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ow, there is so much energy in the city! I think everyone is still excited from ringing in the new year, ready to see what 2017 will bring – I know I am! Speaking of new year, we went with a bit of a “new year, new you” type theme this month, with some of our sections taking healthy or revitalization spins. Allure (page 62) and Places (page 64) are both following suit, featuring renewing and rejuvenating products for your skin, and spa getaways to relax and refresh, respectively. We also rounded up some good-for-you cocktails on page 78, spotlighting libations that are made with healthy ingredients such as vitamin C, aloe, lavender honey, goji berries and more. We’ve also rounded up two new amazing spots to check out – a restaurant by Genuine Concepts in the Sunnyslope area that is serving up Mexican cuisine, and an awesome venue that is changing the way musicians preform. Another reason the city feels a bit busier and lively is due to the huge events we have coming up. Between the Waste Management Phoenix Open (check out all you need to know about the must-see concerts at the Coors Light Birds Nest on page 46) and the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the Valley is packed and ready to party. We got the BTS scoop on Barrett-Jackson from General Manager (and event extraordinaire) Nick Cardinale on page 30. We’re not only talking to him about how he got where he is today (Spoiler alert: let’s just say he owes it all to LinkedIn and perfect timing), but he also told us all about the Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience and how he’s growing Barrett-Jackson’s brand to be even larger than it is today. We also spoke with six concierges at the Valley’s most-visited hotels and resorts (page 51). They’re sharing funny memories, what they love about Arizona, and all the best places to go – whether you’re looking for a date nigh spot, exciting tour, happy hour hang out, or just want to try something new. Between all of the exciting events happening in the Valley and the beautiful weather we have, I have a feeling this year will be a good one! Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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As a young boy in Nagoya, Japan, taiko drummer and folk rock musician Ken Koshio dreamed of being a Japanese folk rock singer, and began to play acoustic guitar at the age of 12. With Simon & Garfunkel as his musical inspiration, he learned to play ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t until he came to the United States years later and had two life-changing experiences that he found the key to his creative happiness. continued… JANUARY 2017 |



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up close Koshio began performing in Japan when he was 20 years old, playing at clubs, performing as a street singer, and writing his own music, struggling to catch his big break. On the verge of quitting, he decided to take a trip to the U.S. in 1995 for three months to see if he could find his musical muse. “I needed to see my [musical] roots,” Koshio explains. “That’s why I came here before I quit.” Despite his limited Enlgish, he traveled from Los Angeles to New Orleans, making four stops across the coast on a Greyhound bus as a throwback to Simon & Garfunkel’s music. “I saw a lot of talented performers who are unknown,” Koshio says. “I wondered if I could see something real. I felt I was a fake.” It was in New Orleans that Koshio had the first of the two important musical experiences in his life. He was at the French Quarter and came upon an elderly man sitting in an old chair playing the blues. “No one was listening [to him],” Koshio says. “I felt the atmosphere. I started crying – the blues, his music, his existence in that whole scene gave me the chance to see the real blues. When I see myself as a performer, am I like him or not?” In 1998, Koshio returned to LA to live and pursue his musical dreams. When 9/11 occurred, Koshio was inspired to use his music to connect with people and promote peace. He created the Thousand Crane tour in which he toured the U.S. on Route 66, starting in Santa Monica, California and finishing at ground zero in New York City. Along the trip, people folded origami cranes, and eventually all 10,000 cranes were hung at ground zero. “I wanted to contribute something to the people who were affected by 9/11,” Koshio explains. “I started on August 6, 2002, which was the anniversary of [the nuclear bomb on] Hiroshima.” On his tour, Koshio traveled through Sedona and the Hopi reservation, and this stop became the foundation for his eventual move to Phoenix in 2004. The natural views, the social and artistic cultures, and chance encounters all culminated into an

epiphany that Arizona was meant to be Koshio’s home where he could evolve musically and spiritually. While in Sedona, he met a member of taiko group Fushicho Daiko led by Esther Vandecar in Phoenix. They invited Koshio to come collaborate musically and in 2003, Koshio visited Vandercar’s dojo, where his second major musical and spiritual experience occurred. That musical collaboration showed Koshio how his Japanese roots and his love for American folk rock could be fused together. “Rock ‘n’ roll is my muscle, my meat, my bone,” Koshio explains. “But the blood, the DNA, I did not have yet. When I played the taiko, it was in me. I found my soul.” The Thousand Cranes tour was the first project in Koshio’s passion to educate people on the effects of war, create connection between differing cultures, and promote peace, but he didn’t want to just stop there. Influenced by a book he read in second grade, Barefoot Gen by Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa, Koshio organized a traveling poster and performance-oriented exhibition called



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Hiroshima Calling, which was featured on PBS’s Arizona Horizon. Currently, Koshio teaches taiko drumming in his downtown Phoenix dojo and carries on thousand-year-old Hiroshima taiko music by Hiroshima survivor and taiko master Itsuki Munakata. Koshio presented his Taiko ‘N’ Roll show in 2015 and 2016, held at the Tempe Center for the Arts. He performs and participates in community outreach at Ro Ho En, the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, with performances such as Roots of the Cherry Tree/Sakura No Ne. “My performances are not only a way to collaborate with other artists, but to communicate deeply with all people. With its serene environment and diverse patrons, the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place to hold these performances,” Koshio says. In May, he will present The Taiko Extravaganza-Salt of the Earth at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and has plans to put on a concert at the Grand Canyon in 2018. For more information, visit




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osette Rosene is a knockout – literally. In December 2016, Rosene opened Jabz Boxing Fitness for Women in Arcadia – thanks to a Groupon. “I worked in sales for 20 years, most of them as a single mother of three,” says Rosene, noting her position caused her to travel weekly. “When I married my husband in 2008, my kids where still young, so I jumped at the chance to become a full-time mom.”  And while she never gave up working out, as she got older, keeping weight off got really hard. “I came across a Groupon in 2012 to try Jabz in Scottsdale and signed up. Within 10 minutes, I was hooked,” Rosene explains. “I lost 30 pounds on my fivefoot-four frame in just months and transformed my entire body.”  Impressed, the Scottsdale owners asked Rosene to become a certified trainer for the gym just six months into her membership. After holding the position for three years, an opportunity for Rosene to open her own gym presented itself – and she jumped at it, opening a franchise in her hometown of Arcadia just last month.


Congrats on the first month in business! What has been the most challenging part of business ownership? The build-out of the space – We retro-fitted a building on 32nd Street and Indian School. But, it is gorgeous now! How does Jabz work? Punch a bag for an hour? Not at all – our 45-minute workouts, which change daily, combine boxing exercises with cardio, strength training and even plyometrics. Sure we PUNCH and KICK a lot, but we also use full body exercises and mix in cardio to help you get into shape, fast.



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PRODUCTION POWERHOUSE Daniel Davisson lights up the entertainment industry BY KELLY POTTS PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


aniel Davisson is a man of many talents. He is the founder of event production company Davisson Entertainment, and has his hands in a variety of Valley performing arts companies, designing dance and theater productions, as well as corporate events. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he is also the resident lighting designer, master electrician and director of production for rentals and events at Phoenix Theatre, as well as the production stage manager and lighting designer for Scorpius Dance Theatre and CONDER/Dance, among others. “It started when I was younger, working at my Aunt’s theater company,” Davisson says. “There’s something about manipulating the lights to show the audience only what you want them to see, that is all I need.” Last year, Davisson’s entertainment company put on the first ever Vegan Food Festival in central Phoenix. The event was so successful; it will be back for a second year this February. “I enjoy having these events – no matter if it’s a big food festival, or an event with local artists, because it helps showcase all Phoenix has to offer.”


What social media outlet could you not live without? I could live without all of them! But, I do enjoy Facebook as a marketing tool for my business. I don’t really use social media for myself much. What is your favorite way to unwind? I’m not sure what that is yet … I hate to sound cliche, but I am always working. I suppose if I’m trying to recharge, I take my dogs for a long hike or head to Sedona. What was a life-changing theater moment for you? Seeing Phantom of the Opera in New York City. They had 16 or so candelabras come up out of the floor, a smoke show and a bridge appear on stage – no acting, all lighting and production. That’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do. UPTOWN |


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risha Anthony had a fashion inspiration at a very young age – her grandmother. Mesmerized by her grandmother’s great sense of style and sparkling jewelry, she knew she wanted to dress just like her one day. A little girl dreaming of fashion and the future. “I inherited some beautiful jewelry from my mother and I wear it every day,” Anthony says. “Over the years, I have added to my collection of delicate silver bracelets, which I also wear daily, and each one has a special meaning to me.” The public relations executive also holds something else close to her heart: giving back to Valley organizations. Anthony serves as a member of the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America, Volunteer Center of Maricopa County, Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center, the Phoenix Heart Ball, the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center and she is a member of the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Alumni Board. You’ll likely spot Anthony at the month’s largest philanthropy event, sporting her sparkles while supporting causes near and dear to her heart. “My heart has always been in the nonprofit sector and as a young mom, I found that PR was my passion. I continue to try and give back every day in both my professional and personal life,” she explains.

What is the hottest trend for this season? I love the look of a long flowing, colorful delicate jacket, over black pants and a black long-sleeved blouse. I also love a poncho with a great pattern. Name three of your favorite accessories: I have a beautiful black beaded shawl I have worn for years; I also love my silver choker necklace; and great black high heel suede pumps. Do you have a favorite place to shop? I love to shop in vintage stores but for lacy dresses and tops, I can always find something fun at Free People or Johnny Was. I love Ralph Lauren – I can take his style from the office to dinner, always knowing I will be on trend.



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hen your real estate team coins itself “The Suits,” you better be ready to dress the part. No one understands that better than the firm’s founding partner, Tucker Blalock. A big believer in you have to "look good to feel good," he leads a firm of well-coifed brokers that have taken the Phoenix real estate market by storm – while looking sleek. “My mantra is dress for the reason, not for the season. I'm ‘on’ most of the time so whether it’s a Sunday morning or Friday evening, my look needs to be ready to do business,” he explains. Whatever the reason (or the season), Blalock gravitates towards classic and tailored pieces, a nod to his military days as a former marine. Although he runs a tight ship when it comes to fit, Blalock knows when it’s time to add some pizzazz to his ensemble. “I like to be refined and understated, but flashy in the details,” he says. “I'm always in solid shirts with easy colors like whites and blues. I never wear eccentric colors, flashy pocket squares, or cufflinks, but I will always flash a nice watch.”

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What can't you leave home without? My iPhone. Money might be calling. Where is your favorite place to shop? I love to browse suits and find the perfect fit at Brother's Tailors, Artful Tailoring and Nordstrom. What is your favorite personal care product? Everyone needs some Bumble and Bumble Sumotech. Where is your favorite place to eat? My wife and I love the Fox Restaurants, but sometimes we settle for any toddler friendly restaurant. For cocktails we love the jade bar at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort.   UPTOWN |


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Barrett-Jackson’s general manager and event extraordinaire talks perfect timing, VIP experiences and continuing to grow one of the largest lifestyle brands in the world


f you are a gear head or premier event enthusiast, you associate the month of January with Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction. The automotive lifestyle event on everyone’s calendar draws even closer with the new year in full swing. Celebrating its 46th year, Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction takes place January 14-22, and it will be bigger and better than ever before.



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There is a lot of behind the scene work leading up to The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction. Just ask Nick Cardinale, Barrett-Jackson’s executive president and general manager, who oversees the company’s day-to-day operations. “Putting on an event like Barrett-Jackson is no easy task, and it would not be possible without the right team in place. We start building our Scottsdale auction site at WestWorld [of Scottsdale] during Thanksgiving week, and it will take us until mid-February to break it all down,” Cardinale explains. “It is a huge undertaking, but I love every minute of it.” Cardinale has been a part of the Barrett-Jackson team since December 2013. Prior to his Barrett-Jackson days, Cardinale



held executive positions in the professional sports and live entertainment industry. He was the director of sports operations for Arizona’s Grand Canyon State Games for a year before becoming the assistant manager of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is the most recognized sports and entertainment franchise in the world. Since its 1927 inception, the team has played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories worldwide. After just two years as the assistant manager, Cardinale was promoted to general manager. At just 25 years old, he was the youngest GM in the company’s 91-year history. “It is what I consider my first really big corporate job, which

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happened to be on a rather large and well-known stage. When I was promoted to GM, although I was young, I had already been with the company for two years, so I was ready for the challenge and eager to step into the new position,” he reminisces. During his ten years with the Globetrotters, Cardinale helped the franchise record its 10 most financially successful years. He then moved from Globetrotters to Barrett-Jackson. “I wasn’t looking for a new job at the time, but randomly saw the Barrett-Jackson GM position posted on LinkedIn. I looked over the job description and it seemed to be almost an exact match to my background,” he explains. “I sent my resume over to throw my name in the hat.” Cardinale’s extensive background in professional sports and event-based entertainment made him the victor over his competitors. In the past, the company had hired someone with just an automotive background. Although Cardinale has a personal passion for collector cars, it was his rich experience that earned him the job. “When my resume came in, I just so happened to be exactly what they were looking for, and they also felt it was a perfect match!” As the GM of Barrett-Jackson, Cardinale will tell you that he helps oversee everything but cars. “This usually confuses people as most just see us as a car auction company. But the reality of it is that Barrett-Jackson already has the best car experts in the business, and didn’t need any help with that,” he adds. “BarrettJackson is much more than a car auction. We have grown into a world-class ‘bucket list’ event and lifestyle brand – that is where I come in.” Cardinale does it all, from helping to manage Barrett-Jackson’s team and employees to elevating the company’s initiatives. He helps CEO and Chairman Craig Jackson oversee day-to-day operations of the business and events, and also works closely with Brand Manager, Carolyn Jackson, to continue to expand the internationally recognized lifestyle brand. “In addition to being a car auction and a lifestyle brand, we are also a media company. We want to make sure that we stay connected and find ways to engage our fan base year round,” he says. By communicating to their demographics of consumers on various mediums, Cardinale helps the company stay on the forefront of change. “Barrett-Jackson has always been a leader of change in the industry, such as the first on television, first with a web presence and multiple social media platforms, and first offering live streaming. Our goal is to continue this trajectory by adapting to the ways people interact with their favorite brands,” he expands.

Cardinale has also taken the reins of Barrett-Jackson’s VIP Experience program. The program brings car collector fans closer to Barrett-Jackson by offering unique ticket packages that feature exciting perks, including a VIP auction tour and auction block tour, hospitality skybox and staging lane tent access, private and hosted bar areas, VIP restroom areas, reserved VIP floor seating, Opening Night Gala invitations and more. Since taking over the VIP Experience program, Cardinale has added Barrett-Jackson to QuintEvent’s premier “Bucket List” events. QuintEvent handles VIP Experience programs for big names like the Super Bowl, Formula One racing, Kentucky Derby, and now BarrettJackson. “It has been an incredible partnership [with QuintEvents], and we are now going into our third year of the program,” he says. In order to keep up with Barrett-Jackson’s moving parts, the GM has to be a jack-ofall-trades and master of all. That person is Nick Cardinale. Cardinale jokingly admits that Dutch Bros. Coffee helps keeps him moving and motivated. On a more serious note, he is driven by challenge. “In the event business, nothing is ever perfect,” he says. “To be successful, you need to do your job well in the setup and planning leading up to the event. It is hard work. But when an event is all said and done, nothing is more gratifying than to look back on what you helped accomplish.” With years of experience under his belt, Cardinale has become an event preparation extraordinaire. Because of this, he continues to preserve Barrett-Jackson’s reputation as one of the best lifestyle events around. “My goal is to make sure every event is set up in such a way that our fans and customers have the best experience possible and leave not only wanting to come back, but want to tell their friends and family they need to come, too,” he explains. Cardinale’s tenacity and passion for success can be seen in his contributions to two well-known organizations with incredible reputations both in and out of their respective industries. And while he wasn’t in search of a job when casually logging into LinkedIn that one day just three over years ago, the job was in search of him. “Working for an incredible company like Barrett-Jackson really puts it into perspective, as you not only hear from those around you how incredible the event might be, but you also get to see your accomplishments talked about online, on TV, in newspapers, in magazines, and so forth,” he adds. “People are always fascinated about what I do, but are usually blown away when I get into the details of what all we do, which is really fun.” For more information about Nick Cardinale or the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, visit

“Putting on an event like Barrett-Jackson is no easy task, and it would not be possible without the right team in place. We start building our Scottsdale auction site at WestWorld during Thanksgiving week, and it will take us until mid-February to break it all down,” Cardinale explains. “It is a huge undertaking, but I love every minute of it.”

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The Phoenix Art Museum illuminated downtown with its Light the Night instillation during the First Friday art walk in December. The Phoenix Art Museum is one of five Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs. Every first Friday of the month, the museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Park and enjoy the Museum, then take the trolley tour to explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations the Art Walk has to offer. Photo taken Dec. 2, 2016 at 6:08 p.m. JANUARY 2017 |





Sunnyslope’s newest spot PHOTOS BY BRIAN CLAY


ate last month, Genuine Concepts – the team who brought you Phoenix staples like The Vig, The Womack, Linger Longer Lounge, Little Woody and more – introduced Ladera Taverna y Cocina to the Sunnyslope area of the Valley. Headed by Executive Chef Jorge Gomez, Ladera brings unique, authentic Mexican cuisine to Phoenix with a lively atmosphere and a dining experience unlike others on this side of town.

The space The building that houses Ladera is inspired by a mission-style hacienda, with an intricate, cast iron entrance. Diners will immediately sense the intimate

atmosphere, featuring a rich, yet neutral color palette. The design is cohesive thought out as hints of the style adorn the restaurant, such as artistically designed talavera tiles at the bar and rustic chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The cozy and comfortable ambiance continues with dimly lit candles on tables, while a warm fireplace burns from the spacious patio.

The Neighborhood When deciding on a final designation for Ladera, Genuine Concepts Restaurant group partners Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley decided on the quirky area of Sunnyslope because of its rich history, diverse culture and longevity of the natives who reside on the North Central side of Phoenix. Sunnyslope is one of Phoenix’s most booming areas today that continues to develop its own unique flavor.

The Food Ladera used inspiration from all over the regional empire of Mexico to create its menu of inspiring and eclectic dishes. The menu, curated by Hermosillo, Sonora, Meixco native Chef Gomez, features dishes like chiles rellenos, crispy red snapper, barbacoa and pollo asado o UPTOWN |


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pollo rostizado. The plates include an array of rich flavors, colorful palletes and creative infusions, made with only fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The mix of these ingredients with traditional methods of cooking presents a new style of cuisine.

The Details Ladera Taverna y Cocina is open Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 11am-1 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Ladera Taverna y Cocina is located at 8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.606.2258; www.

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Scottsdale Fashion Square, the landmark luxury shopping center around the corner from Uptown, is getting a new, luxe makeover. Starting this year, the mall will receive a phased upgrade that will begin with a significant renovation of the current luxury wing, anchored by Neiman Marcus. This will include a striking new arrival point off Goldwater Boulevard, as well as a featured grand entry and new restaurant offerings. Additional future renovation phases include residences, office space and even a hotel.

Phoenix by the Numbers

How well do you know your town? • More than 22 million people visit metropolitan Phoenix each year. • There are approximately 211 sunny days per year in Phoenix, with 85 partly sunny days. • An estimated 1,563,025 people live in Phoenix (and counting), making it the sixth most populated city in America. • Phoenix provides residents more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and preserves, with 200 miles of trails and 182 city parks.

Feel the Heat

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s will be hosting a Homeboy Hot Sauce Dinner. The dinner – which is a collaboration with Chef Jacob Cutino of Homeboy’s Hot Sauce and Chef Jennifer Russo of The Market – will take place January 27 at 5 p.m. Cutino’s Homeboy’s Hot Sauce, which you have likely seen around town at the nearest farmers market or your favorite local restaurant, is based in Phoenix and handmade in small batches with all fresh, natural ingredients. The special menu ($45+) incorporates Homeboy’s Hot Sauces in dishes such as squash, mac and cheese, pork chilli verde and wings.

Grab-and-go Growing

Café Lalibela, a Tempe-based Ethiopian eatery, is expanding its reach even further. The family-owned and operated Ethiopian restaurant has been delighting Valley diners at its brick-and-mortar location for two decades, and it’s now set to more than double its existing retail component by expanding into 13 new Valley grocery and specialty stores. The eatery’s first official ready-to-eat retail line launched in May 2014, and it is currently available at Café Lalibela’s own restaurant and retail location and in 11 Whole Foods locations throughout the state. Since last month, the company’s red lentil wraps and lunch boxes, injera and other flavorful East African favorites are available for purchase in the frozen section at 12 Natural Grocers locations spanning the Phoenix metro area, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona. They’ll also be popping up on shelves at popular Phoenix health-food shop and cafe Luci’s Healthy Marketplace. UPTOWN |


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46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction

Arizona Concours D’Elegance Jan. 15, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Arizona Concours D’Elegance provides a casual and intimate gathering of exceptional vintage automobiles to compete in classes that range from antique and classic to sports, racing and exotic. Displayed on the lawns of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Arizona Biltmore, the Concours celebrates automotive design and engineering with top judges from around the country awarding class winners, as well as the coveted Best of Show. True to its French translation, “competition of elegance,” Concours D’Elegance offers guests and gear heads alike an elegant and friendly day of competition that supports Arizona’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. $80.

Jan. 14-22, times vary Rev your engines because the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction, BarrettJackson, is rolling into the New Year. Held at Scottsdale’s WestWorld, the world-class automotive lifestyle event is better than ever before! The event will feature more than 2,000 pieces of authentic automobilia for sale, most of which are from noteworthy collections. Guests can also anticipate polo competitions, an Exhibitor Marketplace, thrill rides from the major automotive manufactures and so much more. Tickets: $20/day or $175 for a three-day pass. www.barrett-jackson. com.

Dance With Me – A Ballet Gala

Savor the Symphony Luncheon

Jan. 20, 6:30-11 p.m. Dance With Me is one of Ballet Arizona’s highly anticipated benefits that features an amazingly talented company and renowned Valley honorees. This year’s honorees include long-time Ballet Arizona supports, Carol and Randy Schilling. The performance will bring together the choreographic and artistic visions of Ib Andersen and Carolos Valcárcel. The performance will focus on the evolution of Prima Ballerina, showcasing the talents of The School of Ballet Arizona and professional company dancers of Ballet Arizona. Be swept away by this magical gala that benefits free and low cost educational programming. $500.

Festiv-Ale Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Festiv-Ale is a beer tasting extravaganza in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Beer connoisseurs will have the opportunity to sample handcrafted, high-end seasonal beers from the finest breweries in the nation. The fun filled evening also includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, give away goodies and live music. Come out “Cure What Ales Ya!” with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $75.

Jan. 27, 11 a.m. The Phoenix Symphony cordially invites you to the 4th Annual Savor the Symphony Luncheon held at Symphony Hall. Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group, will delight guests with popular DooWop, Motown, and old time rock ‘n’ roll hits. Chef Adam Sheff of the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa will delight guests’ palettes with a flavorful feast. Savor the Symphony benefits the Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs that influence over 125,000 youth and adults in the Arizona community. Now, that’s something to savor.




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Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 30-Feb. 6, times vary The Greenest Show on Grass returns to the Valley FORE a full week! The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best attended and most environmentally-friendly golf tournament in the world, and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour. It might not be in your neighborhood, but its sure worth venturing out to visit. The premier event is golf by day, party by night all while benefiting Valley charities. See you at tee-time. Mon.-Tues. admission is free and Wed.-Sun. admission is $40.

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do experience, focuses her practice on working with women through challenging times, such as death, divorce and disability. She also volunteers as co-chair of the Young Women’s Forum Committee with the YWCA. This event will provide strategies on overcoming the mental roadblocks that can hinder you when it comes to making wise financial decisions. There will also be a Q&A session as well as raffle prizes given away. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20, general admission; $15 membership registration. ELEGANCE DEFINED Jan. 11, private residence Great music, gourmet food and spectacular homes ... all three come together in the Phoenix Symphony’s Parties of Note – and you are invited. At Elegance Defined, the second party of the seven event series, guests will enjoy a perfect view of Camelback Mountain coupled with a breath-taking grand entrance at the two-acre Paradise Valley property that the party will be hosted at. Partygoers will sip cocktails and visit with Virginia G. Piper Tito Muñoz, while you enjoy a performance in the dining area from a String Quartet featuring Leslie Anderegg and Aaron Requiro, violins; Mathieu Page-Bouchard, viola; and Peter Lorenzo Anderegg, cello. The performance will be followed by an unforgettable dinner prepared by The Herb Box Catering + Events. 6 p.m. $200. NIGHT OF THE THREE KINGS Jan. 6, Phoenix Zoo It’s time to celebrate Noche de Reyes Magos, the Latino holiday that commemorates the date that the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem and arrived with gifts for baby Jesus. This event includes a traditional celebration with family-friendly activities, mariachis and chance to visit with the Three Kings. There will also be a lighted pathway of luminarias to guide to where the Three Kings and additional activities are. Guests can enjoy specialty Mexican food and spiced hotchocolate and cider. Admission is included with your Zoolights ticket. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10.95-$12.95.


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jan. 6-29, Herberger Theatre The famed Arizona theatre company is starting off 2017 with one of the most beloved musicals of all time. This epic production is a heartwarming tale of fathers, daughters, husbands, wives and the definition of faith and family. Fiddler on the Roof is known for classic songs such as If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset, and Matchmaker, Matchmaker. Audience members are invited to join in this 50th anniversary celebration production. Times vary. $46-$75.

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YOUR MIND & MONEY, OVERCOMING MENTAL ROADBLOCKS Jan. 10, YWCA Conference Room Join the YWCA for an inspiring luncheon and program featuring guest speaker Hannah Brown, a financial adviser with Waddell & Reed. Brown, who has nine years of industry


Kick-A Showcase Scorpius Dance Theatre is bringing back its third Kick-A Showcase. Not an average repertory production, Kick-A promises genius dance compositions and stellar stage performances created by Scorpius’ dancers, as well as several new works from Director, Lisa Starry. Guest choreographers combine mainstream dance, popular music, and more for an upbeat, highly energetic show that appeals to dance enthusiasts and those new to the art form. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $25. www.



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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Jan. 13-15, Orpheum Theatre Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie to the sounds of this iconic award winning musical. The story of Tony, a kid from Brooklyn who wants to dance his way to a better life, is here in the Valley with an all-new production. A new generation of dancers are ready to meet theater lovers with this disco fantasy. Bee Gees hits will come to life on the stage with this classic musical that withstands the test of time. Come spend a few hours singing and dancing to some of your favorite hits. Times vary. $35.32-$85.25. SIMPLY SINATRA Jan. 14-15, Phoenix Symphony Journey to the timeless era with the wonderful vocals of Steve Lippia and the musical talents of the Phoenix Symphony. This popular tribute gives audiences a chance to return to the music of Frank Sinatra in an evening dedicated to the his music. The performaces include hits such as, Luck Be A Lady, Fly Me to the Moon, My Way, and I’ve Got the World on a String. Sunday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $49$109. DISNEY ON ICE: WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT Jan. 19-22, Talking Stick Resort Arena Disney fans young and young at heart will get the chance to enter the magical world Live on Ice. Prepare for a non-stop fun-filled show with four of your favorite Disney stories as Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Lightning McQreen and crew, Ariel, Buzz, Woody and friends, and the magical spells of



do sisters Anna and Elsa will all be a part of this wonderful show, where many of your favorite characters will come to life on ice. Times vary. $25-$235.


MIRANDA SINGS Jan. 19, Celebrity Theatre One of the biggest stars to come from YouTube is making her way to the Valley. Miranda Sings will fill the night with comedy, songs, magic tricks, readings of hate mail and never-before0seen videos. This online superstar has more than 60-million views on YouTube and has performed her show to sold-out crowds all over the world. Her fans, lovingly referred to as Mirfandas, will not want to miss this one-night-only show. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$75.

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SEASONAL TABLE Jan. 19, Desert Botanical Gardens Looking for a culinary delight? Then, head on over to the Desert Botanical Gardens for a night of beautiful scenery and delicious food. Guests will sip on wine and dine al fresco on a customized menu from Chef Eddie Coronado. Dinner guests will go on a road trip of delights through this delectable series, which begins in January, and the first stop with be the Southwest Mexican-American cuisine. The four courses of amazing food includes dishes like Mexican shrimp cocktail, esquites salad, steak ranchero and tres leches. 6-9 p.m. Members, $150; General admission, $160. A SUPREME EVENING OF JAZZ Jan. 20, Beus Center for Law & Society Great Hall Come and experience a night of jazz in the city with some of the best artists around. Award-winning pianists Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi will perform on twin grand pianos, will their four-hand piano talent to classic jazz arrangements of songs from the swing era. Guests will also enjoy a happy hour cocktail buffet with wine, beer and additional beverages, along with a silent auction to benefit the Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship Fund at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. 5 p.m. $75. www. CRAIG ROBINSON Jan. 27-29, Stand Up Live Laugh it up and enjoy the comedic genius of Craig Robinson. Well-known for his role on NBC’s The Office, Robinson is continuing his stand-up comedic tunes on the stage in Phoenix. Before his beginning stand up and acting on TV and the big screen, Robinson was an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago. He discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre in the city. Audience memebers must be 21 or older to attend the laughable evening. 7:30 p.m. $30. www. 7TH ANNUAL GRAPE ARIZONA WINE EVENT Jan. 29, Heritage Square Wine lovers, this is the you don’t want to


2nd Annual Doggie Street Festival Jan. 28, Steele Indian School Park

Bring your furry friends to celebrate all things cats and dogs at this adopt-a-thon and pet party. The Phoenix festival, in its second year, aims to bring together the public and rescue community to increase adoption and celebrate our deserving companion animals. Guests will enjoy music, yummy eats, vet tips, animal-focused speakers, awesome pet products and services, and a kids’ art area. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

miss! More than a dozen wineries and restaurants are coming together for this delicious event benefitting The Phoenix Rotary Club Charities Youth Programs. Funds raised will benefit programs including Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Youth Exchange. Guests will also get the chance to enter to win themed raffle packages worth thousands of dollars, participate in a silent auction, and mingle with wine-related vendors. 1-5 p.m. $55-$75. JANUARY 2017 |



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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE DRIVE THE DREAM GALA Musical icons headline the Childhelp Oz-themed event ALISON BAILIN BATZ


ou know an event is big when one of the “house bands” is The Temptations. Yes, those Temptations. As in My Girl, Ain’t to Proud to Beg, and The Way You Do The Things You Do, among about a dozen other hit songs. On Saturday, January 14, the Grammy winning super group will join together with recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Peter Cetera as well as The London Essentials and the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra to put on the performance of a lifetime at Childhelp’s 13th Annual Drive the Dream Gala. “Beyond the A-list entertainment, we are aiming to take our guests on a ‘Journey to Oz’ throughout the event, from our multi-course dinner menu to our eye popping decor and event design. We are quite literally transforming Arizona’s beloved Biltmore Resort into the Land of Oz for this one special night,” explains Sara O’Meara, Childhelp co-founder, CEO and chair. The star-studded event, which is cochaired by Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson and Mr. Richard J. Stephenson, is expected to raise $1 million for Childhelp. With headquarters right here in the Valley, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services,

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WHAT: 13th Annual Drive the Dream Gala WHEN: Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix TICKETS: Tickets start at $1,000 INFORMATION: children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. The story of Childhelp, which has earned renewed attention in recent years thanks to a best-selling book and Lifetime television movie about the founders, spans more than 50 years and begins with two young actresses – Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson – who were traveling abroad and came across 11 homeless orphans in the street. “We took every one of those sweet children to our hotel, where we bathed and fed them,” O’Meara recalls. “We stayed with those children – against the wishes of our business teams and travel planners, until we found homes and care for each one.” UPTOWN |


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And just like that, what would become the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of abused, neglected and at-risk kids was born. With the help of Childhelp advocate and friend the late Nancy Reagan – and more recently Senator Jon Kyl and wife Caryll Kyl, who will be honored during the event this year – the organization has succeeded in touching lives on nearly every continent. “Like the Scarecrow’s journey, Lion’s quest and Tin Man’s search, we will be honoring the mind, courage and heart of a recovering child at this year’s gala in addition to recognizing local leaders who have been long-time supporters of our cause, including Senator and Mrs. Kyl,” O’Meara says.


A CELEBRATION OF GIVING Have a ball while benefitting Barrow


hile most philanthropy events ask guest to give throughout the evening, from silent and live auctions to raffles, the Barrow Grand Ball calls for donations before the event so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the evening. “We give our guests the night off from fundraising. All donations are received in advance so that we can celebrate everyone’s generosity at the ball,” explains Jan Lewis, one of two co-chairs of the 2017 Barrow Grand Ball. And celebrate guests will. This elegant evening includes unexpected music, fine dining and tons of fun. “Barrow physicians are talented far beyond the operating room, in past years they have provided musical entertainment,” says Carolyn O’Malley, co-chair of the ball. “And the chef at the Arizona Biltmore always outdoes the previous year’s menu, but of course – it’s a secret!” And although this event is one that happens each year, don’t expect to predict every event of the night. “This event is full of tradition, but we always throw in a few surprises!” Lewis exclaims. One thing that won’t be a surprise is that the ball is celebrating the research funds raised for Barrow Neurological Institute. “Proceeds from the ball benefit Barrow Neurological Institute. Donors at the $25,000 level and higher may direct their gift to their area of interest at Barrow,” O’Malley elaborates.

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WHAT: Barrow Grand Ball WHEN: Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix TICKETS: Individual tickets, $750; leadership gifting, starts at $5,000 INFORMATION:

The Barrow Women’s Board also highlights a special project annually. This year the Women’s Board has chosen Stroke Research for its Barrow Women’s Board Special Project.  “Anyone contributing to the Barrow Women’s Board Special Project will directly support the research of Dr. Michael Waters, director of the Neurovascular Division and Stroke Program at Barrow,” Lewis explains. “Funds not restricted to a donor’s particular area of interest or directed to the Barrow Women’s Board Special Project support research efforts at Barrow.” The entire evening will also be a celebration of Barrow Neurological Institute’s President and CEO, Robert F. Spetzler as he heads into retirement this June after 34 years of service. JANUARY 2017 |




FLOCK TO THE BIRDS NEST The Phoenix Open’s music mecca packs the punch of a four-night party BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


ach year for four days, there is one party to rule them all in Scottsdale – in a tent and on a golf course. It’s the Coors Light Birds Nest, the entertainment hot spot at the Waste Management Phoenix Open that draws both golf enthusiasts and music lovers, whether you’re a country fan or a rock ‘n’ roll soul “In 2016, we had a headline act every night – how do you top that?” says Dillan Micus, Coors Light Birds Nest chairman. “How about with two headliners each night, transforming this into a real music festival in addition to the biggest party of the year?”

February 1 Night one is a big one for country fans, with Jake Owen and Chase Rice set to headline. A repeat performer at the Coors Light Birds Nest (2014), Owen achieved his first No. 1 hit on the country charts with Barefoot Blue Jean Night and was awarded the 2012 American Country Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Rice cowrote Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise, which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs, and has since had several other hits. February 2 The country crooners continue with Toby Keith and The Band Perry. Keith has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and was named the Billboard Country Music Artist of the Decade in 2009. He’s had 61 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list, including 21 No. 1 singles. The Band Perry, comprised of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, released their self-titled debut album with the hit song If I Die Young in 2009, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs. February 3 Country will take a backseat Friday, with rapper Flo Rida and electro-legends Kaskade taking the stage. Flo Rida has sold more than 80 million digital downloads to date, making him one of the best-selling artists in the digital age. His catalog includes megahits Whistle and My House. Kaskade has sold more than 30 million albums and nearly 15 million digital downloads since hitting the scene in the mid-2000s. They are best known for their hit singles Every Time We Touch and Evacuate the Dance Floor.   February 4 The grand finale night will both rock and roll, thanks to Blink 182 and Steve Aoki. Among the most successful punk bands of all time, Blink 182 has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide and created several anthems from the early-2000s musical era, including All the Small Things and What’s My Age Again. Electro-house musician and famed music producer Steve Aoki is currently the highest grossing dance musician in North America and best known for his famed collaborations with, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea and Lil Jon. The Coors Light Birds Nest, which is 21 and over, is open daily from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Headline acts will take the main stage nightly at approximately 8 p.m. General admission tickets start at $50 and VIP tickets start at $200.



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Treatment: Pinhole Surgical Technique for 3 Teeth in this patient’s Upper Left Quadrant Procedure time: 45 minutes. No sutures, no pain medication.


ver the past year, Dr Erik Svans and Dr Steven Chang have treated 100’s of teeth with a revolutionary procedure to correct Gingival Recession away from a procedure called Pinhole Surgical Technique™ or PST™. The results have been very impressive, without the need for suturing and cutting donor tissue from your palate, which was required for Traditional Gingival Grafting. Focusing on solving the original cause of the recession first (overzealous brushing, history of periodontal disease, bruxism), and treating the affected sites with PST™ second, Dr Svans and Dr Chang have been able to provide an alternative to Gingival Recession

Correction predictably and reliably with minimal pain—the number one reason why patients and dentists dislike the Traditional approach. Pinhole Surgical Technique was designed to help those who suffer from Gingival Recession procedure that is considered the most painful procedure in Dentistry. Dr. Svans and Dr. Chang were two of the first dentists in Arizona and the United States trained and certified as Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Providers. During your Complimentary Consult, they can educate you on this amazing procedure and how they can help correct your receding gums without sutures and with mild post operative pain.

Treatment: Pinhole Surgical Technique for 5 Teeth in this patient’s Upper Arch. Procedure Time: 60 Minutes. No sutures, no pain medication ERIK P. SVANS DDS



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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE STELLA MENU… Stella's menu was created to be simple, fresh and American with an Italian twist. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BRUNCH ITEM AT STELLA? My favorite brunch item is the chicken fried chicken. The sausage gravy and country potatoes are fabulous. THE TWO INGREDIENTS YOU PROBABLY USE MOST ARE… The two ingredients I use the most are salt and pepper. MOST UNIQUE DISH SERVED AT STELLA: I really like our lasagna – It is rolled vs. layered and it is one of our guests’ favorite! WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF? I think I have always known that I have wanted to be a chef. I am most comfortable in the kitchen. WHAT INSPIRED YOUR STYLE OF COOKING? My style of cooking has been inspired by the many amazing chefs that I have worked with throughout my life. TO YOU, FOOD IS… Art. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE… A teacher. I like to teach people my recipes while I also cook. WHAT’S ONE COOKING TIP YOU CAN SHARE? Patience is very important when cooking and in life. WHEN YOU’RE NOT COOKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU? When I am not cooking I am spending time with my kids and enjoying my family.


WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? My guilty pleasure is sushi. FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY: My favorite food memory would have to be making a wonderful meal for my family and enjoying it with them over the holidays. Seeing my family enjoying what I made was wonderful.

In the kitchen with Fredy Espanda Sol, lead line chef of Stella BY GABBY RICHMAN

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Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill’s unique take on an Old Fashioned BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS


ou might know Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill as burger spot that is strictly open for lunch, but that’s all about to change. After 87 years, the restaurant is now open (for the first time) for dinner and drinks with a new menu that respects the classics while adding a contemporary twist, redefining the meaning of “tavern.” And what’s respecting the classics if you don’t serve an Old Fashioned? “The Woodford Bourbon Old Fashioned, an everlasting American cocktail with history, pairs with the timeless decor and quintessential American dishes (at Tom’s Tavern),” says Jim Gallen, owner and chef of Tom’s Tavern. The drink ($14) is everything would expect – and more, with a hint of orange, Peychaud Bitters and sugar in the raw. But, there’s a twist. The restaurant actually imports Luxardo Maraschino cherries from a distillery in Luxardo, Italy that was founded in 1821. “The delicious drink is a grown-up cherry treat,” Gallen explains. “The bourbon brings a clean, rich and warm taste that is complemented with a fruit finish from the luxe Luxardo cherry.” Tom’s Tavern is still open for lunch and now open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 2 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.257.1688; JANUARY 2017 |





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CONCIERGE CONFIDENTIAL The scoop on exploring the Valley according to the experts

Concierges are the powerful, personable treasure troves of knowledge at hotels and resorts, providing guests with everything from exciting itineraries and dining suggestions to fulfilling some, well, interesting requests. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, we thought it fitting to ask six concierges to share their local recommendations – plus some fun industry tales that show just how far their generosity extends. So, if you’d like to spice up your weekend brunch routine, add some flair to date night, or simply try something you’ve never done before, read on for tips from some of the best resources around.


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SHAUNA KANTER Lasting Impressions Captain at The Camby Hotel Years as a concierge: 5 years Favorite happy hour spots: Of course, Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby. I also enjoy Roaring Fork, Buck & Rider and Hula’s Modern Tiki. Favorite places for a date night: LON’s at The Hermosa Inn, Durant’s and The House Brasserie. Most unique restaurants: The Salt Cellar Restaurant, Monarch, Crudo and Gertrude’s at Desert Botanical Garden. Best nightlife spots: Crescent Ballroom, Kazimierz World Wine Bar, Rusty Spur Saloon, and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. Best places to golf: We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Rancho Mañana Golf Club, Troon North Golf Club, and Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass. One must-do experience in the Valley: Visit the Desert Botanical Garden. What’s the most unusual request you’ve received as a concierge? When a gentleman returned from dinner, I asked if there was anything else I could do for him. He said, “Sure, how about a lotto ticket?” I had a little spare time so I was able to buy the guest a couple of scratchers and took them to his room. He was very surprised and happy when I presented the lotto tickets to him. Best place to find an authentic Arizona souvenir: The Heard Museum Shop. Most unique way to tour the town: On a Segway or renting a bike from Grid Bike Share. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a concierge? A guest shared a childhood secret that he never had a teddy bear and was not able to attend the Teddy Bear Tea (formerly held at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, which occupied the building prior to The Camby). I was able to get a teddy bear and placed it in his room before he returned. Upon entering the room, he had his new “friend” there to greet him. He was so grateful for the gesture as I brought back many happy memories.



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VICTORIA SANCHEZ-LABRECQUE Customer Service Supervisor at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Years as a concierge: 1 1/2 years Favorite happy hour spots: Yucca Tap Room, Lustre Rooftop Bar and Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub. Most unique restaurants: Breadfruit & Rum Bar, The Duce and The Perch Pub & Brewery. Best nightlife spots: In Phoenix, Valley Bar and Lustre Rooftop Bar. In Scottsdale, The Mint and Casablanca Rooftop Lounge. Best places to golf: I recommend The Raven Golf Club. What’s the most unusual request you’ve received as a concierge? An ex-husband of one of my guests set up an extravagant apology amenity with me, and the guest came to me crying after receiving it and thanking me. The ex-husband ended up flying in the same day, and last I hear the two of them were working things out. Best place to find an authentic Arizona souvenir: Desert Botanical Garden for Arizona’s nature feel, or Rawhide for the Southwestern feel. Favorite pet-friendly restaurants: O.H.S.O. Brewery, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Casey Moore’s Oyster House. Best places for a true taste of local flavor: Cowboy Ciao or La Pinata (a personal favorite for Mexican food). What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? Improving a guest’s stay and being able to show people what Arizona has to offer. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a concierge? My favorite memories are the proposals that happen with my help and seeing the newly engaged couples so excited. Favorite weekend brunch spots: Vovomeena, Melrose Kitchen, The Hash Kitchen and Matt’s Big Breakfast. What do you love about Arizona? The weather minus the summer. I also love the beautiful mountains that surround us, the food variety, and the fact that it only takes 1 1/2 hours to see snow in Flagstaff and about four hours to get to Rocky Point, Mexico.

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JUSTIN CROWL Head Concierge at Boulders Resort & Spa Years as a concierge: 4 1/2 years Favorite happy hour spots: Roka Akor, Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal at Boulders Resort & Spa, and Local Bistro. Favorite places for a date night: Mastro’s Steakhouse, elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, and Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Most unique restaurants: SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen and The Mission. Best nightlife spots: Counter Intuitive in Old Town Scottsdale and The Living Room at DC Ranch in North Scottsdale. One must-do experience in the Valley: Take a hot air balloon ride with Hot Air Expeditions or hike the Echo Canyon side of Camelback Mountain. What’s the most unusual request you’ve received as a concierge? I once had a request from a woman to have 50 black balloons placed in her husband’s casita for his 50th birthday. Most unique way to tour the town: Take a sunset tour with SunState Helicopter Tours or take the Phoenix & Scottsdale City Tour with Detours of Arizona. Best places for a true taste of local flavor: Visit Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana in Cave Creek for great Native Arizona cuisine. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a concierge? Landing a helicopter at The Boulders Resort to take a group of our guests to the Super Bowl. What’s the secret to being a great concierge? The key to being a great concierge is knowledge. I love learning new things about Arizona every day. What do you love about Arizona? I absolutely love living in the Valley. What I love even more is that within a two-hour drive I can be in the middle of red rock country or in the mountains and pine trees. The diversity of the terrain and scenery in Arizona is what has kept me here for more than 20 years.



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JEAN HENGST Guest Service Agent at The Hermosa Inn Years as a concierge: 10 years Favorite happy hour spots: The Last Drop at LON’s has great patio seating with fireplaces. Roaring Fork – go early to get a seat and enjoy the “Big Ass Burger” and Huckleberry margarita. The Gladly’s mixologists are so creative with craft cocktails. Favorite places for a date night: Monarch with its intimate courtyard; Quiessence, which is located in a historic home at the end of a dirt road on a pecan farm at The Farm at South Mountain. Most unique restaurants: Kai features a menu rich in creativity and Native American culture. Posh is tailored to each diner’s taste by telling the chef your general likes and dislikes. Favorite weekend brunch spots: El Chorro for its sticky buns and The Hash Kitchen with its build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. Best nightlife spots: Kazimierz World Wine Bar is a hidden jewel with live entertainment and MercBar, with its upscale living room feel. Most unique way to tour the town: Ride bikes along the Arizona Canal Path, and one of the highlights is the stunning Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale. Best places for a true taste of local flavor: Barrio Cafe where Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza serves the best Mexican cuisine in the country. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a concierge? A family from Nashville, Tennessee, stayed at the former Ritz-Carlton Phoenix 10 years ago as they settled their son into ASU as a freshman. His parents visited at least four times a year, and it was always my pleasure to make all of their arrangements. He was married in Nashville this year and it was my great honor to attend the beautiful wedding. There aren’t many jobs where you can develop this kind of connection with wonderful people for life! What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? When arriving repeat guests exclaim that they feel like they are at home.

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CONNIE MARIE Guest Services Concierge at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Years as a concierge: 9 1/2 years Favorite happy hour spots: The Parlor and Christopher’s Crush Lounge. Your favorite places for a date night: Different Pointe of View. With sweeping views of sparkling city lights and exceptional cuisine, Different Pointe of View continues to be recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in America. Favorite weekend brunch spots: Benedict’s and Postino WineCafe. Best places to golf: Lookout Mountain Golf Club or Troon North Golf Club. One must-do experience in the Valley: Take a Wild West Jeep Tour or a Hot Air Expedition balloon ride! What’s the most unusual request you’ve received as a concierge? To find alligator cowboy boots and ship them to Istanbul, Turkey. Best place to find an authentic Arizona souvenir: The Heard Museum Shop carries a variety of lovely, one-of-a-kind souvenirs that are inspired by Native American heritage. Most unique way to tour the town: Explore the 7th Street corridor, the historical district and get lost down Roosevelt Row. Detours offers a comprehensive tour of Phoenix and Scottsdale that is memorable, personalized and inclusive of art, history, architecture, scenery and more. Favorite pet-friendly restaurants: O.H.S.O. Eatery & Brewery has a great petfriendly patio, a diverse menu and lots of special amenities for pets such as complimentary treats, water bowls and an expansive dog play area. Best places for a true taste of local flavor: Via Delosantos Café and Rokerij. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? Securing the “impossible” and creating unforgettable experiences for guests. What’s the secret to being a great concierge? The secret is to love what you do! Be genuine, helpful and always give 200 percent. Think outside of the box and provide personalized service. What do you love about Arizona? I love experiencing other cultures within Arizona. Skiing in Show Low, wineries in northern Arizona and the beautiful red rock formations in Sedona. Mostly, the people and the sunshine!



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MICHELLE CALDWELL Chef Concierge at The Phoenician Years as a concierge: 13 years    Favorite places for date night: Take in the sights from the 15th floor of Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort, which offers one of the most breathtaking sunset views in the Valley. Request a romantic booth for very intimate, private dining. After dinner, take your chances at the slots or take in a performance at the Showroom.    Most unique restaurants: The Chef’s Table at Razz’s is a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure representing Chef Razz’s world travels. After each summer’s closure, Chef Razz translates his travel experiences into his tasting menu.    Favorite weekend brunch spots: Virtù offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu that changes weekly in a charming fashion. Named a James Beard Award semifinalist, Chef Osso has the talent to elevate childhood favorites such as grilled cheese to new heights One must-do experience in the Valley: Afternoon Tea at The Phoenician Tea Court is truly a luxurious event. Indulge in finger sandwiches, delicious scones and petit fours – all prepared in-house by the pastry team.    What’s the most unusual request you’ve received as a concierge? On July 3, I was asked to have a local desert rock – found on a guest’s hike – polished to gem quality and delivered to the guest over Fourth of July weekend.    Best place to find an authentic Arizona souvenir: Gift yourself with a piece of beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry from Gilbert Ortega, kick up your heels in new cowboy boots from Saba’s Western Wear, or enjoy pottery and rugs from Bischoff’s Shades of the West.   Most unique way to tour the town: A progressive lunch tour of Old Town Scottsdale with Arizona Food Tours. The tour provides a historic overview of the local area while you enjoy cuisine from five Scottsdale restaurants.     Best places for a true taste of local flavor: For some local Latin flavor, visit The Mission. Tableside guacamole with red or white sangria is a signature must-have!       Any industry know-how you can share? Ask your servers at Cowboy Ciao to escort you to the secret passageway into Kazimierz World Wine Bar or check out Honor Amongst Thieves – both fun speakeasy lounges.

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Park yourself on one of these posh pieces BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Marine tweed Rhys mid-century recliner, $699 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Alabaster upholstered armchair, Bernhardt, $499 at Olive green velvet love seat, $749.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Black leather stool, Ampersand, $129.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Faux fur bench, Uttermost, $247 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Leather swivel desk chair, $899 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297. UPTOWN |


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Sure, you may have your eyes on an auto for your garage collection, but what about one for your game room? This 1959 Corvette Billiards Table is a regulation, tournament-size model with a base created from an original 1959 Chevrolet Corvette. We’re talking real chrome bumpers, a gleaming grille, and working versions of the trademark headlights, which even illuminate with a remote control. Full-size whitewall tires include genuine steel rims and chrome covers with spinners. This beauty is finished in an auto body shop with the original ’59 Roman Red and Snowcrest White paints, shellacked with automotive clear coat, and hand-buffed to shine. It will roll into your home with cues, billiard balls, and even a mock VIN and title. $25,000 at Hammacher Schlemmer, JANUARY 2017 |





Channel your snow-loving side in a monochromatic ensemble BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Ripped sweater, Bailey 44, $188 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Cable-knit turtleneck, Ralph Lauren Collection, $145.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Textured sheath dress, St. John, $195 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Lace-up boots, Dr. Martens, $59.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Denim tab waist skirt, Chloe, $59.95 at My Sister’s Closet. Square sunglasses, Tom Ford, $539 at Optics, 480.991.0509. Saffiano leather tote, Prada, $1,075.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. UPTOWN |


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Stay warm in outerwear fit for a fashionista


(Clockwise from top) Brown leather seamed zip-up, Lafayette 148 New York, $125 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Multicolor tweed, McGinn, $49.95 at My Sister’s Closet. Black-and-white trench, Escada, $425.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Cropped floral beaded bomber, Alice + Olivia, $345.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Denim button-down, Mavi Jeans, $129 at Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400. Green leather with fur detailing, Love Token, $129 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. JANUARY 2017 |





ing in the new year with a fresh start by improving the look and feel of your skin. It’s time to detox from last month’s holiday cheer, amp up your skin care regime and restore your former elusive glow. Invest in your skin, and let it be the resolution you use to redefine yourself and your complexion. Conquer 2017 and celebrate with these swoon-worthy staples.


Face the new year with freshness BY LACI LANGSTON

Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub Transform your skin and become a glowing goddess using Omorovicza’s Gold Sugar Scrub. Exfoliating is the key to achieving radiant and continually smooth skin. Powered by the brand’s Mineral Transference delivery system, mineral-rich healing waters, vitamins and essential oils, your skin’s texture is refined and reborn after applying this spa-like product. The scrub is infused with real gold particles that act as an anti-inflammatory aiding in the reduction of micro-damage, and it uses real cane sugar to sweeten your skin while eliminating dead skin cells. $90 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

tourmaline that work thoroughly, yet gently, to clean and dissolve impurities. When the fluid is massaged into the skin, circulation is improved and balance is restored. The formula is designed to dissolve makeup and impurities when massaged onto dry skin, or mold into a lavish, milky fluid when adding water, creating soft-as-cashmere skin. A cleanser that stands true to its testament, it cleanses, tones and exfoliates your skin, offering visible benefits for all skin types. $90 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream Regenerate your complexion with this powerful cream, specifically targeted to help prevent wrinkles and loss of firmness around the delicate eye and lip areas. Inspired by the Japanese Tea Ceremony, its formula uses Japanese herbs – such as sakura leaf extract, uji green tea extract and starfruit extract – to provide incomparable skin care benefits. The treatment contains Shiseido’s Form Support Veil to minimize fine lines, aging and dark circles while administering firm, luscious skin. Upon application, your skin instantly absorbs the silky substance and performs its duties right before your eyes, literally. As the saying goes, “new year, new you.” And this year, you’ll be glistening and youthful. $130 at Nordstrom.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Crème When it comes to skin care necessities, face moisturizer is often overlooked – and it shouldn’t be. Dive into this divine whipped crème enhanced with rosehip seed oil that provides nourishment and balance to your skin all day and all night. Its lightweight texture goes on velvety soft creating a dewy glow and leaving behind a luxurious and savory scent with rose as the main element. Not only does it deliver absolute moisture, but it diminishes fine lines and wrinkles while also working as a base, prepping your skin for makeup application. $68 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

Amarte Overnight Express Therapy They say sleep cures all and lucky for you, there is a multifunctional sleeping mask that does as well. The Overnight Express Therapy mask is formulated with a spongelike silk matrix designed to boost brightness and stimulate collagen while delivering heightened hydration. Key ingredients, such as silk extract and propolis cera, offer antioxidants and an antimicrobial healing emollient, providing increased skin tightness, brightness and clarity. Add this mask as the last step in your beauty routine, and you’ll wake up restored with supple skin to show for it. $79 at Soft Surroundings at Kierland Commons, 480.696.2986.

La Mer The Cleansing Oil Discover the crème de la crème of cleansing oils when using La Mer’s detoxifying cleanser. This must-have is packed with nutrient-rich marine oils and magnetized UPTOWN |


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rom very first glance, this home has its own unique sense of style. From the outside, modern lines mix with natural elements, creating a contemporary architectural gem in the desert. The design approach is evident from the first moment you pull up to the lowered lot, with the exterior adorned with a mix of 24-inch rammed earth walls, copper clad exteriors and finished concrete floors. The landscaping, both front and back, mimics the vibe of the architecture with desert plants, trees and cacti, combined with modern concrete and interesting rocks to bring the entire look together. Located on a 2 1/2-acre private estate with a private auto court and three-car garage, the AIA Citation Award-winning home boasts six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms, with tons of open living space and two stories, lined with glass railings. With soaring ceilings and walls of glass, the home, which is approximately 7,100 square feet, showcases views of Camelback Mountain throughout. Escape to your own resort-style retreat with the luxurious master suite. The space features a study, sitting room, two closets, a fireplace, a custom-designed bathroom and magnificent views. JANUARY 2017 |

Make your way to the gourmet eat-in kitchen to entertain friends or make a meal to enjoy with family. The eatery includes Wolf appliances, a two-way fireplace, and honed Maderia Gold granite counters opening to an alfresco dining patio overlooking the pool. The rest of the home, composed of classic spaces like a formal living and dining room and guest rooms, also features exciting additional highlights including a media room, an atrium and an attached casita equipped with a mini-kitchen and living room. 5555 N. Camino Del Contento, Paradise Valley, AZ. Listed for $4,250,000 with Karen Pratte of of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.228.4377 or



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Start the new year as a new you with four spa escapes BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM


ith the new year upon us, it’s the ideal time to invest in your health and well-being. Retreat to one of these West Coast spas, where you can carve out some time to revitalize and renew your spirit for 2017.

Mii amo, a destination spa, Sedona For an escape energized by the nurturing nature of Sedona’s red rocks, book a three-, four- or seven-night, all-inclusive journey at Mii amo. Set among the magical surroundings of Boynton Canyon, Mii amo offers five unique transformative journeys rooted in different intentions. Or, you can create a customized experience. Each allinclusive package includes two daily spa services, among other activities to help you reconnect and refocus. UPTOWN |


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At the southwest edge of Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is considered especially spiritual due to its namesake spring-fed waters, revered as a source of revitalization for centuries. The resort’s 70 acres encompass walking paths, towering trees, art and fitness studios, a spa and a restauant. The spa offers private outdoor heated pools, ideal for evening stargazing, and the casitas provide a retreat where you can relax by your own fireplace. During the days, choose from a variety of art and fitness classes, holistic workshops and spa treatments blending restorative Eastern and Western therapies.

The Spa at Paradise Point, San Diego If you prefer a beach setting, head to the tropical hideaway of The Spa at Paradise Point, tucked away on San Diego’s Mission Bay along a 44-acre island. The intimate spa at this resort feels a bit like escaping to Bali – without the long flight. The exotic treatment rooms surround an outdoor courtyard, with cool ocean breezes greeting you before you go inside. Choose from treatments that take influence from San Diego and islands around the world, such as a traditional Balinese massage or an island bliss ritual that combines exfoliation and massage with a hydrating milk bath. Back in your hotel room, gaze at ocean views, or take a dip in one of the property’s five swimming pools.

The Luxury Spa, San Francisco Even if you don’t have time for a full-day spa excursion, a quick afternoon retreat can help you re-energize for the new year. The Luxury Spa at Loews Regency Hotel San Francisco is an urban oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Opt for the traveler’s tonic massage, which helps weary travelers unwind using eucalyptus aromatherapy. Afterwards, enjoy the soothing rhythm of a private, in-suite rainforest shower and sip hot green tea in the relaxation lounge, worlds away from the city below.


vital stats: 2017 Audi S3 Price: $42,900 Price as tested: $51,725 Seating: 4

2017 AUDI S3 The high-performance sedan gets a sporty update and all-new tech features

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged


four-cylinder Horsepower: 292 Fuel economy: 21/28 mpg city/highway Fab features:

Audi’s virtual cockpit Electromagnetic adaptive suspension Bang & Olufsen audio system


he Audi A3 sedan arrived on the U.S. automotive scene a couple of years ago as the entry-level vehicle for the brand. Since then, Audi has launched Audi 3 versions in convertible, plug-in hybrid Sportback e-tron, and the highperformance S3 sedan tested here. Think of it as a smaller version of the popular Audi A4. For 2017, the S3 lineup got a mild appearance update: an all-new front fascia with a high-gloss grille, new Xenon headlamps, new LED taillights with sequential turn signals, and new technology and safety features. The S3 shares its performance engine – a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter, 292-horsepower four-cylinder – with its parent company’s excellent JANUARY 2017 |



Volkswagen Golf R. The engine is paired with a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with quattro allwheel-drive. S3 models also have larger wheels and brakes and quicker steering than the standard A3. There’s also the optional electromagnetic adaptive suspension and available 19-inch wheels with performance tires. Inside, the build quality is impressive but the materials are a mixed bag. Quilt-pattern sports seats are excellent, but they are on the firm side and operate manually for adjusting. Overall, the interior seems less Audi and more Volkswagen. There’s a newly available Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster to display sharp Google Maps images. The updated infotainment system includes smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Driving performance, of course, is the reason one would choose the S3 over a standard A3 sedan. While not in the same class as the upcoming 400-horsepower RS3 (set to make its U.S. debut in 2018), performance is nonetheless impressive. Zero to 60 mph is reached in just 4.7 seconds. The automatic transmission shifts quickly through the gears, up or down. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel allow for manual shifting. The driver can also toggle through the Audi drive select feature, with performance and handling settings for comfort, dynamic, automatic or individual. Choosing the dynamic setting, the powertrain increases the vehicle’s performance, with sharper steering and amplified engine acoustics. Other settings tamp down the performance, acoustics and handling. But know that the S3, even in comfort, delivers a ride that may be too firm for some. The S3 certainly won’t disappoint. But if you want to save some money, you could get a similarly equipped, but more powerful, Ford Focus RS or the nearly identical Volkswagen Golf R with a manual transmission.


SHIRT: Black-and-orange silk button-down, Versace Collection, $695. PANTS: Printed black denim, Versace Collection, $595. SHOES: Quilted high-top sneakers, Del Toro, $350. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1329, 1939 Chevrolet C1500 Custom Truck, “The Brass Monkey.”




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SHIRT: Blue-and-white striped T-shirt, Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis, $68. JACKET: Navy sport coat, Theory, $495. PANTS: Black matchbox jeans, AG Jeans, $205. SHOES: Navy perforated slip-ons, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection, $248. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1365, 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback.

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SHIRT: Light denim button-down, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection, $168. PANTS: Black, Theory, $195. SHOES: Pebble textured loafers, Salvatore Ferragamo, $640. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1390, 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (Cerv-1).

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SHIRT: Light blue button-down, Armani Collezioni, $245. JACKET: Light blue plaid blazer, Armani Collezioni, $1,395. PANTS: Light brown trousers, Armani Collezioni, $325. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1325.2, 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible.



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SHIRT: Dark denim button-down, G-Star RAW, $150. PANTS: Cream denim, G-Star RAW, $190. Both from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1284, 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

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SHIRT: Green hooded sweater, Vince, $375. JACKET: Gray nylon bomber, G-Star RAW, $200. PANTS: Slim gray jeans, 7 For All Mankind, $198. SHOES: Black leather sneakers, Prada, $595. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1434, 1929 Ford “Alumatub” Hot Rod.



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JACKET: Dark gray suit, BOSS, $725. SHIRT: Purple-and-white striped button-down, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection, $188. PANTS: Dark gray trousers, BOSS, $270. SHOES: Black lace-up, Prada, $695. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. CAR: Lot #1340, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible.

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Brian Bogert and Chelsea Maddox

Tom Shorall and Jason Kelly

Debi and Darrin Olsen

Rob and Melanie Walton

Restoring Hope Community Fundraising Breakfast BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Bishop Thomas Olmsted, and Lori and Russ Scaramella

Darlene Keller Price, Carey Pena and Lisa Bell

St. Vincent de Paul’s hosted its annual breakfast and program to celebrate those in the community who bring change, and educate others on what the organization does. St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is to feed, cloth, house and heal individuals and families in Arizona who have no where else to turn for help.

Ana and Mike Parker and Denise Brittain


This black tie ball, held in The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom, was a must-attend evening. Every year, the event brings together community and philanthropic leaders in celebration of the funding that fuels the American Heart Association’s research to save lives. This year’s theme, “Hearts in Rhythm” focused on women’s heart health.

Sarah Superfon and Stacey Reinert

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Jennifer Carmer, Nan Hunter-Howlett and Char Hubble

Carolyn Jackson and Kristine Thompson

Char Hubble and Kimberly Jacobsen

Bea Rocklin and Erika Dickey

Helene Presutti and Diane Ryan Hollinger

Barbara Rehbein and Jan Herwick

Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

Fashion and festivity collided with a champagne reception and music by concert pianist Charles Lewis. The day continued with lunch and a program featuring Guillermo de Osma, art historian, gallery founder, professor and author, capped off by the premier of Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection, with highlighted selections by ACI Haute Couture Benefactor.

Adrienne Schiffner, Ina Manaster and Linda Herold

Kulsum Grossman and Suzanne Fishman

Dancing for Arizona’s Children

Sally Lehmann and Daryl Weil

Cheryl Grampp and Janelle Wood


This second annual event brought local celebrity dancers and community leaders together for a Dancing with the Stars-style performance benefiting Arizona’s Children Association. The family-friendly event also incorporated youth dancers and their stories, as well as included a tasty brunch.

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Kelly Knop and Jessica Civiello



Jared Chandler and McKenna Wesley

Gracie and Paul Lewis

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger

Toby Vaughn Kidd and Donny Peper


Guests gathered at the Wrigley Mansion to celebrate Valley philanthropists Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. The festive evening was filled with fun, hors d’oeurves, wine and a sunset view. Proceeds from the event benefitted Phoenix Theatre’s community outreach programs such as summer camp, new work development and partners that heal. Jill and George Garcia

Richard and Sally Chambliss


Physicians, academics, medical professionals of all disciplines, Banner leaders, corporate partners, and philanthropists gathered at The Phoenician for a night of medical education and clinical excellence at Banner Health and its Banner – University Medicine division. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing, featuring live music from acclaimed Valley band Treja Vu. Jessica Crawford and Megan May

Lisa Thompson and Jenna Kirkland

Jennifer Wall and Jordan Ruemler

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Melissa Walker and Sarah Brooks

Linda Fontana and Gina Gullquist

Dana Faris and Linda Herold

Marjie Turell and Charlesa Bender

Jessica Theberge and Karen Andrews


Held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, the 31st annual Holiday Prelude included holiday boutiques, a luncheon, a raffle and a fashion show with looks presented by Ella Zahlan and raised money for local arts programs.

Kay Oliver and Arlisa Richardson

Pam Paul and Cathy Cooper

Holiday Festival of Trees BY BEN ARNOLD

Hosted by the Arizona Burn Foundation, this 18th annual event took place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. The gala auctioned professionally decorated holiday trees, wreaths and other festive items to benefit the Arizona Burn Foundation.

Jewel Bennett and Kori Koether

Lori Janik and Chad Goswick

Dylan Davison and Katie Isebrando

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Drink your vitamins with nine good-for-you cocktails BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Just because you’ve resolved to be healthier in the new year doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice happy hour! Turns out some local spots are serving up cocktails that contain hidden health benefits, with ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin C. So, drink up – doctor’s orders! BITTER & TWISTED COCKTAIL PARLOUR Cocktail: Lovefruit Medley, made with housemade strawberry and pineapple vodkas mixed with fresh watermelon, lemon and cranberry juices, and finished with strawberry candy syrup. Beverage benefits: Full of fresh fruit, this refreshing cocktail packs a punch with antioxidants, plus overall health benefits from the cranberry juice.  Cost: $11 Info:

THE CLEVER KOI Cocktail: Sour Times, made with Handyman Old Tom Gin, lavender honey, lemon, limes, blackberries and sage. Beverage benefits: The lavender honey is antibacterial, reduces cough and throat irritation, and is great for your skin as well.  Plus, blackberries contain one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit. Cost: $11 Info:

THE MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR Cocktail: Raspberry + Goji Tonic, made with AZ Distilling Co. Commerce Gin, AZ Bitters Lab Orange Sunshine, pure aloe vera juice, raspberry goji syrup, honey water, basil leaves, Kombucha and cava. Beverage benefits: Goji berries contain all essential amino acids, have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit, and are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids. Cost: $10 Info:

POMELO AT THE ORCHARD Cocktail: Bellissimo, made with Pomelo Vodka, blackberry thyme syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and sparkling wine. Beverage benefits: Blackberries are rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids as well as low in sodium. Thyme also has both vitamins A and C. Cost: $9 Info:

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN Cocktail: Chamomile Cooler, made with clover honey, chamomile-infused gin and topped with a sliced orange. Beverage benefits: Not only is the clover honey that is used to sweeten this drink a great source of potassium, iron and Vitamin B, but the chamomile also helps boost the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cost: $10 Info:

DESOTO CENTRAL MARKET Cocktail: Heirloom Martini, made with Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, Zucca Amaro, heirloom tomato, basil and lemon. Beverage benefits: This “garden in a glass” boasts vitamins A, C and K as well as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. Cost: $11 Info:

WINDSOR Cocktail: No. 4, made with gin, fresh grapefruit, hop bitters and cardamom syrup. Beverage benefits: Grapefruit is a natural way to clear up skin and lower blood pressure, while cardamom is great for your stomach as it helps combat digestive issues including nausea, heartburn, and bloating. Cost: $10.50 Info:

TACO GUILD Cocktail: Founder’s Guayaba, made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposado Tequila, guava, rosemary and limes. Beverage benefits: Guava, a super fruit, has more vitamin C than any other fruit as well as vitamin A, folate, lycopene and antioxidants that are beneficial for your skin. Cost: $9.95 Info:

STEAK 44 Cocktail: Strawberry Basil Smash, made with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, muddled strawberries, muddled basil, agave and fresh lemon juice. Beverage benefits: The strawberries are a light but flavorful part of this cocktail that have a high level of antioxidants. The fresh basil is good source of vitamins C and K. Cost: $17 Info:



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It might not be surprising to hear that CRUjiente Tacos has a variety of tacos on its menu – after all, the taco spot surely lives up to its namesake. But what might come as a pleasant surprise is the Korean Fried Chicken Street Taco ($4 regularly or $3 during happy hour), created by CRUjiente Tacos Co-founder and Executive Chef Richard Hinojosa. The taco, which won first place in the chicken taco category at last year’s Arizona Taco Festival, combines Korean elements such as a hot pepper gochujang sauce, pickled jalapeno and compressed cabbage, with traditional touches to make a perfectly balanced dish. The result is, to quote Chef Hinojosa, “a shotgun blast of savory-ness that hits your palate all at once.” 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; JANUARY 2017 |



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The Gladly Photo by Awe Collective


ong before culinary buzzwords like chef-driven, locally sourced and farm to table existed, there was this one: tableside preparation. And though this staple of the mid-20th-century in fine dining was once all the rage, over the past 25 years restaurants offering this “dinner and a show” concept of preparing one or more special menu items at tables had gone by the wayside. That is, until now. Several local restaurants are bringing this tradition back – and here are seven of our favorites.

MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails at FOUND:RE Phoenix Dish: Let’s Do It on the Table, $10 About: This cleverly named dessert is all about messy fun. To start, your server rolls out 20 feet of food-grade clear acetate across the table. Then, with that in place, the server proceeds to dish out whipped cheesecake, seasonal crust crumbles, olive oil powder and homemade ice cream then tops it with nibs of white chocolate, meringue and fresh flowers right on the table. The result – a family style dessert with flair. Info: 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.875.8000;


Seven dishes bringing back the old standard in service

The Henry Photo by Fox Restaurant Concepts


The Henry The Gladly Dish: The Original Chopped Salad, $13 About: The salad is given the title “original” for a reason. Always imitated but never duplicated, Chef Bernie’s Chopped Salad is beloved amongst everyone who’s ever tasted this sinfully-good mixture. It arrives at your table with each ingredient neatly lined up on the plate, before your server expertly mixes them all together for you with the perfect touch of house-made buttermilk basil dressing. Info: 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; UPTOWN |


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Dish: Bloody Mary Cart, $10 About: The Henry, a neighborhood restaurant in Arcadia, is blowing the nowcommon Blood Mary buffet bar out of the water, bringing the buffet to you. The eatery offers custom-made Bloody Marys prepared tableside off a rolling beverage cart every weekend during brunch. You can get creative with a selection of liquid additives and garnishes which can vary from citrus and vegetables to meats, olives and more. Load it up and drink it down! Info: 4455 E. Camelback Road., Phoenix; 602.429.8020;

food files Frank & Albert’s at the Arizona Biltmore Photo by Arizona Biltmore

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn Photo by Debby Wolvos

setting that pays homage to the resort’s celebrated heritage – setting the perfect scene for nostalgic s’mores roasting. Info: 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.955.6600; Sierra Bonita Grill Photo by Alisa Shelton

Sierra Bonita Grill Dish: Hopper’s Poppers, $14 About: Sierra Bonita’s signature, extremely popular appetizer named after the owner, Nate Hopper, is hot, hot hot! First, jalapeños are cut in half in the kitchen and filled with a delicious blend of four different cheeses. Then, they cook tableside on a specially made cast iron skillet until they are bubbly brown on top. The skillet, which also comes in a mini order ($8), actually has cut-outs for the jalapeños sit in, so they get brown on all sides, and diners can choose when theirs is cooked to perfection without distributing the other poppers sizzling. Tomato wedges are also added to the skillet to sizzle tableside, allowing them to slightly char before your eyes.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

Info: 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, 602.264.0700;

Frank & Albert’s at the Arizona Biltmore Dish: Tableside S’mores, $14 About: The Grand Dame Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, invites friends and families to indulge in the Sonoran sweet-tooth tradition by sharing graham crackers, Hershey’s Chocolate bars and marshmallows, served up tableside over a mini fire pit at culinary destination Frank & Albert’s. Named for the resort’s architectural inspirations Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert Chase McArthur, Frank & Albert’s skillfully blends contemporary American cuisine, a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere and an iconic JANUARY 2017 |



Dish: Himalayan Salt Seared Ahi Tuna, $18 About: A hefty block of Himalayan Salt is first heated in the oven to 500 degrees, then topped with a generous slab of Ahi tuna and delivered to the table to cook to your specifications – right on the salt! Pickled onion, chili threads and cilantro are also added to the dish, providing additional color and a little kick should the guest so choose. The server then pours a yuzu-soy sauce over the top of the tuna that both flavors it and helps it to cook to the desired temperature. It’s a sensory celebration as the tuna sizzles and the aromas fill the air, creating joyous anticipation to be satiated with that fabulous first bite. Info: 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955-7878;

Barrio Café Dish: Guacamole del Barrio, $11.75 About: Fresh, beautiful and at the ready is how all guacamole should be served. At Barrio Queen, they do just that – with a twist. They add fresh pomegranates to the traditional avocado, tomato, onion, chile, cilantro and lime juice mixture … plus a little jalapeño. The freshness comes from the tableside preparation by the server, who is expertly trained. Info: 2814 N. 16th Street, Phoenix; 602.636.0240;

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THE LISTENING ROOM PHOENIX Setting a new standard for local and independent music in the Valley PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE LISTENING ROOM PHOENIX


hen Listening Room Phoenix owners Jim Colletti and Adam Smith experienced the undesirable conditions artists faced when performing, they decided to set out on their own and create a space that caters directly to live musicians. Colletti was traveling with husband Smith, a singer-songwriter, when this epiphany came to him – after countless situations and environments affected Smith’s performances. “Although we were fortunate to have many incredible experiences [on the road], most included conditions that were less than desirable,” Colletti explains. “Whether it was the condition of the performance space, lack of quality sound equipment, the behavior of the staff or audience, or the distracting noises from the room (typically a restaurant, bar, coffee house), the experience for Adam (the performer) could have been a lot better.” Another thing the pair found was that they could never capture adequate quality

video of a live performance for all of the same reasons, so they set an intention to create an appropriate performance space with live video capabilities, and a focus on the musician and their needs. Now, every performance at The Listening Room Phoenix has the ability to be audio and video recorded, with live editing and live streaming available. “Video from The Listening Room Phoenix will give artists a priceless tool to adequately share their live performance experience with fans. It will also be the tool that will help them secure booking opportunities at other venues,” Colletti says. The approximately 800-squarefoot space, which which has a 50-seat maximum live audience, includes a 20-foot stage, four camera digital set-up, professional stage lighting, Bose Professional Audio, and a green room for the performer. “We hope that the artists find the process at The Listening Room Phoenix UPTOWN |


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smooth and welcoming. We see the performer as our only customer (and the audience is their customer), so we are intentionally building a process that is easy and efficient,” Colletti explains. While the duo intentionally created The Listening Room Phoenix for the acoustic musician, they simply desire artists who possess a level of talent that is worthy of a space free from distractions. “Although we desire performances of many genres and styles, we will not present the traditional band with drums, electric guitar and bass,” Colletti says. “Instead, we will present those same bands in a raw, stripped down format, on acoustic guitar with percussion.” And because the venue is designed for listening to music without the distractions of other noises, The Listening Room Phoenix does not serve any food or beverages – though they encourage guests to bring their own non-distracting (vegan) snacks and drinks. And, although special performances may be ticketed, most performances at The Listening Room Phoenix are at no cost to the audience, keeping the venue accessible to all true music lovers. “We are suggesting a $20 donation but encourage audiences to participate at the level they are most comfortable with,” Colletti explains. The performance schedule for The Listening Room Phoenix is filing up quickly, welcoming the following acts this month: local performers Aaron Howard and 76th Street, touring acts Desdimona and TJ Georgen and, The Listening Room’s very own Smith with Nashville touring artists Melody Guy. As the business grows, Colletti and Smith say they hope to become part of the fiber of the Phoenix community. “Additionally, we hope that we can help set a new standard for local and independent music in Phoenix and the neighboring cities. We hope to become the crossroads for collaboration for local musicians and touring artists.” 4614 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.390.4900;

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