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Chef Beau MacMillan & TNFL Founder Wayne Kostroski

MacMillan named AZ Cardinals’ celebrity chef

Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization, announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.

As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.

“With millions of people in America struggling with hunger, the need to do more is greater than ever,” said Zimmern. “I am honored to support Taste of the NFL’s efforts as culinary host and one of many of this country’s top chefs and NFL players that are raising money and awareness in support of food banks throughout the United States.”

This year’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger.

Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com. Prices are $700 each for guest tickets and $9,000 for VIP tables of 10. An exclusive Diamond Package Experience is also available. For more information, visit tasteofthenfl.com/superbowlevent.

Those who can’t attend the event can still support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by participating in the Kick Hunger Challenge. NFL fans can visit www.KickHungerChallenge.com and make a donation on behalf of their favorite team. All proceeds from the Kick Hunger Challenge go directly to food banks in NFL team cities.

Arizona fundraising efforts include a Valley-wide restaurant fundraising promotion that supports Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge to promote awareness and action to end hunger in America – with local funds raised staying in Arizona.

In the spirit of Super Bowl XLIX, Taste of the NFL is enlisting 49 local restaurants to participate in the challenge from October – December to raise funds and compete for a chance to be part of the Taste of the NFL action. All proceeds raised in the “Flavors of the Valley” competition will support two local food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix and Vista del Camino Food Bank in Scottsdale.

The five (5) restaurants that raise the most money during promotion will be invited to participate in the “Flavors of the Valley” area at the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®.

Taste of the NFL’s 24th Anniversary partners that have lent an effort to Kick Hunger include: E&J Gallo Winery, American Family Insurance, Low T Centers and TNFL’s newest partner, Arizona-based Avnet.

Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks.

TV Series Spotlights Phoenix Custom Motorcycle Industry

Arizonans love their motorcycles. With a total of six Harley-Davidson dealerships in the greater Phoenix area, it is clear to see the brand of choice for many local riders. A subsidiary of this thriving commerce is the world of customizing these magnificent machines. Many of the country’s top bike builders reside in the Valley of the Sun. These creative geniuses are as colorful as they are talented, making them ideal characters for a reality TV show. On July 1st, the History Channel premiered “Biker Battleground Phoenix”, a series that chronicles the competitive, cutthroat relationships between the Valley’s top custom shops. Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation, John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts, Brian Jenkins of Hatred Customs, Len Edmondson of Azzkiker Customs and Kody McNew of VooDoo Bikeworks are the five builders featured on Biker Battleground Phoenix. These gentlemen are more than willing to provide plenty of fodder for the drama hungry cameras. From good natured smack talking, to intense altercations, the show offers a fascinating peek into the trials and tribulations of staying on top of a market that is as trendy as the fashion trade.

The current focus of the show is on the race to get ready for the largest motorcycle rally in the Southwest, Arizona Bike Week. This week’s episode featured Brian working feverishly from his garage/shop to get a bike completed in time to compete in the rally’s “Baddest Bagger in Arizona” bike show. Kody announced his plans to attempt an unprecedented “72 hour build” in his vendor booth at WestWorld, during Arizona Bike Week. Paul, considered to be one of the founding fathers of the custom bagger craze, is intent on getting his new concept, the SRT, ready to unveil onstage before the Big and Rich concert, Thursday night at the rally.

Arizona Bike Week 2014 was held at WestWorld in Scottsdale, April 2-6 and is unarguably one of the fastest growing rallies in the country. With attendance up 25% at ABW this year, it’s very apparent why these gentlemen are so eager to showcase their latest and greatest works of art to the massive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts the event draws from all across the nation. Even if you attended ABW 2014 and already know the outcome of the upcoming episodes, you won’t want to miss seeing the behind the scenes process that got each of these creations to the ABW main stage.
It’s easy to surmise what makes Arizona such a motorcycle mecca. Supreme riding conditions most months of the year, coupled with virtuously limitless scenic terrain, make it ideal for two-wheel exploring. The economic impact of this tourism focused industry is not lost on our state legislators. You may recall that the state of Arizona gave a nod to the local motorcycle community in 2012, when they commissioned Paul Yaffe to build the official mascot of the state centennial celebration, the “Copper Chopper”. The centennial parade was an organized motorcycle ride consisting of a reported 5,000 bikes, led by the Copper Chopper and ridden by its creator. This should certainly serve as confirmation that Arizona is truly a biker-friendly state.

Tune in to the History Channel Tuesday nights to see Biker Battleground Phoenix or you can attend one of the weekly viewing parties and meet some of the show’s stars at such local biker favorite watering holes as the Dirty Dogg Saloon, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and the Hideaway Grill. Early reports indicate rapidly rising ratings for this new show and there are already rumors of a second season.

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Rough Up Your Weekend at the Inaugural Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl

As one of the fastest growing sports in North America and in college sports, you may have noticed rugby is receiving more attention lately. Arizona has been a part of the rugby community for almost 40 years with Arizona State University’s club team. Scottsdale is looking to join with the first rugby event in the Valley – the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl.

ASU Rugby debuted in 1975 and has ranked in the top 15 in the last five years and is currently ranked No. 11. Coach Gary Lane explains that unlike lacrosse or hockey, the rugby team does not play in a league division, but plays against everyone. They have had a tough schedule so far, but hope to move up in the ranks to No. 9 or No. 10 in the next couple of weeks. “I think we are doing pretty well,” states Lane, “We play U of A in two weeks at U of A. I think that will be a good test for how things are going.”

As a club team, ASU rugby does a lot of its own fundraising for travel expenses, tournaments, equipment and more. They tried new fundraising techniques this year including some crowd funding campaigns. They did not meet their goal, but did pretty well and hope their campaigns will be more successful in the future.

Lane also hopes to receive more exposure for the team and to receive team sponsorships. Lane emphasizes that the team is more than just a sports club, but also part of the community. The team participates in a lot of charity work for nonprofits such as the Special Olympics and Polo Plunge. They also support the women’s athletics at ASU and try to support the community in different ways. “It is a big part of our identity. We are very proud of that and we hope to set a benchmark for other teams at ASU,” says Lane.

ASU will compete against Brigham Young University (BYU) in the upcoming Rugby Bowl in Scottsdale. Lane says that the team is excited for the event and to compete against a difficult team. “It is our job to produce a game this is up to the stature of the event,” states Lane, “I’ve never been shy as a coach to take on big teams and see how we compare. You have to play at that level and if you don’t, why bother.”

Founder and owner of the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl, Jason Rose, is also excited for the event. Rose explains that there is already a successful polo event in the valley, and he saw the chance to start a similar event with rugby. He explains that rugby is a growing sport and that there is a huge rugby footprint with the high-ranking teams of ASU and BYU. He states that the fans are about even so far according to ticket sales.

Rose hopes to generate visitors from different backgrounds form rugby enthusiasts to people who are fascinated and learning about rugby to people who simply want to enjoy an Arizona spring day.

There will be a myriad of other events including a motorcycle display, which will also donate money to a breast cancer charity, several local bands including the classic rock cover band Whiskey’s Quicker and Arizona’s premier Irish rock band Keltic Cowboys, a tug-o-war between ASU and BYU fans, World of Beer Garden, Scottsdale Cigar Lounge and even a barber shop. There is sure to be something for everyone, and all events take place inside the stadium so visitors can also watch the match.

For the future, Rose hopes to create a great Arizona event and the country’s best rugby event. He hopes to involve four, top college rugby teams in 2015, and also hopes to expand from thousands to tens of thousands of visitors. “It will be post-spring training and will be great for people looking for their football fix. Rugby has all of the hard hits like football but without the pads,” explains Rose.

Check out ASU’s rugby team and the Fiat of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl on April 12. Gates open at 11:30 am and tickets start at $12.

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5 Facts About WestWorld’s Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center

WestWorld’s Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center (16601 N. Pima Rd.) in Scottsdale is a 310KSF exhibition space completed Dec. 23, 2013. WestWorld hosts exhibits year-round, from the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction to the Arabian Horse Show and AZ Big Media’s Scottsdale Home & Garden Show. The equestrian center recently received an honorable mention at the AZRE RED Awards for its economic impact on Arizona.

Here are five facts about the project:

•    Though general contractor Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company, wasn’t required to employ sustainability measures on the project, it still diverted 476 tons of recyclable materials from landfills.
⁃    28 tons of wood
⁃    135 tons of steel
⁃    302 tons of concrete
⁃    11 tons of cardboard
•    Howard S. Wright milled and reused all of the demolished asphalt from work areas as a sub grade material for the new parking lot.
•    The Equestrian Center was completed in two phases, the latter of which encompassed a 134KSF North Hall. The hall is a column-free space designed by Populous Inc. that is cooled and can run separately from the rest of the center and accommodate additional tents, when necessary.
•    The installation of six 280-foot steel double trusses for the North Hall required the use of one of the biggest cranes in Arizona. (Each truss weighs 190,000 pounds.)
•    WestWorld remained open during the construction of the new space, even during its “busy season.”

See a video of its construction here.

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WestWorld hosts Scottsdale home and garden show

The Scottsdale Home and Garden Show, taking place March 29-30, offers hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees will be able to take advantage of special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

WHAT: 22nd Annual Scottsdale Home and Garden Show. The longest-running expo of its kind, this expo will feature an abundance of home-related items and vendors for any home or remodeling project.

WHEN: Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale (16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260)

TICKETS: Free tickets at http://exposaz.com/tickets

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RED AWARDS 2014: Merit for Economic Development

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


WestWorld Tony Nelssen 
Equestrian Center
Developer: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Howard S. Wright, A Balfour Beatty Company
Architect: Populous Architects
Size: 310,000 SF
Location: 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: Dec. 23, 2013

WestWorld_HSWBBC (4)Arizona tends to deal with hot weather at least eight months out of the year, during which many of us prefer to stay inside if we can help it. (That’s roughly 240 days, by the way.) The winner of this year’s RED Award for Economic Development hosts at least 247 days of horse shows, not to mention car shows. To meet a growing demand for climate-controlled exhibition space that could be used even in the hottest months, WestWorld developed this $42.8M project, which also used the largest crane in Arizona to erect multiple 190,000-pound steel trusses.


Honorable Mention:
APS Hyder II Solar Plant
Developer: APS
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Engineer: Taylor RyMar

APS Hyder II, WEBBuilt on abandoned farm land, this solar power plant provides 15 megawatts of renewable power that could service approximately 3,700 homes. The plant’s 71,000 modules have an automated single-axis tracking system that allows these modules to follow the sun. It has also added value for adjacent landowners and brought jobs to the community.

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Inaugural Rugby Bowl Comes to WestWorld of Scottsdale in 2014

Getting bored with regular old basketball and football games? Brush off that Dorito dust from your hands and hop on your Harley — ’cause there’s a new extreme sport in town.

From the extreme-sport loving producers of The Polo Party and The Hottest Race on Earth comes a new event that puts quite the twist on a traditional spectator sport.

We’re talking about The Rugby Bowl: Spikes & Spokes, which goes down on April 12, 2014, at 1:10 p.m. at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Event spokespeople tell us one of the world’s most popular sports — rugby (the game of football played without helmets or pads and the newest Olympic sport) — meets the rolling thunder of motorcycles.

Hundreds of the hottest bikes in Arizona will growl along the field, while the nationally-ranked team from Arizona State University will take on the No. 1 ranked team and defending college champions from Brigham Young University.

Tickets are now on sale at TheRugbyBowl.com.

“The ASU Rugby Program is very proud to be part of the First Annual Rugby Bowl and showcase our talents. Our rugby season gets going just as the American football season ends, so it is a great way to continue the enthusiasm whether one is just getting to know rugby or is already an old pro,” said ASU Head Rugby Coach Gary Lane.

Expect top-notch entertainment and hospitality. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with kick-off starting at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th. Rugby fans who arrive on motorcycle will receive free general admission. Fans can choose from a general admission ticket, tailgating option or relax in one of several tents including a shaded mid-field VIP tent, a reserved Arizona State University tent or non-alcoholic reserved Brigham Young University tent. A VIP Sky Box option is also available for large parties and groups. Those interested in corporate sponsorships should contact Jennifer Moser at info@TheRugbyBowl.com.

Rugby fans will also enjoy cuisine from a variety of the Valley’s favorite food trucks, as well as some great local brews from an on-site shaded Beer Garden. Then stay for the on-site after party with entertainment by The Keltic Cowboys.

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Vintage Market Returns to Scottsdale

The gals at Junk in the trunk Vintage Market are thrilled about their upcoming fall event on November 9th.  Located at WestWorld in Scottsdale, the event will be filled with all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade. Vintage market vendors have spent their summer crisscrossing the entire country to bring shoppers their most unique finds. Attendees can expect to find treasures of all types including vintage clothing, repurposed furniture, industrial pieces, farmhouse décor, handmade items and more.  The fall 2013 market will feature over 100 vendors including over 70 returning vendors from previous shows.

Rafterhouse, a local home crafter who specializes in breathing new life into Arcadia area ranch style homes with timeless finishes such as aged barn wood walls, industrial touches and Carrera marble countertops, will be showcasing their work with an entry display.  There will also be design spaces to inspire shoppers as they enter the market featuring pieces from West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids and the gals at Junk in the Trunk.  One lucky winner will be able to take home selected pieces from one of the design spaces.

A market favorite, Kip Fox, will headline a talented group of local musicians entertaining the crowd with live music starting at 8am.

Shoppers who want the first opportunity to see all of the amazing finds can start their day off with an early entry ticket beginning at 8:00am. Early entry will last until 10:00am and cost $10 per ticket.  The first 300 shoppers through the entrance will receive a special edition Junk in the Trunk reusable shopping bag. Regular entry will begin at 10:00am and last until 3:00pm with an admission price of $5. Children under 12 are free throughout the day.

A portion of all ticket proceeds will benefit the local Young Life chapter of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Young life Is a non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to adolescents  in the greater north Phoenix and Scottsdale area through caring adults that spend time with youth in order to empower them to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

For more information about the event including media inquiries or vendor opportunities, please visit the website at www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com or send an email to info@junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

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Craft beers dominate Scottsdale Beer Festival

Saturday night beer lovers from all across the Valley poured onto the polo fields of Westworld to taste more than 50 beers from local and international breweries, and I was tasked with trying them all. It’s a rough job but someone has to do it.

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a beer connoisseur. I like beer, a lot. But while I love to taste beers from microbreweries worldwide I also have no problem drinking a bud light with a splash of OJ (it’s tasty and oh so cheap, I highly suggest you try it).  So if you are expecting to read further and have me to tell you what beers were “laced with a subtle scent of sweet lagered malts,” it’s not going happen.  You’ve been warned.

EAT, DRINK, PLAY

This first time event was brought to the Valley of the Sun by a production group called, Eat:Drink:Play. They produce food and drink festivals all over the US, from Washington DC to Chicago and Los Angeles so they kind of know what their doing. If there is one thing I could say to them, it would be Thank you for hosting this event at night! A lot of beer, food and wine festivals tend to host their events during the day and the Arizona sun can be brutal. Once the sun went down were able to enjoy the warm Arizona night and not be sweating into our beers.  While the eat and play part were lacking they definitely had enough in the drink category to make everyone a camper happy.

VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

We got there for the VIP hour from 6p – 7p. For $10 more you could get in an hour before they the masses run loose. I have to say I am a big proponent of personal space so I will ALWAYS fork over an extra $10 to get away from the crowds and this was money well spent. The VIP hour had no more than a few hundred guests and spread out over 50+ tasting booths it made for quick access to just about any beer you wanted.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Upon arriving each attendee received a snazzy little 8 oz. mug and a sheet that allows you up to 40 tastings. If you actually used up all 40 of your tastings I am pretty sure you’re a liar or a professional drinker.  I made it to about 10 tastings before I was feeling full and needed to take a breather The nice thing was that had a large grassy area throughout the middle of booths where you could sit and listen to some music while your beer digested and you contemplated what tasty libations to hit up next.

For a non-beer snob like myself, I thought they had a great selection. They had  well-known local beers like Four Peaks, San Tan to the more obscure like, Cartel. That’s right, Cartel, the coffee house favorite has been diving into the beer pool.  Who knew?! They also had breweries more nationally known like Leinenkugels and Rogue. While I prefer the classic fruity “chick” beers my drinking partner was a fan of darker more hoppy beers and we both were pretty content with the selection they laid out of us.

We stayed for about two and half hours until I was literally too full to drink another sip but the party was still in full swing. There was a great mix of people from all over and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Really, what more can you ask for? All in all I enjoyed this first time event and look forward to it next year.

A WORD TO THE WISE

I have but one simple suggestion and it goes out to ladies out there. Ladies, you are going to a grassy field where you are going to drink…a lot. DON’T WEAR HEELS. I saw more women struggling to get from booth to booth in sky-high heels and wedges than should be deemed expectable. I can only imagine the scene of stumbling ladies only got worse as the drinking got heavier.  It’s a fact, no matter how good you looked leaving the house in those heels you are not going to look good face planting in the grass.

For more information on the Scottsdale Beer Festival, visit https://www.facebook.com/scottsdalebeerfest?fref=ts or http://scottsdalebeerfestival.com/.

Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale

Scottsdale Holiday Events In December

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and with so much to do in Scottsdale this time of year, you’ll never be bored!

Here are some Scottsdale holiday events taking place December 2011:

2011 Holiday Pet Festival

Holiday Pet Show at WestWorld

This is the largest holiday pet event in Arizona. If you’re looking for a new baby to call your own, you’ll find hundreds of animals here. If not, there will still be plenty of activities, demonstrations and exhibitions that are fun for you and your pets alike.

For more information, visit the Holiday Pet Festival’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]2011 Holiday Pet Festival
Saturday, December 3rd
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.[/stextbox]


Holiday Harmony

Holiday Harmony is the city’s annual holiday “tree lighting” event. This is a free event and fun for the whole family. There will be live performances, interactive booths and, of course, a visit from Santa — as well as some snow! The Mayor will be lighting the tree at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, visit Scottsdale’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Harmony
Sunday, December 4th
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Mall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.[/stextbox]


Holiday Art Show

Holiday Art Show Seniors

The Holiday Art Show at the Via Linda Senior Center features the talent and creativity of local artists enrolled in the City of Scottsdale’s recreation classes. In addition to the art on display, local jazz group APEXX will be performing, and refreshments will be served. While the event is free to the public, they do ask that you bring a canned food item to donate to the Vista Del Camino Food Bank.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Art Show
Thursday, December 8th
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Via Linda Senior Center. 10440 E. Via Linda[/stextbox]


Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick LightsHoliday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park will be on display every night, except for Christmas Eve and Day from December 9th to December 30th. However, this event has more than just lights; there will be a train and carousel rides for $2 (children under 3 ride for free), and opening night festivities include a tree light ceremony and a visit from Santa, who will be at the park through December 23.

For more information, visit the Railroad Park’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
December 9 – 30 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. [/stextbox]


New Years Eve Party at the Montelucia Resort and Spa

If you’re looking to ring in the new year with style and grace, look no further than the Montelucia Resort and Spa’s New Years Eve party. The Montelucia New Years package includes two nights of luxury accommodations, one 50-minute detoxifying treatment, a bottle of Champagne delivered to your room upon arrival, two tickets to the NYE party and a complimentary resort fee. The package is valid through January 1, 2012. Rates from $399 per night.

For more information, visit Montelucia’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]New Years Eve Party at the Montelucia Resort and Spa
December 31, 2011
7 p.m.
4949 E. Lincoln Dr.[/stextbox]