June 2017 Around Town 1


Children are desperate for food in East Africa and southern Haiti. Christian nonprofit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is responding to the intense hunger crisis with 10 million additional meals, and they need your hands to pack them! All it takes is two hours. Children ages 5 and up are welcome! Volunteering changes lives for good. Be a part of turning hunger into hope this summer. Volunteer now at FMSC.org.

New Lunch and Dinner Dishes at Z’Tejas

Bold flavors like ginger, chipotle, citrus and cilantro infuse many of the new lunch and dinner items at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill. Inspired by the spices and food of Mexico, one of the world’s first fusion cuisines and the Southwest, Z’Tejas has created many colorful, healthy and indulgent dishes.

“We’ve launched a new lunch menu option that is packed with hearty salads, zesty tacos and juicy sandwiches,” Gary Manly, general partner at Z’Tejas restaurants, says. “Our team collaborated to create dishes that have bright flavors, delicious toppings and crave-worthy combinations.”

Some of the mouthwatering dishes include a chipotle carnitas sandwich, pesto spinach wrap, ahi ceviche stack, seared salmon salad, suiza smoked shrimp enchiladas and a center cut filet. Z’Tejas is open for lunch and dinner during the week and serves a newly launched brunch menu on Saturday and Sundays. Happy hour specials, featuring new drinks, are served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every night of the week and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Z’Tejas also caters and hosts private parties and events. For more information, visit ZTejas.com.

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Debuts New Dinner Menu

Russell LaCasce, the new executive chef of Hotel Valley Ho, debuted a brand-new dinner menu at ZuZu on May 2. This is the first step in LaCasce’s revamp of the overall food and beverage offerings at the iconic downtown Scottsdale hotel.

LaCasce has been the executive chef of the hotel since January 2017 and wanted to take the time to understand its signature restaurant and craft the perfect menu. The new menu is completely LaCasce’s creation, with a focus on using ingredients that are local, seasonal and fresh. Many of the plates are smaller, designed to be ideal for sharing.

New dinner items include Hawaiian ahi tuna tartare with spicy chicharrones and avocado mousse, heirloom tomatoes with local feta and shallot buttermilk dressing, burrata with pickled strawberry and toasted pistachio, and hokkaido scallops with shellfish butter and fried meyer lemon.

LaCasce is also working on a complete revamp of the breakfast, brunch and lunch menus, which diners will get to explore starting in June. Visit HotelValleyHo.com/ZuZu for more information.

A Fairytale-Inspired Book o’ 
Cocktails at Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlor

Choose-your-own cocktail adventure with this beautifully illustrated menu combining childlike wonder with serious, national award-winning craft cocktails.

How do you serve up hundreds of classic and contemporary cocktails, including dozens of never-seen-before creations, and make your drinks menu fun, informative and never intimidating?

If you’re Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor’s proprietor and head barman, Ross Simon, you create an illustrated 32-page Book o’ Cocktails and then change the inspiration and design annually. This fourth annual Book o’ Cocktails features a fairytale theme, like an adults-only children’s book. Kids of all ages—provided they’re 21 and over—will enjoy flipping through page after page of whimsical drink descriptions, as well as spot the many cheeky Easter eggs for cocktail enthusiasts sprinkled throughout the colorful custom artwork by illustrator Matt Andrews.

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is located at 1 W. Jefferson St. in Phoenix and is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 602.340.1924 or visit BitterAndTwistedAZ.com.

The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History

This inaugural exhibition will run from June 20, 2017, through September 30, 2018, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The exhibition features Western film posters, lobby cards and associated ephemera and memorabilia dating from the 1800s to the present, curated from the world’s largest—and most historically important and inclusive—collection of Western film graphic arts. The first of many planned exhibitions featuring posters and objects from the collection, it celebrates the American West, cowboys, Native Americans, the history of the movie industry, and the power of the West’s cultural legacies. It also pays tribute to Rennard Strickland (Osage/Cherokee), whose collection of more than 5,000 items was acquired in late 2016 in an education and community partnership between Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University.

HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic Supports Live-Saving Military 
Training Program

The HonorHealth Charity Golf Classic at Grayhawk Golf Club was a great success. The tournament, held March 31, raised more than $125,000 to support the Military Partnership Program at HonorHealth which provides lifesaving training to military medical personnel and first responders. The 334 golfers who participated enjoyed a fun, shamble-format tournament on Grayhawk’s Raptor and Talon courses.

Guests also were treated to an evening reception the night before, including dinner, entertainment and an exciting live auction that included an NCAA Final Four experience.

Proceeds from the tournament provide service members hands-on learning, including clinical rotations and realistic training at the Military Partnership’s simulation lab. This real life training helps prepare them to save lives in the community and war zones around the world. To learn more visit HonorHealth.com/GolfClassic.

Building Relationships, #StandUp for Kids!

On May 4, Arizona Helping Hands held their second StandUp Society cocktail party at the beautiful home of Stan and Sharla Godbehere. Seventy-five attendees enjoyed an evening of good food from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, entertainment and community. Two emotional speakers shared their foster care journey—Nick a young man who opened his heart to a 12-year-old boy in need of that one caring adult, and Chanetta who was placed in foster care after her biological mom abandoned the family when Chanetta was 2 years old. Guests heard of the impact Arizona Helping Hands has made on their lives and Arizona’s 17,000-plus children in foster care. For information on Arizona Helping Hands, visit AZHelpingHands.org or connect on Facebook.