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60 LOWDOWN News to know

62 DO Great upcoming events

64 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

68 EVENT LPGA Founders Cup

70 EVENT Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball

Pulse 31 UP CLOSE Suzanne Wilson takes the stage as president and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony

34 BEAT Justin Thomas Allen triumphs over adversity to help others on and off the court

36 BEAT Jose and Brittany Acevedo share others’ stories while writing their own

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When Suzanne Wilson was 5 years old, she saw her first musical – complete with a live orchestra – and it’s stayed with her ever since. “I was hooked,” Wilson says. “My mother immediately signed me up for piano lessons with a local teacher who instructed all of

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Pulse UP CLOSE Wisconsin-Madison. She was even cast in a leading role in the first American musical to tour China, Once Upon a Mattress. “I love the creative outlet to express myself, but most of all, as many performers will attest to, there’s nothing like collaborating with other musicians and connecting with diverse audiences through live performance,” Wilson says. Wilson’s passion kickstarted her career in the performing arts industry, where she applied her music background in numerous positions in education. In Boston, she worked as chief of staff for the New England Conservatory, the oldest independent music conservatory in the country, in addition to holding influential roles with the Celebrity Series of Boston (a nonprofit performing arts presenting organization) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. Before making the move to Scottsdale in August 2019, Wilson served as the executive director of Midori & Friends, a foundation that works to provide high-quality music education to public school students in New York City through instrument instruction, camps, concerts and workshops. “My biggest accomplishments across my career have been connecting people from all walks of life to the very best performing arts,” Wilson says. One endeavor that sticks out to her was during Dance Across the City Day in Boston, when she orchestrated a day of free instruction from some of the best local and international dance companies. And while living in New York, Wilson created City Music, providing students from public schools with the opportunity to perform on stage at Lincoln Center, an experience that imbued many with the confidence and motivation to take on any stage in the world. Now, Wilson is looking forward to bringing her two decades of experience in performing arts and education to the Valley, where she’s serving as the new president and chief executive officer of The Phoenix Symphony. “I am incredibly honored and excited to join an organization with the kind of impact and reputation The Phoenix Symphony enjoys,” Wilson says. “The Phoenix Symphony’s mission is my own mission. It’s exactly what I have dedicated my entire career to doing – creating high-quality music experiences, bolstering economies, and educating the next generation of musicians and audiences.”

Facing the Future With The Phoenix Symphony approaching its 75th anniversary in just two years (the 2022-23 season), Wilson hopes to lead the treasured institution in yet another successful chapter. “I want to set the stage for the next 75 years,” Wilson says. “My vision for the future of the symphony is to ensure artistic excellence, make certain that music is accessible to everyone through compelling concerts and programs, and attract the next generation of symphony lovers.” As someone who frequents the symphony for date night with her husband Jason – an Arizona State University graduate and die-hard Sun Devils fan who has recruited Wilson into wearing


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maroon and gold – Wilson is ready to accomplish her goals with the help of those around her. “It’s clear that the possibilities in arts and culture in Greater Phoenix are limitless. As the Valley grows, The Phoenix Symphony wants to harness that energy to expand and innovate so we can entertain and enrich our community while inviting people to feel a renewed sense of ownership and excitement. We want to be everyone’s symphony.” The symphony community that stands with her includes music director Tito Munoz, resident conductor Matthew Kasper, a dedicated board of directors, and, of course, the organization’s talented musicians. “Partnerships, innovation, and people have always inspired me and have been the centerpiece of any professional success that I have experienced,” says Wilson, noting that the people of the Valley have played a huge part in making her feel at home. “Since moving here, I have been consistently struck by the generous spirit and sincere willingness from complete strangers to welcome me into the community.” But no matter where Wilson is located, her heart lies in the arts and education. “There is something magical when watching a young person experience music and the performing arts for the first time,” she says. “I’ve seen so many students’ lives changed through music. Not all kids always went on to play professionally, but for so many, music helped them find something in themselves – confidence, imagination, self-expression – and instilled core values that opened unexpected doors for them.” And many doors have opened over the years to help lead Wilson to her position at the helm of The Phoenix Symphony. “Whether at a performing arts organization or government agency, at a major conservatory or leading a music nonprofit, all of my experiences have led me here to serve The Phoenix Symphony and this community,” she says. “I look forward to contributing and being part of a team that impacts the Valley of the Sun in a positive manner every single day.”

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Move over perms of the past! The newest hair trend coming out of Europe and New York City is fun, different, and complements all hair types. If you’re old enough to remember the tight, frizzy perms of the 80’s and 90’s, you may cringe when you hear that perms are making a comeback. But Rodney Gentry, hair color expert and master stylist, assures us the new perm is worth the buzz. “No one has done perms since the 1990’s, but the new perm style is completely different,” he says. “These aren’t the tight perms of years past. Instead, it’s a softer, more modern approach to add volume and movement to your hair.” Perms are so new, in fact, that not many hair stylists even offer it. Staying ahead of the game, Rodney Gentry is excited to offer texture waves to his clients. Sometimes referred to as a textured wave or body wave, today’s perms look marvelous with all hair types. “Perms are great for fine hair because there’s

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matters. You can choose to have really defined curls or just a bit more movement and wave,” Rodney explains. “There are techniques where it can be straighter in the top half with the bend in the hair starting at mid-length and ends.” Rodney suggests people put aside the image of the stiff curls from decades past. “Today’s perms allow your curls to move in the wind for a beautiful, natural look.” Schedule your appointment with Rodney Gentry at Sachi Studios 480.639.2000 or visit www.rodneygentry.com.

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Former athlete Justin Thomas Allen triumphs over adversity to help others on and off the court


Justin Thomas Allen has transformed his personal struggles into a career dedicated to helping others reach their potential. As a young man from a small farming village in Illinois, Allen’s future looked bright with a scholarship to play basketball at Arizona State University ahead of him. But at 19, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. While undergoing six months of chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiation, he took a medical redshirt during his sophomore season of basketball. Ultimately, Allen recovered to finish strong at ASU, going on to play professional basketball in leagues around the world. Then, in 2016, he was diagnosed again, this time with thyroid cancer. After surgery in which his thyroid was taken out, Allen overcame the disease once more, but found himself battling severe depression. “After going through cancer a second time and considering suicide, I decided that I had to do something different,” Allen says. He took what he calls a “pursuit of passion” trip across the U.S., immersing himself in motivational self-development books along the way. This marked the beginning of his career as a life coach and speaker.  “My journey to coaching was sparked by fighting through my own pain and darkness and coming out the other side stronger and more connected,” Allen says. “A life coach is a partner who is there for you through life’s most challenging times to help you to see things differently, refine your approach, and achieve your dreams.” Combining personal development and his love of sports, Allen also founded Passion4ball (www.passion4ball.org), which helps current and former athletes enhance their performance through coaching around their mindsets, habits, routines, and performance skills.  “I developed Passion4ball as a way to help young athletes pursue their athletic goals and dreams like I did,” he says. “I wanted to scale this concept and impact more lives, so I developed an online course.” Today, Allen is also a happy family man. “I was told there was a high chance that I’d never have kids after my chemo and radiation,” he says. “The fact that I have three healthy kids is the greatest blessing in this world.” Allen’s future plans including writing a memoir and growing Passion4ball to impact more people. “I love watching the people I work with make changes, take bold action, shift their mindset, and ultimately realize their goals.”


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Jose and Brittany Acevedo share others’ stories while writing their own


Jose and Brittany Acevedo are the dynamic duo behind Finding Arizona (www.findingarizonapodcast. com), a weekly podcast that features Arizona business owners and creatives. The podcast’s mission is to share unbelievable stories from the one-of-a-kind people creating them. “We choose to highlight the well-deserving, the tenacious, and the kind,” Brittany says. “I love what we do because bringing our state together brings us closer together.” Since the first episode in July 2015, Finding Arizona has been a passion project for Jose to share the points of view of local entrepreneurs. “I started out of a hot garage with just two mics and a laptop,” he says. “It has since become a community of great people and friends, and I want this train to continue on until I am too old to push the record button.” The couple met while at a coworking space in 2015 and started dating soon after. “When I found out Jose had a podcast, I binged all six episodes that night and made it a point to make myself part of it,” Brittany says. In February 2016, she accomplished just that, starting by taking photos and then transitioning into scheduling, marketing and advertising. Brittany has been working with Jose ever since, noting that communication is key in successfully working together. “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which gives us the opportunity to learn from each other,” Jose says. “She is the yin and I am the yang.” On October 12, 2019, the couple said their “I do’s,” livestreaming the ceremony on social media as a way to include all of their friends and followers. Both agree that their wedding is the most memorable moment from working on Finding Arizona. “The best thing in the world is to be able to work creatively side by side with my favorite human,” Brittany says. “Although it is part time today, I look forward to the day we can put all of our energy full time into Finding Arizona.” Central to all that the Acevedos do is storytelling and helping listeners learn more about the dynamic people and businesses in Arizona – while learning in the process themselves. “Everyone has a story to tell and deserves a chance to be heard,” Jose says. “Each story is an opportunity to learn something new, and I love what we do because everyone wins in the end.”


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MANNERS MAKE THE MAN Devin Vos dresses to impress with a touch of Southern California flair BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

In 2011, Devin Vos founded The Vos Company, a commercial real estate firm with a mission to elevate the lives of others. In addition to taking a unique approach within his industry, Vos has raised the bar when it comes to his personal style and considers dressing well as a form of good manners. “One of my mentors once told me that to be successful you need to become a business athlete, so I’ve developed an admiration for the hybrid business-casual outfit,” he says. With a signature look of fine trousers accompanied by an Italian sports coat, Vos turns to luxury brand Peter Millar to provide unparalleled quality and a heightened level of customer service. “The Peter Millar store in Cherry Creek, Colorado, has a staff that is always fun to interact with, and they always make me look good,” he says. While he doesn’t compare his personal style to others, Vos aims to dress sharp to feel comfortable and invests in quality apparel. Shoes play an essential role in each one of the native Southern Californian’s outfits, and the right footwear can quickly make or break his look. “Shoes carry you around all day,” he says. “My go-to brand is Magnanni.”

If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be? My grandfather, Mike Hecomovich. His sense of style is impeccable. He’s on his own playing field. What is your most prized fashion possession? A fine leather jacket my fiancee, Renee, saved up to buy for me one Christmas. It was similar to what my father used to wear. What will we see you in on weekends? My Southern California roots emerge on the weekend. My staple is TravisMathew shorts and a T-shirt along with Rainbow sandals.


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Leah LaShea Gerber creates nostalgic looks with colors, patterns and fun silhouettes


Simple and sophisticated with a little bohemian flair is how Leah LaShea Gerber defines her personal style. In true 1950s pinup fashion, Gerber isn’t afraid to pair bright red lipstick with a flared skirt and fitted top to create a feminine silhouette reminiscent of the rockabilly decade. Gerber stocks her color-coordinated closet with short flared skirts, Joe’s jeans, and colorful pants in various patterns. Although her career as an estate planning and probate paralegal influences her to dress on the conservative side, Gerber loves adding a statement piece like a purse, ring or cardigan to show her personality. “It’s good to have a conversation starter to connect with clients,” she says. “You are what you wear.” Inspired by the wardrobes of Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Alba and Marilyn Monroe, Gerber finds herself buying blazers and classic cuts while maintaining her signature casual vintage style. “I’m in love with my 1950s-style emerald green dress with large polka dots all over it,” she says. “I wore it to a polo match in 2018, and I smile whenever I look at it.” Her No. 1 tip when it comes to style? “Keep it clean and simple. It’s always appropriate!”

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Reba McEntire talks about her illustrious career as the reigning queen of country and her return to host Celebrity Fight Night for the 16th year



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here are stars, and then there are legends. With a storied and multifaceted career spanning four decades, Reba McEntire is certainly both. The singer is often known as the Queen of Country, and with good reason. McEntire has had 32 No. 1 hits – the most ever by a female country singer – and holds the record for the most top 10 country hits. She’s sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, and she has more No. 1 albums than any other female country artist.


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But it’s not just about the numbers – it’s about heart, the heart behind McEntire’s music and the heart behind all that she does. Among her many endeavors, McEntire is part of the Valley’s most star-studded philanthropic event, Celebrity Fight Night. She’ll return for her 16th year as host when the event takes place at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 4. “Music is healing; it’s encouraging,” McEntire says. “It talks to your soul like nothing else can.”

It’s this transcendent power of music that keeps bringing McEntire back to Celebrity Fight Night and it’s what has given her such a loyal fan base. This power is also what prompted McEntire’s mother to teach her four children about music as they grew up on an 8,000-acre cattle ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma. “My mama was the musical person of the family; she had the talent and passed it down to us,” McEntire recalls. “When us kids were in the backseat wrestling and fighting, Mama would keep us out of trouble by getting us all to sing, and she taught us harmony.” McEntire went on to form a country-western group with two of her siblings called The Singing McEntires, where they performed at rodeos, clubs and dance halls. But it was singing the National Anthem at the 1974 National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City that changed the trajectory of her life. “Red Steagall heard me sing there, and then took me to Nashville to cut a demonstration tape,” McEntire says. Just 11 months later, these recordings secured her a deal with Polygram Mercury Records. “My first single came out in 1976, and my first No. 1 record was in 1983,” McEntire says. “So, it wasn’t overnight success, to say the least. Everything took a long time with me, but I’m very thankful about that because I didn’t know anything about the business … I learned about people and the business, and I had a strong foundation of friends and industry folks to help me. So that was a huge blessing to me.”


From there, McEntire’s journey has been a steady climb to the top. She moved to MCA Records in 1983, under which her career blossomed with her first two No. 1 hits, winning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years, winning CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1986, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1986, becoming part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and debuting multiple Gold and Platinum albums. Earning recognition as a household name, McEntire remained with MCA until moving to The Valory Music Co. in 2008. Over the course of her career, she’s won three Grammy Awards, and in 2018 she received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime of contributions to American culture. Beyond gracing the stage, McEntire has also been behind the scenes in the business management side of her career. She co-created Starstruck Entertainment in 1988 and founded Reba’s Business Incorporated in 2015 – both of which have allowed McEntire to oversee her management, booking, publicity, and music publishing. “It’s been a lot of fun to work in all the different aspects of the music business, including coproducing myself on my records,” says McEntire, who also joined Given Music Publishing as a writer in 2018. “It’s so much fun to find the music and find the songs. I just love to be in the studio, and I love the whole process of recording.” Of course, many recognize McEntire’s bubbly energy and comedic sensibilities from her self-titled hit sitcom. Fans can fall back in love with the characters of the fictional Hart family on Hulu, where Reba is currently streaming. McEntire also has a number

of film credits under her belt, and notably played the role of Annie Oakley in the 2001 hit Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun. Throughout her versatile career, McEntire has continued to hone her musical roots, releasing a total of 33 studio albums and continuing to innovate for her fans. This year, in addition to continuing her Las Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas – country’s leading lady will headline her own all-new tour for the first time in 11 years. “I’m looking forward to doing a brand-new tour and putting new songs of mine in the show, as well as having new costuming, new staging, and new video content,” McEntire says. “My fans have been very loyal to me, and I love them with all of my heart. I want to do this for them.”


Doing for others is at the heart of McEntire’s years-long participation in Celebrity Fight Night, a charitable event in its 26th year that supports the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as several other charities. Since its inception, Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $90 million. “I’m so thrilled to be a part of Celebrity Fight Night,” McEntire says. “It truly is a family. Not only are we raising money to help win the battle of these diseases, but we’re also entertaining together. I love seeing my buddies and getting to be a part of the show. And the folks in Phoenix … they just open their arms to us.” The black-tie affair will include musical performances by many of McEntire’s peers. Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster will return as musical director for his 21st year, with performers such as Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, vocalist trio The Tenors, American Idol alum Pia Toscano, violinist Caroline Campbell, and, of course, McEntire as master of ceremonies. “Reba McEntire has been a tremendously valued and signature part of Celebrity Fight Night for many years,” says Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “For more than two decades, we’ve treated audiences to some of the greatest entertainers, and this year will be no different. With the help of our celebrity friends and generous donors, we are excited to make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.” No stranger to giving back, McEntire does so a little closer to home, too, through Reba’s Ranch House in North Texas. This welcoming retreat provides people who have loved ones at Texoma Medical Center with a place to stay, giving caregivers the care they need to stay strong for their families. Through all of her success, McEntire’s heart and dedication to positively impacting the lives of others sings the loudest. “To be there when others need help, that’s what being a community is all about. When you hear of somebody who needs something, you pitch in and help,” McEntire says. “And maybe you’re not the person who can change the world, but every concerned person that gets involved does make a difference.” Learn more about McEntire at www.reba.com and Celebrity Fight Night at www.celebrityfightnight.org, where tickets are now available to purchase.

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10 Ways to Get Your Teen Driver Road-Ready Auto expert Shahe Koulloukian shares the most important factors in teenage driving safety.


aving a child that’s finally old enough to drive is nervewracking – for the teen who’s a novice behind the wheel, but perhaps more so for the parents! We asked our go-to car expert, Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care, for his best advice on making sure your teen is ready to hit the road… safely and responsibly. Here are his pro tips:

6. Teens whose parents drive distracted are two to four times likely to also drive distracted. Remember, teens see their parents as role models. That doesn’t change when they get their license. When you are behind the wheel, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your teen to do. If they catch you – admit to your mistakes. It shows your new driver that it is never too late to start driving safely.

1. Practicing with them honestly is the best way to start. Share the stories of your first experience driving, and how nervous you were, and the mistakes you continue to make… even today.

7. Sign them up for driving school and leave them alone. They need to focus on learning by a third-party, non-biased person. You can judge them later.

2. Remember, you are not the person to make your teen a great driver, they are! Accept the fact that you’re not the master; you are just the introductory level.

8. This is the most important step. After they have completed a driving school course, Go to the B.R.A.K.E.S program website (https://putonthebrakes.org/shop) and sign your teen and yourself up for this amazing FREE program. Yes, it’s free, and they travel all around the country teaching safe and defensive driving the right way. You simply sign up and give a credit card to hold your spot; if you show up, it’s FREE! If you flake out and are a no show, then you get charged for your saved spot. It’s really that simple.

3. Explain that distraction is the biggest reason for accidents. Teach them about the three types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive. • Manual distractions are those where you move your hands from the steering wheel. • Visual distractions are those where your eyes aren’t focused on the road. • Cognitive distractions are when your mind wanders away from the task of driving. • Remind them that texting involves all three types of distraction! 4. Start with parking and turning before allowing them to drive on the road. Be sure to invest at least ten hours of just parking and turning, spread out over time. A good rule of thumb is to commit to two hours a week in 30-minute segments. After they master the parking and turning, you can slowly start the driving in low-risk situations for a minimum of 15 hours, then work up to more risky situations for at least ten hours. 5. No passengers in the vehicle other than parents. No radio or music for the first 20 hours of driving. They can sing and get jiggy with it any time in the future.

9. When you’re ready to purchase a car for them, stay away from vehicles that have too many bells and whistles – i.e., the backup camera, side motion sensors, and cruise control. These may seem helpful, but they’re bad-habit-forming features that your teen will rely on, not actually doing the work of paying proper attention and becoming a good defensive driver. 10. Teach your teen the “nuts and bolts” of their vehicle: tire size, the type of oil it requires, what the warning lights mean. Get them familiar with their owner’s manual and encourage them to keep a maintenance schedule. Make sure they know what to do in case of a flat tire or other roadside emergency. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 15-20, and teaching teens safe driving goes far beyond “Put your seatbelt on and be careful!” – especially given all the possible distractions that technology provides. But with proper education, you can rest a little easier knowing that your teen is prepared and responsible. Behind the wheel, at least.

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Ogborne Law, PLC is a premier boutique law firm focusing on estate planning and family law. Michelle focuses on learning each family’s unique goals, interests, and challenges and develops a customized plan for each family. Michelle educates her clients on the legal process and their options and helps them create plans to transition kids through conflict, whether it’s planning for death or divorce. Her goal is to keep families out of court, maintain privacy, and protect kids from difficult situations. “Many clients are unaware they have options to stay out of court. Even for high conflict cases, there are resources available—like Collaborative Divorce or mediation—which minimize the financial and emotional damage to families.” Michelle tells clients: “Divorce doesn’t have to destroy your family. You’ll always be a family. We’re just restructuring the way it looks.” Michelle declines litigated cases and instead helps families find solutions out of court. “Unlike most attorneys who take litigated and collaborative cases, I choose to focus only on collaborative divorce and mediation, because it helps kids thrive and ensures both parents play a meaningful role in their lives.” As a Collaborative Lawyer, Michelle has extensive experience working with families during the divorce and separation process. She understands it’s a difficult time, and her team provides a professional support system to meet their needs. Assistance includes attorneys to represent each spouse;

counselors to help manage the emotional impact; and financial advisors to provide fair and tax efficient recommendations for dividing assets and debts. She also serves as a mediator to help families reach customized agreements out of court. In 2012, Michelle founded her firm with the goal of helping families plan their future and protect their kids. Her background in psychology and child development helps her understand what motivates people, and she uses these skills to help families thrive despite unfortunate circumstances. She also helps families proactively protect their future by preparing premarital agreements and estate plans. Everything she does is with a focus on helping her clients navigate difficult decisions when planning for life’s unexpected events. As a mother, family time is important, whether it’s traveling, cooking, or simply spending time together. She also loves CrossFit, and people may be surprised to learn she loves scotch, with Macallan Rare Cask being one of her favorites right now. Michelle is President of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators and serves on the board for Best Legal Choices and Collaborative Professionals of Phoenix. She has also been nominated a Super Lawyers Rising Star and has received numerous awards for client satisfaction. To contact Michelle N. Ogborne, call 480.525.9877 or visit www.ogbornelaw.com.



















HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT Glen Lerner & Kevin Rowe

Voted Best Personal Injury Law Firm in the Valley for the past 5 years by AZ Foothill Magazine, Lerner and Rowe® Injury Attorneys is one of the largest personal injury firms in the US, with 28 offices in 9 states. Their mission is to provide aggressive representation while remaining compassionate and in-tune with the needs of clients and their loved ones. “I promise our clients that they will be treated with compassion and empathy. They are the main purpose behind what we do—helping those in need,” Rowe says. Last year, Rowe and Lerner decided to place all of their law firms under the Lerner and Rowe name—Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, the largest legal brand in Las Vegas and Chicago, was joined with Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys in Arizona, New Mexico, and Tennessee. “Although most people think of us and associate us solely with car accidents, through our other law firm Lerner and Rowe Law Group we provide legal representation for those facing a DUI or other criminal charges in Arizona, and provide legal assistance for Arizona Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, as well as debt consolidation. We even provide legal help to those seeking assistance with filing an application or submitting an appeal for social security disability benefits at our third firm Social Security Disability Advocates USA,” Lerner says This dedicated team of lawyers and support staff goes above and beyond to aid clients through every step of the legal process, whether that’s dealing with an insurance company, a zealous prosecutor, creditors, or the social security administration.

Lerner says, “To fight for someone and be their champion is an honor and something we don’t take lightly.” Rowe agrees: “I think that it is not only absolutely important to offer a helping hand whenever possible, but also our civic duty, and I feel grateful that my wife, children, and the entire Lerner & Rowe family share these same values.” With that, many of the 450+ employees are engaged in the Lerner and Rowe Gives Back 501(c)(3), a non-profit started by Rowe. The Foundation operates under the assumption that by working collectively through a network approach, more charitable organizations can be positively impacted. Last year’s annual spring charity golf classic raised over $420,000 with the help of community sponsors and supporters—100% of that money was given to local organizations in Arizona. Throughout the year they also partner with and support many local organizations in the other states where they practice. Their largest outreach event is an annual turkey giveaway. Last year it stretched across 8 cities and a total of over 10,000 turkeys and side fixings were given away to those who may not have been able to afford a Thanksgiving meal. “I truly believe what we are doing in our communities nationwide is what separates us from any other law firm and creates such a bond between us and the people we are proud to call teammates, our employees,” Lerner says. Contact Glen Lerner or Kevin Rowe of Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at 602.977.1900 or visit www.lernerandrowe.com.




















Fabian Zazueta is one of Scottsdale’s most passionate up-andcoming civil litigation attorneys representing small business, startups, entrepreneurs, business professionals, and personal injury victims. His expertise extends to a variety of cases like complex business, disputes, contract disputes, real estate law, and representing those who have been injured through the negligence of others. Named a Thomson Reuters Rising Star for 2020, Fabian is among a small percentage of elite attorneys in the state. He is the founder of Zazueta Law, PLLC, a premier business and injury law firm. “Starting my own firm has allowed me many freedoms, not in the least the freedom to work remotely so that I can spend time with my family,” Fabian explains. “It’s also very satisfying to know that I have complete autonomy in each case I take on and I get the luxury of seeing the case through every step of the process. From consulting with the clients to fighting for them in court; I’m there for all of it.” As a top-rated litigation attorney, Fabian aggressively advocates for his clients in a cost-effective manner. Recognizing that no two clients are the same and no two cases are the same, he takes the time to understand each client’s unique situation and then works tirelessly on their behalf. His experience, meticulous preparation, and use of success-proven litigation strategies are why clients put their trust in Zazueta Law. “9 times out of 10, cases are likely to have applicable insurance coverage, resulting in some insurance issue. I know the

ins and outs of the insurance world, giving me an edge over the competition,” Fabian says, having been a licensed property and casualty insurance broker in Arizona since 2011. He uses this knowledge to his clients’ advantage, counseling them on risk assessment, risk aversion, and advising on adequate insurance protection. “I’ve always loved helping people and being an attorney is a real passion for me. Fighting for people and giving them a voice in court, reminds me every day of why I became an attorney.” Fabian is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. “People may not know that I love jazz music and have played saxophone since my early adolescence.” In fact, Fabian was part of the Arizona Jazz Academy in Tucson, traveling around the country to play in various jazz competitions. An Arizona native, Fabian likes to give back to the community in various ways. He is an active pro bono counsel for the Arizona Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix, and the Consulate General of Salvador in Tucson. Additionally, he is an active member of the Sandra Day O’Connor American Inn of Court. Fabian is a palpable presence in the field of law. He is devoted to fighting incessantly for his clients, whether it is personal injury or a highly complex business litigation. To contact Fabian Zazueta, call 480.522.2088 or visit www.zazuetalawfirm.com.



















FIGHTING FOR CLIENTS AT ALL COST Dennis Wilenchik & Jack Wilenchik

Dennis Wilenchik and Jack Wilenchik, father and son duo, fight for the people who are wronged and let nothing stand in their way. “We both love fighting for what’s right. We care about our clients and will do whatever it takes to help them through this very difficult time in their life,” Dennis says. The Wilenchik and Bartness Law Firm, started in 1991 by Dennis, possesses the attitude of a big firm with the personalized experience of a smaller one as its founding principles. Personal communication with clients is key to their success. “There is nothing like meeting people and talking with them. I care about the people and what happens to them. I care about my cases, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. Personal discussion is critical even in this technological age,” Dennis explains. Dennis primarily practices civil litigation, with a focus on real estate and commercial cases. He also handles high profile criminal cases. As a former prosecutor, his background in criminal law provides him with a unique skill set as a litigation attorney. Jack focuses on business and civil litigation, while also emphasizing work on civil rights and victim’s rights. As part of his pro bono work, he drafted a bill to protect child victims that Jeff Flake and Dianne Feinstein co-sponsored, and is presently making its way through Congress. “We love handling the highly complex business litigation matters and fighting for what’s right. The nastier the case, the better,” Jack says. In fact, Jack has one of the top 30 largest jury

verdicts in the state, also the largest verdict in Mohave county history, at $8,000,000. Litigation is not something to be taken lightly, and the attorneys at Wilenchik and Bartness Law Firm know this. They are skilled at educating their clients on the litigation process, the pros and the cons, the cost, and how going to court will affect other aspects of their lives. Their “fight like hell” attitude and a hands-on approach is what has earned Dennis and Jack numerous accolades. Dennis has been named best trial lawyer on several occasions by various outlets, while Jack has been named to the national list of Super Lawyers several years in a row. Dennis is a movie-lover and people may be surprised to learn that he majored in film in college. As for Jack, he enjoys salsa and country dancing when not passionately fighting for his clients. Both do volunteer work for various non-profits that focus on public interest litigation. Dennis and Jack are no strangers to a courtroom, having argued hundreds of jury trials. “It’s really a lost art and because I’ve tried so many cases, I’m comfortable going against anyone,” Dennis says. “Every day I’m enthusiastic about fighting for people. Against all odds. No matter the opponent or even the Judge.” Contact Dennis Wilenchik and Jack Wilenchik at 602.606.2810 or www.wb-law.com.



















FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Tyler Allen Law Firm puts clients first

The attorneys of Tyler Allen Law Firm, PLLC are not only some of the best Phoenix lawyers, but also among the best in the country. With over 30 years of combined experience, they are committed to providing unmatched legal counsel. Each is uniquely qualified in a specific area of the law. As the laws continually change, these attorneys remain focused on their field. “Laws are fluid and continue to evolve each year. We’re seeing many people leaning away from the huge law firm to the more personalized, concierge legal experience that we provide,” says Tyler Allen, who represents employees in employment matters. Tyler Allen Law Firm has an excellent reputation because of the results gained for their clients and the personal relationships that they build. In fact, many clients have become personal friends of the attorneys at this firm. “We care deeply about each case we take. While we can never guarantee a specific outcome for our clients, we can guarantee that we will work to obtain the best outcome possible for them,” says Lindsay Benjamin, who focuses on family law. Lindsay discovered a passion for justice and righting wrongs from an early age, and holds this belief outside of work by chairing animal rescue events and by helping shelter animals find their forever homes. For Tyler, the legal profession was a way to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for public

service. One client fondly referred to Tyler as the perfect combination of compassion and pit-bull. Outside of law, he works with charities who focus on improving the lives of children. “Our clients know that someone is fighting for them, taking the weight of their legal matter off of their shoulders and taking a genuine interest in their well-being. Many of our clients come to us for help during some of the most challenging times of their lives. Watching them transform and take back their power is extremely rewarding.” The Firm prides itself on being a long-term partner for their client’s legal needs, not just a one-time service provider. They recently hired a new Client Relationship Manager to focus exclusively on the client experience and minimize the anxiety clients feel when faced with a legal matter. “This is a personalized service that is now included with all of our engagements, and the feedback we’ve received so far has been overwhelming. We know that when our clients feel supported not only professionally but emotionally, their cases can go more smoothly, which is ultimately what we want for our clients,” Tyler says. Both Lindsay and Tyler agree: “We’re damn good at what we do. We truly care, and we have our client’s back—it’s that simple.” Contact Tyler Allen Law Firm, PLLC at 602.456.0545, www.allenlawaz.com, 4201 N 24th St, Suite #200, Phoenix, AZ 85016.




















Veronica Manolio of Manolio & Firestone, PLC appreciates a good fight. “I love the courtroom. Being in trial is my favorite thing, win or lose, because I feel honored to be part of a justice system that remains intact. I also love the preparation, the exhaustion, the surprises, and the overall excitement of trial,” she says. Veronica started with the firm 20 years ago and worked her way from an entry-level associate to owning the firm. “Though the firm has changed partners and ownership over the years, I have literally worked in the same firm my entire legal career.” Manolio & Firestone prides itself on providing personalized attention and aggressive representation in a cost-effective manner. “Merrick Firestone and I shared the philosophy that we could compete with top-notch litigators and much larger law firms less expensively than our competition. Our firm has always maintained that belief system, which allows people to hire us as competitive counsel where other firms may be costprohibitive.” Veronica handles mostly commercial litigation cases, focusing on representing small to mid-size businesses in all legal needs – from contract issues to partnership disputes, employment matters, acquisitions/sales, and much more. As a ferocious litigator with the success rate to prove it, Veronica’s commitment level is unmatched. “I get a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction knowing when I have done

everything I can in a case.” Veronica credits her father, a retired high school teacher who still coaches football and wrestling, for her dedication level. “He always pushed me to do more, be better, and never give up on myself.” With her ethical standards and tenacity, it is no surprise that Veronica has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star multiple times and received a Lifetime Achievement Award as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys. She is one of “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers” and has been engaged to speak at multiple civil litigation education trainings. Veronica is more than just her profession, though. In her twenties, she stepped out of her comfort zone by “trying out” for something major once a year. “I auditioned for the Phoenix Suns dance line, attended open casting for “The Apprentice,” and I even tried out for the Arizona Caliente (women’s professional football) one year,” she says. “Those experiences helped me grow, but they especially taught me to better receive criticism.” Veronica continues to challenge herself which has included skydiving, running multiple half-marathons, and writing books. At the end of the day, the law is Veronica’s passion. “My biggest rewards come from working daily with people I adore, doing work I actually enjoy, and having landed in a profession that is perfectly suited for my personality. I am truly appreciative.” To contact Veronica Manolio, call 480.222.9100, or visit www.mf-firm.com.


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Each year, top designers, celebrities, and other special guests gather at Scottsdale Fashion Week (SFW) to put their most fashionable feet forward. Taking place March 26 to 29 at various locations across the city, the chic event will showcase top trends in everything from red-carpet gowns to beach-ready swimwear. Opening night (March 26) will kick off at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale with a “best of the best” collection from Saks Fifth Avenue, followed by on-trend looks from Akosha Swimwear and Avery Rose Lingerie on March 27 at W Scottsdale. VIP options abound, including a front-row experience on March 26, which includes two drinks and a gift bag. Times vary. General admission, $20-$60; VIP, $95-$125. www.scottsdalefashionweek.com.

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Break out your best green apparel, because on March 17, the five wineries along Old Town’s Scottsdale Wine Trail will host an interactive Shamrocks & Shenanigans Wine Scavenger Hunt in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Players, registered in teams of up to four, will start the evening of riddle-solving at LDV Winery before setting off to contemplate clues and collect “shamrocks” at each winery along the way. Tickets include three tastes at each stop and a commemorative wine glass. The fastest and most accurate players have the chance to earn special prizes – as long as they’re back at LDV by the end time. Advance online registeration required. 5-8 p.m. $30 per person. www.ldvwinery.com.


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Last month, the entertainment complex OdySea in the Desert rebranded to Arizona Boardwalk, but the focus is still on family fun. The 35-acre property that includes Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium, Polar Play Ice Bar, Laser + Mirror Maze, and plenty of shopping and dining will welcome

even more showstopping attractions in the coming year along with a Hyatt Place hotel that will make enjoying the festivities easier than ever for out-of-towners and locals looking for a staycation. First on the roster of new additions is VR Xtreme, opening early this


month, which will showcase 24 dynamic virtual reality experiences. Later this year, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not will open, providing interactive explorations of some of the world’s most intriguing oddities and fascinating feats. www.arizonaboardwalk.com.

Lounge on Mountain Shadows’ scenic rooftop deck with a drink during the newly revamped Cocktails Under the Cosmos series, which now includes viewing an astronomical event in addition to stargazing. Hosted by an astromoner, each event will feature an astrology-themed drink. In March and April, sip a Pisces- and Ariesinspired cocktail, respectively, as the moon reaches its closest point to Earth, resulting in a supermoon. Tickets include two cocktails, glasses of wine or beer and light bites. Pisces: March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aries: April 7, 7-9 p.m. $45. www.mountainshadows.com.




One of the Valley’s most celebrated restauranteurs, Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft, has opened the doors of another venture just down the street from his esteemed Mediterranean eatery. The all-new Pizzeria Virtu will dish out authentic Neapolitan pizza, with satisfaction guaranteed by Osso’s certification from the Accademia della Pizza Napoletana, a legal entity established by the Italian government that gives special designation to individuals dedicated to the craft of Neapolitan pizza making. Pizzas highlight traditional preparations as well as seasonal, local influences The menu also encompasses elegant salads and small plates in addition to Italian wine and cocktails. Not only does the restaurant pay homage to Osso’s Italian heritage, but it also harkens back to the beginnings of his culinary career – Pizzeria Virtu is housed in the same space that a local pizzeria inhabited for almost two decades, the very same restaurant Osso worked at when he moved to the area 17 years ago. www.pizzeriavirtu.com.


Comedian and entrepreneur Rick Bronson has opened up an all-new hot spot on High Street with The Stir Coffee Shop and Gin & Reel, an innovative coffee shop-speakeasy concept. For your caffeine fix, The Stir opens at 7 a.m., serving up boozy brews, creative cocktails and breakfast noshes. Its cocktail counterpart, Gin & Reel, open from 3 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends, is accessed through a hidden entrance that transports guests to the Prohibition era. www. thestircoffeebar.com.

Grab a bite before or after a spring training game at the newly opened Copper Mule Kitchen & Bar in North Scottsdale. With New American-style cuisine inspired by some of the most popular eats across the country, the menu is overflowing with standouts like a red wine short rib sandwich, steak salad, and AZ Ale fish and chips with housemade tartar sauce. To top it all off, the specialty drink menu features nine different takes on its namesake cocktail, such as the Kentucky, Irish, and Jamaican mules. During happy hour (3-6 p.m. daily) and reverse happy hour (9-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), all appetizers and mules are $2 off – and even your fur babies can join the fun since the patio is dog-friendly. www.coppermuleaz.com.



A fresh, flavorful and fast-casual eatery hailing from California is making its mark at Scottsdale Quarter early this month. Mixt will serve up bowls, salads, sandwiches, and protein plates from a seasonally rotating menu – and to wash it all down, there’s a variety of organic kombucha on tap as well as wine and beer. On the go? Place an order online or via the Mixt app to get your food in a flash at the Salad Valet’s pickup area. And fun fact: Salad Valet-goers can also opt for a refreshing spritz of spa mist on their face and a piece of fresh fruit to enhance the overall wellness experience. www.mixt.com. So Scottsdale! March ‘20


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Tour d’Artistes Studio Tour & Sale March 6-8, Fountain Hills What started as a small get-together between a group of local artists has grown into this premier art event. Spectators will have the opportunity to interact with more than 60 local artists at 13 galleries around Fountain Hills and watch them create works of art in real time. From painting to digital photography to jewelry, a variety of artistic mediums will be represented and available for purchase. Tour maps can be found on the event website. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.fountainhillsartleague.com. Rooftop March 14, Mountain Shadows After much success in its inaugural year (2019), Homeward Bound’s outdoor event will take place under the stars once again with gourmet bites, craft cocktails, premier entertainment and dancing. Funds raised will benefit Homeward Bound in providing housing; support services; and necessities such as food, clothing and household items to homeless families in the community. 6 p.m. $300. www.homewardboundaz.org. Swirl, Sip and Savor March 20, Royal Palms Resort and Spa Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center’s (SARRC) fourth annual wine and food pairing event will feature three parts: Swirl, an outdoor wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres where attendees can mingle with the hosting wineries; Sip, a gourmet dinner paired with wine; and Savor, a live auction of exclusive, small-lot vintages and one-of-a-kind wine country experiences. Proceeds will support SARRC’s outreach program, ThinkAsperger’s, which supports educators and medical professionals in identifying signs of autism. 5:30-10 p.m. $500. www.autismcenter.org. Evening in the Desert Gala March 21, Grayhawk Golf Club This memorable gala that supports children and families in their fight against pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases returns for its fourth year. Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire and enjoy an evening of signature cocktails, a seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. There will also be the opportunity to hear an inspiring St. Jude patient story and see the presentation of the 2020 Honoree, Jamie Korn. New this year, the event will feature an intimate songwriters showcase with performances by Beth Nielsen Chapman and other artists. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 5:30 p.m. $300. www.stjude.org. Fresh Start Gala March 21, The Phoenician For more than two decades, Fresh Start has supported women by providing education and resources. This year’s 24th annual Fresh Start Gala will commemorate the transformative work done by the organization since its inception. Attendees will be treated to a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and fun surprises throughout the night. The co-founder of My Sister’s Closet, Ann Siner, will be honored with the Founders’ Award for her impactful philanthropic endeavors in the Valley. 6 p.m. $700. www.freshstartwomen.org. Taco Festival at Salt River Fields April 4, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick More than 30 taco and tamale makers will join forces at this festival to offer a selection of delicious bites for just $3 each along with a tequila experience from the stadium’s viewing deck. Yes, this festival will take place in the stadium, rather than on the grounds outside. There will also be an array of entertainment, including tango lessons, Lucha Libre performances, a Tiny Taco Dog Beauty Pageant, and taco competitions. The Primo (VIP) experience includes five beverages, private restrooms, an excluisve bar, seven food tokens, and access to a VIP lounge. Tequila Experience tickets include 10 samples. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. General admission, $12 (advance) and $15 (gate); Primo, $40 (advance) and $80 (gate); Tequila Experience, additional $20; ages 12 and under, free. www.saltriverfields.com.


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March 10, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts This evening will showcase what makes lauded pianist Jeffery Siegel – who is now returning for his 41st season in Scottsdale – so highly regarded. Enjoy a program featuring masterfully performed classics from George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, John Philip Sousa, and more interspersed with entertaining and informative commentary. 7:30 p.m. $25-$45. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. BY KAYLOR JONES

FOUNTAIN HILLS FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL March 6-8, Avenue of the Fountains Art lovers can stroll this 16th annual juried festival of 125 acclaimed artists from around the country and abroad while sampling wine, beer and spirits. There will also be food and entertainment as well as Fountain Hills’ famous fountain providing a unique viewing experience at the top of every hour. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3; free for Fountain Hills residents; souvenir


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glass (includes six tasting tickets), $10. www.thunderbirdartists.com.

cocktail” or black-tie. 6 p.m. $250. www.eveningtopaws.org.

EVENING TO PAWS: MUTT GALA March 7, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Embrace your inner party animal at this Met Gala-inspired fundraiser for the Arizona Animal Welfare League. The evening will include entertainment, a delicious dinner, plenty of adoptable puppies, and silent and live auctions benefiting the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter. Suggested attire for the festive affair is “outrageous

PAINT THE CITY GALA March 7, Children’s Museum of Phoenix The 12th year of the Children’s Museum Gala will support the museum’s Every Child program, which provides museum admission and memberships to low-income families. The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, entertainment, dinner under the stars, and an afterparty complete with dessert and more music. The event aims not

only to raise funds for the next generation, but to inspire its attendees in the same way that the museum inspires thousands of children each year. 6 p.m. $500. www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org. PERSIAN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL March 7, Scottsdale Waterfront For more than 3,000 years every spring, Nowruz, also known as the Persian New Year, has been celebrated. This dynamic cultural experience will help locals carry on that tradition with a day of art, music, food, and theater and dance performances. This family-friendly festival will also feature plenty of local food vendors and shopping experiences. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.persiannewyearfestival.com. SUNDAY A’FAIR March 8, 22 and 29, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall Break out your blankets and lawn chairs for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ beloved outdoor concert series. Now in its 33rd year, music and art lovers alike can enjoy live entertainment and a pop-up arts market at this sunny afternoon event throughout the month. Noon-4 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. CELEBRATION OF CARING March 13, Chateaux Luxe Now in its 49th year, this fundraising event – themed “The Heart of Emerald City” – will include a hosted reception, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and live and silent auctions in addition to a program during which Fiesta Bowl Charities will receive the Excellence in Philanthropy award. The evening will also highlight the Assistance League of Phoenix’s Operation School Bell program, which provides new clothing and other necessities for thousands of students at high poverty schools in the Valley. 5 p.m. $250. www.alphx.org. AAHA! AN AUCTION OF HIERLOOMS AND ART March 14, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Hospice of the Valley’s signature fundraising event will feature a gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions of all the finer things in life – from fine art and wine to unique trips and experiences. Funds raised will support charity care programs for the patients and families of Hospice of the Valley. 6-10 p.m. $350; under 40 years old, $300. www.hov.org.

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to Phoenix for an evening full of romantic, powerful ballads and gorgeous waltzes from film and opera. The goal of the experience, as with all of Rieu’s performances, is to prove that classical music is made for anyone to enjoy. 8 p.m. $69+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. STAGECOACH VILLAGE FINE ART FESTIVAL March 20-22, Stagecoach Village Browse original works of fine art in mediums ranging from stone, bronze and wood to acrylics, glass and leather at Stagecoach Village’s scenic open-air plaza. Guests can also grab a bite to eat and a drink at one of the many nearby restaurants as the perfect way to cap off a day spent perusing this Cave Creek art festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.stagecoachvillagecc.com.


April 4, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The 26th annual Celebrity Fight Night is poised to be an exciting, star-studded evening of entertainment benefiting the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute and several other charities. Join celebrities, professional athletes, musical director David Foster, and host Reba McEntire for a night to remember with performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Pia Toscano and more. This black-tie affair will feature a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. 5:30 p.m. $1,500+. www.celebrityfightnight.org.

BALLSFEST March 15, Mountain Shadows Celebrate a new class of “Ballers” – children at local hospitals in need of some extra TLC – at this event that will include cocktails, a slider bar, and live music. Funds raised will support the nonprofit organization Ballsfest in its mission to uplift children, young adults and families affected by cancer. 2-5 p.m. $150. www.ballsfest.org. PILATES & PROSECCO March 15, Mountain Shadows There’s no better place for a one-hour Pilates class than


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the gorgeous manicured lawn at Mountain Shadows resort. Following the class, hosted by instructor Jenn Menzer, guests can savor two glasses of prosecco (included with ticket purchase) and soak up some spectacular mountain views. Attendees must bring their own mat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. www.mountainshadows.com. ANDRE RIEU March 17, Talking Stick Resort Arena Andre Rieu will tote his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and world-famous Stradivarius violin

CAMARADERIE GALA March 21, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa A New Leaf is celebrating 50 years of providing critical skills and resources to people in need. Proceeds from this gala will support the organization’s homeless and domestic violence shelters as they prepare for another 50 years of vital work in the Valley. 6-11 p.m. $350. www.turnanewleaf.org. HAPPILY EVER AFTER CANCER TEA March 22, Avery Lane Pull out your fascinator for this elegant afternoon tea and auction to raise funds in support of Send Me On Vacation, which provides breast cancer survivors the opportunity to initiate the process of emotional healing through a oneof-a-kind vacation experience. The afternoon will include light fare, tea and a glass of prosecco. Purchase a special glass for an additional $25 to get unlimited prosecco at the event. 2-4:30 p.m. Individual, $50; table, $270 (six people) and $320 (eight people). www.sendmeonvacation.org. S.T.A.R.S.: SURVIVORS TELL A REAL STORY March 22, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts This live storytelling event will shed light on the truth that good can be found in even the darkest of times. Each inspiring story, presented by eight cancer survivors, will touch on themes of courage in the face of adversity. The afternoon’s speakers were selected by A 2nd Act, an organization that helps female cancer survivors share their tales and find renewed purpose after their treatment ends. 2 p.m. $22. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON March 28, The Phoenician This annual luncheon and fashion show will provide support for Steele Children’s Research Center, the only academic pediatric medical research center in the state, as they search for solutions to childhood disorders and diseases. Funds from the event will support life-changing research in autoimmune diseases, childhood postinfectious autoimmune encephalopathy, and genome sequencing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $250. www.azpanda.org. COMPASSION WITH FASHION March 29, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa This fundraising event for the Arizona Humane Society – themed “Repuplicans and Democats” – will rally more than 1,000 pet lovers for a luncheon; a fashion show presented by Trina Turk; silent and live auctions; and plenty of adoptable “candidates,” which will be presented during the Parade of Paws. VIP tickets will include access to the after-party, a meet and greet with the humane society’s president and CEO, and a special swag bag. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. General admission, $250; VIP, $350. www.azhumane.org. PLATED & STAGED March 29, Herberger Theater Beginning at Herberger Theater, this unique event will kick off with a cocktail reception, entertainment, a wine pull, a raffle, and a silent auction benefiting the theater’s youth outreach programs. Then, each group of eight guests will be treated to a three-course dinner and wine at a different surprise restaurant across the Valley. Cocktail reception and silent auction, 4:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Individual, $250; table of eight, $1,900. www.herbergertheater.org. RUN TO FIGHT CHILDREN’S CANCER April 5, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Participate in a 10K run, a 5K run/ walk, and a quarter-mile Cancer Hero Walk at this fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Network. The 10th annual event will honor childhood cancer survivors, those who are still fighting, and those who have been lost to the disease. Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt and a finisher medal. 8 a.m. 5K, $40; 10K, $50. In April, prices increase $5 for each race, with registration available only on-site. www.runtofightcancer.com.

Experience Counts Dr. Andrew Wolin develops exclusive products to build fresh, vibrant skin


For decades, top Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Wolin, has sculpted thousands of Arizona faces, creating results that please patients and impress their families and friends. Through that vast experience, Dr. Wolin discovered that the patients with the very best outcomes were also those who started out with the healthiest skin. Dr. Wolin wondered, “is it possible to help my patients grow vibrant, youthful skin before surgery, to improve final results?” Thus began his quest to crack the code of skin renewal. Using the combination of exclusive medical-grade products for a period of time before facial plastic surgery, Dr. Wolin’s patients reduced recovery time, sped up healing and ultimately enjoyed significantly better looking results. “But these aren’t just over-thecounter, one-size-fits-all products. I custom formulate compounds for each patient’s unique needs to help invigorate and plump up their skin for a younger, youthful look, both before and after surgery,” says Dr. Wolin.


“Then something really remarkable happened,” recalls Dr. Wolin. “We started getting visits from friends of our patients, who just wanted our skin building products.” Dr. Wolin and his staff discovered that these products worked wonders


not just for surgery patients, but nearly anyone who wants fresh, younglooking skin. To make these remarkable products available to more people, Dr. Wolin set up an on-line store with his exclusive products. “But to really get the best results, I need to examine new patients first-hand, to create a skin-building program customized for their unique needs,” advises Dr. Wolin. With this personalized plan, patients can reorder these medical-grade products for fast and easy delivery right at home. You may start your own personalized skin-building program right away with a consultation appointment with Dr. Wolin by calling 480-945-8440 or visit wolinplasticsurgery.com to learn more about these innovative new products.



QUEENS OF THE GREENS The LPGA Founders Cup returns to the Valley for its 10th anniversary

Taking place March 16-22, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Founders Cup will see the top women in golf tee off at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa’s Wildfire Golf Club. The lush scenery will serve as the perfect backdrop for socializing, imbibing and celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the only LPGA event in Arizona. Integral to the LPGA Tour is the LPGA Foundation, which empowers girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives like the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program, where girls have the opportunity to learn the game and apply for college scholarships. After 70 years, the LPGA continues to inspire women to live more mindful, purposeful lives through a strong community where women golfers can connect. “The LPGA has evolved from a dream that many thought would never happen, much less flourish into one of the most well-respected golf organizations in the world,” says Tournament Director Scott Wood. “Our players are mothers, athletes, entrepreneurs and, most importantly, role models from countries all over the world.” Players continuing their golf careers during this year’s LPGA Tour include defending champion Jin Young Ko and Valley residents Cristie Kerr and Anna Nordqvist, who will be competing alongside more than 140 athletes for a $1.5 million purse. The week-long celebration will kick off March 15 with the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Pro-Am, in addition to the Women’s Leadership Forum on March 19 and Junior Golf Day on March 21, which will include free hands-on instruction from LPGA teaching professionals for youth ages 6-17. Fans can also participate in two new off-course experiences at the Founders Museum, which commemorates the oldest women’s sporting organization, and the Founders Food Fest, which will feature 12 food trucks on March 21 and 22.


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A variety of ticket options are available for both the casual attendee and the high-status VIP. General admission passes allow guests to explore the grounds and enjoy fan experiences. To sip beverages while conversing over hors d’oeuvres, check out the premier Founders Club on the 18th green ($145), the elevated viewing area at the 18th Villa ($120), or the Pioneer Pavilion on the 9th green ($45-$85). For guests that wish to further upgrade, the Inside the Ropes experience ($1,250) allows two attendees to walk the greens alongside their favorite player during a competition round. The tickets also include autographs and access to the Pioneer Pavilion for both guests. This year’s ticket proceeds will be donated back to the LPGA Foundation to help support the Girls Golf initiative.

IF YOU GO… What: LPGA Founders Cup When: March 16-22, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: Wildfire Golf Club, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix Tickets: $25+ Information: www. thefounderslpga.com


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BLOOMING WITH PURPOSE The Board of Visitors celebrates its 105th Annual Charity Ball


IF YOU GO… What: The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball When: April 4, 6 p.m. Where: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale Tickets: $750 Information: www. boardofvisitors.org

The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball will celebrate yet another philanthropic season with this black-tie fundraiser, held at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa on April 4. Guests will be treated to an elegant night of formal dining, live music from The Hamptons band, dancing, and the presentation of this year’s Flower Girls. The Board of Visitors (BOV) is committed to serving the health care needs of women, children and the elderly by raising funds with donations and fundraisers, through which caring women – including the 45 Flower Girls who will be presented at this year’s event – have worked to support a healthier community for over 100 years. In 1908, the organization began to bloom when The Board of Friendly Visitors


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provided assistance to those with tuberculosis, holding annual charity balls to raise money to build a sanatorium. Their fundraising efforts continued to improve through the 1930s, with the addition of Flower Girls selling bouquets and boutonnieres at the ball, now a long-standing tradition that is still going strong today. Young women selected to be Flower Girls for BOV learn the art of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic events each year. Such events include the Annual Fashion Show Luncheon in December and a visit to Ryan House. To celebrate these young women, their fathers will present them at the Annual Charity Ball, which is Arizona’s longest running philanthropic event. “As we enter our 112th year as an

organization, we are thankful that this time-honored tradition remains,” says BOV Chairman Susan Westra. “The members of The Board of Visitors recognize and are grateful for the generosity of those who have supported our events, allowing us to fulfill our mission.” Since its inception, BOV has granted more than $22 million to local nonprofit organizations in the Greater Phoenix community. And this year, thanks to the generous support of their fundraising efforts, BOV will grant $1.33 million to 24 local nonprofits supporting health care in 2020, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, HonorHealth Foundation, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. For information regarding reservations, call 602.235.9554.

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Dig into scrumptious noodle dishes from a variety of cuisines March is National Noodle Month, and there’s no time like the present to celebrate. This craveable carb is a staple in dozens of cultures and takes countless forms, from spicy Asian-inspired to upscale Italian. Here are five must-try noodle dishes to savor this month.


Dan Dan Noodles Flo’s A classic Chinese comfort food staple, Dan Dan noodles are a spicy street food from China’s Sichuan province. Flo’s version is comprised of a bed of steamed flour noodles in a spicy soy-based chile sauce. Fresh cucumber, carrots and scallions serve as a cool and crisp contrast to the heat. Guests can choose from a variety of proteins including chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu and barbecue pork, or opt for a mix of veggies. $11.95-$16.95. www.madebyflo.com. Sen Yei Noodles Malee’s Thai Bistro For more than 30 years, Malee’s has served authentic Thai dishes in a classy, inviting setting among Old Town’s art gallery-lined streets. For a unique combination of sweet, sour and umami flavors, try the standout sen yei noodles, a seasonal option available through June that is adorned with savory minced pork sausage that’s been slow-cooked in a thick, soy-based broth. To top it off, the flat Thai noodles are garnished with earthy Chinese broccoli for added textural contrast. $16.25. www.maleesonmain.com. Short Rib Mac and Cheese Ocean 44 This rich, creamy side dish begins with a bechamel sauce enhanced by onions, garlic and sweet shishito peppers. Four cheeses – Parmesan, Romano, black truffle, and Gruyere – are then melted into the silky mixture and tossed with al dente egg noodles. Last but definitely not least, the mac and cheese is sprinkled with crispy panko breadcrumbs and topped with house-braised short rib, chopped chives, and a black truffle and green peppercorn sauce. $19. www.ocean44.com. Oxtail Pappardelle ZuZu In October 2019, ZuZu revamped both its classic midcentury modern design and innovative menu. One of the new signature dishes is composed of fresh pasta covered with braised oxtail in a rich reduction sauce. Foie gras is seared and folded into the pasta, adding to the medley of savory, luxurious flavors. The crowning finish is a topping of shallots, Parmesan cheese and chives. $28. www.hotelvalleyho.com. Obon Ramen Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen This noodle hot spot is home to a variety of ramen dishes, including a ramen of the month. One of the most popular items is the eatery’s eponymous Obon ramen, made with a spicy red miso and chicken broth, pork belly, ground chicken, enoki mushrooms, black and red garlic oil, Fresno chilies, and a 64-degree egg. Other varieties include two veggie ramens and a chilled option with no broth. Dishes can be customized by adding spice, an extra egg, or double protein. $14-$15.75. www.fukushuconcepts.com.


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Jewelry designer Kathi Turner creates rustic wearable art and accessories. Her distinctive creations draw from her life as a cattle rancher in eastern Washington and the remote high desert near the Nevada border. “My inspiration comes from the beauty all around me, and so much comes from the ranching world I shared with my husband,” Turner says. “I think that’s why horses show up in so many of my pieces.” After marrying in 1964, Turner and her husband Tom started their first ranch together in Ellensburg, Washington. There, she learned about beading techniques, materials, and use of colors from the female elders of the Yakama Native American tribe. “I started doing a lot of beading at age 13, and that is when my love to create and design jewelry started,” she says. Turner is primarily self-taught – through lots of trial and error, she says. “It’s hard to explain a person’s drive to create. It’s a driving force within that just takes place when you start creating. You may have an idea, but when you start it takes its own direction.” After retiring from ranch life and moving to Scottsdale, Turner took her jewelry-making in a new direction and began working with silver, copper and semi-precious stones, turquoise being her stone of choice. “With a torch in one hand and a passion in the other, I have come up with a style I call ‘rustic primitive.’” Turner participates in two annual art shows: Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, held by the Sonoran Arts League the weekends before and after Thanksgiving, and the Superior Livestock Video Auction held every July in Winnemucca, Nevada. Her pieces can be viewed and purchased on her website (www.highdesertcreations.com) and by appointment at her Scottsdale studio. Each pendant has a meaningful name, such as A Sense of Peace. A favorite of Turner’s is the Soul Mates pendant, with a turquoise heart resting below two horse heads cast in silver. “It represents individuals who, despite their differences, have a driving love for each other,” she says. “It seems to be a favorite among sweethearts. This piece says a lot and means a lot.” Beyond her repertoire of pendants, Turner also does commissioned pieces, which hold a significant place in her heart. “Through commissions, I have heard some very awesome stories, and some very sad ones. Sometimes I’m asked to remake things that I have made in the past, and other times it may be recycling a memory and using a piece of jewelry that has meaning.” Most of her commissioned pieces are ranch brand pendants or key fobs, but Turner welcomes those interested to contact her. “I became an artist to share what I feel,” Turner says. “When I sell a piece, I’m not just selling a piece – I’m selling a piece of my heart and soul.”


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AFTER HOURS AT TALIESIN WEST Get an inside look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home with an exclusive private tour of Taliesin West. See everything from the legendary architect’s office to the one-ofa-kind cabaret theater and music pavilion during the 60-minute tour, or delve even deeper into Wright’s desert laboratory with a 90-minute tour, which includes his private living quarters. Both options conclude with a social hour in the Taliesin West Square, where attendees can mingle with a glass of wine or beer in hand while admiring the stunning natural landscape and glittering city lights. www.franklloydwright.org.


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On April 2, break out your clubs for a good cause at this golf tournament in support of Phoenix Zoo’s conservation efforts. Guests can spend the morning playing at Talking Stick Golf Club’s O’odham and Piipaash courses – designed by extolled course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Core – while enjoying snacks and refreshments. Afterward, guests will be treated to a luncheon and time with the zoo’s adorable animal ambassadors, as well as a raffle, a silent auction, and the chance to earn prizes for feats like the longest drive. www.phoenixzoo.org.

There’s no time like teatime, and Wrigley Mansion has got this elegant endeavor covered. On Fridays and Saturdays at 3 p.m., a veritable buffet will be laid out, complete with delicate cakes, sandwiches, scones, and, of course, tea – Dammann Freres tea, to be exact. To upgrade the luxurious experience even further, guests can spring for Champagne, caviar, and smoked salmon, all best savored while enjoying the 360-degree views the hilltop mansion is known for. Reservations required. www.wrigleymansion.com.

ALASKAZONA ADVENTURES Experience Arizona’s stunning landscape from new heights in a private Alaskan bush plane with Alaskazona. Founder Eric Rovey – an Arizona native and experienced pilot who runs a similar service in Alaska – offers several tour options between 500 and 1,000 feet above the ground, giving travelers an intimate view of natural wonders. The Premiere Pleasant Valley Tour, which starts at $499 per person, includes sights like the Colorado Plateau and Weavers Needle, while the Pilot’s Choice flight showcases a surprise destination. Private and custom tours to Payson, Sedona and other locations are available upon request, with all tours booking through late April. www.alaskazona.com.

FIERCE FEMALES AT THE PHOENICIAN Incorporating eats from The Phoenician’s showstopping female chefs, this dining series will be served up as a multicourse, community-style feast with seasonally inspired fare. On March 19, assistant pastry chef Ashley Liane will showcase her Mediterranean menu, and on April 16, the resort’s executive sous chef, Rebecca Tillman, will present a farm-focused meal. At both installments, which will be hosted in Mowry & Cotton’s Vermillion Room, The Phoenician’s female mixologists will whip up some stunning cocktails to match the evening’s theme. www.thephoenician.com.

CACTUS LEAGUE An annual Arizona tradition, the Cactus League – spring training for 15 MLB teams – shakes up the Valley as more than a million people gather to cheer on their favorite teams each year. Multiple games are taking place at stadiums across Greater Phoenix each day until March 24, with standout venues including the Chicago Cubs’ Sloan Park in Mesa, the newest stadium and largest in the Cactus League by capacity; Scottsdale Stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants; and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will hold down the fort. www.cactusleague.com.

INDIA: FASHION’S MUSE This exhibition, open now through June 21 at Phoenix Art Museum, puts India centerstage, featuring more than


40 garments in celebration of global trends that began in the cultural hub. Pieces run the gamut from streetwear to runway fashion, with work from Pierre Balmain, Versace, Givenchy, and many modern Indian fashion designers who are skillfully blending the rich history of the subcontinent with some of the most innovative techniques of the 21st-century fashion world. www.phxart.org.

THE ILLUSIONISTS Five of the most awe-inspiring illusionists in the world have joined forces to put on a show that’s overflowing with dazzling feats. At Orpheum Theatre from March 27 to 29, this act is sure to wow with its sophisticated magic, high-tech aids, and death-defying stunts. The Illusionists have been entertaining crowds across the country with their dynamic talents during their North American tour, which now brings them to Downtown Phoenix’s historic Orpheum Theatre. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.

AGAVE ON THE ROCKS Desert Botanical Garden will light up on the night of March 27 for a celebration of food, music, and tequila (made from agave, naturally). At this 21-and-over event, attendees will savor the culinary hits of local restaurants and caterers while sipping margaritas out of glowing glasses. And the best way to top off an evening of drinks, food and fun? A relaxing walk through the scenic garden paths. www.dbg.org.

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER On March 22 and 23, Musical Instrument Museum will host these contemporary music icons for four showstopping performances. Since the group was formed in 1969, these veterans of the music industry have incorporated elements of swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, a cappella, and rock ‘n’ roll into their Grammy Award-winning music and dynamic live gigs. The Manhattan Transfer has been releasing timeless tunes – often in collaboration with superstars like Phil Collins and Pentatonix – for decades, so there’s guaranteed to be a song for everyone. www.mim.org.

WONDERSPACES: ELSEWHERE Immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind, experiential art installations created by more than


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a dozen talented artists from around the world. Elsewhere, showing through April 12 at the permanent exhibit Wonderspaces within Scottsdale Fashion Square, encourages viewers to let go of what they think to be true and question their realities. Art pieces include Hoshi by Nonotak Studio, a dreamlike interpretation of an endless space created using light, sound and mirrors, and Scenocosme’s Akousmaflore, which represents the relationship between nature and technology. Beer and wine are for sale to sip on while admiring the art. Online reservations are recommended. www.wonderspaces.com.

IRISH FOUNTAIN FEST On March 14, don your greenest attire and raise a glass to the luck of the Irish at this spirited celebration in Fountain Park. The third year of Fountain Hills’ free St. Patrick’s Day festival promises just as much music, food and family fun as previous years, plus a Celtic rock band, traditional Irish folk dancing performances, a kids zone, food trucks, bagpipes, and a beer garden. The centerpiece of the event, however, is the greening of the iconic 560-foot fountain for which the town is named. Watch it turn emerald green at noon and at 4 p.m. www.experiencefountainhills.org.

GREAT WOLF WATERPARK Make a splash with all-new day passes from Great Wolf Waterpark, starting at $30 per person or $25 for a half day. Previously only open to guests staying at Great Wolf Lodge, the passes allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy the 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark without staying overnight. Highlights include the Talking Stick Treehouse, complete with spray stations and suspension bridges; Chinook Cove, an activity pool with an obstacle course and basketball hoops; and multiple raft rides and slides. Day passes are only available online and must be reserved at least one day in advance. www.greatwolf.com.

SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL This year marks the 50th anniversary of this locally loved arts festival. From March 13 to 15, this Valley tradition will fill the 20-acre Scottsdale Civic Center Park to the brim with art, food and music. Admire the work of more than 170 jury-selected artists, or even flex your creative muscles at an interactive workshop. The culinary arts will also be on display with food trucks and eateries. Proceeds will support the arts education and outreach programs of Scottsdale Arts. www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.




This traveling film festival made by, for and about women will arrive at Madison Center for the Arts on March 15. Ranging from intelligent to humorous to thought-provoking, each one of the eight diverse flicks has one thing in common – they were made by talented female filmmakers. The event will also include a reception and a raffle. Proceeds will support the service projects of Soroptimist International of Phoenix, which has hosted LUNAFEST since 2014 and is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. www.lunafest.org.

Experience the rich history of Arizona Biltmore with a beverage in hand during a Happy Hour History Tour, offered Fridays at 6 p.m. The 45-minute tour, hosted by one of the resort’s historians, takes guests back to its Old Hollywood days, with stories that feature celebrities and U.S. presidents. The specialty cocktails, of which two are offered in the $25 admission, also hark back to a different era with unique takes on classic cocktails such as a Manhattan and martinis. Try the iconic Tequila Sunrise, which originated at the Biltmore. Reservations required. www.arizonabiltmore.com.

Get in touch with the heart of the Grand Canyon State through unique tours to suit any taste. For history buffs, take a Historic Highlights Tour of locations from Phoenix’s beginnings. Or if you’re looking for a spookier experience, the Phoenix Murders and Mysteries Tour is all about the darker days of the Old West, full of shocking details about the city’s most famous murder. And for a ghostly night out, the fan-favorite Haunted Pub Tour features three pubs with arcane pasts. www.spiritofarizonatours.com.

ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF ARIZONA Peruse Italian vendors and artists and enjoy engaging cultural performances at Downtown Phoenix’s seventh annual celebration of all things Italian. Held March 14 and 15, the event will showcase food and wine from some of Arizona’s top Italian restaurants. The springtime fun will be rounded out with entertainment including acrobatics, live music performances, and a special guest from X Factor Italia. www.italianfestivalaz.com.

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BLOSSOMING BEAUTY The pink-purple spring makeup trend reminiscent of orchids

Metallic eyeshadow, Nars, $19 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Matte lipstick, Anastasia Beverly Hills, $18 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Moisturizing lip gloss, Cle de Peau Beaute, $38 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Buildable blush, Clinique, $25 at Sephora, www. sephora.com. High-shine nail polish, Christian Louboutin, $50 at Neiman Marcus. Gloss for eyes, cheeks and lips, $28 at Laura Mercier, www. lauramercier.com.


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WHIMSICAL WARES Add a splash of shimmer with iridescent accessories

Round vase, LSA International, $45 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Elongated crystal chandelier, $4,115 at Aerin, www.aerin. com. Lead-crystal butterfly, Baccarat, $175 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Mother-of-pearl tray, Ladorada, $90 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Round mirror with capiz shells, $399 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Framed geode wall art, $3,285 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com.


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Pink stretchknit crop top, FP Movement, $48 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Green biker shorts, Melody Ehsani, $32 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Chartreuse layering tank, $29.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Rose gold quilted backpack, MZ Wallace, $235 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Gold glimmer sneakers, Puma, $110 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Pink leopard highrise midi leggings, $64 at Onzie, www. onzie.com.


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BOLD BLOOMS Colorful florals that scream spring

Cropped jumpsuit, Banjanan, $375 at Madewell, www. madewell.com. 3D embellished clutch, Roger Vivier, $2,095 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Scallop hem skort, $88 at Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com. Tie-front crop top, Billabong, $49.95 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Ankle-strap block heel, Fendi, $850 at Nordstrom. Midi sheath dress, Dolce & Gabbana, $1,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.

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NECKLACE: Orange vine, Dolce & Gabbana, $395. JACKET: Multicolor quilted with hood, Camilla, $145. DRESS: Yellow silk spaghetti strap, Caroline Constas, $395. SHOES: Tan canvas booties, Rag & Bone, $89.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www. mysisterscloset.com.



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JACKET: Perforated leather, Escada, $145. TOP: Banana T-shirt, Stella McCartney, $145. SHORTS: Off-white grid print, Escada, $49.95. HANDBAG: Black quilted leather backpack, Chanel, $3,495. SHOES: Black leather sandals, Michael Kors, $69.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.

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SHIRT: Pink and white checkered button-down, Eton, $69.95. PANTS: Black slacks, Brooks Brothers, $69.95. SHOES: Black Oxfords, Louis Vuitton, $275. All from Well Suited, www.shopwellsuited.com.

DRESS: Floral kimono, Johanna Ortiz, $395. SHOES: Pink velvet with ruffle ankle strap, Oscar Tiye, $69.95. Both from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.


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TOP: Red and blue patterned silk, Gucci, $495. SKIRT: Logo pencil, Fendi, $556. HANDBAG: Black and burgundy leather tote, Marc Jacobs, $245. SHOES: White platform sandals, Yves Saint Laurent, $99.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.

SHIRT: Blue and white printed button-down, Thomas Dean, $17.50. PANTS: Navy straight leg, Ralph Lauren, $49.95. SHOES: Red calfskin loafers, Salvatore Ferragamo, $345. All from Well Suited, www.shopwellsuited.com.

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SWEATER: Chartreuse cashmere V-neck, Brooks Brothers, $145. PANTS: Navy straight leg, Ralph Lauren, $49.95. SHOES: Black Oxfords, Louis Vuitton, $275. All from Well Suited, www. shopwellsuited.com.


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SUIT: Black threepiece, Ralph Lauren, $125. TIE: Rose silk, Louis Vuitton, $195. SHIRT: Light blue button-down, Ermenegildo Zegna, $49.95. All from Well Suited, www.shopwellsuited.com.

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EARRINGS: Pink and aquamarine crystal clip-ons, Oscar de la Renta, $89.95. NECKALCE: Pink and yellow crystals with pearls, Oscar de la Renta, $125. TOP: Black bodysuit, Donna Karan, $59.99. SKIRT: Black tulle, La Femme, $24.95. SHOES: Embroidered snakeskin boots, Stetson, $175. All from My Sister’s Closet, www. mysisterscloset.com.


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DRESS: Red with lapis lazuli stones, Prada, $475. HANDBAG: Red satin clutch, Prada, $375. SHOES: Blue heeled sandals, Liliana, $14.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.

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AMBASSADOR, GATEWAY FOR CANCER RESEARCH Samantha Harris has many credits to her name, including: wife, mother, Emmy Award-winning TV host, certified health coach, and cancer survivor. Recently, she added another title – ambassador of Gateway for Cancer Research. Samantha had dedicated much of her life to healthy living. She ate right, exercised regularly and was, from all outward appearances, the picture of perfect health. She underwent her first mammogram in late 2013, at age 40, earning a clean bill of health. That all changed in just 11 days. Following a workout, Samantha discovered a lump in her right breast. Referring back to her seemingly clear mammogram less than two weeks prior, her ob-gyn discounted the mass as little more than lumpy tissue resulting from having dense breasts, as many women do. Still feeling uneasy about the lump, Samantha met with an internist who, again, assured her that it wasn’t cancer. Four months later, Samantha’s gut intuition wouldn’t let the matter go, so she scheduled an appointment with a surgical oncologist. She underwent multiple procedures, including two ultrasounds, an MRI and a needle biopsy – all of which suggested the mass was benign. However, the doctor performed a lumpectomy in a last-

ambassador of Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that for nearly three decades has been funding early phase clinical cancer trials at some of the world’s most renowned institutions. Join Samantha, cancer survivors, celebrities and philanthropists from around the world at the 4th Annual Vino con Stelle on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Scottsdale Hanger One in Scottsdale. You can help Samantha and Gateway for Cancer Research shape a future in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared. For tickets, please visit GatewayCR.org/Vino or call 866-932-4208.

ditch effort to confirm the origin of the mass and ease Samantha’s fears once and for all. That test proved that Samantha’s instinct had been right all along. It was in fact cancer. A cancer that had been present for possibly years, slowly growing. When the radiologist looked once again at the original mammogram, with new knowledge of the location of the mass, he suggested it was “like trying to find a snowball in a snowstorm.” Samantha was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). In May 2014, she made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy

followed by breast reconstruction surgery. Today, the former Entertainment Tonight and Dancing with the Stars co-host is cancer free, living life to its fullest and helping to educate others about the importance of knowing your body, trusting your gut, and being your own advocate. Grateful for the physicians, researchers and organizations that are working to take the fear out of a cancer diagnosis, Samantha uses her public platform to shed light on the people and organizations that are making a difference in the world of cancer treatment and research. In 2019, she signed on as an

4TH ANNUAL GATEWAY FOR CANCER RESEARCH VINO CON STELLE Hosted By: Richard J and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson Friday, April 17, 2020 Scottsdale Hangar One www.gatewaycr.org/vino Tickets: 866-932-4208


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


Get in the springtime spirit and elevate your outdoor gatherings with the Windsor Picnic Basket from Picnic Time. The suitcase-style handle on this willow basket makes for even more convenient transportation of refreshments, while an acrylic fleece blanket ensures plush seating is always close at hand. The sturdily constructed basket fits a meal kit for four people, including porcelain plates, silverware, napkins, a hardwood cutting board, a cheese knife, salt and pepper shakers, double-walled coffee mugs, food storage containers, and a zip-top cooler. The set also features hand-blown wine glasses, a stainless-steel corkscrew, a bottle stopper, and an insulated wine duffel for those looking to add some extra class to their picnic party. $399.95 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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2020 ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN The full-sized SUV is the epitome of luxury BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

It was inevitable that Rolls-Royce would follow the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati into the booming SUV market, albeit belatedly. The luxury automaker’s contribution, the Cullinan, is named for the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, discovered in 1905 and weighing more than 3,100 carats. The Cullinan is heavily based on the RollsRoyce Phantom, mimicking its boxy style, tall windows, and 22-inch wheels. Higher ground clearance, a wagon-style roofline, and thick D-pillars set the Cullinan apart. Inside, the cabin is magnificently finished. It is almost identical to the Phantom, but with a larger infotainment system and a wider center console. The entire interior is an amalgamation of luxuriously hand-finished surfaces, featuring water-resistant box-grain leathers and jeweler-styled metalwork. The 18-speaker audio system is nothing short of stunning. Of course, Rolls-Royce allows customers to source pretty much anything to personalize, enhance, wrap or inlay into the interior, making the Cullinan a bespoke work of art. If you can imagine it, Rolls-Royce can handmake it to order.


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The overall feel of the cabin bears resemblance to a high-end living room, with seating more comfortable than any sofa on the market. And, of course, seating adjustments are unlimited. There’s simply no other vehicle with luxury, comfort and quiet on this level. Power is delivered by a 6.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine with 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Disregard the fact it weighs over three tons – the SUV moves with incredible ease, reaching 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds so quietly it could easily be mistaken for an all-electric vehicle. But the Cullinan is not only about the “magic carpet ride” experience; it can also be taken off-road thanks to its electronically controlled adjustable suspension. Though it could likely handle any terrain, most owners will keep their luxury vehicle well away from the great outdoors. The Cullinan will be limited to about 2,000 units annually with around 600 designated for the U.S. market., and while adding options can put it near the half-million price range, for those with the desire and the means, this extravagant road warrior succeeds on all levels.

Base price: $325,000 Price as tested: $409,550 Engine: 6.7-L V-12 Horsepower: 563 Fuel economy: 12/20 mpg city/ highway Fab features: Off-road capabilities Endless bespoke indulgences Powerful engine and performance



OPULENT ADVENTURES Belmond offers luxury train travel and other elite experiences across the globe BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF BELMOND

Life’s a journey, not a destination. However, Belmond believes that by exploring destinations and cultures both near and far, one’s journey can be so much richer. A luxury travel and adventure purveyor with a collection of 46 hotels as well as trains and river cruises in 22 countries, Belmond is no mere travel planner, instead considering itself the ultimate travel curator and connoisseur for the most discerning of explorers. A variety of packages and tours are interspersed with experiences including art classes, self-care retreats, sailing, and wining and dining. Among its most impressive offerings are its train and hotel packages across Europe, whisking guests on adventures through Paris, London, Venice and more. For those seeking a short sojourn, consider the three-night journey from London to Venice, which begins by boarding the vintage British Belmond Pullman Train. The adventure starts with a welcome Bellini and brunch on board, followed by a picturesque ride to Paris. Once there, guests are escorted to their own private cabins aboard the Venice Simplon-OrientExpress, where dinner is served in a historic dining car. The ride is an experience in itself as the elite train is appointed with art deco elegance, featuring polished wood, plush upholstery and finishes that whisk guests back to 1920s glamour, but with the modern amenities of today. The cabins are equally as impressive, especially the three grand suites, which

are named Paris, Venice and Istanbul. Each is decorated in homage to its city with bespoke details ranging from hand-carved timber and delicate silks to woven fabrics and antique accent furniture. The suites and cabins are so lush that you may forget you are on a train at all. That is, until day two as the train gently passes through mountains, vineyards and villages before arriving in Venice, where passengers are transported to the waterfront Belmond Hotel Cipriani for an optional two-night stay featuring Michelin-star fine dining, a private marina, and private tours. For a longer excursion, there is also a 10-night round-trip journey from Paris to Istanbul, which begins with a two-night stay at Hotel San Regis and includes the ultimate Parisian tour to see the ChampsElysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Palais de Chaillot – which boasts some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River – as well as Napoleon’s final resting place and Place de la Concorde. From Paris, guests board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for Budapest, where the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest will host everyone for the night before a day of touring the city with a private guide. Afterward, it’s back on the train for cocktails, dinner and a journey through Romania, including a stop at Pele Castle, before disembarking in Bucharest. The magic continues on and off the train for the next several days, as passengers travel across the Danube and into Bulgaria before stopping in Istanbul for a three-night stay at the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. From here, a guided tour across the city is offered as well as additional excursions, from a spa experience to shopping to historically focused adventures, for an added charge. For more information and to book a trip, visit www.belmond.com. So Scottsdale! March ‘20





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Designed by acclaimed architect Will Bruder, this modern, 3,354-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. With picture-perfect patio views and a convenient location in the heart of the Scottsdale Arts District, this fully furnished residence at Eldorado on 1st is certainly something to write home about. Upon entering, the eyes are immediately drawn to windows that line the living area. Speakers are installed within the walls, working with the blackout shades and glass wine cellar to make entertaining a breeze at any time of day. The adjacent kitchen, recently remodeled by Bulthaup, features high-end appliances from Gaggenau Hausgerate, including multiple ovens. The bright cooking space also has seating at the center island. A wet bar and a walk-in pantry complete the space, in addition to a dining area lit by the sun streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The sophisticated master suite is adorned in cool, calming grays, with a focal wall taking centerstage behind the comfortable sleeping area. A spacious bathroom includes double sinks; a freestanding tub; and a large, spa-like shower. The additional bedrooms also benefit from an abundance of natural light. The junior master suite includes a large closet and another bathroom, while the guest room has bountiful space for a cozy sitting area. In addition to a private elevator and a two-car garage, the condo features a stunning rooftop deck. The outdoor living space includes a retractable louvered pergola, so the plush furniture, dining area, and fire pit can be enjoyed anytime, no matter the weather. The patio also allows for views of Camelback Mountain, which are sure to stun at sunset and sunrise every day. Condominium residents at Eldorado on 1st also have access to the community’s refreshing pool and spa, the perfect place to cool down after a warm spring day spent basking in the rooftop views. 6901 E. 1st St., #1007, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Listed for $3,217,900 with Nick and Annie Toon, both of The Agency. Nick: 602.679.1883, nick.toon@theagencyre. com; Annie: 916.601.2580, annie.toon@ theagencyre.com.

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The great outdoors, luxury lodging and culinary experiences await in Jackson Hole


There is a striking 42-mile valley that separates the colossal Teton Mountain Range and Gros Ventre Range, both in Wyoming. Its name is Jackson Hole, and during the spring and summer months, the region is America the Beautiful coming to life right before your very eyes. Originally called Jackson’s Hole and named after famed 1800s beaver trapper David Edward “Davy” Jackson, there is no actual hole in the mountain-lined paradise. Back then, the term “hole” was simply used to describe a high mountain valley. Today, this hot spot for adventure buffs, culinary connoisseurs, and nature lovers alike has evolved from a sleepy mountain town into a laid-back yet chic refuge for everyone from Sandra Bullock to Harrison Ford.

Where to Stay


The AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is conveniently located just a mile from the entrance of Grand Teton National Park, among the top mountaineering, hiking, backcountry and fishing locales in the U.S. and home to thousands of species of animals, notably moose, bald eagles, elk, deer, bears and bison. There are just over 100 rooms, 18 suites and 34 residences on property, and most standard rooms have their own private balcony and fireplace. The spectacular suites – ranging from 750 to 2,200 square feet – have similarly stunning balconies as well as spacious living areas, expansive master bedrooms, and marble bathrooms. Taking the concept of grand to an entirely new level are the residences, ranging from two to five bedrooms and boasting full kitchens, wine fridges, laundry rooms, and formal dining rooms. Beyond this, the resort has a heated outdoor pool, multiple hot springs-style jetted tubs, three award-winning restaurants, a smallbite mixology bar, access to a nearby ropes course, and hiking trails. There is also a dedicated team of on-site naturalists that lead adventures like wildlife safaris, fly-fishing and stargazing daily.

Adventure Awaits To help take in the sheer grandeur of Jackson Hole, there are other specialty tours available during the spring and summer months. For those looking to see it from a bird’s-eye view, Fly Jackson Hole offers four scenic flight packages daily that start at $295 per person and range from 60 to 90 minutes. During the tours, expect to soar over the Tetons, the Gros Ventre mountains, Snake River, several waterfalls, alpine lakes, and canyons. If seeking something outside of the box, Teton Hang Gliding’s experienced FAA Flight instructors lead multiple hang gliding expeditions daily using a powered buggy with an open cockpit. This adventure starts at $195 per person and includes a


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comprehensive flight instruction program to ensure all parties are ready to fly. Alternatively, starting in May, Teton Balloon Flights will open for the season and offer both small group and private sunrise flights starting at $250 per person. Also starting in May, Barker Ewing Whitewater will offer whitewater rafting and scenic float trips along Jackson Hole’s Snake River. The tours, which are available separately or can be combined together into a package with meals included, range from 7 to 15 miles and start at $60 per person. The whitewater rafting section of the Snake River is Class III, perfect for people of all ages and experience, while the scenic float is an unhurried, relaxing jaunt down the river best for photographers and nature lovers. Also a must for nature lovers is the Jackson Hole Grand Teton Wildlife Safari, an eight-hour exploration of the wildlife, geology, and natural history of Grand Teton National Park. The tour – which starts at $275 per person and includes meals, water, binoculars and spotting scopes – features hiking, wildlife viewing, an optional boat ride, light mountain climbing, and ample photo opportunities along Jenny Lake, the base of the Tetons, Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake and Snake River.


Beyond the Outdoors Of course, one cannot live (or travel) on adventure alone – and Jackson Hole has a vibrant culinary, arts and shopping scene. Two places to taste spirits include Jackson Hole Winery and Jackson Hole Still Works. The winery sits along a serene creek and makes exceptional chardonnays, pinot noirs and red blends, while the distillery makes vodka, gin and double cask gin using water from the nearby mountains. For dining, Westbank Grill, a modern American steakhouse, serves dishes inspired by indigenous flavors and local traditional cuisine. Snake River Grill, in the heart of the town square, has become known nationwide for its rustic fine dining. Similarly, Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch offers refined dining with floor-to-ceiling views of the Tetons. Bin 22, inspired by the owner’s visits to European tasting rooms and bistros, features an eclectic wine shop, gourmet groceries, and a tapas bar. Among the many art galleries in the region, two stand out. Gallery Wild showcases fine art inspired by wildlife, wild open spaces, and conservation while Wilcox Gallery is the home of renowned landscape painter Jim Wilcox and several others. And finally, for shopping, both Wyoming Outfitters – a locally owned boutique that dates back to 1910 and features men's and women’s casual apparel, jewelry, gifts, and home decor – and Altitude, a designer boutique, are musts. For more information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com.

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MORNING MIXOLOGY Creative cocktails made for a.m. imbibing

Half the fun of brunch arrives in a glass, not on a plate. And while bloody Marys and mimosas are tried-and-true classics, there are plenty of other unique takes on drinks to pair with your morning meal. Toast your weekend with one of these brunch-inspired cocktails.

Tuscan Lemonade OEB Breakfast Co. With a little something extra, this is not your standard lemonade. In fact, the base of the cocktail is limoncello rather than lemonade. It is combined with sour raspberry liqueur and topped with soda water to ramp up the zest and effervescence. $8. www.eatoeb.com. Horse & Sidecar Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Here, bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are joined by the potent combo of a dill pickle, lemon and olive juices, and horseradish. Doubling the fun, it’s served with Tender Belly ham, smoked cheddar, an olive, and an actual sidecar in the form of a can of beer. $12. www.snoozeeatery.com. Hidden Gem Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn Available through April, this new seasonal brunch offering features herbaceous AZ Distilling Co. Commerce Gin and sweetyet-bitter Luxardo Triplum Triple Sec Orange Liqueur. These are complemented with housemade cucumber syrup, fresh lemon, basil from the on-site garden, and a garnish of cucumber and basil. $12. www.hermosainn.com. Blood Orange Martini Hula’s Modern Tiki With a blast of citrus, this morning martini has a blend of premium vodka; blood orange liqueur; and fresh-squeezed orange, lime and cranberry juices shaken with ice. It is strained and served on the rocks with a float of Champagne for a little fizz. $6. www.hulasmoderntiki.com. Dirty Chai Martini Proof at Four Seasons Resort Pair a jolt of caffeine with a little hair of the dog in this concoction of Mission Vodka that’s infused with chai tea, then mixed with coldbrew coffee, vanilla and coconut


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milk. Egg whites are added and given a dry shake followed by a wet shake, resulting in a foamy, fluffy martini sure to wake anyone up. $14. www.proofcanteen.com. La Barrio Toca Madera Inspired by Mexico’s popular carts of fresh fruit with tajin, chili salt or citrus, this cocktail brings together mango, watermelon, mango-guajillo shrub and lime juice. It’s then paried with blanco tequila and served in a glass rimmed with spicy Tajin and garnished with a mini edible fruit bag, making it as visually stunning as it is delicious. $15. www.tocamadera.com. New Day Terras at Civana The classic mimosa gets a twist here with kiwi instead of orange juice. It features vodka infused with fresh kiwi as well as a mix of freshsqueezed citrus juices and bubbly prosecco. The result is equal parts sweet, tart, tangy and juicy. $16. www.civanacarefree.com. Pinata Punch Starlite BBQ This is the perfect brunch punch, with freshly juiced pineapple, housemade five-spice syrup, lime juice, a hint of smoke from mezcal, and a shrub infused with habanero, sugar and spice. It’s garnished with a hibiscus-infused lotus root. $12. www.starlitebbq.com. Mega ’Mingo Hash Kitchen To supersize your brunch experience, look no further than this 42-ounce shareable option served in a custom-made flamingo punch bowl glass. It starts with a full bottle of prosecco mixed with housemade strawberry puree, floral St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and fresh-squeezed pink lemonade for a refreshing and photo-worthy sipper. $22. www.hashkitchen.com.




Though best-known for its prime-aged beef and seafood, Eddie Merlot’s also has some of the best starters in town, all offered at a discount during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. One of the most popular dishes is an inspired dinnertime take on avocado toast ($15.95 or $12.95 during happy hour). It starts with a chive crema made from sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The crema is plated and layered with whole grain toast followed by smashed avocado infused with tart lemon vinaigrette and housemade egg salad comprised of capers, mustard, parsley and mayonnaise. Finally, thinly sliced smoked Atlantic salmon and a salad of lemon vinaigrette-marinated fennel fronds, cucumbers and red onions completes the surprisingly refreshing tower of flavor. Eddie Merlot’s, 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0480; www.eddiemerlots.com. So Scottsdale! March ‘20




Maple & Ash’s It’s Not You, It’s Me is a floral infusion of flavors


The aim at swanky new Scottsdale hot spot Maple & Ash is to modernize guests’ ideas of what it means to be an American steakhouse in the 21st century. “Through creative tweaks, our cocktail program is a perfect example of how we pay homage to classics like martinis and Manhattans while also giving new and different options,” says bar director Eric Simmons. Among its most inspired offerings is It’s Not You, It’s Me ($15). “It is a riff on the Clover Club, a frothy gin and raspberry-infused cocktail first invented at a Philadelphia club of the same name in the early 1900s,” Simmons says. It starts with The Botanist gin, which is known for its botanical and floral notes as well as for its soft finish. “In most Clover Clubs, you combine gin with dry vermouth and raspberry syrup. Together, that makes for a very sweet drink, so I trade out the vermouth for Cocchi Americano, an aperitif wine that is sweet but a touch bitter and even a bit zesty,” Simmons says. “I swap the raspberry syrup with hibiscus tea, which plays up the gin’s floral elements and gives the cocktail its vibrant color.” He then adds lemon juice for acidity and egg whites before performing a dry shake, which gives the cocktail its froth. After a secondary shake with ice, it’s strained into a sour glass and garnished with dehydrated hibiscus flowers and lavender. “We do this as much for the look as for the aromas,” says Simmons, noting that the cocktail is well-balanced with hints of citrus and a burst of botanicals, making it perfect for a refreshing spring drink. Maple & Ash, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.400.8888; www.mapleandash.com.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Joe Absolor of Chauncey Social


Joe Absolor is the executive chef of recently opened Chauncey Social, where he crafts elevated American cuisine sprinkled with Asian and Italian influences.

Did you always want to be a chef? While I grew up in a single parent household and chipped in by cooking from a young age, I did not set foot in a professional kitchen until I was almost done with culinary school. My first career was actually in construction. Tell us about the transition. After high school in my native Washington, I enrolled in college in Idaho. It wasn’t a fit, so I eventually moved to Phoenix to live with a friend in 2001. He introduced me to construction, where I began in an entry-level capacity and earned my way to a foreman role. However, the work was physically demanding – so much so that I enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale in 2007 to explore my passion for cooking. Describe your culinary journey so far. I got my start as a food runner at Prado, then took a position at The Parlor, where I spent nearly five years expanding my knowledge and skills. In 2013, I became one of the opening partners of Clever Koi. One year later, I joined Evening Entertainment Group (EEG) to help open Bottled Blonde in Scottsdale, followed by locations in Dallas and Chicago. I was named executive chef at EEG’s Stock & Stable in 2016 and moved over to head up Chauncey Social in North Scottsdale last November. What’s been one of your major career highlights? Last year, Devour Culinary Classic awarded me a “golden ticket,” which provided entry to compete in the World Food Championships in Dallas in November. Talk about the experience of a lifetime! What is your favorite dish at Chauncey Social right now? The 12-hour braised short rib dumplings with fig and chile marmalade ($15) are heaven on Earth. What would we be surprised to know about you? I once owned over 150 pairs of tennis shoes. I’ve curbed this (a bit) and only have 60 now. Chauncey Social, 17767 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.565.6488; www.chaunceysocial.com.

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GREEN MACHINES Salads you’ll want to sink your teeth into


Chopped Salad

Wildflower The buttery, toasty flavors in this salad’s exquisite house pesto vinaigrette will make you feel like you’re dining at an Italian bistro without leaving Arizona. The salad starts with arugula, with each complementing ingredient – pearled couscous, feta cheese, red peppers, dried sweet corn, dried cranberries, and toasted sunflower seeds – layered vertically on top of the greens, resulting in a stunning visual. The final element is a choice of wild Alaskan salmon or chicken. $10.49. www.wildflowerbread.com.

Steamed Shrimp Salad

J&G Steakhouse Simple and fresh yet oh-so-satisfying, this steakhouse favorite combines butterflied and chilled shrimp with tender field greens, avocado and ripe tomatoes. And while the shrimp are a treat, perhaps the most stunning item on the plate is the housemade beurre blanc dressing, crafted with shallots, herbs, white wine and vinegar, that brings all of the ingredients together in a harmonious dish. $19. At The Phoenician. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.

Insalata Di Calamari

Spiga Cucina Italiana This salad starts with a bed of watercress greens, diced tomatoes, red onions and salty capers, which are then tossed in a house dressing made with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. And the piece de resistance? The salad is topped with tender calamari that’s been grilled and delicately breaded, resulting in the ideal complement to both the briny capers and zesty tomatoes. Even better: The breading is gluten-free. $13. www.spigaaz.com.

Good Earth Kale Cobb

Once upon a time, salads were relegated to the “healthy alternatives” and “side dish” menus at restaurants. But today, thanks to great greens brimming with colorful, filling bounty, salads are most certainly main course-worthy, especially with spring and warmer weather on the horizon.

True Food Kitchen Inspired by Earth’s bountiful fruits and vegetables, True Food Kitchen’s fresh take on this classic is a nutritious, vegan and gluten-free alternative to the average cobb salad. It is made with avocado, organic tomato, Brussels sprouts, radishes, garbanzo beans, dried sweet corn, and Gorgonzola cheese. Creamy and zesty, it is dressed with a truly unique variation of ranch dressing made with cashews and poblano peppers to bump up the mouthwatering flavors. $14.50. www.truefoodkitchen.com.

Avocado and Pea Greens

Meritage, an Urban Tavern An exquisitely artful expression of a salad, this dish features a medley of local greens and red endive over a velvety avocado puree. It is then garnished with pea shoots, pea tendrils and


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nutrients, pomegranate seeds rise to the occasion here as a juxtaposition to the delightful bitterness of the frisee salad base. This cousin of endive lettuce is accentuated with toasted guajillo and ancho chile-rubbed pistachios as well as chunks of Crow’s Dairy feta cheese. The guest’s choice of dressings and vinaigrettes complete the dish. At JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. $14. www.camelbackinn.com.

Mediterranean Quinoa

Flower Child Salad gets an infusion of global tastes with this number. Quinoa is combined with tabbouleh, which is composed of bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, olives, herbs and seasonings. These are joined by cauliflower, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pistachios and feta cheese before being topped with a bold harissa yogurt vinaigrette. $8.50. www.iamaflowerchild.com.

Ahi Tuna Salad

The White Chocolate Grill Field greens get to have a field day in this salad! Mixed lettuces are paired with fresh mangoes, creamy avocado, ripe cherry tomatoes, and refreshing cucumbers. The main star of the dish, the sesame-crusted ahi tuna, is lightly seared and supremely tender. It’s topped with a light, tangy Champagne vinaigrette to enhance the fish while accentuating the dish’s bright flavors. $18.79. www.whitechocolategrill.com.

Arugula & Avocado Salad fresh whole peas, along with shaved Persian cucumbers for a touch of sweetness and shaved carrots for additional crunch. A feast for the eyes and the palate, the salad is finished with micro cucumber leaves and a bright basil tarragon vinaigrette. At JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge. $15. www.jwdesertridge.com.

Hearth ’61 This salad features a refreshing combo of arugula, citrus, avocado, sliced radishes, cashews, and chopped cilantro and mint, all mixed together with an Asian-inspired, ginger-honey dressing. A piece of housemade puffed rice makes for a crunchy complement that can also be used for dipping. At Mountain Shadows. $16. www.mountainshadows.com.

Grilled Steak Salad

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill Rich without being too heavy, this salad brings sweet caramelized pears, spiced pecans, crunchy bell peppers and radicchio, and meltin-your-mouth Gorgonzola cheese together with arugula and mixed greens. This mixture is tossed in a blue cheese vinaigrette before getting packed with protein from slices of top sirloin and another light sprinkling of vinaigrette. $17.95. www.thirstyliongastropub.com.

Chilled Raw Pad Thai Salad

Farm & Craft Inspired by the popular Thai dish, this chilled salad is built with spiralized zucchini and carrots in place of the usual noodles. Once coated in a house chile dressing, the spiraled veggies are piled high with bean sprouts, shredded Brussels sprouts, and raw almonds. It’s finished with a tamarind-honey drizzle and can be topped with tofu, chicken, grass-fed steak, or Faroe Island salmon for an additional charge. $10-$17. www.ilovefarmandcraft.com.

Pomegranate Salad

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Perfect for a post-spring training snack, Four Peaks’ North Scottsdale pub offers a rotating selection of Four Peaks brews along with appetizers, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and beer-infused menu items including Kilt Lifter fish and chips and an Oatmeal Stout shake. Happy hour on weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Open weekdays at 11 a.m. until midnight Monday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. 15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.1795; www.fourpeaks.com; $$



ATLAS BISTRO Atlas Bistro is a BYOB fine dining destination where executive chef Cory Oppold creates stunning plates using organic, local and sustainable ingredients. The eclectic menu changes daily and patrons can bring wine to pair with their dinner with a corkage fee. Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations highly recommended. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2433; www. atlasbistrobyob.com; $$$ CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE An Old Town Scottsdale favorite since 2011, Citizen Public House features a lively bar and warm environment with creative cocktails and new American comfort dishes. Popular menu items include the Original Chopped Salad, pan-seared scallops, pork belly pastrami, and short ribs. Social hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Open daily from 4 to 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. 7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.398.4208; www.citizenpublichouse.com; $$ FRASHER’S TAVERN George Frasher owned Frasher’s Steakhouse and Lounge in Scottsdale for several years before it closed and has returned to Old Town with Frasher’s Tavern. The menu presents house-smoked salmon, prime rib, ruby red trout, rib-eye steak and gooey butter cake. Dinner nightly from 5 to 10 p.m.; bar open nightly from 4 p.m. to midnight. 4180 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.429.9545; www.frasherstavern.com; $$ RAVEN GASTROPUB Raven Gastropub focuses on fresh ingredients with top sellers like blackened fish tacos, the Reuben and the Raven Burger topped with a housemade bourbon glaze, fried pickles and candied bacon. Vegetarian menu items include a housemade veggie burger, a roasted vegetable pita, and fresh salads. The restaurant offers signature cocktails and a selection of beer, wine and Champagne. Happy hour Monday through Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. and all day Sunday. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.219.9334; www.ravengp.com; $$ RUSCONI’S AMERICAN KITCHEN Rusconi’s specializes in seasonal, sustainable cuisine and beautiful plates with several items cooked on a woodburning grill. Entrees include roast chicken with green chile mac and cheese, corn and butternut squash


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bread pudding, and beef tenderloin medallions. 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; $$-$$$


THE BREAKFAST JOYNT The Breakfast Joynt offers hearty diner fare for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, diners can build their own omelet or choose from a range of Benedicts, burritos, pancakes and waffles. Lunch options include salads, burgers, sandwiches and quinoa bowls. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: 10101 E. Bell Road and 6245 E. Bell Road; www.breakfastjoynt.com; $$ BREAKFAST KITCHEN BAR Breakfast Kitchen Bar has a variety of breakfast and lunch favorites like omelets, pancakes, burgers and sandwiches. There are also healthy, keto and gluten-free options including quinoa bowls and avocado toast, as well as breakfast cocktails, coffee drinks, beer and wine. Open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Two locations: Scottsdale Quarter and Desert Ridge. www.breakfastkitchenbar.com; $$ EGGSTASY Eggstasy dishes out fresh ingredients, brunch cocktails, and fun breakfast items including churro waffles; chocolate-covered bacon; and the Eggasm, a coddled egg with potato puree and crispy prosciutto. The menu also has pancakes, Benedicts, crepes and heathy options. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three Scottsdale locations: Shea Boulevard, The Mercado, and Market Street at DC Ranch. www. eggstasyaz.com; $$ MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST Known for its fresh ingredients and use of local suppliers, Matt’s has been a popular breakfast spot in the Valley since 2004. It opened its fifth location – the first in Scottsdale – in January 2020. Menu highlights include the Chop & Chick with two eggs and a seared pork chop, the Salami Scramble, and Niman Ranch burgers. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 13610 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.590.0096; www. mattsbigbreakfast.com; $$ PERK EATERY Menu favorites at this family-owned breakfast and lunch spot include the chicken chili scramble with chicken

jalapeno cheddar sausage, crispy potato pancakes served with applesauce or sour cream, and French toast stuffed with brie and topped with roasted red grapes and red wine rosemary syrup. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.998.6026; www.perkeatery.com; $$


FATE BREWING COMPANY Fate specializes in small-batch brews with perfectly paired bites. Beers include the Fateful IPA, the Buena Vista Blonde Ale, and the awardwinning Candy Bar Milk Stout (only at North Scottsdale location). Diners can enjoy wings, burgers, salads and wood-fired pizzas. The South Scottsdale location has a large beer garden with a dog-friendly patio. Both locations open daily at 11 a.m. They also have a special of $5 pints and $5 wine until 6 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: South Scottsdale and North Scottsdale. www.fatebrewing.com; $$ O.H.S.O BREWERY AND DISTILLERY O.H.S.O. has a reputation as a localcentric and dog-friendly social hot spot. It offers several nano-brews as well as cocktails made with vodka, rum and gin from its distillery. Happy hour with discounted food and beverages weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. on weekends. Locations include North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley; www. ohsobrewery.com; $$ SCOTTSDALE BEER COMPANY Scottsdale Beer Company offers local brews and a menu of shareables, pizza and burgers, as well as daily food and drink specials. Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. 8608 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.219.1844; www.scottsdalebeercompany.com; $$


CAFE PARIS Opened by a Parisian chef in 2007 and run by his family, Cafe Paris has French favorites in a casual atmosphere. The menu features pastries, crepes, omelets, and classics like quiche Lorraine and croque madame. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 15125 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.4875; www.cafeparisaz.com; $

JL PATISSERIE Jenna Leurquin is the brilliant baker behind this high-end French bakery in North Scottsdale. Her creations of pies, cakes, macarons, cookies, breads and pastries are seasonally inspired with a focus on quality. Gluten-free items available. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.859.4459; www.jlpatisserie.com; $ ZINQUÉ A cafe, bistro, and wine bar all in one, French-inspired Zinque has opened its first Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s luxury wing. Breakfast items include frittatas, fruit tarts and croissants. Lunch and dinner serves up steak frites, quiche and savory tartines. Zinque also has wine, cocktails and bubbles. Open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 623.745.9616; www.lezinque.com; $$


CRUST BROTHERS This locally owned, family-run pizzeria is a casual and welcoming spot with pizza, salads and subs. Diners can ochoose from a variety of toppings to create their own pizza. A gluten-free option is available. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.525.5949; $$ CRAFT64 Craft64 specializes in artisan woodfired pizza and housemade mozzarella. In addition to outstanding pizza, the menu features wood-fired focaccia sandwiches, bruschetta and a wine and craft beer selection including Craft64’s own brews. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 6922 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.946.0542; www.craft64.com; $$ IL CAPO PIZZERIA This family-owned pizzeria offers both wood-fired Neopolitan style pizza and New York style pizza, as well as handmade pasta and gelato. Happy hour daily until 6 p.m. Open daily at 11a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, until 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.0077; www. ilcapoaz.com; $$ LAMP PIZZERIA Dig into a selection of red and white pizzas, appetizers, salads and desserts

at this wood-fired pizzeria. Red pizza options include the Kicker with spicy peppers and spicy salami, while white pizzas include wood-roasted mushroom. Closed Monday. Open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.292.8773; www.lamppizza.com; $$ LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA A Chicago favorite, this pizzeria is known for its deep-dish pizza and flaky butter crust. Try the Malnati Chicago Classic with sausage and extra cheese or create your own deep-dish delight. The menu also offers crispy thin crust pizza, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta and lunch specials. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. 17787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.681.3400; www.loumalnatis.com; $$


CHART HOUSE With mountain and lake views, Chart House cooks up seafood staples like clam chowder, lobster bisque and crab cakes as well as steaks and seasonal dishes. Classic Chart House dishes include macadamia nut mahi, herbcrusted prime rib, and the hot chocolate lava cake. Happy hour weekdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 5 p.m. except Sunday at 4:30 p.m. 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.951.2550; www. chart-house.com; $$$-$$$$ CHULA SEAFOOD A family-owned and -operated fishery that sources sustainable seafood, Chula operates a market to purchase fresh fish and two Valley restaurants with a selection of seafood dishes including poke, ceviche, sashimi and oysters. Popular Saturday specials are the everything bagel with smoked salmon and the lobster BLT. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8015 E. Roosevelt Road, Scottsdale; 480.621.5121; www.chulaseafood.com; $$ MODERN OYSTERBAR CHOPHOUSE With fresh oysters and seafood brought in daily, Modern’s menu also includes seafood platters, as well as steaks and seafood entrees like bouillabaisse, sesame seared ahi tuna, and grilled swordfish. For dessert, try the flourless chocolate cake and the key lime pie. Enjoy live music Friday and Sunday. Closed Monday. Open for

dinner Tuesday through Sunday with happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.531.1400; www.modernoysterbarchophouse.com; $$$ OCEAN 44 Ocean 44 is the newest seafood destination by the Mastro family with the same elegance as its sister restaurants, Steak 44 and Dominick’s Steakhouse. The menu has an array of premium steaks and upscale seafood offerings, including a raw bar, Chilean sea bass, and a New England lobster bake. Open nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 4748 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.867.0044; www.ocean44.com; $$$-$$$$


BOURBON & BONES A modern, high-energy steakhouse located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Bourbon & Bones specializes in high-end cuts of beef and chops and fresh seafood. Menu favorites include the dry-aged pork chop, the wet-aged Tomahawk rib-eye steak, and the wagyu filet. Slowroasted prime rib is a Sunday and Monday special. Happy hour is available in the bar weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 5 p.m. 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.bourbonandbonesaz.com; $$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Fleming’s is a nationally renowned steakhouse that serves exceptional USDA prime and certified Angus beef. The restaurant is also known for its extensive selection of fine wines. Private dining rooms are available for business meetings and special occasions. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 4 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas and Market Street at DC Ranch; www.flemingssteakhouse.com; $$$-$$$$ J&G STEAKHOUSE Located inside The Phoenician, J&G Steakhouse offers stunning views, craft cocktails, fine wines, and delicious steak and seafood entrees including roasted Icelandic cod, sauteed Dover sole, filet mignon, and bone-in rib-eye steak. A tasting menu is also available. Open nightly for dinner at 5 p.m. with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com; $$$$

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Save the Family’s 30th annual fundraising gala included dinner, cocktails, casino games, dancing and a silent auction. Held at the Montelucia, the event supported homeless and low-income families in the area.

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Held every year by Phoenix Business Journal, this gathering at The Clayton House drew local leaders to mix and mingle. Attendees enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and beverages while getting the opportunity to network among the business community.

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This eighth annual women’s luncheon gave guests a sneak peek of The Phoenix Symphony and guest artist Rajaton rehearsing, with proceeds benefiting the symphony’s B-Sharp Music Wellness, a W.O.N.D.E.R Project, program.

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The Americano brings a new Italian steakhouse concept to North Scottsdale


At a traditional American steakhouse, one expects exquisite cuts of meat, a selection of fine seafood and shellfish, and hearty sides like loaded baked potatoes. The concept of an Italian steakhouse is not all that different, and – in fact – has its roots in America, too. In 1926, two Italian immigrants opened The Palm in New York, wanting to combine their warm, inviting approach to service with their favorite recipes from their home in northern Italy. Given that they were located in New York, however, they continuously got requests from customers for steak. After running down the street to get steak on request one too many times, they added it to the menu. The combination of the two cultures became the toast of the town, and The Palm became America’s first Italian steakhouse. Nearly 100 years later, the brand is still family owned, now with 24 locations across North America. Taking inspiration from iconic Italian steakhouses like The Palm and infusing its own twist, Pomo Restaurant Group – known for Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, Meat the Ball and Mora Italian – has recently launched The Americano.


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Billed as modern in its approach yet Italian in spirit and design, the 7,000-squarefoot space, adorned in dark grays and light greens, has an open kitchen with a wood-fired grill. The dining room features crescent-shaped booths as well as butcher block-style tables and art throughout. Inside the bar and lounge, there is a sizeable island bar with access to the outdoor patio area. There are also two private dining rooms: the Milano, which fits up to 10, and the Manhattan, which fits up to 40. Matthew Taylor, a veteran of the Michael Mina Group, is serving in a dual role as the executive chef of The Americano as well as Mora Italian, a position he’s held since 2017. His menu features fine steaks using grass-fed, certified Italian purebred Piedmontese cattle; domestic wagyu beef; Japanese Kobe beef; fresh homemade pasta; and Mediterranean seafood, including a raw bar and caviar service. Beyond the ample steak options, notable dishes include Tagliolini all’Americano, which is white soffritto (the aromatic base for most sauces, soups, stews and braises in Italian cuisine), king crab and Santa Barbara sea urchin with infused butter ($32) and Mediterranean Branzino alla Plancha with black garlic, frisee and Treviso salad, fennel and charred lemon ($50). There is an extensive wine list, with the sommelier’s top seasonal picks noted on the menu. The cocktail list features eight signature options, including Hugo, made with Italicus Liqueur, mint, lime, orange, Fever-Tree Elderflower and prosecco ($16), and Olive You More, featuring Stoli Elit Vodka, barrel-aged olive brine, salt water, olive bitters, and extra virgin olive oil ($22). The Americano is open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. daily while the bar opens at 4 p.m. daily. There are plans to add lunch hours by month’s end. The Americano, 17797 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.573.0001; www.theamericanorestaurant.com.

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