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Meet the Models of Scottsdale 16: Mel Rodriguez

Mel Rodriguez

Mel Rodriguez

Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is an elite group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who can be booked for a variety of events. These outgoing women provide a professional yet fun vibe to any atmosphere hosting corporate parties, special events, modeling for promotional or runway shows.

Meet Scottsdale 16’s Mel Rodriguez, who recently shared summer hair trends with Scottsdale Living.

How did you start modeling?
My parents always said I was photogenic and took me to my first casting when I was a kid to pursue it. I decided not to pursue modeling until I was 17. I started working promotional events, and then started to shoot and fell in love with it.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?
I love fashion and outdoor shoots. I love to capture the moment and create the perfect pose even when it’s awkward. Print work, commercial and live shoots!

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done?
That’s hard to choose, but one of favorites is a lingerie-angel style shoot with six-feet-long wings. I love Victoria’s Secret’s themes, so that shoot was defintely fun to film and shoot.

What’s your favorite modeling photo?
My shoot for my IMKING.com look book and eating ice cream while posing.

What advice would you give to someone interested in modeling?
Be patient and start a modeling portfolio, which looks professional when applying for a modeling opportunity.  Also, understand you have to shoot a few free/trade modeling shoots until you get comfortable in front of the camera. Never give up, have a great attitude and take constructive criticism well!

What is your favorite place to eat in Scottsdale?
Sushi Roku!

What is your favorite bar/nightclub in Scottsdale?
Maya (Day and Nightclub)!

Meet the Models of Scottsdale 16: Jenna Wood

Scottsdale 16, part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is an elite group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who can be booked for a variety of events. These outgoing ladies provide a professional yet fun vibe to any atmosphere, whether they’re hosting corporate parties, special events, modeling for promotional events or walking at runway shows.

Jenna Wood

Jenna Wood

Meet Jenna Wood, who recently gave Scottsdale Living a few of her favorite swimsuit trends this summer!

How did you start modeling?
I grew up dancing at a studio. When I stepped into the professional dance industry, it was important to have a modeling portfolio. It all blossomed from there once I met the right people.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?
I prefer print over runway because I’m not among the tallest girls. I like fun and sexy shoots, something tasteful yet unique.

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done?
I did a really amazing photoshoot at an abandoned potato barn a few years ago. It was a huge venue with tons of graffiti and broken glass. We got creative and had a blast.

What’s your favorite modeling photo?
My favorite photo, to this day, is a shoot I did when I was 18 by Benizo. He caught me in a perfect high-kick while wearing heels and a fedora! It’s such a beautiful shot and he is an amazing photographer.

What advice would you give someone interesting in modeling?
I would recommend practicing in the mirror. I grew up in a dance studio so I spent years in front of a wall of mirrors. It’s important when learning your angles and how to use light.

What is your favorite place to eat in Scottsdale?
I think I could eat at Sushi Roku everyday for the rest of my life. It’s definitely the freshest sushi you can find in Scottsdale, combined with a sexy atmosphere and fantastic service. Every time I walk in, they bring me a glass of my usual Malbec!

What is your favorite bar/nightclub in Scottsdale?
If I’m in the mood to get dolled up, I definitely love Maya. It’s a little taste of Vegas and they always have my favorite DJs. If I’m just trying to go out and have a beer, I stay at El Hefe Scottsdale or Bottled Blonde.

Meet the Models of Scottsdale 16: Grace Koval

Grace Koval

Grace Koval

Scottsdale 16, part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is an elite group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who can be booked for a variety of events. These outgoing ladies provide a professional yet fun vibe to any atmosphere, whether they’re hosting corporate parties, special events, modeling for promotional events or walking at runway shows.

Meet Grace Koval, who recently gave us tips on the best ways to “sweat pretty” this summer.

How did you start modeling?
Opportunities started right after I moved to Scottsdale and started with Scottsdale 16.

What type of modeling do you like the most and why?
Print modeling is easier for me because I walk way too fast on the runway!

What is your favorite shoot you’ve done?
So far, working with Michael Franco has been my most favorite. He is absolutely amazing at what he does and he is going places!

What’s your favorite modeling photo?
Of course, it is one by Michael Franco.

What advice would you give someone interesting in modeling?
What is meant to be will happen. Work hard, stay healthy and keep your body in great condition. The confidence will show!

What is your favorite place to eat in Scottsdale?
There are a few spots: I love Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale. I also love to go to the Gelato Spot for dessert! They have the best gelato!

What is your favorite bar/nightclub in Scottsdale?
If I am going to be dancing, Maya! If I want to relax, Casablanca or W Scottsdale!

Gluten-Free Yellowtail w Diced Chilis

Sushi Roku Unveils Chef-Crafted Gluten-Free Menu

Built around staples such as raw fish, rice, seaweed and other non-wheat ingredients, sushi and other traditional Japanese fare seems like the perfect fit for a gluten-free diet. However, possessing a long history with gluten-free diners, Chef Shin Toyoda of Sushi Roku knew this protein could be found in all sorts of unsuspecting places. This includes the ubiquitous Soy and Ponzu sauces, both of which commonly contain wheat and other gluten-filled grain. Chef Toyoda tackled the challenge and created Suhi Roku’s own housemade Gluten-Free Soy and Ponzu sauces.

Next, the Sushi Roku team had to take on a sticky situation with sticky sushi rice: finding a gluten-free rice wine vinegar that still delivered the same tangy flavor and texture. After much experimentation, Toyoda created a gluten-free recipe, which means all Sushi Roku sushi is now available as gluten-free. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as Chef Toyoda had to make sure none of the traditional marinades or toppings, such as sesame seeds which are often coated with wheat products during the roasting process, contain any gluten.

Ultimately, after months of cooking, tasting and testing, Chef Toyoda and the Sushi Roku team are proud to reveal the fruits of their efforts with an extensive 22-item Gluten-Free Menu. Available during lunch and dinner, choose between 10 different appetizers, including Octopus Sashimi “Kyoto Style” with herb vinaigrette, or Filet Mignon-wrapped Asparagus with soy mirin sauce. Or sample the five different salad, soup and rice plates, such as Sashimi Salad with frisee & soy ginger, or King Crab Fried Rice. Finally, enjoy 3 hearty entrées or 4 specially-designed sushi rolls, such as the “Jidori” Free Range Chicken with yuzu ginger relish, Prime Ribeye Steak “Japonais” or the Baked Lobster Roll with creamy miso sauce.

Noche de Gourmet

Noche de Gourmet: Dining, Entertainment And Charity

Ready for a night of looking your best, enjoying some of the Valley’s best foods and helping out those in need? If so, Noche de Gourmet’s the place to be.

Noche de Gourmet

The Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix is holding its 28th annual Noche de Gourmet event on Friday, November 4th, at 7:00 p.m. at the famous Wrigley Mansion. The event is semi-formal, with all the proceeds helping the Children in Need Foundation. Noche de Gourmet is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, based on attendees from previous years.

Todd Sommers, one of the event chairmen, says that the event is “different from other black tie events you’d see.” More than 20 restaurants from all over the Valley will be contributing to the event, offering some of the best dishes and drinks to the guests. In addition to that, there are a few other attractions to entertain everyone who attends.

The restaurants contributing to the event will be offering a wide variety of foods, including but certainly not limited to steak, sushi, seafood, Italian, Asian, southwestern and many others. The restaurants themselves are just as diverse and include noteworthy Valley eateries, such as Phoenix City Grille, Sushi Roku, The Melting Pot and the renowned Il Terrazzo.

Noche de Gourmet

One of Noche de Gourmet’s side events is a silent auction, and this year’s offerings are nothing to sneeze at; among other things, there’s almost always at least one destination trip being sold in these auctions, and this year, guests have a chance to win a plane trip to Las Vegas. Sommers says that the prizes in these silent auctions “try and support local businesses as much as possible.” So by participating, you would help out both children in need and the Valley itself.

There will also be an art exhibit held during Noche de Gourmet, and according to Sommers, the venue itself is part of that exhibit. He says that guests of previous years have “found Wrigley Mansion itself a piece of art,” and this year’s attendees will no doubt enjoy being able to sample fine foods and drinks within such a notable Valley location.

“We’re very proud to be able to carry on this tradition,” Sommers says.

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If You Go: Noche de Gourmet

November 4, 2011
7:00 p.m., Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix
Please visit Noche de Gourmet’s website for more information.

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