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Around Town March 2018

Author: Leah Soto
Issue: March, 2018, Page 70
As part of an extensive propertywide renovation, The Scott Resort and Spa has debuted its signature restaurant, The Canal Club, to the Old Town Scottsdale dining scene. The Cuban-American eatery draws on a 1930s Havana aesthetic and fuses it with the soul of New Orleans and the unparalleled style of Bauhaus architecture, with interiors that offer an elegantly casual atmosphere that opens to an encompassing desert oasis. This culture-rich, modern restaurant includes both cocktail and coffee bars, and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and tapas. “The Canal Club’s dining experience is centered around innovative dishes and beverages using the best ingredients that channel the core of American cuisine with a fresh blend of Caribbean and Southwestern food heritages,” says Stephen Johnson, general manager of The Scott. (

PAINTING ON THE WALLLocal muralist Lauren Lee, renowned for her iconic “Three Birds” mural in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row, recently completed her largest piece to date at the new SOHO Scottsdale condominium community. The 24'H by 150'L hand-painted mural, entitled “Hope,” brings vibrant florals and bold patterns to SOHO, a development of live-work residences on 92nd Street just north of WestWorld. “I wanted the work to be overwhelming in a sense, to use the space and size to create a botanical wonderland with the flock of birds and evolution of man to be painted in white and contrast the mural from a distance,” says Lee. “It really is a massive piece of fine art. I went about it the exact same way I would have painted a smaller painting, by using almost sculptural layers.” The colorful artwork highlights the coalesced relationship of humans, technology and nature, and complements the professional community’s mission of supporting the evolution of the modern entrepreneur. (;

ALL-TIME CLASSICSIt’s been named one of the ‘Best Big City Neighborhoods to Live In’ by Money magazine, and now you can get a sneak peek into this popular community during the Windsor Square Historic Home Tour, March 11. The self-guided tour includes 12 residences that showcase classic architectural components from the 1930s and ’40s, ranch-style features and some of the latest design and architecture trends. “This year’s event promises to be one of our best,” says Jeffrey Long, chairman of the tour. “Many of the houses have been newly renovated, while others retain unique and original design features.” Additionally, guests will enjoy fine arts and crafts displays, a beer garden, food trucks and live music. $20/adults, children 12 and younger/free. (
FARE UNA SPAGHETTATAYou’ll be saying “Saluti” and “buon appetito” as the the Italian Association of Arizona transforms Scottsdale’s Civic Center into “il bel passe,” or the beautiful country, during the fifth annual Italian Festival, March 24-25.
Celebrating all things Italian, the colorful weekend is a fete of good food—including such crowd favorites as gelato, pizza and meatballs—and good friends. “Everyone wants to be Italian!” says Mickey Rao, CEO of the association. “This event is like our very own ‘Little Italy’ in Scottsdale where guests will enjoy live music from Italian musicians and performers, the best Italian food the Valley has to offer, Italian art, wine, crafts and more.” A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona, which feeds, clothes and houses those in need. Tickets cost $10 in advance; $15 day of event; children 12 and younger/free. (

CELEBRATING WOMENOn March 10, don your most dashing attire for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation’s 22nd annual gala, held at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. The event celebrates more than two decades of support for the organization. Guests will enjoy a 1940s-inspired night of cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, dancing and an exclusive Neiman Marcus fashion show. Local philanthropist Jacquie Dorrance will be honored with the 13th Founder’s Award. “The gala is back this spring and is delivering fashion, elegance and fun,” says Cathy Kleeman, vice president of development for Fresh Start. “Guests will love the surprises we have planned and the Founders’ Award presentation to will be one to remember.” Founded by Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart, Fresh Start has supported and empowered women in need throughout Arizona since 1992. Proceeds from the event go to Fresh Start programs and services. (
Following a $12 million renovation, Scottsdale Inn has rebranded as boutique destination Hotel Adeline. The 4.5-acre property in Old Town includes 213 guest rooms outfitted with retro flair. Its design centers on a 3,000-square-foot zero-edge pool, surrounded by 16 chic cabanas, courtyards and an elevated deck for a luxurious outdoor living experience. “Hotel Adeline features contemporary design with a bohemian twist, creating an ambience that is warm and approachable,” said Shaun Baker, general manager of the hotel. “In an effort to make it a place for travelers and locals alike, we put the same amount of thought into the design of our communal spaces as we did into our guest rooms. Hotel Adeline’s unique style and downtown vibe set it apart from surrounding Scottsdale properties.” Guests can enjoy delicious food and drink on the premises at a Mediterranean-American restaurant, the Straight Up Whiskey Bar, a cafe and a pool bar. (

Scottsdale-based interior design guru Angelica Henry was named HGTV’s January 2018 Designer of the Month. Henry’s style centers on rustic, desert and ranch elements with modern twists. “I was incredibly honored to receive recognition from HGTV at a national level—and completely surprised,” Henry said. “I did not even know I was being considered! I also feel that it truly recognizes my team, our clients and all of the amazing colleagues and vendors we have teamed up with to create these interiors. We love what we do and I think that shows in our work!” (
Phoenix architecture firm Studio Ma’s innovative Starlight Cabin received much-deserved accolades thanks to its inclusion in “The American House: 100 Contemporary Homes” (Images), a compendium of well-designed residences in the United States. The house, located in a ponderosa pine forest in Payson, drew its inspiration from the shape of a pinecone, the fragile environment and dramatic season changes that surround it. “It’s so gratifying to be a part of an authoritative book like this and to see our own work alongside some of our most creative peers around the world,” says Christiana Moss, principal architect at Studio Ma. The book pays tribute to a variety of architecture and design firms with projects located across the U.S. (;

Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Dyana Hesson is known not only for her stunning botanical paintings but also for her unique clothing label, DH Fashions, which features items printed with her inimitable imagery. To celebrate the release of her 2018 spring collection, the artist invites readers to nominate extraordinary Arizona women; three lucky ladies will have Hesson’s new handmade eternity scarves named in their honor. “The two things I love about this life are beautiful friends and the natural world,” says Hesson. “These new eternity scarves are the perfect fusion of both—a perfect expression of my passions.” To submit a special woman in your life for consideration, send a brief email with her name and details about her strength, courage, character and selflessness to by March 16. Winners will be announced March 19. (
Top DogBeloved Arizona eatery El Güero Canelo recently received a 2018 America’s Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation. One of the culinary industry’s top honors, the accolade recognizes restaurants that have timeless appeal and emulate the essence of the community they serve. El Güero Canelo is famous for its Sonoran hot dogs, a Mexican-American dish that consists of a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with beans, onions, mayonnaise, mustard and jalapeño sauce. They’re served on bolillo buns from the restaurant’s own bakery in Sonora, Mexico. El Güero Canelo has three locations in Tucson and one in west Phoenix. (

Rosa Kilgore, a renowned jewelry maker whose unique works are sold in galleries and boutiques across the Southwest, is Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s Artist in Residence for the month of March. Kilgore’s jewelry is inspired by the world and her fifth-generation Arizonan roots. Combining modern and ancient techniques, she creates textured sterling silver and bronze accessories with earthy, semiprecious stones. To celebrate this collaboration, the resort hosts a sunset reception with Kilgore March 8 on its Paradise Views Patio and jewelry-making workshops March 10 and 17. “Sanctuary has created a truly special artist-in-residence program,” Kilgore says. “With the magical setting of Camelback Mountain as a backdrop, the opportunity for an artist and guests to interact, teach, and learn is especially inspirational.” The reception is free for resort guests, members and workshop participants. $125/workshop. (

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