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The 5th Annual Big Game Big Give Benefiting The Giving Back Fund, hosted by Alec Baldwin at Tribeca Rooftop on January 31, 2014 in New York City.

Michael Bay to host Big Game Big Give Super Bowl party

Michael Bay in New Orleans

Michael Bay in New Orleans

Michael Bay, blockbuster feature film producer/director, will co-host the Arizona edition of The Giving Back Fund’s Big Game Big Give, an event that ESPN The Magazine previously has called the “No. 1 Super Bowl Party of the Year,” Sat., Jan. 31, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The event will be at the home of Matt Williams, former Arizona Diamondback and now the MLB Washington Nationals’ Manager of the Year, and his wife, Erika Monroe Williams, and co-chaired by Arizona super-philanthropists Bill and Linda Pope.

The glittering red-carpet affair benefits The Giving Back Fund and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.

In its sixth year, the Big Game Big Give traditionally occurs the night before the Super Bowl in the game’s host city, with a guest list that’s a who’s who of athletes, celebrities and business and entertainment luminaries.

The Giving Back Fund is the nation’s premier nonprofit consulting and management organization serving professional athletes, entertainers and other high-profile individuals on their charitable giving initiatives.

Bay, the Williamses and the Popes host the star-studded fundraiser under the theme Arizona Shines, and are joined by a plethora of global and Arizona business leaders and philanthropists. The evening’s décor will feature vignettes that showcase original elements of Arizona for the hundreds of guests attending from throughout the country. The benefit is designed as an intimate affair for 500 guests in the setting of a private home, in contrast to other Super Bowl events in crowded venues of 1,500 people or more.

Marc Pollick, president & founder of The Giving Back Fund, said: “We are so grateful by the level of leadership and support Arizona is delivering for this 2015 Big Game Big Give.  This major fundraiser is vital to our growth as a charitable organization looking to expand and diversify philanthropic giving.  We are also thrilled to be able to support important local charities like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix.”

Founded in 1997, The Giving Back Fund has overseen the distribution of tens of millions of dollars in charitable grants within the United States and other countries.

Meanwhile, Big Game Big Give celebrity host Michael Bay is known most recently for four Transformers blockbusters, a feature film franchise that has grossed more than $2.4 billion; the latest installment is Transformers: Age Of Extinction.  Other film blockbusters include The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, among others.

Big Game Big Give co-chair Williams is a World Series superstar, and one of only four in MLB history to earn Manager of the Year in his first year as a manager for the Washington Nationals.  His wife, Erika, is founder of The Hopeless Housewife and has been featured on The Taste, E! News, People Magazine, among others, and is also a former TV broadcaster.

Bill and Linda Pope are longtime Arizona community leaders and philanthropists. Bill Pope is owner and CEO of SunChase Holdings, Inc.; Linda Pope is a philanthropist and television producer of the show Ballroom Blitz, which recently aired on TLC.

Erika Williams said: “Matt and I are honored to hold the Big Game Big Give at our home. While we are spending a good deal of time in Washington, D.C. these days, Arizona is still home and we are happy to have the opportunity to host this stellar Super Bowl XLIX event for such wonderful causes.”

“This edition of the Big Game Big Give will be an unforgettable Arizona evening of generosity and giving, paying it forward, entertainment, fabulous food, and a sparkling mix of our state’s warm hospitality, generosity and natural beauty,” said Linda Pope. “We are grateful to participate with the Arizona hosts who have joined to lead this special night as well.”

New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Foodies Unite! New Times' Street Eats Food Truck Festival At Salt River Fields

New year, new line-up of food festivals. Up first: the New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on January 12 & 13, 2013.

But be aware: The Street Eats Food Truck Festival has more than just a few food trucks available for your choosing. At this two-day event, you’ll also find a wine lounge, a special VIP tent, several bars, a kids zone, eating contests (hot dog, pie and Twinkie), cooking demonstrations, live music and special guests.

Celebs & demos

Chef Geoffrey ZakarianAnyone who watches The Food Network and the Travel Channel will recognize these two special guests: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Adam Richman.

On Saturday, Chef Zakarian, Iron Chef on The Food Network’s hit show “Iron Chef America” and a judge on The Food Network’s cooking challenge “Chopped,” will perform a one-hour public cooking demonstration from 1-2 p.m.

On Sunday, attendees can check out a one-hour cooking demonstration by Adam Richman, host of “Man vs. Food,” “Man vs. Food Nation” and “Adam Adam RichmanRichman’s Best Sandwich in America” on the Travel Channel. The demonstration will also take place from 1-2 p.m.

The Sub-Zero Wolf Cooking Demo Stage will also include the following demonstrations:

Saturday
12-1 p.m.: Top of the Rock – Chef Gavino Borquez
12-1 p.m.: The Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian
2-3 p.m.: Uncle Sal’s/The Side Door/The Blind Pig – Chef Jimmy Molinari
3-4 p.m.: Pure Sushi Bar – Chef Eddie Aguilar
4-5 p.m.: Wildhorse Grille at Talking Stick Golf Course – Chef Patrick Karvis

Sunday
12-1 p.m.: TheHopelessHousewife.com Chef Erika Monroe-Williams & Arizona Diamondbacks Third-base Coach Matt Williams
12-1 p.m.: Travel Channel’s Adam Richman
2-3 p.m.: PS Catering Arizona – Chef Chris Peil & Diane Stern
3-4 p.m.: Certified Holistic Health Coach – Chef Michele Rusinkp

Spend a little extra dough

Why merely watch Chef Zakarian and Richman when you spend spend a little one-on-one time with them? Spend the extra cash for admission into the LTB Concepts VIP Tent. Admission includes not only includes light appetizers, $20 in food tickets, six alcoholic drinks and unlimited soda and water, but also a VIP Meet & Greet with Chef Zakarian on Saturday and a VIP Meet & Greet with Richman on Sunday.

Wine time

Want wine? Head to the Stark Raving Un-Wine-D Lounge for eight wine tastings with food pairings.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect at the Un-Wine-D Lounge:

  • Paired with assorted cheeses and crackers:
 Chandon Rośe
 and Moët Ice
  • Paired with caprese skewer:
 Uppercut  Sauvignon Blanc
 and Chalone Chardonnay
  • Paired with crustini with tomato relish:
 A BY Acacia Pinot Noir
 and Stellina de Notte Chianti
  • Paired with beef chimi churi:
 Terrazas Malbec
 and Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Paired with shrimp shooters:
 A by Acacia Chardonnay
 and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • Paired with beef empanada:
 BV Napa Cabernet
 and Numanthia Termes
  • Paired with cheesecake bits:
 Stellina di Notte Prosecco
 and Clicquot Demi Sec
  • 

Paired with toasted marshmallow and chocolate bars:
 Rosenblum Desiree
 and Newton Merlot Unfiltered

Beer, please

As if it couldn’t get any better, the Street Eats Food Truck Festival will even include four bars, including Whiskey River Saloon, Upper Crust Pizza Patio & Wine Bar, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Firehouse and a mobile bar from the National Taco Association.

For more information about each bar’s featured products and mixed drinks, visit saltriverfields.com.

Food trucks, galore

From frybread, hot dogs and noodles to pizza, kettle corn, burgers and traditional Native American food, nearly every type of food will be present.

For the full list of food trucks, visit saltriverfields.com.

Ticket prices

Sold yet? Here’s what you can expect to fork up at the door:

  • $10 General Admission Tickets / Children 12 and under free
  • $35 Un-Wine-d Lounge
  • $60 LTB Concepts VIP Tent

For more information about the Street Eats Food Truck Festival, including the line-up of live entertainment, visit saltriverfields.com.

New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival
When: January 12-13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (each day)

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Purchase tickets here