Celebrate Local Food

As Arizona is such a melting pot of people from throughout the country, its culinary scene is decidedly diverse. From beloved concepts like La Grande Orange and Fox Restaurants to elegant resort dining to hole-in-the-wall eateries serving authentic and ethnic cuisines, our state packs a lot of punch when it comes to local flavor.

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix Tribute 
to Leadership Reception

The elegant reception was held to announce the organization's 22nd Annual Tribute Honorees, who will be recognized 
at their Tribute to Leadership Gala on February 13, 2016.

Paul Lauren Design Consultant’s Holiday Soiree

The renowned design firm celebrated the opening of its new North Scottsdale office location with a fabulous soiree 
featuring sumptuous cuisine, fine wine and cocktails, live music and great company. Photography Images by Michael.

Around Town

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of spectacular talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Situated at the base of a saguaro-lined butte, the event pairs great live local bands with the most enchanting venue in the Valley for a truly spectacular experience. Through May 6, concert goers will also be able to…

Hometown Harvest

Eating fresh means eating local. For many, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great place to start. The idea behind CSA is simple: Interested people purchase a share from a local farm’s yield— which usually takes the form of a weekly box of veggies, but can also include fruits, eggs and other locally farmed products— to bring home to their…

Pantry Perfection

The beauty of jars lies in their simplicity. For starters, they look gorgeous stacked on shelves or used as a decoration. However, the real value of each jar is measured by what lies inside, and Arizona residents have been churning out high-quality products that locals have fallen in love with over and over again. From hot pepper jelly to tomato…

Giving Spirit

It was certainly a season of giving at the Tayles household this year, as the long-time North Scottsdale residents organized a spectacular holiday charity drive to benefit the homeless, soldiers coming back from battle and kids at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The whole idea for the drive actually came from Christina Tayles’s 12-year-old daughter, Bailee. “I told my mom some…

Southwest 
Sweets

This southwest baking tale begins two years ago, when Jessica Rose Boutwell and her mother, Joyce Boutwell, were asked to make a cake for a friend’s bridal shower at El Chorro. During the bridal shower, El Chorro’s event sales manager, Lindsey Rendon, sampled the cake and was so impressed that she invited the two women down for a meeting to…

The Perfect Date

As a state known for having the majority of its residents hail from somewhere else, it only makes sense that one of its most recognizable culinary staples, the Medjool Date, comes from afar as well. Referenced in both the Bible and the Qur’an, dates are considered to be the oldest fruits cultivated by humans, going back over 6,000 years ago.…

Say ‘I Love You’ with Fondue

Begin by vigorously rubbing the inside of the fondue pot with a garlic clove. Pour the wine into the pot and heat until it barely simmers. Over a low heat, add the cheese a little bit at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until all is melted. Stir in the nutmeg, kirsch, pepper and salt. With long fondue forks,…

Bunches of Oats

Love oatmeal? Try these variations made with milk and old-fashioned oatmeal. Together, milk and oats make a breakfast powerhouse by delivering protein and other key nutrients like fiber, potassium, calcium and vitamin D.

Flights and Bites

Rule of thumb: you need approximately 2-4 ounces of cheese per person, and will get six pours per bottle of wine for tasting. You can keep it elegant and affordable with gourmet cheeses and award-winning fine wines from ALDI. This pairing menu will provide a satisfying tasting experience for your guests:

Michael Rusconi’s Kitchen Essentials

Carnaroli Rice: “The best for making risotto, but I also use it for different varieties of Paella.” 
Truffles/ White Truffle Oil: “When they would come up the elevator while I was working at Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician, the whole building would have the aroma of white truffles. I fell in love with truffles that day. One of my all-time…