Uptown Magazine September 2019

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Caroline Cecil creates one-of-a-kind home designs from her hand-painted artwork


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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Heidi Abrahamson’s journey to creating silver jewelry

18 BEAT ON THE COVER: Caroline Cecil. Photo by Gia Goodrich.

Mark Nelsen’s new role at Great Wolf Lodge Arizona


Features 26 CAROLINE CECIL An artist and entrepreneur is turning her hand-painted artwork into textiles 30 ANCHORS AWAY Meet five of the Valley’s Rocky Mountain Emmy Award-winning newscasters


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Amy Guerrero of Sunshine Craft Co

20 HIS STYLE Meet James Judge

22 HER STYLE Meet Cathleen Daly

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47 DWELL Living in color

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When I began giving my home a small makeover last year, I scoured the internet for new furnishings, from rugs to pillows to curtains. I thought about color scheme and which patterns would go well together. But, up until now, I never thought about all of the work that goes into making these small items that have such a big impact on my surroundings. Our cover feature, Caroline Cecil, is an artist who makes home furnishings. She and her team transform her handpainted work into beautiful textiles. Read all about her design process, new life in Arcadia and venture into owning her own business on page 26. Speaking of design, Phoenix Fashion Week will return this month and we have the scoop on page 37. Also in the style realm, we are featuring a few chic trends: pajama-inspired streetwear (page 48) and belts (page 49). Though summer is coming to a close, California is just a short plane or drive away, making for a great getaway all year long. In honor of California Wine Month, we rounded up some standout varietals from the Golden State’s acclaimed vines (page 56). For a beachier vibe, turn to page 54 for a surprising take on Orange County’s Laguna Beach, where we dive into the creative arts scene. And on page 50, relaxation awaits with restorative waters and volcanic ash-infused mud baths at Indian Springs Resort. We also highlight some must-see stops in the walkable creative arts district that is Roosevelt Row (page 43), get to know some local chefs’ favorite ingredients and how they are working them into their menus (page 60), and explore the new European beer garden-inspired Brat Haus (page 66). Lastly, have you ever wondered about the people who deliver your news daily? We talked to five Valley Rocky Mountain Emmy Award-winning newscasters about what drives their passion and how they got to be where they are today. Their stories (page 30) may transform your news experience. Best,

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Heidi Abrahamson creates silver jewelry inspired by mid-20th century architecture and design

Some people know exactly what their life purpose is from a young age. Others, like Heidi Abrahamson, take their time. Abrahamson only began working with silver after a decadeslong journey through different mediums of fashion and design. She considers herself an artist that happens to make jewelry, and with

her success in working with silver, you could say Abrahamson is a lifelong learner who finally found her calling. Abrahamson’s home base is Phoenix’s For the People – a design shop featuring modern furniture, household accents and, courtesy of Abrahmson, handmade jewelry. Her studio within Uptown September ‘19



the store is where she incorporates her unique background of architecture, fashion and nature into her distinctive line of jewelry. Her pieces are wearable art, guaranteed to dazzle with their clean lines and meticulously sculpted simplicity. Although she doesn’t design with any particular customer in mind, her personality and idiosyncrasies radiate through her work. “I do what I like,” she says. “I learned long ago, you can’t make other people happy, so make yourself happy first.” With an educational background in art, music and dance, her creative side was fulfilled but she felt she was spreading herself too thin across multiple disciplines and never truly excelled at Indiana University. Abrahamson crafted beaded jewelry for several years before entering the world of silversmithing, but found herself stifled by the limitation of bead work and the overwhelming prevalence of the practice in the early-2000s. For more than 20 years, Abrahamson worked in visual merchandising and styling for


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companies such as The Bon Marche and Burberry, but had to step away from the retail industry due to a spinal injury. After moving to Arizona in 1995 and graduating from the Desert Landscape School at Desert Botanical Garden, she fell in love with the desert but realized her back could not hold up for a career in landscape. One day, Abrahamson looked at her jewelry collection and decided to begin making her own. She immediately signed up for a continuing education course on basic jewelry design at the now-defunct Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum. Stone setting and lost wax casting classes soon followed. From there, she combined the fundamentals of silversmithing with her innate artistic sensibilities to continue teaching herself the craft. Abrahamson realized she had a deep well to draw inspiration from when she began working with silver. Both of her parents were antique dealers with her mother specializing in jewelry and textiles, while her father focused on furniture and glass. “While antique jewelry is still a love of mine, it was when my mother started acquiring pieces from Georg Jensen, Scandinavian designers, and American modernist silversmiths, that really piqued my interest,” she says. Abrahamson managed to show her father the first silver rings she designed, inspired by the Scandavian silversmithing school, before he passed in 2005. The late Marbeth Schon, a heavyweight in contemporary silversmithing with her online magazine Modern Silver, was an early champion of Abrahamson’s work. Schon’s 2009 article, entitled Heidi Abrahamson: A Balancing Act, compared Abrahamson’s pieces to those created by Friedrich Becker, an influential German goldsmith. Abrahamson has since exhibited her work in New York City and Paris, her work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue Australia, and some of her pieces have even made their way to the silver screen. Abrahamson received a call from The Egg Collective in New York to feature her work in their second Designing Women roster for the 2018 NYCxDesign festival. Her work was showcased alongside other “Masters, Mavericks and Mavens,” alive and past. “Last year’s exhibit in NYC was absolutely a huge compliment,” Abrahamson says. “I was one of 20 women chosen and extremely honored to be there with so many incredibly talented women.” Abrahamson is now firmly in the conversation of trailblazing designers, a testament to her vision, creativity and discipline. “I’m an artist that happens to make jewelry,” she says. “I never truly considered myself a ‘jewelry designer.’ To me, that means drawing beautiful jewelry and having a bench jeweler make it and I can’t draw.” The next months for Abrahamson will be filled with high-profile engagements, an exhibit opening at Reyes Contemporary Art on Nov. 14, and she will jet off to the Big Apple in November for NYC Jewelry Week. She says she is “overwhelmed, but works well under pressure” and based on the natural elegance and refinement of her jewelry’s long track record of brilliance, the best is yet to come.

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Mark Nelsen brings Hawaiian-honed hospitality chops to new Valley resort


At 17, Arizona native Mark Nelsen visited Hawaii. “By the trip’s end, I vowed to one day live there,” says Nelsen, who did just that, eventually. First, he took on an afterschool job at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa in 1999, falling in love with hospitality industry. Upon graduation, he attended Northern Arizona University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, still continuing at the Hyatt on weekends and holidays. Nelsen eventually rose to a director position before moving on to then-Scottsdale hotspot Mickey’s Hangover in the mid-2000s. “Around the same time, a friend moved to Oahu, often letting me visit and crash on his couch,” Nelsen says. “By 2011, that couch became my bed.” That year, Nelsen moved to Oahu and crashed on said couch while he made good on his teenage vow. “I quickly earned the food and beverage manager role at Turtle Bay Resort, an iconic spot many remember as the backdrop of Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Nelsen says. Over the next seven years, Nelsen made a name for himself across The Aloha State at Turtle Bay followed by Hilton Waikiki Beach and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, where he helped oversee its $120 million renovation. “I was living my dream, but doing so roughly 2,500 miles away from friends and family,” says Nelsen, who made the decision to come home when the JW Marriott Camelback Inn came calling in 2017. The Arcadia resident worked diligently for the next 18 months as the director of restaurants for the resort, including helping upgrade menus during its recent multimillion-dollar renovation. So, what’s next for Nelsen? Back to Hawaii? “While I’m thankful to that island paradise for feeding my soul and building my career, I have two big reasons to stay here,” Nelsen says. First, he became an uncle last year. Second, he recently joined Great Wolf Lodge Arizona as the director of food and beverage. The highly anticipated indoor waterpark resort opens Sept. 27 and will feature a collection of dining options for families as well as a signature dining concept, Barnwood, which will offer hotel guests and locals an elevated culinary experience with local ingredients and Southwestern influences. “And a little Aloha spirit from me,” Nelsen says.


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POCKET FULL OF SUNSHINE Amy Guerrero offers a welcoming, encouraging space for the crafting community


Prepare to be inspired when you walk into Sunshine Craft Co, a newly opened, bright and colorful, do-it-yourself workshop and craft studio in Central Phoenix. “I love helping people explore their creativity and learn new skills,” says Amy Guerrero, founder of Sunshine Craft Co. “Fostering a warm and inviting community space for crafters and hands-on explorers is such a fun job!” Armed with a degree in industrial design and a mixed bag of jobs after college, Guerrero was able to develop her graphic design skills and worked in accounting, email marketing, website management, and event coordinating before focusing on the creative industry. “I am truly grateful for each of my experiences as it all led me to having the skill set and confidence to open Sunshine Craft Co,” she says. What started as a hobby turned into a business when Guerrero started making and selling handmade decor, specifically macrame – a form of textile produced using knotting techniques – at local Phoenix markets and boutiques. Her products were so well received that she began teaching workshops to help others learn the reemerging fiber art. Founding Sunshine Craft Co was instigated by needing a macrame studio to work out of and wanting it to be large enough to teach classes from as well. “Since each project at the studio is customizable, everyone is able to make something truly unique that fits their home and style,” Guerrero says. Beyond the full workshop calendar of macrame, ceramics, painting, and home decor projects, the studio offers drop-in crafting and a retail area featuring craft kits and materials. “I love that it has now expanded to be a creative hub for the community and we have a variety of things going on,” Guerrero says. The craft lover’s favorite part of her job is giving people a memorable experience. Guests often bring friends to celebrate birthdays, baby showers, workplace team builders, and bridal parties in the warm and inviting space. “Knowing that we are helping to facilitate these special moments and memories is so special and brings me so much joy!” she says.

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James Judge’s flair for design drives his career and his style BY SHOSHANA LEON / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

James Judge’s passion for design has led him to a successful real estate career. “I was in college watching HGTV with my mom and decided that I wanted to have my own design TV show,” Judge says. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with degree in interior architecture, Judge moved to Phoenix. Since then, he became a realtor and has built a rental portfolio of more than 50 remodels using his design expertise. “Fashion is a lot like design for me. I love what’s affordable and unique, while keeping it practical,” he says. While working on projects, Judge gravitates toward shorts and a T-shirt. His role in the real estate world, however, allows him to show his personal style a bit more. “I love to focus on the details, such as a tie pin or lapel pin, and I’m always wearing my bracelets,” he says. In his free time, Judge loves to travel and has been to all seven continents. “When I’m not traveling or trying to find homes for people, I’m finding homes for animals,” he says. “In my job, I have encountered many animals in need. I have one dog and four cats, and I foster animals as well.”

Tell us about your real estate journey: Over time, my flips became very design focused. Although profit was important, the real goal was to make the house into a home. In the process I became a realtor with HomeSmart and continue to do real estate and design as I work toward getting that TV show that started this path years ago. How has your style evolved over the years? Growing up I loved brand names and logos but now I focus more on the comfort and fit, regardless of where it’s from – and hopefully it’s on sale because I love a good deal. What word describes your style? Practicality. I can’t do what I do without wearing clothes that work well in my surroundings.


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

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

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Blogger Cathleen Daly gives an insight into her ever-evolving style


When she’s not at her day job as the brand director for local real estate company, North&Co., Cathleen Daly runs the popular lifestyle blog, Discovering Daly where she focuses on style, travel and personal discoveries. “The blog name came about as I found that the act of ‘discovering’ was a constant theme in my life” Daly says. For as long as she can remember, art, fashion, photography, music, dance, film, and architecture have influenced her evolving style and zest for life. “I hope that my readers are inspired to do the same in their own lives,” she says. While it’s fun to dress up for blog photoshoots and industry events, Daly keeps her shopping strategy simple. She loves to browse consignment stores for unknown labels but also favors Kate Spade due to the brand’s bold colors and unparalleled customer experience. When putting looks together, she draws inspiration from magazines, window displays and Instagram, though always making sure to put a personal twist on her ensembles. She advises: “Take inspiration from those around you, but find a way to make the look your own.”

What are your favorite trends right now? I’ve been really into snakeskin and leopard prints lately. Also, hair scarves! I love wearing those. What is your must-have item when it comes to fashion? I love gold earrings and jewelry in general. I think it automatically gives you a boost of confidence. How does your career influence your style? The real estate industry in general can draw a pretty stylish crowd and I think my company happens to be filled with the most stylish humans I have ever met. Their kindness, professionalism, and love for what they do contributes to why I strive to up my game in the way I present myself from my day-to-day wardrobe to my work ethic.


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Guests gathered at a mountaintop home in Paradise Valley for a white party to celebrate this launch by Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian BY JESS SIMPSON

Joy Collier and Tyler Butler

Stephanie Reis and Brittany Paige

Kimberly Tocco and Juliet Rains

Stacey Grondahl and Amanda Malcolm

Leiah Scheibel and Alexandra Bradberry

Claire Spencer and Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian


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This annual fundraiser for Valley Youth Theatre was held at Herberger Theater Center


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Katie Kohne and Erin Huston

JoAnn Holland and Jessica Leila Adnani

Bridget Cooney and Bri Cooney

Grace Perry and Micheline Etkin

Sara Dial and Tatum Dial

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Caroline Cecil is the visionary behind her namesake company that creates one-of-a-kind home furnishings from her hand-painted artwork


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Painter and textile designer Caroline Cecil is the creative genius behind her namesake company, Caroline Cecil Textiles. Her hand-painted, luxury textiles play with scale, color and texture. They are artful, yet approachable, and add a splash of fun to any personal or professional space. This past spring, Caroline Cecil Textiles expanded its offerings to include a wallpaper collection. Out of the collection’s 18 total pattern and color combinations, the Ketut pattern in the color Lake is Cecil’s favorite. “I have Ketut, Hannu, Bridge and Gamal fabric used throughout our home as window treatments, pillows and upholstery,” she says. “I’ll be installing wallpaper soon as well.” The well-traveled artist relocated to Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood last year with her husband and their pomeranian, Taos. Cecil finally has what every artist strives for as a business owner — creative autonomy. Albeit, it took learning, growing, pushing her creativity to the edge and working for plenty of other people to achieve that freedom.

spent in the amazing cities I’ve had the privilege to live in,” she says. With her newly printed degree in tow, Cecil looked for work in the industry. Her first job was with a fabric atelier in Queens, New York, who made couture textiles for runway collections. One of Cecil’s first tasks was to hand paint yards among yards of delicate tulle for a Carolina Herrera couture wedding collection. She moved into the corporate process after that, working with Target’s design team at the headquarters in Minneapolis and designing with the end consumer in mind. Most recently she was the design director for California’s

Silicon Valley, where she helped build and launch several different startups. Backed by years of diverse experience, Cecil felt well-equipped and empowered to create something of her own. She wanted to have 100 percent creative control over that something. And since entrepreneurship ran in her blood — her father was a successful and creative entrepreneur — she knew that something was to establish her own brand. “Starting, growing and running my business is one of the most enriching, creative and rewarding experiences of my life,” she says.

A NATURAL-BORN CREATIVE Textile design combines a couple of Cecil’s favorite things: fashion and painting. She grew up in a small fishing town in coastal Maine and spent her time gathering fashion magazine clippings and sketching designs as a young girl. Her creations really came to life when her grandmother, a professional watercolorist, taught her how to paint. Cecil often uses her grandmother's brushes today when creating her textile designs. Hoping to better harness her artistic abilities, Cecil earned her bachelor’s in fine arts in fiber art and textile design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She then moved to New York City to study graphic design and business at Parsons The New School for Design. Cecil had only experienced the Big Apple in the past through a tourist’s lens. Living in the city as a student provided her with a fresh new perspective of the urban landscape. “If you’re in the right headspace, living in a major city can be a constant source of inspiration with the vibrant culture, street fashion, pulse. I’m proud of the time I’ve

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TEXTILES BY CAROLINE Caroline Cecil Textiles launched in 2014 and is the product of Cecil’s desire to bring her art to life and into thoughtfully designed spaces. Each textile begins as original artwork done by Cecil. Most of her designs are done in India Ink, with some made from hand-carved block prints. Her artwork is then printed on certified Belgian linen sourced from a family-owned mill and premium paper for her wallpaper collection. Collections are produced in small batches to ensure the highest quality. Cecil’s unique, bold and beautifully executed textiles have appeared in publications like Forbes, California Home + Design and the L.A. Times, to name a few. Implementing sustainable business practices is important to this CEO. Every aspect of her textile production is 100 percent free of lead, phthalates, petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides and synthetic products. Similar practices apply to her wallpapers. They are printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, contain no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and the ink used complies with California’s strictest standard for healthy consumer products. Textile design can be an arduous process. What constitutes an original artwork as textile worthy? For Cecil, a few things. First, it must be able to work in black and white. Second, it must be able to be inverted and viewed upside down and still work. She also reminds herself to never overdesign and considers tracking. “A pattern must work in a range of applications, from a small pillow to floor-toceiling drapes to wallpaper running down a long hallway. No matter the application, the design must have a continuous visual flow so that your eye doesn’t get stuck on a repeating motif,” she says. Anyone can shop Caroline Cecil Textiles, but Cecil and her team have discovered that most of their clients are prominent interior designers in cities across the U.S. They’ve also grown a large following in Canada and Australia in recent years. “I love seeing how our talented clients interpret our collections in their beautiful interiors,” she says.


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TODAY AND LOOKING AHEAD Caroline Cecil Textiles will continue to debut more collections as its creator explores other artforms and techniques. Right now, Cecil and her team are piloting a new collection of framed textiles and ready-made pillows. Right now Caroline Cecil Textiles is an online business only; however, that may not always be the case. “As a designer and someone who loves beautiful spaces, [a brick-and-mortar store] is not totally out of the realm of possibility,” Cecil says. With one year of Arizona residency under her belt, Cecil, an East Coast girl at heart, has found beauty and inspiration from the desert landscape and its wideopen vistas. Adjusting to the summer heat hasn’t been easy, but she’ll take triple digits over snowy winters any day. Cecil has kept busy by designing her new home’s interiors, which we can only imagine looks like a dreamy spread out of Pottery Barn’s catalog. “[I’m going for] modern farmhouse mixed with minimalism and visual moments that celebrate personal curation and travel,” she says. Like it’s fearless leader, Caroline Cecil Textiles has migrated to the Southwest as well. Cecil has converted part of her home into her company’s headquarters. It’s a beautiful and inviting space that doubles as a design studio and a small inventory stockroom. Some of Cecil’s other creative hobbies include photography, cooking, writing, baking and exercising — yoga and barre are her favorites. But she also prioritizes spending quality time with her family, her friends and her newfound community here in the Valley. “I’m very lucky to have met several other amazing and inspiring female entrepreneurs since moving to Phoenix [including] Lexi Grace of Lexi Grace Design; blogger and podcast personality Mika Perry; Kimberly Fox from Evolve Skin Bar. Surround yourself with people who inspire you so that when you inevitably lack vision, they can help push you forward.” To learn more, follow @cctextiles on Instagram or visit www.carolinececiltextiles. com.

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This month, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor Arizona’s best and brightest broadcast talents during the 42nd annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, taking place Sept. 14 at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. To celebrate, we are sharing the stories of five of the Valley’s award-winning anchors, who work tirelessly to shine a light where it needs to be shined, be a voice for those who cannot always speak up for themselves, and showcase the critical issues facing our community on a daily basis.


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OLIVIA FIERRO AZ FAMILY AZ Family anchor Olivia Fierro, a member of the station’s multi-year Rocky Mountain Emmy Award-winning Good Morning Arizona team, is a bookworm. “I grew up with my nose firmly planted in a book,” says Fierro, who counts Island of the Blue Dolphins and Little Women among her favorite childhood novels growing up in California. Undeclared when she enrolled at UCLA in 1992, Fierro studied history and women’s studies, partially due to their extensive reading requirements, while taking on internships from public relations to music to fashion. “My final internship was at Good Day L.A., and it all clicked,” Fierro says. “I wanted to read and share the news.” Fierro graduated in 1997 and earned a full-time position in the newsroom at Good Day L.A. Her initial on-camera work was focused on red carpet interviews, but she soon found herself wanting to share more meaningful stories. “So, I left the massive LA market in 2001 for Amarillo, Texas, where I could work as a reporter,” Fierro says. She eventually found her way to AZ Family in 2003, where she first worked as a Northern Arizona reporter. “I primarily worked out of a room at Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff,” Fierro says. “But it paid off, as I was asked to come down the mountain to co-anchor Good Morning Arizona in 2004.” And though she left Arizona for an evening anchor role in Las Vegas in 2009, she found her way back to her family – her AZ Family – in 2015. “I am making my time here count, and for more than just reading the news,” Fierro says. “This time, I am sharing my love of actual reading with viewers.” In January 2019, she launched Olivia’s Book Club on AZ Family in partnership with Changing Hands Bookstore. Through it, she reads and discusses books on air, encouraging viewers to read along, connect online, and embrace their inner bookworms. 2019 nomination: Best newscast for Good Morning Arizona.

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MARK CURTIS 12 NEWS Many people know 14-time Rocky Mountain Emmy recipient Mark Curtis – and his famous mustache – as the longtime sportscaster-turned-anchor of nearly all of 12 News’ evening broadcasts. But not many know his original claim to fame. “Recall Remember the Titans, the Denzel Washington movie circa 2000,” Curtis says. “It’s based on T.C. Williams High School in Virginia, which was integrated in 1971.” In the film, Washington plays the head football coach, Herman Boone, who is tasked with bringing the integrated team – and the community – together. “That was my high school,” says Curtis, who attended T.C. Williams from 1971 to 1974. “Coach Boone was actually my driver’s ed teacher!” While at his alma mater, however, Curtis never dreamed of a career in journalism. “After graduating, I enrolled at the University of Georgia to study medicine with the goal of being an OB-GYN,” Curtis says. “However, I didn’t ‘cut the mustard’ academically.” Curtis switched majors (to psychology) and colleges (to American University) in 1977, graduating in 1978. “It wasn’t until after graduation when I was working as a bartender and our DJ called in sick that I ever even considered public speaking of any kind,” Curtis says, filling in for said DJ and loving it. “I got the bug and went back to school to earn my journalism degree soon after.” After that, things moved fast as Curtis did an internship at a local TV station, which evolved into a full-time position producing a Washington Redskins’ show in the late ’70s. “From there, I first joined 12 News from 1980 to 1987 before heading to the Midwest to hone my craft. I came back in 1995 and have called 12 News home ever since,” says Curtis, who transitioned from the sports desk to anchor duties in 2004, mustache intact. 2019 nominations (nine total): Evening newscast (three nominations), breaking news, continuing coverage, politics/government, societal concerns, special events coverage, and writer.


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DANIELLE LERNER ABC 15 Ever heard the term “local boy done good?” In ABC 15’s Danielle Lerner’s case, it’s more like local girl done great. Lerner moved to Scottsdale at age 12 and considers it home. After graduating from Chaparral High School in 2002, she attended Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, studying communications and English with the intent of entering law school. “My mom suggested I try an internship with a local news station to hone my writing skills, and it ended up changing the entire course of my life,” Lerner says. She then set her sights on broadcast journalism with the goal of one day reporting news in Phoenix. After getting her master’s degree from Northwestern University, her journey back home started in San Luis Obispo, where she earned her first reporting job in 2008. “When a morning anchor position opened at News 4 in Tucson, I jumped at the chance to get back to Arizona,” says Lerner, who had the opportunity to cover congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ remarkable recovery after the 2011 Tucson shooting. And then, in 2014, Lerner’s dream came true when a position opened at ABC 15. She earned the job and has since served in various roles, most recently anchoring the weekend evening news and reporting for different newscasts. The station has received multiple Rocky Mountain Emmys for overall excellence in the past five years, and Lerner herself has won a Rocky Mountain Emmy and been nominated in several categories, including best anchor. Today, Lerner juggles her reporting duties with a new role as a board member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, the governing body of the Rocky Mountain Emmys – and an even bigger job. “My husband and I have a 2-yearold, Addison, and 4-month-old, Harper, at home,” Lerner says. “Send coffee!” 2019 nomination: Talent anchor news.

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LEÓN FELIPE GONZÁLEZ UNIVISION ARIZONA León Felipe González, a 2018 Rocky Mountain Emmy recipient for his coverage of the closing of the Tent City jail, was born and raised in vibrant Mexico City. “Growing up, I always knew I wanted to somehow share Mexico’s culture and traditions, as well as showcase present-day Latin culture to the world,” says González, noting the news industry was a natural fit. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in 1995, he earned a reporting position at Televisión Azteca in 1996 before moving on to Televisa, Mexico’s largest broadcast network, soon after. “Televisa holds a special place in my heart because I met my wife, Belén, there,” González says. His work eventually got noticed by Univision’s Primer Impacto, an international news program, which offered him a position as a Mexico City news correspondent in 2002. “Over the next 10 years, I covered everything from presidential elections and papal visits to drug trafficking and natural disasters,” González says. Soon, he found himself missing his family and sought a way to spend more time at home. His solution: a new home and a new country. “In 2012, I picked up my family and moved to San Francisco for an anchor position with the Univision affiliate there,” says González, noting at the time he only had basic English skills. Thankfully, the language came easily enough to him and the move was a hit, though the bustling position eventually began to take him away from family yet again. “In 2017, an amazing job came along – an anchor position hosting evening newscasts at Univision Arizona,” González says. “It gives me ample time to be with my family, but it allows me to continue showcasing the culture and people I love to the world.” 2019 nominations (six total): Talent anchor news, journalistic enterprise, writer, investigative report, arts and entertainment, and societal concerns.


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KRIS PICKEL CBS 5 For Kris Pickel, a recipient of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Emmy for investigative reporting and a CBS 5 evening news anchor, journalism has long been a passion. “When it comes to news, I’m a massive journalism nerd and proud of it,” says Pickel, noting her nearly 30-year TV news career and resulting geekdom almost never was. Pickel, who grew up in Sacramento, California, attended University of California, Davis where she studied rhetoric and organizational communication. While there, she took an internship with local TV station KCRA News 3, a requirement for her major that began her love affair with news. Upon graduation in 1991, she had two job offers. “One was – if you can believe it – a job selling wine in San Francisco, with a company car and everything,” Pickel says. “The other was an editor position at KCRA News 3, with half the salary but the ability to be part of the actual news.” And though her parents thought she was crazy, she took the editor position. “Since the early 1990s, I have worked as a reporter, producer, anchor and everything in between,” says PickeI, who worked in Grand Junction, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; Tucson, Arizona; Sacramento, California; and Cleveland before joining CBS 5 in 2015. Notably, she was the first female reporter on the West Coast to enter a boot camp program for jail inmates, going undercover and broadcasting her findings. “In addition, I led a news investigation in Arizona following riots and injuries that accompanied The University of Arizona’s basketball team’s 2001 NCAA Championship loss to Duke University, which helped lead to procedural changes for police crowd control,” Pickel says. When not working, expect Pickel to be scouring news sites (of course), hosting events with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, volunteering with a wide range of other charities, and spending time with her family – husband Carl Lemon, an award-winning photographer, and sons Clark and Bruce. 2019 nominations (two total): Feature news report and societal concerns.

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Dress to impress in a stylish ensemble for Phoenix Fashion Week, the Southwest’s leading fashion event. The three-day experience will return to the Valley from Oct. 3 through 5 at Talking Stick Resort with 25 runway shows from emerging and established Valley designers showcasing their holiday and spring collections. This year’s fashion festivities will also include a variety of trunk sales, statewide retail events, fashionable workshops and glamorous after-parties. The winners of the Emerging Designer of the Year and Top 40 Model of the Year contests will also be announced. VIP tickets featuring swag bags, front row seating and more are available. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixfashionweek.com.

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Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration opens Sept. 21 at Phoenix Art Museum. Featuring more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines, the multimedia exhibition represents the collaborative creative work of fashion visionaries Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. The instillation, on display through Jan. 5, 2020, features their work created from the 1960s through the 1980s for publications and retailers such as Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. www.phxart.org.

Hall Napa Valley, an acclaimed vineyard and winery, will stop in Phoenix on Sept. 12 to celebrate the release of its newest vintage, Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Each year, Hall Napa Valley chooses two cities to host a release party and this is the first time the wine producer will land in the Valley. The party (main event, $125), taking place at The Found:re, will feature unlimited tastes of the new release and one of Hall’s white wines as well as a performance by singer-songwriter Jon MCLaughlin. VIP tickets ($200) are also available, with a vertical tasting led by Mike Reynolds, Hall president, and Kathryn Hall herself. www.hallwines.com.


Taco Guild, known for its Mexican fare served in an old church, launched an updated brunch menu in late August served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new offerings range from classics you would expect to find, like the Guild Breakfast Enchilada, featuring your choice of chicken, beef or veggies, to inventive options such as the Lobster Avocado Toast. Additional standouts from the new menu include the Fried Tamale Cubano Egg Benedict, the Cherry Steak Breakfast Skillet Casserole and the Avocado Breakfast Nachos. www.tacoguild.com.


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CEREAL MECCA B:fast a cereal bar recently opened at Biltmore Fashion Park, specializing in all things cereal – and more. The fast-casual spot caters to people on the go, whether they are stopping in for all-day breakfast, a midday snack or lunch. The menu features over 25 cereal options with more than 20 toppings and a variety of milks to choose from. Cereal shakes, floats, and a plethora of sweet and savory sandwiches are also offered. www. bfastacerealbar.com.


Teaspressa, a Phoenix-based beverage company offering a healthy hybrid of tea and coffee, recently opened a new cafe in Downtown Phoenix. The new location marks Teaspressa’s third spot in the U.S.; the first location is in Arcadia and the second location is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Teaspressa Downtown is a full-service cafe and lounge serving the company’s signature beverages, create-yourown drinks and artisan toasts. There is also a grab-and-go option for quick-serve beverages and pastries to-go as well as a retail section to purchase Teaspressa products to brew at home. www.teaspressa.com.


Valley chef and restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin recently returned to the kitchen at Phoenix Public Market Café to revamp the food and cocktail menu. Diners can expect to see a variety of new healthfocused dishes and two new cocktails, as well as an updated lineup of community nights and collaborative dining events. Many of the nine new food items are plantbased or vegetarian and Chamberlin has also carried over three staples from his celebrated St. Francis menu. Additionally, a new prix-fixe menu is now available for $15 on Sunday and Monday nights beginning at 5 p.m. www.cafe.phxpublicmarket.com.


Mom Style Lab will once again team up with Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park on Sept. 27 for Sip, Shop & Style, an annual free event which celebrates what’s new and fashionable for fall. The morning will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a fashion show, styling advice, beauty update, bubbly and shopping. Style expert Angela Keller of Mom Style Lab will give a talk on building an intentional capsule wardrobe for fall. Additionally, Lisa Moore, Chanel beauty ambassador and celebrity makeup artist, will give a demonstration on how to reboot your look and skincare routine. There will also be exclusive giveaways. www.momstylelab.com. Uptown September ‘19




Sept. 19-20, Various locations For the seventh year, this annual cross-country culinary series will return to the Valley for a weekend of food-filled events. The itinerary will kick off on Thursday (Sept. 19) with Raising the Bar, a reception at Seventh & Union at Young’s Market Company at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a walk-around reception, meeting and greeting local rising star mixologists, with cocktails and bites available for taste. The weekend continues with a Gala Benefit Dinner (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. at The Royal Palms Resort & Spa, which will feature dinner from a dream team comprised of top Arizona chefs as well as a silent and live auction. The weekend will conclude with an industry-only workshop. Prices vary. www.jamesbeard.org.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Sept. 16, Orpheum Theatre The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour will return this month with an all-new production for 2019. Mission leader Michelle Visage is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Asia O’Hara, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Violet Chachki and the queens from season 11. There will also be a VIP option where guests will meet and greet with the queens before the show as well as receive a customized VIP Galaxy Pass and a seat in the first few rows. Guests must arrive by 6 p.m. General admission, $52-$62; VIP, $162. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.


Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Sept. 13-15, Westworld of Scottsdale More than 150 vintage curators and handmade artisans from across the country will gather in Scottsdale to provide over 120,000 square feet of shopping enjoyment. With a reputation for featuring quality vendors selling unique items and inspiring design, the market continues to be a popular attraction for vintage enthusiasts across the Southwest. The event will also feature live music, delicious food, drinks, photo-ops and infinite amounts of design inspiration.


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Creekside Cloth + Flame Dinner Sept. 14, L’Auberge de Sedona This month, L’Auberge de Sedona will celebrate 35 years in business with a special five-course meal blending classical French styles with ingredients and flavors native to the Southwest. The resort’s own executive chef Franck Desplechin will prepare a selection of seasonal dishes, served to guests under a canopy of lush Sycamore trees at the resort, with highlights including the apple marinated kale salad, buttermilk-fried Sedona rainbow trout, grilled Cornish game hen and Ramona Farms chicos panna cotta. In addition to the main course, guests will also be treated to hors d’oeuvres like black truffle pomme dauphine with garlic aioli and chives during the cocktail reception. Proceeds will benefit keep Sedona Beautiful. $145 per person. www.clothandflame.com.

Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday night for VIP shopping (also includes Saturday early entry at 8 a.m.), $50 in advance or $65 at the gate; Saturday early bird entry, $20 in advance or $25 at the door; General admission for Saturday or Sunday, $8. Price to park is $5 per car per day and children 12 and under are free. www. junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com. Brunchfest Sept. 14, Unexpected Rock the Fork will present three events in one. Those who are 21 and older will be able to taste their

way through the local coffee scene with Arizona’s own local roasters, coffee shops, and coffee brands sampling up some brew for your caffeinated or non-caffeinated pleasure. The event will also have gathered mixologists from Arizona’s top local bars and restaurants to create the most delicious bloody marys and mimosas. To top everything off, the event will assemble chefs representing restaurants and bakeries from all over Arizona to put together an amazing brunch menu. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $35. Ticket includes food and beverage samplings. www.rockthefork.com.

Dan Cummins Sept. 19-21, CB Live Dan Cummins has been a guest on multiple late night shows and his increasingly ravenous fan base on Pandora is part of what makes him stand out. Over 300,000 fans have created stations solely based on the comedian, pushing his plays to over 306 million. Now ranking as one of the most “liked” comics on Pandora, you’ll love this raucous comedy show that will both shock and delight. Show times vary. $22. www.dancummins.tv. Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Sept. 20- 29, Various Restaurant Locations The biannual feast of Phoenix is back on in the fall rendition of Arizona Restaurant Week. Expect over 200 participating restaurants, all offering a three-course


Sept. 28, Civic Space Park Grab your lederhosen and stein and get ready to “Prost!” for this year’s Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest. The event will feature live music from the New Orleans-style band, Funkaus Brass Band, traditional German food (bratwurst, anyone?) as well as plenty of liquid gold, otherwise known as beer. Eight German beers will be on tap and local and national favorites will also be available. Additional highlights include a beer maid contest, a brat eating contest, and games such as corn hole and Jenga. 3-9 p.m. $10 online or $15 day-of; food and beverages sold separately. www. dtphxoktoberfest.com.

prix-fixe menu. The thoughtfully selected menus will offer foodies the ultimate dining experiences and allow them to try something new. Options range from sizzling Southwestern to five-star dining to international fare. $33 or $44 per person. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. Laughter is the Best Medicine Sept. 21, Madison Center for the Arts The Native Health Board of Directors will host its sixth annual fundraising and community awards event, Laughter is the Best Medicine. Put your laugh face on as you experience a comedy performance by award-winning Native American comedian and actor, Tatanka Means or just enjoy performances from local artists, Fargo Arizona and illusionist/magician Craig Davis. Funds raised through attendance, sponsorships, donations and the silent auction will provide direct financial support to the Native Health Emergency Assistance Program. $55. 4 p.m. www.nativehealthphoenix.org. Arizona Donut and Ice Cream Festival Sept. 22, The Pressroom Discover donuts and ice cream from around the world, from rolled ice cream to specialty pastries at this sweet indoor-outdoor festival. Each business will have a donut or ice cream that is $5 or less. The event will also have card games, lawn games, and board games to play at no additional cost. There will also be a curated marketplace with local artists. Prices vary. Noon-4 p.m. www.thepressroomaz.com. Music of Billy Joel Starring Michael Cavanaugh Sept. 27-28, Symphony Hall This concert will take you back to the early days of rock as you experience rock ‘n’ roll classics like never before, live with a full orchestra. Relive hits from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, The Who, Elton John and, of course, Billy Joel performed live by The Phoenix Symphony, alongside vocalist Michael Cavanaugh. Known for his energetic stage presence, vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out. Showtimes vary. www. phoenixsymphony.org. Shining Brow Sept. 27-29, Herberger Theater Center From 1903 to 1914, the early life of visionary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was anything

but conventional. In fact, it was tumultuous. Shining Brow, the translation of the Welsh “Taliesin,” was the name that Wright gave to his homes in Wisconsin and Arizona, and where his life took a unique turn. This compelling and surprising tale will take audience members though Wright’s twists of life including an affair with a client’s wife, complicated relationships, murders and a devastating fire at Taliesin, all which drove his passion and determination to rebuild his life Showtimes and ticket prices vary. www.herbergertheater.org. 8th Annual Senior Awards Luncheon Sept. 27, The Arizona Biltmore Every day, Gregory’s Fresh Market bags up thousands of bags of groceries to feed the elderly here in Arizona. This luncheon will support the mission of Diana Gregory Outreach Services, a nonprofit organization, to enrich lives through healthy eating. The proceeds from this luncheon, which will also act as a celebration of the accomplishments of seniors and those dedicated to providing them with quality residential care, will benefit senior services provided the organization. 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. $125. www. dianagregory.com. Great Hearts Gala Sept. 28, Chateau Luxe This annual network-wide event will bring Great Hearts families, friends, vendors, corporations and the community in support of Great Hearts teachers. The theme for the fourth annual gala “A Wrinkle in Time.” Funds raised from the gala will be used to reward and retain the network’s teachers, who are recruited to teach in the 22 Valley academies. 5:30-11 p.m. Sponsorships packages are still available for the event. $250. www.gala.greatheartsamerica.org. Chile Pepper Festival Sept. 29, Roosevelt Row Arts District It’s getting hot in here! Roosevelt Row will bring the fire at this delicious chile pepper-inspired festival with on-site chile roasting, live music, cooking demos, salsa dancing, a local talent show, a beer garden and a gourmet margarita station. Expect some of the top local restaurateurs, chefs, and gourmet food trucks in Phoenix as they serve up their favorite renditions of chile-topped bites. Cheer alongside your chile-loving friends as the festival’s best salsa and chile pepper dish competition winners are announced. 5-10 p.m. General admission, $10 and children 12 and under free. www. chilepepperfest.org.

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The 13th annual Cooks & Chords offers bites, beverages and live music to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will host its 13th annual Cooks & Chords on Saturday, September 21. Guests can enjoy local bites, beverages and musical performances while supporting MS research and programs. For the first time, Cooks & Chords will be held at the Ability 360 Center, which will be transformed into a secret garden for the event. Located near Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, the center serves people with disabilities and houses several disability-related organizations including the Arizona chapter of the National MS Society. The Arizona chapter provides services and programs for more than 8,000 people affected by MS. “Cooks & Chords has grown year over year to well over 325 attendees. It has become an event for people to mix and mingle, bring clients and friends, or come as a fun date night,” says Frances SmithSellers, leadership events specialist of the National MS Society. The event will include delicious food and libations, talented musicians, and a silent auction and raffle featuring art, staycation packages, jewelry and more. Community support is important to the success of Cooks & Chords as all food, drink and entertainment for the event will be donated. Food vendors will include Fairytale Brownies, Put a Fork In It Catering, Spinato’s Pizzeria, Heidi’s Events and Catering, Goodwood Tavern, Diana’s Bakery and United Catering. Guests will have the opportunity to sample beverages from Huss Brewing, Tea of a Kind, Roger Cline’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, Folio Wine and Arizona Wilderness Brewing. Attendees can expect performers including jazz guitarist and vocalist Pete Pancrazi, singer-songwriter Laura Hamlin, folk artists Jonathan Thomas and the Little Room Band, and Jim Helm. “All our food, drink and entertainment vendors are donating their time, products


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and services to the cause, and it’s encouraging to see so many rallying behind the MS community,” Smith-Sellers says. The goal for this year’s Cooks & Chords is to raise $60,000 for MS research and programs that increase awareness and provide advocacy for people with disabilities. Over the years, Cooks & Chords has raised more than $500,000. “The National MS Society funded a study earlier this year which found nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the United States alone, which is twice as many as previously estimated, so there are more people who truly need our assistance,” Smith-Sellers says. “Cooks & Chords is a fun, and delicious, opportunity for those in our community to mix and mingle while supporting individuals living with MS.”

IF YOU GO… What: Cooks & Chords When: Sept. 21, 6-9 p.m. Where: Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix Tickets: $75 Information: www. nationalmssociety.org.


ROOSEVELT ROW RENDEZVOUS Explore the walkable creative district

Roosevelt Row, known as the hub to Phoenix’s arts and culture scene, was recently named as the flagship Great Place of America by the prestigious American Planning Association. Beyond the plentiful street art, discover some of the galleries, boutiques and restaurants the district has to offer.



Rubymint General Rubymint General made its fashionable debut in 2016. Owned by two friends, the boutique dazzles shoppers with unique handmade products, many from local artisans. From jewelry and outfits to mugs and home decor, the general store supports over 110 local artists as well as offers classes and events for those wanting to expand their crafting skills. The store stays true to its mission to “add a little beauty to your day” through a fun and always changing shopping experience. www.rubymintgeneral.com. Made art boutique Established in 2005, Made art boutique is a mix of retail and community art space. The boutique carries a unique and vibrant inventory of one-ofa-kind items made by more than 100 artists in the Phoenix area, with handmade jewelry, ceramics, cards, books, T-shirts, home decor, and magazines lining the shelves. The destination doubles as an event venue for small art exhibitions, where artists can feature their work within the store. www.madephx.com. The Velo This cyclist shop was developed by those who have a passion for cruising the sidewalks of Downtown Phoenix. The Velo’s team of experts can assist you in finding the right bicycle for your riding goals, whether that means a top-ofthe-line road bike, a mountain bike for adventurous rides or a beach cruiser for casual commutes. The shop also displays work from rotating local photographers and visual artists throughout. www.thevelo.com. Antique Sugar Home to vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories spanning the 20th century, the racks at Antique Sugar feature authentic, curated, and vintage wear for those not afraid to dress outside of the box. The savvy boutique is known for its modern edginess and fashionable take on antique clothes. If you have vintage clothing hanging in your closet, Antique Sugar is always looking for new additions in exchange for a little extra cash or trade toward a fab new-to-you vintage collection. www.antiquesugar.com. GenuWine Arizona From the classroom to the wine bar, former teachers, Emily Rieve and Lindsey Schoenemann are the duo behind GenuWine bar. The pair shares a passion for supporting local wine and Arizona winemakers by showcasing their varieties in the self-serve machines that line the walls. Featuring 24 different wines, guests are welcome to sip samples in-house, or partake in the GenuWine Wine Club that allows participants to receive two bottles of wine per month. www.genuwinearizona.com. Eye lounge Founded in 2000, eye lounge is an artist-run contemporary space focused on developing emerging and established local visual artists. The company has hosted a handful of collective art exhibits with hopes to support local creatives. The space has been featured in Sunset Magazine, Art In America, and ARTnews and new exhibitions open every month. www.eyelounge.com.

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Decorate your digits with Tiffany & Co.’s all-new T square rings. The classic architectural style characteristic of the brand’s well-loved T collection lives on in these dainty new additions, where each ring provides a fresh pop of color and personality to any look. The rings are available in three vibrant varieties: sophisticated mother-of-pearl with diamonds or sleek black onyx, which both feature a chic 18-karat rose gold band, or bold turquoise, which is offset by a classic 18-karat yellow gold band. Tiffany’s new line also includes yellow gold bracelets with the same iconic T design and glimmering rose gold pendant necklaces with black onyx, pink opal, or mother-of-pearl gemstone centerpieces accented by a halo of diamonds. $1,250-$1,650 at Tiffany & Co., www.tiffany.com.

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OIL 101

Fortify your self-care routine with an array of good-for-you treatments

Anti-aging lip oil, Uma, $32 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Rose gold shimmering body oil, Tom Ford, $100 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Chia seed and passion fruit cleanser, $23 at Lather, www.lather. com. Beautifying face oil, Tata Harper, $78 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, www. citrinenaturalskin.com. Cuticle oil treatment, Deborah Lippmann, $20 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Argan oil hair treatment, Moroccanoil, $15-$44 at Nordstrom.


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LIVE IN COLOR Brighten your home with vibrant accents

Medallion patterned area rug, Surya Home, $65$555 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com. Baroque-inspired table lamp, Kartell, $700 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Framed retro rainbow print, Meg Venter, $99-$399 at Pottery Barn, www. potterybarn.com. Acrylic tumbler glasses, Mario Luca Giusti, $23 each at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Midcentury chaise lounge, $1,199 at West Elm, www. westelm.com. Credenza with brass accents, $2,995 at Jonathan Adler, www. jonathanadler.com.

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Style SHOP


FLIRTY & FEMME Elegance meets comfort with pajama-inspired styles

Pull-on slip skirt, $78 at J.Crew, www. jcrew.com. Iris-printed silk blouse, Vince, $346 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Silk slip dress, Dannijo, $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Silk-blend shorts with lace trim, $39.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Silk camisole with organza trim, IRO, $220 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Mesh open-toe mules, Gianvito Rossi, $845 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.


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Finish your look with a practical yet stylish accessory

Green satin with jewel buckle, Manolo Blahnik, $765 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Cognac leather crisscross skinny, $45 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Gold-tone chain, Moschino, $325 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Snakeskin print, $17.99 at H&M, www. hm.com. Blush perforated Italian leather, $29.50 at J.Crew, www.jcrew.com. Red leather with baroque buckle, Versace, $775 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.

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Restorative waters and volcanic ash-infused mud baths await at an iconic Northern California retreat


Indian Springs Resort is a healing haven more than 1 million years in the making. “All those years ago, Mount Konocti erupted 20 miles from what is now Napa’s Calistoga region,” says Chris Costas, general manager of Indian Springs Resort. “As a result, both naturally warm and mineral-rich springs called thermal geysers formed and volcanic ash was deposited on Indian Springs’ property.” Natural hot springs like these have long been heralded for improving circulation, promoting sleep, and relieving stress. “And while the idea of volcanic ash may sound odd, due to its level of sulfur, it has been shown to disinfect the blood, aid the oxidation reactions in the body, protect cells, and stimulate collagen production,” Costas says. “The Native American tribes who settled this land over 8,000 years ago took advantage of both for medicinal and meditative purposes. We aim to offer those same benefits to our guests.” The seeds for Indian Springs Resort as it is known today began with Sam Brannan, the founder of Calistoga, who built the first version of the resort in 1861. “The resort would continue on for another 100-plus years before being updated and renamed Indian Springs Resort, in homage to the area’s first settlers,


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in 1988,” Costas says. “Then, in the past five years, we’ve been able to expand on the previously untouched areas of our 17-acre land.” Today, the sprawling property is an idyllic retreat, especially given it offers three 1,200-square-foot bungalows and two homes in addition to its resort rooms and suites. “Our guest homes are something special. The cozy 800-square-foot Hill House overlooks the entire property and has two bedrooms with their own decks, two bathrooms, and both family and dining rooms,” Costas says. “Our Merchant House is 1,600 square feet and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, family and dining rooms, an expansive deck, and a fire pit.” All guests are able to take advantage of the resort’s complimentary bicycles, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard, croquet, fireplace lounge, walking labyrinth, hammock-filled garden and – of course – the private hot springs during their stay. “Our main mineral pool is Olympic-sized and open until midnight so guests can float under the stars,” Costas says. “We also have an adults-only pool, which is smaller but offers all the same therapeutic properties.” Then, there is the spa, where mud is a main attraction. In fact, Indian Springs is one of the only locations worldwide able to mine and hand-sift its own ash. According to Costas, most spas that offer mud baths need to combine ash with peat as filler and import mineral water, but all of Indian Springs’ ingredients are naturally occurring on property. Guests can book mud baths or a mineral water soak. Both are time-honored traditions sure to leave visitors relaxed and rejuvenated. Other unique offerings include chardonnay bubble baths and goat milk baths. Anyone – whether a guest or not – can make a spa appointment and try a mud bath, but only resort guests can enjoy the healing waters of the two pools. To learn more about Indian Springs Resort, visit www.indianspringscalistoga.com.


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


With temperatures still soaring, bring a bit of the summertime spirit indoors with the Butterfly Garden Service Plate from Versace. Twelve inches in diameter, the surface of the baby pink plate is accented by spiraling gold vines and dotted with vibrant butterflies, ladybugs and florals. As part of Versace’s new porcelain dinnerware collection, the intricately detailed plate doubles as a piece of art that embodies the brand’s iconic Italian flair and is ideally suited for any table or countertop in need of some garden-inspired embellishment. $325 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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2019 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG G63 The reimagining of this iconic SUV is outrageously spectacular BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63

The iconic Mercedes-Benz AMG G63, or G-Wagen as it’s affectionately known, has been thoroughly redesigned for the first time since its introduction 40 years ago. With changes inside and out including state-of-the-art safety and technology upgrades, the design team in Graz, Austria – where the vehicle has always been built – has done a superb job of remaining true to the G-Wagen’s virtues while implementing a gorgeous reinterpretation of its unmistakable boxy design. Originally a purpose-built military vehicle commissioned for the Shah of Iran in 1975, the slab-sided, go-anywhere brute of a non-civilian utility vehicle quickly drew the admiration of wellheeled consumers from around the world, and a civilian version was offered starting in 1979. My AMG G63 was powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 biturbo engine delivering 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. This setup has the G63 sprinting from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 137 mph. That’s an amazing amount of power, with its glorious exhaust notes delivered via the dual-flow exhaust system with side pipes below the rear doors. A switch on the center console allows the


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choice between three settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport+, thus influencing the driving experience from very comfortable to taut and sporty. At just over 2 inches longer and 5 inches wider, the new G-Wagen is slightly bigger all around and has a significantly larger interior when compared to the previous generation. On the interior, the elegant switchgear has optional upgrades including “designo” Nappa leather upholstery with diamond quilt stitching and a leather dashboard. The contoured seats are also available with eight massage configurations, including strengthening “active workout” programs and spa-like hot stone massages. Behind the wheel, the AMG G63 proves to be supremely comfortable and quiet, with superb handling that appears to defy the battle-ready capabilities it inherited from its military-equipped predecessors. All this luxury, however, comes at a steep price. But those with the means and the desire to introduce a little extravagance into their lives will be rewarded with far more fun and overall enjoyment than could be provided by any other SUV on the market.

Base price: $147,495 Price as tested: $167,295 Engine: 4.0-L V-8 Horsepower: 577 Fuel economy: 13/15 mpg city/ highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Built like a bank vault Incredibly opulent interior Massively powerful engine




Situated at the base of Camelback Mountain on almost 2 acres, this 7,000-square-foot stunner boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property is accessible through private automatic electronic gates, which open up to a front courtyard equipped with a water feature, gas fireplace, travertine tile, synthetic grass and mountain views. Once inside, the property exudes luxury. Solid walnut floors and doors add warmth and modern touches can be found throughout. The space is truly an entertainer’s paradise, beginning with the chefs kitchen which features Wolf appliances, custom walnut cabinets with inset doors, a custom oven hood and a large island with room for stools and storage. There is also a formal dining and living area, with built-in shelves and a fireplace as well as a custom temperature-controlled wine area. Another standout room is the informal living area, also showcasing a dramatic fireplace and an even more dramatic bar. The west side of the home has a workout room, mother-in-law suite, living room and private entrance. The master suite is one dreams are made of, with waterfall countertop edges, a spa-like steam shower, electronic shades and walnut inset cabinets in the expansive closet. The master also has its own sitting area with a custom showpiece fireplace, built-in walnut shelves and its own exit to the backyard. The kids wing, which has one bedroom with its own bathroom and walk-in closet as well as two additional bedrooms which share a bathroom, features its own living area with an exit to a private outside play area with synthetic grass. The backyard has a jacuzzi, putting green, fire pit, and heated 56-gallon negative-edge pool. There is also a back patio gas fireplace and a built-in barbecue. Privacy is certainly not a problem here, as the house is equipped with a security and camera system. 5829 E. Jean Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $6,995,000 with Bob Hassett of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.750.1000 or bob. hassett@russlyon.com. Uptown September ‘19



COASTAL CREATIVITY Laguna Beach captivates with artistic flair and luxurious seaside retreats


Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s prime retreats. With 7 miles of coves and beaches and plenty of sea caves, tide pools, oceanside bluffs, and sandy beaches to explore, Laguna Beach provides the setting for a unique and easily accessible beach getaway. Beyond its outdoor scenery, the coastal city has always had deep ties with the artistic community, as reflected in its galleries, public art pieces, and the array of art festivals that take place throughout the year. When walking through the historic downtown area, one is truly surrounded by art – if it’s not a musician or an artist on a corner trying to catch a break, it’s an impressive mural, sculpture or gallery window filled with colorful works of art.

Spot Picture-Perfect Murals Laguna Beach has more than 100 pieces of public art. They’re all worthy of a visit, but it’s the murals that really stand out. And some of the city’s most recent murals live in the Laguna Arts District’s new creative hub, The Hive, which houses tenants like Laguna Beach Beer Company and McClain Cellars’ tasting room. The Hive also provides space for well-known artists to paint vast murals on the facades of The Hive’s businesses, and the end results are spectacular. After enjoying some wine or beer, spend time walking around the art complex and capture your own artistic images of the magnificent murals.

Discover Your Inner Artist For nine weeks during the summer and six weekends in the winter, the Sawdust Art Festival (www.sawdustartfestival.org) draws thousands of visitors to shop along sawdust-covered paths in an eclectic, hand-built village of fine art. One of the best-known experiences in the city, Sawdust operates as a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public and promoting the creations of local artisans. Sawdust also offers a year-round art program on-site called Sawdust Art Classes, featuring an array of hands-on art and studio workshops taught by working artists. From learning how to paint silk scarves to photo-enameling and gemstone bracelet-making, the options for beginners and advanced artists are endless.

Admire California Art Laguna Art Museum (www.lagunaartmuseum.org) cares for and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists in addition to works that represent the life and history of the state. The museum is unlike any other in the state as it collects only art from California, with pieces dating from the 19th century to present day. A visit here provides a unique opportunity to get to know The Golden State through the lens of a variety of different artistic styles.


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Catch a Show Harrison Ford famously got his acting start at the Laguna Playhouse (www.lagunaplayhouse.com), a historic Equity theater located in the arts district. The playhouse is known for its year-round season of comedies, dramas, musicals, stand-up comedy and family shows, often featuring stars from the stage and screen. In fact, film star Melanie Griffith recently had a limited-run performing in The Graduate at the playhouse. You never know who you might catch at the playhouse so it’s a worthwhile inclusion during your visit.

Grab a Bite With some of the most gorgeous beaches in Southern California, it’s no wonder that many Laguna restaurants pride themselves on having unbelievable beach views. The Deck on Laguna Beach (www.deckonlaguna.com) provides the ultimate oceanfront experience, specializing in decadent culinary and cocktail creations that can be savored while smelling the fresh sea breeze. Located across the street from the beach, Mozambique (www.mozambiqueoc.com) offers three levels of dining, including a veranda rooftop that boasts stunning panoramic ocean views best enjoyed with a plate of wood-fired steaks or seafood. And, of course, there is The Loft, situated on the fourth floor of the Montage Laguna Beach (www.montagehotels.com). This popular spot not only has oceanfront views, but also features an incredible menu of inventive American cuisine. Other notable spots include La Sirena Grill (www.lasirenagrill. com) for traditional Mexican cuisine; Watermarc (www.watermarcrestaurant.com), which has a wine list spanning more than 200 bottles; and Maro Wood Grill (www.marowoodgrill.com), an Argentinianinspired restaurant which features fare cooked over an open fire.

Where to Stay With an abundance of hotel choices, choosing where to stay in Laguna Beach can be a bit challenging as no option is a bad option. For full-on luxury and five-star service, consider the Montage Laguna Beach, situated on 30 acres in the heart of the city. The luxurious 250-room resort offers sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from its incredible decks and balconies as well as its elegant guest rooms and suites. For a more intimate experience, try Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa (www.casalaguna.com), which was ranked among the top 25 small hotels in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in 2013 and recognized as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s hot list and reader’s choice awards in 2017. The adults-only bed-and-breakfast is conveniently located across the street from the beach and serves as a quiet sanctuary in the midst of the beach town. Alternatively, head into the woods to spend time at one of National Geographic Traveler’s unique lodges of the world. The Ranch at Laguna Beach (www.theranchlb.com), an 87-acre luxury property with a nine-hole golf course set among the Aliso and Wood canyons, seamlessly blends a classic beach cottage feel in the off-the-beaten-path environs of a canyon.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Wines from The Golden State’s acclaimed vines

California produces more than 80% of all wines made in the country and is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world behind the nations of France, Spain and Italy. Truly the unofficial wine capitol of the United States, harvest season is honored annually in during California Wine Month in September. To celebrate, here are some standout varietals from the region.

2017 Amista Morningsong Vineyards Chardonnay Amista Vineyards Made using stainless steel tanks and neutral barrels, this chardonnay is far more fruit-forward than the traditional oaky, buttery wines one might be used to from California. With this one, sippers can expect peach nectar and lemon zest on the nose and flavors of stone fruit, orange and a hint more of juicy peach on the palate. $36. www.amistavineyards.com. 2017 Fiorella Chardonnay Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Aged in both old and new French oak, this fragrant and floral wine smells of buttercream, citrus, lychee, and pears. The flavors are similarly complex as lemon, peach, honeysuckle, vanilla and brioche dance on the taste buds. $38. www.ferrari-carano.com.


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2015 TR Passalacqua Cabernet Sauvignon, Blocks 18 & 19 Passalacqua Winery Intense and robust, this deep, tannin-forward wine explodes with notes of dried fruit and graphite on the nose. Upon tasting, savor the brown spices, vanilla and dark fruits before being surprised with a fresh, clean finish and lingering acidity at the end. $98. www. passalacquawinery.com. 2015 Archimedes Francis Ford Coppola Winery Produced in limited quantities, this dramatic Coppola offering provides deep spice notes along with roses, black currants and tobacco on the nose. On the palate, expect density and chewiness with impressions of cherries, ripe blueberries and dark chocolate. $120. www.thefamilycoppola.com.

2015 Stone Soup Trattore Estate Wines & Dry Creek Olive Co. Expect a rush of aromas – notably blueberries, ripe plum and sweet tea – on the nose at the onset with this well-balanced red blend. They are followed by just as many strong flavors, including black cherry, cocoa, pepper and even Asian spices, in every taste. $55. www.trattorefarms.com.

2015 To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Robert Mondavi Winery This bottle embodies Robert Mondavi’s philosophy of making powerful yet gentle wine. Both on the nose and to the taste, this option melds dark fruit and dried herbs seamlessly with vanilla bean and toasted almonds, sending a wave of deliciously intense flavors across several senses. $175. www.robertmondaviwinery.com.

2013 DVX Rosé Mumm Napa Exceptionally elegant, it is nearly impossible to miss the notes of strawberries when first opening, followed by aromas of cherries, orange marmalade and even a bit of toasted bread. Highly structured with subtle oak spice to the taste, it finishes with the same luscious strawberry flavor in every sip. $80. www.mummnapa.com.

2016 Far Niente EstateBottled Cabernet Sauvignon Far Niente Silky with a juicy acid, this dazzler starts with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis and sweet anise all at once, followed by toasted oak at the tail end. To the taste, the oak and licorice flavors are still there, but complemented with mixed berries and a long finish. $185. www.farniente.com.




True Food Kitchen believes delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand in hand. The Thai Coconut Seabass ($29), new to the menu, is one of many dishes that proves this vision possible. To make, the team develops an aromatic coconut broth by simmering dashi, coconut milk, lemongrass, chilies, Thai basil, ginger, turmeric and shitake mushrooms for several hours before straining. They then saute those same mushrooms with bok choy and blanched carrots before placing them atop the broth with a brown rice quinoa blend, finishing with the seabass and garnishing with Thai basil leaves. It is floral at first, and then the buttery notes in the seabass and silky broth combine to melt in your mouth while the quinoa rice and vegetables add contrasting textures to each satisfying bite. True Food Kitchen, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.774.3488; www.truefoodkitchen.com. Uptown September ‘19




Chelsea’s Kitchen will steal your heart with its Sticky Fingers


The vision for Chelsea’s Kitchen is equal parts Americana and Arizona. “We are an Arizona roadhouse,” says Kevin Dunn, spirit director at Chelsea’s Kitchen, noting this “roadhouse” is in no way similar to the bawdy one in the iconic Patrick Swayze movie, Road House. Historically, a roadhouse is actually a casual meeting place with great scratchmade food and drink. “With this in mind, we have both a wood-burning rotisserie and a smoke house on-site,” Dunn says. “We also give a nod to the region with a host of signature taco platters and inspired Southwestern comfort food.” As with the food, the beverage program is focused on making everything from scratch on-site. And, in its own nod to the Southwest, the menu features several options tailor-made to accompany the spicier dishes offered. Among the best is its Sticky Fingers ($11). “It starts with yellow peaches from Regier Family Farms, driven in weekly,” Dunn says. After juicing the peaches and pouring into a shaker, Ford’s Gin and Campari are added to the build. “They bring herbaceous and bitter notes, balancing out the fruit’s sweetness,” Dunn says. Then, Dunn adds lime juice for acidity and cinnamon simple syrup, which acts to enhance each of the components. The contents are then shaken with ice and strained into a coup glass. “We garnish it with lime zest so guests get a nose of citrus before that distinctive peach aroma as they bring the glass to their lips,” Dunn says. Bright, sweet and tart, it’s the perfect complement to even the spiciest of dishes. Chelsea’s Kitchen, located at 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.957.8555; www. chelseaskitchenaz.com.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Danny Garcia of Pubblico Italian Eatery


Danny Garcia is executive chef at Pubblico Italian Eatery, offering Italian and Italian-American fare including housemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas in a stylish and cozy setting.

Was cooking your dream growing up? Actually, America was the dream. I was born and raised in Mexico, and vowed that one day, I would venture up north to seek out my American dream. I moved to Arizona in 1989 at 18 and earned a job as a dishwasher at Piñon Grill in Scottsdale. After two months, the chef invited me to try my hand at cooking, and it quickly became my passion. Tell us about your journey from dishwasher to executive chef. Much of the initial trajectory happened at Piñon, where I worked my way up – soaking in every ingredient and savoring every new learned dish along throughout – from dishwater to line cook to eventual sous chef. When I left Piñon, I was able to continue to hone my craft both in Phoenix and Las Vegas, notably at Lombardi’s (formerly in Downtown Phoenix), VU in Fountain Hills and Hacienda in Scottsdale, though not the Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. How did you come to join Pubblico? I helped open Cucina Cucina in Downtown Phoenix in 2015. While there, I met a fellow Danny – Danny Quinn – and we clicked. When he shared with me his plans for Pubblico, I jumped at the chance to help dream up a concept from scratch a second time. What is your favorite thing to cook? My heart will always have a soft spot for Mexican cuisine, but my favorite is probably Italian. I really love making ravioli, especially at Pubblico where I make it fresh using ricotta cheese and herbs and serve it with pan-seared jumbo shrimp, jumbo scallops and tossed in a lobster brandy cream sauce. Are there any foods you dislike? Ketchup! To me, it just tastes too sweet. Give me mustard or mayonnaise any day. What would reader be surprised to know about you? I relax by singing mariachi music. Pubblico Italian Eatery, 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.601.5651. To learn more, visit www.pubblicoitalianeatery.com.

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FLAVORS OF THE MONTH Ingredients inspiring local chefs


MiaBella Traditional Balsamic Chef Nathan Coury, Freak Brothers Pizza

Coury fell in love with the taste of MiaBella in college when a friend started importing the rich, slightly sweet balsamic vinegar directly from Italy. Years later, when launching his own pizza shop, he knew he had to create La MiaBella pizza – which features kale, mozzarella, Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes and sliced almonds with MiaBella drizzled on top – to showcase its flavor. $13. www.freakbrotherspizza.com.

Arizona Dates

Chef Cameo Wilson, Foxy Fruit Bowls & Smoothies Wilson favors native dates as they are a natural source of sweetness yet have no refined sugars. Currently, he is using Arizona dates to make a date puree daily and uses it to sweeten all of Foxy’s acai bowls and smoothies. It works especially well in the Decadent Dragon pitaya bowl, which is a blend of banana, almond butter, raw cacao, almond milk and the dates. $9. www.foxyfruitbowls.com.

Squid Ink

Chef Tomaso Maggiore, Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant As a longtime fan of squid ink, Maggiore loves that it not only colors pasta, but flavors it as well, making it a bit more full-bodied yet remarkably clean on the palate. Squid ink is currently showcased at Tomaso’s in the Black Spaghetti con Frutti di Mare, an elegant and light seafood combo that is prepared with white wine, clams, mussels, calamari and shrimp. $26. www.tomasoswheninrome.com.

Fresno Peppers

Chef Alvaro Salinas, Across The Pond

We all play favorites now and then – even chefs! As such, we asked some of the Valley’s top culinary creators to share one of their favorite ingredients and how they are incorporating it into a dish or dishes on their current menus.

Fresno Peppers are Salinas’ ingredient of choice because he likes that they’re equally delicious served raw or cooked, plus there’s the surprise factor of whether they will be mild or spicy. His favorite preparation is to cook them in a wok with sake, sugar, garlic, and soy sauce to give them a smoky flavor while still keeping their crunch, and then adding them to his Karai Hamachi. $14. www.acrossthepondphx.com.


Chef Vincent Guerithault, Vincent on Camelback Guerithault loves ripe figs – which he harvests from a tree in his yard – as they add complexity to both sweet and savory dishes. After harvesting, he makes preserves with the figs and uses them throughout the year. His favorite use of the fruit is in the Fig Clafoutis with Vanilla Ice Cream, a dessert his mother used to make for him in his native Corsica. $12. www.vincentsoncamelback.com.


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mends it in the Squid Ink Mafaldine, a black ribbonshaped pasta dish. Because squid ink is very rich with a strong umami flavor, the fennel pollen adds a surprising twist with subtle sweet notes that really elevate the dish. $20. www.northitaliarestaurant.com.

Cactus Nopal

Chef Justin Woodard, The Vig The prickly pear plant has three different edible sections, one of which is the crunchy nopal, or paddle. Woodard loves that it is both an authentically Southwestern ingredient and a crunchy alternative to a traditional vegetable in a dish. Currently, he is using it on the newly released Sonoran Burger to provide texture and complement the rich meat and spicy condiments. $15. www.thevig.us.

Cassava (Yuca Root)

Chef Diego E Bolanos, Taco Guild Ingredients that tend toward the more avante garde are always Bolanos’ favorites. The cassava is even more beloved given it is an authentic South American ingredient. At Taco Guild, he uses them much like one would with potatoes and yams. Currently, guests can sample cassava in the crispy Yuca Fries, which is a clever twist on traditional fries. A bonus: they are vegan and gluten-free. $8. www.tacoguild.com.

Chivo (Goat)

Chef Rodrigo Gonzalez, Provecho Comida de mi Tierra Gonzalez enjoys incorporating chivo – or goat meat – into dishes as it is a traditional ingredient used to celebrate special occasions in Mexico, and he likes for any visit to his restaurant to be a special occasion for guests. Currently, he is using it in the Birria di Chivo, a slow-simmered spicy stew with fall-apart-tender meat served with tortillas. $9.50. www.provechoaz.com.

Nuoc Mam (Fish Sauce)

Chef Kyle Kent, Chula Seafood Uptown Kent gravitates toward nuoc mam because it can be used in both raw and cooked applications, not to mention its earthy, savory flavor. He uses it as a base for nearly all of his sauces and marinades and on top of several dishes at Chula. A current favorite use: reducing it with sugar to make a caramel sauce for the Chula Bun Bowl, a Vietnamese-style, crispy whitefish noodle bowl. $16. www.chulaseafood.com.

Di Stefano’s Stracciatella Cheese

Chef Eric Martinez, Postino WineCafé Martinez lives for all of Di Stefano’s cheeses, which are from a boutique California producer. The stracciatella di bufala, a soft Italian buffalo cheese, is currently his favorite given its versatility as a snack, dessert accompaniment or spread. He recommends tasting it via the Mozzarella and Tomatoes appetizer first, so you can see it shine on its own. $10. www. postinowinecafe.com.

Bonito Flakes

Chef Luis Arellano, The Larry Phx Arellano delights in using these pieces of dried, fermented, smoked tuna that add a umami taste. The deep flavor profile of the ingredient makes it the perfect garnish to the restaurant’s Bang Bang Broccoli, which is fried in panko breadcrumbs and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. He also incorporates them at the beginning, when he blanches the vegetable in a cooking stock made with the flakes. $5. www.thelarryphx.com.

Fennel Pollen

Chef Carlos Calderon, North Italia Fennel pollen, with its strong, sweet flavor and spicy zest, is a favorite of Calderon’s. Currently, he recom-

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Phoenicians gathered at La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria for this inaugural event. Attendees were encouraged to bring school supplies (and enjoy a sundae in return!), which were donated to Treasures 4 Teachers and delivered to Tavan Elementary School.

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Louise Bunker and Kami Galvani

Jamie and Chris Jenner

Tom James and Jen Turner

Kate Schrinsky and Jessica Brinkmann

Megan and Mike Kniskern

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Fast-casual breakfast and lunch eatery, Scramble hosted this semi-annual fundraiser at the Biltmore location to benefit Valley nonprofit, Arizona Search Dogs where local artist David Dauncey’s two pieces of art were auctioned off.


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Sierra Ellingson and Nancy Thomas

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REAL WILD, & WOODY The Phoenix Convention Center welcomed beer lovers to taste over 350 varietals from more than 75 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers.


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Brat Haus’ new location transports diners to a European beer garden




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Brat Haus is all about the dogs in more ways than one. Both a dog-friendly beer garden and a go-to spot for European specialties including bratwurst – essentially the German version of the hot dog and whose name is derived from brät, which is finely chopped meat, and wurst, which is sausage – the new uptown Brat Haus features a curated selection of imported beers, a menu full of handcrafted European dishes and an open-air patio with games. This is the second Brat Haus location in the Valley, joining a sister restaurant in south Scottsdale. New to this location: an adult-casual approach to ordering where guests can order at a counter and expect their meals out, hot and fresh, within minutes. “This second location is a chance for us to fully realize the original idea I had for Brat Haus, which was more geared toward the quick service model,” says Dave Andrea, owner of Brat Haus. “The main goal, like what we’ve done in Scottsdale, is to foster a community of people from the neighborhood who are looking for a casual spot to enjoy specialty beers, delicious food and a fun atmosphere.” The 2,000-square-foot space features

100 seats, about half inside and half on the patio. Designed by FJI, Brat Haus is inspired by the beer gardens of Europe with a modern industrial interpretation. The furniture was made by Urban Southwest – a local company – and highlights include a massive community table sanded by hand and tables and chairs made from wood that was repurposed from demolished homes in the nearby neighborhoods. Patio games including oversized Jenga and cornhole complete the look. When it comes to food, it all starts with the sausage. “Guests are able to build their own brat or sausage using protein options that range from beef hot dogs to Polish sausages to Beyond Meat brand plant-based brats, and then add custom toppings,” Andrea says. “Or, they can opt for one of our six chef creation options including a lamb and goat ‘currywurst’ with habanero jam, a Southwestern bison sausage with berry chipotle compote and – of course – an all-American chili dog.” Other highlights on the menu include several hamburger options, sandwiches, a sausage board, giant Bavarian pretzels and Brat Haus’ signature Belgian fries, which are hand-cut potatoes brined in saltwater, blanched in oil and then flash fried. Brat Haus features 12 specialty craft beers on tap at all times, and several canned beers. Current features include Saddle Mountain Chasing Tale out of Glendale, Goldwater Hop Chowda out of Scottsdale and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Hefeweizen out of Germany. Wine by the glass and bottle is also available as are cocktails in a can including the Black Skimmer Whiskey Lemon Tea, the Fugu Bloody Mary and the Three Sheets Rum and Coke. Brat Haus is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features $2 off glasses of wine and drafts, plus Giant Bavarian Pretzels for $10. Brat Haus, 6025 N. 16th St. Phoenix; 602.975.6419; www.brathausaz.com.

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