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Local pizzerias toss pies for childhood literacy

Eating pizza will be more than just a night out for dinner in the Valley this October.

KidsRead USA, a childhood literacy program that provides books for children whose families cannot afford them, is teaming up with Valley restaurants to raise money for children in need with the Pizza My Heart for KidsRead USA Challenge 2014 fundraiser.

For 10 days, between October 10 and 20, participating restaurants are donating $1 from each pizza or flatbread sold to buy books for third graders who cannot afford books. Only local, independent restaurants from around the Valley were asked to participate in the Pizza My Heart Challenge, and the servers and restaurants who sell the largest amount of pizzas will earn prizes.

This is the first Pizza My Heart challenge KidsRead USA founder Eileen Bailey has organized.

“Hopefully, we’ll do it every year if everyone has a fun time and loves it,” Bailey said.

Participating restaurants include Arcadia Farms, Bistro 24 at the Ritz Carlton, Maizie’s, Tarbell’s, Nook Kitchen, St. Francis and more. Sponsoring restaurants include Pizzeria Bianco, Café ZuZu, Le Grande Orange, Hanny’s and others.

Pizza My Heart is being promoted at all the participating restaurants with posters and menu inserts.

“Reading in early childhood sparks the imagination and sense of adventure, which eventually shows a child their passions in life,” Tarbell’s chef and owner Mark Tarbell said.

KidsRead USA was founded by author and journalist Bailey in 1996, and since its foundation has given away more than 29,000 books to children in the Osborn and Balsz school districts. According to a report by Central Connecticut State University, Mesa, Ariz. is currently one of the ten worst states for childhood literacy in the nation. No Arizona cities made the top ten list for high childhood literacy rates.

“My inspiration for KidsRead was finding that the children in my neighborhood schools were very impoverished and did not have books at home,” Bailey said. “We started with one school, and that was in 1996, and now we’re at seven schools.”

The books bought with the money raised by KidsRead USA goes only to third graders. According to Literacy Connects, kindergarten through the third grade is the most critical time for children to learn how to read. Children who learn to read well in those grades are more likely to succeed in the rest of their school career. 

“I wanted to catch them at a time when they had learned to read but maybe they hadn’t experience the joy of reading for pleasure,” Bailey said. “My secret goal is to make lifelong readers and learners out of these kids.”

Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have age-appropriate books for their children in the household, according to a report by The LUME Institute. On top of that, The National Education Association states that children who read at home and are read to by their parents at a young age score higher on standardized testing. However, in low-income households, children are much less likely to be read to and to read at home than in homes with higher income levels. 

Not only does the Pizza My Heart challenge raise money for disadvantaged third graders at inner-city schools, but it rewards the restaurants and servers who participate in the fundraiser.

The top sellers for both individual servers and restaurants will earn prizes such as cash giveaways, gift cards and passes to various Valley locations such as Top Golf Scottsdale.

“We hope it’s lots of fun for the restaurants, the servers and the KidsRead fans who go in to eat pizza,” Bailey said.

Pizza My Heart still has openings for restaurants who wish to participate in the fundraiser. The entry deadline is Sept. 30 and restaurant owners who want to participate may contact Eileen Bailey at 602-266-4514, eileenbailey1@cox.net  or visit kidsreadusa.org

 

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Top 5 American Contemporary Restaurants

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants American Contemporary! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Restaurants: American Contemporary

Beckett’s Table
3717 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 954-1700
Website
Chef Justin Beckett has created a menu that features a hearty assortment of seasonal, American dishes. The neighborhood restaurant is a safe haven for sophisticated foodies and families alike. Expect incredible comfort food and service without pretension or fluff.

Quiessence Restaurant
6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042

(602) 276-0601
Website
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites guests to savor award-winning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

elements
5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(800) 245-2051
Website
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at elements a Sanctuary highlight.

Tarbell’s
3213 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 955-8100
Website
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce when possible.

The House Brasserie
6936 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 634-1600
Website
Tucked away in a shaded corner of Old Town Scottsdale, The House is a place of culinary artistry that allows guests to be a part of cutting-edge world cuisine, as well as leaving them slightly nostalgic for Grandma’s kitchen.

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Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape

The most popular locally produced TV show on Eight, Arizona PBS takes over CityScape in downtown Phoenix Sun., April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., for a live food event aptly called Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival.

Eight, in collaboration with R Entertainment Company, will transform CityScape into an exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant scene – from five-star dining establishments to tucked-away cafes. The event will showcase cuisine from at least 36 of 117 independently owned Arizona restaurants previously featured on the show.

In its third season, the Emmy Award-winning series Check, Please! Arizona features favorite local restaurants as nominated by viewers. Those viewers come in studio to share commentary about their favorite dining spot and exchange opinions with fellow guests who experience each other’s favorite place as well.

Chef Demonstrations, Panel Discussions. TV Auditions.

Among event highlights are cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and the chance to audition for a spot on Check, Please! Arizona. Producers seek congenial fans who are passionate about their favorite local restaurant, articulate about food and honest about their dining-out experiences. Cameras will be present to tape the auditions.

For the camera-shy guest or those who simply avoid the limelight, a diverse array of culinary offerings will be featured by the participating indie restaurants, as well as samples of fine wine and craft beer, all included in the ticket price. A James Beard Award-winners’ panel hosted by James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath is planned, as well as talks on locally sourced foods, fine wine and craft beers. In addition, a cooking demonstration stage will be in full gear, featuring at least four independent chefs.

Independent restaurants participating include:

Tarbell’s

Tuck Shop

LON’s at the Hermosa

Phoenix City Grille

Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant

Vogue Bistro

MacAlpines

Flancer’s

Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

Fuego Bistro

Eddie’s House

Petite Maison

Pomegranate Café

Coup Des Tartes

Havana Café

AZ Bread Co

America’s Taco Shop

Mrs. Whites Golden Rule Café

Thee Pitt’s Again

General admission is $60 and VIP tickets are $100. Tickets include food, as well as wine and beer sampling. VIP ticket holders will enjoy the James Beard Award-winners’ private chef seminar; exclusive wine tastings; early entry to the festival 30 minutes before general admission; and VIP valet parking.

Purchase tickets at azpbs.org/checkplease and click on ‘Join us for the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.’

Photo: LON’s at The Hermosa Inn

Top 5: American Contemporary Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 American Contemporary — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

elements

5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 245-2051
sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at elements a Sanctuary highlight.


LON’s at The Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 241-1210
hermosainn.com/lons
LON’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors.


Tarbell’s

3213 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 955-8100
tarbells.com
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.


Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 276-0601
quiessencerestaurant.com
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning, handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.


Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(480) 437-1072
binkleysrestaurant.com
In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 American Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-437-1072
binkleysrestaurant.com
In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.


Tarbell’s

3213 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix AZ 85018
602-955-8100
tarbells.com
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.


Elements

5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-245-2051
sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at Elements a Sanctuary highlight.


Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-241-1210
hermosainn.com/lons
Lon’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors.


Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
602-276-0601
quiessencerestaurant.com
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

JAMIE Loves: Jamie Herzlinger

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012

JAMIE Loves in March…

Spring!

I am so excited that spring is here! One of my favorite things about March is Spring Break. Unfortunately, I am always super busy with work in March and therefore cannot go anywhere too far. Lucky for me, I live in one of the best cities, full of activities, amazing hotels, spas, restaurants, shopping and more. So this month I will be taking a “staycation” where I will relax here in Scottsdale. I will be staying at one of my favorite hotels, golfing at one of my favorite courses, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.

The Royal Palms

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many amazing resorts from which to choose; this month I will be staying at The Royal Palms. For one, I love the location; it’s right on the base of Camelback Mountain, so the views are breathtaking. Secondly, I love the intimate setting of the resort; you feel at home here. And lastly, I cannot deny a great spa! A massage and facial is just what I need on my “staycation.”

Desert Botanical Garden

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012One of my favorite places to visit in Arizona is the Desert Botanical Garden, and springtime is the best time to visit the gardens — the wild flowers are blooming, and the cacti are so green! In collaboration with Ballet Arizona, the Desert Botanical Gardens brings Topia. The dancers perform with the backdrop of the red rocks as the sun sets. This event goes from March 2-March 26th, so get your tickets now on the Desert Botanical Garden website.

Tarbell’s

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many talented chefs living in Arizona; one of my favorites is Mark Tarbell and his restaurant Tarbell’s. I love the atmosphere and the people there. Not to mention, the food is super tasty; one of my personal favorite dishes is the grilled organic salmon. This plate with a good glass of wine and great company, there is no better way to enjoy my “staycation.”

Love,
Jamie

 

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Jamie Herzlinger Interiors

4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., #705
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 795-3824
jamieherzlinger.com