Kevin Binkley Nominated for James Beard Award

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A big congrats to Kevin Binkley who was nominated for Best Chef: Southwest for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards. Binkley heads up Binkley's in Cave Creek, Cafe Bink, Bink's Midtown and the newly opened Bink's Scottsdale. (Binkley's wife, Amy, was one of Arizona Foothills Magazine's 2014 Women Who Move the Valley.) The awards ceremony takes place in early May.


AZFoothills.com Accepting Nominations for Battle of the Blogs 2014


Bloggers, start your search engines! It’s time to find out if the pen really is mightier than the sword in AZFoothills.com second annual Battle of the Blogs.

Contributors from all over the nation will throw down in a blogosphere coup de force as the public votes on their favorites from May 1st to June 30th. Who will arise victorious? Only you the readers can decide!

We’re accepting nominations from now until April 21st so round up your favorite blog sites and send ‘em our way. Whether it’s fitness, food, or fashion…Wordpress, Tumblr or Livejournal…it’s a battle royal and a fight til the blue screen of death!

The top four blogs with the most votes will receive a static banner ad on all AZFoothills.com pages for one week, be featured in AZFoothills.com E-newsletters, get an editorial mention in Arizona Foothills Magazine, snag some super social media promotion, and be given a very special guest blog spot!

Submit your nominations now to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Nominations MUST include the following information to be acccepted:

1. Blog name and description

2. Blog logo image, 380px wide

3. Screenshot of blog homepage, 650px wide

See you on the battlefield bloggers!


Volunteers Wanted: Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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The Scottsdale League for the Arts seeking volunteers for its 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Great Arizona Picnic on April 12 and 13. Volunteers will receive $15 in food/beverage tickets for each shift worked and a free admission pass to the Picnic on your off day to experience the event at your leisure.

Volunteers must attend the Volunteer Rally on March 29 (between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) to register, get oriented, pick up volunteer materials, talk with the volunteer team, check out mock-ups of work positions, meet fellow volunteers and win prizes every half hour. 

Interested in volunteering? Visit www.scottsdalefest.org/volunteer.


Silverleaf Announces 2013 Sales Figures


The luxury Scottsdale-based community of Silverleaf has announced that it exceeded $120 million in sales in 2013, with homesites and sales increasing in price over the past year. The top six homesite sales ranged from $1.8 million to $2.6 million and were all sold by Silverleaf Realty. 

“The home values at Silverleaf have continued to increase over the past few years and today we have a number of savvy investors who are delivering spectacular spec homes to an eager market,” says Jim Hoselton, senior vice president at DMB, the development company behind Silverleaf. “From golf, to spa, to our rich community life, Silverleaf’s unparalleled lifestyle attracts local and national buyers.”

A few Silverleaf sales highlights of last year:

38 homes closed in Silverleaf and 35 homesites were sold.

The price per square foot on homes sold increased by 26% over 2012; the average price per square foot of closed homes in Silverleaf is $459.

Homesite prices experienced a significant increase of 44% over 2012; average price of $967,094.




Glenn Close to Attend Hollywood Costume pARTy Opening Gala


Six-time Academy Award® nominee, actress and producer Glenn Close, will be the guest of honor for the ninth annual pARTy hosted at Phoenix Art Museum on March 22. The gala will celebrate the opening of the international Hollywood Costume exhibit which showcases more than 100 iconic Hollywood costumes throughout a century of cinema. Many of the costumes have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the walls of studio archives; pARTy attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the show before it opens to the public.

As part of the exhibit, two costumes worn by Close will be on view – the gray and black houndstooth skirt and jacket worn by Cruella de Vil in “102 Dalmatians” and the 18th century inspired gown of Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil from “Dangerous Liaisons.” In addition to costumes from Hollywood film characters, there will also be two gowns worn by Close on display as part of a second exhibit, Hollywood Red Carpet. The Giorgio Armani silk gown worn as the nominee for Best Actress Award for “Fatal Attraction” (1988), and the dark green Zac Posen gown and jacket worn as a nominee for Best Actress in the film, “Albert Nobbs” (2011).

For more information or to purchase tickets for Hollywood Costume at Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org/hollywoodtickets.

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