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Contents Pulse 21 UP CLOSE Kristen Polin leads notMYkid into its 20th year of community outreach
24 BEAT Nancy Mantei takes special occasions to new heights with whimsical designs
26 BEAT Bryna Hansen and Jamie Andersen play DJ for more than their kids’ carpool radio
Now 43 HOT TICKET Rent celebrates 20 years
44 LOWDOWN News to know
48 DO Great upcoming events
50 CALENDAR Noteworthy events
54 EVENT Runway of Hope
56 EVENT Flavors of Phoenix
58 OUT Flights of fancy
60 OUT Mommy and me boutiques
62 CULTURE Kris Miller’s abstract art
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30 HER STYLE Meet Jenn Loyd
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In May, we honor our mothers, and for great reason. They play such an important role in our lives; my mother certainly has in mine. This May, and one many years ago, have particular meaning to me. On Mother’s Day 1998, when I was just a child, I gave my mom a poem I wrote as her gift. The poem was titled The Color of Mother and was written in homage to my mom and her qualities, which are universal to all mothers. The poem is still in pretty good condition. In fact, the original copy – which is printed on colorful paper, dated and signed – is in my office. Decades later, this poem has taken on new life as my first published book and the foundation of a children’s book series I created called Color Everything. Published just in time for Mother’s Day this month, The Color of Mother uses the beauty and playfulness of colors in a picture book that is both a sweet story for children and a treasured keepsake for moms of any age. My hope is that it reminds kids they are loved while acknowledging mothers and mother figures for who they are. You can read more about my book – and find out where to purchase it (yes, it’s available locally!) – on page 46. In this issue, we’ve gathered many ways you can honor your mom, whether it’s finding a special gift (page 60), sending her on a luxe sojourn to Sedona (page 102), surprising her with flowers (page 46), or taking her out for a decadent brunch (page 108). Sometimes these seemingly small tokens of appreciation have the most meaningful impact. We’re also spotlighting moms in the community who are making a difference in each of their own ways through things like groundbreaking businesses, overseeing a nonprofit, making special occasions come to life, and helping others look and feel their best. Above all, these women are setting examples of hard work and dedication for their children, which I believe is the most noble job there is. This month, here’s to all the moms – you are all the colors. ll the best, A Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @young_chelsea onnect with us! C Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine
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FUNDAMENTALS OF FAMILY As the new CEO of notMYkid, Kristen Polin leads the youth-focused nonprofit into its 20th year of community outreach
With 22 years of experience in the nonprofit community under her belt, new chief executive officer of notMYkid and mother of two, Kristen Polin, is dedicated to educating and inspiring youth and families across the nation. Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, Polin received
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Pulse UP CLOSE management from the University of Phoenix, Polin began working as an addiction counselor at Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI), a behavioral health agency in Arizona that provides mental health services and critical addiction recovery. During the span of just one month at CBI, she lost six clients to heroin overdose. “That hit me hard, and I realized where I really wanted to be was on the other side of those doors, raising awareness in the community about addiction and focusing on the importance of prevention,” says Polin, who began sharing the story of her own struggle with drugs and alcohol in high school and building a successful prevention and community outreach program at the agency. “My journey at CBI lasted 17 years,” Polin says. “[At that point], it was time to move on, focus on my family, and explore what else was out there for me.” In 2017, just five months later, Polin met the founder of notMYkid, Debbie Moak, and all of the puzzle pieces fell into place. “Debbie helped me find an organization that aligned with what I love most with this work, prevention and early intervention,” she says. A Scottsdale-based nonprofit, notMYkid utilizes prevention education programs to inspire youth to make positive life choices. With a special focus on behavioral health topics such as drug and alcohol addiction, depression and self-harm, notMYkid aims to empower children and families with the knowledge needed to identify and prevent negative youth behaviors. “I came in at the entry level, worked hard and was given amazing growth opportunities to develop programs, lead dynamic teams, touch all levels of operations, and set on a path to finally have a shot at leading an organization I love so dearly,” shares Polin, who was named notMYkid’s new CEO in February.
Communicating with Care Polin’s everyday interactions at notMYkid are shaped by her roles as a wife and mother. The experience of having two teenage sons, ages 14 and 16, only adds to the accountability Polin feels to practice what she preaches in her day-to-day life. “I’ll never hold back from parents who need to hear about my struggles and fears with raising teenagers,” Polin says. “I have seen the dark side of experimental drug use so often that it’s easy for me to fear that my kids could go down that path. That fuels my passion to closely monitor my own kids, keep the conversation going, and ask them how they are really doing.” According to Polin, this honest and simple approach to effective communication with her children helps her connect with families who share the same concerns. Being transparent about these uncertainties helps others understand they are in good company when it comes to worrying about raising a teenager. “I am right there with them, and I want parents to know they are not alone,” Polin says. “It’s an overwhelming shift and it can be a lonely time. Some parents think they are the only ones experiencing the struggle of raising a teen in this day and age, but it is an entirely new realm for all of us.” While Polin inspires others, she notes that she is inspired by being around people who have the strength to share their own
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personal experiences, goals and hopes. In a world where many prefer to showcase the best versions of themselves online, she finds that this brave, refreshing vulnerability fosters an immediate connection with the surrounding community. “I get the privilege of watching this firsthand at notMYkid, surrounded by a group of caring and passionate people who share their stories as peers to help and support others every single day,” Polin says. With notMYkid entering its 20th year, Polin aims to increase community engagement and continue growing the organization’s prevention and education programs. Special efforts will be made in developing even more quality programs in two of their main areas of focus: the opioid epidemic and climbing youth suicide rates. “I plan to look at all the gaps in the prevention continuum to ensure kids are learning basic life skills at school and help students better understand brain health and how to take care of their minds and bodies” Polin says. “Our children are struggling, and we need to make sure they know how to ask for help and who to turn to when they need it. Kids need to know that they matter, and notMYkid is dedicated to assuring them that through our programs.” For more information about notMYkid and opportunities to help, visit www.notmykid.org.
A Connoisseur of Color Rodney Gentry, stylist and color expert at Sachi Studios
Rodney Gentry is one of those people whose Midwestern charm and enthusiasm can’t help but rub off on you. And in his line of work, that’s certainly a plus. Gentry is possibly the Valley’s most adored hair stylist. His clients (some of them might better be described as fans) will happily travel across state lines in order to have him handle their tresses. Many of them simply trust nobody else with their hair. Having operated his own salon in Chicago before relocating to Scottsdale, Gentry brings big city expertise to the Valley, which he combines with his own unique passion for styling and coloring at Sachi Studios. Each client enjoys a truly personalized service. Gentry considers the condition and history of the hair before recommending a treatment program, style and (if desired) color. His focus is on nurturing hair back to full health at the same time as providing stunning styles and fabulous colors. “It’s my goal to make each client feel truly beautiful – and to leave them with a style that they can easily recreate themselves every day,” he says.
Part of this comes down to the right products. Gentry only uses the very best brands available, not skimping when it comes to choosing those products that will bring about dramatic improvements in the hair’s condition. This applies to everything, from daily shampoos to the color treatments that he uses, which are enzyme-based rather than peroxide-based. This means they enhance the condition of the hair as well as give it a wonderfully vibrant color. Color is Gentry’s true passion. From full hair makeovers to the subtlest of highlights or lowlights, he works with his clients to select the colors that are right for their skin tone, the shape of their face and even their preferred color of clothing. “Every single person is unique in their coloring, which is why personalized consultation is so important,” he explains. “You really have to care about each and every client in order to bring out the best in their hair. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to beautiful hair!” Gentry also believes that it is important to stay abreast of trends. From the
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Nancy Mantei takes special occasions to new heights with whimsical designs
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With an eye for detail and a heart for helping, Nancy Mantei is in the business of making event magic. Born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico, Mantei met her husband on vacation in Cabo San Lucas before moving to Arizona with their three children. Once in Scottsdale, she nurtured her creative side and perfected her design skills while working in a local flower shop. Mantei holds a degree in fashion design and describes herself as “very, very creative.” She discovered her passion for event design through planning her own children’s birthday parties, which ultimately led her to create her own event design company, Nancy Mantei Events. Since launching her company just over a year ago, Mantei has watched it skyrocket thanks to the power of social media (find her on Instagram at @nancymantei_eventsaz), with her inspiration coming from the satisfaction of her many fans and clients. “I love to hear how much they love my work. It makes me want to be even better,” she says. Well-known for her playful, cascading balloon installations, the wow factor Mantei adds to events is undeniable. Although balloons are characteristically part of children’s events, Mantei brings the wonder of her balloon creations to grown-up affairs by crafting latex into arches, columns and floating party sculptures that often warrant a jaw-dropping reaction from guests. This queen of crafting handles all aspects of event design, including the location, theme, invitations, decor, cake, entertainment and favors. Like her balloons, Mantei’s dessert carts are another specialty feature – and they also double as a drink bar that comes with a bartender service. She loves to take care of the little details and takes pride in listening to her clients’ visions to ensure no two events are the same. “My favorite thing is when my clients take the time to let me know how happy they are, and I get to see a big smile on their face.” Mantei says that her biggest accomplishment was finding the courage to start her own business. She’s currently working on making her clients’ dreams come true as they get ready to celebrate life’s milestones with baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays and even “just because” soirees. In her spare time, Mantei enjoys spending quality time with her family – she has three children – and enhancing her balloon art techniques.
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In the world of DJs, men notoriously dominate the music scene. But Valley moms Bryna Hansen and Jamie Andersen are changing that, playing today’s hottest tracks behind the decks at some of the biggest events in town under their DJing brand, Jyna Music, while juggling eight kids between them. Hansen’s entry onto the music scene began with an absolute passion for music. After a successful career in the fitness industry, she sold her shares of the company she built over 15 years and tuned in to learning the ins and outs of DJing while raising five kids alongside her husband, Max. A career change and a new skillset served as a release for Hansen, but the road hasn’t always been easy. “It has taught me that you have to work hard to be good at something and achieve what you want in life,” she says. The other half of the DJ duo, Andersen, was used to entertaining crowds at Phoenix Suns games and on Royal Caribbean Cruises thanks to a background in competitive dance from a young age. Her passion for performing fueled the wife to Jakob and mom of three boys to pursue DJing after a playdate with Hansen’s kids where the moms came up with the idea to perform as a pair. “Our career has evolved from playing in my home office to private parties, clubs in San Diego, and bigger events including the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships and Waste Management Phoenix Open,” Andersen says. Both women draw inspiration from their families and agree that seeing others have a good time because of the atmosphere their playlists create is the best part of their musical pursuits. With a goal of performing at a music festival, the ladies are also committed to giving back to the community any way they can. Hansen and Andersen have both competed in – and won – Dancing with the Stars Arizona, a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. In fact, this year, Andersen chaired the event, which raised more than $500,000. Whether they are cheering on their kids’ sports teams or dropping the beat at a trendy event, Hansen and Andersen are committed to finding balance between family, fun, philanthropy and following their passion. Follow their journey on Instagram at @jynamusic.
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From interning for a Project Runway designer to creating fierce makeup magic at The Sparkle Bar, Eli Medina has always had a flair for artistry. Originally from Oklahoma City, Medina speaks with a charming Midwestern twang that complements his edgy, cool style. Inspired by various mediums, including indie brands on Instagram and trends from past decades, he believes that style is a creative outlet and each of us have the power to make it our own. “Whether it be a little black dress or a man in uniform, all outfits can exude confidence and power, so why blend in when you can stand out?” Medina says. Living in the desert, Medina swears by breathable fabrics and relies on brands like H&M and Zara. When he wants to splurge, he favors Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Rag & Bone. Thanks to the popular TV show Queer Eye, Medina’s favorite trend is currently the French tuck for men. “The slight tuck of the shirt into the front of your pants gives any outfit a laidback feel,” Medina says. “Though most days I prefer to set my own trends to stand apart from the crowd.”
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FOR THE LOVE OF FASHION Jenn Loyd helps her clients maintain closet confidence
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
Can’t decide what to wear? Personal wardrobe stylist and fashion blogger Jenn Loyd (www.jennloyd.com) has a solution. The busy mom of three little girls has a sophisticated style and takes inspiration from other stylish mamas – such as Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Blake Lively – for their ability to put individual touches on timeless and classic looks. As a personal stylist, Loyd loves helping women fall in love with their closets. Helping her clients find pieces that complement their bodies and style personalities is vital. She also notes that transforming her clients’ wardrobes goes far beyond shopping. “I help my clients discover their personal styles and create outfits they love so they can live confidently every day,” she says. For her own look, Loyd has a penchant for quality jeans, particularly NYDJ and Paige Denim, and attests that she can create endless outfits based on this closet staple. She loves dresses from Trina Turk because of the detailing and turns to the brand Becca for swimwear thanks to the flattering cuts. Loyd doesn’t mind taking a fashion risk – you might find her mixing leopard print, stripes or florals – and one thing she can always count on is a wrap style. Whether she’s wearing a wrap dress, shirt or skirt, the influential stylist says, “It complements my hourglass figure, and I always feel like a million bucks!”
What is your No. 1 style tip? Love what you wear. When you don’t love it, you know it and you feel it all day long. What is your favorite store and why? Nordstrom, because they have curbside pickup and I don’t have to go in with three kids. How do you transition from work to nighttime? I switch out my shoes, my bag and earrings then add a pop of bright pink lipstick for a new spin on my daytime outfit.
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A LOVE NOT FORGOTTEN GALA This 10th annual gala at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch benefited the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter
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COMPASSION WITH FASHION
Held at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, this 21st annual event raised funds for the Arizona Humane Society
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The roles of being a mom and an entrepreneur are both around-the-clock jobs. Both require dedication, love and wearing many hats. Here, we got to know five local mamas paving the way across a variety of industries all while managing their families at home. Read on to discover why each has forged her own path in business and how being a mother is at the heart of all that they do.
BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY LEIGHTON PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
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Founder and CEO, TrueKonnect Children: Tressa, 23; Jaxon, 16 and Mason, 13
Tell us about your company. The vision of creating TrueKonnect began 2.5 years ago. TrueKonnect is an app designed to connect clients to their ideal hairstylist or makeup pro and vice versa. The algorithm matches you based on your personal preferences. With the Tinder-like swipe feature, the platform is easy to navigate your matches and quickly find the beauty pro you’re looking for. How do you balance motherhood and your career? I make sure that I always spend quality time with my children. I focus on incorporating my children in different aspects of the business. What is the best part of owning a business? It allows me to have a flexible work schedule so I don’t feel like I miss out on making memories with my children. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: The time to start will never be perfect, and there will never be enough money. Follow your heart, build your dream career now, and allow passion to lead you to success! How have your children influenced you? I had my first baby at 20, my second baby had to have two brain surgeries, and my third was not planned. The birth of each child and the challenges that came with each child have taught me that no matter what obstacles I face in life, I can conquer, overcome, and come out stronger on the other side. I carry this into all areas of my life. Favorite thing to do with your kids: Eating dinner together while we talk and share our days. It’s the best time for me to bond with my children through open conversation and lots of laughter. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your kids? Instead of chasing money, accumulate skills. They will make you a person of value, and nobody will be able to take them away from you.
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LESLIE LEHR Principal, All Your Ducks in A Row Children: Brooke, 14
Tell us about your company. All Your Ducks in A Row, which I started in 2017, inspires and creates organized design for homes. I believe when we eliminate clutter, we honor our home by creating a space that is welcoming and radiates pride, serenity, joy, relaxation and comfort. What inspired you to open your business? My husband encouraged me to follow my passion for organization, tidiness, style and function. I decided to celebrate my compulsion and embrace it. Now, I consider my need to organize as my passion rather than my compulsion. How do you balance motherhood and your career? The secret is to stay organized – all important business and family events are entered in the calendar immediately. I consider my family time as important as a business meeting. Last but not least, I seek help when needed. What is the best part of owning a business? The ability to follow my passion – time spent on my business does not feel like work. I love having the flexibility to spend time with my family and to balance my work and life. What motivates you? Creating and designing organized solutions that remove clutter and stress and replacing those with order and joy. Seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when a project is completed is the best motivation. How has your child influenced you? Brooke gives me inspiration through her amazing style and talent for design. Her dedication, hard work, big heart, and sense of humor influence me every day. What lesson do you hope to pass on to Brooke? Follow the Lehr family mission: Be kind to others, be grateful, count your blessings daily, dream big, follow your passion, do your best every day, and never give up. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned in business: To be my most authentic self. Knowing and accepting who I am allows me to create organizational spaces that are stylish and functional.
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NIKKI METZGER Owner, BODI Children: Mason, 1.5
Tell us about your company. BODI is a high-intensity strength and conditioning gym in Old Town Scottsdale. We opened our doors January 2014. Our goal is to make you feel strong, empowered and unstoppable! What inspired you to open your business? It’s been a dream of mine since I can remember. After a many discussions, this vision turned into a real possibility and my husband and I knew it was something we had to try or else we’d always regret it. Over the course of about a year, we began putting things together and saved every penny we had and just went for it. How do you balance motherhood and your career? It really is a balancing act and making sure you prioritize what needs to be done and setting certain times to get it done – especially since Mason doesn’t go to day care yet, so I’m a stay-at-home mom who also runs a business. What is the best part of owning your business? I get to do something I’m extremely passionate about and now that I’m a mom, it has given me the flexibility to spend time with my baby since I’m able to do a lot of work from home. What motivates you? Nothing is better than being a positive change in someone’s life and showing them how strong and capable they truly are. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Have a love and passion for what you are starting because it truly is like another child. Make sure your vision is clear. And trust in yourself. What lesson do you hope to pass on to Mason? To work hard and believe in yourself and to never settle for a career you are not passionate about. There are no dreams too big! Most valuable lesson you’ve learned in business: Life is about balance. Even when you love what you do, you need time to just turn off and be present.
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BETH SCHUTTE Founder, The Little Monkey Company Children: Isabella, 11 and Penelope, 2
Tell us about your company. My idea for developing a high-neck baby bib began in March 2017, when I was feeding solids to [my daughter] Penelope. Her neck was breaking out in a rash and her clothes were getting stained because the bibs did not provide enough coverage. After searching the market and finding nothing, I decided to create my own. What inspired you to open your business? My fiance. When I told him my idea, his immediate reaction was, “Go for it!” How do you balance motherhood and your career? It’s important for me to be fully present with my girls because I know I won’t get these years back. I’ve learned to focus on the business while they are in school or sleeping. What motivates you? My daughters motivate me and keep me going every day. I know they are proud of what I’ve accomplished so far, which makes me want to continue to succeed and grow my business. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Know that anything is possible if you have passion and you are willing to put in the effort. Start with a checklist and focus on accomplishing one or two items a week. Before you know it, you will have checked those items off your list and you’ll be ready to get the next set done. How have your children influenced you? Penelope inspired the idea and Isabella offers input on everything from bib design to marketing. I also named two of the seven bibs after my daughters. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your children? Failures serve as motivation to help you move forward, and small achievements lead to big victories. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned since opening your business: When one door closes and someone tells you no, another door or two always opens.
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SHANDEE CHERNOW CEO, CertiStar Children: Chase, 9 and Charlie, 6
Tell us about your company. CertiStar has taken food industry and food allergy data and matched it with patent-pending smart technology to create a web platform that helps restaurants manage their menus, recipes and inventory – all while empowering staff to serve those with food allergies. I founded the company in 2017. What inspired you to open your business? Frustration with my own experiences going out to eat. I’m frequently declined service due to my restrictions, and the conversation is almost always a challenge. Once I figured out that there’s a better way to do it, it was almost an inevitability that I had to start my own business to implement it. What is the best part of owning a business? Building something from the ground up that my family can be proud of. And, of course, having the freedom to make decisions as they come up. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Don’t underestimate the costs of opening a business. There are so many little line items that you don’t necessarily anticipate. Also, make it something that you’re passionate about doing. How have your children influenced you? When they see a way to do something or figure something out, they jump in with both feet. They are fearless that way. It’s a good reminder to do the same when I’m battling with which way to go. Favorite thing to do with your children: I love playing games with them. Watching how their brains work through the strategy is incredibly cool, and it’s a great way to spend bonding time. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your children? I hope they keep that fearlessness and do what they think is right and charge ahead with it. I hope they don’t let peer or societal pressure make them do something that strays from that path. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned since opening your business: To never be afraid to ask for help.
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L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E
BY KAYLOR JONES / PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG
Get a taste of la vie boheme as the 20th anniversary tour of Rent takes the stage at ASU Gammage from May 28 through June 2. A reimagining of Giacomo Puccini’s Italian opera La Boheme, this original rock musical by Jonathan Larson shares poignant messages of friendship, hope and creativity through iconic songs like Seasons of Love and Light my Candle. The story follows a year in the life of seven impoverished artists in New York City’s East Village as they struggle to pursue their dreams. With a soulful score and timeless themes – as well as multiple Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize to its name – Rent is sure to enamor audiences with a vibrant and inspiring journey of love. Times and prices vary. www.asugammage.com.
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BY CHELSEA YOUNG
FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS
Feeling called to be a dog mom (or dad), or add to your canine crew? Two Pups Wellness Fund, a local organization that raises funds for rescue and shelter dogs, has launched an initiative to help encourage the adoption of older dogs in need of a forever home. The initiative, Grown Pups for Grown Ups, was launched at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to spotlight dogs five years and older and address – in advance – the concerns that might prevent their adoption. Two Pups Wellness Fund will provide a number of services to help these grown pups show potential adopters that they’ll make great companions. Find your next fur baby or donate at www.twopups.org.
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You’ve heard of a honeymoon and even a babymoon, but what about a renewal moon? Royal Palms Resort and Spa is now offering this new type of “moon” to encourage couples to reconnect and rekindle their love. Through the end of the year, couples have the option to add a Renewal Moon to any resort stay and select from
a romantic menu that offers a variety of activities like private relationship coaching, unique couples’ spa and wellness treatments, and a Via Cappello dining experience wherein a candlelit dinner is served in various intimate settings throughout the grounds with custom menu. Couples will also receive a
welcome gift that includes an intimacy-focused game and book to spark romance and communication. Of course, well-appointed suites, in-room fireplaces, views of Camelback Mountain, and cozy enclaves throughout the property all set the tone for a romantic retreat. www.royalpalmshotel.com.
Thanks to Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale, vegans can enjoy creativity and culinary flair like any dinner guest with a new vegan omakase (chef’s tasting) menu. Chef Joey Castillo now offers a delicious plant-based, fixed-price option daily, totaling three courses for $40. Designed to appeal to both vegan and health-conscious diners, the menu pairs farm-fresh ingredients with Japanese cooking methods, resulting in innovative twists on traditional omakase. Options include assorted vegan nigiri, a trio of veggie appetizers, and even a chocolate avocado mousse. www.sushiroku.com.
A Non-Surgical Mommy Makeover Send mom to Drs. Cristina Romero-Bosch and John A. Robinson this Mother’s Day
All mothers and mother figures ought to be supported and celebrated daily. They are superheroes after all. Albeit, the second Sunday in May is typically when we show our mamas extra love. Forgo the traditional Mother’s Day brunch this year and treat your mom to something that will put a spring in her step. Send her to The Hormone Zone for a non-surgical mommy makeover. The Hormone Zone is owned by physician hormone experts Cristina RomeroBosch and John A. Robinson. Together they have been serving patients and practicing for over 24 years. They offer bespoke medical therapies with a comprehensive approach including advanced hormone replacement therapies, age management medicine and optimal sexual health and wellness. What’s their X factor? Optimizing the health and overall well-being of their patients. Plus, their patient care is second to none. Your mom will be treated like a queen as soon as she walks through The Hormone Zone’s doors.
The doctors offer a myriad of services beneficial to moms at every stage in motherhood. Pick and choose from the offerings below or opt for them all. Whatever you select, your mom is guaranteed to look and feel her absolute best.
The Orgasm Shot (O-Shot): Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient’s blood and injected into a numbed area near the clitoris and upper vagina. Some benefits include increased libido and vaginal sensitivity and decreased urinary incontinence. Vampire Facelift: PRP and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) are extracted from the patient’s blood and injected into the face, rebuilding collagen and elastin to create a natural look. Triple B: An IV nutritional therapy that stands for beauty, brain and bowels. It stimulates brain function, promotes healthy digestion and smooths and brightens skin.
Oxytocin: “The Love Hormone” tied to childbirth and social connectedness. Oxytocin hormone replacement therapy boosts a sense of bonding, increases libido and provides pain relief to soft tissue. Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy: Beneficial for men and women ages 18 to 100, pellet therapy restores hormones back to their optimal levels so that a patient feels on top of the world again. Metabolic Rate Analysis: A quick test that measures how efficient a patient’s body is at burning calories. Bosch and Robinson then use the results to customize an effective weight loss plan specific to every patient.
Contact The Hormone Zone at 480.338.8070 or www.hormone-zone. com, 9377 East Bell Road, Suite 361, Scottsdale, 85260.
MOMS & MIMOSAS FLORAL FINDS
Cheers your mom, your mom friends and yourself at Moms & Mimosas on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Chandler. Kicking off Mother’s Day weekend, the event will include cocktails, a bloody mary bar, mom-themed shopping, spa treatments, and breakfast bites set against a lively backdrop of music from DJ Jen Jones. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt, a Champagne toast, a greeting card-making station, and a bourbon and cigar lounge for dads. A portion of proceeds will benefit Heart Strings Foundation, which helps veterans and children heal through music. General admission is $7-$10 at the gate; ages 12 and under are free. www.momsandmimosas.com.
This month as you dote on Mom, you can also support local at Cactus Flower Florists. The family-owned and -operated business has been brightening people’s days with beautiful bouquets for more than 45 years. Springtime selections include arrangements of calla lilies, lilies, hydrangeas, orchids and roses among gifts like local gourmet chocolates, balloons and candles. Further customize your gift by pairing blooms with bottles through the florist’s wine and craft beer store – Vines, Hops & Blooms – which offers local wines and brews at its Scottsdale location that can be also be added to floral deliveries or sent on their own. Mother’s Day orders for local deliveries can be placed through May 12 at www.cactusflower.com.
For your next date night or moms’ night out, try a new entertainment experience – Dueling Pianos – at The Phoenician Tavern. Recently opened along the resort’s revamped golf course, The Phoenician Tavern transforms into a musical mecca every Saturday from 8 until 11 p.m., and the festivities are free to attend for locals and resort guests alike. Each Dueling Pianos performance blends live musical entertainment with interactive commentary and comedy, plus craft cocktails and elevated comfort food are available. www.thephoeniciantavern.com.
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A BOOK FOR MOMS
Just in time for Mother’s Day (May 12), So Scottsdale editor-in-chief Chelsea Young has published a heartfelt tribute to moms called The Color of Mother. Using the beauty and playfulness of colors, it is both a sweet story for children and a great gift book for moms with a central message – to remind kids they are loved and acknowledge mothers and mother figures for who they are. The book is available at Cricket + Ruby in Old Town Scottsdale, Unicorn Cupcake Boutique at Scottsdale Road/Shea Boulevard, on Amazon, and directly from the publisher as well as at upcoming local events including Moms & Mimosas. www.coloreverything.love.
PAINLESS FIX FOR RECEDING GUMS! Pinhole Surgical Technique
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A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans, a Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique® Provider. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.
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GREAT EVENTS THIS MONTH BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
We Are United Luncheon May 8, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Presented by Women United (of the Valley of the Sun United Way), this luncheon exists to help end hunger in the classroom. Last year, the event raised more than $350,000, which provided children in need with nourishing food to help them focus and succeed in class. This year, Women United hopes to raise and feed even more youth. American journalist and author Lisa Ling will be the event’s keynote speaker, empowering attendees to be stewards of change. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Individual, $125; VIP, $1,000. www.vsuw.org. Mother’s Grace Brunch May 9, El Chorro Mother’s Grace is celebrating a decade of serving local mothers with its annual brunch. Nosh on breakfast essentials and sip on Champagne as you learn about the nonprofit’s mission and impact. Other highlights will include inspiring speeches, an auction and shopping. Local jeweler Jewel Ya will be on-site selling a 10-year anniversary bracelet to commemorate the occasion. Event proceeds will benefit Mother’s Grace. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Invitation only; inquiries can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. www.mothers-grace.org. Thrive Gala May 11, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Since 1980, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) has worked toward replacing violence with equality throughout the state. The annual Thrive Gala celebrates ACESDV’s achievements and recognizes sexual and domestic violence survivors, allies and advocates. The event will feature a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a raffle, dinner, live entertainment and dancing. Awards will be given to six honorees for their commitment to dismantling oppression Valleywide. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $150. www.acesdv.org. Fund the Farm May 16, Desert Botanical Garden Fund the Farm is a festive party with a purpose, featuring a hosted bar, tequila tastings, field-fresh hors d’oeuvres, and lively music at Desert Botanical Garden. Event proceeds will provide essential infrastructure for Spaces of Opportunity, which is a Phoenix-area incubator farm, community garden and farmers market dedicated to growing without chemicals, mentoring farmers, and marketing healthy produce to local residents. 7-9 p.m. $100. www.dbg.org. Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament May 16, Grayhawk Golf Club Have an affinity “fore” golf? The fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament has your name written all over it. Take to the greens at Grayhawk Golf Club to play with local and champion tour pros alike. Breakfast will be provided before an early shotgun start, followed by lunch, a raffle and an awards ceremony. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, which provides a home away from home for families seeking medical care for their sick children at hospitals. Registration and breakfast, 7 a.m.; golf, 8:30 a.m. $750. www.rmhccnaz.org.
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AJ’S ART OF WINE AND TASTES OF SUMMER May 18, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
If you love a good cheese board and a glass of wine, this wine and food tasting is your kind of event. More than 40 exceptional wines rated by AJ’s cellar masters will be available for tasting and pairing with the perfect accompaniment, such as a decadent dessert or artisanal bread. Guests will also enjoy live music and a silent auction featuring wines and other goodies from AJ’s. This fun-filled annual event benefits the programs and arts education initiatives at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 2-4:30 p.m. $35-$45. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
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event covers a variety of genres throughout the month, from ’80s rock to Top 40 hits. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. www.therailroadpark.com. SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK Through May 30, Downtown Scottsdale On Thursday evenings, this artistic endeavor takes place primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, showcasing galleries from the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Wander at your own pace while enjoying the beautiful statues and fountains dotting the area at this art walk. 7-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com. CHAMPAGNE SATURDAYS May 4 and 18, The Phoenician This bubbly night out on the town showcases a gourmet menu of starters, cold and warm canapes, and desserts. Standout items include a cheese board, mini beef Wellington and coconut-breaded lobster, all of which pair perfectly with the three choices of Champagne. Reservations required. 7-8:30 p.m. $89-$199. www.thephoenician.com. BULLEIT FRONTEIR WHISKEY DERBY DAYCLUB May 4, Turf Paradise Place your bets at the Valley’s only live racing track, complete with an air-cooled lounge, private betting terminals, a DJ and TVs to watch local races and the Kentucky Derby broadcast live. Tables include eight tickets and a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Gates, 7:15 a.m.; DayClub, 10:30 a.m.; live racing, 11:30 a.m. General admission, $30; reserved seating, $60; tables, $500$1,000. www.thepoloparty.com.
NOW PLAYING: 1999-2019 Through May 12, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art As a part of SMoCA’s 20th anniversary celebration, this exhibit showcases video art sampled from the last two decades. Featuring 11 international artists, the exhibit covers a range of social and political topics. Included with museum admission. www.smoca.org. U-PICK PEACH FESTIVAL Through May 12, Schnepf Farms With the largest peach grower in the state celebrating over 50
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years, join the U-Pick craze with a festival that includes hay rides, live music and an array of peachthemed dishes. Guests can grab their own basket and pick from a variety of organic produce including green beans, beets and, of course, peaches. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. www.schnepffarms.com. FARMERS MARKET Through May 25, Old Town Scottsdale Every Saturday, stop by this lively market for a variety of organic, pesticide-free produce from local growers and specialty food
producers. Now in its fifth year, the farm is home to seasonal specialties, flowers, cheese, tamales, natural meats, and artisan breads. 7-11 a.m. Free. www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Through May 26, McCormickStillman Railroad Park Enjoy the warm weather while relaxing on your favorite blanket or chair as the railroad park fills with the sound of music on Sunday evenings. With food – as well as train and carousel rides – available for purchase, each family-friendly
CINCO DE MAYO PHOENIX FESTIVAL May 5, Downton Phoenix The 26th year of this festival will take over the streets of Downtown Phoenix with games, giveaways and music. Upgrade your ticket to VIP for exclusive stage access and private restrooms. Plus, the new indoor Exclusivo Lounge provides an air-conditioned space with free food, two alcoholic beverages and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. Noon-10 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP Classic, $35; Exclusivo Lounge, $75. www.cincophx.com. PARTIES OF NOTE May 7, The Farm at South Mountain This unique program, now in its eighth year, offers guests the
With over 30 years of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgical experience, Dr Wolin and his staff not only Talk the Talk… they also Walk the Walk. Listen to what his patients have to say about their care and surgical results… (Verified independent interview) Just a few months ago I got a good closeup view of my lips in the mirror. I was horrified. How could I possibly have gotten so many wrinkles in not only my lips but also in the areas surrounding my mouth? I never even smoked cigarettes..I immediately decided that I would try and remedy the situation. I went to a local spa where I was told that a temporary filler combined with a standard skin peel would solve my problems. After undergoing multiple injections, it was evident that the solution to my problem not in a little jar of magical potions nor in a minuscule injection of temporary filler. The problem could only be solved by a combination of permanent volumizing as well as resurfacing my skin. I had heard of Dr wolin and his greater than 25 year experience using Fat Transfer techniques to revolumize and smooth wrinkles around the mouth. I also found that he was using a fantastic chemical peel resurfacing technique called “ The Croton Oil Peel” which produced amazing smoothing of the skin without the downtime associated with Laser Resurfacing. In just 45 minutes, under local anesthesia, I have been able to reclaim my deflated and wrinkled mouth…My results were amazing…natural and permanent.
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Now CALENDAR chance to experience gourmet meals while listening to a live orchestra and mingling with some of the Phoenix Symphony’s talented musicians. This month marks the season’s final event, which is hosted by The Farm at South Mountain, with proceeds going toward helping the symphony sustain their education and community engagement programs. 6 p.m. $200. www.phoenixsymphony.com. SCOTTSDALE HISTORY HALL OF FAME May 9, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Past Presidents Council will welcome both guests and members to a celebration of those that have contributed to the city of Scottsdale. This 26th annual event will include a cocktail reception followed by dinner as attendees honor the 2019 inductees into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. 6 p.m. $90. www.scottsdalechamber.com. DISENCHANTED! May 10-26, Fountain Hills Theater This retelling of classic fairytales takes an all-new adult approach to the narratives of well-known princesses. The comedy brings the characters to life in a way that hilariously varies from the familiar stories of Disney and the Brothers Grimm. Times vary. Adults, $30; students, $12. www.fhtaz.org. ARIANA GRANDE May 14, Talking Stick Resort Arena A three-time American Music Awards winner, Ariana Grande has a voice with an infamously impressive range of four octaves. This powerhouse vocalist will grace the Valley with her pop hits during her much-anticipated Sweetener World Tour. 8 p.m. $217+. www. talkingstickresortarena.com. EROICA May 14-June 1, Desert Botanical Garden Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Anderson brings dance into the desert with this second annual performance. The show explores the intersection of artistic craft with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.balletaz.org. JA GOLFER’S DREAM DAY May 17, McCormick Ranch Golf Club Junior Achievement of Arizona
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May 17-26, various locations Foodies from across the state unite biannually for this week of epicurean delights. Participating restaurants throughout the Valley will offer diverse three-course, fixed-price dinners – in addition to their regular menus – with the goal of increasing awareness about Arizona’s culinary offerings. Restaurants include J&G Steakhouse, Hearth ’61 and Citizen Public House. Reservations are recommended as restaurants will fill up quickly, and pricing does not include tax, alcohol or gratuity. $33-$44. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.
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FASHIONABLE FUNDRAISING Pearce Family Foundation serves the community in style with Runway of Hope
Pearce Family Foundation will bring community outreach to the catwalk with the fifth annual Runway of Hope, held at The Clayton House in Old Town Scottsdale on May 10. Guests at this style-savvy fundraising event will be able to enjoy appetizers and drinks while browsing pop-up shops, participating in a silent auction, and experiencing a themed fashion show. A local charity, Pearce Family Foundation helps the families of children suffering from chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Through multiple initiatives, the nonprofit organization supplies financial assistance for bills in the home, including rent and car payments, so that the families are able to focus on a child’s journey to get well. This year’s Runway of Hope is centered around creating a movement to inspire change, with the decor and fashion showcasing the themes of the five elements: fire, water, earth, space and wind. Just as the elements create change, supporters of the organization are called to make a positive difference in the world around them. In the time leading up to the fashion show, coordinated by Weezy’s Playhouse, guests will be able to peruse pop-up shops featuring Sage Aubrey, Becki Coakley Shoes and Modern Mood Jewelry. The runway, with a stunning 12-foot balloon arch situated at either end, will be graced by the styles of five designers: Nazila Couture, Gloria Ara Couture, Sisi Aduke, Flower Power Clothing and Joan Dominique. Each designer will showcase fashions that embody one of the elements. The evening will also include a silent auction with a variety of local experiences, hotel stays, restaurant certificates and more up for grabs. There are three ticket options: The $60 Paparazzi package includes a seat at a cocktail table behind the second row; the
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$80 Trendsetter package has first-come first-served seating behind the front row; and the $135 Socialite package features a VIP reserved seat, front row access, a ticket for one free drink, and a special swag bag. All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales support Pearce Family Foundation’s Angels Around Us of Arizona initiative, which strives to create a stable and healthy living environment for the families of children in need. “We are committed to being the bridge between the hospital and the home,” says Meghan Alfonso, CEO and founder of Pearce Family Foundation. “We are devoted to giving back to families in our community by making a positive impact every day.”
IF YOU GO… What: Runway of Hope When: May 10, 7-10 p.m. Where: The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th St., Scottsdale Tickets: $60-$135 Information: www. pearcefamilyfoundation.com
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Dine on a multicourse dinner while supporting the American Liver Foundation at Flavors of Phoenix
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IF YOU GO… What: Flavors of Phoenix When: May 23, 6-11 p.m. Where: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale Tickets: $500 Information: www. alfflavors.org
Get ready to tantalize your taste buds at the 28th annual Flavors of Phoenix soiree in support of the American Liver Foundation at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Hosted by Mayo Clinic on May 23, the experience will treat guests to an evening of unprecedented culinary adventure as top local chefs prepare a five-course tableside dinner paired with wine, beer and cocktails. Proceeds will support the prevention, clinical research, and treatment for the more than 30 million individuals with liver disease. “In the 28 years since the event was conceptualized, Flavors of Phoenix has raised tens of millions of dollars, garnered awareness in communities nationwide, and engaged thousands of supporters,” says Gina Bartes, executive director of the American Liver Foundation.
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Created almost two decades ago by James Beard Award-winner Christopher Gross of Wrigley Mansion, Flavors of Phoenix has since extended its philanthropic endeavors to more than 20 additional cities in support of the foundation. Participants include masters of the culinary arts, celebrity chefs and Food Network stars. This year, Gross will be joined by fellow culinary connoisseurs as co-chairs of the event – Matt Carter of Fat Ox and Chris Masco of Deseo at The Westin Kierland – to present an evening that will push traditional epicurean boundaries. The evening will also feature the gastronomic talents of chefs Brett Vibber of Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Joseph Castillo of Sushi Roku, Branden Levine of Sel, Ron Dimas of Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort,
Sara Garrant of Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Jeremy Pacheco of Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, and many more. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an auction, which will include polo experiences, designer clothing, jewelry, handbags, travel excursions, and private dining opportunities throughout the Valley and Sedona. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Liver Foundation in its mission to treat and cure liver disease across the country. To assist the foundation in raising their goal of $290,000, tickets are available for $500 per person with the option to provide an additional donation. Donations and support through Flavors of Phoenix help improve the lives of people with liver disease through advocacy, education and research.
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FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Taste your way around Scottsdale with these sample-sized sippers Trouble deciding on a drink? At these five local venues, you don’t have to choose – each offers flights of several flavorful options to please any palate.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
PNPK Craft Sliders + Wine Bar Going beyond basic predetermined flight options, PNPK offers guests the chance to “choose their own adventure” when it comes to putting together a wine flight. Each of PNPK’s 30 wines by the glass, in fact, can be customized into a wine flight. Prices for each twoounce pour range from $3.50 to $7 depending on the varietal, and there are options from Napa to Tuscany to Argentina available. In addition, PNPK also offers flights of beer, bruschetta, sliders and dessert. www.pnpkaz.com. Hash Kitchen The brunch hot spot offers a mimosa flight for $16 that is as colorful and bright as it is bubbly. It features four mini versions of mimosas in rotating flavors, which includes four to six of the following depending on day: mango, guava, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi, watermelon and traditional orange. For something outside of the box, there is a “cereal-ously” scrumptious Cereal Shoot Flight, also $16, which includes sample sizes of their four signature cocktails crafted using Cap’n Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, respectively. www.hashkitchen.com. JoJo Coffeehouse Coffee Bar + Restaurant For those seeking a caffeinated flight, look no further than JoJo, which offers a $10 coffee flight that features small pours of five of its morning options: Nitro JoJo Cold Brew, JoJo Cold Brew, a double espresso shot, a latte and a caramel macchiato. The coffee house – which also serves food and adult beverages – also offers a mimosa flight for $25 with peach mint, cranberry lime, orange, apple pie and pineapple pours, as well as a craft beer flight with five options for $9. www.jojocoffeehouse.com.
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OHSO Brewery + Distillery While known for its beer selection, OHSO has gained recognition for its distilled spirit program. In fact, it now boasts three types of whiskey made in-house: traditional, peach-infused, and apple-flavored. Guests can sample the OHSO flight for $13.50. One-ounce tastes of these housemade options can be paired with any of the other whiskies on the menu in a flight for half-off the listed price. If not into flavored whiskies, guests can choose three one-ounce pours of whiskies from the menu for half-off the listed price as well. www.ohsobrewery.com. Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Located just off the main lobby inside The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is its Scotch Library, which features more than 300 scotches including over 175 single malts, 30 blends, and a number of rare bottles imported from Scotland. From open to close each day, scotch ambassadors offer two-ounce pours of more than 200 makes and brands, ranging from $12 to $475 per pour. In addition, the Scotch Library has regular tasting events wherein a renowned brand comes in to offer samples of its portfolio of scotches paired with small bites for $65. www.kierlandresort.com.
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MOMMY & ME
Local boutiques for the young and the young at heart
With Mother’s Day just around the corner (May 12), now is the time to surprise Mom, or treat yourself if you’re a mom, with something special. And in a mother’s world, sometimes treating yourself simply means bringing a smile to your child’s face. When it comes to all things mom, there are plenty of local boutiques for mothers, children or both offering an assortment of one-of-a-kind gifts, practical products, and goodies for the kids.
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BabyLux Located in DC Ranch on Market Street and The Shops Gainey Village, BabyLux offers gifts as well as services including photography, nursery design, educational classes, and events for new moms. From contemporary clothing to one-of-a-kind gifts for babies through age 10, BabyLux is a beautiful one-stop-shop for unique finds. www.babyluxonline.com. Gift-ology True to its name, Gift-ology is all about the art of gifts. The specialty store offers imaginative items including decor, accessories, bath products and jewelry from around the world. Locally made treasures – such as Lisa Howe’s pottery and Cutino hot sauces – are especially popular at the shop, which is tucked away on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. www.gift-ology.com. Mae & Marie Known as a “haute hub for mini and she,” Mae & Marie specializes in all things mommy and me. From play clothes to party frocks, the owner-curated store is all about family-chic fashion for boys, girls and their mamas. The boutique also carries fun finds to gift as well as shoes and jewelry that dazzle. www.maeandmariestyle.com. Cheeky Chic Established in 2014, family-owned Cheeky Chic brings designer fashion for infants and children up to size 14 to Scottsdale Quarter. The trends at this boutique are geared toward style-savvy kids, with fashions that are sweet, sassy and preppy. There are also sweet baby blankets and swaddles as well as maternity gowns. www.cheekychicbb.com. Cricket + Ruby Cricket + Ruby is a modern bohemian boutique in Old Town Scottsdale for little ones, mamas and homes. The owners specialize in finding unique treasures made by local artisans, independent designers, and fellow moms including mommy and me ensembles, special books and nursery decor. Bonus: Every product in the store is sourced responsibly and curated with care by the owners in a globally- and naturally-inspired fashion. www.cricketandruby.com. Cuddles by Goochie Goo Garbs Founded by a mother of four and a grandmother of 12, Cuddles is certainly an expertly curated place to shop for the young guy or gal in your life. The store has clothing and accessories for tots, teens and even furry friends. It also features the complete line of Goochie Goo Garbs blankets and a variety of toys and children’s books. www.goochiegoo.com. Zoolikins With an emphasis on all things earth-friendly, Zoolikins offer a variety of safe, natural and creative items for babies through age 8 and parents. The knowledgeable staff offers classes and workshops that allow new parents to meet other parents in an encouraging atmosphere while learning the basics of childcare. The boutique also has a baby changing area, a play area, and rocking chairs for moms. www.zoolikins.com.
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DANCING ON THE CANVAS Kris Miller puts abstract art into motion
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For Kris Miller, painting is all about “color and paint in motion.” She likes to call her abstracts and figurative abstracts intuitive paintings. “Painting is a discovery process,” Miller says. “I’m curious. I like to make connections between what’s real and what’s imagined, then I obscure those boundaries.” Miller defines herself as a reimagined and repurposed artist, not just a retired educator with degrees in adult education and development and cultural diversity. Though she dabbled in the arts throughout her childhood and college years with dance, piano and art classes, she never considered herself an artist until 1991 when she was working toward her Ph.D. while teaching. “Painting began as self-therapy as I began to put my energy into a new mindset, trying to balance the cognitive and affective parts of my being,” she says. Miller cites some of her influences as contemporary abstract artists like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock and female abstract expressionists such as Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler. “I particularly like the grit of these women painters who were not intimidated by the dominance of their male counterparts during the ’60s,” Miller says. For Miller, painting is a physical activity, her work made up of large, spontaneous brushstrokes. She paints standing, free to walk around the flat canvas, turn it in different directions, and observe it in different angles and light. Acrylic is her preferred medium because of its quick dry time and the way it flows on the canvas. “I paint fast and deliberate, changing the texture and fluidity of the paint while working on a piece, which acrylic allows me to do,” Miller says. Keeping the process simple, Miller usually begins a new piece with only three colors. Most times, she doesn’t have a firm idea of what she’s going to paint when she begins, noting that overthinking can interfere with her intuitive creativity. She also enjoys letting the viewer decide what her art represents. “My art isn’t about what I paint, but how it makes the viewer feel,” Miller says. “I am inspired by my unending curiosity about the magic of creative potential. All of that energy is transferred to a canvas. It’s about color, movement and rhythm, whether it is an abstract or figurative piece. Each painting will share these elements in some way.” Miller has participated in the annual Arizona Fine Art Expo for the past three years. Her work will be included in two contemporary art shows – Art Santa Fe and Art San Diego – later this year. Her paintings are also displayed at her home gallery and studio in Scottsdale for those interested in purchasing or commissioning a piece. Learn more at www.krismillerart.com.
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BEST STAYCATIONS 2019
Temperatures may be heating up, but luckily, there are also some extra-hot deals and exclusive happenings at resorts, with the promise of keeping locals cool – think polar plunges, igloo-inspired cabanas, and icy treats. So if you’re summering in town, you’re in luck. Five Scottsdale resorts have spectacular specials, from overnight stays and spa days to culinary and cocktail delights, plus plenty of pools to keep you and your crew way cool. Read on to plan your ultimate staycation and make this summer your coolest yet.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa golf bikes, Golfboards, and the Kierland Turfrider. Or, try the popular Scottish Golf Experience, complete with authentic Scottish kilt rentals and a bagpiper.
Spanning 250 acres in North Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa provides contemporary luxury paired with an ever-changing collection of distinctive experiences, whether it’s fun for the whole family or a romantic staycation.
Be Well Whether unwinding from the day’s adventures or treating yourself, relax and rejuvenate at Agave, The Arizona Spa and Salon with a Wellness Retreat specially catered for you. Or enjoy one of the Spa’s recently introduced CBD offerings. Spa amenities include a tranquil private courtyard with a tree-lined pathway, 20 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, a full service salon, and more.
Soak Up Summer Kick off summer with a camping adventure like no other. The Westin Kierland introduces Camp Kierland, a modern take on a classic, family-friendly experience. Revel in a summer-long exploration series led by the resort’s FUN camp counselors and join in the escapades with canoe races, fishing, indoor stargazing, Kierland FlowRider Surf Camp, scout-inspired cuisine, unlimited campfire s’mores, and more. With Camp Kierland package rates starting at $169 and a $50 per room resort credit, make this a summer to remember. Upgrades are available and include a VIP Camp Kierland pass and a take-home teepee tent. Reference deal code MAJ when booking. Try your skills by learning to surf in the desert with the Kierland FlowRider found only at Adventure Water Park, one of the resort’s biggest and most distinguishable attractions. While there, leisurely float on a lazy river, slip down 110-foot waterslide, relax at the poolside cabanas, and bask in the sun on your own private island. Adults may enjoy a poolside beverage, or admire the stunning views of Pinnacle
Peak at the Rim Lobby Lounge while listening to the iconic sunset bagpipe melodies in Dreamweaver’s Canyon. Paired with the summer-themed scout-inspired cuisine, Camp Kierland introduces an adult beverage program to include s’mores-infused cocktails, adult Capri-Sun-like juice drinks, and more.
A Golfer’s Dream The resort offers an innovative golf experience, with championship golf across 27 holes and five unique ways to play, each bringing its own allure and fun challenges. A centerpiece of the resort, the course features exquisite rolling greens, a series of serene lakes, dry desert washes, and stunning flora and fauna. Ride in style with the club’s unique transportation offerings like Segways,
Delectable Dining At The Westin Kierland, guests can choose from an expansive portfolio of amenities without leaving this luxurious desert oasis. The resort features 10 dining venues serving some of the area’s finest flavors. Highlights include Nuevo Latino cuisine at the resort’s signature restaurant, deseo; Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar and Cantina, specializing in fine tequilas and whiskey, with an atmosphere reminiscent of the historic mining days of Arizona; and The Scotch Library, where Scotch Library Ambassadors guide guests through a selection of more than 300 different labels. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.624.1202; Marriott.com/PHXWS.
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a Himalayan Salt Room to detoxify and boost the immune system with its micronized salt air. A new addition is the Spa Wave, relaxation through quantum-harmonic sound therapy. It combines the gentle sound waves of prescription music with a highly efficient sound vibration system. Spa Avania features a serene environment with a French-Celtic mineral pool and lotus pond overlooking the beauty of Camelback Mountain.
Set against the McDowell Mountains, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is a 27 acre family-friendly resort where pets are also welcome. This summer, enjoy “Summer Made Simple,” with room rates starting at $139 and including complimentary self-parking. The resort makes it easy for a family staycation by offering a free dinner to every child 12 years or younger with a paying adult. Children 18 and younger may enjoy a free game of golf on the iconic Gainey Ranch golf course with a paying adult. Camp Hyatt for kids ages 3-12 provides fun-filled activities daily to allow parents to visit the spa.
Cheers to Summer
Make a Splash Escape the heat this summer with the resort’s 2.5 acre water playground complete with 10 pools, including a sand beach, 3-story high speed waterslide, poolside cabanas, a tranquil cascading waterfall, adult-only pool, and more. Activities like water volleyball and basketball amp up the fun. Or, take the challenge of climbing the “Summit,” the resort’s 28-foot rock wall. There are plenty of ways for the whole family to cool off. Kids enjoy mermaid classes, cosmic nights, and waterslide races. Fun for everyone include classic throwbacks such as a watermelon eating contest, summer snowball fights, dive-in
movies, and flip flop fashions, among other poolside and beachside activities. There’s even championship golf and world-class tennis. Listen to live music beachside on Saturday afternoons.
Summer Bliss Spa Avania presents its “Summer of Citrus” menu, utilizing vitamin C for an extra refreshing experience. Each guest feels relaxed with fully customized treatments. Spa guests may add enhancements with CBD products to any spa service. Relax your body and mind at the spa with a total immersion experience, featuring
Taste buds will love the innovative special summer menus at SWB and Alto--two of the five eclectic resort restaurants. Canyon Market--open 24 hours--serves freshly squeezed juices, Starbucks, and homemade ice cream, among other deli-type offerings. For the adults, the resort presents Painting with a Splash of Pinot this summer. Happy hour at Cantina Due--4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday--features Arizona-style inspired appetizers, beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails. Guests also partake in bourbon classes, with a rye whiskey made exclusively for the resort. Center Stage Bar hosts live entertainment nightly all-year-round, including holidays. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.444.1234; www.hyattregencyscottsdale.com.
Summer Made Simple Kids Eat Free!* For a summer that needs no planning…join us for carefree days, blue skies, sunshine and fun-filled activities. Our 2.5 acre water playground provides everything you need for daytime fun…a white sand beach, ten pools, three-story waterslide, poolside activities and by night, Dive-in movies and Cosmic Nights. There’s no need to leave the resort, as kids eat dinner free and play free golf with a paying adult. As nightfall comes to the desert, relax in Center Stage Bar with spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, cascading fountains and live nightly entertainment. It’s that simple! The only plan you need to make this summer is to book your stay at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, using offer code SIMPLE!
Rates from $139 per night For reservations, visit www.hyattregencyscottsdale.com. HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd | Scottsdale, AZ, 85258 *Free dinner for kids ages 12 and under, includes one free dinner from Kids Menu in SWB or Alto with each paying adult. Rate not including tax and $40 resort fee, includes self-parking. Offer valid 5/28/19—8/29/19 at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Lowest rates available July/August mid-week. Offer not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Rate is per room per night based on single or double occupancy. Additional charges may apply to upgrades. Maximum 4 people per room. Blackout periods may apply due to season or special events. Some activities are only offered on weekends. Kids Play Free Golf Offer is one round for one child 18 or under with each paying adult at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. Additional Terms & Conditions on www.hyattregencyscottsdale.com. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this program at any time without notice. HYATT, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Regency names, designs and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. © 2019 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.
The Phoenician Situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician is unarguably one of the Valley’s most iconic treasures. Personalized, AAA Five Diamond service ensures you have a summer staycation to remember. With room rates starting at $179 per night and including complimentary self-parking from May 28 through August 30, there’s plenty to love about summer at The Phoenician.
Summer Fun The Phoenician presents “Fire & Ice,” a variety of hot activities to ensure a really cool summer. Watch fire performances, participate in themed pool games, dance to music, and sample complimentary culinary offerings provided by The Phoenician’s Chill Squad. Special festivities will be held for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends. A summer oasis in the heart of the desert, The Phoenician pool complex includes expanded seating and the Mediterraneaninspired restaurant, Kalio Kabobery. The Kids Zone is home to a splash pad, 197-foot water slide, and a children’s tree house.
Golf at The Phoenician Visit the newly redesigned 18-hole golf course at The Phoenician. During “Summer Tee Time”—May 28 through August 30— arrive before 11 a.m. any day of the week for a special summer rate.
The Phoenician Spa Feel the outside world melt away at The Phoenician Spa. Debuting last year, the Spa features a rooftop pool with cabanas, a quiet relaxation room, an aroma design bar, nail salon, and a Drybar. The Phoenician Spa reinvents the meaning of tranquility with its “(Summer) Time for You” special offer, available daily from May 28 through September 30. With the purchase of one spa treatment, spa-goers will receive half off a second treatment of equal or lesser value.
Summer Deals for Foodie’s Play Dine and Win! Dine at any of The Phoenician’s restaurants this summer and be
entered to win a Foodie Weekend for Two. The Phoenician Tavern is the resort’s newest offering—opened March 2019— located above the golf clubhouse and serving polished pub grub in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Come see the live, and comedic, musical entertainment of Dueling Pianos every Saturday night for a show that is unlike any other. Three other resort restaurants will feed your appetite as part of the “Culinary Countdown,” offered May 28 through September 19. Savor a select 3-course meal for $45 at J&G Steakhouse while marveling at the beauty of the Sonoran Desert from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Experience Afternoon Tea Wednesdays and Thursdays in the recently transformed tea room for just $35. With a laidback vibe and a bold modern American menu, Mowry & Cotton is also offering its “Bottle, Board, & Bowl” for $25, featuring wine, flatbread, and an appetizer. Mixology classes are open to adult resort guests daily. And for the kids ages 5 to 12, the Night Owls Program—available nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. and included in the daily resort fee—provides supervised crafting, games, movies, and an evening meal, allowing parents time to dine at one of the resort’s restaurants. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.8200; www. thephoenician.com.
FIND YOUR RED-HOT SUMMER RATES STARTING AT $179* • Sparkling, Multi-Tiered Pool Complex with Extensive Seating and Kids Zone • Fire & Ice Poolside Activities and Sizzling Performances • Refreshing Amenities from The Phoenician’s Chill Squad • Cool Dining, Spa and Golf Offers • The New Phoenician Tavern, with Dueling Pianos to Ignite every Saturday Night • Fun Family Game Room • Supervised Childcare to Light Up Your Night • Complimentary Self-Parking
*Rate valid May 28 - August 30, 2019. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Some restrictions may apply. Basic room rate does not include $35 resort charge imposed per room per night, and state/local taxes.
The Camby, Autograph Collection Be sure to check Instagram for updates. Artizen has additional summer drink specials that include: Happy Hour—daily 4 to 6 p.m.—offering half-priced drafts, wines by the glass, and select appetizers; Bottomless Brunch—Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.—where Bloody Mary and Mimosa refills are .01 cent after the initial drink purchase; and Sunday nights all bottles of wine on the list are half price from 2-11 p.m.
The Camby, Autograph Collection is a hotel “exactly like nothing else,” with its boutique feel and stunning location in the heart of Phoenix. The central location makes it a perfect staycation for locals and tourists alike to experience all that the Valley has to offer.
Endless Summer The Camby’s bike program is offered for those looking to cruise the Biltmore neighborhood on a Camby Cruiser. Or, bask inside the playful elegance of the hotel strumming a tune on one of the Gretsch guitars available as part of The Camby’s “Check in, Jam out” program. For a more private music experience, guests may peruse the extensive vinyl collection sponsored by Zia Records and check out a turntable to take to their room. Soak up the sun at the rooftop pool, complete with cabanas and ping pong tables, with movies and music featured every evening. Here, guests may also savor the unparallel and creative delights of the Wade Poolside Bar in a fun atmosphere. Artizen, a not-to-miss onsite restaurant includes the savor-simple, yet sophisticated menu by Chef Franklin Thompson, Jr. Bees Knees and Back Office are perfect areas to reserve for a small friendly group get together.
Summer Pamper Party
Delightful Drinks Locals and out-of-towners alike can take advantage of The Camby’s Sip & Shop Package that includes two signature cocktails at the hotel’s feature restaurant, Artizen, and a Macerich Visitor Savings Pass. Or, join in the fun at the Bee’s Knees restaurant for a Tipsy Tea Party, pouring a modern twist on tea time with spirit or sparkling wine infused classic teas. Stay for breakfast at the Artizen, with a special rate good for two adults and children 12 and under. Fun times by the pool with music and movies features each evening. The month of May is Wednesday Women’s Night Out, with themed poolside movies and drink specials.
Make a reservation for you and a few friends for the LATHER Blending Bar, which allows guests to blend their own custom essential oil fragrance. Whether its energizing, uplifting, or grounding, aromatherapy experts are available to help create the perfect blend to suit any mood. For a unique staycation, plan a complimentary LATHER Pamper Party with five or more friends. Party guests receive mini-treatments featuring LATHER products, a deluxe swag-bag, and 10% off product purchases during the event. For LATHER events, Spa buyouts, and gatherings in Bees Knees and Back Office, contact the Camby team at: email@example.com. The Camby, Autograph Collection, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.468.0700; www.thecamby.com.
Situated in the thriving Biltmore neighborhood of Phoenix, The Camby is an ideal destination for weekend getaways and groups alike with more on their minds than ordinary hospitality. With its cool juxtaposition of classic and cutting-edge, The Camby speaks the language of every kind of sophisticate. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess display held every Saturday night.
With 65 acres overlooking the McDowell Mountains, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess features luxurious guest rooms, award-winning spa, five restaurants and lounges, six pools, and two championship-level golf courses to make this AAA Five Star Diamond resort the perfect home away from home. A white-sand beach, giant splash pad, two 200-feet twisting waterslides, pool basketball and volleyball, and cabanas, are just some of the exciting features to cool off on those hot summer days.
Superhero Summer The Princess is promising to make this summer unforgettable with its “Superhero Summer at the Princess” package offered May 24 through September 2. With rates starting at $189, including a $50 daily resort credit and charitable donation to support the real-life superheroes, the resort promises fun for all. Kids enjoy fun-filled days that include a cape and mask at check-in, a superhero mission assignment, Superhero Training Academy, zipline rides at the Superhero Flight School, poolside games with the Superhero FUN squad, dive-in movies, Mermaid University, and much more. Favorite superhero characters will make appearances every weekend and holidays throughout the summer. Adults join the fun with adult superhero training classes, like Bungee Bounce and Wall Yoga at Well & Being Spa.
Superheroes aren’t the only ones who go through transformations, the Princess will, too, but assures that guest comfort will not be interrupted during their guestroom renovation this summer.
Sip, Savor & Splash Come to the Princess with your friends or special someone for the summer staycation package, “Sip, Savor & Splash,”—May 24-September 2, with rates starting at $179 and include a $50 daily resort credit— where guests enjoy a mixology adventure to sip specialty cocktails, wine, or tequila; savor delicious cuisine from the resort’s award-winning restaurants; and splash in the resort’s refreshing pools, including an adult-only pool. Then, marvel at the fireworks
Offering distinct flavor in both cuisine and decor, the resort’s restaurants and lounges each feature a unique fine dining and spirits experience. La Hacienda offers nightly tequila tastings with over 240 varieties to sample. Stop by Bourbon Steak the first and third Thursday of every month from 6-7 p.m. for an interactive spirits class led by a mixologist. Enjoy weekend brunch with breathtaking views of the golf course while sipping Mimosas Misteriosos at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar. Or, come to happy hour 2:30-5 p.m. daily. Wind down from the day by sipping unique craft cocktails at The Plaza Bar while listening to a live DJ during “Sundown Saturdays.”
Well & Being Plan a girls’ getaway at Well & Being Spa and enjoy a Desert Botanical Facial, the spa’s newest offering. Feel the outside world melt away during “Snapback Sundays,” featuring poolside bloody marys, mimosas, and tequila sunrise drink specials, healthy bites, and relaxing chair massages. Spa guests enjoy a rooftop adult-only pool, wet steam room, eucalyptus inhalation room, hot theraputic whirlpool, Swedish dry sauna, and grotto waterfall. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Join us for a summer adventure of heroic proportions as we invite kids (and adults) of all ages to suit up and enjoy action-packed adventures including:
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Thrilling zip line rides through the sky at the Superhero Flight School Capes, masks and superhero mission assignment for every kid at check-in Superhero Training Academy Superhero Federation Aqua Light Fest with super foam charging stations Action-packed dive-in movies Poolside games with the FUN squad Mermaid University Lagoon fishing Super photo opportunities
RATES STARTING AT $189*
Fireworks every Saturday night
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*Includes: $50 resort credit, superhero kidâ€™s backpack & bottles of water with Pedialyte power boost $10 of every package booked will be donated to COX Charities benefiting real-life superheroes across the Valley. Beginning in June we will launch a complete renovation of the Princess Pool.
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Put your best florals forward with the Christian Louboutin Sandale Du Desert. Made in Italy and crafted from luxurious silk paired with a smooth leather lining, these heeled sandals showcase an ultra-feminine print in a veritable rainbow of blooms. The scarf-like ankle wrap softens the strong line of the 4-inch stiletto heel, giving it a casual elegance fitting for spring and summer soirees. Of course, in true Louboutin fashion, the design is juxtaposed with the makerâ€™s iconic red sole. $895 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.
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BY GABBY LEIGHTON
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT Get your glam on for an evening without the kiddos
Beachy wave styling spray, $24 at Glamsquad, www. glamsquad.com. Glossy lipstick in Maldives, Tom Ford, $55 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Glitter liquid eye shadow in Kitten Karma, Stila, $24 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Illuminating highlighting powder, Clé de Peau Beauté, $95 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Curling and straightening iron, Tyme, $160 at www. tymestyle.com.
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Rachell Hall’s Permanent Makeup
MICROBLADING PLUS™ Microblading PLUS With Rachell Hall’s signature Microblading PLUS technique, she creates the virtual hairline effect of Microblading plus a soft powdered backdrop of shading to create the illusion of perfect natural brows that are the envy of every woman.
Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution plus... Remember, discounted prices are not an indicator of value in permanent cosmetics. Trust YOUR face only to the very best. For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy
"My motto is Classic Beauty, nothing trendy. Nobody wants to look like they had their makeup tattooed on! That’s why all my signature treatments are designed to look soft and natural. Remember you can always add more! My clients never wake up Wednesday morning with Saturday night makeup! Classy, classic and conservative is my specialty look.
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WHAT’S COOKING? Spice things up with cool kitchen gadgets
White enamel beverage cooler with stand, $149 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Sicily is My Love espresso machine, Dolce Gabbana x Smeg, $1,500 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Citrus juicer, Smeg, $169.95 at West Elm, www.westelm.com. Sparkling water maker, Aarke, $34 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Stand mixer, KitchenAid, $649.99 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Stainless steel ice cream maker, Cuisinart, $80.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www. bedbathandbeyond. com.
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Driving on the course, fun. Driving to the cleaners, not so fun.
Specializing in premier quality dry cleaning, with complimentary pick-up and delivery to your home or office for your convenience. Organic Dry Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning company with locations in both Scottsdale and Phoenix. We pride ourselves on focusing on high quality pressing, being tough on stains, but eco-friendly, using only organic, non-toxic, dry cleaning solvents. Your garments will last longer and look exquisite!
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MADE FOR MOM Special finds for the matriarch of the family
Infusion framed art, Minted for West Elm, $369 at West Elm, www.westelm.com Baguette crystal bracelet, $59.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Laquer jewelry box, $295 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com. Floral leather wallet, Gucci, $750 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Macaron-inspired cocowax candle, Voluspa, $40 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Ciela personalized ring with diamond, Sarah Chloe, $148 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.
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VACAY MODE Bags for the beach, abroad and beyond
Mini clear tote with removable telephone cord pouch, Staud, $225 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Quilted leather bucket bag, Gucci, $2,300 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Round straw crossbody, Knotty, $69 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Colorful straw tote, $164 at Johnny Was, www.johnnywas.com. Embroidered sunflower clutch, $120 at J.Crew, www. jcrew.com. Leather tote with rainbow strap, $178 at Madewell, www. madewell.com
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HAT: White oversized rim, Karen Keith, $28. COVERUP: Multicolored kimono, Memories, $18. SWIMSUIT: Sunflower yellow laceup one-piece, H2oh!, $50. All from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SWIMSUIT: Rose gold snakeskin onepiece with cut-outs, Revibe by Dippin’ Daisy’s, $112. From Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SWIMSUIT: Yellow honey bee ruffle top and matching side-tie bottoms, Mermaid Swim Inc., $30 each. SHOES: Brown flip-flops with gold hearts, Ipanema, $26. Both from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Gray and gold, Jimmy Choo, $599. SWIMSUIT: Crisscross orange sorbet and sage top and multicolored bottoms, Reef, $35 and $30, respectively. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Black cat-eye, BCBG, $225. SWIMSUIT: Printed black and neon orange bralette and matching bottoms, Silvia Schaefer, $30 each. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Navy block-style, Fendi, $459. SWIMSUIT: Marmalade triangle top and matching bottoms, Swim Systems, $40 each. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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HAT: Black big rim, Karen Keith, $28. SUNGLASSES: Black crisscross, Tom Ford, $499. SWIMSUIT: Black cut-out onepiece, Mermaid Swimwear Inc., $48. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Rest from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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SUNGLASSES: Green with gold arms, Modo, $299. COVER-UP: Floral kimono, David and Young, $22. SWIMSUIT: Green halter and matching skort, Swim Systems, $40 each. SHOES: Green wave flip-flops with studs, Ipanema, $26. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Rest from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.
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April showers bring May flowers – and those flowers deserve more than an ordinary vase. Showcase a handful of florals in Buster + Punch’s machined vase, a sleek home accessory that’s neutral enough to adorn any room in the house. A perfect contrast to the delicate handblown glass vase, the base comes in brushed steel, brass (shown here), and black metal. Each base is made of solid metal plates that have been skillfully machined from 6 mm metal. With an array of decor pieces available in the same style, the vase becomes even more stunning when displayed alongside metallic whiskey trays and candelabras of a complementary elegance. $215 (black) and $305 (steel and brass) at Buster + Punch, www.busterandpunch.us.
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2019 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA A super sedan that’s stunning, powerful and mercilessly addicting BY JIM PRUETER
VITAL STATS: Base price: $38,295 Price as tested: $79,495
The very first things that strike you about the Italian-bred Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan are its stellar good looks, the way it sits on the ground, and its overall stage presence. The four-door Giulia comes in six flavors – five are powered by a 280-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine – and the Giulia Quadrifoglio tested here, powered by a monstrous 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 191 mph. Both variants deliver flawless, irreproachable handling and ride quality wrapped in a centerfold-worthy body. Front and rear bumpers are short with body panels stretched tight across its muscular frame. The sloping hood beautifully connects to Alfa’s signature V-shaped grille, easily making it the best-looking vehicle in its segment. The upscale interior is expertly designed, with fine leather and soft-touch plastics taking centerstage in the cabin. The leather seats are comfortable and heavily bolstered with ample
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adjustment options. The standard equipment is substantial, including an 8.8-inch touch screen with navigation, leather dash and upper doors; genuine carbon fiber trim; and a full range of advanced safety features. While its immense horsepower and rocket-sled acceleration is more than impressive, what really stands out is the sports car precise handling. It corners flat with virtually zero body roll. The steering is cutting-edge and the eightspeed automatic transmission is nearly perfect, especially when “dynamic” or “race mode” settings are engaged. Road noise is muted and the visibility is excellent. For some drivers, the powerful and precise Brembo brakes may feel a bit sensitive, but the agile, highly-tuned steering makes up for any flaws. The Giulia is a beacon for those willing to forego any of the cliche luxurious, subjacent sedans from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Those who carve their own path with the Alfa Romeo will be more than well-rewarded.
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This sprawling 5,495-square-foot contemporary masterpiece is nestled in a private corner lot in Cameldale Properties, rendering it perfect for entertaining outside among the mountains. With four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and north-south exposure, this home boasts a striking 1.36 acres framed by natural desert foliage and dotted with towering palm trees. On the interior, exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows bring a bit of the outdoors indoors, illuminating an expansive family room with picturesque views of the Valley. The living area also showcases a cozy fireplace that adds a dash of intimacy to any gathering. Next to the family area, the kitchen offers ample storage space as well as an adjacent breakfast nook with views of desert flora. The one-floor residence, which has gated courtyard entry, has a master suite and three other bedrooms with en suite bathrooms that are ideal for hosting guests or converting into an office, home gym or media room. It’s the outdoor living space, though, that is sure to stun. The large deck has phenomenal panoramic views of the mountains and city lights in addition to a heated spa, a built-in barbecue, and an outdoor fireplace. A full-sized private tennis court rounds out a delightful deck that serves as the epitome of entertaining excellence. Located near some of the top shopping, dining, golf courses and spas in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, this property features a circular drive and three covered parking spaces, and there is plenty of room on the lot to design and build an opulent custom pool. 5802 N. Dragoon Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $4,250,000 with Lisa Wadey, The W Group/Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 480.229.3455; email@example.com.
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! BOWLING FOR BARROW Team up with professional athletes and other celebrity captains for an evening of bowling benefiting Barrow!
L-R: Karen King-Brooks, Dr. Javier Cardenas, Chelsea Pezzola - Professional Golfer, Vinnie Porter - Elite Athlete Management
Join Dr. Javier Cárdenas, Director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, and Dr. Glynnis Zieman in their mission of increasing concussion awareness and caring for those who experience traumatic brain injury. 100 percent of event proceeds benefit Barrow’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center programs for sports medicine and domestic violence patients. Help strike out the effects of concussion! Bowling for Barrow was created by Karen King- Brooks, a member of the Barrow Neurological Foundation Board. “Bowling for Barrow provides a fun way to support the critical work being done at Barrow, while enjoying an exciting evening with professional athletes who are passionate about the issue.” “I strongly believe in having every dollar raised for this event go to patient
care and research. I am so grateful for all our donors and those underwriting the event.” Evening Entertainment Group has kindly donated, Skylanes Boutique Bowling Club for the evening. The King Approach and Tito’s Vodka will be providing food and craft cocktails. Elite Athlete Management is kindly bringing players and raising awareness. We invite you to be a part of the evening by securing one of our limited sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship levels range from $2500 to $10,000. Sponsors are invited to an exclusive VIP party on the 19th. For information or sponsorships, contact Karen Thorn at Karen.Thorn@DignityHealth.org or 602.406.5786
Wednesday, June 19th VIP party for sponsors. Thursday, June 20th 6pm-10pm Cocktails and appetizers, followed by bowling with athletes and celebrities, silent & live auction, prizes and dessert Skylanes Boutique Bowling Club 7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Individual Tickets $250: give.supportbarrow.org/ bowling2019
WALLA WALLA WOW Explore The Evergreen State’s wine capital
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
When it comes to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle often gets the nod, and for good reason given it’s become a cultural mecca in recent years. But if you haven’t been to Washington’s wine capital – Walla Walla, Sunset magazine’s 2018 Best Wine Town – you haven’t really seen all The Evergreen State has to offer. Said to be “so nice they named it twice,” Walla Walla is a Native American term that roughly translates to “place of many waters.” This may seem odd given it’s four hours from the Pacific Ocean. However, the region boasts an abundance of rivers, streams and lakes, notably Bennington Lake with 20 miles of trails teeming with wildlife and ideal for hikers, swimmers and birders. This – combined with vineyards, temperate weather and a killer culinary scene – makes it the perfect escape for spring, and especially during Arizona’s summer.
Where to Stay Area accommodations range from bed-and-breakfasts to full-scale resorts, including one with its own lake. Located on 300 acres along Lake Sienna and tucked between vineyards and wheat fields with views of the Blue Mountains, Eritage – opened in mid-2018 – is the brainchild of fourth generation Walla Wallan Justin Wylie, owner of Va Piano Vineyards. His dream, now realized, was to create an upscale resort to showcase the best the area has to offer all in one picture-perfect package. The suites and newly opened lakeside bungalows boast private patios, fireplaces, soaking tubs, L’Occitane products and views for what seems like miles, though downtown is just 10 minutes away. Lake Sienna, just shy of 80 degrees in the spring and summer, offers swimming and paddleboarding, and there is also a private pool for the use of resort guests. Dining, thanks to James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson, is similarly special as he and his team designed the Eritage restaurant menu to reflect the history of the area and honor the providers of local ingredients including regionally grown produce, meats and game, dairy and other artisanal products.
Dining Musts Beyond Eritage’s inspired offerings, Walla Walla is a playground for the palate. Like Eritage, Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing opened in 2018. And like Eritage’s restaurant, each are focused on transporting guests on a culinary journey through Walla Walla – doing so in an area literally know for transportation. Each space was developed in what was once the local train depot, which served for generations as Walla Walla’s “front door” for visitors. Keeping that tradition alive, each venue is warm, welcoming and delicious.
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Walla Walla Steak, a traditional steakhouse with all the cuts of meat and a la carte dishes one would expect, cleverly weaves in farm-to-table freshness with produce and USDA prime and choice Angus beef from Washington farms nearby. The bar is a hot spot for both locals and guests alike, with on-trend cocktails and more than 40 wines from the area. Crossbuck Brewing is a taproom that brews all of its beers on-site, each one telling a unique story of the brewer, the season or the Pacific Northwest in every sip. They use only local hops and barleys and designed the menu to pair with the beers while satisfying even the most discerning of taste buds at lunch and dinner. Another culinary highlight is Waterbrook Winery. There, chef de cuisine Karla Wilsey utilizes ingredients from their garden and surrounding farms to create incredible farm-to-table fare in true wine country tradition.
Wine Offerings There are more than 950 wineries in Washington Wine Country, which has 14 distinct growing regions with 120-plus in Walla Walla alone. A Wine Enthusiast darling, Long Shadows Vintners is a must-taste, not to mention a must-see thanks to its Chihuly Tasting Room. The winery’s owner has been friends with world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly for over 30 years. As a result, Chihuly installed several pieces in the tasting room – including a stunning chandelier – for guests to enjoy as they sample the ultra-premium wines. Just as iconic is L’Ecole No 41. This Wine & Spirits magazine Top 100 Winery of the Year 14 times over is located in what used to be a schoolhouse dating back to 1870. The tasting room itself is located in one of the original classrooms, which has gorgeous modern touches as well as the original chalkboards, several fixtures and moldings. Speaking of class, Northstar Winery offers a hands-on education in wine via its interactive blending experiences. After sampling varietals, guests use beakers, graduated cylinders, and other winemaking equipment to make their very own Northstar blend to take home. For those who love tasting from the barrel, don’t miss Saviah Cellars, which features a walking tour and behind-the-scenes look at winemaking firsthand, not to mention the chance to barrel sample along the way before sipping on current releases. And, of course, those seeking a “green” option in The Evergreen State will want to visit Pepper Bridge Winery, which is Certified Sustainable and was the first state-of-the-art, gravity-flow facility in Washington, complete with subterranean caves. Beyond the vineyards, there are also a handful of amazing tasting rooms in Walla Walla, notably Result of a Crush, whimsical with wines crafted by women, and Sleight of Hand Cellars, which has 2,000 vinyl albums and turntables spinning them from open to close. Discover more information about the rich wine culture of Walla Walla at www.washingtonwine.org.
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SPIRITED SOJOURNS Discover journeys of the mind, body and soul in Sedona
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
This one-of-a-kind experience is best coupled with a stay in a L’Auberge creekside cottage, which is accented with a cozy fireplace, an outdoor cedar shower, and a private balcony for taking in the scenic surroundings. This summer, guests will also be able to indulge in the newly reimagined Vista Suites on the property, which sit atop Oak Creek in prime view of the red rocks. Top off the journey by making a dinner reservation at the resort’s Cress on Oak Creek, which recently earned recognition as one of the top 10 restaurants in the Southwest by Conde Nast Traveler.
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Lauded as among the most sacred and spiritually powerful destinations in the world, Sedona is the ideal locale to treat yourself (moms, we’re talking to you) and to find yourself while getting lost in relaxation, meditation and healing energy. There are several options for those seeking this sort of escape, but perhaps none as unique as L’Auberge de Sedona’s Vortex Treehouse and Enchantment Resort’s famed Mii amo spa.
Vortex Treehouse at L’Auberge de Sedona L’Auberge de Sedona’s (www.lauberge.com) newly debuted Vortex Treehouse offers guests a spiritual sanctuary to experience mindfulness, lightened by glowing views of Sedona’s surrounding red rocks. A bucket list-worthy transformative mind and body healing experience begins at the property’s L’Apothecary Spa. From customized yoga and meditation to vinyasa vortex and sound healing, guests can take the spa’s popular experiences to an actual treehouse or book a Vortex Treehouse Session. The Vortex Treehouse Session includes a series of four rituals inspired by local sites where the energy is believed to be most intense, including Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon. During each session, guests are led into a personalized guided meditation followed by a sound bath and setting an intention. This haven allows visitors to disconnect, set objectives and return to their daily routines with revived focus.
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Enchantment Resort is ranked among the top destinations in the country, and its sister property just a mere walk away – Mii amo, a Destination Spa (www.miiamo. com) – offers three-, four- and seven-day spa journeys. With these, guests stay in one of the 16 Mii amo luxury private guest rooms and suites, which are located in the spa building separate from Enchantment Resort’s casitas. Arranged in a private enclave shaded by cottonwood trees, Mii amo’s guest rooms offer the utmost intimacy. Bordered by landscaped courtyards, they include a private patio or balcony, a minibar, a bathrobe and sandals, and spa-amenity bathrooms with extra-deep soaking tubs to enhance the experience. Included in the spa journeys are a wealth of amenities, such as a dedicated “journey guide” to help customize your itinerary, from classes and mediation to vortex explorations and spa treatments. Each journey begins with a welcome reception and custom gifts and features a spa credit as well as all-inclusive dining (excluding alcohol) and access to fitness facilities, fitness classes, all lectures and activities at Mii amo, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a steam room, a sauna, a whirlpool, and a private lounge space.
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VITICULTURE VISIONARIES Winning wines crafted by women BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
In 1804, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin became a widow, or “veuve” in French, finding herself in control of a company with vineyard holdings. Rather than sell the vineyard, Madame Clicquot secured funding and invested in the research and development of Champagne. The result: Veuve Clicquot. Two hundred years later, it is still among the most popular Champagne houses. Today, women continue to take the winemaking industry by storm with award-winning options – here are some standouts.
Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa winemaker Tina Mitchell developed this cabernet with the summer season in mind. With the aroma of summer rain on beached sandalwood, the first sip refreshes the palate before erupting with the distinct flavors of mulberry and blackberry. $165. www.palmazvineyards.com. Damsel Cellars Chardonnay 2017 Columbia Valley winemaker Mari Womack makes this unoaked chardonnay shine with clean, zesty notes of lemon and melon. The bright acidity is a welcome surprise, as are its aromatic hints of cardamom and pear. $18. www.damselcellars.com. Decroux Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir This Santa Ynez Valley winner from Jennifer Hoage starts with flavors of black cherries, raspberries, spice and a hint of salt before giving way to a balanced finish with notes of strawberry and touch of vanilla. $75. www.thestatewines.com. TH Vineyards The Hedge Syrah Another entry from Jennifer Hoage, this flagship syrah is from her Paso Robles vineyard and winery. In this bold, layered wine, there are concentrated black and blue fruits as well as spice, pepper, bacon fat, and heavy oak left on the nose and tongue. $66. www.thestatewines.com. A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Healdsburg winemaker Shelly Rafanelli’s work shines with
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this beauty, which is aged for 22 months in French oak, giving it some of the rich elements of dark chocolate, dry red cherry and cassis. $58. www.arafanelliwinery.com. AniChe Cellars Moth Love 2015 A red blend from Washington winemaker Rachael Horn, expect raspberries, chocolate, peppered bacon, and hints of tobacco in every sip. The medium body and gentle hint of oak result in a deliciously luscious finish. $47.50. www.anichecellars.com. Alta Colina Sun Worshipper 2016 Maggie Tillman’s Paso Robles vineyard, which she runs with her father, is solely focused on Rhonestyle wines. This mourvedre-driven blend succeeds on all levels with chewy tanins, boldness and balance. $58. www.altacolina.com. Soho Stella Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Rachael Carter, owner of Soho Wines in New Zealand, found her inspiration for Stella from women with classic confidence. The crisp wine boasts the flavors of white stone fruits, lime and the tropics in every sip. It has a juicy acidity and lasting textural finish. $19.99. www.sohowineco.com. Deux Amis Zouzounis Zinfandel 2014 Veteran Sonoma winemaker Phyllis Zouzounis sources grapes from across the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys to deliver this award-winning zinfandel. Bold yet smooth, it features ripe blackberry, raspberry and plum mixed with notes of warm oak. $36. www.deuxamiswines.com.
DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
Under the direction of executive chef Dom Ruggiero (formerly of Chelsea’s Kitchen) and Charles Barber (longtime bar manager at Zinc Bistro), Hush Public House, which opened in early 2019, features new American shared plates using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The shining star of the Halibut Crudo ($15) comes in daily from Chula Seafood. Ruggiero slices it into sashimi and pairs it with a shaved local fennel that has been marinated in lemon juice and olive oil for a fresh acidity. He tops both with Maldon sea salt then plates it with citrus – often oranges and grapefruit – procured at a farmers market or from his garden. The dish is completed with Fresno chilies that have been pickled using salt, sugar, red wine vinegar, cumin, mustard seeds, thyme and peppercorn, and it’s garnished with chives and fennel fronds. Hush Public House, 14202 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.758.5172; www.hushpublichouse.com. So Scottsdale! May ‘19
JUST A SPRITZ
Celebrate Aperol’s centennial in true Italian style at Nonna Urban Eatery
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Did you know that 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Aperol, the vibrant orangered Italian apertif? “The seeds of the Aperol Spritz cocktail were actually sewn sooner – after the Napoleonic Wars in the 1800s,” says Valentina Huerta, who owns Nonna Urban Eatery with her husband Gian Franco Brugaletta. “During that time, when AustriaHungary occupied Northeastern Italy, they mixed Italian wine with a spritz of water and called it a Spritz.” Over time, the water was replaced with sparkling water and wine gave way to wine fortified with a liqueur. “Aperol, which is slightly sweet and slightly bitter, was invented in Padua, Italy, in 1919 and showcased at the Padua International Fair,” Huerta says. “Soon after, it was added to the cocktail and the Aperol Spritz was born.” Dedicated to honoring all things Italian, Nonna – “grandmother” in Italian – pays homage to several classic Italian cocktails on its menu, including the Aperol Spritz ($12). The fruity beverage features equal parts Aperol and Naonis Prosecco Spumante Brut, an Italian sparkling wine with flavors of green apple, nectarine and pear. “Prosecco is to Italy as Champagne is to France, for those unfamiliar,” says Huerta. “We love Naonis because it has tiny bubbles, which lends to more of a fizzy look and taste than other brands.” A spritz of soda water is added, and then the cocktail is poured into a wine glass with ice and a freshly cut orange slice. “It looks like sunshine in a glass and tastes refreshing, slightly sweet, and as crisp as a warm spring day,” says Huerta, noting that the cocktail is only $5 on Wednesdays. Nonna Urban Eatery, 7240 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.663.3296; www.nonnascottsdale.com.
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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Ce Bian of Roka Akor
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF ROKA AKOR
Chef Ce Bian is the corporate chef for Roka Akor, overseeing the restaurant’s culinary trifecta of sushi, seafood and steak in Scottsdale and five other locations nationwide.
How did you first make your way into the kitchen? I was born in China and raised in London, where I spent much of my youth working in my family’s restaurant. I attended Wales University to study business and finance, eventually earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, but worked in kitchens to pay for my education throughout. Degrees in hand, I ultimately decided to make cooking my career, surprising many. Tell us about your culinary background in England. In 1999, I got my start at Smiths of Smithfield in London, working under celebrity chef John Torode. In 2002, I began working with Colin Clague, a similarly high-profile chef known for Japanese cuisine, and then a who’s who of talent including Nic Watt and Yoshi Muranaka, all in London. How did you make your way to Arizona? I always knew I wanted to explore the culinary world in America. In 2008, Roka Akor came calling, offering me the chance to move to Scottsdale to help open the concept. I came here in October and fell in love with Arizona. Don’t we all in October? What makes Roka Akor special? The robata grill allows us to cook using authentic Japanese techniques over charcoal, which makes so many of the flavors in our dishes distinctly Roka. In addition, the Kobe beef that we use is particularly special. We are proud to hold four of only 30 U.S. licenses to source Kobe from Japan. The buttery, rich flavor is completely unique to the Japanese Kobe. What do you recommend ordering? If your first time, order omakase, which means “to entrust the chef” in Japanese. It’s a tasting menu where we showcase rare ingredients and specialty dishes. I also love the robata scallops and the Japanese waygu selections. Roka Akor, 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.306.8800; www.rokaakor.com.
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Taste FOOD FILES
MORNING GLORY Standout delights to munch during brunch
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
The RAK Benedict
Rusconi’s American Kitchen This take on a Benedict features salty prosciutto and a poached egg, balanced out with a sweet, juicy tomato and peppery arugula. It’s topped with a citrus hollandaise balsamic reduction and served alongside crispy potatoes. $12. www.rusconiskitchen.com.
Biscuits and Gravy
TapHouse Kitchen A Southwestern version of the traditional country comfort staple, this filling favorite features two buttery cheddar biscuits smothered in jalapeno-sausage gravy. It is served with crispy taters that are almost a meal all their own – Yukon Gold potatoes with caramelized shallots, peppers, herbs and two eggs any style. $13. www.taphousekitchen.com.
Banana Nut Bread Belgian Waffle
Kitchen West at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch If you’re craving dessert in the morning, one of Kitchen West’s sweet treats is sure to hit the spot. This decadent brunch star features caramelized bananas, Devonshire cream, and the heartiness of banana nut bread. $13. www.thescottsdaleresort.com.
RnR Gastropub A funky twist on avocado toast, RnR’s take starts with a thick piece of Noble bread that has been generously spread with avocado. It is then topped with roasted corn, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and cilantro. It’s served with a simple green salad. $10. www.rnrscottsdale.com.
Cristina’s Tamale Cakes Whoever awarded breakfast the title of “most important meal of the day” clearly never had brunch. From salty and savory to spicy and sweet, the brunch dishes around town are in a class all their own. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself – or your mom – to one of more of these delectable brunch items on Mother’s Day, or any day. Word to the wise: Brunch days and hours vary, so call or visit each venue online for specific brunch times.
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Hash Kitchen This dish puts a tangy, slightly spicy Mexican spin on classic eggs Benedict with sweet corn cakes, green chile pork and poached eggs topped with a green chile-infused hollandaise sauce. It is served inside a traditional tamale corn husk with hash potatoes on the side. $14. www.hashkitchen.com.
Banana Foster French Toast
Terras at CIVANA With this sweet option, you’ll get a perfect blend of crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This delicious dish is topped with sliced bananas, seasonal berries, and locally grown pecans from Green Valley Farm. Maple syrup is the crowning finish. $13. www.civanacarefree.com.
decadent waffles and maple syrup. It is offered as part of the venue’s unlimited brunch, which is $24.95. www.saltysow.com.
House Smoked Salmon
Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn Showcasing salmon smoked by executive chef Jeremy Pacheco, this seafood showstopper is served atop a crispy potato cake and garnished with heirloom tomatoes, capers and whipped creme fraiche. $14. www.hermosainn.com.
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen Purple Energy is a nutrient-rich dish to kick-start the day. The colorful cup of goodness features juicy berries, refreshing kiwi, and caramelized bananas with crunchy housemade granola and pistachios, all nestled on a bed of coconut yogurt. $10. www.andazscottsdale.com.
Red Velvet Waffle
ZuZu This vibrant red waffle makes a statement that is just as visual as it is delicious. It features a housemade mix and natural coloring from beet powder. The flavor is unexpectedly balanced and not overly sweet, with just enough whipped cream and macerated berries to bring it all together. $11. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
Green Chile Pork Shank
Mowry & Cotton A seasonally-inspired staple, this meaty option starts with a massive pork shank drenched in green chile sauce. It is combined in a piping-hot skillet with cotija cheese, radish, pico de gallo, cilantro and eggs. A hint of lime adds a fresh burst of flavor. $18. www.mowryandcotton.com.
Green Chile Pork Benedict
Proof at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale In keeping with Proof’s all-American theme, this Benedict is an upscale version of a roadhouse favorite, featuring poached eggs, green chile pork and avocado piled onto an English muffin – all topped with zesty jalapeno hollandaise. It is served with crispy hash browns and tomato bacon jam. $21. www.proofcanteen.com.
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Postino WineCafe Fresh, fluffy eggs scrambled with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs and onions form the basis of this farm-fresh staple. A blend of Gruyere and white cheddar cheeses is added before the healthy and hearty choice is plated with mixed greens and a tomato salad. $10. www.postinowinecafe.com.
Cinnamon Sugar Bunuelos
Stonegrill at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa A traditional, decadent Latin American favorite, bunuelos are dough balls that have been fried until golden brown. They are then sprinkled with a sweet cinnamon-sugar and spice mixture and served with vanilla mascarpone cream and fresh strawberries. $14. www.jwdesertridge.com.
Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken & Waffles
Salty Sow This popular item combines salty and sweet with an herbaceous twist on a Southern breakfast dish. Rosemary fried chicken is paired with
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Taste DINING GUIDE
Fat Ox is the newest contemporary Italian concept in Phoenix-born chef Matt Carter’s family of restaurants. The restaurant is stunningly well-designed with a wraparound patio meant for a beautiful alfresco dining experience. The Caesar salad is prepared tableside and an absolute must. The menu highlights more than a dozen housemade pastas that change seasonally, plus flavorful roasted meats. The full bar offers hand-crafted, Italian-inspired cocktails; an extensive wine list; and internationally renowned craft beer. Aperitivo hour daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.307.6900; www.ilovefatox.com; $$$
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FAMOUS 48 Famous 48 serves a diverse menu of all-American classics with added flair at its new location in Gainey Ranch. With a new smoker in the kitchen, try the brisket or pulled pork. Guests can lounge and enjoy a game on one of the 36 flat-screen TVs indoors or on their open-air patio. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Open at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.758.4994; www.famous48.com; $$ HAND CUT CHOPHOUSE Specializing in burgers and steaks, Hand Cut proudly serves 100% grass-fed beef born, raised, and harvested in Arizona. For the famished, their Black Angus Tomahawk is an impressive near-40-ounces of bonein ribeye with a fully loaded baked potato. For lunch, The B.F.D. special includes any burger, fries, and a drink for only $10 until 3 p.m. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.494.2008; www. handcutchophouse.com; $$ ISABELLA’S KITCHEN Isabella’s Kitchen’s patio has beautiful views of the golf course and desert landscape where patrons can dine on a variety of bruschetta, salads, pastas and pizzas. Food and drink specials are offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8623 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.502.3100; www.isabellaskitchen. com; $$ NEW WAVE MARKET Super Chunk Sweets in Old Town Scottsdale expanded into the adjacent space and sprouted New Wave Market to offer a more extensive menu. New Wave serves a range of breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, homemade ice creams, and coffee from local roastery Peixoto. The market side carries an assortment of home decor, gourmet jarred food items and novelty gifts. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7120 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 602.736.2383; www.newwavemarket. com; $ RANCHO PINOT For 23 years, James Beardnominated chef Chrysa Robertson has provided seasonally-inspired cooking to the Scottsdale area. The menu is a blend of her northern Italian roots and regional Southwest flavor, such
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as the ricotta gnocchi with rustic lamb Bolognese and the grilled flatiron steak with chimichurri sauce. Dinner served Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. 6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.367.8030; www.ranchopinot.com; $$$ TAVERN AMERICANA Tavern Americana combines the comforts of a classic neighborhood tavern with a modern gastropub menu. In addition to their fixed draft list, they have 12 rotating draft beers from breweries nationwide. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. 20469 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.502.6740; www.tavernamericana.com; $$
CHEZ VOUS Enjoy a little piece of France at Chez Vous, a quaint Parisian-style creperie. The menu offers more than two dozen types of savory and sweet crepes. Additionally, there is wide selection of quiches, sandwiches, salads and omelets. For a more European vibe, sip on a glass of wine while dining, too. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.443.2575; www.chezvous.restaurant; $$ DONUT BAR Donut Bar is a nationally acclaimed San Diego-based doughnut shop that has expanded into Arizona. It’s already garnered a cult following for creative, photogenic doughnut creations like the Big Poppa Tart stuffed with an actual Kellogg’s Pop Tart or the sweet and savory Monte Cristo. The shop’s bar offers coffee, mimosas and craft beer. Open Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and weekends starting at 8 a.m., with an encore opening on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. 16205 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.656.5754; www. donutbar.com; $ LUNA GELATERIA The Fabbri family behind Pomo Pizzeria now has a vibrant gelateria in Scottsdale. Guests can find traditional gelato flavors like Sicilian pistachio and stracciatella, all of which use milk from local Danzeisen Dairy. They also offer dairy-free sorbetto in many rich fruit flavors. Additionally, there are focaccias, pizzas, salads, paninis and soups for those who want a full meal. Open daily at 8 a.m. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.907.5202; www.lunagelateria.com; $-$$
RUZE CAKE HOUSE The mother-daughter baking team has taken Scottsdale and social media by storm with their fresh, artistic designs. Beautifully decorated macarons, cactus-shaped cookies and delicate cupcakes are lined up along the pristine counter. They offer a large selection of vegan cakes and baked goods as well as gluten-free options. Perfect for special occasions, weddings and custom desserts. 7033 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.438.8692; www.ruzecakehouse.com; $-$$ SUGAR BOWL It’s hard to miss this bubble gum pink landmark in Old Town Scottsdale. Since 1958, Sugar Bowl has been serving old-fashioned sodas, ice creams, malts, floats and sundaes. And their menu goes beyond dessert, offering classic diner fare like patty melts and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and dinner daily. 4005 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.0051; www.sugarbowlscottsdale.com; $-$$
BABBO ITALIAN EATERY Babbo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features classic and contemporary dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, Neapolitanstyle pizzas, and a roasted Brussels sprouts and beet salad. Open for lunch and dinner daily starting at 11 a.m. Multiple locations throughout the Valley, including Scottsdale and Cave Creek. 480.291.5050; www.babboitalian.com; $$ PANE E VINO Named for the staples of any Italian meal, Pane e Vino offers fine Italian dining with an uptown atmosphere. Among the many pasta and meat dishes on their menu, fan favorites include the veal tortellini and the linguini with steamed clams. Guests can relax and unwind in the lounge and patio with live music. Open Tuesday through Sunday, with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Closed Monday. At La Mirada, 11865 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.473.7900; www. paneevinoaz.com; $$-$$$ PITCH Originally based in Omaha, Nebraska, Pitch pizzeria uses a coal-fired oven to cook up many classic and original pizzas as well as burgers. The menu also has more than a dozen salads and a variety of starters. Enjoy any of the local craft beers or one of their creative mule cocktails on the inviting patio. Open daily for breakfast,
lunch and dinner with brunch served on the weekend. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.. At The Quad, 6350 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7500; www.pitchpizzeria.com; $$ TUTTI SANTI BY NINA Take a journey to Italy through recipes by chef Nina Vincent that have enamored the Valley for nearly 20 years. Tutti Santi takes pride in their freshmade pastas and classic Italian flavors, including four different specials every evening. Open daily for dinner at 4:30 p.m. 6339 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.3775; www.tuttisantiristorante.com; $$
CHART HOUSE At Chart House, guest have the pleasure of enjoying an elegant seafood dinner with beautiful views of Camelback Lake. Chart House is known for its Wicked Tuna tacos, herb-seasoned and slow-roasted prime rib, and fresh Alaskan king crab served with drawn butter. Glutensensitive menu available. Open for dinner nightly. In McCormick Ranch, 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.chart-house.com; $$$-$$$$ EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Eddie V’s is known for their superb seafood and lively cocktail lounge. Fish is flown in daily, tortillas are made fresh by hand for the lobster tacos, and the crab cakes are made with a half-pound of jumbo lump crab meat. Happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Open for dinner nightly at 4 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800; www. eddiev.com; $$$-$$$$ LEMONSHARK POKE LemonShark Poke is a nationwide poke chain that has opened up its first Arizona location in Scottsdale. They offer many standard options seen at other poke shops, but with the addition of soba noodles, forbidden rice and a colorful array of veggies. They also have hot dishes like sticky pineapple chicken katsu. Vegetarian friendly. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except closing at 7 p.m. on Sunday. At The Promenade, 7325 E. Frank Lloyd Wight Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.219.9233; www.lemonsharkpoke. com; $$ TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT Embrace the island life while dining and shopping at the Tommy Bahama
Restaurant, Bar & Store. They are known for their world-famous coconut shrimp with papaya-mango chutney and are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, serving sustainable seafood. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.505.3668; www.tommybahama. com; $$-$$$
BOURBON STEAK Bourbon Steak is a sophisticated steakhouse by award-winning chef Michael Mina. Guests can indulge in fine cuts of beef and poultry slowpoached in butter along with modern American sides like black truffle macaroni and cheese. Beef connoisseurs may be particularly interested in the selection of both Japanese and American wagyu beef. Call on the in-house sommelier to find the best wine to pair with dinner. Open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.scottsdaleprincess.com; $$$$$$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Fleming’s is a nationally renowned steakhouse that serves exceptional USDA prime and certified Angus beef paired with outstanding hospitality. The steaks are prepared to a guest’s exact preferences, then seasoned, broiled at 1,600 degrees, and finished with butter and parsley. Stop by for after-work drinks and choose from their award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass, aptly named The Fleming’s 100. Open nightly for dinner starting at 5 p.m. Happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. Two locations: Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas and Market Street at DC Ranch; www.flemingssteakhouse.com; $$$-$$$$ LINCOLN, A JW STEAKHOUSE Lincoln is a contemporary American dining experience with a steakhouse menu sourcing many ingredients from local purveyors. Signature items include the impressive seafood table tower and any of the fine cuts of meat cooked in the Josper oven with add-ons including king crab Oscar or a crab cake crust. Guests dine in a serene setting with vistas overlooking Camelback Mountain. Dinner served daily from 5 to 10 p.m. At JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979; www.lincolnrestaurantpv.com; $$$-$$$$
ROARING FORK This Texas-based chain is known for its wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or wood oven roasting. But the green chili mac and cheese seems to present itself on every table, and for good reason. Open nightly for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795; www.roaringfork.com; $$
LA BOCCA WINE BAR & URBAN KITCHEN La Bocca has been a longtime Valley staple for wine and MediterraneanItalian cuisine. Boasting custom handcrafted cocktails and more than 100 different wines from around the world, the menu consists of scratch-made pizzas, creamy hummus plates, bruschetta, salad and sandwiches. Try the signature bocca trio pizza with pepperoni, salami, and Schreiner’s Sicilian sausage. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. At High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.840.1799; www.laboccapizzeria.com; $$ THE LIVING ROOM This wine lounge concept focuses on hospitality and good food. Guests can get cozy on plush sofas and seating inside or on the patio and socialize over glasses of wine and an eclectic menu that serves everything from sushi rolls to sliders to bruschetta. Drink specials are offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Food specials are from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: The Shops at Gainey Village and Market Street at DC Ranch; www.livingroomwinebar. com; $$ SCAPEGOAT BEER & WINE When your group has beer and wine drinkers, Scapegoat Beer and Wine can play the mediator. Scapegoat rotates their taps and seasonal wine list to ensure there is always something new for guests to try. But don’t overlook the gourmet tapas menu items such as The G.O.A.T., which is Parisian ham with three cheeses baked between local bread, and the gruyere cheese puffs. No reservations accepted. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 7150 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.292.7605; www.scapegoatbar.com; $$
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BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
It’s safe to say the Maggiore team has been busy. The Italian-bred, family-owned restaurant group, headed by chef Joey Maggiore, has long been known for Valley staples Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant in Arcadia and Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen in Scottsdale. But in recent years, the Maggiore Group has been rapidly expanding, opening Tomaso’s When in Rome in Scottsdale, The Sicilian Butcher in North Phoenix and several Hash Kitchen locations across the Valley. Showing no signs of slowing, Maggiore partnered with his wife, Cristina, and business partner Flora Tersigni to open The Sicilian Baker Cannoli Bar & Market in early 2019. The concept, located next to The Sicilian Butcher, features a build-your-owncannoli bar, which is the first of its kind in the Southwest. “It features 10 different flavored creams from which guests can choose, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, pistachio and espresso,” Maggiore says. “For traditionalists, we will – of course – also feature the best standard, rich filling they have ever tasted.”
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Guests will also be able to customize the size of their cannoli, with both standard and flavored shells offered up to a full foot-long option. Toppings run the gamut from Luxardo cherries, Italian confetti and chocolate shavings to candied almonds, preserved fruits and Nutella. In addition to cannolis, Maggiore commissioned his cousin Giovanni La Rosa, a master pastry chef from Sicily, to develop Sicilian pastries and other seasonal desserts. Guests can expect a variety of options, including cassata, which consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit; sfinci, which are Italian doughnuts filled with cream; and Italian cookies. “A true Italian-style market as well as dessert mecca, customers are also able to purchase fresh pasta by the pound, homemade sausages, and imported cured meats and cheeses,” Maggiore says. The 1,400-square-foot space was designed by Cristina and brought to life by JTA Interiors in Northeast Phoenix. The floor stands out upon entry with stark black porcelain tiles that contrast flawlessly with the off-white brick walls and rustic sliding barn doors throughout. The lighting is a particular delight, as fixtures resembling whisks are a perfect complement to the quirky yet modern rolling pins that hang from the ceiling. “Our hope is that our guests will walk freely between The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker as one would walk through the markets and bistros in Sicily,” Maggiore says. “With The Sicilian Butcher boasting a similar build-your-own concept, albeit with meatballs, we also hope to, together, be the perfect stop for busy parents on the way home seeking something unique for the family each night.” The Sicilian Baker Cannoli Bar & Market, 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.612.5590; www.thesicilianbaker.com.
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