Ruby Farias Design Launch

Ruby Farias is a long-time artist who turned to painting on clothing and accessories in January 2014. Her latest project includes having her paintings photographed and having those images printed on fabrics. She has taken that fabric and has created her new line. Photography by Marion Rhoades Photography.

Eco Chic

Most of my life I've lived where April showers brought May flowers. However, we know that's not how the Valley brings it in. We're fortunate enough to live in a climate where things bloom all year long.
 

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Beach Ball Gala

Benefiting the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Noche en Havana, the 25th anniversary of the gala, was held March 3 at the JW Marriott 
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Since its inception, the gala has contributed more than $17 million to provide hope, healing and the best health care for children and families.

Hotel Adeline Media Reception

Hotel Adeline, a stylish new boutique hotel in Old Town Scottsdale, hosted an exclusive media reception March 1. Guests at the housewarming party-themed evening enjoyed bites and craft cocktails from the hotel’s three restaurant concepts, live music by the J Forte Duo and behind-the-scenes tours. Photography by Keith & Melissa Photographers.

April 2018 Around Town

Bobby Hurley, Arizona State University's men's basketball coach and former Sacramento Kings player, will be speaking from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. Hurley is also known for being a standout collegiate basketball player at Duke University. He will present "Lessons from Sports—Learned and Applied to Life" at the Third Annual I Heart NDP…

dig in

Using the right soil, tools and equipment can make all the difference in desert gardening. Knowing where to go for inspiration and expertise is helpful, too. The Green Goddess is a family-owned and operated full-scale nursery, and for more than 55 years they have helped desert dwellers with their gardening needs. Here are a few items they recommend for a healthy…

Singh Urban 
Farming

Ken Singh, a farmer and entrepreneur of Singh Farms and Singh Meadows, is passionate about cleaning up toxic dirt. He has transformed a plot of barren desert and a chemical-laced golf course and turned the dirt into healthy, toxic-free soil. Ken's secret is the compost he developed that puts nutrients back into the earth. He’s been so successful doing this…

Range Rover PHEV

Range Rover’s new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) 
blends the classic beauty and power customers expect from the Jaguar Land Rover brand with modern eco-friendly innovation.

Chef Zipora Book Release Reception

Guests mingled and shared stories at a special reception held for Chef Zipora to celebrate the release of her book, Recipe for a Delicious Life, on March 3 at Royal Palm Resort and Spa. The book shares interesting anecdotes and adventures of her time traveling the world as a private chef. Photography by Kat McMahon.

produce with a purpose

More than 20 years ago, two mothers met regularly with their developmental pediatrician to find ways to help their children with autism. That was the beginning of Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). The center’s programs, services and research help autistic individuals of all ages develop skills to help them engage in the community and live independent lives. On…

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Chef Zipora

On a cool night in Tuscany, Zipora Einav, also known as Chef Zipora, perfected her vegetable soup recipe. 
She found inspiration in the beautiful countryside and bountiful selections of fresh, colorful vegetables.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

There’s No Place Like Home

When I thought about what to write in this month's letter knowing it's the "Home" issue, three things popped into my head: the saying "Home is where the heart is," Michael Buble's rendition of "Home" and Dorothy's famous statement, "There's no place like home." They all conjure up a feeling of comfort for me.

Childhelp 14th Annual Drive the Dream Gala

Childhelp, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, celebrated its 14th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria presented the sold-out extravaganza that netted more than $1.4 million for Childhelp programs and services, including the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona dedicated to Linda Pope.

FIX24 Health Summit

FIX24 co-founded and recently participated in a health summit at the Musical Instrument Museum where they educated the public on the importance of Joint Biomechanics and structural health. The presentation can be found on YouTube @drmikerobb! Photography by Bullseye Video & Photo.

March 2018 Around Town

Mark your calendars for April 14 as the 19th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. The theme for this year’s event is “A Jewel in the Desert" and the event will benefit epilepsy. The PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project will support the Steele Center’s exploration, in partnership with Rady Children’s Genomic Institute in San Diego. 

Get Inspired

This potting shed was custom built in a rural Mediterranean-style home in the heart of Paradise Valley and features a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain. The indoor-outdoor feel of the space allows the air and sun to flow in, giving plants much-needed nourishment to grow and bloom. Scottsdale-based Candelaria Design Associates worked carefully to create this space with the end-user…

Shelfie Style

When decorating modern shelves, think about functionality and style. If your shelves are in the dining room, for example, select items that serve a purpose such as trays, plates and wine glasses. If they are in the living room, you can use cute boxes, books and candles. Then add some interest with pieces that reflect your personality and taste. In…

Building 
Modern Homes

According to Bill Knutson, owner of Uptown Construction, getting to know the people and the community they live in is key to building successful custom homes. 

Feels
 Like Home

Joey Maggiore is the executive chef of the Maggiore Group’s latest concept, The Sicilian Butcher. One of the most favored dishes on the menu is the Sunday Sugo, an all-time favorite of the chef’s that was served in his childhood home every “Domenica” as a cultural tradition on Sundays.

Outdoor Living

With Arizona’s wonderful climate, it’s only natural for homeowners to expand their living space onto their patio and yard. Ryan Roberts, owner of Arizona Iron Furniture, has many designs and color choices of beautifully handcrafted patio furniture made here in Arizona. His keen business sense, superior quality and customer service have grown his business into five stores over the last 10…

Green Goddess Holiday Open House

Several hundred people came to Green Goddess' Annual Holiday Open House and enjoyed the beautiful Arizona weather and food from Manuel Mexican Cantina. Gelato Spot stopped by and dished out their yummy gelato. The seventh annual fundraising raffle raised more than $2,400 for the McKenzie Monks Foundation. 

February 2018 Around Town

Get your tickets now to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as legendary frontman Steven Tyler performs in front of special guests, celebrities and VIPs at Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 10.

And the Winners Are …

It's here; it's here!!! The 2017 Readers' Choice Awards issue is here! Let me start out by first saying congratulations to all the businesses that were nominated in each category. From dentists to dog groomers, baked goods to boutiques, we had a great list of candidates that you, our readers, suggested.
 

McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala

Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted the McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala on November 11 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. It was a record-breaking night: 667 attendees raised $563,350 to ensure families staying at the Valley's three houses will not be turned away. Both numbers broke previous highs. 
Photography by Gudenschwager Photography Inc. 

Best of Paradise Valley

Nothing Bundt Cakes
17025 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.502.8900 | NothingBundtCakes.com

Terra Pike

Terra Pike, owner of Tailored to You Home Management, considers herself part concierge, part home inspector and part personal assistant. 
She ensures each home she manages is professionally cared for while clients are away. This career was a natural transition for Pike after years of managing luxury condominium complexes and master planned communities.

Our Contributors

Mindy Haskins was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Chandler. She's a wife and mother of two young girls and enjoys freelance writing, cooking, reading and seeing movies. She has a fitness goal to complete 100 workouts in 2018. Mindy loves the scenic beauty of Paradise Valley, a hidden treasure amongst the vast Phoenix area. 

A New Year’s Change

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! Now that 2017 is behind us, it's time to turn the page (or swipe the device) and embrace a new year: new goals, new dreams, new beginnings. And, a new look for us! With 12 fresh months at our fingertips, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at…

Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival Gets an A+

On November 1, more than 400 guests gathered at Notre Dame Preparatory to celebrate all things delish at the annual Culinary Festival. This magical evening took place under stars and party lights and featured signature dishes from 17 local restaurants, beer from Scottsdale Beer Company and music by Elvis Before Noon. Photography by Casey Green Studios.

Galaxy Gala MMXVII Kickoff Event

Arizona Science Center recently celebrated their Galaxy Gala committee kickoff with a reception at the beautiful home of Ben Lytle. The evening was hosted by chairs Tracey and Larry Lytle and vice chairs Susie Wesley and McKenna Wesley.  “A Night in Pompeii” will be held Saturday, February 3. Photography by Eric Cosh.

Fashionably Pink Survivor & Celebrity Runway Show powered by Tal Barkel at Talking Stick Resort

Breast cancer survivors and local celebs took the runway, during October's Phoenix Fashion Week, to model more than $1 million in Tal Barkel Designs jewelry and fashions by Glam Squad Couture. Community and fashion came together to raise more than $15,000 for breast cancer charity Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Photography by James Almanza, Almanza Photography.

January 2018 Around Town

Walter Art Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of photographer Marilyn Szabo who will showcase her fine art installation entitled “Ligature,” guest curated by Nicole Royse of Royse Contemporary. The installation will showcase 10 large-scale images printed on vinyl, highlighting the technically exquisite and surrealist imagery created by Szabo.

Trending Workouts

Every new year brings renewed motivation to improve health by increasing fitness activities and reducing calories. HYPOXI Senior Marketing Director Judi Merrick, who is also a certified personal trainer, notes a critical element often missing from these programs is recovery.
At its core, recovery methods help the body to rest, repair and return to a normalized state.

Resort-Style Living

Nestled in the Upper Canyon in Silverleaf is a home that offers the ultimate in exclusive resort-style living. With captivating views of the McDowell Mountains and the city alike, this sprawling estate does not lack in ambiance or amenities. From the moment you enter the community, you immediately take note of the world-class golf course, Silverleaf Club and Spa, fitness…

Perfect Assets and Abs

Jennifer Menzer
Certified personal trainer and nutrition coach
Owner of WellFit Concierge
5115 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018
WellFitConcierge.com

Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pecan Farro Salad

1 cup of farro (preferably 
 Arizona Hayden Flour Mills)
+ 1 ounce of herbed goat 
 cheese, crumbled
+ ¼ cup of dried cranberries, 
 coarsely chopped
+ ¼ cup of pecans, 
 coarsely chopped
+ 1 cup of packed baby spinach 
 leaves, thinly sliced
+ 2 bay leaves
+ 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 
+ Salt and pepper

Confessions of a Coach and Confidant

While fitness and nutrition coaching is Kari Burghardt’s passion, she admits that even she has cravings, indulgence days and hears stories that would make some people uncomfortable. Her raw and real approach to the client/coach relationship is refreshing, and she has had experiences that are chock-full of hilarity and humility. 

An Evening of Luxury

Scottsdale Fashion Square hosted An Evening of Luxury, an exclusive reception and shopping event on Friday, September 29. 
A percentage of the evening’s sales benefited Colleen’s Dream Foundation and TGen to fund ongoing ovarian cancer research.

A Season of Giving

Here we are: December, the culmination of 2017. We're asking ourselves, "How can it possibly be December?" Especially here in the Valley where temps in the 90s are still somewhat fresh in our memories! Yet we find ourselves reflecting 
on the year that is almost over. 

Arizona’s Largest Annual Autism Awareness Event

On October 29, nearly 20,000 people gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the 12th annual Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC. The event raised an estimated $885,000 for autism programs and research. Half of all money raised will stay in Arizona. Photography by Sydnee Schwartz and Kat McMahon.

15th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon

The 15th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, hosted by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council and presented by TriWest Healthcare 
Alliance, featured a keynote speech by retired Command Chief Master Sgt. Scott H. Dearduff and brought more than 500 individuals together at the Arizona Biltmore to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans and to thank current service members. 

Childhelp Drive the Dream Kickoff

Childhelp, dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect, recently hosted the 2017 Childhelp Drive the Dream Kickoff at a private automobile museum. Drive the Dream, sponsored by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, will take place Saturday, January 13 at the Arizona Biltmore. Proceeds will benefit Childhelp programs in Arizona.

Josper Charcoal Oven Produces New Menu Sizzle

Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse located at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, introduces a modern American steakhouse menu boasting hand-cut prime and wagyu butcher’s steaks perfectly seared at 1,200 degrees in the Valley’s only Josper Charcoal Oven. Photography by Kat McMahon. 

December 2017 Around Town

Ranked as No. 9 of the Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. and the No. 1 Hotel in the Southwest and West with a score of 97.38, the AAA Four Diamond Hermosa Inn is a jewel of a hideaway in our own Paradise Valley.

Winter Wonderland

Proclaimed “Arizona’s Christmas City” by former Gov. Rose Mofford, Prescott is a short two-hour drive from Phoenix and offers the white Christmas that you’ve been looking for.

That’s A Wrap

Like most things in life, presentation is key. Of course gift wrapping falls under this rule. Here's our 6-step life hack to wrapping like a professional. So say goodbye to amateur presents plagued with gift wrap gap or crumpled corners, and say hello to perfection.     

Cookie Jar

Flora Tersigni, CEO of Maggiore Group, has fond memories of baking Christmas cookies while growing up in Pacentro, Italy.

Cheers to the New Year

Dominick’s Steakhouse, located in the Scottsdale Quarter, will be decorated for festivities on New Year’s Eve. They will hold a Champagne toast at midnight. Their full menu will be available, and seating is open. They are located at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road. View their menu at DominicksSteakhouse.com.