Category Archives: Dining, Libations & All Things Foodie

Enjoy An Italian Dinner with the River of Time Museum

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The evening will begin with dinner catered by Phil’s Filling Station, and a silent auction.

The River of Time Museum is hosting its annual Italian Dinner at 5:00 pm on August 12th, 2017 at the Fountain Hills Community Center. The evening will begin with dinner catered by Phil’s Filling Station, and a silent auction. The live auction will begin at 6:30 pm with State Senator John Kavanagh acting as auctioneer. A variety of items will be auctioned from collectibles, helicopter ride to the Four Peaks Mine, and a trip on Saguaro Lake for two by the Maricopa Sherriff’s Office.

There are numerous opportunities for the community to get involved by supporting the Italian Dinner. Businesses that are interested can become a museum sponsor with a $500 contribution. Museum sponsors will have their name displayed on promotional pieces, receive a full-page ad, and two tickets to the dinner. If you would like to donate, new collectible auction items are being accepted Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 2pm at the Museum Gift Shop. Volunteers are needed to fill in for a variety of positions before, during, and after the dinner.

Advance tickets are available for $20 each, and can be purchased online, and a variety of establishments across town such as Brooklyn Bedding, Sami’s Fine Jewelry, Fountain Fashions, and EuroPizza. Tickets at the door are $25 each. For more information about the Italian Dinner, contact the museum at (480) 837-2612.

Get Cooking This Summer, Fountain Hills!


Experience Adult Cooking Workshops 

Are you food-knowledgeable? Are you a little bit obsessed with crafting dishes that you felt “inspired” to create? Whether you want to sharpen your knife skills, master the art of cooking with mindfulness or discover how to bake the perfect cake, the Fountain Hills Community Services Department has your cooking and wine-tasting classes covered this summer:


Adult Cooking Workshops

Experience cooking hands-on while learning new and exciting recipes. These classes are designed for people who want to learn new cooking skills, but may not have the time to sign up for a multiple session class. Courses will meet for 1.5 hours every Thursday.  Classes will feature recipes that will be easy to duplicate at home. All you need to bring to class is an apron and a note pad. Each course will feature new recipes. The cost for each class is $30, and you can register online.

Wine Tasting and Education Class

Spring is springing, and that means it’s time for plucky pink porch wines. With all the different types of wines, there is a wine for everyone. However, for those who do not have a strong wine knowledge, the process for finding the perfect wine can be intimidating. For those who want to expand their knowledge, the Town of Fountain Hills and Grapeables Wine Bar has a winery appreciation class that will be offered on Wednesday July 19th.


The class is designed for individuals of all wine knowledge levels.

The class is designed for individuals of all wine knowledge levels to improve what they know, learn new ways to enjoy wine, and have fun doing so.  The class begins at 6:15 pm, and you must be 21 years and older to register. The fee for the class is $50, and you can register online.


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Spice Up Your Child’s Summer with Cooking Lessons

Spice up your child’s summer and get their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in the Junior Chefs program. The town of Fountain Hills is excited to offer your child an experience of a lifetime by exploring the world of culinary arts. A variety of cooking lessons are planned for the summer of 2017 at the Fountain Hills Community Center.  The lessons are geared to various ages and will teach about a wide variety of foods.

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Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking.

The Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking. Participants will receive instruction about recipes and preparation methods of various foods from around the world. Students will be taught key topics associated with cooking such as kitchen safety, cooking terms, and recipe structure. They will create a recipe book of the recipes covered during the class; so, they can repeat the recipe at home. Each class will cover a new recipe.

Classes will run one day per week this summer from the beginning of May until early August. Each class begins from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, and the age range is from 7 to 15 years old. The registration fee is $110 per child. To register for the class and to learn more information,


Eggstra, Eggstra: Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter Weekend in Fountain Hills

It’s April, Easter is around the corner, and the thrill of the (egg) hunt has stirred a primEaster Basketal hunger in children everywhere. But where, oh where, can a parent go to satisfy these chocolate-covered cravings? The options are as diverse as a bag of jelly beans – and, as the first listing proves, there’s something for everybody:

Saturday April 15th

Rio Verde Community Relations Community Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Rio Verde Community Relations Community is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for grandchildren and young visitors under the age of 8 years at noon on the North-west corner of the driving range.  The hunt will take place in three age groups: ages 4 and under, ages 5 and 6, and ages 7 and 8.  In each section, there will be a golden egg, and if they find the golden egg there will be a special prize.

Sunday April 16th

Hop on over to Flourish for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch!

Over 1,000 eggs will be scattered for little ones to find from the Easter Bunny himself! Then, come into Flourish and enjoy the Easter Brunch Buffet with delicious culinar-1404099201ary creations – such as decadent bourbon honey mustard glazed spiral ham, pesto roasted leg of lamb, and more from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm! The CopperWynd Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 am on the CopperWynd event lawn is free and open to the public. Children 12
and under can participate in the fun.

Easter Brunch Extravaganza at Mesquite Grill

Join Mesquite Grill for Easter Brunch on Sunday April 16th, beginning at 10:30 am for brunch, and their famous seafood display.  The Chef’s creative entrees will include omelet, seafood, salad, and craving stations and hand crafted desserts. Dine in their award-winning patio, or in their spectacular dining roos. This event will sell out, so make sure to make your reservation early.  The brunch is $54 dollars for adults, $20 children from 6-12 years, and children 5 and under are free. Call the Mesquite Grill for more details at 480-471-0438.

Easter Buffet at DC Bar and Grill

DC Bar and Grill’s annual Easter brunch will feature a variety of items from the DC Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, Country Potatoes, Prime Rib, and other items. Their brunch costs $29.95 a person and that includes coffee, juice, and mimosas. The drink specials include $5 Tito’s Bloody Mary or screwdrivers.  A fresh strawberry shortcake offers a sweet finale. Serving times are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Reservations are required, please call 480-837-1561.

Wicked Six Bar & Grill Extended Breakfast Hours

Wicked Six Bar & Grill in Sunridge Canyon will celebrate the holiday with extended breakfast hours from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Serving Eggs Benedict, and various other breakfast items. Reservations are needed, please call 480-837-5396.

Easter Buffet at the Fireside Grill/ Lexington Hotel

 Fireside Grill (located in the Lexington Hotel) will open its doors at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Honey Glazed Ham, Chicken a La Minute, and Cod with Lemon Butter Sauce will be offered.  The Easter Bunny will deliver a large selection of Sweet Secrets. The Easter Buffet prices for adults is $19.95, and for kids is $9.95. For reservations, please call 480-816-9047 or 602-349-1261.

Easter Champagne Brunch at Ahmala Mesquite Room

For its holiday brunch, Ahmala Mesquite Room at We-Ko-Pa Resort will prepare Cinnamon Swirl Banana French Toast, Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Topped with Shrimp Scampi, and Rosemary & Garlic Leg of Lamb, and Ahnala Smoked Salmon Pastrami. They’ll also have a la carte items such as omelets, pasta, crepe & waffle, and dessert stations.  Brunch hours will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Easter Buffet prices are $45 for adults, and $15 for kids 12 and under.  Call 480-789-5505 for reservations today.

Spring Home Tour: Come Join Neighbors Nite Out!

Thursday, March 30th, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is inviting you and your neighbors to come tour 8 great homes, learn about “the ‘hood” and meet new friends.  Neighbors Nite Out is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know Fountain Hills, the homes on tour, the neighbors, and the neighborhoods.

The event is scheduled to coincide with “National Neighbor Day,” during that week.  We always wonder who our neighbors are, and finding the time to introduce yourself is usually left to chance.  But what if having the perfect setting to meet your neighbors gave you the opportunity to find a great neighborhood to live in? Whether you’re a social butterfly or homebody, getting friendly with the folks next door is an important part of living in a community.

Even though the exact origins of Neighbor Day cannot be accurately traced, the holiday seems to have popped up almost randomly in various places at various times, one thing is universally valid:

 Neighbor Day is all about fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round.

Every day can be neighbor day. There are no rules written in stone as how to celebrate Neighbor Day, and you are free to use your imagination:

  • Reach out to your neighbors! Cookies, a bottle of wine, tickets you can’t use…they’re all nice ways of acknowledging those who share your block.
  • Host a Block Party
  • Spend more time outside…especially if you can do so in the front yard!
  • Invite your neighbors to join you for one of the many activities we enjoy here in Fountain Hills….concerts, movies in the park, art festivals, Art on the Avenues (Thursdays)…there are a thousand opportunities in our wonderful community. Hint:  Music Fest is just around the corner! 

Anything can work as long it brings you closer to your neighbors, and allows you to get know them and the community better. Neighbor Day may only last for a day, but the effects are beneficial year round—and for years in the future!

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Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Nothing says spring like spending time with your friends and family listening to music around the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain in Fountain Park. So, why stay inside when you can spend the evening at the Fountain Hills Music Festival? On, April 1st, the beautiful park side location and the stacked line-up of musical artists give the Fountain Hills Music Festival all the ingredients for the best spring-time memories.

From electrified strings to country flair, the Fountain Hill Musical Festival has something for everyone. This year’s headlining acts are:


Rock Lobster

Western Fusion: Formed in the late 90’s by Brian Childress, Western Fusion was a traditional country band. As the musicians and band evolved, so did the music; the standard five-piece band continues to play country, but now plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, and today’s rock.

Rock Lobster:  A Phoenix based cover band that plays the biggest hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Rock Lobster’s top caliber musicianship and their electrifying stage show makes them one of the most popular bands in Arizona for the last two decades.


Ryan Sims Band


Ryan Sims Band: Country Recording Artist and resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, Ryan Sims stylistic evolution has landed him smack dab into the arms of country music.  Although he is a country recording artist, his shows include all types of music, enriched by his award-winning vocals and warm and friendly performance style.  His self-titled debut album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Pandora!

Urban Electra:  From classic rock to alternative rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music, Urban Electra electric string quartet brings to the stage an electric repertoire of original works and chart toppers.


Urban Electra


Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends, and spend the day finding it all in Fountain Hills. This year’s music fest will begin at 4:00 pm, and admission is free. This year features various food trucks such as Loca Popa, which specializes in homemade falafels and hummus, Circle R Farms, and Queso Good, specializes in gourmet quesadillas. Fountain Hills Water and Ice will also be on site serving up their delicious kettle corn and shaved ice!
For more information please e-mail the Town of Fountain Hills at

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Life is a cabernet at the Thunderbird Art and Wine Affaire


ThunderBird Art And Wine Affaire on the Avenue of the Fountains

March 24th, 25th & 26th, 2017

Avenue of the Fountains, 10-5 pm

Hundreds of Fine Art vendors, food, wine and entertainment. The event is free, but is gated. Admission is $3.00 so visitors can taste wine while they stroll.

Thunderbird Artists and the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills have once again partnered to bring you another extraordinary juried fine art event that encompasses quality wines and delightful musical entertainment featuring featuring Bob Culbertson on the Chapman Stick and pianist, Brandon Gaesser.  Unequaled in its ambiance and the quality of fine art, the 13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire is the ideal setting for this world-class gathering of artists.

Please drop in and see us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate after you have enjoyed a wonderful time at the Thunderbird Art and Wine Affaire.  We’ll have maps, a Dining Guide and area information on “The World’s Greatest Town.”    For on-line information, check out our Visitor’s Guide at to learn about all the fun entertainment, sports, cultural and historical venues in the surrounding areas.

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The Great Fair: A Unique Experience for Everyone

For 31 years, the Fountain Hills Great Fair is a three-day art fair featuring the work of over 500 artists from around the United States. Free to the public, this juried event highlights a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry and pottery. The event also showcases culinary artisans alongside local vendors selling hangreat-fair-21dmade candies, chocolates, honey, salts, pasta and seasoning mixes. The Food Courts at each end of the shows feature walking munchies, snacks and full meals.  Many of the most favorite food venues are seasonal fundraisers for local service clubs.  There is a wide variant of musical talent, performing and selling CD’s to more than 200,000 people who attend this annual event.

Eighteen different food booths and convenient local cafes offer a wide arrangement of culinary delights. Center stage area, Beer Garden and East-end food court have lots of seating to have a munch and look over your wonderful “finds.” Great breakfast, lunch and rest stops are situated at locations in the middle and great-fairat both ends of the festival area.  Drop in and see us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate on the Avenue of the Fountains…we love to see the wonderful treasures you’ve found…

  • Live music entertainment
  • Shaded seating areas
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking

The entire area is handicapped accessible, and scooters available for rent at the intersection of Verde River Drive and the Avenue of the Fountains. As a consideration of others, to please leave your pets at home for everyone’s safety and enjoyment during the Fair!

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24, 25, 26

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Avenue of the Fountain/Saguaro Blvd.

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Ride the Pony Express with the Sonoran Lifestyle Crew

There are few sights on the Avenue of the Fountains to rival the Hashknife Pony Express posse thundering by, deer-skin fringed leather jackets flying, as the authentic “Old West” riders deliver and pick up mail at the Fountain Hills Post Office.

For 58 years, the Hashknife Pony Express has made this ride during January/February, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona, delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. This is the oldest officially sanctioned ride in the world, and the only one still authorized by the US Postal Service. Each of the 24 riders is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail.

Create a Family Heirloom

Fountain Hills Residents can take letters to the Fountain Hills Post Office to be stamped and carried by the riders, which will then be delivered via regular mail to the address on the envelope. Think what a thrill it would be to receive this piece once in a lifetime slice of Western history.

The front veranda of the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate office on the Avenue Fountains is the perfect vantage point to take in this celebration.  Join us for a once in a lifetime event on February 9th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Yeeee Haw!

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate 16824 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

  • Free parking and Handicapped access in lot behind SLRE; Enter Lot from Saguaro Blvd or Parkview Avenue


FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017

Art on the Avenue


Fountain Hill’s awesome Artisan market is one of the best “Day Trip” destinations in the Valley. Many nationally-known artists winter in the Phoenix area, making this show a special gem…Compact venue on the Avenue of the fountains, easy free parking, and numerous restaurants within the view of the famous Fountain make this show a special treat.

50 artists create unique items to amaze and delight, including many “wearable art” jewelry and clothing pieces reflecting the unique flavor of the Southwest.

Many of these talented artists produce easily “packable” items as small as hand-made tote bags or note cards. Others are sought out for their stunning Décor pieces and paintings to highlight that special spot in your home. Art on the Avenue is the perfect place to “Shop Small” and support local entrepreneurs!


East end of the Avenue of the Fountains between Saguaro Blvd and Verde River Drive;

Great parking in large lot behind Sonoran Living Real Estate, 16824 E Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.



513 Beautiful, Exotic, & Expensive Supercars on Grass with the Backdrop of A 560-Foot Fountain on February 11th!

Do you have a burning passion for cars?  Do you have a need for speed? Do you often picture yourself behind the wheel of a muscle car, a Bugatti, or a Ferrari? Then Concours in the Hills is just the car show for you. Not your typical formal white glove event, Concours is a gathering of automobile enthusiasts in one of the most spectacular locations i1-concours-in-the-hillsn the Valley of the Sun.  Picture this, hundreds of beautiful, exotic, and expensive supercars on green grass with the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain.

Peter Volny, founder of Concours in the Hills, agrees with the imagery. “What we have going for us is we’re on the grass. Cars look nicer on grass than in a parking lot,” said Volny. An avid car enthusiast, Volny’s passion for cars started at a young age. He spent time racing cars in Australia, and that passion for cars transpired into a career in automotive marketing.

Since retiring and moving to Fountain Hills over twelve years ago, Volny has continued to channel his passi54d1341c3eba1-imageon and love for cars by organizing the Concours in the Hills, an annual event held every year in Fountain Park since its inception in 2014. In addition to his passion for everything automotive, Volny believes in the value of Fountain Hills, and has created an event which promotes our community.

This year’s 4th Annual Concours in the Hills, on February 11th, is like no other car show in the area. Over 60 sponsors, 513 cars and counting, 8 food trucks, and 15,000 people are expected to attend. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. This year’s show will be opened by 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, exotic-cars-high-resInternational Manufacturers Championship winner Bob Bondurant, Mirage Racing Team owner Harley Cluxton III, Lyn St James Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh. The exhibitors will judge the cars themselves, and there will be 3 classes:  Best Domestic, Best Import, and Best in Show.

Concours in the Hills will be held on Saturday, February 11, and will begin at 10:00 am. If you are still interested in registering a vehicle there is a minimum donation of $50 to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Spectator admission and parking is free. For more information, please visit: