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Spice Up Your Summer at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

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


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

Beat the Heat on the Grand Canyon Railway This Summer

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Roaring Fork HH

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

Bitter & Twisted To Unveil Second Annual Book o’ Cocktails

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

100 Club of Arizona Hosting First Responder’s Night

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

First Responder's

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 Learn more about First Responder’s Night on their Facebook page:

Walgreens Invites America to Laugh for a Good Cause

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


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

Arizona Restaurant Week Slated for May 15-25

May 8, 2015 | 10:52 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Federal Pizza


The statewide Arizona Restaurant Week kicks off on May 15 and offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and a chance to get outside of their neighborhood and experience something new. Going on until May 25, restaurant-goers can dine on a wide variety of food from over 100 participating restaurants.

J&G Steakhouse will offer a three-course feast for $44, including first course options such as Steamed Shrimp Salad, Spring Pea Soup or Beetroot Salad. Diners can choose between Roasted Codfish, Asparagus and Spring Onions, Grilled Chicken with Sweet Ginger Puree, Bok Choy and Lime Vinaigrette or Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Herbal Spinach and Liquid Comte for their second course, while their delectable dessert options include Warm Chocolate Cake, Fresh Strawberries with Mint, Lime and Poppy Seed Sorbet or J&G Cheesecake. J&G Steakhouse is located atop the beautiful Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.

For $33, diners can enjoy a three-course meal including a beverage at Federal Pizza. The first course will be either the Patricia Jane Salad with mixed greens, red wine poached pears, and apple cider vinaigrette or the Arancini with fried risotto, herb-stuffed parmesan and grana padano and fresh basil. The second course is a choice of the Chef’s Whim, Squid Ink Chitarra or the Wild Mushroom Meatloaf. Finally, dessert offers a choice of Bombolini or Buttermilk Panna Cotta.

The Gladly is serving up a three-course meal for $33, including a first course with choices such as The Original Chopped Salad, Butternut Squash Soup or Tossed Field Greens. The second course presents diners the option of Pan Seared Scallops, Chimichurri Chicken, Duck Meatloaf or Loch Etive Steelhead. Dessert is either Chocolate Caramel Tart or Citrus Cake.

Additional local restaurants include Beckett’s Table, Capital Grille, Chelsea’s Kitchen, POSH Restaurant, Southern Rail, The Melting Pot, Windsor/Churn and ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho.

For more information about Arizona Restaurant Week, including a complete list of participating restaurants, visit their website at

Scottsdale Quarter’s New Sorso Wine Room Brings In A Uniquely...

May 7, 2015 | 8:48 AM | Bars | By Staff


This month Scottsdale Quarter introduced a new wine bar, Sorso Wine Room that is bringing in a new wine tasting experience to the city. The wine bar includes 32 bottles from around the world that are attached to taps dispensing wine. Guests have the ability to taste wines by self-selecting a full pour, taste or a “Sorso” (Italian for sip).

This new approach of self-dispensing your wine builds on a new experience for guests to not have to commit to a glass right away. The restaurant also includes a by-the bottle list and nine by-the glass options for those who still want a traditional wine drinking experience. There are also craft beers on tap and in bottle and gourmet bites including meat, cheese, bruschetta and sweets.

Sorso is located in a 2,515 square-foot space in Scottsdale Quarter that has involves a combination of old and new world interior and has ambient lighting for a lounge feel. The restaurant includes maps and art pieces by the dispensing machines to educate people on the places the wine has come from all over the world.

For more information on Sorso Wine room visit, or call (480)-794-0875.

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event

May 6, 2015 | 11:10 AM | Events | By Staff


Can you get much better than wine, live music and gourmet bites in the beautiful Arizona sunshine? AJ’s Fine Foods will be presenting its annual Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 30th, from 2pmto 4:30 pm.

The event will be an opportunity for guests to taste more than 40 wines from AJ’s Cellar masters, who will be on site to provide their expert opinion for wine and food pairings. AJ’s will be providing gourmet specialties such as artisan breads and cheeses, shrimp cocktail, sushi, delectable sweet and much more. The tasting event will also have live music and a silent auction offering wines and other items from AJ’s and its partners.

Tickets are on sale for $35 at or by calling (480)-499-TKTS(8587). All proceeds from AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event will benefit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, they are both part of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Last Call for Cinco de Mayo – Three Spots to Celebrate Today

May 5, 2015 | 9:01 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Sandbar Cinco


Still looking for a spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today? Sandbar Mexican Grill has two Valley locations to find great live music and drink specials. Sandbar is a great “get away,” especially for a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration with their huge patio complete with sand, a fire pit, pool and cabanas.

At their Desert Ridge location, there will be a live performance from Vanilla Spice, while in Chandler Harry Luge Band will perform. Both locations will also have DJs spinning all day and will be serving up $5 Casamigos, Jameson and Absolut all day (11 am – 2 am).

Sandbar Chandler is located at 7200 W. Ray Road in Chandler. Sandbar Desert Ridge is located at 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information about both locations, visit their website at

Milagro Grill Arcadia

On May 5, celebrate with $4 house margaritas, a $10 three-taco plate and house margarita and 50% off flights of tequila at Milagro Grill. The restaurant will be open from 11 am – 10 pm and is located at 4280 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.

For more information, visit their website at

Dos Gringos

Dos Gringos, with four Valley locations in Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Chandler, will host unique events at each spot. The Tempe location has DJ Greythe Mute from 8 pm t0 close, while Mesa will have DJ Type Two from 4 – 8 pm and Jeff Jones from 8 pm – close.

In Scottsdale, Dos Gringos will feature DJ Design from 4 – 8 pm and DJ Tranzl8tr vs. DJ M2 from 8 pm – close. Finally, the Chandler location will host DJ Myth and DJ Thaicoon starting at 4 pm.

All four locations will have plenty of tacos, tequila specials and party games. For more information, visit

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, Mane Attraction Salon, Grimaldi’s...

May 4, 2015 | 8:40 AM | Deals | By Staff

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Being a teacher is hard work and our beloved educators don’t get nearly enough appreciation as they deserve. Teachers have the ability to shape our children’s lives and they educate the future leaders of our country. Luckily, National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 and National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 5th. 

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is celebrating with a free slice of apple pie for current and former teachers from May 4-8 at both locations (Phoenix – 2119 E. Camelback Road, Suite A21 and Scottsdale – 8120 N. Hayden, Suite E-100). Grassroots will also be making lunches for teachers at Vista College Preparatory on Teacher Appreciation Day (May 5).

For more information about Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, visit their website at

Also on National Teacher Appreciation Day from 12 pm- 8pm Mane Attraction Salon will offer 50% off of haircuts to teacher when they show their school identification. Teachers are invited to enjoy the Zen-like salon and retail shop while relaxing in a spa-like atmosphere.

Mane Attraction Salon is a state-of-the-art salon and will serve as the perfect escape for well-deserving teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day. The salon is located at 3156 E. Camelback Rd. For more information call (602)-956-2996 or visit

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is offering teachers 15% off their entire order from May 4-8. Teachers that show their school ID will receive a discount at any of the Grimaldi’s Phoenix or Tucson locations.

For more information about Grimaldi’s, visit their website at

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Around the Valley

May 1, 2015 | 8:47 AM | Uncategorized | By Staff

Photo courtesy of Joyride Taco House


Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and that means Valley restaurants will be serving up specials all day long. Here is a brief list of what is going on around town:

RA Sushi

RA Sushi is offering $6 Emperor’s Margaritas from open to close on May 5. The tasty drink is made with top shelf Patron Silver, Combier Liqueur d’Orange, fresh lime juice, Japanesa yuzu and agave nectar, and is available in traditional cucumber, mango or strawberry flavors. Guests can also enjoy $4.75 Coronas, as well as $6 Sauza Blue Tequila cocktails. For more information, visit

Sierra Bonita Grill

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Sierra Bonita Grill is offering two of its popular, made-to-order, fresh margaritas for only $5 all day long. The Fresh Squeezed Margarita features reposado tequila, orange liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice and agave nectar, while the Pomegranate Margarita is a mix of pomegranate liqueur, reposado tequila, orange liqueur, a splash of orange juice and homemade sweet and sour mix. Food specials will also be available during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. For more information, visit


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SumaMaya, where you can enjoy food and drink specials that start at 11 a.m. on May 5. There will be all day social hour pricing in the bar and $5 Casamigos Tequila Margaritas from open to close. The first 100 people who bring at least 5 pesos can pay for their Casamigos Margarita with Mexican currency (limit two margaritas purchased with pesos per person). For more information, visit


Nabers restaurant will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with exciting activities on top of food and drink specials. On May 5, enjoy $3 draft and bottled Mexican beers along with a plate of three Street Tacos with beans for $6. The evening will include trivia at 7 p.m. and a bags tournament at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Los Sombreros Scottsdale

Los Sombreros is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Watermelon, Cucumber, or Grapefruit/Strawberry Margaritas for $5 and crispy taco platters including four signature flavors with guacamole for just $9.95. For more information, visit

Joyride Taco House

Joyride Taco House is serving up some spicy food and drink specials, including $2 tacos from 2-11 p.m. and $5 margaritas or Mexican beer pitchers from 2-6 p.m. The tasty tacos variations include Carne Asada, The Standard, Carnitas, Pork Adobada, Veggie and Crispy Fish. Margaritas include Joyride, Blood Orange, Cucumber-Serrano, Watermelon, Mango-Mandarin, Prickly Pear, Raspberry-Ancho and Pineapple Mojito. Dos Equis and Negra Modelo beers will also be available for just $5. For more information, visit

Beat the Heat at Verde Canyon Railroad’s Grape Train Escape

April 30, 2015 | 8:52 AM | Uncategorized | By Staff

Verde Canyon Railroad

On select Saturday event Starlight Tours, Verde Canyon Railroad will be offering a sunset rail journey called Grape Train Escape, accompanied by specially-chosen vintages. The five dates this summer are May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29 and September 12.

Verde Canyon Railroad will highlight various grape-growing regions from around the world as it winds 26 miles through desert vistas and red rock canyons as part of the Grape Train Escape. The spotlight will be on wines from Australia, New Zealand, South America, Italy, and right here in Arizona.

The tours, which will run from 5:30-9:30 p.m., will feature a tasting flight of five wines and hors d’oeuvres.

In addition to the wine tastings, the Tequila Sunset Limited tequila-tasting excursion is another first-class upgrade available to passengers. This will include a selection of three smooth and complex flavors from Tequila Don Julio paried with Southwestern appetizers.

More information about Verde Canyon Railroad and their select Grape Train Escape tours can be found by visiting their website at

Phoenix Public Market Announces “Downtown Sundown” at the Open...

April 29, 2015 | 8:43 AM | Local | By Staff

Phoenix Public Market

Phoenix Public Market is holding their final Wednesday Open Air Market today (April 29) – but don’t fret, exciting things are coming! Starting in the fall of 2015, they will be launching a new Thursday evening concept.

“Downtown Sundown” will be a weekly event for the community to gather at the Market after work and enjoy dinner, drinks, entertainment and unique shopping experiences. More details for this weekly new market will be revealed over the coming months.

The Saturday Open Air Markets will continue every week, as will Food Truck Friday. More information about Phoenix Public Market and their Open Air Markets can be found by visiting

Del Frisco’s Grille Celebrates Burger Month in May

April 28, 2015 | 9:12 AM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Del Frisco's

Del Frisco’s Grille is calling all burger lovers to enjoy their Prime Beef & Chorizo Burger all May long to celebrate National Burger Month. This daring burger is topped with fried pickled jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, red onion and chipotle mayo. For just $15, this tasty burger will also be paired with local Upslope Pale Ale out of Tucson.

Additionally, May 8 is National Coconut Cream Pie Day and if you haven’t already tried Del Frisco’s version, you now have reason to do just that. For $9, the Coconut Cream Pie at Del Frisco’s will satisfy your sweet tooth as it is topped with white chocolate shavings.

Del Frisco’s Grille is located at 2425 E. Camelback Road in the Camelback Esplanade. More information about the restaurant can be found by visiting their website at

Phoenix Ballet’s “Rising” Features World-Renowned Artists and...

April 27, 2015 | 9:25 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Phoenix Ballet photo

The Phoenix Ballet will premiere Rising on May 16 and 17 at the Mesa Arts Center, before touring to the Sedona Performing Arts Center on May 21, and then the Lodz International Ballet Festival in Poland on May 26 and 27. The show features four distinct, eye-catching ballets by different choreographers and two world-premieres performed by internationally recognized dancers.

Phoenix ballet is under the artistic direction of Slawomir Woźniak, who founded the Master Ballet Academy and launched the performance company that gave professional dancers the opportunity to perform world-class productions.

Rising is comprised of four different ballets: String of ThoughtsThe AwakeningSolstice and Only Love.

String of Thoughts is a world premiere by dancer/choreographer Albert Blaise Cattafi, who is a member of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance and has performed with Cirque de Soleil. It is a story of new love through movement, color, emotion, and the unique personality of each dancer.

The Awakening is directed by Ricky Palomino, while Slawomir Wozniak’s Only Love will make its U.S. Debut. Francisco Gella’s Solstice rounds out the production and features a neoclassical ballet set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

The Mesa Arts Center is located at 1 East Main Street in Mesa. Tickets start at $20 and discounts are available for children, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at or by calling 480-644-6500.

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

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


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

Our List of Items You Just Have to Have

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


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.


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

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


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

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 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

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 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

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

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


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,!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 or call (480)-478-6000.

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