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Royal Palms exterior

Royal Palms Announces New Executive Chef

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s historic luxury boutique resort, announces the upcoming revitalization of longtime renowned restaurant  T. Cook’s.  The evolution entails an interior redesign of the restaurant and bar, in addition to the highly anticipated hire of Paul McCabe as Executive Chef.  Chef McCabe joined the team on Monday, May 13, 2013 prior to the restaurant’s upcoming three-month revitalization debuting early September 2013.

Royal Palms has teamed up with Phoenix-based creative design team Bar Napkin Productions directed by Founding Principal Haley Balzano to develop the interior design which will boast vibrant shades of authentic colors of the desert and an overall softer palette.  Boldly colored chairs will surround rustic wooden tables adding depth and diversity to the dining room, while iron chandeliers create a sense of intimacy and stimulate enchanting experiences and romance.  The project will also feature a newly crafted wine and tequila room and an expanded bar.

“Together with Haley Balzano as architect and Howard S. Wright as general contractor, we are confident the enhancements at T. Cook’s will elevate the experience for our guests while still preserving the wonderful sense of place,” says Steve Benson, General Manager of Royal Palms Resort and Spa. “The dining room will feature a brightened color scheme accented by contemporary design elements, creating a space which will only be further elevated by the culinary creations of Chef Paul McCabe.”

As the revitalization expands into the bar, it continues to couple the open and inviting style of Mediterranean design with the warmth of the desert Southwest.  The expansion will also create additional nooks and engaging conversation spaces bolstering a handsome setting for food, drink and live entertainment. Since food and beverage has always been at the cornerstone and lure of Royal Palms, the new bar venue reinforces the resort’s dedication to the culinary arts.  The bar will serve as a canvas for the Chef’s brilliant creativity with smaller plates and signature beverage programs.

Throughout the summer season, Chef McCabe will helm the kitchen for the new Cervantes Bistro located amidst a collection of original artwork meticulously exhibited by Celebration of Fine Art.  The bistro will showcase a light summer fare menu as well as Chef McCabe’s weekly creations from the “Test Kitchen”.  As Executive Chef, McCabe will also oversee all culinary operations at the resort including social events and private dining.

Chef Paul McCabe joins Royal Palms from San Diego where he is known as a veteran food and beverage executive, most notably for his eight-year contribution as Executive Chef of L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa and the launch of the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant Kitchen 1540.  A Sedona native and avid mountain biker, Arizona is home to Chef McCabe where he began his culinary career.  Among his culinary ventures are serving as Executive Chef at such prestigious establishments as Enchantment Resort in Sedona before moving to Southern California to become Executive Chef of L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Other career highlights include participating as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York four times over the years, in addition to receiving such awards as “rising star of American Cuisine” by the James Beard Foundation and the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence, among other accolades.

Chef McCabe is excited to play a significant role in the next chapter of T. Cook’s evolution.  His culinary style can be summed up in three words – simple, pure and accurate – which are all precisely in line with the Mediterranean principles of simple preparations and uncomplicated dishes.  Furthermore, he is excited to delve deeper and mix his passion with the wants and needs of T. Cook’s current clientele.

“This summer will serve as a time to engage the palettes of our patrons,” says Chef McCabe. “We will utilize a ‘Test Kitchen’ approach showcasing specials offered on Wednesday nights that may ultimately appear on the fall menu.  I’m looking forward to interacting with long-term guests and Valley residents to embrace the future together.  I’m also eager to establish relationships with local purveyors to ensure we are sourcing the freshest and most seasonal ingredients.”

To learn more, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com/restaurant and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoyalPalms and www.facebook.com/TCooksPhoenix, Twitter at @RoyalPalmsHotel and Instagram at @royalpalmshotel.

Penny Benjamin Peterson New Love Heart painting

ART OF THE HEART: HEART ARTWORK INSPIRES AND CONNECTS

By Susan Morrow Potje, Show Director, Celebration of Fine Art

The heart has always been the universal sign of love. Whether a simple crayon drawing, a complex painting or beautiful sculpture, everyone connects a heart with feelings of love and acceptance.

February may be the month of love, but Valentine’s Day aside, hearts are always in style in the eyes of collectors and artists. At the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale there are several painters known for their inspired heart artwork through paintings. Although hearts are not the only subject matter, they are a common theme.

Penny Benjamin Peterson feels a “great sense of connection” when people purchase one of her heart paintings. “Each connection is unique and something to celebrate,” she said.

Collector Frank with Penny Benjamin Peterson paintingBenjamin Peterson has created numerous heart pieces in various sizes, shapes and colors in collections that hang on walls around the world. Her largest heart painting was a six-by four-foot piece that adorns the entryway of one of her collector’s homes. One of her latest heart paintings was recently purchased by a loyal collector who selected it as a gift for his daughter’s upcoming birthday.

“When I saw this painting it made me think of the love I have for my three children,” said Frank Racioppo. “The large heart represents my love for them and three small hearts represent my three children. I guess I am a little sentimental when it comes to my family.”

Tanner Lawley, an artist from Texas who also currently shows at the Celebration of Fine Art, creates and shares his heart paintings as a way of spreading the feeling of love.

“It is impossible for someone to look at a heart painting and not feel the love in that moment,” he said. “I’m not sure what will happen with them the rest of the day, but I know in that moment they feel love. I believe that the emotion of love is the strongest force known in the universe.”

Tanner Lawley Art with HeartThis force was present when a longtime collector of the Celebration of Fine Art recently set eyes on one of Lawley’s heart pieces. Doris had lost her husband and best friend, Bernie, not too long before. For years the couple visited the Celebration together – holding hands and beaming with love as they walked through the show visiting with artists and building their collection together. Although they were advanced in age, they looked like teenagers in love.

After he passed, it was undoubtedly difficult for Doris to come back to a place that had been such an integral part of their life together, but she did this year, only this time she was accompanied by her daughter. As the two of them wandered through the show they came across the studio where Lawley was at work on his vibrant heart pieces.

The connection was instant. Both mother and daughter fell in love with the inspirational hearts in Lawley’s studio. They talked about how much Bernie would have loved these hearts.

While Doris was visiting with another artist, her daughter secretly went back to Lawley’s studio and told him the story of Bernie’s and her mother’s love for each other. Within moments they had a plan.

Lawley created a special piece for Doris called “Bernie’s Love” and wrote a personalized note on the back that read: “To Doris, Love is infinite and always present. I know Bernie is smiling down at you right now and his love for you is over-flowingly abundant. With love, Tanner Lawley.” Doris will receive this on Valentine’s Day.

Bernies Heart

Bernie's Love

While the art of the heart is particularly fitting this time of year, these pieces speak to people in very individual ways – whether its love, passion, remembrance or joy, they resonate no matter the time of year.

This year’s Celebration of Fine Art runs daily, now through March 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Celebration of Fine Art logo

The 23rd Annual Celebration Of Fine Art Brings 100 Artists To Scottsdale

The finest works of art from one hundred artists are currently on display at the 23rd annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event kicked off on January 12 and will continue through March 24.

Taking place at the southwest corner of Hayden Rd. and Lp. 101, the event is a juried, invitational show and art sale that features more than 40,000 square feet of working studios and artworks with styles ranging from realistic, impressionistic and Western realism to abstract and contemporary.

The Celebration of Fine Art also houses a sculpture garden with nearly 100 pieces of life-sized and monumental sculptures from Kyle Ashley, Mark Carroll, Gedion Nyanhongo, Dave L. Mure Jr., Paul Rhymer, Michael Jones, Ken Newman and Bryce Pettit, among others. Visitors can also watch daily firings at a working kiln.

Deemed “One of the West’s Premier Art Events” by Art & Antiques magazine, the event attracts more than 50,000 visitors with annual sales topping $5 million per year. Nearly 90 percent of visitors make it an annual tradition due to its comfortable and inviting atmosphere to interact with artists.

“The Celebration of Fine Art truly is unique to Arizona,” said Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “It hasn’t been replicated anywhere in the country. Visitors count on our great quality art, welcoming experience and interaction with the artists. From first-time visitors to long-time collectors, our guests say they look forward to returning year after year.”

The event is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and free admission for children under 12. Tickets are all-event passes and good for the entire 10-week show.

For show details and information on participating artists, please visit celebrateart.com.

Celebration of Fine Art

When: Saturday, January 12 – Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Where: The southwest corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101, off Exit 35
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and free admission for children under 12. The tickets are good for the entire 10-week show.
Contact: (480) 443-7695
Online: celebrateart.com

 

Top 5: Arizona Art Experiences, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Art Experiences (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Art Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Celebration of Fine Art

8602 E. Cortez St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 443-7695
celebrateart.com
A gathering of some of the finest artists in the country, where you can meet and watch them in the creative process.


Sedona Arts Festival

995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd.,
Sedona, AZ 86339
(928) 204-9456
sedonaartsfestival.org
The festival itself — which runs Oct. 13-14, 2012 — has grown in size and reputation over the past 20 years. It has become a premiere, destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first-class treatment of both its artists and attendees. With 140 nationally known artists displaying their work surrounded by red rock splendor, there is no better place to spend an October weekend than Sedona.


First Fridays

Downtown Phoenix
(602) 256-7539
artlinkphoenix.com
First Friday is a monthly art walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Starting at the Phoenix Public Library, located south of McDowell Rd. on Central Ave., participants can pick up a First Friday brochure, which includes the member galleries, their locations and the best shuttle bus route.


Thunderbird Artists

15648 N. Eagles Nest Dr.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-5637
thunderbirdartists.com
The goal of Thunderbird Artists is to provide an outstanding variety of mediums, subject matters, sizes and price ranges that satisfy the desires of each and every patron that strolls through one of its festivals.


Scottsdale ArtWalk

Old Town Scottsdale
(480) 990-3939
scottsdalegalleries.com
See Scottsdale’s 100 plus galleries and artists’ studios every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. Located on Marshall Way and Main St. in Old Town Scottsdale.

 

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Arizona Art Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Art Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Art Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Celebration Of Fine Art

8602 E. Cortez St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-443-7695
celebrateart.com
A gathering of some of the finest artists in the country, and you can meet them and watch them in the creative process. January 14-March 25, 2012.


First Fridays

Downtown Phoenix
602-256-7539
artlinkphoenix.com
First Friday is a monthly art walk from 6 to 10 p.m. By starting at the Phoenix Public Library, located south of McDowell Road on Central Avenue, participants can pick up a First Friday brochure, which includes the member galleries, their locations and the best shuttle bus route.


Scottsdale ArtWalk

Old Town Scottsdale
480-990-3939
See Scottsdale’s 100 plus galleries and artists’ studios every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. Located on Marshall Way and Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale.


Sedona Arts Festival

995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd.,
Sedona, AZ 86339
928-204-9456
sedonaartsfestival.org
The festival itself — which runs Oct. 13-14, 2012 — has grown in size and reputation over the past 20 years. It has become a premiere, destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first class treatment of both its artists and attendees. With 140 nationally known artists displaying their work surrounded by red rock splendor, there is no better place to spend an October weekend than Sedona.


Thunderbird Artists

15648 N. Eagles Nest Dr.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480-837-5637
thunderbirdartists.com
The goal of Thunderbird Artists is to provide an outstanding variety of mediums, subject matters, sizes and price ranges that satisfy the desires of each and every patron that strolls through one of its festivals.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012