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Try TRES Tempe, Tempe’s newest restaurant gem

Tres Tempe Tres Leches Cheesecake
February 23, 2018

Every once in a while you come across a new restaurant that you think will be good, but it is actually so great that it just blows you away. I’m happy to say that I had this experience at TRES Tempe, a brand new restaurant in south Tempe. To call TRES Tempe a hidden gem is apropos. It’s somewhat hidden, located at 7192 S. Price Rd., next to the newly opened Home2 Suites Phoenix Tempe and Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Tempe ASU Research Park, in the Discovery Business Campus. But it’s also conveniently located at the 101 Freeway and Elliott Road. A friend and I decided to try it out after hearing that it had just opened.  After checking out the menu offerings described as “a clean and modern interpretation of the Mediterranean and the Southwest, prepared with locally sourced ingredients in a wood-fired oven,” we wasted no time in heading over for lunch. The space is open, airy and modern, but also warm and inviting due to the large windows that allow lots of sunlight in. There are lots of cool decorative elements, like a black and white graphic tile behind the open kitchen and a beautiful bar in the center of the space. We were seated and our server came to our table immediately and described the menu with lots of good detail. He had tried everything on the menu and made a few suggestions of his favorite items. The menu is true to the promise of blending […]

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Tempe events: Night of the Open Door @ ASU

ASU Night of the Open Door
February 20, 2018

Tempe events include ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe, February 24, 2018, from 1-6 p.m.  Experience the best kind of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) with a side of humanities and athletics at this fun, mind-expanding event for both the tech savvy and not so tech savvy of all ages. With more than 300 interactive activities, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the spaces that house the most innovative projects at ASU. Spaces to explore include the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU Marston Exploratory Theater and more. ASU students and faculty will introduce you to poisonous insects, space exploration, volcanoes, drones and robots, medical breakthroughs and Mayan discoveries. Interactive hands-on activities offer a wide spectrum of sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. ASU Night of the Open Door @ Tempe is “THE” night to come experience the creative energy that powers a world-class university. Learn more about Night of the Open Door activities and events. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. February 20: Black Veil Brides The Marquee February 20-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 21-March 18: Cavalia Odysseo 1475 N. McClintock Dr., Scottsdale, AZ February 22: Steve Krause Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 23: Don’t Tell Mom Tempe Marketplace February 23: Vince Neil The Marquee February 23-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza February 23-March […]

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Spotlight on Jack Minetti – Conference Concierge at Tempe Mission Palms

February 20, 2018

The Tempe Tourism Office team is fortunate to work with some outstanding hospitality professionals. These professionals help shape the guest’s experience, provide information about what to see and do in Tempe, and help make a conference run smoothly. I had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Minetti, the Conference Concierge at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in the heart of Downtown Tempe. He is the only Conference Concierge in Tempe. It is evident when you meet Jack that he has a real love for people, which shows in his work. Jack is originally from Pittsburgh and set his sights on the sunny state of Arizona in the 1980s. He quickly found a job in the hospitality industry. Jack’s work experience in Arizona includes working for InFlight Food Prep, the famed Estelle’s Jazz Club and the Hyatt Regency as Lead Food Captain. Winning multiple awards for industry excellence, Jack continued to grow and expand his horizons. In 1999, Jack found his way to the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel as Lead Food Captain. While working several key events, Jack began to recognize that guests had many questions and needs. Jack brought his observations to Cheryl Martin, his supervisor, and said “I want to help these people have a meaningful experience during their stay here.” Recognizing Jack’s knack for impromptu action and ideas, the department of Conference Concierge was created. Jack’s mission is to assure that your conference or meeting goes as smoothly as possible. Jack and the staff at the Tempe […]

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Tempe events: The Flick at ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center

ASU Nelson Fine Art Center in Downtown Tempe, AZ.
February 13, 2018

Tempe events include The Flick, presented by the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Nelson Fine Art Center,  February 16-25, 2018. Written by Annie Baker and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick is set in a rundown movie palace in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The story follows three underpaid movie ushers, Avery, Sam and Rose (who also runs the film projector) who struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. The Flick is a hilarious and moving parable for our times. For more information about The Flick, and to purchase tickets, visit https://filmdancetheatre.asu.edu/events or call 480-965-6447. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. February 13: Patrisse Khan-Cullors: When They Call You a Terrorist Changing Hands Bookstore February 13: Bruce Cockburn The Marquee February 13-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 15-18: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents Six Stories Tall ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse February 16: 3Nations Tempe Marketplace February 16-17: Dave Attell Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 16-25: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents The Flick Nelson Fine Arts Center February 17: Undecided Youth Tempe Marketplace February 17: Phoenix Arts Ensemble Spring Festival Gala Tempe Center for the Arts February 17: LOUD VII: Analog Outlaws, Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Fayuca Tempe History Museum February 17-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center for the Arts February 19: Tempe Symphony Orchestra Spring […]

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Tempe events: Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden
February 6, 2018

Tempe events include Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden, February 10-11, 2018.  Each day 40 different wines from regions around the world will be available for sampling. While enjoying the wines, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to representatives from each winery. All wines are available for sale, by the bottle or case, with proceeds benefiting the Garden’s education, conservation, research and horticulture programs. Mix and match 12 or more bottles and receive 10 percent off the total purchase price. Live music adds to the ambiance. On Saturday, the dynamic duo of 76th Street engage with their stories of strength, independence and love through song and storytelling. On Sunday, Lee Perreira takes the stage as he combines classic blues riffs with a soulfully textured vocal style leaving his audience instantly captured. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/corks-cactus, or call 480 941.1225. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. February 6-25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 8: Canyon Records presents: Tony Duncan & Jonah Littlesunday Changing Hands Bookstore February 8: Lights The Marquee February 8-10: Craig Shoemaker Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre February 9:  Carmela y Más Tempe Marketplace February 9: Fetty Wap The Marquee February 9-18: ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents Six Stories Tall ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse February 10: The Expendables The Marquee February 10: Andreś Martín Leal Tempe Marketplace February 10: Carnival […]

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Tempe events: David Greene, Host of NPR Morning Edition

Tempe Center for the Arts
January 30, 2018

Tempe events include A Conversation with David Greene  co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” at Tempe Center for the Arts on February 2, 2018,  7:30 p.m. “Morning Edition”  airs on KJZZ 91.5 FM, weekdays from 3-9 a.m. Greene joins Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin in hosting both “Morning Edition” and NPR’s morning news podcast “Up First.” David Green joined NPR in 2005. Over the years with NPR, he has covered New Orleans during the days following Hurricane Katrina; the White House during the Bush Administration; and Hillary Clinton’s entire 2008 campaign. For two years prior to taking on his current role in 2012, he was NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow covering the region from Ukraine and the Baltics, east to Siberia. He also spent a month in Libya reporting stories in the most difficult of circumstances as NATO bombs fell on Tripoli. He was honored with the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize from WBUR and Boston University for that coverage of the Arab Spring. Those who would like to spend some extra time getting to know David, can purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets which include dinner with David, wine and preferred seating at the presentation. For more information and to purchase tickets to A Conversation with David Greene, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.  January 30-February 25: Hamilton ASU Gammage February 2: […]

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Six Questions for Brian McCartin, President & CEO

Brian McCartin Tempe Tourism
January 24, 2018

Brian McCartin is the new President & CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet him yet, we wanted to give you a chance to get to know him and find out what he likes most about Tempe and what he sees for Tempe’s future as a tourism destination. Since beginning his new post, Brian has immersed himself in learning about our great city. Now that he’s had time to experience Tempe, we wanted to get his impressions so far. The Tempe Tourism team asked Brian six questions which he tackled with gusto. We like his answers and think you will too. You worked at Travel Portland for 15 years. What positions did you hold there?  I started as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  After several years, and as the dynamics of the destination were changing (an expanded convention center, increased international air service, several new hotels, etc.), we changed my role to more of a sales and services focus. My title changed to Executive Vice President of Convention and Tourism Sales.  Prior to joining Travel Portland, I had been a hotelier in Portland and for five years I served on Travel Portland’s Board of Directors, including a term as the Board Chair.  So, I really worked for/with Travel Portland for 20 years. What excites you the most about working for the Tempe Tourism Office?  Tempe is a terrific destination with so much to offer.  And while centrally located within the greater […]

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Tempe events: Carnival of Illusion at TCA

Carnival of Illusion
January 23, 2018

Tempe events include the Carnival of Illusion at Tempe Center for the Arts, January 25 and 26, 2018. What is the Carnival of Illusion?  Imagine an interactive vaudeville inspired theater show with old-world magic, add a twinkling hint of 1900’s Parisian humor, all packed into 100 fun-filled minutes. Carnival of Illusion is magic, mystery, and OOOH La La. Carnival of Illusion stars the dynamic husband/wife team of Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed.  Recipients of “Excellence in Magic,” Sarlot and Eyed have performed as house entertainers at the world’s top resorts, to Fortune 100 CEOs and to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America. Catch the longest running Arizona theater show in history at the Tempe Center for the Arts this January 25 and 26. To purchase tickets, visit www.carnivalofillusion.com/  or call (480) 350-2829. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 23: Avatar The Marquee January 25: Eric Schwartz Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre January 26: People Who Could Fly Tempe Marketplace January 26: ASU School of Music presents From the New World: Ko, Hidgon and Dvorak ASU Gammage January 26: August Burns Red The Marquee January 26-27: Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre January 26-27: Carnival of Illusion Tempe Center for the Arts January 27: Hello Swindon Tempe Marketplace January 27: Sara Robinson Band Tempe History Museum January 27-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center […]

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Tempe Public Market is open for business

Tempe Public Market
January 17, 2018

The wait is finally over for Tempe Public Market Cafe. It opened this weekend at the corner of Rural and Warner Roads in South Tempe and welcomed hungry diners looking for something new and different. Tempe’s newest restaurant is the latest venture by Chef Aaron Chamberlin, the major talent behind St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Cafe. Tempe Public Market Cafe is my new favorite restaurant and I know I’m not alone. There’s so much to love about it. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this community cafe serves fresh food crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced mostly from local and organic farms. Perfect for casual dining with a walk up and order set-up, this is the perfect spot for getting together with friends and family. This restaurant offers a cozy, yet trendy atmosphere. I especially love the large outdoor patio with both misters for summer, and heaters and a large fireplace for winter. I can already see myself enjoying a cappuccino in front of the fireplace while I sample my newest favorite item from the menu. For my first visit, I headed over early morning to try out their breakfast offerings, and beat the rush. I ordered the frittata – eggs, farmers market vegetables, cheddar cheese, arugula, pesto and toast. It was so good I almost licked my plate. I sat for awhile afterwards to enjoy my cappuccino and to people watch. Although very busy, the restaurant team did a good job serving everyone pretty quickly. They were all […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day at TCA

Childsplay presents The Snowy Day
January 16, 2018

Tempe events include the opening of Childsplay’s production of The Snowy Day at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on January 21, 2018. The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative musical play about the childhood joys and challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Peter and his pals come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of three stories by author illustrator Ezra Jack Keats: Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy and The Snowy Day. You can see The Snowy Day  on weekends from January 21-March 11, 2018. To purchase tickets visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website, or call 480-350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. January 18-20: David Alan Grier Tempe Improv Comedy Theater  January 19: August in Stereo Tempe Marketplace January 19: Maggie Smith: Good Bones Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU Tempe Campus January 20: The Brightside Tempe Marketplace January 20: Neck Deep The Marquee January 20: Pierce Brown: Iron Gold Changing Hands Bookstore January 20: Aldo Lopez Gavilan Trio: “The Cubans are Coming!” Tempe Center for the Arts January 20: Kristina Wong ASU Gammage  January 21: John Hiatt & The Goners The Marquee  January 21-March 11: Childsplay presents The Snowy Day Tempe Center […]

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