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W Scottsdale’s WET Deck dresses up as Gotham City this Halloween

W Scottsdale announced it’s throwing a haunted Halloween weekend with leather, lace, heroes and villains; transforming the WET deck into the corrupted Gotham City on Friday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the event is 21 years and older.

Join W Scottsdale this Halloween as guests are invited to experience the sinister side of Gotham City. W Scottsdale’s Living Room will host one of Bruce Wayne’s famous Manor parties for guests to mix and mingle while enjoying sultry jazz sounds by Seryrop Live with Dayweather. Bruce Wayne and his butlers will later escort guests to the grand staircase, enclosed under a tunnel with sinister drapery and soaring bats to set the mood before entering the criminal underworld that has been taken over by the malicious Joker and his minions.

W Scottsdale’s WET deck will transform into a dark megalopolis equipped with staggering high-rises, city skylines and smoking potholes. Dark lighting and fog will enhance the eerie Gotham City décor, including the signature Batman spotlight, a Joker themed DJ booth, villain servers and Batman’s surprise grand entrance onto the WET pool deck.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there: Gotham City residents will be able to watch Batman take on the Joker himself while listening to resident W Scottsdale DJ Knick Knack and sip on signature cocktails. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes.

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wscottsdalehotel.com/gotham.

Ronan Thompson Foundation hosts third annual ‘Gold Party’

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The Ronan Thompson Foundation and W Scottsdale invite guests to the third annual “Gold Party” on Saturday, September 27 to benefit The Ronan Thompson Foundation. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and is for guests 21 years and older. To purchase tickets, please visit wscottsdaletickets.com.

To reflect the theme of the night, guests are encouraged to wear or accessorize with gold. Entertainment throughout the evening include live music performances by S.K.A.M. Artists Chris Garcia, French DJ and producer FlowFly, DJ and vocalist Ayla Simone and local DJ Soulman. In addition, live gold human disco balls will perform an acrobatic routine during the event on the W Scottsdale WET deck. Guests can have their photos taken at a specialty photo booth.

The event will also host a silent auction by Charity Benefits Unlimited, where guests will be able to bid on one-of-a-kind items including sports and celebrity autographed memorabilia from Country music artists, NFL stars and many more.

Last year’s “Gold Party” was attended by more than 250 guests and raised approximately $30,000 to support research for the treatment and cure of neuroblastoma. Money raised from the this year‚s event will help to fund novel scientific approaches to curing neuroblastoma.

The Ronan Thompson Foundation was formed in memory of Ronan Thompson who passed away from neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, identified by a gold ribbon, which is the theme for this event. Over 12,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year. National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month‚s goal is to raise awareness on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues and raise funds for research and family support. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation.

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information or to reserve VIP cabanas/tables, please call 602.405.0099 or email vip@triyar.com.

Summer makeup tutorials with Scottsdale 16′s Tonya Gabriel

Feel good and look beautiful this summer with step-by-step makeup hints and tricks to get that perfect summer looks from Scottsdale 16’s Tonya Gabriel.

The Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley, including corporate parties, special events, and modeling for promotional or runway shows. Gabriel knows what is trending and is showing us how we can get the perfect day and night looks for the summer with directional tutorials and product recommendations.

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“You want it to be very easy, less is more and don’t forger your sunblock,” says Gabriel.  To keep your day make up looking good all day Gabriel stresses the necessity of primer. Primers allow for better wear and they can be used for eye shadow and skin makeup. To prevent a makeup mishap in the summer heat Gabriel uses “really light foundation, maybe even a bb cream or a tinted moisturizer for healthy day look.”

Pool parties are all the buzz in the summer months and having right makeup is a must. “Keep it simple,” says Gabriel; for a pool party look she recommends sunblock, tinted moisturizer, water proof mascara, a long wearing lip color and a little bit of bronzer.

There are two common mistakes girls make with their daytime summer makeup according to Gabriel. First, girls do not using sunblock or they don’t have any SPF in their products. Second, they apply heavy foundation — “you want your skin to breath during the day.”

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Gabriel talks about the differences in night makeup, “for night you want to focus on certain features, so you want to go bold with your brows and lips.” You can also ad lashes for more drama. Girls, Gabriel says, sometimes make the mistake when trying to get that bold dramatic look they go big with everything. “Less is more” with night makeup too, says Gabriel, and girls make the mistake and go big with eyes, cheeks, lips and it is too much. She recommends picking one or two things, like the eyes and lips or focus on the skin with contorting.

It does not matter if you’re hanging out in the sun this summer or getting ready for a night on the town, the big makeup trend this summer is radiant hydrated skin that is healthy and glowing. Do not forget a bold lip using fun summer colors like orange, coral, and pinks to perfect any summer look according to Gabriel.

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Summer hair tutorials with Scottsdale 16; Mel Rodriguez

Now that summer is in full swing it might be time to spice up your look. Scottsdale 16’s Mel Rodriguez is giving a step-by-step guide with tips of the her favorite trending summer hairstyles for being out on the town, cool by the pool or anything in between.

The Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley, including corporate parties, special events and modeling for promotional or runway shows.

Read Scottsdale Living’s “Meet the Models” interview with Mel here!

Scottsdale 16's Jenna Wood models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Wet and wild swimsuit trends with Scottsdale 16′s Jenna Wood

Summertime in the Valley means soaking up the sun, but before you take the plunge and buy a new swimsuit, hear what Scottsdale 16’s Jenna Wood says is trending this summer.

The Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley by Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, including corporate parties, special events, and modeling for promotional or runway shows. Wood is no stranger to bikini trends and the proper pool party etiquette for the summer.

Scottsdale 16's Jenna Wood models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Scottsdale 16′s Rachel Bienz models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

This summer, bikini trends are about standing out and nothing about Wood’s favorite styles are boring. For her, it is all about being more unique then the traditional triangle top. She really likes cut-out styles and strappy tops and bottoms. Bright colors have definitely worked their way into swimwear designs.

“I’ve noticed I have been buying a lot of exotic prints lately,” she said. “Anything from tribal to tropical, as long as it’s bright I love it!”

With all the unique prints and eye-popping colors out there, Wood’s go-to style is mixing and matching. Wood has a few bottoms that fit her body type and then pairs them with all types of tops, primarily bandeaus or anything bright. But most importantly, no matter what your preference is, Wood stresses that “women know how to dress to their body type. Not every style is the best look of everyone.

One of the major perks of living in Arizona is the plethora of pool parties around the Valley and what you wear to these events is just as important as a night on the town. A great bathing suit is a must, but accessories make just as big of a statement. Wood likes to stand out.

Scottsdale 16's Mel Rodriguez models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Scottsdale 16′s Grace Koval models a swimsuit from W Scottsdale The Store. Photo by Shavon Thompson

“I’m in love with my gold body chain right now,” she said. Wood matches it with small gold stud earrings, bracelets, strappy sandals or wedges and, of course, sunglasses for the perfect look.

A pool party is a great place to make a statement, but also opens the door for a lot of potential mishaps.

“Nothing is worse than a girl who shows up in a bikini she doesn’t intend to get wet,” Wood said. Wood advises to stay away from sequins, beads or anything more than $200 for a pool party look.

All the bikinis and accessories shown in these three looks can be found at the W Hotels The Store located in W Scottsdale. The store offers the latest looks from the most desired designers including Yumi Kim, Dolce Vita and Vitamin A.

Meet Scottsdale 16′s Jenna Wood! Read our interview here.

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.

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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!

Photo by Shavon Thompson

How to ‘sweat pretty’ with Scottsdale 16′s Grace Koval

In the unforgiving Arizona summer heat, it is all about sweating pretty. Grace Koval, member of the Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, shared some of her summer beauty secrets, tips and techniques to beat the summer heat. The Scottsdale 16 is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley, including corporate parties, special events and modeling for promotional or runway shows. Koval is no stranger to the importance of always looking good regardless of the scorching temperatures.

Your skin is your first impression and keeping it looking good during the summer months, which puts extra stress on your skin, is a must. It almost seems too simple but staying hydrated in the summer can go a long way when it comes skin beauty.

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Grace Koval

“I noticed a huge difference in my skin with acne, spots and just overall complexion with just water alone,” said Koval.

To keep her looking its best at all times in the summer Koval applies Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask a few times a week to replenish the hydration her skin loses.

It may seem cliché, but Koval named sunscreen her essential summer beauty product.

“Even with olive skin, I apply sunscreen when going to the pool because I want my skin to look great even when I’m much older,” stated Koval.

She recommends L’Oreal’s Sublime Sun SPF 50, which goes on clear and makes you skin glow all day. Another way to get that must needed SPF is with moisturizer that included SPF in it; Koval uses Aveeno Positively Radiant every morning and night to get that added hydration and softness.

It also is “very crucial to have a chap stick around you at all times,” said Koval.

Summer beauty is all about having that sun kissed skin but, as easy as it can be to tan in an Arizona summer, it can be just easy to lose it.

“It’s very basic, if you want to keep your tan you have to moisturize your skin,” Koval said.

With tanning and being out in the sun skin damage is something you always have to lookout for. Koval recommends Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, a prescription-strength serum, to improve sun dark spots.

“I am on my second bottle,” she added.

Even with radiant healthy skin, looking your best is not easy in the heat because makeup can melt right off your face. To make sweating look good and keep long lasting makeup Koval applies Dior Glow Maximizer light boosting primer. Koval is a huge promoter of primer: “You can wear it alone, under foundation or even mix it with a CC cream for an all-day glow.”

Summer makeup is all about keeping it light for Koval.

“I try not to have my makeup to heavy in the summer, so a great lip is a must,” she said.

She is loving BITE’s high pigment pencil in rhubarb, it’s moisturizing, goes on light, and leaves a great natural looking lip. Summer beauty is about keeping everything looking good in the heat and sun by talking care of your skin and using products like primer, sweating this summer has never look better.

Want to know more about Grace? Read our interview!

W Scottsdale celebrates Fourth with Amtrac and Posso

W Scottsdale, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) invites guests to celebrate Independence Day with fun games, patriotic cocktails, a spectacular fireworks display and live music performances by Amtrac, Posso and more on Friday, July 4. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20.  To purchase tickets, please visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com or www.sletickets.com.

Join W Scottsdale on the WET deck as it transforms into a red, white and blue celebration. Guests can cool off from the summer heat by the pool or enjoy a game of life sized Checkers, Jenga, Connect Four and Cornhole. To kick off the festivities, local resident DJs, Soloman and Knick Knack, will perform followed by international DJs Amtrac and Posso. The festivities will go into the evening as the sky illuminates with a spectacular fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Guests dressed in patriotic attire will have a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Kentucky-born Caleb Cornett a.k.a., Amtrac, returns to the Valley after his performance at Sound Wave music festival in September 2013. Amtrac released his single titled “Came Along” where the music video debut on MTV’s Clubland in October 2011. The musician, producer and DJ creates hype by adding funk into his signature deep house style. On March 13 Amtrac collaborated with Posso and released “Don’t Know,” which received major recognition from top music blogs including Dancing Astronaut, This Song is Sick and more. His most recent EP titled “Undefeated/Primal” was released through Armada Music’s newest deep house label, Black Book Audio. The EP’s title track “Undefeated” was named one of the “most note-worthy new tunes in dance music” according to Billboard.

Los Angeles DJ and designer duo, Vanessa Giovacchini and Marylouise Pels, better known as Posso, has garnered world-wide attention for their innovative work that intertwines fashion, music and art. Posso has performed at superclubs, fashion events, and festivals including Summer Sonic Music Festival in Japan, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and HARD Festival’s Holy Ship Cruise. The DJ duo released their original single titled “So High” in February 2013 through Boiler House Records and received recognition from multiple publications including Magnetic Magazine. Aside from DJing, Posso are also Volcom-collaborating designers, Style.com blogger-ambassadors and sponsored by W Hotels. The duo released their “Summer 2014 Mixtape” on June 13, which was featured on the popular music blog Dancing Astronaut.

Make a night of it and stay at W Scottsdale on July 4th and receive complimentary access to the WET deck festivities, two complimentary cocktails, and a Wonderful room, starting at $179.  For more details, please visit www.wscottsdalehotels.com/specialoffers

The excitement doesn’t stop there!  Stop by W Scottsdale’s WET deck on Sunday, July 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Summer Styles, a pop-up shop, featuring the hottest styles from Spy Sunglasses and Stance Socks.

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Must be 21 years and older.

For more information, please visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com. For VIP table and cabana reservations, please call (480) 970-2101.

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Top 5 Accommodations Scottsdale: Small (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)! 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 Accommodations: Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(866) 888-6540
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High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(866) 882-4484
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Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique, pool and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E, Gainey Suites Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 922-6969
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Experience the quieter side of Scottsdale with this intimate boutique hotel that is in the heart of it all.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(888) 627-3010
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The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region. The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 970-2100
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The AAA Four-Diamond hotel is located near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and within walking distance to the entertainment district, luxury shopping at the Waterfront and Old Town Scottsdale.

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Arizona hoteliers earn national awards

Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC.

The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has been providing a welcoming experience for guests entering his property for the past 21 years. As the Director of Guest Services, he has put in place many new procedures to improve and enhance the arrival and departure experience, transportation, guest safety and much more. But he also cares about the internal guest and is truly devoted to the resort’s employees. He and his family cater an annual holiday feast and invite employees and even hotel guests who have no family in town.

Winning the Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property, was the W Scottsdale for their CHILL event. CHILL at the W Scottsdale transforms the WET pool deck from November to January with Scottsdale’s first and only hybrid and eco-friendly outdoor ice skating rink. This event also includes live music performances, DJs, drink specials and special resort packages.

“I’m so proud to represent an industry in our state with so much talent and passion for excellence,” said AzLTA President & CEO, Debbie Johnson. “It’s wonderful that the hard work and dedication of these lodging professionals and properties is being recognized on a national level and I truly commend them for their accomplishments.”

Winners from the Arizona Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon hosted in December by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association were then submitted to the AH&LA for national judging.

The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) is the leading public policy advocate for Arizona’s Lodging and Tourism Industries. Representing almost 40,000 rooms statewide and nearly 500 members, including hotels, resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, B&B’s and related Industry partners, AzLTA’s mission is to unify, protect, educate and promote the interests of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Industries.

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W hosts annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic

The fourth annual Spring Training Poker Classic benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund returns to W Scottsdale on Saturday, March 1. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with tournament starting at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Celebrity athletes and guests join in a friendly game of poker in support of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund. Current and former professional sports athletes from the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and more will be attending the event. *Subject to change

The Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund was formed in memory of Mike Coolbaugh who passed away in July 2007 after being struck in the head by a line drive while coaching his team, the Tulsa Drillers. Friends and family of Mike will honor his passion for life and commitment to living each day for others and living life to the fullest.

Guests that would like to participate in the poker tournament can register for a pre-event buy-in starting at $200. Walk-up buy-ins will be available for purchase the day of the event starting at $250.

To purchase your ticket to the fourth annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic, please visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com.

For VIP table reservations, call 602.405.0099 or contact vip@triyar.com.

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AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

The shining stars of the hospitality and tourism industry were celebrated at the annual Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s (AzLTA) Stars of the Industry awards luncheon, held last week at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

The Stars of the Industry award was created more than 40 years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. While the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same: to honor lodging and tourism employees who best symbolize the quality service of the industry.

The 2013 Stars of the Industry Winners

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jarrod Voeller, Door Captain, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Outstanding Manager of the Year: Michael Cairns, Executive Chef and Director of F&B, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Kim Cole, Director of Public Relations, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Robin Younger, Director of Housekeeping, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Eddie Zrimsek, Assistant Spa Director, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Small Property: Dusty Cox, Server, The Hotel Congress

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Large Property: Peter Genovese, In-room Dining and Pool Server, The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Small Property: Jason Kennedy, Bellman, The Boulders

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Large Property; Otto Valdez, Guest Services Supervisor, Tempe Mission Palms

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Small Property: Lucas Alonzo, Houseperson, Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Large Property: Nilda Staniscia, Uniform Attendant and Seamstress, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Property Achievement awards in five categories were also announced at the event. These awards highlight programs that showcase the involvement of multiple employees and departments which go above and beyond to build a better community internally and externally.

Community Service: Arizona Biltmore

Guest Relations, Lodging: The Boulders, “True Waldorf Committee”

Guest Relations, Tourism: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, “The Navigator Program”

Special Event, One Time: W Scottsdale, “CHILL”

Special Event, Ongoing: The Phoenician, “Discover the Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe and Friends”

Special Event Ongoing, Tourism: Phoenix Chapter of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, “Chinese Auction”

Good Earthkeeping Award: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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W Scottsdale Launches CHILL Ice Rink

One of the coldest nights of the season was the perfect setting for W Scottsdale to launch its CHILL ice rink.

The only way to describe the transformation of the WET deck into the CHILL rink at W Scottsdale is a winter wonderland. CHILL is a 1,500-square-foot hybrid ice rink that covers the WET pool. It will stay open until December 29.

Ford Runway2W Scottsdale kicked off CHILL’s season opening with a fashion show by FORD at 10 p.m.  in the living room of the W Scottsdale’s lobby. The show featured Fashion by Robert Black, and the clothes the models donned could only be described as glitter overload… and I loved it! So many great pieces that would be absolutely perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration!

Some of my favorite pieces included leather leggings with a glittery blazer that could be perfect for a Saturday night out in Old Town.

A mini black dress with the champagne bottle and glasses graphic had me speechless, Ford Runwaybecause if there is one thing that I love more than a LBD it’s my love for the bubbly.

A see-through cover up that transitioned between a glittery blue to a glittery pink was absolutely stunning and the model wore a matching gold bandeau and high waist shorts set underneath.

The atmosphere of the party was very chill and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Carolers were singing to get the guests in the holiday state of mind and everyone was sitting back and laughing with good friends. It was a great evening to get dressed up, skate around the rink and pop a bottle of Champs!

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Top 5 Things to Do This Week in Scottsdale

With fall in the air, we can’t wait to get out of the office and start enjoying this beautiful weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 11th – Help celebrate the W Scottsdale’s birthday at their ‘Romance in Rio’ party!
W Scottsdale will transform into a vivacious Brazilian carnival complete with standing mask pillars and vibrant decorations. Attendees will make their way up the grand staircase and step into a night filled with dancing, music and multiple performances that represent the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro. Guests can enjoy performances by Samba dancers, themed stilt walkers that will tower over the party and Capoeira Brazilian martial arts dancers, which incorporates theatrical and acrobatic movements well known to the Brazilian culture.

Address: 7277 E. Camelback Rd.
21+ Event
Doors open at 8 p.m.
For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099  or contact vip@triyar.com

Oct. 12th – Amenzone Fitness Grand Opening!
The new 2,200 sq. ft. facility owned and operated by brothers Rich Coolen and Clint Currie will be the first fitness center ever to operate in the Biltmore Fashion Park. The grand opening event is complimentary for all and will be a fun-filled, action packed morning of classes showcasing the primal workouts, boxing, personal training and the Amenzone philosophy of true self-care. There will be a professional DJ for the kick-off as well as a number of fitness-oriented vendors.

Address: 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 160 in Phoenix
All Ages
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.amenzone.com

Oct. 12th – Dust off your Das Boot and start drinking at Oktoberfest!
Come celebrate Oktoberfest at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and where you’ll find more than 20 beers and experience a full day of fun entertainment! Participate in the Bags Tournament or the WarFit Challenge Obstacle Race, learn some new tips at the cooking demonstration stage, and let the kiddos have fun at the Kid Zone. Not only can you taste all different kinds of beer, but there will be 15 kinds of sausage to try, too!

Address: 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85285
$10; Kids 12 and under are free
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
http://www.saltriverfields.com/Events/Octoberfest.aspx

 

Oct. 13th – Get “Outta Your Mind” and take “Shots” of Don Julio Tequila with Lil Jon at Maya Day + Nightclub!
Guests will have the opportunity to dance, swim and enjoy plenty of Don Julio Tequila poolside. Don Julio has always been Lil Jon’s drink of choice and he will join the Don Julio crew in Scottsdale for an amped up, high-energy pool party. Maya will also offer specialty cocktails featuring Don Julio Tequila throughout the day. Grammy Award winning artist, DJ, TV star and entrepreneur – Lil Jon – is best known for his songs “Get Low,” “Yeah!,” with Usher and Ludacris (which hit the No. 1 spot worldwide and platinum in the U.S., Germany, Canada and Australia) “Shots” with LMFAO and “Get Outta Your Mind” which was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. 

Address: 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
21+ Event
Doors open at 11 a.m.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.mayaclubaz.com. For VIP table reservations, contact Nolan at 602.810.0736  or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com .

Oct. 14th – Slow your weekend down with “An Evening with the Winemaker: Slo Down Wines”
After a non-stop weekend of fun, spend your Monday night enjoying great wine and food! Twisted Rose Winery & eatery is hosting an evening of fine food and wine featuring the wine and winemaker of Slo Down Wines. A four-course meal and variety of wine pairings will be offered.

Address: 15040 N. Northsight Blvd.
$45, 21+ Event
6:30pm
For more information, call 480-398-7700 or visit http://www.twistedrosewinery.com/; Reservations required.

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W Scottsdale hosts 'Hair Wars – The Supreme Salon Tour'

W Scottsdale will host this year’s ‘Hair Wars – The Supreme Salon Tour’ on Sunday, October 13, presented by Windy City Media and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE). W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, Ariz. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event is 21 years and older.

Hair Wars is a nationally recognized salon competition where top local salons in each region have the opportunity to showcase their artistic side by featuring one-of-a-kind, extravagant, creations down the runway. The Supreme Salon Tour travels through Scottsdale, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. The top three salons in each city move on to the World Finals in an international competition.

“Our goal is to find the best salons, stylists, makeup artists, models, accessories, costuming, fashion lines, and designers in the industry to compete in the ultimate runway competition,” says Benjamin Moline, Executive Producer. “This competition is like none other and it really lets artists use their creativity to create something spectacular, from bird cages built from hair with real birds to pirate ships; this event brings out the shock factor. It is truly the Super Bowl of hair, and the tour continues to peak interest of producers in Los Angeles.”

Local salons will bring their creative talents to the catwalk to compete for the title of “Supreme Salon” hosted by celebrity finalist, Ben Mollin, as seen on the BRAVO television show “Shear Genius.” Arizona’s top five salons will compete featuring their own theme, routine, and distinctive hairstyles that best represent their artistic abilities. Competing salons include Hair Pollution Salon, Luis A. Solis Hair Design, Miguel’s Beauty Salon featuring Juan Santos, Color Me Pretty, and Luxxi Salon.

The judges include: Angela Avorio, director of education for Ben Mollin Hair Education; Eric Rene Jimenez, renowned hair and makeup artist featured on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Life & Style Magazine; and AK Mack, director of education at the Toni & Guy Scottsdale Academy.

The event will begin with a pre-game show presented by the Toni & Guy Scottsdale Academy themed in black and white.

Intermission entertainment will be a show presented by Soleil D’or Spray Tanning, which is Greek god and goddess themed. Sponsors of this segment include Athena Hair Extensions and Motives by Loren Ridinger (www.cosmeticexec.com).

Sponsors of the event include Estetica Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Soleil D’or Spray Tanning, Fiat of Scottsdale, Joseph James Artography, Princess Hair Shop.com, Vanguard Platinum Realty, European Wax Center, and Motives by Loren Ridinger (www.cosmeticexec.com).

An official after party will be held at Māyā Day + Nightclub which is located at 7333 E. Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, AZ.

To purchase tickets visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com. For VIP table and cabana reservations, contact VIP@TRIYAR.com or call 602.405.0099.

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Celebrate Independence Day with Skam Artists at W Scottsdale

Five top DJs  – Chris Garcia, Nathan Scott, Samantha Ronson, Sid Vicious and Tony Arzadon – from the Skam Artist roster will provide live music to celebrate Independence Day with a bang at the W Hotel, July 4. Guests will be able to swim and dance throughout the day and into the night under the fireworks, which will light up the sky right at 9 p.m.

Hailing from Southern France, Chris Garcia started his music career early. By the time he made it to Las Vegas for the first time in 2004, he had already played multiple residencies across Europe, released an original EP and signed a sponsorship with DJ hardware manufacturer Gemini. Chris has held many residencies on the Strip and opened for a number of famous artists, including Steve Angello, Paul Oakenfold and Kaskade.

Introduced to house music at a young age, Nathan Scott spent seven years developing his DJ career. Nathan was awarded residencies not only on Sirius XM’s BPM dance station but also at the Crobar club in Chicago as well. He currently holds a residency at Ultra Pool Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel. While in Vegas, Nathan Scott has opened for Sharam, Bad Boy Bill, Kaskade and Deadmau5.

Samantha Ronson spent a great deal of time in the studio with her stepfather, guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner. Her brother Mark went on to become a Grammy-nominated producer and Samantha had aspirations of starting a band. When she started DJing regularly to fund her other musical projects, she soon discovered that she had talents beyond the realm of guitar-playing.

Refusing to pledge allegiance to only one or two genres, DJ Sid Vicious is the answer to the party-goer with an ear for all kinds of music. After starting his DJ career, the LA-native became a professional touring drummer. Sid presents a wide palette of music during his sets by playing electro, house, hip hop and rock indiscriminately. He has worked with high profile artists like Pink, LMFAO and the Black Eyed Peas and was voted San Diego’s top DJ in 2010.

Tony Arzadon began his venture into electronic music at the age of 16 and has not looked back since. His track “Rip It Up” reached the Beatport Top 10 chart last year and is the top selling track on Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Traxx label. Arzadon has held residencies at Wet Republic and XS in Vegas and at Playhouse in LA. He has partnered with Red Bull to bring flavors of electronic dance music to a number of extreme sporting events.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.wscottsdaletickets.com

For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099 or contact vip@triyar.com.

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Project Ethos Returns to Scottsdale with Fashion, Music and Art

W Scottsdale and Steve LeVine Entertainment and Public Relations (SLE) will host Project Ethos on Saturday, April 20 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presented by Scion, this 21 and older event will bring a fashion show showcasing emerging designers, a live concert and art exhibit.

Scottsdale is the second stop for Project Ethos on its west coast tour, bringing creative artists, consumers and media together. David Friedberg of Project Ethos Arizona says, “We strive to advance our production and talent presentation every year. Holding the event at W Scottsdale is an exciting step for us, surely giving the local audience our best show yet.”

This year’s fashion collections include chic swimwear, resort wear, luxe jewelry and evening wear. In addition, B&E Soap and Scrub will present their line of skincare products. Featured designers in for this year’s event are Traver Rains (T. Rains), Richard Bowman (XR Collection), Trey Alligood (Madisonpark Collective), June Paek Farahan (AVA), Kristen Dorsey (Kristen Dorsey Designs), Michael Costello (Michael Costello Couture), Brianne Bridge (Bri Bridge), and more.

Throughout the evening, guests can experience live artists painting and view the art gallery that will be on display on the WET Deck. Guests will be entertained by live fashion shows and a live musical performance to be announced. Past live musical performances include: Bruno Mars, Colbie Caillat, Far East Movement, LMFAO, and One Republic, among others.

In 2012, Project Ethos introduced their online web series for consumers worldwide to experience this unique event. It allowed everyone access to view behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with artists and designers. Within the past few years, Project Ethos has sold hundreds of paintings and brought various clothing lines into stores.

Dress code for this event is ‘dress to impress,’ and tickets are available at wscottsdaletickets.com.

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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.

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BARRY ZITO, KELLEY JAMES CELEBRATE 2013 SPRING TRAINING SEASON WITH “A NIGHT FOR THE TROOPS” PERFORMANCE

Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and former Cy Young Award winning pitcher, Barry Zito, of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants, and national recording artist Kelley James, will headline “A Night for the Troops” on Saturday, March 9, at W Scottsdale. The show will benefit Strikeouts for Troops®, a non-profit charity founded by Zito in 2005.

strikeouts for troopsPerforming together for a fifth time, Zito and James will perform their unique mix of acoustic music for a very special cause. Strikeouts for Troops gives back to injured military service men and women through grants by providing the ‘comforts of home’ to injured troops, uplifting spirit and morale, and offering support to their families.

Zito, a 13-year MLB veteran, is also an accomplished songwriter who has always had a love for the stage. Zito’s roots and influence in music began with his parents. His father, Joe, was a classically trained musician and conductor/composer for Nat King Cole and his late mother, Roberta, performed with the Merry Young Souls, the back up singers for Cole.

James has toured the nation with acts such as Mike Posner and O.A.R., and has performed over 800 shows in the past four years. He has sold out shows at the Key Club and Troubadour in Los Angeles as well as the House of Blues in Chicago and he is a regular performer at PGA events including the Coors Light Birds Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Farmer’s Insurance Rock Ball, HP Byron Nelson Pavilion After Dark and many more.

Tickets are on sale now at wscottsdaletickets.com, with a limited number of pre-sale tickets starting at $20.

What: A Night for the Troops

Where: W Scottsdale Hotel at 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Arizona

When: Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

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W SCOTTSDALE HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING TRAINING CHARITY POKER CLASSIC

The third annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic will return to W Scottsdale on Saturday, March 2. Attendees will play for their chance to win the grand prize, a $10,000 seat to the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Guests are invited to join professional athletes and celebrities in a friendly game of poker in support of the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund. The Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund was established by the Tulsa Drillers baseball team when their coach, Mike Coolbaugh died after being struck in the neck by a line drive in 2007. The fund was created to help his widowed wife raise their family and celebrates Mike’s passion for life and commitment to living each day for others and to the fullest

Celebrities to attend this year’s event include: Andrew Cashner (San Diego Padres), Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles, NFL), Cliff Pennington (Arizona Diamondbacks), Casper Wells (Mariners), Charlie Furbush (Mariners), Chris Getz (Kansas City Royals), Joe McEwing (Third Base Coach of the Chicago White Sox), Matt Albers (Cleveland Indians), Scott Coolbaugh (Hitting Coach of the Texas Rangers) and more.

Guests that would like to participate in the poker tournament can register for a pre-event buy-in starting at $175. Walk-up buy-ins will be available for purchase the day of the event starting at $200. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m., and the event begins at 8 p.m.

The top ten winners will receive exclusive gift bags with specialty items from luxury sponsors including Synergy, AthElite, Evo Shield, Athletes Chef, and Trunk Club.

To purchase your ticket to the third annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic, please visit www.wscottsdaletickets.com.

For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099 or contact vip@triyar.com.

NYE 2013 Events

NYE 2013 Events In Scottsdale

It’s almost here — 2013! Ready for the countdown? Here are a few NYE 2013 events happening around the Scottsdale area.

NYE 2013 in Scottsdale:

7 Sexy Deadly Sins at Axis Radius

Axis Radius logo, NYE 2013What: Live music from DJ Soloman; décor based on the seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, lust, pride, gluttony, greed and wrath; perfect for anyone looking for a seductive, yet spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tickets: General admission, $25, VIP, $45, includes exclusive upstairs VIP area and champagne toast at midnight (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Axis-Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza,
 Scottsdale
Online: axis-radius.com

The Premier at The Mint

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What: A red carpet, star-studded Hollywood affair.
Tickets: $40 per person (purchase tickets here); for table reservations, call Kelly O’Connor at (480) 516-9748
When: December 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Mint
, 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: themintaz.com

Last Dance NYE featuring Wolfgang Gartner at El Santo

el santo, nye 2013What: Relentless Beats and El Santo present “Last Dance” NYE featuring Grammy-nominated house music producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner.
Tickets: Starting at $35 online or at the door on December 31st for $75 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 7 p.m.
Where: El Santo Cantina, 
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
Online:elsantocantina.com

New Years Eve Package at FireSky Resort and Spa

nye 2013What: Includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, a welcome bottle of champagne, NYE party favors, two cocktails at Taggia’s “Create Your Own Bloody Mary” bar on New Year’s Day, and late checkout of 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Book online or call (800) 528-7867 and mention rate code PNYE
Where: FireSky Resort and Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Online: fireskyresort.com

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

w scottsdale great gatsby, nye 2013What: A “Great Gatsby” and Roaring ’20s themed NYE party. W Scottsdale is also offering a NYE package, which includes two tickets to the party, in-room champagne, one flask for men and one beaded necklace for women, hosted reception from 7-9 p.m. in the Living Room and more.
Tickets: For the event, $75 for women, $100 for men, $1,000+ for VIP (purchase tickets here); for the package, $374.50 per night (call (877) 782-0104 and ask for rate plan GATSBY, or visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyear)
When: Event on December 31, 8 p.m.; package valid on stays December 30, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: wscottsdalehotel.com

Fiesta Bowl Invitational at The Phoenician Resort

fiesta bowl invitational, nye 2013What: An elegant evening consisting of live entertainment, five-star dining and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Childhelp, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Tickets: Single, $300; table: $3,000 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: invitational.fiestabowl.org

NYE 2013: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

hotel valley ho nye 2013What: Includes a four-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, top club DJs (DJ Decipha), and nearly 1,000 partygoers counting down to midnight with a video countdown.
Tickets: Starts at $115, VIP tables with reserved seating and bottle service start at $750; stay overnight with a special discounted rate of $249 (purchase tickets here)
Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Contact: (312) 226-6990
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

Night on the Town New Year’s Eve at The Saguaro

Saguaro, NYE 2013What: The Saguaro offers two NYE packages — its Night on the Town, which includes a taco trio for two and two margaritas at Distrito, and its Night at the Saguaro, which includes a barbacoa tasting menu for two in Distrito and brunch for two and two Bloody Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Night on the Town, from $236; Night at the Saguaro, from $391 (book here)
Where: The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Online: jdvhotels.com

New Year’s Eve at Sushi Roku (W Scottsdale)

SushiRoku_0008What: Offering a full, a la carte menu, special menus; half off bottles of wine, sake and champagne from 5-7 p.m.; and a restaurant decked out with 1,000 balloons. The upstairs patio will showcase the W Ball Drop.
Reservations: Call (480) 970-2121
When: December 31; dining room, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; upstairs patio, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Sushi Roku, W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: sushiroku.com

“RA”ckin’ New Year’s Eve Party at RA Sushi

ra sushi, nye eventsWhat: New Year’s themed food and drink specials — including Firework Shrimp, “RA”solution Roll, Stoke of Midnight Maki and Bell Droppin’ Bombers — and a live DJ spinning all night. Also offering half-off bottles of sake during the party.
When: December 31, 7 p.m. to close
Where: Kierland Commons, 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, (480) 951-5888; Old Town Scottsdale, 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9256
Online: rasushi.com

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Scottsdale's Ultimate Block PartyWhat: Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill; features an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth.
Tickets: $30 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.
Online: scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com
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Scottsdale, W Scottsdale Hotel Featured In “Bachelorette" Wedding

Ashley and J.P., Photo: usmagazine.com“Bachelorette” fans, are you ready for Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum’s much-anticipated wedding, “The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding,” on Sunday, December 16? For those living in the Valley, specifically in the Scottsdale area, you may spot a few familiar destinations during their bachelor and bachelorette parties. That’s right ― the couple celebrated their respective parties right here in Scottsdale, and you’ll also spot W Scottsdale Hotel.

Not only will viewers have the chance to watch Ashley and J.P.’s bachelorette and bachelor parties, which took place two weeks before the wedding, but viewers will also follow the couple as they plan and prepare for the wedding ― from the dress fitting for Ashley’s dazzling custom-made gown, designed by Randi Rahm, to the couple mapping out the big day with their wedding planner. The wedding guest list includes Trista and Ryan Sutter, Jason and Molly Mesnick, Ali Fedotowsky, Jillian Harris, Deanna Pappas, Sean Lowe, Roberto Martinez and Ryan Park.

Ashley and J.P. are the second “Bachelorette” couple to ever walk down the aisle. Their wedding will be officiated by Chris Harrison, the host of the “Bachelor” franchise.

“The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers.

“The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding
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When: Sunday, December 16, 9-11 p.m.
Where: On the ABC Television Network