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10 Valley restaurants’ special menus on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. Looking for a restaurant to celebrate? Here’s a list of 10 Valley restaurants to do such the thing. Reservations are recommended. (This is part one of a two-part series.)

Scottsdale

“Pair of bubbles”  Valentine’s Day at TAGGIA 2015

Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, 4925 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-424-6095, $85 per couple++

Chef Massimo de Francesca offers the following menu:

Tartine / Canapés: A platter of avocado, with queso fresco and truffle; Gamberi: Shrimp cocktail with spicy tomato cocktail sauce / gf; Asparagi: Prosciutto wrapped asparagus with lemon aioli / gf

Antipasto/Appetizer: Carpaccio: Thinly sliced beef carpaccio, cilantro crema, crispy capers, parmesan, arugula and lemon / gf; Insalata di Mozzarella: A salad of marinated fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, basil, olive oil and saba  / gf

Secondo/Entrée: Manzo: Grilled New York striploin “fiorentina”, rosemary-garlic potatoes, heirloom, carrots, Broccolini, Barolo demi glace / gf; Risotto: Langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, tomato, basil / gf

Dolce/Dessert: S’Mondu: a play on the classic s’mores and fondue. Toasted marshmallows, graham cookies, strawberries, sliced pear and warm nutella sauce

Valentine’s Day 2015 at Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Rusconi’s American Kitchen, 10637 N Tatum Blvd. Ste 101, Phoenix, 480-483-0009, $55 per person+

Executive Chef and Proprietor Michael Rusconi offers:

First course (Choice of one): Baby greens with apple-pears: Amish blue cheese, spiced almonds and pomegranate; the “kitchen” caesar salad with cotija cheese; creamy garlic dressing, roasted corn relish, smoked bacon, and basil pesto; Lobster bisque: Cilantro crema and american caviar; Grilled vegetable risotto: Parmesan cheese and sherry jus; Guajillo seared ahi tuna: Chilled quinoa salad with mushrooms, tomato, olives and pesto; Pan roasted gulf shrimp: Creamy grits, cured tomato, and roasted corn

Main course (Choice of one); Grilled natural breast of chicken; Creamy white corn polenta, French beans and baby Portobello mushrooms; Granny smith apple glazed pork tenderloin: Butternut squash spaetzle, wilted organic spinach and port wine jus; Smoked tomato crusted rack of lamb: Fingerling potatoes, fennel, and black olives; Pan roasted sea bass: Cauliflower potato puree, small green beans, and herbed butter sauce; Pecan wood-grilled beef tenderloin filet: Spaghetti squash, wilted spinach, goat cheese gnocchi, and pomegranate syrup

Dessert (Choice of one): Grilled Anjou pear beignets for two: Hazelnut chocolate and blackberry sauces; Duo of crème brulée: Dark chocolate and vanilla bean; Passion fruit budino: Tropical fruit and strawberry jus

Local Bistro, 20581 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, (480) 302-6050, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Andrea Volpi features the following menu:

Starters (choice of): Capesante: Seared giant scallops, lobster roe- foie gras mousse, truffle oil; Carpaccio Palmetto: Shaved beef, watercress, hearts of palm, pioppini, picked mustard seeds, salsa verde and Grana crisps; Mushroom Bisque: Vegetarian cream of wild mushrooms soup, black truffle shaving, truffle oil

Salad (choice of): Spring mix, tri-color quinoa, carrots, tomato, red onion, yellow peppers, shitake, roasted poblano vinaigrette; Arugula, strawberries, toasted Marcona almonds, goat cheese, lemon oil dressing; Heirloom tomato, Gorgonzola, anchovies, fried onions, lemon-basil, warm cherry vinaigrette

Main course (choice of): Lobster in Nero: Black ravioli stuffed with lobster and wild mushroom, lobster-crab jus; Lamb chop Lollipops: Lamb chop, mint aioli, garlic French fries, red beat puree; Sea bream alla Plancha: Crispy seared sea bream, citrus beurre blanc; Eggplant Parma: Eggplant paper, mozzarella di buffala, velvet tomato sauce, grana padano

Dessert (choice of): Amaretto coffee bomb love cake; Zuppa Inglese; Champagne zabaglione with wild berries, Saba

Central Bistro, 3160 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 480-646-8560, Centralbistroaz.com, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Chris Mayo’s menu includes the following:

First course (choice of): Winter squash soup, duck confit, cider-soaked currents; Caramelized sea scallops, cauliflower puree, fennel, apples, grapes, cured lemon; Warm asparagus salad, crème fraiche, salmon caviar, and pistachio vinaigrette

Optional course: $20 supplement: Ricotta gnocchi, butter-poached lobster, parmesan fonduta

Main course (choice of): Wood grilled filet of beef, sunchoke creamed spinach, potato pave, and red wine-truffle jus; Pan roasted sea bass, artichokes, braised leeks, and warm mushroom vinaigrette; Crispy skinned duck breast, farro, root vegetables, citrus

Dessert (choice of): Lavender honey poached pear, candied hazelnuts, champagne; Black Forrest cake, cherries, grand mariner; Raspberry cake, coconut, basil, white chocolate

Each couple who dines at Central Bistro and Local Bistro will receive one voucher for Kendra Scott jewelry*. For anyone who is looking for a more vibrant atmosphere or is currently unattached or in a “complicated” arrangement, SumoMaya is celebrating all relationship statuses. At SumoMaya, each individual in the party who makes a reservation will receive a Kendra Scott voucher.

*Rayne necklace, Danielle earrings or Elle earrings, while supplies last in-store. Only one voucher can be redeemed per person at Kendra Scott.

SumoMaya, 6560 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 397-9520, sumomaya.com, $65 per person+

Executive Chef Matt Zdeb will feature:

First course choice of: Strawberry and Cucumber Gazpacho: Olive oil and Marcona almond; Lobster Ceviche: Grilled lemon and truffle; Fluke Crudo: Yuzu vinaigrette and candied kumquats; Bacon wrapped dates: Chorizo, queso Cotija, caramelized onion foie gras sauce

Second course choice of: Oyster trio: Thai basil mignonette, yuzo kosho with black salt and daikon puree, uni with citrus ponzu; Baked Crab and seared Waygu Beef roll: Lobster sauce; Chicken Mole with Crispy sweet plantains: Vegetarian “tofu mole” upon request; Filet wrapped asparagus: Sizzling on a hot rock with soy caramel

Something extra… $44 supplement: Seared Japanese Waygu beef (3oz) with a red miso glaze and citrus ponzu

Third course choice of: Wood Grilled filet of beef: Sautéed asparagus, soy-mirin reduction (add seared foie gras  $15 supplement); Dou of grilled duck breast and pork belly: Roasted apples and cauliflower-truffle puree; Soba Noodle vegetable stir fry: Green tea soba noodles and tamarind yuzu glaze; Grilled Chilean Seabass: Tatsoi, miso-truffle sauce

Dessert choice of: Mexican Chocolate Mousse: Chocolate mole, tamarind caramel, churro; Tres Leches Cake: Sweet vanilla milk reduction, toasted marshmallow fluff; Sake poached pear: Coconut sorbet, orange rosewater, sweet and salty marcona almond

 

Los Sombreros Scottsdale, 2534 N. Scottsdale Road, 14795 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-994-1799, lossombreros.com, $75 per couple 

Tasting menu includes:

(all portioned in smaller, tasting sizes)

Corn Chowder Soup

Two Crispy Hibiscus Taquitos

Fig and Panela Cheese Salad, with greens in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Crab & Mango Salad with honey lime vinaigrette

Snapper with Esquites

Trout with Almonds in Lemon Butter with Capers

Corn Cake Soufle with Mole Sauce

Pechuga Rellena, grilled chicken breast, stuffed with goat cheese and huitalacoche in a chipotle tomato sauce

Pork Chop with Tamarind Mole

Pilconcillo Ice Cream or Damiana Flan

Pink Pony Scottsdale, 3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-945-6697, Prices vary

In addition to the regular menu, the Pink Pony Scottsdale will be serving a special Valentine’s menu that includes:

Bubbles: Henriot Champagne, half bottle ($25)

Crab Cakes & Greens: Blue Crab cakes, poached pears, arugula, tarragon vinaigrette ($12)

Scallops: Day boat scallops, carrot and ginger broth, braised greens, fried ginger ($14)

Devils on Horseback: Bacon wrapped date, marcona almonds, scallions, Iitoi onion & ginger vinaigrette ($9)

Lobster & Veal: Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Veal Ravioli, Chive oil

Lobster Butter Broth (AQ)

Niman Ranch Pork “Osso Buco”: Cassoulet, bacon, leeks, natural jus, citrus gremolata ($25)

Something Sweet: Red Velvet Cake, Mascarpone, Midnight Ganache ($9)

Complimentary Truffles For The Table: Rosemary, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnuts

Bistro du Lac, 8320 North Hayden Road, Suite D-101, Scottsdale, 480-203-2075, bistrodulacaz.com, $65 per person

Appetizer (choose one): Wild Mushroom Bisque: with Tellagio filled profiterole, truffle essence and mushroom chips; Salade De Magret De Canard Fume: Salad of baby greens, with smoked duck, baby gem lettuces, shallot vinaigrette tomato and smoked pine nuts

Entrée (choose one): Grilled Atlantic Salmon:Red pepper beurre blanc, pancetta pomme puree, arrowleaf spinach roasted tomatoes on the vine; Filet De Beouf Aux Morilles: haricot verts with lardons, wild mushroom-spinach crepe cabernet-mushroom broderlaise, sunnyside quail egg

Dessert (choose one): Cannele De Bordeaux: With vanilla bean gelato, myers rum sabayon; Chocolate-Gianduja Crunch Cake:Red raspberry couli, praline ice cream, chocolate honeycomb

East Valley Restaurants

Umami, 21 E. 6 Street, Tempe, 480-625-4565, umamitempe.com, $40+ per couple

Includes:

Two customized ramen bowls

1 bottle of sake

Desert Bento Box with strawberries, bananas, pound cake and marshmallows for dipping in melted chocolate

Perfect Pear Bistro, 9845 South Priest Drive, Tempe,  & 1241 East Chandler Boulevard, Ahwatukee, perfectpearbistro.com

Bottomless Mimosa Valentine Brunch $44.99++ per couple

Choice of 2 Frittatas served with Fresh Fruit and Sweet Potato Tots

Mimosa options include Fresh Orange Juice, Pear or Pomegranate.

Complete menu available online

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, 1371 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, 480-899-6735, Socialboxeateries.com, $75 per couple

Includes:

Shared bruschetta appetizer

Simple salad per person

Choice of Spinach and Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Loin OR Herb Dijon Crusted Escolar, per person

Shared Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Ice Cream

1 glass of red or white wine or non-alcoholic beverage per person

Central Bistro

Central Bistro creates dining delight

They had us at “Drunk Bread.”

It’s not often that a long-time favorite can be replaced with a newer, more innovative model and turn out to be even more engaging, but Central Bistro has accomplished the feat.

Nestled into the former location of Zen 32, which called the hot spot on the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street home for more than 15 years, Central Bistro has mixed together modern Italian and French with wood-fired cuisine to quickly build a following all its own. Central Bistro is a true bistro setting with an ample menu that offers something for everyone. It also has a selection of more than 350 hand-selected wines, farm-to-bar cocktails and craft beer. It’s a modern, straightforward, energetic restaurant that features a menu of winning dishes from top to bottom. That makes sense because everything is made from scratch daily.

At lunch, freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches take precedence. As the day transitions to evening, hearty flavors reign with handcrafted pastas, brick-oven pizzas, wood-grilled meats and veggies.

Which brings us back to the Drunk Bread, the amazing appetizer that kicked off the meal during a recent visit. Made with swiss fondue, white wine and crusty bread topped with prosciutto, the decadent indulgencethat defines Drunk Bread made us only want to do one thing: Order a second helping.

But we showed restraint and decided to try other items on the menu and each one topped the preceding dish. Here is a quick recap of recommendations for dinner:

• The Salumeria Pizza, made with red sauce, mozzarella, house made sausage, Italian cured meats and Sicilian oregano is easily one of the best wood-fired pizzas in the Valley. It’s priced at $15.

• The cabernet reduction on the filet — which is served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms, with an option to add either foie gras ($8) or butter poached lump crab ($9) — is so perfect that my mouth is watering onto the keyboard at this moment as I reflect on the memory. It’s priced at $35.

• The Ruby Red Trout, served with sautéed summer squash, pear tomatoes, fresh herbs and lemon caper vinaigrette, is as mouth-watering a seafood dish as you will find in Phoenix. It’s priced at $24.

• The Central Mac and Cheese utilizes a house blend of cheeses topped with herb bread crumbs. As we learned from the Drunk Bread, the staff at Central Bistro knows how to work with cheeses. Enough said. The Central Mac and Cheese is a bargain at $16.

Beyond an amazing dinner, Central Bistro boasts a muchacclaimed happy hour featuring $1 oysters that would make my boys in Boston envious; and an incredible brunch with bottomless mimosas made with fresh-squeezed orange juice. If you go for brunch, the Stuffed French Toast is a must-try menu item. From the decor — lots of natural light and open space — to the desserts, Central Bistro is a taste-tantalizing delight. Where else can you get drunk on bread?

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Central Bistro creates perfect blend of French, Italian

They had us at “Drunk Bread.”

It’s not often that a long-time favorite can be replaced with a newer, more innovative model and turn out to be even more engaging, but Central Bistro has accomplished the feat.

Nestled into the former location of Zen 32, which called the hot spot on the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street home for more than 15 years, Central Bistro has mixed together modern Italian and French with wood-fired cuisine to quickly build a following all its own.

Central Bistro is a true bistro setting with an ample menu that offers something for everyone, has a selection of more than 350 hand-selected wines, farm-to-bar cocktails and craft beer. It’s a modern, straightforward, energetic restaurant that features a menu of winning dishes from top to bottom. That makes sense because everything is made from scratch daily.

At lunch, freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches take precedence. As the day transitions to evening, hearty flavors reign with handcrafted pastas to brick-oven pizzas to wood-grilled meats and veggies.

Which brings us back to the Drunk Bread, which kicked off our meal during a recent visit. Made with swiss fondue, white wine and crusty bread topped with prosciutto, the decadent indulgence that defines Drunk Bread made us only want to do one thing: Order a second helping.

But we showed restraint and decided to try other items on the menu and each one topped the preceding dish. Here is a quick recap of what we would recommend for dinner:
• The Salumeria Pizza, made with red sauce, mozzarella, house made sausage, Italian cured meats and Sicilian oregano is easily one of the best wood-fired pizzas in the Valley. It’s priced at $15.
• The cabernet reduction on the filet — which is served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms, with an option to add either foie gras ($8) or butter poached lump crab ($9) — is so perfect that my mouth is watering onto the keyboard at this moment as I reflect on the memory. It’s priced at $35.
• The Ruby Red Trout, served with sautéed summer squash, pear tomatoes, fresh herbs and lemon caper vinaigrette is as mouth-watering a seafood dish as you will find in Phoenix. It’s priced at $24.
• The Central Mac and Cheese utilizes a house blend of cheeses topped with herb bread crumbs. As we learned from the Drunk Bread, the staff at Central Bistro knows how to work with cheeses. Enough said. The Central Mac and Cheese is a bargain at $16.

Beyond an amazing dinner, Central Bistro boasts a much-acclaimed happy hour featuring $1 oysters that would make my boys in Boston envious; and an incredible brunch with bottomless mimosas made with fresh-squeezed orange juice. If you go for brunch, the Stuffed French Toast is a must-try menu item.

From the decor — lots of natural light and open space — to the desserts, Central Bistro is a taste-tantalizing delight. Where else can you get drunk on bread?

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Central Bistro gets revamped menu this month

Executive Chef Chris Mayo has launched a revamped menu this month at Central Bistro located at 3160 E. Camelback Rd. Mayo took the reigns at Central Bistro in March of 2014 and has been working on the newly released menu for several months.

“Central Bistro is Arcadia’s answer to modern American food. This menu has evolved significantly from a strong focus on French and Italian cuisine. Instead we are taking our culinary inspiration from all over the globe to prepare dishes that are at once distinct and familiar,” said Mayo.

Central Bistro’s new lunch and dinner menus feature everything from farm-fresh salads, oven-baked fish, succulent steaks and crave-worthy desserts. Many Central Bistro favorites—like the signature “Drunk Bread” appetizer, Thai steak salad and Wild Mushroom Pizza—will remain on the menu with the new additions.

New dishes include:

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto with truffle and herbs ($18)
  • Tuna Sashimi Salad with chopped greens, pickled vegetables, cilantro, mint and Asian pear ($18)
  • Hard Cider Glazed Pork Shank with Swiss chard and cannellini bean ragout ($27)
  • CB All’Amatriciana with bucatini, house made guanciale, caramelized tomato sauce and pecorino crema ($22)
  • Grilled Octopus Fusilli with Uni Butter ($28)
  • Handmade Burrata with fried Brussels Sprouts, Calabrian chili marmalade and rosemary breadcrumbs ($14)

“The handmade burrata is a true ‘home run’ dish. I look forward to hearing rave reviews from our customers,” said Mayo, who added, “Our goal is to offer a wide enough selection that diners can eat at Central Bistro on a regular basis and not get bored.”

Kids also have a new menu offering an array of eats for discerning youthful palates. Young diners eat free from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée.

An expansive wine menu and specialty cocktails crafted by Osio Culinary Group’s Beverage Director, Bill Degroot, enhance Central Bistro’s menu.

The restaurant’s rich interior, a combination of exposed brick, dark floors, and an inviting bar area surrounded by windows, and two large patios complete the dining experience.

Central Bistro opened in 2010 and has served as the perfect location for business lunch, lively happy hours and family brunches—plus every occasion in between.

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Get down and ‘derby’ deals in the Valley

If you are looking for something other than Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend, maybe the Kentucky Derby is more your style. Saturday, May 3, presents the 140th Kentucky Derby, which some describe as the most exciting two minutes in sports. There are several Kentucky Derby parties for women to dress up in spring dresses and giant hats and men to dress in their best seersuckers suits.

    Turf Paradise: This huge, spring party has all the Kentucky Derby musts including mint juleps and a fashion judging of traditional Derby clothes of bonnets, sundresses and suits. There are a variety of choices, depending on your budget, including a “Top of the Park” suite that encompasses a view of the infield lakes and two racetracks, a Turf Club Buffet that includes private televisions for viewing, a Clubhouse and Players’ Buffet that get you closer to the horses and the cheering crowd and finally, a Party on the Rail that lets you get up close to the race. All areas include Kentucky Derby food and drinks. Don’t forget to stay for the Hat and Ensemble contest!
    Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: This party is comprised of a Kentucky Derby Brunch and Lawn Party. Live blues music will accompany the mint juleps, bourbon tastings, buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, crab Louie, shrimp and grits and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. If you haven’t divulged enough, then continue on to dessert with lemon meringue tarts, red velvet cupcakes and chocolate bourbon pecan pies. You can also try signature cocktails including a “Seersucker” cocktail with bourbon, peach and mint, “The Derby” with bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao and lime or the “Kentucky Cousin” with Know Creek Bourbon Cherry Herring, lemon and black tea. Once you have eaten your fill, you can play horseshoes and lawn games, take pictures with four-time National Champion racehorse, Saul, or enjoy the women in their stylish hats and men in their suits.
    The Phoenician in Scottsdale: Like the other two events, The Phoenician will host a Kentucky Derby Party with a special viewing party on the Orchid Lawn. The party will include flat screen TVs covering the pre-race festivities and the race itself. Women can compete in the best hat contest and men can win the best Southern fashion contest. Festivities will also include a Winner’s Circle raffle and a delicious Southern menu.

If you want a more low-key atmosphere to watch the race, visit one of these local restaurants to try a Kentucky Derby-inspired cocktail:
    Phoenix Public Market Café: The TNT, $8, contains Arizona Distilling Company Copper City Bourbon, tamarind paste, pequin chili simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon
    J&G Steakhouse: Whiskey Passion Fruit Fizz, $13, is composed of Passion Fruit Chili Bar syrup, bourbon and ginger ale
    Crudo: No Name, $12, is made of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon, Montenegro, Bonal, St. Elizabeth allspice Dram and Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, served in a chilled coupe
    Central Bistro: Old Fashioned, $10, has Wild Turkey Rye, Demerara syrup and old fashion bitters
    Del Frisco’s Grille: Tennessee Peach, $5, mixes Jack Daniel’s, fresh peaches, honey and fresh lime juice
    American TapHouse: Mint Julep, $3, is a classic drink that can be paired with a delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwich

So whether you are watching the races or just want to try something new, check out these local events and specials this weekend!

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NB|AZ to Host Taste of the Biltmore Oct. 3

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced its seventh annual Taste of the Biltmore event, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the NB|AZ Biltmore Corporate Center. This highly anticipated kick-off to the Fall social season will bring the best of the Biltmore community together to enjoy unlimited food and wine tastes from more than 20 local restaurants.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Act One Foundation (Act One), an organization that provides educational field trips to visual and performing arts centers for Arizona students. Act One provides transportation and resources to underserved public school children so that they can experience art and culture within their communities. In its inaugural year, Act One benefitted more than 20,000 K-12 public schoolchildren in Maricopa County.

“NB|AZ Taste of the Biltmore is the perfect way to bring the community together to enjoy delicious cuisine, while giving back to the community,” said Jathan Segur, senior vice president of sales and marketing for NB|AZ. “Each year the attendance grows allowing us to offer tremendous support to our designated beneficiary, and this year we are thrilled to be able to contribute to the Act One Foundation.”

“We are thrilled National Bank of Arizona has selected Act One as their partner in NB|AZ Taste of the Biltmore,” said Teniqua Broughton, executive director of the Act One Foundation. “Less than 50 percent of Arizona public schools provide integrated arts education in the curriculum due to budget constraints. Act One Foundation was created to address this need, and the collected funds from this event will help us serve these students.”

Participating restaurants include some of the Valley’s most recognized names: Central Bistro, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, The Capital Grille, Season’s 52, True Food Kitchen, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, amongst many others.

Tickets are $35 online and at the door. To purchase tickets or to find out more about the event, including a full list of participating restaurants, please visit www.nbaztaste.com.

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NB|AZ to Host Taste of the Biltmore Oct. 3

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced its seventh annual Taste of the Biltmore event, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the NB|AZ Biltmore Corporate Center. This highly anticipated kick-off to the Fall social season will bring the best of the Biltmore community together to enjoy unlimited food and wine tastes from more than 20 local restaurants.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Act One Foundation (Act One), an organization that provides educational field trips to visual and performing arts centers for Arizona students. Act One provides transportation and resources to underserved public school children so that they can experience art and culture within their communities. In its inaugural year, Act One benefitted more than 20,000 K-12 public schoolchildren in Maricopa County.

“NB|AZ Taste of the Biltmore is the perfect way to bring the community together to enjoy delicious cuisine, while giving back to the community,” said Jathan Segur, senior vice president of sales and marketing for NB|AZ. “Each year the attendance grows allowing us to offer tremendous support to our designated beneficiary, and this year we are thrilled to be able to contribute to the Act One Foundation.”

“We are thrilled National Bank of Arizona has selected Act One as their partner in NB|AZ Taste of the Biltmore,” said Teniqua Broughton, executive director of the Act One Foundation. “Less than 50 percent of Arizona public schools provide integrated arts education in the curriculum due to budget constraints. Act One Foundation was created to address this need, and the collected funds from this event will help us serve these students.”

Participating restaurants include some of the Valley’s most recognized names: Central Bistro, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, The Capital Grille, Season’s 52, True Food Kitchen, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, amongst many others.

Tickets are $35 online and at the door. To purchase tickets or to find out more about the event, including a full list of participating restaurants, please visit www.nbaztaste.com.

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RESCUE AND MANE ATTRACTION SALON JOIN FORCES FOR 13TH ANNUAL BEAUTY TO THE RESCUE

Mane Attraction Salon has joined forces with RESCUE, a local nonprofit animal rescue organization, to host their 13th Annual Beauty to the RESCUE on March 3, 2013.

For a minimum donation ($30-$50 for haircuts, $10 for Deep Conditioning Masque, $20 for Blow Dry Style and $20 for Makeup Applications), anyone can partake in a day of personal pampering – all while raising funds to support RESCUE in its fight against pet euthanasia.

Beauty to the RESCUEWhile human participants are beautifying themselves, they can pamper their pooches with an on-site mobile dog groomer as well as look into their pet’s past or future with an on-site pet psychic. Guests will also enjoy food and beverages, along with kid-friendly activities and live entertainment by the hip local bands Elvis Before Noon and Del Rey.

Dr. Grey Stafford from the Wildlife World Zoo will also be attending with his dog Venti to discuss reward-based dog training.

Enjoy brunch at Central Bistro, located next door to Mane Attraction. They will be donating a portion of their Sunday brunch sales to benefit RESCUE. Other vendors will include Millie’s Caramels, pet artist Chela Mischke, pieces by The Bottle Artist, a local artist who repurposes recycled wine bottles into home décor, Carol Cotton Design, and much more.

“We have a special place in our hearts for the pets RESCUE helps,” says Beate Ong, who owns and operates Mane Attraction with husband and fellow stylist Kendal Ong. One of the Ong’s pooches, Einstein, was a healthy, house-trained one-year-old when Kendall and Beate adopted him from RESCUE. “Healthy animals are being euthanized because they are not adopted and placed in loving homes. The real beneficiaries of this event will be the huggable animals that are adopted at this outstanding and important event.”