Madison Rutherford, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brews, which returns to Salt River Fields for the second year on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m., started as a “passion project,” says the venue’s director of marketing, Chris Bonnell. He and the Salt River Fields’ director of ticketing and special events, Shaun Northup, are both craft beer connoisseurs and wanted to showcase the great beverages coming out of the Grand Canyon State. “We wanted to highlight the breweries, distilleries...

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There’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen for Ghost Ranch chefs Rene Andrade and Robert Centeno. In fact, they just launched a monthly series where they invite other locally renowned chefs into the kitchen with them to create a unique five-course meal. The first guest chef is Samantha Sanz of Talavera on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. Andrade, Centeno and Sanz are all from Nogales and each dish...

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If you’re alcohol-averse, it can be hard to find delicious drinks sans booze. That’s why Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale recently unveiled its new mocktail menu, which features three handcrafted concoctions with all the flavor and fanfare of a regular cocktail without the alcohol. As more people jump on the “sober curious” bandwagon, the demand for healthy, alcohol-free alternatives to traditional cocktails is growing. Sushi Roku is at the forefront of the trend. Are you...

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If you’re a fan of the freedom to enjoy a cocktail while strolling down the Las Vegas Strip, you can now indulge in that luxury closer to home. Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix is the first Arizona property to allow patrons to purchase alcoholic drinks and imbibe them while shopping. Shoppers can buy a beverage from a mobile bar outside of Copper Blues Live and walk around the shopping center. Construction is currently underway for...

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It’s 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 and the corner of Via Ventura and Pima Center Parkway in Scottsdale is flooded with cars. Some are scrambling to find a spot in the expansive parking lot while others join a serpentine line of other vehicles. A man in a neon green shirt is directing them. This is the location of Arizona’s first White Castle. A week ago, when the wildly popular burger haven had its grand...

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Veterans Day is Monday, November 11 and these local spots are honoring retired and active duty military members with discounts and deals. Uptown Alley Uptown Alley in Surprise is saluting veterans with a free game of bowling on November 11. In addition to 40 bowling lanes, the 60,000-square-foot entertainment destination boasts laser tag, arcade games and a state-of-the-art sports lounge. 13525 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise, 623-975-7529, uptownalleysurprise.com True REST Float Spa Not only can veterans...

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OEB Breakfast Co. owner and founder Mauro Martina believes breakfast means so much more than the first meal of the day. The award-winning Canadian concept puts a creative spin on breakfast classics, offering inventive eats like Nutella French toast and blue crab eggs Benedict. OEB is opening its first U.S. location in Scottsdale next month. “It’s about elevating the whole breakfast experience,” Martina says. “That’s what OEB is all about.” The restaurant will be located...

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Sample sliders for a good cause at Kierland Commons at the 2019 Slider Throwdown, which will take place on Sunday, November 17 from noon to 3 p.m. The burger battle, which features local food truck vendors competing for the coveted “Best Slider” title, will benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), a nonprofit that provides programming and scholarships to foster children throughout the state. “Our mission is to help foster children navigate the...

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Donut Bar’s Scottsdale location closed abruptly last week, according to an Instagram post from franchise owner Sheley Brien. The San Diego-based donut shop known for its extravagant, Instagram-worthy culinary concoctions, opened in The Promenade shopping center in November 2018. “We regretfully announce the closure of Donut Bar Scottsdale on Monday, October 16th, 2019. We have enjoyed being a part of our hometown community and appreciate how welcoming everyone was to us,” the post says. “We...

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Local beer and liquor enthusiasts now have something new to add to their bucket list. SanTan Brewing Company, Arizona’s largest independent brewery and distillery, is now offering tours and tastings at their 35,000-square-foot production facility in Chandler. The behind-the-scenes brewery tours take guests through the craft beer and spirits labs, provide a peek into the science and similarities of the brewing and distilling process and include an intimate education about the past and future of...

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I admittedly don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I’m certainly a sucker for a good selfie opportunity. That’s why I decided to check out Candytopia, an interactive art installation that would make Willy Wonka jealous. The spectacularly sweet pop-up, which features candy-coated art, a massive marshmallow pit and confetti cannons, just landed at Scottsdale Quarter. Candytopia allows you to roam from room to room, where you’ll find everything from the Mona Lisa made...

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Local eateries are thinking pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the whole month, these Valley venues will donate a portion of the proceeds from select menu items to various breast cancer foundations. Here are six places to sip and sample for a good cause. Farm & Craft This trendy Old Town Scottsdale spot is known for the Forbidden Fruit, freshly blended fruit juice cocktail served in a hollowed-out watermelon. All October long,...

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This Saturday, October 19, 13 cideries from six states will come together in the Valley at the second annual Southwest Cider Festival. Hosted by Mesa-based Cider Corps, the Valley’s first fully dedicated cidery, the festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft cider in the region. Festivalgoers can enjoy samples of local and regional ciders while feasting on food truck fare and listening to live music. Attendees can imbibe ciders from Arizona’s four cideries –...

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Halloween is almost here, and there’s no better way to celebrate spooky season than picking out a pumpkin. Here are a few local spots to find the perfect one. Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch This is the first year Halloween Town will haunt the Phoenix Premium Outlets. Through October 31, patrons can pick pumpkins and then participate in face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, rides and more. 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler, 480-859-4477, halloweentownaz.com Justice...

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