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THE LIFE STYLIST As the founder of StylePHX, Ashley LaRae Sampson helps her clients achieve success in their professional and personal lives

BEHIND THE DESIGNS Meet the fashion visionaries behind five Valley brands

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Contents

Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Marina Carpenter talks her journey to the Arizona Coyotes

18 BEAT ON THE COVER: Ashley LaRae Sampson. Photo by Claudia Johnstone, www.dasphotohaus.com.

Features 28 ASHLEY LARAE SAMPSON The StylePHX founder helps her clients become successful in their professional and personal lives 32 BEHIND THE DESIGNS Get to know the visionaries behind five Valley brands

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Sarah Crawford is on a mission to help families

19 BEAT Painter Luis Miguel Avila shares his personal inspiration

20 HIS STYLE Meet Jeremy Smith

22 HER STYLE Meet Jordin Harrison

24 NOTICED Fashionable women spotted at events


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Contents Style 49 MUST-HAVE Game day glam from Judith Leiber Couture

50 ALLURE Grown-up glitter

51 DWELL Emerald everything

52 SHOP Groovy, baby

53 SHOP Scarf prints 54 FASHION Fall into fitness

Now 39 HOT TICKET

Legends of Speed and The pARTy in the Garden

40 LOWDOWN News to know

42 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

44 EVENT Applause! Gala

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46 OUT Fall fests

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It’s finally fall and I don’t know about you, but I am fully taking advantage of the cooler weather. From going on walks around my neighborhood to opting for an outside table at dinner, I’ll take any excuse I can to spend some extra time outdoors. Along with the lower temperatures comes event season. Are you ready for it? My calendar is slowly getting filled with fun events taking place from October through the end of the year and we’ve got the scoop on all of them. Some of my favorites are the outdoor fall festivals happening all over the Valley this month (page 46). Phoenix Theatre will also celebrate its centennial anniversary in October. Read about the upcoming Applause! Gala on page 44. There’s also Phoenix Art Musuem’s annual pARTy in the Garden event, which marks the opening of Legends of Speed, the first race car exhibit shown at the museum, along with an exhibit that celebrates 60 years of art at the museum. The early November party (page 39) is one not to be missed but if you do happen to miss it, Legends of Speed will be on view through March 15, 2020. Ashley LaRae Sampson, who is on our cover this month, understands the meaning of a packed calendar. As the owner of StylePHX, the girl boss is always on the go. Sampson is basically a life stylist – she helps her clients in every aspect of their lives, from professionally to personally. She’s talking her road from helping Hollywood clientele to coming back to her roots and supporting her local community on page 28. Additional highlights this month include a roundup of local liquors (page 70), some amazing restaurants in Sin City (page 74), and a feature on five local designers who are paving their way in the fashion world (page 32). Enjoy event season!

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U P C L O S E / B E AT / H I S S T Y L E / H E R S T Y L E / N O T I C E D

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

ICE ICE BABY

Marina Carpenter balances her role as the chief of staff for the Arizona Coyotes with being a mom

She may not be able to ice skate, but in her role as the current chief of staff for the Arizona Coyotes, Marina Carpenter was destined to become a major player in the local sporting scene. A native of Chandler, the volleyball star was tempted by many out-of-state schools when considering where continue

her academic and athletic career after high school, but her heart was set on remaining close to home. Carpenter ultimately accepted an offer to play Division I volleyball for Arizona State University, fueling her love of Phoenix and the athletic community.

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to return to sports. Though this time, she would be off the field and on the ice. In 2016 Carpenter became the associate general counsel of the Arizona Coyotes, and worked her way up to her current role as the team’s general counsel and chief of staff. In this role, she is responsible for the team’s litigation matters, contracts, business operations, partner relationships and long-term strategic planning. “There are a lot of people that would love to have my job, so I don’t take it for granted. I have to constantly prepare for whatever is coming up next, it’s such a rewarding challenge and feeds my competitive nature,” Carpenter says. In addition to her love for the Valley, Carpenter’s strong value of teamwork is one of the things that aligns her most with the Arizona Coyotes’ culture and development. “The team operates without ego and are heavily invested in the community,” she says. Families of deployed military members and children participating in the Boys and Girls Club have opportunities to skate at Gila Arena Stadium, and teachers use STEM and reading materials offered by the team in their classrooms.

Family Ties

Career Goals After graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business as a top student-athlete, Carpenter continued her education at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. During law school, she was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and landed an internship with the Arizona Diamondbacks legal department, an early indication of the possibility of bridging her legal training with the competitive world of sports. “My experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks was a perfect introduction to the basic needs of a professional team,” she says. After learning the ropes at a local law firm and gaining experience in a multitude of legal affairs, she found an opportunity

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Not only did ASU provide the professional training for Carpenter to succeed, the Sun Devil weight room also served as an integral part of her personal life as it’s where she met her now-husband, Rudy Carpenter, who was the quarterback for the Sun Devils at the time. It was not a case of love at first sight since their intense athletic commitments kept them busy year-round, however, six years down the road Marina convinced Rudy to return to Phoenix to build a life together. The couple have a daughter that is just about the enter her “terrible twos” and are expecting a baby boy to join the team in February 2020. While becoming a mother has put another massive ball in her hands to juggle, Carpenter prioritizes quality family time and trying to find the elusive work-life balance. “Before I was a mom, I could work anytime, and I dictated every aspect of my schedule,” she says. “My weekends have become a little less productive in regards to work, but I find that being a mom has actually made me a better employee.” Through her experiences, she has learned to manage people’s expectations better, set realistic timelines, and accept the fact that she won’t be able to get everything done as fast as she’d like to. “I instinctively want to do everything for everyone all the time. In theory, I could just work longer and harder, but in practicality I learned that sleep is crucial and there is such a thing as too much coffee,” she says. The family recently completed the construction of their home in Arcadia to accommodate their growing family and the argument they have most often is whether to put football or hockey on the living room television. “Needless to say, one of us ends up forced into another room,” she says. 


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FAMILY MATTERS

Sarah Crawford coaches parents to help their children thrive through every stage of development

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Child therapist-turned-parent coach Sarah Crawford is on a mission to reduce stress and help parents learn how they can help their children grow up to become happy, confident, and empowered adults. “My work is values-based; it’s about teaching parents how they can support their children, emotionally, as they set and maintain limits and teach lessons at the same time,” she says. When Crawford was younger her parents weren’t able to understand or help her with specific needs, which led to her down the path of discovering how to help families function better like sports coaching helps athletes improve. Prior to opening her own practice, Crawford gained experience as a school counselor followed by a pediatric internship at a community health center and a stint working with children and caregivers in the foster care system. “In this role [in the foster care system], I learned all about how deeply parenting impacts child development while learning how to help parents support their children and work through all types of challenges,” she says. Tantrums, anxiety and sibling issues are just a few topics that Crawford covers by identifying the root causes and determining solutions to help children develop and manage their behaviors. Focusing on parent empowerment strategies to deepen the parentchild relationship is important to Crawford and distinguishes her business from other resources. “Not every strategy will work for every child, and certain children need things that others don’t. I help parents discern what their individual children might need and develop a plan based on that,” she says. Naturally, Crawford draws inspiration from children. “Their lightheartedness, innocence and playfulness remind me that there is so much fun, beauty, and joy available in the present moment,” she says. Crawford juggles her private therapy practice, consultations, and teaching in the community. October marks her latest endeavor; a group coaching program to make information and solutions about the problems she sees most more accessible. To learn more, visit www.sarahcrawfordphd.com.

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PAINTING IT OUT

Luis Miguel Avila turns his raw emotions into abstract artwork

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

Luis Miguel Avila’s striking paintings are his way of connecting with the outside world. His work features contemporary and urban abstract elements as well as spontaneous colors and textures. The surreal designs, which range from brightly colored recognizable objects to well-appointed and intricate shapes, have garnered him passionate fans that can often find him exhibiting at First Friday Art Walks downtown. Avila uses a palette knife and his intuitive pesona to tap into his subconscious mind. “I love the feeling of being able to express thought, emotion and feeling using these tools,” he says. His artwork first started out as doodles on a sketch pad during school, which often ended with a visit to the principal’s office and a call home to his equally loving and strict mother. “In a heartbeat I was grounded and put in a corner that felt like an eternity and I would find myself doodling and sketching on anything I could find,” Avila says. As an adult, he still turns his negative experiences into positive ones by using them to create highly desired works of art. His emotions and life experiences – along with artists like Salvador Dali, Voka, and Peter Terrain – inspire his paintings. The message of each painting emerges only when the work of art is complete, making each piece unique and unrepeatable. “Seeing people's reaction and listening to their positive feedback as well as knowing that I planted a sense of joy, peace, and personal connectivity through my artwork is my favorite part of what I do,” he says. The artist advises people looking at his work, and anyone else’s, to connect with the piece on a personal level. “Don't judge a painting. Analyze it and let it take you to another dimension. What you envision others won't, and that's the beauty of my abstract world.” Avila has additional exhibitions on the horizon, which he hopes leads to the production of art prints, stickers, and clothing featuring his work.

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BORN TO STAND OUT

Jeremy Smith cares about fashion in an industry that most people don’t

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

Whether he’s sprucing up homes with Pinterest-worthy hardware and lighting or dressing himself for a night out on the town, one thing is certain: Jeremy Smith is doing it with style. As the director of showrooms for his family business, Central Arizona Supply, Smith spends his days meeting with vendors and rearranging displays dressed in brands like Uniqlo, which he favors for its high-quality, simple basics. Evenings and weekends call for mixed patterns, colored sports coats, and a hefty dose of pink. “I used to try to not be so flashy or stand out, then as time went on, I started to enjoy being someone who cared about fashion in this industry,” he says. For Smith, that means dressing in colorful styles influenced by his travels. “I tend to shop when I’m out of town and love walking city streets and seeing what a diverse group of people are wearing and how they’re styling themselves,” he says. “Fashion to me is about fun and expressing yourself in a way that allows you to be remembered and to show your personality.”

Do you consider yourself a trendsetter? Absolutely not. I used to! But now I know what I want to wear and sometimes it’s in fashion and sometimes it’s not. But I always feel good in it. What is your must-have fashion item? A broach or pin. Going back to my travels, one of the things I do when I travel is go to antique and jewelry stores. I always try to find a unique pin or broach. It reminds me of my grandmother. It gives me a story to tell about some place that I have been and who I was with when I found my sparkly treasure! What is your No. 1 style tip? I know it is Arizona and it is hot, but some days you just have to commit to being fabulous. Surprise people, make them talk.

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UPDATE YOUR LOOK, IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE!

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

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

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CREATING A SPECTACLE Optician and jewelry maker Jordin Harrison mixes up an eclectic style

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Between swinging spectacles and handcrafting jewelry, Jordin Harrison is a pro when it comes to accessorizing her look. By day she provides optician services for Framed Ewe Optical while evenings are dedicated to her jewelry line, Gaia Athena. Harrison describes her style as “Southwest eclectic,” sporting a mix of vintage and contemporary fashions with layered accessories to complete her looks. “Turquoise is always a must,” she says, noting her vintage turquoise squash blossom necklace gifted to her by her husband will always remain her most prized possession in her closet. Harrison favors mixing prints like stripes, gingham, and loud florals with metal jewelry, and – of course – bold eyewear. “Frames are the ultimate fusion of form and function. They help you see and they're the quickest way to completely redefine your look,” she says. Everlane, Nooworks and Reformation are some of her favorite brands because of their quality construction and commitment to sustainability. In addition to Framed Ewe, you can find Harrison shopping at Noons boutique. “There are always beautiful locally made goods, the best vintage, and one-of-a kind pieces at Noons. I never leave there without a new accessory,” she says.

If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be? I don’t think I would want to do a trade, but I would love to dig into Iris Apfel or Linda Rodin’s wardrobe! What would someone say if they looked at your closet? Wow. That’s a lot of glasses. Also, rings. And it’s extremely organized ... Like, Tetris-champion levels of organization. Who influences your style? Every time I travel, I get inspired by the different communities of people and how they dress to complement their environments and culture or to stand out from it.

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cylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of Danese Creations, has been in business since 1971. Through her gift of custom designing, men and women can get all their custom designing, tailoring, alterations, bridal wear and all accessories, fabric, jewelry and the best fitting bra. “I’m a 3rd generation Custom Designer/Tailor in my family, I follow My Mother Maria and Grandmother Chapita,” said Danese. “My designs have made it to the Emmys, The Country Music Awards, the Oscars, the White House, The Oprah show, I’ve also been featured on First Edition, total Divas, all the local TV channels. It’s been an amazing ride for these last 47 years!” While Danese is proud of the accolades and the high profile clients that have graced her designs, some of her fondest memories are the ones that have changed the lives of others. “I saved a brides wedding day by making a beautiful, custom

wedding gown from scratch, on the day of the wedding, in 2 hours and 50 minutes, that is how I got dubbed “the Fairy Godmother Of Fashion”, she explains. “I’m also called “The Boob Whisperer” for the expert bra fittings that I do. Your boobs can either make you or break you. If they look good, you look good and feel good, sexy, young, (even if you’re old) thin, (even if you’re heavy), and your clothes fit well.” Danese is committed to helping every man or woman find their perfect fit, in addition women can get a free bra fitting. Clients need to set an appointment with her shop, and with zero obligations to purchase bras from her. “Most women just don’t know what a bra is supposed to do, how a bra is supposed to fit, how a bra has been designed, or what bra size is right for them. Industry estimates are that anywhere from 70 to 80 perfect of women are wearing the wrong size bra, although in my opinion, informed by more than 47

years of experience, it’s more like 90 percent. And there’s been no reliable source for women to go to and find out the truth about bras, bra measuring and bra sizing, until now.” If clients are not in the market for custom designing, you will find original Danese Creations designs, ready-to-wear one of a kind bridal gowns, mother of the bride or groom gowns, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, skirts, blouses, and more. Danese Creations prides themselves on being able to make custom garments from a picture or a drawing or an idea and she can do this all without requiring the client to be local. Above all, Danese has one goal for her shop “To do the impossible to get to solve all the sewing problems that come my way. My motto that I got from my Father Giacomo Danese is “Nothing is Impossible, Difficult but not Impossible”, she explains. “We never say no, it’s always yes we can, just say when!”

Contact Danese Creations at 602.955.1313 or www.danesecreations.com, 3902 E Indian School Rd #3, Phoenix, AZ 85018


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An X-factor is a special talent or quality that separates one person from others. The ability to read people with laser-like precision is Ashley LaRae Sampson’s X-factor. As the founder and creative consultant of StylePHX, Sampson uses her distinguishable talent to help organizations and individuals unearth their ideal selves and elevate their brands to a whole new level of success.

Superstar Starts Arizona is Sampson’s home and has been for more than 20 years. She graduated with her bachelor of arts degree from Arizona State University and studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. There, she began her career as a style consultant and worked with big names in the entertainment and sports industries. Although she was based in Phoenix, Sampson was rarely home due to the amount of traveling her job entailed as a stylist. The phrase “There’s no place like home” rang true for her whenever she landed back in the Valley after long stints away from it. “One of the most comforting things for me was being able to escape the entertainment scene and come home to such a peaceful, yet huge, city with my friends from junior high, high school and college,” Sampson says. “It always kept me humble.” Working so closely with superstars like Jay-Z, Keyshia Cole, The Dream and professional athletes for five years gave Sampson a VIP pass into how they managed their businesses. She observed what worked, what didn’t work and began to understand the importance of a brand. This motivated her to move away from consulting people’s images and focus more on creative consulting. “I decided to switch gears and expand my knowledge and skill set to include finance, marketing, branding, and community relations,” she says.

Working from the Inside Out In 2010, Sampson launched StylePHX. Her multifaceted business helps organizations and leaders unlock their ideal selves and better advertise their brand. Sampson asks her clients guiding questions — including “What’s your why?” — and helps them convey powerful messages to their target

market through search engine optimization, personal branding, marketing, and social media. Her business offers several programs that propel an organization’s brand to a whole new level, with the most popular being a six-session series for leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and disruptors. In this program, Sampson covers everything from mindfulness empowerment and digital presence to community giveback and networking. “Basically, we fill in the cracks to their foundation so they can reach their next level,” she says. StylePHX has allowed Sampson to transition from being a full-time stylist for people to a full-time stylist of people, or life stylist. Instead of helping people be successful in one area of their life, like their image, she helps them be successful in several areas of their life, including professionally and personally. “It is exceptionally important to me to work with my clients from the inside out so we can find the most empowering and sustainable path to them living their ideal lives in all areas, not just their physical appearance,” Sampson says. “The same process I would use to determine what their ideal image was, is the same process I now use to help them begin living their most authentic life.” Each day is different for this life stylist. One day could be dedicated to client meetings, whereas another day may involve public speaking or leading a workshop. Recently, Sampson has been spending her days finessing a new branding series that combines esoteric tools with successful business strategies. She’s also working on uploading more podcasts, videos and blogs to StylePHX’s website so that her clients can access her material however they prefer to learn it. Because her work involves helping others live successfully daily, Sampson is a mindful practitioner of self-care. She recharges her batteries by meditating, relaxing and FaceTiming people who feed her soul: her family and friends. And when things feel unimaginable, she reminds herself of her favorite line from a Bob Marley song. “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be alright,” Sampson repeats. “We can get so caught up in the

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little things that we forget to see the bigger picture. When we take a step back, we can see that we are in a place we dreamed we would be at some point, but we tend to be so worried about the next steps that we don't get to enjoy where we are now. All is well, and the wheel is always turning.”

Community Connections When she isn’t working with her clients, Sampson is involved in the community by serving at a handful of local philanthropies. She is the vice chair of Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams’ Business Council, immediate past chair of Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Valley Young Professionals, co-chair of marketing for Girls in Tech Phoenix and a member of Phoenix College President’s Advisory Board for Dr. Larry Johnson and Achieve60AZ African American Attainment Equity Council. Plus, she’s a mentor at New Pathways for Youth. “This is my city, and this is where I’ve found most of my support and success, so I want to do what I can to help it become even better than it is and support initiatives that are important to me. I can’t be upset about what needs improvement if I’m unwilling to work to improve it,” she says. Sampson also empowers her community on her social media accounts. Her Instagram feed, for example, is full of inspiring words and daily affirmations. She shares uplifting posts so that even those who do not use her services can still have access to her and her resources. “I love how my followers are open and vulnerable with me. They connect with me, and we can often build relationships over time that help us both,” she says. “The fact that I resonate with so many people shows me that even during our most isolated times, we still have people we can share our light with, and they share theirs right back. It’s so beautiful.” As someone who is constantly cheering on the successes of others, Sampson knows the importance of having a good squad supporting her. “I am fully aware that I don’t think I’d be standing where I am today without my parents, sister, family and closest friends,” she says. To learn more, follow Sampson on her Instagram account, @ashbash_stylephx or visit www.stylephx.co.

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Come fall, all things style takes center stage with fashion week extravaganzas popping up across the world and right in our own backyard. In honor of those who create, we’re spotlighting local designers on a mission to challenge the status quo through their wearable art. From women’s and men’s accessories and shoes to jewelry and garments, get to know the visionaries behind five Valley brands.

BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY LEIGHTON / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

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JENNIFER PAIGE BOONLORN SOUL CARRIER Tell us about Soul Carrier. Soul Carrier is a fashion accessories company with a goal of bringing beautiful objects to life. We want you to follow your soul and to be authentic as you carry our products. Describe your brand in three words. Soulful, graceful and sophisticated. What is the inspiration behind it? A love of creating, designing, and wanting to put products out into the world that could spark conversations around alignment, authenticity, and having a true north. How did you get into design? I graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City, then spent time at Oscar de la Renta and Women’s Wear Daily and designed products for Henri Bendel before doing an art project for Barneys that sparked the idea for Soul Carrier. What designer do you look up to the most? The team of creatives behind Alice + Olivia and Chloe. And I have mad respect for Jolie Andreatta – she was the costume designer behind the TV show Suits. The casts’ wardrobe was on point! What’s been your greatest achievement? In college, I lost both my parents in a tire blow accident. And then I lost a best friend to suicide. Learning how to walk through the fire and find the tenacity to thrive again is my greatest achievement. Your greatest challenge? My greatest challenge is learning to say “no” so that I can say “yes” to the projects, people and goals that truly matter to me. Putting the ideologies of essentialism into practice is something I must work on every day. What advice would you give to an aspiring designer? Start! You will modify and tweak your business so many times. It’s better to edit along the way versus being a perfectionist and never starting. Listen to podcasts and read – there is so much free mentorship out there! Find products online at www.soulcarrier.com and at select luxury resorts and spas in the Valley, including The Phoenician, Mountain Shadows and Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

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BART WALKER JACK GRACE USA Tell us about Jack Grace. Jack Grace was developed to support an invention I created on my kitchen table with my wife’s kitchen shears and a handful of old golf shoes. I wanted to create a premium golf shoe that allows people to express their individual styles in a fun way never before seen on the golf course. Golf shoes are often boring; our interchangeable saddles allow you to coordinate your shoes to your outfit so that your shoes are continually customizable. Describe your brand in three words. Innovative, premium and fun. What is the inspiration behind it? Inspiration for the name Jack Grace came from my son, Jack, and daughter, Grace. Our latest addition, baby Henry (born December 2018) showed up a little late. We’ll have to find a way to make it right down the road. How did you get into design? I don’t have any formal design training, but I’ve always loved shoes. As a kid, when I’d get a new pair I’d place them on my dresser and study them as I laid in bed. I suppose that fascination and attention to detail has served me well in this new endeavor. What designer do you look up to the most? Easy, the greatest of all time … Ralph Lauren. What’s been your greatest achievement? Aside from being a father to my kids, I’d say having so many happy customers. It’s pretty neat to have high-profile organizations like the PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Enterprises, and some professional sports teams as customers. Not long ago, I was a banker with a crazy idea to chop up old shoes on our kitchen table. To have this level of acceptance this soon is pretty awesome. Your greatest challenge? Managing my high expectations and patience in general. What advice would you give to an aspiring designer? Be decisive even if it means that sometimes you’ll be wrong. Find products online at www.jackgraceusa. com and select golf retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

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JADE MCCLENDON STUDIO BB DESIGNS Tell us about Studio BB Designs. We are a mother-and-daughter duo that has turned our passion for jewelry, creativity and connecting with women into a business. We absolutely love what we do and feel like that shines through our pieces. Our glass art starts with a single rod of glass and is melted freehand into one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry. Describe your brand in three words. Handmade, legacy and unique. What is the inspiration behind it? Our brand was born from two of our biggest passions: The desire to create incredible, one-of-a-kind artistic pieces and our love for seeing women feel beautiful. Once we began to see our pieces showcased on their arms, marrying our art and connecting with these women was such a special thing. How did you get into design? I have always loved jewelry, stringing beads and creating. We heard about a glass (lampwork) bead-making class and have been hooked ever since. We love that the ideas are endless; being able to escape into a creative outlet is such a gift. What designer do you look up to the most? My mother. She has incredible style and knows exactly who she is. What’s been your greatest achievement? There have been so many rewarding milestones along the way. However, if I’m honest, it’s the loyal fan base that we have established. That’s what challenges us to create new pieces, constantly evolve with our designs, and grow as artists. Our art resonates with so many women across generations. Your greatest challenge? Like any working mom, the biggest challenge is finding a healthy balance between creating in the studio and family. What advice would you give to an aspiring designer? Love what you do. If you can’t stop thinking about it, do it! Find a way and don’t look back! Find products online at www. studiobbdesigns.com.

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AMBER ANDERSON FLOWER POWER CLOTHING Tell us about Flower Power Clothing. Flower Power is all about modern vintage apparel for the dreamers. We want to encourage people to live and love a little bit more. If we all do that, we can make the world a better place. Describe your brand in three words. Fun, chic and vintage. What is the inspiration behind it? I love music and movies – especially those from the ’60s and ’70s – and that’s where I draw most of my inspiration. The brand was inspired by the Flower Power movement. I wanted to take a modern approach and empower people to live and love a little bit more. How did you get into design?  I’ve always had a passion for fashion. My grandma had a passion for it, and I think that influenced me. When I was young, she tried teaching me how to sew, but at the time, I didn’t really have an interest or appreciation for it. I eventually started designing when I ran an online boutique. I was very picky and didn’t really like my options, so I started looking into designing my own clothes. What designer do you look up to the most? Ralph Lauren inspires me the most. His career journey and creative process has really helped shape my vision for this brand.   What’s been your greatest achievement? I had the honor to dress Natasha Castles of Live 101. 5 for her TEDx Talk. Your greatest challenge? Being self-taught. I didn’t have someone there to tell me what I was doing right or wrong. My biggest design obstacle was trying to get the perfect fit. It was a very long trial-and-error process!   What advice would you give to an aspiring designer? Work hard and never give up.   Find products online at www. loveflowerpower.com.

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SEBASTIAN SANDERSIUS EZRA ARTHUR Tell us about Ezra Arthur. Ezra Arthur is owned by myself and my three brothers, honoring our grandfather’s name by crafting lifestyle accessories worthy of everything he stood for. By sourcing only the finest American materials – such as the highest quality leathers – and handcrafting each item, we hope to restore value in goods designed for life. Describe your brand in three words. Heirloom, quality and Americana. What is the inspiration behind it? We sought to combine modern engineering with century-old practices to handcraft dependable keepsakes that look as great as they last. At the height of the economic downturn, skilled trades and first-rate manufacturing methods were abandoned. We wanted to save this crucial component of American manufacturing by building our own facility in the heart of Phoenix’s waning warehouse district. How did you get into design? I got into design toward the end of 2010. I was finishing my Ph.D. in physics, and I became very interested in design while I was on a trip to Brussels. I had been to most European capitals, but there was something about Brussels that inspired me to get into design. I really appreciated the fashion and culture of the city. What designer do you look up to the most? I have always admired the work of Hugo Boss, et al. What’s been your greatest achievement? Knowing that I haven’t yet achieved my greatest achievement.    Your greatest challenge? Finding great people to work with.      What advice would you give to an aspiring designer? Study mathematics. You will be more powerful if you can speak both the languages of engineering and design. Find products online at www.ezraarthur. com and at select stores worldwide.

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L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

Rev your engines for Phoenix Art Museum’s annual fall gala, The pARTy in the Garden, which will return Nov. 2 to celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary. The evening will feature the premiere of Legends of Speed, the first exhibition of racing cars ever presented at the museum. In addition to access to the new exhibit before it opens to the public, guests at the party will also have the opportunity to browse PhxArt60: The Past Decade, the museum’s anniversary exhibition. Guests will enjoy custom cocktails, indulge in fine dining and dance under the stars. The evening will be split up into the main event ($750) and The afterpARTy ($100), a late-night art and cocktails experience, which all main event guests will also have access to. www.phxart.org.

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MIXING THINGS UP

On Nov. 3 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Ocotillo, Phoenix Diners Collective will host the 7 Chefs & 7 Bartenders Series. The event will feature a seven-course dinner with cocktail parings prepared by local chefs and bartenders. Some chefs include Cassie Shortino of Tratto; Michael Babcock of Belly; Brett Gomez of Ocotillo; and David Brito of Kai. Bartenders include Justin Arellano of So Far So Good, Libby Lingua of Barter&Shake, and Chanel Godwin-McMaken of Little Rituals. $90 per person. www. phoenixdinerscollective.com.

FLORAL MUSINGS

Local artist Isse Maloi will be displaying his firstever themed show at the Found:re Phoenix Hotel this month. Titled Water the Daisies, the collection incorporates hand-drawn daises layered over portraits. The show, which will remain on display in the lounge through October, will open on Oct. 4 in conjunction with Downtown Phoenix’s First Friday Artwalk with an artist’s reception and meet and greet from 6-9 p.m. www.foundrehotels.com.

CHEF FOR A DAY

Chef Justin Beckett of namesake restaurant, Beckett’s Table will launch his new cooking class series this month. The chefrestauranteur will invite guests to the restaurant for a threecourse lunch, wine tasting and a front-row seat to a personalized cooking demonstration. Each class will be inspired by seasonal ingredients and will be themed to match the upcoming seasons and holidays. All three classes (Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Jan. 18) will begin 11 a.m. and are $95 per person to attend. www. beckettstable.com.

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WINE & DINE

Wine & Wayu, The Capital Grille’s signature event, is back, bringing acclaimed wines and elevated burgers with it. Available to diners in The Capital Grille Lounge through Nov. 17, the special features three gourmet burgers crafted with wagyu beef paired with red varietals from established Napa Valley wineries not typically available by the glass. Options include a Wagyu Mushroom Burger with a pinot noir from Beaulieu Vineyards; a Wagyu Burger with Captial Grille Steak Sauce with a cabernet sauvignon from Beringer; and the Wagyu Cheeseburger paired with a Bordeaux blend from Stags’ Leap. $25 per person. www. thecaptialgrille.com.

HALLOWEEN HAUNT DOUGHNUT DREAMS

Last month, Dave Andrea of Brat Haus opened DoH!, a doughnut concept. The retro-themed shop is connected to the Uptown Phoenix location of Brat Haus. DoH! Offers locally sourced gourmet doughnuts and bagels along with coffee, hard kombucha, and mimosas. A variety of signature doughnuts will also be served “drunken” style in which guests will receive a pipette of specialty liquor that adds a boozy twist.

A Vampire Tale will return this month from Oct. 3-12, celebrating 16 consecutive seasons of the dark, quirky comedy. Presented by Scorpius Dance Theatre, the show will be held at The Hardes Theatre at The Phoenix Theatre Company. For the first time in the production’s history, there will be an entirely new duo performing the lead roles of the king and queen of the vampires. www.scorpiusdance.com. Uptown October ‘19

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NAPOLI

Oct. 24-27, Symphony Hall Ballet Arizona will join forces with The Phoenix Symphony for the presentation of this uplifting, festive story. The enchanting return of a Bournonville classic set in the bustling wharf of Naples tells the story of Gennaro, a poor fisherman, and his beloved Teresina, who has been washed away in a storm only to be rescued by sea-nymphs ruled by an evil spirit. Dancers will take the audience through this magical aquatic journey, which showcases the couple’s trials and temptations to see if their love will prevail over darkness. Times and prices vary. www.balletaz.org.

BY BRITTANY MARONEY

Led by guest conductor Roderick Cox, Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony represents tonal romanticism, but many of his works explore new realms of structure. Composerconductor and music director designate of the San Francisco Symphony Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix develops as a coil, the music accelerates and tightens into a fantastic finish. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org. Italian Association of Arizona Dinner Oct. 8, Mora Italian The authenticity of Italy will make an appearance in Arizona to celebrate Italian Heritage Month. Chef-restaurateur Scott Contant will host this special one-night-only fundraising dinner for the Italian Association of Arizona, a nonprofit working to develop a Little Italy in Phoenix. The evening will include a five-couse seated dinner with wine pairing. 6 and 6:30 p.m. seatings. $139. www.moraitalian.com.

Chingona Soles Stiletto Art and Fashion Show Oct. 4, Luna Culture Lab Chingona Soles celebrates women in Phoenix through art. First popularized in the 1950s and ’60s, the stiletto is a classic symbol of high femme style, culture, and power. Artists, local celebrities, designers, community and business leaders will transform a black stiletto into a piece of art for this seventh annual event. The transformed stilettos will then be auctioned off to benefit a nonprofit organization in the Valley. 6 p.m.

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Free admission; VIP tickets starts at $100. www.chingonasoles.com. Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum Oct. 4 Heard Museum It’s a local landmark and a national treasure; our very own Heard Museum will turn 90 with this spectacular exhibit. Signature works from the permanent collection – Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, jewelry and more – will be on view to commemorate the milestones,

people, and events that have made the Heard Museum the must-see cultural destination it is today. The exhibit opens Oct. 4 and will be available for view daily. Free with general admission. www.heard.org. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 Oct. 4-5, The Phoenix Symphony Explore the music of Finland, which composer John Sibelius and composer-conductor EsaPekka Salonen are from. Sibelius is so revered by the country that his birthday is a national holiday.

8th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Oct. 10, Margaret T. Hance Park The city of Phoenix is blossoming with great artists and the Phoenix Center for the Arts will honor that at the eighth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Nominations for this year’s awards were collected from a public web form throughout the month of July. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate local artists’ innovative, collaborative, impactful work. 6:30-9 p.m. Individual tickets, $125; Full tables, $1,000. www. phoenixcenterforthearts.org. Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown Oct. 11, Orpheum Theater They were larger than life – true musical icons. Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a


high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road, will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. This will be a one-night battle of legends not to be missed. 7:309:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www. orpheum-theater.com.

community. Guests will enjoy panels, zine making, alternative voices and a ton of bright creativity. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.phxzinefest.com. Disney and Tim Burton’s: Nightmare Before Christmas Oct. 31-Nov 3, The Phoenix Symphony After its 2018 sold-out debut, Tim Burton’s wildly inventive world will returns to The Phoenix Symphony on Halloween weekend as the spooky classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is shown in its entirety. Hear Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score soar to life as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas on the big screen above the full orchestra. Patrons of all ages will be welcome at family-friendly performance, where audience members are welcome to come dressed in Halloween costumes. Prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Four Peaks Oktoberfest Oct. 11-13, Tempe Town Lake A signature event that’s worth driving to Tempe for, Oktoberfest will roll into town this month, celebrating all things German. The festival will bring three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappings, karaoke, carnival rides and more. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will be used to send Tempe high school students to cities all around the world. Times for the weekend event vary. Free entry with food and drinks for purchase. www.fourpeaksoktoberfest.com. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Oct. 11-13, The Phoenix Symphony This month, Star Wars and The Phoenix Symphony will join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert. The iconic movie will be projected on the big screen above the orchestra, with John Williams’ legendary score performed live. The classic saga will continue at Symphony Hall. After the triumphant destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Show times and prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org. Arizona Taco Festival Oct. 12-13, WestWorld of Scottsdale Arizona is known for having some of the best Mexican food in the country and the annual epic battle of the taco will return to town this month to prove it. More than 50 booths will take their place for the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor the creations of some of the best Mexican food options in the Valley. The two-day event will be filled with live music, tasty food, and taco-flavored fun including lucha libre wrestling, hot chili pepper eating contests, live music and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $12-$100. www. aztacofestival.com. Speak Up for Kids Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 19, Heritage Square The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Strong Families AZ are calling

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Oct. 26, Herberger Theater Center Celebrate the arts in the Phoenix community with this 10th annual festival. In addition to performances by more than 25 arts groups, there will also be live music, and performances on two outdoor stages. Guests can also expect children’s activities, aerial performances, and vendor booths to browse. In addition to art displays, there will also be pet adoptions and craft beer and wine tasting. Free. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. www.herbergertheater.org.

all superheroes to unite in the battle against the forces that threaten child health and well-being. This outdoor event will feature a kids zone with superhero-themed games and activities, superhero appearances, a health fair exhibition, vendors, food trucks, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Hundreds of excited families and community members are expected to participate in the festivities, and highly encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite

superhero. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. www.raisingarizonakids.com. PHX Zine Fest 2019 Oct. 20, Unexpected Gallery PHX Zine Fest is an annual gathering for DIY Small Press enthusiasts who create and enjoy zines, indie comics, photography books, perzines, political pamphlets and the like. At this event, attendees will be invited to share their self-published work, browse self-published work, and connect with the growing

Arizona Fall Festival Nov. 2, Margaret T. Hance Park Go where the locals go ... to experience Arizona-grown food, fun, and entertainment. The Arizona Fall Fest is the largest certified local event that brings people and local businesses together from all over Greater Phoenix. This family- and dog-friendly event will showcase all things uniquely Arizona. Over 200 local vendors representing will be on-site, including Arizona restaurants and food trucks showcasing food samples, live music and free entertainment.10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www. localfirstaz.com. 2019 Shemer Arts Festival Nov. 2, Shemer Art Center Each year, this two-day event kicks off holiday shopping with more than 40 artists specially selected from all across Arizona showcasing one-ofa-kind works, plus artist demonstrations and interactive opportunities to create your own gifts. In addition to shopping, there will be children’s art activities in an interactive kids zone, live music, food and beverage vendors, and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.shemerartcenter.org. Phoenix Walk for Wishes Nov. 3, The Phoenix Zoo This nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser will celebrate the more than 315,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. The family-friendly event, which is a 1.28-mile fun walk, will be powered by wish families, volunteers, companies, donors and friends. 8 a.m. start. The $15 registration fee will provide Walk For Wishes participants free admission to the Phoenix Zoo until 4 p.m. www.arizona.wish.org.

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A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION The Phoenix Theatre Company commemorates 100 years with the Applause! Gala

BY SHOSHANA LEON

The Phoenix Theatre Company, originally founded as the Phoenix Players in 1920, is the oldest arts organization in Arizona. This month, the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a showstopping Applause! Gala featuring exceptional entertainment, fabulous food and dancing to music from across the decades. The Applause! Gala will begin with a cocktail reception followed by dinner on the lawn provided by M Catering and dancing under the stars. Guests will be treated to a spectacular stage show created especially for the event by Michael Barnard, The Phoenix Theatre Company’s producing artistic director. The gala will also feature a live auction and a digital message from Steven Spielberg, who showed his first film at the theater in 1964. “Michael is putting together a show that will blow everyone away! He’ll be using the live production to tell the extraordinary story of The Phoenix Theatre Company. And the party will be bigger and livelier than ever before. You only celebrate your centennial once, and this is a party that has been 100 years in the making,” says Sandy Magruder, who is one of the gala’s chairs along with her husband Mac, Nan and C.A. Howlett, and Maja and John Langbein. The yearly Applause! Gala supports The Phoenix Theatre Company’s nearly 500 performances each season that reach 100,000 people annually, as well as its education and outreach programs. “The Phoenix Theatre Company is a world-class theatre providing not only Broadway-level productions, but extensive community outreach programs which make a difference in the lives of young people,” Nan Howlett says. “Programs like Partners That Heal and Summer Theatre Camp entertain, educate and inspire thousands of children each year. We feel extremely

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blessed to have The Phoenix Theatre Company in our community. We appreciate everyone who lends their support.” The Applause! Gala underscores The Phoenix Theatre Company’s mission to create exceptional theatrical experiences by using the arts to articulate messages that inspire hope and understanding. “We believe art should be celebrated, valued and continually shared. We hope everyone will join us in supporting this amazing organization and celebrating The Phoenix Theatre Company, an incredible resource that is right in own backyard and here for everyone to enjoy,” John Langbein says.

IF YOU GO… What: Applause! Gala When: Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. Where: The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Tickets: Individual tickets, $1,000; Table sponsorships begin at $15,000. Information: 602.889.5288


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EVENT

HATS OFF TO THE CHEF

Valley celebrities toast and roast culinary icon chef Vincent Guerithault as he celebrates a 50-year career

BY SHOSHANA LEON

IF YOU GO… What: Toast and Roast to Chef Vincent Guerithault   When:  Oct. 11, 6 p.m.   Where:  Vincent on Camelback, 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix Tickets: $295   Information: www. vincentsoncamelback. com.

This month, Vincent Guerithault will celebrate 50 years as a chef with a Toast and Roast dinner event at his iconic restaurant Vincent on Camelback. Chef Guerithault’s culinary career began in France, where he worked at L’Oustau de Baumaniere in Provence, and Maxim’s and Fauchon in Paris. He came to the United States in 1976 to be a sous chef at Chicago’s Le Français. Guerithault took an opportunity to move to a warmer climate, and in 1986 he opened Vincent on Camelback. Guerithault has been delighting Valley diners for more than three decades, combining classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients. He also runs Vincent Market Bistro, a catering business, and the popular

Camelback Market every Saturday from mid-October through April in the restaurant’s parking lot. The menu for the Toast and Roast dinner will include a multi-course meal with wine pairings featuring some of Guerithault’s signature dishes, including veal sweetbread turnover with wild mushrooms from his early career at L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, beef tenderloin with foie gras and souffle potatoes from his days at Le Francais in Chicago, and lemon crepe souffle from Maxim’s in Paris. The event will feature celebrity roasters including former United States Senator Jon Kyl, Valley icon Jerry Colangelo and acclaimed chef Mark Tarbell. “I have known Vincent since I moved

here in 1986,” Tarbell says. “He was the leading local chef, the guy breaking the mold and making it happen for Arizona. He has always been gracious, classy and supportive.” Guerithault has an impressive list of accolades. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 1993. In 2011, Vincent on Camelback was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. The restaurant has also been recognized in a variety of publications including Zagat and Conde Nast Traveler. Guerithault is looking forward to celebrating this remarkable career milestone with friends and family. “I’m truly humbled by this gathering of close supporters,” he says. “I’m honored that so many have chosen to celebrate with me.” Uptown October ‘19

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FALL FESTS

Outdoor gatherings to celebrate the arrival of cooler weather The heat may be gone, but the festivals are not! Celebrate the change of season by filling your calendar with fall-themed celebrations around the Valley.

BY MANDY HOLMES

Fun and Games Grab your bags and get ready to prove who’s the boss of the toss at The Churchill’s October corn hole tournament on Oct. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to bag tossing and competitive comradery, attendees will be able to sip a local brew or grab a bite to eat between games from one of The Churchill’s 10 vendors or simply practice their underhand toss with other cornhole enthusiasts. www.thechurchillphx.com. Cider Time Nothing says fall more than a refreshing glass of cider. The Southwest Cider Fest, hosted by Cider Corps, will showcase the growing popularity of craft cider on Oct. 19 from 3 to 8 pm in downtown Mesa. The festival will include tastings of local and regional ciders, food trucks and music. General admission tickets ($35) will include a commemorative glass and 15 drink tickets, while VIP tickets ($50) will get attendees in an hour early with five additional drink tickets and a commemorative T-shirt to take home. www.swciderfest2019.eventbrite.com. For the Dogs The Valley's most dog-friendly Oktoberfest will take place Oct. 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at OHSO Arcadia. All proceeds raised will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and as tradition dictates, the gastropub will have a special brew on tap: Saving Pups Pumpkin Lager. Tickets are $39 individually or two for $69 before Oct. 11 and include a Chicks with Picks concert, brews, fall fare including brats, sliders, and macaroni and cheese, pet goody bags, and a silent auction and raffle. Friendly four-legged guests are welcome to attend. www.aawl.org. Up, Up and Away Thrills, chills, and 4,000 pounds of candy is what the Spooktacular Balloon Festival is all about. The Halloween bash will combine more than 20 tethered hot air balloons and fireworks with a Spooky Trail, costume contest, and trick or treating. The festival will take over Salt River Fields on Oct. 25 and 26 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for kids and families looking to "soar" into the night's sky. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Adults, $12; Kids 3-12 years old, $10; and kids 2 and under are free. www.azspooktacular.com. A Family Affair Bring the family to Uptown Plaza on Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. for face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, and giant yard games. Live acoustic music will fill the courtyard from 4 to 6 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to visit the various shopping center stores and eateries for free samples. www.uptownplazaphx.com. Cultural Celebration Pack a blanket and grab a spot on the grass for the Dia de los Muertos Festival, which will take place Oct. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park. The unique event will feature music, dancing, masked performances, kids art activities, an artist’s mercado (or market) and a candlelight celebration to keep families connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. www.diadelosmuertosphx.com.

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Style

A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N

BY KAYLOR JONES

Upgrade your game day garb with Judith Leiber Couture’s Football Pigskin Crystal Clutch. Made in Italy, this slightly quirky yet striking bag is embellished with glimmering Austrian crystals and features a removable chain shoulder strap. Pictured in Champagne (and also available in rose and brown), the novelty clutch is lined with metallic leather that beautifully complements the gold-toned hardware. Judith Leiber’s whimsical, avant-garde clutches function as both a collector’s item and wearable art – and either way, this accessory is guaranteed to score you a touchdown. $3,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue.com.

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Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

GROOVY, BABY! Styles inspired by the ’70s

Wide-leg green denim jumpsuit, Alice + Olivia Jeans, $485 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Pleated plaid pants, $138 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Printed wrap dress, Rhode, $475 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Round sunglasses, Rad + Refined, $55 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Metallic platform sandals, Aquazzura, $895 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Wide-brimmed wool hat, $75 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

SHOP

PLAYFUL PATTERNS Forgo minimalism and embrace bold scarf prints

Mixed print flounce dress, Rhode, $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Pull-on cropped floral pants, $138 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Pleated asymmetrical paisley skirt, Balenciaga, $1,490 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Geo-printed tie blouse, Joie, $278 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Envelope clutch, Dries Van Noten, $565 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Hibiscus-printed mules, Versace, $795 at Neiman Marcus.

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Style ALLURE

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

GROWN-UP GLITTER Get ready for gala season with sophisticated shimmer

Sparkling gray eyeliner, PhytoKhol Star, $55 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Shiny lip gloss in desert rose, $27 at Laura Mercier, www. lauramercier.com. Sheer sparkling plum lipstick, Givenchy, $38 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Gold luminescent eye shadow, Chantecaille, $52 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Shimmer stick highlighter in light rose, Yves Saint Laurent, $34 at Cos Bar, www.cosbar.com. Pearlescent prep and prime spray, Mac Cosmetics, $28 at Nordstrom.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

DWELL

EMERALD EVERYTHING The rich jewel tone reigns supreme for fall

Paris Boulevard framed print, Rebecca Plotnick, $199 at Pottery Barn, www.potterybarn.com. Andes ottoman, $599 at West Elm, www.westelm.com. Coaster set, Aerin, $350 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Yin yang platter set, Ladorada, $185 at Neiman Marcus. Lampert velvet sofa, $3,695 at Jonathan Adler, ww.jonathanadler.com. Malachite votive candle, L’Objet, $150 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com.

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FALL INTO FITNESS

BY CHELSEA YOUNG / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE / HAIR AND MAKEUP BY LORRI GREGORY, TWO BY TWO HAIR MAKEUP ARTISTRY; 623.521.5834 / STYLING BY STACEY RICHMAN / MODEL: FORD/RBA / LOCATION: JEREMY SCOTT FITNESS, WWW.JEREMYSCOTTFITNESS.COM

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BRA: Earthen ochre Breathe In, $49. PANTS: Dark teal stash pocket tights, $89. Both from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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BRA: Navy and teal colorblock, $54. PANTS: Navy and teal colorblock tights, $98. Both from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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BRA: Black and white Hyper-focused Rainwater, $54. SHORTS: White biker, $59. Both from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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HAT: Mint laser, $34. TOP: Mint mesh tank, $44.   BRA: Black Run Free, $49. PANTS: Mountain olive camo tights, $98. All from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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HEADBAND: Antique burgundy twisted, $18. BRA: Antique burgundy square neck, $49. PANTS: Antique burgundy split bottom, $98. All from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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BRA: White high-neck, $54. SHORTS: White camo running, $59. Both from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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TOP: Black camo tank, $49. SKORT: Black Match Point, $69. Both from Athleta at Kierland Commons, 480.922.5223.

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

BY KAYLOR JONES

Anyone with an eye for design is sure to fall for the Arts & Crafts Saguaro Forms Tile Clock from the Frank Lloyd Wright Store. Handcrafted in the U.S. out of quartersawn white oak, the sleek timepiece is inlaid with a Motawi tile that features one of Wright’s quintessential designs, the Saguaro Forms. An iconic designer and a pioneer of organic architecture, Wright believed that buildings – and art in all of its forms – should draw inspiration from the natural world. This theme is carried on in the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s 2019 home and lifestyle collection, from which a portion of proceeds will be used help preserve and maintain the work of the prolific architect. Available in-store only now through the holiday season. $465 at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store at Taliesin West, 12345 N. Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale; 480.627.5398; www.franklloydwrightstore.com. Uptown October ‘19

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2020 LINCOLN AVIATOR This all-new luxury SUV is set to soar BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Base price: $51,100

The Lincoln Aviator is an all-new, three-row luxury SUV positioned between the larger Navigator and the smaller Nautilus. The Aviator name was previously used from 2002 to 2005 when Lincoln gussied up a Ford Explorer to look like a Navigator, but the vehicle never caught on. For 2020, Lincoln is bringing back the Aviator, this time taking styling cues from the Lincoln Continental and Navigator. Its upright grille and graceful, tapered body create an aeronautic feel that’s clean, simple and gorgeous. The Aviator offers seating for seven, or six if it’s equipped with second-row captain’s chairs. The Perfect Position 30-way power-adjustable and massaging seats are inspired by the Navigator and upholstered with supple leather. The inspiration for the interior comes from Lincoln’s Black Label, with colors like cashmere, luggage tan, or mahogany red, with khaya wood surfaces and quilted leather seating. Machined and brushed aluminum appliques add upscale accents. State-of-the-art technology includes the Revel audio system with 28 speakers, a standard 12.3-inch touch screen, and air glide suspension that lowers the height of the vehicle as the driver

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approaches, making it easier to get in or load gear. In addition, a smartphone can act as a key, unlocking the doors, opening the rear liftgate, or starting the engine through the Lincoln Way app. Road Preview uses a camera to spot potholes or uneven surfaces, adjusting the suspension accordingly. The Aviator is available in five trim levels. The vehicle tested here was the mid-level all-wheel drive Reserve, powered by a twin-turbocharged, 400-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Touring trim includes the same 3.0-liter V-6, but adds a plug-in hybrid feature that enables roughly 18 miles of electric-only driving. Delivering 494 horsepower and a massive 630 pound-feet of torque, it’s the most powerful engine ever offered in a Lincoln product. Even with its base engine, the Aviator is noticeably quick. On the road, it is extremely quiet, capable, confident and substantial, handling road conditions and corners with aplomb. Lincoln has spent a tremendous amount of time, effort and money on the new Aviator. With its combination of luxury, technology and attention to detail, it easily earns two thumbs up.

Price as tested: $75,355 Engine: 3.0-liter V-6 Horsepower: 400 Fuel economy: 18/26 mpg city/ highway Seating: 6 or 7 Fab features: Luxurious finishes State-of-the-art technology Plug-in hybrid available


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SPOTLIGHT: AN INVITING SPACE BY GABBY LEIGHTON

HAUTE PROPERTY

The sprawling front yard of this traditional-looking home is inviting, with a manicured lawn and shrubs, mature trees, a U-shaped driveway and a walking gate to the front porch. Originally built in 1994, the current owners have remodeled the 4,250-squarefoot home, which sits on an expansive 34,607-square-foot lot. The updates are apparent when walking through the custom double iron doors and into the five-bedroom, four-bathroom dwelling. Clean lines and a neutral color palette can be found throughout, with an office and a formal dining room on either side of the front entryway. If walking straight, the home immediately opens to a formal living room filled with natural light thanks to the windows along the back wall, which give a view of the backyard. The gourmet kitchen has been updated for a modern feel. The room has rich, dark brown cabinets accented by a multi-color backsplash. While the majority of the countertops are a lighter color to brighten up the space, the butcher block island adds a fun flair to the room. In addition to a breakfast bar, there is also room for an informal dining table. The kitchen and informal dining area also open up to the family room. Fit for entertaining and watching TV with the family, this room boasts natural light as well as a statement stone fireplace. The sprawling master suite comes equipped with a fireplace as well as a lavish bathroom, featuring a walk-in shower with a bench and built-in shelving, as well as double vanities, plenty of storage and a large bathtub. The resort-style backyard is certainly a highlight, with more than 4,000 square feet of travertine marble and synthetic grass, which has been positioned into an eye-catching pattern in multiple areas. In addition to an extensive covered patio, the yard also features a built-in barbecue, a gazebo, a fire pit with built-in seating and a shaded dog run. There is also a pool and spa along with a large grassy area. 7151 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85020. Listed for $1,350,000 with Bobby Lieb of HomeSmart Realty, 602.376.1341 or boblieb@aol.com. Uptown October ‘19

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Luxe PLACES

OH, OCHO RIOS!

Jamaica’s north coast offers luxe amenities and natural wonders

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTOS COURTESY OF MOON PALACE JAMAICA

Bob Marley and James Bond. You never thought you would see those two names linked together, did you? Yet, St. Ann Parish – which sits on the northern coast of Jamaica and is best known for Ocho Rios – is both the birthplace (and burial place) of Marley as well as the location of the first James Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No with Sean Connery as Bond, and 1973’s Live and Let Die with Roger Moore as Bond. The 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die with Daniel Craig, set to be released in 2020, was also filmed in Ocho Rios earlier this year. Beyond that, Ocho Rios is an exotic land full of sandy beaches, a rainforest, flowing rivers, majestic mountain ranges, towering waterfalls, and award-winning resorts. It also happens to be temperate throughout the fall and winter, making it an ideal vacation destination through the end of the year and beyond.

Where to Stay There are many resort options in the area, but Moon Palace Jamaica, which opened in 2015 in the heart of Ocho Rios and marked the Palace hospitality brand’s first property outside of Mexico, should be at the top of any visitor’s list. The 704-room, all-inclusive resort has already earned a AAA Four Diamond rating and features 17 acres of ivory sand on the longest stretch of private beach in Ocho Rios. All of the rooms, most of which boast magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea, feature Chi bath amenities and styling products, Apple TV, an in-cabinet liquor dispenser with premium spirits, a Lavazza coffee maker, and wireless internet. The most lavish rooms, however, are the 10 governor’s suites as well as a spacious two-bedroom presidential suite.

Exciting Activities Beyond the opulent accommodations, there is much to do, see, eat and drink both on property and off. On property, guests can enjoy the only FlowRider Double Wave Simulator in Jamaica, four sparkling pools, four dining destinations with premium quality cuts of Certified Angus Beef, the ultra-chic Noir nightclub, a dolphin habitat, a dedicated children’s area for ages 4 to 12, a sushi bar, a fitness center, 24-hour room service, and the 35,000-square-foot Awe Spa. The spa includes 23 treatment rooms, hot- and cold-plunge pools, a steam room, a sauna, a sensory pool, and a relaxation area. The resort also brings in internally recognized entertainment on a regular basis. Arrangements can also be made on-site to take advantage of

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several watersports, including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran rides, sailing and more. Thanks to a dedicated on-site concierge team with first-hand knowledge of the area and all of its secret – and not-so-secret – hot spots, guests are able to preview and book dozens of public, semi-private and private tours as well as unique activities throughout Ocho Rios and other areas of Jamaica at any of the information desks throughout the resort, or without leaving the privacy of one’s own room. Among the most popular activities are the Blue Mountains, Dunn’s River Falls, Konoko Falls and Park, Mystic Mountain, and Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios. The Blue Mountains form the longest mountain range in the country. This area is prime real estate for hikers, mountain bikers, wildlife enthusiasts, and naturalists of every skill level. Dunn’s River Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Ocho Rios. Together, they are 180 feet high and 600 feet long. Because they are terraced – formed in such a way with rocks and lagoons so that they appear as massive stairs to the human eye – visitors are able to climb from the lowest to highest point, as long as they don’t mind getting a little wet along the way. Konoko Falls and Park has a waterfall of its own that’s smaller than Dunn’s but still climbable, a swimming area, river gardens (a botanical garden with pathways over small ponds and streams teeming with fish), a small zoo known for its collection of exotic birds, and a museum focused on the area’s rich history. Mystic Mountain is, as the name implies, located at the top of a mountain and features three distinct attractions. First, there is the SkyExplorer, which is a slow, relaxing ride to the top of the mountain with 360-degree views of Ocho Rios. Then, there’s the rollercoaster-like Jamaican bobsled, which is sure to make guests feel like they’re in the movie Cool Runnings. Finally, there is a canopy zip line, which allows guests to zip line across a rainforest. Beyond the main attractions, there is also a pool with slides, shopping, a museum and dining options on-site. Finally, at Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, guests can see – and even swim with – dolphins, sharks and stingrays in their natural environment. When not in the water, there are 5 acres of lush rainforest to explore thanks to its jungle trail, which features tropical birds and iguanas. There is also a sandy beach for those who aren’t as keen on getting up close and personal with wildlife as the rest of their group, but still want to be in on all of the action (and photo ops). For more information, visit www.moonpalacejamaica.com. Uptown October ‘19

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Luxe WANT

HAVEN ON EARTH

Set sail on Norwegian Cruise Line’s spectacular ship-within-a-ship

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS COURTESY OF NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

For years, cruise aficionados often had to choose between two types of experiences: a smaller, more intimate ship with sometimes-limited dining and entertainment options, or a massive “super ship” with ample amenities but as many as 5,000 fellow passengers on any given sailing. That is, until The Haven by Norwegian. A true ship-within-a-ship and exclusive to Norwegian Cruise Line, The Haven takes the concept of first class (and its associated perks) to new heights. Accessible only by keycard, The Haven – a section within a larger ship – features the most luxurious and well-appointed rooms found on the cruise, ranging from 450-square-foot penthouses to the 6,694-square-foot, three-bedroom garden villa featuring a private outdoor terrace with a hot tub and dining area. There are less than 100 rooms available in The Haven, with the amount varying by ship, ensuring the ultimate in service and privacy. Each of the rooms is within The Haven complex, which also gives guests

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access to an upscale restaurant and lounge (with a wine list unavailable anywhere else on board) as well as a private courtyard, a pool, a fitness center and a sundeck, all at the top of the ship and hidden from traditional guests. Some ships also offer private observation lounges as well as complimentary access to the Mandara Spa’s thermal spa suites during regular spa hours. Additionally, guests can indulge in the personalized service of a certified, 24-hour butler and a concierge team, who will make guests’ arrangements on board and on shore, including priority embarkation and disembarkation. Beyond all of this, guests staying in The Haven are able to take advantage of any of their ship’s specialty dining options, which range from a high-end steakhouse to a sushi bar to a French bistro, for no added charge and are provided passes for access to beer, wine and cocktails anywhere on the ship 24 hours a day. And if you prefer a night in, white-glove in-room dining is just a call away. When it comes to entertainment, The Haven guests can enjoy a private attendant and reserved seating to all of the ship’s programming, including Cirque du Soleil-style productions, Broadway-caliber shows, comedy performances and themed parties. There are also nightly invite-only events, including a posh cocktail party with the ship’s captain and officers, exclusive to The Haven guests. If staying in The Haven, all off-ship excursions are also included. In each port, beyond priority embarkation and disembarkation, expect to get private escort by a concierge to your program host. And finally, if work beckons a bit while at sea, guests in The Haven can also access free Wi-Fi throughout their stay. The Haven by Norwegian is available on Norwegian Bliss, Joy, Escape, Getaway, Breakaway, Epic, Gem, Jade, Pearl, Jewel, and its newest ship: Encore, which debuts in November. For more information, visit www.ncl.com.


Taste DRINK

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

HIGH SPIRITS Fall in love with locally made liquors

Distilleries are popping up all over Arizona, and with Halloween on the horizon, October marks the perfect month to sample some locally made spirits. Here are some that are all treat and no trick.

Gold Miner Agave Rum Desert Diamond Distillery Arizona’s oldest craft distillery never rests on its laurels. Case in point: this dark, spicy rum that has been infused with agave, the chief ingredient in tequila. It is smooth, full-bodied and warming to the taste. It’s so different, best to first enjoy neat or over ice. $29.99. www.desertdiamonddistillery.com. Mission Vodka Arizona Distilling Company This popular distillery, the second-oldest in Arizona, expanded to a 5,000-square-foot space in Tempe last year. With products like the Mission Vodka, it’s easy to see why. The 100% Arizona corn-based vodka inspired by 18th century Spanish missions across the Sonoran Desert is crisp and clean with a touch of lovely sweetness. $18.99. www.azdistilling.com. Grand Canyon Distillery Thunder Snow Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery When this northern Arizona brewery launched a distillery in 2017, the owners aimed to create spirits that stood out. Made with white corn and completely unaged, this bold, clear whiskey almost tastes like a hybrid of whiskey and vodka, yet with delightful candy corn and baked bread notes. $25. www. grandcanyonbrewery.com. Winter Flower Gin Thumb Butte Distillery It may be called gin, but this offering’s delicate flavors of flower, tangerines and spice make it feel more like a wholly new spirit. Available now through the new year at the Prescott distillery, Winter Flower Gin is a perfect gift or bottle for the bar during fall and winter soirees. $29.99. www. thumbbuttedistillery.com.

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Apple Pie Liqueur CaskWerks Distilling Co. One of the few liqueurs made in Arizona, this sweet treat is aged in bourbon barrels for several months. With it, CaskWerks owner and distiller Rick Burch, also known as the bassist of Jimmy Eat World, has achieved fall in a glass, as it explodes with flavors of spice, crisp apple, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. $45. www.caskwerks.com. Arcadia Coffee Vodka O.H.S.O. Brewery and Distillery This nutty vodka truly tastes like medium-roast coffee, but also has hints of caramel, toasted sugar and vanilla. Distilled from sugarcane, it is blended with cold-brew coffee, which is also made in-house and sourced from Infusion Coffee and Tea in Tempe. $25. www.ohsobrewery.com. Papago White Rum Adventurous Stills Starting with only natural grains or molasses, Adventurous Stills uses its own handmade equipment to make every spirit in its lineup. Developed to complement Tiki-style cocktails or enjoyed on its own, this white rum bursts with pineapple and banana on the nose and tastes like a beach vacation in a glass. $32. www.adventstills.com. Saint Anne's Citrus Rosé Gin SanTan Spirits After over a decade of building its craft beer brand, SanTan Brewing Company opened SanTan Spirits, a craft distillery, in recent years. The St. Anne’s Botanical Spirits brand uses a mix of traditional and unconventional ingredients to create distinctive flavors. This gin is a blend of nine botanicals, for example, including rosebuds, grapefruit, lavender and hibiscus flowers. $25. www.santanspirits.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

With a name like Angry Crab Shack, guests who frequent the Phoenix restaurant come to be wowed by the seafood and shellfish. More specifically: the Seafood Boil. The Asian- and Cajun-inspired, build-your-own boil is priced by the pound and ranges from mussels at $12.50 to king crab at about $30. Other selections include lobster, clams, shrimp, crawfish, Dungeness crab and snow crab. Each item is boiled and then combined with a butter- or water-based sauce of the guest’s choosing along with habanero, ghost, Carolina or reaper pepper flakes based on spice level preferred. Potatoes, corn, sausage and seasonal vegetables can also be added. The feast is delivered tableside and poured on covered tables to the delight of guests, who have been given bibs to add to the experience. Angry Crab Shack, 2808 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.3088; www.angrycrabshack.com. Uptown October ‘19

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THE SLOPE

Ladera Taverna y Cocina pays homage to agave and the community with a namesake cocktail

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS

Most people know that Ladera Taverna y Cocina is located in the heart of the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix. They also know it as a go-to haunt for tequila and mezcal-inspired cocktails. “Most people, however, don’t know that ladera means hillside in Spanish, or that the agave plant, the chief ingredient in tequila and mezcal, grows best on the sloped hillsides of Mexico,” says Colton Brock, Ladera Taverna y Cocina bar manager. To honor the community that Ladera calls home and pay homage to the many laderas where agave grows, Brock developed The Slope ($12), one of the restaurant’s 15 signature cocktails. It starts with smoky Yuu Baal Mezcal Espadin, which Brock and his team infuse in-house for one to two hours with serrano peppers to add a little heat. “I combine the mezcal in a shaker with ice and Aperol, an Italian aperitif known for its distinctive bitter and citrus notes, as well as grapefruit bitters and fresh lime juice,” Brock says. “The ingredients complement each other while offering equal parts smoky, bitter, spicy and citrusy.” The only thing missing: a sweetening agent. “That comes in the form of my final ingredient: Orgeat,” says Brock, noting the syrup is most often used in Tiki-style cocktails. “The combination of almond, sugar and orange flavors in the syrup add that hint of sweetness needed and a little nuttiness, but not cloyingly so.” After shaking with ice, Brock strains the contents into a highball glass over ice. He then expresses a grapefruit over the glass to add aroma before using it as the colorful garnish. Ladera Taverna y Cocina, 8729 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.606.2258; www.laderaphx.com.

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CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with James Fox of Vecina

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

James Fox is the co-owner and executive chef of Vecina, which opened in September in the heart of Arcadia and offers modern American dishes with Latin twists.

What inspired you to cook? I played football since age 7. Once in high school, it took a lot of food to keep me fueled up for practice and games. Since both my parents worked, I started playing around with recipes to satisfy my growing appetite, eventually cooking for my entire team. How did you get your professional start? Senior year I had a decision to make: college football or culinary school. I hung up my cleats and enrolled at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2004. Tell us about your journey to Vecina: It’s a laundry list that all started at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix in 2004. Over the next 12 years, I would hone my craft at Zinc Bistro and The Mission – through both of these I met my mentor in Matt Carter – Milagro Grill, Buck & Rider and Southern Rail, among others. I would even relocate to Mexico briefly to serve as a private chef. In 2016, I moved to New York, where I launched a successful food truck. Along the way, I won the Cooking Channel’s Taco Wars in 2013. How did you make your way back to Arizona? I sold the food truck in 2018. While planning my return to Phoenix, our location for Vecina (then Kitchen 56) hit the market. I moved back in January, and my partners and I bought it in February. Once we agreed on a new concept, we closed it over the summer to re-imagine it as Vecina. What can guests expect at Vecina? Vegetables! We want to showcase them as more than just a side dish. Also expect small plates and shareables, and look for some heat, thanks to Latin-inspired ingredients. Oh, and don’t miss my Pork Belly PB&J Taco with tomato jam and peanuts. Tell us something surprising about you: I am a 6-foot, 4-inch, 300-pound man with two 5-pound miniature Chihuahuas, Stella and Piper. Vecina, 3433 N. 56th St.,Phoenix; 602.675.2000; www.vecinaphx.com.

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SINFULLY DELICIOUS Take a fabulous foodcation to Las Vegas

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Legendary chef Joël Robuchon held 32 Michelin stars in his lifetime, more than any chef in history. And though the world lost him last year, Joël Robuchon Restaurant – open for dinner in the MGM Grand – lives on. Lavish in every way imaginable, the design and decor are meant to transport guests to 1930s Paris, while the food is meant to transport guests to heaven on earth. To give an idea, the tasting menu currently features Oscetra caviar served in a crustacean gelee dotted with cauliflower puree, delicate flan of sea urchin on potato puree topped with Arabica coffee foam and a John Dory fish fillet with tempura of shiso leaf on delicate squid ink risotto. www.joelrobuchonusa.com.

Le Cirque Las Vegas

Located in the Bellagio, this dinner-only French restaurant is legendary. With both one Michelin Star and an AAA Five-Diamond rating, expect a bucket list tasting menu here with dishes including sauteed foie gras with wild strawberry fragoli compote, roasted Brittany langoustine with caviar and beurre blanc and an A-5 grade wagyu ribeye with bordelaise sauce. There is also a compressed menu for those who have show tickets as well as a vegetarian option available. For an added charge, there are specially paired wines available for each course that have been lauded by Wine Spectator several times over. www.lecirque.com.

STK Steakhouse Las Vegas

STK is located inside The Cosmopolitan and – as the name would suggest – a high-end steakhouse from global hospitality juggernaut The One Group and executive chef Stephen Hopcraft, an alum of Bravo’s Top Chef. The interior of the dinner-only restaurant features a bustling bar scene, an inspired menu, and a relaxed dining atmosphere with an alluring vibe heightened by a full-time, in-house DJ. This location joins sister venues in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, each of which are known for their celebrity clientele including Adam Sandler, Dave Grohl and Britney Spears. Insider tip: opt for the Kobe menu, which offers specialty selections of Kobe beef cuts. www.stksteakhouse.com

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless we’re talking about food. It is nearly impossible not to rave about the area’s culinary scene. Here are some showstopping restaurants to try on your next stop in Sin City.

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Delmonico Steakhouse

As Delmonico owner and chef Emeril Lagasse would say, “Bam!” The James Beard Awardwinner and culinary icon is using Creole influences to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this classic steakhouse, which is located in The Venetian Las Vegas and open for dinner nightly. Named to honor 100-plus-year-old Delmonico restaurant in New Orleans, the menu’s eye-popping selections include USDA in-house, dry-aged, certified Japanese wagyu and


and sweet potato dumplings, are meant to be shared and paired with wine, beer and cocktails. The restaurant also offers a clever take on a bento box with a three-tier selection of premium oysters, shellfish, cured meats, terrines and cheeses. www.sparrowandwolflv.com.

NoMad Restaurant

Serving dinner Thursday through Sunday and located in The NoMad Hotel at newly opened Park MGM, NoMad Restaurant is inspired by the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading in Rio de Janeiro, a soaring library and cultural icon in Brazil. As such, its 23-foot walls have floor-toceiling bookshelves and are home to 25,000 books. Beyond the books, there are alluring rose red leather banquets, glittering chandeliers and a fireplace imported from France in the dining room. The food is as good as the views with Grande Plateaus of Fruits de Mer, seasonal pastas, black truffle-laced roast chicken and baked Alaska flambeed tableside, among other notable menu standouts. www.thenomadhotel.com.

Carbone

Piedmontese steaks as well as classic seafood dishes. And while the wine list is fantastic – a Wine Spectator honoree since 2004 – consider spirits here as the bar boasts more than 700 selections of whiskey and two dozen impressive signature cocktails. www.emerilsrestaurants.com.

Located in the Aria Resort & Casino and open for dinner nightly, Carbone is meant to be a love letter to the great Italian-American fine dining establishments of midcentury New York. It is the sister location to the New York restaurant of the same name, which gained international attention with it received five out of five stars from Time Out New York, 4 1/2 stars from Bloomberg, three stars from The New York Times and one Michelin star every year since 2014. Both locales are known for sourcing the finest ingredients from across the globe, sparing no expense to develop the menu’s familiar-sounding dishes into extravagant experiences. www.aria.com.

Aureole Las Vegas

Also celebrating its 20th anniversary, Aureole is Mandalay Bay’s award-winning dinner restaurant and known for its progressive American cuisine as well as its celebrated chef, Charlie Palmer. Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 1998, Palmer has held one Michelin star since 2007 and is a past chair of The Culinary Institute of America’s Board of Trustees. His menu at Aureole offers both a tasting option as well as a la carte choices including Ora king salmon with smoked cream, asparagus risotto and Colorado lamb with stuffed campari tomatoes. The venue also takes great pride in its craft beer selection and has 3,000 total wine selections, including their own Aureole Cuveé. www.charliepalmer.com.

Sparrow + Wolf

Sparrow + Wolf, which is located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown neighborhood and open for dinner nightly, has been making news worldwide for its modern global fare, which balances classic and cutting-edge techniques and takes its inspiration from the culturally diverse neighborhoods that its celebrated chef Brian Howard has visited in his extensive travels. Most of the dishes on the menu, notably the ocean parfait with Santa Barbara sea urchin, smoked trout roe, kizami wasabi and toasted nori and the duck confit

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FEDERAL PIZZA

Think a pizza is just a pizza? You’ll be rethinking that statement the moment you gaze upon Federal Pizza’s menu. The Brussels Sprout Pizza and the At Last, featuring broccolini, roasted corn pizza and goat cheese, are just a couple of the fun options on the menu. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be delighted with the results. The creative pizza flavor combinations along with the service and atmosphere will keep you coming back to work your way through the menu beyond the pizza, including shareables, salads, pastas and sandwiches. 5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.2520; www.federalpizza.com; $$

BY TARYN JEFFRIES

AMERICAN

FÀME CAFFE Whether you are seeking out a healthy vegetarian spot (with carnivore options as well) or somewhere serving decadent pastries to hit up for breakfast or lunch, Fáme Caffe has something to please any diner. The wraps are filling, and the French toast is raved about. The eatery also has phenomenal cold-brew coffee and specializes in from-scratch recipes made with ingredients from local vendors. 4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.314.4660; www.famephx.com; $$ THE MAIN INGREDIENT ALE HOUSE AND CAFÉ This former house turned hot spot has a very relaxed and comforting atmosphere is a great spot for a quick bite with friends or a group outing for happy hour. The sandwiches here are the definite standout with traditional and eclectic combinations. The eatery’s take on the classic grilled cheese includes havarti, muenster and cheddar topped with sliced tomato in between sourdough bread. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, order the Cash Money, made with a housemade cashew butter, red pepper-cabernet jelly and banana sandwiched between sourdough. 2337 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.843.6246; www.tmialehouse. com; $$ WRIGHT’S AT THE BILTMORE Wright’s is the signature restaurant at the Arizona Biltmore and it is consistently setting a high standard by using the highest quality ingredients and most innovative practices. The herbs used in your dishes are harvested from the chef’s garden located just outside the kitchen. The Chef’s Tasting Menu is the best way to get a complete representation of the culinary mastery and taste of the Southwest. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.954.2507; www. wrightsbiltmore.com; $$$$

ASIAN

ACROSS THE POND Sleek, sexy and sophisticated; Across the Pond’s aesthetic is only rivaled by its stellar cocktail program. ATP features an omakase sushi menu along with a collection of Asian-inspired cocktails that come across very citrus forward thanks to the clever use of unexpected ingredients. The tuna, yellowtail and salmon sushi are available in three ways: nigiri, maki and sashimi. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.296.5629; www.acrossthepondphx.com; $$$

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CHERRYBLOSSOM NOODLE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled by the strip mall location, this little eatery is full of amazing noodle options. From ramen to udon, there are choices for everyone. The restaurant even offers up some Italian options, most of which have a Japanese flair. In the mood for a little spice? The Udon Suki hits all of the right notes and that slight heat sneaks up on you. 914 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.9090; www. cherryblossom-az.com; $$ PHO32 This fast-causal Vietnamese spot is a winning combination of fresh flavors and fast table service all done with a smile. The minimalist interior features modern fixtures and light wood accents and the abbreviated menu offers a handful of pho variations and sandwiches along with spring and egg rolls. The friendly environment, approachable menu, low prices and quick service make Pho32 deserving of a place on your night out rotation. 3170 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.612.2807; $  THAI RECIPE BISTRO The neatly appointed dining room dotted with pops of color is mirrored in the dishes served within its walls. You’ll find a variety of curries in the menu as well as noodle dishes like Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles all served to your specific heat preferences. If you like your dishes on the hotter side of the spectrum, simply request a side of sauce to layer the heat. Portions are ample so be sure to bring your appetite and space in the car for your to-go containers. 2234 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.283.5265; www. thairecipebistro.com; $$

BREAKFAST

FIRST WATCH In 1983, First Watch saw a need for a dedicated breakfast restaurant. By focusing on early risers and providing the best quality offerings for breakfast and lunch, First Watch accomplishes quick, high-quality dishes and friendly service. From hearty traditional dishes to protein-packed bowls to unique options like the BLT Benedict and everything in between, you’ll surely find something for everyone in your party. Head in after a hike and load up on a fresh-squeezed juice or the Floridian French toast. 3215 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.3447; www. firstwatch.com; $$ MUSE & MARKET The theme at Muse & Market is versatility, with a from-scratch kitchen


and accessible menu that caters to all, even diners who are gluten-free, keto, vegetarian. The restaurant is open until 3 p.m., serving breakfast options like avocado toast, a veggie hash and build-your-own omelets all day, along with lunch offerings. The sleek, modern interior is warm and with the large family style tables, it’s easy to make new friends over a hearty and healthy breakfast. 4602 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.218.6773; www. museandmarket.com; $$

Kitchen brings together the great pairing of craft brews and classic pub fare in an accessible setting. You’re invited to bring your children and furry friends to enjoy the friendly atmosphere. With 16 brews on tap at all times and a menu that includes a variety of dishes that incorporate the specialty beers, there’s something for everyone here. 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.centralkitchenaz.com; $$

THE BREAD AND HONEY HOUSE This quaint, cozy family owned neighborhood cafe may be light on menu items, but they’re heavy on flavor. With only seven breakfast items, you would expect that each one would be perfected, and you will not be disappointed. The Bread and Honey House has taken simple ingredients and created comforting dishes that are accessible and affordable. With no breakfast item over $10, you’ll be treated to a heart-warming meal at a great price, creating the perfect start to any day. 4700 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix; 602.275.6696; www.the-bread-andhoney-house.business.site; $

BABBO ITALIAN EATERY You’ve likely seen Babbo’s kitschy billboards around town, using clever takes on words and phrases to grab your attention. Here you’ll find contemporary Italian dishes made with high-quality ingredients and tried and true family recipes. A house favorite is the Babbo’s Bowl of Bolognese, mainly loved for its traditional flavors and flawless execution. 6855 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.279.1500; www. babboitalian.com; $$

BREWERY

HELIO BASIN BREWING Helio Basin Brewing strives to embody the flavors and vibe of all things Arizona. The brewery features a concise menu that highlights ingredients indigenous to our state and a mainstay of seven handcrafted beers to complement the flavors. With ample seating, a variety of board games and friendly, accommodating staff, Helio Basin is an ideal spot for meeting friends. 3935 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.354.3525; www.heliobasinbrewing.com; $$ HELTON BREWING COMPANY Helton Brewing Company’s outdoor games and large seating areas will be appealing to visitors but it’s the phenomenal housemade beers and upscale pub fare that has everyone talking. The hearty portions and friendly, knowledgeable staff create a welcoming atmosphere that creates loyal repeat customers. The appetizers alone, like the Tap Room Nachos, Southwest Mac and Cheese and variety of tacos, are enough to fuel a full day of games with friends on the patio. 2144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.730.2739; www.heltonbrewing.com; $$ THE PHOENIX ALE BREWERY CENTRAL KITCHEN The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central

ITALIAN

MEAT THE BALL The open layout of this vibrant restaurant allows the kitchen to play center stage, which is where all the magic happens, right? Stefano Fabbri created Meat the Ball based on customer requests at Pomo Pizzeria. There are 10 meatballs on the menu, ranging from the classic beef and pork combination to more exciting (or accommodating) options like cauliflower, quinoa, salmon and eggplant. Guests are welcomed to pair their meatball selections with the suggested options like pasta, polenta, potatoes and the like or alone with accompanying sauces. The small restaurant is big on personality.2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.954.5278; www.meattheball.com; $$ NORTH ITALIA North states that the menu and concept is a love letter to Italy, and if that’s the case they are really, really into Italy. The dinner menu here is creative and complete with all the familiar dishes you’ve come to know and love as well as some exciting interpretations. A local favorite is the Short Rib Radiatori and it is the stuff dreams are made of, perfectly prepared in a decadent sauce. 4925 North 40th Street, Phoenix; 602.324.5600; www.northitaliarestaurant.com; $$ ZIGGY’S IL POSTO Il Posto houses all the romance of a Disney movie within its four walls. The menu options at here are not pretentious; you’ll find straightforward,

traditional and scratch-made dishes. Try the Cavatappi Matriciana for a spicy sausage pasta dish, or the Meat Lasagna for all of the familiar flavors you’ve loved since childhood. A seat on the patio near the fire pit provides that little extra ambiance to create the perfect date night backdrop. 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.870.4122; www. ziggysilposto.social; $$

MEXICAN

CASA CORAZON RESTAURANT If your quest for a great mole has left you feeling less than satisfied, you likely have yet to visit Casa Corazon. The rotating mole selections are always full of flavor; perfectly rich and smoky. Boasting some of the most authentic Mexican food in the Valley, Casa Corazon provides elevated dishes in a casual and approachable environment. Don’t pass up the complimentary salsa bar to spice up your dishes to your personal taste. 2637 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.334.1917; www.casacorazonrestaurant.com; $$ JOYRIDE CENTRAL Have you ever found yourself out on a bike ride when all of a sudden, a major taco craving hits? We’ve all been there! Hopefully the next time you get the urge you’re in close proximity to Joyride Central. On top of all the taco options they serve (carne, cochinta pibil and ahi tuna to name a few), the spot also has a stellar dink menu. Joyride’s motto says it all, “Ride in hungry Ride out happy.” 5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.8226; www.joyridetacohouse.com; $$

MODERN AMERICAN

INGO’S TASTY FOOD Pick a table outside, head up to the window to place your order and expect to receive a high quality grassfed burger on a La Grande Orange (owned by the same restaurant group and right across the street) handmade bun. The Ingo burger comes in a hearty portion and is topped with cooling kraut. Make sure to grab a beer and an order of the fresh shattered potato chips to make the perfect meal. 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.795.2884; www.ingostastyfood. com; $$ THE BUFFALO SPOT Is there a more perfect combination that wings and fries? Maybe wings and salad? The Buffalo Spot is known in California and Texas for its epic “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” buffalo fries. They have made their mark, in various levels of heat, whether you prefer your wings with or without carbs. With so many sauce and

delivery options, The Buffalo Spot is sure to be a hit with wing lovers. 1831 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.975.6213; www.thebuffalospot. com; $ TUCK SHOP This petite spot in the heart of the Coronado Historic District has become a neighborhood favorite. With its slightly upscale interior and smattering of whimsy touches, this is the perfect restaurant for an intimate date night or dinner with a treasured friend. The menu is approachable and refreshing, with items like cheese curds and roasted Brussels sprouts to start with. Tuck Shop also offers small and large plate dishes that you can share or savor solitarily. 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.354.2980; www. tuckinphx.com; $$

STEAKHOUSE

GEORDIE’S STEAK Creating a synergy of modern energy and the art deco style of the 1930s sounds like a daunting task, but Geordie’s, located at Wrigley Mansion, seems to pull it off effortlessly. The elegant decor and stellar service paired with the unrivaled views atop the 100foot knoll can only be matched by the polished menu revamped by chef Christopher Gross. Cozy up to your dining partner and take in all the gorgeous space has to offer. 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com; $$$ HOLE-IN-THE-WALL Soak in the Old Western ambiance and the savory, smoky smell in the air at this charming traditional steakhouse. You’ll be presented with grill and barbeque options ranging from smoky mesquite-broiled steaks to baby back ribs slathered in the eatery’s Arizona Nights BBQ sauce. This spot is perfect for a family gathering as the menu has something to please any palate. 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.870.1977; www.squawpeakhilton. com/phoenix-az-restaurant; $$ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE If you’ve ever had the occasion to have Omaha Steaks delivered to your home, you’re familiar with the quality of the company’s products. If you’re looking to save on postage and have someone else prepare it, the chefs here are at your service. All of the Private Reserve steaks come made to order and are served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. Midwest in the Southwest at its best! 2630 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.553.8970; www.omahasteakhouse.com; $$$

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COOKS & CHORDS

For the first time, this National Multiple Sclerosis Society event was held at Ability 360 Center, which was transformed into a secret garden for the evening. Guests enjoyed local bites, beverages, musical performances along with a raffle and silent auction all benefiting the nonprofit.

Kate Schrinsky and Rob Sangiamo

BY JAMES SASSER

Jon and Robin Kirsch

Kim Stringer and Shelby stringer

Donna Ayala and Kaila Strong

Elizabeth and Philip Gibson

Todd and Paulette Orgill

Chantelle Turner and Carol Cristiani

Lauren Grossman and Shane Lopez

Jimmy and Patty Ray

Shelly Eaton and Dena Baldwin

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KATHRYN HALL RELEASE PARTY This event celebrated the newest Kathryn Hall cabernet sauvignon vintage at The Found:re. Along with unlimited tasted of the new wine and a few others, there was an impressive charcuterie display and a performance by Jon McLaughlin. BY JAMES SASSER

Beth Conway and Hope Webber

Joyce Watson and Teri Jenkins

Kelly Sallaway and Cassie Hepler

Gabby and Ben Leighton

Jon McLaughlin and Kathryn Hall

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Fresh Start Women’s Foundation held its annual luncheon at Chateau Luxe. The afternoon included a fashion show and exclusive shopping to support the organization’s mission to provide education, support, and resources to help women transform their lives. BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Chelci Hudson and Vicki Adamczyk

Lindsey DellaDonna and Allison Davis

Mendy Hoffman and Laura Salaza

Kristen Lee and Nancy Campbell

Morgan Sabnekar and Rachelle Boyette

Two by Two Hair & Makeup Artistry

Complimentary hair cut with color service.

623.521.5934

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Clara Choi and Jen Powell

Alexandria Burkfield and Ana Valdez

Ariana Mormino and Monica Vandever

Alex Tena and Guadalupe Martinez

Melissa Adamic and Samantha Tisa

Tobi Placenti and Monique Taillieu

Find Your Flavor EatDoughbird.com 44TH + INDIAN SCHOOL

EATDOUGHBIRD | 602.345.9161

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End NEW IN TOWN

NOW BREWING PHX Beer Co. debuts in Phoenix

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS BY TAYLOR ALDRIDGE

PHX Beer Co., a new brewery and restaurant concept, is now open in Phoenix. Times three. The brand, which was created by a team of local entrepreneurs and industry veterans, now occupies both of Phoenix Ale Brewery’s former locations, including the Downtown Phoenix brewery and tap room and the Central Phoenix restaurant, which was formerly called Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen. They also opened a Scottsdale restaurant in August located in the McCormick Ranch area. The Downtown Phoenix brewery is the anchor and where Adam Wojcik is now leading a team of brewers. Wojcik, an Arizona native and Arizona State University graduate, comes to PHX Beer Co. with 17 years of experience in the beer industry. Most recently, he served as a member of the national sales team with internationally recognized Lagunitas Brewing Company. Among PHX Beer Co.’s initial offerings are Arizona Gold, which is the brand’s flagship IPA; Lemon Bite Radler, which is a marriage of blond ale and house made lemonade; Orange Grove IPA, which pays homage to Arizona’s historic citrus industry

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and is made by infusing citrus hops as well as orange peels in the IPA; Iron Horse Porter, which is brewed with chocolate malt to give a roasted yet sweet flavor; and Morenci Copper Ale, which is malt forward with caramel and biscuit notes as well as subtle melon. The Central Phoenix location acts as more of a restaurant and showcase for the beers. It’s led by Richard Stark, former owner and CEO of local favorite NYPD Pizza. Stark also founded the Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen. His menu is stacked with decadent comfort food favorites such as the Cast Iron Macaroni & Cheese ($10) and Iron Horse Porter Brownie ($8), as well as creative culinary options like Morenci Copper Ale Wings (10 for $14), Black Iron Pizzas (available with gluten-free crust by request and ranging in price from $11 to $21) and Whiskey BBQ Meatballs ($10). There is a beer recommendation conveniently noted next to each menu item as well, for those who wish to pair. The Central location also offers weekend brunch as well as both growler and crowler refills. For those unfamiliar, a crowler is a large aluminum can that can be filled with one’s favorite brew and enjoyed right on the spot. Wine and cocktails are also available at the Central location. Though a beer-focused concept, the eight signature cocktails – ranging in price from $9 to $12 – are especially impressive. Of particular note is The Figgy Peach ($9), which is made with Phoenix Ale’s Nine-Year Elijah Craig Bourbon, AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Pudding Bitters, Peach Reàl and lemon juice. The Phoenix location is open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Central Phoenix restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more, visit www.phxbeerco.com.


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Monday - Friday 6:00am - 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00am to 5:00 pm Sunday Closed for maintenance

WWW.ORGANICARE.CO

Sign up online today at WWW.ORGANICARE.CO or call us to arrange. We offer same day service at either location before 9:00am Monday thru Friday. For pleasure, business or home‌ we clean it all!


TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT:

START LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE AGAIN! As men age, their bodies slowly produce less and less testosterone, which may cause very noticeable symptoms that can affect their daily lives.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING: FATIGUE (LACK OF ENERGY) WEIGHT GAIN LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS LACK OF STRENGTH INABILITY TO LOSE FAT LOSS OF LIBIDO (SEX DRIVE) ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING LOSS OF MOTIVATION DEPRESSION OR IRRITABILITY THESE ALL COULD BE SIGNS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE. CALL US TODAY AND LET US HELP YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AGAIN!

Dr. Charles Benjamin Evans II, MD Owner of Men’s Vitality Center Board-Certified Internal Medicine

PHOENIX

602.812.3789 4643 N 12th Street #101 Phoenix, AZ 85014

MESA

480.830.1553 3049 E. McKellips Road Mesa, AZ 85213

SCOTTSDALE

TEMPE

480.588.6924 13840 N Northsight Blvd Ste 121 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

480.456.8981 4653 S. Lakeshore Dr. Suite #3 Tempe, AZ 85282

GLENDALE

AVONDALE

623.398.8554 18205 N. 51st Ave #129 Glendale, AZ 85308

623.213.8838 10320 W. McDowell Rd.Suite #5015 Avondale, AZ 85392

WALK-INS AND SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE Visit our website to learn more about our testosterone services and Men’s primary care services

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