Local Chefs Serve Up Elegant and Unique Dining Experiences

 Chef Paul Valenzuela, Lincoln at Camelback Inn  Creative freedom and a flair for simplicity in his dishes are what make chef Paul Venezuela unique in his craft.  “My motto is, if it looks good and tastes good, it should be good, right? That is the standard I teach my staff and that I stand by myself. It’s that easy,” he…

October 2018 Around Town

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute The Arizona Historical Society, in partnership with Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, will host Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute. Growing out of President George W. Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the … Continued

Love’n the Kitchen Talks Tools for the At-Home Chef

Growing up in the Midwest, Connie Kirchner, creator and owner of Love'n the Kitchen, was taught that the kitchen was the heart of the home. Her mother and grandmother prepared delicious meals from scratch, and that was a mindset that stuck with Connie.

F Is for Foodie

Can you smell that? (Did you actually sniff?!) Perhaps it’s the aroma of a seasonal latté or a fresh-baked apple pie. The heat is subsiding, and our cooler weather is beginning to settle in—a perfect time for our Foodie issue. Although we don’t have any “scratch-and-sniff” pages, we can provide you with a visual feast! We are print, … Continued

Let the Cooler Weather Drive You to Apple Annie’s

With crisp autumn air comes much-anticipated activities connected with the season. Apple Annie’s has long been the ideal road trip for Phoenicians to participate in all things fall including a festival, delicious seasonal foods, fruit picking and choosing the perfect pumpkins.

Eddie Merlot’s Offers a Wine Selection for Any Occasion

Eddie Merlot's is a prime steak and seafood restaurant that prides itself on pairing your meal with the perfect wine. 

Sunfare Offers Chef-Prepared Meals that are both Delicious and Nutritious

Food intolerance, time constraints and not knowing where to begin when starting a diet or adapting to a healthier lifestyle can leave you with meal burnout and have you reaching for the takeout menu. Instead of giving into something unhealthy, focus on an option that is good for you, your budget and your dietary needs.

Coming Home

 Article and Photography  Fashions Kiss Me Kate Boutique, KissMeKateAZ.com / Photographer CJ Gershon / Models Madi Esteves & Madison Kemp, represented by MTM Model and Talent Management / Hair & Makeup Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair & Makeup Wayne Brawner, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli and Kat McMahon / Car Lexus…

Earnhardt Lexus

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Wade Griffith Photography  When Tex Earnhardt became the youngest Ford franchise owner in the country in 1951, he had no idea the family business would grow to 21 dealerships throughout the Valley and Las Vegas. Tex, who grew up in Southern Texas before moving to Chandler with his family, is known as the cowboy car…

September 2018 Around Town

Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week  Diners can once again enjoy the creative menus of some of the state’s most popular restaurants with the return of the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week. From Sept. 21-30, participating restaurants offer dining specials that showcase their chefs’ culinary skills with items not always featured on their regular … Continued

Tailor-Made

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided  Feeling good in the clothes you wear professionally, casually and formally says a lot about self-confidence. Aladdin Hussein of Artful Tailoring knows all about creating clothes that fit your physique using beautiful fabrics that are durable and comfortable.   Aladdin grew up in Syria in a family of tailors. Ever since he was a child,…

Season of Style

It’s official! School’s back in session, the monsoon season is almost over (thank goodness!) and our annual style issue is now in your hands. I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to here at Paradise Valley Lifestyle. In a sense, we’ve traveled the globe. From a New York designer to a … Continued

Buon Appetito!

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Tucked away along Camelback Corridor, The Parlor, with its modern brick exterior, hardly looks like an imposing structure. But once situated inside with one of their signature dishes, be prepared to be transported to the height of Italian culinary greatness. Co-founder Aric Mei opened The Parlor in 2009 with one singular culinary vision: to…

Elements of Style Exhibit at Royse Contemporary

Royse Contemporary presents a vibrant multi-media group exhibition entitled Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture. Curator/Owner Nicole Royse selected artists based on their distinguished styles, accomplished work and distinctive voice, each creating and embodying elements of style. The exhibit showcases eight artists that are original, captivating, pushing boundaries and redefining their mediums.

Timeless Designs

 Article Kathleen Blair  Nina McLemore has spent her life in fashion. She and her mother, who was an artist and florist, made her clothes growing up in Mississippi. They would choose fabrics, design and sew the outfits. Even at a young age, Nina wanted clothing that was more stylish and had a higher quality than those available in stores.   Nina graduated from…

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Chelsea’s Kitchen  A roadhouse on the canal, Chelsea’s Kitchen is a neighborhood favorite offering meals prepared with fresh ingredients. Smoked barbecue entrees have been recently added to the menu, so you’ll want to be sure to sample some of these new mouth-watering items on your next visit. Pets are welcome, with water service on the large,…

One Good Deed a Day

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Twenty years ago, Kathy and Paul Donaldson and their friends began doing a good deed a day as a tribute to Kathy’s sister, Patty Neroni, who died of cancer at the age of 34. It was Patty’s dying wish, and that one good deed a day has turned into a multitude of great deeds…

Love at FURst Sight

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Pets are undeniably important members of our family. They teach us responsibility, care, compassion and the true depth of unconditional love. From that first good-morning lick to get you ready for the day to snuggling at your feet on the couch while the night winds down, for many people it’s hard to imagine…

Five Favorite Things

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Sean Egan  Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, which has been in the Valley for more than 30 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Paradise Valley Lifestyle Reader’s Choice for Best Orthodontist. Husband and wife team Dr. Tal Masserman, an orthodontist, and Dr. Danielle Masserman, a pediatric dentist, joined the practice six years ago. Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides pediatric…

The Phoenician Rising

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography Provided  Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the grand and majestic Phoenician has continued to redefine the luxury resort experience since its opening in 1988. True to form, the resort has recently embarked on a redesign of its accommodations, amenities and grounds to be completed in 2019, transforming it into an elegant example of…

Saving Grace

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  From the moment your eyes meet the large, loving ones of the dog staring back at you, it’s love at first sight—and the beginning of something very special. No one understands that unique bond between dog and owner more than Arizona Small Dog Rescue. That’s why the volunteers at this no-kill rescue shelter—considered…

Celebrating Family

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of a family is as follows: a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for. In this day and age, let’s not forget animals, too! This month in Paradise Valley Lifestyle we’re celebrating Kids + Pets, two things that warm my heart and … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Nonprofit Gabriel’s Angels to Celebrate Daphne’s Headcovers’ CEO  Gabriel’s Angels, the only organization in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, is excited to announce its eighth annual Salud! 2018 Signature Wine Dinner event on Nov. 3 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Jane Spicer, CEO and owner of Daphne’s Headcovers, … Continued

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 8th Annual Arizona Awards Dinner

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hosted the 8th Annual Arizona Awards Dinner at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. The event raised more than $1 million to provide college scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsman.

Childhelp’s 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook

The Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse celebrated 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook on Saturday, May 12, at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. The tasty extravaganza netted a record of more than $52,000 for Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. Attended by more than 200 people, the culinary fundraiser was emceed … Continued

Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail!

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Summer has arrived, and it's always fun to serve new beverages to enjoy around the pool or at a barbecue. Adam Reeder, director of food and beverage at Hotel Adeline, has come up with just the right ingredients for a refreshing cocktail for our Paradise Valley Lifestyle readers to enjoy this summer: The Lifestyle Hydration! …

July 2018 Around Town

Notre Dame Prep Imagines a Bright Future for Students More than 660 people filled the banquet hall at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort on May 5 for the Notre Dame Preparatory Imagine Auction and Fashion Show. The event raised money for school improvements, scholarships and enhancements to Notre Dame Prep’s STEM, arts, clubs and athletic programs. Parents and Notre Dame … Continued

A Sky-High Gem

 Article Joyce Selk and Kathleen Blair  You know you are in for a treat when you are given the special code that allows the elevator to take you up to the penthouse at Bella Sirena. Walking inside the beautifully etched doorway of Penthouse C1301, you find yourself in the spacious yet comfortable, living area with a large dining table for 12,…

Five Best Indoor Theaters

 Article Mindy Haskins  When it gets excruciatingly hot outside and you can't bear it any longer (let's be honest, we're already there), what's better than a dark, air-conditioned theater where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show—and maybe with a frosty beverage in hand! Escape the heat and head indoors to these speciality theaters.   iPic Scottsdale Patrons can experience the…

Dog Days

Listen…can you hear that? It’s the sounds of summer. Whether it’s splashing in a pool, the humming of a motorboat or the rhythmic ocean waves, it’s a refreshing sound. It means relief from this heat — and usually making some fun memories!  For me, growing up, those were on lakes in New York state. From … Continued

Signature Fundraising Event Recognizes Community and Impact on Individuals with Autism and Their Families

“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 1,600 guests gathered on Thursday, April 26, at the Arizona Biltmore for SARRC’s 20th event. Event co-chairs were Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to … Continued

Brunch at Arizona Science Center

On May 20, friends of Arizona Science Center gathered for brunch to honor Stevie and Karl Eller for providing much-needed seed money to the center in the early years. Thanks to their support, Arizona Science Center has grown to become an amazing community resource that inspires, educates and engages curious minds through science. Photography credit: Haute … Continued

Childhelp’s 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook

The Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse celebrated 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook on Saturday, May 12, at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. The tasty extravaganza netted a record of more than $52,000 for Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. Attended by more than 200 people, the culinary fundraiser was emceed … Continued

Staying Cool in the Desert

 Article Kathleen Blair  Yes, the scorching weather has arrived, and it’s here to stay for another few months. If you are not fortunate enough to be able to get away to a cooler climate, then you’ll need to find ways to survive the summer’s torrid temperatures. Here are a few fun ways to escape the heat for a couple hours…

The Man Behind the Business

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Cj Gershon  Two days after graduating from Scottsdale's Coronado High School, Erik Bryan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  "Special forces was my angle. It fit my personality," he says. 

Relax & Light Up

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Cigar smoking is recognized as a way to relax, and one of the finest smoking lounges in the Valley is Churchill’s Fine Cigars located off Camelback Road and 44th Street. Noted as the largest cigar store in Arizona, Churchill’s offers a wide selection of the finest cigars that include many limited and hard…

A Rugby Workout

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Phoenix Rugby Club  Rugby, the oldest sport ever played, is one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide. It is played with a football with 15 players on each team. In 1969, Bob Blakely and his fellow Arizona State University law students formed the first rugby team in Arizona, The Phoenix Rugby Club. The club’s…

The Miksta Brothers

 Article Mindy Haskins  Money Clip  M-Clip.com, $140

June 2018 Around Town

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Arizona Helping Hands Arizona Helping Hands has seen phenomenal growth in every phase of their operations over the past five years, growing into the largest provider of material items to make homes safer and lives better for the 15,000 boys and girls in the state’s foster care … Continued

Dear Gents,

Welcome to June! It’s filled with celebrations throughout the month: Flag Day, Father’s Day and the official kickoff of summer—although it feels like we’ve been there for a while already! As we celebrated women in our last issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, it’s time we do the same for the men in this community. This … Continued

Third Annual NDP I Heart NDP Breakfast

On Wednesday, April 18, more than 250 people filled the Dale M. Jensen Gymnasium at Notre Dame Preparatory to listen to Arizona State University men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, the keynote speaker at the Annual I Heart NDP breakfast. In his talk, he shared stories about the lessons he has learned through sports and how … Continued

12th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon

The event, held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa and co-chaired by Abby Leadon and Alexis Earnhardt, included a celebrity runway, live and silent auction and the latest trends from top brands like Dillard’s. It netted $185,000. Nick Ciletti hosted the event alongside actress Kat McNamara. Awardees included Luke Airforce Base, Childhelp … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

Swirl, Sip & Savor

On April 13, more than 160 guests came together to support Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa to raise awareness and funds for ThinkAsperger’s, an initiative creating awareness, early diagnosis and solutions for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and their families. The event raised more than $375,000, and featured … Continued

Men Making an Impact

 Article Mindy Haskins  Larry Lytle, First Vice President of RBC Wealth Management  Larry Lytle’s path into wealth management was long but intentional. Sixteen years ago, he and his father reflected on the question, “If there were no barriers, what would you do with your day?” This led to monthly meetings to discuss potential careers.

Local Female Movers + Shakers

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  The Agent  Robin Orscheln

Girlfriend Weekend on Coronado Island

 Article Kathleen Blair  White sandy beaches, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and historical charm are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed on the charming resort town of Coronado Island. Located across the bay from San Diego, its a great weekend escape to a beach town with a carefree lifestyle.   

Live Your Life in Style with Great Design

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Camelback Interior Designs  For more than 30 years, interior designer Lynda Martin has been creating beautiful, functional yet comfortable and inviting spaces. Her goal is to always design spaces that best reflect her client's style and aesthetics.   

Nina McLemore Designs Set the Stage

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Tony Marinella  Cocktails at Paradise Valley Country Club  Lyn Kotzen looks beautiful in this outfit—a fantastic hot pink and red reversible silk dupioni jacket with white active nylon elastane slacks—meeting friends for cocktails and a concert after. The sleeves can be cuffed to the desired length you want. The jacket teams up beautifully over a…

Kristin Edwards and Her Mom

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  MAC Lipstick in Snob  Nordstrom, $15