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Experts in MonaLisa Touch News Update: The MonaLisa Touch has now been FDA approved in the U.S. for over 2 years and at Arizona Women’s Care more than 1000 procedures have brought amazing results to women across the Southwest region. This amazing NON HORMONAL treatment for vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, frequent bladder or vaginal infections and other symptoms that result from a lack of estrogen has revolutionized our success in treating these disheartening issues. In a recent Stanford University study, reductions in dryness and painful intercourse were especially marked, dropping an average of 75% and 66% respectively. As Lindsay (age 56) states, “I was skeptical, but I needed to try something. After the 3 treatments, intercourse was so much better I could not believe it. I actually asked my husband if we could do it again, and he was shocked! It has made such a difference in our relationship.” The MonaLisa Touch uses fractional CO2 laser therapy

to regenerate collagen and rid the vaginal mucosa of the dry atrophic cells. Three simple treatments in the office 6 weeks apart have shown incredible improvements in vaginal atrophy. These treatments take about 5 minutes and are virtually painfree, no anesthesia is needed. As women caring for women, our expertise and customer service are unsurpassed in the valley. Our staff of all-female physicians were the 1st board certified OB/GYNS in the state of Arizona to perform the MonaLisa Touch procedure. We welcome you to any of our open house seminars to learn more about the MonaLisa Touch! You will have the opportunity to meet with the doctors and talk with the patients who have had this life changing procedure. One last testimonial from Rhonda (age 61) sums up why we do what we do, “Thank you Arizona Women’s Care for offering me the MonaLisa Touch! It is an amazing treatment. I am 100% back to feeling like I did 20 years ago!”

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30 Power Couples Dynamic duos out to make a difference in their fields 37 Doctors of the Desert Eight physicians making their mark in the medical world

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Between regularly sending emails and text messages on your smart phone, spending hours gripping the steering wheel in rush hour traffic, and playing hours of tennis on the weekends, your hands are locked in an endless cycle of repetitive motions that typically go unnoticed until pain sets in. Soreness at the base of the thumb, pain, or a clicking, snapping, or locking sensation while the thumb is in motion could be a sign of trigger thumb. Trigger thumb can result from tendon inflammation due to repetitive gripping motions, or from an underlying medical condition like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has pioneered a minimally invasive procedure to treat trigger thumb in Arizona without the need for complicated and invasive traditional surgery. The EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Thumb Release system was designed by Dr. Fitzmaurice and is available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute. EndoTech® uses a small incision and an endoscopic technique to fix the injured tendon in an outpatient procedure. With EndoTech® , you’ll be back in motion, firm grip in tact, in no time!


all officially begins this month. While not much will change in regards to the weather (although it’s still nice to dream of changing leaves, cooler temperatures and chunky sweaters), the Valley does get a lot more exciting. Event season kicks off with more and more happening in Phoenix each weekend. Pretty soon, your calendar will be overbooked and your favorite restaurants will be packed with a wait. We, too, are gearing up for the fall with some exciting features. One of my favorites is the fall preview pages, where we are highlighting some of the top fashion trends (page 62) for the season – think must-wear colors, unique prints and unexpected textures and silhouettes. We’re also talking beauty trends … berry lips to be exact, on page 62. Another big happening this month is the first NFL game of the season (go Cards!). Fans will flock to local bars in hopes of seeing their team end up victorious, so we are rounding some of the best local dips (page 80) to chow down on when you’re cheering. If you want to be surrounded by fellow fans, we’re spotlighting a few Valley bars that choose sides ... find your home on page 56. We’re also presenting pretty impressive pairs – or we like to call them power couples, on page 30. These dynamic duos are sharing their success secrets, both in business and in marriage! And, speaking of successful, we then shift gears to our cover feature, MaddieRose Holler (page 26). You might recognize her best with her Miss Arizona crown and sash on. We caught up with her prior to the Miss America pageant, talking all things competition, philanthropy and her future as a Sun Devil. We wish her all the luck at the upcoming televised event – she truly sparkles both inside and out! Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief gabby@richmanmediagroup.com Find our magazine on Facebook!

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My friend suggested that my spouse and I attend mediation to finalize our divorce. Is this a good idea? Does my attorney go with me? Yes, I always encourage my clients to attend mediation. It is far better to be the co-author of your own settlement than have a stranger (your assigned judge) make decisions about your life for you. At a trial, you will have a very limited time to make your case before the judge issues a final, binding decision. Unlike a judge, a mediator does not have the power to make these types of decisions for you. Mediation can help you both address and resolve all of the issues you are faced with, and take into consideration what is most important to each party without a time limit.

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I do advise that you attend mediation with an attorney. Mediators often do not give legal advice, and will therefore allow you to enter into an agreement that may not be in your best interest. Traditionally, I am able to help my clients finalize their entire case at mediation, and have each party sign their agreement before leaving the mediator’s office. Once an agreement is signed, it is binding and final, thereby concluding your case and helping you close this chapter of your life. I wish you the very best of luck.

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Rhette Baughman gathers young professionals to help furry friends in need BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

Rhette Baughman has never been much of a people-person. “When my parents would take us to their friends’ houses for dinner, I’d always find my way onto the floor, playing with the house pet,” he laughs, recalling his younger animal-loving self. “Actually, not much has changed. If you can’t find me at a dinner party, I’m probably on the floor in another room hanging out with the dogs.” continued… SEPTEMBER 2017 |



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up close Baughman’s affection for all things four-legged and furry used to be a loveable quirk, but in recent years, the former marketing strategist has channeled his passion into a full-fledged career. In 2016, he left corporate America and joined the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL), Arizona’s largest and oldest nokill animal shelter. “Unlike most people who end up working at shelters, I was new to understanding a lot about animal welfare and the rescue world,” he says. “[But] I knew I could help [make an] impact. It excited me to be part of a group of passionate, caring individuals who are dedicated to serving a cause bigger than them.” AAWL (www.aawl.org) may look like your typical shelter from the outside, but behind the well-kept kennel doors is an extensive network of educational programs, first-class veterinary services and endless volunteer opportunities, all aimed at making the world a more compassionate place for homeless dogs and cats. The organization’s education department, which employs more than 50 “exotic animal ambassadors,” is particularly focused on impacting Arizona’s youth. By teaching kids and teens about the importance of proper care, safety and advocacy, AAWL is molding a generation of future pet owners who will possess the knowledge and humanity needed to transform the current landscape of animal welfare. AAWL also maintains a regular schedule of dog training courses for overwhelmed adoptees and a low-cost animal care clinic, MDPetCare, offering affordable, non-emergency care to families across the community. Relationships with other rescue groups doing similar work throughout the state help to keep the shelter full and spirits high. “When you adopt, you are saving two lives,” Baughman explains. “The animal you take home and the animal who can [now] come into the shelter and be saved.” As AAWL’s director of development, Baughman works to make such miracles an everyday occurrence. Day in and day out, he oversees the forming and maintenance of donor relationships, spreading AAWL’s mission (rescue, rehabilitate and

rehome) in order to secure corporate sponsorships and new streams of revenue. Since its founding in 1971, AAWL — which has no national affiliation — has relied solely on grants and donations. Not too long ago, however, Baughman and Executive Director Judith Gardner noticed an absence in AAWL’s framework: a group of young, animal-loving professionals motivated to sustain the organization’s life-saving mission through strategic fundraising. Baughman and Gardner saw this missing link as an opportunity to funnel the general goodwill of the surrounding community into a new project, and several discussions later, The League was born. “So many young professionals aren’t happy just talking about change. They want to roll up their sleeves and do something meaningful,” Baughman says. “The League is a space for selected applicants to go beyond donating and volunteering [to] help AAWL expand its reach and sustainability while advocating for animal welfare.” The League, also recognized as AAWL’s Young Professionals Council, is comprised of 25 socially and professionally




connected millennials who will promote the organization’s mission, initiatives and events throughout the upcoming year. All members, each of whom endured an intensive application process, are required to raise a minimum of $500 per year to help The League collect (and hopefully exceed) $15,000 by the end of its debut year. Things officially kicked off this past August, where The League’s newly inducted members gathered to discuss the agenda for the coming year. Up first? On November 4, AAWL will host its annual pet-friendly Walk to Save Animals at Tempe Beach Park, a 2K and 5K walk benefitting the 4,000-plus animals that move through the shelter each year. Baughman will be there, accompanied by his trio of Chihuahuas: Gadget, Blanco and Bella. After all, it’s these little canines, and the deserving animals at AAWL, that keep him on his toes. “Every day, I get to witness the power of the bond between human and animal,” he explains. “As a donor-supported, community shelter, helping ensure the sustainability of the organization is the driving factor for me.”

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LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER Andrea J. Zakrzewski brings wildflowers into the next generation BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


ndrea J. Zakrzewski has been surrounded by art since childhood. Her mother, Andrea de Kerpely-Zak — a Hungarian artist with a flair for painting wildflowers — is her inspiration. Just before Kerpely-Zak left Hungary, she picked a bouquet of wildflowers and painted them, symbolizing freedom and healing. Zakrzewski has based her career as an artist off of her mother’s creation. “My mother has mentored and shaped me as a fine artist, and I hope to leave a legacy of her art in my works,” Zakrzewski says. In 2004, the duo opened Gallery Andrea in the heart of the Arts District. Their artwork is available on canvas and, more recently, on clothes. Last year, Zakrzewski launched her wearable art line, Floral Fashion (www.andreazfloralfashion. com). The collection allows patrons to don Zakrzewski and her mother’s vibrant wildflowers on skirts, leggings, dresses, purses and scarves. “I wanted people to be able to wear our ‘healing flowers’ and spread joy to others they encounter,” she explains.


In addition to your mother, what other artists inspire you? I am also a huge fan of all the impressionists, including [Claude] Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Have you always been passionate about fashion? I have been interested in fashion since I was exposed to it as a model and pageant contestant. My love of painting goes hand-in-hand with fashion. What do you love most about living in the Valley of the Sun? The beautiful scenery, including the sunsets and gorgeous mountains that I love to hike. We have such beautiful wildflowers, which I love to paint plein air (outdoors). UPTOWN |




It could happen to any driver: you hear squeaking or grinding coming from your brakes. You’re in dire need of service to keep you safe on the road, and desperation sends you to the closest repair shop. But they’re dishonest, and questionable business practices and unnecessary repairs end up costing you way more than you bargained for. Unfortunately, this occurs all too often – and it’s exactly why Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, has dedicated more than two decades to raising the bar on vehicle maintenance and repair. Mazvo is widely regarded as the gold standard of auto shops, offering unparalleled expertise and trustworthiness. We asked Shahe what sets his business apart, and he told us that there are four key components of a quality service center. CUSTOMER SERVICE. The way your auto repair facility treats you says a lot. Quality of work is important, but their attitude toward customers is equally so. “You should never feel like you’re bothering or burdening your auto shop with questions,” says Shahe. You also shouldn’t be made to feel bad for what you know (or don’t know) about how cars work. You don’t need to – their job is to explain and empower. Also, someone should greet you upon arrival; an auto shop that leaves you wandering on your own for five minutes before even saying hello may not be too eager to gain your business. Mazvo technicians, office staff, and Shahe himself greet customers promptly with complimentary soft drink, popcorn, hot teas, and coffee. “We don’t just want the job,” he asserts. “We aim to build relationships with our customers.” Shahe’s desire to make his customers feel at home and not pressured is evident in Mazvo’s attention to their every need: a relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor patio that features a water fountain, for example, and complimentary beach cruiser bikes if you’d like to get out and explore while your vehicle is being repaired. DETAILS. Of course you want to hear that someone can fix your engine problem, but don’t you also want to know why? A good auto repair

facility will make you feel comfortable by explaining the “why” in every situation. “We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can; this is your time, there’s no reason to feel rushed,” says Shahe. “We’ll educate you when we provide our suggestions and quotes so you can feel confident that you’re making the right choices for your vehicle.” HONESTY. Mechanics are often portrayed as dishonest with estimates – but there are always bad apples that metaphorically “spoil the bunch.” An honest auto repair shop will listen, allow you to engage, and address your concerns, only suggesting other services if their professional opinion deems it necessary for safety in your vehicle. “A shop that’s in the business of up-selling will stand out as feeling pushy and aggressive,” Shahe advises. Additionally, an honest mechanic will offer a fair price. Sure, the competition is big, but a good repair shop should provide you with solutions, not sell you additional problems. Open, direct communication is the best foundation for an honest service relationship. TRUST. The only way an auto repair shop can be trusted is to prove themselves trustworthy, which is exactly what Mazvo has worked hard to do every day, for every customer. They do this by standing behind what they say and believe in. At the end of the day it’s not what they say or what they do, but how they make you feel that matters the most. Mazvo Auto Car Care Center possesses all these qualities and more, serving the community with a caring team of certified, licensed professionals. Mazvo aims to provide the best service for any domestic or foreign vehicle in the Metro Phoenix area. Loyal customers from Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, and surrounding cities choose Mazvo for their unmatched service and integrity. Distinguishing the good from the bad can be tricky, but Shahe has a parting tidbit of wisdom for any consumer: “Service excellence can be truly defined by what a business chooses not to do well.”

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Robbie Pfeffer’s talent takes center stage BY BRITTANY MARONEY PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


ust like his drawings, Robbie Pfeffer is an artful blend of introvert and extrovert. As the lead vocalist of the up-and-coming band Playboy Manbaby, Pfeffer commands the stage, whipping his fans into a feverish frenzy. Post-show, the artist can typically be found sitting in solitude, carefully crafting his illustrations for his animated series that blends his love of music and sketching. “Being both a musician and a visual artist allows me to experience creativity in a variety of ways,” Pfeffer says. “I truly get something unique out of both art forms and together they make me who I am.” The local band recently performed at the Phoenix stop on Vans Warped Tour, with upcoming appearances at Vans Warped Tour in Los Angeles and the inaugural Lost Lake Festival (with the likes of The Killers) on the band’s docket. Pfeffer claims he “lucked” into being a musician, but critically acclaimed Playboy Manbaby seems to have more than luck to its credit. “The name we have made for ourselves has been from hundreds of shows at coffee shops and dive bars,” he explains. “It’s about late nights, hard work and persistence.”


You are inspired by: Anyone who isn't afraid to say what they think or do something different. As a songwriter, I love the work of Tom Waits, Yoni Wolf and Sean from AJJ. Any new albums on the horizon? This year we've put out a full-length album called Don't Let It Be and an EP called Eldfell. Both releases show growth in our abilities as a band and I think it's my best work as a songwriter. What motivates your songwriting? I'm inspired by weirdos. That really means people who have a distinctive voice. I write about what I think about, what I worry about, my experiences and my hopes. I write about my problems and the problems of those around me. UPTOWN |



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POLISHED AND PREPPY Katie Clearwater relies on style to pay homage to her hometown BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE




ou can take the girl out of the East Coast, but you can’t take the East Coast out of the girl. Despite relocating from Connecticut over 14 years ago, Stryker Marketing Specialist Katie Clearwater hasn’t strayed far from the nautical color palette and polished threads she was raised on. “My friends and I constantly joke about the amount of white stripes and navy blue I wear,” she laughs. “I definitely keep to my roots with preppy East Coast vibes.” A peek into the University of Arizona alumna’s closet would make Wilbur Wildcat proud, but beneath the paraphernalia is a sea of white jeans, floaty shift dresses and well-worn pieces from J. Crew. “I feel like I stay on style, but I’m never the first to adapt to the latest trends,” confesses Clearwater, who describes her look as fashion-forward with a classic twist. “Some are just too out there for me!” All for the better. With a wardrobe void of crop tops and chokers, she’s free to focus on the things that truly turn heads: timeless, high-quality pieces and that striking all-American smile.

What’s one style “rule” women should break? White after Labor Day. We don’t have too much of a fall in the Desert so I think it’s acceptable to wear white after summer’s end. If you could raid anyone’s closet, whose would it be? Reese Witherspoon’s. I love her classy, preppy vibes, and clothing line, Draper James! Favorite Uptown-area brunch: Chelsea’s Kitchen. You can never go wrong with $12 bottomless mimosas. Empty your bag. What’s inside? Beyond the standard purse items like my wallet and sunglasses (a must!), I’m always prepared with BandAids, a hairbrush, L’Occitane chapstick, and hand sanitizer. I also have a crazy amount of gift cards. I always seem to forget to use them, thus the ridiculous amount I carry with me every day!

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n an industry teeming with suit-wearing gentlemen, Joe Conner, branch manager at Homeowners Financial Group, sets himself apart with bright colors and an even brighter personality. “I’ve never shied away from wearing fun colors and patterns – even pink,” he says of his conspicuous style. “In business, I make the same type of lasting impression by being honest, ethical and myself.” The risk-taker has been known to push the limits with turquoise cuff links, eccentric socks and patterned ties, though not without a helping hand. “The folks over at The Clotherie are masters at thinking outside the box when it comes to different styles,” he discloses. Conner’s preferred accessories, however, don’t fit the office dress code. He and his wife are the proud owners of two pomsky puppies, Cedar and Nanook Bear (of Instagram fame, @nanookbear). The fluffy canines provide the couple with a creative outlet, but their purpose runs much deeper than likes and followers. “We are both passionate about the belief that the unconditional love of a dog can heal just about anything,” says Conner. “They bring us so much joy.”


Where can we find you on your day off and what are you wearing? I’m usually at The Henry every morning, but on the weekends, I’m in workout gear with [my wife] Caroline, and Nanook and Cedar. Which style “rule” should every man try breaking at least once? Mix a pattern tie with a different pattern shirt. I used to think you couldn’t mix patterns, but it’s definitely a style rule that can be broken. What goes into coordinating the perfect outfit? Having an organized closet where everything is visible, easily accessible and freshly dry-cleaned. What would we be surprised to find in your closet? A bunch of obstacle course gear. My buddies and I did the 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder in Lake Las Vegas last year.

Joe Conner makes a statement with bold accents and unconditional puppy love BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN






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4. MaddieRose Holler, Val Stefani dress. 5. Galina Mihaleva, Alice + Olivia dress.









iss America is an advocate for women’s education, a leader in her community and a role model for girls and women everywhere. She is steadfast in her commitment to charity and a spokeswoman on various issues facing society. On September 10 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Miss America 2018 will be crowned by her predecessor, Savvy Shields. Representing Arizona this year is Valley native MaddieRose Holler — an inspiring young leader making her mark in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Catching up with her before the big day, Holler shares her insights on the upcoming competition, the hard work it took to get here and her future plans. “I’m so ecstatic that the stage I once watched as a little girl on television, I actually get to compete on!” Holler exclaims. “However, I feel calm because I am trusting in my preparations." Holler, who grew up watching the Miss America competition on TV, began competing in pageants at the age of 13. By 15, she competed in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen – a little sister program to Miss America – under the guidance of a former Miss Arizona. Holler took home the title that year. “[Winning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen of 2013] changed everything for me. It marked the start of my journey in the Miss America Organization (MAO) and propelled me to compete again when eligible at the Miss level,” she explains. SEPTEMBER 2017 |



Two years later, Holler was eligible to play in the big leagues. She competed this June and was crowned the official Miss Arizona 2017. For Holler, the experience of winning was equal parts surreal and humbling. “[When they announced my name], I knew that I did it,” she recalls. “I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out from sheer gratitude. It took a village to get me where I am today and in that moment, I felt like I not only achieved my goals, but also made my supporters proud.” Her biggest supporter is her mother, a Filipina immigrant. Having grown up in the Philippines with very little opportunity, Holler’s mother urged her early in life to be resilient, hardworking and unapologetic when chasing after her dreams. Winning Miss Arizona represented everything Holler’s mother had instilled in her as a young girl. “My mother has been an instrumental part in not only shaping me into the woman that I am today, but also preparing me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When I won, I vividly remember her coming up on stage where we hugged and cried for a good five minutes,” Holler fondly remembers. Prior to holding the title of Miss Arizona, Holler was not your average high school student. Not-so-average in the sense that she completed a year’s worth of college credits during her senior year of high school, which allowed her to begin college as a sophomore. She also participated in a multitude of extracurricular activities, including student council, national honor society, yearbook and varsity cheer. Dedicated to serving others, Holler also increased her volunteer hours with organizations around the Valley, specifically Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) and Military Family Support Group (www.militaryfamilysupportgroup.org). She successfully did all of this before earning her high school diploma. “I was a very ambitious high school student — sometimes it felt like I was running 24/8,” she laughs. With dreams of becoming a nationally syndicated anchor for live news – Gretchen Carlson, TV journalist and Miss America 1989 is one of her many idols – Holler knew she needed to be resourceful to attain her dream career. “Affording college was once a scary thought for me coming from a low-income family and being a first-generation college student,” she says. Since competing in Miss Arizona and Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen, Holler has accumulated nearly $14,000 in MAO scholarships and is funding her education at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Barrett, The Honors College. Holler is excited to be senior Sun Devil this fall – debt free, no less. “The organization has also given me the opportunity to enroll in the integrated master’s program after I complete my undergraduate studies,” she continues, “It’s been life changing for my education.” Holler’s to-do list has exponentially grown since being crowned Miss Arizona. Her discipline, hard work and perseverance make her well-equipped for the job and all of its responsibilities. Whether she is working out five to six times a week with the Miss Arizona official trainer, maintaining healthy eating habits, rehearsing her vocal talent piece, participating in media events UPTOWN |


and interviews, or being an active volunteer and advocating her platform issue – Holler seizes each busy day as an opportunity to grow. “There is never a usual day for me, but that’s what makes the job and this lifestyle exciting – it is practically the best internship of my life,” she explains. Her heart is as big as her ambitions. For years, Holler has been an active volunteer at PCH. She is also an ambassador with MAO’s official partner and national platform, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). CMN is committed to raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. During her year of service as Miss Arizona, Holler will create incentives that benefit the Valley’s CMN hospitals, PCH and Tucson Medical Center for Children. She will also headline Miss Arizona’s service project, Bucks and Bears, on Miss America Serves Day. The project benefits the children of PCH by raising funds and donating teddy bears to the hospital. “This work is important to me because I have a major passion for kids and families,” she explains. “I want to do that much more as Miss Arizona by being at the hospitals every week and committing to a set number of hours. In doing so, my hope is to help ease children and their family’s day in some capacity.” Her platform issue – supporting our military and their families – was inspired by her father’s 20-year service as a U.S. Navy corpsman. Holler’s passion was solidified when her brother enlisted and was deployed overseas on two separate tours. “It is our civic duty to give thanks to our service members, active or retired, and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to the well-being of our nation,” she declares. Utilizing her desire to serve those who serve us, Holler assumed the role of president for the Valley nonprofit organization, Military Family Support Group. Prior to her newfound role, Holler had been a faithful volunteer for four years. The organization welcomes volunteers from all over the Phoenix-metro area – including school and church groups, active duty service members, Girl and Boy Scouts, veterans and military families – to support the nation’s troops by creating and shipping care packages overseas. Holler has been learning the ropes of leading a nonprofit organization, which entails wearing many hats. “It’s been a whirlwind of a ride, to say the least!” she exclaims. “Since stepping in as president, the organization gained memberships with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, National Council of Nonprofits and Society for Nonprofits, which has been a wealth of knowledge in addition to learning from longtime volunteers and leadership.” Academic superstar: check. Exemplary leader: check. Patriot and humanitarian: check and check. Through her consistent vie to be a better leader, philanthropist, student and overall human, Holler shows that it’s just as important to the MAO organization to be beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. “Miss America isn’t about the crown and sash (although those are perks), it’s about the opportunity and scholarship,” Holler says. “I try to use social media as a tool to highlight my story of coming from a low-income, culturally diverse family and how MAO gave me the opportunity to fund my education and raise awareness for a platform close to my heart.” For more information about MAO, visit www.missamerica.org. | SEPTEMBER 2017

“When they announced my name, I knew that I did it,” she recalls. “I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out from sheer gratitude. It took a village to get me where I am today and in that moment, I felt like I not only achieved my goals, but also made my supporters proud.”





Not only is a power couple comprised of two people who are unified in love, they are unified in life. Either individually or together, they are forces within their industry. Both of them are go-getters, entrepreneurs, trailblazers, innovators and share a common vision. No matter their profession, it’s clear that power couples seek to make a contribution bigger than themselves for the greater good of humanity. For that – and so many more reasons – we present five driven duos.




Acts of Love:


In acting, the scene in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time is called a meet cute – and Matthew and Leeann Dearing certainly have a fitting real-life meet cute. In 2007, the actors met starring opposite each other in a play, both sensing almost right away that this was “it.” They got married in 2008, at just 24 and 26 years old, so in many ways they grew up together, both personally and professionally. Since 2007, The Dearings have owned Dearing Studio, an actors’ training facility where they have coached thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to roles in TV and film. Beyond that, they are both working actors who stay busy in Arizona’s commercial market, with credits that include ads such as GoDaddy for the Super Bowl, Discount Patio and Grand Canyon University. Even their two young children have followed in their footsteps. But it wasn’t bright lights from the start. The Dearings began their business by teaching acting classes out of a doctor’s office lobby during off-hours. The tiny (but free) space allowed them to save money to lay a foundation for a dream much bigger than the two of them – inspiring others to pursue their own dreams. It’s a dream rooted in The Dearings’ belief that there is work to be done in the Valley’s acting industry, and they intend to leave it better than they found it. With a vision of never-ending growth, The Dearings say that love is at the core of what they do. The couple’s mission is to spread light and love into the acting industry and the world, while always remaining curious and open to innovation. Throughout their journey, a few constants have remained: sharing the same

passions and dreams, working as a team, and pushing each other to be better while still loving each other exactly where they are, their definition of a power couple. “There are no limitations to where we may end up and what we are capable of doing, but wherever we are – mentally, SEPTEMBER 2017 |



physically, emotionally and spiritually – we choose to be grateful,” The Dearings say. “We both still enjoy our marriage, 10 years in. That takes attention and effort, but the payoff is incredible. You are the playwright of your life – manifest success, joy and get creative!”

Leading the Way:

LUKE AND NAJLA KAYYEM What’s meant to be will be – so is the love story between Luke and Najla Kayyem, who met in seventh grade, dated throughout high school, and went their separate ways during and shortly after college, before reconnecting and marrying in 2006. Though The Kayyems are in different fields, both have made it their lifeworks to connect with, support and help others. They seek to inspire those around them to be better as they move forward toward a common goal. Truly, they are leaders of their respective packs. As the owner of management consulting firm Kayyem Marketing, Najla connects people through networking, sales and marketing, and is responsible for launching and marketing some of the country’s most notable mixed-use developments. And with more than 17 years in the fitness industry, Luke transforms lives as a master lifestyle coach, vlogger and inspirational speaker, as well as through his virtual fitness program, The Fittest Tribe Alive. He’s especially passionate about empowering men to find their sense of purpose, and hosts mastermind groups to help men become better fathers, husbands and leaders. Together, The Kayyems are fiercely committed to health living, with a focus on longevity and a higher quality of life – and making that possible for others. They have raised nearly $200,000 for local charities and organizations, including Arizona Baseball Charities, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Playworks, and Pat Tillman Foundation. The parents of two also launched a Health and Wellness Week at Desert Canyon Elementary School, which focused on the importance of exercise, wholesome food choices, and a healthcentered lifestyle. The Kayyems, who are regularly featured health and wellness experts on TV

and in national lifestyle publications, say their “glass half-full” outlook has led them to live a life full of purpose, passion and positivity while deliberately making time for their family and each other. “To us, a power couple means that we show up every day and support each UPTOWN |



other’s individual goals, life goals and family goals. We both do work that will create more opportunities and achievements, individually and collectively. We maintain consistency day in and day out with our beliefs, goals and follow through on our commitments.”

Empowering Couples:

AARON AND JOCELYN FREEMAN Aaron and Jocelyn Freeman are dedicated to being a new kind of power couple. Focused on creating a life and relationship of ease, alignment and being purpose-driven, they have made it their mission – and have even written a book – to redefine what “power couple” means. Having met four years ago, The Freemans each left successful careers (Aaron as a corporate engineer, Jocelyn as a nurse) to fulfill on their joint vision: to experience financial freedom and contribution through speaking, investing and mentorship, while empowering couples to fulfill their dreams together and, ultimately, lowering the divorce rate. Describing themselves as empowered, bold and purposeful, The Freemans, who have shared the stage with Tony Robbins and were nominated for Phoenix Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40,” are an undeniable example of these qualities. As trained leadership coaches and even ordained ministers who officiate wedding ceremonies, The Freemans recall that as they began mentoring others, they saw their lives transform – and a business, brand and belief was built. Now, they lead speaking events, host a relationship podcast on iTunes called EmPowered Couples, host a monthly couples brunch at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, coach and mentor people worldwide, and are angel investors in a socially conscious business. Fittingly, their published book is titled The New Power Couple. So, how do The Freemans define the new power couple? Rather than categorized by status, influence or wealth – which are based on the perception of comparison, judgement and the idea of perfection – the new power couple is where each person is aligned with their individual desires and purpose first before joining

together to form a collaborative vision. It’s this collaboration that is so central to The Freemans’ marriage, business and service to others. “Our No. 1 value in being a power couple is our commitment to growing as individuals – physically, financially and spiritually – so that our SEPTEMBER 2017 |



relationship is an example and invitation for others to live and love full out,” they say. “As Jim Rohn has stated, ‘service to many leads to greatness’ and couples creating strong relationships, leading to a declining divorce rate, is the legacy we hope to leave.”

Tech for the World:


Changing the world through the technology space is the commitment of Hamid and Lawdan Shojaee. The couple, who met nearly 20 years ago and got married eight months later, now run two local software companies in addition to being parents of two. In 2002, Hamid founded Axosoft, a project management software used by more than 11,000 teams worldwide. During this time, Lawdan received her doctorate in physical therapy, practiced for a year, and then became the director of development for Mission Montessori School before taking over as CEO of Axosoft so Hamid could focus on running his new creation, Pure Chat, a live chat software. At the heart of their work, The Shojaees seek to create technological advancements that will outlive and outperform their life expectancy, and, ultimately, make a positive contribution. And their vision is one rooted in humanity: “We want to leave this earth better than we found it, so we build software tools that help companies like NASA, Apple, IBM and many others be better at what they do. We provide them with the hammer that allows them to build what they need.” And The Shojaees are steadfast in their mission and stand firm in their beliefs, such as advocating for greater diversity in the tech space. They launched a female empowerment campaign, #ItWasNeverADress, which went viral – appearing on BuzzFeed, The New York Times, CNN and The Huffington Post – and, subsequently, started a scholarship for females in tech at Arizona State University. The ideals of improving the tech industry and shaping future generations transfer into the collaborative, contributive

culture of their companies. The dynamic duo preaches teamwork, communication and persistence in overcoming roadblocks, especially in the ever-changing tech landscape, walking the talk of their family motto: Never give up! You get up and you work as hard as you can and that UPTOWN |



is all that is asked of you. “We don’t give up. When we fail, we just get back up and do it again,” The Shojaees say. “The end game is the privilege of getting up and working alongside brilliant minds and helping change the world.”

Community First:

The power of community and service to others is at the heart of Rodney Riley and Jill Krigsten Riley’s partnership. The newlyweds – they were married at Sanctuary Resort in February – are passionate about helping those in need. Though they each have busy, successful careers, they prioritize giving back and continuing to grow, individually and as a couple. Jill, an avid yogi and hiker, is a media consultant for Cox Media and a former director of sales for 12 News and 12news.com, while Rodney is the regional sales director of investor services for CBRE’s Southwest region, in addition to being selected to this year’s Valley Leadership Class and a competitive Masters cyclist. Above all, though, The Rileys are deeply devoted to bettering the community. They are wish granters for Make-AWish Arizona and also serve on the board for Florence Crittenton. Jill devotes her time to a plethora of other causes; she is a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle and Make-AWish Arizona (and co-chair for the 2018 Wish Ball), on the Heart Ball committee, and has chaired the Dream Bags fundraiser for the Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon for the past four years. The Rileys stand as a unified team living by a shared personal truth: True power means having the ability to help the lives of others. “Our vision is to care and then care more – about anyone and anything we do in life. That means never giving up on trying to be better in every aspect of life.” Central to these ideals, The Rileys credit surrounding themselves with a



powerful supporting cast of friends, family and business acquaintances along their journey. Both Rodney and Jill have sought to make the world around them better, and, now, together, their relationship has made their efforts increase in volume and SEPTEMBER 2017 |



effectiveness. “One thing we often say to people who see us at events is that we don’t have any children in our house, so our charitable work takes on a significant importance. Rather than going to baseball practice and dance recitals, we have traded that time for the service of others.”

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Meet the Valley physicians setting the standard in medicine


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.

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Every Body is a Work of Art Dr. Marc Malek, MD of Marc Malek Plastic Surgery

IN EVERYBODY IS a work of art. This simple yet powerful phrase is the first thing that greets visitors to the Marc Malek Plastic Surgery website. It’s placement and emphasis on ‘work of art’ is 100% intentional. “I am simply recognizing that everyone is innately beautiful. I just help patients visualize the potential that is within each of them, both figuratively and anatomically,” explains Dr. Marc Malek. Plastic surgery combines Malek’s two passions: art and science. By age 9, he already knew that plastic surgery was the right path to pursue. He received his plastic surgery and reconstructive training at the prestigious Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. With 17 years of experience in private practice as a board certified plastic surgeon, Malek is highly sought-after by Scottsdale patients. His artisan hands focus on reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries, sculpting his patients’ ideal figures and restoring their youthful faces. His areas of specialty include body, breast and facial procedures. Malek also offers patients noninvasive treatments such as Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and numerous other injectables. Since opening his practice in 2001, Malek has continued to adhere to a very personalized and meticulous approach. From a patient’s first consultation to their final postoperative visit, Malek gives every single patient his undivided attention and support throughout the entirety of their cosmetic journey. “I truly care for my patients like my own family. I have always wanted to help people, and I feel that this profession has given me the best opportunity to utilize my skills and compassion for the interest and safety of my patients,” he says. Marc Malek Plastic Surgery’s promise is to deliver the absolute best care in terms of safety and results. Malek is a man of his word. Because of this, his practice has grown exponentially by an influx of satisfied patient referrals. You cannot find his name online without five-out-of-five stars sitting beside it. Malek was featured in the 2016 edition of Doctors of the Desert, and since then he has opened a new and advanced center

for aesthetics and skin care. The center is all inclusive, offering both surgical and noninvasive rejuvenation procedures. Malek also launched his own laboratory formulated, probiotic-based skin care line, NutriPlex Beauty, which combats aging skin. The probiotic active base is the ‘latest science’ in skin rejuvenation. This powerful ingredient is the best discovery since vitamin C. “I’m extremely excited to have just opened our new practice as it has been my long standing personal and professional dream to provide a diversity of options all in one modern, spacious and very elegantly designed setting,” Malek elaborates. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Valley, Malek utilizes his personal approach and mastery of sculpting to give patients the results they are looking for. With his help, patients discover the beauty within. “The boost of self confidence that I witness in each patient postoperatively absolutely gives me the greatest satisfaction.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARC MALEK PLASTIC SURGERY, CALL 480.551.2040 OR VISIT WWW.MARCMALEKMD.COM.


Saving Skin

Dr. Anne Walter, MD, FAAD of Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists

IT’S A FACT that the skin is our largest organ, so taking care of it – especially in sunny Arizona – is a major responsibility. And one that Dr. Anne Walter, founder and medical director of Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists, welcomes with joy. A Board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, the Harvard graduate attended medical school at the University of Southern California. She subsequently completed an internship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and a residency at Northwestern University, and an accredited Mohs surgery and cosmetic fellowship. Walter’s path was a dream realized from a young age. “I have wanted to be a physician since I was a toddler. My grandfather was a general surgeon, and I grew up wanting to ‘be like Poppie,’” she says. “Medicine offers a unique fulfillment that other professions cannot compete with. There is no other field where people share their lives with you in the same way.” In 2015, Walter and her husband, Keith, founded Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists. The Scottsdale practice provides expert medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care in a highly personalized, boutique setting. “Seeing the practice grow and getting positive feedback from patients has been very rewarding,” Walter says. “Of course, the ultimate compliment is when patients trust us with the care of their family and friends.” Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists offers a comprehensive range of services to treat any condition of the skin, hair, and nails as well as providing the latest cosmetic treatments to help patients look and feel their best. Not surprisingly, the most common reason patients visit Walter is for a skin cancer screening. “I am very passionate about all aspects of dermatology but have a special interest in skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” she says. “I pride myself on trying to make what could otherwise be a very stressful diagnosis into a positive experience for my patients. It is very rewarding to have a patient start his/her day with a cancer but leave our office knowing that they are cancer-free!” Not only is Walter passionate about skin cancer treatment,

she is highly skilled in it. “While many dermatologists may perform Mohs surgery, a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon dedicated an additional year after their dermatology residency to refining their Mohs micrographic surgery and surgical reconstruction skills,” Walter says. Patients will find that Walter offers a wealth of skin cancer prevention advice, and they’ll also find an expert who walks her talk. Though she admits she rarely used sunscreen as a collegiate water polo player, the fair-skinned physician now shields her skin with sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and a large floppy sun hat. So what keeps Walter going? “The constantly evolving science behind the skin keeps me interested and learning, and I love that each day presents a different mix of patients and challenges,” Walter says. “Equally important, it is a privilege to interact and develop relationships with patients based on mutual trust to enhance their health and well-being.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DERMATOLOGY & SKIN SURGERY SPECIALISTS, CALL 480.418.1087 OR VISIT WWW.SKINSPECIALISTSOFAZ.COM.


A Leading Plastic Surgeon

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

THE NUMBER OF women in the medical field is rising; yet, women continue to be underrepresented in the field of surgery. Dr. Sumer L. Daiza, a double board certified plastic surgeon, is a leading lady in the operating room with over 15 years of experience. Daiza believes there are good female and male plastic surgeons just like any other profession, but that being a female has some advantages. Her patients, male and female alike, will often tell her that they feel more comfortable with a female surgeon because they sense a better connection. Daiza has a keen eye and ear for attention. Her practice, Plastic Surgery of Scottsdale, is a boutique style practice. This allows her to be 100 percent dedicated to her patients 100 percent of the time. She even gives patients her personal number. “I am very hands-on and give my patients a lot of one-on-one time. Every patient has my cell phone number so as to feel comfortable that he or she may reach me anytime,” she explains. Being present throughout every patient’s procedure — from first consultation to postoperative visit — is this surgeon’s top priority. Bonds quickly forge between Daiza and her patients since it takes a collaborative effort between them to reach a final goal. In fact, some of her relationships span through lineages! “What I do is very personal and patients become like family to me. I have seen generations of the same family — the grandparents, parents and children,” she smiles. Her practice is one in which patients find comfort due to the philosophy set in place: treat patients like family. Daiza believes it is a privilege to be chosen to perform a life changing procedure for a patient. For entrusting her, she provides the safest and highest quality of medical care that delivers the most natural appearing results. From her outstanding patient reviews to accolades in the media — she has been voted as a Phoenix “Top Doc” by

her peers for 10 years and was featured in the 2016 edition of Doctors of the Desert — Daiza is a surgeon patients trust for optimal results. “We are very excited for our new offerings this year. We are expanding our staff, adding an aesthetician, and will offer new services like vaginal rejuvenation, hair restoration and laser services,” Daiza comments. Daiza performs all aspects of cosmetic surgery like breast, body and face procedures. She is known for the mommy makeover, which involves operating on the areas most affected by pregnancy. She also offers a range of cosmetic injectables done personally by her, including Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvéderm, Voluma and Volbella as well as chemical peels. Daiza is an aficionado of cosmetic surgery. She shows up for her patients, both in office and over the phone, and acts as role model for women aspiring to pursue this speciality. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER OF SCOTTSDALE, CALL 480.585.0011 OR VISIT WWW.SCOTTSDALEBODY.COM.


Making Miracles

Dr. Millie Behera, MD, FACOG, FRCSC of Bloom Reproductive Institute MOST PEOPLE DREAM of having children, and for those who find it doesn’t come as easy, Dr. Millie Behera, the medical director and founder of Bloom Reproductive Institute, helps makes those dreams a reality. Given this, you could say Behera, who has been practicing reproductive medicine for more than 10 years and is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Arizona and Duke University, is a miracle maker of sorts – and it’s a task the compassionate, kind-hearted physician doesn’t take lightly. Having completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and fertility at Duke University followed by practicing academic medicine there, Behera founded Bloom Reproductive Institute in 2015 to address the unique needs of fertility patients and their health care challenges on a more personalized level. “We wanted patients to have a place where they feel comfortable and supported in every aspect of their fertility treatment, with a team of providers who are not only experts but have genuine compassion,” says Behera, who is board-certified in both OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinology and fertility. Behera specializes in all aspects of these vocations, including in vitro fertilization, genetic testing, egg freezing/fertility preservation, and fertility enhancing surgery. The practice’s success rates are among the highest nationwide, even higher than the national average, and still rising. Behera attributes this to the practice’s state-ofthe-art IVF laboratory technology and expertise. The personalized approach to fertility is also a major factor in patients’ success rates and feeling at ease throughout their journey. “Each couple or person is different, and they deserve a unique treatment plan. We aim to create a unique bond with each patient where they feel supported, have their questions answered, and can speak with us about anything. We are all dedicated to our patients and their dream of becoming parents.” Behera and her practice’s philosophy is summarized by the four Es: Expertise, Experience, Ethics and Empathy, all of which are evident in the way Behera – a mother of four herself – handles the delicate situation faced by patients trying to conceive.

Like any career in medicine, fertility can be rife with challenges, yet these trying challenges also present the greatest reward for Behera. “I love taking on each challenge as it comes, as difficult as it may be, as the reward is even greater when we are able to overcome complex health issues to achieve a successful pregnancy with a healthy baby.” It’s clear that the evolution of Bloom Reproductive Institute and Behera’s patients continues to, well, bloom. “My favorite part of the journey is the moment I get to meet babies after they are born,” Behera says. “It feels like we are always connected and we are able to watch that baby grow from a tiny egg to the first little heartbeat to the precious little child in front of me. “The most rewarding aspect is helping bring new life into this world as we help patients achieve their dream of parenthood.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOM REPRODUCTIVE INSTITUTE, CALL 480.434.6565 OR VISIT WWW.FERTILITYBLOOM.COM.


A Strong Foundation

Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa, MDs of Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery

A STRUCTURE CANNOT endure without a good, solid foundation. The surgeons of Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery built their practice upon three tenets: integrity, relationships and results. This foundation — known as The Mosharrafa Experience — is the reason their practice thrives. Since 1997, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been serving patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. The practice’s board certified surgeons, Dr. Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa, have 35 years of combined experience in the field and a lifetime of experience as brothers. “[Working with my brother] is a unique experience that allows for a trusted business partner each and every day,” Ali says. “[Ali] has always been the person that I look most up to,” Tamir adds, “Getting to work with him every day is an amazing blessing,” The surgeons offer all aspects of cosmetic procedures, including body contouring and breast and facial surgeries. They also do breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients or women with an increased genetic risk of a breast cancer diagnosis. Within the doctors’ practice is Mosharrafa Skin Rejuvenation Center, offering patients medical grade skin care products and aesthetic treatments to help turn back the hands of time. When it comes to their patients, the doctors go above and beyond. Their concierge style service grants patients 24/7 access to the doctors directly. The surgeons get to know their patients by fostering relationships built on trust and understanding their personal struggles and goals. At every preoperative, operative and postoperative visit, patients receive the doctors’ full time and attention. “It is impossible to operate on a stranger, which is why we take the time to get to know each of our patients,” Tamir explains. With modern plastic surgical techniques, performed with precision and expertise, both doctors help patients look as good as they feel. There is no better feeling in the world to either of them than helping improve the overall quality of a patient’s life.

Why improve the quality of life for one person when you can impact the lives of many? In an effort to be more effective giving back to the Valley community, the surgeons co-founded Beauty for Good, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. The practice donates a portion of proceeds from every cosmetic surgery they perform to Beauty for Good. Through Beauty for Good, the surgeons provide monetary support to and create awareness for organizations like The Phoenix Dream Center, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and Singleton Moms. “Cosmetic surgery is a beautiful thing when it improves the life of one person. What an even greater experience it is when it improves the lives of many,” Tamir shares. Since moving to the Valley — Ali in 1996 and Tamir in 2004 — the Mosharrafa surgeons and brothers have left an imprint on the lives of their patients and on the Phoenix-metro community. Their foundation is one that can endure. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOSHARRAFA PLASTIC SURGERY, CALL 602.513.8133 OR VISIT WWW.MOSHARRAFA.COM.


Veteran Turned Holistic Dentist Dr. Jason A. Jones, DMD of Pure Smiles

“I LIKE TO SAY, ‘Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings too.’” Dr. Jason A. Jones is no stranger to dental work. He understands the hesitation often associated with visiting the dentist. “I have had some painful experiences as a child and didn’t like almost all of my dentists growing up, so I know what patients are going through,” he recalls. His mission as a holistic dentist is to create healthful smiles by minimizing any discomfort. “I spend quality time giving my full attention and it shows in the results,” Jones says. Jones served in the US Navy for six years and was deployed overseas three times. After leaving the military, he attended Penn State for his Bachelor of Science degree in premedicine and received his doctorate degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He migrated to Santa Monica where he worked in a hospital treating compromised patients, including those with oral cancers. “Working in a hospital made me want to help patients gain overall health beyond the oral cavity,” he explains. Four years ago, he relocated to Phoenix to be closer to his in-laws and benefit from the sunshine as an outdoor enthusiast. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking the Valley’s scenic trails. “The outdoors here is quite amazing, especially coming from the Pacific Northwest, [which is where I am originally from]. I plan to be in Arizona for a long time,” he states. Jones opened Pure Smiles — a center for advanced and holistic dentistry — in Scottsdale this past January. He works alongside his dental hygienist wife, Jenna Jones. Their mini goldendoodle, Penelope Von Doodle, is currently being trained to be a certified therapy dog for the practice’s patients. “[Opening my own practice] has been an exciting and stressful process, but we love every moment of it!” Pure Smiles offers exceptional service with a dedication to comfort and compassion. Jones and his team carefully assess each procedure and select high-quality products to help

preserve and protect each patient’s overall well being. “I look at the body as a whole and relate it to the dentition and vice versa.” He continues, “I strive in making sure the patient is receiving the best treatment in their best interest.” In additional to general care, Jones’s expertise ranges from safe amalgam removal to ozone therapy and dental implants. Admittedly, smile rehabilitation and surgical cases are his favorite. He uses Platelet Rich Plasma/Fibrinogen, a concentrated source of blood plasma with different growth factors, and cutting edge technologies, including a 3D cone beam imaging and intra-oral scanner, to perform minimally invasive and painless procedures. “I love helping others in route to health and watching patients see a new side of themselves. I work closely with other specialists locally and, as a team, we can help get patients on track to a healthy smile and body.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PURE SMILES, CALL 480.585.1612 OR VISIT WWW.PURESMILESAZ.COM.


Road to Recovery

Dr. Reyes Topete, MD of Fountain Hills Recovery

THE TREATMENT TEAM of Fountain Hills Recovery (FHR) is dedicated to helping clients achieve long term sobriety. They do this by building recovery plans unique to the needs of every person and providing them with the tools necessary to succeed. “It is such a profound and rewarding feeling to see an individual progress and discover their new, sober life. This is exactly why I became an addictionologist and why I love working with FHR,” explains Dr. Reyes Topete. Native of Arizona, Topete stayed in his beloved home state for his studies and residency. He attended Arizona State University for undergrad, University of Arizona for medical school and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. During his residency, Topete developed a passion for working with those affected by addiction and a curiosity about the science of addiction. He specialized in addiction medicine in 2008, is a full time addictionologist and an integral part of the FHR’s team. As FHR’s Medical Director, Topete helps clients with the medical aspect of their substance use disorders. By providing leadership and guidance to the center’s medical personnel, Topete ensures that every client’s road to recovery is safe and effective. “We always strive to assure our clients receive the highest standard of care both medically and clinically,” he says. Collaborative communication between client and treatment team is central to FHR’s approach. Topete is joined by the center’s clinical director, primary therapists and experienced staff. Together, they conduct an initial assessment of every client’s current situation before formulating a workable plan for recovery. “After our initial assessment, a variety of therapeutic approaches are available to maximize the probability of a positive long term outcome for the client,” Topete comments. FHR offers 30, 60 and 90 day programs with two living facilities. The facilities are fully stocked with luxury amenities — including an infinity pool, dry sauna, onsite chiropractic services

and more — to promote healing and wellness during recovery. Clients receive a ‘continuum of care,’ as Topete calls it. This continuum of care involves daily interactions with other clients and the center’s team. From a patient’s first day, FHR It is a community of support and encouragement. While working with addiction clients has its challenges, Topete cannot imagine doing anything else but this kind of work. “It is difficult seeing a patient relapse and the destructive effects of the disease, but the most rewarding thing about my job is seeing a former patient in sobriety years later,” he says. Ask any one of Topete’s patients, and they will tell you that he is professional, caring and competent. He understands his patient’s individual needs and dedicates himself to helping them become sober and stay sober. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Topete means business when it comes to helping someone on their road to recovery. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FOUNTAIN HILLS RECOVERY, CALL 480.476.8900 OR VISIT WWW.FOUNTAINHILLSRECOVERY.COM.


20/20 Care

Dr. Robert Reid McCulloch, MD of Horizon Eye Specialists & Lasik Center

THEY SAY THE EYES are the window to the soul, and for Dr. Robert Reid McCulloch of Horizon Eye Specialists & Lasik Center, the statement couldn’t be truer. A native Arizonan, McCulloch has been practicing in the Valley since 1988. After graduating from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, he completed an ophthalmology residency and a fellowship in corneal and external disease at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. But McCulloch says coming home to Arizona was an easy choice – and a career in eye care seemed to always be a natural fit. As a kid, McCulloch loved working with his hands and was fascinated by science. “My passion for good eyesight started in the fifth grade when the teacher noticed I was ‘squinting.’ An eye test let my parents know I was nearsighted,” he says. “With my first pair of glasses, suddenly I could see the leaves on the trees. But even more important – as an aspiring baseball player – I could now see a fast ball and my batting average soared! My love affair with vision took off from there.” As the senior cataract surgeon at Horizon Eye Specialists, McCulloch is responsible for mentoring other doctors. Together, McCulloch and his team have seen more than 300,000 patients for comprehensive eye care, from annual exams to LASIK, corneal transplant and glaucoma surgeries. McCulloch himself has performed more than 10,000 LASIK and refractive treatments, as well as 30,000 cataract or corneal transplant procedures. “This amount of experience helps with understanding challenging situations and how to improve patients’ lives,” he says. “Often, using cataract, LASIK or a corneal surgery, patients can have their sight corrected despite being told in the past that nothing could be done.” As a specialist in refractive surgery, he also serves as medical director for the practice’s LASIK center and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Beyond these credentials, Horizon Eye Specialists and McCulloch believe in “Eye Care Like No Other,” practicing a

patient-first philosophy while striving to be at the forefront of technology and surgical skills. He notes that it’s this dedication to cutting-edge technology that differentiates him from others in his field. In fact, he is the first MD in Arizona to perform the newest cataract lens exchange procedure, the Symfony intraocular lens, which is the only extended depth-of-focus lens for cataract sufferers. Truly, McCulloch’s passion and purpose is being able to give the gift of sight. “I have always felt so passionate about giving people good eyesight. Repairing damaged eyes is tremendously rewarding to me. A patient’s smile after having LASIK or after removing a cataract is beyond fulfilling. A corneal transplant changes a life forever!” And in return, he feels the effects of this gift. “I am so fortunate to have the most wonderful job any person could have,” McCulloch says. “Every day I can bring delight and happiness to people. How extraordinary is that?” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HORIZON EYE SPECIALISTS & LASIK CENTER, CALL 602.467.4966 OR VISIT WWW.HORIZONLASERVISION.COM.

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The Uptown area is a mecca for unique finds. Valley residents drive near and far to scour locally owned stores, searching for everything from trinkets to fashions to home goods. Modern Manor in the Melrose District is one shining example of this concept. The vintage showroom specializes in midcentury modern furniture and decor from the 1940s to 1970s, carrying a variety of rare industrial and antique items. From one look at the outside, it’s clear this place screams personality. Photo taken July 30 at 2:23 p.m.






Over Easy Comes to the Biltmore

Masterpiece Makes its Mark

Over Easy is making its way to the Camelback Corridor (at the Biltmore Center II) late this month. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will serve Over Easy’s signature breakfast and lunch fare including the Chicken Fried Steak and Nut Banana French Toast featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. The modern morning diner concept, created by Chef Aaron May in 2008, was one of the first in Arizona to update classic breakfast dishes with a fresh, from-scratch menu. The new location will be adorned with the restaurant’s signature award-winning menu and classic midcentury decor. www.eatatovereasy.com.

Calling all coffee and donut lovers! Donuts go DIY (well, sort of) at Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+. The spot sells donuts, cooked to order, and tops them with guests’ choice of premium icings, toppings and drizzles. The coffee destination also offers a full selection of illy coffee beverages, along with a healthy yogurt bowl, and lemonade and tea options. The space is just as interesting as the menu — the relaxed vibe is complimented with a colorful art gallery featuring artwork from local artists and students. www.masterpiecedonutsandcoffeeplus.com.


Four new places for foodies to feast

Bobby-Q Opens a Third Locale

Coffee on Wheels

Fire up the meat smoker and the donut maker because Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ is coming to Phoenix’s Biltmore area this month. Housed inside a rustic yet stylish space, Bobby-Q’s third Valley location will serve a slimmed down version of the national award-winning menu and that has made the earlier locations so popular. This all-new Bobby-Q will feature the same craveable menu of wood-smoked, barbecue favorites, plus an expanded selection of farm-fresh salads and sandwiches, and an all new lunch menu featuring lunch combos with barbecue meat sliders, salads, brisket tacos and more. www.bobbyq.net.

If you’re a coffee drinker, you can probably go for a cup of joe any time of the day. Well, your dreams have been answered with the latest mobile food truck, Drip Coffee and Espresso. The mobile caffenation station offers dripped, flavored, iced and nitrogen infused coffee, as well as espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and Americanos and signature drinks. The truck also serves hot, iced, flavored and chai teas as well as Italian sodas, energy drinks and pastries. Coffee and tea is sourced locally from CULT Coffee Roaster. Check out the truck’s website to see where it is parked for the day! www.azdripcoffee.com.





The Great American Seed Up

Construction on The Phoenician

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale is getting a whole new look. Construction recently began on a new athletic club, with completion expected by March 2018. The project follows the summer 2016 renovation of all The Phoenician main building guestrooms and casitas, the remodel of The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician and the refurbishment of the resort’s signature public areas, including the main lobby, pool complex, spa and select dining venues, currently in progress. The new two-story athletic club, exclusively serving in-house guests, will be located near the main drive on the property’s west side. Ground-level amenities will include: a tennis center with seven tennis courts, two pickleball courts and one basketball court; an activity center with an arcade, TV gaming zone, board games, shuffleboard and movie screening area, among other recreational offerings; and a retail shop and refreshment area. The second level will consist of a state-of-the-art fitness center. www.thephoenician.com.

The fourth annual Great American Seed Up, presented by Seedsave.org in collaboration with Urban Farm University, the Micro Farm Project and Grow Phx, is coming to Uptown Farmers Market September 22 and 23. Imagine walking into a room filled with more than 60 varieties of seeds ready to be scooped up and taken home for planting or saving – this is what the Great American Seed Up is all about.  The festivities kick off Friday evening with the signature event “Seed Dating,” followed by the documentary, Seed: the Untold Story. A Q&A session will follow with seed expert Bill McDorman, who is featured in the film, and the seed market will be open for buyers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Valley residents will have the opportunity to purchase seeds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with seed saving, storage and starting classes taking place throughout the day. Advance registration is required online. www.greatamericanseedup.org.


Past/Future/Present The exhibit, Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, opens this month at Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition, which presents a rare panorama of the most innovative art produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s, is the first major presentation of artworks from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (MAM-SP) in the U.S. The collection features 70 pieces created by 59 artists in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. www.phxart.org. SEPTEMBER 2017 |

Nature Nurtures Us The two-dimensional exhibit at the Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center, Nature Nurtures Us, features 31 Arizona artists. The artwork for this second annual exhibit depicts the visual benefits of our natural world that reduce the stress and mental fatigue of our everyday life. The exhibit will be on display through November 9. www.herbergergallery.org.




VIP Opening Night Reception

Profiles of Success

Sept. 8, 6 p.m. The VIP Opening Night Reception is a prelude to Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala, slated for late October. Make a pledge of support for the Applause! Gala and receive an exclusive invitation to the theatre’s VIP Opening Night Reception. There will be an honoree toast and performance of jukebox musical, Mamma Mia! The musical, which takes place in the Greek islands, follows the matriarch of the family who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding. www.phoenixtheatre.com.

Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m. Every September, Valle del Sol recognizes leaders in the Latino community at the Profiles of Success Hispanic Leadership Awards. The ceremony launches National Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona and is attended by more than 1,400 people. Funds raised from the event will give new hope to families that need assistance from Valle del Sol. The ceremony will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center. Premium tickets, $200; general admission, $100. www.valledelsol.com.

Annual Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala

Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival

Sept. 16, 6–10 p.m. The newly remodeled Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley sets the stage for an evening of Great Gatsby glamour. Hosted by Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, the 13th annual Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala is a roaring ‘20s-themed, black-tie event in which Jay Gatsby would be proud. The elegant evening features cocktails, a seated dinner, a silent auction, an awards ceremony and much more. Annual Waves of Change helps fund the countless programs and services offered by the foundation. $250. www. epilepsyaz.org.

Sept. 16, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. After a successful event last year, Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival returns by popular demand! The Shemer Art Center and Museum invites artists from around the Valley to showcase pet-inspired work, from paintings of cats to drawings of hamsters to sculptures of dogs. The Arizona Humane Society will be on site with pet adoptions, local vendors will offer food and beverages, and live entertainment will please the ear. We aren’t kitten around when we say this event is not to be missed! Individual tickets, $5; family rate, $10. www.shemerartcenter.org.

Wine, Women & Shoes Sept. 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friends, but what about shoes and wine? Wine, Women & Shoes helps nonprofits around the country raise funds through fashionable events. This month’s fantastically feminine luncheon will raise funds for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Guests can anticipate a variety of world-class wine samples, lunch, shopping, a chance to win a fully stocked wardrobe and a fashion show at Chateau Luxe. $125. www.winewomenandshoes.com.





Lunch for Love Sept. 29, 11 a.m. Join Child Crisis Arizona at their annual fundraising luncheon, Lunch for Love, taking place at the Arizona Biltmore. Enjoy a complimentary lunch and one-hour program about Child Crisis Arizona’s mission and work. Funds raised from the event will continue to help the agency provide Valley children with a safe place to call home. What’s not to love about that? Free to attend. www.childcrisisaz.org.

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do A TRIBUTE TO JAMES GALANOS Through Sept. 30, Phoenix Art Museum “A black dress reveals everything: line, cut, drape, seaming. It must be perfection,” designer James Galanos once claimed. This fashion icon truly comes alive in this neverbefore-seen inside peak into more than 40 of his ready-to-wear designs. From the impeccable construction to the unique use of materials, Galanos had exacting standards that made him a designer to rival all others. Times vary. Entrance included with general museum admission. www.phxart.org. THEE OH SEES Sept. 1, The Crescent Ballroom This garage band (formerly known as Thee Oh Sees) from San Francisco is taking the psychedelic rock scene by storm. With a unique blend of punk sounds and distinctive vocals, the 30-year-old band is on tour to entertain and promote its new album, Orc, across the world at smaller venues, music festivals and more. Oh Sees’ new songs have been deemed complex with more roar, whisper and screech involved. Are you ready to rock? 7 p.m. $18-$21. www.crescentballroom.com. 100TH DAY OF SUMMER, LABOR DAY POOL PARTY Sept. 2-5, Lustre Rooftop Bar Close out the dog days of summer at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix’s third-floor pool deck. This heart-pumping Labor Day party will give you all of the summer feels with live music, DJs, giant pool toys, and specialty cocktails. You’ll feel the stress of the summer wash away in the crystal-clear pool and witness the beauty of the Phoenix skyline from the gorgeous rooftop, waterside bar. Pool opens at 11 a.m. Free. www.lustrerooftopbar.com. PHOENIX COOKS! Sept. 2, Westin Kierland Phoenix proves it’s a foodie’s paradise with this annual event that celebrates the best and brightest restaurants in the Valley. Sample delicious bites from more than 50 of the Valley’s top restuarants, accompanied by a collection of beer, wine and cocktails. Special guests include Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail Restaurant, Christopher Gross of Christopher’s Restaurant & Crush Lounge, and awarded chef and restaurateur Robert McGrath. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Arizona. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Starting at $60. www. phoenixcooks.com. THE EFFECT Sept. 8-23, Herberger Theater Center Connie and Tristan are volunteers in a clinical trial when they face an amazing chemical attraction. Is it a side effect of the new wonder drugs, infatuation or is this true love? Their sudden romance forces their supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work in this comedic, yet scintillating drama by Lucy Prebble. You’ll fall in love in this quirky mix of theater, drama and heartbreak. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings. Starting at $23. www.herbergertheater.org.


The Reaches by Charmagne Coe Through Sept. 17, Chartreuse Gallery

Expressive local surrealist Charmagne Coe will stun viewers with her showcase of unique outer-worldly paintings made from watercolor, ink and pastel. Each masterpiece alludes to universality, hometown and the intermingling existences of humans, their structures, flora and fauna, and how they form an ever-changing mesh. With a unique eye for flowing lines and simplistic form, her pieces are sure to inflame the soul of any art lover. Catch the exhbit on first and third Fridays, 6-10 p.m. Free. www.chartreuseart.com.

NICKELBACK FEED THE MACHINE TOUR Sept. 9, Ak-Chin Pavilion The Canadian rock band will showcase its unique blend of post-grunge, rock and alternative metal music. The band – known for hits such as How You Remind Me, Far Away, If Today Was Your Last Day and Photograph – is sure to play some classic hits as well as some new tunes from their recent album, Feed the Machine. Lead guitarist and singer Chad Krorger and the rest of the band members will also be joined by rock UPTOWN |



bands, Daughtry and Shaman Harvest. 6 p.m. Starting at $24. www.akchinpavilion.com. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR Sept. 10, Ak-Chin Pavilion Dynamic duo Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard bring their sweet country melodies to the stage of Ak-Chin Pavilion. Since releasing their 2012 debut single, Cruise, FGL (as their fans fondly call them) has risen to fame, now considered one of the most popular country music acts of this decade. Last year, the

do that is Ballet Under the Stars. A delicate blend of classic and contemporary ballet will dazzle fans of all ages. Set to the backdrop of Phoenix’s most beautiful parks, Arizona communities will enjoy dance in a unique setting complete with stage, lighting, costumes and the beautiful fall weather. This year’s series takes ballet fans all over the Valley to enjoy the performances through the end of September. Additional performances include: Sept. 21, Beardsley Park; Sept. 22, Fountain Park; Sept 28, Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater; and Sept. 3, Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater. 7 p.m. Free. www.balletaz.org. TRUTV IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TOUR Sept. 23, Comerica Theatre From the hidden-camera series, join Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano as they showcase some of their favorite practical jokes while interacting with the live audience. The quartet’s show (on TruTV) follows the four members of comedy troupe The Tenderloins as they challenge one another to outrageous, awkward dares in public to find out who is best under pressure while surprising strangers in the process. You’ll laugh along with these lifelong friends as they share the ups and downs of messing with each other, expanding on the program’s content. Only suitable for adults. 8 p.m. Starting at $45. www.comericatheatre.com.

Black White Blue Yellow Yoga Sessions Sept. 9 & 23, Heard Museum

With the return of Black White Blue Yellow (BWBY), the immersive four-channel video and sound installation by artist Steven Yazzie, the museum is teaming up with Rooted Community Yoga Project for the ultimate mash-up of art and yoga. In-gallery 30-minute yoga sessions will be held on the second and fourth Saturday in September and October 14. 9:30 a.m. Free with museum admission. www.heard.org. pair signed with Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Label Group, and released a second album, Dig Your Roots. Country music lovers can expect FGL’s signature upbeat songs and cross mix of genres, as well as some calmer tunes from the new album. 7 p.m. Starting at $31. www.akchinpavilion.com. MICHAEL CHE Sept. 15-16, Stand Up Live New York-based writer, actor and standup comedian Michael Che brings his talents to the Valley for four shows over the course of two nights. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” and one of Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” the Saturday Night Live actor (you might recognize him from the show’s iconic Weekend Update segment) and staff writer is one show you don’t want to miss. Che also recently released his first hour-long standup segment entitled Michael Che Matters on Netflix. Must be

21 or older to attend. Show times vary. $25 www.phoenix.standuplive.com. ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK Sept. 15-24, Locations vary This statewide event celebrates the culinary talents of some the best chefs in Arizona. A great way to try something new, each participating restaurant will feature a three-course, prix fixe menu of items to choose from for a set price. From international fare and five-star dining to can’t-miss casual spots and wellknown Valley favorites, over 200 restaurants will be participating in this highly anticipated seven-day event. Some exciting highlights include El Chorro, St. Francis, The Parlor and Joe’s Midnight Run. Prices vary. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com BALLET UNDER THE STARS Sept. 23, Steele Indian School Park Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and get ready to experience the incredible performances SEPTEMBER 2017 |



PHOENIX AMPLIFIED JAZZ FESTIVAL Sept. 29-30, Orpheum Theatre This live music event will be sure to alter your views on jazz with two days full of smooth jazz, latin jazz, soul, old school and funk music. Its star-studded cast will leave you in awe. Some notable music icons in attendance include Rachell Ferrell and Grammynominated guitarist Doc Powell, among others. With an amplified sound and unique cast of musicians, the event will leave you swaying to the smooth beats and clapping your hands until the very end. 7:30-10:30 pm. $50-$115. www.orpheum-theatre.com. PAUL RODRIGUEZ AND THE RETURN OF THE LATIN KINGS OF COMEDY Sept. 30, Comerica Theatre Whether in Spanish or English, longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh for over three decades. His unique brand of humor blends his views on the American dream, his Latin heritage and his undeniable universal appeal. With a multi-faceted career, the crowd will be captivated by his unique story telling abilities. The comedian will be joined by, Joey Medina, Willie Barcena, Dennis Gaxiola and Johnny Sanchez. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www. comericatheatre.com. HEELS FOR HEALING AND DIVA DASH Sept. 30, Flo’s on 7th Shopping and charity collide at this ninth annual event benefitting the Florence Crittenton Foundation. The morning will feature breakfast pastries, coffee, obstacle course races in high heels, and designer shoes and handbags at discounted prices – all for a great cause! 10 a.m. Free. www.flocrit.org.


CULINARY WONDER The Taste America tour is back in town BY GABBY RICHMAN

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he James Beard Foundation (JBF) kicks off its 10-city national culinary tour in Phoenix this month. The cross-country program, Taste America, is a weekend of once-in-a-lifetime culinary programing and spectacular dining for community members. The event, in its fifth year, continues the JBF mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. The programming begins Friday with a welcome reception at Sam Fox’s Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend. The cocktail and tasting reception, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m., invites guests to indulge in sweet and savory bites as well as cocktails. All items will be provided by Fox Restaurant Concepts, including tastes from Blanco Tacos and Tequila, Little Cleo’s, Culinary Dropout, The Arrogant Butcher, The Henry, and Doughbird.

WHAT: James Beard Taste America WHEN: Sept. 21-23 WHERE: Locations vary TICKETS: Welcome reception, $75; Night of Culinary Stars Benefit Dinner, $275. INFORMATION: www.jamesbeard.org/taste-america-phoenix

The fun continues Saturday with the Night of Culinary Stars Benefit, a cocktail attire event that will get any foodie drooling. Taking place at Mountain Shadows, the evening commences at 6:30 p.m. for a VIP reception and invites general admission to arrive at 7 p.m. for a cocktail and tasting reception with bites by Aaron Chamberlin, Dustin Christofolo, Lori Hashimoto, Branden Levine and Beau MacMillan. Dinner follows with a menu created by Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award-winner, Traci Des Jardins; Local Star and James Beard Award-winner of Nobuo at Teeter House, Nobuo Fukuda; and Host Chef of Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows, Charles Wiley. UPTOWN |



Attendees will end the night on a sweet note with desserts by Tammie Coe, Country Velador and Cassie Weisz. The festivities finish on Sunday with free culinary demonstrations at Sur La Table, located at Scottsdale Fashion Square, by Traci Des Jardins (10 a.m.) and Chris Bianco (noon), and a cookbook signing at 1 p.m. with Chris Bianco for his new release, Bianco: Pizza, Pasta and Other Food I Like.



Valley chefs are pitted against one another in the ultimate battle of avocado dips BY GABBY RICHMAN


he founders of the Arizona Taco Festival present the second annual Rock The Guac. The event serves as a final countdown to the taco- and tequila-filled fest (taking place in October at Salt River Fields) that the city has come to know and love over the past eight years. “Basically, with the explosive growth of the Arizona Taco Festival, we wanted to throw a more intimate lead-up event that raises money for charity, so we created Rock The Guac,” explains David Tyda, cofounder of Rock The Guac and Arizona Taco Festival. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, a nonprofit organization which heals homeless and abused children through artistic expression. Last year’s sold-out event took place

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WHAT: Rock The Guac WHEN: Sept. 16, 6 p.m. WHERE: The Camby, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix TICKETS: $40 INFORMATION: www.aztacofestival.com/rocktheguac

at Hotel Valley Ho, but the festival is moving to The Camby this year, with attendance capped at 300 people. “We’re excited to work with this new property on some unique entertainment, like flamenco dancing performances and lucha libre wrestling – one of the most popular elements of the Taco Fest,” Tyda says. But, perhaps the most exciting draw is the heated battle for Top Guac, in which the event will pit more than 12 of the Valley’s top chefs against each other for a friendly culinary battle. Guests will taste varieties of the Mexican food staple to see who will reign supreme, winning the ultimate guacamole title. “Last year, we saw some really gourmet versions of this classic dish – some chefs used bacon, lobster, chocolate, rare spices, and even peanut butter,” Tyda recalls. “Expect more of the unexpected this year.” Forest Jamrik of La Hacienda took home the coveted prize of Rock The SEPTEMBER 2017 |



Guac winner last year, and he will be back to defend his title. Some additional participating chefs this year include: Dushyant Singh of Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby Hotel; Richard Hinojosa of CRUjiente Tacos; Aaron Pool of Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup; Alex Stratta of Match at The Found:RE; Doug Robson of Otro Café and Gallo Blanco; Aaron May of Goodwood Tavern and Malibu Burger Co.; Jennifer Russo of The Market by Jennifer’s; Laura Gonzalez of Taqueria Centro; Chops Smith of Chico Malo; Sergio Gaona of Creations by Sergio; and George Alatriste of The Mission. Tickets to Rock The Guac come with access to a gourmet taco station provided by The Camby, and two drink tickets that are good for Casa Noble margaritas or Dos Equis cervezas. Most importantly, the entry includes unlimited guacamole samples. “You know how people always ask, ‘is it extra for guacamole?’ On National Guacamole Day, you can eat all the guac you want, and it’s not extra!” Tyda exclaims.

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Valley bars that choose sides BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


re you ready for some football? How about some of fanfare for your hometown team? While, rightfully so, many local bars and restaurants bleed Arizona Cardinals red this time of year, there is no denying the Valley is still very much an area of transplants from across the U.S., many of which bring their hometown allegiances with them. As such, many local venues cater to specific fan bases during football season. With that, follow your team to its loyal watering hole!

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill: CHICAGO BEARS Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, a.k.a. Chicago Bears Headquarters, is game day central for hundreds of Chicago fans. Featuring a state-of-the-art audiovisual system and 32 big screens, fans can catch the early games as the bar opens at 9 a.m. with tasty breakfast specials. With more Chicago-based food items than any other restaurant in the Valley, fans can enjoy the tastes of old Chicago with favorites like real Vienna Beef Chicago dogs with traditional toppings and poppy seed buns flown in from Chicago bakery, S. Rosen’s; Italian beef sandwiches on hoagies from Alpha Baking Company in Chicago; and Eli’s Cheesecake, also “imported” from Chicagoland. Plus fans can wet their whistle the Midwestern way with ice cold $2.50 Old Style beer. www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com. UPTOWN |



Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row: DENVER BRONCOS Going into its fourth season as the only officially sanctioned Broncos bar in Arizona, Dierk’s sees hundreds of the 2,500 Arizona Broncos fan club members each week during the season. On game day, they offer drink specials on beer and specialty cocktails as well as seasonal Denver-inspired menu items including the “Mile High Buger” and an orange queso dip complete with blue corn chips to reflect the team colors. The bar also raffles off Broncos memorabilia during the games, and whenever the Broncos score, the in-house DJ spins the team fight song. www.dierkswhiskeyrow.com. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral: PITTSBURG STEELERS This popular Western bar and restaurant is affectionately known as “Heinz Field West” during football season. On any given Sunday, expect 700 Steelers fans – towels and all – cheering on their team on one of the 25 flat-screen TVs while a team-themed DJ plays more than 40 Steelers songs throughout the day. Not only does the bar transform into all things black and gold, their menu does too, boasting “Primanti Brothers” sandwiches, “Ben Roethlis(burger)s,” Iron City beer and other fan favorites. And, they give back while cheering as well; Harold’s estimates they’ve raised more than $100,000 for local nonprofits as a result of raffles, silent auctions and other fundraisers held during games. www.haroldscorral.com. Sandbar Mexican Grill: GREEN BAY PACKERS Cheeseheads, rejoice! Sandbar Desert Ridge has been an official Green Bay Packers bar since opening six years ago. Like Harold’s, their menu transforms (the cheese curds are a must) each Sunday to reflect Packer fans’ favorite game day comfort foods. And, in further homage to Green Bay’s home state of Wisconsin, Sandbar is also the go-to destination in the North Valley for Wisconsin Badger fans on Saturday. www.sandbaraz.com.

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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A CHEF? I started out as a dishwasher at Coup Des Tartes and would observe the chef with great interest. That's when my love for cooking began. I began dedicating more time to help him with the preparation of food and enjoyed it so much that I found myself spending more and more time in the kitchen, learning the craft, and knew that by doing so, it would get me to become a chef one day. And here I am, cooking, creating, and loving what I do. THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU PROBABLY USE MOST IS… Basil. It's a very versatile ingredient and easy to make many wonderful and tasty dishes with. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE… A soccer player. I grew up in Mexico, playing and watching everyone around me play soccer. Most of our social gatherings were [centered] around the game. It is also a very good way to make lots of money! WHEN YOU’RE NOT COOKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU? On my days off you will always find me surrounded by my huge family, enjoying great Mexican food and music. We have weekly family gatherings. I am one of 14 brothers and sisters, so you can get a picture of the amount of activity going on with lots of kids everywhere. WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Hamburgers for sure! Once in a while on my drive home from work I stop at Jack in the Box and get a double bacon burger. Since I'm always trying out new dishes at the restaurant, when I get out of this kitchen, I treat myself to simple junk food like a delicious and calorie-loaded burger.


FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY: I have great food memories from childhood. Birria has been a tradition in my family. It is a Mexican dish from the Mexican state of Jalisco. It consists of a spicy stew made from goat meat, and uses traditional Mexican exotic chiles and spices. Because our family is so large, we get a whole goat and cook it. This tradition in Mexico always turns into a huge feast with music and dancing.

In the kitchen with Jose Hernandez, executive chef of Coup Des Tartes BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Coup Des Tartes, 1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.212.1082; www.nicetartes.com.





SAKE SWAP OUT Original Gravity’s take on a bloody mary BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS


ecently opened restaurant, Original Gravity only serves beer, wine and sake. But, don’t think that stops the spot from mixing up some exciting, unique takes on classic cocktails. One of the highlights? The Sake Bloody Mary ($10), made with – you guessed it – sake instead of vodka. “We wanted a traditional brunch cocktail. We took our limitations with only serving beer and wine and made it an opportunity to be creative,” explains Original Gravity Co-owner Natasha Turra. You might be a little apprehensive to try this concoction, but take all preconceived notions and throw them out the window until you taste the smooth sipper. “Don’t judge it until you have tried it,” Turra cautions. Aside from the spirit switch, the libation is made up of the No. 1 customary ingredient – a house bloody mary mix. The drink is served in a pint glass with crushed ice, rim salt, lemon, and garnished with an olive and an IPA-glazed slice of bacon. The bloody mary was created by coowner Michelle Bocchino to pair with the restaurant’s upcoming brunch menu, which launches this fall. Additionally, Original Gravity (which contains two patios!) has 20 rotating beers, four wines on tap, and a constantly evolving tapas menu. Original Gravity, 4700 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.583.7628; www.facebook. com/originalgravityphoenix.






Create an at-home oasis with calming accents BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Chantilly lace curtains, $690 at Horchow, www.horchow.com. Basket weave throw in rosette, $79 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Bohemian multicolored distressed rug, Safavieh Monaco, $296.11 at Overstock, www.overstock.com. Curved brass candleholder, $70-$90 (sold separately; available in small, medium and large) at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790. Ivory suri alpaca pillow, Aviva Stanoff, $190 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Swingasan Collection hanging chair, $349.95 (stand and cushion sold separately) at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. UPTOWN |



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Long gone are the days of backpacks being a utilitarian, school-only item. They’ve evolved into a fun, feminine accessory that makes a statement while still toting around your must-haves. Made in Italy, Givenchy’s flower-printed Nano backpack is on trend for the fall, with a rainbow of florals that evoke the brand’s signature romanticism. Its compact, 10-by-7-inch surface is characterized by distinct features including leather trim; removable, adjustable shoulder straps; a rolled handle; and polished silvertone hardware. $990 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. SEPTEMBER 2017 |



shop The Trend: Wide-leg Pants Turquoise belted trousers, Boutique, $180 at Topshop, www.topshop.com.

The Trend: Unexpected Florals Trunk flower square in light pink, $485 at Louis Vuitton Scottsdale, 480.946.1700.


Stock up on these must-have seasonal trends, straight from the runway BY GABBY RICHMAN ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

The Trend: Power Red Diamond and patent leather watch, Dior, $4,100 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

The Trend: Velvet Dionysus super mini bag in teal, Gucci, $790 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. UPTOWN |



shop The Trend: ’70s Plaid Highroad popover shirt, $88 at Madewell, www.madewell.com.

The Trend: Neutral Gray Suede biker jacket, $745 at Reiss, www.reiss.com.

The Trend: Thick Belts Black corset with chiffon tie, $24 at ASOS, www.asos.com.

The Trend: Embroidery Plum leather ankle boots, Joie, $348 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Trend: Fringe Chandelier earrings, Rebecca Minkoff, $68 at Zappos, www.zappos.com.






Perfect your pout in fall’s harvest of hues



erry is the “it” lip tint for fall – it’s bold enough to make a statement but is still subtle enough for daytime. The rich color covers a variety of shades, with undertones ranging from brown to purple to dark red, making this versatile trend an option for all skin tones. Find your jam with glosses, liners and lipsticks inspired by the likes of ripe blackberries and raspberries.

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Lips in Impulse Why have one color when you can have two? This twosome brings out the light and dark in your lips, creating the ideal canvas for color contouring. Using both shades, you can build a subtle, barely-there look or an intensified ombre effect. Designed with a powder-gelee formula, the pair contains emollient oils and polymers that exude dramatic color and adherence. This duo is a force to be reckoned with, complementing the shaping of your lips in a plush, matte finish. $60 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 If you believe less is more, look no further than Fresh’s coveted, tinted lip balm. This ultrapigmented balm will have your pucker looking dewy, nourished and rich in a berry tint. Infused with sugar, the natural humectant transfers intense hydration into the skin, while antioxidants prevent signs of aging, visibly reducing the look of lip lines. $24 at Blue Mercury, two locations; www.bluemercury.com. Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Seduction The key to long-lasting and full lip coverage is the beloved lip liner. Chanel’s creamy lip definer glides on easily to create shape, definition and coverage. It enhances the hold of lipstick, while offering a pristine, professionallooking result. Use the built-in brush to blend and build a semi-matte, natural finish. As an added bonus, the comforting formula also softens and soothes lips. $31 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Smith & Cult The Queen is Dead Lip Lacquer This A-class lacquer provides high shine and high gloss with its velvety shimmer and all-day wear application. Blended with innovative ingredients including portulaca pilosa extract for volume and moisture, it amplifies your lips, creating the perfect plump pout. Wear the subtly sweetened must-have alone or throw it over your matte lip for a vibrant shine; it’s versatile and mixes well with others. $22 at Blue Mercury. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 54 Prune Avenue Set your sights on the ultimate rich fall lip. This ultra-satiny lipstick is for the true connoisseur who likes to make a classy, yet edgy, statement. Developed with Color Reveal Technology and natural rosemary and carrot extracts, the lips are nourished with an all-day color while staying hydrated conditioned. $37 at Neiman Marcus.




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s you pull up to this particular Camelback Canyon Estates cul-de-sac, all eyes will be on this newly constructed home. The custom property is striking, and likely unlike anything you have seen from the outside in the neighborhood. The contrast of the gray hues of paint on the majority of the home exterior with the natural shade of the wooden beams and porch overhang give a unique look that you might not find with many Phoenix dwellings — one that says simplistic yet comfortable at the same time. The minimalistic vibe is apparent at first glance, from the industrial looking fixtures to the square-shaped concept of the architecture to the glass panel inserts that cover the huge metal front door and the space above it. The distinctive style continues inside the 4,250-square-foot abode right away in the great room, adorned with wooden beams, large plank European Oak wood floors, and a one-of-a-kind gas fireplace that acts as a statement piece for the entire room. Natural light is aplenty due to the soaring ceilings, open floor plan, abundance of windows and 24-inch


multi-slide hideaway doors leading to the backyard. The great room also includes the kitchen, featuring a walk-in pantry, waterfall-style island, marble countertops, and Thermador appliance package with a gas stove and two dishwashers. Out of the four bedrooms, den and 4 1/2 bathrooms, the residence's main attraction is the master suite. Metal barn doors separate the main room from its bathroom, decorated with gray contemporary cabinets, an oversized shower and a separate soaker bathtub. A custom California Closets configuration makes the walk-in closet a space any fashion lover would dream of. The master also opens up to the backyard. Minimalism continues outdoors as the backyard serves as the perfect landscape to create anything you want, showcasing unparalleled views of iconic Camelback Mountain and the Praying SEPTEMBER 2017 |



Monk. While most of the outdoor space has rocks, there is some greenery including two patches of lush grass and a few plants and trees. Additionally, the stone patio contains a pool and hot tub. 5807 N. 45th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $2,185,000 with Bernie Fritz of HomeSmart, 602.430.6930 or berniefritz@q.com.


vital stats: 2018 Audi A4 Base price: $36,000 Price as tested: $52,325 Engine: 2.0-Liter turbocharged fourcylinder

2018 AUDI A4 The German maker’s excellent execution of a luxury compact sedan BY JIM PRUETER

Horsepower: 252 Fuel economy: 24/31 mpg city/highway Fab features: Elegant tailoring inside and out Advanced safety technology and infotainment systems Sweet driving dynamics


ast year for 2017, Audi introduced its fifth generation A4 sport sedan, which first appeared in 1995, replacing the aging Audi A80. Unless you park it side-by-side with the outgoing A4, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to discern a difference. Though don’t let the similar looks deceive you – the A4 is thoroughly redesigned, rides on a completely new platform, and has a slightly larger body. For 2018, the A4 is almost exclusively a carryover model from last year with the addition of now-standard heated front seats, which were optional last year. The A4 slots below Audi’s midsize A6 sedan and above the subcompact A3, sharing family resemblance and visual styling cues. Like all Audi products, the look UPTOWN |



inside and out is that of tailored perfection; like an Armani suit, it’s never out of style. The A4 is one of the smaller four-door sedans in its class, but it is highly refined. Build quality is superb, and it comes loaded with the latest in advanced active safety technology. It doesn’t take much time behind the wheel of the all-aluminum A4 to appreciate the significant improvements. But let’s be up front here – you’re going to pay for all this goodness. Powered by what I believe is the best 2.0-liter, turbo, four-cylinder engine in the industry, performance is 252 horsepower. While it’s not the most in its class, it’s still capable, well-intentioned, athletic and pleasingly adequate. It connects to a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. I didn’t like the high-tech shifter, finding it awkward to shift forward for reverse and push a button for park. Slightly wider and longer than the previous generation A4, interior space remains compromised in terms of leg, head and shoulder room. But that doesn’t detract from Audi’s traditional spectacular decor. Every shape is purposely and elegantly sculptured, while the switchgear is gorgeous and machined to operate with surgical precision. Add in perfectly contoured leather seats, the Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, an LED interior lighting package, and the state-of-the-art Audi virtual cockpit (a full glass digital display that replaces traditional analog gauges) and you’re seated in one of the most magnificent driving environments. On the road, the ride was noticeably improved; it was quieter and supple, yet controlled. Handling also felt secure; even when driving aggressively on twisty Arizona roads, body roll was held in check. Overall, the new fifth generation A4 emerges as an excellent execution of a luxury compact sedan, thoroughly delivering the goods when compared to the Mercedes-Benz C Class, BMW 3-Series and Lexus IS competitors.

THEin BESTthe Biz Why so many women, including celebrities in the entertainment and fitness industries, are becoming National Hair Loss devotees.


t’s an indisputable fact: women want beautiful hair. Throughout history, we’ve been obsessed with making it that way. Unfortunately, another fact is that the majority of women will face some sort of hair loss in their lifetime, and that presents a definite challenge in our quest for a lush, gorgeous ‘do. Female hair loss occurs for an astonishing variety of very common reasons. We can shed our strands post-pregnancy, when we’re stressed out or eating an unbalanced diet, or after surgery or weight loss – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hormones, medications, illnesses, and genetics can all play a role in diminishing our “crowning glory.” It’s a problem that doesn’t escape many women, even those in the high-profile entertainment and fitness industries. And when you live your life under the sharp gaze of the public eye, always expected to look your best, having less-than-luscious locks can hit especially hard. Enter National Hair Loss, a company that is fast becoming a favorite of its clientele – women and men, celebs and non-celebs alike – because of the unprecedented results people are achieving. The name pops up more and more frequently in outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter and Women’s Health Magazine, as those whose hair is a professional asset entrust National Hair Loss to preserve and maintain it. One such celebrity is Letitia Frye – a renowned motivational speaker and “Auctiontainer” who has helped raise over $200 million for charity alongside A-list stars. Her lifelong commitment to helping others, along with her endurance of two unspeakable tragedies, gave way to her unique and engaging speaking career. An avid runner all her life, Letitia was struck by a car while jogging, which left her with a severe concussion and traumatic brain

injury. Previous thyroid-related hair loss issues had led Letitia to seek help from National Hair Loss, and she sought them out within ten days of her accident to help with the trauma to her scalp. Within a few months, her hair was back and healthier than ever thanks to the interventions of the National Hair Loss team. When you demand a crowd’s attention and all eyes are on you, you want to feel your best … and now, Letitia does. National Hair Loss’s popularity is due to a combination of factors – for starters, it’s staffed by people who have firsthand experience with hair loss, either their own or a loved one’s. This lends to the supportive and understanding atmosphere so crucial for client success. They understand, perhaps better than most, that there are nearlyinnumerable reasons for hair loss, and that it requires much more than a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why each client receives a comprehensive workup using cutting-edge technologies, and a program is specifically tailored to target their unique issues. “Through a hair analysis, we can learn about a lot of things, including nutritional deficiencies, concentrations of certain metals, and food intolerances,” says Carly Klein, founder of National Hair Loss, who makes it her personal mission to stay on top of the latest in hair therapies. When we start noticing thin patches or a drain full of clumps, it’s alarming at best, especially since we’re rarely sure why it’s happening. “Women don’t realize that some of the normal things they do can harm their hair,” Carly states. For example, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – a common treatment that, ironically, helps women feel and look younger and rejuvenated – can lead to





hair loss. But according to Carly, National Hair Loss can stabilize the hair so that there isn’t an issue, letting women reap the benefits of their HRT worry-free. “Lots of women, even those in the spotlight, struggle with hair loss,” she says. “But we’re masters at what we do.” And whether it’s genetics or medication or diet or another reason altogether, National Hair Loss has the perfect solution

to preserve and protect each precious strand. Watch for our upcoming series highlighting the personal hair loss challenges of several of your favorite local celebs!

To schedule a no-cost consultation, visit www.nationalhairlossassoc.com or call 602-283-2355.


JUMPSUIT: Jewel one-shoulder flare-leg, Escada, $2,025. From Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.




TOP: White-and-blue pinstriped wrap-front blouse, Monse, $1,390. SKIRT: Black ruffle-trim viscose, Francesco Scognamiglio, $1,170. Both from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.

TOP: Ivory floral fil coupe three-quarter length sleeve blouse, Co, $875. SKIRT: Ivory floral fil coupe A-line, Co, $1,325. Both from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.




TOP: White-and-blue striped silk cold-shoulder, Brunello Cucinelli, $1,575. BELT: Python, Brunello Cucinelli, $975. PANTS: Gray velvet single-pleat cropped, Brunello Cucinelli, $995. HANDBAG: Mirrored calfskin, Brunello Cucinelli, $2,445. SHOES: Black leather pump with monili ankle wrap, Brunello Cucinelli, $1,695. All from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.

DRESS: Silk crepe de chine with detachable beaded collar and tie belt, Valentino, $6,700. From Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com. UPTOWN |



JACKET: Bronze lambskin suede and leather trenchcoat, Akris, $5,990. TOP: Silk long-sleeve tunic, Akris, $1,390. PANTS: Black cotton, Akris, $795. All from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com




TOP: Pink silk high-low, Narciso Rodriguez, $1,995. PANTS: Virgin wool straightleg, Narciso Rodriguez, $1,095. Both from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.

JACKET: JKT love embellished army, Libertine, $3,250 TOP: Cotton poplin longsleeve blouse, Atlantique Ascoli, $770. SHORTS: Embroidered high-waist shorts, Talitha, $440. All from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.




DRESS: Gray pattern argyle knit, Stella McCartney, $1,245. TOP: Black turtleneck sweater with silver ring, Stella McCartney, $985. Both from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www.neimanmarcus.com.

JACKET: Suri floral silk organza bomber, Elie Tahari, $498. PANTS: Bamboo Lisa fluid crepe cropped, Elie Tahari, $248. Both from Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100; www. neimanmarcus.com.




David and Kim Rosser

Katie Culver and Tiffany Plonde

Mya Carlson and Chris Creamer

Real, Wild & Woody BY DAVID APEJI

The Phoenix Convention Center once again welcomed more than 50 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers for the ultimate beer experience. The festival delivered tastes of specialty casks of unique brews, trendy new flavors and neverbefore-sipped brews from some of the industry’s best. Guests enjoyed complementing snacks, live music and a silent disco. David Longoria and Brooke Nisenbaum

Jeff and Terri Gilsenam

Christina Eley, Renee Fader and Lori Ewing

Esmerelda Castro and Kalyn Harrell

Michelle and Larry Zeien

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Caitlin Murphy and Gamal Oakley

Jessica Bryson and Cliff Bryson



Lacy Sauter and Nicholas Parker

Hyunmi Lee and Loren Battieste

Katia Nino de Riviera and Omayra Ortega

Tiia Mandell and Michele Cohn

Opera and Gelato Film Festival BY DAVID APEJI

The Arizona Opera presented this inaugural festival at the Arizona Opera Center, where guests escaped the heat to indulge in gelato and a glass of wine. The cultural event also featured film screenings of performances from Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, in Milan. Nicol Machado and Rita Machado

Sharon Landis and Joe Specter

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Suzi Miller and Kris Lacroix

Lisa Campbell and John Stacy

Patty Sapp and Tom Newell

Dennis Dunning-Ricketts and Barb Spitzock

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Corporate Headquarters Grand Opening BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Garrett Shinoskie, Lisa Westcott-Wadey and Doug Fry

Along with celebrating its 70th anniversary, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty unveiled its new corporate office at The Peaks at Pinnacle Peak. Designed by Phoenix Design One and built by DL Withers, the 16,000-square-foot space now services more than 250 agents and 25 staff members.

Jamie Kutzmarski, Mark Nichols and Debbie Schwartz

Wurst Festival Ever BY BEN ARNOLD

Hot dog lovers chowed down at this festival, hostel by Short Leash Hot Dogs. The fun-filled event included a pun competition, and allowed attendees to “meat” local chefs and try different hot dog and sausage combinations.

Jen Saa and Matt Skinner

Carolyn and Scott Becker

Brad Moore and Mayor Greg Stanton

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Ellen Novotny and Kara Galloway

Judi Merrick and Brittany Ford

Heather Lawless and Eileen Lawless

Lyda Cervera and Jesse Francis

Designer Fashion Show + Shop Garment District BY ELIZABETH BARRY

Held at the Moxy Hotel Tempe, this trendy event brought together 15 top emerging designers from around the world to showcase some of their new designs. The event also included meet and greets with the designers, trunk sales, fashion shows and a Top 40 Model of the Year runway challenge. Quinlan Wilhite and Shawn Sherwood

LaMark Cole and Akilah Harris Kate Berkley and Neyda Melina

Ashley Paige and Steph Rosaa

Lindsey Philip and Leslie Philip

Mike Widmer and Letha Martin Marina Johnson and Eva Louis

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ROSÉ REVOLUTION Drinking pink has never been so cool BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Kim Crawford Rosé – New Zealand Known worldwide as an industry leader in sauvignon blanc, this award-winning South African vineyard is starting to make similar waves in the rosé market thanks to this bottle, which is made from merlot grapes sourced across select vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The resulting flavor is soft and luscious with hints of watermelon and strawberry. $17.99 at Total Wine & More.

Josh Cellars Rosé – Central Coast, California In 2007, Joseph Carr launched Josh Cellars (named for his father), focused on developing wines that represent the best of California: bold, rich, approachable and balanced. Sourced from across many great California wine-growing regions, every vintage represents a labor of love. Released in recent months is this special rosé, a perfect blend of barbera, moscato and syrah with aromas of strawberries, white flowers and stone fruit. $14.99 at BevMo!


orget what you think you know about pink wine – especially the oft-maligned white zinfandels of your youth. All too commonly mistaken for a sugary sweet blend of red and white wines, rosés are actually made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe in flavors from extra dry to quite sweet. Here is a look at some of our favorites from near and far, all with different blends of wine-grape varietals.

Julia’s Dazzle Pinot Gris Rosé – Walla Walla, Washington Developed by famed Long Shadows Vintners founder Allen Shoup and named after his granddaughter, this unique rosé of white pinot gris is sourced from a special block from The Benches Vineyard at Wallula in Horse Heaven Hills. Winemaker Gilles Nicault was chosen to craft this limited-production rosé for the skills he developed making wine in Provence, France. The use of pinot gris results in vibrant notes of strawberries, spice and cherry blossom. $19.99 at Total Wine & More.

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé – South Africa At a time when most rosés were a byproduct of red wine fermentation, Mulderbosch launched a varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé from specially farmed vineyards specifically to produce rosé fruit. On arrival at the cellar, these early picked, specially selected grapes are vinified in the same manner in which an aromatic white wine would be, with the aim of producing a fresh, aromatic product. $11.99 at Total Wine & More.

Klinker Brick Grenache Rosé – Lodi, California

The Drop – Lodi, California

Made by the fifth-generation growersturned-vintners of Klinker Brick Winery, this mild yet slightly fruit-infused option is a satisfying blend of grenache, carignane, syrah, and mourvedre grapes. Neither too dry nor too sweet, there are definite hints of strawberry, grapefruit and melon, which work together on both nose and palate. $15 at Total Wine & More.

The Drop wine’s canned rosé is light and crisp with a hint of minerality – and available in trendy, convenient cans for easy transport. It is a blend of chenin blanc, zinfandel and syrah and sourced from a family-owned winery. Available in packs of four; $19.99 per pack at Arcadia Premium and DeFalco’s Italian Grocery. UPTOWN |



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Gallo Blanco is back and tastier than ever. The onceMexican food favorite is serving up menu items diners knew and loved, along with a variety of new choices. Among the options is Elote Callejero ($7), aka street corn. Aioli, cotija cheese, smoked paprika and chile pequin are slathered on the mesquite-grilled corn, resulting in sweet, smoky and tangy flavors with a little kick. With just one bite of the traditional dish, you’ll be transported to the streets of Mexico. 928 E. Pierce St., Phoenix; 602.327.0880; www.galloblancocafe.com.




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cheddar cheese and tangy blue cheese crumbles. 5625 N. 7th St., Phoenix,; 602.354.8093; www.coldbeers.com.


hat it is about the return of football season that has us thinking all things dip – from creamy and dreamy to cheesy and gooey – and where to get our fix? We’ve searched high and low and found the best spins on the beloved party (and tailgate) staple for you to get your dunk, dip and scoop on throughout the season, or any time of the year.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Buffalo Chicken Dip, $10 Get ready to dip potato chips and veggies into this mix of juicy shredded chicken doused with spicy buffalo sauce. The combination is topped with sharp

Doughbird Lebanese Hummus, Heirloom Tomatoes, & Hearth Bread, $10 This Lebanese-style hummus is creamy with a slight tangy taste and topped with multicolored local heirloom tomatoes. It is served with warm hearth bread that compliments the smooth texture of the hummus. 4385 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.345.9161; www.eatdoughbird.com.

Ladera Taverna y Cocina Guacamole, $10 Freshly ripened avocados are mixed with caramelized oranges, charcoal onions, crispy pepitas, serrano asado, and the UPTOWN |



combination is sprinkled with cotija cheese for added flavor, texture and garnish. Packed with citrus notes and a spicy kick, this guacamole is served with red salsa and house-made tortilla chips. 8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.606.2258; www.laderaphx.com.

Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend Warm Jar of King Crab & Butter with Grilled Bread, $21 Considered a seafood lover’s “slice of heaven,” crispy grilled bread is used to dunk into a mason jar filled with chunky crab meat and warm butter. 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.680.4044; www.littlecleos.com.

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Sierra Bonita Grill Queso Fundido Con Chorizo, $10 A blend of cheeses is combined and melted until creamy, then finished in the oven in a small cast iron skillet. The queso is topped with spicy Schreiner’s chorizo, diced green onions and tomatoes and served with fresh, housemade tortilla chips for dipping. 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.264.0700; www.sierrabonitagrill.com.

Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen Pretzel Bites with Biltmore Blonde Cheese Fondue, $9 A secret two-cheese blend is mixed with Biltmore Blonde Ale, onions and Central Kitchen spices to create a smooth, mouthwatering fondue. Enjoy with soft, chewy pretzel bites topped with the caraway. 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com.

Pomelo The Spinach Dip, $12 This spinach dip is one for the books! Filled with spinach, cheese, cream and artichokes – and served with a side of tortilla chips – the dish will keep you dipping for seconds, thirds and fourths. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600; www.pomelophx.com.

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Rusty’s at The Short Course at Mountain Shadows The Chip Shot, $5 The rich golden onion flavor in the dip was developed by local legends Charles Wiley and Beau MacMillan, and will satisfy the needs of even the most discriminating dipper. Caramelized onions and top-shelf ingredients make for the intense, sentimental onion flavor we all know and love. Served with house chips. 5445 E. Lincoln Road, Paradise Valley; 480.624.5400; www.mountainshadows.com. SEPTEMBER 2017 |



Warm Kale & Truffle Dip, $10 Kale, truffle and cheddar crème fraîche are blended for a rich and creamy dip that is served with house pita and lavash crackers on the side. 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020; www.thehenryrestaurant. com.

Windsor Deviled Egg Dip & Chips, $9 It’s grandma’s rich deviled eggs from your childhood transformed into a creamy dip featuring tender belly bacon and Gorgonzola cheese, served along with crispy chips. 5223 N. Central Ave. Phoenix; 602.279.1111; www.windsoraz.com.

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GET TWISTED Common Ground Culinary continues its Phoenix expansion BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


ourth generation restaurateur Christopher Collins, whose father is Wally Collins of the popular Wally’s Pub ‘n Grill in Arcadia, has come back to his roots with Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar, which he opened in August in the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center on 32nd Street and Camelback in the space formerly occupied by Stella restaurant and – more famously – by Central Bistro and Zen 32 for years before that. “I was actually raised in the Biltmore – it’s home,” Collins says. “Ever since I first opened my first Twisted Grove in

Scottsdale two years ago, I’ve been looking to bring my take on modern American cuisine and cocktails to the neighborhood where I grew up.” According to Collins, in order to maintain Twisted Grove’s distinctively laid-back, “sip, snack and linger” vibe, big changes have been made to the familiar space. The restaurant’s main entrance, for example, is now split into two distinct options: the front door that longtime patrons of the space will be familiar with, but also a back door entrance complete with dedicated restaurant parking, and a valet (a first for the oft-crowded center). “We also did a complete overhaul on the dining room, installing comfortable, oversized tufted booths and community UPTOWN |



tables,” explains Collins, who also serves as chef-owner of the popular Grassroots Kitchen + Tap restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Wally’s American Gastropub and Sweet Provisions in Scottsdale – all which fall under the hood of Common Ground Culinary restaurant group. “Family artwork and a ‘leave-one, take-one’ cookbook library will round out the experience.” And then there is the food and drink. Twisted Grove’s new location also features the same compact, yet comprehensive, menu as the Scottsdale original, starting with perfect-for-sharing small plates including creamy, rich housemade burrata and tomatoes, Twisted oysters, and of course, the signature charred Brussels sprouts with candied bacon. There is also a variety of hearty bruschetta boards, farm fresh salads and bold sandwiches such as crispy grouper and the classic French dip piled high with shaved prime rib and topped with horseradish aioli. “Go big with lunch or dinner entrees such as house made pappardelle or cavatelli pastas, or skip straight to the dessert menu featuring Sweet Provisions,” says Collins, noting he will also offer weekend brunch with both a bloody mary bar and Champagne station as well as weekday happy hour deals from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Twisted boasts more than a dozen beers on draft and by the bottle as well as a mini menu of shandy options. There are also two dozen wines by the glass, and an expansive cocktail list with everything from strawberry Bellinis to mules for just $10 each. The restaurant even has its own play on the Tom Collins – of course simply called Collins in homage to their family. Twisted Grove is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is located at 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533; www.twistedgrove.com.

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