July 2015 Around Town


Flower Child’s First Location in Scottsdale Now Open

Flower Child, Sam Fox’s healthy fast-casual restaurant recently opened its first Scottsdale location at Shea Boulevard and 90th Street. The latest locale serves farm-to-table fare that’s healthy and served in a happy, fast-casual kitchen. Situated on a bright 3,572-square-foot space and 1,223-square-foot patio, surrounded by windows on every side with sunshine beaming in, the restaurant has the energy of a buzzing farmers market. Artwork is hand-painted and whimsical, and the open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs prepping fresh vegetables all day long. Here, where happy is the culture, guests can expect fresh flowers on every table, yoga mat parking, a to-go waiting area equipped with a grab-and-go fridge filled with healthy beverages, and a menu offering a wide selection of clean, nutrient-dense items for lunch and dinner. The menu includes a variety of starters, such as Simple and Avocado Hummus, and an array of salads like The Granola, made with organic greens, fuji apple, pomegranate, clementine, sprouted almond, fennel, gorgonzola and chia seed vinaigrette. The heart and soul of the menu includes “build-your-own” Protein Plates with 100 percent grass-fed beef, all-natural chicken, sustainably raised salmon and organic or non-GMO tofu, and vegetable and grain sides such as the Red Chili Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Simple Steamed Broccoli. Flower Child is located at 10460 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale. For more information, visit IAmAFlowerChild.com or call 480.240.4400.

Special Olympics Arizona and SUBWAY® Restaurants of Arizona Join Forces on “You Share, We Share” Fundraising Campaign

Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Subway Restaurants of Arizona – including every single local restaurant and local owner – on “You Share, We Share,” a campaign that encourages the community to get out and share their weekends with Subway restaurants; and the locally owned restaurants will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $58,000, directly to Special Olympics Arizona. The program kicks off this weekend and goes every Saturday and Sunday until the end of August. The local franchises set a goal of raising more than $50,000 to honor Subway’s 50th anniversary, taking place throughout 2015. In addition to supporting SOAZ in its restaurants during the campaign, the sandwich-making pioneers have also signed on to take an active role in SOAZ’s spring and summer events through food and raffle donations as well as hands-on volunteering opportunities.

Washington Federal Financial Scholars Program Recognizes 200 Local Graduates

Representatives from Washington Federal’s executive team in North Scottsdale recently honored more than 200 graduates of its 2015 Washington Federal Financial Scholars Program, a financial education course designed to provide students with the critical skills needed to make sound financial decisions, at Metro Tech High School. Washington Federal partnered with leading education technology company EverFi, Inc., to bring this interactive, web-based financial management education tool to six schools statewide and 20 total throughout Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. Since the program’s inception in 2013, it has reached more than 5,000 students.

“Our goal is to provide you with the foundational knowledge to make smart decisions with your finances,” says Mike Brown, Arizona regional president of Washington Federal, during his keynote address to the students. “Nothing can jeopardize your ability to succeed in today’s complex and competitive environment faster than poor financial decisions.”

Leonardo Loo Honored with Black Chamber of Arizona Chairman’s Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP recently announced that Phoenix partner and Business Law Practice Group chair Leonardo Loo, a North Scottsdale resident, was honored with the 2015 Chairperson’s Award by the Black Chamber of Arizona (formerly the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce) at its 17th Annual Awards Banquet at the Phoenix Convention Center. The award is given each year to an individual making a positive economic impact across the state through his or her service to both the Black Chamber and the community-at-large. Loo volunteers on the board of directors for the Black Chamber of Arizona and Asian American Bar Association, respectively, and serves as general counsel for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Loo also currently serves as the chair of the board of directors for Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC).

Scottsdale Teens Really Cook in New Valley TV Show

Six Scottsdale students are among 36 Valley teens competing for cash prizes, commendable cuisine and crushed competitors in Food*Ball TVShow, a dramatic new weekly program that recently launched on AZ-TV/Cable 13. The Scottsdale participants are: Chaparral High School juniors Amy Wiffler, 16, and Michaela Soden, 16; Coronado High School senior Tali Lopez, 18; Desert Mountain High School senior Danya Sherman, 17; Desert Mountain graduate and George Washington University freshman Liana Sherman, 19; and Horizon High School junior Shai Nadler, 17.

The Scottsdale youths were chosen from more than 100 area teens who auditioned for the high-energy competitive cooking reality show that was the brainchild of former Valley auto dealership business manager Margaret Clark, the show’s executive producer, and her grandson, Billy Butler. Set to football, rather than softball, metaphors, the hour-long Food*Ball TVShow pits two-person teams against each other in the kitchen to see who can score with the best on-field performance while amassing the fewest penalties for violation of food safety and procedural rules.All contestants in Food*Ball’s 10 episodes completed a one-day crash Food*Ball Training Camp focused on food preparation techniques.

Luxuriant Venue Opens in North Phoenix

Chateau Luxe, a new premier event space that brings high-end design and opulent detail to the Valley, recently opened in Phoenix. Located just north of the 101 off 7th Street, Chateau Luxe is a multimillion-dollar event space envisioned by owner Deepika Bhalla. It is designed and built by the award winning luxury builders, Chaves AIA, a local company. The 60,000-square-foot venue stays true to its name by bringing a modern ode to decadence. Nestled between mountain and city views, Chateau Luxe is every event planner and bride-to-be’s dream come true. Rich fabrics, terrazzo tile, spectacular custom designed chandeliers and lush furniture will evoke images of luxury at every turn. Two ballrooms, a scenic outdoor space, a meeting center and a chapel are all part of the design. The space’s versatility makes it perfect for cocktail parties, ceremonies, receptions, intimate dinners, fashion shows, large-scale events and corporate functions. With Phoenix as an epicenter of cultural affairs, the only limit one will have is their own imagination. Chateau Luxe will include a team of professionals who have the vision and experience to transform the venue. Whether it’s a party of 50 or 900, the venue is perfect for any size wedding, corporate or private function. Chateau Luxe is located it 1175 E. Lone Cactus Rd. in Phoenix. For more information visit ChateauLuxeAZ.com.