Renaissance Phoenix Downtown invites you to enjoy any one (or all!) of its Global Day of Discovery events taking place from 5 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, June 19. According to Renaissance, the underlying idea is that “the world is in each of our hands” and the brand wants to encourage people to explore different communities and cultures.
The celebration will include delicious food, coffee demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, all-day drink specials at ICON Lounge, DJ William Reed, musical performances by Parker Morden, and a very special mural-in-progress. Read more
Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will perform at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, June 8. And it’s hard to believe, but there are still some seats left!
Menzel is best known for her roles in Wicked (as the original Elphaba) and Rent, as well as her recurring role on the hit TV show Glee. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing this Broadway superstar sing live, here’s your opportunity. Read more
People who love what they do have an undeniable energy and joy about them, wouldn’t you agree? Such is definitely the case with Chris Nicosia, executive chef at the southern Italian restaurant Sassi in North Scottsdale.
I recently attended a very special cena (Italian for “dinner”) there and wrote about the experience for bite. Highlights included the charming villa setting and atmosphere, the savory delectables and chef’s enthusiasm for a certain sea creature on his menu. Read more
Butterfly Wonderland, dubbed the largest butterfly pavilion in the United States, opens May 25 in Scottsdale. This unique living museum aims to teach visitors all about the life cycle of these fanciful creatures, with the highlight being a rainforest-like atrium filled with thousands of butterflies. Read more
Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend is now open on Seventh Street between Bethany Home and Camelback roads. The restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. (closed Sunday), and the menu is divided into small plates and large plates, with a variety of veggies and greens, oysters at market price, and more. Read more
The Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals (PSYP) is hosting a membership event at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the downtown offices of Snell & Wilmer. PSYP invites you to enjoy complimentary cocktails, appetizers and entertainment while learning more about the benefits of joining their organization and supporting the arts in Arizona. Read more
If you haven’t scheduled a lunch date at the Desert Botanical Garden any time recently, then you are missing out. I recently profiled the garden’s new restaurant, Gertrude’s, for bite following a taste-test, and I have to say, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Read more
Composer John Williams — who wrote the iconic scores for films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, and dozens of others — will be collaborating with The Phoenix Symphony for a very special performance on Sept. 28, to benefit the symphony’s education and community outreach programs. Read more
I interviewed Erik Peterson, principal architect with local firm PHX Architecture, for the April 2013 issue of Mesa Luxury Living, and he had a lot of positive things to say about the future of architecture in Arizona, plus the company’s work on the reincarnated Wigwam resort in Litchfield Park. Read more
The AZ Blogger Conference (ABC) returns for its second year this Saturday, April 27. Organized by the Phoenix Style Collective, the event will be held at Hotel Palomar at CityScape in downtown Phoenix and feature guest speakers, networking, activities, pop-up shops, a cash bar, snacks and an after-party. Read more
I recently attended a Buzzcation event held at Davanti Enoteca in Scottsdale and am now just a wee bit obsessed. I’ve already spent an unusual amount of time poring over the menus, trying to decide what to taste-test on my next visit to this eatery, aspects of which are inspired by the owner’s gastronomical adventures in Italy. Read more
Here’s an app I use almost every day! Since I reviewed Typic for iPhone.AppStorm it’s become one of my favorite things. While apps that allow you to type text over your photos isn’t exactly a unique concept anymore, I believe Typic is one of the best. I use it all the time to text photos to my family and friends. Read more
Artist Cynthia Kostylo will be taking America’s love for an already very versatile condiment to the extreme on Saturday, April 13, when she creates murals of Johnny Rockets hamburgers, fries, shakes and other delights — all out of ketchup. The event will take place at the Johnny Rockets restaurant at Westgate Entertainment District from noon to 2 p.m., and include activities for kids, free food samples, music and, obviously, numerous photo ops. Read more
Love’n the Kitchen is offering you the opportunity to experience an exclusive cooking class with True Food Kitchen Executive Chef Michael Stebner on Friday, April 19. The chef will be demonstrating and serving dishes from his cookbook, as well as some best-loved creations from the TFK menu. Read more