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Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The Scoop on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Cleanse those palates and brush up on your foodie adjectives! It’s time for the 36th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival!

As the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the event hosts more than 35,000 guests, 20 events, 100 restaurants and dozens of top chefs. The mission is to support artists, art programs and arts education, and the League has donated over $3.8 million to arts organizations in Arizona. Be sure to check out the special dinners and events occurring during the week, between April 8 and 13, and the Great Arizona Picnic over the weekend in order to support the arts in Arizona. There is sure to be an event for everyone.

Alcoholic Events:

  • Chocolate & Wine Experience, hosted inside the Musical Instrument Museum on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, this event will feature edible works of art from Arizona’s chocolatiers including Chocolates by M Josephs and Copper Creek Cheesecakes. Taste any kind of chocolate you can image from hand-dipped truffles to chili-infused chocolate mousse and pair it with fine wines. Live music will be performed by pianist Qingqing Ye and the jazz band The Lark and Key.

  • Bubbles & Bliss will be a luxury night on the town on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the W in Scottsdale. Francis Ford Coppola Winery will provide bottles of sparkling wines of Sofia for guests to enjoy, paired with treats from Good Gracious Confections and Alaskan seafood from Sushi Roku’s chef. Guests can enjoy while walking around the rooftop pool and listening to the music of DJ Soloman. And what is more luxurious than the Bliss Spa Squad distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages?

  • Wines of South Africa will be take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Wines and food will combine cross-currents of European, African and Asian traditions at the From BBQ to Braai event. South African chef, Hugo Uys, and Wines of South Africa will join at the Westin Keirland Resort & Spa to showcase traditional braai food compared to American barbeque. South African multimedia artist and DJ, Xander Ferreira, will also entertain guests.

  • Southwest Festival of Beers takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014. The event will hold more than 200 specialty beers and live musical entertainment from Chuck E Baby and The All-Stars. The event is presented by Blue Moon and will be held at the Great Arizona Picnic.

  • Great Arizona Picnic is a party for everyone as the signature event of the festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014. Guests can explore 25 acres of gardens and fountains along the Civic Mall in downtown Scottsdale while visiting over 50 restaurants in attendance, watching cooking demonstrations and listening to live music. There will be local food favorites and alcohol such as SKYY Vodka-inspired drinks from SKYY Bar, tequila drinks from Tequila Experience, wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and over 200 beers from the Southwest Festival of Beers. Bands will be playing on three stages throughout the day with local and regional favorites such as the Al Ortiz Trio and the Crown Kings.

  • VIP Passport to the Picnic amps up your picnicking experience with unique food samples and premium beer, wine and spirits in a shady, comfortable area that overlooks the Amphitheater stage. There will be demos from Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani and Chopped’s Maneet Chauhan and exclusive food and cocktails from Tommy Bahama Scottsdale. True to Life and the Groove Merchants will perform and guests will also have access into the Great Arizona Picnic and special venues including the Skyy Bar, Southwest Festival of Beers and the Tequila Experience.

  • Tequila Deck features Maestro Dobel tequila, triple sec and citrus to make ice-cold margaritas on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014.

  • SKYY Bar will provide a class martini with a twist of fun concoctions and a variety of SKYY Vodka products on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014. There will be two new SKYY vodka flavors along with their peach, citrus, passion fruit, vanilla and ginger flavors.

Glamorous Events:

  • Opening Night Affair party kicks off the Scottsdale Culinary Festival on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, with a salute to classic Hollywood. The party will be hosted at the Casablanca Lounge in downtown Scottsdale. Be sure to dress to impress and walk the red carpet under the lights. Vintage cocktails and savory food will be provided by Campari and Southbridge’s finest restaurants as well as magic, music and a cigar lounge.

  • Best of the Fest will close the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s activities with a grand finale. Top restaurants will create a tableside, five-course dinner paired with wine. Each chef will have two tables to decorate with décor that captures the essence of their cuisine and restaurant and to cook for their guests. Chefs include Joshua Hebert of POSH Restaurant, Salvador Prado of Alto Ristorante, James Lucas of Lon’s, Christopher Nicosia of Sassi, Juan Soloria of SWB at the Hyatt, Mel Mecinas of Talavera, Bryan Gorton of Wrights at the Biltmore and Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro.

Casual Competitions:

  • The Burger Battle will commence on Thursday, April 10, 2014 with sixteen chefs and restaurants competing for the title of 2014 Best Burger. Attendees will taste and vote for the best burger for the People’s Choice Award and a panel of chefs and culinary experts will select for the Judges Award. Guests will also receive Leinenkugel’s beer, soft drinks, fries and dessert while also enjoying music performed by Elvis Before Noon. The winning restaurant leaves as a qualifier for the World Burger Championship, a trophy and bragging rights.

  • The Wine Country Brunch will feature mimosas, wines, a silent auction, and masterpieces from Valley pastry chefs and students. The event will celebrate the winners of the 2014 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and select the winner of the Wine country Brunch: The Challenge. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite brunch spot!

Artsy Events:

  • An Artist’s Palate will share a night of creativity with food and entertainment on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Chef Gabriele Bertaccini of Il Tocco Food will create a four-course gourmet Italian dinner paired with Italian wines of Vias Imports. Guests will also enjoy music performed by the Scottsdale League for the Arts grant recipient. The event will be full of mystery and creativity at the secret Scottsdale location where different artists will reveal themselves and their talents.

  • Eat, Drink & Be Pretty will be the festivals more fashion-forward event on the red carpet on Friday, April 11, 2014. A live runway show will take place, featuring the latest spring fashions by Cache and Tommy Bahama, hair styling by Mane Attraction Salon, make-up by Dior and music by DJ P-Body. Twenty local restaurants will provide food samples and fine wines and guests can enjoy performances by the Las Vegas and, Ashley Red.

Tech Events:

  • The Epicurean Expo will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, 2014 on the picnic grounds. This is no ordinary tech expo, but a culinary dream. It will showcase state-of-the-art equipment from top vendors such as blenders, knives, juicers, slow-cook warming drawers and more. Local and national chefs will demonstrate the equipment, their skills and their tricks-of-the-trade. Guests can also enjoy the Mix Like a Master Room featuring bartenders and mixologists from Arizona Cocktail Week who will be mixing and teaching attendees how to create the perfect cocktail.

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Five Must-See Chefs at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

As the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the 36th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival hosts more than 35,000 guests, 20 events, 100 restaurants and dozens of top chefs. There will be a lot of star power at this year’s Scottsdale Culinary Festival next weekend (April 8 to 13). Here’s the scoop on the five must-see/taste chefs!

Maneet Chauhan

(VIP Experience at Great Arizona Picnic, Scottsdale Civic Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, $100-$125)

  • Born and raised in India where she graduated from the culinary and hotel management school at the top of her class

  • Graduated with high honors from The Culinary Institute of America

  • Was the executive chef at Vermilion restaurant

  • Founded Indie Culinaire

  • Competed on Iron Chef and The Next Iron Chef

  • Is a judge on Chopped

Fabio Viviani

(Epicurean Expo, Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, free to GAP guests)

  • Born and raised in Florence, Italy

  • Competed on Top Chef and won the Fan Favorite vote

  • Competed on Top Chef All-Stars

  • Is the executive chef of Café Firenze

  • Wrote three books: Café Firenze Cookbook, The Skinny Country and Did I Really Make Breakfast

Hugo Uys

(Wines of South Africa event: From BBQ to Braai Scottsdale, Saturday, April 12, 7 to 10 p.m. @ Westin Keirland, $25)

  • Born and raised in South Africa

  • Uses a freeform cooking method

  • Mixes traditional South African cuisine with American classics

Joshua Hebert

(Best of the Fest, Sunday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, $175)

  • Raised in Arizona

  • Opened Café California in Japan

  • Was the executive chef at Tarbell’s, North and Dual Restaurant

  • Opened POSH Restaurant

Gabrielle “Gabe” Bertaccini

  • Born in Florence, Italy

  • Attended the Insituto Professionale Buontalenti per Servizi Alberghieri

  • Was a chef at Conquinarius

  • Is the executive chef and owner of Il Tocco

  • Organizes Culinary Mischief, an invitation-only underground roving event featuring a six-course dinner and paired wines

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SLA Offers $200,000 in Grants

The Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA), the organization that puts on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival each year, announced $200,000 in donations and grants to support local art and arts education programs in 2013-14. Furthermore, the SLA has created a new, more efficient grant application process as part of its yearly call to local non-profits to submit an application for funding, a program which has provided more than $3.7 million in funding since 2002. New for 2013, the SLA has created an online grants application, which will be available in early July at www.leagueforthearts.org. The grant application package must be completed by Thursday, August 8.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival was a huge success and we are excited to offer grants ranging in size from $1k to $15k this year,” says Leslie Rycroft, Vice President of the SLA Board of Directors and Grants Committee Chair. To qualify, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated and providing services or programs in the arts or art education within Maricopa County. The SLA will entertain applications from a variety of organizations, provided the focus of the project for which funding is requested is directly related to the arts and/or arts education.

Also new for 2013, the League is requesting that all grant seekers submit their financial data to the Cultural Data Project, which offers a unique system that enables arts and cultural organizations to enter financial, programmatic and operational data into a standardized online form. According to Rycroft, “Many grant-making organizations are using the CDP as it gives the funders a great tool to see all the organizations’ data in the same format, and also gives the reporting organizations a beneficial management tool.” What’s more, the CDP is free to arts organizations seeking funding.

The timeline for the SLA’s 2013-14 grants process is as follows. Online grant applications will be available in early July, are due on Thursday, August 8th, and are scheduled to be funded in mid-September 2013.

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Scottsdale League for the Arts Appoints Board Member

Susan E. Wells, partner of business law firm Jaburg Wilk, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting artists, arts programs and education through fundraising and special events, including the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Funds raised are granted to arts-focused organizations.

Wells has been a member of the organization for three years and has been actively involved for five. In April 2013, she chaired the VIP Passport to the Picnic Experience at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. She founded and chaired the “Take the Cake Competition,” a cake decorating contest for professionals and culinary art students that showcased participant’s creativity and talents to top pastry chefs and Wine Country Brunch guests. In 2014, she will co-chair the “Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner,” a culinary feast prepared by several James Beard award-winning chefs and held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

“The Scottsdale League for the Arts has issued millions of dollars of grant money to arts-focused organizations over its 35-year history,” said Wells. “This past year has been one of the League’s best years in terms of fundraising. I look forward to working with Jerry McMahon, the incoming President, and the League directors and members in making 2014 an even better year by enhancing the League’s legacy and positively impacting the community.”

Wells is an attorney at Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk. Practice areas include Business/Corporate law, Franchise law, Healthcare law and Employment law. She is a 2008 Super Lawyer, listed in Best Lawyers of America, named 2012 Best Lawyers in Franchise Law and named 2013 Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. Wells has achieved the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

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35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival Events Schedule

The lineup has been released for the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 9 – April 14. Mark your calendars for a week of culinary satisfaction and new events for 2013 including a Cupcake Challenge at Bubbles & Bliss and the Take the Cake Decorating Competition at the Wine Country Brunch.

Since 2002, Scottsdale Culinary Festival has raised over $3.5 million to benefit arts and arts education charities. The event has been voted “Best Annual Event” By AZCentral.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2012.

The 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival schedule is as follows:

Shaken and StirredTuesday, April 9 – Shaken & Stirred: Shake up your Tuesday night with flavor profiles that only a celebrity chef could create. Shaken & Stirred is a riveting celebration of cocktail culture with Chef Brian Malarkey and his latest addition to his culinary empire, Searsucker Scottsdale. In its second year, guests will be able to enjoy three signature Searsucker drinks and the perfect nibbles to match. $40 per person.

Chocolate and WineWednesday, April 10 – The Chocolate & Wine Experience: Imagine if Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was situated in Napa Valley and you were granted an exclusive tasting – a night worthy of a golden ticket that would bring together life’s sweetest indulgences and most robust flavors. Fantasy becomes reality at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Chocolate & Wine Experience. The Valley’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers will unite with an incredible selection of wineries at Talking Stick Resort’s Fire Garden. $50 per person.

bubbles and blissThursday, April 11 – Bubbles & Bliss: Pop a bottle, take a sip and stroll around W Scottsdale’s glamorous rooftop WET pool deck. Take a break to say ‘ahhh’ with the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages. Providing the “frosting on the cake” so to speak, will be the Cupcake Challenge. This sweet addition to the annual soiree will have cupcake creators going spatula-to-spatula, as they showcase the best of their wares and voted on by guests. $40 per person.

burger battleThursday, April 11 – Burger Battle: Sixteen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants will be grilling up burgers flavors you can’t even fathom. The battle will begin behind the grill, but it’s up to guests and the panel of judges to decide who will take home the trophy home along with unlimited bragging rights. With entry into Scottsdale Stadium, guests can indulge in all the burger samples they can eat, sip on ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer and enjoy live music by The Walkens. $55 per person.

EDBPFriday, April 12 – Eat Drink and Be Pretty: Guests can stay in vogue with Scottsdale’s culinary scene as twenty restaurants showcase their creations. Around 8:30pm, Caribe Devine of 12News will take the stage and introduce a high-energy runway fashion show by Caché, which will forecast the latest trends and must-haves of the season. Once your appetite for fashion is satisfied, there will be music from DJ P-Body inside the atrium and Las Vegas show band True to Life will perform outside the building. $75 per person.

Chef dinnersSaturday, April 13 – Chef Wine Dinners: One of Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s most exclusive and intimate culinary experiences, guests will join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich wines. Both the chef and winemaker will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the pairings. Attendance will be limited to 24 attendees per restaurant. $125 per person.

Great AZ picnicSaturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 – The Great Arizona Picnic: The “Great Arizona Picnic” is back and better than ever with over 50 restaurants, 200 types of beer, and over 16 hours of live music packed into two massive days! Samples, tastings, demonstrations and more await for 2013. Saturday’s lineup includes major culinary firepower, including Brian Malarkey, host of ABC’s breakout new reality show The Taste, plus Food Network’s Robin Miller and globally-awarded chef Jose Garces. New at the expo for 2013 is the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, an annual event previously invite-only. Watch as awards are given to the Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Beverage Master of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement. Southwest Festival of BeersTM provides samplings of over 200 frosty beers, delicious food and special musical entertainment

Also new for 2013 is the VIP Experience: Passport to the Picnic. Those looking for a premium experience will delight in this brand new offering situated on an exclusive perch overlooking the Barefoot Bubbly and Wine stage, providing shady comfort, inclusive unique food samplings and premium beer, wine and spirits.

GAP: $10 per person.

Children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over – free admission
Active US Military personnel: $5 (not available for pre-purchase)

SW Festival of Beers: $20 per person on Saturday, $15 per person on Sunday.

VIP Experience: $125 per person (21 and over)

Wine country brunchSunday, April 14 – Wine Country Brunch: Feast upon an array of the Valley’s most delightful brunches while sipping on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, perusing alluring silent auction items. Let Randall Hedden astound you as he creates large murals of rock legends, while painting to their own music; and admire 19 extravagant cakes designed and decorated by Valley pastry chefs and culinary students who will be participating in the first ever Take the Cake – Decorating Competition. $65 per person.

best of the festSunday, April 14 – Best of the Fest: A highlight for many of the town’s top culinarians, this year’s lineup at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is sure to please. Chefs take charge of their own two tables to share their personality and flair with guests who selected to dine with them. A friendly competition of sorts, diners enter and take their seats, as curious eyes peer at opposing tables to see what over-the-top decadence other guests may be experiencing. $175 per person.

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35TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

The lineup has been released for the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 9 – April 14. Mark your calendars for a week of culinary satisfaction and new events for 2013 including a Cupcake Challenge at Bubbles & Bliss and the Take the Cake Decorating Competition at the Wine Country Brunch.

Since 2002, Scottsdale Culinary Festival has raised over $3.5 million to benefit the arts and art education charities. The event has been voted “Best Annual Event” By AZCentral.com and Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2012.

The 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival schedule is as follows:

Shaken and Stirred

Tuesday, April 9 – Shaken & Stirred: Shake up your Tuesday night with flavor profiles that only a celebrity chef could create. Shaken & Stirred is a riveting celebration of cocktail culture with Chef Brian Malarkey and his latest addition to his culinary empire, Searsucker Scottsdale. In its second year, guests will be able to enjoy three signature Searsucker drinks and the perfect nibbles to match. $40 per person.

Chocolate and Wine

Wednesday, April 10 – The Chocolate & Wine Experience: Imagine if Wonka’s Chocolate Factory was situated in Napa Valley and you were granted an exclusive tasting – a night worthy of a golden ticket that would bring together life’s sweetest indulgences and most robust flavors. Fantasy becomes reality at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Chocolate & Wine Experience. The Valley’s finest pastry chefs and chocolatiers will unite with an incredible selection of wineries at Talking Stick Resort’s Fire Garden. $50 per person.

bubbles and bliss

Thursday, April 11 – Bubbles & Bliss: Pop a bottle, take a sip and stroll around W Scottsdale’s glamorous rooftop WET pool deck. Take a break to say ‘ahhh’ with the Bliss Spa Squad who will be distributing spa-at-home samples and providing complimentary arm massages. Providing the “frosting on the cake” so to speak, will be the Cupcake Challenge. This sweet addition to the annual soiree will have cupcake creators going spatula-to-spatula, as they showcase the best of their wares and voted on by guests. $40 per person.

burger battle

Thursday, April 11 – Burger Battle: Sixteen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants will be grilling up burgers flavors you can’t even fathom. The battle will begin behind the grill, but it’s up to guests and the panel of judges to decide who will take home the trophy home along with unlimited bragging rights. With entry into Scottsdale Stadium, guests can indulge in all the burger samples they can eat, sip on ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer and enjoy live music by The Walkens. $55 per person.

EDBP

Friday, April 12 – Eat Drink and Be Pretty: Guests can stay in vogue with Scottsdale’s culinary scene as twenty restaurants showcase their creations. Around 8:30pm, Caribe Devine of 12News will take the stage and introduce a high-energy runway fashion show by Caché, which will forecast the latest trends and must-haves of the season. Once your appetite for fashion is satisfied, there will be music from DJ P-Body inside the atrium and Las Vegas show band True to Life will perform outside the building. $75 per person.

Chef dinners

Saturday, April 13 – Chef Wine Dinners: One of Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s most exclusive and intimate culinary experiences, guests will join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with rich wines. Both the chef and winemaker will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the pairings. Attendance will be limited to 24 attendees per restaurant. $125 per person.

Great AZ picnic

Saturday, April 13 & Sunday April 14 – The Great Arizona Picnic: The “Great Arizona Picnic” is back and better than ever with over 50 restaurants, 200 types of beer, and over 16 hours of live music packed into two massive days around Civic Mall in downtown Scottsdale! Samples, tastings, demonstrations and more await for 2013. Saturday’s lineup includes major culinary firepower, including Brian Malarkey, host of ABC’s breakout new reality show The Taste, plus Food Network’s Robin Miller and globally-awarded chef Jose Garces. New at the expo for 2013 is the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, an annual event previously invite-only. Watch as awards are given to the Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, Beverage Master of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement. Southwest Festival of BeersTM provides samplings of over 200 frosty beers, delicious food and special musical entertainment

Also new for 2013 is the VIP Experience: Passport to the Picnic. Those looking for a premium experience will delight in this brand new offering situated on an exclusive perch overlooking the Barefoot Bubbly and Wine stage, providing shady comfort, inclusive unique food samplings and premium beer, wine and spirits.

GAP: $10 per person.

Children 12 and under, seniors 65 and over – free admission
Active US Military personnel: $5 (not available for pre-purchase)

SW Festival of Beers: $20 per person on Saturday, $15 per person on Sunday.

VIP Experience: $125 per person (21 and over)

Wine country brunch

Sunday, April 14 – Wine Country Brunch: Feast upon an array of the Valley’s most delightful brunches while sipping on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, perusing alluring silent auction items. Let Randall Hedden astound you as he creates large murals of rock legends, while painting to their own music; and admire 19 extravagant cakes designed and decorated by Valley pastry chefs and culinary students who will be participating in the first ever Take the Cake – Decorating Competition. $65 per person.

best of the fest

Sunday, April 14 – Best of the Fest: A highlight for many of the town’s top culinarians, this year’s lineup at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is sure to please. Chefs take charge of their own two tables to share their personality and flair with guests who selected to dine with them. A friendly competition of sorts, diners enter and take their seats, as curious eyes peer at opposing tables to see what over-the-top decadence other guests may be experiencing. $175 per person.

SAPPORO SCOTTSDALE AIMES TO PLEASE PALATES & PALETTES AT LOCAL EVENTS

Whether talking flavor “palate” or color “palette,” there is no denying it – Food is Art.

So, doesn’t it make sense then that food should support the arts whenever possible, be it via culinary creativity, playful plates, daring décor and even a helping hand or two?

Art has a huge influence on us here at Sapporo Scottsdale – from our hand-crafted sushi rolls to our colorful cocktails, and our performing arts-inspired teppan chefs. Our mission, in fact, is to create an artful masterpiece with every meal.

Some of our favorite “artsy” eats and drinks featured this February:

  • Vanilla-Scented Pomegranate Mojito, made with 10 Cane Rum, Pomegranate Juice, Mint and Lime – perfect for the “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
  • Passion Mango Martini, made with Skyy Citrus Vodka, Bacardi O, Passion Fruit and Mango Puree – perfect for the similarly passionate “Van Gough.” Just don’t let him near a knife!
  • Rainbow Roll, a California Roll topped with Tuna, Shrimp, Salmon, Yellowtail, Snapper and Avocado – perfect for “The Starry Night.”
  • Surf’n’Turf Roll, Tempura Crab, Seared Filet, Avocado, Cucumber, Spicy Mayo and Tabasco – sure to make even “Mona Lisa” smile.

Passion Mango Martini

Sapporo Sushi

At Sapporo Scottsdale, we understand and incorporate the “food is art” notion, and in the coming months we will be providing food to support the arts through the following events:

Third Thursday Social

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with the Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA) to host their February “Third Thursday” social event, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. For a $5 donation, we will be serving up complementary appetizers and drink specials that show off our own artistic abilities. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase and all proceeds from the evening benefit SLA’s mission to support the arts and art education programs throughout the Valley of the Sun. You can see photos of past Third Thursday events here.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle

As part of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival celebration in April (also supporting SLA), our team will Burger Battle against more than a dozen of the best chefs in town as we compete for the coveted title of 2013 Best Burgers in the Valley.

At 6:30 p.m. on April 11 at Scottsdale Stadium, guests will be challenged to try each and every burger, then vote for the best bite of the night. A panel of judges will also choose their favorites. The winning restaurants take away trophies and unlimited bragging rights.

Cost to attend is $55 per ticket and includes all burgers plus ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer, soft drinks, fries, dessert and live music.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Eat, Drink and Be Pretty

For our third year in a row, the powers that be are dusting off my finest chef’s coat so my team and I can “see and be seen,” while feeding the most fabulous foodies in the Valley at Eat, Drink and Be Pretty. This fashion-forward experience comes complete with a runway, models, fashion and, of course, food! The event will take place on April 12 at 7 p.m., at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $75 per person and include food, drink, fashion, live entertainment and more.

Why We Do It – And Why You Should Too

Since 2002, SLA has donated more than $3.5 million to arts programs in Arizona through funds raised at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Third Thursday events. Not only do the events raise money for their cause, SLA aims to draw attention to the unique dining options Scottsdale has to offer and to network with like-minded people.

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace

12601 E. Hwy. 60,
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
(520) 463-2600
royalfaires.com/arizona
Escape the rigors of the 21st century and travel back into the past with Arizona’s Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. The festival showcases events such as a jousting tournament, a day-long feast and a 30-acre circus.


Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

16837 E. Palisades Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-1654
fountainhillschamber.com
The Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & Crafts runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 and features nearly 500 artists, artisans, food, live music and a beer garden.


Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(602) 997-2581
tempefestivalofthearts.com
The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, attracts nearly 225,000 guests and features more than 400 artists. Although the festival’s primary focus is on visual art and artists, it also includes musical performances, street artists, vendors and sponsored exhibits.


Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-2878
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
The Scottsdale Arts Festival runs March 8-10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and features nearly 200 jury-selected artists. Alongside the showcased artists are 22 bands and 12 food trucks.


Scottsdale Culinary Festival

(480) 945-7193
scottsdalefest.org
This culinary adventure annually draws nearly 40,000 visitors who attend more than a dozen events. Featured within these activities are hundreds of restaurants, dozens of chefs and a large selection of wines and spirits. Takes place April 9-14, 2013.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Friends of James Beard Dinner, Scottsdale

Friends Of James Beard Dinner Secures New Date In March 2013

Friends of James Beard DinnerThe Scottsdale League for the Arts is hosting its premier dinner event, the Friends of James Beard Dinner, a month early next year. The longest-running James Beard Foundation fundraiser in the Southwest, the James Beard Dinner is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and will serve as a prelude to the 35th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will feature international Friends of James Beard Dinnerculinary talent who will join forces for one night only to create both an exceptional, multi-course dinner — complete with carefully selected wine pairings — and an unforgettable night.

Taking place at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Dreamweaver Canyon, the event will begin at sunset and will feature an ice sculpture, hors d’oeuvres, aperitifs and wine. The cocktail hour will then close with a Scottish bagpiper on the 18th green, and the main event — the dinner and live auction — will begin.

Tickets to the Friends of James Beard Dinner are priced at $200 per person and can be purchased online. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.; the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friends of James Beard Dinner

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. (reception), 7:30 p.m. (dinner)
Where: The Westin Kierland Resort, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale
Contact: (800) 354-5892
Tickets: $200 per person, $1,895 tables of 10
Online: scottsdalefest.org

Top 5 Arizona Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. Second St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-499-TKTS (8587)
scottsdaleartsfestival.org
The award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival – scheduled for March 9-11, 2012 – features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the U.S., top-notch live music and entertainment, delicious fare from the Valley’s gourmet specialty food trucks, fun activities for kids and families and much more.


Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
602-997-2581
tempefestivalofthearts.com
The twice-annual Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 200 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts is March 30-April 1, 2012. The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is November 30-December 2, 2012.


Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480-837-1654
fountainhillschamber.com
The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts is held in the second full weekend in November and features some 500 artists and artisans and gourmet food provisioners. More than 200,000 visitors attend to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and entertainment.


Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Civic Plaza,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-945-7193
scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org
From April 17-22, 2012, you can look forward to numerous talented chefs, a larger variety of foods to savor and even more captivating entertainment. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival has something to satisfy every palate.


Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 E. Hwy 60,
Apache Junction, AZ 85118
520-463-2600
royalfaires.com
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park attraction with a 12-stage theater, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, and jousting tournament all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. Saturdays and Sundays, February 11 – April 1, 2012.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Behind The Scenes: Scottsdale Culinary Festival [VIDEO]

From April 17 to the 22nd, Valley residents flocked to Scottsdale to wine, dine and let loose for one of the biggest culinary festivals in the area — the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. With a wide range of events, Scottsdale Living went behind the scenes to capture the chaos and excitement both before and during the event.

Chefs from well known restaurants, including the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Eddie’s House, Talavera at the Four Seasons, Citizen Public House, T. Cook’s and so much more, were present to show off their culinary skills and fare to satiate the appetites of attendees.

Scottsdale Living even took a moment to speak with James Moser of the Scottsdale League for the Arts, who discussed all the preparation and work that goes into creating such a successful, annual event. We’ve also captured footage behind the curtains of the fashion show at the Eat, Drink & Be Pretty event.

Take a look for yourself of all of the food, fashion and fun from the Scottsdale Culinary Festival:

Video by Josh Estes and Michael Gossie

For more information about the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, visit scottsdalefest.org.

Davidson & Belluso

Davidson & Belluso Advertising/Design Agency Celebrates 10 Years

Advertising and graphic design agency Davidson & Belluso recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Since putting their creative juices together, the husband-and-wife team of Rob Davidson and Michela Belluso have branded entities such as the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (whose logo earned the North America’s Excellence in Marketing Award) and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Working with the Scottsdale Culinary Festival for five years, the duo received many industry awards and created marketing materials for the popular event, which raised more than $3.5M to support local arts and art education charities.

Although the couple had small beginnings as a duo working from home, their business is now thriving with 11 full-time employees, an array of diverse clientele and a contemporary, 10-room office suite.

“When it was only Rob and I, the company was, for better or worse, a direct reflection of ourselves,” says Belluso, owner and creative director. “I look at the company now and, although the two of us are still very much present in the overall vision, the work and culture is the result of our diverse team. Everyone contributes to the company’s success with unique talents and personalities. I’m proud of what we have all built together.”

Davidson & Belluso graphic design teamWhile in recent years there has been a collaboration of many minds, it was Davidson and Belluso who put the gears in motion 10 years ago.

When working at E.B Lane Marketing Communications, the couple came together and left together to start their own business. At the time, Belluso says, she thought of that first year filled with brainstorms and brilliance as thrilling. “Today, looking back, I think it was more like crazy,” she adds.

Davidson & Belluso has survived two major economic downturns since their arrival on the scene in 2001. “Even in a good economy, most start-ups don’t make it to their third year, so the biggest hurdle we’ve overcome is simply staying in business despite the odds,” Belluso says.

Belluso adds that the key to success is honesty.

“You have to be true to yourself and your values,” she says. “You also have to be honest with the people you work with. With honesty you gain trust which leads to confidence. You can’t have success without confidence.”

Their honest approach to business has presented them with many accolades, such as American Graphic Design Awards, MAME Awards, Medallion Awards, Aster Awards in Healthcare Marketing and North America’s Excellence in Marketing Awards. The company has also worked with Childhelp to develop a national preventative program entitled “Speak Up, Be Safe” that teaches elementary students about child abuse and predators. They’ve also donated their time, money and energy to Phoenix-based charities such the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Mountains of Hope, a charity searching for a cure for breast cancer.

Belluso says the duo is focused on satisfying their clients.

“We are listening to our clients and are committed to improving and expanding our services to better serve their needs,” Belluso says. “We have learned a lot in the last 10 years — especially this past year — and we’re ready to start putting what we’ve learned into action.”

For more information about Davidson & Belluso, visit davidsonbelluso.com.