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Mark and Katherine Reckling, co-founders of Sugahbeat, are no strangers to the local music industry. Recently, they created a buzz with the release of their first music video for their original song, “I Finally Feel It.” The video, directed by Chadwick Fowler, is not only a new creative endeavor, it’s also a way for the Recklings to give back to the Phoenix community: Twenty percent of the sale’s proceeds are being donated to the Arizona Humane Society.

up close If either Mark or Katherine’s names ring a bell, it’s because the Recklings have a lengthy musical history in the Phoenix community. Mark was in the band Azz Izz, and Katherine was in the band Desert Gumbo. Azz Izz was successful in the southwest region of the U.S., traveling from one event or venue to the next, with corporate sponsorship. Katherine, who also worked for Signature Models and Talent at the time, was putting together models for a marketing campaign for Marlborough Red for Brazil. The campaign wanted models with an edgy look. Katherine knew of Mark, who at the time had long blonde dreadlocks, and she reached out to him to audition for the job. Mark got the role, and a friendship developed out of the job. “After that, we kept crossing paths constantly,” Katherine says. Katherine was making the decision to leave Desert Gumbo when a friend suggested she sing for Azz Izz, so she and current Sugahbeat (www.sugahbeat. com) member Hai Jung Choy joined the band. Katherine and Mark’s crossed paths quickly turned into a relationship and the band enjoyed continued success up until the economy took a turn. Mark and Katherine continued to play as a duet and write music, but took time off from performing to focus on their family once they began raising children. Later down the road, the Recklings began performing once in a while at local establishments, and then became known as Sugahbeat as the performances increased. Sugahbeat, the core of which consists of the Recklings, Choy and Derric Butler, has been playing gigs in Phoenix and beyond, recently performing at Roger Clyne’s Circus Mexicus festival in Rocky Point, Mexico this summer. “Because of the contacts we had from before, it was easy to get into the scene, and it’s nice to be back,” Mark says. Sugahbeat performs every Sunday at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Brewery in Paradise Valley, which played a crucial part in the locally produced video “I Finally Feel It,” with one scene filmed at the restaurant. The duo wrote the song before they had their children, but the inspiration for the

video came to Katherine in a dream about dogs this year. “I literally had a dream about the video, and I told my two best friends, who are both dog advocates, about the dream,” Katherine says. “One of them, Andrea Katsenes, suggested to have the proceeds go to a dog charity.” From there, the idea blossomed and was focused around canines. Although it was a tough task to organize all of the details for the music video, the Recklings happily took on the challenge. The pair sourced their friends and connections in the Valley to acquire an ice cream truck, an animal trainer on set to guide the pooches and ensure animal safety, and secured an official endorsement from the Arizona Humane Society, which they needed in order to donate the proceeds. Then, they got down to the nitty gritty and timing was an issue when filming, which took place over the course of two days. The Recklings wanted to use local




parks without the distractions of children at the parks, and spring break was just around the corner “It was a long first day of shooting,” Mark recalls. Once the second day of shooting was over and the video wrapped, the Recklings launched the final product at the O.H.S.O. Arcadia location, bringing Katherine’s playful vision to life. “Every single aspect of the video was at our fingertips,” Katherine explains. “It was fun.” This is just the beginning for Sugahbeat, with a new release scheduled to come out later this year and more videos anticipated for the future. The Recklings, who have always had a strong belief in giving back to the community, envision that some of the songs from the release will be used to raise money for various Valley charities. “The whole reason we do this is to give back,” Mark explains.



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little under two years ago, Bethany Woodard was looking to make a difference for people who aren’t usually seen – the homeless population of the Valley. After experiencing homelessness herself for a period of time during her childhood, Woodard knew she had to bring awareness to the drastic rates of homelessness in Phoenix. That’s when MISSION: Compassion was created. “Everyone is human, we shouldn’t judge their situation, we should come together and help anyway we can,” she explains. MISSION: Compassion (www. creates “giving backpacks” with every day essential items that are passed out to the homeless. As a method to help fund these backpacks, Woodard also sells compassion beads, which are chic beaded bracelets worn as a reminder to practice compassion. MISSION: Compassion is currently partnered with Central Arizona Shelter Services, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and long-term transitional housing for previous homeless Phoenix residents. In the future, Woodard’s goal is to branch outside of the homeless community to focus on all forms of compassion toward humanity.


What is your favorite thing about living in Arcadia? It’s a great neighborhood for a family! We love to bike and hike (when the weather allows us!). Really, anything we can do as a family! One of my favorite things about living in AZ is the endless outdoor activities. Ready for the cool weather so we can enjoy again! What is your favorite way to unwind? I love live music. Love to just find a local venue and discover a new local band. Crescent Ballroom is my favorite venue by far! Where are your must-go vacation spots? I love La Jolla, San Francisco, San Diego … really, find me a beach in California and I will be happy! But, La Jolla, is my favorite place to go. UPTOWN |




TRUE COLORS How Marian Zapata-Rossa’s Latina roots drive her success BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


arian Zapata-Rossa, who was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and raised in the Midwest, was a college freshman when she got her first taste of racial discrimination. “Some small-minded freshman shouted that I should go back to where I came from,” says Zapata-Rossa, who technically grew up only miles away. “But I knew what he meant.” Undeterred, today Zapata-Rossa is a partner at Quarles & Brady, one of the few Latinas in the U.S. that serves as a partner at a large national law firm. “Embracing diversity is a must in order to succeed in today’s business or civic communities,” she says. Passionate about inclusivity, ZapataRossa served as a long-time member of the executive board of Los Abogados – Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association – and is a past co-chair of the Minority Bar Convention. In 2012, she was appointed to serve on the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary. And most recently, she joined the board of Xico, Inc., which is focused on nourishing a greater appreciation of Latino and Indigenous peoples of the Americas through the arts.  


Your advocacy began even before your law career. How so? Before I entered into law school, I interned for the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, which led to a nine-month public policy fellowship with the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and eventually work at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. Can women, Latina or otherwise, really have it all? Yes, but not without support, a strong work ethic and the ability to multi-task. Last year I chaired Los Abogados’ signature fundraising gala, was named partner at my law firm and gave birth to my second child ... all in the same month. UPTOWN |




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ome children dread picking out their outfits for the school days but Alison Goodman looked forward to the task each night before bed. As she got older, trips to the mall were a favorite weekend pastime, even if she was only window shopping, and now Goodman finds fashion to be an integral part of her daily life. As the marketing director at outdoor shopping destination Scottsdale Quarter, Goodman is surrounded by some of the Valley’s best stores. “I could be starting the day with a fashion segment on one of our local news stations, meeting with event partners or giving a lot of attention to our social media pages,” she says. Goodman describes her style as “classic and chic,” staying true to her favorite designers, colors and silhouettes. “I steer clear of super trendy styles and stick to what I love best, styles that I know will work for me. And you can never own too much black,” she explains. For her work wardrobe, Goodman typically wears dresses and skirts in solid colors, but on the weekends she brings out her lululemon gear, denim collection and her favorite small crossbody bag. When she’s not working, you can find Goodman binge-watching the Netflix series of-the-moment, spending time with family, attending a Pilates class or grabbing brunch.

What are some of your favorite brands? There are a lot, but Marissa Webb, Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel are my favorites. Come fashion week in the spring and fall, I live on Vogue online to see the latest shows as they happen. Are you a shoes, purse or jewelry person? Shoes! My favorite brands include Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, and I’ve worn out many pairs of Tory Burch Reva flats. Which fall item are you looking forward to wearing most? I have two: my Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots and my black faux fur vest from Topshop. I live in these items! UPTOWN |



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ith his trademark glasses and stylish wardrobe, Steve Schnall is a familiar face in the halls of Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). He cuts a sophisticated figure in his classic button down men’s shirt and Ferragamo shoes, but what he really wears well is his passion for his work. As Chief Development Officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Schnall leads community outreach and is in charge of building connections with philanthropic leaders across the Valley. “My job truly is amazing because I have the opportunity to meet so many people in our community who are proud and excited to support the children’s hospital. It’s such an inspiration to meet with business leaders from small shops to major corporations, and hear their stories. Taking the time to understand what drives their charitable giving efforts is what inspires me,” he explains. While Schnall readily admits that he never wears a tie to meetings, he does have two accessories that he feels are a business necessity. “Great shoes and belts may not make the man but they can tell you a lot about a person,” Schnall says. One thing that can be said about Schnall’s style is that he carries a sense of pride for his work at PCH. One that is timelessly fashionable.


What do you love about living in the Phoenix area? Phoenix is a big city with a lot of the small town feel. It affords us all the opportunity to make things happen and be a force. What are three brands you can’t live without? I always gravitate towards Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada and Lululemon. Any hot happenings coming up for the Phoenix Children’s Foundation? In September we will be launching the first ever #GoGold4PCH initiative. Local businesses will be going stylishly gold with us in honor of National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. From T-shirts to bracelets, we will make gold the new black this month. SEPTEMBER 2016 |





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1. Heather Ruane, Peach Love CA dress.

7. Julie Miller, Express dress. 8. Amy Vance, Adrianna Papell dress.

2. Jennifer Pescatore, dress from Bloomingdale’s.

9. Rochelle Manley, Mystic dress.

3. AIly Everett, Grace Karin dress.

10. Alyse Steiner, Greylin dress.

4. Kari Yatkowski, Maggy London dress.

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5. Hope Ozer, dress from Manhattan Boutique.

12. Heidi Bleimeyer, Karen Kane dress.

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1. Lindsey Enyart, Thierry Mugler dress.

7. Janet Towbin, Issey Miyake dress. 8. Kay Byrd, dress from Kohl’s.

2. Jane Ullom, vintage dress.

9. Mahsa Page, Mahsa outfit, selfdesigned.

3. Annie Ullom, Jack Bryan dress. 4. Jeanna King, vintage outfit.

10. Perrine Adams, Christian Dior dress.

5. Iris Dozer, Weavz outfit.

11. Carla Hancock, Black Goat outfit.

6. Karin Legato, Thierry Mugler outfit.




Haley Lu Richardson is Hollywood’s next big star BY STEPHANIE LOUGH

any dream of a career in the limelight, relentlessly chasing stardom eager to become a member of the highly exclusive club of Hollywood elites. Phoenix certainly has no shortage of talented hopefuls, but only a special few make it to the level of box office darling Emily Stone or television icon Linda Carter. For 21-year-old Haley Lu Richardson, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. Fresh off her latest series on Freeform (formally known as ABC Family), the acclaimed dancer-turned-actress is looking forward to two major feature film releases alongside some of the most recognizable names in the biz. And while Richardson is rapidly ascending the industry’s ladder, the Phoenix native is closely connected to her Arizona roots, humbled by the support of her family and friends, and still finds crafty

ways to unwind from the Hollywood hustle. Born to creative parents, graphic designer Valerie and golf course architect Forrest, Richardson was encouraged to explore expressive outlets and cultivate her own passions. “Both my mom and my dad are such strong and creative individuals … they set an example for me that I can do and be anything, even if it's a bit unconventional,” says Richardson. “They are so involved and so caring while also allowing me the space and chance to make my own decisions and be my own person.” From a young age, Richardson ran the gamut on trying every extracurricular available, from soccer to gymnastics, musical theater and more. But during her exploration, one principle stuck with her the most: dancing. “It just clicked that that’s what I wanted to be doing,” says Richardson, UPTOWN |



noting that while she took a few classes at the pre-school level, she fully committed to the sport at age nine. “So that’s when I officially started – and I never stopped.” She joined the Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, home to one of the most competitive dance companies in the state. It was there she found the spotlight she needed to shine as she quickly rose to the top of her class – and national competitions. Before she was old enough to drive, Richardson won multiple titles, including “National Dancer of the Year" at Hollywood Vibe and “People’s Choice Award” at the Herberger Theater’s Arizona Young Artists’ Competition. With the taste of a national audience, combined with her outgoing charisma, innate talent and magnetic beauty, Richardson set her eyes on a larger stage as she naturally transitioned to acting.




“As a dancer I learned the importance of emoting and telling a complete story, not just using my body, but also with my face and my soul. With acting that is all you do. You have to be as vulnerable and willing as possible,” she says. Armed with determination and unbridled enthusiasm, Richardson left Arcadia High School at age 16 to move to Los Angeles and fully immerse herself in the industry – the most cutthroat and competitive audience she had yet. “All I knew was this whole ‘acting thing,’ whatever it was, I wanted to do it and I was going to do it,” she says, adding her doubts were overshadowed by her intensity to succeed. “And that was that. There wasn't a plan B.” Although she didn’t have “plan B,” she utilized her dancing skills to secure auditions and make connections. “I had all these dreams and ambitions, but no one knew who I was or cared to see me for any roles. To keep busy and gain some experience I started going out on dance auditions.”

She took the values she learned from dance and applied them to her acting approach. With each audition and new experience, good or bad, she continued to learn and grow. “Being put in a place where you are literally judged, I learned to get thick skin right off the bat,” Richardson says of the skills competitive dancing taught her. “I am a very sensitive person, but having those dance competitions under my belt almost made me numb to the idea of (criticism).” But for Richardson, she wasn’t subject to much criticism or rejection, at least by Hollywood standards. After only a year and a half of living in Los Angeles she was cast in her first national television role on the series Ravenswood for ABC Family (now Freeform). “I full on freaked out when I heard that I got the part. I grew up watching (ABC Family) so it really felt like a dream. It was the most wonderful start I could have asked for,” she reflects. Ravenswood ended in 2014 after UPTOWN |



only one season, but the relationships she built with Freeform landed her on another series, Recovery Road, which aired on the network earlier this year. Her next big break was one often considered a rite of passage for professional actors – a milestone indicator of a career going well: Guest starring on the massively popular and long running TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU). “I called my agent and said ‘I don't care about anything else, all I want is an audition for SVU!’,” laughs Richardson, who admittedly binge-watches the series. “I just wanted it so bad and working with Mariska!” (Referring to Emmy-award winning Mariska Hargitay, who plays SVU’s heroine Lieutenant Olivia Benson in the show’s 18 seasons.) Her episode Decaying Morality aired in 2015, and in the same year Richardson accomplished another career landmark with her supporting role in The Bronze, an off-beat indie comedy in which she plays an Olympic gymnast hopeful trained by a washed-up and delusional


former champion. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, an unforgettable event for Richardson as a first-time attendee. “It is such a renown and respected festival, more than anything it was just jaw dropping to be there,” says Richardson. “I wish I had gotten to soak it in more … it was so overwhelming that it was almost a blur. I want to go back one year when I am not in a film and just experience the festival as a fan!” (Not so) unfortunately for Richardson, it may be some time before she can sit back and watch from a fan’s perspective as her career continues to snowball in the best ways possible. Her next film, The Edge of Seventeen staring Hollywood heavyweights Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld, hits theaters this November. In the coming of age dramedy, Richardson plays best friend to Steinfeld’s lead, whose relationship is strained as the perils of high school and teenage angst pulls them in different directions. “Hailee and I had a lot of fun together,” says Richardson. “I think the movie will be relatable to most people no matter what your gender or age. “ Also on the horizon is M. Night Shyamalan’s highly anticipated psychological horror, Split. Working with the Oscar Award-winning director was a new experience for Richardson, as she previously only worked with first-time directors. “Night is so seasoned and confident in what he does that it was a completely different experience working with him,” she explains. “He is very clear with what he wants and it was my job as an actor to bring that exact specific thing with still being true to my instincts.” It’s evident that Tinsel Town has received Richardson with open arms, but for Richardson, Phoenix will forever be home. She visits as often as possible to spend time with her family, and especially enjoys hiking, swimming and frequenting Flower Child restaurant. “I love Phoenix, and Arizona in general,” she says of growing up with a love for nature and mountains. “After a few years living in LA, I’ve found that I am definitely not a city girl! I love an environment where it's easy to relax and I think I took that for granted in Arizona.” Another perhaps more surprising

way Richardson finds peace is through crocheting. She even has her own Etsy account, Hooked By Haley Lu where she sells her hand-crocheted tops, hats and scarves. “My mom taught me (to crochet) when I was eight and ever since then it has been a form of therapy for me and this extra creative outlet where I don't have to put so much pressure on myself. It's something I do 100 percent for fun. “ Even with her rapidly diminishing free time, Richardson still values the lifelong SEPTEMBER 2016 |



friendships she made growing up, though she admits it’s increasingly difficult to maintain relationships as they too are embarking on their adult lives and heading in different directions. “It's really just learning how to keep in touch in this new exciting chapter.” One thing that is for certain, whatever Richardson’s next chapter is, Phoenix audiences will be watching their newest hometown honey. To continue following Richardson on her journey, find her on Instagram @haleyluhoo.

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he Valley’s art scene has long been viewed as two separate cultures: Scottsdale with its traditional Western art, conjuring images of cowboys and turquoise associated with the Southwest, versus Phoenix’s contemporary, urban aesthetic focused in the downtown districts. Both are respected in their own right, with Scottsdale’s longrunning Thursday ArtWalk and Phoenix’s popular First Fridays, and both have an important place in the Valley’s arts culture. But recently, the communities have started to overlap, with a growing sophistication in Phoenix and cultural expansion to Uptown, and a more relaxed and abstract influence percolating to Scottsdale. SEPTEMBER 2016 |



John Gleason

We spoke with five local artists who are embracing the everdeveloping art scene. They shared how the Valley inspires them and what they envision regarding the future of the area’s culture. Self-taught sculptor John Gleason’s career has spanned more than 20 years, giving him firsthand insight to how the Valley’s art scene has grown over time. “Arizona, like the rest of the U. S., is seeing great changes in the art world right now, from where and how we see art to how and where we buy it,” Gleason says. “Phoenix and Scottsdale have a thriving art community, and I see a growth of the arts throughout the Valley every year.” As co-founder of Quan’tum Art, Inc., a contemporary art gallery in the heart of the Scottsdale Art District, Gleason has seen the shift away from Scottsdale’s more traditional Western art to include more diverse and contemporary imagery. “In Arizona, collectors of Western art are changing. The population of the Valley is more national and international, and we are losing the Western art galleries,” Gleason says. “Younger generations are seeking more diverse and sophisticated imagery that speaks to a renewed interest in art and sculptures.” It is this sophisticated, contemporary aesthetic that is reflective in Gleason’s work. Primarily a manipulator of copper, his pieces incorporate other contrasting materials including glass, clay, wood and stone. UPTOWN |


“I love the versatility which can be changed through the processes of heat, patina and acid,” says Gleason, who has created both two- and three-dimensional pieces. “My copper and glass wall sculptures have been collected by art lovers, municipalities, and are in private and corporate collections.” And while he sees Western art fading in the traditional sense, he is still heavily influenced by the natural beauty of the Southwest, particularly inspired by the colorful geology and landscapes in the Four Corners region. “I have spent much time creating sculptures in and around the El Morro National Monument in Ramah, New Mexico,” says Gleason, adding that some of his personal favorite installations can be found at the national park as well as nearby it. “I find the area inspiring, both creatively and spiritually.” | SEPTEMBER 2016

Frank Ybarra

Gleason is also adamant that he doesn’t take his work too seriously and recognizes art is a luxury meant for enjoyment. The sentiment conveyed by his work resonates with the attitude of the emerging local art community: “Happy. Hopefully though provoking. Contemporary.” But what Gleason does take seriously is the role art plays in our culture and the legacy it leaves for posterity. “Over time, history has shown us that in the end, all we leave behind is art and architecture. Artists document our existence.” Even with the shift away from more traditional Western imagery, the influence the genre has on local artists is a lasting one. Such is the case for neo-Cubist illustrator Frank Ybarra, whose iconic images of the Southwest have made him one of the Valley’s most sought-after artists. The Phoenix native frequently pulls imagery from the desert’s physical landmarks and depicts colorful scenes of American family life with Southwest influences. As a Mexican-American, his cultural heritage is apparent in his subject matter, while the familiar images invoke a pop-art quality that differentiates his work from his Western artist predecessors. “I find inspiration from the images in our desert environment and my Mexican culture and family memories,” Ybarra says, adding that one of his favorite pieces is a tribute to his father called Fanfare for the Common Trabajador. Because of his embodiment of Southwestern roots, five of Ybarra’s images were selected to appear on the Arizona Centennial advertising campaign in 2012 and used on banners, SEPTEMBER 2016 |



Christine Cassano




billboards, print ads and more. His work was also nominated for the Governor’s Art Award this year. Active in Xico Inc., an arts organization that features Mexican and Native American artists, Ybarra believes it is crucial for the Valley to support artists who represent the foundations of our culture saying, “We grew up here and have experienced our desert environment as well as the fact that Phoenix has grown tremendously in recent decades.” Art enthusiasts can view Ybarra’s current exhibit at Casa de Artistas in Old Town Scottsdale, which is part of Thursday ArtWalk events, however, Ybarra notes that the Valley’s artistic growth is most apparent in the downtown district. “It’s great to see the activity on First Fridays in Downtown Phoenix. Lots of new galleries and art spaces are popping up there. With the general interest in the events that are happening downtown, I feel that it can only get better.” For some creative types, the Valley is a source of inspiration that’s actively sought out, rather than ingrained in their upbringing. For mixed-media sculptor and installation artist Christine Cassano, the appeal of our desert’s unique and “harsh beauty” brought her to the Valley from the east coast a decade ago. “Living in the desert, I’m constantly reminded of nature’s ability to adapt and our desert environment,” Cassano says. “The landscape, plants and animals are the most stunning examples of that. They all have this harsh beauty reflected in their patterns, textures and armors, each offering deep secrets of pure adaptation and survival. It is that harsh beauty that very much influences aspects within my work.” Cassano’s general style is a hybrid of industrial and organic elements, resulting in art that some may consider, “like the desert itself, both harsh and beautiful.” She works with a multitude of contrasting materials, including clay, wood, stone, plastic, concrete, circuitry, metal and found objects to create her large-scale installations, assemblage pieces and sculptures. A perfect example of her contrasting vision is Jawbreaker, a mixed-media sculpture composed of horse jaw bone, cast metal, concrete and moss, which was recently awarded first place in Scottsdale’s Tilt Gallery’s “Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow” international juried exhibition. From her shared warehouse studio, Cassano is able to connect with like-minded individuals and keep a finger on the pulse of the local art scene. She cites the economic downturn as changing the gallery business model and the way we consume art, with many artists transforming their once traditional exhibition galleries to multi-use, shared art spaces to cover overhead. “It’s on the shoulders of emerging and established artists to continue to be resourceful, find places to exhibit their work, and stay on top of exhibit and marketing opportunities.” Much like becoming an artist isn’t neccessarily a straigtforward path, the journey into art itself isn’t as straightforward for some. As is the case for Kevin Coran, an “accidental artist” who developed his passion by building decorative fountains from scraps leftover from house projects – and then gaining the attention of friends. After half a decade of truck driving during the day and creating at night, he became a full-time artist 10 years ago. “My work could be called abstract expressionism, but I usually just call it contemporary abstract,” says Coran, adding that SEPTEMBER 2016 |

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Sara Becker




he’s not particularly fond of labels, as neither description communicates the whimsical illusions and balance his pieces create. His visions are heavily influenced from his experience working on cars and driving trucks, and he continues to repurpose mechanical parts to give his work an “post-industrial” feel. Also an avid science fiction reader, he is driven by imagination and his own curiosity. “I often want to dig in and see how something works, how I can build it, what makes it look and feel right and, ultimately, how to give it life,” Coran says. “Creating art is not an intellectual pursuit for me but one of communicating in ways that words cannot.” Coran’s creations are highly sought after all over the country, with one of this favorite pieces, Knot Me, recently being sold to a company Washington D.C. The sculpture captured the imaginations of many, including the City of Surprise, which recently commissioned a larger version. Other pieces can be seen around the state, including Pearson & Company in the Scottsdale Art District and galleries in Chandler, Avondale and Prescott. In addition to his own artistic endeavors, Coran is passionate about supporting other local artist and strengthening the Valley’s art community though his involvement in the Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix Art Museum’s Contemporary Forum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and 5 Arts Circle. As a way to give back, he also holds events for mid-career artists, groups from Mesa Community College’s Sculptural Welding classes and for 3-D printing. “Artists are the most vibrant part of any community. They generally know no bounds and are able to see the ‘same old things’ in brand-new ways.” As for the growth of the Valley’s art scene, Coran says it’s been fun to experience firsthand. “The local art scene is absolutely amazing. Downtown Phoenix was not even on the art radar 10-plus years ago, and now it may well be the center of the Valley’s art culture,” Coran says. “As it’s grown, the art being exhibited has gotten more SEPTEMBER 2016 |

sophisticated and professional. Almost every city in the Valley now has a public art program – people everywhere recognize the value and importance of art to our quality of life.” Another fan of Downtown Phoenix’s artistic growth is graphic designer-turned-artist, Sara Becker, who began painting 15 years ago. A self-described “expressive colorist” she creates her artistic vision by layering paints, sanding and reapplying the paint for deep texture and luminous colors. Inspired by the natural palette and textures of the Valley’s mountain preserves, her work is reminiscent of the Southwest’s sunsets juxtaposed with minimalist symbols and modern text. “I find inspiration in the act of artistic creation itself, in the serenity of yoga and in certain words and symbols that act as a portal to those places for me,” Becker says. “Sometimes the paint itself takes me where I want to go.” As a yoga enthusiast, the practice is commonplace both in Becker’s work and life, with pieces currently on display at Modern Yoga in Scottsdale. No longer limited to traditional galleries or art shows, more and more artists are connecting with like-minded businesses to showcase their work, or turning to more collaborative, shared spaces. “The arts always have the potential to reflect the local culture. It’s important that Phoenix sees itself through the eyes of many different artists. Amazingly, no two are ever the same.” An avid supporter of Scottsdale’s ArtWalk and Phoenix’s Frist Fridays — where she has upcoming shows at First Studio and Olney Gallery on Roosevelt – Becker sees the most growth in artists’ willingness to share their creativity and opening their studios to broader audiences. “I love that artists here are so supportive of each other and there is a diversity of visual expression. The art scene is always changing, as new artists, styles and imagery are put out there, and their influences ripple through our community.”




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Meet the local physicians setting the standard in the medical field


o matter what your specific health needs are, there’s one commonality that can be agreed upon when choosing your doctor – you want an outstanding one. You want someone who listens, who understands, who is skillful and who genuinely cares about you and your health goals. We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding your next dentist, dermatologist or surgeon (and many more specialties), and we introduce them here, sharing why they do what they do and how they can help you. May we present the Doctors of the Desert.





Babies in Bloom

Millie Behera, MD, FACOG, FRCSC, of Bloom Reproductive Institute

INFERTILITY IS A GROWING issue for many couples. However, this challenge stands no chance against Dr. Millie Behera, medical director and founder of Bloom Reproductive Institute. As a mother of four beautiful children herself, Dr. Behera understands the light a child brings to a couple’s life. Her ultimate goal is to give the gift of parenthood by helping families come to full bloom. The process begins with creating a relationship built upon trust. Through engaged listening and deep understanding, Dr. Behera fosters a bond that enables her patients to feel like members of the Bloom family. It is only after this foundation is set that a personalized treatment plan can undergo construction. “Our success rates are amongst the highest in the country, and the best chances of success are catered through each couple’s unique treatment plan,” she says. Her practice is the only clinic in Arizona that offers Eeva, an advanced state-of-the-art, time-lapse imaging technology that is both non-invasive and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The embryo-monitoring imaging algorithm provides more information to couples and their fertility team about the growth potential and pregnancy success prognosis of their embryos. Accompanying advanced technology is the harmonious marriage of compassion and expertise that Dr. Behera and her team exude. This is otherwise known as the 4 Es: Expertise, Experience, Ethics and Empathy. “At Bloom, we have compiled a team of experts in the field of fertility, each providing the latest and best therapies available to our patients,” she says. “Throughout the treatment process, our patients are met with our genuinely caring and highly-skilled

team who welcomes them as family.” Dr. Behera not only helps families come into full bloom, but she also helps vernal minds at Duke University and the University of Arizona College of Medicine blossom in knowledge about fertility and reproductive endocrinology. “My goal is to inspire more young doctors to choose a career in the great field of reproductive medicine, a career I have the privilege of doing every day.” Between her highly specialized clinical expertise and Bloom’s cutting-edge in vitro fertilization laboratory technologies, Dr. Behera offers Valley patients exceptional fertility care with promise that their family tree will surely grow. “Achieving success together with a patient’s healthy pregnancy and sharing the joy when we meet a couple’s beautiful baby is the most gratifying aspect of my work.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOM REPRODUCTIVE INSTITUTE, CALL 480.434.6565 OR VISIT WWW.FERTILITYBLOOM.COM.


Specialists in Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Anne Walter, MD, of Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists DR. ANNE WALTER wanted to be a physician ever since she was a little girl, and when she discovered dermatology, she knew she had found her calling. “Dermatology offers a great balance of surgery, cosmetics and general medical issues and provides an opportunity to build longstanding relationships with patients and their families.” Dr. Anne Walter is the founder of Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists, which offers expert medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care in a comfortable, boutique practice. “We provide services for every skin care need – childhood birthmarks and rashes, acne, psoriasis, allergic reactions, skin cancer screenings, skin cancer surgery, Botox, fillers, laser treatments and everything in between.” Dr. Walter focuses on educating her patients to encourage healthier skin. Living in Arizona, a state with plenty of outdoor activities and abundant sunshine, forces us to be aware of the damaging effects of the sun. “I think sun protective clothing is the wave of the future. It allows you to take advantage of the outdoors while effortlessly preventing sun damage.” This doctor practices what she preaches! When she isn’t discussing skin protection with her patients, you’ll find her shielding her alabaster skin with a large floppy hat, long sleeves and her favorite sunblock. After all, as Dr. Walter says, you can’t start protecting yourself too early! Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. “As a fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon, I do my best to turn a stressful diagnosis like skin cancer into a positive experience for my patients,” Dr. Walter says. Dr. Walter also provides aesthetic services which can help correct sun damage. “I love keeping up with the latest treatments

and technology to help my patients look and feel their best.” Dr. Walter is originally from Northern California. She attended Harvard University for her undergraduate degree, attended the University of Southern California for medical school, completed her internship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and trained at Northwestern University for residency. She also completed a fellowship in procedural dermatology, specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and cosmetic dermatology. After spending years in cold weather climates, Dr. Walter and her husband decided to trade in their snow shovels for flip-flops to be closer to their family. “My husband and I joke that Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists started as our honeymoon! We opened the practice in April 2015, a week after our wedding, and have been enjoying it since.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DERMATOLOGY & SKIN SURGERY SPECIALISTS, CALL 480.418.1087 OR VISIT WWW.SKINSPECIALISTSOFAZ.COM.


A Phone Call Away

Sumer L. Daiza, MD, FACS, of Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale

AN AVERAGE DOCTOR won’t give patients a personal cell phone number as a means of direct communication; patient inquiries and concerns are likely to be addressed during a practice’s office hours. But, Dr. Sumer Daiza isn’t your average doctor – her hours are her patients’ hours. “Every patient gets my cell phone number. I want my patients to be comforted knowing that I am accessible to them any hour,” Dr. Daiza says. Not only does she bend the rulebook on traditional doctor/ patient communication, her practice also breaks the “factorylike” norm. “My practice, Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, has a very concierge-meets-boutique style. The atmosphere is not only inviting, but it also allows me to be very hands on and give my patients all the attention they need.” And attention is what they get! From the consultation and preoperative visit to the recovery time, Dr. Daiza is present every step of the way before, during and after all her patients’ surgeries. “When patients put their complete trust in me to perform a life-changing procedure, it is my absolute responsibility and honor to give them 100 percent of what I have to offer.” Dr. Daiza completed her rigorous studies more than a decade ago and is the only double board certified female plastic surgeon in the Valley with cosmetic fellowship training. She offers Valley patients all of her expertise in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face. Body contouring is a true art form that Dr. Daiza has perfected. Her specialty lies in breast and body work – especially mommy makeovers – but she performs all aspects of cosmetic surgery, including skin lesion removal, scar revision and ear

lobe repair. She has also curated a craft in facial injectables like Botox, Dysport, Juvederm and Restylane. “I personally do all injectables myself in order to maintain the ever-present relationship with patients, as opposed to ancillary staff completing the task.” Dr. Daiza’s ultimate goal is to help Valley men and women experience an all-encompassing transformation that will impact their lives forever. It is more than just a physical transformation; it is an emotional and mental transformation as well. “What I do is very personal. Patients come to me to make changes that will forever transform their lives. We come to share a bond, and I treat that bond no differently than family.” Whether you have questions regarding body contouring or need a compassionate shoulder to lean on pre-procedure, Dr. Daiza is always just a phone call away. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER OF SCOTTSDALE, CALL 480.585.0011 OR VISIT WWW.DRDAIZA.COM.


Progressive Provider

Ray Rhodes, MD, bio-identical hormone replacement specialist of SottoPelle®

AFTER 25 YEARS in the medical world, Dr. Ray Rhodes decided it was time to hang up his medical coat and embrace retirement. Retirement, though, was fleeting as he unexpectedly stumbled onto a second career. Dr. Rhodes reached for his white coat – this time wearing it as a certified specialist in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) at SottoPelle®. SottoPelle® Therapy is a highly effective form of hormone replacement that prescribes biologically identical hormones through the body’s bloodstream using a pellet delivery system. These pellets actually mimic the body’s physiological needs, which is as natural as you can get in medical treatments. This treatment was developed and refined by the late Dr. Gino Tutera, a dear friend of Dr. Rhodes and the individual responsible for his switch in medical specialties. Dr. Rhodes was first a patient of Dr. Tutera’s before he became a provider at the SottoPelle® offices in the Phoenix area. He has been a provider in the Valley for seven years now. “I was so fascinated by my results and the physiology of the hormones that I dove right in and started working with Dr. Tutera, the guru behind it all,” he says. “I saw this as an opportunity for a different medical experience and to help people better enjoy their lives.” Dr. Rhodes can speak first-handedly about BHRT having experienced it himself. “After getting the bio-identical testosterone replacement I had much more ambition, energy and mental clarity,” he says. His own patient experience differentiates himself from other providers. Dr. Rhodes offers patients sincere feedback and assures them that if BHRT worked for him, it will and does work for anybody.

“Bio-identical hormone therapy is positively life-changing, relationship-saving and, in some cases, life-saving. The key word is bio-identical,” he explains. And the proof is in the pudding. Patients of Dr. Rhodes speak volumes about how wonderful and rejuvenated they feel after receiving a type of therapy that is consistent with science and physiology. “There is nothing more rewarding to me than seeing the faces of my patients light up with joy and enthusiasm over how good they feel and how drastic their lives have changed for the better from this unique treatment.” SottoPelle® Therapy so profoundly changed the quality of life for Dr. Rhodes that he left retirement behind in order to provide patients with the same life-changing promise. And as a man of integrity, Dr. Rhodes doesn’t break his patient promises. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SOTTOPELLE®, CALL 480.874.1515 OR VISIT WWW.SOTTOPELLETHERAPY.COM.


A True Silhouette

Jeffery Ptak, MD, FACS, of Silhouette Surgical Spa

WOULDN’T IT BE exceptional if your external appearance matched your inward, youthful spirit? Dr. Jeffery Ptak of Silhouette Surgical Spa does more than enhance one’s appearance; he reveals the ageless beauty that dwells within each of his patients, giving them their true silhouette back. Dr. Ptak is a leading Scottsdale plastic and reconstructive surgeon with 29 years of experience. In nearly three decades, he has improved the quality of people’s lives by rebuilding injured or deformed areas of their bodies and faces. “The ability to repair a congenital deformity with almost instant renewal of the patient’s self-image is very gratifying,” Dr. Ptak says. As a native Phoenician, it was only fitting that Dr. Ptak open his practice in Arizona. Silhouette Surgical Spa offers patients medical innovation – a surgery center and inclusive medical spa all in one facility. In the era of regenerative medicine, Dr. Ptak applies the tools of reconstructive experience, technology and science to restore one’s appearance. The list of services he offers is extensive, from facial rejuvenation like facelifts, rhinoplasty, and laser resurfacing to breast and body sculpting procedures. What’s more endless is the restored confidence of his patients. His patients’ exceeded expectations keep them returning to Dr. Ptak, and their recommendations reach every family member. “I have operated on three generations of the same family,” he says. “It is the confidence that my lifelong patients have shown in me that is most humbling and energizes me to continue to achieve my highest level of performance in my craft for my patients.” Central to his practice philosophy is encouraging patients to maintain a commitment to a youthful, healthy and, above all, natural appearance. Rather than diving into plastic surgery and receiving a one-shot makeover, which is neither safe nor necessary, Dr. Ptak suggests that his patients take baby steps into plastic surgery.

“Investing in your outward appearance a little at a time has been clearly shown to psychologically improve one’s body image, self-image and, ultimately, self-esteem,” Dr. Ptak explains. While navigating patients through informed decisionmaking about plastic surgery, Dr. Ptak also spends a substantial amount of time focusing on each patient’s inner spirit. “I truly enjoy learning every patient’s story and getting to understand the motivation behind their desire for improving themselves,” Dr. Ptak says. It is this doctor-patient relationship that often fades from American medicine, yet Dr. Ptak doesn’t let it disappear at his office. He determines the very best approach for each patient so that he can apply his full range of experience to achieve the desired goals. As for Dr. Ptak’s goals? His priority is to help increase his patients’ self-esteem so that their internal sense of self is visible to the rest of the world. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SILHOUETTE SURGICAL SPA, CALL 480.451.9220 OR VISIT WWW.DOCTORPTAK.COM.


Not Your Average Dentist

Ash Kaushesh, DDS, MAGD, MaCSD, DDOCS, DABOI/ID, of Serenity Dental FOR THOSE WHO fear the dentist, whether from a bad past experience; because you dislike the sights, smells or sounds of dentistry; have very sensitive teeth or a gagging reflex; or have a big problem mouth, there is hope. Serenity Dental of Scottsdale, founded by Dr. Ash Kaushesh, offers a way to treat all of it in a controlled, scientific and safe manner while achieving lifechanging results. During his time in practice for the past 12 years, Dr. Kaushesh has trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country – six universities and two residencies to be exact. His love for patient care and dentistry permeates every aspect of his practice. Beyond that, Dr. Kaushesh is at the forefront of taking the fear out of dentistry; he is the only master dentist locally to offer advanced cosmetic, high-end implant and anxiety-free IV sedation for any procedure under one roof. With the IV sedation, virtually any procedure – from simple fillings to advanced full mouth makeovers and implants – can be performed under conscious sedation. With this, patients can get multiple procedures that usually take many visits done in just one or two appointments. Plus, patients can relax, something that Dr. Kaushesh is passionate about. Dr. Kaushesh became board-certified in dental implants, and achieved three mastership and diplomate level awards in general dentistry and sedation. He remains the only dentist to have all four, which are the highest achievements in the field. “These credentials are best utilized in offering life-changing dentistry to my patients and I am glad to be of help,” says Dr. Kaushesh, who with his humble and positive traits, passes that attitude on to his caring staff. “I enjoy the field because I can truly find myself valuable and productive through my attitude towards patient care,” he says. The pulse of Serenity Dental lies in its philosophy to treat patients holistically, listen to their needs, and make actionable plans that create unique solutions. Dr. Kaushesh and his staff also recognize that the amount of skill needed to keep people smiling

and functioning on a daily basis is paramount. “We are proud to be part of a small percentage of dental offices that are truly experts in handling complex care,” he says. “We give our patients more options because we’re capable of so many more procedures.” Outside of his practice, Dr. Kaushesh plays both the student and teacher role. He frequents courses in the field to continuously challenge himself as well as learn about new developments. He also teaches at the Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Implant Dentistry to help aid budding dentists and specialists. From simple dental work to more complex work, Dr. Kaushesh offers many advanced unique solutions for individual, patientcentric problems – and does so with compassion. “I love being a dentist! When patients give the staff or myself a hug, or tell us they are happy with their results, that is something to smile about.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SERENITY DENTAL, CALL 480.400.CARE OR 480.400.5000 OR VISIT WWW.SERENITY.CARE OR WWW.SERENITY.DENTAL.


Humanitarian Heart Shepherd G. Pryor, MD, FACS, of Valley Facial Plastic Surgery

DR. SHEPHERD G. PRYOR’S medical studies have taken him all over the world. He has traveled extensively through the U.S. and has passport stamps from Asia to Europe to Rio de Janeiro. With a decade of education from prestigious universities and residencies from elite medical centers under his belt, Dr. Pryor brings his worldly expertise to the Valley. “There is no greater state to live than Arizona. I love the people and clientele in Scottsdale,” he says. “Plus, almost yearround sunshine cannot be beat!” Dr. Pryor began his career as a reconstructive facial plastic surgeon helping correct major facial defects. This naturally lead to a cosmetic fellowship where he honed in his skills and created an artistic practice based in Scottsdale. Valley Facial Plastic Surgery is where Dr. Pryor currently helps patients look and feel their absolute best – both inside and out. Patients visit Dr. Pryor for surgical procedures like rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and minimally invasive face-lifting. The healing time for said surgeries can leave patient’s swollen and bruised for weeks. But courtesy of the latest and most advanced wound-healing techniques offered at his practice, Dr. Pryor ensures a recovery time much shorter than other surgeons. “Patients love the wound-healing techniques and options available on selective cases. It enables them to return to everyday life much quicker,” he says. His craftsmanlike touch not only works miracles on Valley patients, but it also outreaches to the greater Phoenix community, as well as communities overseas. Dr. Pryor devotes his time and energy freely on a case by case basis to help patients with facial deformities, facial paralysis and also victims of domestic violence who have limited access to clinical care and coverage. Rather than conceal himself behind a marble-floored office or be placed upon a pedestal, this doctor makes himself readily

available to the many faces of mankind. “I have not secluded myself from the world of health insurance,” he says. “I help everyone.” His humanitarian actions speak louder than words, but Dr. Pryor’s words also speak volumes of his kind heart. Patients who visit him will always receive genuine dialogue. “I give no double talk. I am very conservative as I’m always providing realistic expectations and natural results for my patients,” he explains. There is no achievable “Dr. Pryor look” after visiting this worldly doc. Rather, he embraces and enhances the already unique features of each unique individual he treats. The masterpiece starts with his patients, and ends with the overwhelming gratitude he receives. “The smiles and hugs are what matter the most. There isn’t anything better than a genuine ‘thank you’ from a patient,” he says. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VALLEY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY, CALL 480.273.8688 OR VISIT WWW.VALLEYFACIALPLASTICSURGERY.COM.


In Good Hands Michael J. Fitzmaurice, MD, of Fitzmaurice Hand Institute

EACH HAND HOUSES 27 bones along with numerous muscles, nerves, vessels and tendons. While it may be compact in size, the anatomy of the human hand is anything but simple. Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice’s concentration is on this small, yet complex, part of the body. During his residency in general surgery, Dr. Fitzmaurice became interested in reconstructive and vascular surgery. These two specialties, among many others, are involved in the specialty of hand surgery itself. After completing his studies in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Fitzmaurice moved to the desert to jumpstart his hand surgery career. Fitzmaurice Hand Institute opened in the Valley in 2012. For four years, Dr. Fitzmaurice has been providing patients with the very best and most advanced care that hand surgery has to offer. He has become a name that people trust and a leader in the field. Dr. Fitzmaurice’s practice is just as much clinical as it is educational. Ongoing research and development is conducted daily in order to discover new and improved ways to help patients feel better faster. “We are always reevaluating procedures and outcomes to deliver the most effective care possible,” Dr. Fitzmaurice says. His backgrounds in mechanical engineering and medicine make Dr. Fitzmaurice a true medical pioneer. He uses a number of new techniques and procedures that are only available at his practice. “I utilized every minimally invasive surgery technique during the early part of my career and realized the loss with some of these,” Dr. Fitzmaurice says. “This is why we developed the EndoTech surgical instrumentation system – to provide a safer and more effective alternative.” Patients with common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tendinitis and arthritis are guaranteed optimal results with rapid return to life, work and activity because of Dr. Fitzmaurice’s minimally invasive developments like the EndoTech instrumentation. “This instrumentation is unlike any other endoscopic procedure because it allows a complete visualization of all structures involved like critical nerve and tendons. Other techniques that have been available led to injuries to these structures due to incomplete visualization,” he explains.

Along with minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Fitzmaurice utilizes regenerative medicine and anti-aging techniques in his practice. Stem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma, for example, are just a few non-operative treatment options available. “We have also developed a stem cell reconstructive technique for thumb arthritis called Arthro-Rejuvenation, which improves recovery significantly.” Dr. Fitzmaurice’s innovative developments are moving outside of his practice – literally. He is in the process of developing a center of excellence, an extension of his practice that will offer patients same-day services including urgent care evaluation, clinical evaluation and surgical intervention. “We specialize in local-only anesthetics, which provides patients with a small numbing medicine that makes same-day surgery possible,” he says. “This minimizes time away from home and significantly decreases costs involved with multiple appointments.” Patients aren’t only in good hands, but they are in the best hands when under the care of Dr. Fitzmaurice. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FITZMAURICE HAND INSTITUTE, CALL 480.719.4750 OR VISIT WWW.FITZHAND.COM.

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Meet Bennie, 4-year-old boxer and “president of marketing� at The Bosque. She loves to sit at the entrance and greet people as they walk into the design-orientated botanical studio and storefront. Aside from botanicals, Bosque also caries historical goods, local art, prints and lithographs. Bosque is located inside the monOrchid Gallery, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 480.695.9320; Photo taken Aug. 2 at 12:57 p.m. SEPTEMBER 2016 |




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True Food Transforms True Food Kitchen, known for preparing simple and delicious foods to help people achieve and maintain optimum health, has introduced new changes to its signature menu. These changes are the result of months of work by the brand’s culinary and beverage team at its Phoenix-based test kitchen. The updated signature menu features seasonal ingredients, new food categories, a dynamic lineup of freshly-cooked and nutritious dishes, as well as re-invented favorites and more. New menu highlights and re-invented favorites include an entirely vegetarian “Vegetables” category and “Bowls” category, as well as a new summer squash pizza, summer ingredient salad, grass-fed burger and much more (think brunch and refreshments).

Calling all Cardinal Fans!

To kick off the football weekend Sprinkles is showing their spirit by offering guests one free Cardinals red velvet cupcake to fans wearing Cardinals jerseys on September 10, the day before the big game. Sprinkles is taking preorders for the GO CARDS box featuring red velvet cupcakes. The Cardinals box includes a dozen fan-favorite red velvet cupcakes adorned with themed red and white dots and “GO CARDS.” Free Cardinals red velvet cupcake for fans wearing Cardinals jerseys, shirts and hats. Limit one free cupcake per guest.

Get your Diva On

Florence Crittenton’s upscale resale store, Flo’s on 7th, is excited to present its eighth Annual Heels for Healing and Diva Dash, presented by the Florence Crittenton Auxiliary. The event, held Saturday, September 2 at 8 a.m. benefits Florence Crittenton, with all proceeds contributing to the agency’s life-changing programs for young girls, women and their families in the community. The event delivers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience filled with fun festivities, food and incredibly low prices on popular designer heels and handbags. The Diva Dash challenges participants to slip on a pair of heels and do an obstacle course in Flo’s on 7th’s parking lot (located at 4116 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix). In teams of up to four, participants will compete in lanes filled with a tricycle and Hula-Hoop obstacle for the chance to win a Diva Dash trophy. Do you have what it takes to win? www.   UPTOWN |


Joyful Dining

The Joy Bus Diner is a 100 percent nonprofit restaurant that’s helping make our Valley a tastier place, one meal at a time. Housed inside a warm, welcoming space, The Joy Bus Diner boasts hearty, made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare served Tues.-Sun., 7am - 2pm. The Joy Bus Diner’s farm-fresh, from-scratch menu means doing good never tasted so good. Even better, every cent earned will be used to support The Joy Bus, a local charity that’s been bringing chef-inspired meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valley-wide since 2011. or 602.595.5884.




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Don’t miss the opportunity to to visit Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition Edward Burtynsky: WATER. WATER, which is on display through Sept. 18, features Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s exploration of humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. Burtynsky travelled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. In enormous, color prints Burtynsky’s aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.

It’s Bubble Time!

Now is your chance to get your pup freshly cleaned and fluffed by the Puff & Fluff bath crew. Join them, along with Arcadia O.H.S.O. Eatery + Nano-Brewery Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a full service dog bath and brush which includes shampoo, conditioner, massage, blow dry, nails and more! All donations will be accepted and given to Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary. or

Celebrating 40 Years

In June, Cave Creek’s oldest original restaurant, The Horny Toad, reached a milestone – 40 years in business! And now, it’s time to celebrate this eatery’s beloved down home cookin’. On Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant will feature prices rolled back 40 years on its famous friend chicken and strawberry shortcake. In addition to these staples, you’ll find items like baby back ribs, chicken fried steak and burgers stuffed with green chilies. Stop by between 2 and 6 p.m. to hear The Blues Hounds regale diners with music from the era in which The Horny Toad opened, and don’t forget to rock your best ’70s attire for a chance to win one of three prizes. UPTOWN |



Couture-inspired Conversations Whether you’re a fashionista or simply couture curious, you’ll want to check out a new series at The Hermosa Inn called Conversations in Fashion. In partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum, these events will feature design-focused cocktail hours, book signings and Q&A sessions with the top names in fashion, including models, designers and authors. The series, which runs through February, will kick off Sept. 13 with supermodel and author, Pat Cleveland. $40 per person, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Profiles of Success Hispanic Awards Celebration

Dinner in the Stacks Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. This annual event brings community leaders, library champions and local personalities together for a night to support literacy for Phoenix. Held at the Burton Barr Central library, the evening features dinner and dessert as well as a silent auction. This year celebrates and honors the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. $300.

Sept. 9, 11 a.m. This luncheon, recognizing Latino leadership, launches National Hispanic Heritage month in Arizona. Attended by more than 1,400 people, the event, complete with a silent auction, is Valle de Sol’s premier fundraiser, with profits benefiting and giving hope to the thousands of men, women, children, families and elderly in the Valley. $75-$200.

Downtown Get Down

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Sept. 16, 6p.m. This inagural event, hosted by Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, will get you on the dance floor. The speakeasy-style evening, located at Valley Bar, invites you out to listen to music by local favorite Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy’O’s. There will also be food, cocktails, a magician, a photo booth and a variety of other entertaining surprises to enjoy at the iconic Phoenix bar $75.

Sept 24, 7 p.m. This swanky soiree kicks off the social season with a celebration of women’s health, the latest fashion trends, craft cocktails and local culinary fare. Fun and fashion collide at a home nestled into Mummy Mountain, where there will be a silent auction and raffle, and fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue and Robert Black. $150.

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Feeding Matters’ 4th Annual Community Luncheon

Sept. 23, 7 p.m. This exclusive event at The Camby, benefiting the James Beard foundation, brings foodies together for a one-night-only dining experience. The main event begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Arizona’s finest chefs. Then, guests will enjoy a unique three-course seated dinner designed by all-star chef Amanda Freitag, local star Christopher Gross, and host chef Dushyant Singh, followed by desserts served under the stars. $275-$500.





Sept. 28, 11 a.m. Head to the Arizona Biltmore for an afternoon of inspiring stories and networking opportunities. Guests will have the chance to learn about the mission and vision of Feeding Matters, which tackles pediatric feeding struggles, while hearing first-hand from children and families who are achieving success because of the work from organization. Free.

do just a few of the tricks he has up his sleeve. 8:00 p.m. $40. www.phoenixconventioncenter. com/orpheumtheatre. JULIETTE LEWIS Sept. 7, Livewire Famed actress and singer Juliette Lewis is set to take center stage in Scottsdale for one night of an eclectic mix of music and sound. Along with an amazing acting career, best known for her roles in Cape Fear and Natural Born Killers, Lewis also has a profound love for music and performing on stage. Her solo music career comes front and center here in the Valley this fall. Her tunes are described as a “poppy funky delight” and now you can catch her on stage. $15. 7:00 p.m.

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Ballet Under the Stars Sept.24, Steele Indian School Park

Beautiful and breathtaking are just some of the words used to describe Ballet Arizona and its annual outdoor event. Ballet Under the Stars brings dance enthusiasts together to view a unique, sunset performance complete with a stage, elaborate costumes and an all-natural scene. The dancers will perform a variety of numbers, including everything from classical ballet to more contemporary routines. This will certainly be a night to remember under the Arizona skyline. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair for their comfort. 7:00 p.m. Free.

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN Sept. 2-17, The Herberber Theater Get ready for an emotional tale showcasing a near breaking point of a family dynamic. Alexandra is a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she will spend her remaining years. Alexandra barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with her passion, wit and a pile of Molotov cocktails. Enter Chris, her estranged son that is back after 20 years of absence and get ready for an action-packed, emotional story. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. 12TH ANNUAL PHOENIX COOKS Sept. 3, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Food lovers come together in one great place to celebrate Phoenix Cooks, where your taste buds delight. Guests can bite and sip on dishes and drinks from more than 50 of the best local chefs and restaurants,

and more than 30 wines, beers and mixologist’s creations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn new recipes, check out new cooking techniques and see some behind-the-scenes shows about what some of Arizona’s best trained chefs are doing today in the kitchen. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $60$100. THE CHRIS MITCHELL EXPERIENCE Sept. 3, Orpheum Theatre Jazz music lovers, get ready for a night of musical enjoyment as Chris Mitchell takes the stage at the Orpheum Theatre. The Grammy nominated saxophonist performs an exciting collection of romantic and beautiful bossa nova jazz from his new album, “I Found Forever.” If you’re not familiar with him, Chris Mitchell is a saxophone superstar whose performing experience and repertoire of jazz tunes will bring your musical senses to their limits. Instrumental covers of big-band tunes as well as R&B hits are UPTOWN |



CITY LIGHTS MOVIE NIGHT Sept. 9, CityScape The Minions are about to invade CityScape! CityScape will turn into Minion-Central with a free movie night and other fun minion-themed activities for everyone who loves the little yellow creatures. Come Downtown a little early to grab yourself a front-row spot, hang out at the splash pad to help cool you down or grab dinner and snacks at a nearby restaurant. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs for their comfort. 6:30 p.m. Free. HONDA CIVIC TOUR Sept. 16, Talking Stick Resort Arena Two of today’s hottest talents are teaming up to take to the stage in the Valley. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are headlining the 15th Annual Honda Civic Tour, which will be stopping here in Phoenix for one exhilarating night. The tour itself began in 2001 with headliner blink-182 and since then, it has continued to grow each year with some of the most popular performers ever to hit the stage. Lovato is known for hits like Cool for the Summer and Heart Attack, while the former Jonas Brother band member is topping the charts with recent solo songs like Close and Jealous. 7:00 p.m. $35.20-$85.20. BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 5 Sept. 16-18, Phoenix Symphony Hall Classical music fans rejoice because the 2016-2017 Phoenix Symphony season is kicking off with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The beautiful sounds of this season’s orchestra, lead by Tito Muñoz, is anticipated to be an impressive interpretation of Beethoven’s powerful Victory symphony. 7:30 p.m. $23$84. ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK Sept. 16-25, Valleywide Arizona Restaurant Week is back for its ninth year to recognize the Valley of the Sun’s restaurants, giving residents a chance to dine all across town for a fraction of the costs. During Fall Arizona Restaurant Week, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menus, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity (unless otherwise noted). Some of the restaurants participating this fall include Craft 64, Christopher’s

do Restaurant & Crush Lounge, Liberty Market, American Kitchen, Vincent’s, and Bink’s, just to name a few. $33-$44. JOHN HEFFRON Sept. 22-25, 30, Stand Up Live The laughs will just keep on coming with this one. Stand-up comedian and winner of the second season of the hit reality show Last Comic Standing, John Heffron, hits the stage this month. Since his big win on the show, Heffron has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show with Craik Kilborn, HBO, among many other TV shows. He’s also taped a few difference specials for Comedy Central, making him one of only a handful of comedians to do so. Showtimes vary. $20. CHOCOLATE & ART SHOW PHOENIX EDITION Sept. 22-23, MonOrchid Gallery Those with a zest for life, love, art and chocolate are surely excited about this fun event! What a delicious and divine way to spend a couple of evenings in Downtown Phoenix by indulging in some chocolate and some of the best art the valley has to offer. The Chocolate and Art Show Phoenix Edition will include something for everyone including live body painting, live music, face-painting, and of course, the peace-de-resistance, free chocolate! The event will be held for two nights to ensure that everyone who would like to come on by can take in the sights and scents. 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. $5-$15. WALK FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES Sept. 24, The Phoenix Zoo Join the UMOM New Day Center to raise money and awareness for the homeless families and individuals in the local community with a 1K/5K walk. The day features free, fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a kids’ zone with carousel rides, giveaways, food, mascots and more. UMOM is Arizona’s largest family homeless shelter, and helps to keep families together by providing a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the walk support families in need. 8 a.m. Registration required. PHOENIX SRIRACHA FESTIVAL Sept. 24, Heritage Square Get ready for your taste buds to do a little dance, get a little spicy and feel funky all the way to flavor town as the Inaugural Phoenix Sriracha Festival gets set to bring tons of hotness to the Valley. Some of the best chefs around town will come together to share Sriracha-inspired dishes that will feel like a party on your palate. There will also be plenty of the area’s top mixologists on hand, offering Sriracha-inspired drinks. There will also be live music, a Sriracha relay, a game area and plenty of other vendors and exhibitors on hand. 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. $35$110.

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28th Annual Wine Country Brunch: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Sept. 25, The Camby

It’s time to grab your Sunday’s best and head to 28th Annual Wine Country Brunch: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The annual event, which is put on by Scottsdale Culinary Festival, will be held at The Camby this year. Highlights for this event include a champagne brunch, mimosa bar, impeccable wines and, of course, themed activities for those in attendance. There will also be an Audrey Hepburn look-a-like photo op, silent auction (so come prepared to indulge in more than just incredible food!), and live music. 11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. Single ticket, $75; table of 10, $650. MUSEUM DAY LIVE Sept. 24, Pueblo Grande Museum Celebrate and enjoy is the theme behind the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! at the Pueblo Grande Museum. This event is part of a movement to push people to explore our museums. This is a great chance for anyone who has ever wanted to check out the Pueblo Grande and see all the rtifacts and displays the museum has to offer. The museum will be hosting gallery tours and artifact interpretation throughout the day. 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free with museum GA. museumday.

CLASSIC MOVIES & COCKTAILS Sept. 27, The Henry Shaken or stirred? It doesn’t matter how you like your cocktail, you can have it just the right way at The Henry. The Arcadia hot sport is hosting a one-of-a-kind neighborhood experience with a movie screening of the 1947 classic “Dead Reckoning,” served with the cocktail Ramos Gin Fizz. Guests are invited to bring their own blanket to sit back, relax and enjoy these timeless classics with friends. There will also be movie snacks to enjoy. 7:00 p.m. $45.

MAGIC MEN LIVE Sept. 29, Comerica Theatre Ladies, are you ready for some steamy on stage action? It’s time to watch some of your wildest imaginations come true as the first live stage production of the phenomenon of Magic Mike comes to life. Designed with contemporary women in mind and based on the blockbuster hit about an an all-male revue staring Channing Tatum, this this line-up of talented men is sure to appeal to the tastes of just about any desire with an entertaining show that will leave the audience wanting more. 8:00 p.m. $23-$103

SPECTATOR SIPS WINE DINNER Sept. 28, Quiessence at The Farm It’s celebration time for all wine drinkers. Wine Spectator Magazine recently gave Quiessence at The Farm the Award of Excellence. Created by Executive chef Dustin Christofolo, Quissense pairs creative dishes with some of the best wines in the world. In celebration for this prestigious award, chef Christofolo is holding a wine dinner which will include four courses, each paired with the chef’s “gem wine picks” from the award-winning Quiessence wine list. 6:30 p.m. $89.






Shop for a cause BY GABBY RICHMAN


all is upon us so it’s time to ditch your summer sandals and invest in some new footwear for this season (yes, we’re talking boots, booties, pumps and much more!). Shop the hottest shoe trends while giving back to the community at the fifth annual Shoes and the City event. This fashion fundraiser features the the opportunity to purchase the latest

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WHAT: AWEE’s fifth annual Shoes and the City WHEN: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park, 2446 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix TICKETS: $85 INFORMATION: or 602.223.4333




styles in shoes, in addition to winning fabulous prices, sipping on delicious cosmos and enjoying gourmet hors d’oeuvres. While you’re browsing, trying on and buying your new favorite “staple shoe,” you’ll also be giving back to the community as a portion of the shoe sales from the evening will go to Arizona Women’s Education Employment (AWEE) to further its mission. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the dignity of work, since 1981. AWEE was founded with the intention of serving welfare moms – to help them find a job to replace or enhance the case assistance and other support they were receiving. Over the years, AWEE has maintained the mission to support individuals in need of assistance to find, and keep, a good job with earnings that will provide for themselves and their families. AWEE has expanded to serve women, men and older youth to develop career paths, grow in their professional lives through coaching and mentoring, and enhance their quality of life overall, impacting the lives of over 200,000 women and their families. Now is your chance to continue AWEE’s work. Shop away – you might even find the perfect fit.



his second annual fundraiser brings community members together for an evening of good fun, food and, of course, laughter. The night begins with a silent auction and musical performance by students from Arizona School for the Arts, followed by an Italian-themed dinner. Pomelo will be serving focaccia bread, traditional Caesar salad and two variations of pasta. Then, get ready to giggle. Stand Up For Downtown Theater will showcase some of the area’s top comedians: headliner Tim Bateman, returning host Gabe Biel, as well as Don Steinmetz, Danielle Williams and Jonah Coe. Presented by the Herberger Theater’s Young Leadership Board (YLB), this event benefits the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs, designed to give Arizona children (ages 3-19) opportunities to excel, learn and heal through the arts. Herberger’s outreach programs include Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, Wolf Trap and Theater Camp. The competition is a collaboration with Center Dance Ensemble to showcase young Arizona artists (ages 15-19) in the disciplines of acting, dance and voice through auditions and a live scholarship competition at the Herberger Theater. The Wolf Trap is a collaboration with Center Dance Ensemble that brings performing artists into Head Start and preschool classrooms for a seven-week residency. The goal is to enhance the educational

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WHAT: Stand Up For Downtown Theater WHEN: Sept. 9, 7 p.m. WHERE: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix TICKETS: $60 INFORMATION:





advancement of children, and train parents and teachers in the use of performing arts as a teaching tool. The program culminates in an arts field trip to the Herberger Theater with approximately 800 children participating on stage in movement activities, ballet and participatory music session. Herberger’s Theater Camp is a collaboration with Free Arts for Abused Children to heal young lives through the performing arts. Teens from group homes, shelters and treatment facilities throughout Maricopa County have an opportunity to create and experience the arts through a two-week theater camp at the Theater. Guest artists and creative volunteers introduce the children to improvisation, character development, costumes, props and technical components of theater. Camp culminates with a final public performance created by the children.

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FALL BACK TO FOOTBALL Kick off the 2016 season at one of these touchdown-worthy spots BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Culinary Dropout at The Yard

You probably know this Phoenix hot spot as a prime place to play backyard-style gams like corn hole, ping-pong and shuffleboard, but it’s also an equally great place to feel like you're at a "tailgate.” Genuine football grub includes dishes such as grilled cheese sliders, pork belly nachos and Thai chile chicken wings with cashew, toasted sesame, cabbage and lime. Because a good game is incomplete without a beverage in hand, sip on a cocktail (or two) like the bacon bloody mary or choose from a selection of cold beers, wines and more.

Majerle’s Sports Grill

Dan Majerle might be a local basketball icon, but his Majerle’s Sports Grills have been among the best places to go to watch a football game for years. With wall-to-wall televisions, it is nearly impossible to miss a minute of action on any given Sunday. Each of the local venues will also offer game-day deals, including $3 domestic drafts, $4 Fireball shots, and $5 Bloody Marys.


ecause neither the leaves change color, nor does the temperature dip below 100, there is really only one way to tell it is September in Phoenix – the start of football season! And this year is a special one as, for perhaps the first time ever, all eyes are on Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals to bring home a first-ever championship to the Valley of the Sun (yes, really!). If you’re not heading to the stadium to watch your team duke it out, here are the best places to grab a bite, have a drink and cheer on the Cardinals all season long. UPTOWN |



Armadillo Grill

After 19 years in the Valley, how can you not check out what the Armadillo Grill has to offer? “The Dillo,” as it’s become known as, is an eclectic American bar and grill that has become a destination for football fans since 1997. With 44 high definition TV’s, off track betting, games and pool tables, what’s not to love? The restaurant and bar is also serving up a full menu that pairs well with the cocktail and beer menu.

Arcadia Tavern

Not only do they play every NFL game every Sunday – Arcadia Tavern plays every Cardinals game with the sound on full blast. Combine that with the build-your-own Tito’s bloody mary (games start as early as 10 a.m., you know) bar starting at just $5 and expansive beer list, including several local brews, and the Tavern scores a touchdown every time. Bonus: A little birdy told us they are working on offering a bus to take passengers to and from the stadium during the season as well!

Half Moon Sports Grill

Half Moon Sports Grill and Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill are game day central for any sports fans – whether you’re from the Midwest, Southwest or anywhere in between. They’re chock full of HD TVs, boast a state-of-the art audiovisual system and are always happy to turn the game sound on anytime. Both locations feature private rooms, free Wi-Fi and fantasy draft promos. During Cardinals games, fans can enjoy $3 Coors Light and Dos Equis drafts, a Three Olives Bloody Mary bar and $12 Mimosa bottles. Plus, at Moon Valley fans also get $2.50 Touchdown shots during games.



A festival for your furry friends Photos provided by Shermer Art Center and Museum BY GABBY RICHMAN


hermer Art Center and Museum provides a home for the arts that nurtures creativity and imagination through art. Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, the site offers panoramic views of the beautiful Arcadia neighborhood, framed by a touch of nostalgia. The center was founded in 1984 and has has become a cultural center for all ages since then. Serving its mission as a community arts education center, it provides a unique and inviting atmosphere for residents and visitors to enjoy and learn about visual art through fun and affordable classes, lectures, workshops, exhibits and events. Areas of instruction offered yearround by professional teaching artists include drawing, painting, print making, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, mixed media, photography and jewelry-making. Additional features of the Shemer Art Center include a boutique gift shop plus an outdoor sculpture garden, both featuring beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art created by some of Arizona’s most talented artists, for viewing and for sale. Grab your family and pets, and head to Shermer Art Center and Museum for a fun weekend outing. The Furry Friends

Fine Arts Festival, held Sat., September 17, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. aims to bring a new visitors and amplified awareness to the center. “Many people drive along Camelback Road every day and don't even see that the Shemer Art Center is right here in Arcadia,” says Shonna James, executive director of the center and museum. “So we wanted to create an event that would provide the opportunity for families to visit, and bring the entire family, including their pets.” This fun event serves as a celebration of art and artists, honoring their love of animals. Some features include animal-themed artwork, such as paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, metal, furniture, clothing, among others.   “The Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival will showcase unique works of art created by local artists, as well as the services and options that are available to the community such as pet adoptions, guide dogs, groomers, trainers, etc.,” James says. Whether you’re looking at the animalinspired art or visiting with vendors, there is something for every age to enjoy. SEPTEMBER 2016 |



“We wanted to create an event that would provide the opportunity for families to visit, and bring the entire family, including their pets,” James explains. Admission is $5 per person, $10 per family with pet(s). For more information, visit


Do you ever wonder who came up with your favorite dish at the local eatery you frequent? Enter brand chefs. These talented chefs dedicate their time to developing the recipes that you’ve come to crave. Here we get to know chef Chris Wolven, who cultivates recipes for restaurants including The Arrogant Butcher, The Greene House, The Henry and Wildflower. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CHEF? My mother of course! That and the intensity of the kitchen really drew me in. There is never a dull moment. WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Ooh…. I have so many! I’m a huge fan of “fancy” top ramen at the house, McDonalds breakfast and late night tacos from a truck. FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY: Christmas Eve dinner with my Godparents! A big pot of red sauce with tons of meat braising inside. It reminds me of the dinner scene from GoodFellas; without the guns, drugs and helicopters. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TYPE OF CUISINE? I’ve been into Middle Eastern flavors lately, but need to be very open and versatile in my role, so I guess I’ve learned to love everything!


WHAT GOES INTO CREATING A RECIPE FOR FRC? Patience … and the ability to taste a lot of food.

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WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE FRC DISHES YOU’VE DEVELOPED? We recently traveled to NYC to cook at the James Beard House – I’d have to say the lamb belly appetizer prepared for that dinner is at the top of my list.


HOW HAS BEING A CORPORATE CHEF AFTER BEING AN EXECUTIVE CHEF CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE? You really start to see the big picture, and realize how important it is to continue to build strong, meaningful relationships with your teams. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CORPORATE CHEF? I’m able to make larger impacts throughout the company. You really get the opportunity to work with and inspire so many talented chefs. It’s extremely gratifying.






Arcadia Tavern delivers a fresh take on tequila BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS


iven Arcadia Tavern boasts 50-plus types of beer available by the bottle, can and on draft at any given time, the locally owned bar and restaurant has long had a reputation as more a brew-focused haunt. Thanks to a complete update of its beverage program, however, Arcadia Tavern is becoming a go-to hot spot for cocktail lovers across the Valley. Case in point – the Arcadia Paloma ($10). Developed in an effort to show guests that tequila can be used in more than just margaritas, every single sip is fizzy, fun and refreshing. “Our Paloma starts with tequila – the brand and type really do matter. We use Don Julio Reposado, which is made from 100% Blue Agave, double distilled and carefully matured in small oak barrels,” says Erica Norris, a long-time bartender at Arcadia Tavern. Norris mixes the tequila with housemade simple syrup to provide sweetness, adds a healthy pour of freshsqueezed grapefruit juice, and tops it with Cock’n’Bull Ginger Beer, much like one would top a Moscow Mule. “The result is a slightly bubbly tequila cocktail whose citrus flavors make your mouth feel like it is on vacation – or at the least, lounging by the pool.”  4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950; SEPTEMBER 2016 |





Fashionable fur-nishings to make your pet feel at home BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Blue bowl and metal stand, Petware Pottery, $34.99 and $58 respectively, at Oh My Dog, 480.874.1200. Interactive Wi-Fi pet camera, Petcube, $199.99 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Striped dog potty training doorbell, Poochie Bells, $22.50 at Oh My Dog. Lucite and brass dog bed, Jonathan Adler, $995 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Customizable food mat, Sharon Anderson, $80 at Oh My Dog. “Home Is Where Your Dog Is” door mat, Dog is Good, $19.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, UPTOWN |




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It may not feel like summer is over just yet, but wardrobe-wise it’s perfectly acceptable to transition into colors that connote autumn – warm taupe, deep brown, soft ivory and gilded gold. Taking inspiration from centuries-old African jewelry, these neutral tones are intermixed in Ashley Pittman’s “Kubwa” Multi-Strand Necklace, making for an effortless accessory. Handcrafted in Kenya, this bold statement piece is comprised of materials indigenous to East Africa, such as bronze, semiprecious gemstones and repurposed horn. Bonus: Ashley Pittman donates a percentage of all profits to help fund a health center and school in rural Kenya. $1,295 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.




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Items that take your look from summer to fall without a hitch BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Metallic gold canvas slip-on, $55 at Patchwork suede handbag, Chanel, $1,295.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Cheetah print infinity scarf, $24 at Divalicious, 480.699.7634. Olive cargo skinny jean, Flying Monkey, $68 at Divalicious. Lightweight floral leather jacket, Elizabeth and James, $225.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Brown suede button-down, Bishop + Young, $95 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Retro round sunglasses, Carrera, $189 at Optics, 480.991.0509. Multicolor bodycon dress, Jealous Tomato, $48 at La Foi Boutique, 480.664.0887. UPTOWN |






(Clockwise from top) Laptop bag in camel, $148 at Rose gold Beats Solo2 wireless headphones, $299.95 at Studded orange Fitbit Flex wrap cover, $78 at Floral mobile charger and cord,, $30 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Polka-dot tablet cover, Kate Spade, $85 at Magenta mini speaker, Nixon, $100 at ‘Selfie’ lighted iPhone case, Ty-Lite, $79.99 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. SEPTEMBER 2016 |




SUMMER SKIN REFRESH Get ready to repair, restore and rebuild



uring summer, your skin is exposed to numerous combative elements that can cause damage to it. Even though you’ve worked hard for that coveted summertime glow, your skin is likely in need of a break from the sun. It’s time to say goodbye to soaking up rays and embark on a journey dedicated to revamping your skin. Reverse the sins of summer and give your body a complexion refresh using these end-of-summer essentials.

emollient and fortifying agents imperative to nail beauty and strength, this Dior nail necessity conditions cuticles and enhances resistance. Containing a blend of natural lanolin, glycine soja protein and lecithin, this peach-colored cream gets the job done. Its thick consistency works as a vitamin for your nails and repairs any damaged skin. With just one application, you’ll see immediate, effective results. $27 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

goop Enriching Face Oil This nourishing and potent face oil will be your post-summer hero. Made with a pure blend of organic sunflowers; olive, jojoba seed and linseed oils; and vitamin C, this product is a force to be reckoned with. Pat a small amount over your makeup and use it as a mid-day pick me up, leaving you with a “just left the spa” glow. Apply before a moisturizer and this oil will turbo-charge the hydration process, leaving your skin soft and supple. $110 at Cos Bar, 480.607.2771.

Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm Using a lip balm in your skincare regime is an absolute must, especially when it’s for protection. Sisley has created an end all be all lip balm. This soother operates as an emergency treatment for chapped, dried out and cracked lips while repairing and restoring lipid levels. Its melting texture establishes the perfect consistency, giving life to smoother and youthful lips. Consolidated with oils such as hazelnut, plum kernel, sunflower seed and both shea and kokum butters, this formula provides an intense sensation of comfort. $74 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

Madam C.J. Walker Scalp Exfoliator Scalp clarity is one of the main ingredients to growing healthy hair. This robust and rich cream detoxifies to rejuvenate for a crisp, clean canvas by removing unwanted buildup and flakes. A combination of shea butter and olive and coconut oils work together to cleanse and rebalance a dry, dehydrated scalp. Acting as a natural exfoliate, the salicylic acid dissolves and lifts away impurities. Add this scalp exfoliator as a new step to your cleansing routine and watch as luscious, replenished hair is revealed. $32 at Sephora, 480.991.0915.

Natura Bissé Diamond Mist Energy Infusion Lotion Infuse your skin with the most luxurious and energizing jewel for it. Formulated with a powerful ingredient, Artemia Salina extract, it creates the energy necessary to awaken cellular metabolism and prevent water loss, keeping your skin at optimal levels of hydration. Pea extract and natural sugars shield against harmful aggressors, resulting in visible rejuvenation. Spritz this lavender-scented freshness on any area of your body that you wish to illuminate and restore. $92 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

Dior ‘Crème Abricot’ Nail Cream This multitasking concoction is the solution to beautiful nails. Enriched with




haute property 5,993-square-foot space only become better as the sun sets and lights begin to shine. The home also comes equipped with automatic drapes on every window, with a smart home system allowing a change of atmosphere with only a few buttons at any moment. The five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bathroom house also features a four-car garage, fitness room, loft office or hobby room and a wine room. Some additional unique qualities include multiple fireplaces (including in the master bedroom), an abundance of built-ins throughout, various sky lights, an extensive master bathroom and under cabinet lighting in the entertainment-ready kitchen. 7460 N. 58th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $2,245,000 with Raquel Barbey of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.526.4571 or




ucked above and away, behind a guarded gate in an ultra-exclusive community lies this hillside home. You’ll find the property peacefully nestled on Mummy Mountain, and immediately be taken by the greenery as you approach the vast driveway. Your second focus will shift to the impressive and distinct architecture of the residence, which is modern-inspired. As you enter the large, custom door you’ll notice the airiness of the bright space, adorned with light walls, contemporary finishes and an open concept. Walls of glass are found throughout the abode, allowing residents to capture the rare mountain views all the way to Four Peaks, as well as access to see enormous City Light vistas of Scottsdale into the southeast Valley. With oversized windows in almost every room, including the master retreat, the views from the SEPTEMBER 2016 |




vital stats: 2017 Jaguar F-PACE Price: $40,990 Price as tested: $70,735 Seating: 5 Engine: 2.0-L turbocharged diesel or

3.0-L supercharged V-6 Horsepower: 180, 340 or 380 hp Fuel economy: 18/23 mpg city/

highway Fab features:

Striking design inside and out Advanced technology Surprisingly roomy and comfortable

2017 JAGUAR F-PACE The British automaker adds an SUV to its lineup for the first time



here’s an old saying that when you’re the last one to arrive at the party, you better be wearing the prettiest dress. As one of the last automakers without an SUV in its lineup, Jaguar called on design director Ian Callum to deliver on this task. And so, the legendary British marque adds the all-new F-PACE to its portfolio. Visually inspired by the F-TYPE sports car, the F-PACE features Jaguar’s current design language including the signature “J” blade headlamps found on the 2017 XE and XF sedans. Even the huge grille and lower air intakes are carryovers from Jaguar’s performance sedans. F-PACE borrows the minimalistic taillights from the original E-TYPE Jaguar sports cars.




From the bulging hood and clean side profile to the strong rear shoulders, the overall look recalls the strength, purity and agile stance of a feline, ready to pounce. Consistent with its sedan siblings, the interior is a near-perfect blend of sportiness and refined elegance with generous seating for five. The new InControl Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen and Meridian sound system is standard; the Pro version, with a huge 10.2-inch screen, is optional. A unique innovation for runners and those with an active lifestyle is Activity Key, a waterproof wristband that allows you to leave the bulkier key fob in the vehicle and lock and unlock your car with just the wristband. F-PACE is available with a choice of three engine options, beginning with a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel with 180 horsepower starting at $40,990, followed by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 in either 340 or 380 horsepower forms, from $42,390 and $56,700 respectively. The turbodiesel and 340-horsepower, V-6 versions come in Pure, Prestige, Portfolio or R-Sport trim levels. There are also S and First Edition models; the latter is limited stock. I drove both gas-engine models, and it really took back-to-back driving to discern any difference in power. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard on all models. The F-PACE S gets adaptive dynamics, which adjust the damping based on body and wheel movement for a smoother and more agile ride. Overall, the range of models, trim levels and options are vast and allow you to custom-build the F-PACE how you like it, but the price climbs easily with added options. Jaguar’s new SUV is easily more sports sedan-like than any rivals in its segment, and is an excellent choice for those seeking a true sports utility vehicle. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can catch him on several local TV stations, and can reach him at jmprueter@





Treatment: Lower anterior teeth previously treated with traditional grafting— treated with PST with 100% root coverage. Completed by Dr Svans in 1 hour.


ver the past year, Dr Erik Svans and Dr Steven Chang have treated 100’s of teeth with a revolutionary procedure to correct Gingival Recession away from a procedure called Pinhole Surgical Technique™ or PST™. The results have been very impressive, without the need for suturing and cutting donor tissue from your palate, which was required for Traditional Gingival Grafting. Focusing on solving the original cause of the recession first (overzealous brushing, history of periodontal disease, bruxism), and treating the affected sites with PST™ second, Dr Svans and Dr Chang have been able to provide an alternative to Gingival Recession Correction


predictably and reliably with minimal pain—the number one reason why patients and dentists dislike the Traditional approach. Pinhole Surgical Technique was designed to help those who suffer from Gingival Recession procedure that is considered the most painful procedure in Dentistry. Dr. Svans and Dr. Chang were two of the first dentists in Arizona and the United States trained and certified as Pinhole Surgical Technique™ Providers. During your Complimentary Consult, they can educate you on this amazing procedure and how they can help correct your receding gums without sutures and with mild post operative pain.



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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

LUXURY IN PARADISE Pick your perfect resort experience in Puerto Vallarta

Imperial Suite, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit



uerto Vallarta is a tropical oasis that calls for lingering poolside afternoons that segue into enchanting evenings over gourmet dinners. Just over a twohour flight from Phoenix, what was once a small town has evolved into a modern, world-class beach destination with restaurants, shops, art galleries and entertainment. Even so, Puerto Vallarta remains true to its roots, as evidenced by its Old Mexico charm, cobblestone streets and fiestas. Beyond exploring the welcoming city, you can just as easily spend your days soaking up three of the area’s best resorts. As part of the award-winning Velas Group, a trio of resorts – Velas Vallarta, Casa Vallarta and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – each offer a special UPTOWN |


experience. Whether you’re traveling with family or on a romantic getaway, you’ll be swept away by the majesty of coastal Mexico at these all-inclusive properties, where the friendly staff is happy to fulfill whatever your vacationer’s heart desires. After all, you are in paradise.

VELAS VALLARTA: A Lush Oasis Spanning 10 acres in Puerto Vallarta’s most exclusive area, Velas Vallarta sits along the shoreline of the Mexican Pacific Coast. Draped in the allure of Old Mexico with colorful, tropical landscaping, the resort offers an array of lodging and activity options that keep family in mind while retaining an all-star experience. The resort’s 345 suites are comprised of budget-friendly Casa Velas


suites even have a private pool in the garden. Although Casa Velas is not along the oceanfront, the hotel has a private Beach Club a few miles away where you can eat and take a dip in the pool or sea. Back on property, there’s another pool, flanked by palm trees and a swim-up bar, as well as koi fish ponds and meandering bright blue peacocks that call the hotel’s lush grounds home.

Presidential Suite, Velas Vallarta

studios to more spacious three-bedroom suites and luxury suites, all of which have kitchenettes or kitchens, making this a welcome retreat for families and groups. No matter which you choose, you’ll feel you’ve stepped into your own private Vallarta villa, with Mexican-inspired decor, ethnic fabrics and earthy hues, all overlooking the water of Banderas Bay. There’s no shortage of entertainment (or food) at Velas Vallarta, with nightly themed dinners at the resort’s more upscale Andrea Restaurant and festivities in the hotel’s lobby, such as margarita- and martini-tasting nights, fiestas and live music. During the day, take part in yoga on the jetty, watersports like kayaking and windsurfing, or a seaside massage while the kids hang out at the recently renovated Kids’ Club. And, of course, guests are equally encouraged to spend their days lounging by one of the three pools and floating the lazy river that snakes through the beautifully curated gardens. SPLURGE: The resort’s Presidential Suite is a no-brainer for those who desire the ultimate in splendor. The suite accompanies up to eight people among its four bedrooms, making it the most spacious offering at Velas Vallarta. Situated on the eighth floor of the resort directly above the brilliant blue water, you’ll feel like you’re in your own private retreat. And that you are – the terrace has its own pool and lounge space with a dining area outside for dinners under the stars.

CASA VELAS: A Romantic Escape Tucked away on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course is a private oasis with a captivatingly romantic feel. The AAA Four Diamond Casa Velas offers a quiet retreat with an adults-only experience. Upon arriving, you’re first welcomed by lush gardens, followed by regal architecture that’s reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. Listed eighth among the 15 best hotels in Mexico by Condé Nast Traveler, Casa Velas has an intimate and exclusive feel, thanks to its boutique size of just 80 suites. Last year, 38 of the suites underwent a million-dollar renovation as part of the hotel’s 10th anniversary. Designed with textures and colors inspired by traditional Mexican aesthetics, they have garden views and some SEPTEMBER 2016 |

SPLURGE: With four bedrooms, the Presidential Suite is the largest and most luxurious experience at Casa Velas. Every bedroom has views of the golf course and the hotel pool, and the suite itself has its own private terrace with an oversized plunge pool. The Presidential Suite includes a full bar in the living area and your own butler and bartender, plus each guest receives a spa experience and a complimentary round of golf. Velas Vallarta


The largest and most lavish Velas property in the area is Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Located 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta along the Banderas Bay, the resort is a recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and U.S. News & World Report named it the No. 1 Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. Upon arrival, you’re immediately welcomed by grandeur; the resort’s entrance towers above you and outdoor elements are seamlessly blended into the design, with lush plants and ponds dotting the interior landscape. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has 267 suites ranging from wellness suites with health-minded amenities to luxurious spa suites. Teak furnishings imported from Bali, soft neutral tones and tropical colors adorn the spaces, but most breathtaking are the suites’ ocean views. Particularly of note are the resort’s five-star gourmet dining options, the 16,500-square-foot spa, and its plethora of activities for kids, including a kids’ spa and the recently renovated Teens’ Club, which is so cool, you may find yourself wanting to hang out there! The extensive game room has entertainment like X-Box Kinect, air hockey and a karaoke set with a dance floor. SPLURGE: The Imperial Spa Suites are fit for a king – and plenty of his family and friends. The resort has two opulent options: a two-bedroom and three-bedroom suite that are each equipped with a steam room, multiple Jacuzzis, a massage table and a private maid, butler and bartender. Here, luxuriating in relaxation is the focus, with each guest getting both an 80-minute massage and complimentary rounds of golf each day. Expansive windows afford prime ocean views and the space is so magnificent, you may find yourself with little reason to leave the suite. Learn more about these resorts and the new Grand Velas Los Cabos opening in November at




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MODEL: Karla Moreno, Miss Arizona Latina 2016 MAKEUP BY: Jose Trifilio, 602.614.3298 PRODUCTS: All by Dior.




MODEL: Bria Thomas MAKEUP AND HAIR BY: Lorri Gregory, Salon Two by Two, 623.521.5934; PRODUCTS: All by MAC. Matchmaster foundation, Prep + Prime Beauty Balm, Sketch and Mythology eyeshadows, black Fluidline, Chestnut lip pencil, Lychee Lux Lipglass, Fever powder blush, dark contour, and Perfectly Lit Mineralize Skinfinish.




MODEL: Regina Gibson MAKEUP BY: Helen DeMun, ’Ohana Salon, 480.945.2711; www.ohanasalon PRODUCTS: All by Aveda. Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture, Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation, Brazilian Sun Uruku Bronzer, Illumination eyeshadow, Gobi Sands and Copper Haze Petal Essence Eye Color Trios, Peach Lights blush, Black Orchid Eye Definer, Black Forest Mosscara, and Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Sheer Moonflower.




MODEL: Sheree Burns MAKEUP BY: Mary Beth York, Jo Paris Salon and Spa and The Hills Salon and Spa, 480.209.0898; HAIR BY: Lori Smith, The Hills Salon, 480.585.3787 PRODUCTS: All by MB YORK. Beauty Ammo Kit, Paint by Numbers Eyeshadow Kit, Tinted Primer SPF 20, custom-blend foundation, Fiji bronzing powder, First Crush blush, Petal highlighter, Pucker lipstick, and Pink Champagne gloss.




MODEL: Stephanie Nguyen, founder of Modern Milk MAKEUP BY: Courtney Malcic, The Sparkle Bar, 480.941.3438; www.thesparkle PRODUCTS: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Bobbi Brown foundation and concealer, MAC SpringSheen Powder Blush, Too Faced Little Black Book of Bronzers, Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, Urban Decay Naked3 eyeshadow palette, Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Color in Naked, and Laura Mercier Hazelnut Tea lip pencil.




MODEL: Lauren Debernard MAKEUP BY: Matti Ramsey, Primp and Blow Waterfront, 480.423.7777; www.primpand HAIR BY: Kylie Super PRODUCTS: All by Smashbox. Camera Ready BB Water, L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette in Culver City Coral, Photo Matte Eyes Palette, Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Safe Word, and Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Pretty Social. Hair products by Shu Uemura.




MODEL: Kylie Super MAKEUP BY: Matti Ramsey, Primp and Blow Waterfront, 480.423.7777; www.primpand PRODUCTS: All by Smashbox. L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Hollywood & Highlight and Photo Matte Eyes Palette.




Melissa Nielsen and Liselle Cetone Rachael Bienz and Rio Telischuk

Timeflies Concert BY BEN ARNOLD

Fans of the popular music duo, Timeflies, were in luck last month when the artists made a stop in the Valley, giving an exciting performance at the W Scottsdale as part of the W Music Live series.

Jamie Levine and Laura McGilley

Ricky, Bud & Bill... The Three-Ring Circus by Jules Gissler




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Pamela Rose and Amanda Apodaca

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Mariah Avila and Devin Mann

This animal-themed arts festival will feature paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, metal, furniture, clothing and more!

$5 per Person • $10 per Family • Furry Friends are Free! TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE OR FOR MORE NFORMATION or 602.262.4727

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Ellie Rieck and Sarah Border



Cori Marx and Mereeith Hofer

Tyler Butler and Kristin Priscella

Kayla McElroy and Tess Harding

Sammie Wimmer and Audrie Ryan

Meggie and Hugo Norena

Science with a Twist PHOTOS BY BEN ARNOLD

Shay Holt

Put a twist on your Friday night and join Arizona Science Center for the newest adults’ only event. Science with a Twist is designed specifically for ages 21 and older with activities geared towards adults. Each month is themed and includes a cash bar, music, live science demonstrations, hands-on activities, discounted tickets into the featured exhibition and more!


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Guests enjoyed a concert at the Musical Instrument Museum by drum legend, Terry Bozzio, as part of the museum’s 2016 Summer Concert Series. Bozzio is best known for his work with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Frank Zappa. Drawing from jazz, classical and ethnic percussion styles, he enthralled the audience with ambient electronic loops, atmospheric percussion effects and riveting drumming.



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Jason Merkin and Kimberly Garner

Wendy Mueller and Mimi Brown


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Horse Power With Star Power BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Sara Roth and Samantha Zielinski

Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge held this event at a beautiful Paradise Valley Home, where guests had the opportunity to admire exotic cars, enjoy food and beverage, and meet two of the hottest stars of ABC’s hit show Dancing With the Stars, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy.

Luxury that invites you in to relax. Gaming and entertainment that lures you out to have fun. Make your reservations to Play in Style at Talking Stick Resort. Bryon and Donna Carney

Chris and Kristin Young


Melissa Adams, Robyn Schnitzer and Penny Woodfield

Jim Mascola and Megan Jones

*Based on availability through September 30, 2016. Sunday-Thursday arrivals only. Food & Beverage credit has a maximum value of $100 with 2-night minimum required. Credit has no cash value and is only valid at The Pool, Blue Coyote Café & Blue Coyote Cantina. Not applicable with any other offers. Management reserves the right to modify or cancel this promotion at any time. Eligibility restrictions apply. Locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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Jonne Kenzy and Birdget Sammeter

Mark Covarrubias and Katie Kahler

Dena Micheletti, Elisabeth Fisher and Crystal Hostetler

Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Leah Eager and Mariah Barber

Hosted by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, this toast to the state’s unconventional brews and brewing processes took place at the Phoenix Convention Center with fresh flavors poured by more than 50 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers. Festival-goers sampled specialty casks and never-before-sipped brews.

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Kasie Merrill and Amber Kahwaji

Juliet Rozo and Julia Hanson

Alex Clobes, Isy Obi and Jay Cathey

Shop Garment District BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Emmanuel Hightower and Jasilyn Anderson

Phoenix Fashion Week welcomed the return of Shop Garment District, an event celebrating the nation’s top emerging fashion and accessory designers. Guests gathered at Tempe’s Moxy Hotel to get a sneak peek at 15 emerging designers, who will be showcasing their original collections at Phoenix Fashion Week in October. The event included a runway show, a trunk sale, giveaways, bubbles, bites and music.

Eddie Zrimsek and Monica Mauro

Loren North and Lisa Kinney

Melissa Mead and John Mead

Anna Zitzevancih and James Saylor

Loren and Valentina Aragon

Jarvis Harris and Gabriela Rivera

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drink The MARKET by Jennifer’s RESTAURANT+BAR

HOT HUES Boost your color IQ with 10 electrifyingly bright libations BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

I Blanco Tacos + Tequila

t’s no secret that craft cocktails truly are works of art in a glass. Whether served up, tall, on the rocks or with a twist, mixologists across the Valley are using ingredients as vibrant as they are flavorful to add a pop of color to their spirited treats. Cool down from the still-hot weather with these hot-hot-hot favorites.

La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar The MARKET by Jennifer’s RESTAURANT+BAR Drink: The Prickly Pear Details: The garden-to-glass movement takes center stage with legally harvested prickly pear fruit and manzanita berries from the Tonto National Forest with vodka, cilantro and a jalapeno pepper. Cost: $11 32 Shea Drink: Mint Lemon Drop Martini Details: Muddled fresh mint from the garden, squeezed lemon, vodka and sweet and sour leave you feeling minty fresh. Cost: $10

Thirsty Camel Lounge at The Phoenician Drink: Thirsty Camel Martini Details: Indulge in Grey Goose Citron with lemonade, lemon juice and fresh prickly pear syrup. Cost: $18 La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar Drink: Corpse Reviver #Blue Details: Plymouth Gin, Lillet (a French wine aperitif), Blue Curacao and fresh lemon juice combine to keep your blues away. Cost: $11 Crab & Mermaid Drink: Passion Peach Punch Details: This fruity sipper is made from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon, lime, passionfruit and confetti flowers. Cost: $11 Beckett’s Table Drink: The Gardener’s Champagne Details: Veuve Devienne Champagne mixes with housemade raspberry-basil simple syrup and a sugar cube soaked in Peychaud’s Bitters. Cost: $11

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila Drink: Strawberry Pineapple Daiquiri Details: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Combier, tropical sour, strawberry and raspberry merge for this fruit-focused, tropicinspired favorite. Cost: $9.50

St. Francis Drink: The Cloud Cover Details: You’ll be on cloud nine after this drink containing London dry gin, Gifford Blue Curacao, Velvet Falernum and fresh-squeezed lime juice. Cost: $11 Crudo Drink: Beets, Rhymes and Life Details: Nolet’s Gin, Lillet Rose, raspberry, fresh beets, lemon and seltzer come together for this veggie-forward cocktail. Cost: $11 Café Zu Zu at Hotel Valley Ho Drink: Light My Fire Details: Redemption Rye, Aperol, lemon juice, chilies and black pepper combine to make this red-hot mixer. Cost: $12 UPTOWN |



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Jewel’s Bakery and Café, a local gluten-free destination founded by award-winning chef Julie Moreno, recently announced the debut of its new dinner menu. Among the list of unique comfort foods and lighter bites inspired from around the globe is the vegetable coconut curry. Rich and packed with flavors, this vegan stand out leaves nothing to be desired. The Indian classic ($14.75) is made with seasonal veggies, chickpeas, yellow curry, red cargo rice and golden raisins, adding a hint of sweetness to the nutty mixture. Jewel’s new dinner menu is served nightly until 9 p.m. 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.714.5243; SEPTEMBER 2016 |



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La Grande Orange Grocery

4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.314.4660 Fàme Caffe is located in what was once a number of past coffee houses. The simple, yet sleek redesign of the space represents the caliber of the menu. You won’t find anything overly complicated on the menu, only carefully crafted dishes that are elevated by the quality of locally sourced ingredients and an expert hand. The usual suspects are all accounted for, like veggie scrambles, breakfast sandwiches and huevos rancheros, and are all done perfectly. One serious standout on the menu is the Frenchie toast. This dish is made “pain perdu” style, which is more of a dessert style in France, making it a decadent breakfast option. The heady notes of vanilla and cinnamon dance through the thick slices of custard soaked bread. The Schreiner’s sausage served alongside the toast provides the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Dick’s Hideaway

BREAKFASTS WITH BENEFITS Rise and dine to Celebrate National Breakfast Month BY TARYN JEFFRIES


ou’ve likely heard it your whole life and, at times, stuck to the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With busy lives and a bounty of convenience foods at the ready, some of us have lost sight of this adage. Yet, since September is devoted to breakfast, this is the perfect time to get reacquainted with the ideal.

While breakfast at home or on the go may be a monotonous cycle of cereal, whole grain bars, scrambled eggs or toast, these local breakfast spots are serving up creative dishes, making breaking the fast far more exciting and enjoyable than any at-home option could. Get ready to rise and dine! UPTOWN |



6008 N. 16th St., Phoenix 602.241.1881 Calling this spot a hidden gem is both figurative and literal. Unless you know in advance what is hiding behind the luscious bougainvillea bushes, you would likely miss the culinary treasures behind its foliage. While the dining room is petite, that is no indication of the size of flavor coming out of the kitchen daily. Dick’s is a local favorite, mainly for the hospitality that the staff provides, whether you are a regular or a first timer. The restaurant is known for its spicy dinner entrees, and its breakfast items are served up with the same New Mexican flavors. The classic southwestern huevos rancheros is taken to the next level here with the eatery’s signature red or green chile sauce and blue corn tortillas. If you have a big appetite, Vic’s meatloaf and eggs is the way to go. The dish is big on size and flavor and served with three eggs, beans and either potatoes or hash browns, along with a flour tortilla. Use that tortilla to sop up every last fiery bit of chile sauce.

food files gallo and red chili cheese sauce are piled on top of corn tortilla chips, creating an addictive morning meal that will leave you coming back time and time again.

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Zayde’s house. You may not think that a smoked fish platter is a breakfast food, but trust the Snyder’s. Enjoy a combination of lake sturgeon, belly or nova lox, baked salmon and whitefish (you get to pick three). This dish is all we need to convince us that old school is the best school. Scott’s Generations Restaurant & Delicatessen

Scott’s Generations Restaurant & Delicatessen 5539 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.277.5662 The Snyder Family has been serving up authentic New York kosher deli-style eats in the Valley since 1989 and not much has changed in that time. And why should it? Scott’s bagels are consistently soft and chewy on the inside with a delicate, crisp exterior, exactly what you would expect from a New York-style deli. There’s nothing terribly fancy or trendy on the menu, just tried and true comforting morning favorites. Dishes like Logan’s latkes, composed of three massive potato pancakes served with traditional applesauce and sour cream, are a reminder of waking up on the weekend at your Bubbe and

Daily Dose Midtown 1928 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix 602.274.0334 Daily Dose Midtown has pretty much the most epic location in the Uptown area. Being right next to the 51 makes it a great place to pop in to before your morning commute or on the weekend with friends before a day of some serious shopping at the nearby stores. The wide variety of menu items include a bounty of options for those with gluten allergies as well as vegetarians and vegans. I’m not sure of anywhere else that you can get breakfast bowls loaded with protein and vegetables on a bed of bamboo and basmati rice, garbanzo beans, wheat berries, green lentils and daikon radish seeds, do you? If you’re leaning away from healthy, one of Daily Dose’s most raved about dishes are is its breakfast nachos. Three kinds of cheese, jalapenos, chorizo, scrambled eggs, tomatillo salsa, pico de SEPTEMBER 2016 |



4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix 602.840.7777 Some spots just get it, and La Grande Orange has been getting it for years. There is a pride in all of the items coming out of the kitchen and you can feel that the staff is happy to be there. The breakfast menu is impressive and covers every possible craving you might have, and the retail grocery section offers some intriguing delights. You can get the standard eggs to order, some sweet French pancakes, but LGO’s breakfast burritos are where things get a little creative. A local favorite is the Ricky Martin. How could a breakfast burrito encapsulate all that spice and sass that is the Latin crooner? Mix up some eggs, tomato, cheese (obviously, right?), Fresno chili, mayo, artichokes and smoky Spanish chorizo, wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla and you’ll be livin’ la vida loca all day long!

The Brown Bag 7575 N. 16th St., Phoenix 602.997.3663 Looking to fuel up before a long day of meetings and conference calls or in need of replenishing your system after a long hike? The Brown Bag is an excellent way to fill up for a full day. This family run business treats every customer that walks through the door like another member of the family, often welcoming them by name. If you’re in a hurry, you can opt for the scratch-made bagels or pastries and you’ll definitely be pleased. If you have a little more time, the handcrafted breakfast sandwiches will really put a little pep in your step. The Kennedy is a local favorite, with its combination of briny bacon, smooth avocado, two eggs and cream cheese set between airy ciabatta bread. If you need a little more kick in the morning, the Poncho is a great option: a combination of two eggs, chorizo, cheddar, jalapeno, tomato and onion all on that signature ciabatta.


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BURGER RUSH This local joint is pretty straightforward in its offerings: fresh, flavorful burgers, fries, hot dogs and milkshakes. You can taste the sweet, smoky flavor derived from the use of mesquite apple wood. The amount of combinations and toppings you can get on your burger is also a treat for this fast casual spot. The menu features some Mediterranean favorites, like gyros and hummus and the restaurant also serves breakfast all day long. Bonus: Burger Rush has a drive-thru for when you’re on the go! 3701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.277.7874;; $ HOPDODDY BURGER BAR Hopdoddy is an elevated fast casual restaurant, and its second Arizona location is conveniently located in the Camelback Colonnade plaza. This is the perfect local eatery for families because of the quick service and varied menu items. Although Hopdoddy is known for its burgers, the menu also has a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options to accommodate any need. The burgers, which come in varied creative and delicious combinations, are ground fresh daily, the fries are all hand cut and the buns are made from scratch every day. The menu also features special burgers, rotating monthly. 2033 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.242.2337; www.; $$ LUCI’S AT THE ORCHARD Looking for a fully immersive Arizona experience? Luci’s at the Orchard offers a gourmet marketplace as well as a full-service cafe located in a repurposed historic ranch home in the heart of Uptown. The menu embraces the Arizona citrus legacy with many of the items highlighting this local specialty. Luci’s serves breakfast all day and offers savory lunch items like sandwiches, burgers and hearty salads. This isn’t just a dining experience, it’s a fun one too. Bring your kids along to

enjoy the lush greenery and splash pad. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442;; $$ MARY COYLE OL’ FASHIONED ICE CREAM Mary Coyle’s is a long-standing Phoenician tradition and, while we had to survive for a time without the sweet spot, it’s now welcoming new generations of ice cream lovers from across the Valley to enjoy a scoop. The menu features a variety of the highest quality ice creams in every flavor imaginable. The shakes, floats and malts will remind you of those served up in a simpler time at a counter with patrons adorned in bobby socks and poodle skirts. 5823 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.626.5996;; $ SHAKE SHACK This East coast favorite has landed comfortably in the middle of the desert, and It brought iconic burgers, cheese fries, and decadent concretes with it. Shake Shack’s burgers display clean, fresh flavors no matter the toppings you opt in for. The cheese fries retain their crispness, even beneath all that creamy, gooey cheese. This particular locations has even introduced two concrete flavors that embrace the area; the ‘mallow monsoon and camelshack. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.903.3240;; $$


CHERRYBLOSSOM NOODLE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location, this little eatery is full of amazing noodle options. From ramen to udon, there are options for everyone. The restaurant even offers up some Italian options, most of which have a Japanese flair. Looking for a little spice? The udon suki hits all of the right notes and that slight heat sneaks up on you! 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.248.9090,, $$ MOTO SUSHI If you’re looking for a new experience, Moto Sushi offers a variety of dishes that are a fusion of cultures that will surprise and delight diners. You can start off with the Asian nachos, which is a clever concoction of crispy wontons, soybeans, salsa and guacamole. If you have a healthy appetite, you can come in on Saturday’s for Moto’s all you can eat sushi special. Like it a little hot? Go for the exit wound bowl, complete with Moto hell fire sauce. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444;; $$ PURE SUSHI COLONY This sleek and modern new sushi spot will welcome you in and the wait staff will make you want to keep coming back again and again. If you have questions or need suggestions on menu items, the staff is very familiar with the menu offerings and happy to help. Pure’s nigiri and sashimi are fresh and masterfully cut, the bowls and bento boxes are plentiful and varied. No matter your selection, you are guaranteed to be served a plate of beauty; presentation is honored at Pure Sushi. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.730.3566; $$$ RED THAI Red Thai has secured itself as a hip Thai restaurant in a slightly awkward location. The decor succeeds in being interesting and almost interactive. This “Southeast Asian Kitchen” offers a variety of dining options created by Chef Johnny Wu. One of the menu standouts is the truffle edamame that is easily addictive. The Thai pho is a great entree choice, with the lemongrass broth imparting a tempering of sorts to the spice in the dish. The creative menu and full bar are the perfect backdrop for a great evening out with



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friends. 7822 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.870.3015; $$ THAI LONG-AN This small family run restaurant is serving up authentic Thai dishes that will delight those familiar with the cuisine and surprise and excite those trying it for the first time. If you’re a newbie, keep in mind that all of the dishes are customizable as far as heat levels go, on a scale of one to five. You’ll find traditional appetizers, a variety of soups, spicy salads and seriously flavorful noodle dishes. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. 4447 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; 602.374.4430;; $$


ACACIA CAFÉ Quaint, cozy and homey are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Acacia Café. You won’t find a complicated menu with too many options; the menu offerings are succinct and separated by sandwiches, burritos and scrambles. Can’t stick around to eat in the cafe? Check out the more robust takeout menu for both breakfast and lunch. 3701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.904.7675;; $ CITY SQUARE CAFÉ With daily specials, friendly staff and good quality food at affordable prices, City Square Café is a great breakfast stop. Whether you are seeking out a bagel on the run or looking to linger over a breakfast burrito and a warm cup of coffee, the staff here will take care of you and make sure you leave with a smile and a happy belly. 3800 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.1098;; $ ESSENCE BAKERY CAFÉ Whether you’re looking for the perfect pastries for a morning meeting or a rich and filling breakfast to start out your day, you should put this cafe at the top of your list. Essence’s almond croissant is perfectly decadent with the perfect level of sweetness surrounded by light, buttery and flaky layers. The kitschy decor is inviting and welcoming. 3830 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.4958;; $$ OVER EASY Quirky and approachable, Over Easy serves up delicious breakfast dishes for every palate. Whether you are in the mood for something on the healthier side (the Mediterranean omelet) or you’re looking to indulge (caramelized banana & pecan brioche French toast), you will surely find your new favorite breakfast dish here. The Reese’s pancakes almost make you want to order off the kid’s menu. Great service and great food in a fun and funky environment. Can you think of a better way to start the day? 4730 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.468.3447; www.eatatovereasy. com; $$ SNOOZE AM EATERY The owners of this eatery hand-pick all of the ingredients that will be used in the dishes, ensuring that each diner has the ultimate breakfast experience. Treat yourself to pineapple upside down pancakes or linger over the chilaquiles benedict and make breakfast the most important meal of the day again. 2045 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.725.8000;; $$


IL POSTO Il Posto houses all the romance of a Disney movie within its four walls. The menu options at Il Posto are not pretentious; you’ll find straightforward, traditional and scratch-made dishes. Try the cavatappi

guide matriciana for a spicy pasta dish, or the meat lasagna for all of the familiar flavors you’ve loved since childhood. A seat on the patio near the fire pit provides that little extra ambiance to create the perfect date night backdrop. 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.870.4122;; $$ LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA Arizona is a mecca for Midwest transplants and the arrival of Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria brings a familiar taste of home for many. The deep dish pizza here is just as good as that found at the original location in Chicago. Only the finest tomatoes, sausage and cheese are used to make up the signature pizza and the flaky, buttery crust is like nothing you’ve tasted before. The pizzeria also offer thin crust pizza, a variety of salads and pasta. Millions of Chicagoans can’t be wrong! 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.892.9998;; $$ PIZZA ON 40TH If you’re looking for delicious, New York-style pizza at a great price, Pizza On 40th will be your go-to. The dining room is a bit on the petite side, so typically a to-go order will be your best bet, depending on how busy the restaurant is. Pizza on 40th’s thin crust pizzas have a flavorful sauce, allowing you to taste all the herbs and seasonings in every bite. The menu also offers a variety of standard and premium toppings to create the perfect-foryou pizza! 3937 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.595.3003;; $ TRATTO Tratto is proof that Chris Bianco can do no wrong in the Valley. This pasta-focused restaurant is the perfect follow-up to the wildly successful Pizzeria Bianco. You’ll be greeted at your table with a plate of complimentary antipasti, fresh bread and olive oil while you peruse the menu. While there are not too many items to choose from on the rotating menu, the descriptions draw you in and make it hard to choose. Take a friend, order a few things to share and divertiti (enjoy yourself)! 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.296.7761;; $$ WINK 24 Wink 24 embodies everything that you would expect from an Italian eatery; great food and hospitable service. Fernanda Borletti, the owner of Wink 24, is a constant fixture in the dining room, ensuring that everyone has enough to eat and is enjoying every bite. The wood fired pizzas are bubbly, cheesing and teeming with ingredients. Make sure to get a side of the chile morita, a spicy and smoky infused oil used for dipping that will intensify the flavors of any pizza on the menu. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.954.5278;; $$


CAFÉ RIO MEXICAN GRILL While Café Rio is a fast casual dining destination, the flavors and friendliness of the staff are of the caliber that you might expect at high-end restaurant. You won’t find any freezers or microwaves in the kitchen, guaranteeing that all the food here is made fresh daily. You’ll discover the expected Mexican fare here, but some of the tastiest dishes are the salads. They are served in a light, never greasy tortilla bowl and filled with your choice of protein, topped with a creamy tomatillo or cilantro lime vinaigrette. Sounds like a fiesta to us! 2131 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.425.5380;; $ GADZOOK’S ENCHILADAS & SOUP If you have amazing enchilada creation ideas, but you’re lacking the tools in your cupboard or kitchen

to make them, Gadzooks will happily create just the dish you’re dreaming of. Diners can choose what they want in their enchiladas, from proteins, sauce, cheese and toppings, and the talent in the kitchen will craft the chosen ingredients into an enchilada masterpiece. Match up your dish with tortilla soup, chips and salsa, and a tasty chilled beverage to complete the meal. 3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.279.5080;; $ MARIA’S FRYBREAD & MEXICAN FOOD If you have been looking for authentic Mexican food with a side of fry bread specialties, you are in luck. Maria’s is serving up all of your favorite items like burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tamales and the ever-important breakfast burritos. You’ll also find a variety of tostadas and nachos, but the real treat is in the sopapillas (made from frybread). Maria’s fry bread taco is light but still holds up to the hefty toppings. This newer spot is sure to become a neighborhood favorite. 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.957.3514; $ OTRO CAFE The simple design and the industrial feel of the restaurant ensure that nothing distracts from the star of the show; the food, of course! Otro Cafe features as many locally sourced ingredients it can and this shines through in every plate. You’ll find the al pastor to be incredibly tender and the meats in the paella Mexicana are only intensified by the fresh seasonal veggies added. 6035 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.266.0831;; $$ SIERRA BONITA GRILL What happens when you meld American comfort food with the spicy heat of Mexican flavors? You get Sierra Bonita. From the green chile mac-ncheese to the New Mexican chile short ribs, this “hot” spot will certainly add a little kick to your night out! Add a Miguel’s mule or fresh squeezed margarita and you have the makings of a great night. 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.0700;; $$


HONOR AMONGST THIEVES One of the newest residents of The Colony along 7th street, Honor Amongst Thieves breathes fresh life into the Phoenix cocktail scene. This space just above its sister property, Stock & Stable, is where you will find some of the most cerebral cocktails. The focus is on taking classic cocktails and modernizing them, giving them a unique spin. The social hour menu features equally grown-up items like deviled egg dip, Chicago dogs and many more comforting-inducing items. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001;; $$ JOE’S MIDNIGHT RUN Joe’s Midnight Run dubs itself as a “culinary remix.” The restaurant is housed in what used to be the iconic Joe’s Drive-In Liquor, which longtime residents will surely remember. The space has been redesigned as a hip, eclectic restaurant that pays homage to the former inhabitants. The revamp is cheeky and infuses its menu and vibe with shoutouts to legendary musicians and groups. Don’t let the light-heartedness fool you into thinking that the kitchen and bar menus don’t pack some serious flavor, though. The menu is as creative as the space. Now, go tell your “jomies”. 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467;; $$ POMELO Pomelo is another addition to the relatively new Orchard space and features straightforward American favorites with an Arizona twist. The

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modern interior with bright colors and interesting adornments, like stained glass interior windows and funky basin sinks in the washroom, act as a tribute to the location. The restaurant is on the land that is said to have been one of the first commercial citrus groves in the area. The majority of the restaurant’s ingredients are locally sourced, whether you are looking to try one of Pomelo’s massive salads or wood-fired pizzas. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600;; $$ STOCK & STABLE The Colony has seen an influx of restaurants, and residents couldn’t be happier. Among them is Stock & Stable, an American gastropub with Italian influences. The restaurant’s charcuterie or salumi board is one of the most impressive displays of carefully selected meats, cheeses and accouterments in the area. The salads and entrees feature locally sourced ingredients that radiate quality and freshness in every bite. The cocktail menu is equally impressive. Pop in for lunch, dinner, happy hour or brunch on the weekends to see what all the hype is about. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001;; $$ TUCK SHOP This petite spot in the heart of the Coronado historical district is likely to become a new neighborhood favorite. With its slightly upscale interior and smattering of whimsy touches, this is the perfect restaurant for an intimate date night or dinner with a treasured friend. The menu is approachable and refreshing, with items like cheese curds and Sonoran pigs in a blanket to start with. Tuck Shop also offers small and large plate dishes that you can share or savor solitarily. 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.354.2980;; $$


LOVING HUT – VEGETARIAN CUISINE With a guarantee that all menu items are 100 percent vegan, there is no need to wonder if any pesky animal proteins were snuck in there anywhere. The intriguing flavor combinations are never boring and fail to disappoint even the pickiest of eaters. The staff is friendly and will be happy to guide you through the menu. 3239 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.264.3480; phoenix_02/; $$ NAMI Nami offers up a bevy of pastries along with breakfast and brunch options that could easily convert the most devout meat-eater, at least for one meal. When you are ready to relax and fully enjoy the flavors, ingredients and craftsmanship of stellar wholesome and healthy offerings, get yourself to Nami for the breakfast or brunch. The menu varies from decadent doughnuts to hearty biscuits and gravy; the food will fill your belly and the community feel will fill your soul. 2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.258.6264;; $ VEGGIE VILLAGE Veggie Village is not only a mecca for local vegetarians, but also a place to learn more about the practice and associated beliefs. The menu holds a variety of dishes that were thoughtfully crafted to impart the most flavor and texture. There are several items that will sound familiar but have been updated with vegetarian proteins like mutton curry, sweet and sour chicken and lettuce wraps. The vast menu definitely has something for everyone and some new items are popping up all the time. 1255 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix; 602.944.1088;; $

new in town


he Valley’s hottest new bar is just a staircase away. Hidden beneath Arcadia’s Sip Coffee & Beer Garage – and accessible from a nondescript staircase within – is UnderTow, the latest innovation from the minds of Barter & Shake, of Counter Intuitive fame. “This adaptable use project has been years in the making. It just took a team of us putting our minds together – and finding some amazing partners – to make the dream a reality,” says Barter & Shake co-founder Rich Furnari, who along with beverage consultant Jason Asher – a past GQ Magazine “Bartender of the Year” and Jade Bar “Most Inspired Bartender” recipient, respectively – has been traveling across the country researching the resurgence in tiki-themed bar concepts for the past several years. According to Furnari, while the concept of tiki bars and cocktails gained popularity in the post-Prohibition 1930s and as an escape from the, well, depression of the Great Depression, the seeds for the movement date back to the early 1900s. “Before the Panama Canal helped ease transportation across North America, clipper ships were the fastest way to move goods across the continent by water,” Furnari explains. “Our entire concept is


UnderTow sets sail in Arcadia BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ




based on the idea of these clipper ships actually sourcing and bringing the first ingredients that would inspire the tiki movement to the United States.” And that is an understatement. The 500-square-foot UnderTow space was once an oil change bay, and thanks to the imaginations of Wesley James of StarkJames and renowned tiki artist Danny Gallardo, Barter & Shake’s vision became a reality. Today, the space looks and feels as though you are on an authentic turn-ofthe-century clipper ship from your first step underground to your last sensational sip – portholes and all. And speaking of sips, there is something for everyone at UnderTow, including over a dozen classic tiki cocktails and 17 cocktails inspired by different elements of tiki culture. Food will be offered beginning in October, and will be made specifically to pair with the drink menu by Crudo’s own Cullen Campbell. The menu will be done in Dim Sum style, where guests can pick and choose small bites, mostly Asian-inspired, throughout the evening while still having a hand free for a cocktail. “At UnderTow, our ultimate goal is to give our guests an immersive experience and escape from the real world for a few hours, complete with sound, lighting, effects and a menu that plays on all five senses at once – and doing it all without the grass skirts,” Furnari says. UnderTow’s hours are WednesdayThursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. UnderTow is located inside Sip Coffee & Beer Garage, 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.753.6504;

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