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hen I think of Phoenix, a few different things come to mind: sunshine, growing businesses, hiking, and the dining scene. Phoenix has grown into quite the thriving foodie metropolis, especially in the Uptown area. There are unique restaurants popping up left and right in this area, with something delicious to taste on every corner. From the astonishing revival of Uptown Plaza to The Colony’s unique additions, to the different Phoenix-based restaurant groups that are taking over the Valley, and expaning beyond, there really is something for everyone’s taste. It’s only fitting that some of the big wigs in the food industry are coming to Phoenix to see what the city’s food scene has to offer. One celebrity chef making his mark in the Valley is our cover feature, Scott Conant. The recent part-time Valley resident is opening his new restaurant, Mora Italian, this month in partnership with Stefano Fabbri, owner of Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana. Together, they are combining rustic and elegance with their approachable Italian cuisine. We caught up with chef Conant (on page 30) about his move to Phoenix and the newest Uptown hot spot that everyone in town is buzzing about, opening February 3. We we also talked to him about his start in the food industry, his judging position on the Food Network TV show Chopped, and his love of food. Speaking of love … it is February – a month many people associate with romance. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s arrow struck some of our sections this month. On page 55, we’re featuring 14 sizzling singles looking to meet their special someone, glam gifts for your honey – or yourself – (jewelry, page 66; beauty products, page 68) and we’re turning up the heat with dishes featuring aphrodisiacs in them on page 88. I hope you’re feeling the love this month! XOXO, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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W. Scott Jenkins Jr. finds passion in taking time to help children BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

As kids, we don’t get to pick our parents. “But wow, was I lucky,” says W. Scott Jenkins Jr., who grew up under the watchful eye of his father and uncle – both local attorneys – not to mention his grandfather, who at one time served as CEO of APS. “I remember sitting at my dad’s office when I would work for his firm in the summer as a file clerk – learning a new life lesson each day by simply listening.” continued…




up close And while the lessons learned in that office were great, perhaps the greatest lessons he learned from a young age were about giving back. “My family always instilled in us that doing well for ourselves was simply not enough. Rather, to be a man of great value meant to use your own skill set to make other people’s lives better,” Jenkins says. Using his family’s words as inspiration, Jenkins followed in his father’s footsteps into law, now serving as a partner at Quarles & Brady in Phoenix. Recently recognized as among the best lawyers in America in Southwest Super Lawyers magazine, Jenkins centers his life around helping others. “That’s been my focus as long as I can remember, especially when it comes to kids,” he says. Jenkins got his start in community stewardship at St. Mary’s Catholic High School, his alma mater, volunteering for the school’s foundation board to help students gain access to scholarships before getting involved in Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) in 2004 and continues to sit on JA’s central district board of directors today. “JA has been educating K-12 students about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy since 1957,” Jenkins explains. Once established both in his legal practice, and with St. Mary's and JA, his father’s words echoed in his mind again, inspiring him to do even more – join the Fiesta Bowl Committee. Wait – a football game … helps children and families? Each year, the work done by the Fiesta Bowl Committee volunteers, such as selling tickets, sponsorships and hosting events (of which Jenkins has been doing since 2012), raises millions of dollars for youth, sports, education and human services organizations annually. “This bowl season, as The Ohio State [University] fell to Clemson [University], we raised more than $2 million,” Jenkins explains, noting recent beneficiaries of Fiesta Bowl funds

include Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, and UMOM New Day Centers, among others. And on the heels of the Fiesta Bowl, while also coaching his sons in youth baseball and basketball, comes Jenkins latest endeavor. In his second year as an active Thunderbird, Jenkins is spending this February knee-deep in everything Waste Management Phoenix Open. “Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner, as well as 2015 champion Brooks Koepka, two-time runner-up Rickie Fowler and five-time PGA Tour winner Patrick Reed are among the superstars committed to playing this year,” he says. The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, also known as




“The Greatest Show on Grass,” will be held January 30 to February 5 at TPC Scottsdale. It is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour. Last year’s tournament broke three attendance records, including a PGA Tour record, with 618,365 fans total for the week. “The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. Last year, we raised a record $9.3 million for charity and have eclipsed $111 million in charitable giving since our inception,” Jenkins explains. So, while famous for its 16th hole and Coors Light Birds Nest, the Open – according to Jenkins – really is at its core “fore” the kids. Just like him.


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Local salon owner gets recognized for her longtime leadership BY BROOKE GOLDSTEIN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


auren Hart, owner of The Root Salon, was recently recognized for her exceptional leadership and ability to take her business to new levels – in a big way. Hart’s business began in a small studio, with a long wait list and an eager assistant who had no room to grow. She decided it was time for change, saved up her money and opened a larger salon in Central Phoenix, later named one of the top 200 salons in North America by Salon Today Magazine. “Being able to have a business that I built from absolutely nothing that can sustain this elite honor, employ young talent and contribute to my local economy has been pretty great,” she says. Hart turns to social media and review websites such as Yelp to keep customers engaged and her business alive. With 97 percent of her new clients coming from Yelp, the company took notice and invited her to be a part of its Small Business Alliance. Yelp also invited her to attend its Coast to Coast event to speak to other members on how to grow a business. “It is exhilarating being in on the latest development strategies of the company,” she explains. Through this program she will learn new techniques and pass her knowledge onto other local and national business owners.


What is the hardest part about being a small business owner? When you own a small business bad things can and will happen. You have to find the spirit you originally had when you first opened the business or when you won your first award or got your fist five star review. Then, you have to find it every morning until the bad thing passes. What do you hope to teach other people looking to start their own business? I guess I would say follow your dreams, stay true to yourself and your brand and most importantly, know what your customer wants and give it to them the very best way you can. UPTOWN |





Kim French uses social media to make the lives of shelter dogs a little less ruff BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


espite growing up with pampered purebreds, Kim French is a shelter girl at heart. In 2016, inspired by Reggie, the loveable mutt she rescued seven years ago, French co-founded Project PAL (Promote Adopt Love) to popularize adoption from local shelters. The concept is simple yet heartwarmingly effective. Each week, Project PAL carefully selects an adoptable dog, makes a generous donation to the designated shelter and promotes the pup across its social media platforms for concentrated exposure. This past year, the organization helped find homes for almost 50 deserving dogs. Those not quite ready to adopt can support the movement by purchasing one of Project PAL’s popular Pup Tees. One hundred percent of the proceeds fund the Shelter Dog Program, which provides everything from post-adoption training to flea and tick treatment. “It can feel daunting to know that even though we’re hustling to find one dog a loving home each week, there are hundreds still looking,” French admits. “But there are so many people out there working tirelessly to make a difference and they inspire us.”


What do you wish you had known before adopting your first dog? How different [life] would be for me and my family. We truly feel like Reggie is grateful every single day that we adopted him. And Hayley is for sure the most appreciative dog of all time. What is your favorite breed? Mutts! I love a good mutt. I just hope people who are considering adding a pup to their family keep in mind that there are dogs of all different breeds who need homes. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “Be the change.” Maricopa Animal Care and Control created this campaign a few months ago, encouraging people to step up and make a difference. UPTOWN |




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TAILOR-MADE Stephanie Gonzalez on making herself – and everyone else – look good BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


ost women would kill to step into Stephanie Gonzalez’s shoes for a day. The lifelong fashion aficionado and stylist at Saks Fifth Avenue spends an enviable amount of time playing dress up with stunning designer pieces. “Trying on clothes to [understand] the fit and how they fall on the body is so important for me to know [so I can help] my ladies,” Gonzalez says. Her approach is painstakingly personal and she often starts the day by texting pictures of the store’s newest merchandise to clients based on their specific tastes. When it comes to dressing herself, Gonzalez is equally conscientious. She draws inspiration from classic icons like Jackie O (Kennedy Onassis), Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren, studying old photographs and amending their style to make it her own. “My style, like everyone’s, has evolved over time,” she allows. That multicolored, all sequin dress may still have a place in her closet, but Gonzalez’s current look – sophisticated and feminine with just the right amount of sexy – is here to stay.

What is the most glamorous part of your job? Being around beautiful clothes … and having the privilege of helping other women be their most confident and fabulous. I find that to be incredibly glamorous. …and the least glamorous? Dealing with close-mindedness. That can be frustrating, but it’s [just] a matter of finding a way around it, of finding something that works for the client. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Whole grain pancakes with a side of berries and my everyday cafe con leche! When do you feel most confident? I feel the most confident when I leave the house feeling 100 percent in what I’m wearing. Getting up and getting ready is one of my favorite parts of the day. If anyone knows me, they know I love to look my best all the time… it’s part of who I am and what makes me happy every day. UPTOWN |



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s a portrait and sports photographer, Everardo Keeme is in the business of storytelling through aesthetics. Like his chosen career, Keeme tells his own story through his attire. “How you dress is a great way to show who you are before people actually get to know you,” he says. Keeme grew up as a competitive BMX biker and worked closely with his family at their restaurant, attributing the development of his fashion sense to his parents. “My parents didn't have much means and always believed in buying the best their money could buy,” Keeme explains. “They instilled in me the value of making a great first impression, which includes making sure your shoes are polished and your shirts are freshly pressed.” While inspired by many designers, Keeme’s parents serve as the basis for the base of his overall style today – teaching him to wear tailored pieces for the best look and fit, a concept he stays true to today. Although shooting keeps him busy, especially as the official photographer for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Keeme enjoys cycling, hiking, cooking, and is currently is studying for his sommelier certification and learning to play the piano.

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Describe your signature style in your own words. I like to think of myself as dapper. What is your must-have accessory when you dress up? A gentleman should always finish his suit with a proper pocket square. What are some of your favorite places for a night out? Cibo, Tuck Shop, Crescent Ballroom and Honor Among Thieves are great places to start. What is your connection to First Ave., originally the Wallace and Ladmo studio? Growing up in Phoenix, I was always a fan of the Wallace and Ladmo show. He was also a regular at my grandmother's restaurant and personally delivered a Ladmo bag once. The studio is also owned by a motorcycling friend who is the son of the owners, so we visit the space as a hangout from time to time. UPTOWN |



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The celebrated chef and Chopped judge brings his rustic and elegant cuisine to Phoenix’s new Mora Italian restaurant


hoenix has become a foodie destination. From quirky and quaint bistros to white tablecloth dining, the Valley’s culinary scene packs a flavorful bite for every taste and preference. Scott Conant – star chef, Food Network personality and successful restaurateur – recently made the savory Southwest home to his latest restaurant, Mora Italian. The concept is a modern and convivial osteria where rustic elegance is the star dish. Before becoming the Scott Conant of Food Network’s Chopped and owner of popular restaurants throughout the U.S. – such as Scarpetta, Impero Caffè, Sprezzatura and more – Conant’s culinary career began in a family-owned restaurant in his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut. “I was the dishwasher at Sea Loft. It was rough work because it was a fish restaurant. I remember taking off my shifts and reeking of fresh fish,” Conant laughs. “My mother would always yell at me to take a shower as soon as I walked through the front door.” UPTOWN |






Conant’s introduction to food was long before he rinsed off any plate at Sea Loft. Family is synonymous with food for this Italian chef, and food was the cornerstone of his childhood home. “My grandparents were potato farmers from Italy, and my father also grew up on a farm. That Old World hospitality is found on both sides,” he adds. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the balance between rustic and elegant – true American and Italian. I grew up with it.” Conant will be the first to tell you that there is no better potato than a russet potato. Forgo the extra fluff, such as bacon bites and sour cream, because according to the expert chef, all you need to do is steam them with a hint of butter and voila – perfection is served. At 11 years old, Conant took cooking classes at a community center in his hometown. At age 15, he attended a vocational school for culinary arts while also working 60 hours a week at Sea Loft. UPTOWN |



“There weren’t many options in Waterbury at the time, so I knew I would eventually leave in order to push myself and pursue my love for cooking,” he recalls. Conant studied classic French cooking at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He took the principles and techniques of proper French cooking that he fervently studied and applied them to Italian cuisine. “That was really the starting point for everything else that followed,” he says. Conant’s career quickly took off as a chef and restaurant owner. It also took flight in ways he never imagined, such as becoming a cookbook author and a judge on Food Network’s Chopped – a show hosted by Ted Allen where chefs compete and turn baskets of mystery (and most times unusual) ingredients into a threecourse meal for decorated chef judges. “I went into culinary not knowing TV would become a part of it,” he admits, “I just knew I loved food and cooking and the people that surrounded me.” Conant has been a Chopped judge since the show aired in 2008. He is a face that viewers recognize and contestants hope to impress when they approach the dreaded chopping block. “Chopped is less about cooking and more about putting a puzzle together on the fly. When the puzzle is pieced together it is surprising sometimes how much flavor goes into some of those dishes,” he explains. Conant admits that the entire Chopped family wants every contestant to do well for more reasons than one. “I would rather make a tough decision on plates that are equally good than a decision on plates that completely missed the mark,” he says. “After all, the better the contestants do the better the we eat!” With 32 years of experience under his belt and accolades attached to his restaurants, Conant brings his Italian flair to the Valley for his latest venture. Mora Italian (5651 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9943; www.moraitalian. com) is a modern osteria – a community hub – that offers a strong line of shareable plates, handmade pastas and dynamic craft cocktails. Mora means blackberry in Italian, which pays homage

to both Conant and his business partner’s Italian roots, but ultimately achieves the vibe of restaurant. “It is a beautiful name that really resonates when you say it – Mora – and it fit the concept that chef Stefano Fabbri and I envisioned,” Conant says. LEG Design Build turned the duo’s vision into a reality. The interior is a balance between rustic and elegance – a schema by which Conant proudly stands. The walls are dressed with street art inspired by Italian-American figures and the color story invites and engages

“A good team plays in the same sandbox with everyone. That means that if everyone plays their position, everything will be fine.” Conant says, “We have a strong and reliable team where everyone plays well together while also learning from one another.” the eye. The rustic component comes to life with woods and brasses utilized throughout the space. A steel bar and tufted seats upholstered in rich blues and deep reds add extra refinement. “When I first saw the various textures I was concerned that it would be too busy. As the months passed, I watched the layers of design come together and reveal something quite beautiful,” Conant says. Mora Italian seats 180 people in the dining room and has a large industrialinspired bar with TVs for entertainment.




The restaurant is casual, but the attention to detail is what you would expect to find at a fine dining establishment. “It is both approachable and fun – serious without being too serious,” Conant explains. Conant stands alongside his business partner, local restaurateur and chef Stefano Fabbri of Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, where both are the voice of reason in what they do. Together, Conant and Fabbri have identified a dynamic team of industry professionals. “A good team plays in the same sandbox with everyone. That means that if everyone plays their position, everything will be fine.” Conant says, “We have a strong and reliable team where everyone plays well together while also learning from one another.” Mora Italian opens February 3, adding a flavorful addition to Phoenix’s food scene – a sphere Conant is eager to jump into wholeheartedly. “I moved to Scottsdale because I wanted to identify a better work-life balance. The thriving food scene here attracted me, but I also have a lot of good friends here that are like family.” Conant adds, “I go back and forth between New York City and Scottsdale, but my family and I officially moved to Scottsdale in July.” During his first six months as a Phoenician, Conant has been eager for the launch date to approach, excited to get people through Mora Italian’s doors. “When you open a restaurant there is no time to rest because you want everything to be perfect. The long hours and sleepless nights are worth it when you see people enjoying their food – it’s humbling,” he says. Conant now calls Phoenix home to his internationally acclaimed craft. His personal touch with food and his balance of rustic elegance creates a thoughtful space and a menu full of clean and pure Italian flavors. What drives his flavorful cuisine? Love. “Passion isn’t enough to sustain any vocation; love sustains. I don’t do it for the praise because being a chef is a thankless position. I do it because I love every single aspect that my job entails,” he explains. For more information about Conant, visit To learn more about Mora Italian, visit

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we decided to borrow Cupid’s arrow to play matchmaker. So if you’re in search of that special someone, perhaps you can turn the month of love into your year of love. May we introduce our list of 14 singles looking for their better halves.





Tim Lake, 32

Kathryn Barr, 50

Regional manager at Cisco Systems and board member of one•n•ten

Nurse practitioner in headache/neurology at a local hospital

“I am an Arizona native, a technology enthusiast and professional. I am passionate about making a difference in the community and changing the way we work, live, play and learn.”

“I consider myself a passionate person about life in general. After turning 50 this year, my priorities have changed in regards to what is important to me. My children are grown and on their own and my learning curve with my career has become less steep, leaving me time to do the things that make me happy. My life motto is best summarized in a Frances Mayes quote, ‘Never lose your childish enthusiasm and things will come your way.’ That has definitely been my experience.”

I love: A martini up, with a twist. A filet from Steak 44, pre-sliced and served at the bar. A snappy dresser. A day at the lake. Wine and premade sushi from the Arcadia Safeway. An effective skin care regimen. International travel. Witty banter. I dislike: Big egos and social situations I can’t Google etiquette guidelines for.

I love: What I am most passionate about is balancing my life with equal time for career, leisure and rest. Leisure activities include travel, yoga and anything that gets my creative juices flowing, like sculpting with clay. With travel, any place I’ve never been, especially if it involves an adventure. I’ve had the opportunity to climb some of the world’s highest peaks, night dived with manta rays, and drank a pint at Oktoberfest in Germany.

My ideal date is: Portland Street near Downtown Phoenix is really something these days – and a great place to step away from the typical spots to get to know someone. We’d start with drinks at FEZ, then head over to dinner at MATCH in the FOUND:RE Phoenix hotel. Or just Netflix and chill – literally or figuratively.

I dislike: Aggressive drivers and bad manners.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I’ve always preferred men from out of town. But I was in their town, not them in my town (I used to travel a lot). Now I’m ready to settle down and shop local.


My ideal date is: Surprise me! Anything is fine. I just prefer the first date be planned by him. What I am looking for in a significant other: I think for a relationship to be successful, you both have to come from similar backgrounds. The relationship is then sustained by common interests and grows by common goals. Simply put.



Emmanuel Hightower, 32

Michelle Krue, 32

Designer of clothing brand ForgivenLove “I’m a graphic designer turned creative visionary who gets to foster change and inspire positive lifestyles everyday through my own premium fashion brand. Most of my days are spent planning my next career move, but really, at my core, I’m just a down-to-earth, adventure-seeking guy who enjoys family, good food and football.”

Realtor at HomeSmart “I’m an outgoing and independent woman who lives life to the fullest and enjoys trying new things. I have a big heart and an entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to laugh, have fun and be spontaneous.” I love: Spending time with my family and friends, practicing yoga, being by the water, traveling and all of the Arizona sports teams.

I love: A person who is a bit more of a free spirit – someone who’s not afraid to get out of their comfort zone and roll with the punches. It’s refreshing for someone whose life and career is so structured around routine and deadlines! I dislike: I’m a pretty simple person with more likes than dislikes. But if I had to pick a few things I’m not a fan of, dishonesty and inconsiderate people would definitely top that list. My ideal date is: I’d prefer something with an experiential element. A bit unconventional, I can appreciate a girl who isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone and put on some sneakers for a hike or enjoy the excitement of a football game. What I am looking for in a significant other: Life is hard enough already without having to worry about whether or not someone really has your best interest in mind. That being said, honesty, sincerity and reliability are definitely at the top of my checklist. Friendship is another vital quality. I don’t know any guy that wouldn’t want a woman who can be serious when they need to but also makes jokes, shares secrets, and enjoys the simple things in life. Lastly, faults, failures and all, a woman who can appreciate me for me is a must. UPTOWN |

I dislike: People who are egocentric and close-minded. Also, bad tippers – that says a lot about someone! My ideal date is: I’m pretty easygoing. As long as it’s a thoughtful date with a special person, I’d be happy. But, I’m always down for a nice dinner and something fun like bowling, Dave & Buster’s or a sports game. What I am looking for in a significant other: A nice, honest and affectionate guy with a good sense of humor. It’s important to find a relationship where we make each other want to be better people. Basically, best friends with butterflies!



Joen Romero Martinez, 44

Alisa Glutz, 39

Medicare services advocate at United Health Group and managing director of the Arizona Teen Universe Pageant

Licensed mortgage professional and certified instructor for Arizona Department of Real Estate

“As a true Latin man, originally from Venezuela, I exude passion as one of my driving forces, especially when motivated. I am also very creative and spontaneous.”

“I’m a mortgage banker momma of two girls (seven and nine), author and creator of Color My Credit (a method of understanding how to improve your credit score), a professional encourager, a real estate teacher, financial and women empowerment speaker, radio show host and all-around lover of life.”

I love: People that are true to themselves fascinate me. Family centers me. Fashion and interior design give me life. Italian and Mediterranean food are everything. I love traveling and spending time with friends.

I love: Laughing, live performances, anything related to art or music, new experiences, encouraging others, spreading kindness, singing, dancing, and learning about others. I love being outside in Arizona from around October through May, and then I love being outside in California from May through October – preferably on the beach.

I dislike: I’m very sensitive to smells, and I can’t stand cigarette smoke. I don’t like when people make empty promises. My ideal date is: Ideal date? Hmm, this is hard. I live for surprise dates, movies and road trips with a lover. Ideally, I’d love to have dinner by the ocean, then take a long walk soaking our feet as we talk holding hands. But we’re in Arizona, so …

I dislike: Big crowds, bullies, being stuck on an airplane or any small space, cooking, ineffective communication, and mayonnaise. My ideal date is: I don’t care so much about location or the activity these days. I care much more about who I spend that time with. I have had the best dates at dive bars and the worse dates at five-star restaurants. I like dates where we can focus on conversation and having fun or experience something new.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I don’t think I am looking for something specific in a man; that list would be too long. I’d like for him to be true to himself. I also admire someone who is open with their feelings and doesn’t hold back. The perfect partner would be family-oriented, kind, accepting, romantic and affectionate.


What I am looking for in a significant other: A professional guy who focuses more on the contributions he is making than the contributions everyone is making to him. I love an underdog and a guy who is blunt and honest but still knows how to be kind and tactful. I love a guy who knows how to use words and affection romantically. Positive mindset and good emotional self-control are essential.



Sarah Beth Brooks, 26

Stephen Baker, 36

Coordinator of charitable giving at FOX Sports Arizona

Regional sales director at Highland Capital Management

“I’m outgoing with an adventurous soul, but I always find time to give back to my community by volunteering at local nonprofits. I love all animals but I could never see myself without a dog, and I use recipes as mere ‘guidelines’ when I’m cooking or baking.”

“Rare breed: A blue-eyed silver fox not to be taken too seriously. Some might call me the All-American man as an Irish Catholic who played competitive sports (hockey, baseball, football and golf) and possesses very tight bonds with family and friends.”

I love: Going on weekend getaways and being around people who can make me laugh. I am a big sports fan, so going to a game or playing in a local beer league is my kind of fun.

I love: I’m passionate about hockey (I play every Monday night at the Ice Den in North Scottsdale); golf; and interacting with my family, friends and business associates. I’m also a big movie buff.

I dislike: It’s never fun to have a conversation with someone who has a huge ego. Materialistic items don’t tell me anything about the type of person you are.

I dislike: When folks are constantly on their cell phones and taking selfies. My ideal date is: On an ideal date, it’s good to enjoy some wine and get to know someone. Second Story Liquor Bar and 5th and Wine are great spots to kick things off.

My ideal date is: Something outdoorsy! If there’s a hike that neither of us have done, then we have to go conquer it! Follow it up with lunch or dinner and good conversation.

What I am looking for in a significant other: My ideal match would be an energetic, fun-loving, classy, clumsy, sweet, caring, healthy, fit, smart, and beautiful woman.

What I am looking for in a significant other: A man who has ambitious goals but doesn’t take himself too seriously. Everyone is busy these days, so if you can still find time to enjoy the small things in life, I’ll be impressed. Lastly, I’ve always jokingly said there are only two things I need to know about a man: 1) How he treats the waiter and 2) How he treats his mother.




Michael Auerbach, 50

Steve Glacy, 60

Chef and owner of FOOD4U

Owner of ESenEM Yoga in Flagstaff and Scottsdale

“My motto is, ‘to thine own self be true.’ My life is about finding out who and what I am.”

“I’m an optimistic, high-energy, very positive guy taking care of my 12-year-old twins, running my yoga studios, consulting to doctors, assisting various charities, managing properties, and staying fit for that next adventure. I try to continuously learn, embrace change and approach each day with a sense of gratitude.”

I love: My passion is food, from shopping for the freshest ingredients to cooking them to presenting a plate that is as beautiful as it is delicious.

I love: Long walks on the beach and my favorite color is blue … just kidding. There’s so much in my life that I love, starting with my beautiful twins, good friends, yoga, golf, hanging out in Flagstaff, and new experiences. I’m especially drawn to happy, open people.

I dislike: A lack of sunshine. My ideal date is: A gourmet dinner at a French restaurant. What I am looking for in a significant other: The woman I am searching for enjoys intellectual challenges and dark humor. She should be comfortable in her own skin and want a man who knows how to take the lead and be the man.

I dislike: There’s really not much I dislike. I love all types of people, food and experiences. On that rare occasion when something comes into my life with which I disagree, I simply move on. My ideal date is: I’m pretty low-key and relaxed, although I have no problem going high-class. My ideal date would be a yoga class at my studio for that perfect physical and mental relaxation, then off to a dog-friendly spot with my Australian Shepherd, Mukha (her name is Sanskrit), for lunch or dinner filled with great conversation. What I am looking for in a significant other: An adventurous woman with a sense of humor who’s not afraid of the challenges in life, whether it’s scuba diving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, traveling in a foreign country, cooking a new dish or figuring out how to hit a golf ball.




Kiki Cordero, 36

Kevin Anderson, 26

Pilates instructor and owner of COR

Strategic account manager at O’Reilly Media

“I’m a Puerto Rican peach, aka a little Latina with Southern charm. I’m a tomboy at heart, who dresses like a lady … with the mouth of a sailor and a heart of gold.”

“I am a hardworking, ambitious, well-educated former collegiate athlete who doesn’t accept mediocrity in any facet of life. Along with that, I live my life with a smile on my face. I am naturally optimistic and strive to see the positive side of life in any situation that arises.”

I love: Good energy! With my career, my charities, the friends I keep, and the places I frequent. Give me good food, a good beat, a glass of wine and witty banter and I’m a happy girl.

I love: My family, my goldendoodle, playing tennis and golf, and doing anything that involves being outside enjoying the Arizona weather.

I dislike: Negativity, no sense of humor, close-mindedness, games, loud chewing, burpees, running and clowns – but I’ll definitely run if a clown is chasing me.

I dislike: Slow walkers, tangled headphones when you take them out of your pocket, and people who eat takeout food on airplanes.

My ideal date is: My ideal date is for the man to pick! I have to be in charge of everything all day long, but here’s some help: I love good food, craft cocktails, wine, live music and sports. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a good time.

My ideal date is: I am a simple man; I just want to have a great conversation. The date could be anywhere, as long as the conversation flows and is natural. Ideally, that date would involve pizza and red wine.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I’m looking for a partner. I need a man who’s not afraid to be the man, who’s not jealous without reason, who can wear chucks or a tux, is into health/ fitness but will still eat a burger with me, who loves my bulldog (Lily), and who knows useless movie trivia because I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I am looking for a woman who makes me a better man. I need to be with someone who has similar aspirations to me and can assist me in accomplishing my goals in life and vice versa. It is also very important to me to find someone who is active, makes me laugh, who is witty, and occasionally sarcastic!




Heather Smith, 50

Allison Rodriguez, 30

Elementary school teacher

TV journalist at ABC15 “I’m a family-oriented Latina who’s the aunt of five amazing human beings and enjoys playing in the makeup aisle and dancing until my feet hurt. I’m a silly knowledge nerd who found herself telling people’s stories for a living, and I try to get involved in community outreach programs.” I love: My family, my faith, dancing, eating lots and watching movies. Traveling to new places is always an adventure because I love different cultures, and I’m always trying to learn a new language. I dislike: Scary movies and Brussels sprouts can go as far away from me as possible.

“I am the patron saint of stray dogs (I only own two!), typically supporting local businesses and charities. Running to pick up my class from PE or music in four-inch heels is my true superpower. Supporting human rights and engaging in playfulness both play large, albeit diverse, roles in my life.” I love: You’ll often find me patronizing locally owned establishments with my two brothers and our assorted friends, engaging in spirited discussions about politics, religion and anything else likely to shake things up. I have a passion for connecting people and projects, as well as planning themed social events. I dislike: It is disheartening when people neglect to consider the impact of their actions and words upon others.

My ideal date is: I like to leave the date details to the guy. As long as we’re having a good conversation with lots of laughs, I’m a happy camper.

My ideal date is: An ideal date includes the opportunity for conversations of substance, as well as those of “stupidity.” As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “it is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” And laughter, there’s always laughter.

What I am looking for in a significant other: A nice, cute and funny man who cares about family, faith and giving back, and embraces me for exactly who I am.

What I am looking for in a significant other: To keep up with me, a man must excel at communication and conversation, be able to find humor in the most frustrating of experiences (lost luggage, slow internet) and joy in the mundane. It’d be a bonus if he can appreciate my love of organization and order combined with my battle against balancing work and social projects – and if he can love dogs that snore, that’s a plus.




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On Jan. 11 at 11:32 a.m., Ballet Arizona dancers Eric Hipolito Jr. and Mimi Tompkins rehearsed the balcony scene of Romeo & Juliet. The ballet, based on the opulent music of Sergei Prokofiev and William Shakespeare’s timeless story of young love, will be performed at Phoenix Symphony Hall Feb. 9-12. Prokofiev's lush score will be performed by The Phoenix Symphony with the full corps of Ballet Arizona's dancers performing Artistic Director Ib Andersen's original choreography. The result is a fresh performance that remains true to the treasured story and the classical ballet. FEBRUARY 2017 |




Cheat Night Gone Right


What to eat and where to eat it

Science and Sustenance

This month, the Arizona Science Center is launching Bean Sprouts, a hip and healthy cafe meant to sparks children’s appetites with good-for-you food and delight grownups with a happier mealtime. The restaurant will offer an array of organic, seasonal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The foods served will never have artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG or nitrates. Some kids menu standouts include a grilledzilla grilled cheese; the do-re-for-me peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and the snack-sized animal snackers and pancake puffadoodles.

Everyone’s favorite Sunday night supper is now being served at The Gladly – fried chicken. The southern staple comes westward as Chef Ben Graham showcases his fresh take on the fried comfort food favorite along with his choice of global and Southern-inspired side dishes ranging from mac and cheese and collard greens to rice waffles with kimchi glaze and pickled daikon. The fried chicken dinner, which includes a half chicken with sides, is available every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $25 per plate.

Desert Dinners

Cloth & Flame, creator of Desert Dinners, a bespoke series of alfresco dinners set in the Sonoran Desert, is now offering even more ways to dine outside. The company has some great events coming up this month, including a luxurious five-course brunch collaboration with Cartel Coffee Lab (February 26, $65 per person) featuring single-orgin coffee pairings with each unique course; a candle lit Valentine's sweetheart dinner in the desert with transportation from Phoenix (February 14, $115 per person), and a special local beer pairings dinner to open Strong Beer Fest and Beer Week (February 11, $90 per person). They will also be rolling out a romantic new option for Valentine's sweethearts: curated picnics, complete with a chefprepared meal, dessert, arranged flowers, and a warm blanket with free delivery to local parks for the week of Valentine's day (February 11 though February 19, prices vary).

The Brunch Bunch Zooming Zookz

If you haven’t been to Zookz yet – it’s an eatery that serves up warmly toasted, unique sandwiches with a blen of crunchy textures and fresh, savory fillings with its own distinctive artisanal sauces. To celebrate one year in business, Zookz now officially has a liquor license, allowing the restaurant to offer bloody marys, mimosas, screwdrivers, beer and wine. In addition, Zookz has recently added gluten-free bread made by local bakery, Gluten Free Creations, for those with gluten sensitivities. UPTOWN |



MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, located inside of the FOUND:RE hotel in Phoenix, is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Executive Chef Akos Szabo brings locallysourced ingredients to globally-inspired dishes, such as the Fllipino chile relleno; Adela’s enchiladas; braised Korean rib lettuce wraps; and a sweet potato waffle with crispy fried chicken. Other menu highlights include an organic yogurt and granola parfait with seasonal berries; and the Plato Paisa with wood grilled steak, plantains, crispy chicharrones, longanisa sausage, avocado, black beans, crema and fried eggs. In the coming months, MATCH’s brunch menu will evolve into their take on a Dim Sum offering.








dental breakthrough can now correct receding gums without painful cutting and stitches – or the need to take time off work for recovery. Experts say the newly developed pinhole gum rejuvenation is quick, painless and can be done in the time it takes to eat lunch. Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang of Scottsdale's SC Dentistry is now offering the instant transformation of the defective gum line which will enable thousands of people achieve a healthy and beautiful smile immediately, virtually pain free and with no stitches and no downtime. Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease, the natural aging process or bad teeth brushing habits. When gum recession occurs the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed, meaning tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is done by Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang numbing the gum tissue with a local anesthetic. Then a tiny entry point the size of a ballpoint pen tip is made above or below the teeth

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Travel Channel’s Food Paradise recently named Taco Guild No. 2 in their Best Mexican spots across the country! Taco Guild beat out ceviche in Miami, red and green chile seared meats in Albuquerque, and giant burritos in Los Angelas, among others, to get this acclaimed honor. Taco Guild is where Old World meets New World, serving up innovative Mexican dishes inside an old church.

Art Talk

New Names This month, Phoenix Center for the Arts will dedicate its brand new gallery space, named in honor of former Phoenix Center for the Arts instructor, Larry Wilson. The dedication event, which takes place February 3 at 6 p.m., will coincide with FORWARD: the Larry Wilson Memorial Exhibit, and feature special guest speakers and refreshments. The gallery will exhibit selections from Larry’s body of artwork alongside work by his colleagues who ensure that his progress moves forward in support of local artists and especially African American artists. Commission on sales from this exhibit will support the Larry Wilson Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance for African American children and teens to participate in visual arts classes and the Teen Artist Guild at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

Have you Heard? The Heard Museum welcomes its first new gallery in 11 years, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery. The new 7,000-square-foot space features energy efficient technology and custom-designed casework. The first exhibit showcased in the new space is Beauty Speaks for Us, including more than 200 American-Indian artworks. Open from February 9 to April 2, Beauty Speaks for Us will present works of American-Indian art that span generations and cultures but share the transcendent quality of beauty, featuring a wide variety of artistic media including pottery, textiles, jewelry, beadwork, functional art, paintings, basketry and carvings. The artwork is drawn from the Heard’s permanent collection as well as esteemed local collections including those of Nadine Basha, Carol Ann and Harvey Mackay, and Janis and Dennis Lyon. Many showcased works of art are being shown publicly for the first time. A February 9 evening gala will celebrate the opening of the exhibit and new gallery ($100). UPTOWN |



Glitz, Glamour & a Touch of Grace

The Hermosa Inn will be hosting a prelude to one of the most fashionable nights in Hollywood with its annual pre-oscars party, featuring Robert Black, founder of the model and talent agency Ford Robert Black Agency and owner of Fashion by Robert Black, a vintage-style boutique. On February 16 at 6:30 p.m., guests will live like movie stars for a day, as they arrive for an evening of fun and glamour on the red carpet. This year’s theme is “A Touch of Grace,” inspired by Grace Kelly. During the cocktail reception, partygoers will be joined by special guest and actor Susan Claassen, widely renowned for her portrayal of celebrated Hollywood stylist and costume designer Edith Head, never breaking character throughout the evening. In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head dressed most of the great stars including Mae West to Elizabeth Taylor, received 35 Academy Award nominations, and won an unprecedented eight Oscars. Guests will then dine on an Oscarworthy menu created by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and LON’s culinary team harkening back to the glamorous dinners of the 1950s, followed by an elegant, vintage fashion show, with clothing provided by Fashion by Robert Black. $99 per person.

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Independent Woman Luncheon

Child Crisis Arizona Annual Gala

Feb. 7, 10 a.m. Now in its seventh year, the Independent Woman Luncheon celebrates the Valley’s premier design community as they come together in support of Phoenix Art Museum’s commitment to excellence in visual arts and education. This year’s event will honor the high-profile designer and host of hit HGTV shows Room Service Design Inc. and Real Potential, Sarah Richardson. The luncheon will be dressed head-to-toe in style by top Valley design firms, and Sarah Richardson will be the event’s keynote speaker. $300. www.

Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Join Child Crisis Arizona as they present a black-tie affair to benefit the children of Child Crisis Arizona. This year’s Motown-themed gala will be held at the posh Sheraton Grand Phoenix where guests will enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, silent and live auctions, live entertainment and more. Individual tickets, $300.

A Love Not Forgotten Gala

8th Annual Fresh Brunch

Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. February 14 is a day full of love. Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but it is also the birthday of our beloved state. What better day to host the Love Not Forgotten Gala than on this loving day? The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter invites you to celebrate love at a gala that raises funds for Alzheimer’s care, research and support. The black-andwhite 1920’s-themed event will feature a silent and live auction, dinner, dancing and musical entertainment. Held at the whimsical J.W. Marriot Camelback Inn, the Love Not Forgotten Gala is an elegant evening dressed in love. Individual tickets, $250.

Feb. 19, 10 a.m. One∙n∙ten, an organization that empowers the Valley’s LGBTQ with programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices, invites you to its signature gala brunch. This year’s Fresh Brunch will be held at the Arizona Biltmore and celebrate one∙n∙ten’s 20th year of service to the youthful LGBTQ community. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions and a complimentary brunch with registration. All proceeds raised will go directly to one∙n∙ten’s social and service programs. Individual tickets, $100.

8th Annual Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon Feb. 24, 11:45 a.m. Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) invites you to its eighth annual luncheon. Guests will learn how JFCS touches lives through its programs and services, and become personally engaged with the organization’s mission to strengthen the community. This year’s keynote speaker, Andrew Bridge, director of the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation, will discuss the topic of foster care. Enjoy a delicious brunch at the historic Arizona Biltmore as you learn about JFCS’s mission. Individual tickets, $180.





AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Arts Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Don’t miss out this signature fundraising gala for Hospice of the Valley at the Arizona Biltmore. The gala includes dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions with collectible pieces by renowned artists and antiques. Proceeds benefit patients and families of Hospice of the Valley, which has been serving the community since 1977. Individual tickets, $250-300.

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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN Feb.3, Desert Botanical Garden Come hear the spectacular talent at the Desert Botanical Garden’s spring concert series. This event features local bands performing in a charming venue. Delicious food and beverages will be available to indulge in while you sit beneath the sky and listen to the music.7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25. WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN Jan. 30- Feb.5, TPC Scottsdale The Phoenix Open is legendary for being the biggest party on the PGA tour. Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” this tournament is an exciting game that will keep you on your feet the entire game. The WMPO is the best-attended golf tournament in the world, with the largest crowds on the PGA tour. Tournament general admission prices vary by day. Times vary. BREWERS BOWL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Feb. 4, Brewers Bowl This one-of-a-kind street festival will showcase some of the most vibrant craft beers in Arizona. Guests will have chance to taste some of the finest brews from nearly 20 local breweries while listening to live music. Breweries can also submit their samples for an opportunity to be crowned the beer champion and win the Vince Lombardy trophy. 5 p.m. $35. CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Feb.4, Arizona Biltmore Get ready to laugh, have fun, and be amazed by magic! This show revolutionizes magic by blending an international travel theme with all the elements of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. This show will have you searching for answers and keep you wondering how the mysterious magic happens! 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $45-$60. FUN, RUN, WALK AND ROLL Feb. 5, Kiwanis Park The only thing more beneficial than running is running for a cause! Take on the beautiful paths of Kiwanis Park in Tempe with a 10K/5K run or one-mile walk. With your help, the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona will raise money for children and adults with disabilities. 9 a.m.$20-$35.

Galaxy Gala Feb. 4, Arizona Science Center

Unleash your intellectual curiosity as you enter a galaxy beyond our world. Enjoy this amazing exhibition while being challenged to face your fears, misunderstandings and predators. Guests will enjoy shark-tastic cocktails and hors d’oevres, followed by a shark-tastic dinner! 9 p.m. $500.

ROMEO & JULIET Feb. 9-12, Symphony Hall The most famous love story will come to the stage this Valentine’s Day weekend. Sit through the passion, romance and elegant scenery as the dancers reenact the passionate tale. This romance will make sure to set your heart astir. Times and ticket prices vary. www.balletaz.og. DIRTY DANCING Feb. 10-12, Orpheum Theatre Come see the classic story filled with love, drama and sensational dancing live on stage. The worldwide hit tells the story of two young people from different worlds coming together to form a romantic relationship like no other. The partner dancing and heart-pounding music will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Times vary. $29-$89. DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE Feb.11, Comerica Theatre America’s favorite dance show takes the stage in Phoenix this month! Fans of the show will get the opportunity to see some of the best dancers in the industry, including season 23’s finalists. This tour showcases every type of dance seen on the show




– from modern to ballroom, you will love every minute of these sizzling hot dances! 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST AT HEARD MUSEUM Feb.11-12, Heard Museum Get ready to witness a unique sport that is unlike anything you have seen before. Men and women who call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancers will showcase their own variation of hoop dancing. Dancers will be judged on precision, timing, creativeness and speed. This event makes for an exciting competition that you won’t want to miss! 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $12-$18. CHINESE WEEK CULTURE AND CUISINE FESTIVAL Feb.10-12, Margaret T. Hance Park Experience Chinese culture like never before at this historical festival. Enjoy live entertainment including famous dragon and lion dances, martial arts, and musical performances. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the culture at history booths and get to taste the authentic Chinese cuisine. 9 a.m-3 p.m. Free.


do EXPERIENCE CANADA Feb.11-12, Musical Instrument Museum Honor Canadian culture and music for a celebration of Arizona’s Canada Week. There will be musical performances, cultural talks and Canadian-inspired food to indulge in. All ages are welcome for this cultural experience! 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. $12. JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Feb.12-26, Multiple locations Get out your popcorn and soda for a featuring of cultural films from around the world. The festival will offer a wide variety movies based on the historic and contemporary Jewish experience. Highly esteemed guest speakers will be there to give their insights on the film. Times vary. $10. THE MCDOWELL SONORAN CONSERVANCY DISCOVERY GETAWAY Feb.24-26, McDowell Mountain Regional Park This 52-hour sunrise to sunset experience will take you on an incredible journey through the desert to the top of Tom’s Thumb. Nature lovers will get the chance to learn all about the desert while hiking up the beautiful scenery. $1,195. CLOWN TOWN HEALING FEST Feb. 24-26, Herberger Theater Center Clowns will take the streets of Phoenix for a fun, celebratory weekend about healing in the community. There will be nutritionists, music, dance, body workers and traditional healers to share their stories on how they have been healed. This

event is for people of all ages to be inspired and learn about leading a healthier lifestyle. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Free. 80TH ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE Feb.25, Arizona State Fairgrounds Bargain hunters are in for a treat with thousands of items up for sale at this event. Art, accessories, clothing and electronics will all be available to purchase for you or as a gift. In addition to the sale, the Junior League of Phoenix will be providing free mammograms to women during the event. 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. $5. 26TH ANNUAL BLUES BLAST Feb.25, Margaret T. Hance Park Get ready to snap your fingers and bob your head to the soulful blues bands guitars. Guests will gather at Margaret T. Hance Park as several bands perform some of their most memorable songs at this annual event. Bring the family along for kids to enjoy art projects, music workshops and food vendors. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. $25-$30. MESA ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION GALA Feb. 25, Mesa Arts Center Join the diverse crowd of elected officials, artists, musicians and art lovers for an captivating night of music and fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit MAC Engagement Programs to provide youth and artists with opportunities. No need to get fancy because this event’s dress code is “fun attire.” 6 p.m.10 p.m. $150.




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Get a chance to hear the amazing transformations and triumphs from youth members of the community. The Boy’s and Girl’s club of Greater Scottsdale’s will recognize the finalists and help shape their lives to a great future. The gala will also include a silent auction, dinner, and live entertainment that you won’t want to miss. 5:30 p.m. $250. FEBRUARY 2017 |



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PHX VEGAN FOOD FESTIVAL The plant-based party everyone’s talking about BY GABBY RICHMAN


fter a successful debut, the PHX Vegan Food Festival is returning to the Valley, taking place February 25. Presented by Davisson Entertainment, the outdoor, family-friendly event got raving reviews last year, bringing a unique, never-before-hosted idea to Phoenix. “The PHX Vegan Food Festival was received so well last year because there has never been anything like this in Phoenix,” explains Daniel Davisson, creator of PHX Vegan Food Festival and owner/operator of Davisson entertainment. “The Valley has a large vegan population, and they are passionate about following a plant-based lifestyle. Aside from its nutritional impact, veganism has many environmental and social meanings. The Valley has needed a large-scale event like this to

show support, raise awareness, and create a dialogue within the vegan community.” But, the event isn’t just for those cutting meat out of their diet on a regular basis. Davisson hopes to bring all community members together – both vegan and non-vegan. “The event was created to show the vegan community the variety of amazing options that are available in the Valley. In addition, it gives those who may not be familiar with vegan food the chance to explore and try something new,” Davisson says. The participating restaurants, food trucks and food and beverage purveyors will be showcasing some creative, mouthwatering eats and drinks, all void of animal products. There will also be chefs and industry experts giving presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Whether they’re vegans or meatlovers, children or adults, the festival is expecting 3,000 attendees. “We’ve expanded the footprint of the festival site to include the entire courtyard area at the Phoenix Theatre/ Phoenix Art Museum campus. There will be even more food and beverage vendors and food trucks. Compared to last year’s 45 vendors, we have about 70 this year,” Davisson explains. This year’s festival will have several more bars with more vegan beer options, and an enhanced kids’ activity area UPTOWN |



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WHAT: Second annual PHX Vegan Food Festival WHEN: Feb. 25, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. WHERE: Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Art Museum campus, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix TICKETS: General admission, $25; VIP, $50 INFORMATION:

thanks to Free Arts of Arizona. There will also be three entertainment stages with performances throughout the day by local artists, coordinated by The Listening Room Phoenix. The main stage will feature full bands, while the two acoustic stages will showcase solo and duo artists. The VIP experience is also returning with a few extra perks. VIP ticket holders will receive one hour early entry at 10 a.m., a swag bag of goodies and two beverage tokens. “They will [also] have their own private entrance for easier access into the festival grounds,” Davisson adds. “There will be a private VIP beverage tent for purchasing additional drinks. For our chef demo stage, VIPs will enjoy reserved seating in the first three rows of the theater. We’re also offering free, onsite parking for the first 150 VIP guests who arrive to the PHX Vegan Food Festival.”




et red carpet-ready and head to the Valley’s premier Oscar viewing party. The Arthritis Foundation hosts its 23rd annual GlitzGlamGive Gala, a chance to look fabulous while giving back. In a night of true Hollywood glamour, guests will be greeted by paparazzi as they arrive on the red carpet to have their photos taken with live gold statues. While attendees pose and walk like movie stars, Jennifer Jolls will be present to play music from the recent blockbuster hit and Oscar-nominee La La Land, as well as other Hollywood films. “When the ballroom doors open at 6 p.m., guests will watch the 89th Annual Academy Awards and be entertained during the ‘commercial breaks,” explains Laura Rolfe, executive director of The Arthritis Foundation Arizona. You might not be taking an Oscar home, but there are plenty of other amazing items you could wind up leaving with. Among them are the event’s famous mystery boxes, which contain items valued at $100 or more including hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, sports tickets, jewelry, and more. There will also be a frosty live auction, hosted by “auctiontainer” and local celebrity Letitia Frye. “The live auction is full of ice and includes an Alaskan fishing cabin; an Arizona Coyotes behind the scenes experience, and diamonds,” Rolfe says. Additional event highlights include

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gourmet dining, live entertainment and a Rolfs fashion show. What’s an awards show without an awards presentation? This year’s medical honoree is Dr. Saima Chohan, a rheumatologist with Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology “She [Dr. Chohan] treats patients FEBRUARY 2017 |



with arthritis, helping them live a better life free of the pain from arthritis,” Rolfe explains Event proceeds will support local juvenile arthritis programs like Camp Cruz, a residential camp for kids ages 7-16 with a form of arthritis; better living tools for adults with arthritis and related diseases; a resource finder; educational programs and research. The evening will also shine light on a youth honoree, Brianna Cooney “Brianna Cooney is six years old and was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of two” Rolfe says. “Brianna's family attends Camp ILA, a family camp for kids with arthritis and she plans on attending Camp Cruz when she turns 7 years old next year.” The Arthritis Foundation,, exists to conquer arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. “We have been leading the fight for the arthritis community for nearly 70 years to help conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connection. Our goal is to make each day another stride toward a cure,” Rolfe says.



ove over, Valentine’s Day! There is an even sweeter event this month – the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, where more than a dozen Valley chefs have partnered with the Arizona CactusPine Girl Scouts on this oh-so-sweet event. Their mission? Use their culinary prowess to reimagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature said dessert on its menu through Feb. 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting the local Girl Scout Council in our community. Your mission is to taste them all!

filling, caramel ganache and milk chocolate.

The MARKET by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar Chef and owner Jennifer Russo’s Twixted Trefoil Bar features chocolate mousse, a handmade Trefoil shortbread and salted caramel.


Reigning challenge champions for most desserts sold in 2016, Churn churned out a homemade Savannah Smile ice cream with a touch of sea salt and a homemade raspberry swirl to try their hand at winning again.

Compass Arizona American Grill at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix Chef David Duarte’s Girl Scout dessert creation is the Tagalong Crunch Bar with peanut butter ganache, milk chocolate praline Tagalong crust, and dulce de leche.

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Flower Child’s dessert offering features the gluten-free Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies in a rich, chocolate pudding.


Girl Scouts go gourmet in a delicious dessert challenge BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The Henry Pastry chef Lucia Alferez created a Samoa Doughnut, consisting of a brioche doughnut with toasted coconut cream UPTOWN |



The Crepe Club Their "Tag-a-Crepe-along" is a peanut butter and chocolate based crepe, with Tagalong Cookie filling and cookie crumbles.

Coup des Tartes Chef Ron Pacioni’s Thin Mint-infused chocolate tarte features rich chocolate pudding in a Thin Mint tarte shell. Enjoy Girl Scout Cookies at home, too – they’ll be available through March 5. For more information, or to download the app, visit



erberger Theater Center (HTC) presents its 18th Annual Young Artists’ Competition. HTC is accepting registrations through February 26 for the competition, which showcases the talents of artists. Applicants may enter in the disciplines of acting, dance or voice for a chance to compete in the finals at the HTC, taking place March 11. What exactly are they looking for in applicants? Any young Arizona resident between the ages of 15 and 19 who would like an opportunity to showcase his or her talent for the competition’s judges, experience a professional audition and compete at Herberger Theater. Those who wish to apply and compete must submit the completed registration form and fee by the deadline – $25 before February 12; $35 through February 26. “Actors must be prepared to perform two contrasting monologues, not to exceed four minutes. Dancers will perform a four-minute dance from the genre of their choice. Singers will perform two Broadway selections, pre- and post1968, not to exceed six minutes,” explains Judy Rollings, director of arts education and outreach for HTC. If the young talents make it to the finals (general admission, $10; students with ID, $5), they will perform in front of a live audience of about 200 people and the winner of each discipline will receive


a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts, with a few other prizes up for grabs. “The finals audience plays an important role by voting for their favorite competitors in the popular people’s choice awards. The winner in each discipline receives $100,” Rollings says. “We have also increased the opportunity for young talent to excel through a partnership with Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT). For the second year, ABT is sponsoring an additional $1,500 scholarship for one participant. The winner will be selected by a panel of ABT judges and offered an opportunity to perform with its professional cast in a main stage production.” With three divisions in the FEBRUARY 2017 |



competition – acting, dance and voice – each is headed by a local professional who appoints three judges from their respective professional communities throughout Arizona to preside over the auditions. “Each will also appoint a new fourth judge – an expert in their own field, but also versed in the other two disciplines – to preside over the finals event,” Rollings explains. In 2016, the competition had 93 artists from across the Valley as well as Tucson, Florence and Sedona that participated in the audition process, with 12 young artists competing in the finals. Last year’s winners include Arianna Williams (acting), Michaela Horger (dance), Alley Lansdowne (voice) and Eric Klich (dance for ABT), with hopes of this year’s event being even bigger and better. “We hope it [the competition] builds awareness in the community about the arts, and serves as a reminder that we need to support young artists and the tremendous passion they bring to the stage,” Rollings says. “They are the stars of tomorrow. We encourage everyone to become part of the vibrant cultural scene in our community, and recognize and applaud the impact the arts have in our society.” For more information about the competition, visit or




hen opening Pomelo at the Orchard, it was automatically decided that citrus would be incorporated in the menu. The history of the land and the restaurant’s name say it all. “This property [Pomelo] was a citrus farm in 1920,” explains Jerry Mansoor, CEO and partner of Pomelo. Using this as inspiration, Mansoor and the Pomelo management team created one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, Bellissimo ($9). The bubbly cocktail contains a very unique ingredient – Pomelo Vodka, made at Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott. “The custom-made Pomelo Vodka is infused with pomelo citrus and it was a must-have when we tried it. The history of this venue is important to us and it inspired us to make an amazing drink,” Mansoor says. Distilled from wheat and potato, the crisp and light liquor is made for and exclusively served at Pomelo. The vodka is accompanied by grapefruit juice, blackberry and thyme syrup. All the ingredients are shaken, poured over ice, topped with Champagne, and garnished with a blackberry. The result? According to Mansoor, the drink is “a refreshing citrus blend with a blackberry essence and a hint of thyme.” Want to grab a bite? Mansoor suggests pairing the cocktail with Pomelo’s pan roasted salmon entree or the tuna tartare. Pomelo at the Orchard, 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600; UPTOWN |




WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF? I knew I wanted to be a chef when I started spending time with my mom in the kitchen. I was about 13 years old and we would go to the farmers market every Saturday. She would show me the ingredients and teach me how to make different dishes. Spending time with my mom and sometimes my grandma in the kitchen made me want to give professional cooking a shot – and once I did I fell in love. TO YOU, FOOD IS… Passion. It’s a way to communicate with people and to show your emotions. THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU PROBABLY USE MOST IS: Besides salt and pepper, cilantro. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE… A professional soccer player. That was the first thing that I wanted to do. WHAT’S ONE FAVORITE COOKING TIP YOU CAN SHARE? Always keep in mind salt draws out moisture. I like to use the example of eggplant. When you’re cooking eggplant, always be sure to salt it about 15 to 20 minutes before cooking. The salt will draw out the moisture for a faster cooking time and intensified flavor. WHEN YOU’RE NOT COOKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU? The Light of the World church or at choir – I sing bass. WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? I love In-N-Out. I always order the DoubleDouble. FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY: When I was six years old back in Mazatlan, Mexico, I remember one of my aunts was making a big batch of shrimp ceviche – it was about three gallons. We were all getting ready to go to the beach and I love ceviche, so I started eating it. It took me about an hour or so but I want to say I ate more than half of it. No one realized until we were at the beach and there wasn’t enough for everyone! I still love ceviche and could eat it all day.

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Suny Martinez-Santana, chef de cuisine of St. Francis

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Ignite romance at home with the color of love BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Vintage-style wall clock, Uttermost, $158.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Ceramic table lamp, $129 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Roses giclee print on canvas, iCanvas, $124 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Chevron alpaca throw, Jonathan Adler, $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Petal lumbar pillow, $25 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Velvet swivel chair, Bryn St. Clair, $1,399 at UPTOWN |




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Follow February’s lead of romance, and step out for date night in a pair of heels that will give your favorite LBD an eye-catching pop of pizzazz. Crafted in Italy, Christian Louboutin’s Sova Broda Jeweled Sandal features the brand’s classic (and may we add, Cupid-approved) red lacquered sole along the four-inch stiletto heel, while the black patent leather straps are bedazzled with bold multicolored crystals. In true Louboutin fashion, the sandal is feminine and chic – with a distinctly sassy, fierce edge. $1,695 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. FEBRUARY 2017 |





Wow your special someone with these sparkling accessories BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) 18-karat yellow gold diamond chandelier earrings, Isadora, $6,999 at London Gold, 480.367.1717. 1.31-carat cushion-cut diamond ring with rose and white gold double halo, $19,995 at London Gold. 18-karat white, rose and yellow gold bracelets, $5,800 each at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. Rose gold Love bracelet, Cartier, $5,250 at Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, 480.991.5626. 18-karat white gold earrings with white and cognac diamonds, $8,900 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. 18-karat white gold ring with diamonds, $2,800 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. Custom 14-karat recycled white gold 7-carat diamond bracelet, price upon request at Paul Johnson Jewelers, 480.970.4341. Estate 21-karat yellow gold pendant with bezel-set jewels, Kesar, price upon request at Paul Johnson Jewelers. UPTOWN |




CLUTCH CONTROL Playful purses fit for date night


(Clockwise from top) Applique floral with skull closure, Alexander McQueen, $2,395.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Clear with interchangeable pouches, Charlotte Olympia, $675.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Black suede flap with silver metal triangle applique, Gucci, $395.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Distressed gold with logo, Tory Burch, $99.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Quilted rose lambskin with studs, Valentino, $1,545 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Blue snakeskin with gold buckle detailing, Jimmy Choo, $145 at My Sister’s Closet. Nude patent leather baguette, Christian Louboutin, $850 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. FEBRUARY 2017 |




GLAM GIFTS Luxe beauty products for your loved one BY LACI LANGSTON

Chantecaille Le Magnolia Eye and Cheek Palette Each eye and cheek shade in this palette is embossed with a beautiful magnolia, symbolizing the beauty of nature. Designed with a color scheme that inspires a variety of looks for every occasion, the shades vary from subtle elegance to bold and playful. Its serene formula is infused with natural botanicals sourced from around the world, creating an effortless, romantic look. The multi-dimensional palette can be used for highlighting, brightening, contouring and adding that final pop of color. $83 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

Feeling a little nervous about what to get your significant other on the most romantic day of the year? Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all candy and roses. Gift your special someone (or yourself!) with a unique surprise. From a sophisticated scent to a luxurious lipstick, we’ve rounded up five items that will make your loved one look and feel beautiful.

Tory Burch Marion Embossed Metallic Leather Cosmetic Case Your vanity isn’t the only place to store beauty essentials. Whether you’re on the go or need a case to hold your stylish staples, this diamond-embossed leather pouch will do the job. Decorated in metallic luster with intricate detailing, it meets the needs of storage and style. With a zip-around closure and an inside slip pocket to hold additional items, this bag makes for the perfect accessory to toss in your purse or rest fashionably on the vanity. $125 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in So Tango Presentation is everything and Christian Louboutin most definitely delivers with this velvet matte lipstick. Presented in a jewelry box and dressed in a silk carrying pouch, the fiercely rich color applies as full coverage, setting with a suede matte finish. The lipstick is enriched with natural oils and seed butters, bearing infinite moisture and seamless definition. Revamp your look and bring a bold color impact with the shade So Tango – a must-have hue that makes your lips the ultimate weapon of seduction. $90 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Trish McEvoy The Power of Brushes Collection – Simply Chic You can have all the high-end products that stores have to offer, but your makeup routine isn’t complete without a brush collection that is equally as luxe. Devised of the highestquality and cruelty-free hair, this coveted eight-piece brush set for eyes and face will enhance your overall application experience and restore a new level of confidence. Inside the brush clutch you’ll find a signature piece – the professional sponge, which cultivates a flawless finish. Not only are the tools super mod, but the clutch itself is a stunner. $225 at Neiman Marcus.

Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum An enticing aroma that exudes sophistication and a hint of mystery is what you’ll find when you apply this perfume. The fragrance wears like a veil of creamy sandalwood, warmed with exhilarating florals and Eastern spices. The scent, described as pure elegance in a bottle, captures the senses and leaves an enduring trail. This gem is a jack of all trades, exploring every exotic note there is with a spirit of modern earthiness. $225-$595 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.




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custom cabinetry, and custom ceiling detailing throughout. Upstairs – accessible by both a spiral staircase and an elevator – is the spacious master suite, equipped with a beamed ceiling, a fireplace and sitting area. The office is as equally refined with built-in cabinets and desks and a full a wet bar with a sink and mini fridge. In an entertainers dream, the property offers more living room when you walk out to the backyard. The 1,095-square-foot two-bedroom guest house includes two fireplaces as well as an efficiency kitchen. Then, make your way to the pool house for even more space. Entertaining continues in the separate catering kitchen, made for large-scale entertaining. Outdoors, lush well-manicured landscaping sets the tone for a private yet vast yard complete with fountains, secluded patios and ramadas. The backyard also features a pool, multiple sitting areas and stone patios. 4835 E. Exeter Blvd., Phoenix, AZ85018. Listed for $6,250,000 with Libby Cohen of of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.291.1446 or

ituated in a fully walled and gated property on 2 1/2 acres, this 6,910-square-foot home offers the secluded feeling of a country home with a location just minutes from Scottsdale and Sky Harbor for city living. With five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, excluding the two-bedroom guest house, the Santa Barbara dwelling includes four en-suite bedrooms; a spacious great room and bar; a custom kitchen; a space with both a sauna and Jacuzzi. The interior is elegant, adorned with solid hardwood flooring,






Explore the nation’s capital with a floral festival unlike any other BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM



ashington, D.C. is much more than politics and what happens behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. One of the most iconic symbols of Washington, D.C. in the springtime is the cherry blossom tree. Celebrate the nation’s heritage among the beautiful blooms during the month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival. org), which runs from March 20 through April 16 this year.

History of the Trees Cherry trees haven’t always been a part of the District’s landscape. In March 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki transferred 3,000 cherry trees from the banks of Japan’s Arakawa River to the banks of the Potomac as a gift to First Lady Helen Herron Taft. Three short decades later, however, the U.S. found itself at war with Japan, and after some of the trees were cut down, the government started calling them “Oriental flowering cherry trees” to protect them. The ploy worked and the trees survived. Following the war, the trees became a symbol of renewed goodwill between the U.S. and Japan. In 1965, Japan gifted another 3,800 trees to Lady Bird Johnson.

The gifts and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

National Cherry Blossom Festival With so many flowering trees dotting the nation’s capital city, it seems only appropriate to celebrate them. For four weekends stretching from mid-March through midApril, millions of people come from around the world to celebrate the arrival of spring, marked by the trees’ iconic pink blooms. The festival is filled with events, most of which are free and open to the public. One of the most beautiful events is the UPTOWN |







Blossom Kite Festival held April 1, where attendees can watch kites flying in front of the Washington Monument. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival takes place during the final weekend with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and activities at the District Wharf, followed by fireworks. Of course, simply ambling along the National Mall, strolling from the Capitol toward the Lincoln Memorial is an event in and of itself with the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Luxury Lodging The Mayflower Hotel, now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, opened in the District more than 90 years ago and has been a landmark ever since. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it has had some famous guests walk through its doors, including every U.S. president as well as visiting royalty and celebrities. The Mayflower recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and a stay there is an ideal central location during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The hotel is a few steps from the Metro, which delivers you right into the heart of the festival activities. Even walking through the marble lobby, which retains a touch of yesteryear, gives you an appreciation for the history of our country.


vital stats: 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon Price: $42,950 Price as tested: $57,620 Seating: Up to 5 Engine: 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder Horsepower: 240 Fuel economy: 22/34 mpg city/highway Fab features: Gorgeous “wagon” styling Beautiful driving dynamics with exceptional comfort Harman Kardon surround sound system

2016 BMW 328i SPORTS WAGON A revitalized station wagon with unexpected excitement and styling appeal BY JIM PRUETER


ars are an emotional choice, an expression of our personal style, likes and aspirations. As an automotive journalist, I’m first and foremost an automotive geek and an automotive enthusiast. I don’t know anyone who loves cars more than I do and, for whatever reason, I have always been attracted to station wagons. Of course, automakers abhor the “station wagon” nomenclature, favoring terms like sports wagon, cross country or, simply, wagon. All this brings me to this month’s narrative on the BMW Sports Wagon. Whether the make is Audi, FEBRUARY 2017 |



Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Subaru or BMW, I love everything about a station wagon. So imagine my elation in grabbing the keys of a Mediterranean blue metallic 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon. The BMW 328i Sports Wagon is nowhere near the class of the MercedesBenz E63 AMG – the world’s fastest and rarest wagon – but it doesn’t have to be for you to fall in love with it. After all, not all cars need 500-plus horsepower and foot-wide tires to make them thrilling. But why the fascination with wagons? It’s true that most Americans lump wagons into the same category as minivans when it comes to personal appeal. But to others (like me), wagons are cool. Perhaps it’s because – in a world full of sedans, utility vehicles and hatchbacks – wagons really stand out, especially when they are decked out with sporty wheels and attractive trim modifications like the BMW 328i Sports Wagon. Since the 2017 Sports Wagon was not yet released at press time, I tested a 2016 model available in two engines: a diesel and a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower four-cylinder (my test car), matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The only change for 2017 will be an increase of eight horsepower to the engine and the model nomenclature will change from 328i to 330i. The 328i Sports Wagon isn’t particularly fast, but it feels fast and it handles magnificently, commanding serious cornering grip. It’s a handful of a sports wagon that’s nothing short of brilliant behind the wheel. It can carry more than double the amount of cargo as the BMW 328i sedan – and if you need even more space, the rear seats flip forward, yielding 61 cubic feet of cargo area. My test vehicle was fully kitted with $14,000 in options including upgraded audio, technology packages, convenience packages, safety features and more. Added all up, the 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon has killer good looks, impossibly precise handling, impressive performance and loads of cargo space. It’s supremely equipped, comfortable and an absolute riot to drive. The excitement will last as long as you own the vehicle.






NECKLACE: White woven wrap choker, Chan Luu, $249. TOP: Floral embroidered blouse, Johnny Was, $199. BRACELETS: Garnet energy, Gorjana, $39 each. PANTS: Rose ultraskinny ankle jeans, Paige, $209. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.

SHIRT: Pine long-sleeved waffle crew neck, Ralph Lauren, $125. WATCH: The Runwell 47 mm white face, Shinola, $550. PANTS: Raw selvedge jeans, 3sixteeen, $229. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




SHIRT: Blackand-white checked button-down with skull details, Robert Graham, $395. PANTS: Black jeans, 34 Heritage, $195. Both from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




NECKLACE: Brown wrap choker, Chan Luu, $79. JACKET: Denim, Mavi Jeans, $129. TOP: White V-neck long-sleeved T-shirt, WILT, $89. PANTS: Olive green ankle zip jeans, Paige, $229. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




SHIRT: Gray-and-white houndstooth, Robert Graham, $179. WATCH: The Runwell 47 mm green face, Shinola, $750. PANTS: Olive green slim fit jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $209. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




NECKLACE: Purple beaded choker, Chan Luu, $109; gold disk, $299. TOP: Purple-andblue striped blouse, Rails, $149. PANTS: Dark skinny jeans, rag & bone, $239. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400. FEBRUARY 2017 |



EARRINGS: Gold paisley drop, Chan Luu, $195. SCARF: Mixed floral silk scarf, $89. TOP: White asymmetric blouse, HEATHER, $89. PANTS: Open hem wine-colored jeans, Margaux Lonnberg, $179. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400. SHIRT: Navy plaid button-down, Rails, $149. PANTS: Sporty indigo jeans, 34 Heritage, $189. Both from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




NECKLACE: Layered short beaded, Chan Luu, $269; long beaded dagger, Chan Luu, $295. JACKET: Black embroidered kimono, Johnny Was, $229. TOP: Gray silk blouse, HEATHER, $139. BRACELETS: Black-andsilver beaded wrap, Chan Luu, $115-$235. PANTS: Black high-rise skinny jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $189. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.




Natalie McDonald

Liz Garlieb and Nancy Dennis

Alicia Neal and Tiffany Hudgens

Your Mind & Money, Overcoming Mental Roadblocks BY BEN ARNOLD

Holly Tully and Regina Edwards

Christina Lopez and Danyella Garcia

Women gathered at the YWCA building for one of their Young Women’s Forums. In this month’s forum, attendees learned strategies and tools from featured guest speaker, Hannah Brown, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed. The event provided strategies on overcoming the mental roadblocks that can hinder you when it comes to making wise financial decisions.

Janet Kirkman and Hannah Brown

Robin Guthrie and Bridget Costello

Sarah Parks and Kristin Loo Kelly Bushong and Kristi Hall

Irene Gordonharrell and Annie Groth

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Pat Ray, Alison Johnston and Gayle Ray Ken and Marina Vlah

Paul and Edie Duckworth

Party of Note: Elegance Defined BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Deborah Pshebniski and Carol Clemmensen

Parties of Note celebrated the beginning of its sixth season at the Paradise Valley home of Deidre and Kenneth Vecchione. Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito MuĂąoz mingled with guests as they enjoyed cocktails and dinner from The Herb Box as well as performances by Phoenix Symphony musicians.

Rebecca Comstock and Katie Woodward

Ken and DeeDee Vecchione

Ethan and Jennifer Frey

Diane Thomason and Shirley Chetwood

Sherry and Steve Rettler

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Jeanne and Stephen Winograd and Sharon Re

Sue Thompson and Meghan Thompson

Lauren Tracy and Kari Lee Tracy

Pat and Bob Bondurant

Caley Mellott and Jessica Angelo

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction BY BEN ARNOLD

The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale for its 46th year, featuring more than 1,600 collector cars, plus polo competitions and exhibitors.

Dawn Watson and Eric Watson

Danny Burkett and Rachel Garcia

Vaughan Hollenbeck and Karen Kryszak Mitch and Ellen Wilson Dawn Holley and Mary Worth

Kate Collins and Laura Walsh

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Laurie Florkiewicz and Tina Hines

Miles and Erin Slattery

Tina Adams and Tracy Brugman

Arizona Concours d’Elegance BY BEN ARNOLD

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance opened Arizona’s famous collector-car week on the lawns of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Arizona Biltmore. The event brought together rare and valuable automobiles to compete in classes that range from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. Jill Chafitz and Stacy Fairbanks

Sandi Weder and Brenda Chevalier-Golf Shari Heuser and Diane Dechaine

Robin West and Jill Meath

Dan Chapel and Sheri Jackson Lindsay Green and Josh Tauber

Alisa and John Giulietti

Alexis Lowell and Paige Perry FEBRUARY 2017 |





his Valentine’s Day, why not give that special someone in your life something a little more creative and thoughtful than a standard bouquet of flowers? Something like bourbon. “While it may not initially seem like a romantic gesture, the story behind Four Roses Bourbon is nothing short of a fairy tale,” says Al Young, brand historian of Four Roses Bourbon Distillery. According to Young, the legend of Four Roses began with a man in love. “In the 1860s, eventual Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became smitten with the charm and beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer was ‘yes’ to his bold advances, she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball,” Young explains. The night of the ball, the beauty arrived in a gown fit for a princess – along with a corsage of four red roses. Just a few years later, Jones crafted his first batch of bourbon, naming it Four Roses as a symbol of his devotion and passion for the Southern belle, who became his wife. “It [bourbon] was the only thing in the world that he had as much passion for as her,” Young says. And like any true love, Four Roses has more than stood the test of time. It has thrived despite Prohibition, two world wars and even 40 years of exile from the U.S. – when its makers temporarily shipped it off to Europe for exclusive sale overseas. It has also been named the American Whisky Distiller of the Year for four of the past five years by Whisky Magazine. “Four Roses is the only bourbon distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mash bills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each with its own unique character; spiciness; and rich, fruity flavors. All 10 of these recipes are gently aged undisturbed in new white oak barrels in our one-of-akind single story rack warehouses,” Young says.


Forgo the flowers for a bouquet of bourbon BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The core range of the brand is Four Roses Bourbon Yellow, Four Roses Small Batch and Four Roses Single Barrel, each available at most fine liquor stores in the Valley.

Four Roses Bourbon Yellow (80 proof) Created through the mingling of all 10 recipes, this bourbon is a worldwide favorite, particularly when making sophisticated, contemporary cocktails. Smooth and mellow, hints of pear and apple UPTOWN |



complement floral aromas and mix with flavors of honey and spice. Available for $19.99.

Four Roses Small Batch (90 proof) Four of the bourbon recipes have been expertly selected and blended by the master distiller at the peak of maturation to create a perfectly balanced small-batch bourbon that offers a mellow symphony of rich, spicy flavors along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel. Available for $29.99.

Four Roses Single Barrel (100 proof) This premium single barrel bourbon gives a complex, full-bodied flavor that begs to be savored again and again. It contains hints of ripe plum and cherry with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa. Available for $39.99.

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Attention all seafood aficionados! Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant is offering a twist on its yearlong menu item, Seven Fish Cioppino ($39), this Valentine’s Day. With inspiration taken from coastal Italy, the dish is composed of seabass, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp and lobster. To embrace the romantic holiday, Tomaso’s is serving the seafood medley over a bed of tomato- and beet-infused pasta, a switch up from its usual squid ink pasta, bringing the color of love to your plate. 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0836; FEBRUARY 2017 |



food files

The Herb Box

Pomelo at The Orchard Photo by Steve Shankman


ooking to set the mood for romance? Try using food – no, really. There are hundreds of foods with aphrodisiac properties – from avocados to bananas – that have been proven to stimulate the senses, liven up the libido and spark up many a Saturday night. Here are some of our favorites:


Turn up the heat with nine aphrodisiac-influenced dishes ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The Herb Box Dish: Avocado Love™, $12 About: Aptly named for the holiday of romance, this signature starter is loved by so many that it has been trademarked. The avocado love features whole grain toasts topped with smashed avocado, an ingredient with high levels of vitamin E, which helps keep the spark alive by maintaining youthful vigor and and energy level. The toasts are then topped with three more aphrodisiac ingredients: peppery arugula that has been tossed in a sweet-hot serrano and honey glaze. Info: 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.635.4965;

Clever Koi Pomelo at The Orchard Dish: Ahi Tuna Salad, $18 About: Seared sushi-grade ahi tuna, edamame, cucumber, pickled red onion, avocado, cranberries, and peanuts make this salad a home run. Topped off with a ginger miso dressing, the ginger has long been known as an aphrodisiac because of its scent and its ability to stimulate the circulatory system. Info: 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600; UPTOWN |



Dish: Fried Forbidden Black Rice, $14.50 About: There’s nothing forbidden about indulging in a dish filled with Gojuchang roasted shrimp, snap peas, asparagus, bok choy and fennel and pickled ginger salad. Even better, this dish contains asparagus, which increases the production of histamine, critical for a healthy sex drive in both men and women. The ginger salad will also help increase blood flow in sexual organs. Info: 4235 N. Central Ave. #100, Phoenix; 602.222.3474;

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Stock & Stable

Stock & Stable Dish: Prosciutto Benedict, $12 About: Start your morning off right with a prosciutto benedict containing arugula, parsley pesto, poached egg and gruyere. cheese Be sure to eat all of your arugula – it has been praised for its libido-boosting properties and is chockfull of vitamins and minerals. Info: 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001;

Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup Dish: Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Enchilada, $7.65 About: The roasted tomatillo chicken enchilada has unlimited options that can be catered to each individual’s preference. However, if you want to make this meal an aphrodisiac, try it with the red sauce, which has dry roasted chilies that contain capsaicin, known to rev up libido while triggering the release of endorphins. Info: 3313 N 7th St., Phoenix; 602.279.5080;

Joe’s Midnight Run Dish: Banana French Toast, $9 About: The bananas in the French toast at Joe’s Midnight Run contain the enzyme bromelain, which can be great for the production of testosterone, and the brown sugar caramel in the French toast is another aphrodisiac known for increasing sexual energy. The French toast also comes topped with brioche and choice of bacon or sausage. Info: 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467;

True Food Kitchen

CRUjiente Tacos Dish: Sandia Salad, $9 About: The watermelon in this salad is a juicy fruit that contains phytonutrient citrulline, which leads to an uptick in the amount of nitric acid in your body. The spike causes blood vessels to relax and speeds up circulation, which helps with stimulation throughout the body. Jalapenos are another aphrodisiac that have capsaicin, a chemical that increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings to come alive. Info: 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos. com.

True Food Kitchen Dish: Chioggia Beet Bruschetta, $9 About: As a crimson emblem, pomegranate’s stunning red seeds have been held as an aphrodisiac for years. True Food Kitchen brings a unique take FEBRUARY 2017 |



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on the beloved fruit with a pomegranate molasses that is accompanied by a vegan almond ricotta for a delicious bruschetta. Info: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.774.3488;

Zinburger Dish: Double Truffle Fries, $6 About: Zinburger is known for its burgers, but make sure to combine your burger with the truffle fries this February as the tasty ingredient has been documented as one of the world’s finest aphrodisiacs. Info: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.424.9500;

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A new neighborhood beer shop and tap room BY GABBY RICHMAN


hile there are many conventional dive bars in the Phoenix area, not many street corners have an old school meets new school beer shop and tap room. In response, Shay Gau and Justin Evans, Phoenix restaurant and hospitality veterans, teamed up to create The Wandering Tortoise, a neighborhood hangout, shop and tasting room for craft beer lovers. After pulling ideas from their favorite tap rooms, bottle shops and breweries across the country, Gau and Evans decided that they wanted to bring something unique to the community that they both live and work in.

“What’s great about this concept is that you can enjoy anything from our 21 tap handles and list of wines in our tap room or you can choose something from our extensive retail selection and also enjoy that in our tap room or take it to go,” Gau explains. The Wandering Tortoise inhabits a 4,000-square-foot rustic building. Formerly a liquor store in the ‘60s, the space is adorned with reclaimed local barn wood, exposed brick walls, original wood beams, antique fixtures, barrel aged tables, original concrete floors and a garage door. “The space actually chose us to be UPTOWN |



honest,” Gau admits, noting that they called the phone number on a for rent sign on a whim. “We had a lease signed five days later. Our own building, and single owner, an up and coming part of town, all the pieces seemed to connect. It was fate!” And with that, The Wandering Tortoise – a catchy name that derived from the concept of the wandering desert tortoises that inhabit the Valley – began to take shape. Next came what some say is the most important part – the craft beer and wine. Guests can expect to see limited releases and rare, specialty and exclusive beers from local Arizona breweries and well-known national breweries. “Wander in, grab a seat at the bar or at a table with friends and enjoy a beer that you typically don’t see all that often,” Gau says. But that’s not all. Gau and Evans are already expanding into the remaining open spaces in the building, with plans for a small artisan craft brewery and a boutique retail fish and meat shop. 2417 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.441.3490;

LONDON GOLD, IT'S THE BEST! London Gold has been the Valley’s fine jewelry retailer for 40 years. London Gold carries only the finest jewelry made of gold, platinum, silver, certified GIA diamonds, fine gems, vintage and estate pieces, and fashion jewelry. The family owned and operated jeweler has developed a reputation for high quality, excellent service, and unique craftsmanship. London Gold carries exclusive, beautiful, and unique pieces from 20 prominent jewelry designers and recently held a special designer trunk show to feature the designers and their new collections. Some of the latest additions to the designer collections include Sophia by Design, Hera, Beverley K Collection, Meira T, I.Reiss, Isadora, and Yael Designs. London Gold is also a leader in custom jewelry design and creation, allowing its clients to see their imagined jewelry designs come to life. London Gold jewelers are masterful,

and use state-of-the-art technology, including computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing, to ensure precision in craftsmanship. The ability for clients to work with exceptional staff and see their visions materialize in-house is a distinctive treat in the Valley. London Gold serves the Phoenix-metro area in Scottsdale, Arrowhead, Chandler, and at Its flagship location in Scottsdale just finished a beautiful remodel and expansion. The new building design marries classic with contemporary, and the results are spectacular, both inside and out! Because London Gold works so hard to provide an exceptional experience, its committed clients have repeatedly voted it the “Best of Phoenix” and “Best of the Valley”as a jewelry retailer. London Gold is always proud to provide the finest jewelry, service, and experience, and it knows that it’s the best because its customers are the best.

Arrowhead (623) 979-4445 Chandler (480) 705-4191 Scottsdale (480) 367-1717