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Flavors of Phoenix 2014

The 23rd annual Flavors of Phoenix culinary event held on May 22nd at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa was an overwhelming success! The evening spotlighted Phoenix's premier chefs and created a high-end, exclusive, gourmet experience to a limited number of guests. Nowhere else could you see these culinary experts at work, creating a menu that went above and beyond the usual restaurant fare.

The event raised over $252,000 for the American Liver Foundation in funding to support key efforts of the American Liver Foundation’s mission work.

This highly anticipated evening was more memorable than ever for the over 400 guests in attendance. Aside from artistic flair, each table provided an intimate venue to enjoy the remarkable flavors conjured up by each culinary maestro. We want to thank our sponsors, guests, volunteers and of course our chefs for their involvement and support of the American Liver Foundation in creating the ambiance for this dazzling evening!


Chef Christopher Gross
Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

Chef Michael DeMaria
M Catering by Michael's

Chef Chris Masco
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Participating Chefs:

Chef Michael Cairns
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Chef Cullen Campbell

Chef Matt Carter
The House Brasserie

Chef Montez Crane
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House

Chef Chris Curtiss
BOURBON STEAK at Fairmont Scottsdale

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

Chef Ron Dimas
Orange Sky at Talking Stick

Chef James Ducas
LON's at the Hermosa

Chef Bryan Gorton
Wright's at the Biltmore

Chef Jose Hernandez
Coup Des Tartes

Chef Niko Hertel
Palo Verde at The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Chef Lee Hillson
The Phoenician Resort & Spa

Chef Richard Hinojosa
The Wigwam / Litchfield's

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

Chef Michael Lamey
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa - Meritage Steakhouse

Chef Beau MacMillan
elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Chef Roberto Madrid

Chef Aaron May
The Lodge Scottsdale

Chef Chad McDonald

Chef Chris McKinley
The Local

Chef Mel Mecinas
Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale

Chef Jose Mejia
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

Chef Don Molinich
enFuego, DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale

Chef Christopher Nicosia

Chef Garry O’Connor
Bistro 24

Chef Ryan Peters
Tonto Bar & Grill

Chef James Porter
Petite Maison

Chef Lenard Rubin
The Country Club at DC Ranch

Chef Michael Rusconi
Rusconi's American Kitchen

Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
Barrio Café

Chef Alex Stratta
Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

Chef Matt Taylor
Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden

Chef Gregory Wiener
Top of the Rock at The Buttes Marriott Resort

Liver Life Walk Phoenix 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 brought beautiful skies and smiling faces to the over 750 walkers participating in the 12th annual family and dog-friendly Liver Life Walk in Phoenix. The dedication to raise awareness of liver disease was evident as the event raised over $126,000 in the fight against liver disease to the over 30 million Americans affected by the disease.

Pre and post event festivities included a dog-contest with generous prizes being awarded to the ‘top dogs’ in each category, a live band, mascots, warm-up dancers and healthy snacks and beverages were provided in the food court throughout the event. There was plenty of friendly competition among the teams and a huge congrats to Mayo Clinic for winning the Top Medical Team Travelling Trophy!

The American Liver Foundation would like to thank Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Mayo Clinic for their sponsorship of the event. Additionally, we greatly appreciate and extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the many volunteers and contributors for graciously accommodating the walk through their contribution of support, time, energies and talents. Thanks to their efforts, the American Liver Foundation was able to coordinate an event that was great fun for all!

As walkers, volunteers and contributors you too can have the opportunity to see friends and family members cross the finish line! We hope to see all of you next year!

Top 10 Teams

1. ALF-DSW ($6,116.95)

2. Team Mayo ($3,775.00)

3. Mickey's Team ($2,550.00)

4. KOHL'S - Tolleson ($2,500.00)

5. Banner Good Sam Transplant and Advanced Liver Disease ($2,129.28)

6. G and K ($2,080.00)

7. Team Placencio ($2,006.00)

8. KOHL'S - Lake Pleasant ($2,000.00)

9. Team Theresa ($1,828.00)

10. Lorna's Team ($1,750.00)

Top 10 Walkers

1. Melissa McCracken ($2,738.00)
2. Tod & Sally Lashway ($2,095.00)
3. Lorna Banister ($1,750.00)
4. Jodi Bohr ($1,735.00)
5. Michael Mahoney ($1,645.00)
6. Clara Dixon ($1,358.00)
7. Joan Lessner ($1,325.00)
8. Lauren Erker ($1,285.09)
9. Miguel Placencio ($1,261.00)
10. Susan Charney-Moore ($1,237.00)

Flavors of Houston 2013

The American Liver Foundation celebrated its 8th annual Flavors of Houston event presented by Salix Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel. With the support of the guests, the event successfully raised over $126,000 to support key efforts in carrying out the American Liver Foundation’s mission to find a cure for liver disease. Other sponsors included: National Gold Sponsor: Salix Pharmaceuticals, National Silver Sponsor: Merck Pharmaceuticals and Cru Classé Sponsors: Sonya & William A. Carpenter Jr., Kadmon Pharmaceuticals, Texas Children’s Hospital and Vertex.

Fifteen of Houston’s premier chefs created a unique gourmet evening for more than 190 guests in attendance. The chefs provided their own personal touch and ambiance with elaborate table décor and 5 course menu with wine pairings. Cooking tableside, chefs created personal experiences for their guests, interacting and sharing tips and tricks from the experts.

Not only did the evening allow guests to sample culinary delights, but there was

also an opportunity to purchase live and silent auction items from coveted Houston artists, jewelers and designers as well as entertainment packages, travel options and more.

Flavors of Houston delivered a flavorful and memorable experience for all who attended. The sponsors, guests, volunteers and chef’s generosity and support are responsible for the continued growth and success of Flavors of Houston.


AJ Junnarkar, Red Dot Cuisine
Jason Schneider, Hilton Houston Post Oak


Hytham Badr, Ristorante Cavour at Hotel Granduca
Nick Banaszak, 51Fifteen Restaurant & Lounge
Kevin Bryant, Eleven XI
Christofer Dilan, abuso Catering co.
Antonio Galan, Lakeside Restaurant & Bar at La Torretta Lake Resort
Clinton Jackson, CJ's Masterpiece
Jeff Boudreaux, Brasserie Max and Julie
Brian McNamara, Jasper's
Mark Gabriel Medina, Soma Sushi
Christopher Andrus, Sorrel Urban Bistro
Monica Pope, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Brian Robertson, The Steakhouse at the San Luis Hotel
Andrés L. Rumis, Rosemary's Catering Houston

Page updated: July 11th, 2014