LOCATION: Downtown Litchfield Park (Along Old Litchfield Rd., south of Wigwam Blvd.) For GPS, plug in: 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd.
DATE: February 23, 2014
HOST: West Valley Mavericks
CHAIR: Justin Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org, 623-826-5552
CO-CHAIR: Robert Stockley, email@example.com, 480-250-8378
GENERAL ADMISSION: $45
General Admission Tickets includes unlimited food sampling from about 30 of the finest West Valley restaurants and 10 drink tickets. Drinks are priced from 1 ticket for water or soda to 3 tickets for a specialty cocktail. GA Tickets also include access to other event elements: hourly cooking demonstrations, a huge kid’s zone, live music stage, incredible silent auction tables, and fun contests to enter. A handpicked selection of West Valley businesses will also set up booths for attendees to peruse in between bites.
VIP TICKET: $100
VIP Tickets include General Admission access and a lanyard that allows for access into a lovely VIP area. Inside, there is a full bar filled with top shelf spirits, live dueling piano show, shaded lounge seating, corn hole tournaments, and catered desserts by a top Valley pastry chef. VIP ticket holders receive 20 drink tickets to use both at the VIP bar and for craft beer sampling in the General Admission area. These tickets also include a take-home bag of goodies from event sponsors and restaurant partners. Plus, there’s private, executive-style bathrooms with hand- washing sinks.
KIDS 12 & UNDER: $20
A Kid’s Ticket is basically a General Admission ticket, but discounted to take into account that they will only use drink tickets for water and soda. Kids have access to the huge Hilgers Fun Zone, where there’s games, bouncy castles, a mechanical bull, and more. If your kid (like ours) shrills at the sight of bruschetta and other culinary festival fare, we’ve got you covered – a Kids Ticket includes ice cream and hot dogs!
2013 Highlights Below…
Tram Mai is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for EVB Live. Mai has co-hosted with Regis Philbin, interviewed numerous celebrities, covered the red carpet for the Emmy’s in Los Angeles and the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Superbowl in Tampa, Florida. Her favorite stories are the ones that inspire others. As a journalist, the most rewarding part of her job is making a difference in people’s lives. Tram is married and has two golden retrievers, Napa Bella and Pressley Ann. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, reading, cooking, and entertaining at home with her homemade desserts.
THE WILEY ONE
The Wiley One has played everything from local bars to huge festivals (to the top of a bio-diesel bus!), and at every occasion, the crowd goes wild for their bouncy-bluesy string style riffs and unique blend of acoustic, hip hop, reggae, and blues styles. This band has been performing since 2007, and with their strong roots in Arizona, they’re excited to play this inaugural Flavors of the West culinary festival.
Listen to them here: www.thewileyone.com
What happens when a bunch of top doctors who happen to play instruments get together and jam? Well, when they’re as good as the members of Champagne Tap, they start playing real gigs and making a (musical) name for themselves. That’s exactly what the members of this band have done, and now you can tap your feet to their huge stock of rockin’ cover tunes – from ZZ Top to Queen and beyond.
Check them out here: www.champagnetap.com
THE KITCHEN STAGE
THANK YOU TO OUR PREVIOUS SPONSORS
Sub-Zero/Wolf; Curtis, Goodwin, Sullivan, Udall, and Schwab law firm; Hickman’s Family Farms; Shamrock Foods
This stage features hourly cooking demonstrations by top chefs in a fun atmosphere.
2014 line-up to be announced!
THE WIGWAM RESORT VIP MUSIC STAGE
FEATURING ANDERSON INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
2014 line-up to be announced!
WHAT IS FLAVORS OF THE WEST?
Litchfield Park, Ariz. – Building upon a successful inaugural event in early 2013, Flavors of the West has announced Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 as the date for year two of its culinary celebration. It will take place once again in the heart of downtown Litchfield Park, at the intersection of Old Litchfield Road and Wigwam Boulevard. This year, Flavors of the West promises to deliver not only great food and drinks from West Valley chefs and restaurants, but an amped-up event experience, thanks to hosting organization, The West Valley Mavericks.
The Mavericks are a new 28-member men’s group whose mission is to build West Valley community ties while raising money for various charities. For Flavors of the West, the Mavericks have agreed to seek sponsor funds, solicit restaurant partners, and help execute event elements. Mavericks member and Chairman of Flavors of the West is longtime Litchfield resident, Justin Clarke, who says, “this event is the biggest party in the West Valley. And now with the Mavericks help, we’re expanding the attractions to include a BMX bike demo ramp, dueling piano bar in the VIP area, corn hole tournament, and so much more. February 23rd will be an exciting day for the West Valley!”
Taking a leading role in the event efforts are Mavericks Co-Chairman, Robert Stockley, and the groups’ “Marshall” (a.k.a. Chairman), Patrick Clooney. “Everybody’s chipping in,” says Clarke. “For instance, our own Christian Zdebel redesigned the Flavors of the West logo. We’re all bringing something to the table.” The group is currently focused on securing sponsorship funds, so interested parties should contact Stockley at the e-mail address below.
Taking place from noon to 6pm, Flavors of the West will showcase the culinary talents of over 25 West Valley chefs and restaurateurs. Organized in a walk-around format, restaurants will dish out small plates to the 2,000-plus attendees all afternoon. Throughout the day, live bands will perform on the Main Stage, including the group led by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Doctor Greg White, Champagne Tap, who’s been booked to play the event again after their stellar performance last year. Also coming back for year two: Sub-Zero/Wolf and Westar Kitchen & Bath, who will set up the cooking demonstration stage where area chefs can offer culinary tips in 30-minute presentations. A large kid’s zone sponsored by Hilgers Orthodontics will also entertain the crowds.
At the event, the West Valley Mavericks will operate bars, pouring the finest wine, beer, and spirits. The main beneficiary of Flavors of the West is the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and their new facility in Avondale. Clarke’s own charity, The Honey Foundation, will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the impressive on-site silent auction.
Restaurants interested in participating in Flavors of the West should contact Lisa Balzotti with Affordable Food Festivals at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship information can be acquired from Robert Stockley at mailto:email@example.com.