Made With Love

I’ve always loved to read, and as far back as I can remember, my mother had always read to me at night before going to bed. As I got older, I continued this tradition, staying up to the first break of daylight on weekends devouring book after book. After finishing up a good novel, my thoughts would spin everywhere and…

Second Annual Dancing for Arizona’s Children

Some of the Valley’s most prominent community leaders twisted, twirled and cha-cha’d to raise money and awareness for the Arizona’s Children Association’s Strengthening Families Fund during an evening filled with vibrant performances and impressive dance moves. Images Courtesy of the Arizona Children's Association

Second Annual Knuckle Ball

This most lavish soiree saw community members gather together for a fabulous evening of delicious cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment, hosted by the Joe Niekro Foundation and benefitting Barrow Neurological Institute.

Scottsdale Chamber Recognizes Volunteers for 
Community Service

For the 17th year, the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce honored volunteer leaders who embody the spirit of volunteerism during a fun and lively awards ceremony , combined with the Chamber’s annual membership mixer. Peter Jordan Photography

February 2017 Around Town

For the fourth year in a row, chefs from more than two dozen restaurants across the Valley and Flagstaff will go head-to-head to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout cookie flavors. The new creations will be sold in their restaurants throughout February, with a portion of sales directly benefitting local girl scouting. This year, Northeast Valley…

Raising The Brunch Bar

Owner and Executive Chef Joey Maggiore has taken brunch dining from a weekend pleasure to one that can be enjoyed seven days a week. He and his wife, Cristina, have recently opened their second The Hash Kitchen Creative Breakfast & Bar in North Scottsdale, which serves unique-style breakfasts, brunches and lunches. The extensive menu, delicious food, cheerful ambiance and generous…

Top of His Class

When Indiana Jones first hit movie theaters back in 1981, he introduced archeology to a generation that has now become leaders in the field. For a kid in Ohio, however, he found his inspiration not just in the adventures of Dr. Jones, but also in his fedora, and with that, crafted a one-of-a-kind career in which he has few peers.

A Colorful Life

For someone who has built such a successful following in the local art scene, it’s hard to believe that Bela Fidel originally didn’t plan on being an artist, having had dreams of becoming a writer before she discovered painting in oils. “Early on in the sixties, on a whim, I started playing with oils and continued ‘playing’ for a couple…

Plain Jane to Glittery Dame

Scottsdale artist and designer Ruby Farias can take anyone’s little black dress and pair of high heeled shoes and paint them with an elegant gold trim to refashion a modest outfit into a chic, one-of-a-kind ensemble. She can breathe life into a plain pair of sneakers with the fabric paint she creates herself, or transform a wall flower into a…

The “Joye” of Art

Joye DeGoede was just 10 years old when she won her first coloring contest and had some of her artwork commissioned. In an effort to channel their daughter’s creative ambitions—and probably redirect DeGoede’s penchant for carving into mirrors and painting on walls—her parents enrolled her in private art lessons. As DeGoede grew up and entered the working world, she never…

Chocolate Decadence

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spoil your sweetie with a delicious dessert, and nothing says I Love You more than a sweet homemade treat. Although this recipe may taste decadent and difficult, it’s actually incredibly easy to make; so even non-cooks can quickly impress a special love.

Carefree Smile

Though patients surely have noticed that Carefree Smile in Cave Creek is under new ownership, Dr. Sam Swainhart wants everyone to know that little else has changed. Longtime local dentist Dr. Peter Finocchiaro announced his retirement last summer, and in hopes of continuing the legacy of exceptional cosmetic and general dentistry at Carefree Smile that has been over two decades…

The Estate Collection and House Anderson’s Holiday Fundraiser

The elegant holiday trunk show and fundraiser saw guests mingle and enjoy signature cocktails, live music, and later in the evening, Christmas carolers, all while perusing the gallery’s bespoke, signature offerings. Photography Beth McRae