Valley Distillery Earns Top Honors at San Francisco World Spirits...

April 24, 2015 | 8:41 AM | News | By Staff

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Arizona Distilling Company, the first and only distillery in Arizona using locally grown grain, earned the prestigious Double Gold Medal for its Desert Dry Gin at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Additionally, the company took home three other awards.

Arizona Distilling Company’s Desert Dry Gin was one of the four American crafted gins to receive a Double Gold Medal at the 2015 competition, which includes a panel of 41 nationally recognized spirits experts that conduct a blind taste-test.

The local company also won a Gold Medal for its Humphrey’s Whiskey, a Silver Medal for its Desert Durum Wheat Whiskey, and a Bronze Medal for its Park Rye Whiskey. This marks the second consecutive year that Arizona Distillery Company’s spirits have been recognized with honors at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Arizona Distilling Company was founded by three Arizona natives and their products are sold at more than 500 Valley locations. Their spirits can also be purchased directly at their warehouse located in Tempe. Guided tours and tastings are open to the public.

For more information about the Arizona Distilling Company, visit their website at www.azdistilling.com.

    

Our List of Items You Just Have to Have

April 23, 2015 | 8:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Staff

Quip

Desert Living Today has put together a brief list of items that you just have to have. And with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, we may have just given you a great gift idea.

Quip

The Quip is an electric toothbrush handle that will last for life. New brush heads and paste are shipped every three months, as recommended by dentists, to promote better upkeep for users.

Created to suit the modern lifestyle and engineered to do the basics better, the Quip encourages a regular routine, ensures correct technique, and enables more effective upkeep.

The automatic brush head is guided by a smart electric motor that helps model correct technique and timing with pulses every 30 seconds and 2 minutes.

Manual brushes, single brush heads, and travel and home toothpaste tubes start at $5.

The electric brush starter pack starts at just $25 and allows consumers to choose a handle and get a free head and paste set. Refill packs are sent every three months for just $10. This subscription service conveniently reminds users to replace their brush head on time by having supplies delivered straight to their door. So there is no commitment and no hassle. For more information about Quip, visit their website at www.getquip.com.

Mansfield Time

Mansfield Time gear is built for adventure and supports the passion of everyone from full time workers to hardcore outdoorsmen by providing products that last. From Midnight Zulu to Gunmetal Blue, Mansfield watches are timeless and durable.

For more information about Mansfield Time and shop their collection of watches, visit their website at www.mansfieldtime.com.

iKettle

The iKettle, the world’s first WiFi Kettle, provides a simple one-touch setup that allows consumers to control the device from anywhere in their house via a smart-phone. The Wake mode gently rouses consumers from sleep for a wake-up call that offers to get the kettle going.

The iKettle comes with four tailored and precise temperature settings to provide a flawless brew. And even though it is packed full of incredible technology, its clean stainless steel design, LED Backlit control panel, soft-touch rubber handle and functional filtered spout are aesthetically pleasing.

For more information about the iKettle, visit www.smarter.am.

    

Mother’s Day Deals Around the Valley

April 22, 2015 | 8:47 AM | Deals | By Staff
Photo courtesy of Roaring Fork

Photo courtesy of Roaring Fork

Crudo

Crudo chef Cullen Campbell will be offering a three-course feast from 10 am – 2 pm for $30 per person. Make it a family affair because children 12 and under get a choice of two kid-friendly meals plus dessert for $14. Reservations can be made by calling 602-358-8666 or visiting www.crudoaz.com

J&G Steakhouse

J&G Steakhouse has assembled a three-course dinner for $50 per person on Mother’s Day. Dinner will be served from 5 – 10 pm and includes dessert such as warm chocolate cake or strawberry pavlova. As always, J&G Steakhouse will have an unbeatable variety of wins by the glass to savor alongside your meal. Call 480-214-8000 or visit www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com for reservations.

Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork is honoring Valley moms with a special Mother’s Day brunch on May 10. From 10 am – 1:30 pm, diners can enjoy a buffet style menu that features a selection of breakfast items, signature side dishes, hearty entrees and tasty desserts for $35 for adults and $19 for children. Reservations can be made by calling 480-947-0795or online at www.roaringfork.com.

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Executive chef Michael Rusconi is offering a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday, May 10. For $49 per guest, diners can indulge in a three-course meal that includes a starter, main course, and dessert. Reservations can be made by calling 480-483-0009 or online at www.rusconiskitchen.com

Sierra Bonita

From 9 am – 3 pm on Mother’s Day, Sierra Bonita Grill will be serving its signature Southwestern brunch dishes along with specials created just for mom. Along with tasty dishes, brunch will include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa special for $15. For reservations, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com.

TEXAZ Grill

There’s nothing as American as Apple Pie and mom! So TEXAZ Grill is offering Valley moms a free slice of apple pie on Mother’s Day – of course, proof of motherhood is required. Owner/chef Steve Freidkin will be serving brunch from 10 am – 4 pm and supper from 4 pm – 10 pm, and will offer Mother’s Day specials on the menu.

    

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival Returns April 25th

April 21, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Events | By Staff

Chandler Craft

Calling all cocktail lovers, the Chandler Craft Spirits festival is less than two weeks away! On April 25, distributors from Arizona’s top distilleries and some of the nation’s largest spirit companies will come together from 5-9 pm at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler.

The event will hold drinks and small bites from companies such as Social Box, San Tan Brewing Company, San Marcos and Caketini. There will also be an onsite Lululemon Lounge, giveaways and skinny cocktails from Azunia Distillery. There will also be a craft cocktail seminar hosted by talent in the industry, Arizona Cocktail Hour’s Eddy Garcia and mixologists from around the Valley. The seminar will begin at 5:30 pm and participants will learn how to create their own craft cocktails at home.

There are more than 50 spirits and vendors attending the festival including Arizona Distilling Co., Tombstone, Desert Diamond Distilleries and many more. The festival will once again benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership organization, a nonprofit organization that works to advance the development of Downtown Chandler to enhance its appeal for residents and tourists.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $40 and include 15 drink tickets. The festival will be located at Dr. AJ Chandler Park at 3 S. Arizona Ave. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, http://www.chandlercraftspiritsfestival.com/#!tickets/cjhb.

    

Musical Instrument Museum To Celebrate Weeklong Fifth Anniversary

April 20, 2015 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

MIM Gallery

On April 20, 2015 the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a weeklong celebration. The MIM has made a huge impact in five short years in the Phoenix community by welcoming over 1.15 million guests and becoming TripAdvisor’s top-ranked attraction in Phoenix. MIM has also received over 140,000 students with its school field-trip program.

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, every weekday there will be a different theme inspired by one of the museum’s five major Geographical Galleries. Every day there will be activities held including two Gallery Talks by members of the MIM’s curatorial team and musical performances with a themed menu in Café Allegro.

On April 25 and 26 the museum will host “Experience MIM.” It will include a weekend of celebration with opportunities to “speed date” a curator, listen to musical performances, participate in crafts, take pictures at the photo booth or receive face painting. There will be complimentary cupcakes for the first 100 guests each day and a sparkling wine tasting in Café Allegro.

The MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information and a schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call (480)-478-6000.

    

Local Artist Joshua Louchheim to be Featured at monOrchid in May

April 17, 2015 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Joshua Louchheim

Shade Projects is presenting From the Outside Looking In, featuring the solo exhibition of local artist Joshua Louchheim in the Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, May 1 from 6-10 p.m. with Louchheim in attendance along with music from the 76th Street Band.

From the Outside Looking In will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from May 1 – 31.

Louchheim’s latest work features 20 oil paintings highlighting the artist’s love of the landscape that will engage the senses and transport the viewer to another place and time.

Louchheim is a self-taught artist who has exhibited his artwork in various galleries in Arizona including Art One Gallery, the monOrchid, and most recently, at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery. His work has also been seen in several local publications including YabYum Music & Arts and LocalRevibe.

The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The building is open daily and the exhibition may be viewed during business hours.

    

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Adds Casitas, Suites

April 16, 2015 | 12:05 PM | Scottsdale | By Staff

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If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay during a visit to Scottsdale or to simply get away for a staycation, The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has added an exciting new room category to its already luxurious accommodations.

The new Camelback Casitas and Camelback Suites showcase a fresh and contemporary look that were designed to spotlight Paradise Valley’s breathtaking views. The casitas and suites include soft furnishings and décor in elegant, neutral colors.

The 500-square foot Camelback Casitas feature tile flooring throughout with a separate seating area and dry bar. The bathrooms feature lit vanity mirrors and a skylight, as well as separate oversized tubs and a tiled shower.

The Camelback Suites are designed to capture the dramatic vistas of the Arizona desert. The room gives the feel of the desert landscape, while the wood furnishing and light color palette are timeless. One bedroom or two bedroom suites both have a living and dining area, wood-burning fireplace and dry bar.

An additional change will soon be coming to one of Sanctuary’s private Mountainside Estates, Casa del Sano. In early 2016, it will be transformed into a Spa House which will include a movement studio and accommodate groups up to eight.

For more information about The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, visit their website at http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/index.html.

    

Kentucky Derby Events Around The Valley

April 15, 2015 | 11:36 AM | Events | By Staff

Southern Rail

Kentucky Derby season is just around the corner and that means it time to pull out your most fashionable hats. Just because we live in Arizona, it doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate the Derby in style. Check out this list of the best Kentucky Derby events happening around the valley:

Bevvy’s Kentucky Derby Watch Party

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 the Valley’s newest gastro-pub, Bevvy (4420 N Saddlebag Trail), will be hosting a blowout Kentucky Derby Party and guests will be able to watch the race on the 30-plus flat-screen TVs. The party will amazing bar food, contests for “Best Hat”, “Biggest Hat”, “Best Dressed” and “Celebrity Look-Alikes”. Winners for the contests will receive complimentary Champagne and gift cards.

Bevvy will be serving up a special Derby-themed brunch/ lunch menu and there will be complimentary Champagne and mint juleps to early birds. Doors open at 11am go to www.bevvyaz.com for more information.

Kelly’s at Southbridge

Kelly’s at Southbridge (7117 E. 6TH Avenue) will be hosting the “Bubbles and Brown: Race for the Rose” event. On Saturday, May 2nd guests can enjoy $10 glasses of Perrier-Jouet Rose and $8 markers Mint Julips. There will be contests for the Best Hat and Best Dressed Couple.

The event will be showing the Derby live on surrounding TVs throughout the 8,000 square foot venue. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com

Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Steakhouse (7575 E. Princess Drive) will be a Kentucky Derby event with a delicious “Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch” on the lawn. Brunch will include Derby inspired cocktails and delicious food such as buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, biscuits & gravy, Crab Louie and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese.

There will be coverage of the derby on plasma screens indoor and out, hat contests, trunk show and games for the kids on the lawn.

Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $79 per person. Call 480-585-2694 to make reservations.

Turf Paradise 

Turf Paradise (1501 W Bell Rd) will be hosting many different events on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for the Kentucky Derby. There will be mint juleps, fashion judging, clubhouse buffets, tiki-style bars and private TV showings of the derby.

For a complete list of the different packages offered at the the Turf Paradise for the derby visit, http://www.turfparadise.com/kentucky-derby-party.html

Southern Rail

Chef Justin Beckett will be whipping up a Kentucky Derby feast for guests on Saturday, May 2, 2015. He encourages all guests to dress to the nines in their most fashionable Kentucky Derby Style. The all-day event will be hosted at Southern Rail (300 W. Camelback Rd) with a race-day selection of Kentucky fare, fashion contests, live coverage of the race and Mint Juleps.

For more information visit, http://southernrailaz.com

The Phoenician

The Phoenician (6000 E. Camelback Rd) is to host its 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The event will include Southern-style cuisine, hat contest, best Southern fashion, winner’s circle raffle, flat-screen TVs and prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit After the Homestretch, an organization dedicated to finding homes for former racehorses.

The event will be hosted on the Orchid Lawn at The Phoenician and will run from 1-4 pm. Tickets are $65 per person, for more information visit http://www.thephoenician.com/event/derby-day-at-the-phoenician/.

    

New Restaurant Coming to Central Phoenix by Owners of Crudo & Bar...

April 14, 2015 | 11:45 AM | Bars | By Staff

Okra
Get ready for a great way to stay cool this summer with a new restaurant concept coming to Central Phoenix. This new hangout will be led by the trio behind the award-winning Crudo & Bar Crudo, Chef Cullen Campbell, wife/co-owner Maureen Campbell and co-owner/mixologist Micah Olson to open an all-new restaurant inspired by Southern and Italian cooking.

The new restaurant concept, Okra, was inspired by Chef Campbell’s yearning to connect with his family’s Southern roots. Okra will be an opportunity for Chef Campbell to showcase his Southern cooking from attending college across from the Mississippi River in Memphis and combine that with a modern take on traditional dishes with classic Italian influences.

The menu with have daily lunch & dinner items with entrées such as Southern Fried Chicken served two ways: Buttermilk-brined or Tennessee Hot, Pig Pot Pie, Redneck Burger and many more. Italian influences will include a selection of focaccia bread pizzas and the Southern Friend Chicken topped with Umbrian meat sauce. Even better, wash all the delicious food down with craft wines, beers and cocktails and small-batch bourbons.

Okra is currently under construction inside The Crown, a midcentury modern shopping center in north-central Phoenix (5813 N 7th St.). It features a stylish indoor-outdoor space, high top and table seating, expo-style kitchen and wooden bar top.

On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 there will be a sneak peak tasting of dishes from Okra hosted at Crudo. The event will be a special Kentucky Derby Dinner with a three-course, rare bourbon- paired dinner. Courses will include Biscuits with honey, Pig Pot Pie and Ham Hock with black-eyed peas and other tasty sides! Tickets are on sale for $65 and reservations are required at (602)-358-8666.

    

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Announces Release of Three New Wines

April 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

LDV Wine

Co-owners of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca have been planting vines since 2008, when they planted their first vines along the Ash Creek in the Chiricahua Mountain Foothills. In 2014, the pair opened up their Scottsdale-based wine gallery and tasting room in a traditional Scottsdale ranch-style house. The vineyard features 100-percent estate grown and produced wines from Lawrence Dunham Vineyards (LDV).

This spring, the winemakers at LDV introduced three new wines to their collection. They hope that the new wines will add variety to the wine they are producing. The 2013 Sky Island Viognier, the 2012 Grenache and the 2012 Sryah are the three newest wines, each with its own unique flavor.

The 2013 Sky Island Viognier ($18 bottle, $6 by glass) has a hint of apricot and a clean finish of flint and minerals, a reminder of the of the Sky Island region’s mountain purity. The wine can be describes as dry and light, perfect for pairing with shellfish, lemon chicken and spicy food.

Next, the 2012 Grenache ($25 bottle, $8 by glass) is a follow-up to the popular 2010 Grenache. The Grenache features an intense fruit flavor due to the maturity of the vines as well as a hint of licorice and toast. This wine is perfect to pair with grilled foods such as chicken kabobs or seared Ahi tuna.

Lastly, the 2012 Syrah ($32 bottle, $10 by glass) is the first of LDV’s estate Syrah releases. It is made with 100% Syrah grapes and aged in one-year-old American oak barrels for 30 months. The wine features dark berries, leather and a touch of mocha. This wine would pair perfectly with cheeses, pizza and grilled meats.

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards is located at 6951 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, their hours differ each day but they are available for private event hosting seven days a week. For more information, call (480)-664-4822 or visit www.lawrencedunhamvineyards.com.

    

Restaurants in Phoenix To Celebrate Tax Day on April 15

April 10, 2015 | 9:03 AM | Restaurants | By Staff
photo via rasushi.com

photo via rasushi.com

The dreaded Tax Day on April 15th, 2015 is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to start crunching some numbers. While there’s nothing fun about a Tax Day deadline, there are many restaurants around the valley that are giving a silver lining to tired tax filers by offering delicious specials on April 15th.

On Tax Day (April 15), TEXAZ Grill will be offering a $10.40 Chicken Fried Steak meal, available all day. The dish comes with two pieces of steak, choice of potatoes, salad and bread and butter. This home-style Chicken Fried Steak meal is sure to hit the spot after a long day of dealing with taxes.

TEXAZ Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016. For more information call 602-248-STAR (7827) or visit www.texazgrill.com

RA sushi will also be offering a Tax Day Wednesday special, with an extended happy hour from open to close at all five valley RA sushi locations. Guests can keep a little extra money by choosing from more than 25 sushi and appetizer selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, as well as a variety of beer, wine, sake and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. Happy hour items include RA favorites such as Rainbow rolls, Pineapple Cheese Wontons, RA’s cocktail menu and much more!

Throughout the month of April, RA will be serving a $6 Blushing Geisha cocktail special, all day, every day. The Blushing Geisha is created with Skyy Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, cold lemonade, fresh lemon sour and soda. For more information visit www.rasushi.com

Lovers of Hard Rock Cafe can also enjoy the end of Tax Day on a good note with free Local Legendry Burgers for those who are willing to belt out their favorite jam on karaoke. This April 15thguests who visit Hard Rock Café and sing a song on the café stage will receive a free burger.

The “Sing for Your Supper” event on Tax Day is the perfect way to let go of all your stress and channel your inner rock star on the stage. Guest will have the chance to earn a free burger from 4-7 pm on April 15th at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Phoenix (2 Soutch 2nd St.). For more information call (602)-261-7625.

    

Massimo De Francesca and Michael Rusconi to host Italian Dinner...

April 9, 2015 | 9:43 AM | Events | By Staff

Scoop Factory Format

Everyone knows that Italy does food best, because who doesn’t love pasta, cheese and wine? There’s no need to travel to Europe to get the full Italian treatment because Italian Chefs, Chef Massimo De Francesca of Taggia at Fire Sky and Michael Rusconi of Rusconi’s American Kitchen are hosting an Italian Dinner Series this spring and summer.

In April, De Francesca and Rusconi will create an Italian menu with modern twists at Rusconi’s Kitchen (10637 N tatum Blvd) for Modern Italian Monday on April 20,2015 at 6 pm. Tickets for the event are $70 and dinner will be served with 5 courses paired with wine. Reservations are available at (480)-483-0009.

On June 25th at 6 pm, De Francesca and Rusconi will be holding a Throwback Italian Thursday dinner to pay homage to red sauce and chianti at Taggia (4925 N. Scottsdale Rd).  Tickets are $70 and this dinner will include 5 courses paired with wine. Reservations should be made by calling (480)-424-6095.

Menus for the events will be available at www.rusconiskitchen.com and www.taggiascottsdale.com very soon.

    

Build Your Own Grilled Cheese This Month At Sauce Pizza & Wine

April 8, 2015 | 10:05 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Grilled Cheese

There really is no better combination than cheese and bread, especially when it is used to make a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s so good in fact that the whole month of April has been dedicated to celebrating the perfection that is a grilled cheese sandwich, with National Grilled Cheese Month. Sauce Pizza & Wine will be celebrating National Grilled Cheese month by hosting a BYOGC (Build Your Own Grilled Cheese) contest.

Guests will have the opportunity to submit their original grilled cheese recipes by going to the store or submitting them online or on Facebook. The winning recipe will be featured in Sauce’s store during the month of May and each grilled cheese sole will have $1 donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

To submit your grilled cheese recipe you may choose one of the following:

  • Visit the nearest Sauce Pizza & Wine to fill out a card
  • Submit your creation online: http://a.pgtb.me/F3VP92
  • Visit Sauce Pizza & Wine’s Facebookpage to submit your idea on social

The winner of the best grilled cheese recipe will be chosen by the Executive Chef based on taste, flavor, cost and creativity. All entries must be submitted before midnight on April 18th.

For a complete list of rules and more information visit, www.saucepizzaandwine.com .

    

Southern Rail to Host James Beard Award-Winning Chef Dan Barber for...

April 7, 2015 | 8:44 AM | Events | By Staff

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On Tuesday, April 14, Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore will host James Beard Award-Winning Chef Dan Barber for a dinner and book talk in celebration of his first book, The Third Plate.

The event will start at 6:00 pm with a three-course, exclusively Arizona dinner by Chef Justin Beckett that is inspired by The Third Plate ($79 and a signed paperback copy of The Third Plate). After dinner, guests will head next door to Changing Hands for a meet & greet and book talk at 8 pm with Dan Barber ($18).

Chef Dan Barber’s, The Third Plate, includes history of American cuisine from the last two centuries and highlights the concept of having food go from the farm-to-table. Barber has spent more than a decade investigating farming communities around the globe and looking for a definition of ethical and nutritious eating. The Chicago Tribune says that The Third Plate is “Funny, engaging and delicious.” Chef Dan Barber was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

To reserve a reservation for dinner and the book talk visit, http://danbarber.bpt.me. This event is limited to 100 guests so buy tickets before they run out! The event will be held at Southern Rail and Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W. Camelback Road).

    

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Starts Tomorrow

April 6, 2015 | 9:40 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

SCF Burgers

It’s time to start your fasting now to prepare your stomachs because the highly anticipated Scottsdale Culinary Festival (SCF) is just around the corner! Starting on April 7, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival has a jam-packed schedule of events that will keep your taste buds happy and your stomachs full until April 12.

Opening Night on April 7th will feature a New Year’s style fabulous event hosted at Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort to kick off a new year of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. The Chocolate and Wine Experience on Wednesday April 8 is an event not to be missed for anyone with a sweet tooth. The sweetest event of the week will be held at the gorgeous Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and guests are invited to explore select exhibits.

Thursday April 9 will hold the Bubbles and Bliss event and the Burger Battle. Bubbles and Bliss will be held at the glamorous W Scottsdale and will feature a White and Gold party, the sparkling champagne soiree. The event will bring the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and massages.  On the same day, the highly anticipated Burger Battle held at Hotel Valley Ho will join the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants together in a culinary cook-off to compete for the 2015 Best Burgers in the Valley award.

The end of the week will have you screaming, “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” at the Eat, Drink and Be Pretty event on Friday, April 10. The event will be held at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Come out and enjoy the weekend and beautiful Arizona weather at the Great Arizona Picnic, SCF’s signature event, on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12. The Great Arizona Picnic will feature over 40 valley restaurants, top chefs, live music on three different stages and a Family Zone with activities for kids.

Also on Saturday, April 11 come join award-winning chefs at top restaurants for a four-course dinner paired with libations. Restaruants include Distrito at the Saguaro Hotel, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn and II Terrazzo at The Phoenician.

To finish off the tastiest event of the year, SCF is hosting the Best of The Fest and Wine Country Brunch events on Sunday, April 12.

To purchase tickets for any of these events or to find out more information go to scottsdalefest.org.

    

Derek Hess, Internationally-Renowned Artist, Coming to First Friday

April 2, 2015 | 10:01 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Perihelion Arts and Modified Arts are bringing Derek Hess to Modified Arts for the First Friday closing reception on April 3. Traveling from his home in Ohio, Hess will meet and talk with fans, and sign pieces purchased from the exhibition. These will include drawings and mixed-media works, showcasing his broad range of talents.

Throughout his esteemed career, Hess has done work for artists including RL Burnside, Reverend Horton Heat, Converge, Pantera and many others.

Hess’s work has been recognized in music and art worlds for over 20 years after he began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland. These flyers caught the attention of bands as well as the Grammy Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Louvre in Paris. His work has been featured on countless album covers and gallery shows, and Hess has been seen on MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, and Newsweek.

Click here to watch the trailer for a new documentary about Hess.

    

Hopdoddy Burger Bar Presents New Specials Through April

April 1, 2015 | 10:15 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Hopdoddy

The Austin-born burger joint Hopdoddy Burger Bar is famous for its all-natural Angus burgers, hand cut fries and delicious milkshakes. Hopdoddy recently came out with a Triple B Shake Special ($12) that will be up for grabs through Sunday, April 5. The new Triple B burger is a combination of bacon, bourbon and blue cheese. The burger has Texas-style Kobe beef and is grilled medium rare and placed on a bed of peppery arugula. Even better, the burger has melted blue jack cheese, warm bourbon bacon onion jam and fried tobacco onions for a crisp texture.

In honor of springtime, Hopdoddy is also celebrating with two specials: the Almond Joy available through April 12 and What’s Up Doc available through April 30. The Almond Joy combines house made ice cream with chocolate syrup, coconut cream, almond butter and is topped off with whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and chocolate drizzle. What’s Up Doc mixes carrot and orange juices spiked with organic vodka, ginger syrup and a hint of lime.

For more information on Hopdoddy, visit www.hopdoddy.com or follow them on twitter and Instagram.

    

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Seeking Volunteers

April 1, 2015 | 10:08 AM | Events | By Staff

Great Arizona Picnic SCF

If you love food, here’s an opportunity to get involved in Arizona’s Tastiest Fundraiser® on April 11-12. The Scottsdale League for the Arts is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer at the 37th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Great Arizona Picnic

The Great Arizona Picnic provides memorable opportunities for volunteering and tasting the Valley’s finest culinary delights. And since proceeds for the 100% non-profit Scottsdale Culinary Festival benefit the arts in Arizona, volunteering is a great way to contribute to the cause.

All volunteers will receive $15 in food and beverage tickets for each shift worked, as well as a free admission pass to the Picnic on your off day to experience the events at your leisure. Volunteers may pick up their t-shirt, training materials, and parking pass during business hours at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts prior to the Festival.

Visit www.scottsdalefest.org/volunteer/ to complete your application today.

    

Greasewood Flat Closing Their Doors on March 31

March 30, 2015 | 8:48 AM | Bars | By Staff

Greasewood Flat

Arizona icon Greasewood Flat is shutting their doors on March 31and local auction company Sam Auctions is inviting the public to own a piece of the wild west on Saturday, April 11.

Greasewood Flat started as an old bunkhouse building in the middle of DC Ranch, which ranged over thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert in the late 1800’s. While this desert has developed into an affluent area of Scottsdale, Greasewood Flat grew into one of the last bastions of Old West Scottsdale with an outdoor dance floor, corrals full of burros, rustic wagons, fire pits, and cast characters that encourages you to kick up your heels.

Greasewood Flat, tabbed as one of the “oldest, quirkiest and most classic bars” in America will sell many of its rustic treasures, and those in attendance will have a chance to win money from the famed “money room.” The room is rumored to have more than $5,000 in signed dollar bills. Raffle tickets are $1 each and proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The event will take place on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Greasewood Flat, 27375 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale.

    

TEXAZ Grill Celebrates 30 Years with $30 Three-Course Specials

March 27, 2015 | 2:02 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Texaz Steak

Since October of 1985, TEXAZ Grill has been a Valley favorite for authentic Texas-style eats. To honor its upcoming 30th anniversary, TEXAZ Grill be offering up a dining deal to thank its loyal customers for three great decades (and counting).

On the 30th day of each month (March 30 through October 30, 2015), diners can enjoy a build-your-own three-course feast, plus beverage, for only $30. Choose an appetizer, such as shrimp cocktail or award-winning TEXAZ Red chili, plus a hearty entrée from the delectable menu, a decadent dessert and a beverage to wash it all down with.

TEXAZ is also introducing a new cocktail, the $7 Dr Zhivago, which is offered in a take-home Tito’s Handmade Vodka glass mason jar for an additional $2.50. Available now through October, this Texas-twist on the traditional White Russian cocktail is made with Texas’ own, Tito’s vodka and Dr. Pepper, as well as Kahlua and cream.

Click here for more information about TEXAZ Grill.

    
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