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Pulse 15 UP CLOSE Paul Jeffrey’s success in the custom furniture business

18 BEAT The founders of Sportiqe ON THE COVER: Arianni Martin. Photo by Claudia Johnstone, www.dasfotohaus.com.

Features

Lisa Moore helps women feel beautiful

20 HIS STYLE Meet Everardo Keeme

28 ART & ARTISTRY

22 HER STYLE

Meet five local visual and performing artists

Meet Jordan Moreno

44 CULTURALLY CONNECTED This season’s can’t-miss artistic happenings

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24 NOTICED Fashionable women spotted at events


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36 LOWDOWN News to know

38 DO Great events this month

39 OUT Dinner and a show

40 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

42 EVENT Harvest Moon Fundraiser

43 EVENT Starry Night Gala

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78 SEEN Who went where and what happened

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Though I only barely dabbled in dance, singing, acting and drawing when I was younger, I consider myself a lover of the arts – just don’t ask me to sketch anything but a stick figure. During November and December, the Valley arts world comes alive and in honor of that, we’re presenting our second annual arts issue. For starters, we’ve rounded up the best of the best local arts happenings, from new exhibits to festivals to shows, so you can stay in the know this season. Pages 44 to 47 showcase our top 10 picks to check out over the next two months. Some of my personal favorites include Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, and the exhibits taking over Heard Museum in honor of its 90th year. If you want to get to know the creatives behind the art around town, our feature (page 28) spotlights five visual and performing artists, including Ballet Arizona dancer Arianni Martin, who can also be seen on our cover. We talked to the artists (which range from a muralist to a harpist to a singer), about how they got their starts in their respective fields as well as what inspires them to pursue their passions for their crafts. If you’re looking for even more exciting activities involving the arts world, perhaps you should try dinner theater. We’ve rounded up a few spots (page 39) in town that are serving up dinner and drinks with a dash of drama, whether it’s in the form of music, interactive fun or a compelling show. The possibilities are endless and arts events abound everywhere you turn. Whether you decide to check out a new exhibit, see a holiday show, or take your family to a festival, try to keep the arts at the top of mind and stay culturally connected this season. Best, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief gabby@richmanmediagroup.com Find our magazine on Facebook!

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DETERMINED TO SUCCEED Paul Jeffrey fought against all odds to become the award-winning designer he is today

When an award-winning furniture maker has as much artistic talent as Paul Jeffrey, you may assume he grew up in the woodworking industry, perfecting his craft into adulthood. But you’d be mistaken. Today, Jeffrey owns Paul Rene Furniture and Cabinetry,

where he designs and builds inventive custom pieces. His relationship with the community is a nurturing one that allows him to bring exciting and artfully constructed pieces into the world. However, his journey to success wasn’t easy; he experienced disasters, went through hardships and shed many tears while

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finding his purpose, crafting something out of nothing. “I persevered over two decades and with pennies, nickels and dimes and often alone, I was blessed to transform myself into the person I wanted to be and the work that gives me great joy and satisfaction,” he says.

Hard Beginnings As the product of parents employed in the auto industry, the middle class, corporate path was well-established for Jeffrey to follow – and he did. After graduating from the College of Creative Design in Detroit, he began working as a concept car designer at the Ford corporate office, living what he thought was the dream. Yet, something was missing. Throughout his childhood, Jeffery’s father instilled in him to not only grow up to take a job but grow up to make a job. The right-brained craftsman had a desire to fully express his talents, which wasn’t possible working behind the conveyor belt, so he packed up his belongings, quit his job and moved out to California with the dream of becoming an entrepreneur. “In preparation for my entrepreneurial career, I studied marketing for two years at the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles,” he says. “Within four months of leaving, I lost nearly everything in a risky business deal.” Lost in the process were his secure career, marriage and lifetime savings and the only possible direction he could move was up. Traumatized, Jeffrey spent the next seven years reeling and in 2002 worsening conditions forced him to move to Phoenix, seeking refuge with family. The move to Phoenix was nearly rock bottom but he was able to focus on his self-development as an artist. “I am very grateful for those painful L.A. years. I discovered powers, strengths, and skills that I didn't know I had. There I was introduced to myself,” he says.

Rising Above Automobile design skills that were highly desirable in Detroit didn’t count for much in Valley, yet, Jeffrey saw an opportunity to translate his creativity into a new medium in the booming home building industry reshaping the Phoenix market in the early-2000s. What started out as experimenting in furniture and cabinet making for someone else’s designs served as an untraditional apprenticeship that gave Jeffrey the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in the field. “My medium is wood and metal primarily and my canvas is interior spaces,” Jeffrey says. He molds wood and metal into shapes that often don’t seem possible, making sure each bespoke design is one of a kind and the polar opposite of cookie-cutter. A chance encounter with a prominent Valley family looking for custom woodwork gave Jeffrey his big break, catapulting his hobby from a side hustle to a profession.

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As his confidence increased, he began to showcase his personally designed pieces at a high-end trade showroom in the Scottsdale design district and built a reputation with the same meticulous attention to detail that characterizes his work today. “Because I did not grow up in traditional woodworking schools of thought, I had to teach myself, usually out of necessity, unique methods of manipulating and transforming raw materials into objects of beauty,” he says. To look at his masterfully built libraries, dining tables and countertops now, you’d never know he was fully self-taught. The demand for his work is high thanks to his ability to consider every line, shape, color and texture arrangement to ensure maximum impact. These days he can afford to be picky about which projects he takes on and looks for clients that value art and want their designs to be distinguished from the crowd. Jeffrey likens his fall and rise to that of the Phoenix. “In L.A., I had to endure the fire of complete failure, loss of all material possessions and embarrassment. In that lowly and exposed state, I could see myself and my choices clearly. As I faced my deficiencies, the more I began to rise,” he says. It’s been 15 years since Jeffrey’s first days in Phoenix. With projects nationwide, he hopes to take his designs worldwide. Today, the artist enjoys reading biographies and watching movies about individuals that struggled against the odds and overcame great adversity to bring their visions to reality, similar to his story. Making a community impact is important to Jeffrey and he strives to serve as a role model of industrious productivity. He also has plans to start a woodworking apprenticeship program to open doors for young people looking for careers within the crafts.


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MISSION: COMFORTABLE Matt Alman and Jason Franklin design effortless apparel with Sportiqe

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Matt Altman and Jason Franklin are dedicated to delivering comfortable, elevated wardrobe staples with their local lifestyle apparel company, Sportiqe. Altman and Franklin’s combined backgrounds in finance, design, sales, and merchandising were the perfect match of skills to launch the global brand in 2006. Altman spent 12 years as the director of merchandise for the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he gained retail experience in buying, sourcing, inventory, and operations. Franklin realized his passion for design and sales around age 10 and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity and immerse himself in the field early on. “My hobby quickly turned into a career and all of my experiences working in design and sales were stepping stones that led me to being able to start Sportiqe,” Franklin says. The business partners found their opening in the early 2000s, when the market was saturated with heavyweight, boxy T-shirts and sweatshirts with no focus on design aesthetic. “Sportiqe was born from the idea of fusing boutique-inspired apparel with classic sportswear featuring premium quality fabrics and fashion cut apparel with on-trend graphics,” Altman says. The brand quickly shot to fame as a result of landing the NBA and Dave Matthews Band as its first clients. To date, the duo has dressed over 4 million people and recently expanded its wholesale division. “Our products not only make you look good but more importantly, feel good,” Franklin says. “When you’re in your most comfortable state, you’re able to achieve your maximum potential. Being able to provide comfort to our customers is the most rewarding part of my career.” Giving back to the community is also a priority for the Sportiqe family. The company currently works with Only Human and Not My Kid. Some of their other partners include UMOM New Day Centers and Himalayan Children’s Charities. “We look to partner with organizations who are making a difference in helping kids, whether it be education, health, safety, or environment. Our goal is to provide a little bit of comfort through a challenging time,” Franklin says.

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BEAUTY FROM WITHIN Makeup artist Lisa Moore helps women feel confident from the inside out

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From red carpets to red birds, Lisa Moore paints the faces of some of the biggest names in fashion, pop culture and sports today. With more than 25,000 followers, Moore provides a chic addition to your daily social scroll. Her Instagram feed showcases simple tips for everyday makeup, edgy looks on well-known celebrities, and a behindthe-scenes peek into some of the most popular parties around town. Named after Lisa Marie Presley, the Arizona native works as the brand ambassador and business manager for Chanel Beauty and Fine Fragrances at Saks Fifth Avenue, is the key makeup artist for the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and owns her own makeup services-based brand, Lisa Moore Beauty. Beyond makeup, she also assists with head-to-toe styling. Besides a smoky eye or a bold lip, developing confidence, living in the moment, and staying true to yourself are what Moore attributes to the perfect look. Constantly surrounded by strong and successful women, Moore draws inspiration from her devoted clientele. “The most rewarding part of my job is helping to empower women to be the best version of themselves by feeling confident and beautiful in their own skin,” she says. Moore’s mission to help women with their self-esteem stems from her childhood experiences. Raised in an abusive household, her views of self-worth were often skewed. It wasn’t until Moore accepted a job selling cosmetics that she started experimenting with makeup and focused on her natural ability to visualize a particular look, then bring it to life. “The hard times made me the strong and independent woman that I am today,” she says. “I talk about my story with other women to show them that they aren't [defined by] where they came from and that they can and deserve to be happy and successful.” She shares her message by speaking with young women about the harms of social media, body image and not holding themselves to unrealistic expectations.

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THE DAPPER DRESSER Style is in the details for Everardo Keeme

BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Everardo Keeme certainly isn’t afraid to be the best-dressed man in the room. In fact, it’s a mantra the dapper dresser lives by. Dressing formal comes easy for Keeme, who specializes in headshot and event photography for his company, Photo Fusion Studio. He draws inspiration from stately wardrobes seen in shows and movies like Mad Men and The Great Gatsby, and isn’t afraid to be overdressed. Though he enjoys wearing a well-tailored suit and dress shirt for formal affairs, you’ll find him in boots, jeans and a T-shirt for casual events. No matter the occasion, he gravitates toward solid colors and wellmade items. “I would rather focus on the quality of the material versus the pattern, and when it comes to color, I am a fan of monochromatic,” he says. Never afraid to stand out, Keeme always suggests adding a statement piece to an outfit, like a colorful monogram. “Pay attention to the little things like colorful pocket squares and classic cuffs links, it's what separates style from clothes,” he says.

Who are your style icons? Young Sean Connery (James Bond era) because he totally embodied the character but also believed in the paying attention to the details. Also Tom Ford, you can’t even mention men’s style and icon without Tom. How does your career influence your style? A tagline for my business is "You only get one first impression." It's something that was instilled in me by my parents and I certainly can't advise people on how to take a better portrait if I can't do it for myself. If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be? George Clooney – between his wardrobe for movies and his personal clothes, it's got to be great, plus he's friends with Giorgio Armani!

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LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD Jordan Moreno is a trendsetter when it comes to fashion and helping others BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

The power of a great outfit can work wonders on a woman’s confidence and Jordan Moreno experiences that firsthand in her line of work. Moreno is the director of marketing and events for Homeward Bound, a local nonprofit that serves the needs of families experiencing homelessness. “Working with moms who are experiencing homelessness, there is so much for them to worry about that often times they put their own needs to the side. The opportunity I have to raise funds to help these women is priceless,” she says. As a new mom herself, Moreno’s personal style changed as soon as she welcomed her son. “Being a mom definitely requires versatility and a certain level of mobility in the clothes I wear,” she says. “I’m enjoying the cute sneakers trend – yay for comfort!” In addition to prioritizing comfort, Moreno likes to stay on trend by incorporating prints like snakeskin and leopard to her adaptable wardrobe. She also plays up her fun, sassy fashion sense in jumpsuits and colorful shoes.

Who influences your style? Meghan Markle and Gigi Hadid. They are both willing to take risks with their style in a way that is always classy. How do you transition your outfits from work to nighttime? It’s all in the accessories for me. Ditching my work bag for an evening clutch, slipping into some higher heels, and adding a big earring or chunky necklace with nice jeans that can be worn from day to night. How does your career influence your style? Every day is different. One day I could be meeting with vendors, interacting with donors, doing a radio, TV or magazine interview or directing photo and video shoots; other times I am behind my desk building webpages. I am so thankful for the versatility in my career and the opportunity to dress accordingly.

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THE FAIRY GODMOTHER OF FASHION AND BOOB WHISPERER

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Scylvia-Elvira Danese of Danese Creations

cylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of Danese Creations, has been in business since 1971. Through her gift of custom designing, men and women can get all their custom designing, tailoring, alterations, bridal wear and all accessories, fabric, jewelry and the best fitting bra. “I’m a 3rd generation Custom Designer/Tailor in my family, I follow My Mother Maria and Grandmother Chapita,” said Danese. “My designs have made it to the Emmys, The Country Music Awards, the Oscars, the White House, The Oprah show, I’ve also been featured on First Edition, total Divas, all the local TV channels. It’s been an amazing ride for these last 48 years!” While Danese is proud of the accolades and the high profile clients that have graced her designs, some of her fondest memories are the ones that have changed the lives of others. “I saved a brides wedding day by making a beautiful, custom

wedding gown from scratch, on the day of the wedding, in 2 hours and 50 minutes, that is how I got dubbed “the Fairy Godmother Of Fashion”, she explains. “I’m also called “The Boob Whisperer” for the expert bra fittings that I do. Your boobs can either make you or break you. If they look good, you look good and feel good, sexy, young, (even if you’re old) thin, (even if you’re heavy), and your clothes fit well.” Danese is committed to helping every man or woman find their perfect fit, in addition women can get a free bra fitting. Clients need to set an appointment with her shop, and with zero obligations to purchase bras from her. “Most women just don’t know what a bra is supposed to do, how a bra is supposed to fit, how a bra has been designed, or what bra size is right for them. Industry estimates are that anywhere from 70 to 80 perfect of women are wearing the wrong size bra, although in my opinion, informed by more than 48

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

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EARNHARDT LEXUS AND CRICKET + RUBY FASHION SHOW Held at the Earnhardt Lexus dealership, this fashion show and pop-up market benefitted Phoenix Children’s Hospital BY ELIZABETH MARIE

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Fashionistas gathered at Saks Fifth Avenue for Mom Style Lab’s fourth annual fall trends and shopping event BY ELIZABETH MARIE

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ARIANNI MARTIN

DANCER, BALLET ARIZONA

From an early age, Arianni Martin – who has been a dancer with Ballet Arizona since 2013 – knew that she wanted to dance. “When I was 5 or 6, I saw Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina of The National Ballet of Cuba, on Cuban television. She was my strongest influence and that’s what inspired my life to head in this direction,” Martin says. Originally from Cuba, Martin pursued a career in ballet, and when she was 9, attended the Vocational Art School of Santiago de Cuba for five years. “I worked very hard to try to stand out among many students,” she says. Her tenacity paid off and by age 14, she was selected to study at the world-renowned Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. From there, she graduated as both a professional dancer and a ballet teacher. Her next move was to audition for and join The National Ballet of Cuba. Martin danced with The National Ballet of Cuba for three years, but due to economic needs and the desire to help her family, she moved to the U.S. while on tour in Mexico. “After I crossed the border, a friend put me in contact with one of the ballet masters here at Ballet Arizona,” she says. “That was my first audition in the U.S., and they hired me.” Recently, Martin and her husband Alejandro, who is also a dancer with the company, became U.S. citizens. “We are so thankful to have achieved this milestone while working with Ballet Arizona,” she says. This season, Martin will be dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy – among other roles – in Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker, which runs Dec. 13-24 at Symphony Hall. “I love that I get to play many of the roles outside of just the principal Sugar Plum Fairy, such as Harlequin, Arabian Coffee, Spanish Chocolate, and Dew Drop,” Martin says. “It’s so much fun! Ballet is a beautiful way through which I can express joy, sadness, anger, enthusiasm, and love.”

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JOHN “MDMN” MOODY MURALIST

John “MDMN” Moody is an artist of epic proportions – large-scale walls to be exact. “There’s always a lot going on with a lot around,” he says. Moody’s wall murals take anywhere from days to weeks to create, and it’s far from easy. He works from ladders, lifts and scaffolding while carrying equipment like aerosol cans, rollers and bucket paints. “I love to use aerosol because I am comfortable with the way the cans are designed,” Moody says. “You definitely have to learn the techniques the can offers. It takes a lot of time and practice to use this tool, and it isn’t mastered by just anyone.” Growing up in the ’90s, Moody cites X-Men trading cards, Nintendo games, and comic books as having a great impact on his murals and wall art. Today, Moody is influenced by urban contemporaries such as Kaws, Roa and Obey Giant. “These were some of the first artists I looked up to and helped motivate the push into my creative journey,” he says. Moving from Phoenix to Los Angeles when he was 22 helped Moody turn his artistic aspirations into reality. “It led me to discover the city’s street culture – stickers, street art, graffiti – and I just started putting my characters in the streets any way I could.” After working full-time at a corporate job in Los Angeles, Moody had a moment of clarity and moved back to Phoenix in January 2018. “I woke up one morning and decided then and there I’d become a full-time artist and I quit my job. I am a big believer in taking the jump, or ‘eating the mushroom,’” he says, offering a Super Mario reference. Eating the so-called mushroom paid off for Moody. He has continued his mural-making, including painting a largescale wall for SABIS International School in Phoenix as well as a school in Miami. “I’m super stoked about it,” he says. “The youth is the future, and sometimes I can’t believe that one of my walls may have an ounce of influence on the next generation. Brick by brick, we build!”

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ANGELA FERRARI

SINGER & RECORDING ARTIST

Scottsdale-based singer and recording artist Angela Ferrari (yes, that is her real name!) enthralls listeners with her powerfully emotional voice. She always knew she wanted to be a professional singer and finally pursued her passion in 2013 after leaving the corporate world. “There was an energetic tap on my shoulder saying, ‘it’s time,’” Ferrari says of her decision to take the leap. Today, Ferrari writes all of the lyrics to her own songs, noting that she interprets experiences and unspoken emotions. “Music is a way to release those emotions that are five or six layers beneath the surface, so there’s a lot of depth,” she says. Primarily self-taught, Ferrari cites Celine Dion and Whitney Houston as early influences. “Growing up, I watched and rewatched MTV music videos to study every small detail of how the singers breathed and how their mouths moved.” Ferrari is a regular performer at local venues including Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and Mountain Shadows as well as at events such as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. She has also opened for major artists including Train, Starship, and American Authors. One of her favorite recent performances was singing the national anthem for the NFL at the Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field to a sold-out crowd. “It was like everything around me disappeared, and it was just me and the microphone.” Looking ahead, Ferrari has her goals set on continuing to sing at bigger concerts and events around the world. And this month marks a milestone in her career – with one album and three singles already under her belt, Ferrari’s newest album, titled Heartbreak Mixtape, will be released Nov. 22. A release party and concert at Mountain Shadows will be held the following night, Nov. 23, where Ferrari will perform with a full band outside on the lawn – and has a surprise in store for her fans. “Music is and always has been a beautiful outlet for me,” she says. “It is a way for me to release pent up energy, by taking unspoken emotions we all feel and releasing them in a tangible way.”

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CHARMAGNE COE PAINTER

An American surrealist, Charmagne Coe expresses herself through various mediums – and without a plan or a template. She primarily uses watercolor, ink, pastel, and acrylic techniques with new perspectives in a 3D assemblage of collage and fiber arts. “With assemblage paintings, I could use everything and the kitchen sink,” she says. “My latest body of work has evolved from 2D painting and drawing into a genre I call soft brut.” Growing up, Coe learned fiber and hand arts from her mother and grandmother as a family tradition. Her father was also an artist, specifically, a fine jeweler. “My parents encouraged me in all of my artistic pursuits,” she says. “It was always a fact in my mind that I’d be an artist.” While teaching at an elementary school, Coe experimented in different art forms including pastel figurative drawing, papier-mache sculpture, jewelry-making, and mosaic. “I always needed to be creating. I didn’t realize I was accruing a whole lot of techniques in many art forms that would later be incorporated into the 3D work I’m doing right now,” Coe says. Before moving to the Valley three years ago, Coe lived in Flagstaff. No matter where she calls home, she has always been active in the art community, from local exhibits to raising awareness and funds for local causes, such as Free Arts of Arizona, by donating her artwork. This month and during December, Walter Art Gallery in Scottsdale will feature an exhibit by her. Coe’s work is also represented by Royse Contemporary in Old Town Scottsdale. “Inspiration is part of everyday life, wherever I am,” Coe says. “My creative process is pushing the boundaries harder as I am hungry to constantly learn, be humbled, and surprised. I keep painting and assembling each work until I sense a ‘just-rightness,’ something far less than perfect. What arrives are raw, multidimensional stories.”

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STEPHEN HARTMAN

CO-OWNER, PHOENIX HARP CENTER & PRINCIPAL HARPIST, THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY Stephen Hartman, co-owner of Phoenix Harp Center and a principal harpist with The Phoenix Symphony, was first introduced to the harp at age 9. “Watching Captain Kangaroo and seeing the harp played on television grabbed my attention,” he says. “It set the wheels in motion to this very day.” Hartman credits his mother for playing a part in his successful orchestral career. “She has always acknowledged my musical abilities and championed getting me into the Interlochen Arts Academy for four years of high school,” he says. “As a student there, I was able to tour annually with the school orchestra to Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and New York City’s Carnegie Hall.” Before moving to Arizona in 2013, Hartman resided in Chicago and worked as an international sales manager with the world-famous Lyon & Healy Harps. “Working at the epicenter of the harp world helped position me, along with my partner Willard White, to open the Phoenix Harp Center in 2017,” he says, noting that the Phoenix Harp Center specializes in sales and rentals of Lyon & Healy, Salvi, and Dusty Strings harps while also offering lessons. “Teaching the next generation of harpists is my way of thanking the previous generation who taught me and giving my students the lessons I’ve learned over my career.” Hartman also does work for the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, which brings estemeed musicians to the Valley. This season, the society is celebrating its 60th year. “Hearing and performing with other artists truly inspires me, whether they are harpists, flutists, singers, or even pop musicians.” Hartman regularly performs with The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Ballet, and in December, he will also perform with Phoenix Chorale. Aside from his impressive resume, during the holidays, Hartman leads a harp circle performance at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center for the staff and patients. “The joy of music is my goal, so I bring this energy to whatever project comes my way.”

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

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

Desert Botanical Garden introduced a vibrant art exhibition last month. Wild Rising By Crackling Art, which is a collective of artists who specialize in plastic as an artistic art medium, is an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. On view through May 10, 2020, the installation, which is included with the price of garden admission, is meant to address global and local sustainability and conservation issues. The snail piece shown here is set amongst the lights of Las Noches de Las Luminarias, an event that will showcase flickering luminara bags and twinkling lights. The event will kick off Nov. 29 and take place throughout various dates in December (general admission, $34.95). www.dbg.org.

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SALVAGED TREASURES

Unique retailer Hawk Salvage recently opened on historic Grand Avenue. The store, which features a curated selection of vintage, industrial, reclaimed, antique and one-of-a-kind finds, is owned by Greg Hawk. Hawk is a longtime Phoenix Fire Department captain whose passion is to discover history’s lost treasures. He travels the U.S. with a truck and a trailer, personally hand-selecting every item for the eclectic shop. The store is located at 1109 Grand Ave., Phoenix. www.instagram.com/hawksalvage.

A STYLISH SOIREE

Local woman-owned Arcadia boutique, Mae and Marie sells women’s and kid’s styles as well as homeware, gifts and jewelry, among other things. This month, the store is celebrating owner Taucha Silk’s birthday with a party on Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. The free event is a trunk show themed “T’s favorite things.” The designer of Loyd/Ford, a brand that the store carries, will be in attendance from Palm Springs, along with custom pieces from the label for purchase. Party guests will also be able to indulge in tacos courtesy of Mi Catering as well as complimentary Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks. www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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SEASONAL SIPPERS

Beginning Nov. 1, Provision Coffee Bar will spread holiday cheer with three new festive drinks. The spirited options will be available through the end of the year. The soul-warming drinks include the Campfire Hot Chocolate ($3.50); the Rum Raisin Latte ($5); and the Creme Brulee Cappuccino ($4.50). Additionally, Provision is offering pumpkin spice specialties through the end of this month.


SHOP AROUND

FALL FARE

SPA REFRESH

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Camelback Market is now open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held in the parking lot of Vincent on Camelback, the market will reoccur every weekend until early May. Customers can take their time to peruse the stalls, with vendors selling local produce, goods imported from France, breads, and cheese, among others. Chef Vincent Guerithault’s signature dressings, fresh pasta, and pestos are also for sale, and guests can order omelets, crepes, pizzas and other specialties made to order. www.vincentsoncamelback.com.

Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa recently unveiled a complete interior design refresh, bringing a charming Spanish hacienda-style look and feel to the 11,000-square-foot space, which is accented with desert elements. The spa also introduced a botanical program and on-site apothecary, led by herbalist Rachel Sloat. The program brings new body treatments and more, utilizing plants, herbs, flowers, roots, berries and citrus foraged locally and from the Mediterranean. www.royalpalmshotel.com.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails recently launched a fall dinner menu, a new lunch menu, and some new brunch dishes, all created by executive chef Dushyant Singh. The dishes highlight unexpected ingredients, like barrel-aged fish oil and maitake mushrooms, and each incorporates a small element of surprise along with seasonal ingredients and contemporary techniques. Standouts include the Chicken & Dumplings, Roasted Sunchokes, Maitake Mushroom Pot Roast, and the Toffee Bread Pudding. www.bluehoundkitchen.com.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s Lunch & Learn culinary series will return this month and bring a star with it. Aarón Sánchez, world-renowned chef and television personality, will join Beau MacMillian, Sanctuary’s executive chef, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 17 for the interactive culinary demo. Afer the demo, guests will indulge in a three-course luncheon. The dishes and beverages served will be inspired by Sánchez’ latest memoir, Where I Came From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef. $135. www.sanctuaryaz.com. Uptown November ‘19

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GREAT EVENTS THIS MONTH BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE

Suit for the Stars Gala Nov. 8, Chateau Luxe Dress for Success Phoenix will roll out the red carpet for its guests at the 11th Annual Suit for the Stars Gala. From the dazzling decor to the gourmet dinner and top-notch entertainment, not one detail will be overlooked at this elegant affair that celebrates the life-changing work of Dress for Success Phoenix each year. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Dress for Success Phoenix programs and its mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools needed to succeed in work and in life. 5:30 p.m. $200. www.phoenix.dressforsuccess.org.com. Promise Ball Gala Nov. 9, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa JDRF’s Arizona Chapter invites you to its 19th Annual Promise Ball Gala to help fund a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The black-tie fundraiser is themed “Unstoppable Now” and will feature dinner, entertainment and premier auctions with extravagant items to bid on, including all-inclusive vacations and fine jewelry. With local designer Hank Arens as the event’s chair, award-winning media personality Carey Pena as the emcee and the Roberts family as the honorees, Promise Ball Gala will be a night to remember. 6 p.m. $500. www.jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org. Dinner in the Stacks Nov. 9, Burton Barr Central Library Dinner in the Stacks gives bibliophiles an opportunity to explore and celebrate spooky literature in the library during after-hours. There will be a cocktail hour and appetizers to start, followed by dinner and auctions. Plus, there will be an after-party with live music and a cigar patio. Hosted by the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, Dinner in the Stacks funds services and programs at the library that prepare kids for school, put people to work, help students navigate college and more. 6:30-11 p.m. $300. www.dinnerinthestacks.org. Full Circle 2019 Nov. 16, Madison Center for the Arts Be kind. Be supportive. Be at Full Circle 2019, hosted by The Be Kind People Project, a nonprofit that brings youth development programs to schools. Full Circle will include an onstage performance by The Be Kind Crew, a group of people who connect with students through dance, spoken word and positive interaction. The event will also feature a cocktail reception, dessert bar and after-party. Proceeds will benefit The Be Kind People Project. 7 p.m. $100. www.thebekindpeopleproject.org. Old Bags Luncheon Nov. 20, Arizona Biltmore Old Bags Luncheon, hosted by Homeward Bound, a nonprofit that serves the needs of homeless families ready to make a change, is a great event for ladies and daring gentleman. An interactive fashion show hosted by fashion designer Nicole Miller, lively auctions and fashionable raffles are slated for the day. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on new and gently used designer handbags with proceeds benefiting Homeward Bound. 10:30 a.m. $350. www.homewardboundaz.org. Phoenix Heart Ball Nov. 23, The Phoenician Join the American Heart Association for its 60th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball. The Phoenician will be dressed in the finest trimmings to commemorate such a momentous celebration. The Heart Ball helps to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association and celebrates the work of the organization’s professional staff and donors and lives saved. This impactful night will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and much more. Proceeds raised will help support cardiovascular research, vital community programs and advocacy efforts. $1,000. 6.30 p.m. www.phoenixheartball.heart.org.

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DINNER AND A SHOW

Local venues serving up food with a side of fun If you can’t decide whether you’d like to grab a bite or catch a show, opt for the best of both worlds at one these Valley theaters offering dinner, drinks and a dash of drama.

BY MANDY HOLMES

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A Musical Meal Organ Stop Pizza offers the most entertaining pizza on the planet. Home to The Mighty Wurlitzer, one of the largest theater organs in the world, you’ll hear tunes including Chattanooga Choo Choo – the most played song in Organ Stop history. Its old-fashioned steam locomotive sounds make for a fun and family-friendly experience. The menu features pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and tasty desserts. Guests are encouraged to order their favorite specialty, sit back and relax as the talented staff provides entertainment. www.organstoppizza.com. Interactive Fun Hang on to your helmet and let the show begin! The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is where action and excitement meet renaissance-inspired food, including roasted chicken, soup, corn, and potatoes, that is meant to be enjoyed flatware free. The interactive show features knights, jousting, horses, falcons, weaponry, and a meal fit for a king or queen. www.medievaltimes.com. Dining Detective The Murder Mystery dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory turns diners into detectives. The national award-winning theater company brings comedy and suspense to entertain guests while they dine on three courses of Italian cuisine. The two-hour, interactive murder mystery dinner will keep you on the edge of your seat during this mysterious and tasty investigation. www.osf.com. A Bite of Broadway The Arizona Broadway Theater brings your favorite shows to life on stage, and every seat in the house has an unobstructed view. The theater features a wide variety of shows each season including seasonal favorites Sweeny Todd and Elf The Musical and classic performances like Chicago and Flashdance The Musical. In addition to the extensive dinner menu, The Arizona Broadway Theater offers themed alcoholic beverages that commemorate each show. www.azbroadway.org. Rock and Rolls Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen was inspired by the attitude of rock ‘n’ roll. The live music lineup features a variety of genres, from solo acoustic acts to country bands to ‘80s rock groups, and more. Enjoy drinks, burgers, pizzas, sharable appetizers, and desserts while you listen to your favorite songs. The hot spot also offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. www.copperblueslive.com. Funny Fare If you like to laugh, Stand Up Live Dinner Comedy Theater is the place to be. The 500seat comedy club features some of the biggest and brightest comedy acts in a venue that can accommodate a good size crowd, yet still feel intimate. Equipped with a state-of-the art sound and video system and upscale menu of shareable dishes and signature cocktails, you’ll be busy laughing, chewing or drinking the entire time you’re there. www.phoenix.standuplive. com.

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CHATO’S KITCHEN

Nov. 1-24, Herberger Theatre Center This charming new play, based on Gary Soto’s hilarious book, follows Chato, the coolest low-riding cat in the barrio. When a family of ratoncitos (or little mice) moves in next door, Chato invites them over for dinner. What they don’t know is that they are on the menu! But things don’t go quite as planned for Chato, as the mice bring a surprise guest of their own. Weekly, Saturdays (1 and 4 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m.). Starting at $12. www.childsplayaz.org/chato.

BY BRITTANY MARONEY

Grand Avenue Festival Nov. 9, Grand Avenue The Grand Avenue Festival is back for the 11th time and this year's festival includes even more free and fun activities. Adults will love browsing the art exhibits, while children will delight in face painting, puppets, dragon decorating, a coloring table, a wandering balloon twister, face painting, and more. Look for live mural painting, interspersed with food trucks and maker stations along the street. There will also be a silent auction (new this year!) with work by local artists up for grabs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. www.grandavenueartsandpreservation.org. Novembeer Nov. 9, Arizona Center Phoenix New Times will once again host this celebration of all things beer. The festival will include over 100 beers to taste from more than 50 breweries, both local and national. Your general admission ticket will include entry into the event, up to 30 2-ounce samples, a commemorative tasting mug, entertainment and access to the event’s vendor village and food vendors. VIP tickets include all general admission benefits plus early entry at noon with access to limited beers, a VIP gift bag and up to 10 additional samples. 1-5 p.m. General admission, $25; VIP, $45. www.novembeer.com.

PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup Championship Nov. 7-10, Phoenix Country Club Golfers (and golf fans) will gather as the top PGA Tour Champions players swing their way through the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. After a weekend-long tournament, the winner of the event will be announced, and the year-long Charles Schwab Cup Champion will be crowned. There will be a Cold Beers & Cheeseburger Lounge, along with a VIP viewing area. Ticket prices vary. www.pgatour.com. Roars and Pours Nov. 7, Phoenix Zoo What could be more purr-fect than wine, beautiful weather and exotic

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cats? Guests 21 and older will be able to sip and stroll select Phoenix Zoo trails while enjoying craft brews, wine and delicious bites. Guests will enjoy live music, lawn games, entertainment and more. And, of course, no tour of the zoo would be complete without a few very special animal encounters. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10. www.phoenixzoo.org. Chiles & Chocolate Festival Nov. 8-10. Desert Botanical Garden Two favorite flavors, sweet and spicy, collide at this weekend festival. Some of Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors will gather at Desert Bontanical Garden for guests to sample and shop. Beyond gourmet chocolates and unique sauces, musical mixes will

be playing and live performances of Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean dances will be showcased on Boppart Courtyard. Admission included with membership or paid garden admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.bdg.org. Beethoven’s Mass Nov. 8-10, The Phoenix Symphony A long-underrated masterpiece will come to life when The Phoenix Symphony presents Beethoven’s first sacred music, Mass in C. The score will be filled with emotion and childlike optimism as four talented vocalists and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus take the stage to present this monumental work. Showtimes and prices vary. www. phoenixsymphony.org.

Phoenix Mariachi Festival Nov. 9, Orpheum Theatre Jose Armando Ronstadt will host this fourth annual music and cultural mecca. Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan will be performing, along with their folklore dancers. Additional performances from other soloist and international mariachis will take also place on the stage. $40-$90. 7:30 p.m. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com. Bianca Del Rio Nov. 13, Orpheum Theatre Bianca Del Rio, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, brings a unique, raw form of comedy to the stage. A self-proclaimed “clown in a dress,” the costume designer and theatrical performer, emerged on the New Orleans nightclub circuit in 1996. The performer started her act at festive and private events, but she now includes mainstream venues and on international level. This month, she will stop in town for an unforgettable, one-night-only show on her world tour. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.thebiancadelrio.com.


paper lanterns with cutting-edge technology, the Lights of the World lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, amounting to over 10 million colorful lights, and showcase features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe. 5:30-10 p.m. www.phoenix.lightsoftheworldus.com. Rhett and Link Nov. 21, Comerica Theatre Rhett and Link’s YouTube channels have a combined subscriber base of 23 million people with over 6 billion total views. This lovable duo has also received various awards honoring their content productions over the years, including Webby, Streamy, and Shorty awards. Don’t miss their unique blend of viral comedy, tasty stunts and all around hilarity at their sole stop in the Valley of the Sun. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com.

HOLIDAY POPS

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, The Phoenix Symphony The magic of the holiday season will come to life over Thanksgiving weekend in the form of beautiful music by The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and acclaimed Broadway vocalists. Audience members can expect an array of festive favorites as well as the symphony’s popular holiday singalong all conducted by symphony guest, Stuart Chafetz. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Phoenix Pizza Festival Nov. 16, Margaret T. Hance Park Do you want a pizza this? The fifth annual Phoenix Pizza Festival will showcase about 20 local local pizza makers as they sell all types of pies, starting at $2-$4 per slice. Half pies, full pies and more will be available for extra. Craft beer from Arizona Wilderness Brewery, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Additional highlights will include live music, lawn games, and a kid's zone with pizza-making crafts. And after you’re finished with pizza, be sure to check out the dessert vendors offering everything from beignets to gelato. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 general admission with food and drinks sold separately once inside. www.phoenix.pizza. Building Hope Nov. 16, Phoenix Children’s Museum Foster Arizona has been “Building Hope” in the lives of kids in the Arizona foster care system for

over five years, last year reaching over 120,000 Arizonans. This third annual fundraising gala will celebrate the work done so far and spread hope through the reminder that the community can change the lives of the children that the nonprofit helps. The cocktail attire event will feature a three-course, seated meal and two drink tickets. Guests will also enjoy live music and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. $150. www.fosterarizona.org. Joy Holiday Dinner and Auction Nov. 16, Xavier College Prepatory Campus For the 47th year, Xavier College Prepatory and the Mothers’ Guild will host this festive event to benefit the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. Taking place in the Founders Hall at the school, the evening will begin with a happy hour open bar from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The dressy casual event will also include dinner and end with

dancing to the music of Nineball. 6 p.m. $125. www.xcp.org. Downtown Donut Festival Nov. 17, Margaret T. Hance Park The second annual Downtown Donut Festival will showcase donuts from more than 20 local shops. Attendees can purchase varieties beginning at $1 per donut and some vendors will offer samples. There will also be bars and vendors serving up craft beer, mimosas, rosé, and coffee, as well as the live music on the Dunkin' Donuts Main Stage, lawn games and a kid's zone with donut-making crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Noon entry, $8; 10 a.m. entry, $10. www. downtowndonutfest.com. Lights of the World Nov. 21-Jan. 12, Arizona State Fairgrounds Lights of the World is back for a third year, with completely new and even better light displays. Combining the age-old tradition of

65 Roses & Wine Gala Nov. 22, Chateau Luxe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host this formalwear festive event to rasie funds and awareness for its efforts to find a cure and provide all people with Cystic Fibrosis the opportunity to lead full, productive lives. The evening soiree will include wine and spirits tastings and delectable dishes. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions. 5 p.m. $250. www.cff.org. Trevor Noah’s Loud and Clear Tour Nov. 22, Talking Stick Resort Arena Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, is taking his show on the road with his Loud and Clear Tour. In addition to hosting the long-running talk/news satire Comedy Central nighttime series, the South African-born comedian has appeared in a number of stand-up specials. In 2016, he also released a best-selling memoir, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com. Holiday Open House Nov. 24, Arizona Grand Resort & Spa The holidays are upon us and so are the festivities at the Arizona Grand’s Holiday Open House. Open to Valley residents and resort guests alike, the magical evening will include Dance Studio 111 Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet performances, fun cookie decorating and complimentary photos with none other than Santa himself. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. www. arizonagrandresort.com.

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Now EVENT

COOKING FOR A CAUSE Valley chefs work with high school students to prepare a fundraising feast

BY SHOSHANA LEON / PHOTO BY OLIVIA VLACHOS

IF YOU GO… What: Harvest Moon Feast   When: Nov. 12, 6 p.m.   Where: Ocotillo Restaurant, 3243 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Tickets: General admission, $125; VIP admission with early entry (5 p.m.), $175   Information: www. ccapinc.org.

For more than 25 years, Arizona’s Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) has been helping high school students pursue their dreams of a culinary career. To support its scholarship and job training programs, C-CAP Arizona will hold its sixth annual Harvest Moon Feast fundraiser on Nov. 12 at Ocotillo Restaurant in Phoenix. During the Harvest Moon Feast fundraiser and other events, C-CAP students get hands-on experience and the unique opportunity to work side by side with some of the Valley’s best chefs to create imaginative and delicious dishes. “These events are such fun for the students, and they gain great experience and the opportunity to hone their skills,” says Leslie Gennaro, program coordinator for C-CAP Arizona.

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In addition to these culinary creations, guests at the Harvest Moon Feast will enjoy wine and handcrafted cocktails, as well as the opportunity to participate in a raffle and auction with amazing culinary, culture and travel packages. Every year the Harvest Moon Feast features a special guest. This year’s guest will be Jason Santos, a Boston chef and restauranteur who has appeared on several television shows including Hell’s Kitchen, Bar Rescue and The Today Show. He is also the author of Buttermilk & Bourbon: New Orleans Recipes with a Modern Flair. C-CAP Arizona is part of a nationwide nonprofit organization that partners with 150 public high schools to provide job training, professional development and scholarships. Since it was founded in 1990, C-CAP has awarded $56 million in

scholarships nationwide. C-CAP Arizona’s programs help more than 6,600 high school students at 40 schools across the state develop their skills for careers in the culinary and hospitality industry. Local chefs and sponsors are an integral part of C-CAP’s programs and helping the students’ careers blossom. Sponsors for this fundraiser include Sysco Arizona, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cult Artisan Beverage Company, Elite Restaurants and Ocotillo Restaurant, which is donating the space for the event. “There are countless businesses and individuals that support our program throughout the year with donations, space, product and time,” Gennaro says. “We are deeply grateful for each and every person that supports our program and our students.”


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HOPE FOR HEALING

New Life Center hosts its first Starry Night Gala to benefit domestic violence survivors

BY GABBY LEIGHTON

IF YOU GO… What: Starry Night Gala When: Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m.   Where: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix Tickets: $175   Information: www. newlifectr.org.

This month, New Life Center will host its inaugural Starry Night Gala at the Arizona Biltmore. New Life Center is one of the country’s largest domestic violence shelters, serving more than 1,000 children and adults annually through its emergency shelter and outreach support programs. Last year alone, the center provided over 33,000 safe bed nights to survivors of domestic violence. December 2018 also marked a new endeavor for New Life Center as it became a dual agency, now also serving victims of sexual assault. The upcoming Nov. 8 event, which is formal attire, will raise money to support the center’s programs, advocacy and outreach.

The funds will go toward the cost of protection, shelter and critical services for more than 1,000 domestic violence survivors, most of which are children. “The money raised from this event ensures that the staff, shelter and programs are adaptive and trauma informed so our families have the best chances of healing,” says Myriah Mhoon, New Life Center CEO. At the gala, guests will have the opportunity to hear inspirational survivor stories as well as about the center’s programming. “As our inaugural gala, we wanted guests to hear and see everything that New Life Center has to offer to domestic violence survivors directly from our multifaceted team,” Mhoon says.

Guests will also enjoy a three-course meal with wine as well as live entertainment from the Cocopah Middle School Choir and violinist, Jonathan Livingston. “Additionally, the gala was an opportunity for the community to share in the positive side of fundraising with great food, entertainment and exciting auctions that benefit our lifesaving programs,” Mhoon says. The live auction will be led by auctioneer Kelee Lee. Standout items that will be up for grabs include sporting event tickets and boxes, a local resort stay, a package for an experience at the Masters Tournament, and an all-inclusive luxurious trip to Cabo San Lucas. Uptown November ‘19

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BY KAYLOR JONES

During November and December, the Valley lights up with some of the hottest cultural events of the year. From fundraising galas and museum exhibitions to holiday performances and immersive experiences, here are our top 10 events and activities to check out this season.

CANAL CONVERGENCE, PHOTO BY ARAM BOGHOSIAN

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CANAL CONVERGENCE, PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTTSDALE ARTS

CANAL CONVERGENCE

This yearly series of artistic installations and events along the Scottsdale Waterfront will light up the city with 10 larger-thanlife works of art from Nov. 8 through 17. Following a theme of The Story of Water, this free public arts project will include showstoppers that speak to the concept. Returning with an all-new piece is Walter Productions, the Scottsdale-based art studio behind last year’s Floatus installation and fire show. The work, titled Water Serpent, is a 200-foot-long floating sculpture that will produce nightly choreographed fire shows. Another fan-favorite, artist collective Squidsoup – who made its local debut at SMoCA in 2017 – will display its first Canal Convergence installation. Titled Standing Wave, it will use 600 interconnected orbs of light and sound to simulate a wave over the Arizona Canal. The festivities will also include music and dance performances, food vendors, a beer

and wine garden, family-friendly activities, artist talks, and creative workshops. www.canalconvergence.com.

BEAUX ARTS

On Nov. 9, join Scottsdale Artists’ School (SAS) for this annual fundraising event and celebration of all things art. The evening will include a light dinner, drinks and music, all in a large party tent on the SAS grounds. Guests, who are encouraged to dress in ’30s, ’40s, or ’50s glam to complement a painting of the event’s signature artist Joseph Lorusso, will also be able to purchase original works of art including drawings, oil paintings, sculptures, and watercolors – as well as event and travel packages – at a silent auction and raffle benefiting SAS’s educational programming and scholarships. VIP tickets include early admission (at 5 p.m.), hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, access to an exclusive seating area, and an early opportunity to close out silent auction

bids. General admission, $125; VIP, $200. 6 p.m. www.scottsdaleartschool.org.

HEARD MUSEUM’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY

To commemorate nine decades, this internationally recognized museum of American Indian art will showcase signature works from its permanent collection, including Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, and Hopi katchina dolls. And now through April 5, 2020, painter David Hockney’s prolific Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry will be on display, marking the first Arizona exhibition of this world-renowned artist. With 28 images on view, Hockney’s exhibit includes photographic collages and interpretive iPad drawings that demonstrate the profound influence the natural world continues to have on art of all mediums. Alongside these, 20th-century indigenous Californian basketry made by Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute women will be showcased, giving

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viewers a glimpse into a unique artistic vision of Yosemite. www.heard.org.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The Phoenix Theatre Company will bring this classic to the stage from Nov. 13 through Dec. 29, charming audiences with the beloved tale of an Austrian governess who falls in love with the family she cares for on the eve of World War II. The Sound of Music is an iconic entry into the repertoire of Rodgers and Hammerstein that intertwines inspiring messages about the strength of love and family with unforgettable numbers like My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, and Edelweiss. Times vary. Tickets start at $41. www.phoenixtheatre.com.

ARTFEST OF SCOTTSDALE Immerse yourself in the annual transformation of Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza into a vibrant arts festival showcasing the works of 120 artists from across the nation, with jewelers, painters, crafters, sculptors, and more gathering to celebrate the local arts community. The family- and pet-friendly event will take place Nov. 23 and 24, with two live music stages, a variety of hands-on kids’ activities, and delicious food – all in the setting of a stunning sculpture garden. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking and admission are free. www.888artfest.com.

WONDERSPACES: ELSEWHERE

Wonderspaces – a permanent exhibit that opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square earlier this year – recently unveiled its latest series of immersive installations. Titled Elsewhere, this new experience is comprised of 13 unique installations that collectively aim to make attendees question what they know to be true in our physical world and ponder all the things that could be. Standout interactive artworks include Candy Chang’s Confessions, which allows guests to pen a confession on a wooden plaque in a private booth before hanging it on the wall alongside hundreds of others as a form of catharsis and compassion, and Hoshi by Nonotak Studio, which uses an enthralling combination of mirrors, light and sound to represent an infinite space. Reservations required. It is suggested to purchase your tickets in advance online and to allot 80 minutes. $24. www.wonderspaces.com.

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ABOVE: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, PHOTO COURTESY OF CIRQUE PRODUCTIONS BELOW: STARRY NIGHT: AN ARTRAGEOUS GALA, PHOTO BY KEITH & MELISSA PHOTOGRAPHERS

STARRY NIGHT: AN ARTRAGEOUS GALA

Celebrate 20 years of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) at the annual ARTrageous Gala on Dec. 7 at the Scottsdale Arts campus. This Starry Night-themed fundraising soiree will include a glamorous red carpet to strut your blacktie style, a sophisticated dinner under the stars, an awards ceremony recognizing those who continue to support SMoCA, and an auction benefiting the impactful arts and education programs at Scottsdale Arts. In true artistic fashion to match the theme, suggested attire colors are navy, gold and/ or black. 5-10 p.m. Individual, $500; table, $5,000. www.scottsdalearts.org.

PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS This three-day festival of local arts and culture will take place from Dec. 13 through 15 at Margaret T. Hance Park.


FROM TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE: PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY, BEAUX ARTS: TIME FOR HERSELF PAINTING BY JOSEPH LORUSSO, SQUIDSOUP’S MURMURATION AT SMOCA, WONDERSPACES: ELSEWHERE

The weekend is complete with more than 150 talented local art vendors, 10 collaborative community murals, a selection of wine and beer, and dozens of food trucks. Live entertainment will take place across three stages with music and dance performances, art demonstrations, circus acts, spoken word poetry, and more. Dec. 13, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.

SQUIDSOUP’S MURMURATION

Experience SMoCA’s new installation by Squidsoup, the creators of 2017’s well-loved Ocean of Light: Submergence. Now on display outside of the museum is Murmuration, a lively piece of artwork that transforms itself from day to night. During daytime, the light-based structure provides a melodious auditory experience, perfectly in tune with nature. Once night hits, the piece comes to

life in an audiovisual representation. Synced with the spirited music, it whirls around the sides of the museum in a graceful reflection of its namesake, murmuration, which means a flock of starlings. www.smoca.org.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

This acclaimed holiday spectacular – featuring Broadway singers, cirque artists and dancers – combines the allure of a cirque performance with the crowd-pleasing fun of musical theater. The mesmerizing touring show will be at Comerica Theatre from Dec. 20 through 22, bringing vivid sets, more than 300 eye-catching costumes, original music numbers, and new takes on classic holiday jingles to the stage. Perfect for a family outing, the show will include electrifying feats performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer, ornaments, and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Times vary. Tickets start at $42. www.comericatheatre.com. Uptown November ‘19

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Style

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

BY KAYLOR JONES

The Oxan Spike Chain Heel Bootie from Balmain takes wearable art to the next level with sculptural, street-style details that serve as a chic counterpoint to the more feminine silhouette. A graceful notched topline is offset by dozens of shiny spikes and an edgy 4-inch heel that resembles the links of a gleaming silver chain. Made in Italy and lined with real leather, these killer heels also boast a back zip adorned with a dainty charm in the shape of a “B,” a subtle nod to its iconic French maker. $2,450 at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

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Style ALLURE

BY NEYDA MELINA

GIVE THANKS

Show yourself some gratitude with pampering products

Rose powder exfoliating treatment, Farmaesthetics, $32 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Limited-edition repair oil, Cle de Peau Beaute, $168 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com. Salt detox body scrub, $40 at Goop, www.goop.com. Floral essential oil blend, Vitruvi, $28 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Whipped body butter, Indie Lee, $64 at Citrine, www. citrinenaturalskin.com. Clay lip mask, Sara Happ, $32 at Nordstrom.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

DWELL

WILD THING Go bold with exotic animal prints

Woven crocodile wool throw, L’Objet, $495 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Silk leopard pillowcase, Slip, $85 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Zebra print chair, Haute House, $1,999 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Leopard side table, Deny Designs, $165 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Gold-embellished hair-on-hide box set, $260 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com. Round leather crocodile tray, $850 at Aerin, www.aerin. com.

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Style SHOP

BY NEYDA MELINA

PATCHES APLENTY Get creative with fall’s mix-matched trend

Midi slip dress, Topshop, $75 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Ribbed knit sweater, Akris Punto, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com. Fleece vest, Madewell x Penfield, $135 at Madewell, www.madewell.com. Silk scarf, Echo, $198 at Nordstrom. Camera bag, Tory Burch, $398 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Pointed-toe booties, Aquazzura, $1,195 at Neiman Marcus, www. neimanmarcus.com.

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BY NEYDA MELINA

Style

SHOP

FESTIVE FINDS Glamorous handbags for seasonal soirees

Hot pink satin shoulder bag with tassel, Galvan, $995 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com. Red velvet feather top-handle bag, Rosantica, $1,365 at Neiman Marcus. Black suede shoulder bag with gold-tone hardware, $54.99 at H&M, ww.hm.com. Gold-beaded clutch, Jimmy Choo, $2,995 at Nordstrom, www. nordstrom.com. Blue crystalembellished velvet shoulder bag, Gucci, $3,600 at Nordstrom. Gold silk shoulder bag with beaded handle, Cult Gaia, $398 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. saksfifthavenue.com.

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HAT: Black and white baseball cap, Tiny Trucker Co., $30. VEST: Black puffer, Mayoral, $58. TOP: Olivia cashmere pullover with white stripe, Generation Love, $310. PANTS: Mason cashmere black joggers, Generation Love, $310. HANDBAG: Clear and black, De Vesi, $260. CLUTCH: Tan with black and white stripes, Kempton and Co., $115. SHOES: Leopard sneakers, Dolce Vita, $115. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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EARRINGS: Gold hoops, Joy Rose, $75. SUNGLASSES: Rose gold aviators, Linda Farrow, $1,020. NECKLACES: Small antique cross, $65; antiquity pendant, $75; antique cross, $65; all Joy Rose. JACKET: Blue with tan pinstripes, Cami NYC, $380. TOP: Black lace bodysuit, The Great Eros, $210. PANTS: Blue with tan pinstripes, Cami NYC, $280. BAG: Gray jelly with scarf, Chloe K. New York, $75. SHOES: Snakeskin sneakers, Dolce Vita, $115. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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JACKET: Army green with patches, Gorgeous Things, $290. CAMI: Blue with tan pinstripes, Cami NYC, $180. PANTS: Skinny jeans, Moussy, $340. HANDBAG: Clear and camel tote, De Vesi, $275. CLUTCH: Off-white and gold, Kempton and Co., $185. SHOES: Camel and snake print suede booties, Dolce Vita, $180. All from Mae & Marie, www. maeandmariestyle. com.

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HEADBAND: Multicolored head wrap, Eugenia Kim, $145. EARRINGS: White and silver beaded with feathers, Mignonne Gavigan, $145. TOP: Young Naomi Campbell tank, Proof of Concept, $145. BRACELET: White and silver beaded cuff, Mignonne Gavigan, $145. SKIRT: Metallic with side slit, Michelle Mason, $550. SHOES: Gray mesh suede slides, Dolce Vita, $120. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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EARRINGS: Black and white double hoops, Elizabeth Cole, $150. JACKET: Deep green faux fur, Generation Love, $315. TOP: Karl Lagerfeld T-shirt, Adrianna Kinal, $170. HANDBAG: Mini camel tote, Sage Aubrey, $495. SKIRT: Green lace, Hemant and Nandita, $250. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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SUNGLASSES: Oversized yellow, Linda Farrow, $770. BRACELET: Chunky gold chain, Elizabeth Cole, $150. NECKLACE: Chunky gold chain, Elizabeth Cole, $280. JACKET: Black blazer, Bailey 44, $400. SHIRT: Biggie T-shirt, Daydreamer, $75. SHORTS: Snake print, Cami NYC, $180. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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HEADBAND: Gold with embellishments, Elizabeth Cole, $180. EARRINGS: Rose gold hoops with black rhinestones, Nickho Rey, $315. JACKET: Animal print bomber, Bailey 44, $420. DRESS: Copper with side slit, Cali Dreaming, $280. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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SUNGLASSES: Tortoise, Linda Farrow, $770. JACKET: Multicolored kimono, YFB by Young Fabulous & Broke, $220. TOP: The Doors ’67 tour T-shirt, Daydreamer, $80. PANTS: Nude suede, Mae & Marie, $650. HANDBAG: Black leather and gold chain clutch, Tambonita, $498. SHOES: Black and animal print leather booties, Dolce Vita, $235. All from Mae & Marie, www.maeandmariestyle.com.

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

BY KAYLOR JONES

Soho Design House is well-versed in merging art and interior design, as exemplified in its Wild West rug. The 9-by-7 conversation piece is based off of a mural in Hong Kong called Ameryka, artfully reinterpreted by Los Angeles-based artist collective Cyrcle, who also created the original mural. Made of hand-woven Tibetan wool, the rug brings a dash of Western Americana to any living space, whether hung on the wall or displayed on the floor. Soho Design House rugs are handcrafted in Nepal and feature works from an array of renowned street artists, with pieces ranging from unique depictions of the natural world to contemporary takes on classics such as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Picasso’s Guernica. Custom sizing is also available. $12,000 at Soho Design House, www.sohodh.com.

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Luxe WHEELS

2019 LEXUS UX

The sub-compact crossover offers luxury and fuel economy for urban-focused drivers BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS 2019 Lexus UX Base price: $32,150

The sub-compact luxury crossover utility vehicle market is extremely popular and equally competitive. Since many vehicles in the class are very much alike, styling can be an imperative market differentiator. With that in mind, Lexus introduced the UX, its smallest and least expensive SUV. The UX stands out with two models: the front-wheel-drive UX 200 and the vehicle tested here, the all-wheel drive UX 250h. As the only hybrid in its class, the UX 250h is offered in Luxury and F Sport trims and powered by a 2.0liter, 181-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and a seven-horsepower electric motor. The exterior styling is noticeably Lexus, with its dominant spindle grille. The proportions give it the look and feel of a hatchback, even with the SUV-like body cladding about the wheel wells, and the drive feels similar to a sedan thanks to its low stance and 18-inch run-flat tires. Don’t expect a sporty drive experience, even on the F Sport, which includes some luxury-oriented features but no under-the-hood or suspension modifications. Also know that even with allwheel drive, the UX is not an off-roader, though it will get greater traction on slippery roads.

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The cabin is generally quiet, but the engine gets noisy under hard acceleration. Overall, the ride is pleasant, but the UX emphasizes economy over performance, so handling and maneuverability are nothing special. Multiple standard active safety systems help the UX stand out from its competitors. Inside, high-quality materials and workmanship are pure Lexus. The long list of standard features includes Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto) and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. The interior can be upgraded with options like a larger center screen, wireless charging, and a heated steering wheel. The cargo area is small but can be expanded by folding the seats down. The infotainment system is controlled by a fussy touchpad on the center console. Fortunately, there’s also a small pod with dials and buttons for manual operation, but you still have to go into the infotainment system for functions like adjusting the air conditioning or heat. While the UX is one of the last vehicles to arrive in the sub-compact luxury utility vehicle class, with excellent bang for your buck and exclusive hybrid availability (for now), it will certainly find an audience.

Price as tested: $43,450 Engine: 2.0-liter V-4 electric motor hybrid Horsepower: 181 Fuel economy: 41/38 mpg city/ highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Available hybrid engine Stylish, upscale interior Smooth driving and riding


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SPOTLIGHT: A WORK OF ART BY GABBY LEIGHTON

HAUTE PROPERTY

This 4,360-square-foot home, which sits on nearly an acre, makes you think – much like a piece of art. However you interpret it, there’s no denying that the space is strikingly unique. The Arcadia dwelling was designed by Michael J. Pickard, a member of the American Institute of Architects. Pickard’s dramatic vision is realized from the outside in. Both inside and from the drive, it features clean lines and design and architectural elements reminiscent of the popular midcentury modern movement. A three-car garage can be seen when pulling up and there’s also a single-pitch metal roof flanked by two “floating roof” wings, a standout design element that gives a nod to the contemporary style. Inside, the space is clearly conceptualized to showcase art. To begin, there’s a curved architectural-masonry wall that leads from the 30-foot-long gallery entry to the backyard, exiting through a telescoping wall of glass. Thanks to the abundance of clerestory windows and skylights along with a 24-foot clear-span retractable window wall, the space is filled with natural light, immediately providing an inviting ambiance as well as giving owners the perfect environment to showcase precious collector’s pieces. Wood floors as well as vaulted ceilings can also be found throughout. The entertainment-oriented floor plan has plenty of areas to host guests, including a formal living room with a fireplace and a formal dining room. The open-concept kitchen, which extends to the informal living room, has a modern feel, with dark kitchen cabinets, silver accents and an L-shaped island-breakfast bar. The rest of the interior of the home is made up of three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Out back boasts picturesque views of Camelback Mountain as well as manicured grass, shrubs and trees. There’s also a pool and spa. 5601 E. Montecito Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed with Shawna Warner and Laura Broadrick of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,300,000. Shawna.warner@russlyon.com, Laura.Broadrick@russlyon.com or 602.667.8162. Uptown November ‘19

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Luxe PLACES

SARASOTA IN STYLE

Experience the Gulf Coast’s artistic, cultural and culinary scenes this autumn

BY DAVID DURAN

PHOTO BY EDDIE KIRSCH, VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY

Known as Florida’s cultural coast, Sarasota and its surrounding county is enriched by its artistic offerings. There are a plethora of museums, art galleries, and performing arts venues around town, including The Ringling, which has ties to the Ringling Bros. Circus. Visitors can also tee off at one of the area’s many golf courses, lounge on the beach with a cocktail, hike some trails at Myakka River State Park, pay their respects at the Sarasota National Cemetery, or stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, then top it all off by indulging in some of the city’s best dining options. Start your trip off by booking a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Located on 11 acres near the center of town, this 266room hotel has all the perks one would expect from Ritz-Carlton. But this one comes with a private beach club on Lido Key, with exclusive beachfront services just 3 miles from the property. Additionally, the golf club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio, located about 13 miles from the hotel. Splurge for the club level and gain access to a dedicated concierge and an impressive lounge that has various food presentations throughout the day. From there, it’s time to dive into the cultural side of Sarasota.

What to See & Do

PHOTO BY EDDIE KIRSCH, VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY

PHOTO BY ADAM CELLINI, VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY

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Public Art Sarasota is a hub for street art, meaning that there could be a thought-provoking mural or sculpture around any corner. The city is well-known for Unconditional Surrender, a sculptural depiction of the famous photograph of a sailor celebrating the end of Word War II with a kiss. The bayfront piece has definitely turned heads, but has gotten locals and visitors talking about art all the same. Sarasota also offers up other public art displays throughout the year. Embracing Our Differences (www.embracingourdifferences.org) is an outdoor exhibit taking place through April 2020 that is intended to demonstrate the enriching effects that diversity has on our lives. The exhibit – an extensive array of huge images created by professional artists, art students, and even young children from around the world – has attracted nearly 1 million people to the Sarasota bayfront since its launch in 2004. Sarasota Opera House Sarasota Opera completed its internationally acclaimed Verdi Cycle in 2016, making it the only company in the world to have performed every work of Giuseppe Verdi. The theater also underwent a $20 million renovation in 2008 to enhance audience amenities and update technical facilities. It’s a stunning venue inside and out and if you’re there during the season (October through March each year), don’t miss out on some world-class opera. www.sarasotaopera.org.


The Ringling Learn the history of “The Greatest Show on Earth” and the family behind it at The Ringling, which brings together art, architecture and circus at the State Art Museum of Florida. This compound is made up of many different buildings, including the Ca’ d’Zan mansion (the Ringling’s winter home) and the Circus Museum (currently closed for renovation). The Ringling is also home to outdoor gardens and one of the preeminent arts and cultural collections in the United States: the Museum of Art, which is housed in a grand Mediterranean-style palazzo and covers 21 galleries. www.ringling.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens This world-renowned attraction offers 15 acres of rare and exotic plants and flowers to explore while overlooking the Sarasota bayfront. The garden is a respected research center, and features include a conservatory that feels like a rainforest as well as butterfly and bamboo gardens. There’s also a children’s rainforest garden that allows young ones to experience treetop living (the garden is elevated) in addition to a waterfall, caves and an adventure trail. www.selby.org. Siesta Key Sarasota is famous for its beaches, and those on Siesta Key rank among some of the best in the country. This 8-mile island is accessible by two bridges from the mainland. The three picturesque beaches – Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach from north to south – attract sunbathers by day and partiers by night. www.visitsarasota.com.

Where to Dine Summer House Steak & Seafood Upon entering this surf-and-turf concept, guests will spot a 1,000-gallon fish tank designed exclusively for Summer House that spans 14 feet of the restaurant floor. Summer House’s menu features a must-try 20-ounce lobster tail and hand-selected cuts from prestigious ranches that produce some of the finest all-natural and sustainable meats. www.summerhousesiestakey.com. Ophelia’s on the Bay When you visit Ophelia’s, the first things you’ll notice are the two glass-walled dining rooms and the open-air patio that give visitors an unhindered view of Little Sarasota Bay. Guests can select dishes from a menu packed full of classic American cuisine accented with international flavors. Fish is flown in daily and paired with fresh ingredients that taste even better when enjoyed while admiring the natural beauty of Florida’s landscape. www.opheliasonthebay.net. Selva Try some innovative takes on Latin fusion at this award-winning restaurant, which places a special emphasis on Peruvian dishes while recognizing the contribution of Asian immigrants to the local cuisine. Must-try menu items include an array of ceviche and standout seafood dishes such as pesto-crusted scallops and lobster tostadas. Each intricate offering is plated like a work of art and can be paired with one of Selva’s signature cocktails. www.selvagrill.com.

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PHOTO BY KURT LUCAS, JKL DESIGN GROUP

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Luxe WANT

CULINARY CONVERGENCE Quivira Los Cabos offers an epicurean odyssey by the sea BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Gourmands from across the globe are converging in Mexico for the epicurean experience of a lifetime. As part of the Pueblo Bonito Resort family, Quivira Los Cabos’ five-day, four-night Culinary Odyssey package brings together the finest culinary offerings – and then some – to impress even the most discerning palates. The extravagance begins at check-in as guests are whisked to The Towers at Pacifica, an exclusive “resort-within-a-resort” enclave within the Quivira Los Cabos resort complex. The Towers’ 47 guest rooms and suites offer private terraces, including six suites with individual plunge pools and one magnificent, 3,200-square-foot presidential suite. All have enhanced amenities and 24-hour butler service certified by the British Butler Institute. A third tower, which can be reached by a sky bridge, features a VIP Whale Watching Lounge. This area is exclusive to guests of The Towers, and has a state-ofthe-art fitness center as well as breakfast, snacks and cocktails. Those who visit during December through March can enjoy frequent (almost hourly) whale

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sightings from the comfort of their rooms. Beyond the accommodations, the Culinary Odyssey package includes four lavish dinner experiences (one each night), starting with a six-course tasting menu and wine pairings at the lauded LaFrida. Dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this elegant dining room, decorated with reproductions of Kahlo’s paintings, serves classic yet inventive Mexican cuisine. Many of the wines selected are drawn from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, an award-winning appellation. Another dinner showcases Peninsula, a beachfront restaurant located in Pacifica’s third tower that specializes in regional cuisine highlighting the bounty of Baja’s fresh seafood and local produce. Peninsula affords expansive views of the beach, sea and sky as well as an a la carte dinner menu that includes a choice of three different ceviches and a variety of fish, poultry and meat entrees.  Next, guests will take part in an alfresco dinner at Quivira Steakhouse, located beachside at the Quivira Golf Club, with a surf-and-turf dinner and wine pairings. Special care was taken to curate wines from Guadalupe Valley, which is known as Mexico’s version of Napa Valley. The final dinner option offers a choice of customized experiences, notably a romantic dinner for two on the beach under the stars, which includes a tequila and mezcal tasting guided by the resort’s spirits sommelier. The Culinary Odyssey package (including the resort stay) starts at $4,375 per couple. For an additional charge, guests can add enhancements, including a cooking class where guests use herbs and other ingredients grown on-site, a fishing expedition where guests catch a portion of their dinners, and even a culinary walking tour to hot spots around town. To learn more, visit www.pueblobonito.com, and to book the Culinary Odyssey package, call 1.800.990.8250.


UPDATE YOUR LOOK, IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE!

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

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

3188 East Indian School Road 602-301-6987 • www.qcontrary.com @qcontrary.mary


Taste DRINK

UNIQUE TO DRINK Cocktails featuring uncommon ingredients BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Looking for a little something different during cocktail hour? Mix things up this month with inspired libations, each artfully made using creative, off-the-beaten-path ingredients. Bitter Antidote Bitters Bar & Food This mood ring-like libation combines vodka, coconut rum, cherry juice, lime and nutty orgeat with butterfly pea flower powder, which acts as a color-changing agent. It is delivered to the table with each ingredient in its own beaker so that guests can see the colors change as the drink takes shape right before their eyes. $18. www.bittersbar.com. Ghost Pepper Mole Margarita CRUjiente Tacos Inspired by mole poblano, a traditional Mexican sauce known for its spice and chocolate notes, this cocktail starts with mezcal, lime juice and housemade agave syrup. Then, roasted corn, ancho chile syrup, and AZ Bitters Lab Más Mole chocolate bitters are added. The kicker: A Hawaiian smoked ghost pepper sauce from Adobo Loco is added. $10. www.crutacos.com. Not Your Granny’s Apple So Far, So Good Already bursting with sour apple, cucumber and herbaceous fennel, there's no shortage of unique flavors at play in this cocktail. But what really makes this drink sing is Charanda, a sugarcane-based spirit much like rum that’s native to Mexico's Michoacan region and tastes like butter-infused vanilla. $10. www.thechurchillphx.com. Viridescent CIVANA Latin for “becoming green,” the Viridescent cocktail is equal parts spirited and health-conscious, featuring a mix of Hendrick’s Gin, fresh carrot juice, fresh lime juice, and powdered spirulina. A bluegreen algae superfood, spirulina adds antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to the cocktail. $16. www.civana.com. Redcurrant Fix Little Rituals New-to-you ingredients abound here with Tanqueray Malacca Gin, a lime and ginger variation of the

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spirit from the 1800s that was formally reintroduced to the U.S. market in 2018; Cocchi Americano, an aromatized wine from Italy; and a zesty yuzu blend. Beyond that, it features pink peppercorns and redcurrant cordial star for a hint of spice and sweetness. $13. www.littleritualsbar.com. Mate Margarita Bourbon & Bones At first glance, this may seem like the simplest of margaritas. However, thanks to the addition of a South American caffeinated tea called mate, it is anything but. Mate is added to the agave nectar and the tequila during the build, then used in the creamy foam on top, which featues a Southeast Asian citrus fruit called calamansi. $16. www.bourbonandbonesaz.com. The Enabler Clever Koi In addition to the George Dickel No. 12 Whisky that shines in every sip, this twist on the classic whiskey sour uses smoked sea salt, juice from grilled lemons, and Grade B maple syrup – a darker, richer and thicker version of the syrup than one might use on pancakes. $12. www.thecleverkoi.com. Black Raven Raven Gastropub Activated charcoal is known for its detoxifying, digestive and anti-aging properties. At Raven, this jet-black super mineral is mixed with Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka and lemonade for a tangy, sweet libation that looks dark but is light and refreshing. $12. www.ravengp.com. Redenbacher Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Its name borrowed from a certain famous popcorn pioneer, this drink shines with aromas of sousvide popcorn and butter-washed bourbon, stirred with brown butter syrup and bitters that all work together to transport you to the bright lights of a bustling state fair. $12. www.bitterandtwistedaz.com.


Taste

DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

For over 40 years, Tomaso’s has been a Valley institution. Led by Tomaso Maggiore, who today with his son Joey also owns Hash Kitchen, Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, the Sicilian Butcher and the Sicilian Baker, Tomaso’s features bold flavors inspired by Maggiore’s native Italy. His take on Cioppino ($52) – a rustic Italian-American fish stew – is both inspired and elegant. To make, Maggiore brings together lobster, clams and mussels still in the shells, scallops and jumbo prawns and cooks them in homemade fish broth. He then combines the fish with handmade angel hair pasta and lathers on his special sauce. Made using tomatoes, white wine, saffron and herbs, it dances on the palate, yet allows the cornucopia of fresh seafood and shellfish to shine through in every bite. Tomaso's, 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0836; www.tomasos.com. Uptown November ‘19

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OLD RUSTY

Sidecar Social Club’s spirited take on fall

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Ocotillo Restaurant’s outdoor space is full of surprises. In addition to fire pits, an outdoor bar and beer garden, there is a large metal structure that simply says Sidecar on it. “This is Sidecar Social Club, a cocktail spot more akin to an intimate speakeasy than traditional bar or club,” says Nicholas Fiorini, lead bartender of Sidecar Social Club. The menu changes regularly and is a combination of slightly updated classics and wholly new recipes developed by the team. On the menu since the bar’s opening last year, Old Rusty ($12) is a nod to the iconic Rusty Nail, which was invented in the 1930s and gained popularity in the 1960s as the Rat Pack’s drink of choice. “A traditional Rusty Nail is a mixture of scotch whisky along with sweet Drambuie, which is made with scotch whisky, honey, herbs and spices,” Fiorini says. Sidecar’s update still features Drambuie prominently, but swaps the scotch whiskey for Sailor Jerry Rum, which has distinct vanilla and cinnamon notes. “We wanted to play up all the fall spices in both spirits, so we combine them with a clove syrup we make in-house and angostura bitters in a rocks glass with ice,” Fiorini says. “We then take an orange peel and burn it before putting it in the glass to give it some smoke and acid.” Finally, the team takes a cinnamon stick and lights it on fire before putting it into the drink, providing both a show and an intoxicatingly autumnal aroma. “It’s spicy with a hint of sweetness, but still ultra spirit-forward,” Fiorini says. Sidecar Social Club, located at 3243 N. 3rd St., Building B, Phoenix, 602.842.7181; www.ocotillophx.com.

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Taste

CUISINE

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Phil Johnson of Trapp Haus BBQ

Pitmaster Phil Johnson, also known as “Phil the Grill,” is the owner and executive chef of Trapp Haus BBQ, where he serves up award-winning grilled and smoked meats.

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

How did you get your start? I grew up in New York and always grilled for friends during football on Sundays, but worked in construction as my career. When the market tanked on the East Coast, I moved to Phoenix in 2009 for work, and then the same thing happened out here. So, I built my own food truck – Sammitches – and began cooking from it in 2013 and opened Trapp Haus in 2018. Can you share some career highlights? I made my way onto the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit in 2012 while building the food truck, and I won the grand championship on the Sam’s Club Tour. I also placed second in its invitation-only American Royal. More recently, I had the chance to cook on The Today Show in September. The only negative: Al Roker was off for hip surgery. I was dying to cook for him! What makes your barbeque special? I don’t use mesquite and always glaze my meats. I also only use my own rubs and sauce recipes versus using name brands or celebrity products. What is the meaning behind the name Trapp Haus? On Sundays in New York, my friends and I would be “trapped” in the house often, due to weather. But, we made those trapped days the best of our lives, thanks to good bourbon, great food and each other. I wanted to bring the same vibe here. What else do you like to cook? Cooking on an open flame outdoors is my passion, especially now that the weather is nice. Outside of barbeque, I make a mean cowboy ribeye and some insanely flavorful salmon on the grill. My jalapeno grits are crowd pleasers, too. What would surprise readers about you? According to my family and friends, I have a full-on sneaker fetish. I own over 200 pairs and have a full room in my house for them. It looks like a Foot Locker in there! Trapp Haus BBQ, 511 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 602.466.5462; www.trapphausbbq. com.

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Taste FOOD FILES

SEASONAL SWEETS Desserts made with autumn-inspired ingredients

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Heavenly Biscuit Bread Pudding The Macintosh A decadent end to any meal, this bread pudding starts with a delicate and flaky housebaked biscuit. It is topped with caramel, Sweet P's freshly churned vanilla ice cream and a bourbon anglaise. Yes, that means the anglaise has been hit with an extra kick of bourbon for an adult twist on this seasonal classic. $8. www.themacintoshaz.com.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Nook Kitchen Downtown Developed by the award-winning Tracy Dempsey Originals for the Nook, this explosion of flavor starts with the cake, which is made using cream cheese to ensure it’s true to its name when it comes to delightful moistness and gooeyness. It’s then topped with heavenly compote made with sweet, ripe blueberries, a ganache made using graham crackers, vanilla ice cream and a mini graham cracker as garnish. $10. www.nookkitchen.com.

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie

LGO Bakeshop Throughout November, this buttery and flaky beauty is available in the pastry case at LGO. The filling features roasted pecan halves mixed with rich molasses, dark brown sugar, eggs and finished with a spirited kick of Kentucky Benchmark Bourbon for a smooth, velvety caramel finish in every bite. $36 for the whole pie or $4.25 for a slice. www.lgobakeshop.com.

Fall Pumpkin Pie

Looking for pumpkin, spice and everything nice in your sweet treats this season? Then plan to finish off your next dinner out on the town with these fabulous fall desserts, some just here for the season, some brand-new and some all-time favorites.

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The Collins Thanks to Sweet Provisions, a sweet-focused sister concept to The Collins, the Arcadia smallbatch kitchen will feature fall’s most popular dessert – the pumpkin pie – all month long. This version features a brown sugar graham cracker crust filled with rich pumpkin custard, topped with handmade vanilla whipped cream. $8. www.thecollinsaz.com.

Warm Carmel Apple Pie

Hole-In-The-Wall at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort The Granny Smith apples are piled high in this stunner. Perhaps even more appealing: they are drenched in a buttery caramel and toffee-infused custard! Not only that, but the crust is made with shortbread. The pie is served with a dollop of whipped cream and caramel sauce on the side to complete the dish. $10. www. squawpeakhilton.com.


and subjected to an intense heat to caramelize, the creme brulee is topped with a thin, crispy crust layered with caramel corn, crunchy sweet sugar and blackberries. $8. www.thevig.us.

Arizona Pecan Pie

The Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain Salty, sweet, and all the fall flavors encompass the signature pecan pie at The Farm Kitchen. This made-from-scratch pie starts with a buttery and golden pie crust, filled with a soft and decadent pecan filling. Then, it’s topped with toasted, salty Arizona pecans. $4.95 for a slice. www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com.

Ultimate Warm Vanilla Caramel Cake

Award-Winning Fig & Pecan Pie Beckett’s Table Oh my, this (vegan) pie! The crust itself is made with butter and pecans, giving it a texture almost like a cookie. Then, the inside is loaded with sweet figs and even more pecans, and combined with brown sugar, molasses and caramel flavors until sticky and perfectly sweet. Beckett's own citrus zest cream cheese ice cream as a complement and as part of the composed dish takes it over the top. $9. www. beckettstable.com.

Churros

Sierra Bonita Grill Love carnival food, but miss the Arizona State Fair last month? Fear not as Sierra Bonita has this fair-favorite available all month long. These churros are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and they are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with caramel sauce. Each one is hand-filled with creamy custard and served with a scoop of Bertos vanilla bean ice cream. $8. www.sierrabonitagrill.com.

Steak 44 The entire dessert menu here – from the brioche chocolate chip bread pudding to the s’mores in a jar – screams fall, but the sheer fact that this cake is perfectly warmed and oozing with nuanced butter, vanilla and caramel flavors makes it a favorite. The presentation is similarly impressive as it is served in a mini skillet with a big scoop of ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with walnuts. House whipped cream is served on the side. $16. www.steak44.com.

Berry Empanadas

Fuego Bistro This fall dish with a Latin infusion is a work of genius. Fuego’s signature pastry dough is stuffed with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries as the filling. The empanadas are then crisped and served with a vanilla anglaise, pineapple coconut ice cream and candied walnuts $10.25. www.fuegobistro.com.

Spiced Orange Pistachio Cake

North Italia Newly launched on the fall menu, these flavors are not ones you might initially pair. But, wow, what a pleasant surprise to the taste buds! A standard spice cake is amped up here with the green, distinctly flavored nuts and then given a hit of tartness with the citrus. The cake itself is paired with a seasonal marmalade, honey creme fraiche, and garnished with fresh orange slices and additional crumbled pistachios. $7.50. www.northitaliarestaurant.com

Sweet Corn Crème Brulee

The VIG This simple, yet elegant custard blends the warm taste of sweet vanilla with corn, acting as a natural thickener to add an extra creamy sweetness to this seasonal dessert. Sprinkled with sugar

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Taste DINING GUIDE

POSTINO

There are two locations of this popular wine bar in the Uptown area out of the six total found throughout the Valley. The restaurant’s carefully selected wine list is the perfect complement to every item on the menu, from the charcuterie boards to the fresh and flavorful paninis to the many bruschetta options. When ordering bruschetta, guests can choose four varieties from the list of 12 for a single order to make a bruschetta board. The eatery also offers salads and a slew of “Snacky Things” that you won’t want to overlook, including the crispy cauliflower and meatballs with goat cheese. www.postinowinecafe.com; $$

BY TARYN JEFFRIES

American

ANGEL’S TRUMPET ALE HOUSE The expansive warehouse-style dining room is inviting with ample natural light and the comfortable patio offer the perfect backdrop for an outing with friends. In addition to incredible ambiance, Angel’s is home to a phenomenal menu which encompasses their specialty beers and elevated pub fare. With so many great brews to choose from, flights are the way to go. Depending on how hungry you are you could make a meal of appetizers like wings, spam sliders, the sausage platter, a quesadilla and more. If you have a heartier appetite, there are plenty of salads, flatbreads and sandwiches to choose from. No matter what you choose, be sure to leave room for the housemade pop tart. 2339 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.698.1234; www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com; $$ BEVVY UPTOWN Bevvy’s second location (the first is in Old Town Scottsdale) is offering Uptown residents elevated bar food and a relaxed atmosphere along with vintage arcade games and game prices. The simple and approachable menu features a bevy (see what we did there?) of options for meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians alike. The bowls are bountiful and full of flavor. Ask regulars about their favorite dishes and you’re sure to hear about the salmon bowl. If you’re thirsty, the Mango Mule is a must-order. Make sure to check in with Zoltar before you leave. 5600 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.588.2908; www.bevvyaz.com; $$ KEEGAN’S ON CAMELBACK Focused on American comfort foods, Keegan’s provides a welcoming environment that caters to a variety of diners. Hefty burgers like the Smoked Jalapeno Bacon Bistro Burger and ample entrees such as the Grilled Filet Stroganoff can cater to the pickiest of eaters. The social hour menu is impressive as well with discounted appetizers and even a $10 Maine lobster tail. 3114 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.6616; www. keegansgrill.com; $$

Asian

AUTHENTIC THAI KITCHEN Fresh, simple and dependable are what you’ll find within the bright walls of Authentic Thai Kitchen. For diners that are just dipping their toes in the Thai pool, the pad Thai makes the perfect gateway dish. You can play with the heat level to see just how much you can take though you should always start slowly. For more

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seasoned Thai lovers, the tom kha gai soup is just like you’ll find in Thailand. 4500 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.277.5065; $$ SHABU FONDUE It may seem strange to go out to dinner and then put in work to make your meal yourself, but in the end the experience and the result are the ultimate reward. Shabu Fondue has an extensive menu, complete with plenty of vegetarian options. All of the meats are perfectly seasoned and you are provided with ample instruction and assistance to ensure that you create a perfect meal. The kid-friendly experience could end up being a delicious education for your whole family. 7822 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.870.3015; $$ THAI CHILI 2 GO This fast-casual eatery has been making an impression since the opening of its first location in the East Valley. The Biltmore area recently became the home of its eighth location, serving up dishes that meet all of your curry, noodle or rice bowl cravings. Here, classic Thai dishes like Mussamun Curry and Drunken Noodles are made to order and to your heat preference specifications. If you’re in a hurry, TC2G has an app for added convenience; place your order before you leave work and pick it up on your way for a fuss-free, delicious dinner. 1949 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.566.8064; www. tc2go.com; $

Breakfast

3ON SMITH CAFE Breakfast, brunch and lunch are all they do at The Smith, and they do it so very well. If you love avocado toast, coconut chia or a full English breakfast, you’ll find them all here along with more traditional offerings. The sandwiches are equally enticing, like The Corny Cow, made with house corned beef, or The Green Pig, made with green chilli pork. No matter which menu item you go for, the flavors are enhanced by the local products that are used. 3701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0908; www.3onsmithcafe.com; $$ SCRAMBLE, A BREAKFAST JOINT With equal options of healthy and comfort foods, you can satisfy just about any craving at Scramble. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day and with free Wi-Fi and tons of charging stations, you just may want to linger over the Lox Platter or any one of the brizzas – yes, that’s breakfast pizzas! 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.374.2294; www.azscramble. com; $$


URBAN BEANS CAFÉ & BAR This vegan coffee shop is here for you when you need that kick in the morning as well as for a quick bite in the afternoon. Urban Beans is even there for you if you find yourself in need of java in the middle of the night. That’s right, 24 hours a day you can pop in and get a bite to eat and a cold or hot brew. Seating is comfy and conducive to taking a break from a busy day or cracking open your laptop and getting a little work done, no matter the time. 3508 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 85014; www.urbanbeans.com; $$

Italian

ALEXI’S GRILL Looking for tried-and-true Italian food on the light rail route? Alexi’s is a standard in the Valley and has come to be a reliable place (with good service!) to grab a great meal at the right price. Stop by on your way to the Phoenix Symphony and dine on the Desert Cannelloni, making sure to opt for the light tomato jalapeno sauce. 3550 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.0982; www.alexisgrillphx.com; $$ MORA ITALIA Mora Italian is alive with energy, even after the initial buzz of celebrity chef Scott Conant’s opening and frequent appearances in the kitchen. The open space is comfortable and sleek, while still being approachable. Mora is perfect for a first date, anniversary celebration or family outing. The food is everything that you would expect from a celebrity chef; compelling, inventive and, above all else, soul-warming. Make sure to check out the bread cart, complete with bomba inspired by family recipes. 5651 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9943; www.moraitalian.com; $$$ TRATTO Tratto is proof that Chris Bianco can do no wrong in the Valley. This pastafocused restaurant is the perfect follow up to the wildly successful Pizzeria Bianco. You’ll be greeted at your table with a plate of complimentary antipasti, fresh bread, and olive oil while you peruse the menu. While there are not too many items to choose from on the rotating menu, the descriptions draw you in and make it hard to choose. Take a friend, order a few things to share and divertiti (enjoy yourself)! 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 602.296.7761; www.trattophx.com; $$$

Mexican

GADZOOKS ENCHILADAS AND SOUP At both locations of Gadzooks in the Uptown area (there’s also a third in Tempe), you’ll find a gourmet meu of

lively, from-scratch Mexican favorites. The fun, interactive menu allows guests to customize their tacos, nachos enchiladas, salads and more. First, you pick the filling from meats and veggies, then add-ons like cheese, and finally a sauce. www.gadzooksaz.com; $$ VECINA The Spanish word vecina translates to neighbor in English and that’s just what Vecina aspires to be; your neighborhood go-to. Situated on the corner of 56th Street and Indian School, Vecina offers gorgeous views of Camelback Mountain on its comfortable patio. The succinct menu features creative dishes that are as beautiful as they are flavorful. The Latin influences found in the tacos bring an exciting new flair to the familiar options like pork belly, salmon, barbacoa and chicken tinga. You’ll be comforted by the familiar while reveling in the slight differences that create a whole new experience. 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix; 602.675.2000; www.vecinaphx.com; $$ VIA DELOSANTOS Despite having been in the Valley for over 20 years, Via Delosantos is still under the radar for many locals. While the space is humble, the menu is massive – the tequila options alone take up almost an entire page. This is the spot you want to hit up for straightforward, happy-heart making food. The tamales and menudo have people coming back for more. While there may not be a lot of glitz or glam here, the combination of great food, huge portions and exceptional value have made this low-key spot one you should definitely seek out, and often. 9120 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.997.6239; $$

Modern American

FLOWER CHILD This fast-casual spot, which has two locations in the area, is catering to those looking to eat masterfully crafted dishes with their health in mind. It offers high-quality dishes to all diners, whether you are glutenfree, vegetarian or vegan. Give the Vietnamese Crunch salad a try and enjoy the flavor contrast of the spicy lemongrass vinaigrette with fresh herbs like cilantro and mint. Meat lovers, don’t despair, there are plenty of health-focused items for you, too. www.iamaflowerchild.com; $$ RESTAURANT PROGRESS This Melrose District restaurant has made quite a name for itself in the Valley since opening. The composition of the space, all designed by

chef TJ Culp, pays homage to the vintage feel of the neighborhood as well as to his grandmother. And then there’s the food. The menu is meticulously crafted, with limited offerings, ensuring focus and perfection. The roasted beet salad and poached egg are exquisite, but your best bet is to go with the “Leave it to the Chef” option where you will get three courses selected by chef Culp himself. 702 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix; 602.441.0553; $$$ THE COLLINS SMALL BATCH KITCHEN The Collins Small Batch Kitchen is one of those spots where things rarely stay the same. You’ll find a few items on the menu that will always be around, but you’re more likely to discover new favorites with each visit thanks to a rotating menu based on seasonality and chef-owner Christopher Collins’ creativity. With staples like steak frites and Maryland-style crab cakes, we can only imagine what hearty and comforting dishes each new visit will uncover. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533; www.thecollinsaz. com; $$

Seafood

CHULA SEAFOOD Chula Seafood offers a wide variety of sustainably sourced seafood as well as an incredible dine-in or carryout menu. While the Scottsdale location offers a limited raw menu, the Uptown location features a variety of raw and cooked dishes like the eatery’s famous poke bowl, coconut noodle bowl, fish and chips and even clam chowder fries. You can also enjoy a sashimi or smoked fish platter, po’ boy or a variety of fish plates with flavorful sauces. Grab a craft beer or glass of wine to pair with your meal and be sure to grab something fresh on the way out for your own kitchen at home. 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.354.3599; www. chulaseafood.com; $$ NELSON’S MEAT + FISH Upon walking through the doors of Nelson’s Meat + Fish, you’ll be swiftly greeted by one of the shop proprietors who will be ready to give you the scoop on anything and everything within the store. First and foremost, Nelson’s is a shop featuring some of the freshest and best quality seafood and meat in the Valley. Seafood is shipped the same day its caught and you’ll be able to taste the freshness in any item on their menu of prepared items. The poke offered here will depend on the freshest fish in the store and served up on local Noble bread. Treat yourself to some crab dip or “chowdah” that will be

hot and waiting for you. 2415 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.596.4069; www.meat.fish; $$ OCEAN POKE With new poke spots popping up all over town it can be difficult to determine who has the best quality and widest array of ingredients. Ocean Poke uses only the freshest fish and organic produce whenever possible; the eatery even makes its own vegan mayo in-house. You can build your own bowl or choose from the chef created signature bowls. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth but still want to keep things healthy, don’t’ miss the acai bowl bar. 3619 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.283.5153; www.oceanpokeco.com; $$

Steakhouse

FEENEY’S Originally one of several Cork ‘n Cleaver restaurants in the Valley, Feeney’s has long maintained the tradition of serving great food at excellent prices. You’ll find the standard steakhouse fare on the menu as well as some Greek and Italian options along with a bountiful salad bar. The Beef Wellington is served with a rich sherry sauce and a great dinner option. The lunch menu is presented with the same level of quality and you will always find the staff to be welcoming and attentive. 6314 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.274.9700; www. feeneysaz.com; $$ STEAK 44 This sophisticated spot offers steak cuts that are all responsibly farmed in the U.S., wet aged 28 days and handcut in-house. In the event that steak is not your thing, you still have many delicious options like veal chops, rack of lamb or steak-laden meatloaf. The toughest decision of the night will be what side to get. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400; www. steak44.com; $$$ THE CAPITAL GRILLE This iconic Valley restaurant has come to be known as a symbol of elegance and luxury. Rich African mahogany walls combined with art deco chandeliers and other unique appointments make Capital Grille the ideal place for celebrations and special occasions. With over 350 wines from all around the world and decadent dinner menu items like seared tenderloin with butter poached lobster tails, you’ll be impressed by the classic steakhouse flavors with the service to match. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.952.8900; www.thecapitalgrille. com; $$$

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LUNCH FOR LOVE

This invitation-only fundraising luncheon, hosted by Child Crisis Arizona, was held at the Arizona Biltmore. Child Crisis Arizona’s mission is to provide Arizona’s children a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families.

Dorothy and Chris Thomas

BY ELIZABETH MARIE

Jyne Sue McLaren and Katie Angelini

Marsha Welch and Vicki Zangl

Torrie Taj

Jesse Eller and Linda Downing

Molly Crawford and Tina Lopez

Samantha Larios and Emily Travis

Theresa and Jeff Ellington

Laura and Ian Thurbon

Kristin Bonar and Sandy Pearlman

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Jason Trujillo and For Felix

Polly Cady and Mary Michel

Jennifer Clack and Stephanie Greer

Tiffany House and Darin Shebesta

Scott and Romine Shelly

Gabe Huges and Jodi Stoken

LET’S TOAST TO THE DROPOUTS PHOENIX

SCOTTSDALE

CULINARYDROPOUT.COM

TEMPE

GILBERT

CULINARYDROPOUT Uptown November ‘19

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BEST OF PHOENIX A’FARE

The Phoenix New Times held this 20th annual event at Arizona Science Center, where attendees sipped and sampled craft cocktails, savory plates and delectable desserts from more than 40 local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Arizona Unity Tour Charities and the Arizona Science Center.

Reuben Aguayo and Bri Rodriguez

BY DAVID APEJI

Barbara Slusher and Bailee Moore

Beth Mickley and Alex Mardikian

Shez Nowell and James Castillo

Angie and Kevin Downs

Heather and Eric Burno

Eddie and Monique Cruz

Ashley and Sean Downing

Myra Eason and Jeff Smith

Dana and Ron Frasca

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TASTE THE BILTMORE

National Bank of Arizona invited Phoenicians to this upscale block party, serving as an annual unofficial kickoff to the local charity event season. Guests sampled cocktails and gourmet delights from local restaurants, and proceeds from tickets went to Ryan House.

Katia Nothum, Micah Young and Alina Nothum

BY JESS SIMPSON

Fahira Catic and Jake Moreno

Jenny Bui and Jesus Lopez

Valeria Armendariz and Olivia Armendariz

Blake Curtis and Julia Shapiro

Devon Cramer and Max Power

Julie David and Brenda Lambrecht

Jamie Jipner and Rachel Bonn

Rachel Pool and Aubrey Miller

Crystal Palmer and Candice Carpenter

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FROM LA TO PHX

California-based steakhouse owners bring wood-fired fare to the Esplanade with Flint by Baltaire

BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS COURTESY OF FLINT BY BALTAIRE

The team behind Los Angeles’ award-winning, contemporary steakhouse Baltaire Restaurant has put down roots in the Valley. Flint by Baltaire, the newest eatery to open in the Esplanade, opened in October and features wood-fired contemporary American fare accented with bold coastal Mediterranean flavors and some Middle Eastern influences. “Originally, we planned on opening a second location of Baltaire, but after spending time eating our way through the Valley, we decided to whip up a new, more causal concept perfect for happy hour, date night or even a bite with the family,” says Tim Hass, general manager of Flint. Housed inside a stunning, twostory indoor-outdoor space overlooking Camelback Road, the 9,400-square-foot restaurant, with seating for more than 250 guests throughout, tempts with midcentury modern decor, natural wood accents, vintage European furnishings and a gleaming exhibition kitchen tucked behind a glass wall. Downstairs, the stylish lounge, main dining room and multiple private event spaces offer a wide variety of unique dining and socializing opportunities. There is also

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a rooftop lounge featuring a fully retractable roof. And in coming months, they will also finish an air-conditioned patio. The menu, which is focused around the wood-fired grill, was developed by chef and partner Travis Strickland, who created the initial steakhouse concept in LA, as well as executive chef Chris Mayo, who will serve as the day-to-day lead in the kitchen. “Many will recognize Chris’ name as he helped open some of the Valley’s best restaurants including, T. Cook’s, The Estate House, J&G Steakhouse and Metro Brasserie,” Hass says. “Most recently he was the corporate chef for Osio Culinary Group in Phoenix.” Strickland’s name will likely also be familiar due to glowing reviews as the original Baltaire has been recognized by USA Today and The Huffington Post for excellence and named by Eater as among the “Best Steakhouses in Los Angeles.” Of particular note on the menu is the whole roasted chicken, which is carved-toorder tableside, as well as the wood-grilled bone marrow. “Imagine you have a friend that is an incredible chef, and he or she invited you over for the backyard barbeque of a lifetime. And that the barbeque also featured shareable dips and spreads paired with freshly wood-fired pita bread, insane cocktails and ambiance to spare. That’s the vibe,” Hass says. The cocktail program is meant to enhance the culinary experience and features eight signature cocktails, including a charred lemon-basil drink with Tito’s Vodka, and a Buffalo Trace beverage featuring Granny Smith apple-infused herbs. There are also more than 160 wines by the glass and bottles and over a dozen beer options. Flint is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2425 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.812.4818; www.flintbybaltaire.com.


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