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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Gail Baer’s passion to heal others

18 BEAT ON THE COVER: Joan Dominique. Photo by Claudia Johnstone,

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Features 28 JOAN DOMINIQUE The daring designer talks finding her way as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry 46 FASHION Colorful styles from Lilly Pulitzer


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22 HIS STYLE Meet Kyu Utsunomiya

24 HER STYLE Meet Dorina Bustamante

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NUMBER CRUNCHER Gail Baer uses her analytical mind to help in healing lives

Life has a funny way of coming full circle. Gail Baer can certainly attest to that. “I grew up in Maryland near Washington, D.C.,” Baer says. “I was a proud math and science geek. I was also proud to join my parents, especially my mother, in activism efforts.”

Notably, Baer’s mother was deeply passionate and actively involved in the Soviet Jewry movement, which was an international human rights campaign through the 1980s. Baer still remembers accompanying her family to rallies and helping volunteer where she was needed.

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Though her family was not scared, they were certainly on high alert.

Coming Full Circle

After high school, Baer earned admittance to Cornell University, where she stretched her “geek” muscles further, studying engineering. While there, she also met Michael Baer, whom she married after they both graduated.

Around the World The couple then began their careers on the East Coast, with Gail taking on a role as a management consultant. Over the next 10 years, the couple welcomed three children: David, Rachel and Amy. “Then, in 1999, with all of our kids under 6 years old, we had the opportunity of a lifetime,” Baer says. Her husband was offered the chance to work on a big project in Singapore. So, the young family up and moved across the globe. “The idea of leaving the United States for something so completely different than what we all knew might seem scary to some, but it was the adventure of our lives,” says Baer, who marveled at the melting pot of languages, culture, religions and world views from the moment their family arrived. They spent the next three years living on the Asian island – fun fact: Singapore is what is called a “city-state,” which is its own sovereign land or small country much like Monaco or Vatican City – bonding in a way not many get to experience in their lifetimes. “We were living in Singapore when 9/11 occurred and, as one would imagine, security tightened and overnight a military presence was everywhere,” Baer explains.


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In 2002 when her husband’s project concluded, the family relocated back to the East Coast. Once back, Baer took on a leadership role with Grant Thornton, using her analytical mind and mathematical background to help expand the firm’s business model beyond tax and accounting and into consulting. In 2005, serendipity struck. “My husband had the opportunity to relocate to Phoenix just as Grant Thornton announced an enhanced presence here – on 24th Street and Camelback Road to be specific,” Baer says. “Arizona became home.” It was in Arizona, in fact, that Baer’s life began to come full circle. “Being a newer business, I worked with the firm to build an authentic, strategic philanthropy presence in Greater Phoenix,” Baer explains. She used data analysis, research and her background in community outreach to launch GT Cares, a community relations program, for the firm in 2007. Through it, Baer helped mentor young team members on how to best dip their toes into volunteerism; supported leadership to seek out board positions; and financially supported important causes in the community. “It was not unlike the way my own parents mentored me down that exact same path in my youth,” says Baer, who never thought her background in numbers would connect the way it did to directly help people. “The impact we were having was real, tangible and one of the most fulfilling things in my career to that point. So much so, Baer decided to make a career change. “I left the traditional business world in in 2011 to join the Valley of the Sun United Way, which fights to break the cycle of poverty across Maricopa County, and then in 2016 I had the opportunity to join Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS),” she says. JFCS, which provides behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and people in need across Maricopa County, sent a call out seeking to fill a new position focused on increasing major and planned giving for the organization. “My position at JFCS is a unique one – it allows me to combine my analytical and philanthropy background to help people convert their passions and generosity into a true investment back into the community.” Today, Baer is focused on ensuring JFCS has the funding and support needed to help anyone who needs it gain access to a litany of services, including: counseling, mental health assessment and treatment, early childhood trauma assessment and treatment, child crisis intervention and rehabilitative services, support for victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, work force readiness for teens aging out of foster care and more.

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DRAWING ON WALLS Artist Taylor Nelson creates mandala-centric murals


Pop into Elevate Yoga & Wellness next time you’re downtown. Inside, you’ll find an impressive mural of a Phoenix bird. On closer inspection, symbols associated with the beloved city are woven throughout the bird’s wings. It’s a magnificent creation (done freehand!) by artist Taylor Nelson. “Before I could even speak, I would sit in my highchair and draw for hours,” she reminisces. “My parents learned very quickly that if they gave me a paper and crayons, I would be content for an unusual amount of time.” The Illinois native’s innate artistic abilities quickly caught the attention of her family and friends. Growing up, so many of them told her that her talents would go far someday. Well, that someday is today. Nelson is a muralist — her murals are spotted in Arizona and California — who also does henna and owns her own clothing line. Her clothing can be purchased at Urban Yoga and Elevate Yoga & Wellness, with her complete inventory available online. In all her works, mandalas — intricate geometric, often spherical, figures — are a common theme. She began drawing them during sophomore year of college, a very difficult and defining time for the budding artist. With every mandala she drew, healing and restoration made itself known to her. “They taught me lessons about how everything is connected; how each detail (whether positive or painful) adds beauty to life’s mandala,” she says. “The lessons mandalas teach me are ongoing.” Nelson Mandela preached that the ability to ignite change lies in our own hands. That’s exactly what this artist is doing. With every original piece her hands create, Nelson aims to spread more light, love and beauty into the world. It’s only fitting that her brand name, Nelsons Mandalas (, is a culmination of the things she admires most. “The moment I pick up the pen, paint brush or henna cone, I immediately drop from my head down into my heart space. This puts me in a state of being that has me aware and fully present in the moment,” she says. Arizona’s vast landscapes are jampacked with natural beauty, a convincing enough reason for Nelson to stay here after college. Nature inspires her work and feeds her soul. “I love running, hiking and practicing yoga – pretty much anything that allows me to be outside in the sunshine,” she says.


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Christiane Barbato’s Brazilian roots influence her organic tablewear designs


What started out as a ceramic’s hobby while growing up in Brazil, turned into a thriving career for Christiane Barbato. Her energetic personality comes across in the one-of-a-kind plates that she designs and creates for some of the most popular restaurants across the country through her company Blue Door Ceramics (www. Every item features a custom contemporary design intended to enhance food’s aesthetic. The ceramics are hand-formed, therefore organically shaped, and the designer finds beauty in the imperfection of the shapes she creates. With a background in hotel ownership and an MBA, Barbato stepped away from the corporate world after what she calls a “breakthrough” on her 40th birthday to focus on Blue Door Ceramics full time. Combining ceramics and business came naturally for the entrepreneur. “I was selling [my plates] online and a couple restaurants from Chicago placed large orders. In 2016, some chefs from Phoenix started buying and advertising for me through their network and word of mouth,” Barbato says. “I’m so grateful for them. It all started happening fast, I never planned to be a tableware designer and maker.” When creating, Barbato starts her day early. She incorporates meditation, mindfulness, and a workout then hits the studio. “Seventy percent of my work is outside including the kilns. My job is hardcore, and I need a lot of energy and strength. It takes patience, consistency, and discipline, especially working from home,” she says. Currently, Barbato is designing an eight-course serving set for local celebrity chef Christopher Gross’ new chef table concept and adding to her collection used at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Her work can also be purchased locally at Bungalow, Grace Renee Gallery, Galeana 39 and Modernique. Beyond Arizona, her creations can be found on restaurant tables in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Chicago, Miami, Bahrain, and Dubai. Barbato’s ultimate motivation is expressing her creativity and spreading joy through her art. “I [create because I] can impact others’ lives by bringing beauty, love and good vibes to tables around the world,” she says.


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DRESS TO IMPRESS… YOURSELF Kyu Utsunomiya always stays true to his classic sense of style BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

With over 27 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Kyu Utsunomiya learned early on that hospitality was his calling. He describes his individual style as a reflection of the entire range of his resume and is conscious to what makes him feel good, hence his mantra of dressing to impress yourself. “[I have an] Appreciation for a simple well-fitting suit and good jeans paired with Chucks, a T-shirt and a hat,” the central Phoenix resident explains. The co-owner of Conceptually Social immerses himself with the vibe of Downtown Phoenix thanks to his involvement in concepts like The Larry at Galvenize and The Dressing Room at monOrchid. His favorite brands are Hugo Boss, Converse, and John Varvatos for their comfort, design, and refined, minimal appearance. The self-described “not-tooflashy” dresser favors shopping at a variety of stores ranging from Ted Baker to Nike, and finds himself drawn to classic looks over trendy styles. His must-have fashion item? Watches. “Watches reflect a bit of my style. I believe in looking at a watch to tell me what time it is, not my phone,” he says, noting his most treasured item in his closet is his dad’s watch because it reminds him to stay on the right path in life.

What is your No. 1 style tip? Clothes should be about you, what you like to wear, what makes you feel confident and especially comfortable. What would someone say if they took a peek into your closet? I’m clearly not OCD and apparently like shoes. How does living in Arizona influence your style? Temperature influences everything and nothing [here is] overly formal. I’m a big fan of “resort casual!”


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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.

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Dorina Bustamante‘s simple fashion sense reflects her passion for art and an appreciation for community preservation


Dorina Bustamante is an executive at True North Studio — a community and development organization headquartered in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District within the iconic monOrchid. Here, she keeps a comfortable personal style while juggling government relations and community development meetings with everyone from local artists to planning committees at city hall. Influenced by the classic style of Sophia Loren, Bustamante says that “every boss lady who keeps it real” is an inspiration to her and is rarely found without her signature pearl accessory. “My style starts and ends with pearls and a skinny pant with a tailored blazer. Throw on a tank, T-shirt, or blouse, some accessories and I am out the door,” she says of her uncomplicated ensembles. A fan of supporting local retailers, Bustamante shops at Phoenix destinations Mae & Marie, Phoenix General, Made Art Boutique, and Bunky Boutique for blazers, statement necklaces, and skinny jeans. From construction sites to black-tie galas, the fifth generation Arizonan often finds herself drawn to natural and breathable fabrics that can be layered for all seasons of life in the desert.

What is your must-have fashion item? A nicely tailored black blazer. I have dozens – from high end to low end, Armani to Target. What is your most prized possession in your closet? I live for my pearl earrings and anything pearls, especially the ones gifted from my amazing mother Irma Bustamante, grandmother and my aunties. How does your career influence your style? I can’t let my style take over the board room. I prefer to keep it simple and classic and not have it be about how I look.


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GOLDEN MASQUERADE GALA Back to School Clothing Drive hosted this fundraiser at Phoenix Art Museum


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This celebration at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa honored those who raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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A Daring Visionary Designer Joan Dominique is making a statement in the fashion industry as a young entrepreneur



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Out-of-towners will tell you that Arizona has one season: summer. It’s hot here, we get it. However, the forecast doesn’t always read triple digits. Though mild, the Valley does have winters. Because winter days rarely reach 50 degrees, residents can get away with owning a light jacket or two. Joan Dominique isn’t your typical Arizonan. She’s a 23-year-old fashion designer from the Valley of the Sun who is obsessed with coats. Her love of bespoke coats that combine function with high fashion inspired her first clothing collection. As the founder and creative director of her own company, Dominique is taking the fashion capitals of the world by storm while reminding them of her desert roots.

Innate Greatness Always curious and creative, Dominique exhibited the makings of greatness from a very young age. Her parents say that her magnetic personality lit up every room she occupied when she was growing up, and she’s still lighting up rooms. In grade school, everyone in Dominique's class wanted to be a lawyer, doctor or firefighter. She felt called to something else; something different from her peers. It wasn’t until she completed a school project on designer Donna Karan that she identified what that something was. “Students were asked to do a report on famous figures who shared their birthday. In my case, Donna Karan.” She continues, “Through this project, I discovered a passion for drawing clothing. I wanted to follow in Karan’s footsteps by attending Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. I wanted to become a fashion designer.” The aspiring designer grew up fascinated with mainstream fashion houses, envisioning herself someday working at one creating women’s clothes. To get there, she needed experience. Dominique interned at Alice + Olivia in New York City during the summer of her junior year in high school. Instead of working in the clothing department like she had hoped, she was placed in accessories and footwear. “New York City always felt like home even before I arrived. There were, of course, moments when I was homesick and all I wanted was good Mexican food and AJ’s iced tea,” she admits.


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Like her birthday buddy, Dominique attended Parsons after high school and honed her craft with the industry’s elites. She also fell deeper in love with and sought inspiration from her surrounding city. “You can travel the world and be exposed to new food, cultures and languages. In New York City, you are exposed and can immerse yourself in them constantly at any hour of the day,” she says. There were several attractive entrylevel design jobs offered to Dominique after graduating from Parsons. Unlike her peers, again, she turned them all down in pursuit of something bigger and better; something that gave her total autonomy. “There is a lack of credibility and monotony of what is expected of you in large companies. [In my experiences,] these

companies never provided room for personal growth. That’s when I turned toward entrepreneurship,” she says.

A House for The Daring At the encouragement of her mother who is also an entrepreneur, Dominique took major risks, hustled hard and lived at her sewing machine with one goal in mind: to own her own fashion house. It all paid off because in 2018 she launched Maison Joan Dominique. “I always wanted to start my own fashion house. I just never imagined I’d start in the world of men’s footwear,” she explans. As it turns out, her stint at Alice + Olivia foreshadowed what was to come. Instead of working in women’s footwear she now specializes in men’s. Dominique’s impeccably

made shoes are crafted in Italy’s most prestigious shoemaking regions. Her dedication to quality is second to none, with shoes starting at $980. They can be ordered online and built upon request. According to the visionary herself, only daring gentlemen who enjoy wearing and breaking traditional elements of dress opt for Maison Joan Dominique. Breaking into the fashion industry is no easy feat, but Dominique sure isn’t having much difficulty. Her design prowess and eagle eye for detail garnered the attention of Oxford Fashion Studio (OFS), a studio that puts independent designers on the map. Dominique presented her first clothing collection, appropriately titled Le Premier, French for “first,” at Paris Fashion Week with OFS this past winter. Of the show’s 13 designers, she was the only one that presented menswear. “I was very fortunate to have been invited to this opportunity, especially since my company is still in its first year,” she says. Dressed head-to-toe in perfection, her models donned bespoke coats that were seamless and wildly unique. The designer showcased coats for two reasons: Her first autumn outside of Arizona revealed coats unlike others she had seen in the past and coats are her favorite piece of clothing.

Looking Toward the Future With her company booming and a showing at fashion week already under her belt, there is no saying what this young businesswoman isn’t capable of. For now, she splits her time between Manhattan and the Valley to make it all work. Maybe one day she will open a fashion studio in Arizona. Until then, her French bulldog Zola accompanies her on all her travels. “Zola is all love and play,” Dominique says. Not one day is identical for this entrepreneur. Her work is emotionally fulfilling, yes, but Dominique makes time for other things she enjoys. For instance, exercising — she feels most creative after a session of hot yoga — listening to TED Talks or taking pointers from other businessowners and their journeys. The latter helped Dominique shift her perspective to redefine success. “My biggest challenge was changing my mindset,” she says. “There were those born with talent and those not. I believed the overachievers were given the talent to

overachieve, not that they worked for it. It took me a very long time to realize habits, repetition, consistency and persistence were the true keys to excellence. After I began working on my mindset, it opened a whole new world of vision for opportunity for me.” According to Dominique, a good businesswoman never reveals her secrets. So, although she won’t dish on details, it’s safe to say that her future is bright. She recently expanded her fashion house to include a limited-edition women’s shoe named after Antheia, the Greek goddess of gardens, as well as a limited-edition bow tie collection.

Sleek, reinvigorated tradition is this Arizona designer’s M.O., but that wasn’t always the case. Like most of us, Dominique made some seriously questionable fashion choices in years past. She still wonders why her parents ever let her leave the house looking like Avril Lavigne’s doppelganger. “There were a lot of [fashion faux pas], but my skater girl phase was the worst of all,” she laughs. Visit or follow both @maisonjoandominique and @joandomin on Instagram.

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This performance will certainly rock you. Formed in 1970, Queen is one of the most important bands in rock history. Though talented frontman Freddie Mercury has been gone for more than a quarter century, the band remains as popular as ever. The 2018 blockbuster biographical musical Bohemian Rhapsody, based on the band, brought renewed record sales and a high demand for a live tour. Singersongwriter Adam Lambert brings his vocal talents as he joins founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor for The Rhapsody Tour, a 23-date North American tour stopping in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on July 16. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

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Under the creative direction of celebrity chef and restaurateur, Scott Conant, Mora Italian launched a new happy hour menu last month. Available on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., the selection includes discounted bites such as pork ribs, the margherita pizza, a salumi and cheese plate, and pork and veal meatballs. There’s also combo drink and food options, and cocktails include sangria ($5), Aperol spritz ($5), Americano ($7) and more.

This month, Arizona Science Center will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon as July 16, 2019 is exactly 50 years after the monumental 1969 launch of the Saturn V rocket. In addition to a Girls in STEM space-themed overnight event, a speaker series and a rocket building and launches, the center will host an Apollo 11 Anniversary Family Celebration July 19 and 20 where guests can explore the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibit as well as engage in hands-on, family-friendly space- and moon-themed activities. See website for schedule of events.


Pita Jungle launched a Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu featuring a new selection of modified keto- and paleofriendly dishes within the confines of the Mediterranean diet. Running through September, the menu includes a Moroccan Gazpacho, a Bone Broth Ramen and a Mahi Burrito of the Sea. There are also two types of cauliflower tostadas as well as two new desserts: a green tea panacotta and a brownie ice cream sandwich.


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True Food Kitchen recently started offering its own online ordering platform, allowing guests to order and pay online, make reservations, manage their accounts and more. Now, the health-driven restaurant is launching a new True Insider loyalty program and custom-branded app. Through the tiered loyalty program, eaters can earn and redeem rewards at any of True Food Kitchens locations nationwide. Perks include free birthday desserts, invitations to special events, tastings of seasonal menu changes, lifestyle merchandise, priority seating, and complimentary dishes. The True Insider program can be joined by downloading the free app, available on the iTunes App Store or Google Play store, texting TFK to 43618, or by visiting


The Wandering Tortoise is offering Valley residents a new way to cool off this summer. The neighborhood beer shop and tap room recently acquired a machine to make frozen drinks and now has frosé, otherwise known as frozen rosé, on its menu. With the machine also comes the ability for the bar to experiment, leading to some interesting new chilled drinks for the hot weather in town. Every few weeks, Wandering Tortoise offers featured beer slushies. Stop by or call for details and specials for the week, 602.441.3490.


On July 31 from 7 to 9 p.m., Scramble, a breakfast and lunch joint, is hosting a fundraiser at its Biltmore location titled Enhance the Space, benefitting Valley nonprofit Arizona Search Dogs. The art auction features two pieces by local artist David Dauncey, which are now on display in the eatery with online bidding open through the event date. The winning bid will be announced at the fundraiser where guests will be able mingle with Phoenix Firefighters and their beloved Arizona Search Dogs, meet the artist and enjoy breakfast bites and cocktails from Scramble’s menu items. Proceeds will be donated to the Arizona Search Dogs, which trains, certifies, and develops Canine Search Specialist teams to be mobilized with Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces. $10. To bid or buy tickets, visit Uptown July ‘19




July 13, The Phoenix Zoo The temperatures are heating up in the Valley of the Sun, but the Phoenix Zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland perfect to escape the heat! Chill out in nearly 50 tons of freshly made snow, splash around at the wet and wild play areas, and hang out in the shade as you watch the lovable animals enjoy their icy treats. It’s a day of cool fun at the hottest outdoor activity in Phoenix. All activities are included with general zoo admission. 7-11 a.m.


and mimosas. And don’t miss the chance to taste all the creations of Battle Freak Shake! 9 a.m-1 p.m. Free. Movies in the Courtyard by Desert Ridge July 11 & 25, Desert Ridge Marketplace It’s time to get lost in a world of thrilling imagination and spectacular cinematic adventure. This free movie series is a great way to sit back, enjoy the cooling night air and be entranced by a movie on the huge LED screen in Desert Ridge’s beautiful courtyard. There’s plenty of places for the family to play with countless misters, shaded areas and other cooling elements. New movies each night. See website for upcoming selections. 6 p.m. Free. Eddie Griffin July 12-13, Stand Up Live Hilarious and topical comedian Eddie Griffin, hits the stage of Stand Up Live to tickle your funny bone. His many memorable shows on stage eventually led this comedic genius to his popular appearances on Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, the Cable Ace Award-nominated HBO special One Night Stand, HBO Comedy Half Hour Special, the HBO special Voodoo Child and at the legendary Apollo Theater. Showtimes vary. General admission, $35; VIP, $45.

Flashlight Tours Through Aug. 31, Desert Botanical Garden With our desert as the backdrop, summer nights shine at the garden’s flashlight tours. All ages will have a blast getting hands-on during this self-guided nocturnal adventure through the beautiful nocturnal garden. Check out the night blooming plants, animals that come out afterdark, plus grab some food and drink and chill out. Every Saturday. 7 p.m.9:30 p.m. Adults, $14.95; Children, $9.95. Diamondbacks vs. Rockies: 5th of July Fireworks Spectacular July 5, Chase Field Nothing says America like a day with brews, burgers and baseball. Add in one of the Valley’s most dynamic


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light and fireworks show and this will be a night not to forget. Tickets are on sale now for this battle royale between two beloved west coast teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. Perfect for the entire family. 6:10 p.m. $20 and up. Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon July 5-Nov. 3, Heard Museum Still Life No. 3 retells the Diné Bahane’, the Navajo story of creation and emergence into the current world. The piece is comprised of sound, speakers, text and timed colored light which scrolls through several hues over a 24-hour cycle – relating to colors referenced in the Diné origin story. The exhibition will allow for an immersive and metaphysical space within the confines of the gallery to create room for

pensive reflection, sense of place, and situationality. Daily. Included with price of admission. Indoor Chefs + Farmers Market Series July 6 & 13, Hotel Valley Ho As summer heats up (and the local outdoor farmers markets wind down), ZuZu is celebrating the best of the season with a free, indoor neighborhood farmers market that brings together local chefs and purveyors. Each market date features a different theme, from the music to the food, including Backyard Grillin 'n' Chillin on July 6 and Sweet Treats on July 13. Shop fresh produce and local culinary delights, take advantage of the refrigerated bag check, enjoy spirit and wine tastings, along with a cash bar featuring bloody marys

The Addams Family July 12-28, Herberger Theater Center When You’re an Addams! It’s the ultimate nightmare! Daughter Wednesday, the original Princess of Darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. While her parents wonder, all Wednesday wants is one normal night, but everything is about to change as they host a dinner for her fiance and his parents. Whether seasoned with “salt, pepper, or cyanide,” this is one family dinner you won’t forget! Showtimes and prices vary. Experience France July 13-14, Musical Instrument Museum Celebrate Bastille Day and French culture at the spectacular MIM. Enjoy live performances by authentic French musical groups, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store, and indulge in a French-inspired menu at the cafe. It’ll leave you saying “Vive la France!” 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Included with price of general admission and membership.

Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show. July 14, Gila River Arena At this aptly named show, attendees will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra. A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will be available for purchase. These packages may include a selection of reserved, seated tickets, custom merchandise (designed exclusively for package purchasers) and much more. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social July 14, Rosson House Museum Experience an afternoon inspired by Phoenix during the turn of the century. Take a guided tour of the 1895 Rosson House and learn about the families who called it home. As you explore each room, feel what life during this time would have been like. Afterward, retire to The Bungalow to indulge in an old-fashioned ice cream sundae with all the fixings. Sit inside the comfort of The Bungalow or find a shady spot on the lawn to relax, socialize, and play a game of croquet. Costumes are highly encouraged. 1 p.m. $15. Lunchtime Theatre presents Musical Schmoozicals II: Family’s a Drag July 16-18, Herberger Theater And you thought your family was bad! Join this talented cast, led by producer Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda, in this raucous musical full of laughs and tears. The show is a small peek into an Arizona theater family where life is not always what it seems but there is always a song to sing about it. Order your lunch ahead of time from the TLC Cafe – see website for menu options. 12:10 p.m. Frog’s Leap Wine Dinner July 18, Scottsdale Hyatt Regency For those who love food and wine, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is proud to offer its Winemaker Dinner Series lineup for the remainder of 2019. Each of these special evenings begins with an appetizer and wine reception, followed by an epicurean experience that perfectly pairs wines with an extraordinary four-course dinner. Guests should check-in at Alto Ristorante bar inside of Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Space is limited. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m.


July 27, Phoenix Convention Center The Phoenix Convention Center once again welcomes the self-proclaimed “real brews” of the Real, Wild and Woody Beer Festival. With a focus on cask barrel-style ales, this event features a variety of fresh flavors and seasonal specialties poured by more than 65 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers. Expect over 350 craft brews, a host of bites, a silent disco, live music, a rock wall and a gamer’s paradise. 2-6 p.m. $60 admission tickets includes 20 beer sampling tickets and small bites from local restaurants and breweries.

The Maricopa Home and Landscape Show July 13-15, University of Phoenix Stadium Homeowners rejoice! It’s time to get brainstorming about this year’s home renovation projects. No event will get those juices running like the Maricopa Home & Garden Show, complete with thousands of home improvement, design and landscaping products and services offered at exclusive pricing. Get hands-on in the Handmade Headquarters or be inspired at the DIY Furniture Makeover demos. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $8 daily; Children ages 3-12, $3; Children 2 and younger, free. Phx Fray Speed Dating July 24, Helio Basin Brewing Co. If you’re sick of swiping to find your sweetheart, this speed dating

event gives you an opportunity to meet real people in person for amazing conversations. Local singles over 21 will gather at the Phoenix brewery for an immersive speed dating happy hour, guided by the Phx Fray Event Squad staff. Each attendee will get a numbered name tag, a scorecard, and a raffle ticket. Each date is four minutes and there will be two rounds of multiple dates with a break in between. The next day, the organizers will send you your matches. Rockstar Disrupt Festival July 27, Ak-Chin Pavilion Featuring some of the biggest names in rock, as well as the genre's rising stars, The Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival is the summer’s premiere touring festival. Fans will be immersed in a full-day interactive experience where they will not only be able to hear some

of their favorite bands, but will also be exposed to the latest in lifestyle brands and pop-up activations. 1:30 p.m. Prices vary. An Evening with Kristina Kuzmic: The Hope and Humor Tour July 28, Orpheum Theatre This show will consist of everything you could want to experience for a night out: inspiration, interaction, and comedy. Kuzmic is a cheerleader for her fellow humans. After immigrating to America from Croatia and later facing even more challenges, Kuzmic wanted to be for others what she wished someone had been for her during her darkest hours. Now, with over 2.3 million followers on Facebook, she provides encouragement, hope and humor. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.

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Local spots offering activities to elevate a night out

From giant Jenga to table tennis and vintage arcade tournaments, games are making their way into the restaurant and bar scene, adding a new dimension when it comes to a night out. Check out these Phoenix watering holes that offer more than your standard bar food.


Culinary Dropout at The Yard The casual atmosphere of Culinary Dropout at the Yard combines games, live music, and a laid-back vibe with a menu to match. With crowd favorites including the famous pretzel bites and cheese fondue, the restaurant doubles as the ultimate adult playground. Between bites, test your hand at lawn games including cornhole, pingpong and foosball. Stay hydrated with ice-cold craft beer or a refreshing housemade cocktail. Cobra Arcade The sounds of coins clanging can be heard throughout Cobra Arcade Bar thanks to 40 vintage arcade cabinets and multiple pinball machines. Video game characters cover the walls and local artists display their work throughout the retro bar. Popular games like Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat are favored by the crowd of regulars that pack the arcade on weekends. If you get hungry, food trucks and vendors supply bites Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and outside food can be brought in, or you can order a pizza to be delivered directly to your Donkey Kong game. www. The Vig At the two locations in Phoenix, the fun, upscale neighborhood tavern invites diners to try their hand at bocce, cornhole and shuffleboard while enjoying live and DJ-spun music in the evenings. With a spacious patio and a trendy twist on classic American fare, this popular weekend spot may just turn into your regular Sunday funday hangout. The Duce Where groovy meets nostalgic, this Downtown Phoenix open warehouse is home to pingpong tables, cornhole, a boxing ring (to work off all the famous mac and cheese muffins!) and a dance hall where you can perfect your swing moves. Besides competitive shuffleboard games and dance lessons, Phoenicians flock to the old-school eatery for vintage beers and cocktails. Linger Longer This retro lounge is well-known for creative bar bites and quirky cocktails in addition to crowd-pleasing games like Jenga and electronic darts. Besides serving up elevated pub grub like panko fried pickles and prosciutto grilled cheese, a game room provides the perfect setting for weekly trivia and karaoke, making guests want to linger a little longer before heading home. The Churchill The Churchill serves as a communal gathering spot comprised of shipping containers and home to about a dozen local small local businesses. From established brands like State Forty Eight to startup restaurant concepts, all of the brands residing in this downtown spot share a 9,000-square-foot courtyard intended for dining, socializing and playing games such as cornhole, Jenga, and family-friendly board games.


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SHAKING THINGS UP Summer Cocktail Camp offers crash courses on crafting cocktails


IF YOU GO… What: Summer Cocktail Camp When: Select dates June 29 through August 11 Where: Five Valley restaurants Tickets: $38 per class Information: www. summercocktailcamp. com.

It’s scorching hot outside. Air conditioning systems blast cool air 24/7. Floppy hats and Jackie O sunglasses make their annual debut. Summer has certainly arrived and with it the sixth annual Summer Cocktail Camp, a refreshing tour of the Valley’s hottest cocktail hangouts. Presented by Phoenix Magazine and Awe Collective, Summer Cocktail Camp is a summer camp for adults. This month, it invites attendees to saddle up to five Valley bars for crash courses in cocktail-making taught by local mixologists. Classes take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the following restaurants: Social Hall (7/7); Mowry & Cotton (7/14); Clever Koi Gilbert (7/28);

The Phoenician Tavern (8/4); and Chico Malo (8/11). Muddle, shake, stir and strain cocktail recipes, all chock-full of innovation and explosive flavors. Cocktails are entirely up to the bar talent, so they will absolutely vary from restaurant to restaurant. In years past some spots focused on a specific spirit — think rum-based Tiki cocktails — whereas others utilized all different kinds. Whatever the recipes call for this year one thing is definite: you will sip on the fruits of your labor while mingling with fellow imbibers and high-profile hospitality professionals. Classes will be emceed by the lively Craig Outhier, editor of Phoenix Magazine.

“We’ve played a part in Summer Cocktail Camp since it started back in 2013, and each year it gets better and better,” says Andrew Fritz, co-owner of The Gladly. “Being able to share our knowledge and passion for the beverage industry alongside cocktail enthusiasts is always a fun and rewarding time.” Summer Cocktail Camp is a great way to escape the heat while gaining some serious cocktail-making chops. The event sells out quickly every year. The purchase of a ticket includes three or four cocktails, depending on their complexity. A la carte food items will also be available for an additional cost at select restaurants.

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S H O P / FA S H I O N / A L LU R E / DW E L L


Glam up your outfit in a cinch with the GG Marmont Web Stripe Belt from Gucci. The iconic double-G buckle combines the seamless look of modern goldtone hardware with the head-turning flair of a Gucci belt. A red, white and blue strap adds a dash of patriotism, making this accessory the perfect addition to any Fourth of July fiesta, while the white leather keeps it neutral enough to don any other day of the year. Made in Italy, the fashion-forward belt encompasses the Florentine craftsmanship that makes Gucci well-loved (and wellworn!) by many. $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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Style SHOP


FRUITFUL FINDS Rock this summer’s ripest trend

Citrus-printed halter dress, Forest Lily, $130 at Nordstrom, Banana retro T-shirt,, $38 at Nordstrom. Lemon-printed shorts, $12.99 at H&M, Lemon drop earrings, Mignonne Gavigan, $425 at Farfetch, www. Red apple raffia bag, Mercedes Salazar, $420 at Neiman Marcus, www. Strawberry sneakers, Gucci, $730 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.


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HAIR FLAIR Crown your ’do with fun accessories

Spectrum Swarovski crystal headband, Lelet NY, $278 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Circle barrette, $12.50 at Madewell, Knotted floral hair tie, $15 at J.Crew, Knotted silk headband with stars, Lele Sadoughi, $170 at Neiman Marcus, www. Printed scarf, $98 at Johnny Was, www. Pink imitation pearl barrette, Alexandre de Paris, $184 at Nordstrom, www.

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Cooling products to help you survive the summer heat

Illuminating antifatigue cooling eye gel, Lancome, $42 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Conditioning lip balm, Indie Lee, $22 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, www. After sun skinsoothing aloe mist, Herbivore Botanicals, $12-$20 at Nordstrom, www. Rejuvenating eye gel patches (30 pairs), Patchology, $50 at Neiman Marcus, www. Calendula and aloe soothing hydration mask, $45 at Kiehl’s, Moisturizing cool gel cream, La Mer, $85-$325 at Nordstrom.


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POOL PARTY Necessities for a backyard bash

Wooden cantilever umbrella, Premium Sunbrella, $1,499 at Pottery Barn, www. Yacht pool float, Funboy, $128 at Neiman Marcus, www. Geometric Versailles coasters, $88 at Jonathan Adler, www. Six-piece pool cup set, Lilly Pulitzer, $58 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Wooden wine trough with pineapple design, Cathy’s Concepts, $128 at Nordstrom, Outdoor coffee table, Roar + Rabbit, $599 at West Elm,

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Eye-catching ensembles from Lilly Pulitzer’s summer collection

ROMPER: Sammi blue, green and white print, $178. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.lillypulitzer. com.

DRESS: Jane maxi in whisper blue, $298. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.


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HANDBAG: Sirena crossbody, $168. DRESS: Lanora stretch shift, $198. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www.

Left: EARRINGS: Maritime navy, $50. ROMPER: Alessa coral lace, $168. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www. Right: TOP AND SKIRT SET: Alpinia white eyelet, $228. HANDBAG: Playa Blanca straw tote, $118. Both from Lilly Pulitzer, www. Uptown July ‘19


TOP AND SKIRT SET: Larissa striped and pineapple print, $198. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.

DRESS: Avalyn pink gingham stretch, $198. From Lilly Pulitzer, www.


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DRESS: Darlah pink stretch, $218. From Lilly Pulitzer,

DRESS: Kassandra maxi caftan, $278. From Lilly Pulitzer, Uptown July ‘19


There is no silver bullet. There is no magic wand. You can’t snap your fingers or wiggle your nose to make it happen. If you want to help kids succeed, it takes a base of operations, and trained professionals, and innovative teaching strategies, and career counseling, and help with math, and fun, and games, and tech, and science, and exercise, and college prep, and mentoring, and hopes, and dreams, and on, and on, and on. It does not take one of these things. It takes all of them. Because when it comes to building great futures for our children, good enough is never enough. We are the Boys & Girls & Tech & Tutoring & STEM & Arts & Music & So Much More Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. We don’t just do one thing. We do whatever it takes.


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


Keep your summer treats cool in the classy but sassy Studio Fridge by Big Chill. At just under 5 1/2 feet tall, the retro-inspired appliance is perfectly sized for a vacation casita, lending a funky-fashionable personality to any small space. The fridge combines the nostalgia of decades past with the comforts of modern technology, featuring automatic moisture control, a temperature management system, and an optional interior ice maker, all wrapped up in a chrome-trimmed package. Available in nine standard colors (pictured in Jadite Green), the fridge features the choice of a left- or right-sided handle, and design buffs can choose to upgrade to one of over 200 available custom colors for an additional $400. $2,895 at Big Chill,

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Located on a cul-de-sac and set against stunning mountain views, this property stands out with its hacienda flair. The unique style is immediate from the inviting outdoor courtyard, featuring a mixture of stylish tilework, stonework and carved wood. The 7,258-square-foot home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a gated garage entry equipped with room for four in the garage. Within the home, there are separate guest quarters with a living area and there is also a full guest casita separated from the home, boasting a kitchen. The casita is connected by an enchanting patio, where there is a fireplace and a comfortable sitting area. The main dwelling is fit for entertaining, from the 1,000-bottle showpiece wine cellar to the indoor-outdoor wet bar to the billiards room. No detail has been spared, with high-end finishes like hand-carved cabinetry, interior doors and built-ins. Soaring beamed ceilings and special design touches throughout the entire home, such as the showstopping statement hallway wall, also add to the elegance of the space. Intricately designed wood doors open to the master suite, with a stone wall as the first thing you see. Upon entering, to the left is the bedroom, equipped with a fireplace. To the right when walking in is the bathroom, with another fireplace, a clawfoot bathtub, a walk-in shower, and two expansive closets with built-ins. The living area is grand, with a chef’s gourmet kitchen, a butler’s pantry, an office, a formal dining room, and a casual dining room. The open-concept living room flows from the kitchen, featuring a fireplace and a curved sliding door that opens fully to reveal the beautiful backyard and stunning mountain views. The outdoor spaces are just as inviting as the indoor ones. Standout areas outdoors include the Zen garden, multiple fireplaces, a pool and spa, a covered patio, a fire pit, and an outdoor bar with a built-in barbecue. Listed for $3,750,000 with Frank Aazami of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 480.266.0240 or frank. 




This all-new subcompact SUV is a winning addition to the American maker’s portfolio BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2019 Cadillac XT4 Base price: $34,795

With the Escalade, Cadillac has had one of the best-known luxury SUVs on the market. But, lacking other utility-vehicle options, its portfolio was far from complete – until recently. The mid-sized XT5 crossover arrived in 2017, and 2019 saw the debut of the much-needed subcompact XT4 crossover. The XT4 comes in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. The only performance advantage of the Sport, which was tested here, is optional active sport suspension, making it mostly an appearance package. Each trim is powered by an all-new 2.0-liter, 237-horsepower, twin-scrolled, turbocharged four-cylinder connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The turbocharger spools up quickly, providing immediate low-end punch without the turbo lag common in competing vehicles. The high-speed power available for overtaking and passing slower traffic is impressive. However, the engine gets buzzy under full acceleration. The XT4 seats five on standard faux leather upholstery. With an upgrade to real leather comes an eight-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and

a hands-free rear liftgate. Passenger comfort is excellent in both the front and rear, where legroom is surprisingly ample. There’s a decent amount of cargo space behind the second row of seats, and more when the seats are folded flat. An 8-inch infotainment display is tastefully showcased in the contoured dash. The redesigned optional Cadillac User Experience (CUE) operating technology – with embedded navigation, Bose audio system surround sound, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – is one of the most pleasant surprises. It’s vastly improved over the previous, generally disliked CUE system. The downside is the readability of the small buttons on the center console. The XT4’s reasonable starting price quickly soars when adding options like cold weather and technology packages, dual panel tilt, a sliding sunroof, and dark blue metallic exterior paint. Desirable active safety features will cost extra as well. Overall, the XT4 is more than just a downsized XT5 – it has excellent design presence, is enjoyable to drive, easy to maneuver and park, and especially comfortable. If this is the future of Cadillac, the brand is certainly moving in the right direction.

Price as tested: $57,135 Engine: 2.0-L V-4 Horsepower: 237 Fuel economy: 22/29mpg city/ highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Excellent driving dynamics Roomy rear seat Easy-to-use infotainment system

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Texas’ capital balances big-city attractions with small-town charm


“Keep Austin Weird” has been the unofficial slogan of Austin, Texas, for nearly 20 years. However, given its impressive arts, culture, culinary, outdoor and music scenes, the motto could just as well be “Austin Keeps Wowing.” In fact, there is so much to do one that would be hardpressed to fit it all into just one visit – but you can try!

Austin’s Accommodations One must, of course, start with accommodations. There’s no shortage of hotels and resorts in the area. Before booking, consider the type of trip you’re organizing. If planning to spend most of your time downtown, book a hotel in the thick of everything that’s awash in amenities like the Hilton Austin, which offers views of both the state Capitol and Lady Bird Lake. It is also walking distance to the famed 6th Street and features a full-service spa and two award-winning eateries. If you’re seeking something away from the bustle of the city when you’re not exploring, consider Wayback Cafe & Cottages. Just outside of town, each of the eight cottages at this boutique hotel overlooks the Hill Country and offers access to a private saltwater pool with cabanas, a fire pit, and a farm-to-table cafe.

Tool Around Town Once checked in and bags unpacked, look around. It’s beautiful! Austin is just not full of amazing city architecture – it sits on Lady Bird Lake. Beyond its beauty, this reservoir running through Austin offers several recreational activities, including one of its chief attractions: the bats. Every March to October, Austin becomes the home to 1.5 million wild bats. And each night, they emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge and sail over Lady Bird Lake. Several operators, notably Live Love Paddle and Capital Cruises, offer kayaking and small boat cruises during “bat season” to see the flyover firsthand. Beyond that, there are canoe rentals, paddleboarding classes, hiking paths, and bike tours. Rocket Electrics is a leader in biking options and even features rides with stops for cocktails and brunch. And if seeking to take a dip any time of the year, visit Barton Springs Pool in nearby Zilker Park, which measures 3 acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68 to 70 degrees. In addition to Lady Bird and Barton Springs, Austin is also home to Deep Eddy Vodka’s world headquarters and offers daily tastings. If more in the mood for beer, try the Family Business Beer Company. Like Wayback, this microbrewery is just outside of town but worth the drive. During summer, expect infusions of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus in their impressive lagers, IPAs and ales.


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Food & Fun There’s no doubt that Austin is a culinary and cocktail mecca. First, there are the food trucks – more than 1,000 of them! There are several apps available to seek them out, but there are also dozens of pods throughout town where different trucks gather to provide a twist on a progressive dining experience. Among the best: Pangea Lounge, Rainey Street Food Trucks, East Riverside Food Trucks, and The Picnic. For non-truck dining, options range from traditional Texas barbecue with craft beer to tacos and tequila (or mezcal) to Asianfusion and high-end chef’s tables. ATX Cocina is a great stop for Mexican food lovers, and it has a local Arizona connection as one of the co-owners is Nick Foles, the former University of Arizona quarterback who rose to fame when he was named the 2018 NFL Superbowl MVP. Among the other owners is his father, Larry Foles, the man behind Roaring Fork, Salty Sow and Eddie V’s. For a standout Asian option, look no further than Sour Duck Market. In recent months, the eatery’s chef, Bryce Gilmore, was in the running for the James Beard Award for the Southwest. Though edged out by Scottsdale’s Charleen Badman of FnB, his food is a feast for all five senses. Or, for a bit of a twist on Asian flavors – as well as traditional Texas barbecue – head to Loro, which is helmed by James Beard Award-winners Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin. Speaking of barbecue, you cannot visit Texas without tasting some of its world-renowned options. Kerlin BBQ is a great place to start. Recently named the top barbecue spot in America by Business Insider, this husband-and-wife run restaurant excels at all things brisket and ribs. Then, of course, there is the ultra-popular Franklin Barbecue, headed by James Beard Award winner James Franklin. Fine dining also abounds across Austin at venues such as Wink Restaurant & Wine Bar, which offers a daily chef’s tasting menu, available in five or seven courses and with optional wine pairings, as well as a daily vegetarian tasting menu.

Entertainment Abounds And then – of course – there is the music. Austin has more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation, and most of them are on or near an area of town called 6th Street. One would be hard-pressed not to find several dozen live music acts performing nightly. And beyond even the music, 6th Street offers a host of other things to see and do, notably a haunted hotel (The Driskell), breweries, theaters, restaurants, galleries, clubs and more. A hidden gem: Esther’s Follies. The ever-changing comedy show skewers all political parties and news of the day through a quirky, clever combination of sketch comedy and original songs. To learn more, visit

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SLUSHIFIED SIPPERS Cool down with frozen summer cocktails

Need to chill out this summer? Here are some of our favorite frozen cocktails to keep you cool no matter how hot it gets.

Tiki Disco Slushy Hash Kitchen Channel your inner funk with this glittery disco ball filled with a slushy mixture of crushed ice and tropical flavors consisting of spiced rum, passion fruit, coconut, amaro, lime and bitters. Bonus: It is topped with habanero-pineapple flavored cotton candy! $11. www. Alone in Kyoto Nook Kitchen This julep with a Japanese (and Hollywood) spin is made with Suntory Whisky Toki, roasted pistachio syrup and crushed ice. It is topped with mint and a pistachio crumble and named for Bill Murray’s situation in Lost in Translation as well as a song on the soundtrack. $12. Coupette Colada Little Rituals Pay homage to the frozen cocktails available at world-renowned cocktail bar Coupette in London with this icy option. It combines blended island rum with a pineapple cordial, housemade coconut sorbet, and a splash of prosecco, which adds a dry finish. $15. Elixir of Life UnderTow Feel rejuvenated after this fully blended mix of rum from seven different islands, French amer (France’s version of amaro), guava, orgeat, Tiki bitters, lemon and lime. Much like the (faux) lush, seemingly serene rainforest that surrounds guests at UnderTow, it’s dangerously deceptive. $15. www. Sangria Tinta Ladera Taverna y Cocina This boozy, fruity frozen sangria is an adult version of the icy slushies you enjoyed as a kid. Made with brandy, garnacha and citrus juice,


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it is a little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of delicious. $8. www. Ingo's Frozen Greyhound Ingo's Tasty Food By popular demand, Ingo’s now offers its award-winning signature Greyhound in frozen form. It features freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, house gin and grapefruit liqueur. Garnished with refreshing mint, it is the slushy of your dreams. $8 glass or $32 liter. Frozen PainKiller The Pobrecito Cocktail Bar This boozier twist on a pina colada includes a delicate balance of pineapple and orange juices, coconut cream, Bacardi Anejo Cuatro Rum, and Jamaican rum, mixed and frozen to perfection. It is garnished with a dehydrated orange wheel, toasted coconut and grated nutmeg. $13. Orange Spritz Gelato Cocktail Pomo Pizzeria An icy take on the trending Aperol spritz, this cool creation starts with Aperol, Campari and prosecco. It’s then combined with blood orange sorbet, transforming it from fizzy to frozen while retaining the same citrus flavor. It’s finished with an orange slice. $11.95. www. La Rosa Margarita Los Dos Molinos This frozen version of a classic margarita starts with all the standards needed for a tasty treat: tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. However, in addition to being served frozen, it also comes with a swirl of St. George Raspberry Liqueur, which is made with brandy and actual raspberries to make it equal parts sweet and tart. $12.




In recent months, Bobby Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ’s Biltmore Plaza location launched brunch. The menu, available Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., features both sweet dishes including lemon ricotta pancakes and savory options such as the chilaquiles ($14). To make this traditional Mexican comfort dish, chef Mark Hittle starts by taking corn tortilla chips made in-house daily and layering them in a bowl. Then, he makes a savory sauce by broiling and pan-frying fresh red peppers before combining them with garlic, onion and Mexican seasonings. Next, Hittle adds avocado relish made from avocados, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes and onions. Finally, he tops it with cotija cheese, sour cream and two eggs of the guest’s choosing. The crispy dish has a perfect mix of heat, saltiness and texture in every bite. Bobby Q, 3154 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.626.8856; Uptown July ‘19




Stock & Stable’s Painkiller is a proper nod to the rum-based classic


The bar program at Stock & Stable is equal parts homage and elevation. “We pay respect to classic cocktails throughout the menu,” says bar manager Jason Lothner. “As such, you will see everything from the Old-Fashioned to the whiskey sour to variations of the Moscow mule on our menu.” Beyond that, the bar team is dedicated to sharing small-batch and lesser-known liquor brands with patrons in each of the cocktails, elevating the drink itself and both the guests’ experience and knowledge about spirits themselves. “We make all of this come together in an explosion of flavor with our Painkiller ($14), our version of the classic Tiki cocktail,” Lothner says. The twist is in the rum. “Rather than the standard options, we use Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum as our base spirit,” says Lothner, noting it’s what is referred to as “Navy strength” rum, meaning it is 57% alcohol by volume, which translates to exactly 100 proof by British measuring standards. Beyond the math, Lothner likes the rum for its depth of flavor and clear notes of oak and spice. “We combine the rum with unsweetened pineapple juice, hand-pressed orange and lime juices and coconut cream,” says Lothner. “Then we dry shake it before wet shaking it, by design.” Dry shaking the contents is what creates the white, creamy froth on the cocktail, according to Lothner. “We finish by straining it into a Tiki glass and topping with nutmeg we hand grind ourselves as well as a pineapple,” Lothner says. “The tropical, fruity, frothy result is vacation in a glass.” Stock & Stable, located at 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.


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In the kitchen with chef Anthony DeMuro of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort As the executive chef at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Anthony DeMuro oversees all culinary operations on property, including its flagship, Different Pointe of View.


What inspired you to cook? As a child I fell in love…with my grandmother’s mostaccioli with braised lamb and sweet Italian sausage. I never wanted to do anything else but cook just like her (and my mom). What was your first big break? At 15, I worked as a dishwasher at a small Italian restaurant in west Phoenix. One day, a cook called in sick, so I offered (or may have been told to) to step in and help. By 17, I was running the entire restaurant and kitchen. Tell us about your professional journey? I graduated from Scottsdale Community College’s culinary program in the early 1990s and took a position at the La Posada Resort (where the Omni Montelucia now sits) during its heyday. Back then, it was owned by Red Lion Hotels. They offered me my first executive chef position in 1997 at one of their properties in Northern California. I came back to La Posada in 2000 for a brief tenure before starting my career with Hilton Hotels. How did you make your way to Pointe Tapatio? I began overseeing all culinary operations at both Tapatio and the Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak in 2004. And no, I don’t remember sleeping much during those years. By 2009, I wanted to put all of my focus on one resort, and I really wanted the ability to be in the kitchen cooking at Different Pointe of View nightly. How would you describe the cuisine at Different Point of View? It’s the longest consecutively awarded AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in the Valley. My menu is primarily influenced by Mediterranean, new America and California cuisines and we’re known for seafood, steak, a can’t-miss $44 three-course prix fix summer menu, and our Insider’s View ultra-intimate wine dinners. What would readers be surprised to know about you? I collect vinyl records. Right now I have about 3,000...and counting. Different Pointe of View can be found inside the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort at 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.866.6350;

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RESTAURANT ROAD TRIP Eat your way through the Verde Valley




Most people recognize the Javelina Leap name thanks to its award-winning wines, known for taking home top honors at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. But tucked behind the winery’s tasting room is a hidden culinary gem. Its bistro and private patio garden are small but mighty in both charm and flavor. The menu features imported artisan meats and cheeses, tapas and handmade chocolate truffles. UP THE CREEK BISTRO AND WINE BAR

More than 60 years ago, Up the Creek was a small-town grocery store and gas station. Then, in the 1970s, this piece of Arizona history was transformed into a restaurant. The present-day owners are dedicated to continuing its legacy while elevating the menu. This delightful restaurant now offers high-concept dishes like brandied duck liver pate and venison and lavender-infused chicken as well as comfort foods including ribs and steak.



Every aspect of this dinner hot spot is inspired by the look, feel and tastes one would find at an old-school East Coast steakhouse. Think polished brass, deep green upholstery, and a mahogany bar you would expect to see in a classic mob movie. The food is as rich as the decor and includes standout items such as New Zealand green mussels, creamy carbonara, bone-in rib-eye steak, lobster, and clams Portofino. PIZZERIA BOCCE

The Verde Valley – notably Sedona, Cottonwood, Cornville and Jerome – boasts both award-winning restaurants and rising culinary stars. If taking a road trip up north to escape our Valley’s heat, here are some can’t-miss foodie finds.

The hand-stretched, wood-fired pizzas are the stars here, though the craft cocktails, spinach pie, chocolate chip cookie skillet, bocce court, and massive fire pit with seating for more than two dozen guests are pretty impressive too. Executive chef Michelle Jurisin initially learned to cook from her Italian grandmother, so when she started planting the seeds of Pizzeria Bocce she wanted to do it right – she traveled to Naples, Italy, to become certified in the art of pizza by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, AVPN. CREMA CRAFT KITCHEN & BAR

This colorful breakfast and brunch cafe, known for its ultra-cool courtyard featuring a bright orange bar and whimsical umbrellas shading each table from both sun and rain, excels at exceeding the expectations of the most discriminating of tastes. Spice lovers will delight in the chilaquiles and chorizo biscuits and gravy. Traditionalists can treat themselves to


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executive chef Franck Desplechin – known for his work at three Michelin-starred restaurants in France as well as a leading culinary role with the St. Regis brand – the food and drink are similarly special. From sweet to savory, his elevated take on American classics using seasonal ingredients and many items grown on-property should be on any Arizona bucket list.



As quirky as it is delicious, expect to hear ghost stories from the staff and to see some truly unique things – including a bookshelf built into the ceiling – during this dining experience. Beyond the delightful oddities throughout the space, the patio offers views of the entire Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks, and the menu boasts some of the most indulgent burgers around. Of course, the bestseller is the haunted burger, which is piled high with bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, mushrooms, green chilies, grilled onions, and guacamole. GRAPES RESTAURANT & BAR

Benedicts, pancakes and seasonal frittatas, and those with a sweet tooth will be well-satisfied by the bread pudding French toast and banana Nutella crepes.



Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant Che Ah Chi – the Apache name for Boynton Canyon where the resort and restaurant sit – offers stunning views through its floor-to-ceiling windows as well as alfresco dining with unparalleled views of the red rocks. Every ingredient on the menu is sourced from their own garden, local and neighboring organic growers, artisan cheesemakers, and sustainable fish traders and ranchers.

It is hard to believe that this intimate dining room and bar was the town’s Pony Express 100 years ago. Refurbished from head to toe, the space now feels more like walking into a good friend’s home than an old-time mail house. The menu features several small bites as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and entrees that range from light options such as seared ahi tuna to heartier fare like shrimp scampi. Each dish is also made to be paired with wine from the restaurant’s extensive list.


Owner and executive chef Lisa Dahl – a multiyear James Beard Award nominee and a 2018 Arizona Restaurant Association Top Chef winner – is often credited as the food pioneer of Sedona. Today, she oversees four concepts across the city with two more slated to open before year’s end. One of the keys to her success is this long-standing, rustic-yet-sophisticated Tuscan grill with perfectly executed Italian classics that use fresh organic produce and sustainably raised meats. ETCH KITCHEN & BAR

Located at L’Auberge de Sedona and open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this indoor-outdoor restaurant is surrounded by lush sycamore trees and is just steps from the bank of Oak Creek. As a result, its patio dining is nearly unrivaled. Thanks to expert direction from

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WOMEN AGAINST MS LUNCHEON This 14th annual event, held at Arizona Biltmore, honored three female leaders in the multiple sclerosis community. Beyond learning about Women Against MS’ nationwide education fundraising campaign, guests enjoyed a gourmet lunch, a silent auction, and were able to purchase cakes from local bakeries.

Renee Hunt and Elizabeth Carpio


CJ Godfrey and Holly Mussman

Sterling Blake and Holly Giuliani

Katie Buford and Kristiana De La Cruz

Trish Lindsey and Cristina Lewis

Ernie and Michelle Urquhart

Stephanie Butler and Suzie May

Robyne Schultz and Sara Silver

Sarah Kovach and Johnna Schultz

Jackie Schenken and Kim Farrar


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Angel Aguirre and Sarah Abila

Tim Thomas and Stacy Hainke

Shelby Montague and Dara Montague

Cheryl Hile and Brian Hile

Karen Barrett and Dan Passante

Joe Germain and Carolyn Capri




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Nonprofit Ballsfest aims to lifts the spirits of children, young adults and their families battling cancer, calling those they support “Ballers.” The organization hosted a luncheon at the Wrigley Mansion, where they inducted a new Baller to the Baller’hood and updated attendees on their mission.

Nadia Rivera and Moses Sanchez


Jacke Wheeler and Mary Contreras

Sheri Reeves and Julie Singer

Sharon Dishner and Kim Alexis

Joel Klasky and Roxane Kyte

Brenda Lambrecht and Anita Moren

Robert Gallinaro and Monica Monson

Britt Saylor and Christopher Gross

Sarah Brooks and Jessi Russell

Jane Damelio and Nichole Gavranovik


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Cocktail destination MercBar hosted a party with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to celebrate the bar’s Eastern Promises cocktail. The gathering featured food, a photobooth, and a chance to enjoy the published tropical drink.

Courtney Bennett and Sharron Mini


Nick Brookhousen and Becca Speck

Kailey Warren and Andrew Craft

Jon Winnie and Jennifer Loehnert

Gabby and Ben Leighton

Katelin Miller and Nicholas Ashmona

Rachel Meltugh and David Cohen

Michael Kettell and Kharah Lombardi

Liza and Charles Small

Subyn Wadsworth and Crystal Vasquez

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A Husband-and-wife team grow their Uptown Farmers Market business into a full-service restaurant


If you have ever gone to the Uptown Farmers Market on a Saturday, chances are you spotted an old military trailer doling out organic, scratch-made food. From freshly baked goods and jars of pickled veggies to rustic sandwiches, this nifty trailer had it all. Jason and Katherine Dwight are the folks behind the concept, which they call Persepshen (pronounced “perception” but spelled phonetically). “Persepshen means utilizing the senses to become aware. We want to help people realize that eating housemade food from local, organic and sustainable ingredients is not only delicious but [can be] affordable, too,” Katherine explains. These two are crazy passionate about food and have been from the get-go. Jason began cooking before he was tall enough to see past the stovetop. Katherine grew up baking with her grandmother and mother. Their paths crossed at culinary school during orientation. “I thought, ‘This guy looks like he knows what he is talking about. I am just going to buy whatever tools he buys,’”


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Katherine admits. “I was thinking, ‘If this girl is in my class, she’s going to be my girlfriend,” Jason recalls. The two married and worked in Chicago’s bustling food scene for two years before moving back to Arizona to raise a family and launch their own concept. Their trailer was merely a launching pad for what they always planned to have – a full-service restaurant called Persepshen. The eatery recently opened in the former location of Hula’s Modern Tiki on Central Avenue. Equipped with a dining room and two patios, Persepshen comfortably accommodates about 100 guests. The menu is an extension of their trailer’s offerings, with seasonality at the focus of every dish. Menu items rotate weekly because of this. And like the food, the cocktails utilize locally sourced, organic ingredients and housemade mixers. “Real food should be made from real ingredients. If we don’t make it, we don’t serve it,” Katherine says. As for the restaurant’s vibe, it’s elegant and comfortable. Communal tables and bar stools are all made out natural wood. A geometric, front-facing window allows natural light to flow into the dining room while also acting as a statement piece. Rustic light fixtures and accents are sprinkled throughout, creating a warm and welcoming environment. The best part, though, is the incorporation of the trailer that made it all possible. “Once we get our feet under us, we will discuss revisiting Uptown Farmers Market. In the meantime, we will park the trailer on our front patio and guests can sit around it and enjoy dinner and cocktails,” Justin says. Persepshen is located at 4700 N. Central Ave., Suite 122, Phoenix. Find them on social media or call 602.935.2932.

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Uptown Magazine July 2019

Uptown Magazine July 2019