 under the hood.
Cool down along Southern California’s coast at the historic Hotel del Coronado BY CHELSEA YOUNG | PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOTEL DEL CORONADO
outhern California is one of the most easily accessible summertime escapes for Phoenicians. The laidback vibe, the crashing waves, the sandy beaches … the coastal lifestyle is certainly alluring. Just 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, across the bridge and beyond the bustling downtown streets, sits quaint Coronado Island, which is dotted with charming homes, shops and restaurants among pedestrianfriendly streets. Though, perhaps, its crown jewel is Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977,
Hotel del Coronado, or The Del as it’s fondly called, is likely Coronado’s most beloved attraction, with its iconic red roof and Victorian-style architecture. Set on Coronado Beach, the AAA Four Diamond resort blends nostalgic charm with contemporary California luxury – and there’s no shortage of activities, especially during the summer.
Stay Upon entering the main lobby, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, with a rich wood interior accented by a chandelier centerpiece and a historic Otis No.
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61 elevator. In fact, it’s one of the oldest elevators in the nation and still requires an elevator operator. There’s an unmistakable sense of place, one where the past and present blend in luxury – and that’s only the beginning. The Del has a total of 757 guest rooms, including the renovated Victorian building, the contemporary California Cabanas and Ocean Towers, and the luxury villas and cottages at Beach Village – an ideal choice for families, special occasion groups (like wedding parties), or a romantic getaway. As the resort’s newest addition, Beach Village offers a more secluded and elite experience with a dedicated concierge, contemporary design, and even a separate entrance. You can book lodging of up to three bedrooms; all suites include living spaces and a gourmet kitchen. At this oceanfront oasis you most certainly get the VIP treatment, with access to a private, members-only beach area and clubhouse and the opportunity for private chef dinners or spa treatments in your suite, personal shopping services, and secluded pools. The summer starting rate is $425 per night and Beach Village lodging starts at $1,200 per night.
Eat The Del has an impressive array of food and beverage options, spanning a pizzeria and wine bar; a signature surf-and-turf eatery; a lounge with upgraded pub fare; a bakery; a beachfront venue specializing in Mexican fare; a casual breakfast and lunch spot; an outdoor bar with fire pits; and, most notably, the Crown Room, which serves an award-winning Sunday brunch. In fact, the Crown Room Brunch is a local favorite and a continual winner of San Diego’s best brunch. The Sunday affair is a feast for the senses, with multiple lavish food stations including a chilled seafood bar, carving and poke stations, traditional breakfast fare like omelets and waffles, international cuisine, housemade charcuterie, and a gorgeous display of fresh fruit. A dessert bar includes nearly any dessert you can dream of, from bread
pudding to cakes of all kinds. There’s even a build-your-own donut bar with a variety of donuts, sauces and toppings. Truly, it’s a brunch for the ages, especially if you book the VIP Chef’s Table. Here, you’ll sit at the center of the ornate room – beneath crown-shaped chandeliers, no less – and begin your experience with Champagne (unlimited throughout brunch) and a mixology demo. The experience continues with tours of the culinary stations, where you can pile your plate to your heart’s content, interspersed with tableside chef demos spanning four courses, including a reserve wine pairing.
Play Year-round, The Del offers a multitude of activities such as watersports like paddleboards, boogie boards and boat rentals; tandem biking; and spin and yoga classes overlooking the ocean. Not to mention The Shops at The Del (which total 17 boutiques), spa treatments, and swimming options including an adult-only pool. Of course, summertime brings additional programming (dates vary) including: Movies on the Beach: Watch a movie beneath the stars, and lounge in style by reserving a daybed or bonfire. Mermaid Fitness: Fulfill your Little Mermaid dreams with this water workout that encompasses swimming, core, cardio and strength training – all in a mermaid tail – and with plenty of time for photo ops. ROAST: Cozy up by a private beach bonfire with s’mores and gourmet treats. A California Clambake: On select Fridays, enjoy live entertainment, beach bocce ball, and a selection of local specialties, all steamed, boiled or grilled. Mermaid Camp: Young mermaids (and mermen!) can swim like mermaids, do arts and crafts, have story time and games, and enjoy themed snacks. A Winemaker Dinner Series: Indulge in a multicourse gourmet dinner paired with limited-release wines and the opportunity to meet the winemakers. Polo on the Beach: On Labor Day weekend, book a table or private box to enjoy polo matches, gourmet dining and fashion.
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Beyond the Island Of course, San Diego is brimming with activities nearby. You can museum-hop or park yourself under a tree at Balboa Park, explore art galleries and a variety of local food purveyors at Liberty Station, party way past sundown in the Gaslamp Quarter, or visit popular attractions like the USS Midway Museum and San Diego Zoo. Or, you can simply find your favorite beach and stay awhile. Though every city has its lesser-known haunts. An area sometimes overlooked by tourists – but beloved by locals – is Little Italy. Just a 15-minute drive from Coronado, this area has a multitude of inviting places to get your pizza and pasta fill. But for local flair, Kettner Exchange is a must. The restaurant, which boasts Little Italy’s only open-air rooftop lounge, is helmed by acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski, who serves up creative tapasstyle dishes (plus mains) on a rotating menu of favorites that include a fois gras Cubano sandwich and big-eye tuna pizza. For post-dinner cocktails, take a 10-minute walk to San Diego’s first hidden tiki bar, False Idol, which is located through a refrigerator door (no, really!) at Craft & Commerce restaurant. Upon entering, you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise complete with a waterfall and volcano, tiki artifacts, and vibrant glass buoy balls that hang from the ceiling. The menu includes 36 tiki cocktails and 200-plus rare and vintage rums. Try one of the punchbowlstyle cocktails to see a show – upon ordering, False Idol’s volcano will erupt! Be sure to make reservations in advance as your name must be on the list to enter.
SUNGLASSES: Stella blush, $125. DRESS: Parton check Mary Beth halter, $225. Both from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
A M E R I C A N G I R L Set the scene for summer with a patriotic palette and feminine fashions
BY CHELSEA YOUNG ALL CLOTHING BY DRAPER JAMES, WWW.DRAPERJAMES.COM; NORDSTROM EXCLUSIVES, 480.946.4111; WWW.NORDSTROM.COM.
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TOP: Cherry orchard button-down, $150. SKIRT: Garden party floral; $165. HANDBAG: Totes y’all Vanderbilt tote, $165. All from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Tara tortoiseshell, $125. TOP: Hello sunshine T-shirt, $45. SKIRT: Parton check ruffle, $135. All from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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DRESS: Cold shoulder, Draper James (Nordstrom exclusive), $225. SUNGLASSES: Stella blush, $125. Dress from Nordstrom, 480.946.4111; sunglasses from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Stella bluebell, $125. ROMPER: Cherry orchard ruffle, $215. Both from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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HAT: Hold your horses sun hat, $88. SUNGLASSES: Stella blush, $125. DRESS: Garden party floral sweetheart, $225. HANDBAG: Hold your horses envelope, $125. All from Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Tara magnolia white, $125. TOP: Umbrella Nellie ruffle tank, $135. SHORTS: Sadie cotton, Draper James (Nordstrom exclusive), $125.Â Top and sunglasses from Draper James, www.draperjames.com; shorts from Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.
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ROMPER: Parton check Melrose, $195. From Draper James, www.draperjames.com.
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This inaugural event, hosted by Richard J Stephenson and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, benefitted Gateway for Cancer Research and announced plans for Gatewayâ€™s Inaugural Scottsdale Gala, to take place next spring. Guests enjoyed a five-course dinner with wine pairings by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh and entertainment â€“ all under the stars at The Silverleaf Club. The evening was led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tara Hitchcock.
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AJâ€™s Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
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The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts played host to this annual celebration that featured 40 exceptional wines, all selected by AJâ€™s cellar masters. Guests had the chance to discover new wines, get food and wine pairing ideas, and indulge in artisan treats. The afternoon also included live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefitted Scottsdale Arts.
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T. Cook’s 20th Anniversary Party BY ELIZABETH BARRY
Guests enjoyed the best of the Royal Palms Resort’s acclaimed eatery, T. Cook’s, during an evening of culinary favorites, specialty cocktails, wine and Champagne. The restaurant closed for the evening, inviting attendees to journey though T. Cook’s classic, most beloved dishes while enjoying live music.
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Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner BY DEVIN BERKO, SOMETHING NEW MEDIA
Brian Houlihan and Dorene Johnson
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted this fourth annual event, chaired by Dr. Honora Norton, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s pavilion. Mayor Jim Lane presented the awards to the honorees, who included Jim Bruner, Ken Brown, Nick Lowery and Detour Company Theatre. The evening’s keynote speaker was nine-year NFL Pro, Michael Bankston.
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Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner BY BEN ARNOLD
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians and his wife Christine welcomed guests to Steak 44 for this third annual event. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with Cardinalsâ€™ coaches, players and other Valley sports stars and celebrities at a VIP cocktail reception before a gourmet dinner. All proceeds benefitted the Arians Family Foundation and Voices for CASA of Maricopa County.
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Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
Held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, the 40th annual Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards included a reception, dinner, awards presentation and dessert gala. Six honorees received awards for their outstanding volunteerism. Alicia and Luke Johnson
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ISLAND VIBES Cocktails with a summertime kick BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
ummer’s got us feeling a little punchy – rum punchy, that is! The only cure? A vacation in a glass, of course! Try these 10 beach- and pool-friendly cocktails for a distinct taste of the tropics.
Clever Koi Scorpion, $24 Twice the fun, this boozy, nutty and tart drink is made for for two and features El Dorado Dark Rum, Fords Dry Gin, brandy, lime, orange juice, and orgeat and passion fruit syrups. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474; www.thecleverkoi.com. CRUjiente Tacos Hawaiian Julep, $13 This tropical twist on the quintessential Southern cocktail combines Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, passion fruit puree, a ginger chili shrub, fresh mint leaves, orange bitters, made-from-scratch simple syrup and muddled pineapple. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos.com. El Panzon y Frida Piña Picante, $11 El Panzon’s house-infused Chile Cachaça adds a kick to this creamy, refreshing cocktail. Shaken with lime, pineapple juice and basil, the addition of cream balances the spice and leaves you with a smooth sipper for those summer nights. 7323 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale; 480.659.1544; www.elpanzonyfrida.com.
Geordie’s Steak at Wrigley Mansion Prickly Pear Paloma, $13 As bright as it is delicious, this drink mixes Milagro Blanco Tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice with prickly pear puree, resulting in a drink that pops! 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com. Honor Amongst Thieves Tai Chi Chi, $13 This refresher features vodka, fresh pineapple juice, coconut and tai syrup, which is a mixture of Thai basil leaves, honey and sugar. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.honoraz.com. Hula’s Modern Tiki Pele’s Punch, $11 Made with Don Q Cristal White Rum, Skipper Dark Rum, Velvet Falernum, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, pineapple juice and Firewater Bitters, this cocktail is the most complex and unique of Hula’s six all-new Uku Nui premium tropical cocktails. Two locations; www.hulasmoderntiki.com. Market Street Kitchen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, $11 Tequila with a touch of fruity hibiscus is rounded out by a bright citrus flavor that SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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finishes with a cleansing herbal note from the Bruto Americano. 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.278.7044; www.marketstreetkitchen.com. Mora Italian Rosé Snow Cone, $11 Enjoy rosé all day! In addition to the trendy wine varietal in this frosty cocktail, the recipe boasts grapefruit and pink peppercorn tincture, and it is beautifully served over shaved ice. 5651 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9943; www.moraitalian.com. Ticoz Latin Kitchen Pineapple Mango Spicy Margarita, $10 Fresh-pressed pineapple and mango, houseinfused jalapeno tequila, triple sec and fresh lime are combined in a glass rimmed with a chile-lime salt. 5114 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.200.0160; www.ticozaz.com. Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar Swizzle In & Swagger Out, $14 Fit for a day at the beach, this cocktail combines Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum and Bacardi 8 Rum with fresh lime, bananas, strawberries and a touch of orgeat. 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
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True Food Kitchen’s poke bowl ($22) is a lighter, brighter twist on the trendy traditional version, swapping out ahi tuna for sustainable, wild-caught albacore and sushi rice for a nutrient-dense mixture of brown rice and quinoa. For an umami flavor combination, the base ingredients are combined with earthy avocado and Asian-roasted mushrooms, while Persian cucumbers, pickled ginger, watermelon radishes, and cashews add a little crunch and spice. The dish is then infused with a housemade ponzu, which has antioxidant properties and a hint of sweetness – yet only a fraction of the salt content. True Food Kitchen, 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.265.4500; www.truefoodkitchen.com. JULY 2017 |
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ire up your taste buds because it’s time to talk barbecue. There’s no shortage of the summertime meal staple in the Valley, meaning you can leave the smokin’ to someone else and dig right into savory cookout cuisine from nine grill masters.
BOBBY-Q Bobby-Q (www.bobbyq.net) was founded in 2005 by Bob Sikora, a barbecue aficionado who spent more than 10 years traveling the nation’s backroads to learn cooking techniques and secret recipes from smoke masters across the country. Led by Executive Chef Mark Hittle, Bobby-Q dishes out meat that’s hand-rubbed with a proprietary spice blend, then smoked slowly over Tennessee hickory wood. Don’t-miss dish: Smoked sliced prime beef brisket, $19.50
HOLE-IN-THE-WALL Housed in an original 1940s ranch house, Hole-in-the-Wall at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort (www.squawpeakhilton.com) offers one of the most authentic Southwestern barbecue experiences in Arizona. The cast iron smoker, which also dates back to the 1940s, uses only local mesquite wood – much of it sourced right on the property and in the surrounding area. The in-house team not only develops their own signature dry rubs for every piece of slow-smoked meat, but also crafts original barbecue sauces with sweet, savory and even spirited (yes, as in boozy) ingredients. Don’t-miss dish: Smoked pork ribs, $25.95
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JOE’S REAL BBQ With famously slow-smoked barbecue for nearly 30 years, Joe’s Real BBQ (www. joesrealbbq.com) dry rubs each of its meats by hand and uses Oyler pits, known for using wood only, to get that perfectly smoked effect. Joe’s took it a step further than that, using Arizona-grown pecan wood in the pits, which not only gives a rich flavor to the meat, but is a renewable alternative to other barbecue methods. Don’t-miss dish: BBQ sampler, $12.99
LIBERTY STATION Boasting one of only two custom-made Camelback Smokers in the entire state, which sits prominently on the patio so guests can enjoy the show, Liberty Station (www.libertystationtavern.com) offers a variety of smoked premium cuts SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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from Creekstone Farms. Best bets for barbecue include tender and mouthwatering Texas brisket, Carolina pork shoulder, St. Louis spare ribs, jidori chicken, hot links and beef ribs. Don’t-miss dish: The tavern BBQ platter, $42
NAKED BBQ Naked BBQ (www.thenakedbbq.com) prides itself on the art of the rub, smoking meats to tender perfection without drowning them in sauces. By rubbing and smoking the meats and serving them “naked” (without sauce), the barbecue destination allows for guests to dress their food the way they want. Of course, Naked offers everything from a North Carolina vinegar-based sauce to a South Carolina mustard sauce and a dozen other sweet
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sleek setting. All smoked meat selections are prepared daily, offering beef brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork, turkey and chicken. Hefty appetites are welcome as the restaurant was recently featured on Food Network’s Ginormous for its large and in charge Brady bacon burger. Don’t-miss dish: Red neck tacos, $12
and savory options they’ve dreamt up to ensure you can suit up your meat just the way you like it. Don’t-miss dish: Pulled pork sandwich, $8
PORKOPOLIS BBQ A reputation for its in-house smoked meats and unique line of signature barbecue sauces, Porkopolis (www.porkopolisbbqaz.com) serves contemporary comfort food using simple, fresh ingredients in a
Every Friday at Proof (www.proofcanteen. com) at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, Chef Dell Morris and his team fire up the smoker, which sits right next to the front door of the venue, to dream up a rotating weekly “Smokehouse Barbeque Series” menu. On it, you’ll find indulgences like homemade black walnut bacon BLTs with Noble bread and brisket with hearty traditional sides. Insider tip: While there for the smokehouse series menu, stay for shuffle board and live music every Friday plus gorgeous nightly sunsets. Don’t-miss dish: Jerk-smoked chicken, $28
SOUTHERN RAIL At Southern Rail (www.southernrailaz. com), Chef Justin Beckett celebrates modern Southern cooking and always has a crave-worthy rotating menu of barbecue favorites, including fish specialties, each with his own twist. In fact, barbecue is so popular at Southern Rail, the restaurant offers a BBQ + Bourbon special both Monday and Tuesday nights starting at 5 p.m., featuring a platter of barbecue JULY 2017 |
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(items change weekly) and sides, plus two glasses of bourbon (or a bottle of wine). Don’t-miss dish: BBQ + Bourbon, $25
THE THUMB Part smokehouse, part specialty grocer and gift shop, part high-end car wash, The Thumb (www.thethumb.com) offers full-flavor barbecue for breakfast, lunch and dinner including a sunrise brisket hash, pulled pork, barbecue tacos and full barbecue platters. In recent years, the popular North Scottsdale haunt has earned national attention from the Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives, when host Guy Fieri profiled the venue and dubbed it a one-of-a-kind “funky gas station, serving up da bomb BBQ.” Don’t-miss dish: The Three-Meat Platter, $17.50
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hen Sergio and Country Velador opened Super Chunk Sweets & Treats in Old Town Scottsdale in 2014, they debunked the myth that a small mom and pop shop couldn’t, well, pop on the grandest of stages, notably getting lauded nationally for their locally inspired and sourced cookies, cakes and more by Mental Floss and The Cooking Channel, among others. Out to innovate yet again, on July 8 the Veladors are set to unveil New Wave Market – an additional 1,100 square feet of retail space right next to its Super Chunk sister shop. The shop offers an expanded menu of breads and baked goods, lunch, housemade ice cream and a coffee bar featuring Chandler’s Piexioto Coffee, espresso and even cold brew on tap. The market also boasts a selection of unique (and often food-centric) retail products as well as space for classes on baking and other crafts. “The market is filled with the odd, the unique and the delicious, sourced with products from small-batch makers around the world. Expect foods from brands like American Spoon, COOP’s MicroCreamery and Curio Spice Co., and household items and gifts from designers like Funko, Fishs Eddy and Imm Living,” Country says. “We want to show off
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businesses that focus on creating highquality products in small batches.” Oh – and there is a chocolate wall! “Yes, we made a wall of chocolate specialties featuring Scottsdale-based Zak’s Chocolate as well as other artisan chocolate bars,” Country says. “We also offer guests the opportunity to BYOW (bring their own wine) from our neighbors next door, Kazimierz World Wine Bar, or enjoy something you bring yourself.” SO SCOTTSDALE! |
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And for those still seeking a Super Chunk fix, New Wave, of course, highlights the Veladors’ desserts, which incorporate local ingredients in innovative flavor combos, including the cowpuncher cookie, which packs a punch with candied jalapeno, and the mesquite chocolate chip cookie, made with Arizona mesquite flour. “The concept, from the name to the classes to the items within, are all focused on the public’s renewed interest in all things ‘craft,’ and celebrates the tradition of making things.” Ironically, according to Country, the New Wave concept was the first idea the Veladors had when considering opening a small business. But, fate stepped in and let them to open the sweet shop first. With its success, New Wave is now a reality as well – and on a grander scale than they initially even dreamed. The July 8 grand opening celebration will include free mini ice cream cones for those who stop by; both the specialty ice cream flavors and waffle cones will be made in-house by Country herself. New Wave Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday and Monday. New Wave Market, 7120 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 602.736.2383; www.newwavemarket.com.
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