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Corks and Cooks

Scottsdale League for the Arts presents Cooks & Corks

Calling all food and wine lovers across the Valley! Scottsdale League for the Arts is hosting a one-night-only event under the stars that features fabulous food and world-class wine. Cooks & Corks presents the creations of Four Seasons Scottsdale’s Executive chef, Mel Mecinas, along with other prominent Valley chefs and winemakers.

Along with many delectable dishes, guests will be able to dance to the tunes of a live band that will be providing the sound track for the night.This self-guided, outdoor culinary night out will take place from 6-9 p.m.. The cost is $95 and will be limited to 250-300 attendees. Tickets can be purchased at www.corksandcorks.org.

Cooks & Corks takes place at the  beautiful Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North’s lush fountain Terrace lawn. For those who want to enjoy the Four Seasons for longer than three hours, the Four Seasons is offering a special discounted rate of 350 dollars per room.

Nearly everyone enjoys a night of sampling high-end food, but the event impacts more then just the food and wine connoisseurs. All funds raised at Cooks & Corks will go towards supporting the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education in Arizona.

The current line up promises not to disappoint, and includes, Executive Chef Frank Belosic and Sous Chef Lee Hillson of The Phoenician Resort’s Il Terrazzo; Chef Michael O’Dowd of Renegade by MOD; Chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro, The Mission and The House Brasserie; Chef Matt Taylor of Market Street Kitchen; Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of The Sanctuary Resort; Executive Chef Roberto Madrid of The Westin Kierland’s Deseo; Executive Chef Jadan Sheive of J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge’s Stone Grill; and Executive Chef Michael Cairns of Montelucia’s Prado.

The Four Season is located at 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 86262

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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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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

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.