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In Phoenix over the past few years, there’s been a surge of independent makers selling locally made goods everywhere you turn. The two women on our cover, Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt, are helping to foster that creativity. First, they founded Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, then they created The Foundress female networking group, and their most recent endeavor is The Vintage Arcadia, which opened last month. This new spot is a shop selling artisan goods, a restaurant (shoutout to Chestnut!) and a bar. Read all about their new venture and community ties on page 30. In line with the shop local vibe, we’re featuring a roundup of some Phoenix designed and produced products on page 39. And for those looking to support the community event further, there’s some amazing events happening this month that give back to Phoenix nonprofits (pages 35, 42 and 43). Speaking of events, March is packed with awesome things to do and see. We have the scoop on everything, from the Cactus League to the new Wrigley Mansion afternoon tea to art instillations and musical performances to festivals and more starting on page 44. In the world of F&B, if you’re looking to switch up your food routine, there’s quite a few new spots popping up around town, including Bamboo Sushi (page 82), Dori Hand Roll Bar and Ramen (page 73), Tocaya (page 74) and Josephine (page 75). For those looking for a meal that screams spring, page 76 is highlighting delicious entree salads and page 72 has drinks beyond the classic mimosa that pair perfectly with brunch. Now that the weather is changing, we can put away our dark colors and opt for sunny styles. We’re showcasing bold florals (page 55); orchid-colored makeup (page 52); and colorful athleisure wear (page 54). If you’re in the mood to take things outside, find a chic picnic basket on page 65 and a stylish pair of sneakers (spring training game, anyone?) on page 51. Enjoy the beautiful weather and all that March has to offer! Best, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Find our magazine on Facebook!
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BEAUTY MEETS ADVENTURE Matt and Charlotte Tully offer unique rugs and home decor that spark conversation
Based in Phoenix, The Elegant Nomad (www.theelegantnomad. com) captures the juxtaposition between refined and livable, offering something that is both timeless and not too serious; luxurious yet useable. Through online sales and select trade shows, The Elegant Nomad, owned by husband-and-wife team Matt and
Charlotte Tully, is known worldwide for one-of-a-kind Moroccan rugs and home decor. “We’d seen mostly the boho aesthetic being connected to Moroccan rugs and we wanted to offer something different. A little more luxury and glam, yet still approachable,” Charlotte says.
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Pulse UP CLOSE other companies as well as for herself before turning her full attention to the aesthetics of The Elegant Nomad and caring for their daughter. Matt’s background in sales and marketing enables him to support the business side of the store. The couple met briefly through mutual friends while attending Arizona State University. They became Facebook friends, and after college, Charlotte moved back to California while Matt stayed in Arizona. “She made first contact,” Matt says. “I ended up ‘liking’ one of his photos and he sent me a message,” Charlotte says. The rest is history. When it comes to juggling work and family life, both agree that taking care of themselves is a priority. “Let’s just be honest, I feel like life often manages me. But prioritizing and planning are key,” Charlotte says. “Truthfully, I enjoy so much about our business that it doesn’t feel like work,” says Matt, who adds that he does love to decompress with active hobbies like jiu-jitsu and mountain biking.
Building a business together
The Elegant Nomad tells the story of someone who is always vogue fabulous, a little mysterious, and constantly finding the most amazing things while traveling. “This is in no way meant to mean me, because I aim to live 90% of my life in pajamas,” Charlotte says. “I get a lot of the credit because I am in many of the photos and am the ‘face’ of the shop, but Matt is the true Elegant Nomad.”
Inspired by travel and experiences Dreaming of a business venture for years, the Tullys were inspired to start The Elegant Nomad after a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Morocco. In 2016, their vision became a reality, combining their love of travel and design. “Charlotte, being a designer, had always wanted either a beautiful Turkish or Moroccan rug, so I knew that was likely going to be a piece of the trip. Well, it ended up being a very big part of the trip. Every single town we visited, we were bargaining for rugs. In one location, we spent two days haggling over a gorgeous 100-year-old rug (which we both wish we never sold),” Matt says. “All along the trip we talked about how fun it would be to take advantage of my sales and her design experience, and when we got home, we realized we simply had to try. That’s how it all started.” An award-winning interior designer, Charlotte worked for
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Charlotte and Matt search through thousands and thousands of rugs, selecting only a tiny fraction of them. Ultimately, the couple only buys pieces for the shop that they’d want in their own home. “We learned to trust our instincts,” Matt says. For a short time, the couple experimented with buying trendier styles that weren’t necessarily to their taste but stopped when they noticed customers gravitated toward the ones liked by the pair. As a couple running a business together, communication is number one. They discuss what each is doing for the business, expectations, and goals. “And not talking about business all of the time. Protecting our family and relationship time,” Charlotte says of the key to their success. Matt jokingly adds: “Bringing other people and snacks to our product photoshoots so we don’t get mad at each other.” While the initial focus of The Elegant Nomad was to source vintage rugs, over the past year they have been creating their own designs in addition to offering custom options. These rugs are still handwoven in the typical Moroccan fashion, by Berber tribes in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. However, these newer Moroccan rugs tend to be much larger than the vintage rugs, making them easier to style in Western interiors. Charlotte and Matt agree that meeting and helping their customers make a one-of-a-kind purchase is their favorite part about running The Elegant Nomad. “I am grateful for being able to have a design vision, convey it, and have people appreciate and respond,” Charlotte says. “We love our Instagram followers and have been fortunate enough to get to know tons of wonderful people through the platform,” Matt says. “As cliché as it sounds, every single happy customer is a success to me. Nothing creates more of a high than a customer buying into your vision and then loving the outcome.” “We also love our designer clients and local clients. We are wanting to branch out more, locally, because we love our area and the design legacy here,” Charlotte adds.
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Brently Easten fuses technology with antiques to create modern-day boomboxes
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
With a childhood spent mostly outdoors riding big wheels and cleaning sparkplugs, Phoenician Brently Easten learned how to build and tinker with things early on. “My grandfather taught me how to get my threewheeler engine to run, how to fish, and drive. He was so smart and strong, I always wanted to be like him,” Easten says. The self-described “wonderer” often found himself perusing antique stores, which sparked an idea to combine the skills he learned from his grandfather along with reliable technology and one-of-a kind luggage to start Loud Luggage Co. (www.loudluggageco. com). To create the company’s products, Easten scours the country for the finest vintage suitcases and takes them back to his Valley-based Loud Luggage Co. workshop to pair with speakers. The result is a fascinating combination of sound and antique aesthetic for a portable, loud and fashionable experience. Each case is powered and engineered for clients based on their lifestyle and can be plugged into a wall or charged and used cordless, with each piece also incorporating Bluetooth technology since 2015. Easten has been collecting luggage for over a decade throughout Arizona, and enjoys the “chase” in finding each client’s ideal vessel if he doesn’t already have it. “I’ll get a customer who wants a specific style or color and when I don’t have it, I go on the hunt,” says Easten, who currently has an inventory of more than 100 cases in stock waiting to be transformed into functional musical accessories. At the beginning of the process, every Loud Luggage Co. piece is stripped of its interiors and restored. Easten then reinforces, thickens, insulates, and seals the cases to ensure quality sound. He signs and dates each item, then numbers them with a laser cut steel badge and hand punched production number to ensure authenticity. “I love building them and making people smile,” he says. While the wireless boomboxes are popular in the local community, they are also turning into a celebrity must-have. Travis Barker from rock band Blink 182 has a custom case in addition to Rod Emory, a legend in the Porsche world.
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THE QUEEN OF THEMES Through her company and nonprofit, Jamila Watson plans parties with purpose
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
Jamila Watson’s dedication to the details and her deep attention to the needs of the hosts made it a no-brainer for the creative mother of two to create her event planning firm, Parties On Purpose. Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia by humble parents, giving back to those less fortunate was instilled in her at a young age, hence the second half of her brand’s name. “Growing up with a mom that loved everyone and wanted to make a difference in children’s lives was a huge influence for me and the passion never left.” With a background in the cosmetic industry and no prior entrepreneurial experience, Watson started Parties On Purpose (www.partiesonpurpose.com) from the ground up. She saw a void in the market and believed parties and events should be a time when you can actually enjoy your family and friends. Throughout her party planning journey, Watson created a nonprofit called Parties For Purpose in which she and her team provide celebrations for children in need. “We have worked with Save The Family, Sojourner Center, group homes, schools and more,” she says. Watson’s clients often refer to her as the “Queen of Themes,” thanks to her ability to offer a one-stop shop for any party idea, including decor design, entertainment, dessert tables, balloon structures, furniture rentals, and catering. From baby showers and graduations to anniversaries and birthday parties, one of Watson’s favorite parts of the business is her repeat customers. “It’s almost like we are part of their family,” she says. Watson is currently expanding her services to offer more features for corporate events, including backdrops, candy carts, and custom tassel installations. In addition to having the capacity to pull off eight large events each weekend, the busy entrepreneur is looking for office space with a large warehouse since the company’s inventory has tripled in the last year. The party planner also recently discovered a passion for public speaking and instructing thanks to a teaching stint at the Pinners Conference at WestWorld of Scottsdale. “That event really sparked something in me. I never realized how much I love teaching others,” she says.
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DRESSING FOR DEALS Jeremy Schachter puts a modern twist on classic, preppy styles
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Whether he’s sporting a blazer and chinos or slim-fit jeans and sneakers, Jeremy Schachter’s wardrobe is infused with preppy details. Tailored attire is part of his daily look and Schachter incorporates a new twist with current trends, like loafers sans socks or cashmere, to give his style a splash of reinvention. As a branch manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage, one might think a traditional suit and tie are required but that’s not always the case. “I feel I am more approachable with a collared shirt or sweater with dress pants, chinos or jeans,” Schachter says. Schachter finds outfit inspiration from Ryan Gosling, John Legend, and Ralph Lauren. “They wear the clothes. The clothes don’t wear them,” he says. A great pair of shoes from Gucci or Salvatore Ferragamo is Schachter’s preferred way to complete his outfit. Although he would gladly trade closets with Tom Ford or David Beckham, having an individual style is of great importance. His advice: “Don’t try to be someone you are not because if you don’t feel comfortable in the clothes you are wearing, it will be apparent.”
What are your favorite brands? Burberry and Hugo Boss for the tailoring and classic look. My new favorite jeans are made by Paige. The quality as well as fit and comfortability make them a must-have. What is your most prized possession in your closet? It would definitely be my wool Burberry peacoat that I received from my spouse one holiday season. My first and only time wearing it was in Paris a few years ago. How do you transition your look from work to nighttime? Depending on what the occasion is, I would add a sweater in the winter or a jacket or in the summer. I would change out of a long-sleeve shirt and pants/jeans into a classic polo, shorts and flip-flops or loafers.
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10 Ways to Get Your Teen Driver Road-Ready Auto expert Shahe Koulloukian shares the most important factors in teenage driving safety.
aving a child that’s finally old enough to drive is nervewracking – for the teen who’s a novice behind the wheel, but perhaps more so for the parents! We asked our go-to car expert, Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care, for his best advice on making sure your teen is ready to hit the road… safely and responsibly. Here are his pro tips:
6. Teens whose parents drive distracted are two to four times likely to also drive distracted. Remember, teens see their parents as role models. That doesn’t change when they get their license. When you are behind the wheel, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your teen to do. If they catch you – admit to your mistakes. It shows your new driver that it is never too late to start driving safely.
1. Practicing with them honestly is the best way to start. Share the stories of your first experience driving, and how nervous you were, and the mistakes you continue to make… even today.
7. Sign them up for driving school and leave them alone. They need to focus on learning by a third-party, non-biased person. You can judge them later.
2. Remember, you are not the person to make your teen a great driver, they are! Accept the fact that you’re not the master; you are just the introductory level.
8. This is the most important step. After they have completed a driving school course, Go to the B.R.A.K.E.S program website (https://putonthebrakes.org/shop) and sign your teen and yourself up for this amazing FREE program. Yes, it’s free, and they travel all around the country teaching safe and defensive driving the right way. You simply sign up and give a credit card to hold your spot; if you show up, it’s FREE! If you flake out and are a no show, then you get charged for your saved spot. It’s really that simple.
3. Explain that distraction is the biggest reason for accidents. Teach them about the three types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive. • Manual distractions are those where you move your hands from the steering wheel. • Visual distractions are those where your eyes aren’t focused on the road. • Cognitive distractions are when your mind wanders away from the task of driving. • Remind them that texting involves all three types of distraction! 4. Start with parking and turning before allowing them to drive on the road. Be sure to invest at least ten hours of just parking and turning, spread out over time. A good rule of thumb is to commit to two hours a week in 30-minute segments. After they master the parking and turning, you can slowly start the driving in low-risk situations for a minimum of 15 hours, then work up to more risky situations for at least ten hours. 5. No passengers in the vehicle other than parents. No radio or music for the first 20 hours of driving. They can sing and get jiggy with it any time in the future.
9. When you’re ready to purchase a car for them, stay away from vehicles that have too many bells and whistles – i.e., the backup camera, side motion sensors, and cruise control. These may seem helpful, but they’re bad-habit-forming features that your teen will rely on, not actually doing the work of paying proper attention and becoming a good defensive driver. 10. Teach your teen the “nuts and bolts” of their vehicle: tire size, the type of oil it requires, what the warning lights mean. Get them familiar with their owner’s manual and encourage them to keep a maintenance schedule. Make sure they know what to do in case of a flat tire or other roadside emergency. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 15-20, and teaching teens safe driving goes far beyond “Put your seatbelt on and be careful!” – especially given all the possible distractions that technology provides. But with proper education, you can rest a little easier knowing that your teen is prepared and responsible. Behind the wheel, at least.
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Ginger Brandt’s classic, functional style mirrors her support for the community
BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH BARRY
“Bloom where you are planted.” Ginger Brandt reminded her husband and herself of this when they first moved from St. Louis to Phoenix 17 years ago. For Brandt, that meant making sure their charitable giving directly benefited their new community. In addition to supporting several local organizations over the years, Brandt also works as a gift officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) Foundation. Her on-the-go career takes her from visiting patients in The Zone (the hospital’s play area) one minute to lunch with a donor or off to an event in the evening the next. Thus, maintaining a classic and functional style is a must. “You will find a variety of shoes in my car, from flip flops to flats to low heels and sneakers,” Brandt says. “I’m always prepared!” Most days, Brandt pairs a stylish blazer with slacks and ballet flats. Jeans with a PCH or Arizona sports team — she loves them all — T-shirt and Converse are her go-to in the office on casual Fridays.
How does your career influence your style? A colleague of mine calls my style “Arizona Pride.” My love for all things Arizona, including the well-being of Arizona’s children and our sports teams, influences who I am and what events I attend. What do you typically wear to nighttime events? While it is always fun to get glammed up in a gown, I love the events that allow for a little more creativity and fun, like PCH Beach Ball, Evening on the Diamond and Jump Ball, to name a few. When it comes to cocktail attire, I love a good jumpsuit or sassy satin pantsuit. What’s your most prized possession in your closet? A stunning Chanel ring that my husband surprised me with a few years ago. What are you excited to wear again this spring? I love fall/winter clothes because I feel more polished wearing them, but I have an amazing floral jacket that I look forward to pulling out of storage.
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Comprehensive Dentistry Dr. Michael Smith, DMD, owner of The Biting Edge Family Dentistry Smiles are important; they reflect who we are as individuals. A brilliant smile is agedefying and timeless. However, when your teeth and gums aren’t healthy, your smile is affected. If left untreated, oral problems can turn into major health problems, including heart disease and some chronic inflammatory diseases, among others. Comprehensive dentistry is about creating the best plan for your goals, wants, and desires to keep your mouth in its best, healthy state. Comprehensive treatment services include cosmetic & aesthetic dentistry, TMJ-related issues, bite-related problems, periodontal treatment, and dental implants, along with family dentistry. Dr. Michael Smith, DMD, the owner of The Biting Edge Family Dentistry, is here to help you achieve your best smile. Q. How is comprehensive dentistry different from other dental practices or problem-focused dentistry? Dr. Michael Smith: The biggest difference is that in the past you went to the dentist if something hurt and that specific problem was treated. Comprehensive
dentistry looks at the big picture of when and how often we need to do something to avoid those emergencies. Comprehensive dentistry evaluates your entire system and how it works best for you. Then we establish goals. We make a plan of what’s needed to keep your mouth healthy.
Q. Are there things I can do between visits to stay healthy? Dr. Mike: Brushing your teeth twice a day helps decrease biofilm dental plaque and acids that build up in your mouth. Daily flossing, and even using a Waterpik, are useful after meals. Diet plays a huge role in oral health. Acidic and sugary foods change the pH levels of your saliva. This leads to more problems with oral sensitivities, cavities, inflammation, and the list goes on. Q. How can dental anxiety or fear of the dentist be handled? Dr. Mike: We understand fear and anxiety at the dentist, which is why all our appointments are low stress. Comprehensive dentistry allows for overall whole body health and, by establishing a game plan that first visit, you’ll know exactly what to expect at future appointments. You’ll feel comfortable and right at home from the moment you walk through our door. In addition, we can also provide anxiety medications and various sedation methods.
Q. What are the benefits of comprehensive dentistry? Dr. Mike: The #1 benefit is long-term oral health: a healthy smile, mouth, gums, jaw, and bite. Comprehensive dentistry helps to avoid emergency pain and discomfort. We establish an attainable goal for everything from the look, feel, and function of your smile. This may include cosmetic, fixing biterelated problems—like TMJ—periodontal treatment, and even dental implants. Q. What can I expect at my first comprehensive dental visit? Dr. Mike: Your first visit is a friendly, non-invasive and low-stress appointment. Consider it like a fact-finding mission to see how everything works, functions, and looks.
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CHILDHELP DRIVE THE DREAM GALA This 61st annual black-tie soiree took place at The Phoenician BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
Jill Leatherbury and Michelle Gulbas
Allister Adel and Tammy Fellows
Stacie J. Stephenson
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PASSION TO PHILANTHROPY: A PURPOSEFUL LIFE AND CAREER BY CHRISTIE SHEARS PHOTOGRAPH BY SCOTT FOUST STUDIOS
Molly Stockley is motivated by a desire to ensure no person has to suffer as her dear friend Kristi did in her battle with cancer. Molly felt helpless as she stood by her friend during her fight, watching the grueling treatments and at just 28 years old, the devastating loss of Kristi’s life. In that moment, Molly rededicated her life to a new purpose - cancer education and prevention. While Molly was excelling in her 18-year career in broadcast media, she knew she could do more to honor her friend and help others. In 2008, she made the courageous leap from sports and media to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) Phoenix, a national network of cancer care hospitals known for personalized and individualized care. 11 years later, Molly is excelling as the Vice President of Hospital Growth at CTCA. She executes with the purpose to provide high quality cancer care through CTCA along with educating the public on cancer prevention and resources, with Kristi engrained in her heart. What contributes to Molly’s desire is the leadership and commitment by the founder of CTCA, Richard J Stephenson and his wife, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, Chief of Functional Medicine and Vice Chair of Gateway for Cancer Research, with the goal of changing the face of cancer. Under CTCA, every aspect of a person’s cancer needs are taken care of, from screenings, diagnosis, treatment to
Dr. Stacie J. and Richard J Stephenson and hosted by actor, Cameron Mathison and model and entertainment host, Samantha Harris, the event will include show stopping entertainment and dining paired with perfectly balanced wines. Napa native and granddaughter of wine pioneer, Peter Mondavi, Alycia Mondavi, serves as Vino con Stelle’s wine connoisseur. Help Gateway for Cancer Research to shape the future of cancer care and end cancer. Join Molly and others at the 4th Annual Vino con Stelle on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Scottsdale Hanger One. You can give hope to those facing cancer.
survivorship. For Molly, her passion of cancer resources for patients are accomplished by the selflessness of the Stephenson’s powerful and global philanthropic arm which includes financial assistance through Assistance In Healthcare and funding early phase clinical trials at some of the country’s most renowned institutions through Gateway for Cancer Research. Molly’s philanthropic leadership is at the core of her belief system where she volunteers her time and skills from chairing events to boards and committees, all with one goal, to truly make a difference in her community. She is proud to be a committee member
on Gateway for Cancer Research’s signature Arizona fundraiser, Vino con Stelle. The event raises funds to support breakthrough cancer clinical trials. 99 cents of every dollar donated goes directly toward cancer research. Recently in Phoenix, with funding from Gateway for Cancer Research, an innovative clinical trial will launch at Phoenix Children’s Hospital focusing on an incurable and devastating condition which accounts for 75% of all pediatric brainstem tumors. Vino con Stelle consists of renowned winemakers presenting their exclusive special vintages in an intimate setting. Chaired by
4TH ANNUAL GATEWAY FOR CANCER RESEARCH VINO CON STELLE Hosted By: Richard J and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson Friday, April 17, 2020 Scottsdale Hangar One www.gatewaycr.org/vino Tickets: 866-932-4208
BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE / HAIR BY MOLLY GERDES, THE ELEVEN COLLECTIVE MAKEUP BY ALYSON LAVENDER, THE SPARKLE BAR / OUTFITS FROM VINTAGE MARKET HOME, NASH VINTAGE
Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market and The Foundress launch The Vintage Arcadia, a neighborhood retail shop, restaurant and bar
Community, and admittedly a touch of selfishness, is what drove friends Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt to go into business with each other back in 2011. Today, they are successful mompreneurs — Arnold has four kids and Holt has three — widely known for their love of all things old, rusty and handmade as the founders of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. The Foundress, their second business which is nearly two years old, is a networking group for creative, entrepreneurial
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women. And after pulling late nights nearly every night for the past year, Arnold and Holt proudly opened the doors of their third brainchild — a neighborhood gathering called The Vintage Arcadia — just last month. “We love building community. What motivates us to keep going is watching new friendships form and old friendships nurtured at all three of our businesses,” Holt says. “We want to create spaces where people feel like they belong.” Arnold adds. “And selfishly, we create those spaces because we want them ourselves.”
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JUNK IN THE TRUNK VINTAGE MARKET Tucson native Arnold and Holt, who hails from Spokane, Washington, first met at a fellowship group for newly married couples at Scottsdale Bible Church. Their husbands bonded instantly and so did they, especially over their shared passion for thrifting. At the time, Holt was creating handpainted barnwood signs from her garage and Arnold was using hers to store and paint old furniture she bought from thrift stores. With both their garages filled to the brim with antiques and handmade goods, leaving very little room for anything else, their husbands spoke up. “Our husbands encouraged us to be a vendor somewhere so that we could clear out our garages by selling all of our crap. However, there was nothing available to us to do something like that then,” Arnold says. So, they created a space where they could and called it Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Their first market took place in a friend’s backyard and welcomed 23 vendors, including the founders themselves, that sold handmade and vintage treasures. More than 600 people from all over the state showed up to their little open-air market, which cued to Arnold and Holt that they were on to something big; something that was lacking from the Phoenix community — a hub for all things vintage. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is now a highly revered event in the Valley. The three-day shopping extravaganza takes place once a year at WestWorld of Scottsdale and welcomes more than 12,000 spectators and 150 to 200 vendors from around the world, selling anything from handmade trinkets to children’s apparel and antiques. Arnold and Holt give a portion of market ticket sales to organizations they are passionate about, like Maggie’s Place and Mission One’s Kijabe Women’s Sewing Project. They also host the market twice a year in California, with one that takes place in Pomona and the other in San Diego. “Unfortunately for our husbands, we were never able to clear out our garages. We now have a warehouse full of stuff for our markets instead,” Arnold says.
THE FOUNDRESS Arnold and Holt had zero background in business when they started Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Fortunately, Holt’s
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husband Kevin, who is now one of their business partners, had finance experience and was able to help them in some areas of their business, but not all. The thrifters forged their own path and were very successful doing so. However, they both agree that some support and encouragement from other creative entrepreneurs would have been welcomed along the way. The need for that is what birthed their second venture, The Foundress, in August 2018. The Foundress is a team of powerful women who encourage and inspire each other through mentorship, roundtable discussions and networking. There are 16 mentors, each selected by Arnold and Holt, who represent various fields and expertise.
Foundress meetings take place once a month and provide members with the opportunity to chat with mentors, hear impactful stories of successes and failures (because both are necessary in the world of startups), learn helpful business tips, brainstorm with others and just have a consistent community that they can always turn to. “The Foundress is a place where women inspire each other and collaborate and learn together. It’s where you know you’re supported no matter what you’re going through that day because, in truth, being an entrepreneur can get lonely,” Holt says.
THE VINTAGE ARCADIA On Valentine’s Day, which is also the day Arizona achieved statehood in 1912,
Arnold and Holt held the grand opening of their first business with permanent roots here in the Valley, The Vintage Arcadia. Like Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market and The Foundress, their third partnership is all about building community. “It’s a neighborhood gathering place that we hope will become a modern-day Cheers, where everyone knows your name,” Holt says. Three concepts live under The Vintage’s roof: Chestnut at the Vintage serving fast-casual breakfast and lunch, The Bar at The Vintage serving dinner and drinks, and Vintage Market Home, the thrifters’ own retail concept. intage Market Home offers vintage finds, unique gifts and modern wares from local and nonlocal artisans. All the store’s merchandise is curated and hand selected by Arnold and Holt. “We’re busy moms who always envisioned a place we could go and get everything done in one fell swoop. I think we’ve accomplished that at The Vintage Arcadia,” Arnold says. The Vintage Arcadia is also home to a 1,000-square-foot showroom that can be rented out to the public for conferences, parties, birthdays, etc. Arnold and Holt will use the space once a month to host different
vendor pop-ups, Foundress meetings and a mentor class series they’re launching. The series will cover a range of business topics each month — from marketing strategy to website development — and be taught by Foundress mentors and members. Non-members will be able to attend classes for a fixed rate, and Foundress members will receive a discount. “Speakers are only given 30 minutes to talk at Foundress meetings. That’s nothing, considering how much content they have and want to share. By hosting classes at The Vintage each month, it’s our way of giving folks that deeper dive on information they need to help their businesses succeed,” Holt says. “It’s information you would pay hundreds of dollars to fly to a conference to get when we’re offering it here in Phoenix at The Vintage,” Arnold adds .
FAMILY MATTERS It’s worth mentioning again that Arnold and Holt own three businesses now while also being in the thick of motherhood. What’s their secret to balancing it all? Admitting to themselves that they can’t, and that that is okay. “I think a lot of the time women have
this superwoman complex where they tell themselves that they have to do it all,” Arnold says. “But realistically, that’s impossible.” It also helps that a lot of their children are school-aged, too. Arnold and Holt use the time that their kids are in school to get work done. And when that’s still not enough, family members, including in-laws, are recruited to help. “Without our families, it would be very difficult,” Holt says. Plus, their children are completely involved in everything that they do and all three businesses. During the final hours of getting The Vintage prepared for its grand opening, Arnold and Holt’s children stood in solidarity with their moms to get the place in tiptop shape. “They’re just as much a part of everything we do as well,” Holt says. “They are learning what hard work looks like,” Arnold adds. The Vintage Arcadia is open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Vintage Arcadia is located at 4418 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix. Visit www.thevintagearcadia.com for more information about The Vintage Arcadia.
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L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E
BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE / PHOTO COURTESY OF ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY
This is one party everyone can get behind. On March 29, JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa will set the scene for the 22nd annual Compassion with Fashion: Re-pup-licans and Demo-cats. Hosted by the Arizona Humane Society and co-chaired by Mandy Holmes and Courtney Beller, the daytime event will raise money to help care and find loving homes for the nearly 17,000 homeless pets the organization takes in each year. In addition to the opportunity to bid on adoptable candidates, guests will enjoy a seated luncheon, silent and live auctions, and a fashion show by designer Trina Turk, who is best known for her bold hues and signature prints. 11 a.m. $250 for general admission or $350 for VIP. www.azhuman.org/cfw.
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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa recently unveiled The Villas at Sanctuary, eight private retreats. Guests of these mountain homes, several of which have undergone changes over the past year, have access to the resort amenities. Each of the eight villas occupies more than an acre of land and features amenities ranging from private pools and spas to wraparound terraces and home theaters. Villa guests also have exlusive access to book the Sanctuary Elevated package (starting at $3,414), which requires a minimum two-night stay and includes a guided hike, aerial yoga class and yoga Nidra class, all private. The package also includes a $500 resort credit to use during the stay as well as access to the resort’s tennis and pickleball courts. www.sanctuaryaz.com.
The trendy plant-based diet has recently taken off and local restaurants are joining in on the fun, creating menu items that are veggie-forward. Taco Guild recently added some new dishes that fall in line with the health trend. In addition to a variety of plant-based tacos – think fried cauliflower, spicy black beans, papas bravas, and mushroom barbacoa, ranging from $5.50 to $6 – there’s also a vegan ceviche. The fresh dish has hearts of palm and cucumbers at its base, and is flavored with lime, cilantro, radishes, mango chile and jalapenos ($11). www.tacoguild.com.
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The Phoenician Spa, which opened in March 2018, recently received the coveted 2020 Forbes Five Star Award. The Five Star Rating is based on hundreds of criteria, presented for extraordinary facilities, design and service and Phoenician Spa is one of just 24 spas worldwide receiving the honor for the first time, and one of 85 overall. The three-story, 37,000-square foot spa features a rooftop pool, 24 treatment rooms, a couple’s Tranquility Suite, a post-therapy Quiet Relaxation Room, locker rooms with amenities, a fitness center, and more. www.thephoenicianspa.com.
Arizona-based Huss Brewing Co. recently rolled out two new IPA craft beers: Hopaloosa Hazy and Papago Desert Stage Orange. Designed in collaboration with the Aravaipa Trail Runners and inspired by the Aravaipa’s annual trail run through Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, Papago Desert Sage Orange is brewed with orange zest with a hint of sage and agave. The brand’s first hazy-style IPA, Hopaloosa Hazy IPA, is named after the Native American Appaloosa horse. It is double dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo and crista hops for fruity, tropical notes. Both beers are available at Huss taproom in Phoenix as well as at select local grocery stores, bars and restaurants. www.hussbrewing.com.
ART FROM THE HEART
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona will host its annual art auction, Art from the Heart, on April 4 at Saks Fifth Avenue, located at Biltmore Fashion Park. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, a live DJ, and a silent auction with donated works of art from featured artist John Nelson and other prominent Arizona artists. Nelson is one of the Southwest’s most recognizable artists, creating visual folklore in his collaged paintings and sculptures with a menagerie of figures and symbols. Proceeds from the auction will positively impact the children served by Free Arts’ programs. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased online at www.freeartsaz.org.
BUT FIRST, BRUNCH
The Dressing Room, located inside monOchrid in the heart of Roosevelt Row, recently launched Sunday Brunch. While breakfast was already offered both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Dressing Room’s new brunch features live music every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to tunes, diners can enjoy the recently revamped weekend menu. Highlights include a bread pudding French toast, shakshouka verde, and Cuban poached eggs. Some signature favorites – like the lemon ricotta, strawberry, basil and honey toast, and the chorizo scramble – are also still on the menu. www.dressingroomphx.com. Uptown March ‘20
GREAT UPCOMING EVENTS BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
Paint the City! March 7, Children’s Museum of Phoenix When a child holds a paintbrush for the first time, their whole face lights up. Such a simple tool has the ability to unlock their imagination fully when it’s met with a blank piece of paper. This is exactly what inspired the theme of the 12th annual Children’s Museum Gala, Paint the City! Guests will enjoy a colorful evening featuring dinner, dessert, signature cocktails, a silent auction, live entertainment, dancing and more. Proceeds will support the Every Child program, which gives all children the opportunity to experience Children’s Museum of Phoenix, regardless of their family’s circumstances. 6-11 p.m. $500. www.aesaz.co. Lights, Camera, Auction! March 7, The Croft The red carpet will roll out at The Croft in Downtown Phoenix for Lights, Camera, Auction! — a fundraising gala hosted by Phoenix Children’s Chorus. The extravagant event will include a reception and sumptuous three-course dinner, live entertainment playing the top movie songs of all time, and live and silent auctions full of luxury items and getaways. This fun, Hollywood-esque event ensures that Phoenix Children’s Chorus can continue to provide a quality music education to all youth at an affordable tuition price. 5-9 p.m. $175. www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org. Children Helping Children Fashion Show and Luncheon March 28, The Phoenician The two decade-long collaboration between PANDA (which stands for People Acting Now Discover Answers) and Steele Children’s Research Center will continue at this daytime event, with proceeds going toward Steele’s overall commitment to pediactric medical research in Arizona. The Field of Dreams-themed luncheon will feature 55 models strutting their stuff on the runway during a fashion show with styles provided by Garage. Guests will also enjoy a gourmet lunch, a silent and live auction, and a raffle. 10 a.m. $250. www.azpanda.org. Imagination 2020 NOLA Gala April 4, Madison Center for the Arts The Madison Education Foundation’s second annual Imagination Gala will transport guests to New Orleans. The event will feature catering from Fresh from the Kitchen, performances by Madison School District students and the Heart of Madison Award recipient will be named. This award honors a member of the community who has dedicated themselves to serving Madison School District and its students. Auctions, dessert, plenty of jazz and dancing will round out this trip to The Big Easy. Proceeds will support the Madison Education Foundation’s mission to enhance music and arts education across the entire district. 6:30 p.m. $100. www.themadison.org. Celebrity Fight Night April 4, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The 26th annual Celebrity Fight Night will be an exciting, star-studded evening of entertainment that will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute and several other charities. Join celebrities, professional athletes and host Emmy Award-winning country artist Reba McEntire for a night to remember. This black-tie affair will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions full of luxury items, and VIP performances by Reba, David Foster, Kristin Chenoweth and more. 5:30 p.m. $1,500. www.celebrityfightnight.org. D-backs Race Against Cancer April 5, Chase Field The eighth annual D-backs Race Against Cancer, an event that was inspired by the team’s president and CEO and his wife who are both cancer survivors, will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and proceeds will be distributed to Arizona nonprofits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with cancer. This 5K/1-mile walk will lead participants through Downtown Phoenix before they return to Chase Field to take a victory lap around the field itself. Each participant will go home with a finisher medal, D-backs T-shirt, drawstring bag and a ticket to a D-backs game. Dog owners can bring their furry companion along for the 1-mile walk only. 5K, 7:15 a.m., $40; 1-mile walk, 8:30 a.m., $20. www.dbacks.com.
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MADE IN PHOENIX Shining a light on local goods
Phoenix’s creativity scene has certainly grown over the past couple of years. Shopping local and supporting Valley artisans is the new way to buy in 2020. Check out some of these locally designed and produced treasures by independent makers.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Swept Away Scents Stop and smell the candles! Every ingredient in Swept Away Scents products is carefully sourced. Each candle is made with 100% soy wax and the highest quality fragrance oils. Signature scents include Cozy Sunday, a dreamy sandalwood and lavender blend, and The Birthday Candle, a chocolate cake-scented sprinkle-topped treat. www.sweptawayscents.com. Exstraw Created to help the environment, Exstraw fills the need of those who want to make a positive change for our planet by utilizing a reusable straw. Exstraw’s rubber case is biodegradable, and easy to carry in a purse or backpack. Bonus: It’s also dishwasher safe. www.exstraw.co. Rize and Co. Rize and Co. CBD skincare uses hand selected, all-natural ingredients that are vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain parabens, phthalates or SLS. The company offers four products: the cooling mist for after a workout or on sun-kissed skin; the rosewater facial toner, which provides hydration and evens the skin tone; the muscle balm for immediate relief and if you suffer from dry skin; and the lavender soothing balm, which leaves your skin restored www.rizeandco.com. Lace Grace and Peonies Each of these one-of-a kind marble coasters is made using a painting and matte sealant method. The hand painted and hand tumbled products can be purchased at local boutiques including Changing Hands Bookstore, Rubymint General and Made Art Boutique in addition to an online Etsy store. @lacegraceandpeonies. Lucky Air Plant Designed in nature and produced in the Valley of the Sun, Lucky Air Plant combines the positive energy of crystals with Tillandsia, aka air plants. In addition to healing crystals that feature air plants, the company also sells magnets shaped like states and magnets with fun sayings, both with air plants built in. The air plants call also be purchased separately. www.luckyairplant.com Lotuswei Flower alchemist Katie Hess hand collects flowers all over the planet to make sustainable, gentle and effective botanical remedies for easing stress away. Lotuswei specializes in rare flower essences, anointing oils, aura mists and other transformative self-care rituals and multi-sensory treats. The company offers a service where a monthly flower essence is delivered to your door as well as The Flowerlounge Tour, a traveling flower-filled meditation event. www.lotuswei.com. Sapone Brothers Using 100% pure essential oils and olive oil pomace, shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, and sustainable palm kernel oil, the Sapone Brothers create soap that is preservative free with locally sourced ingredients. For colorants and exfoliation, the brothers incorporate green tea, coffee grounds, indigo powder, turmeric, paprika, activated charcoal, beet root powder, Moroccan red clay, lavender and pink Himalayan sea salt. @saponebros.
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ARIZONA TENNIS CLASSIC
March 16-22, Phoenix Country Club The Association of Tennis Professionals Challenger Tour will bring this premier event back to Phoenix for a second year, with proceeds benefitting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Over the course of seven days, 48 players will compete to win the $21,600 grand prize. The object of the tournament is to discover and develop emerging young tennis stars. Times vary. GA, $25 for weekdays and $35 for weekend. www.arizonatennisclassic.com.
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competitive highland dancing, pipe bands, heavy athletics, country dancing, historical re-enactments, and vintage British car exhibitions. Representatives of over 55 clans will be in attendance for the day. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $22; kids 6-12, $6; family pack of four, $50. www. phoenixscottishgames.com. Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market March 7-8, Heard Museum A long-standing nationally recognized event, the heavily celebrated Indian Fair is said to be one of the largest art markets in Arizona and the second largest market of its kind in the country. Set to feature more than 600 Native artists from 116 tribal affiliations in the U.S., this showcase is expected to be an incredible mix of traditional and cutting-edge art forms, sure to dazzle visitors and locals alike. The festivities will kick off on Friday with a Best of Show Reception. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Starting at $15 for museum members; $22 in advance for non-members or $25 onsite. www.heard.org. Zoo Move and Groove 5k Festival March 7, Phoenix Zoo Get ready to move and groove at this active event, set in the heart of the Phoenix Zoo. Participants have the option of choosing the 5K run (8 a.m. start time) or 1-mile leisure loop (8:10 a.m. start time), with a fit festival beginning at 9 a.m. There’s also a Snooze for the Zoo option for those who want to sleep in and still support the zoo. Every individual will receive prerace breakfast and snacks as well as a commemorative T-shirt (even snoozers!). Sign up as a “mob” or as an individual. Proceeds will support the zoo’s efforts to build a brand new habitat for their amazing collection of creatures. 6 a.m. registration. In advance, $34; day-of, $45. www.phoenixzoo.org.
M3F Fest March 6-8, Margaret T. Hance Park This year, rock favorites Bon Iver and Rüfüs Du Sol are set to headline this three-day musical event, which is founded on the three C’s – community, culture and charity. The fully nonprofit music festival has been a Phoenix favorite for numerous years, with previous acts including Odesza, Empire of the Sun, Slightly Stoopid, and many more. In addition to a lineup of 40 musical acts taking the stage, there will also be a kid zone, local artists creating live art, yoga classes, a drum circle, a silent disco,
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a market place and food and beverages for sale. General admission for one-day passes begin at $95 and VIP cabanas are available to book. www.m3ffest.com. NASCAR Fanshield 500 March 6-8, Phoenix Raceway Start your engines for the ultimate NASCAR event right here in Phoenix. There will be nonstop action, including on-track access to sign your name on the finish line, INfield access to meet the drivers as they prep cars for the race (new this year!) and the chance to go inside the garage. Expect fan
favorites like Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, and for those looking to stay around the entire weekend, camping spaces are available. Times vary. Tickets start at $65. www. phoenixraceway.com. Phoenix Scottish Games March 7-8, Steele Indian School Park Whether you can trace your family back to Scotland or you want to pretend to be Scottish just for the weekend, all are welcome at the Phoenix Scottish Games. Best of all, it’s a great time for the whole family! You’ll be delighted by the
St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14, Margaret T. Hance Park The gold just may be at the end of the rainbow at this upcoming funfilled day of celebration in honor of good ole St. Patrick. Attendees will be be entertained and dazzled by the spectacular variety of performers, entertainers and floats, as well as local marching bands, Irish dancers, and bagpipers. The parade will lead all the way to the Irish Cultural Center at Margaret T. Hance Park, which is where the annual St. Patrick’s Day Faire will take place. 10 a.m. Free. www. stpatricksdayphoenix.org.
Curtis, her former 12 News co-host and current anchor. The event will showcase the inspiring work that Ryan House has done over the past decade. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work done by the organization for children with life-limiting medical conditions and their families. 7 a.m. Free. www.ryanhouse.org.
AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art March 15, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Art has a way of really touching us, leaving us with those little AAHA! moments in life. Each year, the Hospice of the Valley’s signature fundraiser showcases just that. This year, the event will feature incredible works of art, delicious food and amazing wine. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions, with the option to bid on fabulous trips and unique experiences. The funds raised will support charity care programs for Valley patients and families. 6-10 p.m. $350. www.hov.org. Post Malone Runaway Tour March 15, Talking Stick Resort Arena Post Malone can’t seem to stop making musical magic and now he’s on tour to promote his hit album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, making a stop in Phoenix this month. The album has proved to be a smash hit, with a string of chart toppers, and recently making it to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and remaining there for five non-consecutive weeks. Fans have harkened it as the biggest album event of 2019 and it’s predicted to continue to reign throughout 2020. Don’t miss this epic showcase of musical talent and explosive pageantry. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www. talkingstickresortarena.com. LPGA Tour’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup March 19-22, Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa The top women golfers in the world are ready to tee up and go toe to toe at this ultimate female tournament. The event will pay tribute to the people who had a major role in creating the LPGA and all proceeds will be donated to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program in support of the future of female golfers. Times vary. Starting at $20. www.lpgafounderscup.com. Arab American Festival March 21-22, Steele Indian School Park This spectacular two-day event is set to feature dozens of international singers, musicians, dancers and performers from all over the Arab world. Immerse yourself in the uniqueness of Middle Eastern culture and stunning international customs, including folklore shows, belly dancing, an international food court and hookah lounges. 4-9 p.m. $5. www.arabamericanfestival.com.
FRESH START GALA
March 21, The Phoenician In its 24th year, this black-tie affair is Fresh Start Women’s Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event and raises critical funds to support programs and services at the Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center. This year, gala attendees will be treated to a cocktail reception featuring a dramatic fashion presentation, a gourmet dinner, incredible live entertainment, dancing, and many other surprises sprinkled throughout the special evening. 6-11:30 p.m. $700. www.freshstartwomen.org.
Pride Run Phoenix March 21, 3rd and Jefferson Street Get ready to show your true colors at this event that promotes diversity and inclusion and support for the LGBTQ community. Options include a half-marathon, 10K or 5K and all courses will be USATF certified and professionally timed. Stick aorund post-race (after you receive your free medal!) for a block party. 5 a.m.-noon. Prices vary. www.priderunseries.com Haru in the Garden Spring Celebration March 22, Japanese Garden of Phoenix Nothing says spring like a stroll
in the garden and nothing could be more relaxing for the whole family. The Japanese Garden of Phoenix is set to open its doors to celebrate the sights and sounds of spring. Noted in Japanese culture as Children’s Day, this amazing celebration is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather blossoming in the Valley. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. GA, $20; members $15. www.japanesefriendshipgarden.com. 10th Year Anniversary of Ryan’s House March 27, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Lin Sue Cooney will once again return to emcee this signature event, this year joined by Mark
World of Wonder Gala March 28, The Croft Downtown This gala will be a magical night of drama and fundraising. The evening will start with an exciting silent auction, followed by wondrous live entertainment, specialty cocktails and will be capped off with a delightful dinner. Proceeds will go to the nearly 250,000 local Arizona children inspired by the stage and screen, yearning for the theater. This year’s artful theme will be enchanted forest, so guests are encouraged to don their most playful attire! 6 p.m. $350. www. childsplayaz.org. Plated & Staged…A Herberger Theater Experience March 29, Herberger Theater In its fifth year, Valley natives and theater lovers alike will head downtown to dine out in support of Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs. The evening will begin at Herberger Theater with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and live entertainment. What follows will be an amazing evening enjoying the delights of Herberger Theatre and a surprise dinner at one of the Valley’s finest restaurants. Attendees will be split into groups at nearby restaurants to enjoy a specially prepared three-course meal. 4:30 p.m. $250 per seat. www.herbergertheater.org. Legacy Luncheon April 3, The Arizona Biltmore Susan Page, award-winning author, journalist and political analyst, will take the stage at this annual luncheon, which always honors the life and work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Page, this year’s featured speaker, has covered six White House administrations, 10 presidential elections and nine presidents, and will speak on her career and latest book, The Matriarch, which is the authorized biography of former first lady Barbara Bush. Special guest Barbara Pierce Bush, former first daughter and granddaughter of Barbara Bush, will join Page on stage for a discussion. 11 a.m. $250. www.oconnorinstitute.org.
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UP IN SMOKE
An Arizona Foodie event offering dishes from top local chefs, creative cocktails and a unique guest experience
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IF YOU GO… What: Smoked! When: April 4, noon-4 p.m. Where: Ocotillo Restaurant, 3243 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Tickets: $40 for entry at 1 p.m.; $50 for entry at noon Information: www. arizonafoodiemag.com
Diana Brandt launched Arizona Foodie in 2014 and has become an award-winning influencer. She launched Smoked! last year and will hold the second event on April 4 at Ocotillo Restaurant in Phoenix. “I wanted to create an event that not only included the best food and drinks in town, but I wanted people to have an interactive experience,” Brandt says. “I wanted things to be very visual. Everyone at the event uses an element of smoke in their dish. Last year we had chefs smoking their dishes, cooking over fires, and using flames to finish their dish.” Smoked! is about the guest experience. “Smoked! is different from any other
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event because of the experience element,” Brandt says. “The feedback from last year’s event was overwhelming. Last year, we had cocktails being smoked for guests and people making their own whiskey-scented candles. We had a flash mob, a DJ and a mentalist, and this was on top of the incredible food served by amazing local chefs.” The lineup of chefs for this year’s Smoked! includes Stephen Jones from the Larder + the Delta in Downtown Phoenix, Gio Osso from Virtu Honest Craft and the recently opened Pizzeria Virtu in Scottsdale, James Beard Award winner Christopher Gross from the Wrigley Mansion and many
more. The event will also feature a magician, a tarot card reader and some fun surprises. The event will be kept to 500 guests to avoid long lines and crowds. Tickets are $40 for entry at 1 p.m. and $50 for entry at noon. Each ticket will include food tastes and one drink sample from each station. Drinks will also be available for purchase. Smoked! will benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, a cause that is close to Brandt, who has an adopted dog. “These organizations do so much with fostering and helping to save dogs,” she says. “I’m excited to be able to help with that. We will have some dogs on site during the event and hopefully we will get them adopted.”
SWIRL, SIP & SAVOR FOR SARRC Fundraiser helps raise awareness of Asperger’s syndrome
Swirl, Sip & Savor benefits the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) ThinkAsperger’s program. The event takes place every two years and has raised over $850,000 since its inception in 2014. “Swirl, Sip & Savor is a distinctive wine and food pairing experience,” says Maureen Jorden, chief development officer at SARRC. “What makes the evening special is the quaintness of the event as we cap it at 150 people, the beauty of the Royal Palms, and most importantly, the awareness created for SARRC’s ThinkAsperger’s program.” The event will begin with a reception with wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres where guests have the opportunity to mingle and talk with representatives from participating wineries which include Amuse Bouche, August West Wine, Barnett Vineyards, Black Cat Vineyard, Cass Winery, Fulldraw Vineyard, Hope Family Wines, J. Wilkes and ZD Wines. After the reception, guests will enjoy a gourmet five-course dinner with wine pairings with cuisine created by celebrated local chefs including Charleen Badman of FnB, Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft and the recently opened Pizzeria Virtu, Lee Hillson of the Royal Palms and Lance Whipple of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. After dinner there will be a live auction of fine wines featuring exclusive, small-lot vintages and one-of-a-kind wine country experiences to benefit SARRC’s ThinkAsperger’s program, which was started by Patty Dion after her son David took his own life after being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 33. David suffered a long battle with depression which is common in young adults with Asperger’s, who are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
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“Patty founded SARRC’s ThinkAsperger’s program, designed to prompt elementary school staff and pediatricians to consider Asperger’s when they see subtle social challenges in school-age children,” Jorden says. “Patty’s kindness, compassion and hardworking spirit have propelled this important program forward, touching hundreds of educators, physicians and families along the way.” Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents our nation’s leading childhood developmental disability with one in 59 children being diagnosed. “Asperger’s represents a large subgroup within the ASD classification and is difficult to diagnose early,” Jorden says. “Swirl, Sip & Savor is a step in the direction of not only creating awareness of Asperger’s, but will lead the way in early screening and diagnostic tools including our ThinkAsperger’s app.”
IF YOU GO… What: Swirl, Sip & Savor When: March 20, 5:30 p.m. Where: Royal Palms Resort and Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix Tickets: $500 Information: www. autismcenter.org/swirlsip-savor-2020
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BY KAYLOR JONES
In the spring, there is an undeniable energy in the Valley. March, in particular, has a buzz all its own, with must-try activities and canâ€™t-miss events popping up around town. Here are 18 of the biggest and best things to do, see, sip and eat this month, from all-new events to tried-and-true favorites.
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AFTER HOURS AT TALIESIN WEST Get an inside look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home with an exclusive private tour of Taliesin West. See everything from the legendary architect’s office to the one-ofa-kind cabaret theater and music pavilion during the 60-minute tour, or delve even deeper into Wright’s desert laboratory with a 90-minute tour, which includes his private living quarters. Both options conclude with a social hour in the Taliesin West Square, where attendees can mingle with a glass of wine or beer in hand while admiring the stunning natural landscape and glittering city lights. www.franklloydwright.org.
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WILD ON THE GREENS GOLF TOURNAMENT
AFTERNOON TEA AT WRIGLEY MANSION
On April 2, break out your clubs for a good cause at this golf tournament in support of Phoenix Zoo’s conservation efforts. Guests can spend the morning playing at Talking Stick Golf Club’s O’odham and Piipaash courses – designed by extolled course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Core – while enjoying snacks and refreshments. Afterward, guests will be treated to a luncheon and time with the zoo’s adorable animal ambassadors, as well as a raffle, a silent auction, and the chance to earn prizes for feats like the longest drive. www.phoenixzoo.org.
There’s no time like teatime, and Wrigley Mansion has got this elegant endeavor covered. On Fridays and Saturdays at 3 p.m., a veritable buffet will be laid out, complete with delicate cakes, sandwiches, scones, and, of course, tea – Dammann Freres tea, to be exact. To upgrade the luxurious experience even further, guests can spring for Champagne, caviar, and smoked salmon, all best savored while enjoying the 360-degree views the hilltop mansion is known for. Reservations required. www.wrigleymansion.com.
ALASKAZONA ADVENTURES Experience Arizona’s stunning landscape from new heights in a private Alaskan bush plane with Alaskazona. Founder Eric Rovey – an Arizona native and experienced pilot who runs a similar service in Alaska – offers several tour options between 500 and 1,000 feet above the ground, giving travelers an intimate view of natural wonders. The Premiere Pleasant Valley Tour, which starts at $499 per person, includes sights like the Colorado Plateau and Weavers Needle, while the Pilot’s Choice flight showcases a surprise destination. Private and custom tours to Payson, Sedona and other locations are available upon request, with all tours booking through late April. www.alaskazona.com.
FIERCE FEMALES AT THE PHOENICIAN Incorporating eats from The Phoenician’s showstopping female chefs, this dining series will be served up as a multicourse, community-style feast with seasonally inspired fare. On March 19, assistant pastry chef Ashley Liane will showcase her Mediterranean menu, and on April 16, the resort’s executive sous chef, Rebecca Tillman, will present a farm-focused meal. At both installments, which will be hosted in Mowry & Cotton’s Vermillion Room, The Phoenician’s female mixologists will whip up some stunning cocktails to match the evening’s theme. www.thephoenician.com.
CACTUS LEAGUE An annual Arizona tradition, the Cactus League – spring training for 15 MLB teams – shakes up the Valley as more than a million people gather to cheer on their favorite teams each year. Multiple games are taking place at stadiums across Greater Phoenix each day until March 24, with standout venues including the Chicago Cubs’ Sloan Park in Mesa, the newest stadium and largest in the Cactus League by capacity; Scottsdale Stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants; and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will hold down the fort. www.cactusleague.com.
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INDIA: FASHION’S MUSE This exhibition, open now through June 21 at Phoenix Art Museum, puts India centerstage, featuring more than
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40 garments in celebration of global trends that began in the cultural hub. Pieces run the gamut from streetwear to runway fashion, with work from Pierre Balmain, Versace, Givenchy, and many modern Indian fashion designers who are skillfully blending the rich history of the subcontinent with some of the most innovative techniques of the 21st-century fashion world. www.phxart.org.
THE ILLUSIONISTS Five of the most awe-inspiring illusionists in the world have joined forces to put on a show that’s overflowing with dazzling feats. At Orpheum Theatre from March 27 to 29, this act is sure to wow with its sophisticated magic, high-tech aids, and death-defying stunts. The Illusionists have been entertaining crowds across the country with their dynamic talents during their North American tour, which now brings them to Downtown Phoenix’s historic Orpheum Theatre. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.
AGAVE ON THE ROCKS Desert Botanical Garden will light up on the night of March 27 for a celebration of food, music, and tequila (made from agave, naturally). At this 21-and-over event, attendees will savor the culinary hits of local restaurants and caterers while sipping margaritas out of glowing glasses. And the best way to top off an evening of drinks, food and fun? A relaxing walk through the scenic garden paths. www.dbg.org.
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER On March 22 and 23, Musical Instrument Museum will host these contemporary music icons for four showstopping performances. Since the group was formed in 1969, these veterans of the music industry have incorporated elements of swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, a cappella, and rock ‘n’ roll into their Grammy Award-winning music and dynamic live gigs. The Manhattan Transfer has been releasing timeless tunes – often in collaboration with superstars like Phil Collins and Pentatonix – for decades, so there’s guaranteed to be a song for everyone. www.mim.org.
WONDERSPACES: ELSEWHERE Immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind, experiential art installations created by more than
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a dozen talented artists from around the world. Elsewhere, showing through April 12 at the permanent exhibit Wonderspaces within Scottsdale Fashion Square, encourages viewers to let go of what they think to be true and question their realities. Art pieces include Hoshi by Nonotak Studio, a dreamlike interpretation of an endless space created using light, sound and mirrors, and Scenocosme’s Akousmaflore, which represents the relationship between nature and technology. Beer and wine are for sale to sip on while admiring the art. Online reservations are recommended. www.wonderspaces.com.
IRISH FOUNTAIN FEST On March 14, don your greenest attire and raise a glass to the luck of the Irish at this spirited celebration in Fountain Park. The third year of Fountain Hills’ free St. Patrick’s Day festival promises just as much music, food and family fun as previous years, plus a Celtic rock band, traditional Irish folk dancing performances, a kids zone, food trucks, bagpipes, and a beer garden. The centerpiece of the event, however, is the greening of the iconic 560-foot fountain for which the town is named. Watch it turn emerald green at noon and at 4 p.m. www.experiencefountainhills.org.
GREAT WOLF WATERPARK Make a splash with all-new day passes from Great Wolf Waterpark, starting at $30 per person or $25 for a half day. Previously only open to guests staying at Great Wolf Lodge, the passes allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy the 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark without staying overnight. Highlights include the Talking Stick Treehouse, complete with spray stations and suspension bridges; Chinook Cove, an activity pool with an obstacle course and basketball hoops; and multiple raft rides and slides. Day passes are only available online and must be reserved at least one day in advance. www.greatwolf.com.
SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL This year marks the 50th anniversary of this locally loved arts festival. From March 13 to 15, this Valley tradition will fill the 20-acre Scottsdale Civic Center Park to the brim with art, food and music. Admire the work of more than 170 jury-selected artists, or even flex your creative muscles at an interactive workshop. The culinary arts will also be on display with food trucks and eateries. Proceeds will support the arts education and outreach programs of Scottsdale Arts. www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.
SPIRIT OF ARIZONA TOURS
HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS
This traveling film festival made by, for and about women will arrive at Madison Center for the Arts on March 15. Ranging from intelligent to humorous to thought-provoking, each one of the eight diverse flicks has one thing in common – they were made by talented female filmmakers. The event will also include a reception and a raffle. Proceeds will support the service projects of Soroptimist International of Phoenix, which has hosted LUNAFEST since 2014 and is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. www.lunafest.org.
Experience the rich history of Arizona Biltmore with a beverage in hand during a Happy Hour History Tour, offered Fridays at 6 p.m. The 45-minute tour, hosted by one of the resort’s historians, takes guests back to its Old Hollywood days, with stories that feature celebrities and U.S. presidents. The specialty cocktails, of which two are offered in the $25 admission, also hark back to a different era with unique takes on classic cocktails such as a Manhattan and martinis. Be sure to try the iconic Tequila Sunrise, which originated at the Biltmore. Reservations required. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Get in touch with the heart of the Grand Canyon State through unique tours to suit any taste. For history buffs, take a Historic Highlights Tour of locations from Phoenix’s beginnings. Or if you’re looking for a spookier experience, the Phoenix Murders and Mysteries Tour is all about the darker days of the Old West, full of shocking details about the city’s most famous murder. And for a ghostly night out, the fan-favorite Haunted Pub Tour features three pubs with arcane pasts. www.spiritofarizonatours.com.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF ARIZONA Peruse Italian vendors and artists and enjoy engaging cultural performances at Downtown Phoenix’s seventh annual celebration of all things Italian. Held March 14 and 15, the event will showcase food and wine from some of Arizona’s top Italian restaurants. The springtime fun will be rounded out with entertainment including acrobatics, live music performances, and a special guest from X Factor Italia. www.italianfestivalaz.com.
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A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N
BY KAYLOR JONES
This spring, go retro with Gucci’s Tennis 1977 Sneakers. These old-school kicks feature a breathable canvas body and comfortable rubber soles complete with embossed logos. The beauty is in the details with these shoes, from the classic Gucci web stripes to the branded tongue tag. Made in Italy, these sporty, stylish sneakers add some fashionable flair to any ensemble, whether they’re worn for a spring training game at the ballpark or running errands around town. $630 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
BLOSSOMING BEAUTY The pink-purple spring makeup trend reminiscent of orchids
Metallic eyeshadow, Nars, $19 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Matte lipstick, Anastasia Beverly Hills, $18 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Moisturizing lip gloss, Cle de Peau Beaute, $38 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Buildable blush, Clinique, $25 at Sephora, www. sephora.com. High-shine nail polish, Christian Louboutin, $50 at Neiman Marcus. Gloss for eyes, cheeks and lips, $28 at Laura Mercier, www.lauramercier. com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
WHIMSICAL WARES Add a splash of shimmer with iridescent accessories
Round vase, LSA International, $45 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Elongated crystal chandelier, $4,115 at Aerin, www.aerin. com. Lead-crystal butterfly, Baccarat, $175 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Mother-of-pearl tray, Ladorada, $90 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Round mirror with capiz shells, $399 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Framed geode wall art, $3,285 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
ALL ABOUT ATHLEISURE Fashion and function collide with this sporty trend
Pink stretchknit crop top, FP Movement, $48 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Green biker shorts, Melody Ehsani, $32 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Chartreuse layering tank, $29.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Rose gold quilted backpack, MZ Wallace, $235 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Gold glimmer sneakers, Puma, $110 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Pink leopard highrise midi leggings, $64 at Onzie, www. onzie.com.
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BY NEYDA MELINA
BOLD BLOOMS Colorful florals that scream spring
Cropped jumpsuit, Banjanan, $375 at Madewell, www. madewell.com. 3D embellished clutch, Roger Vivier, $2,095 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Scallop hem skort, $88 at Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer.com. Tie-front crop top, Billabong, $49.95 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Ankle-strap block heel, Fendi, $850 at Nordstrom. Midi sheath dress, Dolce & Gabbana, $1,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.
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NECKLACE: Orange vine, Dolce & Gabbana, $395. JACKET: Multicolor quilted with hood, Camilla, $145. DRESS: Yellow silk spaghetti strap, Caroline Constas, $395. SHOES: Tan canvas booties, Rag & Bone, $89.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www. mysisterscloset.com.
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JACKET: Perforated leather, Escada, $145. TOP: Banana T-shirt, Stella McCartney, $145. SHORTS: Off-white grid print, Escada, $49.95. HANDBAG: Black quilted leather backpack, Chanel, $3,495. SHOES: Black leather sandals, Michael Kors, $69.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.
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SHIRT: Pink and white checkered button-down, Eton, $69.95. PANTS: Black slacks, Brooks Brothers, $69.95. SHOES: Black Oxfords, Louis Vuitton, $275. All from Well Suited, www.shopwellsuited.com.
DRESS: Floral kimono, Johanna Ortiz, $395. SHOES: Pink velvet with ruffle ankle strap, Oscar Tiye, $69.95. Both from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.
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TOP: Red and blue patterned silk, Gucci, $495. SKIRT: Logo pencil, Fendi, $556. HANDBAG: Black and burgundy leather tote, Marc Jacobs, $245. SHOES: White platform sandals, Yves Saint Laurent, $99.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.
SHIRT: Blue and white printed button-down, Thomas Dean, $17.50. PANTS: Navy straight leg, Ralph Lauren, $49.95. SHOES: Red calfskin loafers, Salvatore Ferragamo, $345. All from Well Suited, www.shopwellsuited.com.
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SWEATER: Chartreuse cashmere V-neck, Brooks Brothers, $145. PANTS: Navy straight leg, Ralph Lauren, $49.95. SHOES: Black Oxfords, Louis Vuitton, $275. All from Well Suited, www. shopwellsuited.com.
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SUIT: Black threepiece, Ralph Lauren, $125. TIE: Rose silk, Louis Vuitton, $195. SHIRT: Light blue button-down, Ermenegildo Zegna, $49.95.
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EARRINGS: Pink and aquamarine crystal clip-ons, Oscar de la Renta, $89.95. NECKALCE: Pink and yellow crystals with pearls, Oscar de la Renta, $125. TOP: Black bodysuit, Donna Karan, $59.99. SKIRT: Black tulle, La Femme, $24.95. SHOES: Embroidered snakeskin boots, Stetson, $175. All from My Sister’s Closet, www. mysisterscloset.com.
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DRESS: Red with lapis lazuli stones, Prada, $475. HANDBAG: Red satin clutch, Prada, $375. SHOES: Blue heeled sandals, Liliana, $14.95. All from My Sister’s Closet, www.mysisterscloset.com.
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H AU T E P R O P E RT Y / P L A C E S / W H E E L S / WA N T
BY KAYLOR JONES
Get in the springtime spirit and elevate your outdoor gatherings with the Windsor Picnic Basket from Picnic Time. The suitcase-style handle on this willow basket makes for even more convenient transportation of refreshments, while an acrylic fleece blanket ensures plush seating is always close at hand. The sturdily constructed basket fits a meal kit for four people, including porcelain plates, silverware, napkins, a hardwood cutting board, a cheese knife, salt and pepper shakers, double-walled coffee mugs, food storage containers, and a zip-top cooler. The set also features hand-blown wine glasses, a stainless-steel corkscrew, a bottle stopper, and an insulated wine duffel for those looking to add some extra class to their picnic party. $399.95 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.
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2020 ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN The full-sized SUV is the epitome of luxury BY JIM PRUETER
VITAL STATS: 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan
It was inevitable that Rolls-Royce would follow the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati into the booming SUV market, albeit belatedly. The luxury automaker’s contribution, the Cullinan, is named for the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, discovered in 1905 and weighing more than 3,100 carats. The Cullinan is heavily based on the RollsRoyce Phantom, mimicking its boxy style, tall windows, and 22-inch wheels. Higher ground clearance, a wagon-style roofline, and thick D-pillars set the Cullinan apart. Inside, the cabin is magnificently finished. It is almost identical to the Phantom, but with a larger infotainment system and a wider center console. The entire interior is an amalgamation of luxuriously hand-finished surfaces, featuring water-resistant box-grain leathers and jeweler-styled metalwork. The 18-speaker audio system is nothing short of stunning. Of course, Rolls-Royce allows customers to source pretty much anything to personalize, enhance, wrap or inlay into the interior, making the Cullinan a bespoke work of art. If you can imagine it, Rolls-Royce can handmake it to order.
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The overall feel of the cabin bears resemblance to a high-end living room, with seating more comfortable than any sofa on the market. And, of course, seating adjustments are unlimited. There’s simply no other vehicle with luxury, comfort and quiet on this level. Power is delivered by a 6.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine with 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Disregard the fact it weighs over three tons – the SUV moves with incredible ease, reaching 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds so quietly it could easily be mistaken for an all-electric vehicle. But the Cullinan is not only about the “magic carpet ride” experience; it can also be taken off-road thanks to its electronically controlled adjustable suspension. Though it could likely handle any terrain, most owners will keep their luxury vehicle well away from the great outdoors. The Cullinan will be limited to about 2,000 units annually with around 600 designated for the U.S. market., and while adding options can put it near the half-million price range, for those with the desire and the means, this extravagant road warrior succeeds on all levels.
Base price: $325,000 Price as tested: $409,550 Engine: 6.7-L V-12 Horsepower: 563 Fuel economy: 12/20 mpg city/ highway Fab features: Off-road capabilities Endless bespoke indulgences Powerful engine and performance
SPOTLIGHT: A CHARMING RETREAT BY GABBY LEIGHTON
Located on one of the main streets that comes to mind when one thinks of Arcadia, this home, set on nearly an acre, radiates the charming vibe that the area has come to be praised for. The sprawling front yard gives off a welcoming neighborhood feel, with colorful flowers, lush green grass, and mature trees (including some citrus!). There’s a wraparound front porch equipped with a fireplace and plenty of room to entertain. Camelback Mountain frames the windows from nearly every room of the 5,101-square-foot dwelling, which has ample amounts of windows and natural light to enjoy the view. The home was built in 1960 but has since been remodeled, featuring wood floors, granite and marble surfaces and high-end fixtures throughout. Once inside the front door, there is a living room to the left and a formal dining room to the right. The formal dining room has a pass-through window into the kitchen, which showcases both white and dark wood cabinets. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, island, and plenty of storage. The great room features stylish wood beams on the ceiling, a stone fireplace and built-in shelves and cabinets. The home is made up of four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-baths. The master, which has a private courtyard, has a can’t-miss spa-like bathroom featuring a soaking tub and large shower outfitted with a rain shower head. There’s also an office, with a guest suite, as well as a workout room. The backyard is reminiscent of a local luxury resort, with a wow-worthy pool and a spa (with water features) that opens up into a spacious ramada equipped with a gas fireplace. There’s also an outside shower as well as a separate outdoor kitchen with a wet bar, refrigerator, barbecue, and more. Additional backyard highlights include gorgeous greenery and landscaping, a custom tree house, a sport court and a dog run. 5104 E. Calle Del Norte, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $3,100,000 with Shawna Warner, The Team, of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.743.7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OPULENT ADVENTURES Belmond offers luxury train travel and other elite experiences across the globe
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF BELMOND
Life’s a journey, not a destination. However, Belmond believes that by exploring destinations and cultures both near and far, one’s journey can be so much richer. A luxury travel and adventure purveyor with a collection of 46 hotels as well as trains and river cruises in 22 countries, Belmond is no mere travel planner, instead considering itself the ultimate travel curator and connoisseur for the most discerning of explorers. A variety of packages and tours are interspersed with experiences including art classes, self-care retreats, sailing, and wining and dining. Among its most impressive offerings are its train and hotel packages across Europe, whisking guests on adventures through Paris, London, Venice and more. For those seeking a short sojourn, consider the three-night journey from London to Venice, which begins by boarding the vintage British Belmond Pullman Train. The adventure starts with a welcome Bellini and brunch on board, followed by a picturesque ride to Paris. Once there, guests are escorted to their own private cabins aboard the Venice Simplon-OrientExpress, where dinner is served in a historic dining car. The ride is an experience in itself as the elite train is appointed with art deco elegance, featuring polished wood, plush upholstery and finishes that whisk guests back to 1920s glamour, but with the modern amenities of today. The cabins are equally as impressive, especially the three grand suites, which
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are named Paris, Venice and Istanbul. Each is decorated in homage to its city with bespoke details ranging from hand-carved timber and delicate silks to woven fabrics and antique accent furniture. The suites and cabins are so lush that you may forget you are on a train at all. That is, until day two as the train gently passes through mountains, vineyards and villages before arriving in Venice, where passengers are transported to the waterfront Belmond Hotel Cipriani for an optional two-night stay featuring Michelin-star fine dining, a private marina, and private tours. For a longer excursion, there is also a 10-night round-trip journey from Paris to Istanbul, which begins with a two-night stay at Hotel San Regis and includes the ultimate Parisian tour to see the ChampsElysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Palais de Chaillot – which boasts some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River – as well as Napoleon’s final resting place and Place de la Concorde. From Paris, guests board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for Budapest, where the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest will host everyone for the night before a day of touring the city with a private guide. Afterward, it’s back on the train for cocktails, dinner and a journey through Romania, including a stop at Pele Castle, before disembarking in Bucharest. The magic continues on and off the train for the next several days, as passengers travel across the Danube and into Bulgaria before stopping in Istanbul for a three-night stay at the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. From here, a guided tour across the city is offered as well as additional excursions, from a spa experience to shopping to historically focused adventures, for an added charge. For more information and to book a trip, visit www.belmond.com.
We are excited to now be in the Uptown community. We look forward to meeting you soon. We hope to bring you the most delightful experience, mouth-watering meals, and the best margaritas you’ve ever had. It’s our priority to source the most sustainable, fresh ingredients, unique tequilas, and deliver unbeatable service. In our house, we hope you relax, sip, laugh, indulge, enjoy your time….and stay awhile.
322 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85012 www.LosSombreros.com
The great outdoors, luxury lodging and culinary experiences await in Jackson Hole
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
There is a striking 42-mile valley that separates the colossal Teton Mountain Range and Gros Ventre Range, both in Wyoming. Its name is Jackson Hole, and during the spring and summer months, the region is America the Beautiful coming to life right before your very eyes. Originally called Jackson’s Hole and named after famed 1800s beaver trapper David Edward “Davy” Jackson, there is no actual hole in the mountain-lined paradise. Back then, the term “hole” was simply used to describe a high mountain valley. Today, this hot spot for adventure buffs, culinary connoisseurs, and nature lovers alike has evolved from a sleepy mountain town into a laid-back yet chic refuge for everyone from Sandra Bullock to Harrison Ford.
Where to Stay
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FOUR SEASONS JACKSON HOLE
The AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is conveniently located just a mile from the entrance of Grand Teton National Park, among the top mountaineering, hiking, backcountry and fishing locales in the U.S. and home to thousands of species of animals, notably moose, bald eagles, elk, deer, bears and bison. There are just over 100 rooms, 18 suites and 34 residences on property, and most standard rooms have their own private balcony and fireplace. The spectacular suites – ranging from 750 to 2,200 square feet – have similarly stunning balconies as well as spacious living areas, expansive master bedrooms, and marble bathrooms. Taking the concept of grand to an entirely new level are the residences, ranging from two to five bedrooms and boasting full kitchens, wine fridges, laundry rooms, and formal dining rooms. Beyond this, the resort has a heated outdoor pool, multiple hot springs-style jetted tubs, three award-winning restaurants, a smallbite mixology bar, access to a nearby ropes course, and hiking trails. There is also a dedicated team of on-site naturalists that lead adventures like wildlife safaris, fly-fishing and stargazing daily.
Adventure Awaits To help take in the sheer grandeur of Jackson Hole, there are other specialty tours available during the spring and summer months. For those looking to see it from a bird’s-eye view, Fly Jackson Hole offers four scenic flight packages daily that start at $295 per person and range from 60 to 90 minutes. During the tours, expect to soar over the Tetons, the Gros Ventre mountains, Snake River, several waterfalls, alpine lakes, and canyons. If seeking something outside of the box, Teton Hang Gliding’s experienced FAA Flight instructors lead multiple hang gliding expeditions daily using a powered buggy with an open cockpit. This adventure starts at $195 per person and includes a
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comprehensive flight instruction program to ensure all parties are ready to fly. Alternatively, starting in May, Teton Balloon Flights will open for the season and offer both small group and private sunrise flights starting at $250 per person. Also starting in May, Barker Ewing Whitewater will offer whitewater rafting and scenic float trips along Jackson Hole’s Snake River. The tours, which are available separately or can be combined together into a package with meals included, range from 7 to 15 miles and start at $60 per person. The whitewater rafting section of the Snake River is Class III, perfect for people of all ages and experience, while the scenic float is an unhurried, relaxing jaunt down the river best for photographers and nature lovers. Also a must for nature lovers is the Jackson Hole Grand Teton Wildlife Safari, an eight-hour exploration of the wildlife, geology, and natural history of Grand Teton National Park. The tour – which starts at $275 per person and includes meals, water, binoculars and spotting scopes – features hiking, wildlife viewing, an optional boat ride, light mountain climbing, and ample photo opportunities along Jenny Lake, the base of the Tetons, Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake and Snake River.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF VISIT JACKSON HOLE
Beyond the Outdoors Of course, one cannot live (or travel) on adventure alone – and Jackson Hole has a vibrant culinary, arts and shopping scene. Two places to taste spirits include Jackson Hole Winery and Jackson Hole Still Works. The winery sits along a serene creek and makes exceptional chardonnays, pinot noirs and red blends, while the distillery makes vodka, gin and double cask gin using water from the nearby mountains. For dining, Westbank Grill, a modern American steakhouse, serves dishes inspired by indigenous flavors and local traditional cuisine. Snake River Grill, in the heart of the town square, has become known nationwide for its rustic fine dining. Similarly, Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch offers refined dining with floor-to-ceiling views of the Tetons. Bin 22, inspired by the owner’s visits to European tasting rooms and bistros, features an eclectic wine shop, gourmet groceries, and a tapas bar. Among the many art galleries in the region, two stand out. Gallery Wild showcases fine art inspired by wildlife, wild open spaces, and conservation while Wilcox Gallery is the home of renowned landscape painter Jim Wilcox and several others. And finally, for shopping, both Wyoming Outfitters – a locally owned boutique that dates back to 1910 and features men's and women’s casual apparel, jewelry, gifts, and home decor – and Altitude, a designer boutique, are musts. For more information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com.
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BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
MORNING MIXOLOGY Creative cocktails made for a.m. imbibing
Cheers to the weekend! Local hot spots are thinking beyond the classic mimosa and serving up unique cocktails that pair perfectly with your morning meal. Here are some brunch-inspired creations.
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Pomegranate Hibiscus Spritz The Henry A refreshing and even nourishing way to start the day, this twist on an Aperol spritz features both the standard Aperol and sparkling wine ingredients to start. However, it updates (and localizes) the classic by combining it with cactus blossom, fresh-squeezed lemon and antioxidant-rich pomegranate. $10 www.thehenryrestaurant.com.
Good Morning Stranger Culinary Dropout This morning shandy, also known as a beer cocktail, is a tropical treat thanks to the pineapple, orange and coconut water in the recipe. The island-inspired ingredients then get a kick from a healthy pour of Lone Star Beer, which is a full-flavored American lager, as well as a touch of vodka. $10. www. culinarydropout.com.
Sunday Blueberry Sunday Tuck Shop Creamy yet crisp, this libation starts with Spring 44 Honey Vodka, a grain-based spirit sweetened with Colorado honey. It’s then combined with tart Meyer lemon curd, sweet basil oat milk and Blueberry Boyfriend, which is sour ale made with fresh blueberries and lemon, and topped with an edible basil blossom. $11. www.tuckinphx.com.
The Blood Orange Los Sombreros Uptown Say “adios” to the standard screwdriver when at Los Sombreros. This spicier take starts with smooth Casamigos Blanco Tequila and is then combined with fresh orange and lime juices as well as a topper of fresh serrano peppers and a float of sweet grenadine. The glass also packs a punch as it is rimmed with sugar, salt and Tajin. $8 www.lossombreros.com.
No. 57 Windsor This stunner both warms you up and cools you down. It gets its heat and kick from a combination of smoky Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur and Iconic Cocktail Co. Ginga Syrup, which has just the right amount of that signature ginger burn. Sweet carrot juice and soothing cucumber are then added for a balanced finish. $5 www.windsoraz.com.
Bourbon Chai Me Sip Coffee & Beer House Equal parts soothing and boozy, this take on tea starts with actual chai tea, long heralded for its digestive health properties, and oat milk. The seemingly standard morning drink is then taken over the top thanks to the addition of bourbon and simple syrup that is made using herbaceous, earthy lavender, a known anti-inflammatory agent. $8. www.sipcoffeeandbeer.com.
Mega 'Mingo Hash Kitchen For those looking to supersize their beverage experience at brunch, look no further than this 42-ounce shareable option, served in a custom-made hot pink flamingo punch bowl glass. It starts with bubbly prosecco and is then combined with a sweet strawberry puree, floral St. Germain elderflower liqueur and tart pink lemonade. $22. www.hashkitchen.com
Horse & Sidecar Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Meet the bigger, bolder take on the classic bloody mary. Here, bloody mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are joined by the potent combination of a dill pickle, lemon and olive juices and horseradish. It’s served with Tender Belly ham, smoked cheddar cheese, a green olive and an actual sidecar in the form of a can of beer. $12. www. snoozeeatery.com.
DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
Last month, Dori Hand Roll Bar and Ramen opened in the Camelback Colonnade. Under the leadership of acclaimed chef Jared Lupin, Dori offers an authentic Asian-inspired menu, and everything is made to order. Among its signature dishes is Miso Yummy ($1315), a hyper customizable ramen. Its base, in addition to Mazeman-style noodles, is a combination chicken and pork broth that Lupin learned to make from a Japanese chef during time he spent overseas. Both the dish’s roasted pork shoulder and Japanese barbeque pork belly – Chashu – are cooked in the broth as well as paired with it in the actual dish. A combination of blistered corn, hard boiled or six-minute eggs, garlic paste, fish cakes, scallions, garlic and ginger oils, carved carrots and nori are also available in the creamy, savory, smoky dish. 1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 480.508.5536; www.dorihandrollandramen.com. Uptown March ‘20
Tocaya Organica perfects the prickly pear take on a standard margarita
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Since expanding to Arizona from California in 2018, the Madera Group has made quite a splash with the opening of three Tocaya Organica restaurants in the Valley, including its most recently opened location at the Esplanade, as well as the debut of Toca Madera in Scottsdale in late 2019. “Given our healthy approach to fine Mexican cuisine at both concepts, agave-based spirits are at the core of both cocktail programs,” says Charity Johnston, global director of beverage for the Madera Group. “But at Tocaya, the focus is really on the most popular agave spirit – tequila – and how to best combine organic options with fresh ingredients.” Johnston’s take on a Prickly Pear Margarita ($7) is already a guest favorite. “It starts with Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila, which is clean, floral and even a bit fruity. I also get some great earthy notes in it,” says Johnston, who’s personally visited the distillery in Mexico several times to see the company’s intricate development process firsthand. Prickly pear syrup, which is made by combining agave (instead of sugar) and pureed prickly pear, is then combined in a shaker with the tequila to give the cocktail its hot pink color and natural sweetness. “My secret ingredient of sorts is cucumber, which we add to the cocktail to give it a cooling and refreshing finish,” says Johnston, who also adds organic lime juice for acid before shaking with ice. The resulting light, sweet and balanced cocktail is strained into a custom glass that looks like a cross between a Collins glass and Mason jar and is etched with floral designs for texture. It is garnished with edible flowers both for their lovely fragrance and pop of color. Tocaya Organica, 2525 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.378.3910; www. tocayaorganica.com.
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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the Kitchen with Ryan Pitt of Josephine
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
Ryan Pitt is the executive chef of Josephine, focusing on globally-inspired cuisine using classic French cooking techniques.
What inspired you to cook? I grew up in a half-Catholic, half-Jewish household. My big Jewish family loved food and coming together around it. The Catholic side was a bit stricter, but my grandpa on that side had a massive greenhouse and pond. There, I learned how to grow my own food, harvest it and – my favorite – pickle it. So you went right into cooking out of school? While I worked in a restaurant from age 13, I entered traditional college – first at University of Arizona and then Arizona State University – after high school. I even sold cars. It wasn’t until I took an adventure to New York in 2011, where I bit almost all of the Big Apple, literally, that I got inspired to try my hand in the kitchen. How did you get into the kitchen? I moved back to Phoenix and enrolled in Scottsdale Community College’s Culinary Arts School in 2012. There, local pastry icon Tracy Dempsey mentored me, first as a student and then as an employee. She even connected me to Bernie Kantak, for whom I eventually worked, too. I also spent time at Cafe Monarch before connecting with True North Studios on what has become Josephine. What’s your approach in the kitchen? In one of his books, Thomas Keller shared that what truly determines a great chef is not what he does in the kitchen, but what his/her team goes on to do in the world. I run my kitchens based on this principle. What are some of your favorite Josephine menu items right now? I am partial to our New Orleans Cajun spring rolls, crispy Maine lobster a l’orange and Anderson Farms lamb samosas right now. Anything else you would like to share about the venue for first-timers? We recently opened Coup de Grâce, a dark, sexy cocktail bar, in the back of Josephine. It’s our edgier cousin, and perfect for an after-dinner drink or two. Josephine, 218 E. Portland St., Phoenix; 602.675.4069; www.josephinedtphx.com.
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Taste FOOD FILES
GREEN MACHINES Salads you’ll want to sink your teeth into
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Southern Rail This update to the Cobb salad is named in homage to both the iconic Camelback Mountain as well as Camelback Road, which is the street that Southern Rail calls home. Bursting with fresh and smoky flavors, this salad features bacon, smoked chicken, hard boiled local eggs, green beans and dried corn. Each is compartmentalized in its own space lining a bowl before getting the centerpiece – a field green mix topped with celery leaves – and a topping of Caesar dressing that has been infused with garlic. $15. www. southernrailaz.com.
Shaved Vegetable Salad
Flint by Baltaire Truly a reflection of spring, this vibrant salad is an orchestra of the season’s freshest vegetables and herbs, all coming together in perfect harmony on one’s palate. Though it changes regularly based on the best of best produce options on hand, in March expect a combination of spinach and arugula along with shaved carrots, watermelon radishes, red and yellow beets and fennel, as well as a sprinkling of creamy goat cheese. The entire salad is lightly coated with citrus vinaigrette, adding to the explosion of flavors. $14. www.flintbybaltaire.com.
Pizzeria Chopped Salad
La Grande Orange Mamma mia, this tastes like pizza! And it really does, minus most of the guilt and all of the gluten. It starts with a base of mixed greens including spinach, romaine and iceberg lettuces. Then, olives, pistachios, raisins, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoni and a blend of Italian cheeses are added. The mixture is tossed with house Italian vinaigrette, compounding each ingredient’s individual flavor while marrying the sweet-meets-salty menagerie into a feast of the eyes and taste buds. $10.25. www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com.
Maine Lobster Salad
Once upon a time, salads were relegated to the “healthy alternatives” and “side dish” menus at restaurants. But today, thanks to these great greens, salads are most certainly main course-worthy.
Vincent on Camelback Can a salad ever truly be referred to as crave worthy? At Vincent on Camelback, and thanks to the extra large pieces of fresh Maine lobster heaped on this asparagus salad, the answer is unequivocally yes. Joining the buttery, chilled lobster and crisp asparagus is a creamy, dreamy helping of ripe avocado as well as heirloom tomatoes and roasted corn. It’s all tossed in an olive oil dressing that has been infused in-house with bright orange zest for a hit of citrus in every bite. $22. www.vincentsoncamelback.com.
Little Gem Salad
Century Grand Local love is taken to a whole new level here as Century Grand has parented with Peoria farm McClendon’s Select and Hickman’s Eggs out of Buckeye for nearly every item in the dish. McClendon’s little gem lettuce, which is most often described as a cross between butter lettuce and romaine, serves as the chief green. It’s paired with McClendon’s fresh cucumbers and
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vegan and gluten-free alternative to the classic Cobb salad. It is made with avocado, organic tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, radishes, garbanzo beans, dried sweet corn and Gorgonzola cheese. Equal parts creamy, crunch, zesty and savory, it is dressed with a truly unique take on ranch dressing made with cashews and poblano peppers to add a hint of heat and boost all of the other flavors in the dish. $14.50. www.truefoodkitchen.com.
HULA’S Modern Tiki Whisk away your appetite on a tropical vacation with this island-inspired menu item. It starts innocently enough – with salad’s go-to ingredient in iceberg lettuce – but then gets creative with the addition of fresh, ripe mangoes and crispy wonton strips. And then there is the main attraction: grilled shrimp that have been marinated for hours in a medley of hot and savory spices. To cool the heat from the shrimp, the dish is topped with the guest’s choice of creamy Caesar dressing or salty miso vinaigrette. $15. www.hulasmoderntiki.com.
shaved carrots, and medium-boiled Hickman’s eggs and topped with a house version of green goddess dressing and garnished with poppy seeds. $11. www.centurygrandphx.com.
Crunchy Kale Caesar
Blanco Tacos + Tequila By trading traditional romaine for nutrient-dense kale, at first blush this may seem like many of the other now-standard, basic 2020 versions of a Caesar salad. But far beyond the addition of the trendy superfood, there is a unique flavor and super-inspired crunch in every bite of this dish thanks to lightly fried chickpeas, nutty pumpkin seeds and salty chips made of parmesan cheese. It also gets bonus points for a spot-on and flavor-forward house Caesar dressing. $9. www.blancotacostequila.com.
Flower Child This dish takes the basic salad and cranks up the vitamin and nutrient quotient exponentially, all while infusing global tastes. The bursting-full bowl features a combination of quinoa as well as tabbouleh, which is a variation of wheat called bulgur mixed with parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, olive, herbs and seasonings. These two rustic and filling ingredients are joined in the bowl by cauliflower, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pistachios and feta cheese before being topped with a bold harissa yogurt vinaigrette. $8.50. www.iamaflowerchild.com.
Wildflower The buttery, toasty flavors in this salad’s exquisite house pesto vinaigrette will make you feel like you are dining at an Italian bistro without leaving Arcadia. The salad starts with arugula, with each complementing ingredient – pearled couscous, feta cheese, red peppers, dried sweet corn, dried cranberries, and toasted sunflower seeds – layered vertically on top of the greens in a stripe format, resulting in a stunning visual. The final element is the guest’s choice of wild Alaskan salmon or chicken. $10.49. www. wildflowerbread.com.
Good Earth Kale Cobb
True Food Kitchen Inspired by Earth’s bountiful fruits and vegetables, this True Food Kitchen gem is a nutritious,
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Taste DINING GUIDE
This quirky hot spot, named for the historical neighborhood it’s bellied up to, is busy fixing up classic Americana fare with an upscale twist. The decor is where the quirk comes in, with one wall decorated with old cassette tapes. With dishes like deviled egg dip & chips and the crab cake BLT, it’s clear that there is a little quirk in the menu as well. 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111; www.windsoraz.com; $$
BY TARYN JEFFRIES
BEVVY UPTOWN Bevvy’s second location (the first is in Old Town Scottsdale) is offering Uptown residents elevated bar food and a relaxed atmosphere along with vintage arcade games. The simple, approachable menu features a bevy (see what we did there?) of options for meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians alike. Their bowls are bountiful and full of flavor. Ask regulars about their favorite dishes and you’re sure to hear about the roasted Faroe Island salmon bowl. If you’re thirsty, the mango mule is a must-order. Make sure to check in with Zoltar before you leave. 5600 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.568.0155; www. bevvyuptown.com; $$ RKDA KITCHEN If you’re a fan of music and great food, you will love RKDA. The decor celebrates all genres of music with specialty artwork and the menu will satisfy just about any craving you might be having. From poke bowls to prime rib mac & cheese, sushi to grilled cheese sandwiches and street corn to hearty pasta dishes there is, literally, something for everyone. RKDA’s cocktail program is equally eclectic and exciting, with signature drinks named for popular songs. 3950 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.354.5723; $$
BREAKFAST & BRUNCH
FÀME CAFFE Whether you are seeking out a healthy vegetarian spot (with carnivore options as well) or somewhere serving decadent pastries to hit up for breakfast or lunch, Fáme Caffe has something to please any diner. The wraps are filling, and the French toast is raved about. The eatery also has phenomenal coldbrew coffee and specializes in fromscratch recipes made with ingredients from local vendors. 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.314.4660; www. famecaffe.com; $$ ST. FRANCIS RESTAURANT The menu alone will make you want to bring a large group to this eclectic eatery, if only to be able to share dishes because you might have a hard time picking which sounds the best. The wait staff is very attentive and will surely be happy to give their recommendations if you find yourself in a tough spot. The farmers market frittata and caprese avocado toast (along with any of the limited-availability offerings from the bakery) are solid brunch options and will have you planning your next visit to explore the happy hour and dinner menus before the check arrives. 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.8111; www.stfrancisaz.com; $$
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HASH KITCHEN Hash Kitchen is the place where your wildest brunch dreams come true. Its menu boasts dreamy dishes like banana split brioche French toast and s’mores pancakes for those with a sweet tooth, and substantial options like the poutine corned beef hash for those looking for something on the savory side. If you’re of the belief that no brunch is complete without a mimosa or bloody mary, you haven’t lived until you partake in the mimosa flight or the Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar (the largest in the state.) Be sure to come hungry and with a thirst for a good time! 4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.612.5580; www.hashkitchen.com; $$
LUCI’S HEALTHY MARKETPLACE Offering a variety of breakfast items, sandwiches, burger, salads and more, Luci’s offers something for everyone. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, and there are a variety of gluten-free options. There is also a coffee bar and a marketplace, where you can pick up organic and natural products from reputable local and regional vendors. 1590 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix; 602.773.1339; www. lucishealthymarketplace.com; $-$$ URBAN BEANS CAFÉ & BAR This vegan coffee shop is here for you when you need that kick in the morning as well as for a quick bite in the afternoon. Urban Beans is even there for you if you find yourself in need of java in the middle of the night. That’s right, 24 hours a day you can pop in and get a bite to eat and a cold or hot brew. Seating is comfy and conducive to taking a break from a busy day or cracking open your laptop and getting a little work done, no matter the time. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.595.2244; www. urbanbeans.com; $$ PROVISION Provision is much more than just your average coffee bar. The coffee program is absolutely stellar, with beans coming from Burundi, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Ethiopia and the honey lavender latte is just as outstanding as it sounds. Provision also has a wide variety of pastries from some of the top bakeries in town. Stop by in the morning for little extra energy and a sweet treat or after work for a glass of wine or beer and a light snack. 4501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.626.3866; www.provisioncoffee. com; $$
ANGEL’S TRUMPET ALE HOUSE Here you’ll find an expansive warehouse-style dining room that is
inviting with ample natural light and a comfortable patio that offers the perfect backdrop for an outing with friends. The menu encompasses their specialty beers and elevated pub fare. With so many great brews to choose from, flights are the way to go. Depending on how hungry you are, you could make a meal of appetizers with options like wings, spam sliders, a sausage platter, a quesadilla and more. If you have a heartier appetite, there are plenty of salads, flatbreads and sandwiches to choose from. Be sure to leave room for the housemade pop tart. 2339 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.698.1234; www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com; $$ STOCK & STABLE This American gastropub brings Italian influences to The Colony. The restaurant’s charcuterie is one of the most impressive displays of carefully selected meats, cheeses, and accouterments in the area, with kung pao cauliflower being another standout shareable. The salads and entrees feature locally sourced ingredients that radiate quality and freshness in every bite, and the cocktail menu is equally impressive. Pop in for lunch, dinner, happy hour or brunch on the weekends to see what the hype is all about. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable.com; $$ THE WHINING PIG This neighborhood spot, which has grown from one to seven locations, packs great service and a wide variety of beer and wine options into its locations (there are two in the Uptown area!). If hungry, guests will find fun takes on grilled cheese sandwiches along with a meat and cheese plate for noshing while having a drink and playing one of the many games provided. If you find yourself intimidated by the beverage options – they’re notoriously in list format covering the chalkboard walls – anyone on staff will be happy to make suggestions based on your likes. Multiple locations; www.thewhiningpig.com; $
AVANTI Since 1974, Avanti has been offering a sophisticated and festive environment for their diners. The old-school glamour paired with gourmet menu offerings will transport you to a different era. You can’t go wrong with any of the daily specials, but a treasured entree is the ossobuco milanese. Finish the meal off with homemade tiramisu and you’ll be heaven. 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 480.527.0159; www.avantiaz.com; $$$
TUTTI SANTI BY NINA Romantic, authentic and outstanding are all accurate descriptions of Tutti Santi. The handmade pastas are light as air and decadent the moment they combine with any one of the restaurant’s fresh made sauces. The perfectly constructed orange roughy genovese with penne aglio e olio is a perfect representation of the love and pride that goes into the eatery;s dishes. Ignore the carb counting and indulge! 7575 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.216.0336;www.tuttiphx.com; $$
CRUJIENTE TACOS Here in the Valley, you can easily find a taco joint on just about every street corner. When it comes to Crujiente Tacos, there is nothing typical here. The space is sleek and modern with surprise elements like street art within the light fixtures. You’ll find a creative array of taco choices like Texas wagyu, tempura avocado and Korean fried chicken along with a lamb option with birria sauce. Make sure to order an Arcadia margarita – the jalapeno and cilantro flavors will pair perfectly with your tacos. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos.com; $$ RESTAURANTE EL GUANAQUITO For some, the highlight of Salvadoran food is pupusas (a thick flatbread from El Salvador made with cornmeal or rice flour), comparable to arepas and gorditas, and with good reason. There is a mysterious magic in the perfect ratio of nixtamal to filling and Restaurante El Guabaquito nails it time and time again. If you’re new to Salvadoran food, or even a seasoned pro, you should check out the plato tipico, a platter made up of two pupusas two meat empanadas, a banana leaf-wrapped tamale and few pieces of yucca. 1438 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.257.9053; www.restauranteelguanaquito.com $ VECINA The Spanish word vecina translates to “neighbor” in English and that’s just what Vecina aspires to be; your neighborhood go-to. Situated on the corner of 56th Street and Indian School, Vecina offers gorgeous views of Camelback Mountain on its comfortable patio. The succinct menu features creative, beautiful dishes. The Latin influences found in the tacos bring an exciting new flair to classics like pork belly, salmon, barbacoa and chicken tinga. You’ll be comforted by the familiar while reveling in the slight differences that create a whole new experience. 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix; 602.675.2000; www.vecinaphx.com; $$
T COOK’S T.Cook’s recently underwent a facelift of sorts with a few changes made to the decor as well as switch up in the kitchen. The dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients is reflected in each dish presented to diners. The Abby Lee Farms tomato salad is inventive as well as beautiful and when it’s the start to your dinner it paints the picture for what’s to come. 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.808.0766; www. tcooksphoenix.com; $$$ WRIGHT’S AT THE BILTMORE Wright’s is the signature restaurant at the Arizona Biltmore and it is consistently setting a high standard by using top quality ingredients and innovative practices. The herbs used in your dishes are harvested from the chef’s garden located just outside the kitchen. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is the best way to get a complete representation of the culinary mastery and taste of the Southwest. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.954.2507; www.arizonabiltmore.com; $$$ ARTIZEN Upon walking into the lobby of The Camby hotel you’ll find a beautifully appointed space with a touch of whimsey. From fixtures to art and accouterments, this place is dazzling and designed to impress. The inventive cuisine at Arizen, the Camby’s on-property restaurant, matches the vibe and personality of the resort. With a variety of dishes, ranging from shared plates to full personal portions, you’ll find the perfect dish for any craving. 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6655; www.artizenaz.com; $$
CAFÉ ZUPAS When you think of Café Zupas, soup might be top of mind but the eatery also happens to have some stellar bowls, salads and sandwiches on the menu. The between-breads begin with hearty ciabatta or ancient grain buns. What goes between the slices depends on your mood. You’ll find hot options like Cuban grilled pork or the ultimate grilled cheese with pesto spread, two kinds of cheese and tomatoes. If you’re craving a cold sandwich, the vegetarian option or the turkey avocado club are both good options. 1935 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.889.7866; www.cafezupas.com; $ DUCK & DECANTER Duck and Decanter has stood the test of time and continues to offer up triedand-true favorites while also introducing some new flavors into the mix. The
sandwiches are available in full or mini sizes and are all packed with love and flavor, whether you choose to build your own creation or pick one of the hot or cold signature offerings. The Arizona-owned restaurant also offers catering, a cheese department and deli as well as specialty wine and beers for purchase. 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.274.5429; www.duckanddecanter.com; $$
MRS. CHICKEN Don’t be fooled by the tight menu at Mrs. Chicken, what is offered will be all you need. You can pick from breast or leg quarters, a half-bird, wings, tenders or the beloved yardbird sandwich. If you like your chicken sandwiches spicy, you’ll have four levels of heat to choose from, the spiciest of which requires a waiver. (There is also a classic version for the kids and those looking to take it easy). The southern hospitality is clear from the first step into the door to the last bite on your plate. 4011 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.281.6527; www. mrschickenaz.com; $$ BOBBY Q BILTMORE The heady, smoky aroma will draw you into this cozy brick dining room but it’s the food that will keep you coming back. There’s the requisite wood-fired meats available in a variety of platters and delectable sides like gooey mac & cheese, potato salad and pecan cole slaw. What might surprise you is the enticing vegetarian menu that was created with Dr. Art Mollen. Try to save room for the complimentary churro donuts you’ll be treated to upon leaving. 3154 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.626.8856; www. bobbyq.net; $$ LITTLE MISS BBQ When visiting Little Miss BBQ, keep in mind that old adage, “Good things come to those who wait.” Oh, and also the one about the early bird getting the worm. Only open for five hours a day, its best to get there as close to opening as possible. The reputation of the first location in south Phoenix has created a devoted following which results in them selling out many of their most popular meats early and often. With dine-in and carryout options of the brisket, pulled pork, ribs and more along with their skilled staff, the line moves quickly. Your patience is rewarded with some of the best smoked meat in the Valley. 8901 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.314.6922; www. littlemissbbq.com; $$
Uptown March ‘20
Arizona Science Center’s annual gala highlighted Victoria the T. rex. Guests perused the exhibit during cocktail hour, then sat down for an elegant dinner, followed by an afterparty in Heritage Square.
Case Coniglio and Lindsay Green
Linda and Brian Ruisinger
Regina and Patrick Edwards
Anna Miller and Jade Nielsen
Adam Bergen and Nicole Ridberg
Jake Norris and Chloe Hedrich
Erik Von Weber and Janelle Donaldson
BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
Molly and John West
ARIZONA STRONG BEER FESTIVAL
This 20th annual event took place at Steele Indian School Park, where festivalgoers got to sample craft beer from 130 brewers.
BY JAMES SASSER
Jamie Wade and Brian Helton
Uptown March ‘20
SAVOR THE SYMPHONY
This eighth annual women’s luncheon gave guests a sneak peek of The Phoenix Symphony and a guest artist rehearsing, with proceeds benefiting symphony programming.
Staci Seyer and Stacey Kranz
Sharisse Johnson and Susan Haag
Kate Van Driel and Ann Wall
Susan Maher and Mary Mayer
Karen Barnett and Susan Stander
Jettie Kootman and Beverly Tozer
Ray Oscherwitz and Sue Adatto
Char and Alan Augenstein
BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Lois Savage and Deborah Berkley
BRIGHTER TOMORROW LUNCHEON
In support of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, this annual event took place at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.
BY KIMBERLY CARRILLO
Benee Hilton-Spiegel and Deidre Vecchione
Uptown March ‘20
End NEW IN TOWN
CERTIFIABLY DELICIOUS Bamboo Sushi opens at Biltmore Fashion Park
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
In 2008, Oregon-based Bamboo Sushi became the first certified sushi restaurant in the world. “Fish is the most widely-consumed animal protein on the planet. Today, overfishing, lack of effective fishery management, and our own consumption habits are just a few factors contributing to a decline in fish populations across the world,” says Kristofor Lofgren, founder and CEO of Bamboo Sushi. “Our generation has a responsibility to ensure our oceans can remain a plentiful food source for years to come.” Proving it’s cool to care, the eclectic Japanese restaurant brand exploded in popularity, growing to five restaurants across the Beaver State, as well as locations in California, Colorado and Washington over the past decade-plus. To kick off 2020, the brand – certified by the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program, the Marine Stewardship Council and the Green Restaurant Association – expanded yet again, opening its first Arizona location at Biltmore Fashion Park. The nearly 5,000-square-foot space is
Uptown March ‘20
modern and a clear homage to the ocean with shades of blue throughout. There are also subtle nods to the brand’s new desert home, thanks to pops of natural color. The restaurant has 110 seats inside, including 17 at its sushi bar. The year-round outdoor patio has an additional 40 seats with a semi-private open-air dining space. The menu is directed by both chef de cuisine Andrew Giddens and head sushi chef Josimar Rojas. Expect traditional sushi rolls, high-quality nigiri and Japaneseinspired small plates including miso-cured black cod with yuzu miso, ginger, citrus, negi and chili oil ($15). There are also some excellent signature roll offerings, notably Garden of Eden, which features spicy albacore tuna, cucumber, and apple and is topped with tuna tataki, basil, pickled mustard seeds and yuzu vinaigrette ($16), and Kimono, which is bursting with seasoned crab, apple, and cucumber and is topped with wild Alaskan salmon, pickled apple, fried sage and lime zest ($14). “We’re trying to change the business of seafood and inspire change in the way people eat,” Lofgren says. “When it comes to sustainability, we can truly say that we walk the talk; from the food we serve to how we build our restaurants to the hospitality we offer our guests, you can see it in everything we do.” An Omakase chef’s tasting menu is available as well, offered both with and without sake pairings ($49-$109). At the bar, expect an ever-changing menu of signature cocktails based on seasonal ingredients, organic wines and a full sake menu. Bamboo Sushi is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is offered weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bamboo Sushi, located at 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.2052; www.bamboosushi.com.
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