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Win With The World Champs

June 17, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Want to watch the World Champion Phoenix Mercury defend their WNBA crown, while also enjoying some awesome deals and discounts? This summer Phoenix Mercury has partnered with Arizona businesses around the Valley to provide locals with amazing promotions and events to last throughout the whole summer. Delta Dental of Arizona is celebrating National Smile Month with Phoenix Mercury for a promotion and chance to win a VIP experience for four on June 30, 2015 that includes photo ops with the players, swag bad with autographed item, 4 premium tickets with food/ beverages and a Team Night Out with pre-game warm-ups. You can visit, http://mercury.wnba.com/smiles/ to get entered into the drawing.

Phoenix Mercury will be hosting Friday’s with Carl’s JR every Friday between July 10-July 31 with Scorch and members of the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop squad. From 12-1pm there will be chances to win free Mercury home game tickets and t-shirts at these locations:

  • Friday, July 10: US Airways Center Pavilion, 1st Street and Jefferson
  • Friday, July 17: 2342 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 24: 1202 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • Friday, July 31: 1519 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ

Other promotions offered include 50% off your entire online order at PapaJohns.com the day after each Mercury victory with the promo code MERC50, exclusice discount at Hotel Paomoar Phoenix with promo code “SCORCH” and 20% off all food & beverage at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Lustre Rooftop Garden by presenting a Mercury game ticket.

For a full list of promotions and events offered by Phoenix Mercury visit, http://mercury.wnba.com/mercury/news/promo_calendar.html .

Phoenix Zoo is Offering Entertaining Events to Keep Away the Summer...

June 16, 2015 | 8:10 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Phoenix Zoo will be offering Phoenix locals a way to keep cool and have fun with fun events that are scheduled throughout the summer. On Saturday, June 13, 2015 the Phoenix Zoo’s, “Prowl & Play”, there will be opportunities to meet the Snow Queen and Ice Princess in a meet & greet photo opportunity.

The Prowl & Play event will include activities such as a craft station, corn hole toss, pin the carrot on snowman’s nose and science experiments. There will be opportunities to dance with music from DJ Rockin’ Rob, water slides, Zookeeper talks and more.

On July 18, 2015 the Phoenix Zoo will be hosting “Winter in July” with more than 40 tons of snow. There will be opportunities for guests to watch animals play in the snow and eat icy treats, snow piles for toddlers, snowball target area and an elephant shower with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The Winter in July event will also have a DJ, winter-themed games and educational crafts. For more information about events held this summer at the Phoenix Zoo visit, http://phoenixzoo.org/events/events-calendar/

 

Summer Cocktail Camp 2015 is Returning for a 2nd Summer of Featured...

June 15, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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You’re never too old to go to camp and while the kids are away on their summer adventures, it means it’s time for the adults to enroll in the 2015 Summer Cocktail Camp. With master Valley mixologists, Phoenix hotspot drinking establishments and recipes for the best drinks in town; this is a camp you won’t want to miss.

This crash course in specialty cocktail making will kick off its second year on June 14th. Each session will feature one of the Valley’s leading bartenders/mixologists and be held at a different local hotspot around town. Phoenix Magazine editor Craig Outhier will act as a host for the camp and give guests the opportunity to meet industry professionals.

Each Cocktail Camp will be held on the second and fourth Sundayof the month (1:003:00 pm) from June through September. The list of bars featured is as follows:

  • 6/14: Virtu– Kick-off class
  • 6/28: Barrio Urbano– with Colton Brock
  • 7/12: Last Drop Bar at Hermosa Inn– with Travis Nass
  • 7/26: The Upton– with Ruth Condren
  • 8/9: The Gladly – with Brian Goodwin
  • 8/23: Counter Intuitive – with Jason Asher
  • 9/13: Clever Koi– with Joshua James
  • 9/27: DCM Bar at Desoto Market– with Jillian Jones

With last year’s events selling out in days, reservations should be made quickly by visiting, http://summercocktailcamp.instapage.com. Tickets are being sold for the price of $30 + tax/gratuity per person and can be paid at the venue on the day-of the event. It will include three or four cocktails, a two-hour class and special takeaway gifts and a la carte food offered at an additional price.

Man & Woman of The Year 2015 Grand Finale to be Hosted by Lymphoma...

June 11, 2015 | 8:57 AM | People | By Staff

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According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Over 1 million Americans and 23,000 Arizonans currently battle blood cancers. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone loses their battle.”

In an effort to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support for those affected by Leukemia, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society holds an annual “Man & Woman of the Year” campaign. The Man & Woman of the Year candidates actively participate in the effort to help raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This year’s 2015 Grand Finale will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015(5:30 pm) at Talking Stick Resort.  Candidate’s efforts will be recognized with food, cocktails, music and announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year.  There will be opportunities for guests to meet with top industry leaders in the community, connect with cancer survivors and those who work towards making research possible.

Last year’s winner of the ‘Man of the Year’ Chuck Hauf of Snell & Wilmer raised more than $100,000 in honor of his brother Don, who passed away from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) a few months after the campaign came to an end. Candidates for this year are equally ambitious in their efforts with Celebrity Brunches, Auctions and Cross Fit Competitions to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

To purchase tickets contact Naomi Martinez at [email protected] or call (602)-567-7612 for more information. To donate to candidates for this year’s Man and Woman of the year visit http://www.mwoy.org/az/localchapter/events.

MAD Greens to Celebrate Grand Opening with “Free Salad Day” and...

June 10, 2015 | 9:50 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

The highly anticipated Colorado-based restaurant MAD Greens is making its way to Phoenix after its successful launch of 14 locations in Colorado. MAD Greens is set to open two locations in Arizona, one at Tempe Marketplace (2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215) and the other at Scottsdale & Acoma (14418 N. Scottsdal Rd #185) MAD Greens is set to be a refreshing change to the Phoenix restaurant scene through providing customers with their mission to promote ‘eating better’. MAD Greens is well known for providing fresh ingredients that are made from-scratch daily and specializing in made-to-order salads, fresh blended juices, paninis, wraps and soups.

One June 13, MAD Greens is hosting a pre-opening preview at Singh farms from 8am-1pm where they will be offering delicious salad samples. The MAD Greens team wants to bring the same idea of providing fresh and local ingredients to their Arizona locations as they do for the stores based in Colorado. MAD Greens has partnered with local Arizona farmers and purveyors such as Abby Lee Farms, Bella Fresh, Duncan Family Farms, Hickman Farms and Shamrock Farms to provide fresh ingredients daily to its customers.

To kick-off their grand opening MAD Greens is hosting a “Free Salad Day” on June 25, 2015 at both locations in Arizona. From 10:30 am  to 8 pm guests will be offered their choice of a complimentary beverage and regular-sized salad. This grand opening giveaway will also act a fundraiser to the local chapters of the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC), they will have representatives on-site collecting donations and informing guest about summer programs offered to Valley youths.
For more information about MAD Greens visit, www.madgreens.com.

School’s Out and “Summer Splash Tuesdays” are In at Desert...

June 9, 2015 | 10:56 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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With school out of session, it means that the kids are home for the summer and ready to be entertained. Luckily for parents, Desert Ridge Marketplace will be hosting “Summer Splash Tuesdays.” This free weekly event is something that the whole family can participate in every Tuesday, June 9 to July 21.

Parents can help keep their kids busy and away from the video games from 11 am to 12:30 pm every Tuesday. The Desert Ridge “Summer Splash Tuesdays” will have fun prizes, games, activities and giant splash pad to keep cool.

During this event there will be chances for kids to meet their favorite princesses and super heroes with a new character featured every week. Kids will receive a free downloadable photo with the character and using the hash tag #DesertRidgeTuesdays, parents will be entered in to win a two-night stay at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge with a 50-minute spa treatment to Revive Spa.

Desert Ridge is located at 21001 N. Tatum Blvd at the loop 101 & Tatum Blvd. For more information and for a list of each weekly featured character visit t www.shopdesertridge.com/summer/.

Remington’s at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort Introduces Summertime...

June 8, 2015 | 8:53 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Live jazz, fine dining and beautiful resort scenery is what guests will be able to enjoy this summer through July at Remington’s at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. They are introducing a summer Prix Fixe Dining Trio Menu that will allow guests to enjoy some relaxation in a unique dining experience.

For the month of June, the first Prix Fixe Dining Trio menu features a surf and Turf. Guests can choose one item from each course.

Starters:

– Serrano Pepper and Watermelon Soup

– Braised Short Rib

Entrée: 

– Pan Seared Clear Water Trout

– Coal Fired Denver Steak

Dessert:

– Reverse Root Beer Float

– Trio of Chocolates

Starting July 2, the second Prix Fixe Dining Trio menu will feature Flavor s of France. Guests choose one item from each course.

Starters:

– Vichyssoise (potato and onion soup)

– Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Entrée: 

– Organic Salmon En Croute

– Braised Short Rib

Dessert:

– Profiteroles and Strawberries (puff pastry topped with strawberries)

– Orange and Chocolate

The Prix Fixe Dining Trio is $44 plus tax and gratuity and with the purchase of one Prix Fixe Dining Trio, guests receive another compliments of the chef. Each Dining Trio will have your choice of chardonnay, cabernet or merlot from La Terre Cellars, California.

Live jazz will be performed from Valley musicians six nights a week at the Remington’s Lounge. For more information on performance times or the Prix Fixe Dining Trio call, (480)-951-5101 or visit http://www.scottsdaleplaza.com/dining/remingtons/ to make reservations.

Bobby Q Named to TripAdvisor’s “Hall of Fame”

June 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Bobby QEveryone knows that good barbeque food doesn’t compare to anything else and if you have tried any of the slow-smoked savory dishes at Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ, you know there’s a reason it was voted one of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

Even more recently, Bobby-Q was named to TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame” after winning the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and Bobby-Q is ranked as TripAdvisor’s #3 restaurant in all of Greater Phoenix (out of 2,443 restaurants) and #1 Best BBQ spot in Phoenix.

Earlier this year Bobby-Q was named to the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, voted by OpenTable diners. Bobby-Q was one of just 30 restaurants nationwide to earn this honor in the 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards. They were selected after analyzing more than five million reviews of 19,000 restaurants across the country.

Owner of Bobby-Q, Bob Sikora has barbequing expertise of over 10 years in researching cooking techniques from chefs all over the country. He makes sure that barbeque expert, Executive Chef Mark Hittle, serves all of his dishes with the perfect blend of spices, slow-cooked and grilled to perfection. Bobby-Q offers delicious dishes from Pulled Pork, Smoky Sausage Links, sliced to order Beef Brisket and ribs that fall right off the bone. Additionally, Bobby-Q offers classic dishes like juicy Rotisserie Chicken, Salmon, Fresh Ground Burgers and Hand-Cut Steaks.

Bobby-Q is located at 8501 N. 27th Ave and features reclaimed woodwork with exposed brick walls, antique gas lamps and vintage French doors. For more information about Bobby-Q call, (602)-995-5982 or visit bobbyq.net.

Chef Massimo De Francesca To Host Dining Series Overlooking...

June 4, 2015 | 8:46 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Everyone has learned from the mistake of going to the grocery store hungry, especially when your growling stomach leads you to overload your shopping cart on junk food and sweets. It’s times like this that everyone wishes they had a renowned chef in their ear, telling them how to shop for the best ingredients in the market.

Fear not, because this summer Chef Massimo De Francesca of SaltRock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona is hosting a dining series and guest will have the opportunity to join him in shopping for ingredients with a cooking class and three-course luncheon that over looks the beautiful red rock in Sedona.

Starting Sundays in June through August (11:00 am- 2:30 p.m.), Chef Massimo will hold a dining series with 10 guests and will help them handpick seasonal ingredients from the market in Verde Valley while providing cooking tips and tricks. Chef Massimo will then help guests prepare a three-course lunch with cocktail pairings for each dish. Lunch will be served in a private mediation room with a beautiful view of Sedona scenery.

This hands-on cooking experience starts at $65 per person for up to 10 guests; reservations can be made by calling (928)-340-8821.

Calling all Overheated and Hungry Valley Residents, J&G’s...

June 3, 2015 | 10:12 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Summertime and the living’s easy, unless you are stuck in the brutal Arizona heat. There is no need to fret though if you are melting in the sun, because tired and overheated Valley residents can find an escape at J&G’s Steakhouse.

Get ready to enjoy gourmet food and drink specials all summer at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Every night, guests can enjoy the Sunset Menu with three chef-crafted courses of seasonal meals for $40. There will also be summertime wine specials, enjoy 50% off any bottle of J&G’s Wine Spectator-awarded wine collection priced less that $100.

These deals are available now through the end of August from 5-7pm. J&G’s Steakhouse is located at 6000 E. Camelback Rd.

For more information visit www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com or call (480)-214-8000.

Arizona Biltmore Pairing Top Microbreweries with Multi-Course Menus...

June 2, 2015 | 9:03 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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The Arizona Biltmore is introducing The Biltmore Beer Dinners, pairing beers from top microbreweries with original menus by the resort’s chefs. These dinners will be offered monthly throughout the year.

Held in the private Sunroom at the resort’s Frank & Albert’s restaurant, the four-course dinners are $40 per person.

The Biltmore Beer Dinners this summer feature Founder’s Brewing Co. on June 8; Beers of San Diego on July 13; and Funkwerks Brewing on August 10.

On the menu for the June 8 dinner with Founder’s Brewing Co. are:

Tuna & Beet Tartare with citrus quark, seared watermelon and plantain, paired with Centennial IPA

Lightly Smoked, Blackened Flank Steak with corn puree, corn flan and corn salad, paired with Old Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

Grilled Wild Boar with mushroom ragout and mascarpone risotto, paired with KBS

White Chocolate Cheesecake with freeze dried raspberries and sabayon, paired with Rubaeus Raspberry Ale

Reservations and more information can be found at www.arizonabiltmore.com.

Drink for a Cause During Negroni Week

May 29, 2015 | 8:50 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Negroni Week, an Italian cocktail culture inspired weeklong celebration, is coming to Arizona from June 1-7. Inspired by the Italian Count, Negroni, who combined the  Americano with gin, this cocktail is now recognized around the world for its bittersweet, crisp and cool taste.

Last year Negroni week raised over $120,000 for local charities from around the world and this year Negroni week will partner with many more bars to help raise even more money for great causes. From June 1-7, 2015 the Negroni week will feature more than 1,300 bars worldwide. Local Arizona venues will be making variations of the Negroni drink all week long including Crudo, Culinary Dropout, J&G Steakhouse, Citizen Public House, St. Francis, Windsor and many more!

Each participating venue will mix their favorite Negroni variations and donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Fore more information about Negroni week or for a full list of participating venues visit http://negroniweek.com/about/.

Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia to Host World Golf Scramble...

May 28, 2015 | 9:57 AM | Events | By Staff

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Blackstone Country Club in Peoria is hosting the local qualifying event for the World Golf Scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.on June 8 to earn an invitation to compete in the World Championships in Las Vegas from Aug. 13-16. Blackstone Country Club is the lone private golf club in Arizona participating in the World Golf Scramble qualifying event.

The World Golf Scramble is a four-person competition where amateur golfers from around the world compete in 130 local qualifying events. The grand prize from the progressive purse is estimated at $100,000 in the World Finals.

Registration deadline to participate in the World Golf Scramble is June 1. Cost for tournament play is $150 per player or $600 per foursome. The entry fee includes golf carts, green fees, range balls, $10 in golf shop credit and a year-long subscription to Golf Digest.

For more information about the World Golf Scramble, visit www.worldgolfscramble.com. For more information about Blackstone Country Club, visit www.blackstonecountryclub.com.

American Modernism Coming to Phoenix Art Museum

May 27, 2015 | 8:31 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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On June 7, From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection will open at Phoenix Art Museum, featuring 65 objects of American modernism spanning more than fifty years. Notable artists like Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keefe contributed to the exhibit and the subject matter ranges from the skyscrapers of New York City to the adobe homes of the American Southwest.

All of the paintings, drawings and sculpture that are included in this exhibition will help show visitors the American response to European modernism. American artists began making abstract styles their own by using American subjects in their work during this time period.

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection will be at Phoenix Art Museum from June 7 – September 7 and is organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.phxart.org/exhibition/vilcekmodernism.

Classic Summer Blockbusters Return to Harkins Theatres

May 26, 2015 | 10:04 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

 

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Harkins Theatres is presenting Tuesday Night Classics with special presentations of classic films every Tuesday in June at 7 p.m. For just $5, guests can relive some of their favorite films the way they were meant to be seen – on the Big Screen.

The lineup of classic summer blockbusters in June includes:

June 2 – Jaws

June 9 – The Goonies

June 16 – Braveheart

June 23 – Big

June 30 – Apocalypse Now

For a complete list of participating Harkins Theatres, visit their website at www.HarkinsTheatres.com/TNC.  Harkins Theatres is the largest family owned theatre chain in the country and the premier movie exhibitor of the Western U.S., operating over 440 screens.

Spice Up Your Summer at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

May 22, 2015 | 9:03 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup is serving up a new vegetarian chowder and customizable salads this summer.

Gadzooks serves up more than just their signature build-your-own-enchiladas, including an all-new spicy potato and corn chowder. Diners can also enjoy build-your-own street tacos and house-made soups, along with fresh-baked desserts, handmade margaritas and a special Sunday brunch menu that features enchiladas topped with brunch-only ingredients such as a jalapeno potato hash and eggs any-style.

And perfect for the summer, every Gadzooks enchilada combination is also available as a salad. Diners can order all of their favorite filling and fixings, and then watch as they are flame-fired in the 575-oven and fresh-chopped and dressed to order.

For more information about Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup, visit their website at www.gadzooksaz.com.

Beat the Heat on the Grand Canyon Railway This Summer

May 21, 2015 | 1:20 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel recently announced their summer savings and family-friendly itineraries on experiences from Williams, Arizona on historic Route 66 to the fabled South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The train departs daily at 9:30 am from Williams, Arizona and travels through ponderosa pine forests and scenic desert landscapes to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

On the first Saturday of each month during the summer (June 6July 4August 1 and September 5), the Grand Canyon Railway will feature “Steam Saturdays” and fire up its 1923 steam engine for its run from Williams to the South Rim.

Tickets start at just $29 for children and $65 for adults to enjoy the “ways of the west” all the way to the Grand Canyon and back. For more information about the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, visit www.thetrain.com.

Most Anticipated Summer Restaurant Openings

May 20, 2015 | 9:40 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Summertime in the Valley used to be the slow season, with many restaurants closing shop completely and not reopening until the fall. Well times have changed as this summer three of your favorite Valley restaurateurs will be working overtime, getting ready to open exciting new dining destinations. Here’s a quick run-down of these red-hot new restaurants coming soon.

Buck and Rider

Joining the La Grande Orange family is Buck and Rider, located on Camelback Road west of 44th Street. The restaurant, expected to open in September, is named after a fisherman’s term for a pair of intertwined crabs. Buck and Rider will feature a raw-oyster bar, chowder, sushi, crab and fresh fish sourced from around the country.

Catherine Hayes designed the building, and was also behind the design of La Grande Orange and Chelsea’s Kitchen. For more information about Buck and Rider, visit www.lgohospitality.com.

Okra

The crew behind Crudo is bringing Okra to Seventh Street, south of Bethany Home Road, at Crown on Seventh in September. Okra will feature Southern and Italian inspired cooking such as fried chicken served two ways: buttermilk-brined and Tennessee hot. The menu will also include Pig Pot Pie, Redneck Burger and focaccia bread pizzas, among many other entrees.

And we can’t forget about the drink menu, which will feature seasonal mint juleps and small-batch bourbons.

For more information, visit www.okraaz.com.

Postino WineCafe (pictured)

Postino WineCafe is expanding to Scottsdale, with new locations in both downtown and north Scottsdale.  Scheduled to open in October, Postino Highland will take the space of the former 60’s-era Valley National Bank on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Highland Avenue.

Tentatively scheduled to open in November, Postino Kierland will be built within the award-winning, pedestrian-friendly Kierland Commons.

Postino Highland and Postino Kierland will offer signature specials such as $5 Before 5pm everyday on all wines by the glass and draft beer pitchers, and $20 Bottle & Board on Monday and Tuesdayevenings. For more information about Postino WineCafe, visit www.postinowinecafe.com.

Roaring Fork Returns with Popular All-Night Happy Hour Memorial Day...

May 19, 2015 | 9:25 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Roaring Fork is bringing back their “All-Night, Every Night, All Summer Happy Hour” on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). The happy hour will run until Labor Day (September 7).

Diners are invited to enjoy $5 signature beverages including the huckleberry margarita, Citrus, Guava and Traditional Mojitos, the “Adult Arnold Palmer,” Martini and Manhattans in addition to $5 wines by the glass every day. Soups, salads and appetizers will also be offered at reduced rates, including:

  • Tortilla Soup with rich tortilla broth, rotisserie chicken, avocado and tortilla strips
  • Mixed Market Greens with candied walnuts and feta cheese
  • The Kettle of Green Chili Pork Stew with hot, buttered flour tortillas
  • Pork Wings with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, hominy, pickled vegetables and cojita cheese
  • The Rotisserie Chicken Flatbread with basil pesto, roasted chilis, pepper jack cheese and tomatoes
  • Grilled Fish Tacos served on corn tortillas with guacamole, corn pico, remoulade and salsa verde
  • The Roaring Fork Big Ass Burger with smoked pepper bacon, cheddar, poblano pepper, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and French fries
  • Beef Sliders with horseradish cream and onion jus

Additionally, on Memorial Day, Roaring Fork will offer “Dinner on Us” where diners buy one entrée and get the second one free from 4 pm – close.

For more information about Roaring Fork, visit their website at www.roaringfork.com.

Bitter & Twisted To Unveil Second Annual Book o’ Cocktails

May 18, 2015 | 9:22 AM | Bars | By Staff

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Bitter & Twisted will unveil its second annual Book o’ Cocktails tomorrow, with 24 colorfully illustrated pages created by Principal Barman & Proprietor Ross Simon, a recent winner of the 2015 Foodist Award’s Master Mixologist honor. The cover boasts a retro, Space Age appeal courtesy of a custom robot and other Sci-Fi-style artwork by house illustrator, Matt Andrews.

The book is broken down into sections such as “Friends & Family,” Luminous Libations and Market Price, each which have their own unique story. And for those unfamiliar with the different ingredients, the book includes a handy “Cocktail Map” where every drink is explained by its taste profile and potency.

New creations in the latest Book o’ Cocktails include: Sucker Punch – Encanto Pisco, Lime Juice, Strawberry Candy Syrup, and Fees Plum Bitters shaken and double strained into a chilled cocktail glass, garnished with a strawberry slice; Czech Please – Becherovka liqueur, muddled lime and cane syrup; and On Like Donkey Kong – VSOP Cognac shaken over ice with crème de banana, a touch of cane syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice and a rim of banana sugar.

Swing by and #DrinkBetter with the new Book o’ Cocktails at Bitter & Twisted (1 W. Jefferson Street in Phoenix). More information about Bitter & Twisted can be found at www.bitterandtwistedaz.com.

Butterfly Wonderland Celebrating Second Birthday Over Memorial Day...

May 15, 2015 | 8:59 AM | Scottsdale | By Staff

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland is celebrating its second birthday over Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25 from 9 am – 5 pm). Butterfly Wonderland will be abuzz with activities including live music by Native American flutist, Anthony Wakeman, and delicious meals and tastings from popular Valley food trucks from 11 am – 4 pm

A climbing wall, five game challenge inflatable, and kids games, storytelling and bouncy house will also be part of the festivities.

Additionally, complimentary face painting will be available for children from 10 am – 4 pm on each of those days. Special guest, Butterfly Princess Persephone Dimson will also be floating around Butterfly Wonderland giving live performances.

On Sunday, harpist Adrianne Bridgewater will perform, while on Monday, guests will be treated to a performance by guitarist, Lee Perreira.

Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For more information, please call 480-800-3000 or visit their website at www.butterflywonderland.com.

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day at Jewel’s Bakery...

May 14, 2015 | 1:26 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

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Did you know that May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? To celebrate, Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe is giving away a free cookie to anyone who stops by the store, plus 15% off any chocolate chip cookie treats. There will be enough free cookies to go around, plus a special menu of desserts including a chocolate chip cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie milkshakes, take-home chocolate chip cookie dough and more.

The bakery and cafe is located in the Arcadia neighborhood (4041 E Thomas Road in Phoenix) and serves all gluten-free food and desserts. Julie, owner of the bakery, is a other of six and created the bakery after one of her children was diagnosed with celiac disease.

She uses recipes she developed at home for her family in all of the baked goods and cafe items and created a signature, gluten-free flour that is sold along with all of the goodies.

For more information about Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe, visit their website at jewelsbakeryandcafe.com/.

National Small Business Revolution Documentary Features Phoenix’s...

May 13, 2015 | 8:56 AM | People | By Staff

 

Refresh Glass

Refresh Glass, which creates beautiful products from recycled wine bottles, is garnering national attention from Deluxe Corp. and its Small Business Revolution documentary project. The Small Business Revolution, which also features “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec, is a yearlong campaign that celebrates the vibrancy, variety and community impact of small businesses around the country.

Owner Ray DelMuro designed a machine that cuts wine bottles more efficiently and handles more shapes and sizes. Refresh Glass now creates products from vases to candle holders, and its items are carried in major restaurant chains such as Wolfgang Puck and Four Seasons.

Refresh Glass has rescued more than 600,000 bottles as DelMuro is also chair of the local “Conscious Capitalism” group that gives back to the community.

For more information and to view the photo essay profiling Refresh Glass, visit http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/story/refresh-glass/.

100 Club of Arizona Hosting First Responder’s Night

May 12, 2015 | 8:41 AM | Events | By Staff

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The 100 Club of Arizona is hosting a First Responder’s Night at Scottsdale Stadium on May 16 at 7:30 a.m. for the Arizona United SC game against the Austin Aztex. The special pregame ceremonial kickoff will be from Lucas Johnstone, son of fallen firefighter Gary Johnstone.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to compete in the First Responder’s Futbol Extravaganza during halftime.

The 100 Club of Arizona is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to public safety officers and firefighters when they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. They also provide resources and enhance their safety and wellness. The 100 Club of Arizona has given more than $11 milion in financial support to Arizona’s men and women who stand behind the badge.

For more information about the 100 Club of Arizona, visit www.100club.org. Learn more about First Responder’s Night on their Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1G0jyKZ.

Walgreens Invites America to Laugh for a Good Cause

May 11, 2015 | 9:59 AM | Events | By Staff

Walgreens

In support of Red Nose Day on May 21, Walgreens is selling red noses for $1 each, with proceeds contributed to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports non-profit organizations that help lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas.

The Red Nose Fund supports these charity partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Children’s Health Fun; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and United Way.

Walgreens introduced the sales in its hometown of Chicago with a surprising celebration to commemorate the first red nose sale. Members of the Chicago-based improvisation comedy troupe Second City broke into a comedic performance for shoppers.

Noses are on sale until May 30 and the campaign will culminate in NBC’s televised fundraising event in New York City on May 21. The live three-hour benefit will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars.

For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit www.walgreens.com/rednoseday.

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