CITY NEWS

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport announced new flight options to Germany and Florida. Beginning in 2019, German-based airline Condor will fly three times a week both to and from Frankfurt during the months of May - October. Starting in February next year, JetBlue will offer access to southern Florida with new nonstop service between Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. Sky Harbor was also selected as ‘Best Airport’ from Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader Choice Awards, citing its newly renovated Terminal 4 and the addition of dozens of new restaurants and bars influenced by the local food scene. 

The 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million for Arizona's GDP, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. The study found that the Cactus League created 6,439 annual jobs paying $224.6 million in 2018. Spring training also directly generated a total of $31.9 million in taxes for the state ($24.2 million) and local governments ($7.7 million).

 

RESORT NEWS

A brand-new Cambria hotel will open in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The seven-story building will include 127 rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, along with a restaurant and meeting space. The hotel, part of the Choice Hotel chain, is scheduled to open in 2019 near Margaret T. Hance Park at the corner of Portland and Third Street. In addition to the ground floor café and restaurant, the property will also be incorporating art to reflect the surrounds arts district, including outdoor murals and sculptures. 

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa has completed nearly 3,600 square feet of new meeting and event space. The resort is reminiscent of a Mediterranean-style retreat with details like rustic doors, stone pathways, hand-painted tile, and lush gardens, which is why the property’s various meeting spaces naturally blur the lines between indoor and outdoor. Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, both new venues highlight the coveted mountain views. 

Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader Choice Awards has named The Hermosa Inn as one of the best hotels across the United States. The Paradise Valley resort offers 43 hacienda-style casitas as a tranquil desert escape. The hotel is a perfect attraction for local foodies through Lon’s, the on-site restaurant, which incorporates Southwestern techniques such as wood-grilling throughout its new menu. 

The Lobby Grill at Arizona Grand has put together a tasty Thanksgiving menu that includes favorites such as Butternut Squash Bisque, Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast, Handmade Pumpkin Raviolis, traditional stuffing, and of course a classic Pumpkin Pie. The restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Reservations welcome. 

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is offering an elevated Thanksgiving dining experience atop its perch on Camelback Mountain. Chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan is creating a memorable feast including traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, cranberry apple relish and giblet gravy, butternut squash, pumpkin cheesecake, hand-baked pies, and more. Guests can choose between a fixed four or six-course dinner at elements, Sanctuary’s signature restaurant, or a bountiful buffet at The Views. Full menus are provided online. Tickets range from $95 - $105 per person, kids ages 6 – 12 dine for $35, and kids ages 5 and under are free. 

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Sushi Roku at the W Scottsdale is offering specials throughout the entire month of November. Enjoy a half-priced dinner menu from Nov. 5 – 8 including fresh sushi and fine Asian-inspired cuisine. Reservations are required to guarantee the offer, which excludes alcohol purchase. Continuing the celebration, Sushi Roku is cooking up a gourmet four-course Thanksgiving feast all week long from Nov. 19 – 22. Why settle for turkey when you can experience traditional dishes with bold flavors such as Red Kuri squash soup with pork belly and brioche, country bread stuffing, sweet potato puree, roasted haricot verts and maple pecan cranberry relish, and more. A full menu is available online; tickets are $42 per person.

The entire family can experience holiday fun at The Wigwam. Each Saturday beginning Nov. 24th guests can attend breakfast with Santa at Litchfield’s from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and holiday arts-and-crafts with Santa. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children ages 4 – 12, and children ages 3 and under are complimentary. 

Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving buffet and resort activities at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. The resort’s Thanksgiving buffet features a variety of holiday favorites including herb-roasted turkey, brown sugar Virginia ham, prime rib, Alaskan crab legs, shrimp, chocolate-dipped apple wedges, pumpkin pies, and more, served from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parents can relax while the kids enjoy decorating cupcakes at the kid’s table. The cost is $95 for adults, $105 including champagne, $47 for children ages 6-12, and is complementary for children 5 and under. The hotel is also offering a series of live music throughout the month of November, from acoustic guitar, blues, rock ‘n roll, acoustic pop, and more. Catch the next Hyatt Untapped, Live & Local music event on November 19th, hosted by The Waters.

The Boulders Resort is igniting southwest holiday tradition with festive décor, culinary adventure, fun outdoor activities, and soul-soothing spa treatments. Relax in one of the 160 private casitas featuring wood-burning fireplaces and private patios. Guests can enjoy an abundance of outdoor pursuits like desert hikes, bicycling, rock climbing, hot air balloon rides, and horseback riding, all offered right on the resort’s 1,300 acre grounds. The Holiday Golf Academy programs are designed for families and junior golfers to play a round of golf on the resort’s 36-hole championship course. Evening activities include Holiday Stargazing and even Moonlight Yoga. Not to be missed is a visit to the resort’s acclaimed Spa at the Boulders which offers unique holiday treatments to soothe away the stress with warm and wonderful treatments. Don’t forget to stop by the resort’s signature restaurant, Palo Verde, for delicious holiday-inspired cuisine. 

Train rides, s’mores, and photos with Santa – The Wigwam Resort is gearing up for the holiday season with activities the entire family can enjoy. The resort’s annual Tree Lighting ceremony on November 23rd is free to all and invites kids to decorate holiday crafts, experience a performance of the Nutcracker, and get their picture taken with Santa Claus. The event is held from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and will include a toy drive to benefit Goodyear Firefighter Charities. Gather the family together to have breakfast with Santa at Litchfield’s Restaurant featuring a breakfast buffet and holiday crafts. Take a train ride and build s’mores next to a warm fire during the resort’s Holiday Nights in Lights.  Embrace all this charming resort has to offer this season at The Wigwam.

The newly redesigned Phoenician is partnering with Emmy award-winning screenwriter and author Karen Schaler to create an exclusive holiday experience at the resort from December 7-15 to coincide with Schaler’s upcoming Christmas Camp TV movie and novel. This season, the Phoenician is offering a signature Christmas Camp Room Package starting at $249 per night. The offer includes accommodations for two, a complimentary Christmas Camp book, one complimentary glass of champagne, each, and daily breakfast for two. The resort will also present a variety of festive activities such as a reception and book signing with Schaler, mixology and culinary courses, special spa treatments, charity activities, and more. 

The award-winning chefs of the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass are creating a Thanksgiving menu with elevated classics and traditional offerings alike. Share stunning views of the nearby Sierra Estrella Mountains at the idyllic atmosphere of Ko’sin restaurant, which will offer a four-course menu for both lunch and dinner on Nov. 22 from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Course selections include a roasted mushroom veloute with crispy quinoa and lemon crème fraiche, a mouth-watering mulling spice brined roast turkey with apple stuffing, traditional sage gravy and gold whip potatoes. Dinner is priced at $69 for adults, $60 for seniors ages 65 and up, $20 for children ages 12 and under, and children ages four and below eat free. Beginning at 6 p.m., children ages 12 and younger eat for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations are required. 

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is hosting exceptional holiday dining at the hotel’s Kitchen West Restaurant. Kick off the holidays by delivering your wish list and taking photos at Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. – noon on Dec. 15. The resort’s Vista Verde dining room will host a Christmas Brunch on Tuesday, Dec. 25 with selections such as made-to-order omelets, honey glazed bone-in ham, eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, brine turkey with cranberries and shallot gravy, and more. Indulge your sweet tooth with the chef’s selection of desserts including a crepe station, chocolate cakes, apple and pecan pies, eclairs, a traditional yule log, and much more. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Inspired by the beloved holiday movie A Christmas Story, the family-style Chinese Dinner serves to remind of the true meaning of the holidays: togetherness. Courses include soup and seafood salad, wontons, vegetable spring rolls, spiced roasted chicken, short rib, ginger scallion sea bass, sticky buns, rice pudding, and more. The Scottsdale’s Chinese Dinner is held on Dec. 25 from 5 – 10 p.m. Please note that reservations and ticket purchases are required for all dining events. 

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Hot Air Expeditions is taking to the skies and offering new seasonal afternoon flights. Beginning Nov. 1st, cruise the skies and enjoy the beautiful Arizona sunset, sip on champagne, and taste gourmet hor d’oeuvres in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Hop on one of these gorgeous flights while they are available until March. Visitors can also experience Hot Air Expedition’s newest and largest balloon yet. Whether you are looking to plan an intimate wedding or host a fun outing with a group of friends, float through the skies in style with a hot air balloon that can accommodate over 100 passengers at a time. Imagine the breathtaking views!

The Mesa Music Festival is a free event held on Nov. 8th-10th that celebrates music of all kinds. Spend the weekend admiring performances by over 300 artists from around the world. Check out the website for specific line-ups, and don’t forget to try one of the delicious restaurants and exciting local businesses while you’re there. Parking is free. 

Taste beers from dozens of local and national breweries while enjoying great food and live entertainment Saturday Nov. 10 from 1-5 p.m. on Washington Street between First and Third avenues in downtown Phoenix. The final lineup for NovemBEER festival includes ACE Premium Craft Cider, Deschutes Brewery, Duvel Imports Beer, Founders Brewing Company, Funkwerks, and many more. General admission ticket prices start at $25, which includes up to 30 samples and a commemorative tasting mug. Must be 21 years and older.

This year, Arizona Hip-Hop Festival is a family friendly affair (free for kids 5 years and under) and features more than 300 DJs, rappers and artists across multiple outdoor stages. The festival starts at 12 p.m. on November 10 and 11 in downtown Phoenix with lots of vendors, food trucks, live painters and more. Tickets start at $25. Artist lineup and venue information coming soon.

Over 500 artists, artisans, and gourmet food provisioners are set to attend the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts. Explore local artists and complete your holiday shopping while enjoying great food and live entertainment. The free event is open daily Nov. 9th – 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy live music, a beer garden, petting zoo, bounce houses, food vendors, a car show, and over 80 other vendors at the Festival of the Superstitions. The festival is open Nov. 10th-11th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flatiron Community Park in Apache Junction. The event includes free parking and admission.

Join the Arizona Territory Gourd Society for the 19th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pueblo Grande Museum. This annual event honors the memory of all the men and women who have served our nation. Gourd dancing is conducted by the Arizona Territory Gourd Society, a non-profit group of American Indian United States War Veterans and their families who celebrate and support the local Arizona veteran community. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Grand Avenue Festival is fun for the whole family featuring indoor and outdoor art installations, historic building tours, music, food trucks and more. The festival, held on historic Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix, is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 10 and is free to attend. 

Visitors at downtown Scottsdale’s ArtFest can browse the fine arts and crafts of over 150 vendors, meet local authors, enjoy live music, and taste craft creations in a beautiful garden setting. Held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza on November 17th and 18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ArtFest includes hands-on activities for kids, access to free parking, and boutique shops. 

Feast your eyes on doughy goodness at the Phoenix Pizza Festival, where the valley’s best pizza makers face off in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 17th. Taste test your way through this festival with pizza starting at just $2 a slice. Enjoy live music or challenge friends to games on the lawn during this fun weekend festival. Get your hands on tickets now so you can taste all the pizza later. 

Devour delicious donuts from more than 15 local purveyors while enjoying craft beer, mimosas, coffee, music and activities for the little ones. The Downtown Donut Festival is Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Admission is $8 (infants and toddlers are free). Food and drink tickets are for purchase.

The award-winning Tempe Festival of the Arts highlights not only just the art, but the artists who create it. Located in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue, the event includes live entertainment, street performers, more than 300 artist booths, food vendors, special exhibits, and more, all set up for the amusement of festival visitors. Recurring daily from Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., you won’t want to miss this special 50th Anniversary celebratory event.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is revealing their newest exhibit, The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon, which shares the untold story of the invention and how it revolutionized music and pop culture. The exclusive exhibition showcases more than 80 of the rarest electric guitars and amplifiers from around the world. Highlights include electric guitars played by Ron Wood and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Alvino Rey’s 1932 Electro A-25 (the first electric guitar played on a national radio broadcast), a 1940 Gibson ES-250 played by Charlie Christian (who was a member of Benny Goodman’s sextet), and more. The exhibit opens Nov. 9 and is included with general admission tickets. 

The desert becomes a living canvas through Electric Desert at Desert Botanical Garden. Take a journey through the garden after sundown and be accompanied by ambient electronic music as the desert lights up to the beats with the projection mapping technology. Electric Desert is a must-see event happening from Oct. 22 – May 12. Don’t forget about the garden’s southwest holiday tradition Las Noches de Las Luminarias, where over 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of twinkling lights will set the Desert Botanical Garden aglow for 21 magical evenings from Nov. 25th – Dec. 30th.

Throughout the month of November, The Farm at South Mountain offers activities perfect for the entire family. Each Saturday, visit the Grower’s Market from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for freshly harvested produce, herbs, and flowers. Attend a donation-based family yoga class held Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. before heading to Morning Glory Cafe for breakfast afterwards. Visitors can also experience exciting new classes centered around cooking, painting, and more – so don’t forget to register online! 

There’s something new buzzing at the Phoenix Zoo – and it’s big. The animatronic exhibit Bugs. BIG BUGS! is showcasing 21 larger-than-life bugs scattered throughout the Phoenix Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. Guests can encounter an emperor scorpion, Mexican red kneed tarantula, beetles, ladybirds and the beautiful Madagascan sunset moth… all of whom can range from up to 23-feet long and 15-feet high! The new exhibit will be at the zoo until April 28th. The exhibit is $5 for the general public and $4 for Phoenix Zoo members. 

 

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Local First Arizona Fall Festival is a free and family-friendly celebration of everything Arizona, featuring samples from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, unique vendors from all over the state, and live entertainment on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Free to attend, food and drink tasting tickets sold separately.

The Arizona Harvest Festival in downtown Chandler on Nov. 11th will feature over 100 merchants in an open-air market offering farmer’s market finds, local produce, artisan gourmet foods, handcrafted holiday items, home décor, art, jewelry, and more. Featuring live entertainment, Arizona Harvest Fest will offer activities for the entire family like a pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, a pie eating contest, corn shucking, cake walks, a hay maze, and a kid’s zone. For the adults, enjoy flavors of the season in the beer garden featuring local pumpkin ales and seasonal brews. Tickets are $10. 

All aboard the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express! Experience the magic of the classic children’s book as you journey to the North Pole. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story, until you arrive at your destination greeted by Santa Claus and his reindeer, where each child receives their own special gift. Make this a family holiday tradition! The Polar Express begins Nov. 9th and future dates can be confirmed online. Tickets range from $43-$55 for adults, $33-$45 for children.  

Embrace the spirit of winter at CitySkate by skating on a real ice rink in the heart of downtown Phoenix. CityScape is transformed into a winter wonderland and is decorated with a holiday tree, twinkling lights, and of course a beautiful ice rink. Kick off the holiday season with the Alternative Black Friday & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 23rd with a vintage market, photos with Santa, professional figure skaters, and more. 

The Outlets at Anthem is embracing the holiday spirit with new decorations including an 80-foot-tall Christmas tree with more than 5,000 ornaments and 80 strands of LED lights, with the copper star atop the tree handmade to represent the state of Arizona. The Outlets will hold the 17th Annual Tree Lighting Concert on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Hosted by Channel 3 TV’s Javier Soto, this year’s concert lineup includes The All-American Boys Chorus, Disney Channel star Sofia Wylie, and epic recording artist AJ Mitchell. Don’t forget to bring the kids for a visit with Santa Claus at his Cottage, located near Children’s Place, from Nov. 18 through Christmas Eve. And on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. enjoy a breakfast with Santa including fun kid’s activities, live entertainment, goody bags, and more. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds from the event benefit the Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities.   

Kids and adults alike are invited to Westgate Entertainment District’s Skate Westgate, a timeless holiday tradition featuring outdoor ice skating available for all-levels. Visit with Santa Claus, walk inside a life-size snow globe, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many eateries, and more. Tuesday, Nov. 21st is the official holiday tree lighting. Adding even more magic is the district’s horse-drawn carriage rides, perfect for the entire family.

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra from Nov. 23 - 25. Fans of all ages can experience the thrilling tale, based on J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, accompanied by live music at the Phoenix Symphony Hall as Harry soars across the big screen. You also won’t want to miss out on the Nov. 30th ‘Holiday Pops’ – one of the Valley’s most beloved holiday tradition joining The Phoenix Symphony and chorus to experience a festive concert of seasonal favorites, including the popular holiday sing-along guaranteed to put the entire family in the holiday spirit. 

 

SPA

Sip, Shop & Socialize during a night of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and spa shopping presented by the Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa. Tickets are $20 per person and include a drink ticket, mini spa services, and the first 40 guests who arrive will receive a free gift bag upon entry. Friday, Nov. 30th from 5 – 7 p.m.  

“Fall” in love with Spa Avania’s Autumn Gold treatment offerings. From September 15th through November 30th, Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa celebrates this special time of year. These treatment offerings have been designed to rejuvenate the skin from the effects of the summer sun by purifying, firming, lifting and hydrating to relaxing and energizing the body.  

Begin the fall season relaxed and renewed by indulging in the ultimate gift of ‘me time.’  For a truly decadent and all-encompassing spa day, Luna Spa at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch invites you to indulge in an apricot rich harvest moon inspired full body massage, a decadently invigorating cranberry pumpkin facial or enjoy the complete relaxation offered in the Autumn Bliss sampler package. 

La Vidorra Spa at The Scott Resort is offering a ‘Falliday Spa Fizz’ experience which offers a choice between three intoxicatingly decadent scrubs: golden brown sugar and premium aged rum, fresh raspberry and organic vodka or pear-infused brandy from Bartlett pears grown in California. A matching bubbling fizzer is added to your pedicure tub rich in vitamin e and coconut oil to hydrate and sooth. Visitors will also love the Falliday Couples Massage featuring invigorating pomegranate spice scents, or the Heirloom Pumpkin Radiant Facial full of fresh enzyme organic pumpkin puree to boost radiance. 

 

DINING

This year, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will transform into an extravagant winter wonderland. From Nov. 23 through New Year’s Eve, the Blue Hound bar will be completely decorated with over-the-top holiday décor as the Valley’s first “Miracle,” the nationally known brand of Christmas cocktail pop-up bars. Experience 12 new seasonally-themed cocktails to be served in a festive setting complete with thousands of Christmas lights, Elf on a Shelf dolls, icicle ceiling, and more, all while staff are decked out in ugly sweaters and holiday attire. Special events and table reservations can be booked as well.

Across The Pond, an intimate 35-seat craft cocktail bar, is now open for business in a renovated space off Central Avenue and Camelback Road. The evolving menu highlights eight unique cocktails, an expansive selection of Japanese whisky, and craft beer and wine, all paired with fresh sushi hand-rolled by renowned sushi chef, Alvaro Salinas. The minimalist space is accented with dark woods and tropical wallpaper. Founded by local restaurant enthusiasts from Born & Raised Hospitality, this spot is perfect before dinner at Clever Koi across the walkway, or as a standalone dinner and drink destination.

Chef Ivan Jacobo will open his first brick-and-mortar restaurant Hidden Kitchen in downtown Phoenix, taking over The Rose & Crown Pub’s space at Heritage Square. Jacobo founded Hidden Kitchen, which hosted weekly events as a pop-up dinner and catering company. The restaurant is scheduled to open in early 2019.

Chef and owner Christopher Collins has announced he is reinventing both of his Phoenix restaurants in order to fully reflect the essence of each restaurant’s respective neighborhood locations. The Collins Small Batch Kitchen will replace the restaurant formerly known as Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar, while The Macintosh will replace the former Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, both located in the Biltmore area of the Valley. Both restaurants feature rotating recipe collaborations, new cocktail specials, modern décor, and can’t-miss weekend brunch. 

Macayo’s is bringing back its cooking classes at its Depot Cantina location in Tempe on Saturday, December 1st. Classes are led by Macayo’s consulting chef Brian Feirstein and features recipes which honor the company’s 70+ years in business. Attendees will be welcomed with a complimentary Mexican Fresca upon arrival and will taste dishes such as Macayo’s award-winning Green Chile Pork Stew. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.

Locally-owned Federico’s Mexican Food is opening three new locations across the West Valley. Located in Youngtown, Goodyear, and Glendale, the new locations have expanded the family-owned restaurant’s presence in both Arizona and New Mexico. Signature dishes at Federico’s include the Carne Asada plate and the Adobada Tacos, filled with marinated pork. The restaurant also offers a variety of breakfast options including Huevos Rancheros, Chorizo, and omelets.

Learn how to cook a five-star meal at home at Match Restaurant & Lounge’s latest cooking class led by Executive Chef Alex Stratta. The class features a welcome cocktail along with a demonstration and tasting of three fungi-inspired recipes. You’ll learn to make maitake mushroom and chicken liver crostini with raisins and green apples, shiitake and porcini gemelle with parmigiano and butter, and chicken and chanterelle fricassee with artichokes, bacon and shallots. 
On your mark, get set, grill! The Slider Throwdown returns this year to grill up some burgers while supporting local foster children. The competition will be held at Kierland Commons from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Admission is $35 and includes samples of all sliders plus three non-alcoholic drink tickets. All proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), which is dedicated to giving foster children the opportunity for “normal” childhoods and prepare them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5.7 million to 26,000 children —and counting — in foster care in Arizona.

The newly renovated J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician has reopened following their summer remodel. Now open nightly for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m., J&G Steakhouse will also premier Executive Chef Jacques Qualin’s new seasonal menu including all-new standouts such as chestnut risotto, a 30-ounce ribeye, and a towering rack of lamb. The restaurant will also be serving a tasty new cocktail menu including a jalapeno-spiked fiery mandarin drink. Keep an eye out for their Thanksgiving dinner menu featuring butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with mushroom and chestnut stuffing, and kabocha pumpkin cheesecake. 

SPORTS

Take us out to the ballgame because the Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the start of their 2019 season. The D-Backs will host the Red Sox for the second time in franchise history at Chase Field on Friday, April 5. If you want to catch a game (and a fly ball) sooner, the D-Backs are concluding the 2018 season Sept. 30. 

The Arizona Cardinals have awarded naming rights for the University of Phoenix Stadium to State Farm insurance company. As a result of the 18-year agreement, the venue will be known as State Farm Stadium. The partnership will also focus on community programs to bring about a positive impact across Arizona.  The stadium recently completed $28 million in renovations to their club level earlier this year and was recently selected to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023 and the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball finals in 2024. 

Soccer fans in the Valley- rejoice! State Farm Stadium will host one of two Gold Cup semifinal soccer matches in 2019. The game is scheduled for July 2nd at the stadium location in Glendale. The Gold Cup, which takes place every two years, is made up of national soccer teams from North America, South America, and the Caribbean. Tickets will be on sale soon.