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Features 28 ELLE SHELLEY The female powerhouse talks her road to success and working her way to the top in a male-dominated industry

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I’ve lived in the Valley for about 13 years. While it’s been over a decade and I’ve seen quite a few local sites, there are so many more things for me to discover locally. I can imagine that even if you’re a born-andraised Phoenician, you may be missing out on some of the city’s local gems. We’ve uncovered some of those – 35 to be exact. On page 44, you’ll find some of, what we like to call, our “pride points” here in Phoenix. These must-see landmarks include hotels, sculptures, historic sites and more. With the theme of celebrating history, we are also taking a look at Berridge Nurseries on page 43. The shop is celebrating its 80-year anniversary and hosting the 20th annual Art in the Garden party this month. From the past to the present, we shifting gears to look at some new things going. On page 69, we’re highlighting some of the freshest oysters you’ll probably ever have from relatively new shop, Nelson’s Meat + Fish. We’re also shining the spotlight on a new cocktail from Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktail’s recently released menu on page 70. And on page 82, you’ll find your new go-to Roosevelt Row barbecue joint, Trapp Haus BBQ. Our cover feature, Elle Shelley, is all about looking (and moving) forward. The tech industry Launch Forth exec is creating a path all her own and hoping to inspire other women to do the same. Read all about her success story on page 28. Last, but certainly not least, it’s also National Grilled Cheese Month. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some mouth-watering options (page 72) – think bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, Texas toast and, you guessed it, lots of cheese. Enjoy your favorite combo this month! Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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Vanessa Rose infuses food, family, faith and fun into her job with Trinity Broadcasting Network Vanessa Rose is a media powerhouse whose talents radiate on camera and behind the scenes to entertain, educate and inspire. As the director of public and community affairs at Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), she is involved in developing, producing and writing a variety of shows for the faith-based network

that can be seen on Channel 21 on cable and DirectTV. She also oversees the network’s multiplatform outreach and philanthropic activities. “I’ve been with Trinity Broadcasting Network full time for a decade,” Rose says. “But I was with them on and off before then

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Pulse UP CLOSE and my family was involved with the founders of the network. I never had any intention of getting into broadcasting, but through the pageantry and modeling I did, it just happened.” Rose has a degree in psychology from Arizona State University and is looking into earing her master’s degree in communications management through the University of Southern California. She’ll have quite a bit to juggle with her broadcasting duties.

A Beautiful Bite Rose stars in TBN Salsa’s It’s a Beautiful Bite. She infuses a positive message into her food and lifestyle show that incorporates recipes and traditions of her Italian-American and Chilean heritages. The powerful message of faith is included in her foodie adventures. “For me, food is so much more than food,” Rose explains. “It’s about the community and relationships and it all relates to faith, which to me encompasses the family.” The show reflects much of what was engrained in Rose growing up in a culturally rich family and she shares those special moments with viewers. “Sunday dinners and going to church… it’s something so relatable to the culture, but maybe we don’t talk about as much in the media, or on shows or in pop culture,” she says. There is a part of the show called “#Jesus Moments” where Rose expands on special moments that delve more into faith. “I find that people have been responsive and appreciate that this is entertaining and encompasses components of their life, too,” she explains.

Paying it Forward Building on her high profile in the community and on television, Rose is involved with public speaking and philanthropic efforts that allow her to connect with the community on a more personal level. “It’s an opportunity to get face time with people,” Rose says. “As much as we all enjoy watching things on our screens, a personal connection with the community is essential to developing relationships and trust with people.” She firmly believes that trust and authenticity in the media and public relations are important and those values are driven home in personal experiences with the public. As one example of her involvement, Rose serves on the local board of nonprofit Joni and Friends, an international faith-based organization serving families with children affected by physical or mental disabilities. “They have a big camp in the Bison Ranch area,” Rose says, “Every year they bring in a bunch of families. It’s an opportunity to help the child with the disability, and the siblings and family, too. People forget about the families, the difficulties they face, and the things they have to sacrifice in caring for this special person they have been blessed with in their family.” Another outreach of Joni and Friends is Wheels for the World, which has distributed 120,000 wheelchairs to people around the world that wouldn’t normally have access to those.


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Inmates at the state prison in Kingman, Arizona, refurbish wheelchairs that are sent to other countries as wheelchairs are not permitted to be repurposed in the U.S. Rose sits on the board of the Arizona Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and Law Enforcement Prayer Breakfast. She also recently chaired a gala for Smiles Beyond the Bars, an organization providing dental work for those formerly incarcerated to give recipients a new smile and the chance to make a fresh start in life. Additionally, she is an ambassador for StreetLight USA, a nonprofit providing housing and programs for young girls at risk for and children rescued from sex trafficking. All Rose’s endeavors bring purpose and inspiration to her life and to those around her. “My faith is so important to me and I don’t know how I could have gotten through much of my life without that,” she says. “It’s been a joy to be able to combine lifestyle and faith and have people receive it warmly and appreciate it.” For more information on Rose or her show, visit




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For the better part of a decade, chances are if you saw something cool on Arizona television, Ali Dugaw was behind it. A veteran of both Tucson’s PBS affiliate and Phoenix’s ABC15, today she is a segment producer for 3TV’s Good Morning Arizona. On any given day, she is showcasing the hottest new restaurants, championing local businesses and shining a light on causes that matter in the Valley. But, that only scratches the surface of her passions. “My favorite mode to be in is exploring a new place,” Dugaw says. “I need to breathe new air, meet new people, experience new things.” Her adventurous spirit led her away from TV for a few years. She traveled extensively, backpacking through Central America and Southeast Asia and then spent some time working in the Valley event and culinary world. “Everyone’s always told me I was a natural host, so why not plan parties for a living?” she says. “But I knew someday I’d find my way back to TV.” Now her focus is on telling people’s stories, including her own through the lens of social media. She juggles a personal Instagram account, a behindthe-scenes look at Good Morning Arizona and a recently launched foodie account dedicated to gluten-free finds called Gluten Free Travel Girl (@glutenfreetravelgirl). “I’ve been gluten-free for seven years due to a medical condition, and it’s hard to find good gluten-free places,” she explains of her inspiration for the social media account. “So, I wanted to share my best gluten-free finds, locally or wherever I might be traveling.” She hopes to grow the page and expand digitally this year. In the meantime, you can catch Dugaw volunteering with one of several nonprofits or playing at the park with her pup. And, of course, she’s always looking for her next story to tell.

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MASON KERN’S GOT GAME Meet the 18-year-old who the radio world is calling “The Sports Watchdog”


Sometimes a career chooses a person, and that seems to have happened with Mason Kern, a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. At just 18 years old, Kern hosts NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 (KDUS) show, The Sports Watchdog Radio Show – a fresh and fast-paced weekly sports talk show that launched this January, which airs each Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. The broadcasting phenom hails from San Diego, California, where his love of sports began as a soccer and basketball player. “Sports have encompassed my life from as far back as I can remember,” Kern says. “SportsCenter was always on in my house. I was really drawn in by the excitement, intensity and fast pace of sports and that drew me in to wanting to pursue that as a career.” As a sophomore in high school, Kern began broadcasting in San Diego on the San Diego Living show. “It wasn’t necessarily about sports, but I was going on live television, in front of the camera and getting that experience,” he explains. Building on that, he moved to San Diego station KUSI and got a stint doing sports broadcasting with a co-host through his high school years. Although he had a jump-start on his broadcasting career in high school, Kern embraces what he is experiencing now. “I’ve learned so much at Cronkite in the various clubs that I’m part of and in the classes themselves,” he reflects. He also likes that the school pushes students to immediately get involved in broadcasting, covering everything from school sports to topics related to specific classes. In the local TV market, he has appeared on AZTV-7’s Arizona Daily Mix and on KTVK’s Good Morning Arizona. Kern has already interviewed numerous high-profile personalities. He counts legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and nine-time NBA All-Star and basketball Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins as two of his favorite interviews. Though he has come far at such a young age, Kern’s ultimate career goal is to have his own sports studio show broadcasting about the NBA. “Broadcasting sports is a dream job,” he explains. “As long as I can talk about the thing that I love every day, it’s not a job at that point. It’s just fun.”


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How Bryant Powell’s career and lifestyle influence his classic style


Forget what you know about the typical musician. Bryant Powell has forsaken the broody or ego-driven performer image and adopted an affable persona that is a breath of fresh air. The driven musician and guitarist with Valley band El West has also worked as a barista at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix for a decade. He effortlessly presents a fashion sense that is as timeless as it is classic. Still, Powell retains a bit of rock ’n’ roll rebel. A diehard fan of the band Radiohead, there is one thing in Powell’s closet that is always close at hand. “I always have my Radiohead T-shirt from the In Rainbows tour,” he says. “It was a special day when I saw Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl. That place has incredible sound and it was the perfect venue for that band. Whether I’m playing with El West in California or I’m out with my wife, I have that shirt.” In classic rock star fashion, Powell also rarely leaves the house without his tortoiseshell Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, circa 1980s style.

How would you describe your overall style? I would describe it as classic. Classic never goes out of style, especially with men’s fashion. I’m usually wearing tight jeans, some nice shoes and a white or black T-shirt depending on the situation, and it always looks good. I can go play a show and then go out afterward and the work looks. Who are your fashion icons? I really look up to some of the men who were classic, like Marlon Brando, James Dean and John F. Kennedy. Those were men that were steadfast and didn’t roll with trends, but had a masculine elegance. Do you have a special place to shop that really fits your classic style? I don’t necessarily have favorite clothing brands, but I’m usually looking for clothes at Buffalo Exchange. I can find a cool Johnny Marr from The Smiths T-shirt, or I can always get rad black Levis.


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A beloved, beachy influence helps Lora Brothers dress for every occasion


While Lora Brothers loves Phoenix, and is involved in many noteworthy endeavors here (like working with the Republican National Committee and supporting local animal charities), her heart and soul will always be in the tropics. Born in Florida, this former realtor has infused both her home and closet with a vibe reminiscent of palm trees and beach club polish. “I love a relaxing, tranquil style in my home,” Brothers says. “I have a lot of white and turquoise. And my personal clothing style has a little bit of that tropical flair to it. I love bright colors like hot pink and turquoise, and light, airy fabrics, like linen.” Some chief influences on Brothers’ look are classic American style icon CZ Guest (who has been called one of the best-dressed women of all time), and the fun and flowy beach resort-style designs of Lilly Pulitzer. But it isn’t all tropics for Brothers. On the weekends, you’ll most likely find her rocking cool, casual sportswear. For more special occasions, like date night with her husband, she says she favors sleeker looks, perhaps pairing a bright-colored bustier with loose pants. “And if I’m dressing up, I go full glam,” she elaborates. No matter the attire, Brothers believes that when you look and feel good, you’re more inclined to do good.

How do you like to accessorize? I generally love to wear real jewelry. I have some costume jewelry, but for the most part everything is real. When I go on trips [whether it’s Kona or Capri] I always try to buy a piece of jewelry. Do you feel that fashion can affect one’s mood? Absolutely. I don’t care if it’s your favorite pair of washed out jeans, or your most elegant Chanel suit; when you put on something you love and go out to seize the day, I think it just makes you feel more invigorated. It makes your day better.

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10 YEARS OF MAGICAL MOMENTS GALA The Children’s Museum of Phoenix celebrated its 10th anniversary BY DAVID APEJI

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Boss lady. A common term used to describe a female professional who is equal parts confident and charming in the workplace. She is the alpha female within every group. She is goal-oriented, works hard and epitomizes leadership. She is a source of inspiration for both young girls and women everywhere. She is Elle Shelley. “As a female leader with a marketing background in the male-dominated engineering industry, I had to quickly learn to find my voice. I look at, hear, think and see the world differently than an engineer. My whimsical and optimistic point of view is often directly in contrast with the more pragmatic and analytical work world I occupy.” Shelley adds, “At first, I thought I needed to change, but I soon realized that my different point of view is what makes me unique. It’s my superpower.”


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THE ROAD TO SELF-DISCOVERY In her mid-30s, Shelley has already achieved so much in her career. In a nutshell, she is a classically trained marketing whiz. She spent the earlier days of her career managing integrated advertising initiatives. In 2012, she used her marketing chops to launch her own agency. Shelley then became the chief marketing officer of Local Motors. Now, she is a force to be reckoned with in the tech and product development world. As a boss lady in what is traditionally considered a maledominated industry — technology — Shelley has faced numerous challenges. She has overcome them by keeping her composure like all professionals ought to do. “Smile. Shake your head. Laugh it off. Be better. Do not get mad. Don’t stop wearing dresses or laughing. And remember to find your superpower,” she advises. Her strong sense of agency, another one of her many superpowers, has always been at the forefront of her life. In elementary school, all of Shelley’s report cards were marked with high grades and critiques masked as compliments from her


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teachers. Critiques like “She’s a chatty one,” “Here’s a girl that likes to speak her mind,” and “Bright and curious about the world and not afraid to tell you all about it.” Being outspoken, as in unapologetically speaking one’s mind, is almost a requisite to being a boss. So is creativity, which is another quality Shelley possesses. Her creative mind first flourished in a game her mom invented called Squiggle Books when she was young. “[My mom] would get a blank sheet of paper, draw a random squiggle on it and then have me build off the squiggle to create a picture and frame a story around it,” she reminisces. Shelley acquired a handful of squiggle books throughout the years, many of which her mother has as keepsakes. Her creativity also soared as a musician. Shelley’s mother introduced her and her siblings to the performing arts early in life. For Shelley, this meant picking up the violin at 3 years old. As a family, Shelley recalls weekend outings to creative places like the theater, art museums and, everyone’s favorite, the library. Shelley eventually took her outspoken quips and creativity to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and stumbled into the world of marketing. “I never thought marketing would be my niche,” she admits. “I really thought I would end up in the world of music either teaching or performing. I suppose it’s not a stretch that I ended up in a creative role.” After working for a number of years in marketing, Shelley decided to launch her own company. She couldn’t find her dream job, so she decided to create it instead. Thus, she founded Pinball Strategy. Her agency focused on app development, websites, brand campaigns and social initiatives for startups. “I feel like Pinball was a launch pad for everyone on the team, and I’m always so happy to hear how Pinballers are taking over the world. And, since we worked with startups, it was quite energizing to be able to help make someone’s dream come true by helping them launch their new business,” Shelley elaborates.

READY TO LAUNCH The real meat and potatoes of Shelley’s professional story lies with Local Motors, where she served as the company’s chief marketing officer for over two years. Among all her achievements in this role, Shelley successfully repositioned Local Motors as a technology company, rather than just a motor vehicle company. By hitting a brand refresh button, she helped build the company’s value. “It was during this time that I learned the hard way that to truly lead people – you don’t do it with authority or by pulling rank,” she explains. “You have to win hearts and minds. You have to inspire your fellow teammates to envision a shared future and then encourage them to get there with you as fast as they can.” Launch Forth was a venture of Local Motors that offered notable clients like U.S. Marine Corps, HP, Allianz, GE and others co-creation as a service. Because demand for co-creation services was so high, Local Motors made Launch Forth its own separate entity in November 2016. Shelley was chosen to lead the Launch Forth pack as the company’s executive vice president. “The way I explain Launch Forth to strangers is that my job, and by extension that of my team, is to inspire [the world’s largest community of solvers, designers and engineers] to deliver breakthrough innovation.” She adds, “At the end of the day, my job is to create a work culture for my team so they can do the best, most inspired work of their life.” Since taking Launch Forth by the reins, Shelley has expanded the company’s headquarters to include a small office in Boulder, Colorado and more recently one in San Francisco, California. However, the company and Shelley’s home base will always be Phoenix. “We were forged in Phoenix out of Local Motors and have kept our desert roots deep and strong. Plus, I’ll always be a Phoenician,” she says. Launch Forth is truly unlike anything else out there. It is a product design and development practice that taps into a shared community of innovators from around the world to collaborate ideas and solve problems to curate amazing products and services. What’s even more amazing is that the company’s executive team is entirely made up of women. According to Shelley, working

with a group of like-minded, business-savvy women couldn’t get any better. “I get to do a lot of coaching. For some females, it can take a while to find your management style. I remind a lot of my female leaders that you can still be soft and kind and be taken seriously. You don’t have to mirror the typically masculine traits associated with power,” she says. The creative projects, the outspoken people, the encouragement and support by her female colleagues ... there are so many reasons why Shelley finds fulfillment in what she does every single day. In the moments were she feels uncertain of herself or her professional successes are minimized because of her gender, she remembers something her mom used to tell her before taking the stage to perform violin — “remember that true professionals make it look effortless.” “That advice has stuck with me into my professional career. True professionals who have honed in on their craft make the hard work look easy. All that’s left to do is smile,” she says. For more information about Elle Shelley, Launch Forth or Local Motors, visit

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April 14 and 15 mark the return of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s Sandfest. Can you dig an entire weekend of beach-filled fun right here in the desert? Dive into the festivities on Saturday, where all ages are invited to ignite imagination with indoor and outdoor sand activities. In addition to kids-only sand play inside and out, the community beach party will feature giant sand sculptures crafted by local teams and international experts as well as food trucks, music and entertainment. There will also be a sandsational sandcastle building competition where attendees can vote for their favorite creation. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free admission.

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Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa’s Nirvana Food & Wine Festival returns April 19 to 22. The food and beverage extravagaza features star chefs along with the resort’s own executive chef Bea MacMillan. Throughout the weekend, the event will host informative, intimate conversations with celebrities from the world of food and wine, accompanied by tantalizing tastings, sumptuous meals and activities that make the most of the Valley’s beautiful spring weather. Prices for each event varies.

Uptown Plaza is launching a monthly event series the second Saturday of each month beginning April 14. The shopping center will host rotating elements that center around a seasonal theme to make each Saturday special for visitors such as activities, sales or samples in the courtyard. April will feature a “Spring Social” theme and highlight Nekter Juice Bar and Prose nail boutique. The first event of the series will also showcase a petting zoo, bounce house and giant yard games. The events are free to attend.


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Through April 22, Phoenix Theatre invites audience members to witness a jam session with the music of four rock ’n’ roll icons. Million Dollar Quartet imagines the now-legendary 1956 recording session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, and Hound Dog, played by the actors onstage, Million Dollar Quartet is a scorching show packed with red-hot talent. Times and prices vary.

Late last month, Teaspressa opened – the first and only beverage that is a hybrid of tea and coffee, resulting in a healthy alternative to traditional caffeine drinks. The products at Teaspressa are created using a patented production process. Featured on Shark Tank in 2016, Teaspressa’s Signature Tea Blends, which are prepared like espresso, are used to make Teaspressa Signature gourmet beverages that are served at the cafe, including Tea Lattes, Tea Americanos, and Tea Macchiatos.





This 6th annual 5K run, hosted by local nonprofit Team Taylor, returns to Arcadia to raise awareness and funds to research Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The race, which begins at 48th Street just north of Indian School Road at the canal, will take place April 22 at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the day will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Cribs for Kids. Registration for the event is open online at Runners can also sign up the day of on-site at iRun.

Mid-March, Club Pilates, a franchise boutique Pilates studio, opened in Arcadia, located at 3750 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The company offers members a specialized totalbody workout, intended to improve posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Members can choose from dozens of group classes that utilize a variety of equipment, including reformers, EXO chairs, TRX, springboard and Barre. Though the studio opened last month, the official grand opening will take place April 14 and 15.

Nonpartisan political crowdfunding startup Crowdpac is hosting a free boot camp titled “Crowdfund Your Run for Office”, on April 18. The evening, held at The Department Merchant’s Row, will begin at 6 p.m. with networking, drinks and refreshments, followed by an interactive presentation and discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Designed to teach citizens how to run for office and win in the digital age, the program will feature a panel of experts. The event is free to attend but space is limited and RSVP is required.

On April 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate all things local with the opening of Arizona’s first consignment store dedicated to local makers, Local Trade HQ. The store is kicking off its Phoenix residency with a Grand Opening Marketplace, taking place at 2309 N. 24th St., Phoenix, which will feature dozens of local makers, artists, food trucks, and musicians. The event is free to attend, but attendees are encouraged to bring a pack of diapers for a Diaper Bank of Central Arizona diaper drive. Uptown April '18


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Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon April 8, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn and Spa Join Childhelp for the 12th annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon. Nick Ciletti, ABC15 Arizona anchor and reporter, will emcee this year’s event. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions, an award ceremony that honors The Kennedy Family and, of course, a star-studded celebrity fashion show. Proceeds from this fashion-forward affair will support Childhelp’s Arizona programs, which help children and their families who have suffered the effects of child abuse. 10 a.m. Children, $100; adults, $150. Art from the Heart Art Auction April 7, Saks Fifth Avenue Prepare for all things art. Free Art — an organization that offers free arts programs to children and young adults that have faced homelessness, neglect and abuse — presents its 15 annual Art from the Heart Auction. Mingle with creative minds as you indulge in hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. There will be a silent auction featuring masterpieces from notable local artists, including Fred Tieken of the Tieken Studio in Paradise Valley. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s creative and therapeutic arts programs. 4:30 p.m. $100. Vino con Stelle April 13, Wrigley Mansion Richard J. Stephenson, founder and chairman of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Gateway for Cancer Research, is joined by Chairman of Functional Medicine, member of the Gateway Board of Directors and wife, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson to host an exclusive evening that attendees will never forget. Vino con Stelle features premium wines from around the world paired with gourmet fare, live entertainment and a live auction with five-star wines. The awe-inspiring night will benefit Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative cancer research studies. Seating is limited to no more than 100 couples. 6 p.m. $1,250 per person; $2,500 per couple. Swirl, Sip & Savor April 13, Royal Palms Resort and Spa Swirl, Sip & Savor is a bi-annual event presented by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). The event itself is a unique wine pairing experience that benefits one of SARRC’s trademark programs, ThinkAsperger’s. Guests will enjoy vino tastings from top-notch wineries, dinner and live auction featuring wine-related packages valued at $4,000 each. The dinner is a four-course meal (with exlusive wine pairings for each dish) crafted by some of the Valley’s most elite chefs. Proceeds from this year’s event will help create awareness, early diagnosis and solutions for individuals impacted by Asperger’s syndrome and their families. 5:30 p.m. $500 per person. For additional information, call SARRC at 602.218.8213. Cakes, Cocktails & Kendra April 21, The Clayton House The Clayton House sets the scene for this ultimate girl’s day event. Call up all your lady friends and enjoy a day of pampering with delicious food (cake included), handcrafted cocktails, original jewelry by Kendra Scott, mani-pedi stations, a blowout bar and a raffle with fabulous prizes. Guests will even get a chance to design and purchase a piece of Kendra Scott jewelry. Proceeds from the event will benefit Child Crisis Arizona, an organization that supports the Valley’s most vulnerable children and families. 3-6 p.m. $95. Dinner on the Desert April 28, Desert Botanical Garden With a theme of A Garden Full of Stars, guests will be dazzled by the natural beautify that surrounds, including views of the Papago Buttes and succulents and cacti. This is also the last chance to enjoy art installations scattered throughout the garden by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and an auction featuring distinctive plants, pots and garden art. A gourmet dinner will satiate guests’ appetites before taking to the dance floor to boogie under the desert stars. Proceeds from Dinner on the Desert will help the garden support research, conservation, and environmental education programs. 6 p.m. $600.


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HEAL’S 10TH ANNUAL FAIRYTALE TEA April 8, The Camby Hotel Join nonprofit organization, Happily Ever After League (HEAL), for delicious lunch, raffles and philanthropy. Sign up to hostess a table of 10, pick your favorite fairytale and decorate your table in the theme. Proceeds will benefit HEAL’s mission of supporting moms through cancer treatment and recovery. $75 per person.


Bacigalupi through trials and tribulations of an unexpected life. After six years of marriage, the couple decided to start a family, but soon finds out that Phil has a life-threatening tumor. The story tells the heartbreaking tale of trying to conceive while dealing with the struggles of multiple surgeries through the power of dance. It’s a narrative that will leave you inspired by the delicate balance of life. CaZo Dance Company will be donating $3 of every ticket to the National Brain Tumor Society. April 13, 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-$45.

Phoenix Heart Walk April 7, Cityscape Spring is here and so is the heart of giving. Enjoy the gorgeous weather and amazing sights of Cityscape by participating in this walk benefiting the American Heart Association. Join walkers from across the local community as they step out to have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause. Walkers who are able to fundraise $100 or more will be presented with an exclusive Heart Walk shirt, while those who raise $250 or more will also receive a prize certificate to redeem American Heart Association gear. Run, don’t walk, down to this amazing event that is fun for the whole family. 8 am. Free. Phoenix Pride Festival April 7, Downtown Phoenix Presented by Bank of America, the 2018 Phoenix Pride Parade


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will bring the diverse LGBTQ and allied communities, based in Phoenix, together. It’s an exhilarating weekend of camaraderie and celebration for the thousands of individuals who have fought for equality. The parade will draw over 2,000 individual participants with decorated vehicles, colorful floats and thousands of walkers. Over 15,000 attendees will enjoy local luminaries, live music, and fun activities along the 3rd Street route from Thomas to Indian School roads. 10 a.m. Free. www. 2018 Phoenix Kidney Walk April 8, Diamondbacks Stadium Chronic kidney disease (CKD) effects over 2.6 million people annually but with this event, you can make a difference. Stand up to kidney disease by attending the National Kidney Foundation of

Arizona’s 2018 Phoenix Kidney Walk, which will take place Downtown at Chase Field. With over 2,000 supporters expected to attend, the walk will present an occasion for dialysis patients, organ transplant recipients, families, friends and the Arizona community to create long-term support for individuals affected by the disease. Funds raised will go to provide direct patient support to local Arizona Kidney patients and transplant recipients, as well as provide community outreach and education programs including free health screenings targeting those at risk of developing CKD. 9 a.m. Free. Tough as Nails April 13-14, Phoenix Center for the Arts This dazzling production, presented by CaZo Dance, follows married couple Phil and Stacy

Liver Life Walk April 14, Seele Indian School Park Join the Phoenix chapter of the American Liver Foundation as they walk, run and fundraise to bring awareness to the face of liver disease. Proceed raised will go to support liver disease awareness and to provide financial support for educational programs and patient services. The Liver Life Walk will feature a festival-type atmosphere including food, activities for children, entertainment and information about the American Liver Foundation. 8:30 am. Adults, $20 adults; 17 and under are free. 47th Annual Celebration of Caring April 14, Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia This annual event, hosted by the Assistance League of Phoenix, will feature dinner, a live auction and a heartfelt presentation of Operation School Bell. This incredible program will help prepare children at 85 Title I schools for classroom learning by providing basic needs, including new uniforms and health kits. This event also supports Wee Help, which provides layette

bags filled with necessities for babies born into poverty, as well as Literacy/Book programs that distribute books to children and teachers at Title I Schools. Tables typically fill up fast and sponsorships start at 5:30 pm. $3,500$20,000. 30th Anniversary Crozier Gala April 14, Arizona Biltmore The preeminent catholic fundraising event in the Valley, this event will benefit The Crozier Catholic School Scholarship Fund, with proceeds supporting the children of teachers and employees who lovingly serve our schools, parishes and Catholic ministries. Nearly $1 million and 2,000 scholarships have been provided to support educators, maintenance workers, administrative personnel, bus drivers and other employees in sending their own children to Catholic school. This event is a sell-out year after year and is truly one of the Valley’s most inspiring charity events. 5:30-10 pm. $350. Nirvana Wine and Food Festival April 19-22, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Celebrity chefs descend on the scenic Sanctuary at Camelback, ready to cook up a feast and dazzle your taste buds. Join local executive chef Beau MacMillan (of the Elements) and others as they present their dishes and impress the crowds with their culinary talents. Throughout the weekend, you’ll enjoy informative, intimate conversations with celebrities from the world of food and wine, sumptuous meals and activities that make the most of Arizona’s glorious spring weather. Times and prices vary. 5 Seconds of Summer April 23, The Van Buren The Australian Band and YouTube sensation, 5 Seconds of Summer recently jumped back into the music scene with its first single in two years. Known for an uptempo, signature Zedd dance beat mixed with pop/country singer Morris crooning on the chorus, the band’s most recent release captured the No.1 spot of the hot dance/electronic songs charts in mid-February. Featuring singles like Want You Back and set out on a 26-city tour, the band is ready to share its unique take on punk and pop music. Must be 13 or older to attend. 8 p.m. $120.

CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON April 14, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA, presents its 14th annual event, which supports discovery processes to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases. The day will begin with a silent auction and cocktails, followed by a luncheon and fashion show.10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

SARRC’s 20th Annual Community Breakfast April 26, Arizona Biltmore For the 20th year in a row, Southwest Autism Research presents its Annual Community Breakfast. The event will raise funds for innovative programs, services and research initiatives. Attendees will be inspired by the moving, memorable portrait of SARRC’s impact on individuals with autism and families served through our programs and services. The guest list is always impressive with over 2,000 community and business leaders, sponsors, parents, volunteers and public officials attending. Registration required by April 12. 7:30-9 am. Free. Arizona Legacy Circle Night of Heroes April 26, Phoenix Art Museum A night filled with inspiring stories and real life tales of the trauma

team and medical staff of Maricopa Integrated Health System, the proceeds from this moving event will benefit the Maricopa Health Foundation. The evening will be one of tears, fears and the hope that drives these brave heroes every day. Join over 300 other patrons for a glass of wine, bask in the beauty of the Phoenix Art Museum and lift your glasses to the inspiring heroes that save lives and risk it all. 5:309:30 p.m. Sponsorships range from $5,000- $25,000. The Original Taste April 28, Scottsdale Waterfront The Valley’s premier wine and food pairing event, The Original Taste returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront. Forty of the Valley’s best restaurants will be in attendance, with 60 international wines to pare your fare with. Proceeds from the event will go to Executive Council Charities to fund critical youth programs at local

organizations. Enjoy live music, delicious tastes and unlimited wine at one of the most popular Scottsdale events of the season. Must be 21 or older to attend. 7-10 p.m. General admission, $125; VIP, $275. www. AmeriCAN Canned Beer Festival April 28, Margaret T. Hance Park This must-attend festival will celebrate the sweet nectar that is canned beer. The AmeriCAN Canned Beer Festival features more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries, across 40 states. Attendees will be delighted by the selection of beers not previously sold or made available in the state of Arizona. You’ll also enjoy live music, food vendors, a beer science garden, beer tasting seminars, Olympic games and a rare beer garden. 3-7 p.m. $35-$45.

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Place your bets at the Valley’s only live horse-racing track


IF YOU GO… What: The Stella Artois Derby DayClub When: May 5, club opens at 10:30 a.m.; live racing, 11:30 a.m.; Kentucky Derby, 3:46 p.m. Where: Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix Tickets: General admission, $30; reserved seats, $60; VIP, $115+ Information: www. derby

Watch the Run for the Roses in style at The Stella Artois Derby DayClub, one of the biggest and best parties to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, which will air at 3:46 p.m. Held at Turf Paradise on May 5, this third annual event is the only Kentucky Derby party in Arizona with live racing and betting. DayClub general admission will include admission into Turf Paradise and the air-cooled Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge along the track near the finish line, betting terminals, a no-host bar, a DJ, and plenty of TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby and live local racing. Prefer to sit? You can reserve seats in the DayClub for $60 (includes all other general admission amenities). Or, upgrade to VIP. Held in the


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exclusive Sanderson Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge, this luxury ticket option will feature the addition of private betting terminals; food by M Culinary; a taco bar; three beverages including mint juleps (a Kentucky Derby must!), beer, wine and cocktails; a two-ounce tasting of Dom Pérignon Champagne; and reserved seating in the VIP Lounge. If you’d like to ensure your group has a designated spot, reserve a table. The tables will include both hosted and no-host options with the ability to reserve tables in the first, second and third rows. Both types of table reservations include a complimentary bottle of Chandon Champagne, while the hosted table – like the VIP option – also includes food from M Culinary, a taco bar, and three beverages per guest.



SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL Celebrating 40 years of food, brews and fun

A longtime local favorite tradition, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival pairs delicious food and spirited drinks with fundraising. This year is set to be the best yet, as the festival will ring in its 40th birthday. In honor of this milestone, the weekend will surely not disappoint hungry (and thirsty) attendees. Kick off the festivities at The Cocktail Society on Friday, April 13 with an exclusive night of cocktails, whimsical entertainment and elegant tastings at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Cocktail Society will include live music and food samples, plus showstopping performances including aerial and flair bartending, stilt walkers, contortionists, balancing acts, magicians, and living art displays. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and tickets will include food, beverages and entertainment for $85 (online presale, which ends an hour before the event) or $100 (at the door). And for the festival itself, the grassy Scottsdale Civic Center Mall will set the scene for a two-day culinary immersion. A ticket acts as a dining passport, enabling guests to try various cuisines from more than 40 Valley restaurants, including classic barbecue, sweet treats, Asian fusion, and European delights. Wash it all down with local wines, spirits and brews, courtesy of the festival’s Local Lounge presented by Hensley Beverage Company. For beer connoisseurs, don’t miss Four Peaks Brewing Company’s Beer Garden. Here, you’ll find more than 30 breweries and 250 specialty beers from local and national craft brewers as well as beer games. The nearby Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stardust Lounge will serve up refreshing cocktails. Fun also awaits in the Family Zone where there is face painting, carnival games, a bounce house, crafts and more for the little ones. Other event highlights will include the second annual Teen Cook


Off Challenge located in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, chef demos, and three stages where 20 bands will perform throughout the weekend. Looking for a more intimate experience? Opt for the exclusive VIP package. Ideal for groups, VIP includes catered food inside the VIP tent, complimentary drinks throughout the grounds, exclusive demo seating, access to the beer garden, and the best vantage point of the main stage. All net proceeds raised will support Scottsdale League for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes local artists, arts programs, and arts education. The 2018 Scottsdale Culinary Festival is truly a birthday celebration you won’t want to miss.

IF YOU GO… What: Scottsdale Culinary Festival When: April 14-15; Saturday, 12-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: General admission, $12-$15; VIP, $125-$150; beer garden, $42-$45 Information: www.scottsdalefest. org/scfweekend

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COCKTAIL CULTURE Drinks with Cinco de Mayo in mind

Wright Bar at the Arizona Biltmore Believe it or not, the original Tequila Sunrise was invented more than 80 years ago right here in the Valley. Then-Arizona Biltmore bartender Gene Suilt came up with the iconic cocktail in response to a patron who challenged him to use tequila to make the perfect poolside beverage. Suilt combined tequila with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur), lime juice and soda water, making history. All these years later, the Wright Bar at the Arizona Biltmore still serves this drink, but also offers an updated version — the Topical Tequila Sunrise ($13). It features tequila, pineapple juice and pomegranate liqueur. The sipper packs a powerful punch and makes for the perfect poolside refresher.

While Cinco de Mayo is technically meant to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in the United States, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American culture … and cocktails. Locally, there are several Valley venues with drinks that go far beyond a basic margarita developed with this celebration of culture in mind. And, they are available right now. Sample them all to prepare for the big day!


Chico Malo For those unfamiliar, Chico Malo translates to “bad boy” in English. It’s ironic considering how many good things there are on the menu! The cheeky venue, located at CityScape, offers Mexican and South American cuisine such as chilaquiles, tortas, nine varieties of tacos, salads, nachos and tostadas. The drink menu is similarly themed with inspired takes on several Mexican favorites as well as Latin twists on American favorites. Of particular note is their Oaxacan Old Fashioned ($12), a dizzingly combination of tequila, mezcal, honey, cardamom bitters and anise-flavored liqueur. www.


Taco Guild Recently named by Travel Channel as among the best Mexican restaurants in the country, Taco Guild has been getting rave reviews for its food and drink – and venue itself as it the restaurant is housed in an old church – for years. Heralded by Thrillest as a top spot for tequila in recent months, their cocktails are all about elevating the spirit in ways you never thought possible. Case in point, the Sinner or Saint ($9.95). This aromatic drink starts with tequila and fresh lime juice. The team then muddles and adds fresh blueberries as well as sweet Velvet Falernum before shaking, pouring and garnishing with fresh rosemary. www.


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CRUjiente Taco This 2017 Arizona Taco Festival Grand Champion and Foodist Award winner has the mixology chops to match. There are five signature margaritas made with the freshest ingredients and top shelf tequilas, but beyond that, they offer a menu of handmade cocktails, many with a great Mexican punch. The Cru Paloma ($10) is a smoky stunner with a generous pour of mezcal combined with pamplemousse, which has a great grapefruit tanginess, as well as fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and househopped honey.




Berridge Nurseries hosts the 20th annual Art in the Garden and celebrates 80 years in the biz BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Berridge Nurseries. The family-owned business has been a staple in the Valley since 1938, first at 16th Street and Camelback Road before moving to 46th Street. Although the times have changed, its commitment to offering the finest in premium plants, bare root roses, shrubs, trees, garden pottery and statuary and antiques has never wavered. Christine Fortman, the granddaughter of Berridge Nurseries’ founder Jim Berridge Jr., now co-owns the nursery with her sister, Melinda Walton, and their mother, Meredith Walton, serves as president of the company. A large part of their teamwork is respecting the legacy of Berridge Nurseries. “A lot of it is recognizing how our neighborhoods change around us,” Fortman says. “Those are built by people who are our neighbors, and you see a lot of the trends in what they like and what they’re doing with their own homes. That’s how we stay relevant.” In additional to having a stellar indoor greenhouse featuring flowering plants, trees and indoor plants, the nursery possesses a wealth of gardening knowledge. It also grows 5,000 roses in 120 varieties for its valued customers. In fact, roses are what Berridge Nurseries is most known for among its longtime customers. Additionally, antiques by Tom and Linda Shore are showcased heavily throughout the business.

Art in the Garden The 20th annual event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, featuring a variety of fine art, gardening and cooking demonstrations, food trucks and a farmers market. “We source local artists only and we pick new artists every year,” Fortman explains. “It’s fun for us to go into the community and find these talents who are emerging artists in different mediums.” One particular artist featured this year is The Oxide Studio that specializes in creating graphic representations of Arizona’s plant life. During Art in the Garden, guests will have a chance to talk to the nursery’s Arizona certified master gardener. “For our rose demonstration, our rose presenter is with the Mesa Rose Society and he’s a master gardener,” Fortman adds. Industry professionals including growers that provide Berridge Nurseries bedding, perennials, shrubs and cacti will also be on hand to answer questions. The whole family is welcome, including the four-legged members. “We have Bentley’s Biscuits for dogs at our farmers market, and kids always love to walk around in the farmers market, too,” Fortman says. For more information on Berridge Nurseries or Art in the Garden, visit Uptown April '18




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T h e V a l l e y ’s most treasured landmarks

The Grand Canyon State. State 48. Valley of the Sun. These are a few common nicknames for the place we call home. And ever since its statehood on Valentine’s Day 1912, our home has accumulated countless landmarks that honor its rich history. Here are 35 of them, including those that commemorate and celebrate the Valley’s humbled beginnings.

Historic Hotels

Facing page: The Biltmore has become a playground of the rich and famous since its inception in 1929. This page: Midcentury charm can be enjoyed at Hotel Valley Ho, which commemorates the spirit of the 1950s.

With sunshine nearly every day, lush golf courses and beautiful desert landscapes, Arizona is a vacationer’s paradise. Figuring out what do in the Valley isn’t so much a challenge as is deciding which luxury hotel to rest your head, or dig into a gourmet meal. One of the most notable resorts is the Arizona Biltmore (www.arizonabiltmore. com). Nicknamed the “Jewel of the Desert,” the Biltmore has become a playground of the rich and famous since its inception in 1929. Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright consulted on the project with his former student Albert Chase McArthur, and it remains one of the only existing hotels in the world with his signature design. Midcentury charm can be enjoyed at Hotel Valley Ho (, a colorful boutique hotel that commemorates the fun-loving spirit of the 1950s. What was once a place of refuge for celebrities like Bing Crosby and Janet Leigh is now a swanky must-stay destination for all. Since 1991, Hotel San Carlos (www. has been a member of Historic Hotels of America. The site in which it sits on today was where the first schoolhouse

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This urban park features numerous memorials of prominent figures, as well as pays tribute to significant events that made Arizona, well, Arizona. The plaza was first founded in 1978 in honor of Gov. Wesley Bolin. Situated right in front of the Arizona Capitol in Downtown Phoenix, the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza’s prime location attracts individuals both near and far. It acts as an open-air public space where guests can stroll the grounds and explore monuments, memorials and lush gardens. With more than 30 memorials – including Arizona Pioneer Women, World War I, Arizona Peace Officers Memorial and others – it’s easy to lose track of time at this Phoenix point of pride that is jam-packed with Valley history. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix; 602.542.4581;

Old Adobe Mission

Adobe, otherwise known as mudbrick, is one of the earliest building materials used throughout the world. In the late 1910s, the first Mexican settlers of Scottsdale constructed the Old Adobe Mission completely by hand. More than 14,000 adobe bricks comprise the building, each of which weighs 50 pounds. Robert T. Evans was inspired by the Spanish colonial revival architectural style, a style commonly seen in Sonora and New Mexico. Evans decided to bring that look to Scottsdale with the Old Adobe Mission. Today, the building is one of only three adobe structures remaining in the area. Additionally, it is the oldest standing church in Scottsdale. In 2001, Old Adobe Mission became a member of the Register of Historic Buildings and has become a sought-after destination for historical reflection and prayer. 3817 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 480.980.3628;

Valley National Bank

Banks today can be somewhat blasé-looking, but Valley National Bank (now Chase Bank) on 44th Street and Camelback Road is anything but nondescript. In fact, it’s kind of funky! From the circular floor plan to large concrete, mushroom-like structures out front, circles seem to have inspired the space. The man behind the eye-catching design was Frank Henry, an architect who completed the project in 1968. Because the Great Depression had (decades before) hit the city hard, especially banks, Valley National’s playful design was meant to entice Phoenicians to trust the system again. Walter Bimson, the bank’s founder, was a collector of art. So not only was the exterior a masterpiece, but the interior was once decked in fine paintings and sculptures. 4401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

Notable Sculptures

Sprinkled throughout the Valley is public art just as awe-inspiring and available as the foothills. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is a quiet retreat full of paths for strolling, foliage, fountains and sculptures, including Robert Indiana’s bright red and blue LOVE. Scottsdale Waterfront is home to the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, an artful design that celebrates solar events produced


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by the sun’s shadow as much as it celebrates community. Nearby is Copper Falls, a waterfall feature with bronze upside-down domes that connect to the canal. Another water wonder is Fountain Hills’ world-famous fountain, which sprays water 560 feet in the air for 15 minutes every hour. Created by Robert McCulloch, the fountain is a celebration of life and water where it is appreciated the most due to its scarcity – in the desert. A celestial object that’s fixed, yet always in motion, has become the focal point in Civic Space Park near Arizona State University’s downtown campus; Janet Echelman’s Her Secret is Patience sculpture looks like an elongated dreamcatcher floating in the air. Speaking of air, that exact element inspired artist James Turrell to create Knight Rise at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Knight Rise is a stark architectural chamber with benches lining its walls so that visitors may sit and peer up at the sky. The experience creates an illusion that one is seated on an ocean of air.

Wrigley Mansion

Located at the top of a hill with sweeping views of Piestewa Peak, Wrigley Mansion was constructed by chewing gum mogul William Wrigley Jr. in 1932 as a gift for his wife on their 50th wedding anniversary. True to its roots, Wrigley Mansion now plays host to many, many fairy tale weddings. In fact, The Knot has consistently deemed it “best wedding venue.” The mansion is also known for fine dining at Geordie’s and sweeping 360-degree views of the mountains and city with architecture invoking Spanish, California and Mediterranean styles. 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079;

Heritage Square

Heritage Square is a quaint reminder of Phoenix’s storied past. Located on Block 14 of the original townsite of the city, the square is a collection of Victorian-style bungalows and buildings now used as restaurants and museums. From The Rose & Crown Pub to the Arizona Science Center to the historic 1895 Rosson House – a museum that honors the lifestyle of early Phoenix families – the square is recognized as a vital piece of the city’s cultural


Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza


in Phoenix was built in 1874. Guests claim that ghost sightings aren’t uncommon at this historic destination.

that were constructed in the early 1920s to the late 1940s.


Roosevelt Row


Clockwise from top left: Wrigley Mansion, Copper Falls, Her Secret is Patience, Rosson House, Water Mark

fabric. With museum tours, special events and festivals taking place, it has become a point of attraction for residents and visitors alike. Thanks to the Heritage Square Foundation, a nonprofit organization that preserves Phoenix’s early history, the square enables visitors to experience the Valley as it appeared in the late 1800s. 113 N. 6th St., Phoenix; 602.261.8063;


F.Q. Story Neighborhood Historic District

Spanish colonial revival, English Tudor, craftsman bungalows – oh my! The F.Q. Story Neighborhood Historic District (www.fqstory. org) is a collection of homes of various architectural styles. Francis Quarles Story, the neighborhood’s namesake, was involved in numerous developments in early Phoenix. He invested in the now F.Q. Story Neighborhood, which consists of 602 (like Phoenix’s area code) homes

Connecting Downtown Phoenix to a slew of historic neighborhoods is Roosevelt Row (, affectionately known as RoRo. This historic district has always been a hodgepodge of things, but in the early 1990s the arts community took over. By turning boarded-up buildings into galleries and boutiques, local artists have reinvented RoRo to be a place where creativity is celebrated.

Scottsdale Arts District

Scottsdale Arts District ( is an epicenter for art and has been for 40 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale along Main Street and Marshall Way, this charming area lined with cobblestoned streets is home to some of the country’s finest art galleries. More so, one of Scottsdale’s most photographed landmarks resides nearby. The Bronze Horse Fountain, donated by artist and gallery owner Bob Parks in 1989, sits in a roundabout on 5th Avenue and Marshall Way. The fountain is a nod to the city as a central hub to Arabian horse breeding in America. In addition to restaurants and boutiques, the district is known for its Scottsdale ArtWalk, which takes place every Thursday and is the oldest continuous art walk in the country.

Outdoor Amusements

To truly know the heart and soul of the Valley is to visit its natural wonders. And with countless mountains and hiking trails, there are plenty to explore. One of the most prominent natural landmarks of the Phoenix-metro area, as well as a top hiking destination, is Camelback Mountain. It has the highest peak in Phoenix (2,704 feet), and caves indicate that the mountain was a sacred site for the Hohokam culture. McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a protected area of land that encompasses most of the McDowell Mountain range. There are 10 different trailheads to enter the preserve, where visitors are welcome to run, walk or even horseback ride. Pinnacle Peak Park in the Troon North area of North Scottsdale is another protected Sonoran landscape. It’s home to the Pinnacle Peak Trail, which concludes with a granite summit that rises 600 feet, an ideal hike for those looking to get their heart pumping. Murphy’s Bridle Path in Central Phoenix is great for all skill levels. The 2.5-mile, in-town trail is sheltered by trees that line Bethany Home Road and Central Avenue. For parks, lakes and paths galore, Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt is the place to be. What was once a serious flooding hazard has turned into a recreational area that stretches 11 miles throughout Scottsdale. Within it sits Water Mark, an aluminum horse-like gargoyle sculpture wherein, during flash flooding, water spews out of the horses’ mouths.

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona In 1976, Gov. Raul Castro authorized the development of a state veterans cemetery. In December 1978, the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona was dedicated, with the first burial taking place in March 1979. With

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Compass Arizona Grill

You don’t have to summit Mummy or Camelback mountains to get spectacular views of the city. Just head to the Hyatt Regency Phoenix’s revolving rooftop venue, Compass Arizona Grill. With 360-degree views of the cityscape and mountains – and complete with plush seating, from colorful couches to dining room chairs – every spot here is both the best and most comfortable seat in the house. The award-winning restaurant doles out American-Southwest cuisine that utilizes fresh, local ingredients. There is also an impressive selection of wines, handcrafted cocktails, and imported and local brews. Be on top of the world (or Valley) at this must-see and must-try eatery. 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix; 602.440.3166;


225 acres of quiet desert land, the setting is a peaceful final resting place where veterans and their families are remembered and honored for their service and sacrifice. In 1999, the facility underwent a renovation to include new committal shelters, a visitor center, an assembly area, landscaping and more. Among all the heroes that lay here, some of the most notable include Nathan E. Cook, the last survivor of the SpanishAmerican War, and former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham and his wife, Florence. The U.S. flag is lowered half-staff each morning in honor of those buried here. 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; 480.513.3600;

Historic Evans House

Surrounded by generic office buildings and parking garages in Downtown Phoenix sits a little old house known for its pointy terracotta roof. It’s almost as if someone plucked it out of a fairy tale and dropped it in modern-day Phoenix. Before the downtown area became the downtown we all know it as today, it was a residential neighborhood full of Queen Anne-style homes. In 1893, a local doctor of the name John M. Evans decided to build his family a beautiful house. The Evans House, which was restored in 1988 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, is characterized by its dome-like roof and circular front porch. It’s only one of two Victorian-style houses that persisted in downtown throughout the years; the other is the Rosson House. The


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When it comes to forward-thinking designs, architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the master. Some of Wright’s most radical ideas – most of which are now common practices in modern design – included open floor plans, indoor/ outdoor living spaces and natural light. Located in Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West ( was Wright’s winter home and studio. The building remains nestled in the desert as a living reminder of Wright’s legacy and impact on contemporary design. The David & Gladys Wright House ( is yet another gem by the famed architect, who built the concrete, spiral-designed house in 1950 for his son, David, and daughter-inlaw, Gladys. The house, which is located in Arcadia, was recently donated to the School of Architecture at Taliesin and will be a learning center for graduate architectural students.


Taliesin West and David & Gladys Wright House


Arizona State Preservation Office currently resides in the Historic Evans House. 1100 W. Washington St., Phoenix; 480.248.6535.

Clockwise from top left: Cosanti, Orpheum Theater, Taliesin West, Arabian Library, Compass Arizona Grill, David & Gladys Wright House


As an architect, urban designer, artist, craftsman and philosopher, Paolo Soleri always pushed the boundaries in everything he pursued. In doing so, he created spaces where humans and the natural environment could coexist. Enter Cosanti: Five acres of desert and experimental buildings harmonizing as one. Designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti is Soleri’s best collection of work, featuring everything from earth-formed concrete structures to bronze sculptures to his world-famous wind chimes. With courtyards and visitor paths sprinkled throughout the property, guests can amble at their leisure to take in all the amazing works of art. Everything here was built using earth-casting methods, which visitors can learn more about on a guided tour of the property. 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley; 480.948.6145;


Arabian Library

Upon first glance, you wouldn’t think this 20,000-square-foot facility at the base of the McDowell Mountains is a library. With its weathered walls of steel and leaf-like metal sculptures, it looks more like a large-scale art installation. Created by richärd+bauer, the building reflects the natural beauty of the slot canyons found in Northern Arizona. Norie Sato, a Seattle-based artist, created art pieces that mimic the design of a prickly pear cactus distinctly for the library. Not only does the design exude a natural feel, but the construction does as well. And, the library is LEED Silver certified. Translation: It’s a green building. 10215 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.312.7323;

Phoenix Financial Center

The Phoenix Financial Center is best characterized as two facing curved towers with two rotundas at the base. One of the curved towers earned the nickname “The Punchcard Building”

by locals for its 12-inch vertical slot windows that punctuate the building’s side. Built in 1964 by architect Wenceslao Sarmiento, the building has become a staple of the Valley. When it was first realized, the building housed more than 50 businesses, including Standard Oil, Sperry Phoenix and Transworld Airlines. Fun fact: The south rotunda lobby was used as a set in the movie What Planet Are You From?, which was released in 2000. Rumor has it that a time capsule was buried below the building, intended to be opened for the state’s centennial celebration. 3443 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Arizona State Capitol

The state’s capitol boasts neoclassical architecture. Perched atop the building’s copper dome is the Winged Victory – a statue that’s older than Arizona itself! Modeled after a Greek goddess, Winged Victory has been a symbol for justice and freedom since 1901. But when the West was still wild, cowboys used her as a shooting target. During the 19th century, Arizona’s legislative body moved around a lot before setting up shop in the current state capitol building, which is located on 17th Avenue and Washington Street. The Arizona Capitol Museum maintains the 100-year-old building, offering visitors museum exhibits, events and programs that focus on the history and culture of Arizona. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix.

Scottsdale Grammar School 1 and 2

The Little Red Schoolhouse, originally known as Scottsdale Grammar School 1 (www., was built in 1896 in response to the need for an educational system in Scottsdale. What began as a one-room schoolhouse expanded into two classrooms in 1909, and the building was also a communal hub where activities were hosted throughout the decades. The Little Red Schoolhouse is now the Scottsdale Historical Museum. Scottsdale Grammar School 2 later opened in 1928 due to an influx of families with children. The school was equipped with eight classrooms, an administrative office, a nurse room and a cafeteria. It was also the first building that reflected regional Southwestern influences, using Spanish colonial revival design. Over the years, the school adapted to the growing community and even changed its name to Loloma School. Today, we know it as the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

Orpheum Theater

Orpheum Theater has stood the test of time since it was first established in 1929. The 1,364-seat theater was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit. By the ’40s, it was purchased by Paramount Pictures and renamed The Paramount. A local Mexican family leased the theater for nearly two decades and used the space to present Hispanic events and movies. The theater stood idle for the years that followed until the City of Phoenix began a 12-year, $14 million restoration in 1984. Under its original name, the theater reopened to the public in 1997 and has since been a go-to spot for firstclass productions. The venue, built in a Spanish revival style and accented with intricate murals and sculptures, is truly a beautiful artifact of Phoenix’s past. 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.262.6225;

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Mix style with sustainability (after all, April 22 is Earth Day) by rocking Akola’s four-strand statement necklace. Featuring yellow-golden brass hardware, the necklace is comprised of vibrantly colored mixed beads, including raffia karatasi, turquoise howlite, carnelian, Kenyan bone and glass. While adding a pop of color to any outfit, you can look good while doing some good, too. With every purchase, Akola – which means “she works” in Ugandan dialect – reinvests 100 percent of the profits to empower women and families in poverty in Uganda and, now, Dallas. The idea? To teach women a craft, pay them a living wage to make and sell jewelry, and then reinvest all the profits back into the community. How’s that for fashion you can feel great about? $450, exclusively at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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Style SHOP


FEELING SHADY Protect your face from the springtime sun

Patterned Iraka palm straw, Yosuzi, $395 at Barneys New York, www.barneys. com. Wide-brimmed straw fedora, Hat Attack, $96 at Zappos, com. Black sheer sun hat, Eugenia Kim, $435 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Denim baseball cap, $29.50 at Madewell, www. Multicolored striped beach visor, Missoni Mare, $335 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Mustard fisherman cap, Brixton, $42 at Nordstrom, www.


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SPRING FORECAST Take note of these seasonal handbag trends

The trend: Straw Striped tote with tassels, Loeffler Randall, $295 at Zappos, com. The trend: Round Suede and leather shoulder bag, Chloe, $1,950 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. The trend: Studs Blue leather bucket bag, Valentino Garavani, $1,295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. The trend: Stripes Embellished wicker clutch, $98 at Draper James, www. The trend: Transparent Clear tote with yellow trim, Prada, $1,040 at Nordstrom, www. The trend: Saddle Mini color-blocked suede bag, Altuzarra, $1,295 at Barneys New York, www.

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EARRINGS: White rhinestone, $58. JUMPSUIT: Navy and white, Joseph Ribkoff, $278. BRACELET: Blue leather rhinestone cuff, $98. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.


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NECKLACE: Turquoise rhinestone detailed, $138. TOP: Navy cut-out blouse, Joseph Ribkoff, $218. PANTS: White linen pinstripe straight leg, Charlie B, $78. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.


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NECKLACE: Multicolor beaded, $49. TOP: White tied blouse, Cartise, $188. PANTS: Flair copped embroidered jeans, Cartise, $205. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Pinkand-black half-moon, $128. TOP: Bright pink cold-shoulder, Joseph Ribkoff, $178. PANTS: Cropped white floral embroidered denim, Cartise, $178. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.

NECKLACE: Blue pearl knotted, $32. TOP: Multicolor Sabrina blouse, Newport by Carine, $98. PANTS: Light gray cigarette, Robel, $88. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.


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NECKLACE: Blue fringe statement, $138. TOP: Multicolor cold-shoulder blouse, Komarov, $178. PANTS: High-waisted orange leggings, Angel Apparel, $98. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.

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NECKLACE: Long pearl fringe, $49. TOP: Red tiered blouse, Cartise, $165. PANTS: Black flair cut-out, Joseph Ribkoff, $199. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.


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EARRINGS: Leather and rhinestone, $48. NECKLACE: Rubber and metal statement, $158. VEST: Blackand-white net, Cover Charge, $118. TOP: Black net camisole, $58. BRACELET: Black pearl and rhinestone cuff, $128. PANTS: Black ruffle, Carine International, $98. All from Carine Boutique, four locations in the Valley, 480.483.3888.

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COLOR PLAY Pretty spring hues to brighten your look

With winter behind us, Arizona is blooming again and there is no reason your makeup should be left in the cold. As the season changes, what better time to start anew? Put away those dark, rich shades and play with whimsical takes on look-at-me lip colors and sun-kissed skin tints. Start experimenting with some of spring’s hottest hues, from recently launched products to season-specific staples.

Khol Couture Waterproof Eyeliner in N3 Turquoise, Givenchy, $27 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Cheek Chic Color & Contour Powder Blush in Thrill, Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty, $22 at Kohl’s, www.kohls. com. Glitterati Lip Top Coat in Entice, $22 at Stila Cosmetics, www.stilacosmetics. com. 3D Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands, $45 at Huda Beauty, www. La Laque Couture Spring Look Nail Lacquer in 97 Op Art Coral, Yves Saint Laurent, $28 at Saks Fifth Avenue. SPACE. NK.apothecary Game Lighter Palette in Fun’tasia, By Terry, $42 at Nordstrom, www.


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PITCHER PERFECT Pour up refreshing sips in style

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Located in the Arcadia Proper neighborhood, this beautiful home fuses desert elegance with modern design and exciting custom touches to make a one-of-a-kind space. The exterior and interior of the 3,220-square-foot dwelling have been beautifully and thoughtfully remodeled, including new air conditioning and a new roof within the last few years. Additional cosmetic updates include a smooth finish stucco exterior, two-tone paint inside and out, new large dual pane windows, and a glass entry door. Natural light abounds throughout the five-bedroom (plus an office!), four-bathroom family residence, equipped with skylights, a myriad of windows and a sliding door that leads to the outdoors. A motherin-law suite split from main living areas is equipped with its own bathroom. The open floor plan offers a large great room for entertaining, featuring a dining area, casual living room and kitchen. The kitchen features European-style cabinetry with granite slab countertops and an artistic backsplash. Additional design highlights within the great room include a stone fireplace and modern industrial touches such as an exposed duct and unique lighting fixtures. The contemporary yet soft style from the great room continues throughout the dwelling. Hand-scraped wood flooring gives this modern house a warm feeling in the great room, kitchen, office, and hallways. The well-balanced space also includes a wood-paneled wall in one of the bedrooms, continued open ducts, and an exposed brick wall and a sliding barn door both in the master suite. A large covered patio welcomes you outside, featuring fans to keep cool and a built-in barbeque for grilling. In addition to a gated pebbletech pool, the backyard also features a fire pit. Balance of style comes full circle here, where you’ll find a patch of lush green grass while also enjoying desert oasis-type landscaping in the remaining areas of the backyard. The home also features a two-car garage and two-car carport. 3920 N. 54th St., Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Listed for $1,450,000 with Jason Mitchell of The Jason Mitchell Group, 480.999.1477.



2018 INFINITI QX80 Fresh new looks debut for this luxury flagship SUV BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $64,750

Infiniti’s massive luxury SUV, originally known as the QX56, was first introduced for the 2004 model year. It was renamed QX80 for 2014 and refreshed for 2015 – a redo that was met with polarizing scorn, mostly for the snub-nosed front end. For 2018, Infiniti updated the QX80, and improved it to be more contemporary and upscale. The new front fascia sports a wider and more upright grille reminiscent of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, while slimmer and higher LED headlights somewhat mimic the stylish Q60 coupe. At the rear, the redesigned tailgate includes a wide chrome strip connecting the new taillights. Inside, there’s a better-looking steering wheel and gear shift knob. New leather seating options are all finished with a handsome quilted pattern and a stain-resistant micro-coating. Real wood veneers trim the center console and dash. The QX80 seats eight when fitted with a second-row bench, seven with captain’s chairs. When you choose captain’s chairs, you also get a large center console with USB ports and HVAC settings for rear passengers. Much about the QX80 hasn’t changed, including the body-on-frame, truck-based chassis

that delivers a ride and handling experience that’s far from sporting and precise. The steering, while light to the touch, is vague with little driver communication. My test model included the optional Deluxe Technology Package with a Hydraulic Body Motion Control system. To me, there was no discernable difference; the QX80 still feels topheavy and clumsy on the road. Still, the cabin is exceptionally quiet, and the ride is smooth and comfortable. The 5.6-liter, 400-horsepower, V-8 engine – connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission – is also a carryover, as is the dismal fuel economy. But, power comes on instantly, and this beast moves with imperturbable poise and assurance. Overall, the updated QX80 falls short of newer and thoroughly upgraded large luxury SUVs like the impressive new Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover. It’s a good-looking vehicle with a powerful engine, comfortable ride, and a great-looking cabin. But the infotainment and driver assistance technology is far outdated, and it lacks other features you can get in most other competitor vehicles.

Price as tested: $84,660 Engine: 5.6-L V-8 Horsepower: 400 Fuel economy: 13/19 mpg city/ highway Seating: Up to 8 Fab features: Luxurious cabin Priced lower than competitors Refreshed styling

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HORSING AROUND WITH MULES Moscow and more abound in the Valley

Fun fact: the Moscow mule was initially introduced to the United States as a way to increase interest in vodka-infused spirits in the country. More than 75 years later, it’s safe to say it worked and its more popular than ever. There is no shortage of amazing traditional and twisty mules in town worth a try, and we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorites.

Mediterranean Mule

Mancuso's Restaurant A slightly sweeter variation on the all-time favorite thanks to Figenza Fig Vodka and housemade pomegranate syrup, the cocktail is rounded out with ginger beer and lime. $12.

Prairie Mule

Arizona Mule

Mandarin Mule

Dark Side of the Moon Mule

Cucumber Mule

Kitchen 56 More than a basic cucumber-infused variation, this mule features both Effen Cucumber Vodka and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, giving it a distinct botanical feel. The spirits are combined with ginger beer, mint leaves and fresh lime juice. $10.

Bobby’s Mule

Bobby-Q Great Steaks, Real BBQ Perhaps the most interestingly presented mule in the Valley – served inside an actual Gosling’s Ginger Beer can with heaps of mint and lime on top – this version uses blanco tequila rather than vodka. It also boasts honey along with the ginger beer, which makes it oh-so-smooth. $11. www.

Indy School Mule

Doughbird For a new-school take on an old-school mule, this handcrafted cocktail combines Ketel One Vodka, lime, and ginger beer. But, it is then finished with dried five-spice powder, which contains the five basic flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. $10.

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FEZ Restaurant & Bar A spicy alternative to the traditional mule, it’s comprised of Three Olives Jacked Apple Vodka, muddled jalapeno, housemade limoncello, apple and lime, and Goslings Ginger Beer served in a cold copper mule mug. $8.95.

Seasons 52 Straightforward and only 200 calories per serving, this mule is made with Prairie Organic Vodka, fresh lime and ginger beer. The vodka is known for its hints of melon and pear on the nose, creamy on the palate, bright and smooth at the finish. $9.80. Phoenix City Grille Absolute Mandarin Vodka and blood orange bitters give this mule a swift citrus kick in the – well – you know. It’s topped with Goslings Ginger Beer for balance. $9.


Horned Mule

Spinato’s Pizzeria This uniquely Arizona mule features serrano chili syrup with the traditional Mission Vodka and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer. Lime, mint and soda round out the well-balanced offering. $8. www. Half Moon Sports Grill The classic rock legend Pink Floyd would be proud of Half Moon Sports Grills' Dark Side of the Moon Mule, which features classic lime freshly squeezed, St-Germain, Cock’n Bull Ginger Beer, Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whisky, and Angostura Bitters with a lemon wheel garnish, and sprig of mint. $9.50. www.

Pomelo Spicy Mule

Pomelo at the Orchard This spicy cocktail brings the heat of the Southwest with Hatch Green Chile Vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer. $10.

Arizona Mule

Linger Longer Lounge A refreshing staple with just the right touch of ginger spice. This copper mug cocktail is a perfect blend of Sobieski Vodka, Angostura Bitters, lime, mint and ginger beer. $9. www.

Morning Mule

Over Easy Kick-start your day with this traditional mule cocktail which layers Tito’s Handmade Vodka with Over Easy’s freshly squeezed orange juice then tops it off with Gosling’s Ginger Beer. $8. Available at Arcadia and Biltmore locations only.




Nelson’s Meat + Fish specializes in – you guessed it – high-quality meat and fish. The neighborhood market, owned by seasoned supplier Christopher Nelson, showcases offerings that vary with the catches and seasons. The oysters shown here (and all oysters sold at Nelson’s) were harvested just a day before, arriving fresh from the water overnight to enjoy in their prime. The shop shucks anywhere from one to four varietals of oysters daily. Pictured here are Little Harbor Oysters (the larger ones), an Onset oyster farmed in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and Taunton Bay Oysters (the smaller of the two), raised near the famed “Reversing Falls” by Acadia National Park in Maine. Pricing is typically $3 per oyster, but cost fluctuates. Hurry, because these plump perfections sell out quickly! Open Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2415 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.596.4069; Uptown April '18




Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails debuts a new Chinese zodiac-inspired menu

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails recently rolled out a new cocktail menu in honor of the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac. “This menu pays homage to the Asian food menus you see everywhere and is designed to be reminiscent of those. The experience-based phenomenon of ‘eat with your eyes first’ is on full display with this courageous and inventive 48-cocktail menu,” explains Lead Bartender Phil Clark That’s right. Diners have 48 cocktails to choose from. One might think that the prospect of having so many libations on one menu might be overwhelming, however the first page of the guide even has a “How to Use This Menu” memo, helping guests decode as they flip through. The offerings are broken out into sections by type and there are images of each one throughout. “There are subsections that guide the customer to an era, profile, or taste that will truly give them a unique experience,” Clark says. “Our skilled staff is right alongside to work the customer through and heighten the visit.” One option on the menu, which will run through the end of 2018, that is taking the spotlight early on is No. 35, New Japanese Cocktail ($16). You can find it under the Contemporary Cocktails subhead of the guide. Clark created the cocktail as a happy accident. It’s made with sake, gin, orgeat and fresh lemon. According to Clark, the combination of sake and orgeat is what makes this sipper unique, resulting in an east-meets-west harmony. His inspiration? “[It’s] a reimagining of a 19th century Japanese cocktail,” Clark explains. The taste is tart, dry and – as Clark describes – fluffy. Most importantly, the cocktail has no garnishes, showing the simple, straightforward style of it. Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.258.0231;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Tamara Stanger

Tamara Stanger is the executive chef of Helio Basin Brewing Company, where she first learned she wanted to be a chef. Stanger created the menu from scratch, using her love of beer and local ingredients as part of her inspiration.


Where did you get your start in the food industry? My mom bought a restaurant when I was 14, so pretty much from then on out I’ve been cooking professionally. I’ve actually been cooking since I was 7 years old. Our kitchen was massive and always fully stocked. We have several fruit trees in our yard and a garden. At one point, we raised rabbits and ducks for food. If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be… Farming, training (jiu itsu, muay thai), being a much better mom and a better wife, as well as sister, daughter, aunt, friend, etc… “cheffing” takes major dedication and commitment. What food is your guilty pleasure? Beer is a food, right? Favorite food memory: My beautiful Czech grandmother cooking breakfast with all the delicious smells. Most adventurous food you’ve tried: The most adventurous I’ve tried is the armadillo chili at the Wyoming Chili Fest when I was 12. The most adventurous food I’ve cooked is the python ravioli special at Helio Basin. You’re known for your housemade ice cream and beer pairings. What is your favorite pairing thus far? My favorite pairing is the Mesquite Cherry Ice Cream with the American IPA. There’s a hint of cayenne that brings the picancy and burnt sugar flavors forefront. IPA is a bold, bitter, citric beer, so it tends to accentuate spices and comparable flavors. Do you have a favorite thing to cook? Pastries for sure! I feel like people are more adventurous when it comes to dessert, so I have a broader spectrum to work with. What is your approach in the kitchen? I have a very primitive style of cooking. I like fire. I like smoke. I love ingredients in their true form. I have the ability now to work with many small farms in the community, so I would say the biggest percentage of our food is local. I like to have a revolving menu. I get bored very easily, so I am constantly trying new things. Helio Basin Brewing Company, 3935 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.354.3525;

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MORE CHEESE, PLEASE! Ooey, gooey between-bread delights abound in Phoenix


Grilled Cheese

Tarbell’s The Tavern Chef Mark Tarbell uses fresh challah bread, which he smothers in rich butter and toasts while adding white cheddar to both slices. He pairs it with his homemade organic and extra creamy tomato bisque for dunking. $13. 3209 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.7730;

Bacon – or Avocado – Grilled Cheese

Fàme Caffe The airy spot, known for its farm-to-fork cafe fare, has two grilled cheese offerings. The bacon option has, of course, bacon along with aged cheddar and grilled tomatoes, while the avocado version subs the bacon and tomatoes for avocado and spinach. Both are served on guest’s choice of country or grain toasted bread. $10.50. 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.314.4660;

Churchill Grilled Cheese

Twisted Grove

Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Our childhood – and let’s face it, adulthood – favorite can be partially traced back to ancient Rome, where similar recipes are mentioned in historic text. And the French have been making croque-monsieur, which is a fancy baked or fried ham and cheese sandwich, since the early 1900s. But, it wasn’t until the 1920s when an Iowa man invented a bread slicer and James L. Kraft opened a cheese plant, making both bread and cheese affordable for families, that grilled cheese became a staple. Back then, not only was it frowned upon by the upper class, but downright laughed at. But, Kraft – eventual owner of Kraft Cheese (not to mention the New England Patriots and a zillion other brands) laughed all the way to the bank, and eventually the universe embraced the cheesy delight. So, in honor of the classic American sandwich staple, here are some of our favorite toasty treats around town.


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Angel’s Trumpet Alehouse This grilled cheese packs an herby punch. It’s made with smoked mozzarella and fontina cheese and then topped with tomato and a honey drizzle. Then, to finish, a helping of fresh leafy greens pesto is added. Served with choice of fries, coleslaw or salad. Bacon jam or Spam can be added for $1. $9.50. 810 N. 2nd St., Phoenix; 602.252.2630;

Tavern Grilled Cheese

Arcadia Tavern Arcadia Tavern’s variation is served with melted American, provolone and Swiss cheeses, and then coupled with Applewood bacon on sourdough bread. You can jazz it up by adding turkey for an additional $3.95. $9.95. 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950;

Roosevelt Grilled Cheese

Bliss ReBAR A funky take on the classic, this option is comprised of yellow and white cheddar cheese melted with crispy bacon and sweet pear slices

You can choose from a goat cheese and fig offering, a pesto grilled cheese with sun dried tomatoes, a cream cheese-inspired grilled cheese and even some meat-stuffed options. $6. Multiple locations,

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Frank & Albert’s at Arizona Biltmore Wisconsin cheddar, smoked heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of lemon olive oil are sandwiched between two pieces of delectable asiago sourdough and grilled to perfection for a little melted slice of heaven. It’s served with tomato soup for a gourmet take on the classic comfort food combo. $16. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.955.6600; www.

Triple Grill Cheese

Deli Tavern

Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar Two words: Texas toast. This butter and garlic-loaded bread has melted provolone, cheddar and American cheeses. Add avocado or bacon for just $3 more. $9. 32603 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.264.2295; www.switchofarizona. com.

Eggs in Purgatory

Twisted Grove This is not your traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup. This grilled cheese comes plated with reggiano-san marzano tomatoes with short ribs, topped with a sunny side up egg and basil. $11. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533;

sandwiched between two slices of toasted sourdough bread. Served with a side mixed greens salad sprinkled with house vinaigrette. Side of crispy shoestring fries optional. $9. 901 N. 4th St., Phoenix; 602.795.1792; www.

Grilled Cheese

Deli Tavern Filled with Tillamook Cheddar, Swiss and American Cheeses, the sandwich is grilled to a crispy perfection on sourdough bread. Pair it with Deli Tavern’s turkey noodle soup, dip it in any available sauce or enjoy just as it is with a side of house chips. $8. 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.583.7564;

Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail

Beckett’s Original Grilled Cheese

Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail A known Valley favorite, the Beckett’s Original is stuffed with fontina, manchego, white cheddar and crispy pancetta. And, the bread itself has scrumptious asiago cheese baked into it, putting it over the top in flavor. It’s also paired with a roasted red pepper tomato soup, which is perfect for dunking. $10. 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.954.1700; www. 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.0085;

Grilled Cheese Menu

The Whining Pig You know what’s better than one grilled cheese offering – lots of them! At the Whining Pig, there is a full grilled cheese menu with five variations of the American comfort food classic.

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Upon walking into the lobby of The Camby Hotel, you’ll find a beautifully appointed space with a touch of whimsy design. From fixtures to art and accoutrements, this place is dazzling and designed to impress. The inventive cuisine at Artizen, 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. Artizen also offers an inspired tasting menu if you’re not in the mood to make any decisions. 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6655;; $$



BERTHA’S CAFÉ Whether you wander in to catch breakfast or lunch, you are assured to be greeted with a smile and a meal that will have you telling all your friends. The breakfast and lunch options are pretty even and complete with all the dishes that you would expect to find as well as a few that will surprise. If you’re headed in for lunch, make sure to go for their ½ and ½ special to try a great soup and sandwich combo like the asparagus and havarti panini alongside one of their warming soups of the day. 3134 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.1022;; $ CAMP SOCIAL Have fond memories of camping out when you were younger? Maybe you just love the outdoors. If either is the case you’re going to love Camp Social. Grab a tire swing seat at the bar or take a seat on the patio where a cooler doubles as your dining table. Their menu is equally kitschy with items like their Yogi Bear’s picnic which is essentially a fanciful charcuterie board and all their pizzas are named after national parks. And yes, you can make your own s’mores at your table! 6107 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.750.0506; www.campsocial. com; $$ LUCI’S AT THE ORCHARD Looking for a fully immersive Arizona experience? Luci’s at the Orchard offers a gourmet marketplace as well as a full-service cafe located in a repurposed historic ranch home in the heart of Uptown. The menu embraces the Arizona citrus legacy with many of the items highlighting this Arizona specialty. Luci’s serves breakfast all day long and offers savory lunch items like sandwiches, burgers and hearty salads. This isn’t just a dining experience, it’s a fun one too. Bring your kids along to enjoy the lush greenery and splash pad. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442; www.lucisorchard. com; $$


CHERRYBLOSSOM NOODLE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location, this little eatery is full of amazing noodle options. From ramen to udon there are choices for everyone. The restaurant even offers up some Italian options, most of which have a Japanese flair. Looking for a little spice? The udon suki hits all of the right notes and that slight heat


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sneaks up on you! 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.9090; www.; $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with the Asian nachos, which is a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite, come in on Saturday’s for Moto’s all you can eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for the exit wound bowl, complete with Moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444; www.; $$ SUSHIHOLIC Finally, a sushi joint that fits any occasion. You can bring in the family for a relaxed dinner or gather your friends together for an upbeat happy hour; there is room here for everyone and every occasion. Sushiholic’s kitchen receives fresh fish daily and all items are made to order, so there is no need to wonder how long that roll has been sitting out. The sushi spot has a wide variety of creative sushi rolls and the descriptions are so enticing, you’ll be coming back to try them all. 3957 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.2354; www.; $$


ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When you’re looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, you should put this cafe at the top of your list. Essence’s almond croissant is deliciously decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. As an added bonus, the kitschy decor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958; www.; $$ MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST It’s unlikely that you’ve never heard of Matt’s Big Breakfast, especially after having been profiled on the Food Network and many outlets around town. I’m not going to lie, you’re going to have to wait for a table, but that’s okay, it is going to be worth it. You won’t find a lot of over-complicated dishes, just straightforward and hearty breakfast staples made with the best local ingredients and a sincere care for quality with a dash of perfectionism. Stop in before 2:30 p.m. to enjoy breakfast or lunch.

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3720;; $$

St., Phoenix; 602.368.2708; www.; $$

SNOOZE AM EATERY The owners of this eatery hand-pick all of the ingredients that will be used in the dishes, ensuring that each diner has the ultimate breakfast experience. Treat yourself to pineapple upside down pancakes or linger over the chilaquiles benedict and make breakfast the most important meal of the day again. 2045 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.725.8000; www.; $$

THE HENRY This hip neighborhood hot spot is the perfect location for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Industrial and classic decor influences the entire feel of the space, creating a warm and energetic environment. Straightforward and generous menu offerings, from beef burgers to perfectly seared steaks, will make this your new home away from home - without any pesky cleanup! 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020; www.foxrc. com/restaurants/the-henry; $$


ASI ES LA VIDA You’ve likely driven by this place number of times – the large colorful building with the parrot on the sign is hard to miss. Within those vibrant walls is some of the most authentic flavors of Mexico. Head in for dinner and enjoy the mellow live music along with masterfully crafted margaritas. The menu is very traditional and will expand your ideas of what makes a great Mexican meal. 3602 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.952.1255; www.asieslavidares; $$ MARIA’S FRYBREAD & MEXICAN FOOD If you have been looking for authentic Mexican food with a side of fry bread specialties, you are in luck. Maria’s is serving up all of your favorite items like burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tamales and an assortment of ever-important breakfast burritos. You’ll also find a variety of tostadas and nachos, but the real treat is in the sopapillas (made from frybread). Maria’s frybread tacos are light but still hold up to the hefty toppings. This quaint, flavorful spot has become a community favorite. 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.957.3514; $ URBAN TACO Tacos, burritos and an incredible selection of salsas seem simple enough, but if you have had the offerings at Urban Taco you know that there is nothing simple about the restaurant’s creations. Where else can you get a flight of salsa? Here, patrons can choose three or five of Urban Taco’s in-house crafted salsas, like traditional pico, cucumber or avocado and garlic crema, served with corn tortilla chips. As for tacos you can certainly opt for the more traditional, but why not walk on the wild side? Try the pork belly and potato taco or the octopus asada. All of the taco options are full of flavor and anything but simple. 6522 N. 16th

Modern American

RESTAURANT PROGRESS This could very well be the restaurant that you and your friends have been waiting to pop up in the Melrose district. The composition of the space, all designed by chef TJ Culp, pays homage to the vintage feel of the neighborhood as well as to his grandmother. And then there’s the food. The menu is meticulously crafted, with limited offerings, ensuring focus and perfection. The roasted beet salad and poached egg are exquisite, but your best bet is to go with the “Leave it to the Chef” option where you will get three courses selected by Chef Culp himself. 702 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix; 602.441.0553; $$


DOUGHBIRD File this local spot in the “why didn’t anyone think of this before” category. Doughbird joins the rich, complex flavors of rotisserie and wood-firing, creating a menu with specific focus. Doughbird’s pizza range from traditional pepperoni to crispy pastrami to bacon and truffled eggs. On the rotisserie side you can opt from chicken, prime rib, caramelized cauliflower and Scottish salmon. The large open dining space is serving up farmhouse vibes while the open kitchen lets you see your food in each phase of the preparation. 4385 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.345.9161; www.; $$ GINO’S EAST The latest spot from the Windy City to hit the Valley, Gino’s East, is bringing more of that beloved deep-dish pizza to our great state. With the pizza “toppings” nestled deep into the heart of the pizza and topped with rich, flavorful sauce, every bite is full of flavor and texture. Don’t let the wait throw you off, deep dish takes extra time and love, so settle in with an appetizer or two and prepare for a

taste of Chicago – without the humidity or snow! 3626 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.441.0704; www.; $$ PIZZERIA BIANCO Pizzeria Bianco (and owner Chris Bianco) has developed an incredible reputation as the leader of the Phoenix pizza scene and it absolutely lives up to the hype. While the Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza options are not terribly extensive, the choices available are of the absolute best quality and ingredients. The simple flavors allow the high-quality ingredients to shine through. You’ll find a range of small and large plate options ranging from salads, antipasti and pastas to chicken cacciatore and full pizzas. 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.368.3273; www.pizzeriabianco. com; $$$


AHIPOKI BOWL This Japanese and Hawaiian fusion concept has lots of people talking. Enjoy the freshest ingredients available while you create your signature poke dish in a fast-casual environment. You can load up your bowls with a variety of proteins, sides, sauces and toppings or you can keep it simple with just a few of the fresh ingredients. The possibilities and flavor combinations are nearly endless. 1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 480.508.5536;; $ ANGRY CRAB SHACK & BBQ Every now and then you want to visit a place with paper tablecloths, bibs and just let loose over dinner. At Angry Crab Shack & BBQ you won’t find any airs or pretense. You’re going to get messy, you’re going to eat really great seafood and you’re going to have a great time doing it. If you’re not into working for your meal, you can pay a little extra for already shelled items. To make thing deliciously interesting, opt for the trifecta of sauces! 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.3088; www.; $$ BLUEWATER GRILL Consistently fresh seafood in the Valley? Bluewater Grill is meticulous in their standards and refuse to serve their customers anything but the best and freshest seafood. You can taste those standards in every bite from the Miso Glazed Coho Salmon to their San Francisco Style Cioppino. Stop by and get hooked! 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.277.3474; www.; $$

HULA’S MODERN TIKI Offering up a modern twist on an Island-style hideaway with the charm of the 50’s and 60’s, Hula’s has created a delicious fusion of Polynesian and American flavors. Order your favorite fresh fish from the menu and then have it prepared in one of six different styles. Feeling thirsty? Don’t miss out on Hula’s Mai Tai. The restaurant is currently building in a new location scheduled to open this summer equipped with a 40-person private dining “Tiki Room” and a (secret) second Tiki bar named The Captain’s Cabin. The current locale will be operating until June.4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.265.8454;; $$


DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Donovan’s is renowned for being a classic steakhouse; serving the highest quality meats, seafood and original sides. If you’re planning a celebration or event, make sure to check out the steak house’s private dining rooms, of which they have seven and can seat anywhere from 12 to 100 guests. Prepare to be catered to from the second you arrive. 3101 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.3666; www.; $$$$ FEENEY’S Originally one of several Cork ‘n Cleaver restaurants in the Valley, Feeney’s has long maintained the tradition of serving great food at excellent prices. You’ll find the standard steakhouse fare on the menu as well as some Greek and Italian options along with a bountiful salad bar. Their beef Wellington is served with a rich sherry sauce and a great dinner option. The lunch menu is presented with the same level of quality and you will always find the staff to be welcoming and attentive. 6314 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.274.9700;; $$ STEAK 44 Steak 44 is certainly an upscale steakhouse, but the service that you receive will be warm, friendly and welcoming, not stuffy and overly opulent. This sophisticated spot offers steak cuts that are all responsibly farmed in the U.S., wet aged 28 days and handcut in-house. In the event that steak is not your thing, you still have many delicious options like veal chops, rack of lamb or steak-laden meatloaf. The toughest decision of the night will be what side to get. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www.; $$$

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Over 1,200 business and philanthropic leaders gathered at Arizona Biltmore for this 10th annual event. The breakfast raised vital funds for children with life-limiting or end-of-life diagnoses and their families.

Amy Hummell and Jacquelyn Null


Kristi Hall and Barbara Kaplan

Berry Nelson and Alison Despong

Sheri Foreman and Paula Brandt

Myra Mentiel and GiGi Guillen

Sherrill Twiss and Carlyn Bushman

Morgan Shields and Wendy Graber

Mackenzie Fitz-gerald and Jenna Rousseau

Julia Winter and Niki Tarbell

Chona Guang and Michelle Gray


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Getting to Higher Ground AAHA! AN AUCTION OF HEIRLOOMS & ART

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

Hospice of the Valley’s fundraiser took place at Arizona Biltmore.


Bill Katz and Janel Rogers

John and Ricki Jennings

Natalie and Mike Porpova

John Hasanmiller and Crystal Baxter

Mike and Ashley Traher

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


Chris and Marissa Dennard

Carol and George Bennett



The second annual event, held at Lucky Strike, included a cocktail reception and bowling bash, along with an after-party in the Gypsy Lounge with dinner, drinks, a DJ, a silent auction and prizes for the best and most outrageous bowler.

Amy and Paul Goldschmidt


Cynthia Esqueda and Jon Duplantier

Ashley and Justin Upton

Clayton Kershaw

Archie Bradley

David and Jordan Peralta

Buster and Kristin Posey

Luis Gonzalez

Sergio and Jessica Uggiano

Jennifer Mackay and Sherri Glazier


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Lux eyewear that strays far from the norm.

Don and Ginger Brandt

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This star-studded event, held at Steak 44, raised funds and awareness for baseball legend Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Guests enjoyed fivestar cuisine while visiting with La Russa as well as some MLB and NFL players and coaches.

Jeffrey Mastro and Tony La Russa


Smasher and Cassidy Jacks

Michele and Robin Yount

Danielle and Amiel Sawdaye

Reggie Sanders

Margy and Adam Hawkins

Erin and Brock Osweiler

Sal Bando

Ian Wist and Shiree Stewart

Danine Smith, Adam Klein and Maggie Thieroff


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Benefiting Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs, guests began at the theater with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then dispersed for dinner at various restaurants.


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THE ART OF BARBEQUE Trapp Haus BBQ brings smoked meats with urban flair to Roosevelt Row


Barbecue lovers can now indulge their desire for that slow-cooked, smoky, meaty goodness at Trapp Haus BBQ in Downtown Phoenix. But don’t expect Texas, Tennessee or South Carolina style here; this award-winning barbecue boasts urban flair with roots in New York. Owner and pitmaster, Phil Johnson takes a mixed approach to barbecue, calling himself a “freestyle barbecue-ist.” The self-taught chef grew up in the Bronx, often beside his mom and grandma in the kitchen, but it was the love of Sunday football backyard barbecues that drew him to the grill. “What I like is that you don’t have to be from Memphis or Texas to make good barbecue,” Johnson explains. “You can be the backyard guy.” And what makes good barbecue? According to Johnson, it’s the love you put into it. This freestyling, heart-led approach to cooking has earned him a shelf full of trophies from the Kansas City Barbecue Society and a loyal following of his food trucks, Sammitch and Phil the Grill. Johnson’s unconventional cooking style is a perfect fit for the creativity of the


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Roosevelt Row (RoRo) arts district. “It just feels like home to me,” Johnson says of the area. “It feels like I cut this place out right from downtown SoHo in Manhattan and put it here in Phoenix.” Inside the New York-inspired space, guests are welcomed by a burnt-wood bar, which Johnson fired himself, juxtaposed with a wall of pristine white subway tile. The energy and talent of the arts district decorate the walls with vibrant murals by local artists, including one depicting Johnson’s barbecue journey from SoHo to RoRo. In the intimate dining room, belly up to counter seating along the wall, grab a hightop table, or choose a spot on the patio. While the setting is a slice of downtown, the experience has the familiarity of an everyday cookout and reflects the lazy Sundays at home that inspired him. The menu also offers a taste of comfort. Traditionalists can tuck into a barbecue platter ($11-$16), with choices including hickory-smoked brisket or Applewoodsmoked St. Louis ribs, alongside cheesy jalapeno grits, crispy waffle fries or other delicious sides. Or, discover the craveable creations popularized by the Phil the Grill food truck, including the Philly Crack Wings ($8), smoked, fried and tossed in Johnson’s addictive seasoning and sauce, and the Mac Roll ($6), a deep-fried egg roll filled with an ingenious pairing of juicy brisket and smoked mac and cheese. The “heroes” from Sammitch also appear on the menu with the addition of an authentic New York Hot Pastrami ($10), a homemade Reuben-style sandwich. From the bar, drinks are not an afterthought with a selection of local craft beer and complimenting smoke-infused bourbon. Trapp Haus is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until sold out; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including “Soul Brunch” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at 511 E Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 602.466.5462;

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Uptown Magazine April 2018

Uptown Magazine April 2018