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AMBITIOUS MILL-ENNIALS The Rea sisters on joining the family business, Queen Creek Olive Mill BY MIACHELLE DEPIANO

Had someone told them that when they grew up they would all happily be a part of the family business at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, sisters Sydney, Estelle and Joey Rea wouldn’t have believed it. continued… DECEMBER 2016 |

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up close “We would have said ‘There’s no way,’” Sydney says. “We appreciate how unique and important it [the olive mill] is now.” Their parents, Perry and Brenda Rea, came from Detroit, Michigan to visit Phoenix and saw an opportunity to grow an olive grove. Being Italian, olives and olive oil were a mainstay of their cuisine culture so they took a leap of faith, moved to Tempe in 1998, and started the olive grove. Perry, who had zero experience in farming, let alone olive farming, took classes to further his education on the topic. “It started as a hobby, there were no business intentions,” Sydney explains. “Dad was in business making automotive parts in Detroit. He likes to say that he went from motor oil to olive oil.” The olive grove grew into a small business after family friend and acclaimed Valley chef Beau MacMillan began using the locally-produced olive oil in restaurants. Word of mouth increased the demand, and the Queen Creek Olive Mill was born. The Mill has been a part of all five of the Rea siblings’ (which includes younger brothers Angelo and John who are currently in college) lives for as long as they can remember. “We just grew up with it,” Sydney says. “We worked in the summer doing all kinds of jobs.” “I remember giving my teachers olive oil as gifts and I was kind of embarrassed,” Estelle recalls. “But now it’s totally different.” All three of the sisters currently live in Phoenix, and make the commute to the mill each day. “I’m sure our parents wish we were closer to the mill, but we love Phoenix,” Sydney says. “It’s the foodie scene here in Phoenix,” Estelle explains. “It’s really a happening place for younger people now and we love it. There is so much going on here now.” But how did they go from little girls playing outdoors and helping the family on summer vacation to full-fledged employees perusing individual careers

Joey, Sydney and Estelle Rea

at the mill? Each of the sisters left home after high school and explored a life separate from the olive mill and the family, returning home after being out on their own adventures. Marketing Director Sydney received her marketing degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and worked in the Kierland Commons Mill Marketplace before coming back to the main mill and taking on her current role. Estelle graduated with her degree in education, traveled to London and taught elementary school for three years upon her return. While she loved working with children, she decided she was meant for a different path, and returned to the family business to head the human resources department of the company. Joey, the youngest sister, received her degree in French, traveled to France, and came back to help Brenda run the mill’s skincare line, concocting different olive oil beauty products such as lip balms and hand salves. “I was in France, and there realized I

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wanted to help Mom and work with her,” Joey says. “I’ve always been into the natural aspect, more green.” For Estelle, working in human resources has increased her appreciation for the business. “I’m now a part of the conversations and a part of the decisions,” she says. For some, it might be challenging to think about working in a family business with siblings and parents, but for the Rea sisters, it’s just the opposite. “We all did our thing and then came back,” Sydney says, Joey and Estelle agreeing wholeheartedly. “We’re extremely close,” Estelle says. “The [closeness in] age helps.” “They are my best friends,” Joey adds. The olive mill, which employs anywhere from 80-100 employees depending on the season, and 10 employees each at the Kierland and Tucson marketplace locations, is turning into a thriving agritourist business. The olive mill has the market store and a restaurant with a simple yet delicious menu, highlighting olive oil and other homegrown products. The coffee served at the restaurant is local roaster Superstition Coffee, who leases space at the olive mill and roasts their own beans on site. The mill is also an event venue that hosts weddings, showers, festivals and corporate group events, with an event coordinator on site to help schedule needs such as catering, photography and live music, often suggesting and supporting local vendors . The olive mill has plans to expand its farming and production facilities in the next year to keep up with customer demands, and to also continue its mission of educating customers in the health benefits and many uses of olive oil. In addition to developing the agritourist business, the olive mill is also supportive of local community nonprofits and organizations. Perry speaks to students about entrepreneurship and farming, and the olive mill donates to schools and the House of Refuge, a faith-based nonprofit that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families. For more information on the Queen Creek Olive Mill, visit www.queencreekolive.com.


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hawn Goetzinger’s parents, former Peace Corps volunteers, raised him in California – except for their adventures in India, Japan and Africa, that is. “When I was seven, my parents took a year off to live in the villages where they once volunteered,” Goetzinger says. “Like any kid, I just wanted to play, which took improvisation and imagination.” There he transformed trash cans into instruments and branches into toys. “A trust fund kid I wasn’t, but I was filthy rich in experiences by 10. And thanks to working at my family’s construction company stateside, I got good at building more than toys,” Goetzinger explains. He studied architecture at Arizona State University, and then developed a successful urban infill project adjacent to Roosevelt Row. There, he met Robert Des Rosiers of FORM THIRD Design. Now business partners, they oversee some of the most exciting design-build, architecture and construction projects in Phoenix, including en Hance Park, where they are working with an international team that literally intends to enhance the historic Margaret T. Hance Park by adding this nearby modern housing. 

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What’s your coolest Uptown-area project in process? The Dressing Room, a 500-square-foot former speakeasy for the Phoenix cross dressing community that has sat vacant for years. We are respecting the initial structure and the building’s soul, graffiti and all, but helping reimagine it into an eatery with a funky alley patio. What would people be surprised to know about you? I ran cross country in college and actually took a few years off before coming to Arizona to bum around Portland as a climbing guide. Just more experiences to add to my list! UPTOWN |

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s the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at the Phoenix Art Museum (PAM) and head of the new Bachelor of Arts fashion program at Arizona State University, Dennita Sewell’s life is consumed with fashion. Sewell grew up on a farm in Missouri, inheriting her love of fashion from her mother who made all of her clothing and taught her how to sew. “I was sewing before I could read,” Sewell says. After focusing on clothing, textiles and costume design during college, Sewell made a stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the collections manager before finding her home in Phoenix. In her current role, she establishes themes and topics for exhibits, acquires objects for those shows, conducts outreach, and is responsible for the installations for the final showcases. Basically, Sewell makes all of your favorite PAM fashion exhibits possible and accessible. Her most recent masterpiece is Emphatics: Avant-Garde Fashion 19632013, which is on display until Jan. 16. “This is from my era when I first started following fashion while in school at the University of Missouri,” Sewell says. “This is my kind of fashion.” Sewell’s ASU program begins in 2017, helping students take their passion for fashion and transform it into a successful career, just like she did in her life.

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amerone Parker holds many titles – model, wife, collector, avid traveler and philanthropist. But, perhaps the most fitting is trendsetter. With an edgy yet refined style that is avant-garde and approachable at the same time, Parker treats everywhere she goes like a fashion show. “Just like art, fashion inspires me. I love to infuse that runway inspiration into relatable, trendsetting style,” she explains. Although she was discovered at age 23 as a model, Parker’s sense of style runs through her veins, crediting her parents for her love of fashion. “The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Both (my parents) embody an amazing sense of style. Between the two of them, I don't know who has the bigger closet or travels with more suitcases!” she jokes. Just like there is no “typical day” for Parker, who is usually busy jet setting or walking the runway (most recently booking Fashion Week El Paseo 2017) there’s also no go-to outfit that she sports. Though she frequents Neiman Marcus and some of her favorite brands include Chanel, Halston Heritage, Christian Dior eyewear and Mark Roscoe, Parker generally finds her treasures at select boutiques around the world. The result is unique looks using one-of-a-kind pieces.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Savoring every day with the love of my life, Dr. Robert McCulloch. We are avid travelers (headed to Dubai for New Year’s Eve); adore entertaining family and friends at home; support and attend many Phoenix charitable organizations’ events. What are some unique pieces in your closet? No surprise here: I am a collector of one-of-kind designs. I own the largest collection of Project Runway pieces created on the show. This includes the iconic 'Seat Belt Coat' from Season 5 designer Korto Momolu.


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Who are some of your style idols? My biggest style icon is the Duke of Windsor. Robert Wagner, Giancarlo Giammetti and Cary Grant are also on the list. What are some places around town you frequent? When I'm hanging out with friends and family I love the Royal Palms Resort and Spa: It's a beautiful place to take out of town guests. I also enjoy Stock & Stable, which is a great new restaurant with a speakeasy upstairs. Which trends would you like to see make a comeback and which ones do you think should stay in the past? When it comes to fashion trends I'd like to see return, I think it would be a return to a little more formality. Everything has gotten so overly casual. Sometimes it's just not okay to wear a tank top and flip flops. But let’s keep leisure suits in the past where they belong.

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“It all started when I was six years old,” DuBois says. “My grandfather passed away and I remember thinking he looked like he was sleeping at the funeral. That night he appeared at my bedside and my life was changed forever.” Since that moment, DuBois says she has not only been able to see and hear the departed, but also see glimpse of the past and the future. Over the course of her career she has become a successful published author, renowned for her international speaking tours, and has even had a popular television mini-series based on her life. Her career has taken her all over the world, but it all started right here in the Valley. After graduating from Arizona State University, DuBois began working in crime investigations and finally found her long hidden gift useful. “It all started when I was interning with the homicide unit here in Phoenix. It was my job to sort the crime scene photos and as I touched each one I started seeing glimpses of the people and events, surrounding the murders,” DuBois explains. “I realized at that moment that my talents could be used to help put away these murderers, that would otherwise not be caught.” This idea instantly became a focus of hers. Purportedly working with the Texas Rangers and the Glendale Police Department, DuBois has been at the center of some of the biggest crimes in the nation, including; the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, the Natalee Holloway disappearance, the Baseline rapist and the Baby Gabriel Johnson case. She also claims to have been used on jury selection cases to help put dozens of murderers behind bars. In the early 2000s DuBois was contacted by Gary Schwartz, a professor and researcher at the University of Arizona. Schwartz’s research included parapsychology and an interest in psychic abilities. After working with DuBois, he soon became a staunch believer in her skills. “The research was simple. They placed us in a room alone and in the next room was a person we did not know,” DuBois recalls. “It was our job to speak to the spirits that were with that person. I’d answer questions, reveal details and deliver answers.” In the course of the research, DuBois

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and Schwartz claim that she spoke with such famous entities as Princess Diana, Anna Nicole Smith and the father of celebrity physician, Deepak Chopra. It was at this time that famous actor and director Kelsey Grammer contacted the researchers of the study. Grammer and his team were seeking a real life medium to become the basis of a new series and thought DuBois would be the perfect fit. When it came to finding an actress to play DuBois as the leading lady, they came upon Patricia Arquette. Although, according to DuBois, Arquette seemed to be personally opposite of DuBois in many ways, she captured the medium once in character. “They flew her out and I remember thinking she was so sweet but she’s wearing Birkenstocks!” DuBois says. “In the end she promised to really respect the character and I think she ended up doing an amazing job.” DuBois credits Arquette as playing a much softer version of herself, bringing a UPTOWN |

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freshness to the role while still maintaining DuBois’ bottle rocket personality. The television drama Medium, premiered in 2005 and ran for six years. The show, which is loosely based on DuBois’ life, used her name, the fact that she had three daughters and even her husband Joe’s real profession as a rocket scientist. There were some inconsistencies though. “At the beginning of each episode Arquette’s character wakes up from a vision in a dream. While I have had dreams that predict occurrences, most of my visions happen when I am awake,” DuBois explains. “While based on some of my life experiences, there is a lot of Hollywood magic thrown in.” The success of the first season did open the door to finally publishing books – something that DuBois had been longing to do throughout her career. Over the course of the series, she was able to publish five books that showcase her experiences as well as her beliefs in the supernatural and what lies beyond.


her new publishing fame, DuBois became a household name. But with fame came an interesting set of dilemmas. “I was not the only one who became famous from the show,” DuBois explains. “Jake Weber played my husband Joe on the show and women went insane for him. They actually fell in love with the character to the point that they would shamelessly flirt with my husband in front of me. It was pretty funny.”

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“I tried for years to publish Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye. I sent it to every publisher I could find and every manuscript returned denied. I finally self-published it,” DuBois recalls. “Then the series launched and I got a phone call from Simon and Schuster. It was a publisher asking if I’d ever written a book. Of course, I laughed and said yes. As a matter of fact, you denied it last year.” With the sensation of the series and

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In addition, Medium took a toll on both her family and professional life. “I also was working several murder cases until the series was launched. Outed by the show, I had to leave the one career I had always adored,” DuBois says. “At the time I was also concerned for my daughters. Even though the show featured three girls, the producers were kind enough to change their names and characters’ personalities.” DuBois continued to protect her daughters, even after the show ended. Years later she did allow them to be interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It’s a hard thing for your children to be in the spotlight from a young age,” she explains. “I knew as they grew older it would begin to affect them more. All three have shown some form of special abilities but often when not nurtured, they can phase in and out of your life.” Despite the show being canceled in 2009 (after running for seven seasons), the years following the series have remained busy for DuBois. She has been jet setting across the globe for twelve years, touring and performing readings. DuBois has also been offered a miniseries in Japan and has been featured on the Oxygen network as a paranormal expert. Although she is not currently working on a book, DuBois does write an article in Australia that she claims is “less Dear Annie and more Samantha Collins from Bewitched.” She was also part of the coalition to first launch the Amber Alert, named after abducted child Amber Hagerman. Her dedication to the cause eventually saw it first launched in Arizona and later spread to all fifty states. DuBois continues to do spiritual readings, but is mostly focused on living a quiet life while she waits for her next big adventure. She does share some sage words of advice to those who may have a loved one with her gift. “Be kind and stay open,” she says, “It’s incredibly hard to grow up not understanding why you are different, having to hide the things you see and hear. You’ll be amazed at the people they can become just by loving them a whole lot and supporting them just a little.” For more information about Allison DuBois, visit www.allisondubois.com.


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Bigger, Brighter and Better!

London Gold is dazzling the Valley once again! Its flagship location at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard is unveiling a beautiful remodel and expansion, featuring a building design that marries classic and contemporary styles. Join London Gold in celebrating its grand reopening and designer trunk show over three days of indulgence. The festivities will take place Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., as well as Dec. 2-3 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who attend the trunk show will have the opportunity to meet exclusive London Gold designers and see their new pieces. The celebration will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music by local musician Gal Drimmer, and an art exhibit by local artist Kim Rawdin. As an added treat, London Gold will pay your sales tax during the celebration (restrictions may apply). London Gold’s updated state-of-the-art facility includes an expanded creative space and showroom so that local artisans and talented craftsmen can continue to use cutting-edge technology to fashion unique jewelry designs in-house. The jewelry mecca has also recently added a number of coveted designer collections to its lineup, including Sophia by Design, Hera, Beverley K Collection, Meira T, I.Reiss, Isadora, and Yael Designs. London Gold, which has been a Valley staple for nearly 40 years, continues to offer a large selection of loose certified diamonds, engagement rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and custom-designed pieces. 10441 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.367.1717; www.londongold.com.

Ice Cream Indulgences

Late last month Chemistry opened its third Arizona location in Arcadia. The ice cream shop, which is located at 44th Street and Indian School, has a unique take on creating the perfect ice cream treat. Customers choose a size or specialty (ranging from shakes and floats, to waffle bowls and more), and then they select an ice cream base (including premium, organic, Greek yogurt, non-dairy, vegan and gluten free options such as sorbet and coconut milk) and one of nearly 40 flavors (ranging from birthday cake to sea salt caramel, and Madagascar vanilla bean to blood orange sorbet). Finally, they select toppings (candy, fruit, nuts, cookies/cake). Everything is mixed with liquid nitrogen for a smoky and satisfying visual showcase. This month, Creamistry is running a few fun specials – December 5 through 8, guests can enjoy a buy one get one free deal; December 9, 50 percent of the day’s net sales will be donated to Make a Wish Foundation; and December 10, come by from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. and get a free ice cream. Located at 4325 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.595.4698; www.creamistry.com.

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Push for Love

The PUSH Agency is hosting its second annual event, the Push for Love Holiday Soiree, December 10 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Held at a private residence on Camelback Mountain, the Soiree features a silent auction benefiting HEAL International, a local nonprofit that protects vulnerable and trafficked children through sexual health and empowerment programs. Guests can expect an all-out evening with live music from Elvis Before Noon, dancing, casino games, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, raffles, and a silent auction, which will include a piece created live on-site by celebrated local graffiti artist, Lalo Cota. Tickets: Individual, $50; pair, $80. www.pushforlove.org. UPTOWN |

End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz at one of the Valley’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate the New Year. Don’t miss this joyous musical while saying goodbye to this year, and welcoming the next. Choose from two performances, 4 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., $29-$99. www.phoenixsymphony.org.

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This month jade bar, located at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, hosts Mixology 101, an eclectic series designed to immerse guests in the art of cocktail creation. Every Saturday until December 17, expert mixologists deliver their top techniques and tastings of at least three innovative cocktails. Guests earn how to craft a selection of cocktails inspired by a different spirit and get the inside scoop on jade bar’s freshness philosophy, spirit details and the history behind the libations they are concocting. Classes are $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.2100; www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

Help St. Vincent De Paul’s Ministry to the Homeless hit the ground running this holiday season by participating in The Village’s annual shoe drive at all four health club & spa locations. The Drive runs through the second week of December (Friday, December 16th), and the organization is collecting new and used shoes of all sizes. Every day, St. Vincent De Paul works to meet requests for shoes from community members across the Valley. This adds up to thousands of pairs of shoes every year. “We are a premier health club that strongly promotes community engagement, so we are very proud of our members for helping to organize such a great drive for a great cause,” says Carol Nalevanko, President of Village Health Clubs & Spas. For more information, visit www.villageclubs.com.

Wine at the Wrigley

It’s no secret that the Wrigley Mansion hides one of the world’s finest wine selections in its walls, with over 96,000 bottles of wine poured each year, but the historic onetime home of one of gum’s biggest names is about to up its game even further with the launch of Jamie’s Wine Bar. The small, intimate addition to Wrigley’s sprawling grounds, which opened last month, grants Wrigley Mansion members and guests access to up to 25 premium by-the-glass wine offerings in addition to the 850 fine wines already available by the bottle at Geordie’s Steak. In addition to by-the-glass and by-the-bottle offerings, Jamie’s Wine Bar features a pressurized argon wine preservation system that converts eight different wines typically only available by the bottle into by-the-glass offerings. Jamie’s Wine Bar is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 3-9 p.m. 2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com.

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With the weather finally making the switch to cooler temperatures, Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery has everything gardeners need to transform their yards with the changing weather. Whether you’re looking for a gift or your own yard needs some work, Dig It has a variety of brand new merchandise. Dig It offers potted and custom arrangements (starting at $10.95), perfect for sprucing up your garden or gifting to a friend. The garden also sells kids potting supplies, seasonal centerpieces, soy candles, raw goats milk soap and more. The best part is that all their products are locally sourced and native to Arizona. 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.812.7476; www.digphx.com. UPTOWN |

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Dec. 2, 10 a.m. Phoenix Theatre Guild, Phoenix Art Museum League and Phoenix Youth Symphony come together to create this festive holiday event featuring a fashion show, luncheon, shopping boutique and raffle. The 31st Annual celebration, chaired by Debe Harvey at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn, will showcase fashions from Ella Zahlan’s Fall/ Holiday 2016 and Spring 2017 collections. $90-$125. www.holidaypreludeaz.com.

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. This second annual event brings local celebrity dancers and community leaders together for a Dancing with the Stars-style performance benefiting Arizona’s Children Association. The proceeds directly support the organization’s Strengthening Families Fund, including its foster care, kinship and adoption programs. The family-friendly event also incorporates youth dancers and their stories, as well as includes a tasty brunch. Adult, $125; youth, $75. www.arizonaschildren.org.

18th Annual Holiday Festival of Trees

White Christmas Gala Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? It might not snow in Phoenix, but the Board of Visitors Ryan House is still hosting this unique fundraising event. The intimate, nostalgic evening commemorates the musical classic White Christmas in the Arizona Biltmore’s iconic Gold Room. Put on your best white formalwear and get ready to be wowed with fine dining, dancing and entertainment. $500. www.ryanhouse.org.

Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Every year the Arizona Burn Foundation kicks off the holiday season with this signature event. The gala, which is known for its beautifully decorated trees, begins with a cocktail party for guests to view the famous trees, mingle and enjoy a silent auction. The evening continues with dinner, a program illustrating the importance of enrichment programs for burn survivors, and a live auction of 11 professionally designed and decorated Christmas trees. $400. www.azfestivaloftrees.com.

ACI Holiday Luncheon Dec. 6, 11 a.m. Fashion and festivity collide at Arizona Costume Institute’s (ACI) annual luncheon. The event kicks off with a champagne reception and music by concert pianist Charles Lewis. The day continues with lunch and a program featuring Guillermo de Osma, art historian, gallery founder, professor and author. Capping the event off is the premier of Eye on Fashion: The Kelly Ellman Collection, with highlighted selections by ACI Haute Couture Benefactors. $150. www.phxart.org.

Steppin’ Out in Style Fashion Show and Luncheon Photo courtesy of Arizona’s Children Association

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Dec. 10, 11 a.m. The tradition continues. The Board of Visitors (BOV), Arizona’s oldest women’s charitable organization, has been raising funds for more than 100 years to support non-profits in the greater Phoenix community that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. This year’s 63rd annual luncheon features a raffle and a Dillard’s fashion show modeled by the 2017 BOV Flower Girls as well as grandchildren of BOV members and professional models. $150. www.boardofvisitors.org.


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do TWIST YOUR DICKENS Dec. 1-24, Hormel Theatre Phoenix Theatre Laugh it up and take some time out to relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This improv-driven show is certainly not your average Christmas carol but will definitely have you feeling the holiday spirit. Developed by The Second City and from the former writers of The Colbert Report, this adult comedy is filled with interactive seasonal satire and lots of audience participation, so come prepared to laugh and play along. Twist Your Dickens will leave you laughing in the aisles and giggling all the way home. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. $31-$81. www.phoenixtheatre.com. ZOOLIGHTS Through Jan. 8, Phoenix Zoo Talk about one holiday tradition that everyone should check out at least once during each holiday season, ZooLights presented by SRP! The annual event is celebrating 25 years this year and is a fun spot for people of all ages. Millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, hundreds of glimmer light displays and musical motion shows will fill the zoo and delight the thousands of visitors for this wonderful experience. Zoolights is open nightly through the holiday season. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $12.95-$19.95. www.phoenixzoo.org. 26TH ANNUAL FRANCES SMITH COHEN’S SNOW QUEEN Dec. 3-18, Herberger Theatre The holidays are a great time to take the in amazing arts and dance performances that the Valley has to offer, and this show will certainly not disappoint. The beautiful tale by Hans Christian Andersen set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev tells the story of the wicked queen who casts her icy spell on the world. 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. $14-$28. www. herbergertheatre.org. ALICE COOPER’S CHRISTMAS PUDDING Dec. 3, Celebrity Theatre Tis’ the season for some great rock ‘n’ roll, and in typical fashion, Valley-based star Alice Cooper is sure not to disappoint. This season, Cooper, who is known for hits like School’s Out and Poison, will be raising the dead along with his friends Johnny Depp and Joe Perry as well ass Sammy Hagar and KORN for the 15th Annual Christmas Pudding. Proceeds from this event directly benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. 7 p.m. $120-$800. www.celebritytheatre.com. NICK CANNON Dec. 4, Stand Up Live Entertainer and comedian Nick Cannon is making a stop in the valley for a special night of laughs and fun. Best known these days for his hosting duties on America’s Got Talent, Cannon got his start in comedy at such venues as The Comedy Store, Improve and then moved to find success on MTV and produce shows on Nickelodeon and the Oxygen network. If you’re in the mood to get your laugh on, this one-night-only event is one you don’t want to miss. 7 p.m. $25. www.standuplive.com.

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Upward Facing, by Sara Reinstein Becker Dec. 2-Jan. 27, First Studio

Sara Becker, known for her vibrant and boldly graphic acrylic paintings, brings an exhibition to First Studio in downtown Phoenix that fuses both of her passions in life: paining and yoga. Becker’s inspiration is living in the present moment, which both yoga and painting aim to do. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these paintings will benefit Free Arts of Arizona, an organization that helps to heal abused and homeless children through artistic expression. Opening reception Dec. 2, 6-10 p.m. Other viewing times vary. www.sbeckerpaints.com. NUTCRACKER SWEETS TEA Dec. 4, Arizona Biltmore Get into the holiday spirit with a seasonal treat and special event thanks to the Scottsdale Ballet Foundation. This festival setting brings together a delicious menu and a Nutcracker teaser performed by students from the Scottsdale School of Ballet. Those in attendance will receive a three-course plated tea service, grand march of characters, photo opportunity with dancers, a mini-live performance by students from the Scottsdale School of Ballet,

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children’s crafts, and a raffle. 11:30 a.m. $50$60. www.scottsdaleballetfoundation.org. PRINCESS HOLIDAY TEA Dec, 4, 11 and 18, Coup des Tartes Get into the holiday spirit as you enjoy a magical afternoon at one of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. Coup des Tartes is celebrating the holiday season with this fun-filled event for all ages. The day includes holiday music, hot tea, cocoa, yummy treats and a special visit from a very special princess. Each tea event will


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do This annual event was inspired by a 15-yearold girl battling cancer whose friends held a candlelight vigil outside of her window, and the evening has now become a holiday tradition. The family-friendly event begins at North High School with a special visit from Santa, face panting, music, food and fun. Following the activities, there will be a 1.1 mile walk to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, led by the Phoenix Fire Department and the top fundraising team. Walkers will be greeted by patients and then the Hospital’s will light the Christmas tree to end the evening. 3-7 p.m. $100 required fundraising for adults. $35 registration. www.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org.

The Nutcracker Dec. 9-24, Phoenix Symphony Hall

Tradition is alive with this special two-act performance of The Nutcracker by Ballet Arizona. The magic of the holidays comes to live with the beautiful Tchaikovsky’s score and wonderment of childhood dreams as the audience joins Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. With amazing adventures of dancing toys, waltzing flowers and stunning snowflakes, this is one you will not forget! 7:30 p.m. $43-$164. www.balletaz.org. be limited to 40 people and each child who attends will receive a special holiday gift. 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. $35-$55. www. nicetartes.com. CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES Dec. 8, Sheraton Crescent Hotel Phoenix Join and celebrate community leaders who are working for a brighter tomorrow for our children. Individuals being honored during this year’s special celebration include Nadine Mathis Basha, Carol Knight, Colleen Walski, Valley Leadership Class 34 and Ava Castro. KTVK-TV Channel 3 News Anchor Nicole Crites will also be in attendance for the celebration. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations welcome. www.childfamilyresources.org. LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS Dec. 9 - 11, 16 - 18, 20 - 23, 26 – 31, Desert Botanical Gardens Thousands of twinkle lights and more than 8,000 handlit lumiaria bags make this festive event one of the most popular around town each season. As always, the event will have handbell music on-site as well as a buffet dinner available for an additional cost from Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. The Garden’s Patio Café will be open for a la carte items and Gertrude’s restaurant will also be open, with reservations highly recommended. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $10-$30. www.dbg.org/luminaria. HANDEL’S MESSIAH Dec. 8, Camelback Bible Church One of the most classic traditions of the holiday

season is the music of Handel’s Messiah. The acclaimed Halleluiah chorus highlights this spiritual concert, with The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists also taking center stage for this performance. 7:30 p.m. $39. www. phoenixsymphony.org. CITY LIGHTS MOVIE NIGHTS Dec. 9, CityScape Get into the holiday spirit with ice skating, Santa and a double feature of Home Alone 2 and Elf. Come out to Patiots Park and to watch enjoy the movies, presented by CityScape in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc. Viewers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, chairs and sit under the stars for a free night of fun and entertainment. Concessions and food will also be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.cityscapephoenix.com. PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Dec. 9-11, Margaret T. Hance Park Celebrate the season with a cultural event, featuring more than 125 art vendors and organizations. There will also be live music, dance performances, and art projects for all ages. Guests can nosh on food, beer, wine and treats throughout the weekend from vendors such as 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Queso Good, Satay Hut, White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread, and many others. Hours vary. Admission is free. Phoenixfestivalofthearts.org. 5TH ANNUAL IGNITE HOPE Dec. 10, North High School The holidays are not just about celebrating and presents, but also about hope and giving.

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JINGLE BELL RUN Dec. 17, Rose Mofford Park Why not get some fun and fitness in this holiday season? This year you can with the Jingle Bell Run! The event benefits the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Participants are asked to bring in a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots to be entered into a raffle for various prizes from sponsors. Participants will also get a finisher medal, event shirt, Santa hat and jingle bells. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up and tie bells on their shoelaces for this fun, holiday run. The event, which is open for all ages, also includes a Kids Dash and a 5K walk/run. $10-$35. www.4peaksracing.com. DESERT BALL Dec. 22, The Phoenician Resort Celebrate over 50 years (51 to be exact) of tradition with Desert Foundation Auxiliary (DFA) at its annual ball. The event honors DFA’s 2016 debutantes from the city of Scottsdale and the towns of Paradise Valley and Carefree. Proceeds of the ball benefit Feeding Matters, Rosie's House and Treasure House. Juniors, $225; adults, $400. www.desertfoundationauxiliary.org. HOLIDAYS AT THE HEARD Dec. 26-30, Heard Musuem This annual tradition is back again, celebrating the spirit of the holidays and native cultures in the southwest. The classic event starts the day after Christmas and continues for the week leading up to the New Year, giving holiday visitors enough time to experience this special exhibit. The showcase includes plenty of culture exposure, live music and dancers, and freshly prepared foods. Tours of the museum are also offered and guests can enjoy hands-on activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with museum admission. www.heard.org. SNOW WEEK Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Arizona Science Center Prepare yourself for seven days of science wonder. Snow Week brings over 60 tons of snow to Heritage and Science Park's grassy hill, converting the area into a winter wonderland. The Center will have daily demos including special “explosive” demonstrations and kid-friendly activities throughout the the week. There will also be a traveling exhibition with life-size replicas of your favorite characters from movies like Iron Man, Star Wars and The Terminator. Prices and times vary. www.azscience.org.


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HAPPY, HEALTHY HOLIDAYS Celebrate quality of life at Banner Bon Santé Ball

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ecognizing that good health is at the heart of our quality of life, the Banner Bon Santé Ball carries on six decades of the former Candlelight Capers tradition – celebrating medical education and clinical excellence at Banner Health and its Banner – University Medicine division. Banner Brings its Bon Santé Ball as an updated event featuring a new, different vibe to this year’s gala. Bringing together physicians, academics, medical professionals of all disciplines, Banner leaders, corporate partners, philanthropists and stakeholders throughout Arizona, the Banner Bon Santé Ball is sophistication- meetsglamor-meets-relationship building. The event brings guests to The

If You Go...

WHAT: Banner Bon Santé Ball WHEN: Dec. 10, 6 p.m. WHERE: The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale TICKETS: $500 INFORMATION: 602.747.4654 or www.bonsante2016.eventbrite.com.

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Phoenician Resort for a fun and exciting evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing, featuring live music from acclaimed Valley band Treja Vu. The President’s Reception is back this year (by very popular demand), exclusive to top-tier sponsors and select guests. Hosted by Banner Health President and Chief Executive Officer Peter S. Fine, this private gathering is a rare opportunity to meet Banner Health leaders and other corporate partners in a more intimate setting, prior to the start of the Bon Santé Ball. Mix, mingle and enjoy top-shelf beverages and gourmet appetizers to begin your fabulous evening. The event will also feature an appearance by by Dr. Bennet Omalu, The real-life doctor portrayed in the popular film Concussion. The 2015 biographical sports drama thriller film follows the story of Omalu (portrayed by Will Smith), who is trying to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma after discovering a disorder called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy while conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster. Proceeds from the Banner Bon Santé Ball impact academic medicine from Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix to Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South.


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If You Go...

WHAT: Herberger Heist WHEN: Dec. 15, 6 p.m. WHERE: Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix TICKETS: Two tickets, minimum $250 contribution INFORMATION: 602.889.5290 or www.phoenixtheatre.com/ herberger-heist.

HERBERGER HEIST Sip, savor and support the arts in style

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oin Phoenix Theatre to celebrate Valley philanthropists Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. Guests will head to the Wrigley Mansion for a festive evening, sponsored in part by Jamie Hormell, filled with fun, hors d’oeurves, and the chance to enjoy the sunset over the Phoenix cityscape. Partygoers will also have the opportunity to sip on wine donated by Mark Tarbell.

“We are so grateful to have philanthropists like Jamie Hormel and Mark Tarbell that give so freely of their time and talent to support the arts by sponsoring the Herberger Heist,” says Producing Artistic Director Michael Bardnard. “It is a wonderful and intimate event at the Wrigley Mansion that gets everyone in the holiday spirit and allows Phoenix Theatre to continue to do great work on DECEMBER 2016 |

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stage and in our community. I am looking forward to a wonderful time with friends of Phoenix Theatre!” Phoenix Theatre will use the Herberger Heist celebration as an opportunity to announce next year’s Phoenix Theatre Chairmen as well as what the 2017 event might look like. As the largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre has produced over 200 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs, Phoenix Theatre inspires more than 100,000 citizens every year. The organization’s mission is to create exceptional theatrical experiences by using the arts to articulate messages that inspire hope and understanding.  The proceeds from the event benefit some of the Phoenix Theatre’s community outreach programs such as summer camp, new work development and partners that heal. Serving thousands of children every year, their Partners That Heal program sends specially trained artists to comfort children in healthcare and crisis facilities using improvisation, puppetry and music. 


out Holiday Tea, a magical culinary experience showcasing specialty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, as well as delicate pastries all accompanied by a selection of fine tea blends, set against a stunning holiday backdrop with a live pianist. New to the resort’s winter celebration is I.FLY Trapeze. Under the guidance of expert instructors, individuals ages four and up can learn to swing, hang upside down on the bar and make the signature wrist-towrist catch. www.thephoenician.com.  

Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa

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obody helps locals celebrate the season better than the Valley’s most fabulous resorts. From traditional winter activities to unique desert adaptations, these four luxurious spots have something to bring cheer to everyone in the family.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Because Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix is within steps of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest and most popular holiday ice rink, the funky downtown resort is offering a special “Stay & Skate” package all month long. Starting at $159/night, the package includes 10 percent off room rates, two admission passes to the CitySkate ice rink, skate rentals, an in-room holiday movie credit and a daily social hour with hot toddies on property. During CitySkate, Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot holiday tree dramatically placed in the center of the rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park will enjoy a nightly snowfall at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Santa will make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

The Phoenician Resort Each December, The Phoenician welcomes everyone to the resort for

RESORT REVELRY

Toast the holidays in style BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

exclusively crafted signature offerings that always make the holidays shine brighter. Traditional activities include the complimentary Cactus Garden Light Tour, which is a narrated exploration of the resort’s two-acre desert retreat adorned with holiday lights, feautring 250 varieties of cacti and succulents every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in December; as well as UPTOWN |

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Omni welcomes guests and the general public alike to watch the desert be transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday, December 9. The Montelucia’s Holiday Snowfall Showcase, which features two special snow shows, is happening at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The resort will also help visitors complete their holiday shopping checklist in one place with unique boutique offerings from Kendra Scott, Monica Mauro, JWare, BJwld, Kadie’s Inspirations, Soul Carrier, Joya Spa, Dulcinea, Farfetched Apparel, Sabai, Drewbees Honey and more during the event. Guests can also enjoy samples of the Montelucia’s signature label wine and olive oil gift sets, and enjoy music by Phoenix’s own Obadiah Parker and the Voices of Shadow Advance Choir from Shadow Mountain High School. www. omnimontelucia.com.  

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Experience the magic of the Arizona Biltmore during the holiday season by wandering the festive decorated grounds of the iconic hotel, which includes five resort Christmas trees, an expansive gingerbread village, and both a toy train and Santa letter-writing station. On December 18, the resort will welcome guests to actually dine with Santa during a family friendly brunch, held in one of the historic ballrooms. And finally, the resort will also offer the opportunity for children of all ages to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus herself, taking place December 10, 17 and 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. www. arizonabiltmore.com.


AUTO CARE RIP-OFFS? GO ON!

Nobody wants to feel like they’re being taken advantage of. Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care Center, gives us advice for feeling empowered – not intimidated – at your repair shop. Honesty, loyalty, and trust: they’re the most important qualities in any relationship. But we’re not talking about relationships of the romantic variety – we’re talking about your relationship with your mechanic. And if you don’t have one, it’s time to seek out the perfect partner to keep the vroom in your vehicle. Luckily, we know just the right place to get the proverbial “hook-up” with a mechanical match made in heaven: Mazvo Auto Car Care Center. When it comes to being trustworthy, loyal, and truthful, owner Shahe Koulloukian has you covered – especially where honesty is concerned. “You’re never going to feel good about spending your money on your car, because it sucks,” he says frankly. “But being a confident car owner will make you feel better.” Let’s face it – few people enjoy taking their car to a mechanic. It can be a daunting experience, particularly for women, who often get looked down upon, intimidated, or treated like they’re not intelligent enough to understand what their car requires. We’ve all heard of (or been through!) the scenario of going in for a simple oil change and being told that your car needs extensive, expensive repairs … and the resulting feeling of helplessness as you realize you might be getting ripped off. Because of this, we sometimes approach car repairs with a defensive attitude and automatically assume they’re going to be taken advantage of. It’s an understandable reaction, but Shahe has some tips for anyone – male or female – who find themselves needing auto care. “You can knock the legs out from under that fear and intimidation by asking questions,” he advises. “Providing as much information and asking as many questions as you need will help

the repair shop understand that you know what you want, and you’re not going to put up with any unnecessary fluff or scare tactics.” And above all, trust your instincts; Shahe emphasizes to his clients that if they don’t feel comfortable with a mechanic’s recommendations, it’s perfectly acceptable to seek a second opinion. People get nervous about car repairs, says Shahe, because they don’t know enough about their car to know what it needs. “It’s easy for a mechanic to take advantage of a lack of car knowledge and you just end up paying, because what else are you going to do, right?” he says. “You have no choice but to believe them.” The solution? Familiarize yourself with your car’s owners’ manual. It’s a wealth of information (and, adds Shahe, a lot more accurate than Google). Of course, no matter how well-versed you are when it comes to your car, it’s still important to find that “special someone” who embodies all the qualities you’d ever hope to find in a mechanic – and that’s where Mazvo Auto Care comes in. Mazvo blends technologically-advanced training with the old-fashioned values of trust and transparency, so clients are always assured they’re getting only what their car needs, at precisely the right time. Man or woman, expert or novice, everyone gets the honest car repair experience they deserve. It’s about time to make a date with Mazvo, don’t you think?

MAZVO AUTO CAR CARE CENTER 4610 NORTH 7TH STREET, PHOENIX; 602-248-8711 OR WWW.MAZVO.COM


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WHAT INSPIRED YOUR STYLE OF COOKING?

At first, it was going to street side farmer markets in Guatemala. After that, while spending time in Spain, it was watching how often Spanish people ate and how much fun they have doing it! TO YOU, FOOD IS:

Medicine. If we eat well, our bodies and endocrine system loves us while running correctly. If we don’t, it takes a toll on our soul. IF YOU WEREN’T A CHEF, YOU’D PROBABLY BE…

Tour manager for Bobby Weir. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MATCH CUISINE & COCKTAILS MENU…

Global street food with local ingredients. THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU PROBABLY USE MOST IS:

Preserved lemons!

CHEF CONVERSATIONS

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SPANISH-INFLUENCED DISHES TO MAKE?

Olive oil poached prawn. You literally cook them over a pilot light on the stove with citrus leaves! WHAT FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

In the kitchen with Akos Szabo, executive chef of MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails

In-N-Out Burger.

BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN

FAVORITE FOOD MEMORY:

Eating Thanksgiving dinner upstairs at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago as is snowed outside. WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE FOOD WORLD?

Schools with self-sustainable meal programs where kids compost, grow, harvest and cook their own 100 percent organic lunches. WHAT WOULD READERS BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I collect vintage Danzig T-shirts. MATCH: Cuisine & Cocktails, located at FOUND:RE Phoenix, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.875.8080; www.matchphx.com.

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cheers

BASIL LEMON GIMLET

Wrigley Mansion’s lighter take on a cold-weather cocktail BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ PHOTO BY AWE COLLECTIVE

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elieve it or not, the gimlet is the original “gin and juice.” “When it first rose to popularity in the 1920s, the recipe literally just called for gin and (lime) juice,” says Ben Sinon, general manager of Geordie’s at the Wrigley Mansion. But, a rise in the popularity of vodka led to a variation on the cocktail in the 1950s, and the vodka gimlet was born. “Even with the vodka variation, it is still a fairly light cocktail, perhaps one folks wouldn’t expect during winter months,” Sinon explains. “But given the mild fall, we wanted to give our guests at least a few seasonally-inspired options outside of heavy, cream-based offerings.” Sinon also wanted to give guests a little local flavor. “Several years ago, we planted an herb garden at Wrigley,” Sinon says. “We quickly realized our basil – especially the purple and sweet varieties – lent themselves perfectly to our cocktail program. Enter the Basil Lemon Gimlet. “We start with Pinnacle Vodka, which is smooth and soft with a very short finish,” Sinon says. “We then muddle in our sweet basil leaves, which cut the bite of the spirit without completely masking it.” From there, Sinon and his team swap out the traditional lime juice for fresh lemon juice, again to soften the flavor on the palate. The cocktail is served up in a martini glass with a basil leaf garnish for $13. Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com. DECEMBER 2016 |

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18th ANNUAL

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 | 9 pm -2 am MAYA — 7333 E. INDIAN PLAZA, SCOTTSDALE 85251

TICKETS ON SALE NOW $36 at Mazelpalooza.org

Use promo code

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$18 OF EACH TICKET BENEFITS THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER PHOENIX’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN Questions? nowgen@jewishphoenix.org | facebook.com/nowgenphx | twitter / instagram: @nowgenphx

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A NIGHT ON THE TOWN The hottest places for after-dark amusement

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BY CHELSEA YOUNG AND GABBY RICHMAN

he season for socializing and merriment is definitely upon us. Out-of-town visitors are arriving in throngs, seeking refuge from cooler climes or an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. Days are abuzz with the promise of evening excitement, and nights are aglow with holiday revelers gathered to toast, talk, sip and celebrate. Whether you’re in the mood to hear live music, catch an incredible sunset view or enjoy a special occasion with loved ones, here are the places to see and be seen this holiday season.

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SPECIAL OCCASION

El Chorro

Vincent on Camelback

Nationally acclaimed for its extraordinary food and wine, Vincent on Camelback can accommodate groups of 12 to 120 people. Vincent’s offers multiple rooms for reservation – from larger to more intimate spaces – with each having its own individual style, decor and ambiance. Once you choose the perfect room for your event, you can sit back, relax and enjoy as Vincent’s will plan your time at the restaurant from start to finish, offering creative centerpieces, individualized menus and even special giveaways. For more than 30 years, Vincent’s has been specializing in combining French cooking with Southwestern ingredients, creating a unique blend of flavors that has become chef and owner Vincent Guerithault’s signature. Private diners have the option to choose from a three- or four-course menu, selecting their favorite options from an extensive list, which includes items like crab cakes with avocado corn salsa, black bean soup with goat cheese, a sauteed rack of lamb with spicy bell pepper jelly, and a lemon crepe souffle. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.224.0225; www.vincentsoncamelback.com.

Situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, El Chorro was originally built as a school for girls in 1934 and has a deep history in the Valley. In 1937, it was reimagined into a restaurant and lodge, quickly becoming a local favorite. Over the years, the property continued to grow and has now evolved into a place retaining its original rustic charm with the capability of hosting private events and large parties in its expansive indoor-outdoor dining spaces. While you can certainly have a romantic dinner for two here, El Chorro has some of the most unique and exquisite event spaces in the Valley. Rooms range in size from guest capacities of 40 to 250, and there is also a 5,800-square-foot event lawn. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170; www.elchorro.com.

Wrigley Mansion

Sitting atop a hill, Wrigley Mansion – a notable landmark originally constructed in 1932 by chewing gum personality William Wrigley Jr. – affords striking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and city below. Whether your group is eight or 125 people, Wrigley Mansion can accommodate a special dining experience, a private holiday party, a corporate celebration or a picturesque gathering. As the ultimate option for large groups, Wrigley’s “Make the Mansion Yours” buyout package gives groups a complete run of one of the Southwest’s most notable properties, meaning you can explore the grounds, dine in multiple locations and enjoy unprecedented access to the longtime Phoenix landmark. Individual mansion rooms can also be reserved to host an intimate, private party. 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com. UPTOWN |

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BEST VIEW

jade bar

Located at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, jade bar – a top gathering spot for locals and guests alike – features a cantilevered floor that juts over Paradise Valley for spectacular views. Here, in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, you truly feel as though you’re in your own sanctuary. The bar, which is nearby the resort’s restaurant, elements, features a jadestoneinspired interior with ample bar and lounge seating and an inviting patio complete with a fireplace, retractable fabric shade and misting system. Its craft cocktails, which take inspiration from the surrounding desert environment, are complemented by a distinctive small plates menu developed by Chef Beau MacMillan. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.2100; www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com.

Flourish

The restaurant and lounge at CopperWynd Resort, Flourish, pairs a selection of locally sourced, healthfocused eats with 180-degree views of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and the Four Peaks wilderness in the distance. The resort itself is located in the mountains above Fountain Hills, and Flourish dishes out breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus a generous happy hour) with menu highlights including braised short ribs with creamy Parmesean polenta and a sandwich layered with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and arugula drizzled with lemon truffle aioli. Here, among the quietude of the mountain wilderness, you’ll feel a world away as you watch daybreak or dusk. 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive, Fountain Hills; 480.333.1880; www.flourishaz.com.

Orange Sky

Perched on the 14th floor of Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky sets the bar high – literally – with sweeping views of the Valley. The restaurant features fine dining fare spanning prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood that pair beautifully with the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Whether you dine indoors among the floor-to-ceiling windows or grab a cocktail on the 360-degree patio, you’ll be equally blown away by the sun’s glowing descent from up high. 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.850.8606; www.talkingstickresort.com.

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CRAFT COCKTAIL

Crudo

Micah Olson, mixologist and co-owner of Crudo and adjacent Bar Crudo, updates the restaurant’s cocktail program seasonally with new creations. Olson’s cocktails are brimming with farm-fresh and from-scratch ingredients, housemade syrups and house-infused spirits. Olson’s cocktails pair perfectly with Chef Cullen Campbell’s modern Italian cuisine, including squid ink risotto, the namesake crudo (Italian-style sashimi), crispy pig ears and whole roasted pig head served tableside. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666; www.crudoaz.com.

Virtù Honest Craft

Tucked into the charming Bespoke Inn bed and breakfast in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtù is an award-winning eatery helmed by Chef Gio Osso in the kitchen and Jeremy Key behind the bar. The Mediterranean-inspired menu changes almost weekly (and sometimes daily) featuring handmade pastas, seasonal produce sourced from Arizona farmers, and seafood imported from notable fish markets in North America and southern Europe. Likewise, the seasonal cocktail program is crafted with fresh-pressed juices, housemade syrups and unique spirits, also focusing on readily available ingredients. Both food and beverage pair wonderfully here in a “symphony of sights, scents and tastes” – to quote the chef himself. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.946.3477; www.virtuscottsdale.com.

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UNIQUE BAR Counter Intuitive

No other bar in the Valley does what Old Town Scottsdale’s Counter Intuitive does – it changes themes every three to four months, meaning the decor and food/beverage selections rotate according to the theme, garnering inspiration from a person, place or era. So, at any given time, you could walk into an entirely new experience at this bar and on its menu. Past themes include Havana Nights, Bourbon Street, and Picasso’s Secret Visit to Cuba. The theme recently transitioned to Past, Present & Future, which is a look back at some favorite cocktails from the bar’s past four themes, plus a sneak peek at some ideas to come. Garrison Whiting leads the culinary front, while head mixologist Keifer Gilbert whips up the themed cocktails. Keep in mind the bar is open only Wednesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; www.counterintuitiveaz.com.

Linger Longer Lounge

Hidden in the corner of what seems to be an average shopping center is Linger Longer Lounge, a not-so-average vintage cocktail lounge and kitchen. You’ll likely wind up lingering here a little longer than you originally planned due to the sumptuous bar seating, welcoming waiters and bartenders, dim lighting and overall relaxed, cool vibe. Oh, and let’s not forget the patio, draft cocktails (yes, you read that right!) and elevated pub menu. Hit the dance floor when the vinyl DJ starts spinning, or make your way to the game room and unleash your inner child with retro games like arcade ball machines and electric darts. 6522 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.264.4549; www.lingerlongeraz.com.

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LIVE MUSIC

Crescent Ballroom

This Phoenix staple is three things: A mid-sized concert venue in Downtown Phoenix with live music every day; a lounge open daily with full bar service; and Cocina 10, which serves locally-sourced Mexican eats developed by Chris Bianco until midnight every day. The venue is host to various national touring bands and local artists, as well as home to regular performances in the lounge such as live Flamenco every Sunday. Although the bands performing in the concert venue require tickets, you’ll never pay cover in the lounge. 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix; 602.716.2222; www.crescentphx.com.

Sip Coffee & Beer Garage

Housed in an old auto oil shop, Sip Coffee & Beer Garage is one of Phoenix’s most popular destinations for specialty coffee, craft beer, cocktails and locally sourced food. Whether you’re stopping in for a quick sip, working remotely or meeting with friends, the welcoming atmosphere during the day and live acoustic music on the nights and weekends are sure to bring you back time and time again. This month, Sip (which also has a Scottsdale location, Sip Coffee & Beer House) is showcasing live music Fridays, 7-11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 8-11p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The space also hosts various events including comedy shows and a monthly art night. 3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.900.5188; www.sipcoffeeandbeergarage.com. UPTOWN |

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Rusty Spur Saloon

The Rusty Spur Saloon is a local institution; it’s the oldest Scottsdale bar – and the first-ever Scottsdale saloon – celebrating more than 60 years in business. Its building is a registered historic landmark that used to be the Farmer’s State Bank of Scottsdale; and now that the money’s gone, the vault is filled with liquor and live boot scootin’ music. Filled to the brim with Old West decor, dollar bills dangling from the walls and some funky bar stools, this is the quintessential place to throw back a cold one and hear live country music every day and night of the week. 7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480.425.7787; www.rustyspursaloon.com.

Old Town Tavern

The almost nondescript two-story Old Town Tavern is a laidback haunt along the Scottsdale Waterfront, and a perfect gathering place for friends. The tavern features live music every night of the week, as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Sounds range from acoustic duos to indie rock by Valley-favorite performers such as Mark Zubia, Daylon Greer of Elvis Before Noon, Preston Phillips and The Wyves. On Sunday nights starting at 7 p.m., you can be the first to hear music from up-and-comers at the open mic night. 7320 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.945.2882; www.oldtowntavernaz.com.

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Kazimierz World Wine Bar

From the same people who brought you the aforementioned Counter Intuitive (as well as Cowboy Ciao), hails this wine bar that truly is quite hidden. Though it’s right next to Cowboy Ciao near the Scottsdale Waterfront, its entrance is tucked away. Once you step inside, you’re whisked into what feels like an Old World wine cellar, complete with stone walls, flickering candlelight, mahogany wood and plush, richly colored sofas (and plenty of dark corners) in which to cozy up. Named for owner Peter Kasperksi’s father, the decor at Kazimierz pays tribute to him through family photos and coin and stamp collections. The venue features live music every night from 9 p.m. to midnight and while they boast craft cocktails and a small bites menu, the crown jewel here is the wine list of more than 2,000 bottles, featuring varieties from all over the globe – take flight with one of their offered wine tastings. 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.946.3004; www.kazbar.net.

MercBar

Since opening in 1996, MercBar has easily become a staple in the Biltmore area. The bar has its roots in New York City; the original was opened on Mercer Street in the heart of the SoHo neighborhood. Thus, the MercBar here in Phoenix has an undoubtedly Manhattan vibe, with a dark interior reminiscent of a speakeasy. In fact, only a wooden door and a small sign that reads “Proper Attire Required” will let you know that you’re in the right place. Upon entering, you’ll head down a dim hallway leading to a posh ensemble of leather couches and intimate coppertop tables assembled in corners and in seemingly private arrangements. You can peruse an extensive selection of scotch, bourbon, whiskey and craft cocktails, as well as a wine list and elevated bar snacks, all to the tune of music playing in the sophisticated space. 2525 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.508.9449; www.mercbar.com. UPTOWN |

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HAPPY HOUR

Buck & Rider

In a building inspired by a beach house along coastal Australia, Buck & Rider conjures images of all things nautical and by-the-sea – and rightly so. The seafood-centric restaurant focuses on a fun vibe paired with a clean lineup of food and drink. The menu features fresh seafood, raw bar items, hand-rolled sushi, USDA prime meats, and farm-fresh vegetables. But, the real catch of the day is Buck & Rider’s happy hour (Monday through Saturday from open to 7 p.m.) and reverse happy hour (Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to close). “Surf” on over to Abby’s Oyster Bar, located near the back of the restaurant, for a half-priced food bar menu featuring daily oysters, other select raw bar items and a variety of cooked appetizers. Guests can also enjoy $6 signature cocktails, house pours, featured glasses of wine and draft beer anywhere in the restaurant. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.346.0110; www.buckandrider.com.

32 Shea

The happy hour at 32 Shea may just be unmatched – theirs is a 12-hour (yes, 12!) extravaganza, turning your after-dark amusement into an all-day affair. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. almost every day of the week (Sundays until 2 p.m.), you can get five different cocktails for $6 each, choose from a selection of $5 glasses of wine, and sip on local and domestic craft beer for $4. Plus, from 4 to 6 p.m., they host “munchie hour,” where you can nosh on $3 bruschetta and other snacks, like artichoke and spinach dip, for $5. And it gets better: Mondays feature half-price on your first bottle of wine while Tuesdays deliver a $20 bruschetta and bottle of wine deal. The vibe here is hip and energetic, especially on the patio where you’re allowed to bring your four-legged friends. 10626 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.867.7432; www.32shea.com.

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Roka Akor

With a Japanese-infused menu, Roka Akor specializes in creative, artful takes on steak, seafood and sushi, but they also specialize in one of the best happy hours around. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily, head to the eatery’s lounge area for 40 percent off of select food – which is a steal at this fine dining establishment – such as butterfish tataki, ceviche tacos and prime beef with kimchi dumplings. You’ll also receive 30 percent off of all by-the-glass wines, 40 percent off of select cocktails, and 50 percent off of Asian beers, house wines and sake, and the house-infused shochu. 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.306.8800; www.rokaakor.com.


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TOASTY TOUCHES

Warm up your home with these cozy comforts BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Frosted tree planked wall decor, $169 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Blue ikat shag rug, $649-$1,329 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Iron fireplace log holder, $99 at www.westelm.com (online only). V-knit yarn rectangle throw pillow, Loloi, $79.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Parchment check teapot, MacKenzie-Childs, $395 at www.horchow.com. Pink faux fur throw blanket, Nordstrom at Home, $149 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. UPTOWN |

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Party of 10? Pour your Champagne in style with this 10-piece set of Waterford Crystal Snowflake Wishes Cased Flutes. Each piece of Waterford Crystal is mouthblown and handcrafted by master artisans, a treasured tradition for more than two centuries. With this rainbow of stemware, holiday revelers can toast with uniquely colored glass, from ruby red to brilliant blue to icy lavender. Each cased lead-crystal flute has a wonderfully whimsical touch, too, with varying snowflake shapes etched into the glass. $3,000 for the set at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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GIFTS GALORE

A guide for his and hers holiday presents

BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) HIS: Bleu de Chanel eau de toilette spray, Chanel, $72-$225, Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Automatic stainless steel and rubber strap watch, Chopard, $6,080 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Camouflage billfold wallet, Prada, $400 at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com. HERS: Red leather monogram shoulder bag, Saint Laurent, $1,950 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Black ceramic bracelet with diamonds, Roberto Demeglio, $1,498 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. Giant check print wool and silk scarf, Burberry, $395 at Nordstrom. UPTOWN |

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A BIT OF GLITZ

Sparkle and shine at your next soiree

BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Champagne glitter fabric clutch with buttons, $1,495 at Jimmy Choo Scottsdale, www.jimmychoo.com. Sparkle buckle belt, Gucci, $420 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Cutout-lens rounded cat-eye sunglasses, Fendi, $535 at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com. Cold shoulder tinsel midi dress, $95 at Topshop, www.topshop.com. Multicolor sequined pumps, Kate Spade New York, $328 at www.luxury.zappos.com. Crystal ear crawlers, Kendra Scott, $110 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. DECEMBER 2016 |

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LET IT GLOW Bring on the holiday glam

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Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Violet Femme It’s time that we introduce you to the holy grail of eyeliner. Marc Jacobs Highliner transforms your overall look, constructing the perfect metallic and sparkly finish. With this cutting-edge and versatile liner comes a tenacious formula that leaves your eyes looking sharp and fierce. The gel’s ingredients and conditioning vitamin E produce the richest pigments, creating a seamless and effortless application. Expect brighter eyes and a bolder statement with this eyeliner made for the holidays. $25 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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rom bold lips to shimmery eyes, the holiday season always calls for a little extra glitz and glam. This winter, put a festive spin on your makeup to spread some cheer and achieve the ultimate holiday look. Twinkling lights won’t be the only thing shining this season!

the ideal glam look. Worn together or alone, the pair features a unique system that wraps concentrated pigments to deliver a multidimensional appearance. Blend the darker shade into the lids of your eyes and the lighter shade into the crease, inner corners and lower lash line for a mod, dramatic display. $60 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in Almond This velvety, high-shine illuminator acts as a veil on top of your skin, enhancing your natural radiance while sculpting the face with its innovative light-diffusing technology. Use it for an allover glow, or apply to the key areas you want to showcase. Its flawless, finely milled formula acts as magic beauty dust that blends ever so smoothly, delivering a lit-from-within type of glow. Add this cult favorite to your collection and see what the hype is all about. $95 at Nordstrom.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Cheek to Chic’ Swish & Pop Blush in Love Glow The secret to a luminous complexion and limitless glow is Charlotte Tilbury’s Swish & Pop blush – the moneymaker of blushes. This buttery creation contains Light Flex Technology and color-rich pigments with finely crushed pearls that polish and buff the skin, allowing for sheer perfection. Swish the outer shade up your cheek bones and pop the middle shade on the apple of your cheeks, blend together and then voila! The result is an ethereal glow. $40 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

Gucci Lip Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in Wild Amarena Decorate your lips with a dose of shine and shimmer combined with a burst of color that oozes boldness. Balanced with lush oils and ample pigmentation, this lacquer easily glides on, leaving your lips smooth and intensified. The gloss lacquer is designed with Gucci’s savory signature chocolate scent, making the application that much more luxe. Toss this gloss into your regime and you’ll certainly be humming a holiday jingle. $34 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tom Ford Eye Color Duo Designed to capture the essence of the runway, this dazzling duo showcases a sleek metallic look that can be worn dry or wet for a darker, more vibrant finish. The chic color combo complements one another, assembling

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haute property Some standout design details throughout include built-in shelving, textured walls, a master suite fireplace and statement bathroom consoles. Breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows throughout showcase the backyard’s gardens and lush landscaping through every window. The outdoor area is just as impressive as the inside, with an outdoor kitchen and barbeque, mature garden area and architectural details that flow perfectly with the style of the rest of the home. 70 Biltmore Estate, Phoenix, AZ, 85016. Listed for $2,275,000 with Libby Cohen of Walt Danley Christie’s International Realty, 602.291.1446 or libby@waltdanley.com

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he premier Biltmore neighborhood and the homes that embody the locale is something that can’t be replicated – historic, highly sought-after and grand are just a few words that describe the residences in the area. When something in the neighborhood becomes available there’s only one thing to do: Take if off the market before someone else does. This particular two-story gem is surrounded by the lush grounds of the Biltmore Adobe Golf Course. Situated on the famed Biltmore Circle, the home manifests an estate feel featuring timeless architecture. The structure gives a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspired Arizona Biltmore hotel, with subtle details of the famed style throughout. The effortless, classic style continues throughout the 6,472-square-foot interior of the home. The space, composed of five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, features a flexible open floor plan with both a formal living and dining room. Entertainers can rejoice in the spacious great/family room and kitchen combination. The remodeled gourmet kitchen has a sleek design with marble countertops, vast cabinet storage, a built-in masked refrigerator, spacious island, and wet bar equipped with a wine fridge.

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AN ELEGANT ESTATE BY GABBY RICHMAN PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALT DANLEY REALTY/HIGH RES MEDIA

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PHOESTIVUS

Two nights to shop local for everyone on your list

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he seventh annual event, Phoestivus, brings holiday cheer to the Valley. Inspired by the famous Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas markets in Germany) and Seinfeld's Festivus, a parody and secular holiday celebrated in an episode of the show, Phoestivus brings Phoenicians together for a two days of celebrating, held December

8 and 15, from 5-10 p.m. If you’re looking for a holiday gift or just want to buy yourself something special this month, The Phoestivus market has you covered with unique options every corner you turn. Featuring locally grown and produced gifts for holiday giving, more than 130 local vendors will UPTOWN |

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be in attendance. The large variety of vendors will showcase an assortment of locally grown, produced and prepared foods as well as hand-crafted gift items, jewelry and holiday decorations by local artisans. With last year’s event bringing more than 6,000 participants and shoppers and this year aiming for an even larger turnout, Phoestivus is more than just a marketplace for holiday gifts – It is a gathering of community members to celebrate the holidays and bring back the importance of shopping local. "Ben's Bells Project participated in Phoestivus for the first time last year,” says Christy Brown, studio manager at Ben’s Bells. “We were amazed by the quality of goods, friendly peaople and sense of community at the market. This was the first time we sold our merchanfise at an off-site market and were shocked at how successful the two nights were for us. We can't wait to participate again". Phoestivus, held at Phoenix Public Market, began in 2009 and is the brainchild of Ken Clark, realtor and former State Legislator, from Get Your PHX. This year’s organizers promise the 2016 Phoestivus to be more fun, creative, local and diverse than ever before. The Phoenix event boasts traditions like the Phoestivus Pole, Pheats of Strength, and the Airing of Grievances as well as Phoestivus Ale (brewed by Phoenix Ale Brewery), Phoestivus Reindeer (baby goats dolled up for the occasion) and a hipster Santa. "Our goal with this event has always been to support locally owned businesses, raise money for our city's premier farmers market, the Phoenix Public Market, and simply celebrate our community with our own brand of humor,” explains Ken Clark, Phoestivus event organizer. Phoestivus is hosted by Get Your PHX and the Phoenix Public Market, a program of Community Food Connections. This is an all ages event. Free parking is available close to the Roosevelt/Central Light Rail Station. Phoenix Public Market is located at 721 N. Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix; 602.625.6736. For more information, visit www.phxpublicmarket.com/openair/phoestivus.


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vital stats: Price: $38,950 Price as tested: $54,205 Seating: 4 Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 Horsepower: 208 hp

2017 INFINITI Q60

The all-new, head-turning, high-performance super coupe

Fuel economy: 22/30 mpg city/highway Fab features: A muscled-up grand tourer It’s fast Luxurious good looks

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ith just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupes are considered objects of desire rather than vehicles that fill a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one, not because they are necessarily a practical choice. The new Infiniti Q60 is exactly that – an object of desire that’s absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Once called the G35, and later the G37, Infiniti’s coupe is now known as the Q60. It comes in eight different trim and grade levels, including a choice of three turbocharged engines, beginning with a 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The next engine is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 with 300 horsepower. DECEMBER 2016 |

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The Red Sport trim level tested here is powered by a 400-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 and a seven-speed automatic transmission that’s standard on all trim levels. All-wheel drive is optional. The Red Sport is a new performance level for Infiniti. Think of it as you would the “M” line from BMW or the “AMG” vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. Like these performance vehicles, the Red Sport gets you more horsepower, larger brakes with red calipers, a sport-tuned digital dynamic suspension, 19-inch sport wheels, and aluminum-accented pedals and paddle shifters. What you don’t get are exterior body changes like flared wheel wells and carbon fiber applications as with the German models. Though, the Red Sport looks terrific. Its curvaceous body is an expression of visual velocity: low, wide and rakish. With its stretched and taut sheet metal, this is one of the most gorgeous production vehicles in the world. Inside, Red Sport features doorto-door, front-to-back fine-grain leather. Some Q60 models are available with white leather and glass-fiber accents. Darker interior colors are matched with black wood, aluminum or violet carbonfiber. Red Sport models are available with red leather and glass-fiber accents. The Q60 is a four-seater with two bucket seats in back. The rear legroom is better than expected, but the low roof compromises headroom for taller passengers. Rear seat space is for occasional use only. On the road, my all-wheel drive Red Sport dashed from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Handling is sharp and responsive with minimal body roll on cornering, and it does have a firmer ride than other models. Overall, the Q60 Red Sport is an unbeatable combination of high performance; gorgeous, aggressive styling; and a luxurious interior.


BY CHELSEA YOUNG | PHOTOS BY MARK MORGAN | HAIR AND MAKEUP: LORRI GREGORY, SALON TWO BY TWO, 623.521.5934;  WWW.SALONTWOBYTWO.COM | STYLING BY SAMANTHA LAPID AND STACEY RICHMAN | LOCATION: ENVY RESIDENCES, 4422 N. 75TH ST., SCOTTSDALE; 480.588.6951; WWW.ENVYRESIDENCES.COM.

Make this season your chicest yet with jewel-tone textures, bold baubles and twinkling touches

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DRESS: Red long vintage handmade, $245.95. BAG: Black beaded clutch, Badgley Mischka, $125.95. Both from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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DRESS: Purple sequin, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $275.95. SHOES: Multicolored glitter booties, Christian Louboutin, $895.95. Both from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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TOP: Sheer gold long-sleeve buttondown, Ralph Lauren, $85.95. JACKET: Black tweed, Chanel, $1,995.95. Both from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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NECKLACE: Statement, $249.95. TOP: Gray silk, Lanvin, $275.95. SKIRT: Black ostrich feather, Lanvin, $375.95. BAG: Gray and black ombre patent leather clutch, Prada, $345.95. SHOES: Black patent leather platform Mary Jane heels, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, $225.95. All from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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TOP: Black net camisole, AKRIS, price upon request. VEST: White fur with round iridescent sequin design, Naeem Khan, $1,195.95. SKIRT: Black knit scalloped, Alexander McQueen, $225.95. SHOES: Black boots with fur trim, Gucci, $375. All from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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NECKLACE: Rhinestone statement, price upon request. DRESS: High-low black V-neck with silver details, Alexis, $215.95. Both from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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DRESS: Red sleeveless fringe tweed, Chanel, $2,295.95. BAG: Vintage red quilted, Chanel, $1,595.95. SHOES: Snake print lace-up booties, Proenza Schouler, $225.95. All from To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

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Mary Sadvary and Joanie Fox

Linda Surdakowski and Susan Miele

Lynn Struzan and Heather Tindall

Gold Ball BY BEN ARNOLD

HonorHealth Foundation presented its 47th annual Gold Ball with the theme “Under the Autumn Moon.” The annual event featured live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the evening benefitted HonorHealth Desert Mission’s many health and human service programs. Marcie Wray and Shi Feliciano

Erica MacKenzie and Kristen Mussi

Alicyn Freeman and Trisha Mussi

Joanne Gain and Vicki Shearer Tracy Pawlows and Mona Forouzandeh

Gail Marten and Mana Thomas

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Dawn and Mike Olson

Alesha Nicole Corey and Doris Ong

Bonnie Maffi and Sara Lettieri

Bright Night BY BEN ARNOLD

Art lovers united for an evening of art, music, food, drinks and friends at the Phoenix Art Museum. The event showcased an exhibition of contemporary art with Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, along with a musical performance.

Jenny Estes and Margot Knight

Robin Milne and Jocelyn McCanse Vivian Ayala

Nori Homco and Mike Hawksworth

Jackie Norton and Katie Cobb Diana Feldman and Dawn Olson

Amanda Cruz and Kristen Johansen

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Kathy Harris and Kimberly Jacobsen

Melanie Beauchamp and Bethany Hicks

Paula Wichterman and Jodi Sarchett

Old Bags Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

Guests joined Homeward Bound for an exciting agenda that featured a handbag auction, fashion and jewelry vignettes, and a delectable lunch on the Squaw Peak Terrace at the Arizona Biltmore. The event celebrated 25 years of the organization’s successes in the community with old bags that create new opportunities for Arizona families.

Marilyn Cavanaugh and Angela Hood

Vicki Zangl and Kim Cullum

Debbie Bacorn and Barbara Ralston

Kari Yatkowski and Katee Lauchner Molly Stockley, Linda Herold and Deborah Bateman

Missy Anderson and Katy Heth

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Lynette Carrington and Dana Terrazas

Leah Dines and Katy Heth Carrie Orr and Ann Romero

Child Crisis Arizona fundraising Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

Brittany Peters and Karen Merkle

This luncheon, held at the Arizona Biltmore, featured a one-hour program for attendees to learn more about Child Crisis Arizona’s work. The orgnaization’s mission is to provide Arizona’s children a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families.

Liz Rau and Theresa Dunham Hunter Marckwald and Tyler Butler

Alesha Nicole Corey and Lisa Ricci

Michelle Gardner and Coco Gauthier Rebecca Davis and Jessica Wilcoxen

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Michael Lawton and Kathy Rowland

Harris Finberg and Pam Randolph

Nancy White and Bill White

Knuckle Ball... A Pitch for Life Gala BY DAVID APEJI

The unforgettable evening honored renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler and community philanthropist Nancy Hanley in benefit of Barrow Neurological Institute. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, live and silent auction, formal dinner, event program and musical entertainment.

Tamar and Jack Waller

Heather Novak and Jennifer Musak

Shelley Jacoby, Sandy Hobbs and Lisa Mansaur

Tara Norton and Ruth Bristol

Catherine Areya and Doug Sonders

Paul and Andrea Kessler

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Fred Marciano and Nancy White


Steve Schnall and Susan Rehorn

Luis Gonzalez

Brittney Cobian and Leigh Draybek

Brent and Jennifer Moser

Paul and Amy Goldschmidt

Goldy’s Bowling Bash BY DAVID APEJI

This inaugural event, organized by Paul and Amy Goldschmidt, included bowling, food, fun and lots of local and national celebrity sightings. Held at Lucky Strike, the evening’s proceeds went to Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Juliette Daley, Mallie Crow and Veronica Chatwood

Grand Opening of Scout and Molly’s Boutique BY BEN ARNOLD

The stylish franchise made its Arcadia debut, offering unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories to residents and shoppers alike. The Boutique, which launched its first location in 2002, found its new home in the newly renovated Uptown Plaza. Amy Gittler and Addie Sillyman

Collin Sanchez and Gaila Brooks Phyllis Seward and Cindy Seward

Linda Michaels and Jane Langer

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JAVA WITH A JOLT Winter’s hottest coffee-infused cocktails BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

There is nothing better than a great cup of joe in the morning – except, perhaps, a more adult version later in the day, especially during the holiday season. The next time you need a caffeine boost, sip on some of our favorite spiked and spirited coffee concoctions. BODGEA 13 Cocktail: The French Mocha Cost: $10 Details: This coffee concoction has a touch of Grand Marnier and chocolate liqueur, creating a flavor reminiscent of the chocolate oranges so popular during the holiday season. www.bodega13.com.

KELLY’S AT SOUTHBRIDGE Cocktail: XOXO Espresso Cost: $14 Details: If you’re a coffee lover, you will love the XOXO Espresso, made with Patron XO Cafe, vodka, Irish creme and creme de cocoa. www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

THE REFUGE CAFÉ Cocktail: Cayenne Mocha Cost: $7.50 Details: This cocktail combines cayenne mocha with espresso liqueur to create a spicy, scrumptious coffee that will warm you from the inside out. www.therefugeaz.com.

LA HACIENDA Cocktail: Bebidas de Fuego Cost: $14 Details: There are six Bebidas de Fuego – or flaming coffees – on the restaurant’s menu. The most popular is the Cafe 1921 made with 1921 Tequila de Crema, coffee and whipped cream, topped with chocolate shavings. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

RNR GASTROPUB Cocktail: Espresso-tini Cost: $13 Details: Get ready for a unique twist on the classic martini featuring ground espresso, Caffe Moka, hazelnut liqueur and coffee beans. www.rnrscottsdale. com.

GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP Cocktail: Collins Irish Coffee Cost: $9 Details: A nod to owner Chris Collins’ Irish roots, this cocktail mixes Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, locally brewed Passport Coffee and housemade whipped cream. www.grassrootsaz.com.

32 SHEA Cocktail: Nutella Espresso Martini Cost: $10 Details: Yes, Nutella! The creamy hazelnut spread is actually mixed with espresso as well as Baileys and a little vodka for an extra kick. www.32shea.com.

NORTH ITALIA Cocktail: Italian Coffee Cost: $8 Details: The Italian Coffee blends espresso, Galliano Ristretto coffee liqueur and amaretto, all topped with housemade vanilla whipped cream for a smooth finish. www.northitaliarestaurant.com.

BEVVY Cocktail: The Famous SparkPlug Cost: $12 Details: This brunch cocktail features Stoli Vanil vodka, Baileys, Kahlua and cold-pressed coffee, chilled in a martini glass. www.bevvyaz.com.

BITTER & TWISTED COCKTAIL PARLOUR Cocktail: Deadman Oaxacan Cost: $11 Details: This fiery number uses mezcal, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, and Bitter & Twisted’s cold-brew coffee. It’s then stirred to perfection with a touch of Cynar. www.bitterandtwisted.com.

ZUZU AT HOTEL VALLEY HO Cocktail: The Zsa Zsa Cost: $13 Details: Made with Stoli Vanil vodka, Baileys, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, espresso and white chocolate shavings, this caffeinated concoction is a deliciously sweet treat. www.hotelvalleyho. com.

THE HERB BOX Cocktail: Chocolatl Mocha Cost: $11 Details: A delicious cocktail based on Mayan folklore, this libation will keep the party going all night long. Experience the taste of dark roast coffee, chocolate and cinnamon all in one with a hint of tequila. www. theherbbox.com.

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Wright’s at the Biltmore creates a culinary experience that tells the story of the Arizona Desert. One example of this is their Octopus Salad ($15). While not indigenous to the desert, the terrinestyle, chilled octopus pairs perfectly with salsa cruda and a variety of other Southwestern ingredients. The result screams Arizona – by way of the Pacific (or other) Ocean, of course. Located at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602.955.6600; www.arizonabiltmore.com. DECEMBER 2016 |

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hether you’re planning a large soiree or a smaller family gathering, there is a lot that goes into holiday hosting. With all of the prep, you’re bound to forget something on your checklist and more often than not, dessert winds up being an afterthought. If you find yourself in this position, aren’t a skilled baker, or simply want to contribute to a celebration that you’re attending, there are tons of local restaurants that are willing to do the delicious bake work for you. These spots offer their desserts for takeout, so you can simply pre-order, pick up your favorite festive treat, and be on your merry way.

Beckett’s Table Sweets: If you are looking for a great hostess gift, a component for a gourmet gift basket, or just want something festive for your guests to nosh on over post-dinner coffee, Beckett’s Table’s housemade pumpkin seed brittle is the way to go. The brittle takes you back to your childhood at Grandma’s house, perfecting the

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combination of salty and sweet. Price: $7 Info: 602.954.1700; www.beckettstable.com.

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap Sweets: Get your order in early! Pre-ordering has officially started of Grassroots’ full-size key lime, pumpkin and apple pies this month. The apple pie will look great on your table with its large chunks of apple, crystallized sugar baked into the crust and lots of caramel sauce UPTOWN |

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drizzled on top. All you’ll need to add is some chilled vanilla ice cream and you have a classic slice of America. Price: $20 Info: 602.368.8766; www.grassrootsaz. com.

Jewel’s Bakery & Café Sweets: Jewel’s Bakery & Café offers up a variety of gluten-free sweets that are sure to please the most discerning of guests. Whether you opt for the cookies, muffins or brownies, you’ll be delighted in the delicate airy texture and rich taste, all the while accommodating guests with allergies or sensitivities. Price: Varies based on selection and quantity Info: 602.714.5243; www.jewelsbakeryandcafe.com.

Lux Central Sweets: It’s always good to have options, and Lux Central has them in spades when it comes to holiday pies.


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You can opt for a conventional choice like pumpkin, pecan and apple; always solid options. However, if you want to add a little excitement to the table you can order a mixed berry, key lime or butterscotch cream pie. Think outside of the giftwrapped box this season! Price: Start at $27 per pie Info: 602.327.1396; www.luxcoffee.com.

Mamma Toledo’s Sweets: Nothing says festive dessert quite like a sweet pie and Mama Toledo’s knows how to serve them up. The restaurant has a selection of hand pies, but is focusing on the 10-inch sweet pies that are offered in traditional flavors like sweet potato pecan or pumpkin. The 100 percent made from scratch pies also come in unique variations like pistachio creme, orange dreamsicle and Irish whiskey apple pie. Price: $19-$35, based on pie selection Info: 602.332.7346; www.mammatoledos.com.

Ollie Vaughn’s Sweets: It’s traditional to have a pie served for dessert in some homes for holidays, but after your guests taste the rum cake from Ollie Vaughn’s there will be a new tradition around the table. The rum cake offers a rich, moist texture and intoxicating aroma, ensuring that this cake won’t be around for too long. Price: $20 Info: 602.254.1392; www.ollievaughns. com.

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Southern Rail Sweets: Looking to bring a little something to the table that encapsulates all the warmth and flavors of the season? Southern Rail’s ginger snap cookies will do just that. These sweet cookies have just the right amount of snap courtesy of fresh ginger. The tender cookies will melt in your mouth and bring back memories of celebrations past. Price: $6 for a half dozen cookies Info: 602.200.0085; www.southernrailaz.com.

The Gladly Sweets: If you’re on the hunt for something unique and delicious, you are going to want to check out the bacon brittle at The Gladly, a signature creation courtesy of Tracy Dempsey. The sweet and savory combination has a touch of smokiness to it and the texture is far airier than any other brittle you’ve tried before. Price: $10 per bag Info: 602.759.8132; www.thegladly.com.

The Crepe Club Sweets: A Buche de noel is a beautiful and festive sweet treat, but it can be very complicated to make and put together. Thankfully, The Crepe Club is taking on the task. The light and moist sponge cake is filled with chocolate whipped cream and adorned with meringue mushrooms. The airy texture of the cake, and the sweetness of the whipped cream and ganache make for a decadent delicacy DECEMBER 2016 |

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that is worth the work. Price: $49.95, a 72-hour advanced order is required Info: 602.956.0087; www.thecrepeclub. com.

True Food Kitchen Sweets: Going vegan no longer means giving up tasty indulgences. With the holidays quickly approaching, vegans won’t have to choose between their dietary preference and enjoying a traditional holiday meal. This season, complete a holiday meal by offering dinner guests True Food Kitchen’s Squash Pie, a healthier variation of the pumpkin pie – vegan and glutenfree. Price: $22 Info: 602.774.3488; www.truefoodkitchen. com.

Vincent’s on Camelback Sweets: Are you searching for a centerpiece confection that will wow your guests? Vincent’s on Camelback has an incredible croquembouche you can order for your gatherings. The airy choux pastry balls are delicately placed on top of one another and then bound with sparkling threads of caramel. The breathtaking display is equally matched with its full, crunchy texture and sweet essence. It’s almost too beautiful to eat … almost. Price: Based on order size; $7.50 per person. Info: 602.224.0225; www.vincentsoncamelback.com.


new in town

THE WOMACK Phoenix’s new ‘60s-inspired cocktail lounge

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he restaurant group behind all of your favorite neighborhood spots – The Vig, The Little Woody, Cobra Arcade Bar (and more) – celebrates vintage Phoenix with its newest project, The Womack Cocktail Lounge. Genuine Concepts opened the classically cool spot in September, recapturing the glamorous yet casual mood of a 1960s cocktail club. Set in the old Apollo’s building on 7th Street, The Womack pays homage to the old Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge, which closed in 2007. Phoenicians will remember the long-surviving bar of the era as a quintessential cool, dark and loung-y spot with an authentically vintage ambience. "Ask any bar-going resident who was around Phoenix in the ‘60s, and they will light up when recounting tales of the bar scene," says Dana Armstrong, creative director at Genuine Concepts. Taking Phoenix’s vibrant nightlife of night’s past, the lounge was designed by the same architect using the same floor plan as the original Chez Nous and Copper Queen, bringing you back in time. “There are a lot of people kicking around the Valley who went to Chez Nous. It was such a beloved and iconic place from a different era," says Tucker Woodbury, partner of Genuine Concepts. "For us, we'd love to celebrate that and resurrect some of

Phoenix's old history and are trying to recreate it with The Womack.” The Womack’s namesake, Andy Womack, was a famous rodeo clown and building developer who had his sights set on on opening a country and western bar. His wife at the time had a different plan. Maureen Womack's vision was to open a "classy French lounge," which they did. They named it Chez Nous. The Womack was designed with Maureen in mind, capturing the same vibrant and eclectic spirit at its heart. With rich black leather seating, gold velvet flocked wallpaper and dim lighting, the 1,500-square-foot building sets the same shadowy mood and tone as its inspiration. “There are no windows in the place whatsoever, so it is dimly lit, sexy and very cool,” Woodbury says. “It is heavily influenced by the design, look, feel and experience of what Chez Nous used to be. In terms of picking finishes, booth designs, barstools; all of those elements that were there in the past, we referenced as best we could and tried to recreate.” The Womack also brings you back with a curated playlist that spans the decades of a long running vintage lounge as well as live music from the legendary R&B group The Roscoe Taylor Band (which was also Chez Nous’ house band for 13 UPTOWN |

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years beginning in the early 1990s). “The Roscoe Taylor Band will be playing R&B, funk and soul and all of the danceable stuff they used to play at Chez Nous back when, so it’s kind of a homecoming for them,” Woodbury says. Lastly, and some would say most importantly, Chris Hardin's cocktail program is based on 1960s classics that your grandparents would recognize with a fresh and modern touch, including a sloe gin fizz and an amaretto sour. Chefs Jorge Gomez and Justin Woodard took the same spin on the food, offering a variety of vintage-inspired bar snacks served on boards, including French onion dip and lobster caprese. The Womack is open 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Mon.-Sun. 5749 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.283.5232; www.thewomack.us.


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