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Sizzle with Chef Scott Tompkins at SKYE - Always a delight when the Chef is in the kitchen and what an experience you’ll have with this VIP Participation for 5, Cooking Class with Chef Scott Tompkins at SKYE Fine Dining & Live Entertainment. Join Chef Tompkins as you and 4 of your most favorite people sip on 2 glasses of wine each while creating 5-6 recipes which you’ll taste and take home with you! Who knows, perhaps spending approximately 2 ½ hours with Chef Tompkins will entice your willingness to spend many more hours in your own kitchen perfecting your culinary skills! Have Fun! Restrictions: Based on availability. Reservations are required. Other restrictions may apply.

Puppy Love -Who can resist this adorable, playful and cuddly tri-color Shih Tzu puppy. This male puppy is twelve weeks old, AKC registered and has had it’s first two shots. The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy and intelligent. They carry themselves with a noble and proud posture befitting their aristocratic ancestry. They love nothing more than being indoors with their family since they are considered a companion dog. Known to be docile and quiet, Shih Tzu’s love to play. Dine Out for Six with Chef Michael DeMaria Chef Michael DeMaria presents a new page to our great American culinary history: Heirloom, an American Restaurant, is dedicated to preparing and serving locally grown and raised produce and meats. Whenever possible, the produce is picked and cooked the same day. The menus are designed with the growing seasons of the local environment in mind, providing a great sustainable practice. Delight your tastebuds with the six-person Chef’s table. It boasts of great views, the culinary entertainment of the “twelve cylinder” kitchen and gives Chef Michael DeMaria an opportunity to meet, greet and cook for you. What more could you ask for? Restrictions: Valid Monday through Thursday only. Expires on 5/7/2010. Advanced reservations are required and are subject to availability. The certificate is not redeemable for cash and must be presented for redemption.

Visit the Mile High City - The perfect blend of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication. That’s the d uality locals love about the Mile High City. With snowcapped peaks providing a spectacular backdrop, Denver is as refined as it is laid-back. It’s a place where aerospace engineers rub elbows with rock climbers at local brewpubs, at art festivals, or while strolling their favorite pedestrian mall. And with 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with Denver the first time they visit. Check in at the four-diamond hotel, The Westin Tabor Center, Denver for your three night stay in a traditional room. Located in downtown Denver it is adjacent to the 16th Street Mall and within walking distance of various convention and performing arts centers, the city of Denver is just out the front door. Reinvigorate your mind, body, and soul during your stay. Swim in the mile-high rooftop heated pool and enjoy breathtaking views of the Denver skyline, or try out the WestinWORKOUT® Gym. With a variety of cardiovascular machines, free weights, and a half-basketball court, you can stick to your routine while away from home. Catch a flight to Denver with your Southwest Airlines two round-trip green passes or you can use the passes to travel anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. Restrictions: Westin Tabor Center Denver: Valid any night of the week on a space available basis. Not valid on 12/31/09. Expires on 1/31/2010. Southwest Airlines: Must travel by June 1, 2010.

Whisk Away to the City By the Bay - Travel on Southwest Airlines with your two round-trip green passes or you can use the passes to travel anywhere Southwest Airlines flies. Once you arrive in the City by the Bay, step into the dramatic octagonal, three-story entry of the San Francisco W. Check in for your two night weekend stay and then relax in the newly designed Living Room which has space to sip, chat and play. Comfy couches and chairs welcome you to lounge and watch the city streets. Grab a cool cocktail, read a book or just mellow out with friends in this relaxing space. Set in the heart of downtown, San Francisco W is adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and directly across from Moscone Convention Center. It is five blocks from Union Square and just steps from an eclectic array of boutiques, theaters and galleries. Check out the neighborhoods of Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Chinatown. Explore the Presidio or venture across the Golden Gate Bridge. Wind your way down Lombard Street or head to the top of Coit Tower for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Experience a trolley ride. Head north to Napa Valley and savor some of the best wines in the world. Whatever you decide to do in San Francisco you are guaranteed a fun-filled weekend away. Restrictions: W San Francisco: Expires January 1, 2009, note that some holiday and special event periods are excluded, and that this offer is based on promotional availability (at discretion of the hotel, not ability to book a paid-for reservation) and is not redeemable for cash. Complimentary room and tax only Southwest Airlines: Must travel by June 1, 2010.

Elegant Beach Vacation for 4-6 People at Tessoro at Las Conchas - Spend a week indulging yourselves while experiencing luxury and privacy at a new level at TESSORO at Las Conchas, Puerto Penasco’s premier beachfront condo resort. Enjoy a beautifully appointed 2200 sq. ft. residence with 270 degrees of water views on the majestic Las Conchas Peninsula . . . complete with penthouse-style elevator access, private outdoor spa tub overlooking the Sea of Cortez, a telescope for stargazing and lavish beach club amenities. Beachfront massage, maid and concierge service, Morua Estuary tour and a Sunset Boat Cruise are included in this relaxing yet inspiring package. You deserve it. Restrictions: Available for reservations starting in August, 2009.

Royal Relaxation - Privacy remains the ultimate luxury at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Enchanting stone walkways curve throughout the property, inviting guests to indulge in a leisurely stroll amongst the fragrant citrus groves and exotic foliage. Set amidst lush courtyards and blooming gardens you will find your room for an elegant one night stay. Each room is resplendent in Old World charm, many appointed with a breathtaking collection of European antiques, tiles and artifacts. Enjoy the new Royal Palms Resort and Spa book that you can take home tonight. T. Cook's has received the highest ratings from both national food critics and locals for its select seasonal dishes, fire-roasted specialties and elegant surroundings. Nestled within a den of rich earthen colors, high-vaulted ceilings and panoramic views, the elegant T. Cook's offers unparalleled ambiance for a Phoenix restaurant. Mimicking the colonial Spanish architecture and atmosphere of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, the a la minute Mediterranean cuisine is simply superb. With ingredients hand selected by Executive Chef Lee Hillson, your dinner for two will feature a wide variety of artistic and intriguing dishes to choose from. You will also enjoy a personal tour conducted by Chef Hillson followed with a delightful breakfast or lunch. Restrictions: Valid May 22 to December 29, 2009 (EXCEPT Holidays) not refundable for cash. Advance reservations are required and based on availability. Dinner Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuity. Stay excludes resort fee and all taxes. Breakfast or lunch must be scheduled two weeks out.

Marcellino’s Culinary and Operatic Voyage for Six - Chef Marcellino and Sima Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante have turned the tables this year creating a new and exciting ticket, exclusively for The American Liver Foundation. An unrivaled Chef’s Fantasy Dinner held in their V.I.P. velvet draped Chef’s Room for six guests is on the plate. The cherry on this cake? An evening of culinary magic shared with both Phoenix Operas’ and Arizona’s Operas’ finest talent performing throughout dinner is the package. Imagine—Chef Marcellino’s award winning delicacies, imported premium wines and Italian arias are the rewards of this culinary voyage. A night of pure Italian culture awaits you. You can’t afford to miss the experience! Restrictions: OPERA NITES are twice monthly without a long term calendar due to artists’ schedules. (There is a month minimum advance notice.) Reservations are required. (Gratuities for your servers and artists are greatly appreciated.)

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Flavors of Phoenix 2009

Flavors of Phoenix is a highly anticipated evening at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - a gourmet delight sure to please your palate! Presented by Mayo Clinic,

May 21st, 2009 (6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)

Contact: Melissa McCracken (Email)
Phone: 602-953-1800(Fax: 602-953-1806)

Hosted by the American Liver Foundation - Desert Southwest Division
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Directions
6902 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Atmosphere -

The 18th annual Flavors of Phoenix is an unique gourmet delight sure to please your palate. Thirty-two of the top chefs from across the state of Arizona assemble for a night of elaborate table décor, exquisite food, fine wine, and a great cause. Each chef has his or her own table for 12 with the responsibility of providing linens, flowers, theme- related objects or any other items to make each table unique.

The setting also includes a cooking station so that all food preparation can be done right in front of the gala’s guests who enjoy at least five courses with accompanying wines. This allows all guests to interact with the chef and with one another while learning tips from the experts.

Presented by Mayo Clinic,

Festivities -

6:00 p.m. - Reception / Silent Auction

7:00 p.m. - Program / Dinner / Live Auction

Individual Tickets: $350

Table of 12: $4,200

Love the cause but prefer to be budget conscious? Attend the Flavors of Phoenix reception only from 6-7pm for chef-created appetizers, live music from Sydney Sprague presented by Chicks with Picks, a silent auction, and no-host bar. The reception-only option is $75 per person, or the reception is included in all full-price admissions.

Participating Chefs -

Leading the 32 participating chefs are co-chairmen: Chef Christopher Gross, Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge, Chef Michael DeMaria, Heirloom An American Restaurant and Chef Todd Berry, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

Other participating chefs confirmed at this time, include:

Chef Brian Archibald, Ristorante Tuscany at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa,

Chef Akira Back, Yellowtail Sushi Restaurant and Bar at Bellagio,

Chef Todd Berry - Co-Chair, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa,

Chef Matt Carter, Zinc Bistro,

Chef Paul Carter, The Phoenician,

Chef Michael DeMaria - Co-Chair, Heirloom An American Restaurant,

Chef Anthony DeMuro, Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort,

Chef Peter DeRuvo, Sassi Restaurant,

Chef Rick Dupere, Ritz Carlton,

Chef Robert Graham, Arizona Grand Resort,

Chef Sean Griffin, BOURBON STEAK at the Fairmont Scottsdale,

Chef Christopher Gross - Co-Chair, Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge,

Chef Lee Hillson, T. Cook’s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa,

Chef Michael Hoobler, Desert Highlands Scottsdale,

Chef Eric Howson, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch,

Chef Troy Knapp, Compass Restaurant,

Chef Craig Leeser, Wrigley Mansion,

Chef Donald Lemperle, Asia de Cuba,

Chef Beau MacMillan, elements at Sanctuary,

Chef Roberto Madrid, Deseo,

Chef Aaron May, Sol y Sombra,

Chef Mel Mecinas, Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale,

Chef Justin Pfeilsticker, Trader Vic’s,

Chef James Porter, Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar,

Chef Michael Rusconi, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn,

Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café,

Chef James Siao, Taggia Restaurant at the FireSky Resort and Spa,

Chef Scott Tompkins, SKYE Fine Dining and Live Entertainment,

Chef Marcellino Verzino, Marcellino Ristorante,

Charles Wiley, Cafe ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho,

The mission of American Liver Foundation (ALF) is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

Page updated: May 11th, 2009


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