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While not a mom myself, I’m surrounded by moms all the time. Whether I’m spending time with my own mom, my sister who is a mom to two little gingers, my new mother-in-law or other relatives like aunts and grandmas, they are everywhere I turn, excelling at home with their families and juggling other roles like full-time jobs, owning their own businesses and doing philanthropy work. Many of the subjects in our magazine are also moms, especially this month. We’re putting a big emphasis on local mompreneurs – aka mom entrepreneurs – who are paving the way in their various fields as well as spending their time and dedication to being mothers. Read about their passion for both of their roles as well as how they balance their time on page 28. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we’re also sharing bonding activities to do with your mama (page 39), gifts for her (page 56), and all the glam products she needs for a girls’ night out (page 54). Heading out for a meal to celebrate all she does (or looking for a yummy meal with friends?), turn to page 74 for some of the best brunch dishes in town. And on page 71, you’ll find a dish from the new Farish House, a women-owned restaurant. As the weather heats up, you may be heading to the pool or to an ocean somewhere. Page 58 showcases some cute bathing suits to take with you, and on page 57, we feature handbags that will have you on vacay mode whether you’re in town or not. On the food front, we got to know rising star Ivan Jacobo of Anhelo (formerly Hidden Kitchen) on page 73 and we got the scoop on the new Meat the Ball restaurant at Biltmore Fashion Park on page 82. Lastly, page 55 showcases some awesome kitchen gadgets that’ll have you playing chef to make your own creations in no time. Dig in! Best,

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PLANTING A FOUNDATION Stephanie Lucas helps children develop healthy eating habits with Give Garden

Making mealtime fun and nutritious for the whole family is exactly what Stephanie Lucas is doing through Give Garden – a guided culinary experience delivering monthly recipe boxes full of healthy ingredients for kids. The registered dietitian, wife and dedicated mother of two developed the concept as a way to

encourage mindfulness around healthy eating, connecting with others and supporting her community. Lucas focuses on keeping the boxes nutritious and packed with fruits and vegetables and she stands by research that says children are more likely to try a new food if they help play a part in

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Pulse UP CLOSE the earlier children are engaged in learning about food, the better chance they have growing up enjoying a healthy variety of foods. “Children are natural explorers and fearless creators. We strive to expand their natural talents and cooking as a family creates opportunity to spend quality time with one another,” she says.

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creating it. All of Give Garden’s meal prep is kept to approximately 20 to 25 minutes to keep kids busy and not burden parents.

Statistics show that this is the most overweight, addicted and disconnected generation yet. Give Garden aims to create opportunities that focus on shifting the paradigm. During Lucas’ early gymnast days, she was required to support the team through fundraising. She thought it was a bit confusing that the coach encouraged healthy eating, yet they were selling cookie dough or having a bake sale to raise money. “I felt like there was a better way to host a food-based fundraiser that did not capitalize on junk food” Lucas explains. And she did find a better way. Give Garden houses dozens of charities and fundraisers in their database and up to 15 percent of a Give Garden membership is donated to charity. Community involvement has been at the heart of the businesses since day one. On top of it all, the company hosts educational nutrition events for children. One fun activity includes having children peddle on a stationary bike that powers a blender to create smoothies. There is also a classroom experience where children receive samples of unique produce and a can take a quiz for to test their knowledge of the healthy foods. So, why focus on children? Other than them being the future of the world, Lucas is often inspired by their laughter “To see that look of curiosity, excitement, joy, pride, satisfaction, and enjoyment on a child’s face while exploring a new Give Garden recipe is incredible,” she says.

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The stepping stone to creating Give Garden started when Lucas was training as a competitive gymnast where she practiced 20 hours a week from a very young age. “It [gymnastics] required intense dedication and I had to learn to juggle the balance of school, friends, and training,” Lucas recalls. The vigorous schedule caused her to discover how her diet impacted the energy she needed to perform. Thus, the groundwork for her passion for nutrition was born. One summer while she was visiting home from college, she took up cooking with the help of her parents. This led her to explore cookbooks, gourmet websites, and local farmers markets. “Food to me is so much more than a meal,” Lucas explains. “It’s a creative outlet, an exploration, a chance to pass along family traditions, fuel for my children’s growing bodies, an excuse to connect with my family over the dinner table, and a reason to have friends over to celebrate life’s journey.” As she began to fall in love with cooking and eating amazing food, Lucas decided to share that gift with others and realized

The busy working mom doesn’t claim to be an expert at juggling a packed schedule. Though she was raised with a strong dose of the message that women can have it all, Lucas isn’t sure she believes it to be true. “I struggle to find the balance between throwing myself into my work and also having the energy left to be a supportive wife and mother,” she says. “Somedays I strike that balance in both work and at home, but most days one or the other gets the better end of that deal. I focus on quality not quantity of time with my family.” Lucas says she is grateful for date nights and one-on-one activities with her kids that give her a playful outlet away from work and leave her feeling revived and refreshed. The future of Give Garden is bright. The boxes will be featured on an Amazon Prime show in the fall and the company is expanding its Lunch Angel program to aid in the assistance of funding meals to schools in need. Give Garden will also be expanding its delivery to additional states in the near future. For more information, visit www.give.garden.


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REPPING HER ROOTS Local artist Antoinette Cauley honors Phoenix with every brush stroke


You won’t find anyone as proud of where they come from as Antoinette Cauley. Her veneration for Phoenix runs so deep that it inspires most of her paintings. “My work will always have a little Phoenix in it because that’s just a huge part of who I am,” she says. Having grown up in the middle of Arizona’s urban heart, hip-hop culture and West Coast-style rap music were permanent fixtures in her neighborhood and home. Cauley found refuge in her childhood bedroom listening to rappers like J.Cole and Nipsey Hussle while entertaining her creativity with a pencil and paper. She’s still creating and blasting rap with a social justice slant, just now as a full-time artist in her studio. “I find a lot of strength, wisdom and life lessons in rap music,” Cauley says. “It helped me grow as a human being.” It should come as no surprise that in her most recent collection, Ain’t Nobody Prayin’ For Me, the vibrancy of desert colors and hip-hop collide. Young girls covered in tattoos are common subjects in Cauley’s art. In this new collection, subjects are portrayed as some of rap industry’s greats. “[The story behind the collection is kind of complicated], but basically I felt like I had to grow up too fast and so I painted little girls who, on first glimpse, seem to have grown up too fast,” she explains. “Hip-hop just makes sense to me, so I trusted my gut and went with the idea.” Ain’t Nobody Prayin’ For Me is on display now through June 7 at monOrchid Gallery in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Cauley intends to develop the collection with new concepts in the near future. In the meantime, you can catch her this month at The Sagrado, where she will showcase a special piece. Her art is gaining more traction each day. The recognition she is receiving, though awesome for her career, can be exhausting. That’s why self-care is of the essence for this artist in her spare time. “It's hard to be in the public eye so much sometimes, so I really cherish days that I get to just be alone at home in bed or on the couch binge watching a good show. I also love spending time with my family and close friends. They really feed my soul.” Cauley also spends her days passing on her knowledge to Valley youth, offering painting and color theory classes at different elementary schools a few times per month.


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FROM SALES TO SATTVA Angie Hall quit her day job to follow her life’s passion


In 2015, Angie Hall followed her gut instinct to quit her 16-year-long sales career to pursue yoga full time and she hasn’t looked back since. Hall was already a devoted yogi who taught classes for the better part of a decade. In 2015, she realized it was time to take her passion more seriously. She booked a ticket to India the next day and studied under Anand Mehrotra, one of the youngest master instructors of Sattva yoga. “By day three of training, I had an awakening. Something jolted my senses and heart wide open. From that moment on I saw the world through a completely different, much softer lens,” she recalls. Hall has since made the trip to Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, several times to hone her craft. Under her instructor’s guidance, she became fluent in Sattva, a holistic yoga practice that combines old techniques with new discoveries. “Anand’s teachings have completely changed my life,” Hall says. “It is my goal to bring [his teachings] to life so that others may experience a shift within themselves as well.” The Salt Lake City native has called the desert home for the past 23 years. The Biltmore area resident offers private classes in her backyard garden — Hall has quite the green thumb — and teachers two weekly public classes at The Space, a newly renovated wellness studio in Phoenix. She also leads yoga retreats throughout the year, and her next one, Bali Bliss retreat, will take place Aug. 17-24. Hall teaches Himalayan Kriya flow, which is a part of the Sattva lineage. Kriya is a form of meditation that awakens and expands energy in the body. In a Kriya flow class, instructors typically integrate movements with breath practices, chanting mantras out loud or a combination of both. “There comes a point where your job and your life merge, where there is no separation. Yoga is not just a practice for me anymore, but a way of being. The Kriya practices have given me a soft place to land, a place to soothe my soul and a place to return to the truth of my Being,” Hall says. “Finally, I am at a place that always feels like home.” To learn more, visit www.angiehallyoga.com.


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Oliver Badgio’s ensembles are as sleek and sophisticated as the restaurants he represents BY BRITTANY MARONEY / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Oliver Badgio has a carefully crafted sense of style, one he describes as “humbly sophisticated.” As the chief brand officer of high-end eateries including Steak 44, Ocean 44, Steak 48 and Dominick’s Steakhouse, he certainly has an image to uphold – one he takes seriously. “My style is appropriately dressy and respectful of the best in class reputation of the Mastro Family and their luxury restaurant brands,” Badgio says. “Most days I have the opportunity to be in one of the restaurants, so I usually wear a suit without a tie or a sport coat with casual pants and shirt. And, of course, my sneakers.” If Badgio has any weakness, it’s his fondness for old-school sneakers. In fact, he hasn’t worn a pair of dress shoes since 2007. “If someone opened my closet they would likely say, ‘Really, with the sneakers? You are kidding.’ I know, it’s a habit but there are worse habits to have,” he says. His professional attire paired with his favorite pair of sneakers balances his look for a blend of fun and sophistication, matching the restaurants he represents.

What do you love about your career? Working in a great family business and becoming a part of that family over the past 30 years is a very special and unique experience. There is nothing not to love and everything to be grateful for. How do you select your apparel? I’m 50-50, in store and online. I have a few favorite brands, such as Vince, Rag & Bone, Suitsupply and Spiritual Gangster. What is one accessory that you have way too much of? Cufflinks. There is nothing more unique, because there are so many different kinds. You hardly ever see anyone with the same pair. One of my favorite pairs is a set of typewriter keys from an old 1930s Corona, an “O” and a ”B” for my initials.


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Graphic designer Lauren Corallo uses her surroundings as fashion inspiration


Graphic designer Lauren Corallo works from home so you’ll typically find her in comfortable, casual clothing on a day-to-day basis, except when she’s in athletic wear for her daily workouts at Tricore or Urban Yoga and when she dresses up in a trendy top with a pair of boots for a client meeting. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising graduate provides a broad range of design services for branding and marketing to her clients, which vary from musicians (including Incubus’ lead singer Brandon Boyd) and artists to local small-business owners and large corporate companies. Oftentimes it’s her clients who inspire her fashion sense. “Being surrounded by creative types, I love to see how my clients and peers style themselves. I am always browsing social media, too, for design and style inspiration,” she says. For Corallo, everything starts with the shoes. “I start with my shoes and then dress upward,” she says. “I have quite a shoe collection — just ask my boyfriend who I ‘share’ a closet with.” When headed out at night, the Arcadia native pairs booties or minimalist heels with high-waisted jeans and a cropped top or bodysuit, finishing with a couple of spritzes of her favorite Vince Camuto perfume.

Describe your style in a few words: Understated, feminine, edgy but chic. What is one accessory you can’t live without? Jewelry has such sentimental value for me. I always wear my gold necklace with my dad’s fingerprint engraved. He passed away two years ago and it’s how I always keep him close to my heart. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? My go-to shoes are black suede booties from Jeffrey Campbell with a stacked wooden heel. They are so versatile and are great to wear from work to dinner to drinks.


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The ninth annual event celebrated the Valley’s premier design community in support of the Phoenix Art Museum BY ELIZABETH MARIE

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The roles of being a mom and an entrepreneur are both around-the-clock jobs. Both require dedication, love and wearing many hats. Here, we got to know five local mamas paving the way across a variety of industries all while managing their families at home. Read on to discover why each has forged her own path in business and how being a mother is at the heart of all that they do.



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Founder and CEO, TrueKonnect Children: Tressa, 23; Jaxon, 16 and Mason, 13

Tell us about your company. The vision of creating TrueKonnect began 2.5 years ago. TrueKonnect is an app designed to connect clients to their ideal hairstylist or makeup pro and vice versa. The algorithm matches you based on your personal preferences. With the Tinder-like swipe feature, the platform is easy to navigate your matches and quickly find the beauty pro you’re looking for. How do you balance motherhood and your career? I make sure that I always spend quality time with my children. I focus on incorporating my children in different aspects of the business. What is the best part of owning a business? It allows me to have a flexible work schedule so I don’t feel like I miss out on making memories with my children. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: The time to start will never be perfect, and there will never be enough money. Follow your heart, build your dream career now, and allow passion to lead you to success! How have your children influenced you? I had my first baby at 20, my second baby had to have two brain surgeries, and my third was not planned. The birth of each child and the challenges that came with each child have taught me that no matter what obstacles I face in life, I can conquer, overcome, and come out stronger on the other side. I carry this into all areas of my life. Favorite thing to do with your kids: Eating dinner together while we talk and share our days. It’s the best time for me to bond with my children through open conversation and lots of laughter. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your kids? Instead of chasing money, accumulate skills. They will make you a person of value, and nobody will be able to take them away from you.

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LESLIE LEHR Principal, All Your Ducks in A Row Children: Brooke, 14

Tell us about your company. All Your Ducks in A Row, which I started in 2017, inspires and creates organized design for homes. I believe when we eliminate clutter, we honor our home by creating a space that is welcoming and radiates pride, serenity, joy, relaxation and comfort. What inspired you to open your business? My husband encouraged me to follow my passion for organization, tidiness, style and function. I decided to celebrate my compulsion and embrace it. Now, I consider my need to organize as my passion rather than my compulsion. How do you balance motherhood and your career? The secret is to stay organized – all important business and family events are entered in the calendar immediately. I consider my family time as important as a business meeting. Last but not least, I seek help when needed. What is the best part of owning a business? The ability to follow my passion – time spent on my business does not feel like work. I love having the flexibility to spend time with my family and to balance my work and life. What motivates you? Creating and designing organized solutions that remove clutter and stress and replacing those with order and joy. Seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when a project is completed is the best motivation. How has your child influenced you? Brooke gives me inspiration through her amazing style and talent for design. Her dedication, hard work, big heart, and sense of humor influence me every day. What lesson do you hope to pass on to Brooke? Follow the Lehr family mission: Be kind to others, be grateful, count your blessings daily, dream big, follow your passion, do your best every day, and never give up. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned in business: To be my most authentic self. Knowing and accepting who I am allows me to create organizational spaces that are stylish and functional.


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NIKKI METZGER Owner, BODI Children: Mason, 1.5

Tell us about your company. BODI is a high-intensity strength and conditioning gym in Old Town Scottsdale. We opened our doors January 2014. Our goal is to make you feel strong, empowered and unstoppable! What inspired you to open your business? It’s been a dream of mine since I can remember. After a many discussions, this vision turned into a real possibility and my husband and I knew it was something we had to try or else we’d always regret it. Over the course of about a year, we began putting things together and saved every penny we had and just went for it. How do you balance motherhood and your career? It really is a balancing act and making sure you prioritize what needs to be done and setting certain times to get it done – especially since Mason doesn’t go to day care yet, so I’m a stay-at-home mom who also runs a business. What is the best part of owning your business? I get to do something I’m extremely passionate about and now that I’m a mom, it has given me the flexibility to spend time with my baby since I’m able to do a lot of work from home. What motivates you? Nothing is better than being a positive change in someone’s life and showing them how strong and capable they truly are. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Have a love and passion for what you are starting because it truly is like another child. Make sure your vision is clear. And trust in yourself. What lesson do you hope to pass on to Mason? To work hard and believe in yourself and to never settle for a career you are not passionate about. There are no dreams too big! Most valuable lesson you’ve learned in business: Life is about balance. Even when you love what you do, you need time to just turn off and be present.

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BETH SCHUTTE Founder, The Little Monkey Company Children: Isabella, 11 and Penelope, 2

Tell us about your company. My idea for developing a high-neck baby bib began in March 2017, when I was feeding solids to [my daughter] Penelope. Her neck was breaking out in a rash and her clothes were getting stained because the bibs did not provide enough coverage. After searching the market and finding nothing, I decided to create my own. What inspired you to open your business? My fiance. When I told him my idea, his immediate reaction was, “Go for it!” How do you balance motherhood and your career? It’s important for me to be fully present with my girls because I know I won’t get these years back. I’ve learned to focus on the business while they are in school or sleeping. What motivates you? My daughters motivate me and keep me going every day. I know they are proud of what I’ve accomplished so far, which makes me want to continue to succeed and grow my business. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Know that anything is possible if you have passion and you are willing to put in the effort. Start with a checklist and focus on accomplishing one or two items a week. Before you know it, you will have checked those items off your list and you’ll be ready to get the next set done. How have your children influenced you? Penelope inspired the idea and Isabella offers input on everything from bib design to marketing. I also named two of the seven bibs after my daughters. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your children? Failures serve as motivation to help you move forward, and small achievements lead to big victories. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned since opening your business: When one door closes and someone tells you no, another door or two always opens.


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SHANDEE CHERNOW CEO, CertiStar Children: Chase, 9 and Charlie, 6

Tell us about your company. CertiStar has taken food industry and food allergy data and matched it with patent-pending smart technology to create a web platform that helps restaurants manage their menus, recipes and inventory – all while empowering staff to serve those with food allergies. I founded the company in 2017. What inspired you to open your business? Frustration with my own experiences going out to eat. I’m frequently declined service due to my restrictions, and the conversation is almost always a challenge. Once I figured out that there’s a better way to do it, it was almost an inevitability that I had to start my own business to implement it. What is the best part of owning a business? Building something from the ground up that my family can be proud of. And, of course, having the freedom to make decisions as they come up. Advice for other moms wanting to start a business: Don’t underestimate the costs of opening a business. There are so many little line items that you don’t necessarily anticipate. Also, make it something that you’re passionate about doing. How have your children influenced you? When they see a way to do something or figure something out, they jump in with both feet. They are fearless that way. It’s a good reminder to do the same when I’m battling with which way to go. Favorite thing to do with your children: I love playing games with them. Watching how their brains work through the strategy is incredibly cool, and it’s a great way to spend bonding time. What lesson do you hope to pass on to your children? I hope they keep that fearlessness and do what they think is right and charge ahead with it. I hope they don’t let peer or societal pressure make them do something that strays from that path. Most valuable lesson you’ve learned since opening your business: To never be afraid to ask for help.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Find out this month at the world premiere of Slawomir Wozniak's Snow White, performed at the Orpheum Theatre May 17-18. Award-winning professional dancers from Phoenix Ballet along with students from the prestigious Master Ballet Academy will bring the heartwarming fairy tale to life with all-new choreography, beautiful sets and colorful costumes. The family-friendly ballet will be reimagined but with a classic flair, so audience members can still expect all of the familiar characters including the beautiful princess, seven dwarfs and, of course, the evil queen with a poisoned apple. Prices and show times vary. www.phoenixballet.org.

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Booze and a Band for the Bow Wows and Meows is back for its second year as the Pups in the Park party to benefit Two Pups Wellness Fund. Taking place May 18 from 7-11 p.m. at Arizona Science Center, the event welcomes four-legged lovers to indulge in an evening of eating, drinking and dancing that promises to be a howling good time. Guests will enjoy paw-tapping live music with Status the Band hailing directly from Las Vegas for the cause. All proceeds will support the Two Pups Wellness Fund which provides financial assistance for dogs and cats who are critically ill, injured, neglected or abandoned. $150 for individual tickets or two for $250. www.twopups.org.


Lather, known for its natural beauty and wellness products, recently opened a new 500-square-foot store at Uptown Plaza. The space features Lather’s signature essential oil blending bar, sink area to sample the products, and hands-on approach to showcasing the company’s skin care products, which contain no synthetic fragrances or colors, and are paraben-free, sulfate-free and cruelty-free. The location will feature communitybased events and programs such as “Wellness Wednesdays” in-store – working with local partners and experts to provide wellness experiences and education for shoppers. www.lather.com.


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Huss Brewing Co. recently released a new Arizona Light Lager. The low-carb beer (coming in at just 110 calories and 8 grams of carbs per 12 ounces) features vintagelooking graphics with an Arizona feel. The variety has a crisp flavor for all-day drinking. Arizona Light can be found on tap at all Arizona locations of Buffalo Wild Wings and in local retail stores and major grocery chains. www.hussbrewing.com.



Last month marked the beginning of brunch at Bobby Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ’s Biltmore location. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the restaurant offers a menu of housemade brunch favorites along with the restaurant’s smokehouse classics. There’s also brunch cocktails, mimosa bottle service, coffee and juice. www.bobbyqbbq.com.

Take the month to finalize your designs for Uptown Plaza’s art competition. The plaza will accept submissions June 1-15 for artwork on their seven benches around the center. Artists will have one month to complete their artwork on the benches (July 1-31), which will then be placed back at Uptown Plaza with a placard acknowledging each artist’s work. A stipend will be given to the seven chosen artists. www. uptownplaza.com.


The most exciting two minutes in sports is back! Join Chef Beckett at Southern Rail for the eatery’s Kentucky Derby celebration on Sat., May 4 from 1-5 p.m. Sip on mint juleps while you cheer on your favorite horse and enjoy a special Derby Day menu in addition to the restaurant’s regular all-day menu items. Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby-inspired attire. Prizes will be awarded for the best men’s and women’s derby hats, as well as best dressed overall. Reservations are recommended. www.southernrailaz.com.


Local photographer Miachelle DePiano will launch her first solo exhibit May 17-June 15 at Alwun House Foundation. In her work, titled Duende: Passion Through Play, DePiano uses color, light, space, form, and reflection to open the door to an unexpected dimension of your favorite vintage childhood toys, playfully used to explore her memories, social observations, and personal ideologies. The opening night celebration will be on May 17, 7-10 p.m. with Un Corazón Flamenco as entertainment. www. miachelled.com. Uptown May ‘19


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Ovation Gala May 4, Mountain Shadows Rosie’s House provides free music education to Valley youth and the annual Ovation Gala helps make that possible. Join the organization for an inspired night of musical performances, students’ stories about how music transformed their lives, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction. Taking place at Mountain Shadows, guests will also be able to take in the majestic desert views that surround the resort. Proceeds from the event benefit Rosie’s House, which provides free music education to Valley youth 5:30 p.m. $175. www.rosieshouse.org. Parties of Note: The Farm at South Mountain May 7, The Farm at South Mountain This is Phoenix Symphony’s final party of the seasonal series. Guests will be surrounded by nature’s beauty — think blooming flowers and a pecan grove — while enjoying a meal inspired by the venue’s owner, Pat Christofolo, who is a forerunner in farm-to-table cuisine. A Phoenix Symphony brass quintet will accompany the lovely sites and delicious bites for the evening. Dance is the performance’s theme. 6 p.m. $200. www.phoenixsymphony.org. Success Starts With Hope Breakfast May 10, Arizona Biltmore The annual breakfast gives attendees an opportunity to learn about its host, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona (BHGH). This year’s event is particularly special because it marks 30 years of BHGH helping youth and families forge a positive future through quality education and holistic support. Thanks to Brophy College Preparatory, BHGH’s long-time partner, the organization has been able to enact it’s Jesuit mission — to develop men and women for others — since 1989. This year’s breakfast will also celebrate that partnership. Registration, 7 a.m.; breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Free to attend, but donations are encouraged. www.bhghaz.org. Lunch with Ballsfest May 16, Wrigley Mansion Ballsfest is a nonprofit that lifts the spirits of children, young adults and their families affected by cancer with unforgettable experiences. Lunch with Ballsfest is one of those experiences. The inaugural event takes place this month at the historic Wrigley Mansion. Guests will enjoy stunning views of the Valley, a delicious lunch and a brief program that includes presenting a local Baller (a child battling cancer) with extraordinary gifts. It’ll be a fun afternoon for everyone involved. Don’t miss out! Noon. The lunch is free to attend, but donations are encouraged. www.ballsfest.org. Spring Arizona Restaurant Week May 17-26, Participating Valley restaurants Spring has sprung! In terms of the weather, that means nothing to Phoenicians. But if you're a foodie, it means everything. This season, the Arizona Restaurant Association will tantalize your taste buds yet again with delicious offerings at local restaurants for unbeatable prices. The 10-day tasting tour enables you to get a bite out of something new with meals at preset prices. $33 or $44. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. The Big Event: A Party with a Purpose May 18, Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects With a name like The Big Event (TBE): A Party with a Purpose, you know this is bound to be something good. TBE knows that the way to most people’s heart is through food, which is why its offering delicious bites and beverages all night long. There will also be a DJ spinning dance-worthy beats, celebrity hosts, local entertainment and auctions with more than 100 items for sale. Where does “The Party with a Purpose” tag line come in? All proceeds from TBE benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 6 p.m. $100. www.bgcmp.org/tbe.


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MOM IN MIND The perfect activity for every type of mama

When it’s time to pamper Mom on her special day, you may want to consider a luxurious, extravagant, or relaxing experience. Here are a few ways to make her day extraordinary!


For the Queen Bee Make Mom feel like royalty as she experiences the height of sophistication with a traditional Afternoon Tea in the lobby of the historic Arizona Biltmore. Delicate finger sandwiches, homemade scones and rich pastries are paired with invigorating teas and warming herbal infusions in a luxurious setting. Seatings offered at noon and 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. $59.99 per person. www.arizonabiltmore.com. For the Glam Goddess Whether she has a special occasion coming up or just loves a good blowout, every mom can appreciate a few guaranteed good hair days. Drybar offers monthly memberships and gift cards that will save her time and leave her feeling like a million bucks. Busy shoppers and procrastinators rejoice, you can order gift cards online then send it instantly to the recipient's email inbox instantly. www.thedrybar.com. For the Spa Lover Nothing beats a relaxing spa day. The Village Health Club & Spa is offering a package created with mothers in mind. Moms can enjoy three or four personalized spa treatments, choosing from a 60-minute Village Massage, 60-minute Village Facial, 60-minute Seasonal Body Treatment, Haircut and Blow Dry, and Village Signature Manicure + Pedicure. The package also comes with breakfast or lunch. Three services, $240 member/$295 nonmember; four services, $310 member/$380 nonmember. www.villageclubs.com. For the Crafter On May 19, Botanica at The Farm is offering a trendy, fun class that could serve as the perfect gift for the crafting mom that likes to get her hands dirty – and a great way for mother-daughter bonding! From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., participants will make their own lush succulent centerpiece or wreath at this stepby-step workshop. The class is designed for beginners so start your craft journey here. $75 per person. www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com. For the Artist Get cultured at Phoenix Art Museum on Mother’s Day, which just so happens to fall on a Discount Tire Free Family Sunday event. In addition to Flora, a floral fashion exhibit showing through Aug. 18, Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist will be on view through Sept. 8. This is the first exhibition on the little-known American painter in more than 24 years. The Museum Store will also be giving a free Spring Flowers poster by Julius LeBlanc Stewart with an in-store purchase on Mother’s Day, and Palette restaurant will be open with its regular menu. www.phxart.org.

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May 10, Arizona Biltmore This year, the annual Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Legacy Luncheon will honor the lifetime work of work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden will be the featured speaker for the event, and she will discuss her new book Where The Light Enters, Building A Family, Discovering Myself. Proceeds from the Luncheon will benefit the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute and its educational programs. $250. 11 a.m. www.legacyluncheon.org.


pedestrian-friendly tour of local eateries, all located along the light rail stretching from uptown to downtown. The first 300 people at Chico Malo, located at CityScape Phoenix, will receive a commemorative wine stopper. 1-6 p.m. Each participating location offers wine samples for $2 or $3, which includes an hors d'oeuvre (while supplies last). www.dtphx.org. Carry The Load Rally May 12, Chase Field Salute our troops in this nationwide movement focused on honoring our heroes. City rallies are being held across the nation to honor of our nation’s heroes during Memorial May. This national relay team has traveled over 4,500 miles from Seattle to Dallas, with a stop in Phoenix, carrying the flag in an effort to raise awareness. Rallies along the relay route include the relay bus and team stopping to celebrate hometown heroes. Their mission is the provide an active way to connect Americans to the sacrifices made by military, veterans, first responders and their families. 8:30- 11 a.m. Free. www. carrytheload.org. Carrie Underwood: The Cry Pretty Tour 360 May 9, Talking Stick Resort Arena Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood lands in phoenix with her latest arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway. Hurry, because this show has already sold out in cities across the U.S. Exclusive VIP packages are still available which include an amazing selection of tickets, meet and


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greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and more. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www. talkingstickresortarena.com. Music of Led Zeppelin with the Phoenix Symphony May 10, Phoenix Symphony Hall Bridging the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music, The Phoenix Symphony will blow you away with the return of the popular tribute, the Music of Led Zeppelin. Amplified by a full rock band, creator Brent Havens conducts vocalist Randy Jackson and the Phoenix

Symphony as they capture Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, while churning out new musical colors. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org. Urban Wine Walk May 11, Downtown Phoenix This self-guided tasting tour returns for its ninth year, offering participants the opportunity to explore, socialize, and experience the buzzing bar and restaurant scene in Downtown Phoenix. Sip, savor and saunter your way to 30 local bars and restaurants, and sample fabulous wines on a

Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour May 14, Talking Stick Resort Arena Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash The Way), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Now making a stop in Phoenix, she will be unveiling her highly anticipated album, Sweetener, which was released in August 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album

chart. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www. talkingstickresortarena.com. Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M the Tour May 17, Comerica Theatre It’s time to dance and sing all the way to Comerica’s Theatre. In Siwa’s first-ever tour, she will showcase her groundbreaking hit D.R.E.A.M The Music, and will feature four new songs: D.R.E.A.M, My Story, Everyday Popstars and Only Getting Better. The music video for D.R.E.A.M. was released on Siwa's YouTube channel and has garnered more than 2.1 million views so far, making her one of the most popular preteens in the world. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. www. talkingstickresortarena.com. 20th Annual Spina Bifida of AZ Charity Golf 2019 May 17, Papago Golf Course Join supporters and friends of Spina Bifida Association of Arizona (SBAAZ) at Papago Golf Course to "Make Life a Little Better" for someone with spina bifida. Adults (now the largest population of the SB community) desperately need providers that are familiar with aging and spina bifida and Arizona is leading the way in starting an interdisciplinary clinic for adults with spina bifida. You can empower the change by coming out, teeing up and enjoying a day of fundraising for the SBAAZ. 6:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. $275-$5,000. www.sbaaz.org. Once May 22-26, Phoenix Theatre Guy is a singer and songwriter who spends his days fixing vacuums in the Dublin shop he runs with his father and his nights playing his music in local pubs. He is on the verge of giving up music altogether when he meets a woman who convinces him to believe in the power of his music. This eight-time Tony Award-winning musical is a spellbinding tale of love and loss, following dreams and walking away. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixtheatre. com. New Kids on the Block: The Mixtape Tour May 22, Talking Stick Resort Arena The original boy band is back with a mission to rock you! Join NKOTB as they surprise fans by dropping an epic throwback track, 80s Baby featuring their new touring partners, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. The track takes listeners on a nostalgic yet refreshingly modern and fun ride through ‘80s song


May 11, Margaret T. Hance Park This inaugural festival will be a bash to remember. Expect a day filled with delicious craft beer and lively music. Concertgoers can enjoy up to four hours of craft beer tastings featuring more than 100 beers, including some local favorites. Dance along to music by headliner Rancid, along with tunes by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Suicidal Tendencites, L7, and H20. Until 4 p.m., all guests must be 21 or older, but all ages are welcome after 4 p.m. All tickets include craft beer tastings (those over 21) and access to view the music stage. Noon-10 p.m. $39.50. www.thebashfestival.com.

references and fresh verses. The MixTape Tour is sure to be a fan favorite for anyone who loved the ‘80s. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www. talkingstickresortarena.com.

9 a.m.-11 p.m. Child (0-2), free; Sidekick (3-12), $10. Adult: full event (all days), $55; Thurs., $20; Fri., $30; Sat., $45; Sun., $30. www.phoenixfanfusion.com.

Phoenix Fan Fusion May 23-26, Phoenix Convention Center Phoenix Fan Fusion is a family-friendly event where enthusiasts of every fandom, geeks of all kinds, creators, artists, entertainers, cosplayers, fans, and friends join together. Originally an event around comic books, fans of anime, horror, video games and toys now flock annually to this event. You’ll love every nerdy moment of this fun-filled event and experience a new world of pop culture and geeky passions. After all, there’s a bit of geek in everyone.

The Planets: An HD Symphony May 25-26, Phoenix Symphony Hall Embark on an expansive voyage through the Solar System with The Planets: An HD Odyssey. Propelled by Holst’s masterwork The Planets, this bracing multimedia experience explores the astrological and emotional influences of our sister planets through this large-scale orchestral suite as stunning NASA and Hubble image are projected above the orchestra. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Prices vary. www.

phoenixsymphony.org. Brad Paisley, Chris Lane and Riley Green May 31, Ak-Chin Pavilion Brad Paisley is hitting the road with Chris Lane and singer-songwriter Riley Green on a trek that will take them through North American arenas and sheds through summer. Paisley is one of country’s top stars with three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association awards including Entertainer of the Year. His last studio album, Love and War, was his ninth consecutive record to debut at No. 1 among country albums. Expect his newer tunes as well as old favorites for long-tme fans. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.ak-chinpavillion.com.

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Down Syndrome Network of Arizona’s sixth annual spring fundraiser takes on an artsy theme


IF YOU GO… What: Lights, Camera, Auction When: May 10, 6:309:30 p.m. Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Tickets: $115 Information: www. dsnetworkaz.org.

Knowledge. Support. Advocacy. That’s what makes the Down Syndrome Network of Arizona (DSNetwork) tick. The agency connects individuals and families touched by Down syndrome to an open, supportive and collaborative network full of helpful resources and information. It also offers a myriad of programs that serve all age groups affected by the genetic disorder. Throughout the year, DSNetwork hosts a handful of events that are not to be missed. Of them, Lights, Camera, Auction stands out. Now in its sixth year, Lights, Camera, Auction has become the DSNetwork’s premier spring fundraising event. One reason it’s become such a staple in the Valley is it’s fun nature. The event


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takes on a festive-like atmosphere every year, offering exciting auctions, a casino royale, plenty of food and entertainment. On the latter, Urban Electra, an electric string duo, will get guests on their feet playing a mix of original tracks and chart toppers. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s renowned painting, this year’s theme is A Starry Night. The event’s venue, fittingly Phoenix Art Museum, will be transformed into the masterpiece for the occasion. Second, and most importantly, Lights, Camera, Auction helps DSNetwork continue to support more than 2,500 individuals in the community with Down syndrome and their families through parent outreach, early intervention programs, educational workshops, medical assistance and more.

There are many people behind the scenes that make DSNetwork the fruitful agency that it is. Those individuals will be the event’s honorees and recognized with an awards ceremony. Some awards include Outstanding Corporation and A Spark of Awesome Mom. “What I love most about attending Lights, Camera, Auction is the opportunity to gather together annually for the purpose of celebrating the accomplishments of members in our Arizona community who have demonstrated their strong commitment to the agency’s mission to educate, support and advocate for those in the Valley touched by Down syndrome,” says Jill Nico, vice chair or DSNetwork. “There is no other event like it!”




Unleash your inner child for a day of nostalgia at the inaugural PHX Field Day


IF YOU GO… What: Phx Field Day When: May 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix Tickets: $45 per player or $222 per team Information: www. phxfieldday.com.

Remember field days during elementary school where you’d play games with your friends all day outside? Unleash your inner child and relive the good old days at the inaugural PHX Field Day. The event, which started in D.C., is aiming for close to 500 attendees at the first Phoenix event, which takes place May 18 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix. Organized by PHX Fray of United Fray, the field day is a nostalgic throwback to grade school, built with adults in mind. “Get ready for classic games with an adult twist! Expect sack races, tug of war, an obstacle course, and a few surprises,” says Martin Espinoza, senior director of events for United Fray. “In case that’s not enough to look forward to, we will have food trucks, a bar, and a Field Day market with samples and swag for you and your team Additional games include Dizzy Flip Cup, Giant Speed Pong, Life Size Bowling, a Giant Obstacle Course and more. Dang

Brother Pizza food truck will be one of the vendors on-site, bringing authentic, woodfired pizza to the event, and drinks will flow all day at the bar (until 4 p.m.) with music from DJ Cupcake. And for the teams who dominate on the field? “The winners will get Fray player credits for future league and events, other fun prizes, and, of course, bragging rights,” Espinoza says. To make a team, all you need is six or more players. Teams can be coed and there is no required gender ratio. Don’t have a team? Sign up as a small group or solo and PHX Fray will match you with others to make a complete team. This is just one of the many events that PHX Fray hosts. Registration for the event opens at 11 a.m. and there will be time to warmup and eat lunch before the games begin. From 3:45 to 5 p.m., there will be a scores and awards celebration. Uptown May ‘19


LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! BOWLING FOR BARROW Team up with professional athletes and other celebrity captains for an evening of bowling benefiting Barrow!

L-R: Karen King-Brooks, Dr. Javier Cardenas, Chelsea Pezzola - Professional Golfer, Vinnie Porter - Elite Athlete Management

Join Dr. Javier Cárdenas, Director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, and Dr. Glynnis Zieman in their mission of increasing concussion awareness and caring for those who experience traumatic brain injury. 100 percent of event proceeds benefit Barrow’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center programs for sports medicine and domestic violence patients. Help strike out the effects of concussion! Bowling for Barrow was created by Karen King- Brooks, a member of the Barrow Neurological Foundation Board. “Bowling for Barrow provides a fun way to support the critical work being done at Barrow, while enjoying an exciting evening with professional athletes who are passionate about the issue.” “I strongly believe in having every dollar raised for this event go to patient

care and research. I am so grateful for all our donors and those underwriting the event.” Evening Entertainment Group has kindly donated, Skylanes Boutique Bowling Club for the evening. The King Approach and Tito’s Vodka will be providing food and craft cocktails. Elite Athlete Management is kindly bringing players and raising awareness. We invite you to be a part of the evening by securing one of our limited sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship levels range from $2500 to $10,000. Sponsors are invited to an exclusive VIP party on the 19th. For information or sponsorships, contact Karen Thorn at Karen.Thorn@DignityHealth.org or 602.406.5786

Wednesday, June 19th VIP party for sponsors. Thursday, June 20th 6pm-10pm Cocktails and appetizers, followed by bowling with athletes and celebrities, silent & live auction, prizes and dessert Skylanes Boutique Bowling Club 7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Individual Tickets $250: give.supportbarrow.org/ bowling2019


Temperatures may be heating up, but luckily, there are also some extra-hot deals and exclusive happenings at resorts, with the promise of keeping locals cool – think polar plunges, igloo-inspired cabanas, and icy treats. So if you’re summering in town, you’re in luck. Three Scottsdale resorts have spectacular specials, from overnight stays and spa days to culinary and cocktail delights, plus plenty of pools to keep you and your crew way cool. Read on to plan your ultimate staycation and make this summer your coolest yet.

The Phoenician Situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician is unarguably one of the Valley’s most iconic treasures. Personalized, AAA Five Diamond service ensures you have a summer staycation to remember. With room rates starting at $179 per night and including complimentary self-parking from May 28 through August 30, there’s plenty to love about summer at The Phoenician.

Summer Fun The Phoenician presents “Fire & Ice,” a variety of hot activities to ensure a really cool summer. Watch fire performances, participate in themed pool games, dance to music, and sample complimentary culinary offerings provided by The Phoenician’s Chill Squad. Special festivities will be held for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends. A summer oasis in the heart of the desert, The Phoenician pool complex includes expanded seating and the Mediterraneaninspired restaurant, Kalio Kabobery. The Kids Zone is home to a splash pad, 197-foot water slide, and a children’s tree house.

Golf at The Phoenician Visit the newly redesigned 18-hole golf course at The Phoenician. During “Summer Tee Time”—May 28 through August 30— arrive before 11 a.m. any day of the week for a special summer rate.

The Phoenician Spa Feel the outside world melt away at The Phoenician Spa. Debuting last year, the Spa features a rooftop pool with cabanas, a quiet relaxation room, an aroma design bar, nail salon, and a Drybar. The Phoenician Spa reinvents the meaning of tranquility with its “(Summer) Time for You” special offer, available daily from May 28 through September 30. With the purchase of one spa treatment, spa-goers will receive half off a second treatment of equal or lesser value.

Summer Deals for Foodie’s Play Dine and Win! Dine at any of The Phoenician’s restaurants this summer and be

entered to win a Foodie Weekend for Two. The Phoenician Tavern is the resort’s newest offering—opened March 2019— located above the golf clubhouse and serving polished pub grub in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Come see the live, and comedic, musical entertainment of Dueling Pianos every Saturday night for a show that is unlike any other. Three other resort restaurants will feed your appetite as part of the “Culinary Countdown,” offered May 28 through September 19. Savor a select 3-course meal for $45 at J&G Steakhouse while marveling at the beauty of the Sonoran Desert from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Experience Afternoon Tea Wednesdays and Thursdays in the recently transformed tea room for just $35. With a laidback vibe and a bold modern American menu, Mowry & Cotton is also offering its “Bottle, Board, & Bowl” for $25, featuring wine, flatbread, and an appetizer. Mixology classes are open to adult resort guests daily. And for the kids ages 5 to 12, the Night Owls Program—available nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. and included in the daily resort fee—provides supervised crafting, games, movies, and an evening meal, allowing parents time to dine at one of the resort’s restaurants. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.8200; www. thephoenician.com.

FIND YOUR RED-HOT SUMMER RATES STARTING AT $179* • Sparkling, Multi-Tiered Pool Complex with Extensive Seating and Kids Zone • Fire & Ice Poolside Activities and Sizzling Performances • Refreshing Amenities from The Phoenician’s Chill Squad • Cool Dining, Spa and Golf Offers • The New Phoenician Tavern, with Dueling Pianos to Ignite every Saturday Night • Fun Family Game Room • Supervised Childcare to Light Up Your Night • Complimentary Self-Parking


*Rate valid May 28 - August 30, 2019. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Some restrictions may apply. Basic room rate does not include $35 resort charge imposed per room per night, and state/local taxes.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa golf bikes, Golfboards, and the Kierland Turfrider. Or, try the popular Scottish Golf Experience, complete with authentic Scottish kilt rentals and a bagpiper.

Spanning 250 acres in North Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa provides contemporary luxury paired with an ever-changing collection of distinctive experiences, whether it’s fun for the whole family or a romantic staycation.

Be Well Whether unwinding from the day’s adventures or treating yourself, relax and rejuvenate at Agave, The Arizona Spa and Salon with a Wellness Retreat specially catered for you. Or enjoy one of the Spa’s recently introduced CBD offerings. Spa amenities include a tranquil private courtyard with a tree-lined pathway, 20 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, a full service salon, and more.

Soak Up Summer Kick off summer with a camping adventure like no other. The Westin Kierland introduces Camp Kierland, a modern take on a classic, family-friendly experience. Revel in a summer-long exploration series led by the resort’s FUN camp counselors and join in the escapades with canoe races, fishing, indoor stargazing, Kierland FlowRider Surf Camp, scout-inspired cuisine, unlimited campfire s’mores, and more. With Camp Kierland package rates starting at $169 and a $50 per room resort credit, make this a summer to remember. Upgrades are available and include a VIP Camp Kierland pass and a take-home teepee tent. Reference deal code MAJ when booking. Try your skills by learning to surf in the desert with the Kierland FlowRider found only at Adventure Water Park, one of the resort’s biggest and most distinguishable attractions. While there, leisurely float on a lazy river, slip down 110-foot waterslide, relax at the poolside cabanas, and bask in the sun on your own private island. Adults may enjoy a poolside beverage, or admire the stunning views of Pinnacle

Peak at the Rim Lobby Lounge while listening to the iconic sunset bagpipe melodies in Dreamweaver’s Canyon. Paired with the summer-themed scout-inspired cuisine, Camp Kierland introduces an adult beverage program to include s’mores-infused cocktails, adult Capri-Sun-like juice drinks, and more.

A Golfer’s Dream The resort offers an innovative golf experience, with championship golf across 27 holes and five unique ways to play, each bringing its own allure and fun challenges. A centerpiece of the resort, the course features exquisite rolling greens, a series of serene lakes, dry desert washes, and stunning flora and fauna. Ride in style with the club’s unique transportation offerings like Segways,

Delectable Dining At The Westin Kierland, guests can choose from an expansive portfolio of amenities without leaving this luxurious desert oasis. The resort features 10 dining venues serving some of the area’s finest flavors. Highlights include Nuevo Latino cuisine at the resort’s signature restaurant, deseo; Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar and Cantina, specializing in fine tequilas and whiskey, with an atmosphere reminiscent of the historic mining days of Arizona; and The Scotch Library, where Scotch Library Ambassadors guide guests through a selection of more than 300 different labels. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.624.1202; Marriott.com/PHXWS.

The Camby, Autograph Collection Be sure to check Instagram for updates. Artizen has additional summer drink specials that include: Happy Hour—daily 4 to 6 p.m.—offering half-priced drafts, wines by the glass, and select appetizers; Bottomless Brunch—Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.—where Bloody Mary and Mimosa refills are .01 cent after the initial drink purchase; and Sunday nights all bottles of wine on the list are half price from 2-11 p.m.

The Camby, Autograph Collection is a hotel “exactly like nothing else,” with its boutique feel and stunning location in the heart of Phoenix. The central location makes it a perfect staycation for locals and tourists alike to experience all that the Valley has to offer.

Endless Summer The Camby’s bike program is offered for those looking to cruise the Biltmore neighborhood on a Camby Cruiser. Or, bask inside the playful elegance of the hotel strumming a tune on one of the Gretsch guitars available as part of The Camby’s “Check in, Jam out” program. For a more private music experience, guests may peruse the extensive vinyl collection sponsored by Zia Records and check out a turntable to take to their room. Soak up the sun at the rooftop pool, complete with cabanas and ping pong tables, with movies and music featured every evening. Here, guests may also savor the unparallel and creative delights of the Wade Poolside Bar in a fun atmosphere. Artizen, a not-to-miss onsite restaurant includes the savor-simple, yet sophisticated menu by Chef Franklin Thompson, Jr. Bees Knees and Back Office are perfect areas to reserve for a small friendly group get together.

Summer Pamper Party

Delightful Drinks Locals and out-of-towners alike can take advantage of The Camby’s Sip & Shop Package that includes two signature cocktails at the hotel’s feature restaurant, Artizen, and a Macerich Visitor Savings Pass. Or, join in the fun at the Bee’s Knees restaurant for a Tipsy Tea Party, pouring a modern twist on tea time with spirit or sparkling wine infused classic teas. Stay for breakfast at the Artizen, with a special rate good for two adults and children 12 and under. Fun times by the pool with music and movies features each evening. The month of May is Wednesday Women’s Night Out, with themed poolside movies and drink specials.

Make a reservation for you and a few friends for the LATHER Blending Bar, which allows guests to blend their own custom essential oil fragrance. Whether its energizing, uplifting, or grounding, aromatherapy experts are available to help create the perfect blend to suit any mood. For a unique staycation, plan a complimentary LATHER Pamper Party with five or more friends. Party guests receive mini-treatments featuring LATHER products, a deluxe swag-bag, and 10% off product purchases during the event. For LATHER events, Spa buyouts, and gatherings in Bees Knees and Back Office, contact the Camby team at: events@thecamby.com. The Camby, Autograph Collection, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.468.0700; www.thecamby.com.

Situated in the thriving Biltmore neighborhood of Phoenix, The Camby is an ideal destination for weekend getaways and groups alike with more on their minds than ordinary hospitality. With its cool juxtaposition of classic and cutting-edge, The Camby speaks the language of every kind of sophisticate. We look forward to welcoming you.

2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 RESERVATIONS : 602.468.0700



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A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N


Put your best florals forward with the Christian Louboutin Sandale Du Desert. Made in Italy and crafted from luxurious silk paired with a smooth leather lining, these heeled sandals showcase an ultra-feminine print in a veritable rainbow of blooms. The scarf-like ankle wrap softens the strong line of the 4-inch stiletto heel, giving it a casual elegance fitting for spring and summer soirees. Of course, in true Louboutin fashion, the design is juxtaposed with the maker’s iconic red sole. $895 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

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MOMS’ NIGHT OUT Get your glam on for an evening without the kiddos

Beachy wave styling spray, $24 at Glamsquad, www. glamsquad.com. Glossy lipstick in Maldives, Tom Ford, $55 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Glitter liquid eye shadow in Kitten Karma, Stila, $24 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Illuminating highlighting powder, Clé de Peau Beauté, $95 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Curling and straightening iron, Tyme, $160 at www. tymestyle.com.


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WHAT’S COOKING? Spice things up with cool kitchen gadgets

White enamel beverage cooler with stand, $149 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Sicily is My Love espresso machine, Dolce Gabbana x Smeg, $1,500 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Citrus juicer, Smeg, $169.95 at West Elm, www.westelm.com. Sparkling water maker, Aarke, $34 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Stand mixer, KitchenAid, $649.99 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Stainless steel ice cream maker, Cuisinart, $80.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www. bedbathandbeyond. com.

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Style SHOP


MADE FOR MOM Special finds for the matriarch of the family

Infusion framed art, Minted for West Elm, $369 at West Elm, www.westelm.com Baguette crystal bracelet, $59.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Laquer jewelry box, $295 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com. Floral leather wallet, Gucci, $750 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Macaron-inspired cocowax candle, Voluspa, $40 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Ciela personalized ring with diamond, Sarah Chloe, $148 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.


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VACAY MODE Bags for the beach, abroad and beyond

Mini clear tote with removable telephone cord pouch, Staud, $225 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Quilted leather bucket bag, Gucci, $2,300 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Round straw crossbody, Knotty, $69 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Colorful straw tote, $164 at Johnny Was, www.johnnywas.com. Embroidered sunflower clutch, $120 at J.Crew, www. jcrew.com. Leather tote with rainbow strap, $178 at Madewell, www. madewell.com

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HAT: White oversized rim, Karen Keith, $28. COVERUP: Multicolored kimono, Memories, $18. SWIMSUIT: Sunflower yellow laceup one-piece, H2oh!, $50. All from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.



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SWIMSUIT: Rose gold snakeskin onepiece with cut-outs, Revibe by Dippin’ Daisy’s, $112. From Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.

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SWIMSUIT: Yellow honey bee ruffle top and matching side-tie bottoms, Mermaid Swim Inc., $30 each. SHOES: Brown flip-flops with gold hearts, Ipanema, $26. Both from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.


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SUNGLASSES: Gray and gold, Jimmy Choo, $599. SWIMSUIT: Crisscross orange sorbet and sage top and multicolored bottoms, Reef, $35 and $30, respectively. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.

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SUNGLASSES: Black cat-eye, BCBG, $225. SWIMSUIT: Printed black and neon orange bralette and matching bottoms, Silvia Schaefer, $30 each. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.


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SUNGLASSES: Navy block-style, Fendi, $459. SWIMSUIT: Marmalade triangle top and matching bottoms, Swim Systems, $40 each. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Swimsuit from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.

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HAT: Black big rim, Karen Keith, $28. SUNGLASSES: Black crisscross, Tom Ford, $499. SWIMSUIT: Black cut-out onepiece, Mermaid Swimwear Inc., $48. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Rest from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.


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SUNGLASSES: Green with gold arms, Modo, $299. COVER-UP: Floral kimono, David and Young, $22. SWIMSUIT: Green halter and matching skort, Swim Systems, $40 each. SHOES: Green wave flip-flops with studs, Ipanema, $26. Sunglasses from Optics of Scottsdale, 480.991.0509. Rest from Exquisite Swimwear, www.exquisiteswimwear.com.

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Luxe H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / W H E E L S / WA N T


April showers bring May flowers – and those flowers deserve more than an ordinary vase. Showcase a handful of florals in Buster + Punch’s machined vase, a sleek home accessory that’s neutral enough to adorn any room in the house. A perfect contrast to the delicate handblown glass vase, the base comes in brushed steel, brass (shown here), and black metal. Each base is made of solid metal plates that have been skillfully machined from 6 mm metal. With an array of decor pieces available in the same style, the vase becomes even more stunning when displayed alongside metallic whiskey trays and candelabras of a complementary elegance. $215 (black) and $305 (steel and brass) at Buster + Punch, www.busterandpunch.us.

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2019 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA A super sedan that’s stunning, powerful and mercilessly addicting BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $38,295 Price as tested: $79,495

The very first things that strike you about the Italian-bred Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan are its stellar good looks, the way it sits on the ground, and its overall stage presence. The four-door Giulia comes in six flavors – five are powered by a 280-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine – and the Giulia Quadrifoglio tested here, powered by a monstrous 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 191 mph. Both variants deliver flawless, irreproachable handling and ride quality wrapped in a centerfold-worthy body. Front and rear bumpers are short with body panels stretched tight across its muscular frame. The sloping hood beautifully connects to Alfa’s signature V-shaped grille, easily making it the best-looking vehicle in its segment. The upscale interior is expertly designed, with fine leather and soft-touch plastics taking centerstage in the cabin. The leather seats are comfortable and heavily bolstered with ample


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adjustment options. The standard equipment is substantial, including an 8.8-inch touch screen with navigation, leather dash and upper doors; genuine carbon fiber trim; and a full range of advanced safety features. While its immense horsepower and rocket-sled acceleration is more than impressive, what really stands out is the sports car precise handling. It corners flat with virtually zero body roll. The steering is cutting-edge and the eightspeed automatic transmission is nearly perfect, especially when “dynamic” or “race mode” settings are engaged. Road noise is muted and the visibility is excellent. For some drivers, the powerful and precise Brembo brakes may feel a bit sensitive, but the agile, highly-tuned steering makes up for any flaws. The Giulia is a beacon for those willing to forego any of the cliche luxurious, subjacent sedans from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Those who carve their own path with the Alfa Romeo will be more than well-rewarded.

Engine: 2.0-L four-cylinder Horsepower: 280 Fuel economy: 24/33 mpg city/ highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Powerful base and performance engines Superb handling and control Gorgeous styling




This home, originally built by local company Rafterhouse in 2016, is nestled in the heart of Arcadia located on the coveted Lafayette Boulevard. The property, boasting more than 5,900 square feet of craftsmanship and impeccable design, is set on nearly an acre with unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain. The house features five bedrooms, an office and 6 1/2 bathrooms. Each room is loaded with features such as restored antique doors, wide plank floors, soaring ceilings and reclaimed beam details. There’s also custom cabinetry and built-ins by Burdette Cabinet Co., a home automation system with camera security, a water filtration system, and custom window treatments. Outside, the manicured landscaping and brick accents give a warm welcome and inside is no different. The bright and cheery space has ample natural light and each room contains unique design elements with an apparent attention to detail. The gourmet kitchen is a standout room, equipped with Sub Zero/Wolf appliances, a walk-in pantry with restored antique doors, a large island and plenty of storage. The white cabinets bring a cheery feel while the darker subway tile backsplash and wood island cabinets warm up the space. Additional highlights include an extensive master suite with a closet containing built-ins, three fireplaces around the home and a wet bar. The backyard is an entertainer’s paradise with a covered patio, a pool and a spa, a built-in barbecue and a gazebo. 4120 N. 54th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $3,395,000 with Shawna Warner of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, 602.743.7006 or shawna.warner@russlyon.com.

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VITICULTURE VISIONARIES Winning wines created by women

In 1804, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was left a widow, or “veuve” in French. At just 27, she was left in control of a company with holdings in banking, wool trading and the Bouzy Vineyards in France. Rather than sell the vineyard business and live off the resulting fortune, Madame Clicquot — who was audacious for her time — secured funding and invested in research and development of Champagne. The result: Veuve Clicquot. Two hundred years later, it is still among the most popular brands on the planet. Today, women like Madame Clicquot continue to take the winemaking industry by storm with award-winning options in every varietal. Here are some of our favorites.

2017 Pianetta Winery Jug Wine Everything about this wine made by Caitlin Pianetta – including the conversation piece bottle – is special. Developed to bring unpretentious quality to old-school table wine, this medium-bodied blend has bold blackberry and mild pepper notes with light acidity. $24. www.pianettawinery.com.

2014 Mancini Zinfandel Owner and winemaker Carol Shelton plants the nearly 100-yearold Mancini Vineyard in the Old World method of “mixed planting,” wherein she plants a variety of vines to create true field blends. The result is this complex knockout zinfandel that explodes with oak, vanilla, blueberry in every sip. $38. www.carolshelton.com.

2017 Dorothy Jean Chardonnay This chardonnay is from a womanowned winery with a female winemaker, and the label was designed by a woman (the trifecta!). A combination of earthy oak and ripe fruits, it is exceptionally silky and perfect for a day in the spring sun. $38. www.dorothyjeanwines.com.

2017 Orr Wines Old Vines Chenin Blanc Erica Orr’s Washington Chenin Blanc is always hand-picked and whole cluster pressed. Expect kiwi and honeydew on the nose, and then a touch of cucumber and earthiness upon tasting. $25. www.orrwines.com.

Thomson & Scott Skinny Prosecco NV Founded by former journalist Amanda Thomson, this vegan and organic credentialed prosecco out of the United Kingdom is the made with as little intervention as possible in the production process. Flavors include honeysuckle, green apple and lemon zest. $24.99. www.thomsonandscott.com. 2016 Pelletiere Estate Nebbiolo This Paso Robles vineyard by Janis Denner is known for Italian-inspired varietals. Her vibrant Nebbiolo offers juicy berry on the nose, including raspberry, and has a full-bodied taste in perfect balance with the delicate fruit flavors. $58. www.pelletiere.com.


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2015 Dama Wines Cowgirl Cab This big, juicy 100% cabernet sauvignon by Dama founder Mary Derby is one to be enjoyed on its own or with a great steak hot off the grill. Its combination of rich chocolate, dark cherry and ripe plum is heaven in a glass. $23. www.damawines.com. Amista Vineyards Sparkling Grenache Winemaker Ashley Herzberg makes every bottle of this Grenache sparkle – literally – using the Méthode Champenoise, the process used to make French Champagne. The wine has nuanced fruit character with floral notes and a hint of toasted almond. $48. www.amistavineyards.com.




Downtown Phoenix’s historic Farish House has new residents. Chef-owner Lori Hassler turned the home into a restaurant by building a commercial kitchen into the little house out back and restoring the dining area to its turn of the century style. To honor of the history of the home, Hassler serves her own renditions of international comfort classics. One of her unique offerings, inspired by The Sound of Music’s iconic song My Favorite Things, is the Bitter and Blue Salad ($12), featuring some of Hassler’s favorite ingredients. Hitting all your senses at once, the refreshing dish brings bitter, tangy, sweet, and salty flavors with crunchy and creamy textures . It’s made with bitter greens, radicchio, fennel, endive leaves, gorgonzola dolce and pecans, finished with an orange marmelade vinaigrette. 816 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 602.281.6659; www.farishhouse.com. Uptown May ‘19




Provision Coffee Bar’s take on a Southside is delicious in all directions


Since opening earlier this year, Provision has quickly made a name for itself as a premier local coffee roaster. More recently, the locally owned business has been making headlines for its cocktail program as well. “We take as much pride in our massive cocktail menu as we do in our coffee cocktail offerings,” says Bar Manager Erika Middleton-Sharpe. “We have a classic menu featuring nine of our favorite mainstays from Negronis to mai tais. Then, we offer an amaro menu, which are aperitifs and digestifs. Guests can order one by itself, or choose to do an amaro flight.” Then, according to Middleton-Sharpe, is her favorite: a killer lineup of signature cocktails that includes a variety of imaginative recipes they’ve dreamt to blow guests’ minds. One of those cocktails: The Bergamot ($12). “It’s a twist on the Southside, which is traditionally made with gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint,” Middleton-Sharpe says. Provision’s version features Leopold's Summer Gin, which has bright citrus and rich botanicals. Then, they add a combination of Yellow Chartreuse, which is milder and sweeter than Green Chartreuse, along with Earl Grey simple syrup and special edition Bergamot bitters from Scrappy’s Bitters. “We combine all elements in shaker. Before straining into a coupe glass and garnishing with edible flowers, we spray the glass with the Bergamot bitters,” she says. “Once we strain into the glass, we spray it again with the bitters and garnish.” It is refreshing, with botanical elements balancing the lime. Plus, it looks like spring in a glass. Provision Coffee Bar, 4501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.626.3866; www.provisioncoffee.com.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Ivan Jacobo of Anhelo

Chef Ivan Jacobo is the executive chef at Anhelo (formerly Hidden Kitchen), a community restaurant born out of his uber-popular supper clubs that serves contemporary American cuisine. His mission, beyond delivering amazing food, is to use his restaurant to help elevate others via charitable fundraising, providing educational opportunities for culinary students and more.


When did you first step into a kitchen? To do more than eat? That would be on my first day of culinary school in 2009 at age 18. How is that possible? I come from a very traditional Mexican household – my mother was the CEO of our kitchen. That meant the rest of us stayed out. But in high school, I loved both watching the Food Network and working on cars, so I decided to study one as my career. I literally asked a group of girls at school who they would rather date – a mechanic or chef – and chef won. Tell us about your early days in the kitchen? To make extra money during culinary school, I began working under chef Steven Maynard at Verrado Country Club. We clicked. I eventually left school to take an opportunity in San Francisco, then moved back when Maynard asked me to be his sous chef at Tempo Urban Bistro in 2014. When did you first decide to go out on your own? In 2015, I launched my own food truck: 319 The Truck. “319” is March 19, which is the first day I ever cooked. We had tremendous success until we were the victims of a horrific car crash, decimating business during high season in 2016. So, I began doing pop-up dinners across the Valley. By late 2018, we were selling them out in four minutes flat, often with proceeds helping local charities. Tell us about Anhelo: Our goal is to bring people together at our community table for “Sunday Supper” types of culinary experiences, with the goal of getting folks to put down their phones and enjoy time with food, friends and us. I also have a second goal: to help people through food. Literally. I am going to offer culinary scholarships with a portion of funds we make from our restaurant, as well as to give back to local nonprofits through fundraising dinners. Why the name change? “Anhelo” means “wanting,” “desiring” or “longing” in Spanish. We want for you to desire to spend time with us, wanting all of our food and longing to come back. Anhelo, 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.596.7745; www.anhelorestaurant.com.

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MORNING GLORY Exceptional eats to munch during brunch BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The Hangover

Breadwinner Knockout Sandwiches This two-fisted brunch feast has two fried eggs, griddled country ham, Manchego cheese, romaine, Roma tomatoes and aji amarillo aioli. It’s all piled high between a fluffy, freshly baked buttermilk bun. $10. www.breadwinnerphx.com.

Chop & Chick

Matt’s Big Breakfast A Food Network favorite that has been dubbed “the real thing” by Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the savory meal is equipped with two eggs and a skillet-seared Iowa pork rib chop. It may sound simple, but the Chop & Chick will take your taste buds on a trip unlike any dish before. $11.95. www.mattsbigbreakfast.com.

Tres Leches French Toast

Provecho Comida de mi Tierra This south-of-the-border twist on French toast features thick slices of bread soaked in decadent tres leches batter. It’s all topped with agave honey and dusted with cinnamon. $8. www.provechoaz.com.

Buttermilk Biscuit & Chorizo Sausage Sandwich

Southern Rail Prepare for an American classic with a bit of a Southern twist. The breakfast sandwich is made on a toasted buttermilk biscuit that is topped with a chorizo sausage patty, green apple slaw, tomato and aioli. $12. www.southernrailaz.com.

Cristina’s Tamale Cakes

Hash Kitchen The tangy, slightly spicy, Mexican spin on a classic eggs Benedict is made of sweet corn cakes, green chili pork and poached eggs topped with a green chili-infused hollandaise sauce. It is served inside a traditional tamale corn husk alongside hash potatoes. $14. www.hashkitchen.com.

Guild Torta Whoever awarded breakfast the title of “most important meal of the day” clearly never had brunch. From salty and savory to spicy and sweet, the brunches around town are in a class all their own. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself – or your mom – to one of more of these delectable brunch options on Mother’s Day, or any day. While some Valley restaurants serve brunch all day (score!), brunch hours and days vary, so call each venue or check online for specific brunch times.

Taco Guild This dish starts with beef round that is seasoned then slowly braised with locally sourced Cartel coffee until it is falling apart. The beef is then shredded and layered with sauteed peppers and onions on a toasted torta roll. Chunks of fresh avocado, Oaxaca cheese and a fried egg top the beef. The torta is served with house-roasted paps bravas – Mexican seasoned potatoes. $10. www.tacoguild.com.

Fried Chicken & Waffle

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served atop a crispy potato cake and garnished with heirloom tomatoes, capers and whipped creme fraiche. $14. www.hermosainn.com.

Short Rib Hash

North Italia A generous amount of marinated short rib piled high with sweet onions, roasted peppers and two fried eggs make up this crave-worthy hash. To complete the dish, its is served with two slices of housemade grilled bread, which are perfect for soaking up the yolk, or as extra sustenance. $14. www.northitaliarestaurant.com.

Island Eggs Benedict

Hula’s Modern Tiki Get tropical as you build your own customizable benedict with everything from seared Ahi tuna, avocado and spicy Portuguese sausage to fried SPAM and sweet plantain compote. $10-$12. www.hulasmoderntiki.com.

Croque Madam

The Collins A French classic, the sandwich is made of toasted country bread stuffed with bechamel and melty Gruyere as well as Cure 81 ham. It is topped with sunny side up egg and plated with an herb salad. $11. www.thecollinsaz.com. fried chicken and is drizzled with rich, sweet maple syrup. $14. www.stockandstable.com.

Monte Cristo

The Vig Ham, Swiss cheese and over easy eggs combine to form a rich morning sandwich. The kicker – it is topped with homemade preserves and creme fraiche for a perfect sweet and savory combination. $11. www.thevig.us

Crustless Quiche

Farm & Craft Crafted with local cage-free eggs, braised kale with organic cider, chili flakes and white cheddar, this healthy take on a quiche is baked to perfection then served alongside a lightly dressed petite green salad. $9. www.ilovefarmandcraft.com.

Mojo Bowl

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace Looking for a healthy option? The bowl features farro, quinoa, chick peas, black beans, yellow squash, red onions, red peppers, avocado, feta and egg. $9.99. www.lucisurbanconcepts.com.

Royal Breakfast Burger

Pomelo at the Orchard Enjoy an Arizona grass-fed chuck burger topped with Applewood bacon, an over medium egg and melted Tillamook cheddar. The burger is served with hollandaise sauce on a challah bun. $15. www.pomelophx.com

Farm Scramble

Postino Fresh, fluffy eggs, are scrambled with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs and onions. A blend of Gruyere and white cheddar are added before being plated with mixed greens and a tomato salad. $10. www.postinowinecafe.com.

House Smoked Salmon

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn This salmon is smoked by executive chef Jeremy Pacheco and his team before being

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Tucked in between Mac and Macy’s at Biltmore Fashion Park, you’ll find Honeymee. Its true milk ice cream is the bee’s knees. The fanciful creations are made with no artificial colors or flavors, and are sweetened with 100% pure honey. The eatery serves up a variety of sweet treats, including custom soft serve creations (served with fresh honeycomb), waffle cones, honey milkshakes, specialty flavored teas as well as coffee, cream cheese tea and a variety of topped liege waffles. There is no indoor seating, but the space is ideal for capturing the perfect photo for Instagram. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; www.honeymee. com; $



JT’S BAR & GRILLE If you’re a wing lover, JT’s Bar & Grille should be on your radar. JT’s famous wings are just one of the menu items that devotees rave about. It can be a challenge to find wings that are perfectly crispy with an even level of flavor throughout without being drenched in sauce, but JT’s has somehow mastered this task. The wings come tossed in mild, hot, honey barbecue, teriyaki or suicide (aka spicy) sauce. If wings aren’t your thing, you’ll be pleased with the burger and sandwich options. 4829 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.952.7046; www.jtsarcadia.com; $ MCKENZIE’S MIDTOWN TAVERN If you’re from the Midwest and missing the hospitality and the full body hug of comfort food, McKenzie’s Midtown Tavern is the place to go. There’s a special kind of energy within the space, from the festive twinkle lights to the attentive staff. McKenzie’s shared menu features pulled pork sliders, fried pickles, cheese curds, totchos (tater tot nachos) and more. The dish names are almost as clever as the flavors that are combined within. If you’re looking for more reasons to make this your new neighborhood favorite, just try the state fair dessert with a local draft beer. Game over. 4531 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.368.5493; www.mckenziesmidtown.com; $$ THE BAR Typically dive bars and great food are not synonymous, however, The Bar is not your typical dive bar. If you’re a fan of The Big Lebowski and hearty comfort food, you’re going to be all about The Bar. The decor definitely pays homage to “The Dude” and the food is nothing short of comforting. Grilled cheese? The Bar’s got them, made with Noble bread and a tangy Colby cheddar that you can add tomato, onion or bacon. Don’t forget to order a cocktail or two before you go. 3174 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.957.3686; $ TRU BURGER With a name like Tru Burger, you’d expect that you’ll have your choice of true rich, flavorful burgers and this spot meets all expectations. The menu contains 12 different burger creations ranging from classic to more creative varieties, such as the Italian burger, jalapeno burger and Hawaiian burger. Guests also have the option to create their own


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burger using Angus beef, 100 percent Arizona grass-fed beef, bison, salmon, turkey or portabello mushrooms, topped with their choice toppings and sauces. 2535 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.253.6769; www. truburgerco.com; $$


ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ When you’re looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich, 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. essencebakery.com; $$ MUSE & MARKET The theme at Muse & Market is versatility, with a from-scratch kitchen and accessible menu that caters to all, even diners who are gluten-free, keto, vegetarian. The restaurant is open until 3 p.m., serving breakfast options like avocado toast, veggie hash and build-your-own omelets all day, along with lunch offerings. The sleek, modern interior is warm and with the large family style tables, it’s easy to make new friends over a hearty and healthy breakfast. 4602 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.218.6773; www.museandmarket.com; $$ URBAN BEANS CAFÉ & BAR This vegan coffee shop is here for you when you need that kick in the morning as well as for a quick bite in the afternoon. Urban Beans is even there for you if you find yourself in need of java in the middle of the night. That’s right, 24 hours a day you can pop in and get a bite to eat and a cold or hot brew. Seating is comfy and conducive to taking a break from a busy day or cracking open your laptop and getting a little work done, no matter the time. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 85014; www. urbanbeans.com; $$


MY THREE GIRLS BAKERY This petite boutique bakery is offering up a variety of baked goods, light breakfast and lunch items as well as healthy snack alternatives. Stop by for cookies, cupcakes and mini pies, including gluten-free options. M3G also offers made-to-order pies and cakes for special events. The shop also hosts tiny baker classes for aspiring pastry chefs

if you have a mini Christina Tosi in the making. 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.509.0307; www.my3girlsbakery.com; $

raving about. 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.234.2100; www.pizzeriabianco.com; $$

SCOOPWELL’S DOUGH BAR If you’ve ever snuck a nibble of cookie dough before its hit the oven and had immediate regret and fear of salmonella, Scoopwell’s Dough Bar offers the solution – guilt-free indulgence. Heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs make this cookie dough completely safe to eat…and it’s yummy. Dough flavors range from the classic chocolate chip to cake batter, gingersnap, peanut butter, s’mores and more. You can mix and match your flavors, served in a waffle cone or in a cup with an array of toppings. Vegan or gluten-free? There’s always an option available for you. The best part is you can take some to go to snack on later or make actual cookies. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.296.5146; www.scoopwellsdoughbar.com; $

GREEKTOWN This family-owned and -operated restaurant is serving up some of the best Greek food in Phoenix. While its gyros and hummus are delightful, look outside of your comfort zone and try some truly outstanding traditional dishes. Pasteetso or the mega spanakee are great interpretations of traditional dishes. 8519 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.674.8881; www.greektownrestaurant.com; $$

SPLURGE Located within the Orchard, Splurge is a gelato mecca – a rich and creamy oasis on a warm day. With more than 10 specialty housemade gelato flavors and around nine different ways to eat it, not counting milkshakes and banana splits, this spot is the perfect way to end an afternoon of lunch and visit to the courtyard splash pad, especially during springtime. If you leave the kids at home, you can even get in a little fun with the adults only root beer float. 7100 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442; www. splurgephx.com; $


ALEXI’S GRILL Looking for tried-and-true Italian food on the light rail route? Alexi’s is a standard in the Valley and has come to be a reliable place (with good service!) to grab a great meal at the right price. Stop by on your way to the Phoenix Symphony and dine on the desert cannelloni, making sure to opt for the light tomato jalapeno sauce. 3550 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.0982; www. alexisgrillphx.com; $$ PANE BIANCO The success of Chris Bianco’s restaurants is widely known throughout the Southwest, and when he introduced Pane Bianco in 2005 it was quickly added to his list of accomplishments. This restaurant features high-quality, wood-fired split focaccia sandwiches crafted with only the best local ingredients. Drop in for a hearty sandwich and see what the natives have been


ZOE’S KITCHEN Zoe’s Kitchen is offering up quick and healthy lunch and dinner options with a Mediterranean flair. Stop in on your lunch break or after a long day to enjoy classic sandwiches and salads as well as fresh, zesty hummus to start. Zoe’s also serves heartier entrees kabobs, bowls and larger dinners meant for the whole family to share. You’re sure to get a filling and healthy meal here. 1641 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.263.9637; www. zoeskitchen.com; $


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 taurant.com; $$ EL NOPALITO If you’re the kind of person that prefers authentic hole-in-the-wall eateries in Mexico rather than the touristy Americanized restaurants you’re going to love El Nopalito. The menu here is what you can expect from the off the beaten path spots in the heart of Mexico. The traditional ambiance and flavors will bring all your favorite vacation memories flooding back. Their nine different tacos are only $.99 a piece making it easy to try all of them without breaking the bank. 2831 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.522.2043; www.elnopalitophoenix.com; $ TACO GUILD Housed in a former church, there may be some divine intervention at hand in the kitchen because the tacos served here are heavenly! As a nod to the

history of the building, many items throughout the restaurant are originals that have been repurposed. You’ll find a story in the furniture, the menu and the service ware. To continue the theme, guests can choose from Old World or new school tacos. Taco Guild also has a great selection for weekend brunch and specialty cocktails. 546 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.264.4143; www.tacoguild.com; $$

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CITY | BISTRO Quick service spots get a bad rap, but City | Bistro is all about quality burgers, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches served fast. The salads are fresh and hearty and the burgers are cooked to order. If you’re looking for something that will really stick to your ribs, the buffalo brie mac is rich and creamy with a bit of a kick. In addition to a great lunch in a hurry, the eatery also serves a variety of breakfast items. 2909 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.368.2686; www. citybistrophx.com; $ KITCHEN 56 Housed in a refurbished service station, the restaurant adds to the charm and kitsch of this hot spot. Catch a seat on the patio before sunset and be dazzled by the scenery while you enjoy cornmeal crusted calamari or one of the six wood-fired pizzas on the menu, along with any one of the signature cocktails. 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix; 480.944.5656; www.kitchen56.com; $$ THE COLLINS SMALL BATCH KITCHEN The Collins Small Batch Kitchen is one of those spots where things rarely stay the same. You’ll find a few items on the menu that will always be around, but you’re more likely to discover new favorites with each visit thanks to a rotating menu based on seasonality and chefowner Christopher Collins’ creativity. With staples like steak frites and Maryland-style crab cakes, we can only imagine what hearty and comforting dishes each new visit will uncover. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533; www.thecollinsaz.com; $$


CAFÉ ZUPAS When you think of Café Zupas, soup might be top of mind but the eatery also happens to have some stellar sandwiches on the menu. It all starts with hearty ciabatta or ancient grain buns. What goes between the slices depends on your mood. You’ll find hot options like Cuban grilled pork or the ultimate grilled cheese with pesto

spread, two kinds of cheese and tomatoes. If you’re craving a cold sandwich, you can choose from a turkey spinach artichoke sandwich or the California club made up of turkey, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, greens, cucumbers, micro greens and muenster cheese. 1935 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.889.7866; www.cafezupas.com; $ CAPRIOTTI’S SANDWICH SHOP It goes without saying that this sandwich shop, created back in 1976, for the “real turkey” lovers is serving up some incredible turkey sandwiches. A standout on the menu, as well as a favorite of the regulars, is The Bobbie, which is everything that you love about Thanksgiving stuffed neatly into a sub roll. The sub shop is also serving up other deli favorites in a fast and friendly atmosphere. 6025 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.279.7827; www.capriottis.com; $ DUCK & DECANTER Duck and Decanter has stood the test of time and continues to offer up tried-and-true favorites as well as introducing some new flavors into the mix. The sandwiches are available in full or mini sizes and are all packed with love and flavor. The Arizonaowned restaurant also offers catering, a cheese department and deli as well as specialty wine and beers for purchase. 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.274.5429; www.duckanddecanter.com; $$


OMAHA STEAKHOUSE If you’ve ever had the occasion to have Omaha Steaks delivered to your home, you’re familiar with the quality of the company’s products. If you’re looking to save on postage and have someone else prepare it, the chefs here are at your service. All of the Private Reserve steaks come made to order and are served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Midwest at its best! 2630 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.553.8970; www.omahasteakhouse.com; $$$ TEXAZ GRILL 2015 marked Texaz Grill’s 30th anniversary in the Valley, and with a track record like that, you know the restaurant must be doing something right. The environment is a great place for the entire family; with a welcoming staff and more than generous portions, you’ll want to keep coming back to try out the entire menu. The chicken-fried steak is a legend all in itself; fork tender, triple dipped and topped with the richest gravy you’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting! 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.248.7827; www.texazgrill.com; $$

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Three-time World Series-winning manager and baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa alongside Super Bowl champion quarterback Brock Osweiler hosted this annual star-studded event, held at Steak 44. Proceeds went to the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Kurt and Brenda Warner


Marcela Contreras and Jeff Walsh

Riley Smith, Jody Nelson and Danny Nelson

Barry and Alexis Enright

Mike Butcher, Tony La Russa and Tami Butcher

Terry and Carrie Harrison

Megan and Charlie Bullen

Kelley and Chris Morrison

Casey Thompson and Tina Gomez

Jeff Mastro and Erin Osweiler


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This heart-healthy happy hour, held at the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, raised funds and awareness for heart disease prevention efforts.


Fabiola and Coral Hernandez

Maria Jaime and Ceci Gamboa

Alli Bigeh and Lindsey Trutter

Florence Franklin and Lurlyn Pero

Rachel Mertensmeyer and Beth Smith







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PLATED & STAGED… A HERBERGER THEATER EXPERIENCE A dinner like no other, attendees began their night at Herberger Theater for cocktails, a silent auction, a wine pull, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Guests then broke out into groups of eight to dine at surprise locations around the Valley. Proceeds went to the theater’s outreach programs.

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger


Terri Rundle and Jolyn Miller

Dawn Hart and Oscar De Las Salas

Jeff and Esther Wodrich

Nick and Robyn Wanat

Desiree and Greg Wells

Maaike and Drew Deweerd

Justin and Lauren Powley

Joseph and Emily Lehning

Karyn Smith and Nancy Zoloto


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Phoenix Children’s Chorus’ event, held at The Croft in Downtown Phoenix, raised funds to provide choral music education to children.

Jon and Karla Mueller-Schrader

Sarah Crago and Dora Lai

Cynthia Peters and July Wilson

Josh and Laurie Carden

Frank and Katy Sutton

Pat and Steve Herzog

Diana Evans and Camden Steele

Tina Davis and Keith Evans


Danny and Reanna Reed


Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona’s annual blue jean event took place at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects.


George and Danielle Armas

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Come meet Meat the Ball at Biltmore Fashion Park


Stefano Fabbri has been making quite a name for himself on the local culinary scene over the past several years. As owner of Pomo Restaurant Group, concepts he already has cooking in Phoenix include multiple Pomo Pizzeria locations, Luna Gelateria and Mora Italian. And he’s not done yet. “My newest venture, Meat the Ball, opened in late March at Biltmore Fashion Park,” Fabbri says. “I call it my mini restaurant with a big personality.” His goal is to give guests Italian-flared recipes prepared with locally sourced and organic products to celebrate today’s healthy dining, Italian style. “Our menu, of course, includes a meatball lineup consisting of spicy sausage, salmon, veal, cauliflower and more. In addition to the unique meatball options, the restaurant offers appetizers, handmade pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts,” says Fabbri, noting there are both meatball entrees with sides as well as 10 a la cart types of meatballs, which come three to an order.


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Insider tip: try the short rib and the eggplant meatballs. “It should also be noted that we use organic meat, wild-caught fish, and grassfed beef. We’re making choices with farmers, animals, the environment – and you – in mind,” Fabbri says. The drink menu has been crafted with similar attention to detail. There are nearly 20 wines by the glass and more than two dozen wines by the bottle, both from Italy as well as popular regions across California, Oregon, France, Germany and others. All of the beers on tap, save for Peroni, are local including options from Huss Brewing, Prescott Brewery and Four Peaks. Meat the Ball also offers canned beers, ciders and seasonal brews that change regularly. In addition to beer and wine, there are a dozen cocktails ranging in price from $7 to $12, several with Italian inspiration but fan favorites including margaritas and Manhattans as well. The spotlight cocktail is Meat the Ball’s Aperol Spritz ($11), an Italian-invented drink celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Aperol, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, was invented in Padua, Italy in 1919 and showcased at the Padua International Fair. It was added to a cocktail that dates back to the 1880s when Austria-Hungary occupied Northeastern Italy and, just like that, an Italian classic was born. “Our space is just as classic as that cocktail, but in a completely different way,” Fabbri explains. “Our small but mighty 1,500 square feet must be seen to be believed. The vibe is audaciously retro, in a good way. Think quirky decor bursting with pop art and nostalgia.” Guests who prefer a little entertainment with their meal can enjoy front-row seats along the kitchen-bar combination counter, where they can see the magic happen as well as get served directly by the chef himself. Meat the Ball is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour is offered weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features deep drink and a la cart meatball discounts. Meat the Ball, located at 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.954.5278; www.meattheball.com.

UPDATE YOUR LOOK, IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE! New York Trained Custom Clothier Opens Arcadia Location Q. Contrary, a local custom clothier, recently opened its first retail location in Arcadia. New York trained designer, Mary Zarob, owner of Q. Contrary, assists men and women with styling and creating a wardrobe of business and casual clothes that fit better, allowing customers to achieve their best look in today’s fashions. Q. Contrary offers custom made and ready made suits, jackets, slacks, and shirts. In addition to tailored clothing and alterations, Q. Contrary offers a line of Travis Mathew golf attire and men’s accessories. With the opening of Q. Contrary’s Arcadia location at 3188 East Indian School Road, the latest spring fabrics have also arrived. Visit the store or call 602-301-6987 to update your wardrobe for the new season.

‘I studied men’s fashion at FIT in NYC and designed for Macy’s and Calvin Klein Jeans. Over the past 15 years, I have studied many successful men to fully understand what it takes to be more effective in business. What I have found is it all starts with how you present and feel about yourself. If you need to update your look, improve your image, or find clothes that fit, contact me. I bring my keen eye for fashion and design skills to create the right look for you and your lifestyle. Let me help you take your business to the next level.’

3188 East Indian School Road 602-301-6987 • www.qcontrary.com @qcontrary.mary

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