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Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival set June 7

On June 7th, Friends of Coconino County Parks will host the 6th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Findlay Toyota in Flagstaff. The event will be held at Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park, an outdoor venue that sits among the beautiful pines of the Coconino National Forest. Thousands are expected to attend this year’s event.

The festival brings a blend of wine, beer and gourmet local food, offering guests the opportunity to sample international and domestic wines, spirits, craft beers and food from some of Northern Arizona’s most popular restaurants. Participating restaurants include Zenith Steakhouse at Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Horsemen Lodge, Sakura at Flagstaff’s DoubleTree Resort, The McMillian Bar and Kitchen, Sally’s BBQ and Pita Jungle, among others. Wine and spirits are provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, while Golden Eagle Distributors will provide craft beer. Sponsor SubZero/Wolf will provide the stage for free cooking demonstrations by some of the top chefs in Flagstaff.

Friends of Coconino County is a nonprofit which hosts several events annually. Proceeds from these events supplement the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department’s budget in order to support the parks system. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to Friends of Coconino County Parks, which will benefit land conservation, park development, volunteerism, and recreational activities. “The Coconino Parks Department does a fantastic job making sure that these facilities are the best, and this is a group of individuals that want to help out the cause and make it better,” says Chairman Steve Hoshor.

Tickets are $37, and guests will get four wine or beer tastings, a souvenir wine glass, and unlimited gourmet food samples. Additional wine tastings can be purchased at the festival. This is a great opportunity to sample local fare among the cool shade of the Ponderosa Pines while supporting the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department.

Event Details:

When: Sunday, June 7, from 1-5 p.m.

Where: Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park in Flagstaff

Tickets: Tickets are $37 for an all-day pass. Ticket price includes four drink samples, unlimited food samples, and a complimentary wine glass. Additional wine tastings can be purchased at the event.

Proceeds go to Friends of Coconino County Parks.


“Cooks & Chords” to raise funds for MS

Cooks & Chords, an evening tasting chef-prepared dishes from Valley restaurants paired with just the right spirits and acoustic music to raise funds to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mayo Clinic, 13400 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale.

Cooks & Chords is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Among restaurants committed to the event are Aiello’s Salumeria, Charr Burger, Isa’s Pizza, Mayo Clinic, Pita Jungle and Sierra Bonita Grill.

Proceeds from the event that also includes a raffle and silent auction will support MS research, programs and services.

Auction items include, but are not limited to, a stay at the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, jewelry, stay and golf at La Paloma Resort in Tucson and VIP tickets to the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available by visiting www.ArizonaMS.org or calling (480) 455-3958. Additional sponsorships are available.

Chefs and restaurants interested in participating should call Arizona MS Chapter Director of Development Brandee Wessel at (480) 455-3958.

For more information about MS, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square: Not Your Typical Mall

The best of both worlds is the best way to describe my trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square. There is something for everyone, yet the experience is different from your typical mall.

Scottsdale Fashion Square offers the ideal stores that you can’t access anywhere else. It was a treat to be able to explore Louis Vuitton, Coach and Tiffany & Co. all in one mall. The blend of stores, Harkins Theatres, as well as variety of food and treats makes it a mall to remember.

Accompanied by my boyfriend, who is not a big fan of stores that aren’t about gaming, technology or pop culture, he was able to cope due to the variety of stores that suited both of us.  We enjoyed exploring stores such as Game Stop, Disney Store, Ed Hardy, Crate & Barrel, Betsey Johnson, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fossil and the Microsoft Store.

We spent a fair amount of time within the Microsoft store examining the various computer and tablets. Both of us have Macs, so it was interesting to compare the other products out there in one space. Many children were playing Xbox 360 Kinect with their parents, in the store, which also sells many Kinect games that seemingly flew off the shelves.

Tempted by the delicious smells wafting around the mall, we took a look at a few of the restaurants that make up the food court, including Johnny Rockets, Panda Express, Pita Jungle, Blue Burrito Grille, Kona Grill, Paradise Bakery & Café and Sarku Japan. Some other selections for dessert or a snack included Haagen-Dazs and doc popcorn.

With so much to do and such a unique selection, it breaks up the monotony of the day and perhaps the “normal” mall one would normally shop at. It’s a vacation from the day-to-day; I found this a special treat because I attend school in Tempe and usually am only able to make it to the Tempe Marketplace mall; so it was a nice change. I look forward to visiting Scottsdale Fashion Square again because of the variety and diversity that awaits me with every visit.

For more information about Scottsdale Fashion Square, visit fashionsquare.com.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014-2124 East Camelback Road #2021
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 423-9014