A Little Glamour and a Lot of Carbs

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By • Mar 16th, 2011 • Category: Dining and Cuisine

There are few things more fun than walking through the doors of Molina Fine Jewelers. Just for a few minutes, you’re not on Camelback. You’re in Paris with your French boyfriend looking at jewels. I can’t believe that place ever intimidated me! Now I make any excuse to stop in and enjoy Alfredo’s latest finds.

Me, every time I visit Molina Fine Jewelers

Well, imagine the whimsy of fabulous Molina and add a jewelry scavenger hunt for charity complete with tons of vino, fine art and delicious appetizers and you have quite the evening, don’t you think? In this case, it was the kickoff event for the CHAIR-ity Gala, held to benefit the City of Phoenix’s Family Advocacy Center and victims of domestic violence. At this pre-event event, guests and supporters traveled around Old Town Scottsdale to four spots gathering answers for clues, which earned them chances to win a $5,000 piece of jewelry.

Who doesn’t enjoy traveling parties? I do, obviously, so I invited my friend Stacy for a glam lil’ evening.

Let’s begin.

For the first stop, we enjoyed Eddie Matney’s deelish appetizers (ceviche in cucumber cups a-plenty) and vino at Molina, while guests searched for answers to questions about their selection of jewels and heard a few words from Alfredo and CHAIR-ity chair Gregory Torres.

After all hopping on a limo bus, we made it to Calvin Charles Gallery, where we looked at the modern art and tried to count the number of buddhas found on it’s shelves and walls. Let’s just say there were a lot of them. Benedict’s Catering provided delicious bites and more wine.

For the third stop, we enjoyed the Fiesta Bowl Museum and learned about the Fiesta Bowl trophy Molina Fine Jewelers created. We counted jerseys, searched for clues in the various Fiesta-ey photos and drank even more wine. glug glug glug.

Finally, we crossed Southbridge for a delicious appetizer at Marcellino’s Italian Restaurant and a brief lesson about Italian food. At this point, we turned in our final scavenger hunt clues- each correct clue card was put into a bowl for a chance to win the sparkling necklace. I didn’t win (my clue cards were void because I was there for observing purposes) but I did enjoy a fabulous bowl of Shitake and Truffle Linguine. And my fourth (fifth?) glass of wine. Naughty. Luckily, I had a ride home. haha.

Alfredo and CHAIR-ity chair Gregory Torres.

For all the photos of the evening, click here. For the video, click here.

The CHAIR-ity Gala, which will auction off fabulous chairs designed by ASU students for the cause, will be held April 7 at the Phoenix Art Museum. For all the deets and to buy tickets, click here.

In Irish, this is pronounced CAR-bo-HY-draytes.

As if a grip of wine and pasta wasn’t enough drama just before swimsuit season, I had to (HAD TO) buy a loaf of Irish Soda Bread at Wildflower this week for St. Patrick’s Day. Also known as pure flour, this stuff is a must-purchase hangover helper. It’s only here through March 17, so grab it while you can or order online at Wildflower’s Web site. Just do it. It’ll make you feel more guilty, but it’ll make me feel less guilty.

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