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.

‘Tis the Season

There is something magical about the holiday season here in the Valley. That something goes well beyond the sidewalks and streets lined with luminarias and the twinkling lights that adorn saguaros and palm trees just as frequently as they do spruces and evergreens. What is truly special resides within those groups in our community who embody the season of giving,…

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

Need a gift idea? Or just a little boozy cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit?

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

The Seventh Annual HopeKids Boots and Bling Gala

The Seventh Annual HopeKids Boots and Bling gala took place at the home of Mark and Bev Nuessle in Scottsdale. Thanks to the generosity of 190 attendees, $86,260 was raised to provide hope and an ongoing calendar of events to more than 1,400 Arizona families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

November 2017 Around Town

Founded by Scott and Marla Berger, of Scottsdale, the Tree of Life Movement aims to unify mankind and heal the world through a global spiritual awakening. The power of their mission is embodied by the Tree of Life Intention Stick. Each Intention Stick is sold with a list of empowering words to select and wear close to the heart. The…

Out of the Kitchen

Brian Downey discovered his love for wine while working at Penelope, a French restaurant in Tucson in the late 1990s. After the sommelier was let go, the owner needed someone to step up and learn wine fast. Downey was game. As the owner pushed and quizzed him on the restaurant's wines, Downey became increasingly more passionate about the subject. He…

A Time to be Thankful

Thankful: it’s a word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year as November arrives and 2017 begins to draw to a close. And although it typically marks the winding down of the year, November is also a season of beginnings. This month begins the season of giving and the season of receiving. It begins the season of…

V.I.P. Mortgage Celebrates New Scottsdale Corporate Offices

V.I.P. Mortgage celebrated their new Scottsdale corporate offices by hosting an open house September 27. Attendees were treated to live music, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Dominick’s Steakhouse Hosts Fitz’s Supper Club

Larry Fitzgerald and the Grand Illusion took center stage at Dominick’s Steakhouse on Monday, August 28, for the Ninth Annual Fitz’s Supper Club - Celebrities at Your Service.  Raising more than $550,000 for the First Down Fund, guests enjoyed an evening filled with trickery, 
wonderment and excitement all night long.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

A healthy twist on a 
favorite fall spice

Sip, Shop & Style—Fashion and Beauty Trends for Fall 2017

Fashion lovers were out in force for Sip, Shop & Style, hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and Mom Style Lab. The stylish guests sipped bubbly, while style expert Angela Keller of Mom Style Lab and Lisa Moore, Saks beauty adviser, presented key fashion and beauty trends for fall 2017. Photos courtesy Mom Style Lab. 

Holiday Traditions

Traditions connect us with family and history as nothing else can. One whiff of my mom’s sweet potato dish mixed with cinnamon and apples then topped with roasted marshmallows induces years of memories and jokes about it being the dessert we pretend is a side dish. But my new traditions are treasured as well. My husband’s family cooks a turkey…

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Cooking with Wine

Ingredients

1 butternut squash
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine
½ teaspoon herb seasoning mix
½ teaspoon clove
Salt
Pepper
Pumpkin seeds

Fall into October

While much of the country is experiencing warm hues of fall colors, those of us in the Valley of the Sun are experiencing cooler temps and getting back outdoors. It's exciting to think that fall is officially here. And you know what that means—sports (the World Series, soccer and football), comfort food and beer!

Mix and Mingle with The Miksta Team and Lifestyle Publications

V.I.P. Mortgage's The Miksta Team graciously hosted Lifestyle Publications' partners and friends at their new location. The guests enjoyed a variety of delectables from Emily's Events as they mingled and connected in the spacious community room. Visit them at TheMikstaTeam.VIPMtgInc.com.

October 2017 Around Town

Students ages 5 through 18 enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale scholarship programs for low-income families shopped for new school clothes, shoes and supplies, thanks to community leaders Ellie and Michael Ziegler, who have generously contributed $500,000 to the program over the past five years. Each recipient from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Branches had…

Lifestyle’s Guide to Local Fall Sports

While the rest of the nation goes inside to warm up, we're cheering on our hometown teams while grilling outside and wearing flip-flops. Welcome to fall in the Valley of the Sun.

Ask the Expert 

As the owner of Scottsdale’s ‘Ohana Salon, Chandra Chriswisser has a passion for not only creating beauty through both hair and makeup but also teaching it to other stylists in the industry. The co-author of the best-selling book, "Success in Beauty: The Secrets to Confidently Following Your Dreams Effortlessly," Chandra is happy to share her top trends for fall, as…

Score!

It’s fall, which means many sports are taking off locally and nationwide. What are some of the best apps to help you keep up with your favorite teams and players? We asked a few Valley sports enthusiasts to find out.

Eliminating the Fear

For some women, getting a mammogram isn’t something they want to do, but it’s an important appointment that should not go ignored. Solis Mammography is changing the way mammograms are perceived and performed by providing a comfort-driven, patient-centric environment that helps put patients at ease while offering advanced, top-of-the-line breast-imaging technology and expert interpretations.

For the Love of the Game 

As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.

Take Flight: Local Beer Guide

It was the love of great beer that had brothers Jim and Jason Ebel traveling the world. In 1996, having returned from living in France, they decided to take their passion to another level and opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, Illinois. Then, in early 2015, the successful brothers opened the Scottsdale restaurant and taproom and started beer production…

What’s Your Style?

Fashion: a - a prevailing custom, usage or style; b - (1) - the prevailing style (as in a dress) during a particular time; (2) - a garment in such a style. We all have (or desire to have) a style. So what's yours? Are you classic or trendy? Conservative or flashy? I probably lean more towards trendy, but definitely…

Classic Abstraction

Gallery curator John Reyes and notable Arizona artist John Armstrong hosted a recent art opening at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows. The event included complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from Hearth ’61. Classic Abstraction, the exhibition, juxtaposed the hard-lined compositions of John Armstrong with the color fields of Dorothy Fratt. Photos by Shane Baker Studios.

New Leadership for Notre Dame Prep

On July 1, Jill Platt became the fourth principal of Notre Dame Preparatory, located in Scottsdale. She is the first woman to lead the high school in that role since it opened its doors in 2002.

Backpack Drive

The fifth annual Backpack & School Supply Drive donation drop-off event was held July 15 at Office Max on East Thomas Road and helped fill 5,000 backpacks. The backpack drive is sponsored by Executive Council Charities benefitting Arizona Friends of Foster Children Found, Arizona Helping Hands Inc. and Voices for CASA children.

Scottsdale Fashion Square Renovation Event

Members of the media and blogging community attended a behind-the-scenes “soft hat” media tour of Scottsdale Fashion Square on Thursday, July 27, where they received an up-close look at how the best address keeps getting better. For more information about Scottsdale Fashion Square's renovation, visit FashionSquare.com/SFSRedevelopment. Photos by Haute Photography and Videography.

September 2017 Around Town

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary year of the Taste America national culinary tour. The cross-country program will heat up this fall in 10 dynamic culinary destinations including Phoenix.