It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.
Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email email@example.com
The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email email@example.com
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com
Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email email@example.com
North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223
Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email email@example.com
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722
Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email email@example.com
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email email@example.com
SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email email@example.com
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email email@example.com
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com
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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Mexican! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.
Top 5 Restaurants: Mexcian
2814 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Location: 4 Locations in Arizona
An afternoon at Blanco will make you wish that all your afternoons were spent south of the border, barefoot, with margarita salt on your lips. Try a perfectly prepared plate of street-style carne asada tacos, or award-winning barbecue pork tacos with sweet corn fresh tomato salsa.
3815 N. Brown Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 85251
7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4848 ext. 7320
4280 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018
HMSHost, a world leader in travel-venue food, beverage and retail experiences, is currently in the process of updating and renovating Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 — bringing more than 20 new restaurants to the terminal.
The transformation will include the addition of several popular local restaurants, including NYPD Pizza, Press Coffee, Modern Burger, Blanco Tacos + Tequila and four La Grande Orange brand restaurants.
“This is a busy and exciting time of year for vacations and summer travel, and we are very happy to be able to begin providing a new experience at Sky Harbor Airport that will truly showcase an authentic taste of Phoenix,” says Stephen Douglas, vice president of business development for HMSHost. “Terminal 4 is the busiest spot in one of America’s busiest airports, and we’re bringing out the best-of-the-best to showcase the great dining in the city of Phoenix.”
HMSHost was awarded its current 10-year food and beverage agreement after a 2011 competitive bidding process. The company is thrilled to continue its relationship with Sky Harbor and the City of Phoenix.
“HMSHost has had a presence at Sky Harbor International Airport for more than 40 years,” Douglas says. “We have watched with admiration the growth of the city of Phoenix, and we’ve shared in the expansion and development of Sky Harbor. Continuing our commitment to serve the city and Phoenix travelers was an easy decision, and we are thrilled to have been awarded the opportunity to continue a tradition of excellence at what has been recognized as the world’s friendliest airport.”
HMSHost carefully selected the chosen restaurants in order to best reflect the local flavor of Phoenix.
“We want to show everyone who travels through Terminal 4 the very best of Phoenix, so it’s our privilege to partner with some of the very best chefs and restaurateurs in the city,” Douglas says. “With local restaurants such as Barrio Café and Chelsea’s Kitchen, travelers will now experience a truly authentic taste of Phoenix.”
The Terminal 4 project offers a unique opportunity for the local businesses to offer travelers excellent dining options, increase brand visibility and act as representatives for the community.
“It’s our belief that just because you are traveling, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a great meal,” says Sam Fox, CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. “We hope that locals will recognize their favorites, and travelers will enjoy a new experience comparable to as if they had stepped into one of our restaurants across the Valley.”
La Grande Orange Hospitality Partner and CFO, Jennifer E. Cole, says La Grande Orange is excited to continue investing in the Phoenix area.
“The airport venture lets us bring local flavors to customers that know us and to customers new to the Valley,” Cole says. “With [HMSHost], we will be able to take the quality of food and service to higher levels.”
NYPD Pizza CEO, Richard Stark, adds that being in such a high-traffic location will have a positive effect on the businesses’ locations outside the airport.
“We are very excited about the Sky Harbor restaurant’s opening as it will introduce the NYPD brand to Valley residents and visitors alike,” Stark says. “We foresee this location serving as a powerful ‘brand builder’ and reaffirming our standing as the Valley’s best, authentic New York pizzeria.”
Press Coffee Roasters’ owner/operator, Steve Kraus, sees the Terminal 4 project as an opportunity to spread his passion for great coffee.
“We are thrilled to be at Sky Harbor Airport, especially in Terminal 4,” Kraus says. “Being at Sky Harbor Airport gives us an opportunity to not only expand and share our love for coffee, but also showcase to the world how great coffee can taste. We are extremely proud of our product and to be representing the best coffee the Valley has to offer.”
Included in the renovations are certain technological advances to improve service, including a mobile app, which can be used to have food delivered to your gate, as well as a tabletop ordering device currently being tested.
Douglas adds that, when the project is completed in early October, Sky Harbor will feature more local restaurants in one terminal than any other airport in the country.
“When travelers come to visit Phoenix or pass through our airport, I want them to know what Phoenix is all about, and soon they’ll be able to taste it,” says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “They’ll know that our city and our airport support our local businesses, and that Phoenix is an epicenter of high-quality, modern and authentic dining.”
Between trips to the pool, splash park and day trips to Flagstaff or Sedona, you have to eat at some point. And over the next few months of summer, Fox Restaurant Concepts is hosting its 100 Days of Summer celebration at its local restaurants.
Guests can expect dinner deals, daily happy hour specials, community dinners, brunches and events such as live performances and much more going on now through September 11.
Restaurants and specials include:
The Arrogant Butcher
Appetizer and drinks specials ranging from $2 to $8, Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2 E. Jefferson St., #150, Phoenix
Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Phoenix
Don’t miss out on its Summer Drinks & Summer Eats with sangria at $6 a glass or $16 for a pitcher; tall boy beers, $6 single or a $20 bucket of 4; and small plates of $3 tostadas and $3 tacos.
Happy hour specials include half-off starters, specialty margaritas, draft beers and well drinks. Catch these specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., #601, Scottsdale
Borgata of Scottsdale
Ready for the Double Blind Happy Hour? For just $6, receive a paper-bag beer and a shot. They also offer reverse happy hour specials Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to close. And don’t miss out on the live music on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125, Scottsdale
The Greene House
Love wine? Not by the glass, but by the bottle? Get 50 percent off all bottles of wine every Sunday (includes reserves).
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., #100, Scottsdale
For $35 per person, Modern Steak offers a three-course, prix fixe menu offered daily from 5 p.m. to close. Swing by on Thursdays and get 50 percent off wine (includes reserves).
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Every Monday from 4 p.m. to close, NoRTH offers a pizza party special which includes one salad, one pizza and two glasses of select wine for $25. Catch happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
North Fattoria Italiana, Arcadia
Take part in a community dinner, which consists of a four-course meal ― available on June 18, July 30 and August 20 ― with beverage pairings at $45 per person from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. And don’t forget to call ahead to make reservations. You can take advantage of happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as $2 eats and drinks on Sundays.
4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix
Olive & Ivy
On Saturday and Sunday, have brunch with your girlfriends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Favorites include the breakfast burrito, cinnamon French toast and the egg sandwich. Then come back for happy hour specials (Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #195, Scottsdale
Try out Sauce’s Summer Sampler, which includes one salad, one pizza and two glasses of wine for $20.
14418 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Zinburger’s $20 Dinner Special for Two includes two burgers, sandwiches or salads and one order of hand-cut fries. Happy Hour specials include half-off wines, draft beer, all sides and the plain-and-simple burger offered for only $7 (Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Biltmore Fashion Park
For more information about Fox Restaurant Concepts’ 100 Days of Summer celebration, visit foxrc.com/100days.
Trendy décor, hip staff and good food — the usual check list for a Fox Restaurant Concepts have all been met at Blanco Tacos + Tequila.
If you desire a great patio, good service and some creative margaritas, Blanco will satisfy your craving. Located at the Borgata in Scottsdale, Blanco offers a truly unique array of menu items to spice up your evening.
I visited Blanco during its happy hour as I have been told more than once that even in the middle of the week they have a wait — a good sign.
Esthetically, Blanco is a winner. The décor is fantastic, and the large bar and open kitchen give guests plenty of action to observe during their visit. The patio area is gorgeous and can accommodate many, something that is a bit of a challenge for many restaurants these days. I was a little disappointed in the happy hour drink choices. I am not a margarita or beer girl — gasp! However, I am a wine and every-other-liquor-than-tequila girl. Unfortunately, the half-off happy hour prices were only good for beer and margaritas. I paid full price for wine, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed half off the mixed berry and blood orange margarita. The margarita choices were festive and unique, and if tequila and I got along better, I would have ordered a few for myself.
In true happy hour style, we ordered a few appetizers to take advantage of the great deal:
Queso Fundido: $9.00
Chorizo, caramelized peppers, warm flour tortillas
We started with the Queso Fundido. It was fantastic! A perfect mix of sweet and spicy, the fundido was served on a hot skillet with warm flour tortillas on the side. A great appetizer to share, I would encourage everyone to order this as the start of their meal.
Served with avocado, crema fresca, black beans and pico de gallo
Any chance of having additional food was shot after we were delivered our nachos. We chose to add beef to our dish, and the serving was huge. As with the fundido, the nachos are a great appetizer to share with a group.
Hot Fudge Sundae: $5.00
This is not your average hot fudge sundae! Although the presentation looks a bit rough, the actual sundae was great. Served with candied almonds, bananas, hot fudge and whipped cream, the sundae was a perfect ending to our happy hour stop.
The service at Blanco was excellent. The server was knowledgeable and full of suggestions for our visit. The hostesses were friendly and did their best to accommodate the growing crowd. A unique touch was that our drinks were also run by the entire staff. It’s common to have someone bring out your food, but the team work extended to the bar to ensure that we didn’t have to wait for our server to be free. We got all of our drinks quickly — an important element to ensure happy guests during happy hour. It was evident that everyone pitches in at this location.
Full-priced wine aside, our visit to Blanco was great. The atmosphere is suitable for all ages. I look forward to sampling what they have to offer during its dinner menu. However, I now have a perfect spot to visit after work or as a place to start our evening out with friends.
Food: 4 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
If You Go: Blanco Tacos + Tequila
6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., #601
Scottsdale, AZ 85253