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With a focus on regenerative hair and health, National Hair loss also has seen tremendous results in hair scans. By plucking a number of hairs, they can get up to three months’ worth of data, which can provide a lot of information about what a patient needs to change and what vitamins are right for him or her. Partnering with a prestigious company that specializes in hair loss to collect this data, National Hair Loss is able to analyze the finds of the follicles – including nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances, metals and invasive organisms – and come up with an individualized plan for each patient. National Hair Loss realizes the importance of a “leaky gut” and finding out what intolerances each patient has and why those can be accelerating the hair loss. Many of these factors and deficiencies contribute to the fact that hair loss is increasingly common among a younger demographic. In fact, National Hair Loss has seen a dramatic change in patients’ ages, with patients ranging from 18 to 45 years old now outnumbering those in their 50s to 70s. National Hair Loss is excited to be able to deliver patientspecific solutions, restoring confidence and providing second chances for so many suffering from hair loss. To schedule a no-cost consultation, visit www.nationalhairlosCarly Klein or call 602.283.2355. Founder & President *Patients of NHL and performed by Dr. Cheri Ong

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It’s December and there is definitely a chill in the air. The streets, malls and restaurants are crowded (hello, snowbirds!) and there is a sense of cheer all around – even when you’re sitting in not-your-typical Phoenix traffic. It all boils down to the holiday season, a time of giving, celebrating and spending time with friends and family. Speaking of family, that is something our cover feature, Jean Marie Clarke, holds very near and dear to her heart. Her mother’s moniker is even included in her clothing brand name, PAX PHILOMENA. Jean Marie Clarke (page 30) has traveled the world, worked in textiles for years and has a zest for the arts, culture and life in general that is inspiring. This year, we are commemorating the holidays by giving readers the best present of all: an issue filled with festive events, sojourns and gift ideas. So, “unwrap” each page to find nearby road trip celebrations in colder temperatures, seasonal events to attend (ice skating and luncheons, anyone?), makeup to sport at your next soiree, silver New Year’s Eve-worthy wear, jewelry to put at the top of your wish list, and much more. The lower temperatures also signal an unexplained need to fill your stomach with hearty, comforting and rich meals. If you’re not sure where you want your next decadent dining experience to be, flip to page 46. We’re highlighting 22 drool-worthy dishes, from breakfast option to sides to full on feasts for dinner. Hint – your stomach will be growling after and you’ll be in the mood for something that might not be in your diet. Go ahead, indulge for the holidays! Until next year… Gabby Richman Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!


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Robert Girvin’s passions take him from across the globe to the movies There are people with passions. And then there are people with passions. Local business leader Robert Girvin is certainly the latter. “Though I grew up in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania – ultimate ‘small town America’ with a population of about 3,000 – I fell in

love with the arts at an early age,” says Girvin, who would regularly head to the “big city” of Allentown about an hour away to see independent films not available in his area. The summer before college, in fact, he and his friends picked up the New York Times summer movie review and circled

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all of the independent films that looked interesting. They made the 2 1/2-hour trip to Manhattan over and over and over that summer to see each one. “The only thing that approached my passion for film was my desire to travel abroad,” Girvin explains. He first got the travel bug when his family hosted an exchange student from Finland for a year while he was still in high school. By the time he graduated Villanova with a degree in finance and accounting in 2000, Girvin had not only visited said exchange student in Finland, but trekked across Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, England, and even hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. And, once he established himself in business – working in in finance and accounting – he even took a yearlong consulting position in Puerto Rico, which allowed him the weekends to visit the nearby Dominican Republic, Tortola, Dominica, Anguilla and a number of other Caribbean islands.


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“Eventually, I headed back to the mainland of the United States for a globally focused job opportunity, which took me on adventures in France, India, Belgium and more,” he says. While with the firm, Girvin met two people who would change the course of his life – and bring him to the Valley. “First, I met David Romberg, an aspiring film director who grew up in the mountainous rainforest of Ilha Grande, Brazil,” Girvin recalls. “Growing up, David was oft-told the tale of the ‘Man of the Monkey’ by his family.” According to the seemingly mythical tale, there was a scary man living in isolation with a female chimpanzee as his wife, somewhere on the island. Romberg often wondered if said man was more Tarzan, more monster…or something even more mysterious. Girvin also wondered, but set it aside in the short term, focusing on his next step in life – continuing his education. “It was around the same time that a colleague at my firm noted he graduated from the Thunderbird School of Global Management,” Girvin says. “I had no idea the top school for international business was in Arizona, but upon research, I was more than impressed.” Girvin applied and got accepted to Thunderbird, set to start his MBA in fall 2011. “But I was still enthralled by David’s story – so in early 2011 before heading to grad school in Arizona, we set out for Brazil, camera crew in tow, to make an independent film and find out the truth about this legendary monkey man,” he explains. Girvin spent three months in Brazil with Romberg. It was then they learned that the man was, indeed, real – and a true monster. “He was an escaped Nazi,” Girvin says. In the next two years, when he had time off from Thunderbird, Girvin spent his time in Brazil to work on the movie, along the way earning a grant from the Tribeca Film Festival and being accepted into the Independent Film Project’s yearlong mentorship program. In 2013, he graduated Thunderbird and took on several high-level positions helping startups in the Valley and beyond, while still working on the finishing touches of the film and made the choice to make the Valley his home for good. “I decided that if I was going to live in Phoenix long term, I wanted to find an outlet for my artistic passions in my own backyard. Enter the Men’s Art Council in 2016, which helps raise funds for exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum as well as to fund two local endowments,” Girvin explains. In the coming year, Girvin has not only signed on to help plan the organization’s Copperstate Double Gun event in February, but plans to release his film, now formally titled Man of the Monkey. And if that wasn’t enough, he took on yet another passion in recent months – working with friends on a new business. “In late 2017, I partnered with friends and from Thunderbird here and abroad to launch Oum Rugs, a line of handwoven Moroccan rugs, first with online distribution but with the goal of earning retail and business-to-business partnerships straight away,” he says. A portion of each rug sale will benefit EFA Morocco, which provides Moroccan girls access to secondary education.



ven if it didn’t come with impressive horsepower or WiFi connectivity, your car is the biggest and most expensive gadget you own. Since you probably don’t trade your vehicle in as often as your smartphone, keeping it in peak operating condition is vital to keeping repair costs down over its lifespan. And that means staying on top of routine maintenance. Of course, not every repair will be inexpensive – routine maintenance included. Some normal repairs are notoriously expensive regardless of the make or model. But how do you make sure that $180 brake job doesn’t turn into a $2,800 leak in your checking account? We caught up with Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, to get some tips. His best advice? Find a reputable repair shop, and learn to speak for your vehicle. “Ask yourself, do you honestly know your car?” Shahe says. What size tires do you have? Where are the spare tire jacks located? What kind of oil does it require? How much does your vehicle weigh? These are just a few of the basics you should know about your car – and yet, many people don’t. But until you’re familiar with your car, you can’t be sure what it needs, or decipher whether repairs are truly warranted. The auto industry is layered upon a lack of consumer confidence; most car owners have little idea how anything works and depend on the repair shop to inform them of the truth – which, sadly, allows for a lot of room for a less-scrupulous business to take advantage. Your first line of defense? Your owner’s manual. The auto manufacturer placed it there for a reason, so open it up and start reading. An alphabetized index makes it easy to learn by topic, though Shahe recommends reading it cover to cover. “The book won’t make you an expert,” he says, “but it will guide you to challenge your fears.” Once you know the fundamentals, you’re not an easy target for a rip-off, especially if you ask specific questions. There’s nothing a shop loves hearing more than “Do whatever’s necessary” – this is the goose that lays the golden crank-

shaft seal job, a license to steal, and those words should never, ever exit your mouth in the presence of a mechanic. “Ask your mechanic if the repair can wait,” advises Shahe. “If not, ask for an exact cost with parts and labor. Don’t let them suddenly tack on more work than you came in for.” The most essential element of not getting ripped off by your mechanic is to only do business with an honest shop. This is as obvious as it gets, but it’s easier said than done. From shade-tree mechanics to nationally-branded repair centers and dealerships, many shops can be less-than-ethical when it comes to billing for repairs and service. To find an honest shop, ask around; family and friends are your best source. Also, says Shahe, you should give special consideration to independent shops over the big-franchises or box shops, because the business model dictates they build long-term relationships with their customers. Since smaller independent shops don’t have the benefit of a high-dollar PR team or national presence, they have to build their reputations on positive recommendations and strong customer service. One last piece of advice from Shahe: keep all of your service records and receipts. If you don’t have a single shop tracking your service history (which can be another advantage of using an independent shop), it will be harder to recall what’s been done. If a new mechanic tells you that a certain component is failing and needs replacement, you’ll be quickly able to reference your records and determine if that repair has been done recently. But of course, the easiest way to avoid being swindled is to be “in the know” about your car’s needs – and choose a mechanic with a strong history of honest service. For shop owners like Shahe, reputation means everything, which is why he and the rest of the Mazvo team pride themselves on educating their clients rather than swindling them. Because when you can speak for your car, and trust your mechanic, you’re confident you’re getting just what you need … and that’s something you’ll want to tell a friend.

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How Jeff Malkoon’s backpacking trip inspired a new business venture


About five years ago, third-generation Phoenician Jeff Malkoon found himself in the verdant valleys of Uruguay on a backpacking adventure through South America. While there, he noticed something curious. “I saw they were growing peanuts, but you couldn’t find peanut butter anywhere,” he says. “What children were going to school with was dulce de leche on their sandwiches, which is delicious, but has no nutritional value. And I thought, ‘They’re growing peanuts, why aren’t they eating peanut butter?’ It’s protein rich and has a lot of great health benefits.” Malkoon discovered that peanuts were an export for Uruguay, and basically, the citizens didn’t make or consume peanut butter themselves because they preferred sweeter, creamier spreads. They simply hadn’t had a peanut butter to rival things like dulce de leche and Nutella. And just like that, he became obsessed with the idea of developing peanut butter with flavors that would appeal to the masses. In headstrong, 24-year-old fashion, Malkoon told his backpacking buddy that he wouldn’t leave Uruguay until he had started this business, but then reality set in and he realized that a long-term plan like his would require resources that just weren’t available there. “So, I came back to the U.S., a broke backpacker, and started this in my mom’s kitchen, making five pounds at a time in a Cuisinart,” he recalls. They sold their nut butter – including flavors like Cinnamon Roasted Almond Butter (their best-seller) and Choco Blanco – at farmers markets and grew the company organically from there. His delicious nut butters are each under 4 grams of sugar (some as low as 2) and 3 net carbs, making them particularly popular amongst the vegan and diabetic communities. Five years after Malkoon’s epiphany in Uruguay, his company, Peanut Butter Americano, has grown by leaps and bounds, and is currently made in an FDAcertified facility in Glendale with plans to move to its own production space in the coming months. The products are also available at festivals, on the company’s website (, in over 300 retail locations across Arizona and Canada, and on Amazon Prime, with hopes to make it to some of the big grocery chains in the future. Malkoon also believes in giving back with the profits, and donates part of the proceeds to TECHO, the relief organization he was working with in South America.


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License to Boot Owner Courteney Hoeft takes the country music scene by storm


Courteney Hoeft combined her love of fashion and country music to create License to Boot (, a country clothing, accessories and home decor line that has become a household name. “I went to fashion school in San Diego, and grew up on country music, so I knew those two had to be connected for me,” Hoeft explains. “The line started with boots, then I ventured into graphic tees and that’s where it really took off for me.” Shortly after starting the line, Hoeft’s brand was sold in boutiques in San Diego and the line kept growing. Soon, country music royalty took notice. “A mutual friend gave Miranda Lambert our signature Whiskey Bent and Hellbound tee, and she wore it that same show!” Hoeft says. “It was such a surprise, and I was speechless. That is my favorite memory of this line, and my favorite shirt.” After the initial shock and giddiness wore off, Hoeft knew that she was onto something larger than she imagined. She started contacting up-and-coming country stars, friends and representatives of bigger names through social media. “I reached out to sweetheart Kelsea Ballerini on Instagram when she had less than 1,000 followers,” Hoeft recalls. “She was one of the nicest people, and loved the tops! And, look where she is now. I still get butterflies when I see an artist wearing a tee.” Up until now, the line has been a one-woman show, with Hoeft taking on all roles within the company. “I have friends and family that help, but I do all the designing, creation, social media – all of it! I’m very proud of how far this line has come,” she says. What’s next? Hoeft will continue to churn out her creative designs, add new lines to the brand and focus on giving back to the community through her work “The Route 91 Harvest Fest is near to us, we sell there every year,” she says. “After the tragedy this year, I created a Country Strong tee and proceeds went to the victims. We raised over $9,500. I’m so proud to be in the country music community, and proud that we support one another.”


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Whether he’s headed to the gym or the office, Arizona native Sean Imadiyi’s style all boils down to one thing: color. “Growing up, I would wear a lot of basketball shorts and plain T-shirts but I would still stay color coordinated with whatever outfit I chose,” says Imadiyi, a loan officer at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. When he was younger, Imadiyi’s style didn’t go unnoticed – he even appeared in his high school yearbook’s fashion section – and his wardrobe has been evolving ever since. “My outfits have been very laid-back, very simple and moreso recently, I’ve been trying to expand that a little bit – looking at different types of styles that could fit my height and my personality,” he explains. The 6-foot-6-inch trendsetter automatically stands out from the crowd, but his bold style is really what catches people’s eyes. And while Imadiyi’s height sets him apart, it also means shopping for well-fitted clothing can be a challenge. “It’s a little more difficult [finding clothes] because I’m tall and slim and a lot of times stores’ tall selections are for tall and bigger [guys],” says Imadiyi. “A lot of stuff is baggy on me if I buy it regular size.”

What is one trend you are experimenting with? I used to be very against skinny jeans and slim pants, but that’s what I’ve slowly been progressing to the last few months. I’m updating my wardrobe to a lot slimmer fitting and skinny jean products, and skinny shirts. Tell us about your gym attire: I do wear a lot of Nike attire. I’m very color coordinated with all the outfits I wear. I keep it pretty basic. How does your bold personality translate to through wardrobe? Today I’m wearing an ’80s retro polo. It’s something that my dad would wear, back in the ’80s. I’m also working in more colors, even with my pants.


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Kristy Beyer Durkin, co-founder of local food resource, WhereShouldWeEat, prioritizes comfort and confidence in both her style and career. “Comfort is must because if I’m comfortable in an outfit, then I’m confident,” she says. “You have to be comfortable and confident in everything you wear and everything you do.” Durkin keeps up with the Valley food scene through her Instagram persona @whereshouldweeat, where she posts photos of droolworthy food from restaurants in and around Phoenix to her 11,000-plus followers. “I love how the local [food] scene is expanding so much these days. WhereShouldWeEat is a brainchild of my co-founder and I’s love for food, and our answer to friends asking us where they should go!” she exclaims. The same curious, creative part of Durkin’s personality also applies to her wardrobe. Just like when it comes to finding the perfect restaurant, she believes it’s never a bad idea to ask a friend for a fashion recommendation. “If I see someone wearing something amazing, I’ll ask them where they got it.” For her, a good outfit isn’t complete without three things: a ring from her extensive collection, a statement belt and – of course – the perfect pair of shoes. “A good classic, timeless shoe can transform any outfit,” she says.

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Jean Marie

Clarke How history, culture and world travels have shaped her clothing line, PAX PHILOMENA


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Clarke hails from the Indian city Calcutta, now known as Kolkata. Her parents, whose families lived in India for five generations, immigrated to the U.S. when Clarke was only 3 years old. Ohio was the family’s home for four years before they put down roots in Arizona. “Phoenix is home since my heart – my parents – are here. I feel so blessed to have them as my mentors still today,” she says. As the daughter of two Anglo-Indian parents, Clarke experienced more culture shock at home than out in the world. American fare, for instance, was scarcely found in her pantry growing up in the Valley. Clarke never complained since her mom makes a mean Indian curry. Culture shock hit at full speed when she attended Princeton University. The East Coast was as foreign to her as the U.S. was to her parents. Fortunately, Clarke took refuge in her Italian Renaissance studies. “The Italians have an innate sense of style and a love of beauty that pervades their culture. Beauty seeps into your bones when you live in Italy and it becomes a part of your being." She continues, “I experienced this when I studied abroad in Rome.”

“I traveled to India after being away for 40 years to discover my homeland and get back to my roots,” she reminisces. “As soon as I got off the plane and smelt the scent of Indian spices in the air, I felt like I was home."

Mother Teresa once said that every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Phoenician Jean Marie Clarke's clothing line, PAX PHILOMENA. “Capricciosa is an Italian word that means capricious, whimsical and fun. PAX PHILOMENA is happy and makes people smile.” Clarke adds, “I believe in the power of the smile.” You cannot help but muster up a grin when scrolling through Clarke’s online store. With a passion for beautiful textiles and a keen eye for detail, her handmade designs are like a breath of fresh air in the apparel market. “Our world is so plugged in digitally that we are actually very disconnected on a human level. Wearing PAX helps reconnect people with simple interactions. Anytime I go anywhere, someone will complement my tunic, dress or print,” she says.


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Rome. The Eternal City. A place that oozes passion and sophistication in every nook and cranny. From the gorgeous window displays to the diverse architecture, Italy instantly captured the young creative’s heart. “Italian is my main language now, and I love speaking it. The words are so much better than ours in English, even though there are less of them, Italians really know how to say things right. Plus, you get to use your hands a lot when you speak it,” she explains. After college, Clarke landed a position with textile visionary Antonio Ratti, owner of Ratti S.p.A Textile Mill. For about three years, she designed and sold printed fabrics for the American luxury home furnishings market. She was based in Como, Italy, but made frequent trips to New York City as a representative for European textile mills. “It only takes one person to give you that break you need in life and for me that person was Antonio Ratti,” she says. Clarke’s mother, a gifted dressmaker, hand-embroidered her and her sisters’ clothes when they were young. She was particular in choosing every last detail, from button to trim. Her mother’s love of dressmaking rubbed off on Clarke.


“When we moved to Phoenix it was more cost effective to sew our own clothes. We would spend hours in Cloth World at Uptown Plaza planning our wardrobes and selecting fabrics and trims.” The Italians have a saying, “chi si muove non sbaglia mai,” meaning, “he who goes places can never make a mistake by moving around and experiencing new things and people.” Clarke’s passport is stamped with countless new experiences, having traveled to cities like Paris, Moscow, Milan, Rome, Jaipur, Bangalore and others. Despite all the new, Clarke craved to revisit the old and familiar. “I traveled to India after being away for 40 years to discover my homeland and get back to my roots," she reminisces. “As soon as I got off the plane and smelt the scent of Indian spices in the air, I felt like I was home,” she reminisces. Like Italy, India is place that fosters beauty through the arts. It’s home to ornate patterns and brightly colored tunics, kaftans and saris. After rediscovering her origins, Clarke was inspired to fulfill her lifelong dream of creating a clothing line. PAX PHILOMENA is a culmination of Clarke’s travels, her history, her adoration for her mother (whose name is Philomena) and her zest for the arts. It’s clothing with heart – her heart. “PAX PHILOMENA was in the making for about five years before I launched the website, which was last September. She’s a new company but with a lifetime of textile experience behind her,” Clarke says. Her clothes live in her Phoenix studio: an adobe house that was built in 1927. The original owner, Betsy Bohn, was Clarke’s art teacher in grade school. “Betsy bought the first batik – [a technique using wax and dye to decorate cloth] – I ever made. One of the reasons that I

own the Louis J. Bohn residence today is because she believed in me and my craft,” she explains. As soon as the for sale sign went up, Clarke made her offer. She needed a workshop and felt a particular pull to protect the house. Since moving in, she managed to get the property on National Register of Historic Places list. It’s now deemed as a Phoenix landmark. From dresses to shirts to pajamas, PAX PHILOMENA has a wide selection for both women and men. The company’s mission is to dress America in tasteful meets comfortable clothes. And, of course, make people smile. “My priority is to get to a point with PAX PHILOMENA that allows me to give back to the people of the land where I was born and to the people of the land that welcomed me so warmly when I left my place of birth,” she says. Clarke was born very close to Mother Teresa's home for the sick and dying in then-Calcutta. Her parents remember seeing Mother Teresa nurture and care for Calcuttans on the streets. In 1989, the nun brought her congregation to Phoenix to do similar work. “I would like to be able to donate significantly to her charities in both India and America,” Clarke says. While PAX PHILOMENA is her baby, Clarke’s other babies – her sons, Max and Zane – are her true pride and joy. Both have taken an active role in their mother’s clothing line, Max as the company’s controller and Zane on sales. “My boys have given me more than any mother could desire in the encouragement department. I’m beyond blessed to have them as well as parents support me in my colorful dreams." To learn more about PAX PHILOMENA visit Uptown December '17


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For the eighth year, until Jan. 2, Downtown Phoenix has been transformed into an ice skater’s dream, with the annual holiday winter wonderland, CitySkate. In addition to an outdoor ice skating rink, Cityscape is all decked out with a massive 36-foot holiday tree in the center of the ice rink, thousands of twinkling lights and Santa appearances taking place Saturdays and Sundays. This year, CitySkate will donate $5 of every ticket each Wednesday to a local nonprofit, and is partnering with Phoenix Art Museum to bring an interactive art pop-up shop, a number of art instillations and daily on-site performances. Prices and times vary,

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High Spirited Cupcakes recently opened at the Residence Inn/Courtyard Phoenix Downtown. Available for delivery Valleywide as well as curbside pickup, the bakery’s offerings aren’t just any standard cupcake – they combine craft cocktails with handcrafted cupcakes. The bakery offers 25 deliciously decadent, inventive varieties, such as the bourbon-spiked Sinabun or mezcal-infused chocolate mole cake Hole Mole, that are made-to-order locally. Custom cupcakes as well as kid-friendly, non-alcoholic versions are also available. The cupcakes are also available at The Bistro inside the hotel (non-alcoholic only) and at Bitter & Twisted. Cost is $48 per dozen (one flavor per dozen), and orders must be made 72 hours in advance.


Fro-mosas, Blueberry Buzzes, and Mowry Monkey Bread. Did we catch your attention yet? Mowry & Cotton, which opened at The Phoenician last month, is now offering a full-scale brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, giving guests a morning or midday dose of chef de cuisine Tandy Peterson’s inventive, regionally inspired American dishes. An additional highlight is the restaurant’s Porch Party ($36 per person), a community dining experience where guests can sample chef Tandy’s 10 ingredient-driven fan-favorite dishes and house specialties ranging from carne asada breakfast tacos and roasted squash to a peanut butter bar and doughnuts.

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Beginning Dec. 2 through Apr. 22, 2018, Phoenix Art Museum will present The Logic of the Copy: Four Decades of Photography in Print, spanning the period from 1960 through the early 2000s, highlighting the influence of artists who began to integrate photography with text and the graphic arts. The exhibition will include artist’s books and portfolios, largescale prints and small works derived from commercial objects, from postcards and tarot cards to politically-charged images overlaid on magazines. Curator Andrew Kensett will give a free, limited-space tour Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.



Last month signaled the return of T. Cook’s’ – located at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Cellar Series. For this monthly lineup of intimate dinners, which runs through April 2018, executive chef Todd Allison pairs a custom, prix-fixe coursed menu with a wine offering, featuring a different winemaker each month. Taking place Dec. 7, this month’s event, features wines from Grgich Hills Estate from Napa Valley, California, and will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and then flow into the three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, $140+ per person.



Through December 24, head to the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore for a scrumptious afternoon filled with tea, holiday spirit, Champagne for the adults and a sweet treat. Guests will join the resort’s tea sommelier for a sophisticated afternoon featuring assorted teas and indulgent bites. For a warm, winter feel, all children attending will receive a gingerbread cookie. Available Wednesday through Sunday, with seating times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children, starting at $35; adults, starting at $75. Reservations required.



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Press Coffee Biltmore Center is now offering the brand’s popular Coffee 101 tasting classes. The one-hour sessions, which are held every Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., take participants around the world with a sampling of four distinctly different coffees. Based on the coffee cupping format that coffee professionals use to evaluate beans and roasts, the tasting is an interactive experience of smelling, slurping and learning. The coffee experts at Press guide guests through a brief history of each coffee and how they got their flavors. Through December, $10 to reserve a space with $10 gift card given at class’ end.

Honor Amongst Thieves takes your cocktail skills to the next level with The Bar Exam. The monthly cocktail class takes guests on a three-cocktail tour, where they will learn about the history of each tasty tipple, plus sip on three cocktails each featuring a different spirit. Each Bar Exam class will highlight three spirits from vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, and more. Guests will learn how to make unique cocktails with each, receive a recipe card to take home to replicate the drinks, and have small bites to enjoy while learning the tricks of the trade. Upcoming dates include Dec. 13 and Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Reservations required ($35 per person). Uptown December '17


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ACI Holiday Luncheon Dec. 4, Phoenix Art Museum Arizona Costume Institute (ACI) invites you to a celebratory event that raises funds for Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion design department. Valley fashionistas will enjoy a glamorous, holiday-inspired luncheon with guest speakers like Patricia Field. Field is best known for her Emmy Award-winning designs in Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty. The ACI Holiday Luncheon welcomes Fields and other leaders in the industry to dish all the fashion dos and faux pas. 11 a.m. $150-$1,000. Holiday Prelude XXXII Dec. 8, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Get your wish lists ready! Holiday gifts abound as Phoenix Youth Symphony joins forces with Phoenix Theatre Guild to offer holiday shoppers a 5,000-square-foot space full of different boutiques selling one-of-a-kind gifts. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a couture fashion show with items going down the runway by Robert Black, Alan Anderson and Ella Zahlan. Holiday Prelude XXXII is Phoenix Youth Symphony’s biggest annual fundraiser that raises money for art programs. 10 a.m. $90-$125. Third Annual Phoenix Knuckleball Dec. 9, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa Athletes, celebrities and Phoenicians will come together for a fun-filled and philanthropic night to benefit the Joe Niekro Foundation (JNF), expanding its current patient services program to provide emotional support to patients and their families. The evening will start with a cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, program and other festivities. Norris Thomas, football player turned motivational speaker, will be the event’s emcee. Presenting the keynote speech is Daniel Moreno, local army veteran, American Ninja Warrior and arteriovenous malformation (AVM) survivor. 6 p.m. $300. Applause! Gala Holiday Event Dec. 14, Wrigley Mansion Phoenix Theatre hosts a soiree guaranteed to leave you feeling merry and bright. The holiday party pays homage to Valley philanthropists whose generosity made the organization’s Applause! Gala back in October a beautiful reality. Guests will raise a glass to benefactors like Nancy Hanley, Lynne Love, Martha Martin and others. The historic Wrigley Mansion sets the stage for this whimsical evening, and local restaurant Tarbell’s will be onsite offering guests a selection of global wines. 6 p.m. $250. www. The Desert Ball Dec. 22, The Phoenician Resort The 52nd Annual Desert Foundation Auxiliary Desert Ball is a celebration of family, friends and a tradition that gives back to the community. Courtesy of Angelic Grove, a local floral and wedding design boutique, the Phoenician will be draped in beautiful arrangements and decor as 12 Valley debutantes are formally presented to the community. Event highlights include a gourmet dinner and live music by The Hamptons Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maddie’s Daddy Foundation and Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services. 6:30 p.m. $250-$400. www. The Anniversary Gala: 70 Never Sounded So Good Dec. 31, Arizona Biltmore Join the Phoenix Symphony as it celebrates 70 years in the making with the Anniversary Gala: 70 Never Sounded So Good. Taking place in the luxurious McArthur Ballroom at the Biltmore, guests will enjoy a magical night of music, dancing and merriment. There will be a cocktail reception, delicious dinner, raffle prizes and plenty of dancing to a full symphony orchestra. What’s a celebration without Champagne? Guests will conclude the night clinking flutes to Phoenix Symphony’s 70th season (and counting). 8 p.m. $750.


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Through Jan. 14, Phoenix Zoo The Valley’s top visual display kicks off the season, shining with millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, and hundreds of glimmering displays. Attendees will be dazzled by the amazing light displays throughout the zoo, as well as fun activities and festive performances (lakeside Music-in-Motion shows and photos with Santa Claus, anyone?) available each evening. Exciting highlights include carousel and camel rides, snowfall nightly at 7 p.m. and festive food and drinks. 5:30-10:30 pm. Prices vary.


A Christmas Carol Dec. 1-23, Hale Centre Theatre This is the must-see tale of the season. Your heart will be warmed by Dickens’ classic holiday tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all of their pals. Sing along with popular Christmas carols and be transported back in time by the talented cast of actors, stunning costumes and chorus. Show times vary. $18-$40.

a successful solo career, and a composer that loves seasonal classics? The Piano Guys! The American musical group – consisting of pianist Jon Schmidt, cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, videographer Paul Anderson, and music producer Al van der Beek – land in Phoenix for one night, tickling the ivories. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the season. 7:30 pm. Starting at $37.50.

The Piano Guys Dec. 5, Comerica Theatre What do you get when you mix a marketing genius that works with video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had

A Celebration of Christmas Dec. 7-10, Dream City Church Phoenix Campus The story of the birth of Christ comes alive in this Broadwaystyle production, packed with


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state-of-the-art special effects, a talented cast and full orchestra. This year’s presentation will feature all-new dance numbers, awe-inspiring aerial stunts, acrobatic silk dancers and flying angels. The inspiring tale will jump off the stage and tell the powerful story in a whole new way. 7 p.m. Thurs. and Fri., $7-$25; Sat. and Sun., $10-$28. The Nutcracker Dec. 8-24, Phoenix Symphony Hall This enchanting favorite returns Thanksgiving weekend when Clara receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve,

transporting her on a magical journey into fantasy and fun. A feast for the eyes and ears with graceful Ballet Arizona dancers (choreographed by Ib Andersen), beautiful costumes, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s original score performed by the Phoenix Symphony, the ballet is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Times and prices vary. Historical League Family Holiday Party Dec. 9, Phoenix Theatre The Historical League hosts a festive day featuring a reception and stage production of Disney’s Newsies. The afternoon begings with complimentary light refreshments, a no-host bar, and raffles (including a wine raffle and items for both children and adults). New this year will be a silent auction with items like vacation packages. Then, step into the theater for the show, beginning at 2 p.m., which is a musical inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. 12:30-5 p.m. $75-$95. Over the Edge Dec. 9, CityScape Phoenix This unique and thrilling experience is one you don’t want to miss. Participants will support Special Olympics Arizona by rappelling off of a 27-story skyscraper in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. This is a pledge-based fundraiser where people will rappel and raise money ($1000) to support 16,000 athletes across the state. Special Olympics athletes are bravely facing challenges on the field, in the pool and on the court, so step in their shoes and take your support to new heights by facing your fears like those individuals with intellectual disabilities do each day. 8 a.m. Registration, $75. www. 16th Annual Christmas Pudding Dec. 9, Celebrity Theatre Hometown hero, Alice Cooper, will be burning down the house with Slash and Rob Halford, along with Edgar Winter, Filter, Nita Strauss and SIXWIRE for the shock rocker’s 16th Annual Christmas Pudding. The annual fundraiser for teens returns for Cooper’s version of American Idol, complete with performances and live musical acts. It’s a night packed with surprises and the proof will be in the pudding. 7 p.m. Starting at $120. www.

41st Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market Dec. 9-10, Pueblo Grande Museum It’s a weekend full of American Indian art, music, and food presented by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Attendees will be invited to participate in activities such as archery, spear throwing using atlatls, community painting, beading, petroglyph making, corn grinding, and gourd painting. Explore over 100 booths of authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles along an interpretive trail, tour the replica Hohokam dwellings, and enjoy live dance performances, food truck cuisine, and everyone’s favorite: Indian fry bread. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. www. Hansel and Gretel Dec. 16, Arizona Opera Center The Arizona Opera sheds its adult themes for a day of family and holiday fun. A great way for children and adults alike to explore the opera and make family memories, the event will feature a performance of the classic opera and favorite fable. Continue the fun after the show with gingerbread house construction, games and more. 11 a.m. Free. www.azopera. org. Gingerbread House Decorating Class Dec. 16 & 17, Hermosa Inn For kids or kids at heart, the joys of decorating gingerbread houses make memories to last a lifetime, but with the countless candy options to the frenzy of frostings, this tradition can be quite the task. LON’s pastry chefs host two classes annually to cheerfully guide guests on a holiday journey of creating their unique and delicious dream gingerbread house with a myriad of edible materials. Snacks and beverages are included. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $69. www.hermosainn. com. The Calamari Sisters’ Clam Bake Dec. 21-Jan. 31, Herberger Theater The Calamari Sisters’ Clam Bake returns to the stage after making a splash on tour last year. What’s on the menu? Another helping of their special brand of musical culinary education. Siblings Delphine and Carmela will teach you the ins and outs of an Italian clam bake in their own crazy, zany way that will have your sides hurting from laughter. Prepare for singing, dancing, and

livestock shows, the Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear show, a live working ranch horse competition, the popular Chuck Wagon Cook Off, and a Farm Experience interactive area for children. Times vary. $15-$30 including parking.


Dec. 17, Arcadia Park The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine are back and organizing the season’s most family-friendly 5K. The fun run/walk includes treats, coffee and smoothie stations, face painting, music, and a T-shirt for all race participants. So, walk, run or race on down and raise awareness for PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers). 2 p.m. $25.

laughter during their story-telling and cooking. You’ll leave with tears in your eyes, a smile on your face and maybe even just a little bit wiser. Times vary. $54-$62. www. 29th Annual Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Dec. 26, Chase Field This NCAA football subdivision bowl game is back and ready to kick off at Chase Field. Celebrate before the touchdowns begin at the Cactus Bowl sponsored pregame party beginning at 4:30 p.m. south of the Chase Field parking

garage, between Buchanan and Lincoln. Teams have yet to be announced but the highly anticipated game has been a must-see for Valley locals and out of towners, alike. Game time is at 7 p.m. Prices vary. 70th Annual Arizona National Livestock Show Dec. 27-Jan. 1, Arizona State Fairgrounds For 70 years, the Annual Arizona National Livestock Show at the Arizona State Fairgrounds has showcased the creme de la creme of horse flesh and livestock. Enjoy

47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Dec. 30, Central Phoenix Coyotes legend Shane Doan will serve as the Grand Mashal of the parade this year, leading the parade through the 2-mile route in Central Phoenix beginning on North Central Avenue and West Montebello Avenue. Annually, more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals participate in the grand, iconic event. This year, groups from Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and the competing universities in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl create unique parade floats and march down the streets of Downtown Phoenix. Enjoy equestrian displays, specialty cars, colored floats, giant balloon characters and so much more. 9 am. Free. Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, Phoenix Symphony Hall End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and Conductor Stuart Chafetz as they host a celebration to remember. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites while sipping on a complimentary glass of Champagne and ringing in the New Year. Don’t miss this fun, music-filled evening that is sure to sell out. 7:30 pm. $39-$115. Flannel Ball Dec. 31, Roosevelt Growhouse While most cities are huddled in down coats in late December, all Phoenicians need is a good flannel to keep warm. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with beer, live music, a midnight countdown and, of course, flannel. Head to the Roosevelt Row Arts District, grab a glass of Champagne and get ready to ring in the New Year. Additional highlights include an art show, food trucks, lawn games, and a photobooth, midnight countdown and pinata drop. $15 Dec. 1-24; $20 Dec. 25-30; $25 day of event. 9 pm. $5.

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COMMUNITY CREATIVITY Phoenix Center for the Arts’ festival with local flair


For the sixth year, community members will gather at Margaret T. Hance Park for a celebration of art and the local business community. “The comment I hear over and over each year is that the festival feels really laid back and fun. We’re in a wonderful stage of growth, and the festival has a really authentic community art festival feel,” says Lauren Henschen, deputy director at Phoenix Center for the Arts, and festival chair of Phoenix Festival of the Arts. There is truly a strong local component to the event. At its core are the local art vendors, and there will be over 100 of them in attendance, representing every medium you can imagine – ranging from jewelry to painting to ceramic arts and more. “As a true community arts center, it’s important that we reflect the community around us and make our event as welcoming as possible to all,” Henschen explains. The newest element to the festival is the Phoenix Festival of the Arts Entertainment Pavilion, sponsored by Muse. The pavillion will feature art demonstrations, circus performances, dance ensembles, spoken word poets, choral groups, and more. “For those unfamiliar with Phoenix Center for the Arts, this is a great opportunity to meet some of our art and dance instructors in a mini outdoor classroom setting,” Henschen says. Additionally, local live entertainment can be found on three stages, including local bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word poets, and comedians. There will also be more local food trucks on site than ever before, including 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese AZ, Bang Bang Dumpling Food Truck & Live Music, Satay


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Hut, Fluffy Vegans, Royal Solitude Coffee, and Local Lunchbox AZ, just to name a few. Another highlight includes the beer and wine garden, also featuring local options. “The best part is that it’s not limited to a single garden,” Henschen elaborates. “You can actually take your beer and wine with you anywhere you go within the festival grounds. Sponsored by Hensley, our beer and wine selection features local and domestic beers and a delicious selection of red and white wines.” There will also be a Family Zone play area, presented by the Phoenix Center for the Arts Teen Artist Guild, providing fun, free activities for families all day long, such as face painting, the teen art show and sale, hands-on art activities, and programs with the Phoenix Youth Circus.

IF YOU GO… What: Phoenix Festival of the Arts When: Dec. 8-10. Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Tickets: Free Information: www.



GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND GIVING Celebrate the holidays with fashion and fun


Kick off the holiday season with a tradition that has been around for 64 years – the Board of Visitors Fashion Show and Luncheon. The annual event serves as a fundraiser, with proceeds each year going directly to support grants to various nonprofits in the Phoenix community that support the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. This year’s recipients include Barrow Neurological Foundation, The Board of Visitors Ryan House, Circle the City, Hacienda Children’s Hospital, Hospice of the Valley and Maggie’s Place, to name a few. “Many of the participants have families that have supported the Board of Visitors for generations. With close family and friends in the audience, everyone comes together to enjoy a luncheon that is filled with spirit and fun,” explains Shannon Jones, The Board of Visitors communications chair. Theme this year is “Sparkle and Shine,” with chairmen Margaret Beardsley and Kelly Sifferman. The sparkle of the holiday season will be seen in everything, from the table decorations to the fashion show looks. Taking place in Arizona Biltmore’s Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, the family-friendly event kicks off with a cocktail hour and raffle. “This year, there are a dozen raffle items including a stay at the Fairmont in San Francisco, a VIP day at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, a Prada bag and a MICHELE Urban Mini watch from Schmitt Jewelers,” Jones says.

At noon, guests will take their seats and get ready for lights, cameras and action as the runway showcases Dillard’s fashions. Professional models as well as The Board of Visitors members’ grandchildren and the organization’s 2018 Flower Girls will model glitzy looks down the catwalk. “In addition to walking the runway, the Flower Girls have also spent the year learning more about the Board of Visitors, the oldest charitable organization in Arizona,” Jones explains. After the fashion show concludes, guests will enjoy a gourmet lunch.

IF YOU GO... What: The Board of Visitors 64th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Where: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix Tickets: $150 Information: www.

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SPIRITED SOJOURNS Holiday happenings around Arizona

Sure, Northern Arizona isn’t quite the North Pole, but there’s so much festive fanfare, you may feel as though you’ve been swept right into Santa’s whimsical world. So, bundle up in your scarves and sweaters and head to the state’s cooler climes for a hefty dose of holiday merriment.


The North Pole Experience Departing from the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff almost nightly through Dec. 28 (not open on Christmas Day), the North Pole Experience starts by taking families on a trolley ride to Santa’s massive workshop in the middle of the forest. Once there, guests of all ages take part in hands-on experiences, including working side by side with elves making toys, seeing Santa’s sleigh, and enjoying cookies with Mrs. Claus. A bonus for the kids – they can get access to Santa’s main factory floor, with soaring toy slides and a special commemorative teddy bear from Santa himself. Admission starts at $33 for children and $39 for adults. Sedona Festival of Lights For 45 years, people from all over the world have gathered at Tlaquepaque in Sedona for the Festival of Lights. On Dec. 9, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a visit from Santa (and an opportunity for photos), followed by the tolling of a bell at 5 p.m., which signals the lighting of 6,000 luminarias set throughout the outdoor pavilion, courtyard and expansive walkways. There is even an opportunity to purchase specially designed luminarias at the event to honor cancer survivors, with proceeds going to charity. Sip on free apple cider while music fills the air, thanks to live performances by electric string quartets, violinists, vocalists and even a swing band until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Sedona Northern Lights Sedona also has a second event – in honor of the Sedona Arts Center’s 60th anniversary – called Sedona Northern Lights, which is the largest 3-D light project ever done on a natural canvas. From Dec. 14 to 17, hourly from 6 to 9 p.m., an artistic, holiday-themed 3-D light show will be projected on Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock), viewable from dozens of outdoor areas throughout the city. The Great Pine Cone Drop Forget the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square! For nearly 20 years, Flagstaff has offered a quirky alternative called The Great Pine Cone Drop, a tradition that was started to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the historic Weatherford Hotel leading into the year 2000. After Thanksgiving, the hotel hoists a 150-pound, 6-foot, LED-lit pine cone – made with more than 200 aluminum petals reminiscent of a Christmas ornament (only much bigger!) – up three stories above its roof. Then, on New Year’s Eve, thousands of revelers bundle up (the average temperature is about 20 degrees) and gather in the streets, counting down to 10 p.m. to coincide with the Times Square celebration in New York City, and then again at midnight to mark Arizona’s magical moment. Each year, a local DJ spins songs from the hotel’s balcony, leading the crowd in a countdown as the Weatherford Hotel dazzles with a light show followed by fireworks. Admission is free.


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During the holidays, it seems as though the world stops counting carbs and calories. Whether you fall into that camp or just plan to splurge here and there, we’ve found 22 dishes to make it worth your while. Go ahead and dig into gourmet bliss – after all, ’tis the season to indulge. BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

CANNOLI PANCAKES Hash Kitchen You’ve died … and gone to carb heaven with this one! The oversized dish, with an equally oversized helping of delicious, features thick, fluffy ricotta and cinnamon pancakes piled high then layered with creamy, sweetened ricotta and chocolate chip cream. They’re garnished with crumbles of cannoli, powdered sugar, and a maraschino cherry compote. $11.

ROSSO CREST DI GALLO Fat Ox With a shape closely resembling the crest of a rooster (cresti di gallo translates to “rooster crest” in Italian), this exceptional hand-rolled red wine pasta is magnificent on its own, but at Fat Ox, it’s married with handmade duck sausage and mushrooms in the winter months to up the decadence factor tenfold. Dandelion greens and huckleberry serve as delicate garnishing. $16.

KEPTA DUONA Sonata’s Restaurant As Eastern Europe’s answer to cheese fries, this indulgent appetizer consists of crispy rye breadsticks tossed in duck fat aioli and then covered in copious amounts of havarti cheese. The skillet is cooked until the cheese reaches melty perfection. Insider tip: Order more than one of these sensational starters for the table. Trust us. $8.


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Facing page: Fat Ox This page, clockwise: Twin Peaks, Beckett’s Table, Sonanta’s Restaurant, Hash Kitchen


CROW’S DAIRY FETA Beckett’s Table This sensational winter comfort food starts with a peppery local feta, which is heaped into a cast iron skillet. It is then paired with sweet, tangy peppers and onions; cauliflower; and lemon and then loaded into a 600-degree oven until it’s ooey, gooey and dancing with punchy flavor. $12.

MOM’S POT ROAST Twin Peaks No holiday is complete without some home cooking. Twin Peaks does Mom proud with this dish, which starts by making melt-inyour-mouth pot roast over the course of several hours. It is topped with a housemade,

devilishly delectable brown gravy and accompanied by garlic-infused roasted potatoes and carrots plus buttery sauteed green beans. It will make you want to call home to your own mom – and invite her out on the town to taste this dish! $14.79.

COCONUT FRENCH TOAST Taco Guild Soaked in tres leches custard, cinnamon and cardamom, this breakfast staple gets a flavorful upgrade. Made with torta bread, the interior is soft and spongy while the exterior is a caramelized crust. Topped with toasted coconut, fresh mango, strawberries, honey-cinnamon butter, and spiced maple syrup and served alongside

housemade beef and pork sausage patties, this dish is winter brunch bliss on a plate. $9.95.

BUTTERMILK CHICKEN Sierra Bonita Grill Not for the faint of heart, this chicken is marinated in buttermilk, eggs and spices before it’s dipped in flour and an egg wash. The chicken is flash-fried then finished in the oven, which keeps it juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s served with sweet potatoes that have been mashed with heavy cream, Oaxacan chiles, brown sugar, molasses and cinnamon. Finally, it’s topped with black pepper gravy and crowned with fresh asparagus. $16 (small); $26 (regular). Uptown December '17



BREAKFAST POT PIE Snooze, an A.M. Eatery We know, we had you at pot pie … at breakfast. This version is picture-perfect after waking from a long winter’s nap (or perhaps after a night of too many eggnogs?). It’s loaded with Snooze’s homemade rosemary sausage gravy, which is smothered over a flaky puff pastry and topped with an egg sunny side up (or however preferred), complete with golden hash browns. $9.50.

of an old family recipe, which was originally made with cheaper cuts of meat and considered peasant food in her family’s native home of Italy. Today, Russo makes this seasonal dish using beef tenderloin, confit organic chicken, and locally sourced sausage. It is paired with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, buttered baby vegetables, and topped with a roasted garlic red wine demi-glace. $29.50.


Roaring Fork Surely mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort carb, especially in the winter. This version screams Southwest at its best with its creamy mix of pepper jack cheese, heavy cream, onions and red peppers, which are all melted into the pasta with an extra-special ingredient – a poblano pepper puree. $8.

Hula’s Modern Tiki Warning: Think twice about ordering this dish unless you have the wherewithal to devour it with more than just your eyes! This over-the-top, Polynesian-inspired burger is loaded with a mountain of rice, enveloped with succulent brown mushroom gravy, and finished with sunny side up eggs. Not only is it a comfort food all the way from Hawaii, but a longtime Hula’s fan favorite. $11.



The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar With the 3 Meat, chef and owner Jennifer Russo has created a deconstructed version

Crudo This gooey potato pasta in the style of caccio e pepe – the Roman version of spaghetti with pecorino Romano and black



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This page, clockwise: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery; Sierra Bonita Grill; Roaring Fork Facing page, clockwise: Crudo, Market By Jennifers Restaurant + Bar, North Italia, Dust Cutter

pepper – has the perfect blend of olive oil, butter, black pepper, and, of course, plenty of grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Finished with lamb and an Italian pasta sauce, it’s rich with red wine and tomato goodness. $18.

own, Dust Cutter takes it over the top by pairing it with cilantro- and agave-infused butter for spreading and dipping (and practically eating on its own). The butter is so popular, the staff refers to it as “crack butter.” $7.

HATCH CHILE HAYDEN WHITE TRUFFLE GARLIC MILLS CORN BREAD SKILLET BREAD Dust Cutter This made-from-scratch comfort food favorite is served in a skillet that includes local Sonoran Hatch chiles and chunks of fresh-roasted corn. While delicious on its

North Italia Freshly made to order, this melt-in-yourmouth bread is brushed with a generous portion of white truffle oil and then topped with herbs, housemade ricotta, mozzarella Uptown December '17



Clockwise: ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, Eddie Merlot’s, elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

and grana padano, which is a hard, slow-ripened cheese from Italy that tastes a tad richer than its cousin, Parmigiano-Reggiano. It’s perfect to share – or keep for yourself. $10.

MARYLAND CRAB CAKE Eddie Merlot’s A little sweet, a little spice and oh-so-nice, this version of a crab cake starter features premium jumbo lump crab meat flown in from Maryland and mixed with a secret combination of herbs, spices and bread crumbs. It’s served with a tangy corn relish and a punchy Cajun remoulade for dipping. The zest and richness of the crab cake and remoulade are balanced with a garnish of paprika oil and micro greens. $15.95.

BAKER’S BACON CHOP ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Bacon lovers, rejoice! This fully-loaded entree features bacon that is cured,


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smoked, spiced and honey-lacquered. The result is a full-bodied, eye-popping flavor that will dance in your head far longer than those visions of sugarplums. The meat is paired with shishito peppers, a sweet potato hash, a runny egg, red pepper chimichurri, and actual pork rinds. $36.

GUAJILLO BRAISED SHORT RIB ENCHILADAS Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup Perhaps this is where the term “the whole enchilada” hails. Gadzooks’ custom-order menu offers a myriad of choices, but this monster of a meal is a must-try combo. It starts with either flour or corn tortillas, which are piled high with guajillo chile-braised short ribs and then smothered with one or more sauces and creamy cheeses, including salsa, honey-infused slaw and scratch-made crema. Then it’s topped again with goat cheese or a griddled-fried over easy egg, or both! $7.75.

LOBSTER CARBONARA EVO Ultrasoft gnocchi, pancetta and crispy prosciutto are tossed with Parmesan cheese, black pepper, olive oil and butter to create a hearty entree perfect for a cool winter’s night. And the fresh, buttered and seasoned lobster tail served with it doesn’t hurt either. $32.

MUSHROOM SOUP Christopher’s Crush & Lounge Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame honoree and local cooking icon Christopher Gross’ signature soup begins by infusing silky duck broth with a sweet port wine reduction. This otherworldly starter is poured tableside over massive chunks of braised portobello mushroom and the piece de resistance: a seared but rare slab of Hudson Valley foie gras. The bowl, which is dusted in mushroom powder, is served with a crusty French baguette and a heaping scoop of butter. $20.

Clockwise: Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup, Brat Haus, EVO, Southern Rail, Christopher’s & Crush Lounge

BBQ BOAR Brat Haus This “haus-made” artisan creation starts with a boar brat, a dark meat that tastes like a cross between pork and beef with a unique juicy succulence. It is then topped with savory pulled pork. But it doesn’t end there – it’s smothered in bacon barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar cheese with an optional addition of pickled red onions. $14.

BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, RICE AND LEEK CASSEROLE Southern Rail This is not your grandma’s casserole! Four types of cheese are melted with smoked onions steeped in a heavenly cream, rice, and the three popular winter vegetables, which are each cooked three different ways to add layers of flavor. The dish is topped with more cheese and blistered in a wood oven before being garnished with candied pecans. $13.

ESCARGOT POTPIE elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain When award-winning super chef Beau McMillian suggests an indulgent dish, you listen! This winter, his recommendation is

this surprising, stupendous (and yes, snailfilled) appetizer, which is made by baking buttery escargot in a pastry along with Bloomsdale spinach, garlic confit, savory maitake mushrooms, and soy caramel. $24. Uptown December '17


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’Tis the season for glittery flair, even adorning your shoes. On-trend for winter are shimmery-chic finds like the Sequin 105 Metallic Booties by Giuseppe Zanotti, known for his iconic, innovative and enchanting footwear designs. Crafted in Italy, these silver-sequined stunners are set on a metallic heel, lined in satin, and feature a back zip with a leather sole – and they’re a prime example illustrating Zanotti’s fusion of classic, artisanal craft with a futuristic, boundary-pushing aesthetic. From jazzing up your favorite LBD to strutting your stuff at a celebratory fete, these boots were definitely made for dazzling. $895 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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Style SHOP


GIFTS THAT GLIMMER Treat a loved one (or yourself) to something sparkly for the holidays

Aquamarine pendant, London Gold Designs, $18,522 at London Gold, 480.367.1717. White gold diamond and sapphire removable earring charms and diamond hoops, $3,200 at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. Three-strand yellow gold diamond necklace, $3,600 at The Diamond Guys, 480.656.0652. Custom-designed morganite rose gold engagement ring, price upon request at The Diamond Guys. Open-work diamond bracelet, $23,949 at London Gold. Yellow gold diamond ring, $3,800 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. Diamond cocktail ring, $9,750 at Isaac Jewelers, 480.941.9090. Marquis climbers, $10,900 at Isaac Jewelers.


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THE SILVER LINING Shine bright in the season’s most striking hue

Metallic peplum dress, Kate Spade, $59 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Cowl-neck tunic, Frank Lyman, $219 at Classy Jazzy Cutique, 480.513.1480. Jacquard pants, Cartonnier, $24.95 at My Sister’s Closet. Sequin and beaded flap bag, Dolce & Gabbana, $975.95 at To Be Continued, 480.699.2700. Metallic pointedtoe pumps, Gucci, $295.95 at To Be Continued. Clubmaster sunglasses, RayBan, $289 at Optics, 480.991.0509.

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JACKET: Black textured leather, $348. NECKLACE: Gold Y-drop, $48. TOP: Red turtleneck, $118. PANTS: Black jeans, $148. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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NECKLACE: Gold layered, $48. TOP: Floral blouse, $138. SKIRT: Black maxi, $138. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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JACKET: Red leather moto, $398. TOP: Black sweater, $118. PANTS: Multicolor printed, $198. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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EARRINGS: Long rhinestone, $48. JACKET: Blush faux fur, $278. TOP: Pink lace bodysuit, $118. SKIRT: Brown midi, $185. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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DRESS: Blue bodycon applique, $228. From Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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EARRINGS: Silver contemporary, $38. TOP: Teal floral V-neck blouse, $138. PANTS: Teal high-waisted, $178. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.


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EARRINGS: Gold hoops, $38. TOP: Mustard knit sweater, $138. PANTS: Black leather leggings, $158. All from Marciano, 480.941.3132.

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HOLIDAY GLAM Make a festive entrance at any soiree

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes glitz and glam. Whether you want to get dolled up before a holiday shindig or a glamourous gala, we’ve got you covered. Break out the brightening highlighter and metallic shadows and up the ante with a bold lip color to celebrate in style with these rich, look-at-me finds.

Fenty Beauty Eclipse 2-in-1 Glitter Release Eyeliner Singer and beauty icon Rihanna stayed true to her song lyrics, “shine bright like a diamond,” when she created this product for her beauty line. In the green-black metallic/smoky emerald glitter variation, this limited-edition, smoothglide liquid eyeliner lets you choose your own finish – low-key metallic or high-impact sparkle. The liner dries to a sleek metallic finish, which you can rub when dry to reveal a surprising sparkly effect. $20 at Fenty Beauty, Estee Lauder Limited Edition Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Highlighter Victoria Beckham’s partnership with Estee Lauder signals the return of Modern Mercury highlighter, a known favorite amongst the brand’s dedicated followers. Intense and with high shimmer, this exceptionally pigmented highlighter will work to illuminate the skin and enhance your natural beauty (and cheekbones). This treasure is made with a gelee formula, which makes the application process simple and flawless. $75 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Edition Lipstick in Le Rouge What better way to get in the holiday


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spirit than to don a red lipstick? Achieve full opacity with just one swipe or continue applying to build an even bolder color. True to its name, this dazzling accessory has a luminous satin texture, providing a glossy cream sheen finish and giving your lips plentiful hydration. $37 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Bobbi Brown Caviar and Rubies Eye Shadow Palette Packed with a festive punch, this limited-edition party palette is dressed to the nines with nine neutral, jewel-toned and gilded eye shadows. These high-sparkle metallic and shimmer shadows blend smoothly while adding a dash of dimension to any eye look. Need something to balance out all of that sparkle? Mix and match with the matte options to create a smoky, sultry effect. $75 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Beauty My Burberry Blush Palette Sweep this limited-edition face powder over your cheeks for a glowing, flushed effect. The perfect hint of color, the floral design palette is made up of a subtle rosy hue and illuminating pearls that add a hint of sparkle. The non-chalky formula is lightweight, easy to blend, and can be layered for extra intensity. $68 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.




BERRY & BRASS Deck the halls with two of winter’s coolest trends

Velvet chair, Haute House, $2,499 at Horchow, Arching acrylic shade floor lamp, $329 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Openwork metal-framed rectangular mirror, $745 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790. Ivory and fuchsia patterned rug, $74.95-$499.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Metal-clad coffee table, $799 at Pottery Barn, 602.957.2297. Cable knit faux Sherpa throw pillow, UGG, $39.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond,

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When family and friends gather ’round for the holidays, there’s nothing quite like bonding over game night. Upgrade your standard Scrabble game for a giant version of the fun wordplay war. Crafted from wood with colors and graphics based on the original 1949 edition, RH, Restoration Hardware’s Giant Wall Scrabble clocks in around 6 feet by 5 feet. Equipped with all the accessories its tabletop predecessor has, including a fabric bag for the letter tiles, the giant game also has the addition of four magnetic tile racks that detach from the board during play, chalk, an eraser, hanging hardware, and, of course, a chalkboard to keep track of the score. $1,346 at RH, Restoration Hardware.

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Located in the highly sought-after guard gated community of Lincoln Hills, this classic midcentury modern home was remodeled in 2010. Situated high above the Valley, nestled against the cliffs, the property borders the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and offers panoramic views of the city below, from Camelback Mountain to the Downtown Phoenix skyline. The zen, minimalistic vibe can be felt from the moment you pull into the carport, greeted by clean lines, simple landscaping and an oversized glass front door. As you walk into the open-concept space, you’ll be greeted with rich wood flooring, natural light and a unique, contemporary feel. The kitchen, with a wall of doors that fully open to the patio and backyard area, features granite countertops, an extensive island/ breakfast far, modern white cabinets and an accent backsplash. Additional room highlights of the just over 4,000-squarefoot home include an office with built-in cabinets and a home theater. Outside of the three-bedroom, four-bathroom abode, you’re welcomed by lush greenery including grass, mature trees and shrubs. The covered and uncovered extensive patio is accompanied by a rectangular pool and spa area. 3500 E. Lincoln Drive 9, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Listed for $1,765,000 with Ingibjorg Valsdottir of HomeSmart, 602.315.8176 or


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2018 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA250 Good things in a small package BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $33,400

The small, compact luxury crossover segment is growing rapidly, flooded with a vast array of makes and models. Mercedes-Benz’s entry is the GLA250, more hatchback than SUV and smaller than the maker’s other compact crossover, GLC. Since its debut in 2015, GLA has seen few substantial changes but many minor upgrades. The 2018 model gets redesigns to the front and rear bumpers, grille, wheels, and LED taillights. The power rear liftgate can be opened or closed with the wave of your foot under the bumper and a rearview camera is now standard. Interior changes include a new 8-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto compatibility, and a black ash matte wood trim. GLA is offered in three trim levels: the base front-wheel drive GLA250 (tested here) with a 208-horsepower, turbo-charged V-4 engine; the all-wheel drive GLA250 4MATIC, which has the same engine and horsepower as the base model; and the performance-oriented AMG GLA 45 allwheel drive with 375 horsepower. There is also a special Ice Edition that’s mostly an appearance package and is limited to just 400 units. Acceleration should satisfy most drivers, but

I did experience some turbo lag – slight engine hesitation – upon acceleration. Although not a sports coupe, GLA has crisp handling. But the suspension is on the firm side and not so welcome on rough roads with uneven pavement. The 4MATIC system is surprisingly capable and will do well on snowy roads and rough gravel, thanks to the optional off-road comfort suspension. Slip behind the steering wheel and you’ll find a favorable, elevated driving position. All cabin materials are high quality with meticulous craftsmanship. There’s plenty of legroom up front, however, two average-sized adults will struggle to remain comfortable in the diminutive rear seat. The GLA is equipped with a suite of safety systems, including eight standard airbags, plus warning systems like Active Brake Assist to avoid or mitigate collisions and Attention Assist to detect signs of drowsy driving. Overall, GLA is the best-looking vehicle in its segment. There’s room enough for four, even if the rear seat isn’t as roomy as I’d like. But for all its good looks, the ride might be too firm. And for those who seek a real crossover rather than a tall hatchback, GLA may not fill the bill.

Price as tested: $50,000 Seating: 4 Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-charged V-4 Horsepower: 208 Fuel economy: 24/33 mpg city/ highway Fab features: Standout good looks Agile and easy to drive Superb safety technology

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BIG, BOLD AND RED Five winter wines that wow

There’s nothing like a glass of big, bold red wine to pair with the welcome chill in the air. In addition to being the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing night by the fire and delicious to sip with a seasonal meal, red wine also makes a great hostess and holiday gift. Here are some of our favorite local varietals to taste and to give.

Carlson Creek: 2015 Malbec This family-owned, Cochise County-based vineyard – which also has a tasting room in Scottsdale – has grown so popular that it’s expanded from 40 to 280 acres since its inception just a handful of years ago. The Malbec, the vineyard’s first-ever release of this varietal, is a full-bodied bottle with hints of smoke and tobacco. It also has malbec’s signature notes of black pepper as well as rich flavors of plums and blackberries. $40.

Javelina Leap 2015 Zinfandel Last year’s winner of the Arizona Republic Wine Competition for top zinfandel, this 100 percent zinfandel – grown entirely on Javelina Leap’s own estate in Northern Arizona – knocks you down with its dizzying pepper and spice notes, only to pick you back up with its mellow, supple mouthfeel and sinfully satisfying flavors of cherry and passion fruit. $36.

LDV Winery 2012 The Signature Petite Sirah Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of Cochise County and also boasting its own tasting room in Scottsdale, LDV Winery focuses on growing Rhône varietal grapes including syrah, grenache, viognier, and – fittingly, their signature grape – petite sirah. “The Signature” is made from 100 percent petite sirah grapes and is only made when the vintage produces grapes that will showcase well on their own. This ultra-full-bodied wine explodes with smoky, spicy, dark fruit flavors. $40.

Page Springs Cellars 2015 Grenache Fun fact: Grenache is the most widely planted grape in the world. However, in Arizona – due to the terrain – it takes on a silky texture quite unique to the area. This blend of 89 percent grenache and 11 percent barbera is sourced from fruit spanning three different vineyards across Elgin, Fort Bowie and Portal in Southern Arizona. This gives it intensity upon first swirl and sip followed by crystal-clear flavors of strawberry, stone fruit and even a hint of herbs. $40.

Pillsbury Wine Company 2013 Guns & Kisses A recent double gold medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, this earthy, peppery shiraz is as big and bold as it is surprisingly balanced. Wine aficionados will note something unique on the nose – the distinct aroma of viognier. That’s because this 100 percent estate wine is made in the tradition of Côte-Rôtie, a lauded wine region of France where they coferment red wine with white viognier grapes for their aroma. $72. Each wine is available at a variety of Valley locations, including select Total Wine & More, Whole Foods, Fry’s Food Stores, and AJ’s Fine Foods.


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Little Miss BBQ’s chef Scott Holmes and The Gladly’s executive chef Bernie Kantak have been friends for nearly 20 years. The result of this foodie friendship? A new collaborated menu item, offering the best of both restaurant’s worlds on one plate – think tangy Little Miss BBQ meats with crisp Mexican flavors and the street food appeal of tacos. Through spring 2018, enjoy these tacos ($14) made with cascabel chili salsa, cabbage slaw, pickled onion, queso fresco at The Gladly. Located at The Anchor Centre, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.759.8132;

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BOURBON & BELLS Dougbird’s sweet and spicy sipper


Doughbird might be best known for its rotisserie chicken and wood-fired pizzas, but guests also need a refreshing cocktail to imbibe while enjoying these delicious bites. Enter Bourbon & Bells, Doughbird Beverage Director Matt Snapp’s answer to a bourbon-forward sipper. “The drink is approachable, and acts a gateway for young and new bourbon enthusiasts,” Snapp says. While bourbon is the main ingredient (Buffalo trace bourbon to be exact), the cocktail is balanced by some unexpected ingredients: smashed bell peppers, clover honey, ancho reyes poblanos and lemon. “This is a fresh update of a classic gold rush with two preparations of peppers: sun dried and steeped, and fresh sliced and muddled.” Snapp adds, “The honey and the lemon are the first note on the palate, with the rich bourbon in the middle, and finally it echoes with a sultry spice from the ancho reyes poblano.” The muddled peppers exist to add a fresh vegetal component, blending with the second earthy compenent in the Sencha tea-infused honey. “It’s garnished with freshly sliced bell peppers because you drink with your eyes first, nose second, and mouth third.” As far as what to eat while you’re enjoying Bourbon & Bells ($10)? Snapp suggests the shishito peppers or chicken wings, because of the spice and honey, and the BBQ chicken pizza. Doughbird, 4385 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.345.9161;


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In the kitchen with Alex Stratta, director of culinary operations at MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails


When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I don’t recall when I wanted to be a chef, but being fifth generation in the hotel and restaurant business; it just happened to be that I gravitated to the kitchen at a very early age and began to develop a craft that I became passionate about. To you, food is… Much more than the obvious; substance. My appreciation for all things culinary is a culmination of tradition, history, culture, nature, health, conviviality and craft. If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be… A historian, researcher, archeologist or designer. What foods are your guilty pleasure? Any baked sweets or pastries, but I love foie gras and caviar (when I get the chance). Tell us about the new MATCH menu: My vision for the menu and culture at Match is one of providing an experience of genuine hospitality and reverence for refinement of simple and natural flavors. The menu is the sum of all of my culinary knowledge, dressing down food to its essentials; natural, simple, seasonal and fresh, crafted with the attention to detail and an understanding of the origins and traditions of the menu items. What brought you to FOUND:RE? My desire to be closer to my children brought me back to Phoenix and Phoenix brought me to the FOUND:RE. You’ve been on TV in the past, first “Iron Chef USA” and then “Top Chef Masters.” How did those experiences change your views on food or your cooking style? My television experiences did not particularly change my style or the way I viewed food, rather they gave me an insight into the power of media in its ability to educate and excite many people about my trade and our culinary evolvement. Located at FOUND:RE Phoenix, 1100 N. Central Ave, Phoenix; 602.875.8084; www.

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THIS SPUD’S FOR YOU The Valley’s most perfect potatoes

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food for any time of the year, especially during winter. They are so popular, in fact, that the average American eats more than 138 pounds of them each year! Read on to discover 12 of the most apeeling takes on taters by Valley chefs.


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Poutine, $10 A “campy” take on the Canadian classic, this indulgent starter is comprised of fried pickles and French fries smothered with cheddar curds and elk gravy (yes, it’s actually made using elk!) and garnished with cilantro. 6107 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.750.0506;


Grandma Sarah’s Famous Potato Pancakes, $11.49 Named for the owner’s grandmother, this traditional Hanukkah dish starts with hand-grated potatoes mixed with onions, salt, pepper, matzo meal and eggs. They are then hand-molded, fried to crispy perfection, and served three to an order with sour cream and applesauce on the side. Multiple locations;

Eddie Merlot’s Top: Mastro’s Bottom: Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie’s Gourmet Black Truffle Tater Tots, $18.95 Start your meal with five housemade tater tots topped with flavorful black truffles and shaved Parmesan cheese, then served atop a dollop of chive sour cream with a garnish of fresh chives. 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0480;

El Chorro

Scalloped Potatoes, $8 Offered as a side dish, El Chorro’s scalloped potatoes are a must-have to complement the restaurant’s surf-and-turf fare. Ooey and gooey, the potatoes are loaded with a combination of heavy cream, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and herbs, then baked to get a slight crisp on top. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.948.5170;

Federal Pizza

Sweet Potato Pizza, $13 Dig into a carb-loaded, wood-fired pizza at this award-winning midcentury modern restaurant. It’s crowned with sweet potatoes, sage and ricotta, and it’s also available with a gluten-free crust option. 5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.795.2520;


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Steak 44

Chef Watson’s Potatoes, $12 Steak 44’s executive chef Robert Watson’s namesake menu item is a dizzyingly delicious play on au gratin potatoes featuring caramelized onions, gouda and mozzarella. 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.271.4400;

St. Francis

Crispy Fingerling Potatoes, $12 This best-selling starter is made by baking the potatoes with olive oil, paprika and pepper, and then topping them with shredded Parmesan, crisped rosemary and sage. For dipping, they’re served with a housemade lemon aioli and Mexican ketchup. 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.8111;

Urban Tacos

Pork Belly & Potato Taco, $6.25 a la carte You might go loco for this innovative taco. Mashed potatoes are heaped onto a corn tortilla along with luscious pork belly, Oaxaca cheese, chopped poblano, chipotle salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro in this south-of-theborder-inspired potato dish. 6522 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.368.2708; El Chorro

Lincoln, A JW Steakhouse

Garlic Lobster Twice Baked Potato, $28 This perfectly baked Idaho potato is topped with an entire lobster, making it a scrumptious side for the table to share or even a swoon-worthy entree on its own. Located at JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.905.7979;


Lobster Mashed Potatoes, $38 This decadent dish – a signature of the steakhouse since its inception – features giant pieces of lobster folded into creamy, buttery housemashed potatoes with a touch of salt and herbs. Multiple locations;

Top Left: St. Francis Top Right: Steak 44 Bottom: Federal Pizza


The Original Green Chile Potato, $6 To experience New Mexico without leaving the Valley, don’t miss this off-the-menu, twice-baked and whipped potato stuffed into a roasted smoky Anaheim – or New Mexico – chile, served with a tortilla on the side. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.265.5886;


Hangover Fries, $11 Hangover or not, this rich mound of crisp-fried Parmesan fries – complete with melted cheddar, jalapenos, tomatoes, bacon, sour cream and two sunny side up eggs – will cure what ails you. 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.3353;

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The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute hosted its annual history dinner at Arizona Biltmore.


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Deborah Berkley and Lilly Berkley

Robney and Kathy Groleau

Andrea Dorr and Fred Pakis

Molly Podlesny and Claire Eichmann

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Audrey’s Angels annual fundraising gala took place at The Camby Hotel, where guests enjoyed a string quartet during the cocktail hour, a silent auction, a hosted bar, and dinner. Phoenix artist Randall Hedden gave a tribute art performance, and the finished piece was donated to the live auction to raise funds for Audrey’s Angels music enrichment programs.

Julie Joynt and Maddie Joynt


Haley Knight and Lisa Ingalls

Tom and Lorri Dougherty

Carly and Craig Alderson

Bob and Rene Brackney

Pascale Matte and Mark FitzGerald

Michael Rossman and Debra Radway

Darla Sipolt and Barbara Glass

Robert and Marta Logan

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This 1920’s-themed event featured live music, dancing, delicious food, and an auction, benefiting HonorHealth’s community programs.


Jose and Lorena Romo

Angie Murget and Tim Miller

Rama Kunkure and Peter Nitka

Brandon and Heidi Budlong

Kelly and Todd LaPorte

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This annual celebration, benefiting Phoenix Theatre, was an evening of show-stopping performances featuring original musical tributes celebrating this year’s honorees. The evening also featured a hosted cocktail reception, a Greek feast, and dancing under the stars.

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Kimberly and William Jacobson

Andrea Botar and Christine Gustafson

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Carol Poore and Nan Hurlett

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TRIPLE THREAT Get your sweat on at Sweatshop on Central


Why join a studio that specializes in just one of the popular workout disciplines when you can join one that makes three favorites their priority? Sweatshop on Central opened at Uptown Plaza last month, offering spin, yoga and barre. “We wanted to provide a space that would meet all of our clients’ fitness needs under one membership instead of three separate payments. They get cardio with our spin classes, toning in barre, and flexibility in yoga,” explains Ashley Zettler, owner of Sweatshop on Central. Zettler, who is also an owner of Sumits Yoga North Phoenix, has been teaching yoga locally since 2010. She first began practicing 13 years ago while attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco for interior architecture and design. “On the last day of design school, I was asked by a professor, ‘So what do you want to do now?’ I replied, ‘I want to open a yoga studio.’ Today, my partners and I have owned another yoga studio in North Phoenix for the past four years, so when the opportunity arose to be a part of the community at Uptown Plaza, we couldn’t pass it up. We love the energy of this newly


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revitalized neighborhood hub.” In preparation for opening Sweatshop on Central, Zettler has also obtained barre and spin teacher certifications. Justin Levine, who has been teaching locally for six years, will assist Zettler in leading the yoga program at the studio, and several additional spin and barre teachers will be instructing the other classes. “We want to create a place where everyone can come and feel better about being himself or herself,” Zettler says. “Not only physically but mentally. Everyone is welcome to come just as they are. We all start somewhere and we encourage everyone along his or her journey.” Sweatshop on Central is offering four to five classes in each discipline per day in each of the three workout rooms: breathe (yoga), burn (barre), and bike (spin). “With the help of Lightvox Studio, I designed the studio to accentuate the character of the original building (which opened in 1955). We started by sandblasting the brick walls to reveal its original red hues and exposed the structure throughout the space to create high ceilings and a bright, airy feel, including a rollaway glass garage door in the yoga studio.” The studio also has eco-friendly features such as LED lighting and a high-efficiency system that uses a combination of natural gas and radiant panels radiant panels to lightly heat the yoga studio. In addition to the retail space – carrying the studio’s own branded merchandise and popular brands such as Onzie, Manduka, Spiritual Gangster, K Deer, Sip by Swell and more – the men’s and women’s spa-like changing rooms are a highlight, compete with cubby space and three showers in each changing room. Sweatshop is open Mon.-Thurs., 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Located at 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.603.1891;

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Uptown Magazine December 2017

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