Supporting the Arts Never Tasted Better

2019 Burger Battle and more

The Scottsdale League for the Arts, which was formed in 1978, is a nonprofit volunteer organization that support artists, arts programs and arts education by presenting food-oriented fundraising events throughout the year. The League awards all net funds raised to a variety of arts focused organizations through a grant program each summer. This year’s grant funding supports thousands through the 25 selected organizations, serving at-risk youth, hospitalized children, young composers, aspiring playwrights and more.

This month, burger aficionados are invited to cast their vote in the People’s Choice competition at the 2019 Burger Battle. Guests at this all-inclusive event (21 and over) will enjoy unlimited burger tastings, fries, milkshakes and beer; live music, lawn games and more. Restaurant contenders also compete for a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships and title of “Best Burger” through an anonymous presentation to a panel of celebrity judges and culinary experts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

Also this month, join the League for its newest event, Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series, at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. See story on page 13. The League’s premier event, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is the longest-running festival of its type in the nation and will be held April 13–14 at Scottsdale Civic Mall. The weekend tasting festival features more than 35 restaurants and 18 live local bands, national music acts, beer garden, chocolate and wine sampling, spirits tasting, family zone and more.

The 2019 Burger Battle will be held March 22, 7–9:30pm, at Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge, 7135 East Camelback Road. VIP tickets are $85 for private lounge seating and bar, and early entrance at 6pm. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $65. Tickets may be purchased online.

For up-to-date information on all Scottsdale League for the Arts fundraising events, visit

Cold Brew, Pizza & Drams — Oh, My!

3 ways to celebrate foodie fathers in June

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, so in honor of dear old Dad, we’ve found three ways to treat the foodie fathers out there. Whether he’s a coffee fanatic, savors a good scotch or just wants to grab a slice of pie (pizza that is!) with the family, these Valley restaurants and resorts can hook him up.


Gift The Gift Of Cold Brew

Press Coffee has an easy way to give to treat a coffee-loving dad this Father’s Day. Just in time for summer, the local coffee roaster is offering Cold Brew Flasks at all Press locations for $5. The cold brew flasks are 12 ounces of the roastery’s cold-brewed coffee in a stylish, sealed container, which can be kept unopened and refrigerated for up to 60 days. Buy one on its own, or package it with a hydroflask ($26-$35) and a bag of whole beans ($14-$19).

Press has been a Phoenix local coffee roaster since 2008. Press Coffee has four Valley locations: in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Chandler. For additional information, visit


Enjoy A Slice With Dad

 All day long Sunday, June 18, Fired Pie locations are offering a buy one entrée get one free for dads. This deal is not good on third party deliveries or call in orders.

The locally owned restaurant allows diners to take on the role of chef by picking and choosing their own type of dough, sauce and topping. To score the deal simply mention it at checkout. The sophisticated-yet-affordable pizza restaurant also offers build-your-own salads.

Fired Pie is quick, casual and customizable to individual pizza or salad desires. Fired Pie is open for lunch and dinner and offers something for every pizza lover every day of the week. Now with 16 locations in the Phoenix Metro area, and two in Tucson, they are the perfect place to enjoy a pizza pie or salad. To find a location, visit


Drams for Dads Scotch Tasting

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offers its special Scotch tasting events, “Drams for Dad,” Father’s Day Weekend.

The Scotch Library’s special celebration kicks off at 6pm Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, and will feature a tasting of four Glenmorangie whiskies — the Glenmorangie 10-year, Lasanta, Quinta Ruban and Nectar D’Or. In addition to sampling the scotches, guests will learn about the differences between the labels, unique aspects of the various whiskey regions of Scotland and explore different ways to drink scotch.

Plus, Dads who bring in an old tie can trade it for a complimentary cigar with cigar cutter and a special offer when they return to The Scotch Library. The “Drams for Dads” event is priced at $65 per person and will include light food pairings. For reservations, call 480.624.1202.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway in Scottsdale. For additional information, visit

Be Wined & Dined In Style – Tonight At Scottsdale Quarter

wineanddineScottsdale Quarter is the place to be April 2 for a high-energy and upscale celebration of food and wine, at the fourth annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, from 5-8pm.

AZ Wine & Dine is a foodie fest boasting 19 of the Valley’s top resort and hotel restaurants, plus several Scottsdale Quarter favorites and a stellar selection of wines, provided by Young’s Market Company and craft beer, provided by Hensley Beverage Company. Each restaurant booth features a winery offering at least two different varietals that are beautifully paired with the dishes, providing a perfect opportunity to discover new flavors and new favorites.

Attendees can anticipate enjoying the following:

Alto ristorante e bar, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch:
House-made lamb meatballs, fava beans, shaved Pecorino, morel mushrooms and pistachios
Strawberry cheesecake tart

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa:
Seared scallop, chorizo risotto, cherry balsamic gaujillo reduction
Caramel banana crunch torte

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort:
Braised pork belly, blue corn waffle, gooseberry jam
Aleppo pepper spiced shrimp, charred corn, chorizo risotto, citrus fennel salad

Brio Tuscan Grille:
Spicy shrimp with black pepper cream sauce over an olive oil toast point
Fresh mozzarella and grape tomato Caprese skewer with balsamic reduction and fresh basil

deseo, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa:
Bay scallops topped with plantain “fufu,” plantain chip, Aji Amarillo-pineapple chimichurri
Pork belly with malangon, pickled cabbage, guava glaze

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel:
Duck confit quesadilla
Blueberry Citrus Tarragon Freezies

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale:
En Fuego slider burger with smoked cheddar cheese and Sriracha ketchup
Mini Doubletree cookie bites

Il Terrazzo, The Phoenician:
Jersey ricotta agnolotti, pimiento & squash salpicon, Parmigiano-Reggianno, Genovese basil, romesco, charred lemon crema

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel:
Kohlrabi cutlet, sautéed greens, pea tendrils, Pimm’s Cup vinaigrette

SOL Cocina:
Fresh fish marinated in anchiote, cilantro and lime; grilled and topped with avocado-cilantro sauce, salsa Quezada, green cabbage and pineapple-cucumber salsa

Talavera, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North:
Wagyu Short Rib Ravioli, fricassee of Maine lobster
Cheesecake panna cotta, roasted rhubarb

Pork tenderloin with caramelized Brussel sprouts, fennel bulb, spiced Fuji apples, whole grain mustard emulsion

Top of the Rock, Marriot Phoenix Tempe at The Buttes:
Crispy chicken liver, creamed hominy, poultry caramel and cured egg yolks
Granola cookie, blood oranges, pistachios and chocolate

Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess:
Spanish ham croquettes: Chinese mustard, Emmental, chipotle, salsa criolla
Tuna Nikkei Ceviche: white soy, avocado, nori, sesame
Pumpkin picarones: pumpkin doughnuts, Tahitian anglaise

For libations, attendees will be some of the first in the Valley to sample Oculto, Anheuser Busch’s new tequila flavored beer, infused with blue agave for a bright citrus flavor that delivers a smooth, bold taste. The bottle packaging is decorated with multiple crown graphics, hidden messages and skulls that are revealed when the beer gets cold.

Additionally, a glass of Blanc de Bleu, the “World’s First Blue” sparkling wine will be offered to each guest as they enter the event. One hundred percent premium California chardonnay with an added hint of blueberry, makes up this delicate, Tiffany blue sparkling wine.

Entertainment will be provided by Shining Star Band and a silent auction offering deals on vacation getaways and gift certificates from Scottsdale Quarter’s eclectically rich mix of specialty shops. Much of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

“It is important for us to produce a culinary event where local foodies and business executives can be tourists in their own town, enjoying beautiful wines and sweet and savory samplings from our top resorts in a festive atmosphere,” said Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association President & CEO, Debbie Johnson. “We strive to raise awareness of the quality of life benefits that Arizona’s tourism industry provides its residents and it’s clear that the Valley’s finest chefs, combined with this venue, is a recipe for success.”

Participating restaurants include:

Alto ristorante e bar, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Brio Tuscan Grille
deseo, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Different Pointe of View, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The Phoenician
Prado, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
SOL Cocina
Stonegrill, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
T. Cook’s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Top of the Rock, Marriot Phoenix Tempe at The Buttes
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The cost at the door is $75; no one under 21 years of age will be admitted. Scottsdale Quarter is located at Scottsdale Road and Greenway Road. For more information, call 602.604.0729 or visit


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