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James Kelly: The stylish dentist is in

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Nick Morrison’s life-changing career move

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ZARCO AND CARMEN GUERRERO The art of keeping traditions alive BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Many people migrate to Phoenix and they bring with them their art, culture and traditions. Carmen and Zarco Guerrero, well-known artists and cofounders of the Cultural Coalition, are no exception. continued… OCTOBER 2016 |



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up close The pair is doing their part in keeping the indigenous traditions of Dia de los Muertos not only alive, but also relevant and modern. By partnering with smaller community programs, local performance artists and community service agencies, they created a growing cultural network that teaches the Phoenix community about Dia de Los Muertos, an indigenous celebration that traces back to the Olmec civilization in Mexico. The Guerrero family has long had an artistic influence on numerous levels. The family traces its genealogy back to the Acjachemen peoples displaced by the Spanish at Mission San Juan Capistrano and includes many notable musicians and artists including Zarco’s grandfather, a Mesa sign painter who had aspirations of being a painter; his father, a formally trained portrait painter; and his uncle, who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s photographer. Carrying on the tradition, Carmen and

Zarco’s son, Quetzal Guerrero is a wellknown international musician. Carmen, originally from Recife, Brazil, graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a degree in economics. She is a classically trained pianist and also plays the guitar, the accordion and the vibraphone. She, along with Zarco, was a member of Zum Zum Zum, a popular world beat band in Phoenix from 19822000. She dabbled in photography for a short time, and had an exhibit while they were in Japan in 1979, the year she and Zarco were married. Today, Carmen’s primary artistic focus is on beading. She learned beading from her grandmother when she was about five years old, and loves creating mandalas using design inspirations from Brazil. “I’m fascinated with mandalas and the round form,” Carmen says. “Beading is my meditation now.” Zarco is a musician and a wellknown mask artist. As a child, he grew up watching the creative process in his father’s studio, seeing blank paper and charcoal become a portrait. “I wanted to know how I could that,” Zarco explains. “To me, it was magic, just like making a dove disappear.” Zarco, whose father taught art classes, began taking classes in junior high school. He had a fascination with turning drawings and paintings into sculpture, and he began creating sculptures using plaster. “My first subjects were my parents and grandparents,” Zarco says. At the age of 20, Zarco went to Mexico to study sculpture and muralism, and there he found his passion for masks as an art form. “Masks were, in ancient times and today, an essential element in celebrating indigenous culture,” Zarco says. “It was a paradigm shift [for me] because the mask is meant to be worn, meant to dance.” In the 1970s, the Cesar Chavez Farmer’s movement was a big influence on Zarco, both personally and artistically, as the movement promoted social activism through art. Zarco founded the organization Xiconindio, which eventually became Xico. Xico’s main focus was on the art of printmaking, but the UPTOWN |


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Guerreros wanted to start an organization that focused on the performing arts and instilled an awareness of the indigenous culture. So, they formed the Cultural Coalition ( in 1996. The Cultural Coalition’s mission is to provide cultural programs that foster community engagement through the education, promotion and development of local indigenous arts and artists. The Dia de los Muertos celebration is the culmination of the fundraising, outreach and educational programs conducted throughout the year. “For the first 20 years, the Cultural Coalition was very esoteric with very small community celebrations,” Zarco says. “The challenge now is that it’s become much more mainstream.” Corporations are eager to sponsor the Dia de los Muertos festival, but the Guerreros are selective. Zarco believes the Cultural Coalition has a responsibility to the community to promote healthy food options for the festival and to keep the social message of the celebration true. “The food is an essential part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration,” Zarco explains. “The smell is important to bringing the spirits back. They are looking for the smells. They are medicine we need to heal our bodies.” The 2015 Phoenix festival brought almost 10,000 visitors. “Our challenge now is the crowd, and giving the people a heartfelt presentation of what we think the celebration should be,” Zarco says. The Cultural Coalition believes in using public spaces to provide the education and the presentations, such as Title I schools, libraries and parks. Artists are paid for their time, a point that Carmen is very proud of. “Most nonprofits ask artists to donate their art or time,” Carmen explains. “We believe artists deserve to be paid. Sixty percent of our budget goes to paying artist fees.” This year, the Cultural Coalition’s Dia de Los Muertos Phoenix Festival is on October 23 at Steel Indian School Park. New additions include performances by the Borderlands Theater and Aztec drumming.




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ork can be a pain. But for Nick Morrison, when pain turned into a neardeath experience, he knew it was time for a drastic change. “I was working in financial services in Oregon, but was miserable,” says Morrison. “On a particularly stressful day in 2011, my arm kept cramping.” As a former college golfer, soreness was nothing new, but this was different. “I had a heart attack – at just 23,” says Morrison. “In the hospital, the doctor gave me two choices: re-think my career or die young.” Morrison quit his job, and – after recuperating in his native Idaho – relocated to the Valley in 2012 with just a suitcase and golf clubs to his name. He was able to combine his expertise in finance with his passion for people, as a corporate recruiter. At the same time, he joined GET Phoenix, a local nonprofit that provides networking and development opportunities to young professionals. Today, he is a senior recruiter at VincentBenjamin and on the board of directors for GET Phoenix, where he also chairs its membership committee. “What didn’t kill me really did make me stronger,” laughs Morrison.


Wait – you help others get into a field that nearly killed you? Absolutely not! I am more of a career matchmaker, focused on helping controllers, senior accountants, financial analysists and even CFOs find the right company, and vice versa in helping major companies across the United States find good leaders. I want to help people do it right the first time – and avoid the ER! Tell us more about GET Phoenix…We focus on helping young professionals in three core areas: networking, professional development opportunities and servant leadership, including getting them involved with volunteering and service projects for Valley organizations. UPTOWN |


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nspired by the finer things in life, native Phoenician Ilsa Manning put her sense of smell to work. Balancing baby and business can be challenging but for new mom, Ilsa Manning, it makes it all worthwhile. For years she worked a 9-to-5 at some of the biggest international fragrance companies in the world, honing her understanding of the chemistry of the industry, while refining her sense of smell. It wasn’t until the birth of her daughter, that she found the courage to do what really makes sense – launch her own fragrance company. But launching a new business with a newborn and another on the way can be challenging, Ilsa admits. “My advice for other mommy entrepreneurs is it can be overwhelming at times and there are never enough hours in the day, but you can’t be whole as a mother if there is a part of you yearning to start a business,” Manning says. Launched in September, Ilsa fragrances offers unique, high-quality scents. With the aim of encouraging empowerment in future generations of women, Manning also donates 5 percent of the net proceeds from sales to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that aims to create a world where every girl is free to pursue her dreams.


What makes the Ilsa fragrances so unique? The fragrance market has become saturated over the past couple years and I believe most individuals are bored by the mass market celebrity fragrances and are seeking more unique, boutique scents. It’s my goal to create a formulation that makes the wearer feel good, empowered, emboldened and beautiful. When did the first Ilsa fragrance launch and where can we be the first to purchase? The Infinite Collection launched this September. I chose Infinite as the collection's name because that is what your dreams, capabilities and potential are - infinite. It is sold exclusively at UPTOWN |


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indsay Benjamin is a businesswoman of many hats. She is of counsel at Tyler Allen Law Firm, PLLC, a mom, an animal lover, a volunteer and a woman of practical fashion. “My style could be described as comfortable, versatile and flexible,” Benjamin says. “You never know what the day will throw at you, so you have to be prepared for anything.” As a busy attorney, Benjamin’s often long workdays dictate her clothing choice. “You have to have a comfortable, nice pair of work pants to get you through any long day – and it’s a plus if it works at home, too!” Take a look into Benjamin’s closet and you will see nothing but black, white, grays and timeless pieces. “I believe that you should invest in one really good piece versus several pieces that are not as perfect.” And, although she owns just a few staple purses (one brown and one black), Benjamin believes that they are the key to any ensemble. “No matter what you are wearing, the bag just pulls everything together. In my opinion, it just makes the outfit,” she explains.

How did you get involved with volunteering for animals? I have always been saving animals. I was that person that stopped on the side of the road to save the dog or cat walking around! They have just always been something that I’ve been drawn too. What is your favorite season to dress for? Winter. I love to layer! Even if we only get to do it four days out of the year, I love it. What is something you can’t leave home without? My cellphone and sunglasses. They are always in my hand before my keys! A good pair of sunglasses goes far out here. What made you want to be an attorney? It was always my dream, and I never had a plan B! UPTOWN |


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Dr. Jim Kelly: The nontraditionally dressed dentist BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN


ies are timeless, but are they the most stylish? Just like the endless list of tie knots, tie alternatives are also of the plenty. Take it from Dr. Jim Kelly – a rocking dentist rolling out innovative alternatives to the mainstream half Windsor. “Some days my shirt is unbuttoned at the collar, revealing chains and pendants. Other days I wear a skinny tie followed by a ghost tie the next day. Maybe it’ll be a pendant where the tie would be,” Kelly adds, “Just no bolo ties any day.” Originally from Pennsylvania, Kelly recently relocated to the west coast to be closer to family and friends and, of course, enjoy sunnier days. “It is much easier to dress how I want to here in Arizona. It's the same rock ‘n’ roll style, just lighter fabrics and colors when needed,” Kelly says. Rock ‘n’ roll defied the dominant culture in both music and fashion. The counterculture’s pulse was the idea of rebellion against social conformity. Ever since he was 10 years old, Kelly took the fashion path less travelled. “My fashion has been has been a culmination of the influence of rock ‘n’ roll music and rock ‘n’ roll culture in my life,” he adds, “My style says I am a non-conformist and that I have success on my mind,” he explains.

Where do you gain fashion inspiration? My Fashion sense and inspiration comes from the English Mod scene of Carnaby Street, Soho, London, circa 1965-1969, and it's permutations throughout rock ‘n’ roll culture over the years to the present. Where do you shop in the Valley? Most of my shopping I do online. Zappos and Top Man, UK are my go-to online stores for shoes and skinny-fit dress pants. When I do shop in a retail store it is Nordstrom, Steinmart, Good Will and other thrift stores. What are some of your hobbies? Music, rescuing and helping animals, fitness, traveling and hanging out with my wife, Sherrie, and baking on Sunday mornings. UPTOWN |


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Those “Money-Saving” Car Repairs Are Actually Costing You More SHAHE KOULLOUKIAN, OWNER OF MAZVO AUTO CARE CAR CENTER, EXPLAINS HOW A LITTLE VIGILANCE CAN LEAD TO A LOT OF SAVINGS. You’re driving down the road, humming happily along with the radio, when suddenly your car has an unpleasant surprise for you. Maybe it’s the “check engine” light; maybe it’s a funny sound coming from under the hood. You panic – who should I call? What should I do? How much is this going to cost me? Unfortunately, that reaction may end up costing you more money in the long run, says Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center. “Calling or using a shop out of convenience always puts you at high risk to get cheated, especially during an emergency situation,” he cautions. Another way you may inadvertently be putting a bigger dent in your wallet? Hopping from one repair shop to another for the sake of cheaper car repairs – or following the discounts, so to speak. When you use a coupon, or call a shop to get an instant quote, they know that the price they give you has to be very low to get you in the door. Once there, however, you may be presented with an entire list of “necessary” vehicle repairs – whether you truly need them or not. “They enticed you with a ten-dollar oil change, but it’s just an opportunity to sell you something,” Shahe

cautions. “Don’t fall into the trap of low-price oil change coupons; that’s the game they play to get you in.” So how can you guarantee that you’re getting the best care – at the most realistic prices – for your car? First things first, advises Shahe: learn to be prepared. Build a relationship with your auto shop before you’re in need of emergency repairs. That way, when the need arises, you can make the call and get a straight answer from someone you trust. Ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Visit the shop and take a good look around – it should be clean and well-equipped. Clutter, spilled fluids, disorganization, dirty restrooms, and shabby equipment generally indicate a poorly managed business, which could mean poor quality of workmanship. Most important, though, is the way they treat you. A reliable auto shop will welcome your inquiries and answer thoroughly, says Shahe – and if they constantly interrupt or dismiss you, walk away. “Get into the habit of asking questions,” he recommends. “Verify warranties, find out whether they’re using original dealer parts or after-market, ask who will be working on your vehicle – a

young student or a veteran with decades of experience. Are they trained in electrical theory and mechanical and computer systems?” Providing information and education to customers is a cornerstone of Mazvo Auto Care’s philosophy, and something personally important to Shahe, who ensures that his staff helps each client understand not only what their car needs, but why. The world of auto repair is still susceptible to incompetence and scams, and finding a shop you can trust is not an easy task; it’s not going to happen overnight. But when you do find a trustworthy repair shop, they’ll be able to keep you advised of what’s coming next, what you need now and what you can hold off on for the future – which translates to money saved in the long run. “It’s better to be warned about what’s coming than to be frustrated because you didn’t know,” says Shahe. “You need a repair shop that takes pride in solving problems, not selling you new ones.”




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llison DeVane is revolutionizing the way people consume caffeine. That may sound like a bold statement, but in less than two years since debuting Teaspressa, a caffeine-packed tea concentrate that is a healthier alternative to espresso, at the Phoenix Public Market/ De Soto, the Valley native already has the coffee industry buzzing. Her rapid rise has been unconventional, or perhaps the epitome of a modern day success story, including a reality show appearance and fellowship with one of the most famous female entrepreneurs in the world along the way. Now as the new owner of her own storefront, DeVane’s journey is just beginning. DeVane got her first taste of the coffee and tea industry when she was 16 years old, working as a barista and in local cafes. After receiving her degree in business marketing from Arizona State University, she explored a variety of career paths, from bank teller to social media manager, but nothing seemed to fulfill her professional ambitions. “I found myself bored or falling astray from being focused at work but then came to realize that I just needed to work for myself,” says DeVane. “It would be the only way I would feel fulfilled or be inspired to work my hardest.” Although she jumped around between full-time positions, she continued to work as a barista as a second job simply because she loved it so much. “I absolutely love making coffee. Something about being in a store, talking to customers and making their day with a cup of coffee was just was amazing to me,” DeVane explains. With nearly a decade of experience working with coffee and tea, she knew the ins and outs of the industry, including a void in the seemingly saturated market. Like many, Devane loved her daily pick-me-up, but not the side effects of headaches and jitters that frequently followed her coffee consumption. “I found that tea was a healthy alternative and that some blends had just as much caffeine as coffee, (plus) provided multiple health benefits,” she says.

But for DeVane, what tea provided as a healthy caffeine fix it lacked in satisfaction. She craved the smooth and creamy textures of espresso-based lattes and the certain art involved in crafting the perfect cappuccino or macchiato. It was this longing that was DeVane’s "aha" moment: to create a new type of coffee-like drink based from tea, and to turn her passion into a career. “I knew that coffee was a tough industry to get into especially with all the great competition in town, so I wanted to stand out and focus on tea,” she explains. Though trial and error, DeVane experimented with tea and espresso hybrids that wouldn’t compromise the health benefits of tea or the body of coffee. The result was Teaspressa’s concentrated tea, with a thicker consistency than traditional tea to allow it to be prepared like popular espresso drinks. “Making tea is exactly the same as my methods of making coffee so I never lost the ritual I loved,” says DeVane, who as a talented barista has also mastered foam latte art and proudly showcases her creations on Teaspressa’s social media sites. Teaspressa officially debuted at Tea and Toast in DeSoto Central Market in early 2015 and soon expanded to the Phoenix Public Market. The brand fit in nicely with the communities of small, locally owned businesses in the heart of Phoenix’s coffee culture. “The culture of Uptown is a vibrant moving force like my business,” says DeVane. “I am inspired by all the new things, specifically small businesses, happening in the city and especially inspired by all the people I meet. I am so thankful to be also working with local businesses here too!” Just three months after launching Teaspressa, DeVane, got her first big break and national exposure by competing on Shark Tank, the popular reality show in which budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panelist of celebrity investors. She describes the experience as a “extremely mentally and physically straining process,” but one that served as a lunching pad to take Teaspressa to the next level. After several rounds of auditions, DeVane made it to appear in front of the celebrity panel comprised of Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and other business bigwigs

- no easy feat in itself. The judges admired her product and passion, but with the company in its infancy, DeVane admits she wasn’t quite as prepared with her pitch. “It was absolutely incredible and overwhelming,” she recalls. “Throughout this whole process I don’t think I was necessarily ever ready, but what Shark Tank did was make me take all the necessary steps I had to in the business by pushing me there.” She ultimately left the show without securing an investor, but despite her elimination, her effort paid off in big ways. The episode aired a few weeks later, and sales skyrocketed as online orders poured in.

“THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS I DON’T THINK I WAS NECESSARILY EVER READY, BUT WHAT SHARK TANK DID WAS MAKE ME TAKE ALL THE NECESSARY STEPS I HAD TO IN THE BUSINESS BY PUSHING ME THERE.” “There were a spike of sales, emails and social media shoutouts from the waves as the show traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast. It was an incredible experience and my phone was restlessly ringing straight for two weeks.” During the course of DeVane’s reality show run, another opportunity was brewing for Teaspressa. Prior to auditioning for Shark Tank, she applied for a new fellowship program with The Tory Burch Foundation ( Led by the world famous fashion designer and foundation’s namesake, the organization empowers female entrepreneurs by providing business mentorship, networking opportunities and access to capital. More than 500 women-owned UPTOWN |


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businesses applied to the yearlong Fellows Program, which Burch herself narrowed to 30, including Teaspressa, to compete in a social media vote. The voting period coincided with DeVane’s Shark Tank appearance, helping to drive votes and secure her spot in the Tory Burch Foundation’s inaugural Fellows Program. “I am honored to be one of only 10 women in the U.S. selected to be a part of such an empowering mission,” says DeVane. “My company has organically grown thanks to the power of social media and I am blessed for all of the support and opportunities as a result.” As part of the program, DeVane received a $10,000 grant and access to networks and mentorships, including meeting Tory Burch. “(Meeting Burch was) incredible. Her presence alone was inspiring. She had a calm, collected and passionate energy,” recalls DeVane. “Her best advice given was to learn to fully utilize your resources and to not to be afraid to ask for help from others.” The grant funding combined with the profits generated from her Shark Tank sales allowed DeVane to expand Teaspressa in remarkable time, including opening her own storefront Teaspressa Tea House in partnership with Ruze Cake House in Old Town Scottsdale. “The new storefront immerses you into our brand; it brings our products to life and provides tangible access to who we are, our culture, our passion and the healthy solutions we have created for the community to enjoy,” DeVane says. Her brand has expanded to include Luxe gourmet flavored sugar cubes created in collaboration with Ruze Cake House, as well as brewing equipment, gift sets and more. Even with all Teaspressa’s recent success, DeVane has her eyes on the future, with hopes of growing into larger wholesale accounts, expanding to bottled cold brew teas and developing more tea technology. Most of all, she hopes consumers will see Teaspressa as a household name and a common alternative to traditional coffee and tea drinks. “One day the common customer (will) know exactly what a tea latte is,” says DeVane. “That is how I know I have made it!” For more information on Teaspressa, visit

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Something old and something new come together to form Arizona Falls. The historic site was originally the area’s first hydroelectric power plant, in operation from 1911 to 1950. Arizona Falls, formed by a natural 20-foot drop along the Arizona Canal between what is now 56th and 58th streets, reopened in 2003 as a restored hydroelectric plant and neighborhood hangout. Designed by renowned Boston artists Lajos Heder and Mags Harries, the man-made waterfall generates up to 750 kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity, which can power up to 150 homes. Photo taken on Sept. 9 at 6:38 p.m. OCTOBER 2016 |




To Die for Dessert All month long Jet over to Kneader’s Bakery to indulge in some pumpkin-themed treats to kick off the holiday season. Try your hand at Nana’s pumpkin pie, ($14), a recipe that is 60 years in the making by the grandmother of the founder of Kneader’s. The fast-casual bakery is also serving up a pumpkin cheesecake ($3.99) and pumpkin bread ($4.39), lightly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, which is available through the end of Feb. as well as pumpkin chocolate chip cookies ($1.79), which are only available through Oct. Get them while they’re hot!

The Zombie Walk Oct. 29, 6 p.m. A Downtown Phoenix tradition since 2009, the Zombie Walk is back. Join thousands of other “zombies” as they gather in Phoenix to do a slow-paced shuffle through the city, hosted by the Arizona Hemophilia Association (AHA) and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Thousands of the undead will gather for this shuffle through the Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District. Participation in this popular family-friendly event is free, with a $5 donation to the Arizona Hemophilia Association. In addition to a new location, Zombie Walk 8 will also have a ticketed, adults-only Blood (Pub) Crawl that will push the zombie horde into Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants in search of discounted (and non-human) food and drink. Sales of commemorative

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Get your Party on Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Head to the Hotel Palomar’s LUSTRE Rooftop bar for a post-Zombie Walk gathering. DJ Skyler Madison from Los Angeles kicks off the party at 8 p.m. to get the party started. Get ready for a contest and an award for the best male and female zombie costume at 10 p.m. with prizes. There will also be a photo booth and “horrific” libations served. www.

See Masquerades Oct. 20-23, times vary Just in time for Halloween, Center Dance Ensemble, opens its season at the Herberger Theater with Masquerades Featuring The Return of Dracula. Artistic Director Frances Smith Cohen’s piece, The Return of Dracula, is a haunting work which features Emilio Minto as the Vampire, Scott Bodily as his alternate persona of the legendary Count and Amber UPTOWN |


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Robins as the innocent maiden, Mina.   Showcasing the athletic and otherworldly movement of Center Dance Ensemble’s corps dancers, The Return of Dracula is set in the castle of the Count, and follows Dracula as he captivates and seduces all who cross his path.   Masquerades will also feature four premiere works which evoke the hidden stories of the human condition. Assistant Artistic Director, Diane McNeal Hunt premieres a new work, Beneath the Surface, which explores the strength and determination of women that is hidden under their outward gentleness, Nicole Olson’s Dying Swan- Really?, and Within the Picture Frame, which explores the secrets behind snapshots and family photos of our everyday life.

Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Spooktacular Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m. Put on your best costume and head to Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill to attend this family-friendly fundraiser. The entertaining Halloween bash benefits Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, with 15 percent of the proceeds from sales from the entire day, as well as the tips that the servers collect during the event, going to the cause. The evening’s festivities include live music from Solid Rock’s local bands, a makeup station, a silent auction filled with sports and entertainment memorabilia, raffle prizes, and food and drink specials.

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Looking for a new place to hang your hat? The Luxe on 40th, a nine-unit development focused on luxury urban living, will introduce its new product, Citi Homes, when it welcomes residents next year. Located in the heart of Arcadia, each three-story home will be equipped with high-end finishes, its own private elevator and 2,600 square feet of living space, with excellent views of Camelback Mountain. Units will be available in the second half of 2017, but this month, an invitation-only launch event will unveil the property, taking place Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar recently launched its $10 burger plus beer special. Craft beer fans in Phoenix can pair any of the restaurant’s mainstay burgers with any local draft beer for only $10. Hopdoddy will also host special pint nights featuring the following local craft breweries throughout the promotional period. SCHEDULE: Oct. 7: Sonoran Brewery pint night Oct. 14: Freak’n Brewing Company ping night Oct. 21: Kombucha bottle night & release party Oct. 27: The Shop Beer Co. pint night Oct. 28: Grand Canyon Brewery pint night

Meet the Author Brownie Brittle Founder Sheila G. Mains will debut her first cookbook this fall! In SHEILA G’S BUTTER & CHOCOLATE: 101 Creative Sweets and Treats Using Brownie Batter (Paperback; $19.95), Mains shares her passion for chocolate as well as her coveted, world-famous brownie and blondie recipes. The sweet treat aficionado’s goal with this wholly original cookbook is to encourage home bakers to think beyond brownies, guided by her ideas for using brownie batter in innovative, nontraditional ways. Readers have a chance to meet the author as she is hosting a cookbook signing at AJ’s Fine Foods, located at 44th Street and Camelback, on Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m.

Rock Out! On Saturday, Oct. 15, Emerging Leaders and DeSoto Central Market will host Rock Out! – an ‘80s rock-inspired food and drink festival to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. An extended version of the Valley’s popular 7 Chef Series, Rock Out! will feature nine local chefs and mixologists, and appearances by DJ Mr. Phoenix, Megan Finnerty from The Arizona Storytellers Project, and a live rock band. The 21-and-over event will benefit Condition Critical, a campaign to build a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Some participating chefs include Bernie Kantak of The Gladly and Citizen Public House, Cullen Campbell of Crudo and Okra Cookhouse, Kelly Fletcher of El Charro, and many more. After the event concludes at 10 p.m., an “Encore After-party” will begin and go until midnight. Party like a rock start! $60,

The purple border is back! The Phoenix Suns recently revealed the team’s 2016-17 court design, updated from last season’s look to bring back the popular purple border that framed the Suns’ playing surface from the club’s inception in 1968 through 1999-2000. The Suns’ hardwood otherwise remains the same, including last year’s re-integration of the purple lines along the three-point arc, free throw lanes, key, markers and bench area boundaries, as well as the sunburst at center court. The team’s brand campaign, We Are PHX, will once again don the sideline opposite the scorer’s table. The Suns will tip-off the 2016-17 season when they host the Sacramento Kings in the Coca-Cola Fry’s Food Stores Home Opener on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Single-game tickets for all Suns home games are on sale now at and by phone at 602.379.SUNS. UPTOWN |


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Rendez-Zoo, An Evening of Conservation and Cuisine

Mayor’s Arts Awards

Oct. 8, 6-10:30 p.m. Fasten your seatbelts because you are about to embark on one deliciously scenic ride. Arizona’s finest restaurants and beverage connoisseurs will offer a wealth of delicious hors d’oeuvres and exquisite libations amid the Phoenix Zoo’s mystical desert landscape. The evening also includes live auctions, a picturesque lakeside dinner, sunset watching and dancing under the stars. Rendez-Zoo celebrates conservation and education about the natural world. $500.

Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. While Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” is a classic hit, nothing quite beats art in the park – the Margaret T. Hance Park, to be exact. The award ceremony celebrates the Valley’s art community by awarding leaders in various disciplines like visual arts, theatre, music, dance, creative writing and innovative organization. Funds raised will benefit service men and women and their families through a partnership with the Arizona State University Pat Tillman Veteran Center and Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. $75.

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Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Waste NOT’s mission is to alleviate local hunger, which they do one bowl at a time. Join the 26h annual Empty Bowls Event where you can help carry the organization’s mission to fruition. Select from thousands of one-ofa-kind bowls for a minimum donation. The purchase of one bowl provides 75 nutritious meals for the hungry. Now, that’s filling. $12 per bowl.

Oct. 14, 6-10 p.m. Join the Sandra Day O’Conner Institute at the Arizona Biltmore as they honor Founding Father Thomas Jefferson through the work of Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Historian Jon Meacham. The evening will include a book signing for Meacham’s book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, as well as a menu inspired by the cuisine he brought to our nation after serving as U.S. Minister to France. $300.

An Evening of Trends

Sapphire Celebration Brunch

Oct. 15, 6-11 p.m. Trends Charitable Fund (TCF) supports programs in need that positively impact women, children and their families. This event honors the Valley’s trailblazers for creating positive change in the Valley’s community. The evening will be held at the Camelback Inn and include a cocktail reception, dinner, presentations, dancing, dessert and an after party. $400.

Oct. 15 &16, 7:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. A full orchestra, chorus and soloists join international superstar Frederica van Stade in this star-studded, sparkling celebration. The theater will be transformed into a multi-faceted, dazzling jewel of lights and sounds. Enjoy the lulling melodies of Verdi, Puccini and Mozart during this bright, bold and beautiful celebration. Don’t forget to wear blue! $25-$135.

Applause! Gala Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala is an event worthy of a standing ovation. The show-stopping evening features an original musical tribute honoring individuals who have contributed to the quality of life in the Valley. Guest will also enjoy a cocktail reception and plated dinner. All proceeds support Phoenix Theatre’s work onstage and offstage, which provides education and community outreach programs. $500.

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Glimmer of Hope, An Elegant Affair Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. Glimmer of Hope celebrates Valley animals whose suffering has been replaced by love, health and happiness. The Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC)’s Lulu Angel Fund Program (LAF) has given animals a second chance to live, which ought to be celebrated! The elegant affair features dinner, music, an auction and other fun surprises. Proceeds benefit LAF. $175.





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

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do Entertainment will be provided by the ninepiece JJ’s Band, guaranteeing you’ll want to get up and dance the night away. 6-11 p.m. $200-$2200. KOMEN PHOENIX RACE FOR THE CURE Oct. 9, Cesar Chaves Plaza It is time to lace up your running shoes for a great cause. The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure is back in town and this year, the goal is for fundraising efforts to be better than ever. One in eight women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. In 1908, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was 74 percent. Today, thanks to research, that number is 99 percent, and the Susan G. Koman Foundation continues to race, fighting and working toward a cure have a world with free of breast cancer. This year, there are different start times for the competitive timed and non-timed 5K, so be sure to check the schedule. Site opens at 6:45 a.m. $20-$40. THE BIG ENCHILADA PART TWO Oct. 2, Stand Up Live Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt at this collaborative comedy event, featuring some of Arizona’s funniest comedians. This high energy show, will be filled with laughs galore, with comedians ready to bring down the house, guaranteed to leave audience members rolling in the aisles and have them begging for more. 7 p.m. $15. BEST OF PHOENIX A’FARE Oct. 3, Arizona Biltmore Prepare to eat, drink and celebrate some of the best restaurants and bars the Valley has to offer. The 16th annual Best of Phoenix A’fare is taking over the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, where guests will enjoy delicious bites from 40 Valley restaurants, along with wine, cocktails, beer and some great entertainment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about all of the best hot spots around town! If you like to be in the know of where to go, don’t miss this one. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $45-$65. CADDYSHACK GOLF TOURNAMENT Oct. 7, McCormick Ranch Golf Club Tee up and find your favorite foursome as this fundraising event gets underway. The mission of the Caddyshack Golf Tournament is to raise funds for the Care Fund, which supports Arizona families who endure financial hardship while experiencing a prolonged illness or severe injury of their children. Special guests in attendance include Loudmouth Golf CFO and professional poker player Tom Schneider, and Indy 500 winner and Motorsports Hall of Fame recipient Tom Sneva. Players can expect plenty of great prizes and fun throughout the day. 6 a.m. $175, individual; $700, foursome. MASKER AIDE BALL Oct. 8, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids (MASK) hosts one of its premiere fundraisers


Child Crisis Arizona Fundraising Luncheon Oct. 20, Arizona Biltmore

This luncheon provides attendees the opportunity to learn more about the dedicated work being done to protect and help children in need across Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona serves families across the state by working to prevent abuse and neglect, and also advocating for the needs of families and children as well as those of the parents and families in need. During this luncheon, guests will meet with members of Child Crisis Arizona and learn more about how they can directly support the organization. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

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14TH ANNUAL PORCH PARTY Oct. 14, Cancer Support Community In an inspiring evening, filled with hope and love, guests will mingle on the front law as they enjoy in cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and activities, followed by dinner under the stars. After dinner, there will be a short program showcasing the Cancer Support Community, a live auction and additional program opportunities. 5:30-10 p.m. $350-$50,000. 13TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP CIRCUS CARNIVAL GALA Oct. 14, Private Residence At this annual event, you might rub shoulders with some of the Valley’s most well-known celebrities. Join Best Buddies Arizona for a circus carnival celebration, hosted by local TV celebrity Tara Hitchcock and co-hosts Gretchen and Rob Carey. There will be a DJ on hand as well as a live auction, photo ops, dinner, dessert and post-dinner dancing. The organization will also be handing out the Buddy of the Year and Buddy Pair of the Year awards. This year’s event is presented by For Those Without a Voice, Evening Entertainment Group, Metro Auto Auction and Trucks Only. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $500. www. CONNECTIONS OF HOPE Oct. 14, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Proceeds from this event benefit Teen Lifeline, a safe and confidential crisis service where teens help teens make healthy choices together. Giving back and honoring those who are helping mold future generations is what this gala event is all about. The Alfredo J. Monlina Community Lifetime Award will be presented to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the service of others, particularly to youth. This year’s honoree is Tom Hatten and previous honorees include Jordin Sparks, Larry Fitzgerald and Jerry Colangelo. 6 p.m. $250.

do TEED OFF AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Oct. 21, Top Golf Scottsdale Gather your friends and family for a new kind of golf tournament – one that assists in ending domestic violence! Head to Top Golf for a unique event that benefits A New Leaf’s shelter programs. Not sure you have the skills to take on a round of traditional golf? Not a problem as this is event is for all skill levels. The event will also feature a buffet, cash bar, refreshments, silent auction, prizes and more. Oh, and don’t forget to sport the color purple; the national color for domestic violence awareness. 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $50 - $150. THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Oct. 21-23, Desert Botanical Garden It’s time to celebrate a favorite fall tradition at the garden. Enjoy a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to take your chances at the hay bale maze, decorate pumpkins and visit the Community Garden to see just how pumpkins and vegetables grow. The festival also features carnival games, dancing and farm animals. Hours vary. $10-$22; Free, children under three. KEITH URBAN Oct. 22, Talking Stick Resort Arena Attention all country music fans! Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban is coming to town. The ripCORD World Tour 2016 is headed to Downtown Phoenix. Urban is well known for his chart-toppers including “Sombody Like You,” “You’ll Think of Me,” and “Days Go By,” but he is also set to play new music from his eighth studio album. He recently hit his first platinum singles with “We Were Us,” a Miranda Lambert duet, and “Cop Car.” The cowboy will be joined by special guests Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. 7:30 p.m. $25-$70. FIFTH ANNUAL BALLOON SPOOKTACULAR Oct. 28-29, Salt River Fields Fall festivities bring fun for all and this event isn’t going to disappoint. This year’s Balloon Spooktacular promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 20 hot air balloons will be on display and more than 4,000 pounds of candy will be passed out for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. This family friendly event will have live music, a variety of food options, tethered balloon rides, a haunted house, fireworks and much more. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $10-15. www. UNDY RUN/WALK Oct. 22, State Capitol District It doesn’t matter whether it is boxers or briefs for you, this is one event you will not want to miss. The Undy Run/Walk, hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, is held to raise funds and awareness of one of the most preventable cancers around. Participants are invited to wear silly boxers, briefs or costumes in support of knocking colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Department of Health Services’ FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program as well as support other educational and research initiatives from the Colon Cancer Alliance. Onsite registration at

A Night to Remember Oct. 22, Arizona Science Center

A night of inspiration and learning about scientific progress in medicine is exactly what guests can expect at this event. Hosted by Women Inspiring Scientific Progress, partygoers will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to create, learn and play. This is a special night for benefactors as well, as proceeds benefit the numerous patient and family support services at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and advance opportunities for women in science in the Valley. 6 p.m. $250.

7:30 a.m., run/walk starts at 9 a.m. $30-$35. MOONDANCE GALA Oct. 22, Heard Musuem A night filled with majestic happenings and more awaits all the guests at the Heard Museum for its annual fundraising gala, which includes dinner and dancing. The 2016 event honors community members Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin as well as artist Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee), whose retrospective exhibition will be on display starting October 15. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Heard museum’s education programs and exhibitions. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $500. BALLET ARIZONA Oct. 27-30, Phoenix Symphony Hall Grace, style and amazing dancing talent are just some of the amazing things you will see at the season opener for Ballet Arizona. The dance troupe is opening its 2016-2017 season with La Bayadere, a ballet set in a fantastical India of the past. It takes a look back at the life story of Nikiya, a temple dancer, her lover, Solor, and the vengeful Gamzatti who keeps them apart – at least in this life. With intricate costumes designed by Sergiy Spevyakin, and exceptional dancers on stage, the audience will be mesmerized from start to finish. There will be six performances of La Bayadere during the opening weekend. Times vary. Starting at $25. OCTOBER 2016 |



BUCKLES & BANGLES Oct. 28, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Saddle up and enjoy a night of fun, food and dancing for a great cause. Put on your best dancing boots for this seventh annual event, which raises funds for UMOM New Day Centers. This year, guests will enjoy the entertainment and music of Mogollon. The evening will also honor this year’s Hear for the Homeless Honorees, Phil and Nita Frances and the new Gold Star Partner award winner, Midwestern University. 6-10 p.m. $325. OUR ROUTE TO THE FUTURE ANNUAL FALL LUNCHEON Oct. 31, Camelback Inn Looking for a way to get on track for a better future? This is a great way to start. Experience Matters is holding their annual luncheon and this year’s keynote speaker is the man who began the entire movement – Marc Freedman. Freedman, the Founder and CEO, will offer a glimpse of the future as our nation looks at the skills and experience of older adults to change the outcomes for America’s youth, while putting us on track for working to create a better tomorrow. The 2016 Change Maker award recipient is Nadine Mathis Basha, founder of the Children’s Action Alliance and advocate for children and childhood education. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $150.



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What: Goldy’s Bowling Bash When: Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. Where: Lucky Strike, 50. W Jefferson St., Phoenix Tickets: Individual, $625; package of four, $2,500; team of six, $5,000; team of 12, $10,000 Information:


aul and Amy Goldschmidt’s upcoming Goldy’s Bowling Bash has been a long-time coming in their crusade to help Arizona’s children. Since beginning his Major League Baseball career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2011, first baseman and four-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt has considered Arizona home. So when the Goldschmidt’s came up with the idea to have their first event through Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, their passion to help kids through Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) was the perfect fit. UPTOWN |


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Another fit? Paul’s enjoyment of bowling. “I’m not that great. I used to bowl with my family when I was a kid, and we used to play a lot in high school, but last time I bowled, I wasn’t too hot,” Goldschmidt says. “I thought, I want to do something different to help raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and I don’t see a lot of bowling tournaments.” This first-ever event, Goldy’s Bowling Bash, will take place on Nov. 10 at Lucky Strike in Downtown Phoenix. After more than four years of involvement with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Paul and Amy recently became honorary chairs of the Hope Lives Here campaign, which aims to raise awareness and money for the new Phoenix Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Goldschmidt enlisted the help of some of his famous friends to slip into their bowling shoes and head to the lanes, including Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Drew Stanton, Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, Brandon McCarthy, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero, Paul Konerko, and David Peralta, with many more planning to attend. Goldy’s Bowling Bash will start at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner for everyone, along with warmups for the 12 teams and their celebrity captains participating in the tournament. After the bowling action, and followed by a trophy presentation to the best (and worst!) players and celebrity captains, the after-party kicks off with more food, drinks and dancing. A silent auction will go live prior to the event and is available to anyone who wants in on the action. Although you can purchase individual tickets, you can also create teams of four, six or 12, which include celebrity captains and tickets for attendees. Find more information, purchase tickets and register for bidding online.



Have a ball while raising funds for Desert Mission


he Gold Ball, one of the Valley’s most exciting black-tie events, will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Phoenician Resort Grand Ballroom. With the theme “under the autumn moon,” The Gold Ball is presented by HonorHealth Foundation and sponsor Republic Services. The annual event will feature a live and silent auction, and dinner. Guests will also enjoy dancing to live music from The Instant Classics. Rhonda Forsyth, president of HonorHealth, will be honored at the event. Forsyth has dedicated more than 30 years to the John C. Lincoln Health Network, now HonorHealth. She joined John C. Lincoln in 1987 and served as CEO of each of the network’s Phoenix hospitals before becoming president and CEO of the Health Network. With the merger of John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare in 2013, Forsyth became president of HonorHealth. She is being honored for her many years of dedication. The Gold Ball has raised more than $8.3 million to benefit the community services and programs of HonorHealth Desert Mission. Proceeds from the event will continue to support Desert Mission’s many health and human service programs. Since 1927, Desert Mission staff and volunteers have provided tools and resources to help vulnerable individuals and families address their health and social needs. Programs include the Food Bank, Lincoln Learning Center and Adult Day Healthcare, which are located on the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center campus. From helping feed families facing hardship to delivering

If You Go...

WHAT: HonorHealth Gold Ball WHEN: Oct. 29, 6 p.m. WHERE: The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale TICKETS: $500 INFORMATION: or 602.331.7858

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senior enrichment and child development programs, Desert Mission is committed to investing in services that improve the health and wellbeing of those in the community. Founded by the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and the Lincoln Health Foundation Guild, The Gold Ball is now in its 47th year. This is the first year that the ball will be hosted by HonorHealth Foundation, which formed after the merger of the two foundations. Linda Surdakowski, longtime Gold Ball supporter and former Guild member, is the event chair. Surdakowski has supported the event for many years with her husband, Frank Surdakowski, MD. “I am honored to once again chair the Gold Ball to help raise funds for HonorHealth Desert Mission. After many years of supporting the Gold Ball, I continue to see how the programs and services of Desert Mission impact and improve lives in our community,” Surdakowski says. Barbara Walchli and Larry Seay are serving as honorary co-chairs of the event. Seay recently retired as executive vice president and CFO of Meritage Homes. He previously served on the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Board of Directors for eight years, including four years as chairman. He currently serves on the HonorHealth Foundation board of trustees and the HonorHealth board of directors.

out their vintages – followed by after-dinner drinks and cigars. At each Winemaker Dinner, this year hosted monthly at Wright’s at the Biltmore, guests dine on an original multi-course menu paired with specially selected wines of a noted vintner. Just kicking off its 27th season, the Oct. 6 event will feature Craggy Range Winery, a high-end family owned winery situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. For its Nov. 3 offering, guests will enjoy Freemark Abbey Winery, a trailblazer of Napa Valley whose varietals date back to the 1800s.


here is nothing better than a great meal. Except, perhaps, a great meal that delivers a little something extra with every course – be it wine pairings, a celebrity guest or even … murder! Here is how some of the Valley’s top restaurants are providing dining experiences beyond just what’s on the menu this month.

The Gladly’s Sunday Supper Parties Every Sunday in October, 5 p.m. $25++ This now-weekly “come-as-you-are” dinner gathering of friends offers a heaping, table-sharing serving of appetizers, sides and entree – all served at once. Just like an at-home supper party, simply sit down with your crew and let The Gladly team serve the all-at-once meal, keeping the table convo going. Expect the menu to change weekly and boast the best of chef Bernie Kantak’s signature comfortcooking style. Bottled cocktails, which serve four guests each, are also available and start at just an additional $20.

Coup des Tartes’ Mafioso Murder Mystery Dinner

DINNER AND A SHOW Themed Dining Events that Delight ALISON BAILIN BATZ

first Tuesday of select months, these three-course dinners, which include a welcome beverage and beer or wine selections, are hosted in Southern Rail’s private dining room and always have an overarching theme. For October, the menu and program will focus on Beckett’s admitted “Obsession with the perfect, balanced bite.” Moderated by local food blogger Joanie Simon and limited to just 18 guests, the lively discussion is topped only by the flavors in each course.

Southern Rail’s Dinner with Justin

Arizona Biltmore’s Winemaker Dinner Series

October 4, 6:30 p.m. $75 inclusive of tax and gratuity Chef Justin Beckett has been cooking in Phoenix for 16 years and loves making new friends as much as catching up with the old. In fact, it was the motivation behind him creating his now-famous “Dinner with Justin” series. Offered the

October 6 and November 3, 6:30 p.m. $120++ For more than a quarter of a century, the Arizona Biltmore has offered its Winemaker Dinner Series, extravagant epicurean evenings that combine innovative gourmet dining and acclaimed wines – with the winemakers there to discuss UPTOWN |


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October 8, 6 p.m. $65++ Did someone at dinner order “a hit?” During this mob-themed murder mystery dinner at Coup des Tartes, a long-time BYOB restaurant that now offers a full selection of artisan cocktails, beer and a strong wine list, guests can expect an Italian-themed menu featuring short rib pappardelle, creamy pancetta sauce, chicken parmesan and – of course – homemade cannoli, along with an interactive show. Lest you think the wait staff will be playing the part of the Mafioso while bringing each course, the program is put on in partnership with Murder Ink Productions, an award-winning dinner theatre company that has been producing themed shows like this one for nearly 30 years.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn’s Culinary Powerhouse Dinner October 27, 6 p.m. $125++ What’s better than one award-wining chef? Well, two chefs, of course – plus wine pairings. LON’s own Chef Jeremy Pacheco will welcome Michelin-Starred Chef Alessandro Stratta to join him in the kitchen to craft a five-course dinner for the ages, pairing each course with sommelier-chosen wines from Burning Tree Cellars out of Cottonwood, Ariz. Seating for the event will be limited and reservations must be made in advance.




When I went for a tour to The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. I knew that’s what wanted to do in my life. I was already cooking but it changed the way I looked at this profession. The atmosphere and vibe of that college really got me excited about my career. TO YOU, FOOD IS…

Life, happiness, a conversation starter and it pays my bills. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ARTIZEN MENU…

It is a seasonally inspired menu which gives our guests a chance to indulge and have an experience. Using southwest flavors and combing them with global cooking techniques. SOME OF YOUR MOST-USED INGREDIENTS ARE…



I enjoy the way we do our steak tartar, being it on the bone marrow with pickled Cholla buds, celery parsley salad and purple mustard.

In the kitchen with Dushyant Singh, director of culinary experiences at Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, and The Camby


Patience and clean as you go. WHEN YOU’RE NOT COOKING, WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU?


Spending time with my son, riding my motorcycle, hiking, checking out the new hot spots and talking about food.



My mom’s lamb curry with rice.

Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, located at The Camby, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.468.0700;



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WINE NOT? A cocktail that fuses two worlds BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS


ucumbers and wine – when you see those two words together, you likely don’t invision the makings of a delicious cocktail. But, that’s why we leave mixology up to the pros. Case in point, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, a Biltmore spot known for its amazing food and award-winning wine list. Mixologist Travis Nass, along with the restaurant’s co-owner and sommelier Paola Embry, recently revamped the cocktail menu, adding unexpected drinks in the mix. “The menu focuses on using a variety of wines along with different spirits to create a diverse, unique cocktail list that everyone should be able to enjoy, with a few surprises along the way,” explains Christopher’s and Crush Lounge Executive Chef and Owner, Christopher Gross. One of the standouts on the list of selections is the seasonal Sauternes situation ($13). This light and refreshing sipper is inspired by the desert heat. Think cucumber vodka, lemon juice, (here comes the surprises) tarragon leaves and Roumieu Lacoste Sauternes (a sweet wine), served up. “The Sauternes and the tarragon are both underutilized cocktail ingredients that create amazing flavor profiles,” Gross says. “The Sauternes adds a unique sweetness that is different than any other sweetener and the Tarragon adds a delicious, complex herbaceous note.” So think outside of the wine glass, and head to Christopher’s. Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.2344;

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Eat your way through the Valley, course by course, with these eight standout dishes BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

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When food lovers travel, they often make it a priority to explore a new place by eating their way through town. Yet, even at home, the same philosophy can easily be applied to exploring your own backyard. Enter eight of the best dishes at eight of the Valley’s beloved eateries. Whether you’re in search of the perfect pasta, a stellar steak, or perhaps the quintessential autumn dessert, we’ve got you (and your taste buds) covered.

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Common Ground Burrata Grassroots Kitchen & Tap

Burrata is one of the hottest food trends in the country, and Christopher Collins, chef and owner of Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is one of the select Arizona chefs who makes it fresh daily. The crafting of this Italian cheese is both a science and an art form. “First, I ladle 190-degree water over mozzarella cheese curds until they become soft and pliable,” says Collins, who stretches and pulls the cheese until it forms a thin sheet. A rich blend of cheese curds, heavy whipping cream and kosher salt is then spooned into the layer of cheese. The outer layer envelopes the creamy center and is twisted securely at the top. Finally, the burrata is immersed in an ice bath until it becomes firm. Grassroots offers Collins’ creamy Common Ground Burrata ($10) as a sharing appetizer with garnishes that hold their own. Tomato jam spiced with Sriracha chilies brightens the plate alongside wild baby arugula tossed in housemade Champagne vinaigrette. John Anthoney’s locally made ciabatta, lightly toasted, offers a textural contrast that completes the dish. It is a simple dish, but with the best ingredients and careful crafting, our food doesn’t have to be complicated,” Collins says. 8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0699 and 2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.368.8766; www.grassrootsaz. com. PHOTO COURTESY OF UPTOWN |


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Grilled Spanish Octopus Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Prepared by the Prado culinary team under the direction of Executive Chef Michael Cairns, the Grilled Spanish Octopus ($18), while technically an appetizer, is also fitting as a salad due to its clean, refreshing base of celery hearts that serve as a crisp bed for the tender octopus. “This dish is the epitome of our culinary point of view – to offer seasonal, Spanish-influenced fare for an approachable American palate,” Cairns says. “Our aim is to reflect the unique flavor and heritage of Spain’s Andalusian region while utilizing the finest and freshest local ingredients made available by Arizona’s vast farming community.” The success of the dish starts with the preparation of the octopus itself, which is expertly grilled to seal in flavor while ensuring it retains a tender, never chewy, texture. The octopus is then combined with a locally sourced celery salad that includes Brussels sprouts, which is tossed with housemade red wine oregano vinaigrette and roasted red bell peppers. The final element? Carbs. Cairns uses Yukon potatoes to finish the dish. 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.627.3200;


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Pork Ramen Clever Koi

Nosh on hearty Asian-inspired comfort food at this stylish Phoenix eatery serving up the likes of steamed buns, dumplings and flavorful noodle dishes, such as the Pork Ramen ($14.50). Handcrafted by Chef Jared Porter, the ramen’s spicy, “swiney” broth is a two-day labor of love. “It’s so simple, you really have to nail it, so we spent a full year tuning, tuning and tuning until the recipe was just right,” Porter says. To create the soup, Porter starts by charring a bunch of split hog bones on the stovetop, then he transfers them to a stock pot with a mixture of aromatic herbs and oven-roasts them for 48 hours to create a true pork bone broth. After straining the broth and seasoning it with miso and soy, next comes even more porcine decadence. “Next we add Tender Belly pork belly that’s been cooked overnight for 12 hours in an oven, skin on, and then it’s flash-fried so you really get the full crosssection of pork essence; the crispy, bacon-like skin on the outside, then a layer of fatty marbling that’s melted down into the lean protein meat,” Porter says. The soup also features housemade kimchi and an egg cooked for exactly six minutes, so you get both the firm white part and the runny yolk. Garnished with sliced bamboo shoots and green scallions for a little texture and salty brine flavor, the pork ramen is the ultimate comfort food. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474,



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Smoked Corn Manti

Stock & Stable The perfect pasta dishes need not only come from Italian bistros and restaurants. In fact, one of the best pasta dishes in the Valley is from none other than a modern American gastropub: Stock & Stable. Anything but traditional, pasta never tasted so garden-fresh as with the Smoked Corn Manti ($12), a hand-folded Turkish-style dumpling. While searching for a signature shareable pasta for his new neighborhood hangout, Chef Joe Absolor turned to this pyramid-shaped pasta stuffed with sweet, smoky corn. “I love using corn in unique, off-the-cob ways, like on a pizza,” Absolor says. “So when I came across this Turkish-style ‘Manti’ dumpling with its unusual pyramidal fold, I thought it would be the perfect way to create a pasta dish, but with really fresh, crisp flavors more like a salad than a traditional pasta cooked with heavy butter and simmered veggies.” Starting with a housemade durum and semolina pasta, the dumpling is filled with a smoked corn and ricotta cheese puree, and then topped fresh asparagus, radish and corn kernels. “We also add toasted pepitas versus a more traditional Italian nut like pine nuts, and then I add some feta cheese, which is normally used with salads, but I love how the chunkiness of the feta contrasts with the silky-smooth dumpling filling.” 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001;




Seafood Entree

John Dory

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

One of the Valley’s hottest seafood dishes – T. Cook’s John Dory ($38) – is actually not from anywhere near Arizona at all. “The John Dory, my personal favorite item on our menu, is a firm saltwater fish originally from New Zealand,” says Todd Allison, famed executive chef at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. A mild whitefish, the secret to the John Dory’s success lies in Allison’s careful preparation to ensure that while the outside of the fish stays perfectly crisp, the inside is beyond tender – every bite literally melts in your mouth. “The key is to slowly pan roast the fish along with its accompaniments, which includes braised baby fennel, sunchokes and cipollini onions,” Allison says. “The secret ingredient is barrel-aged sherry bourbon.” An added bonus is that the herbs and even some of the vegetables are often from right outside the kitchen, thanks to the resort’s on-site garden. Allison recommends pairing the John Dory with a glass of Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay. “The flavors match up nicely with the sharp acidity of the sherry butter sauce, creamy and sweet cipollini onions, and the light hint of anise from the fennel.” 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.808.0766;



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Side Dish

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The Gladly Death by eating your greens? For many Phoenician foodies, veggies are not exactly priority one. But maybe that’s because they haven’t been to The Gladly. If you’re munching on the eatery’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts – served in a generous dollop of sweet corn “grits” – it’s easy to forget all the vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium and fiber you’re eating, and instead lose yourself in the layered flavors and textures. Known for his “well-traveled comfort food,” lovable Valley chef Bernie Kantak’s merging of cultures (and use of a healthy ingredient with the Brussels) hits a high note with this dish. “An Italian grandma and a grandpa from the American South had a baby,” Bernie jokes about the best-selling dish at this Biltmorearea hotspot. And then he reveals a secret: They’re not actually grits. Instead, the base of the dish is white polenta with flecks of roasted corn throughout. The creamy base arrives piping hot and is crowned with crackly roasted Brussels sprouts and shavings of Pecorino Romano. The Southern-inspired combo is a top seller at The Gladly and at just $12 a pop, you might as well order two so you don’t have to share. 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132;




Meat Entree

New York Strip with Sauteed Maine Lobster Dominick’s Steakhouse and Steak 44

Dominick’s Steakhouse and Steak 44 succeed on delivering perfectly cooked steaks – and then some. Responsibly farmed and wetaged for 28 days, Chief Executive Chef Marc Lupino’s 16-ounce Prime New York Strip Steak, specially flown in from Wisconsin and custom-cut by an expert butcher on-site, is a game changer. But the steak, grilled with rich butter to order, is just the start of this entree’s story. With the tender meat as the base ($53), Lupino then sautees a whole chick Maine lobster ($38) with truffle butter and smoked sea salt as an accompaniment to the steak, finishing it all with truffle slices and chopped chives. Savory, rich and decadent beyond your wildest imagination, the dish helped land Dominick’s on the list of top destinations for steak in the U.S. by USA Today. “When Steak 44 joined Dominick’s in the marketplace in 2014, it was a no-brainer to add this dish to their menu – it’s a bucket list entree in the Valley and beyond,” Lupino says. Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7271; www. Steak 44, 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 480.271.4400; PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS UPTOWN |


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Butternut Squash Cheese Cake Atlas Bistro

Looking for a decadent dessert with “fall” written all over it? Atlas Bistro’s Chef Cory Oppold delivers it in spades with his Butternut Squash Cheese Cake ($9).   “This dessert features the best elements of the holiday season and the autumn harvest,” Oppold says. “It is seasoned with cool weather spices, earthy goat cheese and a touch of sweetness.”  To create the dish, Oppold slow roasts and then purees a creme anglaise with organic butternut squash from McClendon’s Select, a certified-organic farm in Peoria, Arizona. “We try to keep it local whenever we can, which brings a little something extra to each of our dishes,” says Oppold, noting they also source their goat cheese for the dish from Black Mesa Ranch in Snowflake, Arizona. The dish also features a dried cranberry orange zest compote for tartness. It is then finished with graham cracker crumbles, which give it a deconstructed crust element and add a crunchy texture.  Housemade white chocolate semifreddo fills the role usually assigned to ice cream on the dish, and it is all garnished with glazed pumpkin seeds for an added element of autumn. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2433;






Warm your abode with these earth-toned elements BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top left) Patterned area rug, Magnolia Home, $129-$349 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Hand-painted ceramic lamp base, $159 at Pottery Barn, 480.948.6095. Handcrafted giclee print on canvas, $550 at Suede tassel pillow cover, $79 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Chiseled wood bowl, $69.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Olive green upholstered armchair, $549.95 at Pier 1 Imports. UPTOWN |


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Add a pop of pretty pizazz to that little black dress with this sparkly evening bag by Dolce & Gabbana. The Mini Crystal-Embellished Metallic Chain Bag is sure to dazzle up any ensemble with its delicate crystal teardrops and gilded hardware. At just 3 inches wide, it’s big enough to carry your smartphone (for those must-have photo ops, of course!), but small enough to carry at a fabulous event this season, with the option to remove the shoulder strap should that be more fitting for your LBD. Pre-order it now – after all, the holiday festivities are upon us. $4,145 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

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Rock this season’s hottest shoe trend: booties


(Clockwise from top left) Pewter leather cutout, Jeffrey Campbell, $179.95 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Army green lace-up heel, Jimmy Choo, $895 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Leopard print chunky heel, Christian Louboutin, $695.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Bronze open-toe block heel, Donald J Pliner, $268 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Pointed-toe printed flat, Derek Lam, $195 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Evergreen metallic round toe, Christian Louboutin, $445.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Brown fringe suede, Not Rated, $58 at Divalicious, 480.699.7634. UPTOWN |


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Denim designs for every part of your ensemble BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Round toe beech wood heels, Lanvin, $145 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Limited edition patchwork satchel, Louis Vuitton, $1,425.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Collared chambray tunic, Elan, $84 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Distressed boyfriend jeans, Special A Jeans, $52 at Divalicious, 480.699.7634. Overlay pencil skirt, Daniela Corte, $125.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Button-down jacket, Cello Denimwear, $48 at Divalicious. Frayed vest, Rag & Bone, $39.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Sleeveless jumpsuit, 6397, $99.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. OCTOBER 2016 |



allure Christian Louboutin Rouge Loubilaque Lip Lacquer in Red This lip lacquer is for women daring to flaunt their boldness. POD-formulated with leading pigment technology and developed to reflect light, the Loubilaque takes on brilliant dimension, delivering patent leather shine and full color in just one coat. Infused with a faint and feminine scent, this lacquer applies smooth and almost gel-like, offering a cushiony consistency that will make your lips swoon. Toss this lip lacquer onto your lust list; it’s a definite must-have. $85 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. ILIA Beauty Lip Gloss in Gypsy Channeling warm amber tones, ILIA’s gypsy gloss is perfect for any occasion. Pair it with smoky eyes, or wear solo for an effortlessly chic look. The gloss incorporates gentle trademark ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E, leaving your lips feeling smooth and moisturized. Want a trendy shade that’s sure to make passersby do a double take? Gypsy is a high-impact color that is flattering for all skin tones, brightening up any complexion. $24 at Citrine Beauty Bar, 602.955.2354.


A slightly sinister lip for fall BY LACI LANGSTON


is the season for fiery reds, vampy violets, gothic glam and much more. This fall, let your lips do the talking, and make a statement by choosing a standout shade. Keep the rest of your look minimal while rocking a bold pout; wear it light during the day or build it up by night – the choice is yours. The weather may be cooling down, but it’s time to turn up the heat and channel your inner dark side.



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Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in Rouge Vinyle Dress up your lips in this full-coverage vinyl stain that unleashes the boldest color. Lightweight, low-maintenance and oozing elegance, it gives you that couture-esque edge you’ve been seeking. It delivers long-lasting shine while highlighting your best asset – your lips. For a flawless application, use the praised diamond applicator that generates a precise and velvety finish. The highly sought out creamy formula is buildable, getting more vivid with each coat, and will leave your lips smelling of fresh roses. $36 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Dior ‘Couture Color’ Rouge Dior in Poison Matte This luxurious lipstick administers the ultimate coverage, resulting in sleek, supple lips and provides 16 hours of hydration with enriching ingredients like mango butter and Aroelat Samphira, which helps to enhance volume. It’s a product so pigmented, you’ll be left with a lavish matte finish that’s glam and rich in color (we’re obsessing over this pucker-worthy purple). Reshape and redefine your lips with this Rouge Dior formula enhanced with marine crista for maximized beauty. $35 at Nordstrom. Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip in Timeless This matte lip is devised with special esters and emollient ingredients, guaranteeing the minimization of wrinkles and discoloration over time. Unlike your classic matte, its creamy consistency glides seamlessly across your lips. Blended with antioxidant-rich vitamin E and lecithin, this plush matte softens your pout, offering nourishment and protection from free radicals. The lipstick can be worn as a light stain or full coverage, starting off semi-glossy and drying down to a satin finish. $33 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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estled on the slopes of prestigious Clearwater Hills lies this secluded contemporary dwelling. The soft, richly detailed 5,149-square-foot home was completely rebuilt in 2009. Equipped with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the split floor plan includes an office, family, living and dining rooms with telescoping doors opening to the covered patio for a true indoor/ outdoor living experience. As you walk through the oversized, custom-detailed front door, you will immediately notice the breathtaking views of Mummy Mt., the Preserve and McDowell ranges which can be seen from almost every room in the house. The modern design not only lends itself to clean lines, an open feel and unique finishes but also to warm, inviting spaces to enjoy. Design detail highlights of the property include custom fireplaces, mahogany doors, clerestory windows and quartzite tumbled mosaic floors. The entertainment-ready gourmet kitchen, complete with OCTOBER 2016 |

hand scraped walnut floors, German handcrafted cabinetry, double wine cabinets and Thermador appliances, also offers an informal breakfast nook that opens to the expansive patio with incredible mountain views. The spacious and romantic master suite offers a peaceful retreat. Whether you’re getting dressed in the custom designed closet, reading a book in the sitting area, having a glass of wine by the fireplace or simply enjoying the sweeping views of the Valley, this sanctuary will not disappoint. Longing to see the backyard? Step outside and enjoy the beautiful Sonoran sunsets and entertain under the patio with the built-in barbecue overlooking the negative-edge pool. 4236 East Red Ledge Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $2,250,000 with Karen Pratte of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.228.4377 or





here’s something captivating about the gentle flickering of fireside flames and the ambiance that emanates therein. You could even say a fire’s glow is transfixing. In line with this notion, local artist Adam W. Carter has taken fire pits to an enlightened level with his Zen Fire Garden, introducing an interactive, yet meditative, element into the traditional backyard blaze. The Zen Fire Garden was born both out of Carter’s appreciation for the meaning of Zen and the use of fire in his metal and sculpture work. “Fire is an intimate part of my steel sculpture and metal work, and it made sense to merge these two aesthetics,” Carter says.


Ignite your meditative side with a custom-built Zen Fire Garden BY CHELSEA YOUNG PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN



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Yet the garden was designed to do more than provide warmth on cool nights; it also incorporates a personal interaction with fire while encouraging a meditative state. “The intended use is as a fire element for aesthetics and warmth similar to a fire pit,” he says. “Though, it does transcend this idea as it allows adults to interact with and manipulate the fire in a safe manner.” In the center of the structure, where the flames arise, is a soft bed of sand. Akin to a traditional calming Zen garden, you can draw in the sand (using the proper tools, of course). But there’s more: Once a design is drawn into the sand, the physics of the garden allow the pattern to ignite before anything else. What you’re left with is a glowing centerpiece that reflects whatever artistry you’ve scripted in the sand, creating an experience that’s serene and seemingly hypnotic. Like the philosophy of Zen, Carter’s luminous creation and metal sculptures are rooted in balance – the garden, specifically, in balancing form and function. “Balance is key,” Carter says. “As Zen embodies self-control and personal expression, I find that both of these ideas lend themselves to my designs.” Carter’s Zen Fire Garden is a one-ofa-kind creation. Each one is custom-built and designed to fit within your existing yard elements; the dimensions, as well as rock material, can be altered to match the design aesthetic of your home and outdoor living space. Prices usually range from $5,000 to $10,000 and vary based on size, material used and gas supply needs. Visit www. to discover how you can create your own Zen experience.


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he reinvention of Cadillac into a contemporary luxury brand continues with the latest introduction to the lineup with the first-ever XT5, an all-new replacement for the outgoing mid-size SRX crossover vehicle. The SRX was first introduced for the 2004 model year and has been the sales leader for Cadillac. The XT5 is powered by an all-new, 3.6-liter, 310-horsepower V-6 engine. The engine includes cylinder deactivation that allows it to switch down to four cylinders when the vehicle doesn’t need the extra power and can also shut off completely when the vehicle is stopped to save fuel. It’s connected to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. This is the only OCTOBER 2016 |



engine and transmission offered for the model. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel-drive as a $2,645 option, however that is not available on the base trim model (also called XT5); other trim models include Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum. Designers at Cadillac have paid special attention to presenting the XT5 with a more sophisticated execution of the exterior design. The grille has a softer look with more rounded edges, and it features the prominent new Cadillac escutcheon. Front LED headlamps and rear taillights carry the thin, vertical look seen on both the Escalade and on Cadillac’s new CT6 sedan. Overall, the look is luxuriously elegant and looks absolutely striking. Like the SRX, it’s still a five-passenger crossover with no options for a third row of seats. Second row seats recline slightly and can slide fore and aft to maximize cargo space or add passenger legroom. Driving the XT5 is a pleasant experience. It feels steady and planted on the highway with excellent handling, minimum body roll on corners, and overall impressive road manners riding on standard 20-inch wheels. The roomier cabin is exceptionally quiet and the ride comfortable. The 3.6-liter V-6 delivers ample power and acceleration with instantaneous power for passing on the highway. If there is one concern that stands out, it’s the rearward visibility that’s compromised with thick rear roof pillars and a very small rear window. However, some help is available with standard blind spot monitoring. From the intoxicating pheromone released by supple ventilated leather upholstery, real carbon fiber interior trim pieces, and real wood veneers, the cabin is sophisticated, upscale and decadent. Overall, the new XT5 feels refined, luxurious and substantial, and it definitely brings back that feeling of driving something special. It’s a feeling Cadillac once had years ago and is now desperately trying hard to bring it back – and seems to be doing so quite well.



Autumn along Washington’s stunning coast BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM



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places President Teddy Roosevelt created the Mount Olympic National Monument in 1909. Following a visit there in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Olympic National Park, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

Staying at Historic Kalaloch Lodge No visit to Olympic National Park is complete without staying at Kalaloch Lodge, which sits along Olympic National Park’s western boundary. Kalaloch, which means “a good place to land” in the native Quinault language, is exactly that — a good place to land. The historic lodge was built in 1925 as a seaside resort. The land was added to the national park in 1953 and the National Park Service purchased the lodge in 1978. Today, the quaint Kalaloch Lodge includes Creekside Restaurant, 10 rooms and a gift shop. But the cabins, particularly the seven Bluff Cabins, are the best accommodations. Sitting outside on one of the Adirondack chairs tucked into a warm Pendleton blanket while watching the sunset, or waking up to a mystical world of fog and rolling ocean waves just beyond the front window creates a quintessential travel moment. Visitors at Kalaloch can hike along the beach, play in the tide pools, and explore the Kalaloch Nature Trail that winds through coastal rainforests. A perfect end to the day is drinks and dinner at Creekside Restaurant. This Certified Green Restaurant serves up local, fresh, organic meals alongside gorgeous sunsets.

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he wild beauty of Olympic National Park, located in Port Angeles, Washington, just a few hours west of Seattle, is perhaps most breathtaking on an October evening at sunset, and with 2016 being the National Park Service’s centennial year, there’s no better time to check it out. The rugged coast – filled with stretches of sand, massive redwood logs and large black boulders – shimmers as the sun’s rays dip behind the Pacific Ocean.

Exploring the Wild Coast Olympic National Park covers nearly 1 million acres and protects an expansive 73 miles of scenic coastline, making it one of the country’s best outdoor playgrounds. Visitors can hike, picnic, go fishing or watch wildlife in the park. The park is unique in that it includes diverse ecosystems, such as glacier-capped mountains, temperate rain forests and more than 70 miles of wild coastline. OCTOBER 2016 |



There are dozens of hiking trails throughout Olympic National Park, but some of the most scenic are in the nearby Hoh Rain Forest. Hiking the Hoh is like stepping into the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. The forest normally gets up to 12 feet of rain annually, creating an oasis with massive conifers and plants, called epiphytes, which make everything look like something out of a fairy tale. The moss, ferns and big leaf maple trees shimmer with shades of gold and red each fall. Visitors to Olympic National Park can explore activities at Make reservations in advance for Kalaloch Lodge at

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SHIRT: White mock neck tank, Theory, $130. PANTS: Black Casablanca trouser, Cinq รก Sept, $395. SHOES: Black suede peep-toe platform sandals, Prada, $820. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.



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SWEATER: Cream cutout, Alice + Olivia, $165. SKIRT: Brown stretch suede pencil, Brunello Cucinelli, $1,845. SHOES: Nude studded heels, Valentino, $825. All from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

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DRESS: Black with leather detail, Bailey 44, $178. SHOES: Black and ice motorcycle boots, Fendi, $1,100. Both from Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.



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National Bow Tie Day BY DAVID APEJI

Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby celebrated National Bow Tie Day with weekend brunch and playful festivities. Guests savored signature dishes by Director of Culinary Experiences Dushyant Singh while enjoying live music, signature cocktails and fashions by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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This annual event is the one meeting a year where gentlemen are welcomed to join Central Phoenix Women. The evening began with a reception followed by a wonderful dinner with wine and a special dessert treat, Cathy’s Rum Cake, with featured speakers, Meredith and Matthew McGuire.




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Contour on Campbell’s Ground Breaking Celebration BY BEN ARNOLD

The party was buzzing with energy in the back office room of The Bees Knees bar, located at The Camby. Guests enjoyed cocktails, bites and entertainment featuring an artist painting a rendering of the building live. Jennifer Karas and Marissa Kline

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Downtown Get Down BY BEN ARNOLD

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Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona hosted its inaugural fundraiser at Valley Bar. The speak-easy-style event was an evening focused is on fundraising and fun. The event featured music by local favorite Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s, food, cocktails, a magician and a photo booth.

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Grand Opening of White Sun BY BEN ARNOLD

The grand opening of this clothing and accessories store at Biltmore Fashion Park included beverages, bites by new eatery Wink 24, music, shopping, and a preview of the new store and collection. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefitted Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Sonia Wang and Crystal lnzunza

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Spirited sips for this season



eeling festive? If so, then get ready to toast the holidays with one of these seasonally inspired spirits.

caramel and cinnamon vanilla variations, respectively, to wild acclaim. So much so, they now offer custom flavors in everything from mint chocolate to hazelnut and even chocolate cherry. This year, they are proud to release their newest flavor creation just in time for the fall – Baileys Pumpkin Spice. A recent Gold Medal Winner at the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition, Baileys Pumpkin Spice is a perfect combination of sweet cinnamon and baking spice flavors, along with notes of buttery maple and brown sugar and hints of both vanilla and coffee. It is perfect in coffee, on the rocks or even mixed with a little bourbon to create a pumpkin old fashioned.

Crown Royal Vanilla Baileys Pumpkin Spice Known for its distinctive taste, thanks to a top-secret cocoa extract recipe that gives Baileys Irish Cream its chocolate essence, the brand itself is already among the top 10 most popular spirits in the world. Eager to expand, a few years ago Baileys experimented by releasing both salted

Though just having its Harvest Rye blend named “World Whisky of the Year for 2016” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, Crown Royal isn’t resting on its laurels. In fact, the Canadian whisky giant has been working with its master blender over the past several years to infuse a limited number of its hand-selected whisky barrels with the flavor of vanilla bourbon. Available UPTOWN |


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now, but in limited quantities, Crown Royal Vanilla is bursting with flavor – think vanilla custard or vanilla bean ice cream on the palate – while still maintaining its distinctive smoothness on the finish.

Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast This is not your average Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Developed as the perfect shot to celebrate the end of an epic night or to toast the adventures that await this holiday season, Captain Morgan Jack-OBlast is a pumpkin-spiced rum with a flavor as intense as its packaging. The spice flavor is balanced with a hint of citrus, which combines for a slightly sweet, even warming, sensation on the mouthfeel. Taste it quickly as it will only be available through Thanksgiving.

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The art of sushi lends to millions of combinations, allowing chefs all over the world to express their creativity through innovative dishes. Pure Sushi, recently opened at The Colony, took advantage of this concept with the invention of the riceless loch ness roll ($18). The roll, which also eschews traditional nori (seaweed) wrap or even the common soy paper, is wrapped with Scottish salmon. The rolled salmon is filled with spicy crab, avocado and asparagus, and topped with cilantro and Sriracha, Asian pesto and garlic chili sambal sauce. The result is a spicy and creamy masterpiece, with a delicate richness. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.730.3566;

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ver the last few years, food trucks have become a staple of the Valley’s culinary culture, with no signs of slowing down. With trucks specializing in pizza, tacos, burgers and even wine, there seems to be an option for everyone. Now, the popular trend is evolving – as an added bonus of these great feasting opportunities, customers can hire food trucks for special events like house parties, weddings and corporate events. Some are run by dedicated food truck operators, while others are headed by established restaurants who have launched their own meals on wheels for events. Regardless, these gourmet vehicles add a unique twist on catering for a private party, leaving hosts stress-free and guests full of delicious dishes. Foodies, start your engines! THE ROCKET With more than 10 restaurants in the Fox Restaurant Concepts portfolio, the company offers a variety of cuisines to please almost all cravings, spanning tacos, vegetarian, burgers, seafood and pizza, the latter of which is the theme for the company’s food truck. If you are planning an event and really

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Fuel up on food and fun with a food truck at your next soiree BY TARYN JEFFERIES

want to impress your guests, consider The Rocket, a roaming 700-degree wood-burning pizza oven. If you love the menu at North Italia, you’ll be delighted to have a miniversion of the eatery on wheels at your next party. The Rocket dishes out five signature pizzas, including the savory bacon & egg, topped with roasted potato, garlic confit and basil. The truck also offers charcuterie, bruschetta, salads, sandwiches and dessert. The Rocket can accommodate up to 300 guests and offers a customizable menu to fit all of your party needs. 480.905.8010; UPTOWN |


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UNITED LUNCHADORES Ask any quesadilla aficionado which truck you can get the best ’dillas from and you will hear high praise for United Lunchadores. Whether you’ve caught up with the truck while working in Downtown Phoenix or after socializing on the weekend in Tempe, you’ve likely never forgotten what you had. While a quesadilla at its core is just a tortilla and some cheese, United Lunchadores is creating delicious flavor combinations like the all Thai’d up version, with citrus marinated chicken breast, spicy serrano peppers, grilled onions, a sweet Thai chili sauce and jack cheese. The flavor here is a departure from the expected Mexican handheld treat, and each fiery bite is a reminder that these are no ordinary quesadillas. If you’re looking for an unforgettable fiesta, the United Lunchadores truck can accommodate up to 1,000 people with a customizable menu. 602.399.4024; AIOLI BURGER With so many burger joints to choose from, what’s so special about Aioli Burger? We’d

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have to say the variety of available aioli, from truffle to chipotle, and accoutrements like crispy pancetta or a sunny-side up egg – all on a toasted brioche bun, no less – make it pretty special. Aioli Burger, created by three lifelong friends, parlayed their creativity and passion for feeding others into a successful food truck business with three trucks and a newly opened restaurant. The food truck offers seven unique burgers ranging from the not-so-standard aioli burger, with aged sharp cheddar, an applewood bacon onion jam, lettuce, tomato and their signature roasted garlic aioli, to the vegetarian falafel burger that comes with fluffy homemade falafel, pickled onion, a mango sauce, cucumber and a sumac aioli. Aioli Burger is the perfect addition to a backyard birthday party or a fun and casual wedding reception, serving up to 2,500 people. After all, everyone loves burgers, right? 602.435.7498;

PHO KING KITCHEN A Vietnamese-Mexican fusion truck? The guys behind the truck have perfected the delicate art of melding the traditional flavors of both regions to create their own pho-nomenal cuisine craze. The burrito phorrito is the perfect example of this. The culinary team matched a grilled steak and traditional stir-fry vegetables with an Asian marinade, kimchi and decidedly Mexican cilantro-lime rice, all tied together with a Sriracha mayo tucked neatly inside a tortilla. This culinary wonder is available both on the truck and in the restaurant. Your party patrons will also be able to feast on three variations of stir fry, another burrito and, of course, beef or chicken pho soup. There is no limit to the number of guests that can be accommodated, so prepare your guests for a unique treat. 480.947.5100; SORSO WINE ROOM WAGON Have you ever heard the ice cream truck making rounds in your neighborhood and thought what you really needed was a wine truck? Well, so did the owners of Sorso Wine Room. While the Wine Wagon may not be cruising around your neighborhood on those days when you can’t drag yourself to the store, you can have them come to treat your guests at your next soiree. The wagon has eight taps on board, which allows you to choose your favorites from the winery’s 150-plus options plus one craft beer, right along with an educated attendant to answer all your visitors’ wine questions, manage the taps and even provide mood music. If you would like a little food to nosh on while visiting the wagon, make

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sure to check out the restaurant at Sorso Wine Room first and sample any one of the 18 bruschettas, salads, charcuterie board offerings, sandwiches and snacks, all of which can be included in your party package. The wagon can accommodate up to 150 wine lovers. 480.951.4344; IL BOSCO PIZZA When translated from Italian, bosco means forest, which seems appropriate for Il Bosco, the restaurant opened by Bill and Gina Forrest in 2012 after years of a successful mobile pizza oven business. Il Bosco offers the Forrest’s take on Neopolitan pizzas, or as they call it, neo-Neopolitan. The crust, made on-site in the open kitchen, provides a light, airy and chewy texture, which holds up to the generous layers of toppings. While the former golf pro and his wife have no specific pizzarelated certifications, they certainly excel in creating an inviting space for pizza lovers along with simple, approachable pizza creations. You can go basic but beautiful with the Gina, a combination of tomato sauce and basil, or complex with the Biaggia, topped with prosciutto, fig jam, goat cheese and arugula. Want to share these artisan pizzas with more people than will fit in the 20-seat restaurant? Il Bosco will bring the oak-fired Valoriani pizza oven straight to you and up to 200 of your friends and family. 480.335.8680;

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Canadian-based women’s retail store opens its first U.S. location in Phoenix PHOTOS BY HAUTE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY


f you don’t travel to Canada often, you’ve probably never heard of WHITE SUN, but that’s all about to change as the store’s first U.S. locale is now open in Phoenix. WHITE SUN, a boutique with the female baby boomer in mind, offers an array of clothing, scarves and accessories, with new merchandise hitting the store every month. As a specialty retail store, the shop showcases a versatile array of carefully selected items, which embrace and applaud women of every shape and size. “It is based on having a handchosen stock assortment that provides a boutique feel, but with a mass-merchandising attitude. Targeting boomers who seek casual, elegant style, White Sun offers unique, predominately Canadian brands that are complimented by some of the best items in the American market,” explains White Sun Owner and Founder Wanda Pollock. Some Canadian brands sold at WHITE SUN include Simply (comfortable every day and resort wear), Frank Lyman, Simon Cheng, Joseph Ribkoff and more. The go-to retail location carries an assortment of items with a sophisticated woman in mind who wants a color-coordinated, polished, and puttogether look, while keeping it refined.

“White Sun offers any woman in Scottsdale or Phoenix an enjoyable way to dress with confidence while perfectly expressing her inner artist and her own style,” Pollock says. The women’s fashion concept, which is geared toward women 35-up who want a colorful and sopisticated look, opened its doors to the public early last month at outdoor shopping and restaurant center Biltmore Fashion Park. UPTOWN |


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But, why did owner Pollock choose Phoenix out of all places for WHITE SUN’s debut U.S. location? “Phoenix is a growing city and the perfect demographic for WHITE SUN. Also many travelers and Canadians such as myself travel here throughout the year,” Pollock explains. Located at Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Unit 134, Phoenix; 602.956.1339.

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