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PGA Star Tom Lehman to host Weekend Jetaway

Tickets are now available for the 3rd Annual Weekend Jetaway presented by AXA Advisors Southwest, Aero Jet Services and Prisma, which will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature music, culinary creations from leading Valley chefs, cocktails, surprise “elevated” entertainers and casino games set in a private jet hangar within the Scottsdale Airport. During the event, guests will take part in a casino-style dice game, with several lucky winners taking home a multitude of lux prizes, including the grand prize – a luxurious all-inclusive, first-class vacation on a private jet for four. Hosted by celebrated PGA golf star Tom Lehman, tickets are $100/person and available now at www.weekendjetaway.org.

Among the popular restaurants and beverage partners sampling scrumptious items from their Fall and Winter menus at the event are: Alliance Beverage, Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North, Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North, Sassi, SOL Cocina, The Yacht Club, Tom’s Thumb Marketplace, The Mission and The Melting Pot. A silent auction including resort, spa, golf, dining and vacation packages will also take place, with proceeds from the entire evening benefiting Elevate Phoenix.

“Elevate Phoenix is a unique and often life-changing program for Arizona youth that provides in-school teaching; after-school mentoring/tutoring; career instruction/ post-secondary preparation; character, life skills and peer leadership development; community service; adventure activities; and reading/literacy improvement within urban public schools,” says Scottsdale resident Lehman, who also serves on the Elevate Phoenix board of directors.

AXA Advisors Southwest, Aero Jet Services, Jet Set Magazine and Prisma are serving as the presenting and title sponsors of the event. Additional current sponsors include Phocus Financial and Alliance Beverage Distribution Company. Limited sponsorship packages starting at $500 are still available at weekendjetaway.org.

“In 2012, AXA Advisors Southwest dreamt up this special event as our way to give back to this great community,” says Dillan Micus, executive vice president of AXA Advisors Southwest. “Our team donated its time, money and more – and with the help of amazing partners, sponsors and party-goers, we were able to gross more than $130,000 our first two years. We welcome the community to come out for the best party of the fall to help us double this number!”

This is a 21 and over event.

Executive Chef Mel Mecinas

Taste Talavera At Four Seasons Resort Brings Fall Flavors

Here are two Taste Talavera evenings this fall at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North that are a must-attend for any Scottsdale wine lover or foodie:

October: Ode to Proof

The October dinner provides a sneak peek of the new Proof restaurant debuting November 2012 at the Resort, while the November event brings together Executive Chef Mel Mecinas and his longtime culinary mentor, Chef Joachim Splichal, of the famed Patina Group in Los Angeles, Calif.

“The fall lineup showcases the diversity of our ‘Taste’ series,” says Director of Food & Beverage Bryan Feigenbaum. “Our Proof dinner will be high-energy, featuring comfort food classics with a twist. In November, we switch gears to reunite Chef Mecinas with his mentor, Chef Splichal, for the first time since 1997.”

The “Ode to Proof” dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27.  Guests can experience a sampling from Proof, an American canteen, opening in November 2012 at the Resort.   Menu items include signature offerings such as the Sunizona Fried Green Tomatoes with crab remoulade, the “Chop and Pop” salad with organic farm vegetables and a sprinkling of popcorn and Chicken Fried Buffalo with buttermilk mashed potatoes. Proof will feature a culinary road trip across the 50 states, highlighting comfort food classics served in a relaxed, family friendly setting.

November: Meeting with the Mentor

Executive Chef Mel Mecinas will team up with Chef Splichal for the “Meeting with the Mentor” dinner on Friday, Nov. 30, joined by two other chefs who also trained under Chef Splichal.

Chef Mecinas will begin the meal with an amuse course of Smoked Salmon with a corn blini, one of the signature dishes from the Patina menu where he trained under Chef Splichal. Chef Splichal will create the first course, a Tower of Ahi Tuna, as well as the entrée course of Medallion of Venison. Phoenix-based Chef Matt McLinn, who works currently as Executive Chef Culinary Operations at Desert Mountain Club, will create the second course, a Shrimp & Wild Rice Gnocchi. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Pastry Chef Bruno Feldeisen will offer a four-part dessert tapas sampler, including signature items from the Patina menu where he worked under Chef Splichal.

The cost for both dinners is $85 per person; wine pairings are available for an additional cost. The flow-style evening allows patrons who wish to dine on the à la carte Talavera menu to do so — even if their tablemates choose the “Taste” option.

To reserve seating for a “Taste Talavera” dinner or the series, please call restaurant reservations at (480) 513-5085 or visit talaverarestaurant.com.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Where: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 515-5700
Online: fourseasons.com
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