Helena Wegner, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Essence Bakery Café started Arizona’s first baking apprenticeship program in June for graduating high school students. Students who are still in high school can apply for the pre-apprenticeship program. The two-year program allows students to gain valuable culinary skills without accruing student debt because there is no program fee. The program was started by Essence Bakery Café chef and owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos who partnered with Arizona’s Careers through Culinary Arts Program. C-CAP partners with more...

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Pack your skis and winter jacket for a getaway in Aspen – the ritziest of Colorado’s fabled Rocky Mountain resort towns. Shredding fresh mountain powder, trying new restaurants and wine tasting are all on the menu. Mini Jimmy’s ’Tis the season to warm up with wine and spirit tastings at Mini Jimmy’s, a new intimate speakeasy within Jimmy’s restaurant. Choose from a delicious selection of spirits like mezcal, Scotch or Japanese whiskey, or your choice...

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When John F. Kennedy convalesced at Castle Hot Springs following his World War II duty, he didn’t have Instagram to distract him. Founded in 1896, the health and wellness resort catered to prominent clans like the Kennedys, Roosevelts and Wrigleys before falling into disrepair and closing in the 1970s. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, it reopened to the public last year, and launched its current season in October (it’ll be open through May then close for...

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Chris Collins, owner of The Macintosh and The Collins Small Batch Kitchen, recently spent a weekend at sea with Chula Seafood owners Jon Heflin and Hogan Jamison, who supply Valley restaurants with fish they catch on their own boat. “This is not done anymore. There are only a handful of boats in Southern California that are [harpooning swordfish],” Collins says. Before and after setting sail from Newport Beach and zigzagging across hundreds of miles of...

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It’s that time of year again – the temperatures are cooling, the leaves are changing, and it’s OK to order a hot coffee without judgement because the temperature in Phoenix has finally dipped below 100 degrees. Put on your favorite cozy sweater and take a day trip to check out these five vibrant fall foliage scenes around Arizona. Flagstaff Start the day early, and venture two and a half hours north  of Phoenix to Flagstaff....

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Husband and wife Jason and Katherine Dwight are bringing something new to the Uptown Phoenix area. The duo recently opened a restaurant and bakery called Persepshen – pronounced “perception” – in the space formerly known as Hula’s Modern Tiki on Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Their menu reflects high-quality, farm-to-table recipes and will change daily to incorporate fresh, local and organic ingredients. Persepshen spent two years at the Uptown Farmers Market selling sandwiches, smoked sausages,...

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Join prominent Arizona chefs at Phoenix’s third annual No Kid Hungry Dinner on Monday, October 7. Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts Sam Fox will host a top-notch four-course meal prepared by guest chefs including Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft, Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery, Cassie Shortino of Tratto and Zach Hunter of Fox Restaurant Concepts to support ending childhood hunger in Arizona and beyond. Begin the night with cocktail hour at 6 p.m....

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Splash around this fall at Great Wolf Lodge’s first Arizona location, which opened September 27. Situated in the Scottsdale Talking Stick Entertainment District, it’s the first indoor waterpark in the state – one that also happens to include an affixed 350-room resort. “Everything is designed to bring joy to families and to [let them] do activities together,” general manager Brian Johnson says. A high-speed, four-person raft ride called Diamondback Drop makes its debut as the...

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Meghan McCain The daughter of late Senator John McCain and co-host of The View will release an audiobook next year. The Audible exclusive has yet to be titled or given a release date, but we’d wager President Donald Trump and her Instagram-famous cactus will get mentions. Curt Schilling Retired MLB pitcher Curt Schilling brought home the win for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series. Now the Republican is mulling a run for Congress...

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Mark your calendars for the unveiling of a music-themed art exhibit at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel on September 6. The exhibit, “Pick and Play,” will coincide with Downtown Phoenix’s First Friday Artwalk and will feature two local artists, Mark Mayz and David Lizanetz, who will showcase their mixed-media musical pieces. Artist Mark Mayz draws his inspiration from sports and rock ‘n’ roll music by combining guitar picks and acrylic paints to create legendary artists like...

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The 1920s were marked by dramatic economic growth, prosperity, jazz music and the Prohibition – a period between the ’20s and ’30s when alcohol was outlawed in the United States. Underground speakeasies popped up across cities and the ‘20s roared on. Will 2020 be as remarkable as the Roaring ‘20s? Rick Bronson hopes so. The comedian will open a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and coffee bar this November. The unique concept will be located on High...

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