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Make Mom’s Day Special Downtown

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

You know what mom wants for Mother’s Day? She just wants to spend some time with you. Then, depending on the age of the children involved, she wants either a two hour nap without interruptions or to spend more time with you. Seriously, we took a scientific poll and everything.

So, in no particular order, a sampling of ways to spend some time with mom. Because that’s all she wants and, really, is that so much to ask for?

DPP_FINAL_2327-smallSpend time with mom while eating:

Pancake Play Date at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Make pancakes for mom with real chefs! This is just like making mom breakfast at home except – BONUS! – someone else will clean up the pancake splatter. Join the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel this Mother’’s Day for pancake making and their breakfast buffet featuring local Hickman’s scrambled eggs, house baked selections of pastries, fresh fruit and more. Good news – this comes in at only $20 per person. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, for reservations contact Marty Rider at 602-333-5103, renaissancephoenixdowntown.com.

Province Mother’’s Day Brunch

Eggs Benedict action station + build-your-own waffle station + delightful outdoor patio = Mother’s Day at Province. There will also be a make your own mimosa or Bloody Mary bar.  The brunch menu will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $29 per person and $12 for children ages 5-12. 602-429-3900, provincerestaurant.com.

Brunch At District American Kitchen

Enjoy endless champagne along with traditional favorites inspired by mom’’s homemade recipes at District. And, each mom will be presented with a beautiful rose. District American Kitchen & Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mother’’s Day brunch prices are $32 for adults and $16 for kids 12 years old and younger. Kids 3 years old and younger eat free. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Restaurant reservations are required. Please call 602-817-5400 or visit districtrestaurant.com.

Champagne Buffet at the Compass Arizona Grill

The champagne buffet includes, well, champagne and eggs, artisan bread, cheese and fruit, salads, seafood, and entrees including pan seared salmon, roasted game hens or pumpkin seed mole. There will be music from Devon Bridgewater and a card making station in case you forgot to pick one up (it’s meant for kids but all moms love a crayon card, right?). The Compass Arizona Grill from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $69 for adults (includes champagne), $30 for kids 5-12. Reservations are required, please call 602-440-3166, or go online for reservations and a complete menu at compassarizona.com.

Spend time with mom at an event:

clybourneArizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Nothing says quality time with mom like enjoying America’s pastime. Chase Field at 1:10 p.m. Tickets starting at $15. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

Arizona Theatre Company Presents: Clybourne Park

This rich and lightning-quick 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is every bit as provocative as it is entertaining. A modern take on A Raisin In The Sun, Clybourne Park is filled with humor and social politics. Herberger Theatre Center, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $33.50. 602-256-6899, arizonatheatre.org.

Mother’’s Day at Arizona Science Center

The ever-cool Science Center is offering free general admission for all moms and grandmom’s on Sunday. Arizona Science Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. 602-716-2000, azscience.org.

Spend time with mom on Saturday:

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting at Chloe’s Corner

Get a jump on Mother’s Day at Chloe’’s Corner’s wine tasting. Sample environmentally friendly wines, including Benziger Chardonnay, Torres Las Mulas Rose, El Portillo Malbec and Corralillo Red Blend. Chloe’’s Corner at 1 p.m. May 11. $10 per person, 30% off the purchase of a featured wine. RSVP preferred but not required. 602-252-7600, chloescorneraz.com.

Feast on the Street

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Feast_banner_400_300Imagine a community gathering so big that it took a half-mile long dining table to seat everyone.

No, no, this isn’t like those forced Thanksgiving celebrations where everyone dissolves into bickering over politics, this is Feast on the Street a FREE community event to celebrate local food.

Join local bands, food trucks, artists, chefs, storytellers, zombies, students, solar oven operators, native crafters and, well, just about the whole Phoenix community at this Downtown event.

Inspired by artists Clare Patey’s London Feast on the Bridge – where a giant table takes over the Southwark Bridge – Feast on the Street will take over First Street between Moreland and Taylor streets in Downtown Phoenix. There’s a whole slew of activities lined up like roving musicians and street performers, floats, mobile gardens -  you know what, just check out their Schedule of Events for the full lineup.

This event is all about doing good for the community, so it’s a BYOWaterbottle, bike friendly, family friendly, local food friendly all around feel good event.

If you go: Feast on the Street
When: Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: First Street between Moreland and Taylor streets
Cost: FREE!

New Restaurant Rundown

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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Get your taste buds ready Downtowners, we’ve got a slew of dining options newly opened or opening in the next few months. Here’s the rundown:

Opened:

Bonjour Vietnam

This French Vietnamese fusion spot has been open since December, but they had a quiet – nearly unannounced – opening. Now that spring brings us sunny-but-not-hot days, stop by their patio on the corner of Monroe and Central for spring rolls, bahn mi, pho or just to enjoy drinks. This fun restaurant from the bright minds behind Rice Paper is open almost all day, every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Yogurt Time

Opened this week in the former Yogurtini location at CityScape, and Yogurt Time has, well, lots of frozen yogurt and toppings. Perfect for the upcoming season of sun, they’re open every day. Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Almost Open:

La Piazza Locale

Justin Piazza is bringing the distinguishing certification of Verace Pizza Napoletana to Downtown – and soon. There’s only three “True Neapolitan Pizza” certified restaurants in Arizona – one is his other spot La Piazza al Forno in Glendale – that conform to the exacting standards of true Napolese pizza. Look for his new pizza-centric digs to open at 1 N. First Street in the spot recently vacated by Cartel Coffee (they moved just two doors down into a bigger space). Rumored open date is early May.

Squid Ink Sushi

A walk-up sushi window at CityScape? Oh yes. Schuyler Estes is bringing sushi and contemporary Asian dishes to a spot (and window) under Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails this summer. According to the Arizona Republic, we can expect ramen, Asian tapas, chicken teriyaki and, as the name implies, sushi. The restaurant will stay open late and cater to both employees and weekend adventurers.

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

With the twice-weekly outdoor Phoenix Public Market doing booming business and Food Truck Friday lines verging on springtime chaos, we’re looking forward to Aaron Chamberlin’s soon-to-open Phoenix Public Market Cafe in the former Urban Grocery and Wine Bar spot. In keeping with the market theme, the cafe will feature local produce from farms such as McClendon’s Select and Maya’s Farm with reasonable prices. The official open date hasn’t been set yet, but a late spring, early summer date is most likely.

From Market to Table: Recipes With Local Beets

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Brian ArchibaldThe days are, well, quite warm and the nights are still a touch cool and that means one thing: Our two weeks of spring is upon us.

Catch a baseball game, frolic in a Pop-Up Park (oh yes!) and venture to the Phoenix Public Market where there’s a host of new, in-season produce to explore.

Not sure where to start with the piles of radishes and beets? Have no fear, Executive Chef Brian Archibald of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is here!

Every Saturday Chef Brian will be posted up at the Phoenix Public Market demonstrating easy-to-make recipes with local ingredients you can pick up on the spot.

Still feeling unsure about your culinary prowess? The Renaissance Hotel is offering From Market to Table cooking classes that will lead you and some new friends to the Public Market where you’ll pick out produce with the chef before returning to the hotel to cook it together.

Check out Chef Brian Archibald talking up his recipes on Arizona Midday before printing them off below and trying them out at home:

Local Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Chilled Beet Soup

By Executive Chef Brian Archibald

Chilled Beet Soup
Ingredients:
6 cups vegetable broth
4 medium Maya Farm beets, peeled and shredded or large diced
½ cup sweet red onion, diced small
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 each lemons, juiced
¼ cup yogurt, Greek, for garnish

Preparation:
In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion and salt with 1/4 cup broth until onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Add remaining chicken broth and beets and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until beets are very tender, about 15 minutes. For a smooth consistency finish in a blender or food processor until smooth. Season with the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste, serve on its own or with a beet salad. Chill soup minimum of 6 hours, overnight for best results.

Roasted Golden Beet Salad-
Ingredients:
8 Maya’s Farm golden beets, medium
3 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tangelo, segmented (reserve zest)
½ cup Crow’s Dairy Goat Cheese Feta
¼ cup mint, chopped
1 teaspoon Queen Creek Olive Mill Lemon Olive Oil

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the tops and the roots of the beets. Reserve tops when fresh for pesto or to use in soup. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Create pouch with foil and place beets in. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the beets are tender. Remove from the oven and immediately peel with gloves or towel to take off skin, then cut into wedges, toss with the vinegar and set aside.
In a mixing Bowl add segments of Arizona tangelos, golden beets, and Crow’s Dairy Goat Cheese Feta. Season to taste and sprinkle in the zest from the tangelo, lemon olive oil and mint.
Serve in wide bowl, pour small amounts of the Chilled Beet Soup around the salad and serve.

New to Phoenix? A Beginner’s Guide to Your New Digs

Monday, March 4th, 2013

PocketFolderShot300pxArriving in a new city is never easy, and, given the overall stress levels associated with it, the more you know in advance the better. Let’s be honest, moving is horrid. All you once knew is blown away in a wave of activity and confusion. What you’re left with is akin to nuclear fallout disguised as innumerable boxes, an alien landscape with places you’ve never heard of and the feeling of instability. Moving to Phoenix happens for a variety of reasons, but whether those reasons are for family or work, the resources to make this city your home are plentiful. Below are a few tips to help.

Your home

Moving can cause your already crazy life to be even more unstable. That’s why making your home as perfect as possible should be priority No. 1. First, make the choice what kind of home you want…apartment or house?

Phoenix apartments are plentiful, and given the median home price in the Phoenix area rose 40 percent in 2012, this may be a good option. To dispel a popular myth: apartments aren’t always small. Some range from 700 to over 1,500 square feet. Given that there are so many Downtown phoenix apartments, and the fact that you don’t want to immediately take on a mortgage when you move to a new city, an apartment is a good option for a single person or a family.

Don’t like apartments? That’s fine. If you’re interested in a house, don’t do it on your own; find a realtor. Why? These people rarely get paid until they find you a house, it’s all they do and it saves you time — which is invaluable. Simply state what you’re looking for and what’s in your price range, and they go to work for you. Let’s face it: the reality is you don’t have the time to deal with the stress of doing it on your own.

Whatever type of home you end up in, there are some follow-up tasks that will make your adjustment period easier — some seem obvious, but they’re still important.
- Unpack: Fewer boxes means less stress. Remember stability and carry on. Home doesn’t conjure up images of unpacked boxes.

- Add visual appeal: White walls and no furniture do not make a home. You aren’t in college anymore, so don’t act like it. Decorate your place with a variety of complementary styles and add your flair. Need some suggestions or ideas on what art you might like? Visit a First Friday to pick up artwork ranging from photographs to sculptures from local artists. And don’t forget to take advantage of all of your kids’ artwork. Using removable wall hooks, hang string or wire across the wall for them to pin their work to.

Extracurricular

Moved in? Good for you. Now let’s do something fun. Remember stability? It’s often associated with a familiar setting, both inside and outside the home. You won’t have to look far in Phoenix. Check out the Downtown Phoenix events calendar or visit a DREAMR Best of Downtown Winners to sample what Downtown has to offer.

Carry on

Moving is stressful. Moving to a new city is worse. Moving to a new city and not knowing about the culture, events or surrounding area can be a nightmare. But remember stability? That’s in your hands.

DREAMR Best of Downtown Winners

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

2012 DREAMR Logo & ThemeOver 500 votes poured in for the DREAMR Best of Downtown Phoenix nominees and after making a spreadsheet or two and some poorly-drawn graphs, we’re proud to announce the winners.

But, before we get to the congratulations, don’t forget to join us on Feb. 4, 2013 for our annual salute to the people and places making the most significant impact in Arizona’s Urban Heart over the past year at the 19th Annual DREAMR Awards from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Reserve your luncheon tickets now by calling the Downtown Phoenix Partnership at (602) 744-6400.

Now, without any further delays, we present the winners of the 19th Annual DREAMR Best of Downtown winners:

Lunch: Hero Factory

Breakfast: Breakfast Club

Cultural Attraction: Arizona Science Center

Personal Wellness: Gold’s Gym Elite

Retail: Phoenix Public Market

Happy Hour: Copper Blues

New Restaurant: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Date Night: Stand Up Live

Nightlife Scene: Crescent Ballroom

Walk Talks & Breathes Downtown Phoenix: Travis Shumake, Hotel Palomar

Favorite Morning Barista: The Girls of ONE Coffee

Friendliest Face: Floyd Jones at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

Favorite Bartender: Jesse Miceli at Hanny’s

Favorite Morning Brew: Dirty Chai at Cartel Coffee Lab

Favorite Dish: Empanadas at Fuego CityScape

Favorite Drink: Ratnerita at Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill

Favorite Dessert: Salted Caramel Pudding at The Arrogant Butcher

Top 13 Things To Do Downtown in 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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As the new year rolls around we reached out to Downtowners to find out: what are your must-see spots Downtown? Over 100 people weighed in, creating the list of The Top 13 Things to do Downtown in 2013.

13. Experience the 2013 Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 9

It’s a parade, a festival and a pub crawl all rolled into one and at this day-long festival, anything goes. Dress up, dress down, grab a mask or a costume, whatever it is, just get out there. The outdoor festival kicks off at 3 p.m., the parade starts at 4 p.m. and the Pub Crawl starts at 9 p.m.

12. Take a break and get out of the office at a Pop Up Park

Soak up the sun, listen to some tunes, play a game or borrow a book during your lunch hour at a Pop-Up Park. With games ranging from Jenga to basketball, there’s never been a better time to get out of the office and enjoy the city. Pop-Up Parks take place at Patriot’s Square Park Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Arizona Center on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Civic Space Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

11. Grab a brew at Angels Trumpet Ale House

One of the newest bars Downtown, Angel’s Trumpet Ale House offers a rotating cast of craft and unique brews as well as fun and seriously good eats. Combine a beer and upscale pub grub with an expansive outdoor patio and you’ve got yourself a little piece of hipster paradise.

10. Sip poolside at Lustre Bar

Head up the stairs or take the exclusive elevator to this semi-hidden bar at the Hotel Palomar at CityScape. Located next to the hotel’s outdoor pool, Lustre Bar is cool in the summer and heated in the winter and is an ideal location to sip a cocktail while enjoying some of the best views Downtown.

9. Take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The hands-on, highly interactive exhibits are sure to keep kiddos 10 and under (and parents) entertained for hours. Don’t skip the Noodle Forest or the fort building room. And, good news! Admission is free almost every First Friday.

ZombieWalk-3988. Zombie Walk Oct. 26

Last year over 5,000 zombies took to the streets of Downtown in the fourth annual Zombie Walk. This year the daylong festival and walk turns five – and we’re going for the Guinness World Record. Practice your limp, get your makeup set and join us for live music, vendors and – let’s hope – the largest Zombie Walk in the nation.

7. Experience the culinary scene Downtown on a Taste it Tour

Taste It Tours’ vision is to have its customers savor, learn, explore and connect with each guided tour and the ticket price includes food and drink from 5-8 restaurants, access to the talented chefs, plus tie-ins to architecture, historical insights, stories about the history of Downtown and the personalities that forged the region.

6. Comicon May 23 – 26

Nerds, geeks, zombies and aliens. This three day festival brings out the inner nerd and is the perfect time to celebrate that alternative comic book/movie/movement you’re into. And, if you aren’t a geek, there’s no reason to skip it. The festival is ideal for people watching and killer parties.

5. Check out the Arizona Science Center for free during Adults’ Night Out

The first Friday of each month, the Arizona Science Center turns into an adult’s only night at the museum. The fun includes a local DJ, cash bar and, did we mention, FREE admission to all four floors of hands-on science? And, each month, the Center hosts a new installment of their award-winning lecture series.

4. Speaking of First Friday, get out there!

It’s the largest art walk in the nation and on the first Friday of the month the entirety of Downtown is transformed into a street festival, gallery viewing hotspot and all-around outdoor party. If you haven’t experienced it yet, your next chance happens this Friday, Jan. 4.

3. Grab lunch at Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday has become a Downtown staple since kicking off in November 2010 and is still the place to check out the widest variety of food trucks in the Valley. By all accounts, these un-restaurants have become as big a part of the culinary scene as, well, restaurants. There’s just something magical about ordering high-end food from a truck. The fun takes place at the Phoenix Public Market every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Crescent2. Shop at the Phoenix Public Market

A bastion of all that is locally farmed, raised and produced in Arizona, the largest outdoor market in the Valley sells local goods, produce and results in all-around lovely way to spend a Saturday morning or Wednesday evening. After shopping, grab a meal at a food truck, grab a seat at a table and enjoy the community.

1. Catch a show at Crescent Ballroom

The top spot for indie and up-and-coming acts also features a killer kitchen that kicks out craveable burritos and expertly mixed cocktails. With music every night of the week and an intimate-but-not-crowded space, there’s no reason not to catch a show, eat dinner and dance the night away.

New Year’s Eve Downtown

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Wave goodbye to 2012 with 20 – yes 20 – different options in Downtown Phoenix. The offerings include five dinners, two cultural events, 10 parties and three hotel specials:
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Eat

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

The Arizona desert-inspired menu features artisan ingredients, herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden and sustainably harvested produce from local growers – and – can be paired with Arizona wines for an extra $30. First seating: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $59, $30 for kids, second seating: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $69, $34 kids *Second seating includes Champagne toast. Wine pairing: $30. There will also be great live Jazz music. Reservations required. 602-817-5400.

Province

This exciting Latin-inspired four course menu includes a complimentary sparking cocktail. Price is $65 for dinner. Wine pairings are also available for $30. Reservations required. 602-429-3600.

Nobuo at Teeter House

Celebrate at the Teeter House and enjoy a menu of hassun, sashimi spoons, lobster tri and dessert. Additional dishes will be available. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $80 per person. Call to reserve your seat. 602-254-0600.

Arrogant Butcher

The expansive menu includes beef short rib stew, roasted beet salad and salted caramel pudding. Dinner is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prices a la carte. For reservations call 602-324-8502.

Steve’s Greenhouse Grill

The three-course dinner for two menu features a choice of carved prime rib, surf and turf, grilled vegetable penne pasta, fettuccine chicken alfredo and broiled salmon or grilled tilapia. Every meal includes Champagne or wine toast. Open until 11 p.m. Dinner for two is $42.95. 602-252-2742.

Get Cultured

The Phoenix Symphony

Ring in 2013 with family, friends and The Phoenix Symphony as we perform your favorite classics during this joyous musical celebration. Symphony Hall at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $18. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.

Herberger Theater Center

One of Jane Austen’s most enchanting heroines comes to life in this lavish new large-scale musical from Paul Gordon, the Tony Award-nominated composer of Daddy Long Legs and Jane Eyre. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $36.50. 602-256-6899, arizonatheatre.org.

Party

Lustre Bar

Hotel Palomar’s rooftop bar will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with giant snowflakes, thousands of twinkle lights and sparkling snow. Dress in winter white to commemorate the occasion, enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and dance the night away to the sounds of DJs Dave Strickland and Drea.Tickets are $20, free to guests who dine at Blue Hound before the bash and half-price for those who purchase a drink at Blue Hound. Purchase tickets here.

Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith

Join Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith for a New Year’s Eve like none other: 2 clubs, 4 dance floors. The night will feature DJs including David Alvarado, Pete Salaz, Senbad, Foul Play & UKT Residents, Prince$$, Murk, Terry Mullan, Jared Alan and more. 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. $20 at door, VIP bottle services available.

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

Bowl, nosh, toast. A live DJ will keep the place hopping. $300 for 8 guests or $45 per person package which includes: starter appetizer plate + party favors, 1 hour of bowling + shoe rental and 1 bottle of Champagne. 21 and up. Starting at 8 p.m. 602-732-5490.

The Turf Irish Pub

Ring in the new year in the Irish tradition. Featuring dinner and drink specials as well as a Champagne toast and party favors. No cover.

The Rose and Crown Pub

Get out the fedoras and the cocktail attire, it’s the third annual Rat Pack New Year’s Eve Party at the Rose and Crown. Enjoy free party favors, Champagne toast at midnight and appetizers as well as drink specials throughout the night. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover.

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Featuring live music from the Sea Merchants, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight as well as drink and shot specials. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

Copper Blues

Rock in the new year with live music from the Instant Classics. Tickets are $25 per person and include a Champagne toast at midnight. VIP options available starting at $40 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Buy online or call the box office to reserve your spot. 480-719-5005, copperblueslive.com.

Gypsy Bar

Ring in 2013 at Gypsy Bar with RESET a New Year’s Eve celebration. Watch the ball drop on our 12′ screen and toast with Champagne at midnight. Featuring DJ La, a live performance by Nyla, party favors and drink/ food packages. 602-732-5490, gypsybarphoenix.com.

Crescent Ballroom

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with DJ Sean Watson, Deux Yeux, Pastries With Teeth, Dj Roya, and Visuals Brainwash Mr. Matt Castleberry Esq. Also enjoy a free Champagne toast at midnight. Starting at 9 p.m. Free. This is a 21 and over event.

Stand Up Live

Ring in the New Year with comedy, food and party favors. Call to find out about Champagne and bottle service for VIP priority seating. Tickets are $25 with a two drink minimum.  7:30 and 10 p.m. 480-719-6100.

Stay

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Holiday rates start at $89 and the breakfast the next morning is not to be missed. For $17.95 dine on local eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, sweet toast, assorted breads as well as fruit, yogurt and, for $3 more join in on the make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. To book, visit www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/holiday or call 866-716-8134 and mention rate code HOL12.

Westin Phoenix Downtown

Holiday rates start at $95 and from the luxuriously appointed, oversized guestrooms that offer floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of downtown Phoenix you might just see fireworks from around the Valley. To reserve your stay, book online at www.westinphoenixdowntown.com/holiday or call 866-716-8134 and mention rate plan HOL12.

Hotel Palomar

Stay at Hotel Palomar and see comedian Ralphie May at StandUp Live at the early show of your choice Dec. 28-31. A VIP escort from Palomar Phoenix to StandUp Live, deluxe guest-room accommodations, and a continental breakfast for two the next morning are included. Show 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Book online at www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/ with rate code PNYE or by calling 602-253-6633 and mentioning the package.

Celebrate 40 Years Of The Convention Center

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

PCC 001September 1972: Mark Spitz won seven medals at the Olympics Games, Bob Barker began hosting the Price is Right (then known as the New Price is Right) and Gwyneth Paltrow was born.

And, on September 28, 1972, the Phoenix Convention Center opened as Phoenix Civic Plaza on six city blocks. Symphony Hall opened the next day.

To celebrate four decades, countless conventions and 40 years of Symphony the Phoenix Convention Center is throwing a big street party on Friday, September 28th.

It all goes down between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. between Washington and Monroe streets (100 North Third Street, to be precise).

Highlights include:

- Free food

- Games from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership

- Giveaways and lots of goodies

- And, an appearance from Arizona Rattlers players Ron Jones, Marcus Pittman, Marquis Floyd, Virgil Gray and Kerry Reed

The anniversary celebration is free and complimentary parking is available during the event in the Convention Center North Garage.

D-Backs Host First-Ever Doubleheader at Chase Field

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host their first-ever doubleheader on August 22 and have partnered with many businesses in Downtown Phoenix to offer special deals and activities in between games.

dh_pinThe D-backs will giveaway commemorative pins to fans who attend both games. Fans will receive a voucher upon entry to the first game scheduled for 12:40 p.m. and must present the voucher upon entry for the second game, slated for 6:40 p.m., to receive the limited-edition doubleheader pin.

During each game, fans can get the Doubleheader Deal which includes a regular hot dog, regular popcorn and regular drink all for just $6 at any Doubleheaders concession stand at Chase Field. The D-backs will offer discounts on merchandise at the Team Shop including player T-shirts for $19.98 (regular price $28). In addition, a limited-edition D-backs doubleheader T-shirt will be available in the Team Shop for $25 during both games, while supplies last.

The D-backs encourage fans to experience the first-ever doubleheader at Chase Field. In between games, fans are encouraged to take advantage of the following deals and activities in Downtown Phoenix:

Arizona Science Center -Show your ticket for either game on Aug. 22 and receive a free general admission ticket with the purchase of one adult ticket (value up to $14)

Phoenix Children’s Museum – Show your ticket for either game on Aug. 22 and receive $3 off general admission

Coach & Willie’s$3 drafts, domestic bottles, wells and wine, $3 Miller Light Aluminum pints, $6 Miller Light bottle plus SoCo Lime Shot (from 4-6 p.m.)

Coney Island Free soda with a purchase of an entrée for fans wearing D-backs gear

Downtown Pizza Lounge – Two slices and a drink for $7, two slices and a 16 oz. beer for $9

Ghost Lounge -$3 draft beer (1 p.m. to close)

Hard Rock Café - Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. with live music from Clinton Switzer, $3 domestic drafts, $4 imported drafts and well drinks, $5 house wines, half-price appetizers (excluding jumbo combo)

Karim’sD-backs hot dog, chips and water for $6

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and RestaurantHalf-price appetizers, $5 cherry bombs, $3 domestic bottles, $4 premium drafts, $4 well drinks and $4.50 house wines

Friday’s Front Row – 9th Inning $6 Ultimate Drinks and buy one burger, get one half off

corn-bag1Arizona Diamondbacks representatives will be on hand in Patriot’s Square at CityScape Phoenix from 3-6 p.m. with D-backs inflatables for kids. Fans can also enjoy a Pop Up Park featuring cornhole, Frisbee and live music from DJ Sean Watson.

Several CityScape Phoenix tenants will offer food and drink specials, including:

Blue Hound Kitchen & CocktailsGrab a local beer and Blue Hound’s famous tater tots with smoked bacon, chive and a French onion dip for only $6

Chloe’s Corner Downtown $3 draft beer, Pizza & Beer Combo – slice of pizza and a draft beer for $5

Copper BluesTwo-for-one wells, local and domestic beers and house wine when you show your D-backs ticket (excludes happy hour items)

Fuego CityScapeTwo-for-one on all drinks including wine, sangria, mojitos and cocktails, patio menu options for $6

Lucky StrikeBuy one game of bowling, get the second free

Tilted Kilt – Free Irish Nacho when you show your D-backs ticket (no purchase necessary), $3 domestic drafts (14 oz.), $3 well drinks, $5 choice of onion rings, mozzarella sticks, cheese quesadilla or spinach dip

The Arrogant ButcherBuy one happy hour appetizer, get one free from 3-6 p.m.

The Strand – Extended happy hour from 3-6 p.m. includes $2 Blue Moon, $4 drink concoctions and half-price appetizers

West of Soho – $10 off purchase of $30 or more (excludes sale items)

Yogurtini Buy one yogurt, get one yogurt free when you show your D-backs ticket

The D-backs and Downtown Phoenix partners will be adding deals leading up to the Aug. 22 doubleheader. For the most up-to-date deals, visit www.dbacks.com/doubleheader.

Tickets for either game of the doubleheader, and all remaining home games this season, can be purchased at dbacks.com, by calling 602.514.8400 or by visiting the ticket windows at Chase Field. Fans holding tickets to the August 23 game may use those tickets for the 12:40 p.m. game on August 22.