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There sure is a lot happening in the Valley this month, and were covering it all, from philanthropic events to holiday celebrations to the signal of spring. As far as philanthropy goes, we’re highlighting some pretty spectacular women on our cover. If you don’t know their faces, you might know their stores – My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited. These two entrepreneurs (and fashionistas!) paved the way for shoppers everywhere and now, they’re doing so in the charity world. Read all about their love of animals and their big event this month on page 30. We’re also covering all that comes with St. Patrick’s Day – the green beer, traditional Irish food and fun music – by highlighting 12 Valley spots (page 46) that are delivering it all this month. March also signals the beginning of spring. The weather is beautiful and the trends are changing with the season. Put away those red wines and opt for one of the light white wine varietals we’ve found on page 68. Another thing to ditch this month is your time at home – get out there and enjoy the weather. Not sure where to go? Sip, snack and socialize on one of our favorite patios (page 68). And, finally, it’s also time to put the winter colors away and opt for some lighter threads. We’re loving everything in pastels on page 52. It’s also the beginning of bathing suit season, so you might be hitting the gym a bit more. If you want to track your fitness but you’re not so sure about the sporty looking products on the market, flip to page 51 for a chic option. And, turn to page 62 to find the best products that will take you from sweat to sparkle postgym in just 15 minutes. Let’s just hope this beautiful weather lasts through the month! Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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Photographer Karen Shell believes that everyone has their own recipe for happiness. Hers consists of three things: earning a living doing something she enjoys; making time for adventure and play; and giving back. Keeping those elements in equal balance helps her stay grounded and focused on the things that matter most.

Shell never aspired to become a photographer, in fact, she says it’s rather happenstance that she fell into the profession. Growing up she was very creative and always knew that she’d end up as an artist of some sort, but being a photographer never occurred to her — she didn’t even own a camera. For college,

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Shell was awarded an academic scholarship to Arizona State University, and planned to obtain a degree in graphic design. However, the universe had other plans, and when she discovered that the waiting list for that program was two years, she turned her gaze to photography. “I’ve been a freelance commercial photographer for 29 years,” says Shell, “and it’s perfectly suited for me. I’ve gotten to travel the world, meet people, and learn things that I never would’ve been exposed to otherwise. I’m so blessed that I’ve been able to spend my whole life supporting myself doing something I absolutely love.”


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Something else that Shell loves is donating her time, effort, and funds to worthwhile charities and projects. Over the last several decades, she’s done everything from throwing birthday parties for children at domestic abuse shelters, to playing kickball with the mentally handicapped, to providing free school pictures for more than 1,000 homeless children. The endeavor that Shell has found most fulfilling, however, is one-on-one mentoring with at-risk youth (meaning children who are in foster care, shelters, or homeless, and who subsist at, or below, the poverty line). “I was always looking for ways to inspire and empower these kids,” says Shell. “So, I thought I’d try a photography project; having no idea what it would grow into.” She bought a handful of cameras, enlisted the help of fellow photographers to act as mentors, and created an after-school program, calling it Kids in Focus. Over the course of nine weeks, students are taught the basics of photography, and they and their mentors venture out on sightseeing excursions (whether it’s the streets of Downtown Phoenix or Papago Park) to explore and capture. Six years after its inception, the program continues to grow, and, according to Shell, transform lives. “With every project,” she says, “I become more and more amazed at the changes in these kids. Anger issues disappear; self-confidence levels go through the roof; they’re calmer and happier, because they have a new way to express themselves, creatively.” Shell realized that here’s something safe about a camera for these kids. Many at-risk youth tend to keep their eyes on the ground; they’ve been through significant challenges and traumas, and as a result, have withdrawn from the world. But with a camera, they can safely look up and look around, gradually reconnecting with people, environments, and even themselves. The program culminates in a photo exhibit of the children’s favorite works at the Arizona Science Center. Shell says it’s incredibly special to see these abused and neglected kids standing proudly next to their photography, confidently interacting with the public, and dressed to the nines (she makes sure they all have something nice to wear, drawing upon donations when needed). “The purpose of the night is to give these kids an opportunity to shine,” Shell says. “But the truly amazing part is that people have no clue what their backgrounds are.” In previous years, the exhibit opening, which is open to the public, has drawn crowds of about 500, and because it’s such an uplifting and moving experience, Shell invites everyone to come enjoy it. As far as future plans for Kids in Focus, Shell hopes to keep the program going as long as she possibly can. “It can be quite exhausting, still earning my living as a photographer and doing this, but I know that I was meant to do it. I feel like my whole life has been grooming me for this.” The Kids In Focus Exhibit Opening will take place March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CREATE at Arizona Science Center, 105 N. 5th St., Phoenix; 602.753.6339;



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At 10 years old, Janet Green played the piano for at least three hours every day – by choice. Her mom, worried she would turn out to be a “music nerd,” enrolled her in golf lessons. Apart from becoming quite the golfer, Green did indeed become a music nerd – and an accomplished one at that. By the time Green was a high school senior, she was using her musical gifts to teach piano to 45 students, one of which – Arthur (Buddy) Strong – who went on to work as a pianist for both Usher and Ariana Grande. These days, her Central Phoenix home is like a museum for musical instruments. Her collection of 20 spans pieces from the Medieval era, the Renaissance era and the Baroque period. “People say to me, what an eclectic home. Do you play all of these?” Green says. The answer is yes, she does. The wonderfully diverse collection includes unique instruments such as a vihuela (an old Spanish guitar) and dumbek (a Middle Eastern drum). Perhaps two of her most interesting pieces include the 7-foot French harpsichord with two keyboards – an instrument she built herself and rents to the Phoenix Symphony every year for the Messiah performance – and her square grand piano from the late 1800s that has been repurposed into her dining room table. Green, who founded local early ensemble group, Música Dolce, has been involved in the Phoenix Chamber Music Society for many years, and has served as the society’s executive director for 15 years. “Chamber music is like watching musicians have a conversation musically as they argue, laugh and have detailed discussions,” she explains. In her free time, you can find her in her backyard, with her hands and bare feet in the dirt, tending to her vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. “I have a sign in one of the gardens that says, ‘nothing bugs me when I'm in my garden,’” Green says. “That, the piano and a golf course are my solaces in life.”


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BELIEVE AND BE LOVE Aaron Ginn-Forsberg’s long journey to learn a simple truth


If there’s one thing Aaron Ginn-Forsberg believes in, it’s love. Love that begins within one’s self, and spills over into the rest of the world. He tries to impart this belief to his friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. People need to live their lives without fear, he says, admitting that it took him a while to personally get to that point. Ginn-Forsberg was raised in Portland, Oregon, the only boy among six sisters. He had many different interests growing up, and worked a variety of jobs, but one thing he always knew was that he wanted to make a difference. “My entire life has involved helping people,” he says. “Trying to enrich people’s lives; help them through different struggles.” He spent 15 years as a pastor, which gave him ample opportunities to help others. His next job, as a bartender, also allowed him to be a listening ear and friend to many people. In the ensuing years, on top of being a father of three, Ginn-Forsberg has worked as a model, actor, and now realtor. He also makes meditation and journaling a focal point of his life, which he says keeps him grounded. In his current role at BTG Real Estate, GinnForsberg says his co-workers foster an attitude of giving, more than taking; of building relationships and trying to help people. He calls it a “be love” attitude, and it means just that – whatever a person needs at that moment to feel loved, be that. He’s currently writing a book to further promote the idea of how one can “be love” and succeed in both business and life. “There doesn’t have to be a separation,” he says. “The best way to ‘be love’ to someone is to be honest with them about where things are at, and what you’re both feeling. And if you learn how to do that, it literally changes lives.”


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Justin Pazera is an Emmy Award-winning anchor for ABC15 Arizona. Growing up outside of Indiana, fashion influenced him as early as kindergarten, when he attended private school. The dress code included a button-down shirt and dress pants. He felt more comfortable dressed up than dressed down and became accustomed to the look. Classic style stayed with Pazera as he went on to work in broadcast news in Chicago, Illinois and Omaha, Nebraska, however his move to the Valley’s heat changed his perspective on clothing. “In the Midwest, you wear shorts for three months out of the year, and here you can wear shorts for 10 months,” he says. “I get sick of wearing shorts. I want to put on some blue jeans!” ABC15 is relatively relaxed when it comes to wardrobe requirements, something Pazera appreciates. He says a nice polo or dress shirt can be worn on air anytime. When he isn’t in front of the camera, Pazera’s style is simple and straightforward. “I like a good blazer because I can really dress things up, especially paired with a nice pair of jeans,” he explains.

Do viewers ask you for fashion advice? On Instagram I always get people asking me what I wore on air. A lot of times, I get more comments about what I wear, rather than the actual story that I’m reporting. That happens to the women reporters as well. What are some of your favorite wardrobe looks? I really like the color black and I love lines, especially military-style lines – something with a stripe going down the leg or a stripe on the shoulder. I like that military look. Where are your favorite places to shop? I will shop everywhere from high-end stores to Forever 21. No joke! I will go everywhere. I like Forever 21 for jackets, but if you pair those with a good pair of boots and a great pair of jeans, it doesn’t look like you just spent $20 on a jacket.


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FROM THE ARMY TO THE ARMOIRE Tabitha Evans’ personal style and interior design aesthetic go hand-in-hand BY LAURA STODDARD / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Valley native, Tabitha Evans has done and seen many things in her life. Traveling the world, working in military intelligence will do that for you. When she returned home, however, she knew her future lie in a much more creative field. “I wanted to be either a chef or an interior designer,” she says. “But I also wanted to have children, and I realized the restaurant business wasn’t a great place to raise a family, so I started interior design school.” Today, Evans is the owner of Tabitha Evans Design, and president of the American Society of Interior Designers. When not enmeshed with tile samples, paint swatches, and fabric textures, she enjoys focusing on family and fashion. “I feel like fashion and interiors really run together,” Evans says. “Both have the ability to elevate moods, and convey beauty and character.” Evans’ closet contains a little bit of everything (including those military fatigues), but as with her interiors, she favors contemporary designs. However, don’t ask her to pinpoint one favorite outfit. “I don’t think I could do it,” she laughs. “I love them all.”

Favorite current fashion trend: Sleeves. Whether it’s ruffles on the sleeve, or the sleeve being bunched, or like a cap sleeve or a bell sleeve. There’s just something really interesting and unique in sleeves right now. Is there an accessory you can’t go without? I would say a fun, funky bracelet. That’s like my go-to. I feel like you could take a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and put on a big, chunky bracelet, and it just makes it look so much better. Describe your personal style: I’d call it contemporary chic, but a little bit edgy. I still love adding a little tradition in there, so it’s like Kelly Wearstler meets Audrey Hepburn. Just like my interiors, I like to do fun or unexpected things, like animal prints or a little Asian influence.

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Within the past decade, consignment stores have truly taken flight. Television shows like Fashion Hunters, House of Consignment and Resale Royalty, aired and reshaped the way people viewed secondhand items. Additionally, shoppers are more conscious today about their spending habits, turning away from retail and seeking resale for the betterment of the planet (and their wallets). Plus, who doesn’t jump for joy when a luxurious label is marked at a fraction of the cost? While the rest of the world was joining the consignment shopping bandwagon, Valley residents were already on board with the trend since 1991. For this, Phoenicians have My Sister’s Closet ( to thank.

The Store My Sister’s Closet is a recycled designer apparel, shoe and accessory boutique in Phoenix and, more recently, San Diego, California. It’s home to high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, St. John, Prada, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, and more. The best part? My Sister’s Closet sells everything 60 to 95 percent below retail price. And with nearly 500 items trickling in every day, there is always something new for shoppers to discover. What originally started as one, 1,200-square-foot boutique located at the Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center in


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Phoenix (which still thrives today), has expanded to 14 total stores – including additional concepts My Sister’s Attic (recycled home furnishings) and Well Suited (men’s recycled apparel) – throughout the Valley and now stretching to The Golden State. “Our store is like a giant candy store for sweet loving adults – you can find anything you need for your home, the man in your life or yourself. Each store is tidy, bright, organized and filled with very affordable treasures,” explains owner Tess Loo.

The Sisters Yes, there are actual sisters behind this brilliant concept – three to be exact. After experiencing one too many dark, dirty and dingy consignment stores, Ann and Jennifer Siner were determined to open one that was cute, clean and current. That was 26 years ago. Today, Jennifer resides in California spearheading the three San Diego boutiques. Siner (Ann) and their other sister, Tess Loo, are the boss ladies at each local Valley location. “I have always been very close with my sisters and to me it is a gift to work with them,” Siner says. “Each of us has a unique set of skills that fits a niche for the store concepts.” Siner, as Loo describes, was always the smart one. Growing up, she would carry a briefcase and Loo donned the most stylish handbag. This is exactly how the sisters operate together as

business partners – Siner, as the CEO and founder, is all about the numbers and operations whereas Loo employs her artistic abilities as the company’s chief fashion officer and director of all things creative. “When we were little girls, Ann and I would play with our Barbies for hours, dressing them in the custom-made Chanelesque suits that our grandmother knitted for us,” Loo reminisces. “It’s kind of what we do now, too – we spend hours with clothing, at our stores and saving animals,” Siner adds.

Community Outreach The sisters, while different in their own respective ways, have a shared passion for community outreach. In 2015, they created their own certified charitable foundation, My Sisters’ Charities (, which helps support causes near and dear to both of their hearts. “We donate a generous percentage of profits from My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited to help people and animals without a voice,” Siner explains. “Our platform consists of abused and orphaned animals and empowering women to stand on their own after abusive relationships.” My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store (located at 4985 S. Alma School Road in Chandler) is just another component of their foundation. The store sells women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and home furnishings priced at just $1-$10. The items sold there are unsold merchandise taken from their other 11 Valley stores. One hundred percent of the net profits from the thrift store sales go directly back into the community. The sisters have donated to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, Arizona Humane Society, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Friends of Animal Care and Control, and Helping Animals Live On (HALO) Animal Rescue. Loo and Siner have a zeal for protecting wildlife in peril both in the Valley and around the world. In addition to the aforementioned organizations, they have contributed greatly to The Nature Conservancy (a global cause), and Defenders of Wildlife (a national conservation nonprofit). The duo also donates a lot of their time, creativity and positive energy to the community. Together, they have co-chaired countless philanthropic events in the Valley, including the Fresh Start Women’s Organization’s annual gala and the 2015 pARTy at Phoenix Art Museum. Loo has focused her creative powers to design logos, invitations and decor for many events she has been involved with. As far as their event style goes, the sisters hardly spend over $50 on all their gala dresses, courtesy of their cute, clean and always on-trend fashion destination.

Celebrating 20 Years of Compassion with Fashion On Mach 25, the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa will set the stage for Arizona Humane Society’s annual Compassion with Fashion event, which turns 20 this year. Thus, this year's title is Compassion with Fashion XX. Each year, the event rallies more than 1,000 guests, most of whom are philanthropic pet lovers like Loo and Siner, to enjoy a luncheon and fashion show featuring Arizona Humane Society’s adoptable pets.

“Guest can expect auction items unrivaled from other events, fashion that everyone will love and can afford, and pets, pets, pets,” Siner says. The sisters are co-chairing this monumental celebration as well as producing the fashion show for the fourth year in a row. “The room will be bright, bold and happy and everyone will leave with a smile on their face, a skip in their step and joy in their hearts,” Loo elaborates. The pair is excited to introduce 20 fashionista critters – colorful animal characters designed by Loo herself – to this year’s event. The critters (characters include Kitty Purry, Brad Pitbull, Snoop Dawg, Justin Beaver, Kim Barkdashion and more) will appear on the invitation and throughout the venue. There will also be a new program booklet, delicious treats and inspirational videos. Note: bring tissues because you’ll be moved to tears from all the love in the room. “After all ... all we need is love. Sisterly love, puppy love, kitten love, and the love of giving back,” Siner says. To learn more about the Siner and Loo, and the Compassion with Fashion XX event, visit Uptown March '18


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Artlink’s Art Detour festival is back, celebrating its 30-year anniversary with an expanded schedule. The celebration will take place March 16-20, featuring open studios and galleries, “meet the artist” talks and demos, self-guided trolley tours, street art, pop-up galleries, hands-on activities for families, performances and more. Step into more than 100 artist’s studios, galleries and other venues as well as enjoy performances and activities as the event highlights the influence of the arts in developing modern day Phoenix. The six-day art party kicks off with the sixth annual Art d’Core Gala opening night celebration ($20-$30) taking place March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Warehouse215 at Bentley Projects, featuring a showcase of acclaimed Phoenix artists and an auction. For more information on the opening gala and the events following, visit Uptown March '18





Returning after its debut in 2015, Scorpius Dance Theatre is bringing back ROCK from March 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. ROCK pays tribute to well-known rock music spanning the ‘70s to the 21st century. This high impact, entertaining show features jaw-dropping dance and aerial works set to a wide variety of rock music, including classic rock, grunge, punk rock, big hair bands, and more. In addition to popular returning works, the theatre’s Artistic Director, Lisa Starry will also debut several new pieces, many of which will feature classic songs redone by today’s artists. $20-$30.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS A Photography Exhibit

The FOUND:RE Phoenix, is collaborating with INFOCUS, a support group of Phoenix Art Museum made up of fine art photographers and enthusiasts, for their 2018 Members’ Exhibition in the hotel’s Studio Gallery. Featuring all local artists’ work, the exhibit will be on display from March 2 to 30, and is set to feature upward of 60 pieces, ranging from abstract to portrait to landscape and other fine art photographic mediums. The exhibit will be honored with a public opening reception held on March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. www.


The new season is just around the corner and to celebrate, Pomelo at the Orchard recently introduced new lunch and dinner menu items. The full-service restaurant, which serves American food and craft cocktails with an Arizona twist, is part of Luci’s Urban Concepts. Some new menu highlights for lunch include an Icelandic cod sandwich and a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) sandwich. For dinner, expect a cured salmon tartine starter, an Icelandic cod entree, shrimp fettucine and roasted airline chicken.


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Embassy Suites Opens Downtown After a six-month, multi-million-dollar renovation, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown will open March 22. The design is contemporary and casual yet elegant, featuring a rich color palate of copper and deep burgundy wine. The lobby is home to the hotel’s complimentary morning buffet station as well its signature Salt River Tavern, serving lunch and dinner. The hotel’s 242 two-room suites are equipped with Serta mattresses and additional hotel highlights include an indoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness center, and meeting spaces.


Gino’s East of Chicago recently announced that award-winning chef Eddie Matney has joined the restaurant as an advisor. Matney will serve the Gino’s East management team as a consultant where he will play an integral role in preparing dishes and training team members. The restaurant also launched its Deep AF pizza last month, which features 33 percent more dough, 75 percent more cheese and double the toppings. Who doesn’t want a pizza that?

Flavored sparkling waters are all the rage right now – especially the brand LaCroix. Twisted Grove recently decided to join in on the fun by putting their own twist on the carbonated drink with new LaCroix cocktails. Guests are invited to pick their favorite LaCroix flavor and pair it with their spirit and fruit of juice, whether its lime LaCroix with gin and lime or mango LaCroix with vodka and orange, to make their own cocktail their way.



Lost Our Home Pet Rescue will host its fourth annual Doggie Date Night on March 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at CityScape. The free event is a fun evening for families and individuals to come out and watch Disney’s animated feature film, Bolt, on a giant, outdoor LED screen. There will be food (including petfriendly fare), merchandise from local vendors and fun activities like a doggie kissing booth, doggie speed dating with adoptable pups and the chance to win exciting raffle prizes. Representatives from Fingerpaint will be there promoting the release of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy with free giveaways.

The Wrigley Mansion recently launched its 2018 Winemaker Dinner Series, where guests will enjoy paired menus from executive chef Christopher Gross, featuring French-leaning favorites and wine-friendly fare. The 2018 dinner lineup showcases some of Napa Valley’s greatest producers with interactive presentations from winemakers, owners, and family members. This month’s events include:   March 7: Grgich Hills Estates Hosted by Ivo Jeramaz, winemaker and vice president (and nephew to founder Mike Grgich), selections will include Grgich Cabernet Sauvignon ($125 per person plus tax and gratuity). March 21: Rosenthal Imports Bordeaux Selections Hosted by Joanie Karpetian, Western U.S. ambassador (price to be determined). Uptown March '18


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Celebrity Fight Night March 10, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa One of the nation’s most exclusive charity events is back — the 24th annual Celebrity Fight Night, which pays tribute to Muhammad Ali. Join VIPs from the sports and entertainment worlds for a fun-filled night that benefits a handful of local charities, namely the Barrow Neurological Institute. Reba McEntire returns for her 13th year as the event’s emcee. Special guests included Lonnie Ali, Steven Tyler and his Nashville band, The Loving Mary, Smokey Robinson and many others. There will be a cocktail reception, live performances, and a live auction with incredible items up for grabs. $1,500. 5 p.m. Children’s Museum of Phoenix Gala March 10, Children’s Museum of Phoenix Children’s Museum of Phoenix turns 10 this year and invites you to its birthday celebration. The 10 Years of Magical Moments Gala is a party not to be missed. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a cocktail hour featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres from some of the Valley’s hottest kitchens. There will be magical performances throughout the night, a silent auction, raffle, dinner underneath the stars, post-dinner drinks and plenty of dancing. Proceeds from this magical event benefit the museum’s Every Child Program, which gives all Valley children and their families access to the museum. $275. 6 p.m. Fresh Start Gala March 10, The Phoenician The Fresh Start Gala honors the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and its 25 years of service helping Valley women succeed. There will be an awards ceremony honoring Jacquie Dorrance and her philanthropic work that has enhanced the lives of countless women in the community. Additionally, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, dancing, live entertainment and surprises throughout the evening. Proceeds from the event benefit the organization’s services, workshops and programs that empower women to transform their lives. $600. 6 p.m. Plated & Staged… A Herberger Experience March 11, Herberger Theater Center Enjoy a delicious three-course meal for a good cause; that’s how Plated & Stated...A Herberger Experience rolls. The evening begins at the center where guests will delight in cocktails, small bites, a silent auction and live entertainment. Dinner will be hosted at a fine dining establishment — guests will not know where they are dining until they arrive to the restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefit Herberger Theater Center’s outreach programs for children. $250 (includes cocktail party, auction and dinner); $50 (includes cocktail party and auction only). 5 p.m. Luncheon on the Rhine: A Golden Afternoon with Arizona Opera March 17, Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa It’s a golden afternoon with Arizona Opera as they host their 2018 Gala Luncheon. This year’s theme, Luncheon on the Rhine, pays homage to Arizona Opera’s spring production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Nearly 300 guest will be in attendance for a program, awards ceremony, cocktails on the lawn, a seated luncheon, opera performances and a live auction with top-notch goodies. Also on the docket is a special guest appearance by the internationally acclaimed baritone Richard Paul Fink. Proceeds from the golden afternoon will support Arizona Opera’s mainstage and community activities. $150. 11 a.m. An Evening to Paws March 17, Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa What do you get when you combine the luck of the Irish with furry friends? An Evening to Paws St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! The event is Arizona Animal Welfare League's largest fundraiser where proceeds support Valley animals rescued, rehabilitated and cared for by AAWL. Guests can quench their thirst with green beer after dancing to some Irish tunes. There will also be a silent and live auction full of unique treasures, a traditional Irish dinner, and, of course, plenty of puppies onsite. Don’t risk getting pinched — wear green! $250. 5 p.m.


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April 9, Chase Field Presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, this event will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and various cancer-focused nonprofits. The 5K/1-mile walk will wind through the streets of Downtown Phoenix, ending with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. 5K, 7:15 a.m.; 1-mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk, 8:30 a.m. Prices vary.


to provide care and comfort. 7 a.m. Prices vary. Girls Have IT Day March 16, Xavier College Preparatory A day of fun and education, this event is for middle school girls to become engaged about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). A guest speaker will kick off the day, followed by hands-on activities. The day will employ a conference model, with 25-minute sessions sponsored by different groups, allowing participants to spend time with high school mentors and doing more activities. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled March 4, Talking Stick Resort Arena Two of the hottest performers in pop and rap join forces in this show, blending contemporary chart topping tunes and dazzling performances. DJ Khaled was one of the hottest talents of 2017 and now the ubiquitous DJ will accompany superstar Demi Lovato on her 20-city tour supporting her Tell Me You Love Me album. The two performers, famous for their musical talents and open snapchat accounts, are sure to thrill fans and music lovers alike. 7:30 pm. Starting at $25.


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Cirque du Soleil Crystal March 8-11, Talking Stick Resort Arena The world-famous Cirque du Soleil presents its newest rendition, Cirque du Soleil Crystal, the the company’s very first on-ice experience. This new and innovative show promises to push the boundaries of dance, redefining the artistic possibilities of ice. Audience members can expect to see world-class ice skaters and acrobats perform death-defying acrobatics, transforming the everyday world into something extraordinary. The show follows lead character, Crystal on a tale of self-discovery

as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Times and prices vary. 10th Annual Ryan House Community Breakfast March 8, Arizona Biltmore The Ryan House presents its 10th annual Community Breakfast. Hosting over 1,200 business and philanthropic leaders, this event raises vital funds for children with life-limiting or end of life diagnoses and their families. Attendees will learn about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work done by the organization for children

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire March 17, Irish Cultural Center There may not be a rainbow but there sure will be a pot of gold at the end of this parade. With a cast of performers, entertainers and a myriad of floats, this crossover of faire and parade is sure to please. The parade starts at the intersection of 3rd and Sheridan streets and heads south through the roads of Downtown Phoenix. Come enjoy three stages of Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and merchandise, genealogy, Irish clubs, a children’s area, and a VIP lounge hosting the AZ Irish Red Craft Beer competition. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. $12 adults; $10 seniors 55+; 12 and under, free. The Honor Ball March 17, The Phoenician Resort Experience the event of the year and support the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. Over the years, this annual ball has raised more than $14 million to benefit HonorHealth and support its leadership role in bringing stellar

medical care to the people in the Phoenix community. Guests can expect dancing, dinner, cocktails and more at this spectacular event with proceeds supporting research, programs, and services of the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets, $750. 16th Annual Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon March 22, J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Sixteen years later, Florence Crittenton’s Teaming Up for Girls event is only getting stronger. This annual luncheon brings more than 800 business leaders and community members together to support the healing of at-risk and disadvantaged girls. The fun-filled yet inspiring afternoon will feature Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress (you may know her from the critically acclaimed TV series, This Is Us) Chrissy Metz for an engaging keynote speech followed by a Q&A. Proceeds from the luncheon provide significant funding to aid safety, hope, and opportunity to every girl whose life they touch. 10:30 a.m. $275. Wish Ball March 23, The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn The Wish Ball is one of the Valley’s most heart-wrenching and inspiring events of the spring. Attendees of this “A Wish Come True” themed evening can expect an incredible evening of wish kid stories, entertainment, silent and live auctions and more. The contributions from the evenings event benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, helping the organization to grant the wishes of the more than 427 Arizona children currently waiting on their one true wish. 6 p.m. Kid Rock American Rock n Roll Tour March 23, Talking Stick Resort Arena One of the early 2000s’ biggest rock stars leaps to the stage to rock the house with his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, which he released last November. The singer-songwriter, wrapper, producer, activist, and self-taught multi-instrumentalist has a career spanning over 20 years, with music encompassing rock, hip hop and country. In his 11th album, Kid Rock once again transforms his sound, increasing the country influence in his music. He will perform soon-to-be hits like Po-Dunk and Tennessee Mountain Top, along with some iconic tunes such as Picture, All Summer Long and Cowboy. 7:30 pm. Starting at $35. www.talkingstickresortarena.

memorable evening. 6 p.m. $175. Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts March 25, Tempe Mill Avenue One of the Valley’s largest art shows, The Tempe Festival of the Arts showcases over 350 artists from around the country. Art lovers are invited to stroll through the more traditional art section featuring old world items such as handmade seasonings, soaps, candles and sauces. With two stages playing live music all three days, an interactive area for children, and a wine tasting space, this event is perfect for couples and families alike. 10 a.m.- 5:30 pm. Free. www.tempefestivalofthearts. com.


March 9-11, Symphony Hall Considered Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, Arizona Opera presents the story of Count Almaviva as he falls in love with the beautiful Rosina. He solicits Figaro, the town’s barber, to help win her favor. Audiences members can expect dazzling music and a masterful plot filled with the twists and turns of young love. Times and prices vary.

5K for Epilepsy March 24, Central High School Every year, thousands of families face uncertainty when their loved ones experience seizures and epilepsy-associated challenges. Join community members for this Epilepsy Arizona event intended to raise awareness about living with epilepsy. Whether you’re walking, jogging or running, this Saturday event is one you don’t want to miss. Highlights include music, dancing, entertainment and family fun. $35 before the event; $40 day of. www.

Phoenix Children’s Chorus 8th Annual Fundraising Gala “Wild” March 24, Phoenix Zoo Head to the Phoenix Zoo for an evening dedicated to raising funds to support the mission of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC). The “wild” evening will, which will have an outdoor reception and indoor dinner, includes a gourmet dinner and silent and live auction featuring fabulous prizes and experiences. The annual spring party will continue with entertainment by PCC’s 400 singers as well as dessert to close out the

Cultural Crawl March 31, Desoto Central Market Founded by three artists based in Washington, D.C., Cultural Crawl is an art exhibit for the public to drink, eat and explore. Experience the rich culture of local phoenix based businesses and the street art and murals that live around them. The “Get up, get out & crawl” initiative is focused on exposing patrons to new neighborhoods and to get locals out, about and walking or biking to multiple locations. 2-10 p.m. $15. www. Pins for Jim April 3, Lucky Strike Lane It’s a strike for charity – the good kind! Pins for Jim is a fun evening where bowlers of all skill levels team up for a worthy cause. Participants will try their hand at bowling their best game. The evening will also include a silent auction and drawing. The Jim Smith foundation helps individuals and families around the Phoenix area to maximize their potential. The funds will benefit charitable organizations whose programs and activities focus on helping children and families such as Gabriel’s Angels, the Treasure House, Future for Kids and many more. 6 p.m. $80$100. Low Down Dirty Blues April 5-22, Herberger Theatre A talented group of veteran blues musicians join together for an afterhours jam session to swap stories and share their favorite lowdown dirty tunes. Celebrating the great hits of Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and many others, this show is sure to get your feet tapping and your head swaying. Featuring nearly two dozen songs filled with soul, and a love of life, jazz lights up the stage and will keep you craving for more. Times and prices vary.

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DINNER OF CHAMPIONS Tony La Russa hits a home run for animals everywhere

Three-time World Series-winning Manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa may be best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, as former front office manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks and now as vice president, special assistant to the president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, but he is also known as a hero in the animal welfare world. La Russa and his wife Elaine have always been animal advocates, but one event in 1990 inspired them to take their passion to the next level. “When I was managing the Oakland A’s, a stray tortoiseshell cat ran out on the field in the middle of a game against the Yankees,” La Russa, founder of ARF, recalls. “We stopped play and eventually got the scared girl into our dugout. However, when we went to find an organization to take her, we found out there was not a single no-kill shelter in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.” Not only did the couple find a safe home for Evie, but the experience also inspired them to open Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) the next year. “Since then, we’ve rescued and rehomed more than 38,000 dogs and cats and started a variety of programs enhancing the bond between people and animals, whether its children, veterans or those in need of the unconditional love of a pet.” La Russa explains. Dinner of Champions, held at fine dining restaurant, Steak 44, welcomes animal lovers to support ARF’s mission and further the nonpronit’s programing. “Our work at ARF has now become a national leader in animal welfare issues, working with organizations across the nation on everything from disaster evacuations to educational programs and advocacy. We’re working on issues every day that affect animals everywhere,” La Russa says.


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La Russa has called on some of his good friends from the sports world to attend the fundraiser. Early confirmed guests include Luis Gonzalez, Reggie Sanders, Mark Grace and many other athletes. In its inaugural year, the event sold out, hitting a 200-guest capacity, and this year, La Russa expects the same turnout. “The great part about this event is that it’s so relaxed. It’s truly about good company and great food benefitting programs that save lives.” The evening will begin with cocktail hour and silent auction for guests to mingle and network, and then flow into a seated dinner, including creative vegetarian options. La Russa will also touch on the exciting developments in ARF’s programs.

IF YOU GO… What: Dinner of Champions When: March 13, 6:30 p.m. Where: Steak 44, 5101 N. 44th St, Phoenix Tickets: $300 Information: www.



STRIDE FOR SIGHT An active morning benefitting Foundation for Blind Children


IF YOU GO… What: Stride for Sight When: March 24, 8 a.m. Where: Arizona Falls in G R Herberger Park, 56th Street and Indian School Road Tickets: $30 until March 20; $35 after Information: www.

The Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) hosts one of its biggest fundraisers of the year this month. Founded in 1952, now offering three Valley locations, the organization serves as a resource for the blind, visually impaired, and multi-handicapped children, adults and their families of all ages. “Don’t let our name fool you. Our youngest client may have been born this morning and our oldest is currently 104 years old,” explains Steve Pawlowski, director of communications and business development for FBC. The funds raised at Stride for Sight (SFS) will support programs ranging from early intervention to college readiness. “Every step on March 24 brings us one step closer to providing a visually

impaired child and his/her family the support they need. At the Foundation for Blind Children, our kids succeed,” Pawlowski says. The proof is in the pudding. The national unemployment rate among blind adults is 70 percent, but the unemployment rate among FBC graduates is 7 percent. SFS features a timed (competitive or recreational) 5K and a relaxed 1-mile walk, also including food, music, vendors, a silent auction, pet adoptions, team mascots. New enhancements include The Traveling Cup, a gourmet coffee truck, and free chair massages offered by Elements Massage. Another exciting and unique part of the day is an optional blindfold challenge, a way for participants to see how the blind and visually impaired truly live. There will

also be a blindfolded obstacle course for kids before the race begins. “The blindfold challenge allows runners to step up their game by participating blindfolded with a sighted guide,” Pawlowski says. “They can run the entire race blindfolded or trade roles at the halfway mark. Blindfolds and tethers are provided. Both runner and guide need to register separately.” FBC welcomes runners of all sight abilities on the course. “At the Foundation for Blind Children, we believe vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability,” Pawlowski says. “Although the event will be 100 percent accessible, our visually impaired runners need very little assistance, beyond that of their sighted guides.”

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The Porch Slightly new to the Arcadia area, this laid-back spot gained popularity overnight. It’s upscale yet relaxed atmosphere is what draws Phoenicians to the gastropub, known for its comfort food, cocktail menu, craft beers and hearty wine list. You’ll often find the doors open to the patio, creating an indoor-outdoor space that pleases. The partially covered patio will make you feel like you’re in a friend’s backyard, complete with swinging benches, retro red accents and comfortable seating, farm tables and lawn games such as giant Jenga.

Five places to dine outdoors during this sunny month Phoenix has turned the corner from slightly chilly to sunny and 75 (or warmer!). Many Valley restaurants and bars are built to enhance the city’s weather wonderland, featuring extensive, beautiful patios that are perfect for sipping, socializing and snacking. Head to one of these five places to embrace all that spring has to offer before it gets too hot.

Ingo’s Tasty Food This burger destination’s seating is pretty much all outdoors, making it an ideal restaurant to enjoy your meal in the beautiful weather. The casual ambiance (the partially covered patio is pretty much lined with lush greenery!) paired with the tasty menu options make this place a must-try. Ingo’s draws a crowd for both lunch and dinner, and recently started serving breakfast. While the menu isn’t large, serving a handful of burgers and chicken sandwiches sprinkled with salads and small plates, it makes up for it in flavor.



Windsor Head to the back of this restaurant to see what the hype is all about. The patio is a favorite among Valley residents, with tons of seating and enough shade for those warmer spring days. The decor reads industrial and vintage, with natural walls, metal art and the unforgettable lime green tufted booths. The desert truly shines here as Windsor has potted plants as well as sprinkles of trees and bushes throughout. Stop by for brunch on Sunday to enjoy the homemade cinnamon roll and a $5 bloody mary cart. Cibo Urban Pizzeria These days, Neapolitan pizza joints aren’t super rare, but finding one with ambiance to match Downtown Phoenix’s Cibo is. Housed in a restored 1913 bungalow, the restaurant wows with its Italian pizzas. In what used to be the front lawn of the house, you’ll find ample seating and tons of gardenlike greenery and charm. At night, the space lights up with twinkling lights, for the perfect view of Downtown. Take advantage of the restaurant’s happy hour Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. with $4 glasses of house wine, $2.50 Peronis, and appetizers ranging from $3-$6. Ladera Taverna y Cocina Relaxing, comfortable and fun are three words that can be used to describe Ladera’s patio. Here, you’ll find high and low tables, casual couch seating, a lawn area equipped with cornhole and a fireplace for chillier evenings. The Mexican cantina serves a vast array of appetizers, tacos, burritos and larger plates for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy happy hour with cocktails and bites Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as live music on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.


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This month, St. Patrick’s Day parties will pop up around the Valley, toasting Irish culture with plenty of festive fanfare on March 17 and even surrounding the official holiday. Whether you’re of Irish descent or just enjoy a good shindig, celebrate like the Irish do: Drink great (and maybe green) beer, eat hearty pub grub, and dance until your feet give out. To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, 12 venues invite guests to raise a glass to all things Irish with some lucky, one-time only specials saluting Emerald Isle tradition.

K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill

Calling all sports fanatics: K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill is the hangout for you. Sports memorabilia fills every nook and cranny here, from famed jerseys of notable local athletes to college football flags that hang from the ceiling. No matter


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where you sit – the patio, bar area or main dining room – you’ll be in perfect view of a high-definition TV (there are more than 60 in the restaurant). This North Scottsdale Irish pub will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be an authentic Irish food menu, live music

on the patio during the day, and a DJ spinning tracks at night, plus a wide selection of Irish beers, cocktails and whiskey. For March Madness lovers, K O’Donnell’s will also have all the games streaming on the TVs. 14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.922.7200;

Kelly’s at Southbridge


Through its large wooden doors, Kelly’s at Southbridge transports guests to Ireland with an elegantly decorated gastropub, complete with sectionals and tufted chairs that create intimate dining nooks. Patrons can also enjoy shareable plates and craft cocktails on the venue’s sprawling patio. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for celebrating all kinds of events, especially St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Paddy’s celebration this year runs all weekend from March 16 to 18. Green beer will be served every night for $3 and Irish-inspired items like corned beef and bangers and mash will be on the menu. There will also be musical entertainment each night, including a dueling piano band and bagpipers. 7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.393.3205;

Pattie’s 1st Avenue Lounge

Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Pattie’s 1st Avenue Lounge is a longtime local favorite. Inside the nondescript brick building you'll find a come-as-you-are neighborhood bar with pool tables, shuffleboards and even a pingpong table on the partially enclosed patio. The bar offers affordable drinks and also functions as a nightclub on weekends with local DJs getting the party going on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The best part? There is no cover charge. With a name like Pattie’s, you know St. Patrick’s Day is taken very seriously here. The bar will start celebrating at 8 a.m., offering $3 domestic long-neck beers, $5 well drinks, and $2 Jell-O shots (and, yes, they will be green). 7220 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.990.0103;


Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

With its prime location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Thirsty Lion is an ideal spot to unwind after some serious retail therapy. This elevated gastropub offers seasonal menus, craft beer and cider, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails. Equipped with a private event space, a patio and catering, Thirsty Lion also welcomes patrons in for special occasions like business lunches, birthdays and holiday parties while celebrating one of its own every year. Each March near St. Patrick’s Day, Thirsty Lion hosts a fundraiser where participants pledge to shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-based charity that supports childhood cancer research. The fundraiser takes place at the Tempe location on March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., but all three locations will have a special menu in honor of St. Patrick’s Day with items like bacon cheddar potato cakes, Scotch eggs, and an Irish beer flight. The menu is available March 1-18. Multiple locations;


Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

Owner Seamus McCaffrey and his family bring the flavors and hospitality of their Irish home to Valley residents with three authentic Dublin pubs. In 2002, Rosie McCaffrey’s, the youngest of the bunch, opened its doors. The pub brings a piece of the Emerald Isle to Camelback Road by serving traditional pub fare like its award-winning fish and chips, streaming live Glasgow Celtics football matches, and, of course, serving pints of Guinness poured correctly (a two-step process). Rosie’s Backside, an enclosed back patio, accommodates 50 guests and also offers catering and bar services for private events and business functions. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day festivities

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will start at 8 a.m. and go until 2 a.m. There will be beer trucks, performances both inside and outside, and a special menu featuring corned beef and cabbage. 906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.241.1916;

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant


Seamus McCaffrey’s and Rosie McCaffrey’s were once under the same ownership. Today, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant runs separately. Despite the switch in leadership, the pub remains true to its original Irish roots. TV sets adorn every corner of the pub to ensure optimal views of sports games. Come in Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy happy hour discounts like a 20-ounce Guinness draft for $5 and $4.50 well drinks and house wines. Seamus McCaffrey’s will close down and take over 1st through Central avenues for its St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17. There will be food trucks, three live bands, and several other fun promotions and drink specials. Entry to Seamus McCaffrey’s St. Patrick’s Day Party is $10 per person and is cash only. 18 W. Monroe St., Phoenix; 602.253.6081;

Clancy’s Irish Pub

Clancy’s Irish Pub gives Phoenicians a taste of Midwestern mentality. Originally established in 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, the venue’s relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff is meant to make every patron feel at home. Clancy’s is happy to turn on Arizona Cardinals games for natives, but its loyalty lies with the Midwest as it is the official venue for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers. Come in early on St. Patrick’s Day and get free green eggs and ham with the purchase of a beverage. There will be live music throughout the day, including performers Trevor Scott, Harley Harkins and Stompbox. Those who stop by March 16-17 wearing Irishinspired garb (translation: lots of green) have a chance to win Clancy’s best-dressed contest. The pub opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. 4432 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.8797;

Skeptical Chymist

This apothecary-themed pub is the namesake of the 1661 book The Skeptical Chymist written by Irishman Robert Boyle, who was deemed the founder of modern chemistry. With wooden accents, antique spice cabinets, and medicine bottles and jugs scattered throughout the space, the bar pays homage to old pharmacies that doubled as pubs back in the day. The majority of the venue’s decor hails from Ireland, giving guests a true taste of an old-school Irish pub. This St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish breakfast will start at 8 a.m., and there will be live Irish music throughout the day from 11 a.m. to midnight. Plus, drink vendors will be on site to dole out special promos and giveaways. After 11 a.m. there is a $10 cover charge. 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.609.8677;

The Rose & Crown Pub

There is only one locally owned joint that’s been awarded Best English Pub six times in the Valley, and it’s The Rose & Crown. Located in a historic Victorian-style bungalow, the pub sits in one of Phoenix’s oldest standing neighborhoods, Heritage Square. Adding to the venue’s charm is British-inspired artwork hanging from the walls


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and a friendly team pouring more than 50 local and imported beers. The quaint pub also doubles as an American bar with Yankee favorites like foosball, pool, cornhole and several high-definition TVs for watching sports. In keeping with the pub’s endearing ways, there will be a small (free) block party surrounding the area on St. Patrick’s Day, with festivities going from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees can anticipate live music, DJs and classic Irish dishes like Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.256.0223; Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 
A kilt is a traditional garment found in Celtic nations, namely Scotland. While Arizona is not exactly a Celtic nation, it does indeed celebrate the pleated skirt at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Home to more than 30 beers on tap and a menu of bar favorites like mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and a good ol’ burger, Tilted Kilt also offers daily specials and plenty of fanfare for Arizona sports teams. Though, perhaps it is St. Patrick’s Day that’s Tilted Kilt’s favorite day of the year – through March 31, they will offer an Irish hooley (party) menu, paying homage to the pub’s Irish origins. Plus, they usually have a celebration with live music and green beer. Two locations;

Four Peaks Grill & Tap

Thanks to Four Peaks Brewery, craft beer in the Southwest has become a force to be reckoned with. Four Peaks’ Scottsdale pub boasts a laid-back atmosphere with a mezzanine balcony that accommodates 40 guests, a menu of pub favorites, and, of course, beer tastings. All of the brews are on tap, ensuring a fresh pour each and every time. Don’t miss out on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day happenings, which kick off bright and early at 7 a.m. The first 50 guests will receive a free commemorative shirt as a keepsake. Don’t fret if you’re guest No. 51, though, because shirts and tank tops will be available for purchase throughout the day for $20. Irish breakfast staples will be served until 10 a.m., with other traditional fare, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, dished out all day. To drink, enjoy $4 pints, $6 Irish car bombs, and Irish coffee. 15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.1795;

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

Itching to get a taste of the wild, Wild West? Since 1935, Harold’s has provided an authentic Western saloon experience; even celebrities and cowboys were known to frequent this Cave Creek hangout. In fact, the venue set the scene for big screen films like Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins and Electra Glide in Blue. Harold’s keeps the charm of the Western spirit alive with free country dance lessons every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. But, on March 17, lasso the troops and head over to Harold’s for one spectacular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day’s music agenda includes the Shelia McGuire Band, Karen O, and Crown Kings. Get your Irish fix with traditional items like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie – plus pints of green beer, a shot of Jameson chased with Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Irish car bombs and Guinness. This may be an Irish celebration, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your cowboy or cowgirl hat at home! 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.1906;

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There’s no need to sacrifice style for the ability to manage your activity level or stay connected to friends, family and coworkers. For those who prefer a chic, feminine look over sportier fitness trackers on the market, WiseWear’s Calder Activity Tracker Bangle – available in gold, rose gold and palladium – is a blend of fashion and functionality. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, the modern statement bracelet is water-resistant and Bluetooth-enabled, providing alerts for texts, calls and emails when synced to your phone as well as tracking your steps, distance and calories burned via the WiseWear app. Even better, integrated safety technology adds an additional level of personal security. If ever in distress, simply tap the bracelet three times to alert your emergency contacts and drop a pin to your location. For a more minimalistic look, check out WiseWear’s Kingston Activity Tracker Bangle ($295). $325 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Uptown March '18


Style SHOP


CANDY COLORS Find your perfect pastel for spring

Mint faux drusy tassel earrings, Panacea, $32 at Nordstrom, www. Stretch chino shorts, $45 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Leather top-handle tote, Longchamp, $565 at Nordstrom. Suede ankle-strap heels, Steve Madden, $89.95 at Zappos, Calf-length floral skirt, $34.99 at H&M,


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SPARKLE IN SEQUINS Put a spring in your step with the season’s glitziest trend

So Kate Pailette Pumps, Christian Louboutin, $695 at Barneys New York, Silver pointed-toe booties, IRO, $735 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Pinata slide heel sandals, Sam Edelman, $100 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Rose gold slide sandals, Tory Burch, $248 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Black slip-on sneakers, Dirty Laundry, $59.95 at Zappos, com.

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EARRINGS: Pink tassel. TOP: Pink off-the-shoulder lace blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Black flair, analili. BAG: Pink envelope, JJ Winters. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Long fringe. NECKLACE: Gold chain choker. TOP: Navy-andwhite striped offthe-shoulder blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Distressed cropped jeans, Cello. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Mesh flower. DRESS: Chartreuse fringe maxi, Frank Lyman. BRACELET: Gold coin charm. RING: Yellow stone. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Blue rhinestone. TOP: White button-down sleeveless blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Blue sequin, Leelo. BRACELET: Silver cuff with rhinestone detail. RING: Oversized silver with rhinestone detail. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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EARRINGS: Black long ball. DRESS: Long-sleeved leopard print, Savee Couture. BRACELET: Gold bangle with stone detail. RING: Rose gold trio (sold separately). Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Silver hoops. NECKLACE: Purple pendant. DRESS: Multicolor butterfly, Savee Couture. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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DRESS: Blue and leopard multiprint belted, Savee Couture. Price upon request. From Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Silver and pearl. NECKLACE: Rhinestone pendant. DRESS: Coldshoulder black-andwhite check, Fifteen Twenty. BRACELET: Wire bangle set. RING: Oversized silver with stones. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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GYM BAG GLAM From sweat to sparkle in 15 minutes

These days, women on the go barely have enough time to workout, let alone get an extra hour to stop at home for a full beauty refresh before heading to work, running errands or enjoying happy hour with the squad. Achieve a quick turnaround post-workout by packing effortless, yet high-quality, beauty essentials in your gym bag to cleanse, refresh and enhance your natural look to take on the day (or night!).

GreatShape Contour Kit in Cool, $49 at jane iredale, Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths, $18 at Biossance The Wanderer fragrance refillable travel case, $28 at PHLUR, www.phlur. com. Professional Strength BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo, Bosley, $19 at B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, $31 at Urban Decay, Line-N-Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black, $24 at Laura Geller, www.


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MASTERING MONOCHROME Black-and-white hues for a glamorous space

Framed lion photographic canvas, $79.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Wall clock, Citizen, $135.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond (online only), www. bedbathandbeyond. com. Embroidered fringe accent pillow, Cupcakes and Cashmere, $49.99 at Nordstrom, www. Zigzag tissue box cover, MacKenzieChilds, $48 at Horchow, www. Metal and wool chair, $1,900 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790.

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H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / W H E E L S / P L A C E S


During the spring (before the temperature heats up), give a new meaning to “hanging out� with the Pod Hanging Chair from CB2. Made to withstand the outdoor elements, the faux wicker pod is handwoven by artisans using off-white recyclable resin on a powdercoated aluminum frame with a galvanized metal chain and hook. It comes with a weather-resistant tufted cushion in taupe, providing a comfy hideaway to curl up with a book or take an afternoon nap right in your own backyard. $758.95 at CB2,

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The trendy Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia is in an ideal location, with access to everything including vibrant restaurants and bars, classic and unique shopping spots, hiking and climbing trails, and plush landscaping. Also, it’s just a short drive from the cultural offerings of Downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale. It’s natural that this area, formerly occupied by citrus groves, is one of the top places to live in the city. While the neighborhood streets are lined with older homes rich in character and beautiful new builds, Arcadia’s homes are definitely on the pricier side. Enter: luxury townhome living. Novella at Arcadia recently opened, giving residents access to all the area has to offer without the down payment. Owned by True Craft Residential and professionally managed by Alliance Residential Company, the 31-unit community offers single-family townhomes for rent. There are two floor plans offered: The Campbell at 1,781 square feet, featuring three bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, and The Arcadian at 1,756 square feet, boasting three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Just because you’re not buying an Arcadia abode doesn’t mean you’ll be skimping on style or luxury. Each unit is complete with features to rival the single-family homes in the area, including attached two-car garages, quartz countertops, Shaker wood cabinets, and Samsung appliance packages which include a fullsize washer and dryer. Additionally, you’ll find the open concept living space to have 9- to 11-foot ceilings, glass sliding doors and expansive patios. The bathrooms present a modern design with oversized tile showers, contemporary bath fixtures and elegant lighting fixtures. Outside of your space, you’ll have access to community amenities such as a heated pool and spa, fire pits and community barbecues. There is also ample guest parking. The Campbell floor plan starts at $2,975 and The Arcadian begins at $3,100. For more information, visit


2018 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG C63 S CABRIOLET An exceptional vehicle inside and out BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $81,500

On a weekly basis, a press vehicle is dropped off at my house, and the previous vehicle is picked up. They range from pickup trucks to economy cars, electric vehicles, SUVs and so forth. But a few times each year, something really special arrives that I don’t want to give back. Such was the case with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Cabriolet. With 503 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and a seven-speed automatic transmission, the hand-built 4.0-liter, V-8 bi-turbo engine is the same used in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, E-Class sedan, and other C-Class models. Add in AMG forged cross-spoke wheels – 19 inches up front and 20 in the back – and one can reach zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It’s brought to a smooth but certain stop by large 15.8-inch ceramic brakes with red-painted brake calipers. An optional performance exhaust system with flap control varies the exhaust notes depending on the selected transmission mode. This produces awesome, throaty growls, popping and cracks. It isn’t loud enough to wake the neighbors, but the effect is delicious. A Dynamic Select driving control

menu on the center console enables the driver to customize the C63’s performance from the plush “Comfort” mode to the aggressive “Sport” or the distinct “Sport+” and “RACE” modes. All this goodness is wrapped in a sleek, sophisticated selection of colors with a drop-top. This car is the bomb. Inside, the C63 S has some of the best bucket seats I’ve ever occupied. Leather seats and trim, brushed aluminum precision switchgear, and gorgeous turbine-styled air vents – all materials are top-rate with exceptional build quality. Although, I’m not in love with the placement of the center LCD screen, which looks like it was added after the car had been completely built. Without question, this car is a beast. But, for such a high-performance vehicle, it’s actually quite friendly, easy to drive, and even thoughtful. That’s because, while cars keep getting faster, the people who buy them are not necessarily becoming better drivers. So what you get with the AMG C63 S is a very track-capable car that’s also perfect for daily driving. Just be prepared to open your wallet.

Price as tested: $100,235 Engine: 4.0-L bi-turbocharged V-8 Horsepower: 503 Fuel economy: 17/22 mpg city/ highway Seating: 4 Fab features: Incredible acceleration and braking Sinister exhaust notes Intoxicating to drive

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A TASTE OF SPRING Expand your palate with unique Arizona-made white wines

Spring has sprung – and so have Arizona’s vines. We sipped and sampled our way around the state to unearth some of its most interesting white wine varietals.

If you like classic chardonnay, try … Page Springs Cellars 2015 Colibri Roussanne, $26 Many people direct “oaked” (aka more traditional) chardonnay sippers to sample Arizona viogniers, but these roussanne grapes, which grow in the shadow of the mighty Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona, are silky and rich with hints of clean springtime flavors like apricot, lemon and peach. Like a chardonnay, there is a creamy feel to the wine, but the dry finish makes it a little lighter and airier.

If you like unoaked chardonnay, try … Coronado Vineyards 2016 Dry Riesling, $16 In recent years, unoaked chardonnay – which is aged in stainless steel versus oak barrels for a less buttery result – has become all the rage. This riesling is similarly aged in stainless steel, resulting in a lemony yellow color with hints of apricot, apple and honeydew. Its subtle sweetness doesn’t overpower, making it more akin to an unoaked chardonnay than a traditional, sweet German riesling.

If you like pinot grigio, try … Kief-Joshua 2015 Chenin Blanc, $25 Light, bright and a bit fruity, this delightful alternative to pinot grigio always turns heads. It has a medium acidity, ideal for white wine lovers who aren’t quite ready for the full crispness of a sauvignon blanc, yet want a little more zest than a basic pinot.

If you like sauvignon blanc, try … Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Chardonnay, $24 This wine, which earned a Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle, is aged for six months in neutral oak, so, like the dry riesling, it isn’t buttery. Instead, there are clear notes of florals, shortbread and all sorts of citrus, a favorite for sauvignon blanc lovers. Also like sauvignon blanc – and spring itself – it’s crisp, clean and loves to be chilled.

If you like a white blend, try … Bodega Pierce 2016 Pandora, $18 This blend features the award-winning winemaker’s estate pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and Malvasia Bianca in every delightful sip. Together, these grapes combine to give the drinker the sweet crispness of a pear and floral notes of both lilies and dreamy hibiscus.

If you like sparkling white wine, try ... Aridus 2016 Sparkling Malvasia, $47.25 This particular effervescent sparkling wine features intense aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle. The palate is predominantly citrusy – especially with orange blossom – and has a lingering floral finish. There are also some surprising notes on the second and third sips of ginger and spice.


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Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions’ dishes are just as bright as its large yellow signage on the outside of the corner building. The casual restaurant offers a handcrafted, farm-to-table dining experience, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. The menu has a fair amount of Asian flair. Take, for instance, the Morning Bibimbap Bowl ($8.50), one of the most popular items served. It’s a healthy interpretation of the classic Korean dish, which typically includes white rice, pickled and satueed veggies and eggs all presented in a hot stoneware bowl. Chestnut’s version – which has a bit of spice from the Sriracha brushed on the bottom – consists of sauteed kale and quinoa and is topped with two poached eggs. This simple, fresh selection allows diners to enjoy as is or modify and make it their own by adding extra protein or toppings. Served during business hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 4350 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.708.7679; Uptown March '18




Farm & Craft combines the best of both worlds for a tasty, yet healthy, treat


New to The Colony this month, Farm & Craft is bringing a healthy and sustainable menu of food and drinks in a modern farm, contemporary space. During the day, you’ll find a fast-casual concept and at night, the spot turns into a full-service restaurant. Farm & Craft is turning their focus to something you might not typically find at a health-focused eatery – cocktails. The spot offers organic spirits, craft beer and wine, and a unique cocktail menu, boasting options made with kombucha and cold-pressed juice, bringing a whole new meaning to feel good fresh ingredients. “It is a natural fit for us and the healthy lifestyle nature of our restaurant,” explains Farm & Craft President Darryl Cuilla of fusing their healthy approach with alcoholic beverages. “We feel that no one is really embracing the fresh-pressed juice and spirit cocktail niche like we have.” The restaurant’s team spent years (their Old Town Scottsdale location opened in 2016) concocting different juices with spirits to find the perfect mixtures. One particular standout is The Cure ($12), pairing two unlikely ingredients: vodka and kale. Surprisingly, it’s a match made in heaven. With a name like The Cure, it’s natural to wonder, what exactly is this sipper going to cure? “The unique properties of the drink are to heal (kale juice is heavy in antioxidants), sooth (coconut water is high in potassium) and recover (cucumber eases a hangover) we have personally experimented with this and it worked for us,” Cuilla says. The bright green creation tastes as refreshing as it looks, with sweet and sour notes, including hints of kale and cucumber, with a slight coconut finish. It’s made with Square One Botanical Vodka, fresh cucumber and kale juice, coconut water, lime juice and Organic Agave Nectar. Farm & Craft, 5538 North 7th St., Phoenix;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Damian Del Castillo of Pomegranate Cafe Damian Del Castillo began his culinary career as a dishwasher, working his way up over the years. Now, he is the chef of the Phoenix and Ahwatukee locations of Pomegranate Cafe, known for its vegetarian and vegan options.


When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I always knew I wanted to be a cook – It’s in my blood. My family has always been dedicated to that line of work. My great-grandmother was a professional cook, and a few of my uncles cook very well, not professionally, but definitely have “the flavor.”

To you, food is…. A little mysterious, a necessity, a knowledge.

The one ingredient you probably use most is: Passion.

When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? When I’m not cooking you will find me with my family.

What food is your guilty pleasure? Pizza with ketchup.

Favorite food memory: My favorite food memory is when I went to one of the Pujol restaurants and I tried a dish called Mole Madre which had been cooking for over a year, and that mole reminded me of my mother’s mole.

Most adventurous food you’ve tried or cooked: I haven’t tried anything that has scared me yet!

What is your biggest challenge when making items vegan or vegetarian? The more I work with different ingredients, especially vegetables, the more I learn and expand my tools in making dishes. I continue to learn each day.

How do you make dishes diet restriction-friendly (vegan or vegetarian) without compromising flavor? My foundation is always Mexican cuisine, which features mostly vegetables. When prepared correctly, we can bring out a lot of flavor from the vegetables for the dishes. For example, roasting vegetables brings out unique flavors from the juices and oils that are released in the process.

Anything new on the horizon for Pomegranate Cafe’s menu this season? For the spring, we will have a new menu for the bar with interesting tapas-style dishes that are 100 percent vegan.

Pomegranate Cafe, 5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.354.5314;

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BOTTLES UP! Dine and drink deals that delight


Clever Koi

Taking you out of the norm with its Asian cuisine play on the board concept, Clever Koi offers guests their choice of any two rice or noodle dishes plus a bottle of select red or white wine for $50 every Monday and Wednesday. Think zesty yakisoba noodles with shrimp, scallops, green sriracha, peanuts and bulgogi paired with wines including Era, an Italian pinot grigio, or The Seeker, a German riesling. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474;


It’s a board alright – but a polenta one! Join Crudo Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. to indulge in their polenta board deal, which is $20 per person and includes one bottle of wine per group of four. The polenta board is served family style and includes a salad course using local veggies in addition to the actual polenta, which is made with Hayden Mills local polenta and includes a different protein each week. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666;

Dust Cutter at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Federal Pizza

Bored of the same old happy hour? Then why not try an actual board – a board and bottle deal, that is. We found 10 of the best bets for bottles, beers, boards and other out-of-the-box options at Phoenix restaurants right now.

It’s the crispiest of deals – and with beer! Offered every Wednesday for just $10, Dust Cutter gives guests the chance to enjoy their Pamplona chorizo crisp, which is a Sonoraninfused twist on a traditional flatbread pizza blended with cotija cheese, blistered tomatoes and fresh avocado mousse, along with a selection of craft beers. This month, they boast eight selections of local draft beers from across Arizona as part of the deal. 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix; 602.333.0000;

Federal Pizza

Every Monday and Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m., night owls can indulge in Federal Pizza’s $20 deal, which includes a house bottle of red or white wine and choice of pizza. Check out this favorite combination: the Big Star Pizza, which is topped with Schreiner’s sausage, Molinari pepperoni, red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, red sauce, olives and wood-roasted onions, paired with a bottle of Scarpetta or an Italian pinot grigio. 5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.2520;


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Rott n’ Grapes

On Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to close, join Rott n’ Grapes for their Bottle and Board special. Order any bottle $25 and up, and get their signature charcuterie board along with it. The massive board includes three cheeses, three meats, mixed olives, a selection of dried fruits and nuts. It’s finished off with freshly toasted baguettes served with extra virgin olive oil. 4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.888.1667;

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

Nosh away every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to close at The Market. This deal includes any house bottle of red or white wine (list changes regularly) and one of Jennifer’s famous “nosh boards” for $25. The various boards – clearly meant to be shared – include everything from assorted artisan cheeses, fruit compote, mixed nuts, tapenade, crostini, Hayden Flour Mills crackers, fine meats, shallots, crostini, veggies and more. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.626.5050;

Postino WineCafe

Linger Longer Lounge

Every Monday, linger into the Linger Longer Lounge for their $20 bottle and board deal. Available from open to close, their board includes revolving finger foods including meats, cheeses and fruits along with a select bottle or red or white wine. 6522 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.264.4549;

North Italia

Timo Wine Bar

Timo knows how to make a date night go right. Every Monday, they offer a few select bottles of hand-chosen red or white wine (always four or five to choose from) along with one of their award-winning pizzas for just $25. And if a Sunday night date is more your speed, they have you covered with a bottle of Italian wine (again, from their select options) and eggplant lasagna for two for $29. 8801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.354.3846;

North Italia

The only almost-daily bottle and board deal in town, North offers this $20 option to guests Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday. It features your choice of a pizza, bruschetta or chef’s board, which serves two to three and includes prosciutto di parma, artisan cheese, marinated eggplant, roasted peppers, olives and marcona almonds, and a select red or white bottle of wine (varietals vary monthly).4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.324.5600;

Postino WineCafe

Who could forget the pioneers of the bottleand-board deal concept in the Valley? On Monday and Tuesday nights after 8 p.m., guests can choose any house bottle of wine and a bruschetta board, which includes four pieces (each cut into four slices) and enough to share, for just $20. Bruschetta options such as the tomato jam and fresh sheep’s milk cheese or prosciutto with figs and mascarpone cheese can be paired with wines including Holly’s Way Chardonnay or Perfekt Riesling. Gluten-free bread is available. Multiple locations; www.

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There’s no need to wonder what’s being served up here, it’s all in right there in the name. The casual spot offers up an array of satisfying burgers made to order, along with a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, and the tot-chos – all of your favorite nacho toppings piled high on tater tots! With over 150 beer choices, you’ll have no trouble finding something to help wash it all down. Multiple locations;; $$



ARCADIA TAVERN Local sports fans flock to Arcadia Tavern for happy hour and game days and for good reason. This is a great neighborhood spot to grab a beer and some delicious bar fare all while hanging with great friends in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Arcadia Tavern is also very family friendly, so if you want to head out with your tiniest sports fans, all are welcome here. 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950; www.; $$ HARVEY’S WINEBURGER Harvey’s has been a local favorite for a long, long time. While you won’t find a lot of frills here, you will find great burgers on the cheap. Their famous Wineburgers are crafted with a 100 percent fresh ground beef patty and a splash of wine. They also have great daily specials that won’t break the bank. 4812 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.9950;; $ MIRACLE MILE DELICATESSEN There are few things more comforting than a sandwich piled high with meat and a bowl of heart-warming soup. Lucky for you, you can get both at Miracle Mile Deli. The clean, spacious dining room is welcoming, and the staff are always happy to serve. If you find a sandwich that makes your heart skip a beat (like The Straw – think hot pastrami, melted Swiss cheese and steamy sauerkraut) you can order another to go. 4433 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.776.0992;; $$ TEXAZ GRILL 2015 marked Texaz Grill’s 30th anniversary in the Valley, and with a track record like that, you know it must be doing something right. The environment is a great place for the entire family; with a welcoming staff and more than generous portions, you’ll want to keep coming back to try out the entire menu. The chicken fried steak is a legend all in itself; fork tender, triple dipped and topped with the richest gravy you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.7827;; $$


AUTHENTIC THAI KITCHEN Fresh, simple and dependable are what you’ll find within the bright walls of Authentic Thai Kitchen. For diners that are just dipping their toe in the Thai pool, the pad Thai makes the perfect gateway dish. You can play with the heat level to see just


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how much you can take though you should always start slowly. For more seasoned Thai lovers, the tom kha gai soup is just like you’ll find in Thailand. 4500 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5065; $$ REATHREY SEKONG This hidden gem is a little difficult to find; located in a non-descript building and with the entrance in the back. Once you find it, you’ll be glad you did. The flavors and warmth of Cambodia are waiting here for you in the decor, dishes and people. Ask your server, who on some nights just may be the owner, for a tour through the menu to ensure the most authentic experience. 1312 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 480.238.0238; www.; $ SHABU FONDUE It may seem strange to go out to dinner and then put in work to make your meal yourself, but in the end the experience and the result are the ultimate reward. Shabu Fondue has an extensive menu, complete with plenty of vegetarian options. All of the meats are perfectly seasoned and you are provided with ample instruction and assistance to ensure that you create a perfect meal. Kids would love to be involved in the experience and a dinner here could end up being a delicious education for your whole family. 7822 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.870.3015; $$ SIU WOK At first glance, Siu Wok is not what you expect from a fast-causal Chinese restaurant. The bright interior is inviting and there is seating for days! Portions are ample enough to satiate you for lunch leaving some left over for dinner as well. The menu is filled with the usual suspects but fans rave about their General Tso’s chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. Their delivery area is surprisingly wide if you’re looking to eat in. 2801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.230.2960; $


FÀME CAFFE Whether you are seeking out a healthy vegetarian spot (with carnivore options as well) or a new place with decadent pastries to hit up for breakfast or lunch, Fáme Caffe has something to please any diner. The wraps are filling and the French toast is raved about. It also has phenomenal cold brew ice coffee and specializes in from-scratch recipes made with food from local vendors. 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.314.4660;; $$

SCRAMBLE A BREAKFAST JOINT With equal options of healthy and comfort foods, you can satisfy just about any breakfast craving at Scramble. Breakfast is served all day and with free Wi-Fi and tons of charging stations, you just may want to linger over the lox platter or any one of their brizza’s – yes, that’s breakfast pizzas! 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.374.2294; www.; $$ URBAN BEANS CAFÉ & BAR This vegan coffee shop is here for you when you need that kick in the morning as well as for a quick bite in the afternoon. Urban Beans is even there for you if you find yourself in need of java in the middle of the night. That’s right, 24 hours a day you can pop in and get a bite to eat and a cold or hot brew. Seating is comfy and conducive to taking a break from a busy day or cracking open your laptop and getting a little work done, no matter the time. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 85014; www.; $


THE CREPE CLUB The Crepe Club began as a food cart of the campus of Arizona State University and now boasts multiple brick-and-mortar locations. When you walk by the Biltmore location you’ll be drawn in by the sight of crepes being made right in the front window. With a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes as well as crepe wraps, you’ll find the perfect bite for whatever any craving. The menu also features salads, croissant sandwiches and fresh pastries, making it the perfect spot to pop in for breakfast, lunch or an evening treat. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0087; www.; $ VINCENT MARKET BISTRO Located just off the main dining room of Vincent’s on Camelback resides Vincent Market Bistro, the perfect place for a more casual dining experience as well as the a stellar spot to pick up some of chef Vincent Guerithault’s very own creations. The bistro is quaint and cozy, but still holds all the character, service and satisfying dishes of its big brother. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.224.3727;; $$


ALEXI’S GRILL Looking for tried and true fantastic Italian food on the light rail route? Alexi’s is a standard in the Valley and

has come to be a reliable place (with good service!) to grab a great meal at the right price. Stop by on your way to the Phoenix Symphony and dine on the desert cannelloni, making sure to opt for the light tomato jalapeno sauce. 3550 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.0982; www.; $$ CHRISTO’S RISTORANTE Open since 1986, Christo’s is one of the longest standing independent Italian restaurants in the area, and with a track record like that they must be doing something right. Head to Christo’s for your next date night; the romantic elegance decor will truly set the mood. Whether you’re looking for the simple flavors of a dish like their pasta Maison or something more complex and layered like their veal Christo, you’ll find something for every taste and occasion here. 6327 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.1784; www.; $$ ITALIAN SPOON This fast-casual Italian spot is home to a quaint dining room, decorated simply with a succinct menu. What the Italian Spoon lacks in space and pomp and circumstance they make up for in big flavor. While you may not find super elaborate dishes, you will find scratch-made flavorful sauces that cling perfectly to their pastas. If not everyone in your party is in the mood for pasta, Italian Spoon has plenty of other options like fish and chips, gyros and burgers. 505 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.265.1999; $ NOOK Whether you are looking for a light lunch or a full-on comfort dinner, Nook has offerings to satisfy any appetite. This high energy spot is bringing a little fire to the Gaslight Square area. Expect a little spice in your pizza crust, but if pizza is not your thing the chicken marsala is the stuff dreams are made of. 3623 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.651.1390; www.; $$


EL PACIFICO RESTAURANTE Y PESCADERIA Looking for a quick nosh or a big family dinner that can recreate that great dinner you had while visiting the beaches of Mexico? El Pacifico can serve all your needs with their authentic seafood tacos. The set up here is much like a small beach restaurant, so don’t expect many frills, but once you taste the food none of that will matter! 3311 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5639; www.; $$; $$$

LA BARQUITA No frills here, just straight-forward authentic and great tasting Mexican food. La Barquita is a friendly and quick service spot with a helpful and knowledgeable staff. The menu is rife with traditional options and will make you want to keep coming back to make your way through it. The chicken mole is unique in that the chicken is served on the bone as opposed to the traditionally shredded meat, which only adds to the richness. 2334 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.275.5994; $$

JOE’S MIDNIGHT RUN Joe’s Midnight Run dubs itself as a “culinary remix.” The restaurant is housed in what used to be the iconic Joe’s Drive-In Liquor, which longtime residents will surely remember. The space has been redesigned as a hip, eclectic restaurant that pays homage to the former inhabitants. The revamp is cheeky and infuses its menu and vibe with shoutouts to legendary musicians and groups. Don’t let the lightheartedness fool you into thinking that their kitchen and bar menus don’t pack some serious flavor, though. The menu is as creative as the space. Now, go tell your “jomies”. 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467; www.; $$

MUCHA LUCHA TACO SHOP Looking for a taco spot without all the lard and artificial and canned items? Santos Lucha Libre serves up a variety of menu items that are fresh, flavorful and something you can really feel good about eating. From monstrous burritos to dynamic tacos, you’ll find an array of options. There are eight meat choices as well as veggie options, and if you are not quite sure which choice is your speed, you are allowed to sample all the items. To top it all off, the homemade salsas are all kinds of spicy – and delicious! 9822 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.833.1295;; $$

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TRUE FOOD KITCHEN True Food Kitchen has created a community of conscious eating. You’ll smell it when you walk in the door and pass by the herbs growing beside you. You’ll see it in the environmentally conscious dining room and you’ll definitely taste it in their wellness menu. Whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or just want a healthy meal that satisfies in flavor, you’ll revel in your options. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.774.3488;; $$ GEORDIE’S Creating a synergy of modern energy and the art deco style of the 1930s sounds like a daunting task, but Geordie’s, located at Wrigley Mansion, seems to pull it off effortlessly. The elegant decor and stellar service paired with the unrivaled views atop the 100-foot knoll can only be matched by the polished menu recently revamped by chef Christopher Gross. Cozy up to your dining partner and take in all the gorgeous space has to offer. 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleyman-

OCOTILLO This urban mecca may just become your new favorite hangout, with lots of fun outdoor spaces and a fresh, creative menu. Bring all your friends and family to enjoy the unique space and enjoy dishes like their creste di gallo Pasta; a filling combination of pork sugo, fall greens, chili flakes and a garlic bread crumb. In addition to their full-size offerings and pastas, the menu also boasts small plates, craveable veggies and fresh salads. 3243 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 480.390.7794;; $$


LOVING HUT – VEGETARIAN CUISINE With a guarantee that all menu items are 100 percent vegan, there is no need to wonder if any pesky animal proteins were snuck any dishes here. The intriguing flavor combinations at Loving Hut are never boring and fail to disappoint even the most restricted of eaters. Bonus: The staff is friendly and will be happy to guide you through the menu. 3239 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.264.3480;; $$ NAMI Nami offers up a bevy of pastries along with breakfast and brunch options that could easily convert the most devout meat eater, at least for one meal. When you are ready to relax and fully enjoy the flavors, ingredients and craftsmanship of stellar wholesome and healthy offerings, get yourself to Nami for the breakfast or brunch. The menu varies from decadent doughnuts to hearty biscuits and gravy; the food will fill your belly and the community feel will fill your soul. 2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.258.6264;; $

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Presented by PetSmart Charities, this 11th annual event welcomed patrons and their pups for a brunch at Heritage Square. Guests mingled with fellow animal lovers, explored the pet play area, and enjoyed brunch and a silent auction.

Mike and Patty Sapp


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Eric and Jesse Loring

Monica and Todd McQueen

Debbie Stantus and April Johnson

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Alison and Mark Coccaro

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Jason Charles and Jodi Routhier

Julie and Fabian McCarthy


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DANCE WITH ME – A BALLET GALA This annual gala was held at the Phoenix Art Museum, where longtime Ballet Arizona supporters, Rose and Harry Papp, were honored. More than 350 guests enjoyed excerpts from Ballet Arizona’s performance of Cinderella, and the committee raised more than $510,000 supporting the ballet’s artistic and community programming.

Daryl Weil and Adrienne Schiffner


Sarah Stokely and Oscar Ortega

Jayson and Christy Joseph

Dr. John Demenkoff and Dianne Bradshaw

Garry and Char Eastwood

Julie Shelby and Molly Stockley

George Abrams and Billie Jo Herberger

Janie Kozemczak and Kate Groves

Curt and Leslie Smith

Dana and Bruce Macdonough


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Getting to Higher Ground BARROW GRAND BALL

An award winning boutique law firm specializing in domestic relations and mediation.

This black-tie event, held at Arizona Biltmore and hosted by the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, raised $3 million for the Barrow Neurological Institute.


Chris and Dr. Holly Shill

Mitch and Julie Pierce

Jan Lewis and Karrie Hall

Rob and Melani Walton

Dr. Stacie and Richard Stephenson

Kerrie Droban, Attorney at Law 1934 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 120-482, Phoenix AZ 85016 (with offices in Scottsdale)


Alison and Dr. Rami Almefty

Mary and Jim Grogan



Held at the Phoenix Art Museum, this 50th anniversary celebration featured a reception, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Funds raised benefited the Back-to-School Clothing Drive, which provides students with new school uniforms, backpacks and school supplies.

Preston and Breanna Naegeli


Destiny Goodman

David and Katie Callaway

Rebecca Heft and Nick Reed

Laura and Jason Sixkiller

Ashley Jacobson

Ryan and Danielle Downs

Debbie Accomazzo

Carlos and Sandra Luna

Daniil and Kate Gunitskiy


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Guests gathered at Phoenix Art Museum for a vibrant evening of cocktails, dinner, and live and silent art auctions benefiting Contemporary Forum.

Erik and Kimberly Peterson

Shauna Johnston and Bassim Alshaker

Angela Karp and Oscar De La Salas

Christy Vezolles and Gil Walderman

Casey Francis and Kate Giovacchini

Linda Eliott and Shawn Gensch

Daniel and Wendy Valenzuela

Ron Boerner and Nancy Avila


Rebecca and Anthony Salcito


Arizona Biltmore set the scene for one n ten’s signature fundraising event, uniting Phoenix’s gay and straight alliance community for a day of celebration.


Chris Vlad and Miguel Farfan

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Two chefs unite to offer individual concepts under one roof


Two Phoenix restaurants have come together in a unique “space share” concept that gives food lovers two dining experiences in one location. The idea is a collaboration between chef Jennifer Russo of the Market Restaurant + Bar and chef David Duarte of Finestre Modern Gastronomy. Russo opened the Market in 2014 as an extension of Jennifer’s Catering, but to keep up with the demands of the catering business, the space sat empty Sunday through Tuesday. So, when Duarte was looking to open his own restaurant, she suggested using her closed location and bypassing some of the headaches that come with opening a restaurant. In February, Duarte unveiled Finestre Modern Gastronomy inside the Market venue. The retired firefighter and paramedic brings high-end food from his European Michelin-star restaurant training home to his neighborhood. Finestre, which means “window” in Italian, offers five-, seven-, and nine-course tasting menus that provide a


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window into the culinary world. Duarte also uses modern gastronomy to bring out-of-the-box cooking concepts, such as cooking with nitrogen or creating delectable foams and gels, tableside at a cost that is more accessible thanks to the shared space. “We’re going to be doing some very unique stuff and creating food that nobody in Arizona has tasted,” Duarte elaborates. One of those unique offerings is Japanese Satsuma A5 Wagyu, which Duarte describes as the best beef in the world, including specialty cuts not available everywhere. Duarte also is excited by the fivecourse vegetarian selection and is confident it’s something even meat eaters will enjoy. At the Market, Russo continues to dish out a fun, fresh twist on the classics, modernizing dishes in a playful way that keeps the food comfortable and recognizable. The shared space has a casual yet elegant feel. Exposed ducts, brick walls, and red, metal stools are softened by the

sparkle of chandeliers and the warmth of honey-hued wood tables. Doors leading to the front and side patios give the space an open-air feeling, and a large kitchen window allows food lovers to watch and interact with the chefs. Regardless of who is in the kitchen, diners can expect an inviting, energetic vibe. “It’s not stuffy,” explains Russo of the atmosphere. “You can come in on your way to the ballet or coming from a workout. We want everyone to feel welcome.” Both chefs share a passion for supporting the community by offering seasonal menus, buying from small, local vendors, and engaging with guests. Another perk of the partnership is shared inventory, which helps keep prices down and allows for more specialty items, including a reserve list of fun and intriguing wines. “I’m truly blessed and honored that I’m able to do this,” Duarte says. Thanks to the shared schedule, Duarte is using his free time to host dinners with chefs across the country. In May, he also is participating in a 300-mile bike ride for No Kid Hungry to help eradicate childhood hunger. In support of that mission, Finestre is hosting a charity dinner this month, sponsored by Barilla, with all funds benefiting No Kid Hungry. The Market Restaurant + Bar is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, and the first and third Saturday of every month, 5 to 10 p.m., for dinner.  Finestre Modern Gastronomy serves dinner Sunday through Tuesday and the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 5 to 10 p.m. The seasonal menu offers five, seven or nine courses, paired with or without wine, at prices ranging from $60 to $225 per person. 3603 East Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.626.5050;

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Uptown Magazine March 2018  
Uptown Magazine March 2018