St. Jude to Host Second Annual Raise a Glass Fundraiser

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, will host its annual Raise a Glass for St. Jude on Nov. 9 at The Clayton House in Scottsdale. Through this one-of-a-kind event, St. Jude hopes to raise more than $140,000 for the kids of St. Jude.

The evening will feature food and wine pairings from exclusive West Coast wineries, live and silent auction items, and live entertainment. Guests also will have the opportunity to hear about the impact of St. Jude firsthand from a local patient.

Proceeds from the event will help St. Jude generate the lifesaving results for children and their families. St. Jude families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

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Sonata’s Restaurant Introduces New Summer Specials

Sonata’s Restaurant is offering ways to chill out without breaking the bank. With a new seasonal menu, a three-course dinner special and Sunday brunch buffet, dining out on a budget has never been easier. Offered every night, the three-course menu will feature a house salad, certified Angus New York steak with french fries and a French cream puff filled with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate sauce. On Sundays, guests can enjoy a buffet brunch featuring prime rib, waffle and egg stations, live music and a bloody mary and mimosa bar. 

10050 N. Scottsdale Road, #127, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480.477.1390,

New Superfood Seasonal Menu at Pita Jungle

Just in time for summer, Pita Jungle has released its Seasonal Kitchen Crafts menu with a focus on superfoods. The limited-time menu features seven new dishes, along with three new sides and seven new protein options. The new items include avocado hummus tostada, barley and beluga fetoosh bowl, veggie-quinoa stir fry with kimchi and more. The menu will be offered through mid-September at all Pita Jungle locations. Pita Jungle stands as the go-to restaurant for healthful but delicious food with 20 locations throughout Arizona. For more information, visit

Six Valley Restaurants Make OpenTable’s 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America

OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, recently unveiled the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America for 2018. The list is generated solely from more than 12 million verified OpenTable diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. collected between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. All restaurants with a minimum overall score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “outdoor dining” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, listed alphabetically, six local restaurants made the prestigious list: Cafe Monarch, El Chorro, Gertrude’s, LON’s at the Hermosa, Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace, and Tonto Bar & Grill. To view the complete list, visit

BALUNSD Anniversary Event, Summer Cold Plunge Deal

BALUNSD, an advanced performance and recovery studio in Scottsdale, will celebrate its 1-year anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 25 by hosting a special event for members and the public. The event will include samples from local vendors, giveaways, appearances from influencers, entertainment and a live DJ, and demos of all the services. BALUNSD has partnered with Scottsdale Beer Company to raise money for its “Shop for a Cop” program that takes place in the fall, benefitting the local charity Neighbors Helping Neighbors. For the anniversary event, BALUNSD will donate $10 for every membership sold that day and will donate 100 percent of all cold plunge proceeds sold that day. For more information, visit