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his month holiday and event season collide and we all know what that means – a packed schedule! The Valley is feeling more alive than ever and there is so much to do – from preparing for out of town guests to come in for Thanksgiving, to attending philanthropy and social events, the list goes on (and on). And speaking of being parties, this month were featuring seven Valley bartenders shaking up the cocktail scene. We might be a little biased because these are “Our Favorite Bartenders” after all. On page 50, they give us a little insight on the cocktail industry as we know it, sharing some of their favorite drinks along the way. During the holiday season, it’s also important to reflect. While many of us are ordering our turkeys and dressing up for this weekend’s upcoming gala, it’s also a time to be thankful and give back. This issue, we’re featuring three outstanding women on our cover – Chelsea Knude, Katie Perry and Lindsey Dies. The three friends (who have been inseparable since their days at Xavier College Prepatory 17 years ago) are the true shining example of taking something bad in your own life and choosing to use it to propel others forward. After Knude was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphomia just months before her wedding, her best friends rushed to her side, helping any way they could. This happened to be in the form of finding her a wig for her big day. Little did they know this would be harder (and pricier) to do than they thought. On page 30, they talk about how this led them to establish their nonprofit Wigged Out. Their story makes you even more grateful for your friends and family. We’re also highlighting seven spots to dine with shareable eats (pg. 80), so you can eat and make memories as you pass the plate. Happy turkey day! Best, Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief gabby@richmanmediagroup.com Find our magazine on Facebook!

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THE ART OF ARRANGEMENTS Morgan Anderson’s knowledge is power for flowers BY STEPHANIE LOUGH PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

Floriculture, as the name might suggest, is a discipline of horticulture focused on cultivating and caring for flowers. It is also the namesake of Morgan Anderson’s company, The Flori.Culture (www.thefloriculture.com), which is taking a new approach to the floral industry by combing the power of knowledge and the beauty of the medium, and bringing her vision to the historical Wrigley Mansion. continued… NOVEMBER 2016 |

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up close Anderson’s love affair with flowers stemmed from her Arcadia roots, where she grew up in the shadow of Camelback Mountain surrounded by lush, manicured lawns and citrus trees that are the trademark of the area. The unique aesthetic of the harsh desert landscape contrasting the green oasis exposed her to vast beauty nature has to offer. “I see nature as a muse and always have,” Anderson says. She quotes Claude Monet who once said, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” “As botanicals are my artistic medium, I completely agree with Monet. The flowers themselves inspired me to pursue a career in floriculture,” she says. Anderson’s career began while earning her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked at a flower shop on historic Pearl Street as her first taste of the industry. After pursuing and receiving her master’s degree in horticulture, she continued to study under several prestigious floral designers in Los Angeles. Naturally, she expanded into event design and consumer arrangements, even co-creating a line of hand-tied bouquets for specialty markets including Whole Foods. As a self-proclaimed “botanical nerd” she saw a disconnect between florists (those who focus on the beauty and artistic potential) and floriculture scientists (those who focus on the botany and history of plants) within the industry. “Throughout my various internships and jobs, I came to appreciate floral design as an art form, something that seemed to be lacking from horticulture education,” Anderson says. While working on her Ph.D. in floriculture this disconnect became the focus of her research, eventually publishing her dissertation on floral design art curriculum development in universities. In other words, bringing art design and botanical sciences together in education, leading to more fluidity in the industry. “Having my Ph.D. allows me to bridge between academia and industry,” Anderson explains. “To help both grow – pun intended – by establishing botanicals as a medium within the greater art community and support the floral industry at

the same time.” Anderson’s vision is a movement to benefit both of the industries. “I believe that being able to identify and know specifics about the world around us helps us appreciate nature and our environment. It helps preserve the integrity of the floral industry,” she says. Since completing her Ph.D., Anderson returned to the Valley with her husband, establishing her own company in 2014. “The company The Flori.Culture was really always there, I have been creating the brand since I was 18,” says Anderson, who is now 29 years old. “But it became official after designing for my own wedding which was published, thus pushing me to fully develop the brand as an established vendor.” Today The Flori.Culture provides full floral services for events, weddings and corporate meetings, as well as individual custom-made bouquets. Her favorite service though is teaching floral design classes that incorporate her passion for botanical sciences. From private groups to partnerships with local businesses, her classes are carefully curated to pique her students’ interest in botanicals and art. “I teach my classes as art courses. It is all about practicing your own construction and creativity as a student,” Anderson UPTOWN |

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explains, adding that the classes are meant to be educational, but also fun. Classes include everything the student needs and then some – all the floral and foliage, vessels and accessories, even appetizers and drinks to enhance the social atmosphere. Anderson aims to make the educational aspects of her lessons interesting, providing students with not only their own centerpieces, but also with conversation starters. “I give fun facts like how tulip mania in the 1600s crashed Holland’s economy or how ancient Romans were obsessed with roses,” Anderson says. “ But we also review each species’ longevity, growing environments and classification.” Valley residents can experience Anderson’s expertise firsthand as The Flori.Culture will be hosting special holiday classes at Wrigley Mansion starting this month. Each class will feature different fashion-forward themes, such as velvet romance and plaid patterns, paired with Wrigley Mansion’s famous libations and small bites. With her pulse on current floral trends, Anderson promises to introduce her students surprising new design elements. Classes start Nov. 4th and continue through December. To sign up for classes, call 602.332.8532 or email the. flori.culture@gmail.com.


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LADY BOSS From small town to CEO BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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ally Taylor grew up in what she calls the “ruralest” of rural Ohio. So much so, her parents encouraged her to elope and focus on being a wife once she graduated high school at age 18 rather than consider college. And, while she did, indeed, marry her high school sweetheart the summer after graduation, nothing was going to stop Taylor from seeking out a life beyond her town of less than 5,000 people. “I went to work immediately. And while I initially dreamed up being an artist, I found a niche in helping families delve through their finances,” says Taylor. “The hours were long – so long that I didn’t start college until I was 27 years old, and didn’t graduate until age 35.” Eventually earning her master’s degree in financial planning and becoming a certified public accountant, personal financial specialist and certified financial planner, Taylor moved to Arizona in 2007 to join Arcadia’s KeatsConnelly – the largest cross-border wealth management firm in North America that specializes in helping Canadians and Americans realize their dreams of a cross-border lifestyle – to really spread her wings. Less than 10 years later, she’s CEO of the firm.

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You are also heavily involved in helping women in our community. How so? I don’t want other women to go through what I did – being so dissuaded from seeking opportunities outside the home. So, I joined Soroptimist International of Phoenix several years ago, and just completed service as their president. Our network of over 75,000 members in 132 countries and territories works to educate, empower and enable opportunities for females. We have to ask – what happened to the high school sweetheart? We just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary! UPTOWN |

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A CUT ABOVE THE REST Meet Athleticuts owner Kathie Bogle BY BRITTANY MARONEY PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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here are three things close to Kathie Bogle’s heart; championing Phoenix charities, rooting for Valley sports teams and supporting local businesses. These passions drove her to launch her own business, using it as a platform to give back. Bogle is the owner and operator of Athleticuts (www.acuts4men.com), a salon that combines the nostalgia of an upscale men’s barbershop, with the excitement of sports entertainment environments. It has the same appeal as your favorite sports bar; comfortable, quick, easy and affordable – a place where guys truly love to hang out, specifically designed for them. “We have big screen televisions, Wi-Fi, magazines for men. It’s a place a guy can hang out, get a haircut and even enjoy a complementary beer,” Bogle explains. After 14 years in Phoenix, with locations in Arcadia Commons and Madison Village Marketplace, Athleticuts has already attracted Valley influencers such as prominent politicians, esteemed chefs and famed athletes, supporting local and national philanthropies in the process. “We do plan on opening more Athleticuts in Central Phoenix,” Bogle says. “In addition to continuing to give back to this amazing city.”

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essica Langbaum is the principal scientist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute as well as the associate director of Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, but it’s not all lab coats for this researcher. Because she spends her days in traveling, in meetings, on conference calls or working at her desk, Langbaum tries to find a balance between a stylish, professional and comfortable look. “My 9-year-old daughter is a budding fashionista so I have to keep up,” she says. “And, since I have spent so much time on airplanes the past few years, I managed to watch the entire series of The Good Wife and really admired Alicia’s wardrobe.” The petite scientist (who is under 5 feet tall) wears dresses whenever possible and often turns to online styling service StichFix as a wardrobe consultant. “They always send me things I would never pick out for myself, but love once I put them on,” she explains. When she’s not at work, Langbaum takes on a more relaxed look while she is spending time with her husband and two children, cooking or curling up with a good book.

FASHION FORMULA Jessica Langbaum’s scientific approach to style BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

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Are you a shoes, purse or jewelry person? Purse: It is where I keep my phone plus Kleenex and hand wipes for my kids. What got you interested in Alzheimer’s research? I have always been fascinated by the brain. However, when my grandfather was first diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and then later, Alzheimer’s disease, the disease became more personal to me. What’s the most important part of your research? My research has the potential to change people’s lives – that’s pretty amazing. Briefly explain API: The Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API) is an international, collaborative program that conducts cutting edge clinical trials in people, who based on their age and genetic background, are at high risk for developing dementia. We have two trials going on now, including one in Arizona, with others in various stages of planning.


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HAWAII E NINE TO FIVE-O

Chad Elling’s island meets artisan style BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

ven back in high school at Brophy College Prepatory – where dress shirts and ties are the norm – Chad Elling marched to the beat of his own fashion drum. “Aside from having to wear ties on Fridays, when I went to Brophy the only major daily dress code rule that was enforced was collared shirts. They, however, never specified what kind of collared shirts.” His collared shirt of choice: Reyn Spooners in every color. “Reyn Spooner first came into popularity in the 1960s, when their fashion-forward Hawaiian-inspired apparel replaced the then kitschy and poorly-fitting Hawaiian shirts of the day,” says Elling, who continued to rock the artsy apparel throughout college into his first professional gig , working in the Southern California restaurant industry. There, he added touches of both surf and skateboard culture to his wardrobe – vintage leather Van’s, Ruca and Volcom – before making his way back to Phoenix to work for Hillstone, where suits and ties became the standard. He would continue this buttoned up look for years, eventually bringing it to Pomelo at the Orchard. “But those days are officially gone – and it’s clear from my head to my toes,” says Elling, who is now with La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar, bringing his unique flair to both his wardrobe and the restaurant.

How is La Bocca going beyond just looking the artsy part? In as many ways a possible – we have partnerships with both Gammage and The Marquee to offer patrons of the venues with great discounts and promotions nightly. We also have an amazing in-house team of creatives – some are helping re-design our patio; some are leading art classes; some are even stepping away from the bar to DJ for us! We also have paint nights and salsa dancing. If you had to describe your signature style in just a few words, what would they be? “Bro-chic,” funky, artsy and surfsophisticated. When you do have to dress up, how do you make the suit your own? Skinny ties seem to do the trick. UPTOWN |

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2. Della Davis, outfit from Ann Taylor.

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9. Allison Hughes, Ted Baker dress.

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11. Christine Verbin, Michael Kors dress.

6. Gabby Cardenas, Elie Tahari dress.

12. Kimberly Gumarin, Escada outfit.

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1. Barbara Jean Adelson, Carmen Marc Valvo dress.

8. Harriet Friedland, Armani Collezioni dress.

2. Nancy Spetzler, White House Black Market dress.

9. Amanda Garmany, The Row dress.

3. Deborah De Respino, Reiss dress.

10. Char Hubble, dress from private collection.

4. Sarah Suggs, Victor Costa dress.

11. Lynn Love, Dolce & Gabbana dress.

5. Sue Pepin, dress from J. Crew.

12. Judy Shannon, Eliza J dress.

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BY STEPHANIE LOUGH PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN AT XAVIER COLLEGE PREPATORY

How three best friends turned their support for each other into a community cause

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here are some lifelong friendships that withstand the test of time; people who can get together and pick up right where they left off no matter what direction their lives have taken them. For Chelsea Knude, Katie Perry and Lindsey Dies, their everlasting friendship started 17 years ago when they met as teenagers attending Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix. They stayed close through boyfriends and proms, and then marriages and pregnancies. But in 2011, the trio was faced with tribulation they never expected to be part of their young adult lives. UPTOWN |

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Katie Perry, Chelsea Knude, and Lindsey Dies

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Knude, who was 26 years old at the time and just three months away from marrying her high school sweetheart, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “I felt shocked. I was in disbelief. I just kept thinking ‘How is this happening? Why is this happening? And why now?’,” Knude says of her cancer diagnosis. “Your mind floods. You start to spiral. But then you pick yourself up, you stand tall and you charge ahead.” Perry remembers the same feeling of shock she shared with Knude and her other close friends: “You go through so many emotions when someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer. I was often scared, sad and felt helpless. It was so hard to watch her go through treatment. I just wanted to take it (the pain) all away for her.” Knude underwent rigorous chemotherapy treatment at the Mayo Clinic every other week for six months, her friends by her side every step of the way. “People always say, you know who your real friends are when something bad happens. This is so true,” Knude explains. “My friends made me feel so supported, loved and gave me a sense of confidence I was lacking.” While Perry and Dies served as pillars of emotional support, they still felt helpless seeing their friend struggle at a time that should be the happiest in her life. They wanted her to look and feel like the bride she always dreamed of being. “I wanted her to have that special day that she so deserved and to feel like the most beautiful bride in the world,” Perry says. “I wanted her to forget about anything but marrying the man she loved.” The treatment took its effects on Knude physically, fighting off the cancer, but caused her to lose her hair in the process. She expected the side effect, but not the emotional toll and feeling of identity loss as her locks began to fall. “It was not a question of if, but a question of when would my hair fall out. I was devastated and picking out a wig felt overwhelming,” Knude recalls. Determined to be more than shoulders to cry on, Perry and Dies took action to help Knude find the perfect wig that would make her look – and more importantly, feel – like herself on her wedding day.

“We wanted her to feel good on such an important and memorable day, (but) also wanted to eliminate any stress she was experiencing and that came in the form of a trip to the wig store,” Dies adds. “It was not your average bridesmaid outing, but we wanted to be there for our bride in any way we could.” Together they researched, price compared and shopped for Knude’s perfect wig. Each of the women were surprised at the high costs of realistic wigs, which could run as high as $500 for a quality synthetic product. “The emotional toll of losing your hair was something I expected, but the huge financial burger was something I did not realize,” Dies continues. In an effort to help, Perry and Dies created a website to share Knude’s story and collect donations. Through the power of friends, family and networking, they were able to outfit Knude with the perfect wig to make her feel like herself again. “My friends are pretty amazing. They all got together and found family and UPTOWN |

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friends to help. It was beyond gracious,” Knude recalls. “They were there to give support I did not even realize I needed.” Recognizing the seemingly small, but nonetheless important impact relieving the burden of wig shopping had, it occurred to Dies and Perry that Knude’s situation was not entirely unique to their group. “Seeing the impact hair loss had on Chelsea made me acutely aware of the fact it was probably going on all around me,” Die says. “Having grown up here in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, I wanted to use my network to do something positive within the community.” “We realized that there had to be so many other people going through similar experiences,” Perry adds, recalling stories of individuals who simply could not afford wigs on top of medical costs or providing for their families. “We wanted to do something simple to help them feel more comfortable and like themselves.” “My friends’ idea to help me had our heads spinning.” Knude says. The friends asked themselves, “What if we could


raise money and help others? What if we could launch this idea into something much greater?” “And all of our ‘what ifs’ became ‘cans.’ We can help others,” Knude continues. “We can make this greater than us. So we came together and we built Wigged Out from a small idea of helping a friend cope with her illness into helping hundreds of others feel like themselves.” Though the support of the network they built when raising funds for Knude, together the three women launched Wigged Out as a 501(c)(3) to assist residents in greater Phoenix grappling with hair loss due to documented medical conditions from cancer patients to autoimmune diseases. The nonprofit partners with several local hospitals and accepts applications via their website, as well as works with wig retailers such as Classy Sisters Wig Boutiques to outfit others with quality hair pieces that are personal. Since officially launching Wigged Out (www.wiggedout.org) in 2012, the organization is proud to say they have never had to turn an applicant down. In 2015, they helped 112 women and children, and as of October have helped 103 individuals this year. “We have so many (great success stories),” says Knude, recalling one 10-year-old girl who was required to shave her head for a medical procedure. “She had a wig, but from a costume shop. She was being made fun of at school. The school contacted us and we were able to get her a wig she loved and felt confident in. I still tear up thinking of her and imaging her smile after we helped. Being a mom myself, the applications we get from young children and single moms really stand out.” In addition to wigs and personal styling services, Wigged Out provides its applicants with accessories including hats, scarves and headbands, as well as emotional support. “We will make them look and feel the most like themselves,” Perry explains. “We don’t want them to be limited (in their choices). We want our applicants to feel comfortable so we encourage them to pick out exactly what they love.” The group estimates that between the costs of high-quality wigs and other

services, their monthly donations average around $2,500 per month – and counting. As part of its fund raising efforts, Wigged Out also holds several events throughout the year to help raise awareness and provide a sense of community surrounding the organization’s cause. “The Wigged Out gals are a lot of things, but mainly we like to have fun,” Knude says of the events’ positive atmosphere. “Hair loss is hard and devastating, but we try to look at life with a positive outlook. Even in the darkest times, we know how important it is to laugh.” In addition to spring fashion events and a golf classic (the group’s largest fundraiser of the year), Wigged Out also holds several smaller events throughout the year such as Pilates by the Pool and Art With Cause. “We are so thankful for the community that continues to support our growth each year,” Dies says. “We would love to NOVEMBER 2016 |

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one day be able to host a more formal gala in conjunction with the golf tournament. I really admire the success other local nonprofits have developed over the years and look forward to our events becoming larger and generating more funding for Wigged Out.” Today, Knude is cancer-free, given a clean bill of health this past August after her five-year CAT scan and blood work. With her own battle behind her, Knude and her friends look forward to the future and hope to become a national organization within the next 10 years. “The growth of Wigged Out continues to amaze me daily,” Knude explains. “I know personally and professionally how impactful taking the financial strain away from someone’s life can be. It seems small, but we are able to help relieve some stress and make people feel like themselves again. I am proud knowing we are accomplishing this.”


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Purpose Pops, ready-to-eat frozen smoothie pops, recently announced the launch of online ordering. Purpose Pops, which was was created to bring healthy and #realfood eating right to your door, is delivered monthly right to your door and offers three flavors made with ingredients commonly found in your kitchen. The flavors include strawberry banana, vanilla and chocolate banana. These tasty pops have no more than four ingredients, less than 12 grams of sugar and are 80 calories or less. They are made with whole fruit and yogurt and no added sugars, no artificial flavors and no fillers or preservatives. Purpose Pops mission is to provide back to basics and common sense food by taking homemade smoothies and freezing them into ready-to-eat pops. For $24.99 a month, choose your favorite flavors, schedule how often you want to receive a Purpose Pops box and wait for your 15 pops to be delivered frozen and ready to eat. Keep these tasty and nutritious treats in your freezer for snacking anytime. For every new customer that signs up in November, Purpose Pops will donate $5 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. www.purposepops.com.

Winners Circle Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Center for the Arts held the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, “Art in the Park,” last month. The event serves to identify outstanding leaders in seven areas; Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance, Language Arts, and Innovative Organization. Nominees are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and integration. This year’s Mayor’s Arts Award winners include: Cliff Keuter, Dance Artist Award; Nicole Olson, Language Artist Award; Rashaad Thomas, Music Artist Award; Jerry Lawson and Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Visual Artist Award; Ann Morton, Innovative Organization Award; Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Lou and Evelyn Grubb, Community Innovator Award: Rick Naimark. www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org.

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New Additions Boatloads of pristine oysters, crab, shrimp and fish now adorn the bar top at The Gladly since chef Bernie Kantak installed his new raw bar. The 7-foot tall, can’t-miss chalkboard menu featuring the day’s catch can be seen throughout the restaurant for guests to mix and match their choice of seafood offerings. www.thegladly.com.

Local entrepreneurs, Steve and Andi Rosenstein of The Duce and R&R Surplus debuted their new flagship clothing store inside Uptown Plaza (252 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix) in the heart of Central Phoenix, kicking off with a grand opening party and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The stylish new shop features striking-yetcasual fashions for both men and women. Currently sold in more than 500 specialty boutiques, high-end fitness clubs and luxury spas and resorts, R&R is an offshoot of the Rosenstein’s original clothing boutique, Fitigues, which they launched in their native Chicago back in 1988. After relocating to Phoenix in 2001, the couple started looking to recreate the historic urban vibe of the Windy City and discovered it with The Duce and R&R Surplus. www.r&rsurplus.com. UPTOWN |

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Music to Our Ears The Camby hotel recently announced its new partnership with Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), a world-class museum in Phoenix that proudly displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around the globe. Perfectly situated inside The Camby, The Bees Knees is a modern cocktail lounge that reaches back to the true classics and one of the first destinations where MIM’s instruments are on display outside of the museum. A collection of harmonicas and two accordions from MIM are displayed on the walls of The Bees Knees, blending seamlessly with the lounge’s cutting-edge style and statement-making designs by renowned Stonehill & Taylor.  In celebration of the MIM partnership, The Bees Knees recently launched its weekly Jam Session to give hotel guests and locals alike the opportunity to sing and perform. Jam Session at The Bees Knees takes place every Tuesday from 7:30-11 p.m. and is hosted by Korbe Canida, an indie folk/ rock singer, songwriter and musician from Phoenix. Guests enjoy live music by local musicians and even take the mic to perform, sing or play their own instruments. www.thecamby.com.

Holiday Jewel

Julie Moreno, award-winning chef and owner of local neighborhood hangout, Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, is celebrating Thanksgiving early this November. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the gluten-free bakery and cafe will host its second cooking class, as part of its annual Cooking Series which started in October. The interactive experience is set to take place from 5-7 p.m. This month’s class will feature recipes and demos of all of Julie’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes including, cheddar biscuits, caramel apple pie, stuffing and homemade gravy. www.jewelsbakeryandcafe.com.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Last month The Crepe Club opened its doors in the Biltmore Fashion Park. The restaurant, which started as a food cart on the Arizona State University Campus by ASU alums Karim, Fares and Omar Tarabichi, serves up sweet and savory crepes in two sizes, ranging from $3.65 to $8.95. The brick and mortar’s menu is also composed of French pastries baked fresh from scratch daily and French-inspired dishes on the menu, along with fresh pressed juices, shakes, coffee, and tea. www.thecrepeclub.com.

Bartender, I’ll Have Another Recreating a bartender-quality martini is not easy, until now! Eric and Jackie Gichner founded VITANI in 2015 to fill a void in the spirits aisle. The Chicago couple wanted to produce a cocktail that not only has top shelf bar quality spirts, but also the alcohol content of a drink prepared by a professional bartender. Now, VITANI is hitting stores in Phoenix, the first city outside Chicago to offer the product. The cocktail, which comes in five different flavors, is a line of ready-to-drink martinis made with premium vodka and top quality ingredients. VITANI is packaged in a sleek, environmentally friendly and easy to transport aluminum bottle, that is available in two sizes. VITANI is now for sale in select Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler AJ’s Fine Foods markets. www.drinkvitani.com. UPTOWN |

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37th Annual Friends of Erma Bombeck Author’s Luncheon

Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m. Dress for Success Phoenix empowers women to achieve economic independence through a supporting network and professional development programs. Join the organization for a night to shine with the Suit for Stars gala. Held at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, attendees will enjoy a red carpet reception, program, fashion show and dinner followed by an after party under the stars. The gala raises funds for the organization’s continued incentive to provide women with the necessary tools to thrive in work and life. $150. www.phoenix.dressforsuccess.org.

Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. The Author’s Luncheon is an event for the books and all about books. The Arizona Women ’s Board’s annual lunch celebrates distinguished columnist and author, Erma Bombeck. Today’s best-selling authors such as Terry McMillan and Lucy Hawing, among many others, will speak about their latest books followed by an autograph session. The event raises awareness and funds for Arizona kidney patients. $175. www.authorsluncheonaz.org.

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A McNight to Remember

Nov. 10, 10 a.m. Join Homeward Bound as they create pathways out of poverty for homeless families ready to make a change. The agenda features a fabulous handbag auction, fashion and jewelry vignettes and a delectable lunch on the Squaw Peak Terrace at the Arizona Biltmore. Celebrate 25 years of the organization’s successes in the community with old bags that create new opportunities for Arizona families. $300. www.homewardboundaz.org.

Nov. 12, 6 p.m. Welcome to the jungle – The Jungle Book Gala that is. Guests are invited to this elegant storybook at the Arizona Biltmore to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House. Savor a gourmet dinner, bid on silent and live auction packages, and purchase chances to win a vacation. The party continues at McNight’s Official After Party, Jungle Bash, hosted by the Red Shoe Society. Single ticket, $300; after party only, $50. www.mcnightgala.com.

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Nov. 12, 6 p.m. Hosted by the Joe Niekro Foundation, the 7th Annual Knuckle Ball returns with its Pitch for Life gala at the Arizona Biltmore. The unforgettable evening will honor renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler and community philanthropist Nancy Hanley in benefit of Barrow Neurological Institute. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, live and silent auction, formal dinner, event program and post-program musical entertainment. Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to devastating brain conditions. $336. www.joeniekrofoundation.com.

Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Attention art lovers, curators and collectors alike. This event brings together good art in good company. Guests have the opportunity to mingle with fellow photography fans and even bring home an original work of art. The live and silent art auctions feature more than 50 signed limited-edition photographic prints and books by notable photographers throughout the nation. Event proceeds benefit INFOCUS and the photography programs at Phoenix Art Museum and in the Arizona community. $60. www.infocus-phxart.org.

Restoring Hope Community Fundraising Breakfast Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m. Rise and shine to restore hope! The Society of St. Vincent de Paul invites you to the annual community fundraising breakfast. You will leave this year’s program with a full stomach, but an even fuller heart to enact real positive change in our community. St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is to feed, cloth, house and heal individuals and families in Arizona who have nowhere else to turn for help. $Free. www.stvincentdepaul.net.

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57th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. The Phoenix Heart Ball Committee of 100 women formally invites you to the Phoenix Heart Ball – an event in its 57th year that brings together community and philanthropic leaders in celebration of the funding that fuels American Heart Association’s research to save lives. This year’s theme, “Hearts in Rhythm” focuses on women’s heart health. Held at The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom, the black tie affair is one not to be missed. Starting at $750. www.heart.org.


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do dancing in your seats (or out) and be singing along with all of the classic hits that you know and love. 7:30 p.m. $30-$99. Tickets. Phoenixsymphony.org. FRESH START CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC Nov. 4, Kierland Golf Course Fore! Time to pull out your clubs and tee off for a great cause. Hosted by the Fresh Start Men’s Board, this golf classic is one of the largest noncelebrity charity golf tournaments in the Valley. It is a four-person scramble for golf lovers. This unique event also includes a fun hole in one contest. Raffle tickets will be available for guests to enter for a chance to win a 2017 Toyota Prius. 8:30 a.m. Groups of four, $3,750-$7,750. www.freshstartwomen.org. 11TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FIGHT FOR LIFE CASINO NIGHT Nov. 5, JW Marriot Desert Ridge Ante up and double down all in the name of raising funds for children’s cancer awareness. This annual casino night is an opportunity for guests to come together, enjoy a little gambling fun all while raising money for Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The event will feature a silent auction, wine pull, dinner and of course, some of your favorite casino games. In it’s ten years, Children’s Fight for Life has raised more than $900,000 for the Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $125$1,150. www.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org

NOVEMBER CALENDAR WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY GRETCHEN PAHIA

A Vampire Tale Nov. 3-5, Phoenix Theater

Current vampire culture comes to life in this theater production that is often referred to as the “Nutcracker of Halloween.” This popular dance production is a fresh take on the cult classic which fans have made into a ritual. The show will have the audience on the edge of their seats with its dark and sexy drama, comedic tidings and visually stunning dance and aerial acts. 8 p.m. $25-$45. www.scorpiusdance.com.

JEFF DYE Nov. 3-6, Stand Up Live Get your giggle on and enjoy the laughter of comedian Jeff Dye. Dye stars in NBC’s new comedy show Better Late Than Never with Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman. Dye is a nationally touring comedian, actor and host and this show will leave you rolling in the aisles. Prior to his latest NBC series, Dye appeared on Last Comic Standing, where he finished in third place. He has also had his own MTV shows as well as his own Comedy Central Presents specials. If you are looking for some serious laughter and

hysterical moments, this is definitely the show for you. Times vary. $20. www.standuplive.com MUSIC OF JOURNEY Nov. 4, Orpheum Theater It’s rock ‘n’ roll time as the music from one of the most iconic bands comes to town. The Phoenix Symphony presents The Music of Journey for this one night only amazing show, in a way like you’ve never heard it before. Don’t miss this Legends Series performance with chart topping hits such as, Don’t Stop Believin’, Faithfully, Open Arms, and so many more of your favorite Journey hits. You will be

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YOGA FOR HOPE Nov. 5, Chase Field Join City of Hope in their fight against cancer by getting your Zen on. Hundreds of yogis, instructors, sponsors, vendors and volunteers will united on center field at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for the second annual event of yoga under the stars – the only public event on centerfield green grass, making for a unique and unforgettable experience. Yoga for Hope benefits the Natural Therapies Cancer Research Program at City of Hope. Natural products have been the source of some of the most effective treatments for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. 2-7 p.m. $10-$30. www.cityofhope.org. GATSBY’S GREAT ROTARY GALA NOV. 5, PHOENIX COUNTRY CLUB Welcome to the Speakeasy everyone! It’s time to travel back in time and enjoy the Roaring ‘20s. This year’s Gala benefits Phoenix Rotary Club Charities and features Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network. The evening will include a silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and dessert. Guests will see sparks fly as the event comes to a close with a special fireworks celebration. 5:30 p.m. $175-$500. www.rotary100.org. AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW Nov. 5-6, JW Marriot Desert Ridge Fashionistas of all ages will love this one, a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and of course, their favorite dolls. Funds raised during this fashion show will benefit The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s


do Research Fund (JDRF), Attendees will experience live and silent auctions, as well as enjoy dancing and entertainment. This black tie event will be emceed by Channel 12 Anchor Mark Curtis and the Honorees include the Volk Family. 5:45 p.m. www.jdrf.org. JINGLE & MINGLE Nov. 11, Xavier College Preparatory It is never too early to get into the holiday spirit. So, why not start a little early thig year? The annual holiday dinner and auction will benefit the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. The attire is holiday casual, so get creatively festive for this celebratory event. A silent auction will be followed by dinner and live auction. 6 p.m. $75. www.xcpmg.org. CITYSKATE Nov 16- Jan 8, CityScape Winter is coming! That’s right, it is time to slap on some skates and head down to CityScape’s seventh annual ice skating extravaganza. The state’s largest outdoor ice rink will once again take over the heart of Downtown along Central Avenue. Skate lessons will be offered along with open skating times for guests to enjoy. Hit the ice to get in the holiday spirit for this seasonal Phoenix tradition. Hours vary. $10-$15. www.cityskatephx.com.

Chilies & Chocolate Nov. 11-13, Desert Botanical Gardens

Mixing a little sweet with a little spicy is what this festival is all about. Guests will have the opportunity to sample and shop their way through the top chile and chocolate vendors from across the state. Some items available for tasting include gourmet chocolates, sauces and fire-roasted chilies. There will also be live music and opportunities to purchase your favorite treats you tasted during your stay. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Entrance included with paid garden admission, $10-$22. www.dbg.org. Hospital. The Emily Center helps families of children who have been seriously injured or diagnosed with cancer and serious illnesses. Last year, the event raised more than $50,000 and the hope is to bring in even more funds this year, so come on down to enjoy a day of fun, fashion and friends. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $70$750. www.phoenixchildrendsfoundation.org. ARIZONA HEMOPHILIA WALK Nov. 6, Phoenix Zoo This non-competitive 5K walk brings family, friends, community and corporate teams to walk in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders. There are over 1,000 people diagnosed with bleeding disorders in Arizona alone. The funds raised by the Arizona Hemophilia Walk will support the Arizona Hemophilia Association’s mission to enhance the quality of life for people with inherited bleeding disorders, while advocating for a cure. 8-10 a.m. $5-$25. www.arizonahemophilia.org. GYPSY: THE MUSICAL Nov. 10-13, Phoenix Center For the Arts One of the most recognizable musical productions around is headed to the Valley. The Almost Famous Theater Company presents a story about an ambitious stage mother who takes over the career and life of her young

daughter. The show includes memorable hits such as: Let Me Entertain You, Together Wherever We Go and Everything’s Coming Up Roses. Prepare yourself for a night of musical enjoyment and theater excellence. 7:30 p.m. $25-$27. www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org. GOLDY’S BOWLING BASH Nov. 10, Lucky Strike It’s Time to lace up your bowling shoes and grab your balls, all in the name of charity. Paul and Amy Goldschmidt invite you for a night of bowling. Team up with celebrities and Diamondback players (current and former) for a night of fun on the lanes. All proceeds of the event benefit Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, which supports Phoenix Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Once all the bowling guests can stick around and mingle with players, other celebrities and chat with the evening’s hosts. Bowling, 5:30 p.m.; after party, 9:00 p.m. www.goldysfund4kids.org. PROMISE BALL Nov. 12, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia With more than 700 social elite and industry leaders expected to attend the Promise Gala, this annual fundraiser is one of the largest and most prestigious events in the state. While raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes

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HEROES PATRIOTIC LUNCHEON Nov. 16, Arizona Biltmore This annual luncheon provides a special time for guests to honor, support and celebrate our veterans and military service members. The fundraiser helps to support the Veterans Medical Leadership Council. The luncheon, which revolves around Veterans Day each year, is the perfect opportunity to allow the community to give back and honor all those who gave so much for our country. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Thomas Kirk, colonel of the United States Air Force and fighter pilot for Korea, Vietnam. 11:00 a.m.. $65-$100. www.arizonavmic.org. CRONKITE AWARDS LUNCHEON Nov. 21, Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel Journalists and media unite with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees to honor CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley at this 33rd annual event. On average, more than 1,000 guests attend this event each year, including leaders from the world of media, politics, business and education. Previous recipients include Bob Costas, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose. 11:30 p.m. $200. www.cronkite.asu.edu. ZOOLIGHTS Nov. 23- Jan. 8, Phoenix Zoo Welcome back a holiday tradition that never gets old. ZooLights is celebrating 25 years of family fun in the city. Millions of lights, a threestory holiday tree, hundreds of light displays and musical motion shows will fill the Phoenix Zoo and delight the thousands of visitors for this cheerful experience. The exhibit is open nightly through the holiday season. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $12.95-$19.95. www.phoenixzoo.org.


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SLAM DUNK!

Suns Charities 88 hosts posh, progressive street party ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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amed after Phoenix Suns Charities’ inaugural year in 1988, Suns Charities 88, presented by BillingTree, was formed in 2012 to offer a platform for energized business professionals within the community to network amongst their peers while providing an opportunity to collectively give back through the philanthropic power of the Phoenix Suns. “We focus on three main principles: professional development, collaborative partnerships and philanthropy,” says Jennie Patel, manager of Suns Charities 88. “From our onset, we knew we that if we wanted to give back in a big way, we would need to create our own large-scale fundraising event on a whole other level than anything the Suns have done before.” As a result, Suns Charities 88 Slam Dunk was born. In its first year, more than

If You Go…

WHAT: Suns Charities 88 Slam Dunk WHEN: Nov. 5, 6 -11 p.m. WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix TICKETS: $188; sponsorships start at $3,500 INFORMATION: www.suns.com/ slamdunk

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party goers,” Patel explains. Billed as part-Phoenix Suns behindthe-scenes VIP experience, part progressive dinner and part-street party, Slam Dunk begins on the floor of the arena with a lively cocktail party. From there, guests – who are encouraged to dress in their best “Suns chic,” attire – which includes everything from bright orange dresses to purple “Dumber and Dumber” suits – caravan by foot to the heart of downtown Phoenix. “We actually shut down the street right around the arena and transform one of our massive parking pavilions into a full-on sit-down dinner for more than a thousand people with themed cocktails and entertainment courtesy of a DJ, the iconic Phoenix Suns Gorilla and our Suns dancers,” says Patel, noting members of the Suns leadership team are not only in attendance, but often honorary hosts of the evening. And the party doesn’t stop after dinner. “The final stop during our progressive party takes guests to the Fry’s Plaza just outside of our arena, where we go beyond simply serving dessert and hosting an auction,” explains Patel, noting there is also a raffle where one lucky winner will win the opportunity to travel with the team to a game, and a Kendra Scott-sponsored jewelry pull. “It’s a true VIP party, but one that lets everyone in on the fun.” All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, who have raised more than $18 million to support family and child-focused charities across Arizona.


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ARTSY PARTY

A festival that celebrates community creations BY GABBY RICHMAN

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pened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the Herberger Theater Center (HTC) is home to Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, among others, and offers three theater venues, an art gallery and rentable event space. During the last 27 years, HTC, a nonprofit organization, has supported and fostered the growth growth of the arts in Phoenix as a premier performance venue, Now in its seventh year, the Festival of the Arts celebrates arts in the community in a daylong event hosted for the entire city. “The Herberger Theater has long wanted to provide an event where people could experience all of the arts - performance, visual, music - under one roof,” explains Laurene Austin, director of development and marketing for HTC. “The Festival of the Arts started in 2010 and has grown each year and become an intersection of art, audience and place.” And, the festival is growing indeed. Last year, more than 2,200 people attended the festival, with HTC expecting attendance to be over 3,000 this year. In order to expand the reach of the festival and involve more arts organizations, HTC has partnered with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “The Phoenix Convention Center Arcade will showcase arts-related informational and demonstration booths,” Austin says. “Our new Herberger Gallery @Arizona Center (located across the street from the theater) will also be open that day. Patrons can view the work of more than 30 Arizona

If You Go…

WHAT: Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts WHEN: Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. WHERE: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix TICKETS: Free INFORMATION: www.herbergertheater.org

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artists and live music.” What’s the best part of it all? This year’s festival is free to attend. “We think it’s important for our community to experience the arts and decided that by making admission free, more people would have an opportunity to attend this diverse and family-friendly event,” Austin explains. The family-friendly event invites people of all ages to enjoy live music, children’s activities, film shorts and pet adoptions. And, of course there will be performances. After all, this is HTC. “There will be more than 25 theater, dance and musical groups performing on two indoor and two outdoor stages. Patrons can expect to see everything from ballet to belly dance to Japanese Taiko drumming to improv comedy. One of our goals is to incorporate a diverse variety of performances and experience within the festival,” Austin elaborates. When you’re not partaking in one of the many attention-grabbing activities the festival has to offer, you can grab a bite or a beer. “Patrons can choose from street tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, popcorn and treats,” Austin says. “A tasting will also feature craft beers with a $10 fee for five, 5-ounce pours. Come hungry!”


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Mother Bunch Brewing

NORTH MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY Beer: Barking Pumpkin Ale Description: Brewed with North Mountain’s own blend of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla beans, fine Belgian chocolate and a local grinder’s espresso coffee blend as well as caramelized brown sugar, this beer is also aged in a bourbon barrel for a year before being bottled to add layers to the flavor. Available at the brewery for $7 in a Belgian glass. www.northmountainbrewing.com.

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or every beautiful season, there is an equally beautiful craft beer. Locally, in fact, our cup runneth over with fantastic fall brews with hints of pumpkin, spice and even oatmeal. Toast the holidays with one of our favorite finds:

WREN HOUSE BREWING COMPANY Beer: Chai Jolly Description: This is a dark, honey wheat ale with actual chai is brewed with 50 pounds of local desert honey, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and chocolate wheat, and you can taste every single ounce of heavenly flavor within. Available at the brewery for $6 a pint. www.wrenhousebrewing.com.

MOTHER BUNCH BREWING Beer: Fall Fest Marzen Description: A little-known brew in the

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BEERSGIVING Give thanks for these local, seasonal craft beers BY ALISON BAILIN

Beer: Hoppy Pumpkin Description: The base beer is amber, so lighter than most pumpkin-styles of the season, with clear caramel, ginger and clove notes. It takes like liquid pumpkin pie with a sweet, spicy mouthfeel, finished off with bitterness from the earthy hops. The secret – they use real baked pie pumpkins in the brew process. Available at the brewery for $6 a pint. www.sunup.beer.

O.H.S.O. EATERY + NANOBREWERY Valley, Marzen is actually a Bavarian-style lager. Mother Bunch’s version is ambercolored and has been aged all summer, producing a medium-bodied beer with a malt-forward flavor perfect for fall evenings. Available at the brewery for $6 a pint, or a 32-ounce growler with fill for $14 and 64-ounce growler with fill for $20. www.motherbunchbrew.com. UPTOWN |

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Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Description: An imperial stout aged in red wine barrels, this beer has clear hints of pumpkin first then phases into dark, roasted coffee flavors and eventual hints of vanilla and maple. The complex fall option is available at the brewery for $6 a pint, $11 a pitcher, $6 for a 24-ounce growler fill and $12 for a 64-ounce growler fill. www.ohsobrewery.com.


Losing It for the Long Haul The Gastrotrim Center helps change your relationship with food, for unprecedented results that people can’t stop talking about.

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f the numbers on your scale make you frown, you’re in good company – an astonishing 66% of the American population is overweight or obese, laboring under the unhealthy stress of extra mass. And if you ask most of them, they’d say they’re interested in getting rid of it. But losing weight, especially a substantial amount, can be a struggle. And it doesn’t stop there; keeping it off presents another frustrating challenge, with most people who lose weight through diet and exercise gaining it back within a short period of time. Weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass can garner impressive results, but is an invasive procedure – also often completely negated by regained weight over time. So much money, effort, and hassle for such a temporary result.

But for those seeking successful, sustained weight loss, there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. It depends on much more than just diet or exercise, says Swarnjit Singh, MD, MBBS, MRCP – who, along with his partner Brendan Levy, MD, is one of the gastroenterology professionals behind the wildly successful

Gastrotrim Center. Its effective weight loss programs combine an FDA-approved, minimally invasive surgical procedure with not only expert nutritional guidance, but a comprehensive psychological approach designed to help patients change their long-term relationship with food. Intragastric Balloon

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According to Dr. Singh, obesity is not just a physical disease. “Refined carbohydrates and fats are very addictive,” he says. “They raise levels of dopamine, endorphins and certain endocannabinoids (“happy hormones”) in the striatum portion of the brain, similar to drugs such as cocaine, morphine, or methamphetamine.” As a result, people have a difficult time not only kicking the habit of eating poorly, but sticking with healthier habits in the long run, prone to “relapses” which can cause weight gain. And as with any addiction, quitting cold turkey almost never works. It takes more than that. With the Gastrotrim Program, patients undergo a simple non-surgical procedure to place a removable balloon in the stomach. This innovative procedure gives the results of weight loss surgery, yet is temporary and reversible – and

Dr. Swarnjit Singh

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doesn’t present complications such as scarring or perforation, which can be typical of traditional bariatric surgeries. “This provides a valuable physical ‘jump start’ to weight loss,” says Dr. Singh. But it doesn’t stop there. Drs. Singh and Levy have partnered with the Valley area’s premiere psychologists and nutritionists to round out the program, addressing both physical and mental hurdles to ensure success – a unique, multi-pronged approach unavailable anywhere else. The result is a complete and comprehensive program, custom-tailored to fit the specific physiological and psychological needs of each patient, leading to weight loss that works for the long haul. Says Dr. Levy, “The Gastrotrim Program reshapes not only the body, but the entire mindset, giving the patient the means to lose the weight and the tools to make sure it stays off forever.” Finally: a weight loss solution that addresses all the causes of obesity. With all its success, it’s no wonder that the Gastrotrim Center is preparing to open two new locations in Peoria and Scottsdale to better serve the Phoenix metro area. For the Gastrotrim Center team, it’s extremely satisfying to watch the transformations of their patients. And for the patients themselves, it’s a life-changing decision that allows them to reclaim their health, vitality, and self-confidence – and adequately equips them to sustain it. Dr. Brendan Levy


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YOUR ROAD TO THE KITCHEN WAS A WINDING ONE. CAN YOU SHARE A BIT OF YOUR STORY?

As a teenager, I was a handful. Eventually, my parents made it clear that if I wasn’t in school excelling, I needed to work, which led me to my first job – as a busser at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant. Around the same time, I met the love of my life and wanted to get married, which meant I needed more than a parttime job. This led me to Le Madeline’s in Arcadia. One Sunday, a cook noshowed on them during the height of the breakfast rush. I cooked for my older brother growing up and actually really loved it, so stepped in. Everything just clicked once I got into the kitchen. WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO COOKING AND INGREDIENTS?

Our entire team takes pride in buying local whenever we can. We also cultivate our own gardens and are actively engaged in the process of growing and harvesting ingredients, including many of the vegetables and herbs on guests’ plates.

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Miguel Yeo, executive chef of The Parlor

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My wife, who has been my biggest supporter, inspires me more than you can imagine. And, of course, our kids. ANY FOODS YOU HATE?

Olives and pickles. WHAT FOOD DO YOU LOVE TO MAKE?

Handmade pastas – it is an art and a science.

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

WHAT WOULD READERS BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

I’m a huge Arizona Cardinals fan and try to get to games whenever I can, or at least watch with all of my friends and family. The Parlor, 1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.248.2480; www.theparlor.us.

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CLASS IS IN SESSION

The #SouthernGent experiment BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE

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uck shop” might not be a term most Americans are familiar with, but for Grace Josephine Unger, owner of Tuck Shop Kitchen & Bar, it was the inspiration behind the Phoenix spot’s fall cocktail menu. Meaning a snack bar found in private schools, Unger, who is originally from the United Kingdom and went to school in Australia, grew up around the phrase. “When I originally started working on our fall menu I thought, why not tie it in with the name, basing the entire menu on a high school chemistry class,” Unger explains. “What can we smoke, infuse, get to change color or even create a little explosion? For me, it’s about guest interaction. I want give my diners something to really get excited about.”  And excited they’ll be. One of our favorite “class experiments” on the menu is the #SouthernGent ($12), a twist on a Manhattan with smoky, sweet and spiced flavors. The reimagined classic, made in collaboration by Unger and Matt McCullough of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, is made up of Makers 46, Quinta de la Rosa White Port, Angostura bitters and cherry wood smoke. “The use of cherry wood not only gives the cocktail its smoky flavor, but also lends to the theatrics of the drink’s presentation,” Unger explains A mix between tableside performances and unexpected flavors, the rest of the menu follows suit to leave guests surprised and delighted all at once. Tuck Shop, 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.354.2980; www.tuckinphx.com.

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN

A bartender has the ability to elevate a customer’s experience from good to great. Whether it’s through creating an innovative libation or exuding a generous spirit – or perhaps offering a generous pour and some company – there’s no doubt the person behind the bar is part of the overall imbibing experience. We sipped our way around town to find those bartenders who not only craft a fabulous cocktail but also play an excellent bar game, bringing personality and pizzazz to everything they do while always putting patrons first.

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LYNDSI HASTINGSMUNDY Beverage director at Stock & Stable and Honor Amongst Thieves Bartending since: 2010

What do you love about bartending? People watching! Being a bartender is the best job at the party. You get to meet and interact with new people, learn about their lives and connect with them, make cocktails, run around at a fast pace, and have fun with your team. Best of all, there’s no hangover in the morning. Favorite drink to make: I love when the guest gives me carte blanche to do whatever. Those are the times I really enjoy getting to be spontaneous and creative. I start off with a few questions to establish a few guidelines and go from there. Favorite drink you’ve created: The Job Well Done – it’s Elijah Craig Bourbon that’s first infused with toasted coconut. After that I add bitters and Orgeat. It’s strong, sweet and unexpected. It’s the perfect cocktail to pair with the fall weather. You find inspiration in: Food! I love to eat and try new flavor combinations. It gets my gears turning as I try placing flavor ideas with different liquors to see what might work. I have about a dozen notes on different flavor combinations to try. Sometimes the most random ideas are the best cocktails. Drink that is ordered most at your bar: I’d say the Private Eye. It’s a really fun interactive cocktail that’s served with a giant cloud of pink strawberry cotton candy in an empty glass. Then the customer pours a lemon, cassis and Champagne cocktail over it and watches as the cotton candy dissolves into the drink. Surprisingly, it’s not sweet and is really well-balanced. Once we sell the first one of the night, everyone sees it and wants to know what it is. Any secret bartending tip or talent? Learn the classics! Those recipes will be your best friend. They really help to build a solid foundation and understanding of how to build a well-balanced cocktail. Stock & Stable and Honor Amongst Thieves, 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.stockandstable. com and www.honoraz.com.

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BRENT KARLICEK Beverage director at Upward Projects Bartending since: 2001

What do you love about bartending? Building a connection with the guests and delivering inspired hospitality through well-crafted beverages and dialogue. The whole goal is to take someone’s sense of well-being from a five to a 10. Favorite drink to make: I love making anything stirred. There is a sense of Zen when building the drink and then finding that perfect balance of dilution. With that in mind, a simple, stirred Manhattan is my favorite drink to make. Favorite drink you’ve created: Right now we have a cocktail on the menu at Windsor that is my all-time favorite. It’s called the No. 40, and it’s made with Demerara rum, mezcal, house strawberry syrup and Cocchi Barolo Chinato. There is a complexity with the blending of spirits, with a luscious pot still rum and the agave-forward and smoke-infused mezcal.   You find inspiration in: Exploring new cities on foot – feeling the pulse, tasting the flavors and connecting with the culture.   Drink that is ordered most at your bar: The No. 17, containing house cucumber-infused vodka, Revolution Green Tea Syrup and fresh cucumber juice with torn mint and lime. Person you’d most like to pour a drink: Sasha Petraske, the late Milk & Honey owner. The first time I visited Sasha’s bar, I started thinking about cocktails from a totally new perspective.  What do you order when you go out? I always start with the bartender’s choice, something they’re proud of, and then I follow that up with a nice pour of mezcal, neat. Any secret bartending tip or talent? Always look to leverage the talents of an incredible team. A solid beverage program rarely comes from one mind, so opening the door for collaboration and creative growth is the key. Windsor, 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111; www.windsoraz.com. Part of Upward Projects, www.upwardprojects.com.

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LIBBY LONGLOTT First mate mixologist at UnderTow Bartending since: 2009

What do you love about bartending? I love creating the excitement in my patrons’ bar experience. The fulfillment and satisfaction that I get out of making the perfect bar experience, whether it be through guiding my guest to the perfect drink for their palate, or through something as simple as great conversation and energy ... that moment of internal acknowledgment that I’m making someone’s night is what I love most about my craft. Favorite drink to make: Anything involving fire. Favorite drink you’ve created: A spirituous-stirred drink with the bones of a Negroni (typically made of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari, garnished with orange peel), made with mezcal, aperitif and Italian amaro. I like using classic cocktails as a template and substituting in more modern and interesting spirits.  You find inspiration in: Fashion, food and trends in modern culture. Drink that is ordered most at your bar: The Smoking Cannon or The Pirate’s Remorse. Person you’d most like to pour a drink: My great grandmother, Ruth. Born in 1910, she was alive from the sinking of the Titanic, through Prohibition, the Great Depression and all the times of war. She was drinking whiskey sours until the ripe old age of 100! I’d love nothing more than to make her a proper Manhattan and pick her brain on her life experiences. What do you order when you go out? Usually a Negroni to sip on while I dive into the cocktail menu. Any secret bartending tip or talent? Stay positive! Surround yourself with people you can learn from, take the time to read and just have fun.   UnderTow, 3620 E. Indian School Road; Phoenix; 602.753.6504; www.undertowphx.com.

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JASON BRODY

Bartender and general manager at Nick’s Italian Restaurant Bartending since: 2011 What do you love about bartending? For me, life’s about being dynamic and that’s something you can be behind a bar. I love the fact that when I’m bartending, no two days will ever be the same. I interact with all kinds of different people on a daily basis. There aren’t too many general managers who get to bartend as well and put in 60-plus hours a week. I always tell people that bartending is the “fun part” of my job a few nights a week!   You find inspiration in: Work ethic and individual growth are both inspirational for me. There’s also an important female in my life who inspires me: my Mama. She’s a beautiful, strong and balanced lady who has taught me so much about life and brings out the best in me!   Drink that is ordered most at your bar: We have a great wine program at Nick’s so I’d say I open and pour a lot of wine. I also make a lot of martinis – vodka martinis and Manhattans are pretty popular shakes for me.     Person you’d most like to pour a drink: My dad. I miss that man more than anyone will ever know. He passed before I was able to pour a cocktail for him or even throw one back with him. I’d give anything to make him his go-to “vodka on the rocks with a couple of olives.”   What do you order when you go out? I occasionally drink high-end red wine, but otherwise I only order two things: Casamigos Blanco Tequila on the rocks or Stolichnaya Elit Vodka on the rocks. Any secret bartending tip or talent? You have to be an artist behind the bar. It’s also crucial to attract and retain a quality customer base and develop solid relationships along the way. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without all of my regulars.  Nick’s Italian Restaurant, Tatum and Shea location, 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.953.1100; www.nicksitalian.com.

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SALLY CICORA

Bartender and bar coach at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Bartending since: 1994 What do you love about bartending? My guests. Every day, I meet new people and I am blessed to see the smiling faces of my regulars. They are more than just my guests; they are an extension of my family. Ruth’s Chris is so much more than a restaurant – it’s home to many! Favorite drink to make: Blackberry Sidecar, made of muddled blackberries, cognac, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice with a sugar-rimmed glass over ice. The Blackberry Sidecar is a showstopper when it goes across the bar. It’s so colorful! It’s a drink that has a good kick to it but has a perfect sweetness. Favorite drink you’ve created: Angel’s Manhattan, comprised of Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Tuaca liqueur and orange bitters on the rocks, garnished with a fresh vanilla bean. You find inspiration in: I find inspiration in my co-workers. At Ruth’s, we have the best team in town. We all take it to the next level for our guests. When I see each of them do that, it inspires me to always try to give our guests the best steakhouse experience they have ever had. Each team member plays a key role, especially my partner in crime behind the bar, Todd Hoffman. Drink that is ordered most at your bar: Dirty Grey Goose martini with blue cheese olives. Person you’d most like to pour a drink: Tim Tebow, who is someone I admire for many reasons. His leadership abilities and never-give-up attitude are truly amazing. Tebow always steps up when the majority of people would sit down. Now, he has started a new chapter in his career as an MLB player. He is the newest member of our Scottsdale Scorpions. I would love to welcome him to the Valley “Sally-style.” What do you order when you go out? Jameson and ginger ale. Any secret bartending tip or talent? Always smile – you never know whose day you are going to brighten. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.5988; www.ruthschris.com.

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JOSEPH SCHWARTZ Bartender at Fox Cigar Bar and Old Town Tavern Bartending since: 2002

What do you love about bartending? I love meeting new people and creating an atmosphere for people to have a good time. I have actually met many of my good friends working, and I love the social atmosphere. Favorite drink to make: Hands down has to be a Manhattan. I love whiskey and cocktails, and this is the perfect mix. A Manhattan is hard to mess up but also takes a certain touch to make perfect. Favorite drink you’ve created: It’s a twist on a Manhattan. Two parts of a mixable rye (Templeton is my choice) and one half part Benedictine, garnished with a lemon twist. I like the way it layers on the palate. I’m probably not the first person to make this drink, but I haven’t seen it anywhere. You find inspiration in: I love trying new things one wouldn’t think of combining together. I’ll always try anything at least once. Going out to new places and trying other bartenders’ cocktails is eye-opening for new ideas. I like to get inspiration from that and go back to try new things on my own. My regulars are my guinea pigs. Drink that is ordered most at your bar: Single malt scotch or an old fashioned. At Fox Cigar Bar, I have to say we have the best scotch/whiskey selection in Scottsdale. Person you’d most like to pour a drink: Bruce Arians. I am a native and a huge Arizona Cardinals fan. I would love to talk with him about life and just pick his brain about everything. To me, he is the epitome of cool. Any secret bartending tip or talent? Smile, smile, smile. People go out to have a good time, and it doesn’t matter if you’re three deep or just have a few people at your bar, they come out to have fun. You have to be able to talk with guests while working and have fun. Fox Cigar Bar, 7443 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.214.5011; www. foxtobacco.com. Old Town Tavern, 7320 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.945.2882; www.oldtowntavernaz. com.

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TAMMY ABNEY

Bartender at Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse Bartending since: 1994 What do you love about bartending? What I love most about bartending is meeting new and interesting people, as well as maintaining the relationships with the customers we already have. Throughout the years, I have met some unbelievable people and am blessed to still have them in my life.   Favorite drink to make: My favorite drink to make is anything with fresh muddled fruits, cucumbers, mint, etc. We have many cocktails that incorporate these ingredients –they bring out so many flavors and are truly refreshing!   Favorite drink you’ve created: I’m recently hooked on a concoction of fresh muddled strawberries, mint, simple syrup, vodka and soda with a strawberry garnish.   You find inspiration in: My inspiration comes from one of my best friends, Linda, who has ALS, and is one of the strongest people I know. She has taught me the meaning of how to live each day for the moment. I translate this into my job by treating people with the utmost respect and making sure their dining experience is always a memorable one.   Drink that is ordered most at your bar: At Mastro’s, we use our own mixologists to reinvent and create some extraordinary cocktails. One particular favorite is the Dream Berry Martini, which is extremely popular with many of our guests.   What do you order when you go out? I prefer to drink a nice pinot noir or red blend.   Any secret bartending tip or talent? Greeting the customer with a smile and introducing yourself as well as learning his or her name. A strong aspect to being a bartender is maintaining a high level of service and ensuring a guest’s overall experience leaves a lasting impression so they can’t wait to come back. Building that relationship is key to building a customer for life. Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse, 6991 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.4700; www.mastrosrestaurants.com.

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Two-tiered tray with leaf branch detail, Hawthorn, $59.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987.

Six-compartment plate, Michael Aram, $275 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

SERVE IN STYLE

Set the standard in hosting at your next holiday soiree BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

Marble and copper tray, $119 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297.

Wood paddle board with slate, B. Smith, $29.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Checkered cake stand, MacKenzieChilds, $425 at www.horchow.com. Red flower printed bowl, $16 at west elm, 480.948.1950. UPTOWN |

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For all your hosting needs this holiday season, consider the Porthole Bar at RH Modern, a recently launched concept at RH (Restoration Hardware) wherein the storefront is reimagined as an exhibition space showcasing this modern collection. Modeled on a 1920s industrial iron sphere, this free-standing bar has a nautical, yet sophisticated, air that evokes cocktail hour on the high seas. A brass pipework base, glass doors and a mirrored interior provide a beautiful display for decanters and bottles, and, in fact, a wire rack can store up to 13 wine bottles. Cheers! $2,495 at RH Modern, 480.658.1021. NOVEMBER 2016 |

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A BURST OF BORDEAUX Shades of wine are front and center this season

BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Tied waist dress, Michael Stars, $138 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Tweed coat dress, Chanel, $1,895 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Fur shoulder bag, Gucci, $825.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Leather legging, Zadig & Voltaire, $89.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Suede pointed-toe kitten heel, Prada, $99.95 at My Sister’s Closet. Wide brim felt hat, D&Y, $32 at Elan Style. Wayfair sunglasses, Ray-Ban, $209 at Optics, 480.991.0509. UPTOWN |

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Chic sweaters that blend effortless style with comforting warmth BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) Charcoal cable knit with gold accents, Tory Burch, $59.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Geometric oversized wool, Stella McCartney, $145.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Multicolor cowl neck dress, Celine, $295.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Burgundy cowl neck poncho, bishop + young, $135 at Elan Style. Striped V-neck cable knit, Lush, $48 at Divalicious, 480.699.7634. Olive cardigan with button closure, Cherish, $42 at Divalicious. NOVEMBER 2016 |

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A BIT OF SPRITZ

Warm up with sultry and sophisticated fall fragrances BY LACI LANGSTON

AERIN Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum Experience the exotic and captivating world of Morocco in this essence by AERIN. Blended with Madagascar vanilla, Italian bergamot and Bulgarian rose, the mixture forms a rich, crisp sweetness. Velvety amber adds a sensual hint, while sandalwood and feather-soft musk finish the scent. The everyday fragrance is made for a woman who enjoys a spicy, warm scent infused with a dash of vanilla, a twist on the traditional sweetness. $115 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Giorgio Armani Prive Vert Malachite Eau de Parfum This delicate fragrance portrays elegance and femininity composed in an enchanting elixir. As part of the newest Prive Collection – which honors countries and cultures that have inspired the brand’s namesake – Vert Malachite is a celebration of Russian culture. It reveals a sensual, floral bouquet with a mixture of sambac jasmine and ylang ylang. Entranced with a lightly sweet, creamy tuberose effect, the scent then follows with benzoin and vanilla, unveiling a smoky, seductive aura. $310 at Neiman Marcus. Christian Louboutin Trouble in Heaven Parfum Turn heads and light a fire with this mysterious and intoxicating perfume. A concoction fused with iris, patchouli and Tonka absolute merged with the dry heat of Oriental amber generates an intimate, yet explicit, scent known to raise heartbeats. This fragrance is so potent and delicious that it tells a story, one of a woman who embodies the ultimate seductress. Trouble in Heaven is for those who want to make a bold statement, express themselves and truly reveal their identity. $275 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

November in the Valley brings crisp air and cool nights (finally!), and with the true changing of the seasons, it signals a time to transition your fragrance wardrobe. Update your signature scent by trading in those bright summer spritzes for warm autumn essentials. What better way to power up your pulse points than with new perfumes fit for fall?

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Bvlgari Goldea Eau de Parfum This voluptuous fragrance pays tribute to the golden goddess of beauty and sun. Rich in a palette of white musk and lush sweet sparkles, the blend mingles with the scent of ylang ylang and orange blossom. A bright, golden musk symphony, Bvlgari’s scent demonstrates class and elegance for the modern woman. Both tender and long-lasting, it holds light fruity notes with the fresh scent of bergamot, a spicy aroma and a tactile base note. $112 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Black Opium is a dark and overwhelmingly sensuous fragrance made for cold winter nights. An electrifying and addictive scent enticed with notes of black coffee for an adrenaline hit, the fragrance also houses white floral to seduce and vanilla for sweetness. Discover your inner edginess and take on the night with this glam-rock perfume. $90 at Nordstrom.


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f you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind home, we’ve found your match. As you approach this private property, you’ll see the minimalistic elegance that the front design of the building gives off. The low maintenance landscaping and square-focused architecture give off a contemporary feel. Custom touches fill the front “yard,” from the block-designed driveway and simple succulents, to an intricate walkway leading the entrance and striking garage doors. With four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, the sophisticated abode was designed for entertaining and comfortable upscale living – and that is apparent in the entire space. Throughout the just under 4,000-square-foot home are standout features such as American black walnut flooring as well as floor-to-ceiling steel and glass telescoping doors. You can also prepare to expect the unexpected as there are design surprises in each and every individual room: think textured walls, unique pattern mixes, innovative built-ins and custom bathroom fixtures, to name a few. The piece de resistance of the indoor space is the undoubtedly the kitchen. Equipped with Calcutta Luna marble countertops, European cabinetry, French limestone flooring, a wine fridge and the finest appliances, the space is truly made for entertaining. The expansive room comes equipped with an oversized island, two sinks, double ovens and more cabinet space than you’ll ever need. As you make your way to the backyard, you’ll be in awe of the spectacular views of Camelback Mountain and Praying Monk. Backyard features include a complete outdoor kitchen, a fully glass tiled pool, a pool bath and laundry area. There are also plenty of seating areas for your family and guests to spend their days and evenings while enjoying the view. 5817 N. 45TH St., Phoenix, AZ, 85018. Listed for $2,850,000 with Libby Cohen of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.291.1446 or libby@waltdanley.com

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A UNIQUELY CHIC DWELLING PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALT DANLEY REALTY/HIGH RES MEDIA

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size, each of which has been restored. You can choose the noble two-story Villa Donati that sleeps 14 and opens to a lovely backyard garden or perhaps Casa Luisa, with its spectacular sunsets and outdoor loggia. You might select the small Casa Massimo near the chapel with its fireplace or the newest stand-alone Casa Emilio. No matter which you choose, every apartment has easy access to the landscape’s cypress avenues, olive groves, fig trees and ancient terraces.

Experience Tuscan Culture Your time at Montestigliano can be as casual or as structured as you like. Awake each morning to a homemade breakfast featuring farm fresh eggs, local cheese, warm pastries and fruit. Dinners feature olive oils from the farm’s orchards. Arrange for a bruschetta tasting, a cooking course or a wine tasting. Or, venture into town for a traditional Spend your next sojourn at an Tuscan neighborhood meal, complete with music and homemade limoncello. idyllic Italian farmhouse Hiking and cycling is a given in the open spaces surrounding Montestigliano. BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM The Donatis can arrange for you to rent a PHOTOS BY DEBBY WOLVOS bike or can help point the way for a peaceful meander through the woods.

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or many, a luxury farmhouse escape to Italy’s Tuscany region is one of those dream vacations, the kind that you must simply make once in a lifetime. And there’s nothing more perfect for that bucket list journey than Montestigliano, a quaint estate set among the undulating Tuscan countryside and vineyards.

Explore the Countryside

The Heart of Tuscany Tuscany is in central Italy, the epicenter of Renaissance Italy. Montestigliano is about an hour outside of the Tuscan capital of Florence, and it is the perfect place for you to immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Tuscan life whether you’re planning a long vacation, a short trip or searching for a unique wedding venue. Montestigliano, a farm from the 1700s situated on more than 2,475 acres, operates as a private holiday retreat by the Donati family. It sits about 7.5 miles from the town of Siena and life here is a bit slower. Days are seemingly blissful, filled with local cuisine, peaceful vistas, delicious wine and long walks. The farm is comprised of 11 accommodations ranging in UPTOWN |

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For something completely unique to Tuscany, set forth on an excursion to Degusta la Cinta Senese. The Cinta Senese are indigenous pigs that were almost extinct. Thanks to a breeding program, they are now a delicacy. Take a tour of the farm, learn about the healthy meat, and sample the wares. Take a stroll through nearby Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral dates back to the 1300s. Make your way to the Piazza del Campo, the town’s fan-shaped center, with its magnificent Torre del Mangia. The famed Palio horse race runs here each year, turning the tranquil town a bit crazy with the Tuscan version of the Running of the Bulls. Indeed, there is something magical about Tuscany. Grab a flute of prosecco and sit back to watch the sun cast shadows across the hills. Here in Tuscany, you connect the heartiness of the earth with the expansiveness of the heavens in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else. Learn more at www.montestigliano.it. | NOVEMBER 2016


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vital stats: 2017 Audi Q7 Price: $54,800 Price as tested: $72,875 Seating: Up to 7

2017 AUDI Q7 The redesigned SUV is loaded with luxury, performance and high-tech innovation

Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6

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Horsepower: 333 hp Fuel economy: 19/25 mpg city/highway Fab features: Comfortable and loaded with technology Potent V-6 engine Luxurious, posh interior

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he original Audi Q7 SUV has been around since 2007, when it was introduced to compete with Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. But sales never approached those of the Mercedes-Benz or BMW offerings. For 2017, Audi has completely redesigned the Q7. In the process, it shed 474 pounds, an unusually huge amount for any vehicle. The most significant contributor to the weight loss is the extravagant use of aluminum in the chassis and operational parts, as well as in the doors, hood and body panels. The Q7 is also shorter and narrower, but the cabin is longer, offering more head, shoulder and knee room. There’s also more cargo room. The two

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rows of rear seats fold flat and disappear to a flat load floor, yielding 71.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter, supercharged, V-6 engine delivering 333 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission delivers the power, but I was frustrated with the shifter that, on more than a few occasions, left me struggling to find the right gear. The Q7 has a tow rating of 7,700 pounds, an impressive amount for a vehicle not built on a truck chassis. According to Audi, Q7 will go from zero to 60 in just 5.7 seconds. On the road, Q7 drives more like a luxury sedan than an SUV, thanks to six available drive modes including off-road, comfort and dynamic. Still, it isn’t as sporty as the BMW X5. My Prestige trim level model (the highest of three trim levels) was equipped with optional four-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension that allows ground clearance to be raised nearly 2.5 inches. It had a starting price of $54,800, but optioned up to almost $73,000, loaded to the roof with technology such as the full-color highdefinition, 12.3-inch TFT Virtual Cockpit. There’s also the optional infotainment and telematics package, with 4G LTE data, smartphone connectivity and Wi-Fi service to two entertainment tablets for the rear cabin. My Q7 also came equipped with the driver assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assist. One system, the vehicle exit assist, warns occupants if a bicycle is approaching before they open the doors. Overall, the new Q7 is nothing short of an outstanding vehicle and a clear step up in luxurious first-class materials, build, quality and performance.


DAZZLE WITH A TOUCH OF GLITZ AND GLAM AT YOUR NEXT GALA

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EARRINGS: 18 karat white gold oval diamond hoops, $13,600 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. DRESS: Pleated peach midi, Morty Sussman for Mollie Parnis Boutique, $245 at Fashion by Robert Black, 480.664.7770. RING: Colored diamond butterfly, $12,300 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. SHOES: Multicolored glitter heels, Steve Madden, $89 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869.

BY CHELSEA YOUNG | PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN | STYLING BY STACEY RICHMAN AND SAMANTHA LAPID MAKEUP: LISA FORSTER, WWW.LISAFORSTER.COM | HAIR: LORI GREGORY, 623.521.5934 | MODEL: FORD/RBA LOCATION: THE CAMBY HOTEL, 2401 E. CAMELBACK ROAD, PHOENIX; 602.468.0700; WWW.THECAMBY.COM

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DRESS: Emerald beaded gown, Badgley Mischka, $695 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. BRACELET: Brilliant- and rose-cut diamond bangle, $8,795 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. UPTOWN |

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DRESS: Beaded fringe cocktail, Aidan Mattox, $420 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869. BRACELET: Diamond and ruby jagged edge cuff, $39,000 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. SHOES: Silver Tribute sandals, Saint Laurent, $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

EARRINGS: Colored diamond briolette, $4,500 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. DRESS: Metallic cowl neck gown, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $210 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869. BRACELET: Assorted rough diamond bangle, $9,025 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. SHOES: Silver ankle strap heels, Gianni Bini, $79.99 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869.

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DRESS: Lace overlay mermaid gown, Basix Black Label, $390 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. RING: Yellow diamond, $7,850 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688.

EARRINGS: 18 karat white gold diamond hoops, $17,900 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. DRESS: Red pleated ruffle cocktail, Traville, $525 at Fashion by Robert Black, 480 664.7770. SHOES: Nude patent heels, Gianni Bini, $79.95 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869.

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NECKLACE: Natural white and pink diamond chandelier, $67,000 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. DRESS: Navy crushed velvet gown, Nicole Miller, $198 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869. SHOES: Silver ankle strap heels, Gianni Bini, $79.99 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869.

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Deborah Wilson and Rita Hamilton Kerrie Jacobs

Taylor Larson and Patricia Coughlin

Dinner in the Stacks BY BEN ARNOLD

More than just a fundraiser for the Phoenix Public Library, Dinner in the Stacks was a much-anticipated gathering of community leaders, library champions and local personalities, all in support of literacy for Phoenix. Tracey Farmer and Trisha Lau

Kellie Hwang and Kimberly Macleish

Nicole Rimsza and Patricia Tate

Jessica Gale and Allison Oseran Mickayla Mages and Mia-Ali Parrish

Sara Anderson and Katy June

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Sara Sparman Michelle Olson and Cyndy Gaughan


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Kiara Thompson and Maria Washburn

Corie Stark and Shannon Heaphy Barbara Fenzl and Monica Goddard

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44th St + Camelback 602.429.6222

Uptown Plaza 480.212.0180

90th St + Shea 480.240.4400

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Cheryl Holly and Heather Viti

Jamey Pugh and Olivia Campos

Kristy Kazian and Melissa Ferber

Feeding Matters’ Fourth Annual Community Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

This year’s annual luncheon included nearly a thousand supporters and netted over $265,000. Attendees enjoyed two featured stories illustrating the impact of pediatric feeding disorders from Ed Knight, and the Proszek family. Alison McGowan and Laura Cole

Morgan Bishop-Fraser and Lora Golke

Nicole Cormany and Jordan Ragland

Laura Pendle and Britney Fleming

Taylor More and Alexis Earnhardt

Tyler Butler and Adriana Murrietta

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Allison Heron and Cammy Wagner Laurie Wood and Emily Chin


Angela Zdrale and Angela Keller

Erin Johnstone

Leilani Solema and Nicole Rodriguez

Hayden Wight and Lauri Termansen

Ship, Shop & Style BY BEN ARNOLD

Mom Style Lab teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to host this fashionable get together. Style professionals shared the 411 on fall 2016 fashion and beauty trends, while guests sipped on champagne, shopped the new collections and indulged in mini-makeovers by the Saks beauty experts. Phyllis Schibonski, Dorothy Schumacher and Linda Heldman

Melissa Horlick and Jennifer Chase

Bonnie and John Brovitz

Great Hearts Gala BY JARED PLATT

Great Hearts Academies’ inaugural Gala supported teacher training and development across its network of 23 academies in Arizona. Nearly 600 people attended The Great Gatsby-themed event, which was emceed by Caribe Devine and had Dr. Bill Bennett as the keynote speaker. Chuck and Deb Spotts, Sarah and John Digh Todd and Keri Noel, and Wendi and Chris Nations

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Daniel Valenzuela and Joseph Benesh Leslie Azurdia and Pat McReynolds

Travis Herrick and Cora Rodriquez

May Millies, and Michael Mazzacco

Mayor’s Arts Awards BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Center for the Arts presented the fifth annual even, “Art in the Park,” held at the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. The event celebrated the diverse Phoenix art community, identifying outstanding leaders in seven areas; visual arts, theater, music, dance, language, arts, and innovative organization.

Amber Rivera and Angela Palmer

Scott Campbell, Alicia Sutton and Barbara Gould

Lindsey Herzog and Rod Sauaia

Tyler Butler and Mario Aniles Robert Estarbrook and Deborah Davis

Carmen Guerrero and Joya Kizer

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Ashley Lough

Jade Bavishi and Jenoria D’Acosta

Lauren Danuser and Jay Scherotter

Grand Opening of Local Nomad BY DAVID APEJI

Community members headed to Uptown Plaza to celebrate and welcome its newest neighbor. The store features stylish yet sustainably-made goods from around the world and right here in Arizona. Guests sippsed on wine, beer and other refreshments and had the chance to meet Local Nomad founder Lauren Danuser. Victoria Jasso and Jason Baker

Dala Al Fuwaires Justin and Tessa Arias Mia and Tristam Kesti

Navin Pathangay and Courtney Keith

Catherine Westcru, Andy Westcru and Lauren Danuser Mike and Marian Swofford

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year – Champagne season! But are all sparklers created equal? And what’s the difference between all of the bubbly options being offered this holiday season? “While there are seven methods of sparkling wine production, the three most typically used produce the most popular bubblies on the market today – Champagne, prosecco and sparkling wine,” says Bill Terlato, chief executive officer of Terlato Wines International. According to Terlato, while most define Champagne as sparkling wine simply from Champagne, France; prosecco as the sparkling option from Italy; and then the more generic sparkling wine term for bubbles from America, the real delineation lies in the method of production.

Traditional Method This is the classic method to making Champagne. And yes, it should technically be from Champagne, France, and made in this method to be considered true Champagne. “In the traditional method, a combination of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes is bottled with a wine solution of sugar and yeast called ‘liqueur de tirage,’ which starts a secondary fermentation in the bottle, producing carbon dioxide and yeast cells,” Terlato says. “The cells are collected in the neck of the bottle during the riddling process, then disgorged from the bottle and topped

with a solution of wine and sugar, resulting in the final product: Champagne.” Best bet for Champagne: PiperHeidsieck Rare 2002 ($180)

Tank Method

SPARKLING SENSATIONS Brush up on your bubbly know-how just in time for holiday toasts BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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The tank method is a less labor intensive (and therefore less expensive) method of production, and often how prosecco is made. Prosecco begins as a still wine made from the glera grape, which dates all the way back to the Roman times. “Unlike those days, however, the wine is fermented in stainless steel pressurized tanks rather than in bottles,” Terlato explains. “This method results in limited contact with the yeast and larger bubbles than sparkling wine. It also often results in the wine being a bit more fruitforward than Champagne.” Best bet for prosecco: Nino Franco Rustico NV Valdobbiadene ($20)

Transfer Method Other sparkling wines – many from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand – follow the transfer method, which combines a bit of the previous methods. “Transfer begins exactly the same as the traditional method, but the wine is eventually transferred from the bottle to a pressurized tank, where the wine is separated from the sediment in bulk,” Terlato says. Best bet for sparkling: 2011 Schramsberg Vineyards Brut Napa Valley Carneros ($75)


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BY GABBY RICHMAN | PHOTO BY JILL RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY

What’s better on a cool night than a warm dessert? The craveworthy Bombolini ($7) at Federal Pizza is just the treat you’ve been searching for. You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy these housemade doughnuts. The light and pillowy spheres, accented with a snap of vanilla and almond finish, are served piled high in a mini skillet. Eat them as they come or dip them in the accompanied Callebaut chocolate dipping sauce for a decadent, creamy finish. Federal Pizza, 5210 N, Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.2520; www.federalpizza.com. NOVEMBER 2016 |

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food files your group. And, isn’t that what food is all about? Joining together to enjoy a meal is one of the best ways we form bonds and connections with friends and family. Get ready to make more memories while you dine – without the cooking and cleanup.

JOE’S MIDNIGHT RUN Joe’s Midnight Run is all about fun, sheer creative fun. It all starts with the decor which is smooth, sleek and a little sexy. The menu exudes a fun, hip vibe with constant reminders of the creators’ love for music, with nods to the owners’ favorite artists via street art scattered throughout the menu. Joe’s has a varied “Shorties” (shared plates) menu that features items like sweetbreads, cantina poutine, blistered shishito peppers, curried cauliflower and much more. The diversity of offerings ensures that there is something for everyone. Add in a few of Joe’s specialty cocktails and you’re well on your way to sharing as many memories together as you are dishes! 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.459.4467; www.joesmidnightrun.com.

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Ocotillo Restaurant

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Gather ‘round the table to make memories and dine on shareable eats BY TARYN JEFFRIES

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t’s that time of year again, where all of your friends and family (many from the other side of the country) come together to celebrate the holiday season. While several festive gatherings are held around the dinner table at home, some families this season are breaking the mold with an evening out. There are plenty of local restaurants that deliver the same warm, familiar feeling that comes from sharing and passing dishes. Restaurants that feature shared plates, or family-style dishes, allow you to sample several menu items while fostering a greater sense of community among UPTOWN |

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For almost five years, Khyber Halal has been providing Uptown with a fusion of cuisines from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This eclectic blend results in a unique dining experience, taking your taste buds to a delicious land far away. The Afghani specialties really stand out and the portions are massive, which make them fit for sharing with friends and family. The kalbi pulao is the perfect introductory dish, made up of a foot-long beef kabob perched atop Afghani rice with raisins and shredded carrots. Khyber Halal’s vegetarian tikka masala is a flavorful and robust dish that will surprise and delight the whole family, no matter how hardcore of a carnivore they might be. 4030 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.954.5290; www.khyberhalalfoods.com.

OCOTILLO RESTAURANT Ocotillo Restaurant invites you into an expansive eatery that combines the outdoors and all of the beauty of our desert landscapes with an interior industrial feel.


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The Clever Koi

This is the perfect spot to take guests to highlight the beauty of our state and gentle fall weather by dining on the patio. This area boasts a chef’s garden so you can finally convince your family that Arizona can actually grow amazing produce. The shared plates menu features are the star of the show and offer a variety of refined, yet relatable dishes like roasted whole chicken wings, chilled heirloom tomato gazpacho, and crisp and clean halibut ceviche. The relaxed communal feel of Ocotillo’s patio feels like dining in your own backyard, but without all the work of cooking and washing dishes after. 3243 N. 3rd St., Phoenix; 602.687.9080; www.ocotillophx.com.

OKRA COOKHOUSE & COCKTAILS The rustic interior of Okra exudes a relaxed, laid-back ambiance. You can dress yourself up or come as you are after a long day of entertaining out of town guests. This centrally located hot spot features a variety of Southerninspired dishes, some coming from Chef Cullen Campbell’s own secret family recipes. Your guests will revel in the sheer volume of shared dining options. Pass around some fried chicken skins or grilled oysters. Perhaps the grilled okra is more your speed or the fried dilly beans (complete with comeback sauce). The

extensive list of offerings will conjure up the finest down-home memories and bring a ghost of a tear to any true Southerner’s heart (and taste buds). 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.296.4147; www.okraaz.com.

THE CLEVER KOI The Clever Koi is one of those places that is constantly evolving its menu while always providing consistent service and hospitality. The restaurant often has a specific dining theme but lacks that gimmicky feel that some places have. There is an array of dishes on the small plates menu, which creates a beautiful introduction to the Asian-fusion cuisine focus. There is no need to bicker over which dishes to order, simply opt for all of them and then let the passing around the table begin. Calamari fries and Hokkaido street corn are popular and really highlight the Asian flavor theme while delivering familiar tastes at the same time. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474; www.thecleverkoi.com.

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all the charm of a familiar family dining room and the Italian local ingredientdriven menu provides a matched comfort and familiarity. The concise menu and ample sized dishes allow for ordering a few things and sharing amongst your table. Dishes like the slow cooked beef brisket and masala braised pork shank are prepared simply but convey rich and complex flavors that will be hard to share with anyone, but it’s probably the right thing to do. 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.296.7761; www.trattophx.com.

TUTTI SANTI BY NINA There is no question that Italian food is the great common ground cuisine when it comes to pleasing the palates of a diverse group of people. Tutti Santi has been delivering elevated traditional Italian dishes for over 20 years in the Valley. Chef Nina, known for her unmatched sauces and unique flavor stylings, has created a space and menu that’s combines a neighborhood feel with a beloved fine dining menu. Traditionalists will appreciate the simple yet full-bodied flavors of the spaghetti Bolognese and veal parmigiana, all made with homemade pasta. If you are looking for more complex dishes you’ll love Tutti’s penne Della casa and Agnello dorato with fettuccine. The staff and service here are so attentive you’re sure to visit time and time again, even after your guests are headed back home. 7575 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.216.0336; www.tuttisantiristorante.com.


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AMAZING LASH STUDIO Natural-looking extensions so you can ditch your mascara

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mazing Lash Studio, which recently opened a franchise location in the Arcadia neighborhood, is worthy of its namesake – a haven where the members of the community can go to receive the amazing lashes they’ve always dreamed of. Eyelash extensions are currently one of the hottest beauty trends out there, and it’s understandable why. Who wouldn’t want natural-looking, longer, fuller and darker eyelashes at an affordable price? Amazing Lash Studio delivers just that – and more. The studio, which was founded in 2010, focuses solely on eyelash extensions, applied from specialists who have honed in on their craft. Amazing Lash Studio Arcadia franchisees Bonnie and Jon Brovitz couldn’t think of a better place to open their second location. “After opening our first studio at

Tempe Marketplace, we knew the women in Arcadia would love it!” Jon says. “We live near Arcadia so it’s great to have one of our studios nearby, we will be coming in often to see how everyone is doing.” The studio’s team, which have professionally applied thousands of eyelash sets throughout their careers, undergo a selection and training process under their master trainers in order to ensure your introductory eyelash full-set experience ($79.99), and every refill appointment after that, goes off without a hitch. “Your stylist will escort you to your very own lash room, and after a brief consultation, suggest the best types of lashes for your eye shape and let you choose your favorite thickness and style; cute, sexy, natural or gorgeous. Expect to lay down and get cozy and comfortable listing to music as your stylist prepares your eye area,” Bonnie explains. The studio’s unique, patented application technique provides a comfortable UPTOWN |

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experience where each lash is applied one-by-one to your own natural lashes. “Once the lash application begins you may even fall asleep,” Bonnie says of the relaxing nature of the application process. To maintain a full appearance, it is recommended to schedule a refill every two to four weeks. The eyelashes that are being applied are lightweight, so you might not even remember you have them on until you look in the mirror. Their curve and finish are so natural you can claim them as your own. “They make you look so good you can even wear less makeup if you prefer. They shorten the time it takes to get ready because you don’t need to wear mascara anymore,” Bonnie explains. Aside from providing the residents of Arcadia with lovely lashes, the studio is also at the forefront of philanthropy, already donating to Colleen’s Dream Foundation during its stylist training sessions. “We are excited to get to know our neighbors and be part of the community by supporting charitable causes together,” Jon says. To celebrate the opening, Amazing Lash Studio will be hosting a grand opening party for the community to enjoy. “The Amazing Lash Studio Arcadia grand opening party, date to be determined, will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, tasty bites, refreshing beverages, music, goodie bags, activities, raffle prizes from local vendors, and more!” Jon elaborates. Amazing Lash Studio Arcadia is located at Arcadia Gateway Shopping Center, 4325 E Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.559.4474; www.amazinglashstudio.com/location/Arcadia.


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Uptown Magazine November 2016  

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