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It’s the start of a new year and I’m ready for all 2019 has in store. Are you? While the holiday lights are (mostly) down, there’s still cheer in the Valley – mainly because of the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. As one of the biggest events of the entire year in Phoenix and beyond, it brings fun events, many visitors and lots of cars. We got chatting with our cover feature, professional NASCAR racer David Ragan (page 24). He’ll be in town to check out the goods at Barrett-Jackson as well as auction off one of his personal race cars, all in the name of charity. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. If you’re not well-versed on Barrett-Jackson and all the event happenings, we have the scoop on page 47. And, if you’re interested in seeing some of the cars crossing the auction block, flip to page 54 for a preview of some autos (along with chic menswear). January is also a time to explore new passions. In honor of International Creativity Month, we rounded up a few Valley spots to exercise the right side of your brain (page 43). In terms of refreshing, page 62 spotlights nourishing products for a little beauty TLC. On page 29, we speak to eight Valley concierges. Learn about their stories and how they got to be go-to sources at their respective hotels. In the food and beverage world, you may have heard Little Miss BBQ opened in Sunnyslope. Page 82 talks about their new digs and offerings. Page 76 highlights soups served around the Valley – get ‘em while their hot (and before the weather gets too hot!). Best, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!

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SUITS BY DAY, STAGE BY NIGHT Kent Welborn and Heidi Haggerty Welborn live out their shared passion for acting after clocking out

Not long after graduating high school in Tucson, Kent Welborn packed a suitcase and headed to California with a few hundred bucks in his pocket, a passion for acting, and a dream of making it big as an actor. While working as a bike messenger in San Francisco then New York City, he landed a cameo on Late Night

with Conan O’Brien but found himself busier delivering papers than memorizing scripts and opted for a career change. “I didn’t want to spend the time or the money going to college, and knew I didn’t want to work for anyone but myself,” he says. “I decided, based on the recommendation of my father, to

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join Northwestern Mutual and work in financial services.” About 10 years into his wealth management and business planning career, Kent found himself with time to focus on his acting and started to audition for local theater. It was there he met Heidi and sparks flew on and off the stage. Born and raised in Phoenix, Heidi attended Xavier College Prepatory then New York University to pursue theater via the Classic Studio – a studio focused on Shakespeare, voice, movement, and action in the Big Apple. She loved the stage and changing seasons that New York had to offer but life as an actor


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was hard to be worth the locale, and she found herself back in Phoenix. Returning to the desert meant a new career for the local thespian and she found herself enrolled in law school. She now works in water quality law. “I like to wear the white hat and do what's best for the environment, first and foremost, and balance that goal with benefiting the future of the state, both environmentally and economically,” Heidi says. While both Heidi and Kent have successful careers by day, acting and the ability to express themselves on stage was their first love. “Heidi and I are both rather introverted and the stage gives a forum to be someone or something we are not in real life. It gives us a safe place to explore an array of emotions,” Kent says. Plays give the Welborns the flexibility to juggle all of their passions. While a large commitment, plays are spaced out quite a bit. The couple’s presence on Valley stages has been credited to director, friend and former Xavier College Prepatory drama teacher Carol MacLeod. “Carol is the one that nurtured my talent, just as she has nurtured so many other talented people throughout the years and she always reminds us to shine,” Heidi shares. The pair’s last two-person theater production, Mary’s Wedding is where they met, fell in love, and ultimately found themselves walking down their own wedding aisle in Central Park with a dozen friends and family standing by. The duo is once again hitting the stage together this month for their next two-person production, Brilliant Traces – a kooky play that probes into the nature of modern relationships. The show will take place Jan. 25 through Feb. 17, 2019. Kent is inspired by being on the stage and affecting the audience while Heidi credits Kent because of how much he cares and how big his heart is – even if it is a little wild. “Professionally, I want to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves financially speaking,” Kent says. “Artistically, I want to inspire people to look at themselves and the world around with a different perspective than what they had before they sat in the seats of the theater.” When the Welborns aren’t working or performing, they spend time exploring the outdoors and dining at their favorite restaurants in Central Phoenix including Pubblico Italian Eatery, Phoenix Central Brewery, Luci’s Marketplace, Dick’s Hideaway, Rokerij, and El Bravo. They also like to workout together at Burn It Build it and Ironwood Yoga. Though much of their after-work time is spent together, they do have a few individual hobbies – Kent loves working on his muscle cars (‘69 Camaro and ‘79 Trans Am), and Heidi enjoys singing, hosting and decorating. This year will be a time of expansion for the Welborns. With a new stage show on the horizon, a trip to Spain on the books, and the prospect of growing their family beyond their beloved dog Oscar, they are focused on what the future holds. More information about their upcoming play, Brilliant Traces can be found at


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Children’s book author Erin Thorburn believes what makes you weird makes you wonderful


Erin Thorburn’s childhood was different than most girls’. “My mom was diagnosed with ALS when I was 8,” Thorburn explains. “I lost her when I was 17, but not before she gave me two special gifts.” The first gift was the love of writing. “Expressing herself through writing, even using assistive devices after she lost the use of her limbs, was so important to her, and that rubbed off on me,” Thorburn says. The second gift was acceptance. “Both my mom and I felt at times, for lack of a better word, like ‘weirdos’ in the world. We were different than other families. But that was okay with her, and that make it okay for me,” she says. Thorburn would go on to write professionally in the early 2000s, initially for magazines and websites. “But once I was a mother to three girls myself, I felt compelled to combine my love of the written word and message of acceptance on a grand scale,” she explains. So, in 2015, Thorburn published her first in a now-series of children’s books, Stick to it Chick. “The series – Sassafras Ranch – explores various animals with perceived differences than other animals at the ranch,” she says. “But in the end, each one’s differences are ultimately gifts.” Stick to it Chick, for example, is about a chick with animal magnetism, literally. He is, in fact, sticky. And though his fellow chicks try to un-stick him so he can “be normal,” he eventually finds his “stick-to-itness” has a place after all. The success of the first book, now in its second edition, led to Thorburn’s second in the Sassafras Ranch series in late 2018, Scaredy Cat. “The scaredy cat is afraid of everything, which some perceive as weakness,” she says. “And try as they might to change him, it is his fears that help him develop protective instincts, which eventually help him save the day.” Each of the books, available now on Amazon, is a metaphor meant to teach children of all abilities that unique quirks, idiosyncrasies and character traits should be embraced. “Weird is wonderful, and don’t let anyone ever tell you any different,” Thorburn says.


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Rosie’s House CEO Becky Bell Ballard provides a creative outlet for disadvantaged youth


It started with a third-grade field trip when Becky Bell Ballard’s class saw the Chicago Symphony perform live. She was mesmerized by the musician playing the French horn. That moment, which she calls “remarkable,” inspired her future path. Ballard’s parents encouraged their daughter’s desire to play the horn and arranged for her to take lessons. Yet, she says a door like that into to a world of music is closed off to some children and teens. “Music pulls the curtain back on the hidden world of creation and empowers a child to not just play other’s music but to make their own,” Ballard says. As the CEO of Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, which is the largest free after-school music program in Arizona, Ballard now works to provide creative development programs to youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. “We believe that by sharing instruments and musical experiences, children experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that’s often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship,” she explains. At age 6, Karen Martinez started guitar lessons at Rosie’s House. She’s told Ballard she wouldn’t have been able to become a family physician if it wasn’t for the tenacity she developed there. “In the act of learning music, there’s the power of building a child’s confidence, creativity and self-efficacy,” Ballard explains. “The data supporting how beneficial music is for a child is undeniable and we see the impact every day.” Ballard works closely with the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, which brings elite musicians from all over the world to Phoenix for a season of concerts. The society supports the mission of Rosie’s house, recently arranging for a master’s class with renowned flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, from Lincoln Center in New York. “It was an inspiring experience for our flute students because O’Connor gave a positive speech about how all young people should pursue their passions,” Ballard says. “It was a moment they’ll never forget.” For more information, visit

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A MASTER OF ALL Actor Richard Lippert can dress the part for any role BY BRITTANY MARONEY / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Full-time actor, producer and stunt driver Richard Lippert truly is a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to his past as a dock hand at a marina and surfboard shop owner, the retired Navy officer suited up as an executive at a Fortune 500 company and worked in the venture capital industry. He’s also a husband, father and grandfather. Though some may look forward to a quiet, retired life, energized Lippert is uninterested in slowing down. Perhaps the only thing relaxed about his lifestyle is his wardrobe… sometimes. “I am definitely casual and try to be reasonably current and a bit youthful,” Lippert says. “When my wife Cindy and I need to be sure we’re on point for an event we call on Seamus McGuire, who over the years has become our dresser.” Like his occupation, Lippert’s style has evolved over time. The once-conservative suit and tie wearer now sports jeans and a T-shirt most days. But it’s on stage where his clothes really play an important role, bringing his characters alive. As an actor, Lippert sees clothing as a form of self-expression for people to show the world who they are. “Clothes are the costumes of daily life, they express one’s inner ‘character.’ The trick is to find out if what one sees is truthful,” he says.

What do you love about acting? The challenge. I love finding a character, learning about him, developing his backstory, digging into his motivations and bringing him truthfully to life. How does your occupation affect the way you dress? It certainly makes the casual part easy, and wardrobe on set pretty much takes care of the rest. I find that the wardrobe or costume makes one’s character truly come alive and can truly affect an actor’s performance. The impact is remarkable. What’s your signature item? I wear a dog tag from my time in the military. It is an everyday reminder of our men and women in uniform who are serving this country while we go about our everyday lives.


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Businesswoman and philanthropist Bea Rocklin can make any ensemble go from day to night


Bea Rocklin begins her days meditating, exercising and catching up on current events. Then, Rocklin, who is a principal with Bea Spoken Public Affairs & Campaign Fundraising, is onto her packed schedule. Her agenda mainly consists of creating events and making calls to donors, attending city council meetings, going to receptions in the evening and serving on the Arizona Board of Directors for Childhelp. When getting dressed for the day, Rocklin contemplates three key things: who she is meeting with, if her outfit is appropriate and if the look can easily work for all of her obligations that day. “I consider an outfit most successful if it can carry me into these evening events,” Rocklin says. Known for her fabulous shoes and big smile, Rocklin describes her style as “conservative, classy and a little bit sassy,” and frequents Nordstrom, Ted Baker and BCBG for her staple pieces. “I love to layer jewelry and pair outfits with long earrings or a jacket,” Rocklin says. “If I am wearing a statement blouse or dress, I’ll only wear long earrings and fun rings, and bring some attitude.” In her spare time, Rocklin enjoys traveling with her sister, vacationing by the ocean, watching Atletico Madrid score goals, hiking and playing her baby grand piano.

Who are some of your style icons? Bianca Jagger, Coco Chanel, Eva Mendes and Oscar de la Renta. Why advocate for Childhelp? If I don’t fight for a child, who will? It’s so important that our community is aware of the prevention programs Childhelp provides such as Speak up Be Safe, several local community centers and the National Child Abuse Hotline. What will you be wearing to Childelp’s upcoming gala? In celebration of the 60th anniversary Drive the Dream Gala, I am looking at selecting a silver and white shimmer Jovani gown or a black and silver Mac Duggal gown.

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Arizona Costume Institute celebrated the season in style at this annual luncheon, held at Phoenix Art Museum BY DAVID APEJI

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David Ragan, a NASCAR racer with a knack for giving back, makes a pit stop in town for the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

January is a bittersweet month for a lot of people. Festive decor is stripped down from homes, holiday sales near an end and — dun, dun, dun — resolutions loom overhead. While the bulk of us try to overcome post-holiday blues, car enthusiasts are singing a totally different tune. Why? Because January means BarrettJackson Scottsdale Auction. It’s that time of year where gearheads and enthusiastic spectators worldwide gather at WestWorld of Scottsdale to talk all things cars and giving back to the community. David Ragan is one of those making his way to the Valley this month in honor of the highly-acclaimed auction, which is now in its 48th year. Ragan, a down-to-earth professional stock car race driver, will auction his car to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

A COUNTRY BOY Ragan, originally from Unadilla, Georgia, and now residing in Concord, North Carolina, is a country boy at heart. He grew up on a farm, helping his parents tend to the land and animals. With a former Winston Cup driver as a dad (Ken Ragan), cars were definitely a part of his upbringing. Plus, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a world-class NASCAR racetrack, wasn’t too far off from his childhood home. Racing found Ragan more than he found it. “As soon as I could start racing myself, I did that. I would go to school during the week and race on the weekends. That was Uptown January ‘19


probably a little different than my friends who were in Little League or something like that,” he chuckles. Ragan was only 11 years old when he first hit the racetrack. He participated in the 1997 Bandolero Series under his father’s watchful eye. For concerned parents thinking, ‘‘An 11-year-old racing? That’s dangerous,” Bandolero car racing is a type of entry-level racing for drivers between the ages of 8 and 14. Although cars can reach 50 miles per hour, they accelerate rather slowly. Rest assured, it’s safe. “[My first race] went well, and all I really cared about after that was just the next race and getting behind the wheel again,” Ragan recalls. Ragan, with his family in tow, would go on to participate in Bandolero races throughout the Southeast. Next stop: the pros, just like Dad.

A PROFESSIONAL RACER An 18-year-old Ragan moved from his hometown of Unadilla to Nashville, which is really where his professional racing career took flight. He joined a small race team, Sadler Brothers Racing, and participated in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck and XFINITY series. He also raced in Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). After getting his feet wet in Nashville, Ragan moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was selected by Jack Roush – founder and CEO of the NASCAR team, Roush Fenway Racing – to be the driver of the No. 6 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “Jack really understands cars, racing and everything about NASCAR. As a young guy and racer, that’s something that really is priceless,” Ragan says. “He wanted [the team] to perform, but at the same time, he helped give [us] the knowledge and tools to do that.” Ragan earned his first Cup Series victory in 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway with his Roush Fenway Racing team. He then went on to race with Front Row Motorsports, earning the team their very first victory at NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track, Talladega Superspeedway. “David Gilliland, my teammate, pushed me to the lead and he finished second. So, that was special,” Ragan reminisces. The racer had a stint at BK Racing and was a sub driver for Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. In 2017, he returned to Front Row Motorsports and currently competes full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 38 Ford Fusion. As he enters his 12th season, he’s got an eagle eye on improving. “[The team and I] are hoping to get better and better. This past season, we really took a big step. We had better cars, better equipment and really took a step forward. We need to continue that momentum and keep moving forward.” He adds, “A good day for


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us is a top 20 finish, and a great day is a top 10. I think we can have a few more great days in 2019.”

A HUMANITARIAN Southern hospitality is woven into Ragan’s genetic fabric. Plus, he is a man of faith. That said, he is a very altruistic soul. As a father of two, Julia and Meredith, Ragan and his wife lead by example so that their daughters understand the importance of giving back to others. “I love every minute with my wife and two little girls,” he smiles, “I just like being a good father.” Community outreach is a founding tenet of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. Every year, dozens of vehicles are sold to raise funds and awareness for charities across the nation. This year, Ragan – who admits he is a big Ford guy – is excited to auction off his No. 38 Ford Fusion. “It’s an actual NASCAR-approved race car that I raced during the 2018 season. It still has the race engine in it and transmission. You can take the car from the auction block and right onto the track.” He continues, “It’s the real deal.” Proceeds from the sale of his No. 38 Ford Fusion will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 nonprofit

hospitals scattered around the country. These medical facilities provide children with all kinds of services, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, in a safe and welcoming environment. In 2012, Ragan became a Shriner. Since then, the network of hospitals has been his charity of choice. As a first-timer to Barrett-Jackson, Ragan will arrive in Scottsdale a few days before the festivities begin to promote his car and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. And, of course, scope out all the beautiful cars on the lot. After all, he is a collector! “I have some older cars that I like to collect. I have an old fire truck and an old police car that looks like it’s from Mayberry,” he says. At age 11, he was finding his own path on the racetrack and gaining valuable advice from his father along the way. Now, at age 33 and entering season 12, Ragan offers a pro tip to young drivers hoping to make it big. “If you like it, just keep working hard at it,” he says. “There are a lot of other young racers, so you just want to keep working at it and good things will come.” For more about Ragan, visit For more about Barrett-Jackson, visit Uptown January ‘19







The role of a concierge is to provide vacationers (and staycationers) with suggestions on where to go and what to do while making someone’s resort stay as memorable as possible. But beyond dishing out tips and tricks, concierges have unique stories of their own – and it’s through these experiences that they have become experts in serving both people and places. Go behind the concierge desk and get to know eight of them here.


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Tyler Staten

Concierge Team Lead and Assistant Front Office Manager, The Scott Resort & Spa Thank goodness for homework. “I was studying business at Mesa Community College with aspirations to be an entrepreneur when I was ‘saddled’ with a class project that would change my life,” says Valley native Tyler Staten. The project required Staten to design, staff and open a fictional hotel from scratch. “Every second of what was supposed to be a taxing assignment – from deciding how many pieces of furniture to put in each room to developing the hotel’s signature guest experiences – was pure bliss,” recalls Staten, who got into the hotel industry after the project, taking a job at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in 2015. In 2016, he moved over to Firesky Resort (now The Scott Resort & Spa) as a front desk supervisor, eventually also taking on the concierge role. “The hotel had just been acquired by Classic Hotels, and plans were put into motion soon after on an $18 million renovation and its ultimate transformation into The Scott,” Staten says. “Being at the forefront of the transformation was like watching that school project come to life.” Over the past 2 1/2 years, Staten has been watching each phase of the renovation come together firsthand, setting up surprise birthday celebrations, proposals and excursions daily along the way. “One of my best memories was helping a regular guest, whose family visited this hotel in all of its iterations for decades, to locate a special blanket,” Staten says. “That might sound odd, but her family loved the older blankets the hotel used to have in the rooms, so I scoured every nook and cranny and found her one for posterity.” Today, the evolution of the resort has reached its impressive completion, and Staten serves as both the concierge team lead and assistant front office manager. He is also beginning an evolution of his own. “I am currently enrolled in Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, focused on furthering my education and bringing everything I learn back here to The Scott,” says Staten, who is slated to graduate in 2020.


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Jennifer Hecker

Concierge, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows Jennifer Hecker’s road to the hotel industry is a “whale” of a tale. “I worked at SeaWorld in San Diego at 16,” Hecker says. She initially dreamt of becoming a veterinarian before seeing firsthand the profession involved far more than playing with animals. At SeaWorld, however, Hecker found that beyond the animals, she loved helping people plan their visits to the park. “In hindsight, it was perfect training for a career in hospitality,” Hecker says After five years at SeaWorld, she moved to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in 1990 and spent the next 10 years working her way up to a concierge supervisor at the hotel. “When I moved on, it wasn’t to another hotel, per se,” says Hecker, who joined a San Diego real estate development company as its in-house concierge for residents at a luxury housing community. “Think of it as a concierge, but for guests who never actually leave.” While there, she earned her bachelor’s degree from National University in La Jolla, just in time for the real estate boom to bust. “By 2010, developers downsized, so I moved to Arizona for a new adventure,” she says. In the Valley, Hecker worked in marketing and events for local colleges while earning a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, graduating in 2014. She then ventured back into real estate concierge services, this time for Toscana in Desert Ridge in 2014 before joining Andaz Scottsdale in 2018. “I was drawn to Andaz, in great part to its commitment to the local culture and artisans,” explains Hecker, whose role is partially focused on creating unique relationships with the local art community so she can curate unique experiences for guests. One of her favorite artsy offerings is Andaz's private tours of Cattle Track Arts Compound, which recognizes and celebrates Scottsdale’s cultural heritage by providing opportunities – and actual spaces – for artists, craftsmen and students to learn, grow and showcase their works.

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Julie Baxter

Concierge, Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Phoenix native Julie Baxter always knew what she would be when she grew up. “It sounds old-fashioned now, but my mother was a homemaker, so I planned on getting married, having kids and taking care of our home, like her,” Baxter says. But, as the saying goes, the best-laid plans often go awry. “After college, I found myself unmarried and in need of a career, so I got into real estate,” she says. “Then it gets interesting.” At 31, Baxter ran off with her boyfriend to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they started a powerboat business. By 33, she moved to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and started a parasailing business. “Americans would often come to me for advice on what to do while in Cabo. I became an unofficial concierge of sorts, offering sailing customers tips on the best attractions the city had to offer,” Baxter says. Given parasailing instruction wasn’t a career option in Phoenix, Baxter opened the newspaper and surveyed the “help wanted” ads when she made her way back to the Valley in the mid-1990s. “There was an ad for a concierge position at the Arizona Biltmore, which required expertise in helping people navigate activities and attractions at the resort and across Phoenix,” she says. “It married my unofficial position in Cabo with my lifetime of knowledge of the Valley, so I applied.” That was 23 years ago. Since then, Baxter has become an icon within the concierge community as an active member of the Valley of the Sun Concierge Network for 20 years and a certified Biltmore Resort Historian for 10 years. “And whenever I think I’ve seen and done it all, something comes up,” says Baxter, who fondly remembers one of her biggest challenges – planning a woman’s leap year-themed birthday party, which had to dazzle the well-heeled guests in attendance, including Diana Ross. This year brings perhaps the biggest challenge of her career to date: Celebrating the Biltmore’s 90th birthday all year long with monthly events, culinary programs and plenty of other festivities.


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Darvá Fields

Guest Loyalty Relations, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Remember the Nintendo Power Pad? “I loved that thing,” Darvá Fields recalls. “It got me into gaming in such a major way.” So major that he studied computer science at Northern Arizona University in the early 2000s with an eye to becoming a professional game designer. “Except, I was into the art of designing more than the math and science, especially the complex algorithms and binary codes,” says Fields, who transferred to the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe in 2002, where they had design-specific classes. Upon transferring, Fields’ parents told him his days as a full-time student were over: It was time to get a job. “I needed something that allowed me to attend classes by day, so I took a night position at a Fairfield Inn in Chandler,” Fields explains. After just a few months, he was offered an assistant manager position and a salary. Once he graduated UAT in 2006, he couldn’t bring himself to leave hospitality. “I loved hospitality even more than that Power Pad,” Fields says. He joined Hotel Valley Ho in 2007 to hone his skills, where he met his mentor, Ronen Aviram. When Aviram moved over to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in 2009, Fields went with him. But, it wasn’t until he gained experience in all levels of service from 2012 to 2018 – including as general manager of Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, general manager of restaurants at L’Auberge de Sedona, and general manager of Fat Ox – that he was truly ready for his concierge role at the award-wining resort. “I came back in 2018 to lead our concierge team as head of guest loyalty relations, where we do it all from transforming our lagoon into a fishin’ hole for kids to putting on full-scale, multimonth events such as Christmas at the Princess and Summer at the Princess,” Fields says. And he does it all while he and his wife raise their young daughter and son, who is an avid gamer, coincidentally enough.

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Catherine Linamen Concierge, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Initially, Catherine Linamen, a native of Washington, attended Central Washington University to study business. That is, until she and one of her sisters – they are two of nine kids in the family – visited the historic Inn at Death Valley in California for a vacation. “We vowed to come back to the hotel a year later and get jobs there – and we actually did it,” says Linamen, who would venture with her sister to the Grand Canyon a few years later, similarly vowing to get jobs there. Linamen got a sales job at the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges in the early 1980s, eventually serving as their sales manager before heading to the Bay Area to take a position with the Hyatt brand. “And then I took a 25-year break to raise a family,” Linamen says. By the 1990s, she had made Scottsdale home. And in 2009, once the youngest of her four kids was in college, Linamen got an itch to get back into the hotel industry, but only if it was at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa nearby. “Not only was it our neighborhood resort, but I was in constant awe of their seemingly endless list of activities and attractions for families, couples and travelers alike,” Linamen says. She got her foot in the door as a barista in the coffee shop before her decades of experience – not to mention sheer knowledge of the resort itself – quickly attracted attention resort-wide. Within a year, she transitioned into her current role as concierge and eventually also took on the title of vacation services coordinator. “For nearly nine years since, I’ve curated princess-themed picnics, arranged for animals to visit us from the Phoenix Zoo, and helped people celebrate the biggest milestones in their lives,” Linamen says. “We see lots of proposals and weddings, but my favorite experience was helping several families come together to celebrate their mother, who was a recent cancer survivor.”


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Irma Rosario

Lead Navigator, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Irma Rosario grew up in New Jersey, where most of her family owned small businesses. “After high school, it was natural for me to study business management, assuming I would eventually open a small business, too,” Rosario says. But then, she fell in love … with Phoenix. “I vacationed here in April of 2006,” Rosario says. “I went back to Jersey, packed my bags, and moved here the same year.” During the first several years here, she threw herself into the fundraising and event planning industries while soaking in everything from Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District to the Downtown Phoenix Walking Ghost Tour. “My pet peeve is when people say there is nothing to do here outside of golf and spas,” Rosario says. “From the museums and art installations to restaurants and bars, there are about 100 things happening at any given time downtown.” Eager to share “her Phoenix” with others, Rosario set her sights on becoming a concierge, or navigator, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in 2014. “The navigator role at the Renaissance is unique in that it features all of the traditional responsibilities of a concierge, but it also focuses on building community connections,” she says, explaining that navigators take a lead role in bringing in local artists, musicians and other vendors to the hotel as well as helping guests navigate their actual stays. In 2014, however, all of the navigator roles were filled. Undeterred, Rosario took a front desk position until a spot became available two years later. “Since then, I’ve not only taken on the role of navigator – and now lead navigator – but helped reimagine the position into an all-encompassing role as an ambassador to this city for our guests,” Rosario says. This includes overseeing the hotel’s participation in Renaissance Hotels’ Global Day of Discovery, which takes place annually at the brand’s 160 hotels around the world and focuses on helping guests and locals alike discover the hidden gems that give neighborhoods their soul, from underground art scenes to exotic local cuisines.

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Tami Henry

Lead Concierge, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch In the life of Tami Henry, necessity has been the mother of invention, or, more accurately, reinvention. Born in Kansas in the 1960s and raised in New Mexico in the 1970s, Henry got into banking after high school, which eventually took her to Colorado in the early 1980s. “While engaged, my fiance was transferred to Arizona,” says Henry, who moved to the Valley sight-unseen in 1987. “I distinctly remember interviewing for a banking job in Gainey Ranch and having to ask for directions home afterward, given we’d only been here a week.” Though she stayed in the industry a few more years, banking never fed her soul, so in the late 1980s she enrolled in a travel school, which trained people on how to handle all areas of travel for individuals and families. “This led me to working in the rental car industry, assessing transportation needs,” Henry says. She stayed in the Valley until 2004, when her brother passed away. Once that happened, Henry dropped everything and moved back to New Mexico to reconnect with her mom. “While there, I noticed a new hotel had gone up called Hyatt Regency Tamaya and applied for a position so I could stay with my mom,” she says. Henry was hired in the housekeeping department. There, she paid her dues for nearly a year before earning her first concierge position in 2005. She excelled. “But in 2007 my father – who lived in Arizona – developed a brain tumor. I knew I had to come back and be with him,” Henry says. Her team helped get her transferred to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Being a part of the resort since 2007, Henry finally feels like she’s found her forever home. Today, she serves as the resort’s lead concierge. “From arranging gondola boat rides to helping guests charter private jets, this is what I was put on this earth to do, and I was meant to do it here,” Henry says.


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Judy Kabler

Chef Concierge, Hotel Valley Ho; Member of Les Clefs d’Or USA

Like so many others, golf brought Judy Kabler to Arizona. “I grew up in New Jersey and worked as a flight attendant in Chicago before getting married to a golf pro who was hired at a country club in Wisconsin in the 1970s,” Kabler says. “While he served as director of golf, I ran the pro shop and served as a buyer for the club.” But golf is not a year-round business in Wisconsin, so Kabler and her husband began dividing their time between Wisconsin and Arizona in the early 1980s. By 1984, Kabler used her golf prowess to earn a position at the original Mountain Shadows Resort as a concierge. Though she would still move between Arizona and Wisconsin for several more years, Kabler quickly made a name for herself, eventually moving to The Scottsdale Plaza Resort in 1989. By 2004, the same year Arizona became her full-time home, Kabler was ready for a new challenge. “Hotel Valley Ho was undergoing its multiyear, $80 million makeover,” says Kabler, who joined the hotel as its chef – the term for “head” in French – concierge in 2005. Kabler went on to build the concierge program from scratch, developing an open line of communication between her team and guests that starts the moment they make their reservation and ensures their every need is met – and then some. “No request is impossible. I love finding ways to surprise and delight our guests,” says Kabler, who is one of just 15 Arizona concierge professionals that’s a member of the Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national organization of hotel lobby concierges, where membership is by invitation only. In addition to her busy schedule at Hotel Valley Ho, Kabler will join fellow Arizona members of the Les Clefs d’Or USA this June, as Phoenix was chosen to host the organization’s 2019 Annual Congress, a gathering of 250-plus members worldwide. She is also a three-time winner of the Valley of the Sun Concierge Network’s Silver Plume Award, the local industry’s highest honor.

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Arizona Theatre Company presents six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man. Coming to Herberger Theater January 5-27, the production follows Harold Hill, an up-and-coming con artist, as he rolls into River City Station one hot Iowa summer and forms a boy band. This quintessential American musical theater classic, based on the book by award-winning Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey with music and lyrics by Willson, has been entertaining audiences since 1957. The plot and characters are slightly wicked, yet funny, warm, romantic, and touching. Times and prices vary.

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Mark Tarbell, chef-owner of Tarbell’s Restaurant, Catering, Tavern and Wine Store and host of Check, Please! Arizona, is hosting a new show premiering this month. Plate & Pour, airing on Arizona PBS, will give viewers a behind-thescenes look into one of the country’s hottest food scenes. On screen, Tarbell will take viewers inside some of the most interesting places to eat in the Southwest, visiting with local chefs, restaurateurs and the many people who make the region one of the most dynamic dining destinations in the country. The 13-episode series premieres Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.


Following a propertywide revitalization project, The Esplanade recently launched its Spec Suite Program, offering nine modern, collaborative workspaces. The move-in ready suites (with additional suites under construction) offer a variety of sizes and layouts ranging from 1,900 square feet to over 6,000 square feet. Each space features dedicated conference rooms, creative open spaces, statement lighting, exposed ceilings, open break rooms and Valley views. On-site amenities include two new exclusive, chef-driven restaurants (opening this year), and a state-of-the-art E-center featuring an indoor and outdoor event space and conference room.


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In honor of Press Coffee’s Day of Giving, all proceeds from in-store and online purchases of food and coffee on Jan. 25 at Press Coffee will go to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation provides support to the hospital in its efforts of providing world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Local breakfast spot Over Easy will match the donation based on Press’ sales.


Head over to Scottsdale to experience Scottsdale Fashion Square’s debut luxury wing, which just completed Phase 1 of construction. The new space includes a grand entrance to the center, valet parking, updated amenities, and new high-end dining options and retailers. New retailers include Apple, Trina Turk, Breitling, Hubot, Saint Laurent, Peloton among others. More retailers will open during the multiyear project including new restaurants such as Nobu, Ocean 44 (now open), Toca Madera, and Farmhouse.


As part of its 99th season, Phoenix Theatre presents Jersey Boys beginning Jan. 23, a feel-good, rags-to-riches story featuring the music of the acclaimed music group, The Four Seasons. The show, which runs live through March 10, 2019, spent 12 years on Broadway and was the 2006 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical. Follow the story of the rise of Valli and the original Four Seasons while singing along to classics like Big Girls Don’t Cry and December, 1963 (Oh What A Night). Tickets start at $29.


Opened in 2000, the Heard Museum’s Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience is currently being updated and will reopen Sat., Jan. 26 as Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories. The new permanent exhibit explores the efforts of the United States government, during the 19th and 20th centuries, to educate and assimilate American Indian students through the controversial and often tragic practice of removing children from their families and forcibly placing them in distant residential schools. On Sat., Jan. 26, the Heard Museum will offer a symposium moderated by K. Tsianina Lomawaima from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium to celebrate the opening.  Uptown January ‘19


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Dance With Me Jan. 25, Phoenix Art Museum Leap into the new year with Ballet Arizona’s annual gala, a black-tie affair. The evening honors longtime Ballet Arizona supporters Judd and Billie Jo Herberger for their generous contributions throughout the years. Guests will raise a glass to the Herbergers during a gourmet dinner before taking to the dance floor with Arizona Ballet dancers. There will be also be an opportunity to get a sneak peek at Ib Andersen’s, The Firebird, with a short documentary called The Making of a World Premiere. $600. 6:30 p.m. Golden Masquerade Gala Jan. 26, Phoenix Art Museum Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Every face a different shade. If you know this song, then you know Phantom of the Opera. Courtesy of Back to School Clothing Drive, guests will experience the glamor and sophistication at this grand ball, celebrating 51 years of serving Valley children in need. Attendees dressed to the nines will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, a raffle with fabulous prizes, a gourmet dinner, dancing and more. Funds raised will help Back to School Clothing Drive continue to supply students with the tools they need to succeed in school. $175. 6 p.m. Barrow Grand Ball Jan. 26, Arizona Biltmore I’m woman, hear me roar. That should be the motto of Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation. The Barrow Grand Ball celebrates these dynamic female leaders and their tireless efforts to raise money for medical research at Barrow Neurological Institute. The grand, annual celebration has drawn the likes of local movers and shakers and philanthropists in the past. This year’s roster will be no different. Proceeds raised from the Grand Ball will benefit Barrow Innovation Center. Invitation only. 6 p.m. Brunch Bash Jan 26., CityScape Phoenix If the title of this event isn’t enticing enough then maybe this will reel you in: a beachthemed brunch party. Brunch Bash is the Valley’s newest festival that honors the best meal ever. It combines all things brunch – classic fixings like eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles, specialty breakfast entrees and cocktails (hello, endless mimosas and bloody marys) – with beach party must-haves like live music, sunny skies and games. A portion of the proceeds from this tasty event will benefit one-n-ten, an organization that serves the Valley’s LGBTQ youth and young adult community. $8 online; 10 day of. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 28-Feb. 3, TPC Scottsdale Can you believe that Waste Management Phoenix Open, dubbed as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” is back in town? Neither can we. Taking over Tournament Players Club (TPC) Scottsdale for a full week, this professional golf tournament offers attendees everything under the sun, plus some. We’re talking pro and amateur tournaments, motivational speeches by PGA tour professionals, plenty of food and drink options, live entertainment and so much more. Organized by Thunderbirds Charities, the open is all about advocating for the local community. That’s why the seven-day event benefits Arizona charities that focus on youth. Past beneficiaries include the likes of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Waste Not and Elevate Phoenix. Times and ticket prices vary. Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala Feb. 2, The Phoenician Childhelp, a nonprofit committed to aiding victims of child abuse, will celebrate 60 years of miracles with its annual gala. The Phoenician Resort sets the stage for this inspiring evening full of fine dining, dancing and world-class entertainment. Mix and mingle with influential and philanthropic leaders as you fight against child abuse together. Dr. Stacie and Mr. Richard Stephenson will be chairs at this year’s soiree, with proceeds benefiting the organization’s programs that serve abused children and their families. $1,000. 5:30 p.m.


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CREATIVE CALLING Never underestimate the power and importance of exercising the right side of your brain. January is International Creativity Month and we’re encouraging you to think outside the box and nourish the creative side of your brain at these places around town.



Phoenix Center for the Arts Arts and culture are united through education and programming at Phoenix Center for the Arts. With a packed calendar of creative classes including ceramics, jewelry making, music, dance, and pottery – the center offers classes for beginners and professionals alike. Programs are taught by award-winning specialists in a friendly home-away-from-home setting and offer artistic enrichment whether you’re looking for a new passion project or a place to unwind. Grizzly Iron, Inc At family-owned and -operated blacksmith shop Grizzly Iron, guests are encouraged to chisel their blacksmithing skills. From crafting a barbecue steak turner to welding jewelry, the expert blacksmiths cover the basics of tapering, bending and twisting. Grizzly Iron offers entry level classes that teach basic blacksmithing skills and more advanced workshops that can be helpful for smiths who have not approached blacksmithing in an organic form. Classes range from $100 to $200 and all materials and tools are provided. The Mosaic Guys The unique tile classes here are geared toward beginner and intermediate artists and hobbyists. During the one- and two-day workshops that are technique-centered, students learn nipping and fitting methods while creating works of art including serving trays with porcelain tiles and mosaic portraits. Harold Studio Whether you are new to jewelry making or have taken a class in the past, there is a lesson at Harold Studio for you. Located in Downtown Phoenix, Harold Studio has space and equipment to rent for jewelers and offers one-day workshops as well as eight-week classes for those serious about bringing their one-of-kind jewelry ideas to life. Techniques taught include piercing, finishing, patinas, riveting, ring making, soldering and bezel setting. Classes start at $40. Circle 6 Studios Founded by John Longo, a glass artist for over 30 years, Circle 6 is a studio that offers classes for those looking to learn how to work in various glass mediums. Students are invited to enjoy the amazing visual and esthetic qualities that only glass can offer while making bowls, paperweights, and glass bouquets in addition to more advanced workshops. Classes range from $60 to $80 and are suitable for all levels. Practical Art Spend time with a local artist, learn a new craft, and make and take your very own piece of Practical Art home. With artist-led classes, students will interact with the artists whose art adorns some of the most popular galleries in town. Practical Art focuses on building a community while making art, and the affordable classes with some of the Valley's best artists is one of the best ways to get creative in a casual relaxed setting.

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Jan. 25-27, The Phoenix Symphony The Arizona Opera presents the classic story of Violetta, a courtesan who throws the best parties in Paris. One night, while guests enjoy her glittering salon, she is confronted with the love of the young Alfredo Germont who forces her to make a difficult decision. Operagoers will truly enjoy this dazzling and emotional storyline that struggles with the realities of family, love, life, and death. Filled with glorious melodies and complex characters, La Traviata will take hold of your heart and never let go. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $30-$145.


Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream Jan. 17-20, Talking Stick Resort Arena Dream of the impossible as five daring Disney Princesses find the courage within themselves, at this year’s Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream. Featured hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse, take the stage to bring the Disney magic to life and carry you to the enchanting world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go to save her island and explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart to make their dreams come true. 7 p.m. $20. Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Jan. 19-20, Downtown Phoenix at CityScape One of Phoenix’s most popular athletic events is back and it’ll be a rockin’ good time. This year’s course (half and full marathon) is flat, fast and perfect for runners and walkers of all ability levels. First-timer or Boston-bound, both routes are designed to help you finish in record time. Expect live bands every mile, local cheer teams, and themed water stations that add spirit and inspiration as you run through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The half-marathon starts and finishes in Tempe, while the marathon starts in Downtown Phoenix and finishes at Tempe Beach Park. Prices vary.

A Mozart Celebration Jan. 5-6, Phoenix Symphony Hall A delightful showcase of Mozart’s masterful Overture to Don Giovanni, as well as an experiential journey through the exuberant Jupiter, this concert will please even the most discerning classical music lover. Phoenix Symphony’s legendary Principal Clarinetist, Alex Laing, commands the stage in this all-Mozart concert featuring the composer’s luminary Clarinet Concerto. Mozart’s final Symphony No. 41 is one you don’t want to miss out on. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Prices vary. www. Styx Jan. 12, Celebrity Theatre Never known for resting on their laurels, Styx has now added a


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triumphant new chapter to its never-ending story of success: The Mission, the band’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. With a multi-city tour planned, Styx lands at Celebrity Theatre to share the classic rock sounds the band is so well-known for. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Darcy Lynne and Friends Live Jan. 13, Comerica Theatre Ever since Darci Lynne stepped on the stage of America’s Got Talent, she’s won the hearts of Americans everywhere. With her undeniable talent, the 13-year-old and her puppet friends have been touring the US, performing sold-out shows. Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw-dropping and

sure to inspire the next generation to keep the craft alive. 3 p.m. Tickets start at $29. www. Russo and Steele Car Auction Jan. 16-20, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction is considered one of the premier events for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European sports, American muscle, hot rods, and customs. The five-day-long Scottsdale auction has a reputation for wild, action-filled, auction block excitement, rapidly upping their game to become a onestop shopping venue for lovers of both domestic and imported. Dates, times and prices vary.

Wine Dinner Series with Chef Bianco Jan. 24, Bar Bianco Bar Bianco is known for its culinary delights and great wine menu. That’s why you shouldn’t miss out on this year’s 2019 Wine Dinner Series, located in the beautiful setting of downtown’s Pizzeria Bianco. Each dinner includes four courses with wine pairings from specially selected wine makers. Join legendary chef-owner Chris Bianco as he celebrates some of his favorite winemakers in celebration of food, wine and the local community. 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets start at $100. Legally Blonde: The Musical Jan. 25-27, Orpheum Theatre A wonderfully fun musical based on the adored movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde – The Musical, follows the

transformation of California girl Elle Woods as she tackles self-discovery at Harvard Law School. It’s an action-packed musical that showcases memorable scenes as well as lovable characters including Elle’s very own chihuahua, Bruiser. Equipped with LED technology, inventive designs, and snazzy modern scenery, this colorful, fun show is perfect for lifting everyone’s mood. 8 pm. Tickets start at $30. Doggie Street Festival Jan. 26, Steele Indian School Park This annual festival is dedicated to increasing dog and cat adoption. Attendees can enjoy a diverse range of topics concerning pet care, health, training, adoption, foster and well-being. There will also be music, yummy eats, pet products and services, an art area for kids, special guests and speakers, auction prizes and contests, a VIP lounge and more. Bring your pup along for the fun! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Grand Wine Festival Jan. 26-27, Heritage Square Prepare for two amazing days of winemakers and wine tasting with more than 35 Arizona wineries pouring over 200 wines. This tasty festival features live music, food trucks and dozens of local vendors from across the Valley. Taste a variety of reds, whites and roses from four growing regions in the state of Arizona. You can even buy a bottle or case of your favorite to taste on the grass. Don’t miss the fascinating wine seminars and the wine auction on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $20 admission (tasting tickets sold separately). Connect2STEM Jan. 26, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix It’s a Saturday just for the kids! Connect2STEM, brought to you by the University of Arizona, is a free event focused on inspiring kids to love science and technology. With great activity zones for kids age 4 to 16, this event is a fun way encourage kids to learn while playing. Special spaces include the Wildcat Play Hospital, DaVinci Surgery Robot and the Wildcat Water Lab. Children and teens will have the opportunity to learn about outer space, water conservation and animal anatomy. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.


Jan. 26, Margaret T. Hance Park It’s spicy. It’s tasty. It’s crunchy. It’s Tacolandia! This taco festival will feature the city’s best taquerias and Mexican restaurants serving up authentic cuisine amid live entertainment that highlights Mexican culture. Prepare your appetite because general admission gets you unlimited taco samples from the likes of Los Sombreros, Willie’s Taco Joint, Superfarm Supertruck and more. Drinks will be available at cash bars and awards will be given to local particularly outstanding taquerias in various categories. VIP tickets get you all GA benefits plus a private VIP entrance, access to the VIP lounge and two drink vouchers. 1-5 p.m. $25 general admission, $45 VIP admission. Ticket prices will increase.

WWE Smackdown Live! Jan. 29, Talking Stick Resort Arena Get ready for the ultimate wrestling smackdown. Royal Rumble is more than just a one-day event — it is a week-long celebration. In addition to Royal Rumble, there will be three spectacular live events taking place at Talking Stick Resort Arena, include NXT TakeOver, Monday Night Raw, and SmackDown Live. Don’t miss the ultimate culmination in this four-day wrestling extravaganza. 5:30 pm. Ticket prices vary by show. www. Sew, Quilt and Craft Festival Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Arizona Fairgrounds The Arizona Fairgrounds gets crafty with three days of all things sewing, gluing, knitting and building. At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from hundreds of local and national companies. There will be daily demos, needle

art make n’ takes and door prizes. $12 for three days. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon Feb. 1, Arizona Biltmore Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) hosts its annual flagship event showcasing the nonprofit organization’s impact on nearly 50,000 people in the Valley. JFCS aims to strengthen the community through quality behavioral health social services and primary medical care to children, families and adults. This year, the event’s featured speaker will be Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America. Under 40 professionals and clergy, $180; Family supporter, $250. 11:45 a.m. AZ Vegetarian Festival Feb. 2-3, Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this fun food-filled festival. Featuring vegetarian food companies, restaurants, and health

and wellness vendors from across the Valley, this totally meat-free event will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Browse thousands of vegan and vegetarian restaurants along with health and wellness vendors, vegetarian/animal welfare information tables, and enjoy the live entertainment and activities throughout the day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 for one day; $50 both days. Rio Salado Trail Run Feb. 2, Rio Salado along the Salt River This fun-filled 15K, 10K and 5K event includes multiple unique terrain looping courses with varying elevations. These courses are a perfect way to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Rio Salado, a hidden gem in the heart of Tempe. If making a decision to use a sport stroller or wheelchair, please keep in mind that this is a trail run with different terrain and elevations. Leashed well-behaved pets are allowed at the event as well. 6-11 a.m. Ticket prices vary.

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Music and art converge at PhxArt Amplified

Returning for a second year, PhxArt Amplified is an event at Phoenix Art Museum that combines sound and art. At this fun-filled, all-ages experience, live, acoustic and experimental performances by local musicians will take over the museum’s galleries and spaces, performing alongside the renowned works of Wiley, Kasuma, O’Keeffe and Kahlo. Last year, over 1,500 people attended the event and guests are encouraged to stay for the entire day of festivities, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. “The vibe was great,” Lani Hudson, audience development manager of Phoenix Art Museum, says of the inaugural program. “We are really excited to do this event again.” The performers are found by Hudson herself – she scours the community for local artists. “We’ve branched out to include local acts from Tucson, like Vox Urbana, in addition to featuring acts from the Phoenix area,” Hudson says. “We’ve also added a few more visual artists like Sierra Joy, new audio and visual artists such as Greg Lloyd and Ark Calkins” Performers include bands, solo acts and DJs, including likes of Geibral Elisha Movement, Las Chollas Peligrosas, Tatiana Crespo, DJ Katescratch Fever, among many others. There will also be dancers showcasing their moves in response to artwork. “Two Phoenix-based artists have created new performances for the event,” Hudson says. “Dancer Liliana GomezDieckman created Memories of Mexico in response to Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views and dancer Nicole Olsen created Passing Through My Room, Part 1 and 2 in response to the Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain exhibition.” There will also be hands-on activities to get spectators involved in the action. “One of the programs offered will be hands-on collage making. Cut + Paste


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Phx will be providing magazines, books, and old album sleeves for people to create their own album art,” Hudson elaborates. “We will also feature Mobile Vinyl Recorders, who will be using restored vintage disc cutting lathes to create records, one-at-a-time, in real time, on site at the museum during the event.” Palette, Phoenix Art Museum’s restaurant, will be open during the event, offering brunch as well as $5 mimosas and $5 bloody mary’s from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. In addition to on-site bars, there will be a beer garden and food trucks such as Sana Sana, Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla, and Caffio Esspresso with fare for purchase. There will also be artists-designed yard games in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden.

IF YOU GO… What: PhxArt Amplified When: Jan. 20, noon8 p.m. Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Tickets: Over 21, $23; 21 and under, $13 Information: www.


HIGH-OCTANE HAPPENINGS The 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction rolls into town


IF YOU GO … What: 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction When: Jan. 12-20, times vary Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale Tickets: All week pass, $190 (advance); $195 (at the gate); prices vary for individual day tickets and VIP packages Information: www.

Known as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” Barrett-Jackson is nirvana for auto enthusiasts. A Scottsdale tradition each January, Barrett-Jackson specializes in the auction of collector cars, from vintage and muscle cars to modern supercars. Politicians, celebrities, professional NASCAR drivers and major car manufacturers have attended the highly acclaimed event in years past. Now celebrating its 48th year, the roster is expected to draw in even more attendees than ever before. “The Barrett-Jackson auction has been a staple of the Scottsdale community for nearly half a century,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “[This year’s auction] will bring with it a diverse selection of collector cars; guests from around the world; and celebrities from the worlds of

entertainment, sports and business.” More than 1,700 vehicles will be on display and crossing the auction block, including a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe, a 2005 Ford GT, and a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint race car. These beauties, among others, will decorate WestWorld of Scottsdale’s indoor-outdoor grounds. In addition to vehicles, Barrett-Jackson offers an impressive lineup of automotive-related memorabilia, including a vintage carousel. With 200-plus interactive displays and shopping opportunities in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace and hundreds of vehicles up for auction each day, Barrett-Jackson is equal parts a car show and a lifestyle event. A selection of VIP packages are available, including getting access to Craig Jackson’s own box. Other options include

a Gold package – with floor seats, access to the Staging Lanes Hospitality venue, and viewing the cars before they cross the auction block – and the Luxury Lounge package, which offers access to the VIP Skybox Hospitality Suite. At Barrett-Jackson’s core, though, has always been community outreach. This year, more than a dozen vehicles will be sold to benefit charities like the Arizona-based TGen Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation and Childhelp. “My father, Russ Jackson, and his business partner, Tom Barrett, founded our company on the principle of giving back to the community,” Jackson says. “I’m proud to continue that tradition this January by raising funds and awareness for deserving charities across the country.”

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Exposed Studio & Gallery takes pride in showcasing artists with LGBTQ pride BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

New Jersey-born, California-raised Gregg Edelman grew up in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. “My father was a transportation coordinator for Paramount Studios, so I got interested in the movie business from a young age,” Edelman says. He studied special effect makeup and photography in college but, as all too often happens, life didn’t go as initially planned. “I moved to Phoenix in 1990 at 23 to help care for my mother, who was fighting lung cancer, and stepfather, who had complications from diabetes,” Edelman explains. “That same year, I met my now-husband Harvey, so despite challenges, the Valley quickly became home.” Beyond the stresses of caring for his family, one major challenge was work. Phoenix isn’t much of a film industry hub so Edelman launched his own professional photography business to feed his soul and took a corporate executive job to feed his belly. Over the next 15 years, Edelman ran a local magazine and opened his own marketing business. He was, in fact, pivotal in helping to establish the country’s first registered gay and lesbian chamber of commerce in the US in 2001 before taking the leap to open his own art gallery, Exposed Studio & Gallery – in 2004. “I started in an 1,800-square-foot space on Lexington [Avenue] and 3rd Street with the goal of showcasing new talent in both the art and photography worlds, debuting new exhibits monthly,” Edelman says. “But when the market shot up in 2007, a land developer bought me out – thankfully just before the real estate crash, so I made enough to upgrade.” In 2007, Edelman opened a 2,600-square-foot space in the up-and-coming Melrose District. The second iteration of Exposed is an art gallery, one-of-a-kind art gift shop and photography studio. “I specialize in featuring new and emerging artists as well as international artists of note,” says Edelman, who also showcases his own paintings and photography periodically. “I am particularly proud that 50 percent or more of my art exhibitions feature LGBTQ artists’ works.” In January and February, Exposed will feature Valley residents John Reinhart and Brandon McGill. Reinhart is a retired optometrist by trade whose favorite subjects are historic buildings, antique cars and wildlife. According to Edelman, Phoenix’s own award-winning Brandon McGill is both an artist and body painter known for vivid textures, daring prosthetics and a bright color palate. “His [McGill’s] work has been featured nationally in Out Magazine and [The] Advocate as well as locally in several print outlets and websites,” Edelman says. For more information about the gallery or to visit Exposed, visit


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Dr. Richard Jacoby, DPM of Extremity Health Center THE DOCTORS AND staff at Extremity Health Centers offer a combined 40+ years of experience in podiatric medicine to residents who live in and around the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Under the medical direction of podiatrist Richard P. Jacoby, DPM, the practice provides diagnosis and treatment for stubborn, chronic foot and ankle pain and comprehensive and successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy. After graduating from college, Dr. Jacoby attended Villanova University before receiving his doctorate of podiatric medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He has participated in and taught thousands of hours of Continuing Medical Education over the past few decades. Additionally, he is a past president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and co-authored the book “Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health,” correlating a relationship between sugar and inflammation. Extremity Health Center offers a variety of on-site extremity diagnosis and medical services, including surgery that are available for a wide range of issues, including foot and heel pain, bunions, ankle fractures and sprains, varicose veins, foot and ankle arthritis, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus and peripheral neuropathy and neuroma. Dr. Jacoby’s specialty is working with diabetic patients and he has a proven formula to resolve diabetic neuropathy. “What I’ve found is that the progression of most neuropathies is aggressive, insidious and invasive throughout the body.” “Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are the best product out there today, especially for neuropathy,” says Dr.


Jacoby of the most effect treatment he uses. “ Stem cells are miraculous in that they actively seek out inflammatory tissues and repair and restore tissue, tendon, tissue, bone, nerve or muscle. Stem cells also work in the repair of foot and ankle fractures and Achilles tendonitis. “Stem cells are the biggest paradigm shift in medicine since the germ theory and it’s absolutely true,” Dr. Jacoby explains of stem cell use in diabetic neuropathy. “Patients will get off their medicine, and in most cases will avoid surgery.” Dr. Jacoby uses the Dellon procedure for decompressing peripheral neuropathy. He has utilized the surgical procedure successfully on thousands of patients and none of them have needed a subsequent amputation. He says, “Dr. Dellon perfected the Dellon technique and did the research back in the 80s. I adopted his technique and trained with him 20 years ago.” There have been 100,000 amputations annually due to diabetic neuropathy since the implementation of the Dellon procedure and Dr. Jacoby says that adds up to two million avoidable amputations. “It’s a national disgrace,” he says. It is his belief that the FDA pushes medications that don’t work, which in turn, create situations where amputations are done. The Dellon procedure utilizing stem cells could save thousands of people from avoidable amputations. “Stem cells are the fountain of youth and I’ve used them myself for a severe herniated disc,” finishes Dr. Jacoby. “I was back playing tennis in three days and haven’t needed another injection since.”


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Upgrade your travel game – and never question which suitcase is yours at baggage claim again – with a stylish selection from Tiffany & Co. in partnership with luggage maker Globe-Trotter. Outfitted in iconic Tiffany Blue vulcanized fiberboard, the durable yet lightweight six-piece travel collection, which is all sold separately, epitomizes the luxury and craftsmanship of both brands. The collection includes a small jewelry case (not pictured), a vanity case, and four suitcases with lengths of 18, 20, 26 and 30 inches. Trimmed in leather, each refined piece features a double-lock closure with keys as well as the addition of leather buckle fastening straps, wheels and a retractable handle on the trolleys. Prices range from $1,200 for the vanity case to $2,700 for the 30-inch trolley.

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Style SHOP



Styles that put the cool factor in cold-weather wear

Pointed-toe purple suede, IRO, $620 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Signature check rain boots, Burberry, $390 at Bloomingdale’s, www. Patent leather with square toe, $370 at Madewell, www. Brown suede with low heel, Aquatalia, $395 at Neiman Marcus, www. Pointed-toe stiletto, $268 at J.Crew, Faux leather snake print knee-high, Jeffrey Campbell, $189.95 at Nordstrom, www.


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BEWITCHING BLOOMS Rich florals to brighten up winter days

Long-sleeve silk shirt dress, Derek Lam, $1,290 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Tassel silk scarf, Treasure & Bond, $79 at Nordstrom, www. Velvet embroidered shoulder bag, Gucci, $2,290 at Neiman Marcus, www. Embroidered jogger pant, $198 at Johnny Was, www.johnnywas. com. Asymmetrical silk blouse, Elie Tahari, $250 at Bloomingdale’s, www. Painted print T-shirt, Alexander McQueen, $178 at Farfetch, www.

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JACKET: Wool, Canali. VEST: Quilted red, Waterville. SHIRT: Gray mock turtleneck, John Smedley. PANTS: Selvedge jeans, G-Style. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1431, 1966 Mustang Shelby GT350.


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POCKET SQUARE: Blue, Eaton. SUIT: Black peak lapel, Jack Victor. TIE: Paisley silk, Ermenegildo Zegna. SHIRT: Pink button-down, Eaton. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1130, 1947 Cadillac Series 62.


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JACKET: Flannel tribal print, Faherty. SHIRT: Denim three-button longsleeve, Eaton. Both from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #7575.2, 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Pickup.

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POCKET SQUARE: Floral, Eaton. JACKET: Plaid gray sports coat, Canali. SHIRT: Yellowand-white striped, Eaton. PANTS: Gray, Zanella. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1327, 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster.


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SCARF: Cashmere Scottish plaid. JACKET: Black-and-white checkered zip-over, Eaton. SHIRT: Black cotton T-shirt, Reigning Champ. PANTS: Slim jeans, Paige. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1305, 1955 Chevrolet 210 Custom Sedan “X-Box.”

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JACKET: Gray silk and wool blend sports coat, Jack Victor. SWEATER: Thermal red wool, John Smedley. SHIRT: White long-sleeve polo, Sunspel. PANTS: Black jeans, AG. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1295, 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible.


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JACKET: Westport Crown fleece in arctic night, Peter Miller. SHIRT: Floral button-down, Eaton. PANTS: White straight jeans, AG. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1071. 1971 Dodge Challenger Custom Hardtop.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Nourishing products that add some TLC to your beauty routine

Depuffing creamgel eye masque, $68 at Dermalogica Scottsdale, www. 24-karat gold lifting and firming eye patches, Peter Thomas Roth, $75 at Nordstrom, www. Anti-pollution toner, Chanel, $45 at Macy’s, com. Ultimate hydrating moisturizer, Le Metier de Beaute, $225 at Neiman Marcus, www. Lip treatment oil, Hourglass, $44 at Sephora, www. Rose-infused skin, hair and nail oil, $65 at Laura Mercier, www.


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MIDCENTURY MODERN Give your space a twist with this timeless trend

White lacquer console with brass base, $1,105 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www. Beveled mirror, John Richard Collection, $620 at Neiman Marcus, www. Metal and marble floor lamp, Renwil, $440 at Nordstrom, Mustard woodframed sofa, $1,499 at West Elm, www. Printed curved back chair, Anthropologie, $498 at Nordstrom. Glass and copper-plated ice bucket, Tom Dixon, $300 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.

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Juice your way to a healthier you with the ’50s Retro Style Slow Juicer by Smeg. With a hip aesthetic available in black, cream, red or pastel blue, this is one appliance you’ll want to keep on the kitchen counter. The sleek juicer uses slow-squeezing technology to flatten and squeeze fruits and veggies, helping preserve their nutritional value. It has anti-slip feet along with four rotating strainer brushes – including fine and coarse varieties – to ensure smooth, pure juice while the BPA-free collector bowl holds up to 17 ounces of freshly squeezed juice at a time. Also included are a pulp container, a pusher, two cleaning brushes, and a recipe book with ideas and recommendations for making the most of your new healthy habit. $599.95 at Nordstrom,

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Charming is the first word that comes to mind at the sight of this four-bedroom, five-bathroom home, which was built in 2008. From the outside, the navy plank lap siding exterior and perfectly manicured lawn gives off the perfect Arcadia neighborhood vibe. With Azek white trim around the windows and front door, and brick accents (including the outdoor brick fireplace on the cozy front courtyard), the exterior is inviting. The superb attention to detail is immediately apparent once inside the dwelling, which is just over 5,000 square feet. White oak plank floors along with crown molding and 8-inch baseboards bring a warmness throughout the home. There are classic pieces of design in each room, from the built-in floor-toceiling bookshelves in the office/library to the large antique French crystal chandelier in the dining room to the Ralph Lauren burlap wallpapered master powder room. There is also painted paneled wood in the den/media room and one of the powder rooms for an added touch. Natural stone and marble floors along with honed marble countertops and soapstone can be found in each of the four en suite bathrooms, bringing a modern touch to the space. Hand-painted European-style Christopher Peacock cabinets in the kitchen and butler's pantry set the tone. Built for entertaining, the space contains a six-burner gas Wolf range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a glass front, a 150-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers, and a Miele speed oven. Additional extras include Toto toilets throughout, a water softener system and R/O System, a separate laundry room in the kid's wing, and built-in cabinets in the mud/hobby room. In addition to walk-in closets in each of the bedrooms, the master closet is equipped with built-in shelving and a stackable washer/dryer. Bi-fold French doors open to the rear yard, showcasing mature landscaping, a pool, a sport court, an outdoor KitchenAid barbecue, and unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain. 5402 E. Montecito Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $2,950,000 with Vicki Potolicchio of HomeSmart, 602.300.3752 or




The all-new, all-electric crossover challenges the standard for luxury electric vehicles BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $69,500 Price as tested: $86,895

Until now, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one – the Tesla Model X. However, Jaguar has started delivery of its own luxury crossover electric vehicle, the I-Pace. The I-Pace is a sleek, sharp-looking five-passenger crossover with a pair of electric motors that are powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. It delivers 394 horsepower with an estimated electric range of 240 miles on a single charge, matching the range of the Tesla Model X 75D. In just 45 minutes, it can recharge up to 80 percent via a 100-kW DC charger. The Jaguar I-Pace is nothing short of spectacular. It has gorgeous sleek-as-a-sports car styling with futuristic LED headlights; an aerodynamically curved front grille; and slim, deployable door handles. Powerfully quick, it handles like a Jaguar F-Type, reaching 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Its all-wheel drive with off-road capability fords water almost 20 inches deep and can tackle deep sand, muddy ravines, and steep mountain trails akin to a Land Rover. By contrast, Tesla can void your warranty if you take their vehicles off-road.

Unlike the cold, sober minimalism of the Tesla Model 3, the I-Pace’s interior is beautiful and stimulating. Much like the Jaguar E-Pace, it combines sport and sophistication, featuring exceptionally comfortable seats and a convenient center console. The option for remote pre-conditioning ensures the cabin reaches the ideal temperature before use. Its extra-long 117.7inch wheelbase allows for a very large interior contained in a small package, with a notable 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space, or 51 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A sizeable number of switches, dials and operational hardware means you don’t always have to fumble around with menus on a languorous touch screen. The driving experience is, for the most part, quiet and calm. Jaguar engineers have included a feature that creates an artificial interior sound informing the driver of speed and acceleration that proves to be stimulating without mimicking the sound of an engine roar. The 2019 I-Pace is available in a variety of trims: EV400, S, SE, HSE, and a First Edition (tested here) model available only for the first year.

Engine: Twin electric concentric motors with a 90-kWh battery Horsepower: 394 Fuel economy: 80/72 mpg-equivalent city/highway Driving range: 240 miles Seating: 5 Fab features: Gorgeous, athletic styling inside and out Excellent on- and offroad capabilities Standard Amazon Alexa skill feature

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WONDERS OF THE WEST Resorts that delight as much as the destinations themselves


With more than a dozen luxury resorts in the Valley, Phoenicians have come to expect a lot more than a clean room and free coffee when it comes to hotel ambiance and amenities. Luckily, select Western U.S. resorts will impress even the most discerning traveler with sensational luxury suites, award-winning dining, exclusive adventures, and rooms with far more than just a view. As you plan for 2019, consider these resorts worthy of your bucket list.

Waldorf Astoria Park City: Park City, Utah Situated at the base of Park City Mountain, Waldorf Astoria Park City was recently honored by Conde Nast Traveler with Readers’ Choice awards for both “Best Spa in North America” and “Top 10 Resorts in the West.” The rooms range from traditional to massive three- and four-bedroom suites (some with as many as five bathrooms!) designed for helping couples and families relax after a day on the mountain. The resort’s 16,000-square-foot spa uses a personalized program that draws on local products, environmental inspiration and contemporary techniques. A truly unique offering, the resort has its own “Snowman Alley,” an outdoor space dedicated to snowmen with snowman-building kits and professionally built snowmen throughout.

Auberge du Soleil: Napa, California As if its prime location in the heart of wine country, 13-time Michelinstarred restaurant, and five-star rating by Forbes Travel Guide weren’t enough, over the past several years Auberge du Soleil has been in the midst of an awe-inspiring renovation, featuring new guest rooms and suites. The new suites, some offering as much as 1,300 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, feature spa-like bathrooms and fireplaces in bedrooms and living spaces. Some even offer sculptural stand-alone tubs in private outdoor bath gardens. The grounds have also received a contemporary makeover that highlights wine country views and intimate spaces have been created throughout the property, perfect for lingering among the vines and ancient olive trees.

The Ranch at Rock Creek: Philipsburg, Montana Situated on 6,600 acres of rugged ranchland and wilderness in the small western Montana town of Philipsburg, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the only guest ranch in the world recognized as a Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotel four consecutive times. It features rustic yet elegant accommodations including bespoke lodge rooms, historic barn suites, private log homes, and luxury canvas cabins that deliver the definitive Montana “glamping” experience. As part of its all-inclusive designation, the ranch provides twice-daily adventures, including horseback riding, ice skating, sleigh rides, archery, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing.


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Post Ranch Inn: Big Sur, California Post Ranch Inn is an environmentally sustainable resort that sits high atop the cliffs of Big Sur, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In fact, it’s the only resort in Big Sur that offers ocean views. The property's 39 guest rooms are built to blend into their natural surroundings and perfectly combine rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain views. Amenities include an array of activities, such as complimentary morning yoga classes, culinary tours through the on-site organic vegetable garden, dining at Wine Spectator’s Grand Awardwinning Sierra Mar restaurant, and lavish spa treatments in-room or at the award-winning spa.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences: Jackson Hole, Wyoming One of just five mountain resorts in America with a Forbes five-star rating, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole boasts 18 lavish suites and 34 residences in addition to its 100-plus beautifully appointed rooms. It is a true ski-in, ski-out resort with its own ski concierge as well as rentals and fittings on-site. There is also a concierge at base camp to ensure the perfect apres-ski experience. Beyond skiing, the resort has its own dedicated team of naturalists, each of whom can lead guests on wildlife safaris, fly-fishing expeditions, and stargazing opportunities. Its three dining options use locally sourced ingredients from across Wyoming, Utah and Idaho including tomatoes, cheeses, elk, potatoes and fresh-caught trout.

Salish Lodge & Spa: Snoqualmie, Washington Consistently ranked among the best small resorts in the world, Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, and sits in the foothills of the picturesque Cascade Mountains. The guest experience is authentically inspired by these surroundings. For example, honey and herbs from the lodge’s own apiary and garden appear in treatments at the spa, and nearly all of the food and drink at the lodge’s dining venues are inspired by and sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Another reason to visit: In 2018 the lodge completed a $12 million renovation to its 86 rooms (each with its own fireplace and soaking tub), spa and public spaces.


Shore Lodge: McCall, Idaho A former logging town, McCall, Idaho, is a pristine mountain hideaway in the Payette National Forest that’s been named one of the best hidden ski towns by National Geographic. Shore Lodge, a four-season lakefront resort nestled on Payette Lake – and on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental U.S. – offers visitors access to a variety of outdoor adventures, including cliff-jumping, visits to nearby hot springs, and paddleboarding as well as a restful place to relax and unwind. The property houses 77 rooms, a private lakeside cottage, an award-winning Andy North-designed golf course, a spa, and three dining concepts including a Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” steakhouse with a 5,000-bottle wine cellar. Uptown January ‘19



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After five years, Crudo recently transformed into Bar Pesce by the same chef-owner, Cullen Campbell. Here Campbell exercises his creativity, experimenting with new ingredients and flavors as he puts his own modern twist on classic dishes from across the globe. Take, for instance, the Crab Mi Roll ($16). The sandwich comes as a natural evolution from Crudo’s former late-night bahn mi sandwich menu. Fresh crab, sourced from Phoenix’s Nelson’s Meat & Fish, is topped with a creamy lobster roe aioli, pickled vegetables, cilantro and jalapenos for a light dish packed with flavor. This global bite combines the flavors of two countries in one dish, representative of the rest of the menu, made up of raw fish crudo, housemade pastas, grilled meats and more. At Bar Pesce, guests can also expect the same attention to detail on the cocktail and wine program that Crudo had. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666; Uptown January ‘19




PRETTY POTIONS Libations that make you look twice

They say that you eat food with your eyes first, and the same can be said with drinking cocktails. From alluring glasses to bold colors to from-the-garden garnishes, here are sippers that look as good as they taste.

Italian Bird Parma Italian Roots Light as a feather but with an unexpected twist, the Italian Bird melds gin, elderflower, ginger beer, refreshing citrus and butterfly pea flowers, which alter the color of the cocktail to purple upon being added. $12.

Rosalee’s Downfall Blanco Tacos + Tequila Made with rose petal-infused mango liqueur, organic Azunia Blanco Tequila, and lime, this cocktail is refreshingly romantic. The fastest way to a woman’s heart might still be roses and chocolate, but tequila served this seductively goes a long way too. $10.

Rosé Snowcone Mora Italian Put on your mittens and dive into this seasonal rosé snowcone, which is made with fresh grapefruit, blackberry and pomegranate juices as well as provincial rosé. $11.

Mastro’s Lemon Drop Mastro’s City Hall Lemon-infused vodka, sweet and sour, triple sec and fresh lemon are served up and smoking over dry ice. Its sweet lemon-sugar rim is made by Little Waisted, recognizable from CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer. $18.

Forbidden Fruit Taco Guild This cocktail starts with a familiar flavor from childhood: Martinelli’s Apple Juice! It is mixed with lime juice, blood orange liqueur and Espolón Tequila Blanco, and then finished with a float of Gosling’s Ginger Beer for a pop of flavor and a hefty sprig of mint. $9.95.


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Skinny Prick SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen Patrón Citrónge Liqueur, an all-natural orange liqueur, acts as the base of this fresh take on a margarita. It’s paired with blanco tequila, housemade prickly pear puree, fresh lime juice and rich honey, resulting in a tasty cocktail as potent as it is pretty. $12.

Penny Lane Restaurant Progress Equal parts delicate and stunning, Penny Lane features rye whiskey, blanc vermouth, sherry and aged calvados, which is a fruit-infused brandy from the Normandy region in France. The kicker: It also features soothing chamomile in the recipe as well as chamomile flowers for garnish. $15.

Chiltepin Cobbler OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen Little-known fact: The Chiltepin is the only wild chile native to the United States. Smoky and hot, the wild flavors of Chiltepin syrup are deftly balanced in this cocktail with tangy lemon juice, muddled maraschino cherries, herbaceous gin, and blanc vermouth. $12.

La Rosa Dama Pobrecito This Downtown Phoenix cocktail bar’s vibrant version of frozen sangria begins with sparkling Spanish cava rosé wine as well as an Italian aperitif that are combined with grapefruit liqueur and pineapple and lime juices. It is served frozen with a burnt lime wedge and grapefruit peel. $13.

Violet Voyeur Discovery Lounge at Boulders Resort & Spa Floral and fruity, this stunner blends liqueur de violette, vodka, lemon, and blueberries. The result is smooth with a hint of tartness as well as a kick of sweetness. $16.

Peach Ambrosia Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse Handcrafted with peach vodka, fresh lemon juice, rose water, housemade hibiscus simple syrup, and ripe blueberries, this drink is topped with fresh flowers and herbs to give it something extra. $13. Uptown January ‘19



RED DOOR CHRONICLES The Breadfruit & Rum Bar’s new cocktail is a sweet way to start 2019


A Jamaican-inspired neighborhood restaurant with one of the largest collections of rum in the state, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar’s cocktail menu boasts some amazingly creative uses of the versatile spirit. Think far beyond a standard rum and coke. Take, for example, the newly offered Red Door Chronicles ($12). “Of course, the cocktail build starts with rum in a heavy rocks glass. For this, we use Dictador 12-Year-Old Rum,” says Jamaican native Dwayne Allen, who is both the co-owner and cocktail creator at The Breadfruit. “It is medium-bodied with notes of caramel, leather, honey and a touch of coffee.” Bénédictine liqueur, which is made in France and is flavored with 27 ingredients ranging from berries and roots to herbs and spices, is added for a touch of bitterness to the cocktail. “Their recipe actually derives from real Benedictine monks prior to the French Revolution,” Allen says. Next comes a housemade shrub made from local red beets for an earthy, savory flavor. The final liquid component is Pêche de Vigne Liqueur. Loosely translated, it is a vineyard peach cream liqueur made in France. “As one would expect, this liqueur is bursting with the sweetness of a perfectly ripened peach,” Allen explains. The ingredients are stirred together in the glass, and the cocktail is finished with a large artisanal ice cube and colorful, edible flowers for garnish. “There is a fruity sweetness when you first sip it, but it’s followed by bitter and earthy expressions, making it a perfectly well-rounded after-dinner drink,” Allen says. The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, located at 108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix; 602.267.1266;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In with the kitchen with Erika Gonzalez, executive chef of Buck &Rider Native of Hidalgo, Mexico, Erika Gonzalez moved to America as a teenager and began her career at a small burrito shop in Mesa. After rising through the ranks in the Valley, she now serves as the executive chef of Buck &Rider.


When did you know you wanted to be a chef? Growing up in a Hispanic family food was the main focal point of every social interaction. I remember my grandmothers going to the market every day to get fresh ingredients and I fell in love with food at such a young age. I didn’t know I wanted to be a chef, however, until my first job in a little burrito shop and I knew I never wanted to do anything other than make great food. What food reminds you most of home? Hidalgo, Mexico, is famous for the barbacoa. The simple slow cooking of goat or sheep in an underground pit instantly reminds me of home and my family. To you, food is… My life. I am addicted to the kitchen and atmosphere of restaurants. Every day I come into the kitchen there is always a new challenge or opportunity to learn. If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be: A lawyer. And I know without a doubt I would hate every minute of it. When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? At the dog park with my dog Diamond. I love to spend any extra time I have with her. What is your guilty pleasure? If I had to choose just one thing, it would probably be pork belly tacos. I could eat those every day. Favorite food memory: When I was 14 years old I visited my uncle’s restaurant. His entire menu featured family recipes that had been passed down for generations. It was the first time I saw how truly amazing working in a kitchen could be. I just remember being awestruck at the food and I couldn’t stop eating the entire day. Do you have a favorite cuisine to cook? French food. I love the old-school style and the finesse of those types of dishes. What is your approach in the kitchen? Coming into the kitchen every day with a positive attitude and knowing I will have a great time while also pushing myself and my crew to do better than we did the day before. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.346.0110;

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Spoonfuls of scrumptiousness to warm you up


Butternut Squash Soup

J&G Steakhouse A perfect wintertime favorite starter, this soup features full-bodied flavor and a velvety-smooth texture thanks to a surprisingly simple medley of freshly pureed butternut squash topped with earthy, buttery sauteed oyster mushrooms. $10.

Lentil Curry Coconut Soup

Phoenix Public Market Cafe Made with the bold flavors of curry and coconut, this chunky vegan soup is perfect for spicing up a chilly day. Lentils round out the dish for a protein-packed bowl that’s even better when used to dunk locally baked Noble bread. $4 (cup) or $8 (bowl).

Green Chili Pork Stew

Salty Sow The restaurant’s famous recipe is made with pepper jack cheese, boneless country-style pork ribs, onions, jalapenos, dried New Mexico green chiles, and garlic. The sharable dish is served with warm buttered tortillas and a charred serrano pepper on top. $10.

Spicy Potato Corn Chowder

Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup This is a creamy, spicy, veggie-packed chowder that includes three types of peppers as well as mashed potatoes, corn, salsa, cilantro and Southwest spices. You can also add one of Gadzooks' house-braised meats, including pork shoulder and bison, to make it even heartier. $5.50.


The dip in Valley temperatures during winter months doesn’t warrant ski jackets or snow tires. It does, however, give you an excuse to dive into hot, hearty soups – and their history – all month long. The word soup itself derives from the French word “soupe,” and evidence of the cold-weather favorite can be found dating back to 20,000 B.C. when our ancestors used animal hides to help waterproof vessels so they could boil water needed for the base of their version of soup. Thankfully, chefs have upgraded both their vessels and recipes over the years. Here are a variety to try this month.


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The Collins Small Batch Kitchen Available all month long for lunch or dinner, slow-cooked onions and housemade beef stock are topped with a crunchy crouton and bubbling Gruyere cheese, resulting in a savory bowl of comfort. $8.

Posole Rojo

Crujiente Tacos Slow-simmered, the Posole Rojo is a spicy kick with flavorful, warming layers from the charred tomato and roasted chile-based broth, pork, hominy, lime, jalapeno, onion and cilantro. $9.

Azteca Soup

Sierra Bonita Grill Perfect if you’re feeling under the weather, the Azteca Soup is like a Mexican version of a classic chicken noodle soup. A smoky, spicy broth of chipotles, onions, roasted tomatoes, garlic

is garnished with fresh avocado, crema and a blue corn crostini made in-house using Hayden Mills blue corn meal. $9.

French Onion Soup

Eddie Merlot’s To get this iconic dish just right, a five-onion mix is sauteed until caramelized. A rich housemade broth is then added and simmered for hours. Once ordered, freshly cut croutons and Gruyere cheese are the crowning delicacies before it’s baked until melted. $5.95 (cup) or $9.95 (bowl).

Cream of Endive Soup

Original Gravity This delectable soup is everything you want for your seasonal comfort food. The creamy endive base, topped with caramelized portobello mushrooms, is equal parts earthy and sweet. It’s served with toasted Noble country bread for dipping. $10.

Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup

32 Shea A guest favorite, it’s a creamy, spicy blend of chicken, chipotle, chilies, jalapenos and colorful peppers. A bonus: Guests can order it while dining in, to go, or through the drive-thru window (great for days when it’s too chilly to leave the heated car). $4.25 (cup) or $5.75 (bowl).

and chicken stock is mixed with slow-roasted chicken, then topped with avocado, cilantro, panela cheese and crispy tortilla strips. $8 (cup) or $11 (bowl).

Long Life Chicken & Rice Soup

Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill Blending traditional comfort food with Asian flair, this savory, slightly spicy soup broth is served with jasmine rice, chicken, cilantro and green onions. It is both oh-so-good and oh-sogluten-free. $4.25.

Three Sisters Soup

Gertrude’s A classic winter veggie – butternut squash – is this soup’s foundation. Pureed roasted poblanos, cumin, coriander and coconut milk are added as well as tri-color hominy and crisp garbanzo beans, all garnished with cilantro oil. $10.



Delux For those who prefer to chill out even when there is a chill out, don’t miss Delux’s gazpacho. The cold soup has a tomato base packed with seasonal vegetables. It’s garnished with avocado and goat cheese for an added dimension of flavor. $7.95.

Corn Bisque

The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant & Bar Using both pureed and grilled corn, the addition of bacon bits and creme fraiche provide crunch and richness. Garnished with a parsley leaf, this bisque can also be prepared vegetarian-style upon request. $9.

Tortilla Soup

Artizen at The Camby A selection of ingredients with a kick – fireroasted tomatoes, poblanos, chipotle in adobo, and cumin to name a few – are sauteed in olive oil and simmered in chicken stock. Tortilla chips are then blended in until the soup is thickened. Lime juice brightens the spiced flavor, and it

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Bevvy’s second location (the first is in Old Town Scottsdale) is offering Uptown residents elevated bar food and a relaxed atmosphere along with vintage arcade games and game prices. The simple and approachable menu features a bevy (see what we did there?) of options for meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians alike. Their bowls are bountiful and full of flavor. Ask regulars about their favorite dishes and you’re sure to hear about the salmon bowl. If you’re thirsty, the mango mule is a must-order. Don’t miss their exciting weekend brunch options – we hear it’s a real party. 5600 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.588.2908;; $$



LUCI’S AT THE ORCHARD Looking for a fully immersive Arizona experience? Luci’s at the Orchard offers a gourmet marketplace as well as a full-service cafe located in a repurposed historic ranch home in the heart of Uptown. The menu embraces the Arizona citrus legacy with many of the items highlighting this Arizona specialty. Luci’s serves breakfast all day long and offers savory lunch items like sandwiches, burgers and hearty salads. This isn’t just a dining experience, it’s a fun one too. Bring your kids along to enjoy the lush greenery and splash pad. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442; www.; $$ TEXAZ GRILL 2015 marked Texaz Grill’s 30th anniversary in the Valley, and with a track record like that, you know it must be doing something right. The environment is a great place for the entire family; with a welcoming staff and more than generous portions, you’ll want to keep coming back to try out the entire menu. The chicken-fried steak is a legend all in itself; fork tender, triple dipped and topped with the richest gravy you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.7827;; $$ THE STAND What this little out-of-the-way Arcadia burger stand (and drive-thru) lacks in space, it makes up in the simple perfection of its menu options. Their straight-forward approach to the burgers and fries allows the focus to be on the flavors as opposed to getting confused with too many toppings or complex combinations. The Standard burger comes with two generous patties and simple adornments which pair perfectly with fresh cut fries that are never greasy. Top your meal off with a dulce de leche handspun milkshake that will make you feel like a kid again. 3538 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.314.5259;; $


CREASIAN BAR AND GRILL A relaxed environment sets the scene for a broad assortment of starters, mains and phos. The authentic flavors presented are expected but you’ll also encounter a collection of unique meat options. Skewers made up of frog legs, bacon-wrapped quail eggs, chicken hearts and spicy squid among others are available for the more adventuresome eaters. If you’re more comfortable sticking to traditional fare, the fresh spring rolls and remarkable peanut sauce are standing by


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for you. 13216 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.441.4668; $$ RICE PAPER ON 7TH Rice Paper is found in what was certainly at one point a charming little house. Because of this, parking can be a little challenging, but the owners have created some space in the back to accommodate. Once you overcome the parking challenge, you will find that the decor and ambiance of this spot are well worth it. Rice Paper has about 18 different types of spring rolls (both fresh and crispy styles) to match anyone’s tastes. The menu also features several varieties of pho and banh mi. 2221 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.252.3326; www.ricepapereatery. com; $$ SUSHI BROKERS This trendy little joint in Arcadia has a great happy hour complete with high-energy, friendly staff. Their clever sushi rolls and kitschy cocktail menu offer an ample variety of choices for all tastes. Drop in, sit at the sushi bar to ensure that you make some new friends and have a great dinner and fun experience. 4419 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.515.5000; www.; $$ THAI LONG-AN This small family-run restaurant is serving up authentic Thai dishes that will delight those familiar with the cuisine and surprise and excite those trying it for the first time. If you’re a newbie, keep in mind that all of the dishes are customizable as far as heat levels go, on a scale of one to five. You’ll find traditional appetizers, a variety of soups, spicy salads and seriously flavorful noodle dishes. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. 4447 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; 602.374.4430;; $$


CORNER BAKERY CAFÉ This neighborhood bakery and cafe takes you back to a simpler, slower time, one where you don’t feel rushed. You can settle into a table with the paper and a coffee and enjoy a variety of freshly baked pastries, madeto-order scrambles and fluffy pancakes with any side you can think of. Corner Bakery Café has you covered if you are looking to have a relaxed start to your day, or if you need to grab-and-go on the run. 454 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 602.252.1346; www.; $$ DUZA’S KITCHEN Duza’s Kitchen is nestled quietly in the Coronado Historic District and is

a little hard to find on your first visit, though once you’ve found it you’ll find yourself driving there again and again. This quaint spot offers up a variety of breakfast and lunch favorites with new ingredient components. The shepherd’s biscuit takes your basic breakfast sandwich to the next level and the pumpkin quinoa porridge would make Goldilocks green with envy! 2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 480.252.3787;; $$ PROVISION COFFEE BAR Provision is much more than a coffee bar. Their coffee program is absolutely stellar, with beans coming from Burundi, Rwanda, Guatamala and Ethiopia and their honey lavender latte is just as outstanding as it sounds. Provision also has a wide variety of pastries from some of the top bakeries in town. Stop by in the morning for little extra energy and a sweet treat or after work for a glass of wine or beer and some a light snack. 4501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.626.3866;; $$ SCRAMBLE A BREAKFAST JOINT With equal options of healthy and comfort foods, you can satisfy just about any breakfast craving at Scramble. Breakfast is served all day and with free Wi-Fi and tons of charging stations, you just may want to linger over the lox platter or any one of their brizzas – yes, that’s breakfast pizzas! 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.374.2294; www.; $$


THE PARLOR Urban eating at its best, The Parlor provides all the things that you should expect; great atmosphere, stellar food and friendly service. The menu is heavy on pizza as the name would suggest and contains combinations sure to please any palate, but the pizzeria also has delightful pasta and salad options. The seafood-loaded Puttanesca is a great traditional alternative providing a spicy, hearty and unexpected taste. 1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.2480;; $$ TOMASO’S For the past 37 years, Tomaso’s has been delighting the Valley with authentic Italian food and hospitality. They have likely seen some through graduations, weddings, babies and many, many other celebratory occasions. From start to finish, beginning with the “words escape me” pesto butter and bread basket to the attentive staff, impressive Italian wine offerings and their tantalizing entrees referred to as “Food for the Gods,” Tomaso’s

is an incredible experience just waiting to happen. 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0836; www.; $$$ TRATTO Tratto is proof that Chris Bianco can do no wrong in the Valley. This pasta-focused restaurant is the perfect follow up to the wildly successful Pizzeria Bianco. You’ll be greeted at your table with a plate of complimentary antipasti, fresh bread, and olive oil while you peruse the menu. While there are not too many items to choose from on the rotating menu, the descriptions draw you in and make it hard to choose. Take a friend, order a few things to share and divertiti (enjoy yourself)! 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.296.7761;; $$


CRUJIENTE TACOS Here in the Valley, you can easily find a taco joint on just about every street corner. When it comes to Crujiente Tacos, there is nothing typical here. The space is sleek and modern with surprise elements like street art within the light fixtures. You’ll find a creative array of taco choices like ahi poke, tempura avocado and Korean fried chicken along with a Texas wagyu cap steak creation. Make sure to order an Arcadia margarita; the jalapeno and cilantro flavors will pair perfectly with your tacos. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777;; $$ PAQUIME STREET FOOD OF MEXICO Paquime offers a variety of tacos, tostadas and burros along with hot dogs, breakfast items and desserts. The bright, clean space is inviting and cheerful. Portions are large and brimming with fresh flavors that will definitely remind you of authentic dishes you’ll find all around Mexico. Whether you are in a hurry and need to just pick up and go or if you’ve got a little time to relax and linger of your meal, you’ll be greeted quickly, fed well and will be treated like family. 17 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix; 602.277.5090; $ TACOS TEQUILA WHISKEY Is there a better combination than tacos and tequila? Tacos Tequila Whiskey is situated in the heart of Arcadia and locals are making it their neighborhood hang out. With eclectic decor, an elevated taco menu and a clever cocktail list, there’s no question why. There are more than 10 types of street tacos on the menu in

addition to their highly praised queso fundido con chorizo appetizer. They have also created some new spins on classic cocktails like their Older Fashioned and have an array of margarita options. 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.603.9411; www.; $$ TEE PEE MEXICAN FOOD A Valley treasure since 1958, Tee Pee has been serving up Sonoran-style fare to the delight of their diners. This is a no-frills eatery, the food is straightforward and stands on its own without any flash. Expect hearty portions and great service. If it’s good enough for a former president and senator, isn’t it good enough for you? 4144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0178;; $$

Modern American

BECKETT’S TABLE Chef Justin Beckett is busy day to day creating sophisticated dishes that provide elevated palate comfort. Whether you make new friends at the community table or grab a spot at the brick-lined bar, you’re sure to leave with a new appreciation for locally sourced ingredients. 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.954.1700;; $$ THE GLADLY Anyone that can make Brussels sprouts like the folks at The Gladly do are good in my book. And they don’t stop there, they feature the Valley’s famous Original Chopped Salad as well as their Press Coffee Short Rib entree. You’ll also be amazed at the raw bar selections, sourced from Chula Seafood, and impressive whiskey selection featuring over 250 options from around the world. Head there for date night, a birthday celebration or if you’re just looking for some great food and drinks – you’ll be “glad” you did. 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132; www.; $$$ TWISTED GROVE PARLOR + BAR The Twisted Grove dining room is dark and romantic with plush seating making it the ideal backdrop for a romantic encounter. Imagine yourself and your sweetheart nestled in a booth sharing a generous portion of charred Brussels sprouts with candied bacon. Split a bruschetta board or a bowl of gnocchi short ribs. If you’re looking for a little less formal situation, you can dine at the communal tables in the bar area and make a few new friends. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533; www.; $$


AHIPOKI BOWL This Japanese and Hawaiian fusion concept has lots of people talking. Enjoy the freshest ingredients available while you create your signature poke dish in a fast-casual environment. You can load up your bowls with a variety of proteins, sides, sauces and toppings or you can keep it simple with just a few of the fresh ingredients. The possibilities and flavor combinations are nearly endless. 1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 480.508.5536;; $ BLUEWATER GRILL Consistently fresh seafood in the Valley? Bluewater Grill is meticulous in their standards and refuse to serve their customers anything but the best and freshest seafood. You can taste those standards in every bite from the Miso Glazed Coho Salmon to their San Francisco Style Cioppino. Stop by and get hooked! 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.277.3474; www.bluewatergrill. com; $$ KOI POKE Koi Poke adds a little touch of fancy to the traditional bowl options with lobster and champagne butter. They also include generous cuts of sashimi, allowing you to really experience the buttery flavors of your protein lightly dressed with the sauce of your choice. Their toppings get a little drama (and added health benefit) with shaved Brussels sprouts and kale. Up the ante on your healthy bowl additions and you won’t feel bad about trying their Hawaiian snow ice. 4280 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.368.2222; www.; $$ NELSON’S MEAT +FISH Upon walking through the doors of Nelson’s Meat + Fish, you’ll be swiftly greeted by one of the shop proprietors who will be ready to give you the scoop on anything and everything within the store. First and foremost, Nelson’s is a shop featuring some of the freshest and best quality seafood and meat in the Valley. Seafood is shipped the same day its caught and you’ll be able to taste the freshness in any item on their menu of prepared items. The poke they offer will depend on the freshest fish in the store and served up on local Noble bread. Treat yourself to some crab dip or “chowdah” that will be hot and waiting for you. 2415 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.596.4069; www.meat. fish; $$

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The show-stopping event, held at and hosted by Phoenix Theatre, featured an original music tribute honoring community members as well as dinner and an unforgettable live show.

Marissa Butler and Patty Johnson


Lowell and Cherlyn Shonk

Brian and Deborah Hendrickson

Katie and Robbie Kelly

Buffy and Gary Bennett

Kyle and Alex Red

Lisa and Brad Grannis

Elizabeth and David Shapiro

Gary and Barb Crowe

Bobb Cooper and Karol Cooper


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Community members came together at The Camby for a New York-themed gala in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sandra and Jorge Zarate

Isaac and Pamela Maya

Joey Grabania and Toni Sawyer

Tim Brotherton and Bonnie Morgan

Laura Madden

Nacy Pendleton

Crystal Daniels

Amanda Garmany


Leah Carter and Julie Ansell

ACI LUNCHEON & LECTURE Booth Moore led this lecture, titled Women in Fashion: More than Just Pretty Faces, hosted by Arizona Costume Institute at Phoenix Art Museum.


Parine Adams

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Award-winning Little Miss BBQ opens a second location in Sunnyslope


You may have eaten at the acclaimed Little Miss BBQ, or these could be the first words you’ve read about the smokehouse. If it’s the former, worth-the-wait mouth-watering flavors probably come to mind. Until now, loyal patrons have lined up daily for barbecue eats at the popular original University Drive location, but the owners recently opened a new location in the Sunnyslope neighborhood. With Little Miss BBQ’s arrival also comes a dizzying array of smoked meats, including their award-winning brisket, along with a variety of homemade sauces and sides, and a secret recipe for smoked pecan pie that has been passed down for generations. Owners Scott and Bekke Holmes met in 2006. Three years later, after falling in love with barbecue (and each other) in Texas, the couple took their passion for smoked meat a step further, spending their weekends cooking in barbecue competitions. Competitions turned into selling at farmers markets and that turned into opening a brick-and-mortar. The Sunnyslope location opened in November, serving up the same quality eats that customers have become accustomed


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to. Sliced brisket is the bestseller thanks to the prime meat the Holmes’ source from Minnesota. Seasoned with a house blend of flavors then smoked in custom-made smokers, the barbecue is considered “central Texas-style” thanks to the dry rub and coarse black pepper. In addition to brisket, there’s also sausage, pork and turkey daily, as well as beef ribs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Customers can order meats by weight, on a sandwich or as a plate with two sides. Sides include barbecue staples: jalapeno cheddar grits, ranch style beans, potato salad, coleslaw and two new sides, mac n cheese and roasted veggies. At Sunnyslope, there’s also the new Yager Dager plate, with brisket, pulled pork, turkey, sausage and three sides with fixings. In a former bank building, the eatery is simple with a modern touch. Community tables, a blue accent wall and pops of brick and cork give the space a cheery, inviting feel. There’s an eight-seat bar that serves local beer on tap, keg wine, housemade cocktails, and various canned beverages. In contrast to the original location that has one meat cutter, one person serving sides and one cashier, Sunnyslope boasts three meat cutters, two side slingers and two cashiers to keep up with demand. Guests are encouraged to interact with the pit crew while in line. “We designed Sunnyslope to provide the best customer experience with the addition of cashiers and meat cutters, additional seating, a bar, more parking and procedures to combat the lines.” A preorder window and the addition of breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, and coffee in the morning are all slated to launch early this year. Little Miss BBQ is open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (or until barbecue sells out) and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 8901 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.314.6922;

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