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Twenty-one chefs from across the
Twenty-one chefs from across the Valley and Flagstaff have teamed up with the local Girl Scouts to dream up desserts using Girl Scout cookies. The chefs’ restaurant will feature their custom dessert on their menus through Feb. 28 with a portion of proceeds from sales benefiting local Girl Scouting.
They also hope to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout cookie season to create their own desserts. Girl Scout Cookies are available through March 5. As in recent years, the Girl Scouts will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase. Locations of cookie booths can be found by downloading the app Cookie Finder or by visiting girlscoutcookies.org.
347 Grill at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle
Dessert: First-time challenge participant Frank Abeyta’s Samoa creation – a rich, creamy Samoa brownie parfait.
Details: 16000 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa; 520-233-2426; ultrastarakchin.com
Char Kitchen + Bar
Dessert: Char Kitchen + Bar co-founders Peter and Pal Micakaj’s first challenge creation, a chocolate mousse with Thin Mint cookie crumble.
Details: 6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480-664-9238; charkitchen.com
Chompie’s – All Valleywide Locations
Dessert: The Mint Cheesecake, developed by Chompie’s own Neal “The Chomper” Borenstein, featuring a Thin Mint cookie crust, crumbled Thin Mints swirled into the cake itself and topped with a cookie wedge.
9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480-860-0475; chompies.com
4550 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix
9301 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
1160 E. University Dr., Tempe
7700 W. Arrowhead Town Center, Glendale
3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Dessert: Churn’s housemade Savannah Smiles ice cream by Jada Shiya—a 2016 challenge winner for most desserts sold—also includes decadent flavors of raspberry swirl.
$3.50/per regular scoop
Details: 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602-279-8024; churnaz.com
Compass Arizona Grill at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Dessert: Chef David Duarte’s Girl Scout dessert creation, the Tagalong Crunch Bar with peanut butter ganache, milk chocolate praline Tagalong crust, and dulce de leche.
Details: 122 N. Second St., Phoenix; 480-440-3166; compassarizona.com
Coup des Tartes
Dessert: Chef Ron Pacioni’s Thin Mint-infused chocolate tarte with chocolate pudding in a Thin Mint tarte shell.
Details: 1725 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix; 602-212-1082; nicetartes.com
Drexyl Modern American
Dessert: Drexyl Modern American’s Scott Paget’s sweet creation, a Tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere with decadent with peanut butter filling.
Details: 8877 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480-840-1861; drexylusa.com
Flower Child – All Locations
Dessert: Flower Child’s gluten-free dessert offering features the gluten-free Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies in a rich, chocolate pudding.
100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 480-212-0180; iamaflowerchild.com
10460 N, 90th St, Scottsdale; 480-240-4400
5013 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602-429-6222
Fresko Mediterranean Kitchen
Dessert: Fresko’s Savannah Smiles-infused Melopita, a honey Greek cake developed by Janna Harris.
Details: 5033 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix (Ahwatukee); 480-940-3669; freskokitchen.com
Jalapeño Inferno – All Locations
Dessert: Dessert Challenge veteran Terry Craig is featuring his Trefoil-infused banana cream pie.
20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale; 480-513-8332; jalapenoinferno.com
23587 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480-585-6442
Lumberyard Brewing Company (Flagstaff)
Dessert: Lumberyard has participated in the Challenge since its inception, this time with a strawberry shortcake parfait using Trefoils.
Details: 5 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff; 928-779-2739; lumberyardbrewingcompany.com
Olive + Ivy
Dessert: Reigning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champion for most desserts sold Kelli Sappington dreamt up Trefoil-infused Cherry Cheesecake Gelato.
Cost: $3.25 per scoop
Details: 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; 480-751-2200; foxrc.com
Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North
Dessert: Triple Decker Do-si-do Delight layers a Do-si-do graham cracker cake, rich chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallows, caramel sauce, and a salted Do-si-do cookie crumble.
Details: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale; 480-513-5085; proofcanteen.com
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Dessert: Rusconi’s American Kitchen’s second year taking on Samoas, this time with Dave Rico dreaming up a Chocolate Chunk Samoa Pecan Pie.
Details: 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480-483-0009; rusconiskitchen.com
Silver Pine Restaurant at the Little America Hotel (Flagstaff)
Dessert: Samoa Tiramisu, made by chef Vanessa—a former Girl Scout.
Details: Inside the Little America Hotel at 2515 E. Butler Ave., in Flagstaff; 928-779-7900; littleamerica.com
Sorso Wine Room
Dessert: First-time dessert challenge participant Sorso Wine Room dreamt up #Minthappens, a chocolate mint cheesecake mousse with a Thin Mint cookie crust, scoop of chocolate gelato and whipped cream.
Details: 15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480-951-4344; sorsowineroom.com
The Crepe Club
Dessert: The Crepe Club’s peanut butter and chocolate-based Crepe, with Tagalong cookie filling and cookie crumbles—called the Tag-a-Crepe-Along.
Details: 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 602-956-0087; thecrepeclub.com
Dessert: Pastry chef Lucia Alferez’s Samoa Doughnut, a brioche doughnut with toasted coconut cream filling, caramel ganache and milk chocolate.
Cost: $3 per doughnut
Details: 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 602-429-8020; foxrc.com
The MARKET by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar
Dessert: Chef/owner Jennifer Russo’s Twixted Trefoil Bar featuring chocolate mousse, handmade trefoil shortbread and salted caramel.
Details: 3603 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix; 602-626-5050; themarketphx.com
Dessert: Chef Susan Kolman’s Minty OH!—a play on Ho-Hos featuring a devil’s food cake roll.
Details: 9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale; 480-513-8186; thethumb.com
Dessert: Chef Christopher Collins’ homage to the Girl Scout’s famous Taglong—his own shortbread cookie with creamy peanut butter and Sweet Provisions Tagalong ice cream covered with chocolate ganache. He calls it the T.A.G. (Tagalongs Are Great) Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich.
Details: 8220 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale; 480-699-0811; twistedgrove.com
– Alison Bailin Batz, SanTan Sun News / Edited for Phoenix.org
February 6 (Monday) - 28 (Tuesday)
Spend a week immersed in
Spend a week immersed in alcohol based drinks from some of the Valley’s best bartenders and mixologists. In addition to drinking, you can attend the Cocktail Carnival, seminars and lectures, bowling, a charity bike ride, an artisinal market and more.
The cocktail fun runs from Feb. 17 to Feb. 24. Ticket costs vary by event. Click here for the full schedule of events.
Want to make your own cocktails? We know some recipes you should try.
February 17 (Friday) - 24 (Friday)
Set in the Roaring '20s,
Set in the Roaring ’20s, the beloved musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the hilarious story of a woman who take a job at a big company expressly to marry the boss’ son. Prepare for plenty of hit songs and great dancing.
The show runs at Hale Centre Theatre from Feb. 16 to April 1, Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tickets cost $18-$30 and are available through Hale Centre Theatre. However, many shows are already almost sold out.
(Thursday) 7:00 p.m.
Hale Centre Theatre
50 W Page Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233
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Enter the heart-pounding — and
Enter the heart-pounding — and bone-shakingly loud — world of NHRA drag racing. Race fans don’t want to miss this annual event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park that sees 300 MPH+ Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks and Pro Stock Motorcycles compete for the NHRA Wally Trophy.
The fun takes place Friday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 26. Tickets start at $34-$54 per day or $111 for a three-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free (up to four per adult). Tickets are available through Wild Horse Pass.
Important! Always wear ear protection while at the races (we recommend putting it on in the parking lot). Dragsters are loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage.
(Friday) 9:30 a.m.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226
Every Friday night through the
Every Friday night through the end of June, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts an exciting outdoor concert featuring a local music group. Styles range from jazz and blues to Celtic, Brazilian, Spanish, Americana and plenty of others. Click here for the full lineup.
The concerts take place on the Ullman Terrace from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through April, and then 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. beginning in May. Tickets cost $30 and are available online through Desert Botanical Garden.
Food and drink are available for purchase. Concerts only open to adults 21 and older.
(Friday) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Disney movies feature some of
Disney movies feature some of the most memorable music ever composed. Hear it live in this multimedia concert presentation. Projected above the orchestra you will see scenes from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”
The concert takes place at Phoenix Symphony Hall from Friday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 26. Tickets cost $33-$109 depending on the day, and are available online through Phoenix Symphony.
(Friday) 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. Second Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
25Feb10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.The Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Arizona Renaissance FestivalEvents Categories:Festival,Food,Kids,Market,Music,Theater Event TagsArizona Renaissance Festival
On Saturday and Sundays from
On Saturday and Sundays from Feb. 11 to April 2, step into the past at the Arizona Renaissance Festival where more than 2,000 costumed characters recreate a 16th century marketplace and 30-acre village.
Billed as the “Greatest Party Since Camelot,” wander and look at the handmade items from local artisans. Take in entertainment on the 13 festival stages, from bards, jugglers, dancers and acrobats to The Whipmaster, falconry, jousting, pirates and much more.
Take a break from the entertainment to play games of skill or take a people-powered carnival ride. Satisfy your hunger and thirst at the many food vendors. There’s something for everyone to do, even get married.
You can also show up on themed weekends that include “Renaissance & Romance,” “Magic & Merriment,” “Time Travelers!” and “Celtic Weekend.”
The fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $22-$24 for adults, $12-$14 for ages 5-12, $21 for seniors and military personnel. You can get the lower price if you buy a Fry’s Food Stores or online through the Renaissance Festival.
(Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
12601 US-60, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Although famed band-leader Glenn Miller's
Although famed band-leader Glenn Miller’s life was tragically cut short over the English Channel during World War II, his legacy lives on. Started in 1956, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra keeps his sound and hits alive.
Show up at Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 26 to hear more than 40 Big Band and Swing hits, including “In The Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Moonlight Serenade” and more.
The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $30, $36 or $40 and are available online through Chandler Center for the Arts. Hurry, because they’re selling out fast.
(Sunday) 3:00 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225
Not impressed by the new
Not impressed by the new movies coming out in theaters? Relive the classics as a full theater experience with Harkins Theatres’ Tuesday Night Classics.
On Tuesdays through April, the majority of Harkins Theatres’ locations around the Valley will show crowd favorites such as “The Princess Bride,” “Ben-Hur (1959),” “Caddyshack,” “Lethal Weapon” and more for just $5.
Here’s the complete list of upcoming movies:
|Enter The Dragon||R||110||01/31/17||7:00pm|
|Sleepless In Seattle||PG||105||02/07/17||7:00pm|
|The Princess Bride||PG||98||02/14/17||7:00pm|
|Blade Runner (The Final Cut)||R||117||03/21/17||7:00pm|
|Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure||PG||90||04/04/17||7:00pm|
|All The President’s Men||PG||138||04/18/17||7:00pm|
(Tuesday) 7:00 p.m.
Get decorating and remodeling ideas
Get decorating and remodeling ideas for your next home or landscape upgrade at the huge Home & Landscape Show situated in the University of Phoenix Stadium. More than 100 local artisans offer handmade home decor items for sale.
Plus, you can attend DIY seminars and presentations on a range of home upgrades, talk to experts, tour a fully decorated tiny home, meet Celebrity Chef Scott Conant, and more.
The show takes place Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Sunday). Entry costs $8 for adults and $3 for ages 3-12. You can find specials to knock down the price and you get free admission if you donate three cans of unopened pet food.
(Friday) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
University of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305
McDowell Mountain Music Festival — abbreviated
McDowell Mountain Music Festival — abbreviated as M3F — returns to Margaret T. Hance Park in 2017 to offer a massive lineup of live music spread over three days. Experience major indie artists like Flume, The Shins, Chromeo and Grouplove along with other national bands, plus a range of local Arizona bands like Ghost Bear and — one of our favorite band names — Harrison Fjord.
In addition to music, you can enjoy on-site food and beverages, a vendor marketplace that features local artisans and makers, a free zone filled with fun and music that doesn’t require a ticket, a kid zone for the little ones, and other activities like cooking demos, a drum circle and live art.
The event runs in the afternoons and evenings on Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5. Tickets cost $70 (+$15 fee) for 3-day general admission and $35 (+$15 fee) for individual days. Student can get 3-day admission for $65 (+$15 fee).
You can upgrade to VIP tickets, which give you access to a VIP area, meals, drinks, complimentary chair massage, private bathrooms and more, for $480 (+$25 fee) for 3-day passes and $160 (+$15 fee) for individual day passes.
Tickets are available for online purchase from McDowell Mountain Music Festival. All proceeds go to the local charities Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center.
(Friday) 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Margaret T Hance Park
1134 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ
If you love hot air
If you love hot air balloons, you can’t miss the Arizona Balloon Classic at Fear Farm Sports & Entertainment Complex. Show up in the morning or afternoon to watch balloons take to the skies and even race. Visit in the evening to watch the balloons “Glow” in the night as music plays, or hang out the entire time and enjoy the Family Fun Zone and shopping opportunities.
Food will be available for sale, and you are free to bring blankets and chairs to relax. Be sure to wear layers of clothing to deal with the morning and evening chill. Photographers are more than welcome and there will even be a contest for the best picture.
If you feel very adventurous, you can buy hot air balloon rides, both tethered ($25 adults, $15 ages 12 and under) or untethered ($195 per person) through Aerogelic Ballooning.
Tickets to the event cost $14 for adults, $20 for 2 adults, $7 for groups of 10 and larger, and $7 for seniors and veterans. Active military and children 12 and under are free. Venue parking costs $10. Tickets are available through EventSprout.
(Friday) 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fear Farm Sports & Entertainment Complex
2209 N. 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Two great improv comedians -
Two great improv comedians – who you might know from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – bring their hilarious, interactive show to the stage at Chandler Center for the Arts. Audience participation guaranteed.
The improvisation fun starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Tickets cost $46-$66 and are available online through CCA.
(Friday) 7:30 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225
Don your kilt, hoist a
Don your kilt, hoist a caber and prepare for the annual Phoenix Scottish Games (formerly the Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games). Taking place at Steele Indian School Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, this family-friendly event celebrates all things Scottish.
Marvel at the feats of strength in the games, watch the nationally renowned dance competition, listen to live music ranging from traditional to Celtic-infused rock, and plenty more.
Tickets cost $20 ($17 in advance) for ages 13 and up, $5 ($ in advance) for kids 6-12 and $15 ($12.50 in advance) for seniors and military. You can purchase tickets in advance online through the Caledonian Society of Arizona.
(Saturday) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012
Whether you're shot through the
Whether you’re shot through the heart or living on a prayer, you don’t want to miss rock legend Bon Jovi and the This House Is Not For Sale Tour. He’ll play hits you know and new hits from his latest album, “This House Is Not For Sale.”
The concert takes place Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tickets cost $15-$450 and are available online through Ticketmaster.
(Saturday) 7:30 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Get your tickets now for
Get your tickets now for the only festival in Arizona devoted to flightless birds. Watch exciting ostrich races and pig races, enjoy carnival rides, visit the petting zoo, ride a camel, listen to live music, see other entertainment, and more.
The unusual spectacle takes place Friday to Sunday, March 10-12 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for ages 5-12 and seniors, and are available online through the Eventbrite.
Rides cost on an individual basis, or you can buy unlimited ride wristbands for $27 at Fry’s Food locations or $30 at the festival. You can also buy $140 VIP tickets that include VIP Tent access, a meal, three drink tickets and unlimited rides.
(Friday) 2:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, AZ
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