AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer
Saturday, May 18
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — AJ’s Fine Foods will present The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 18.
This annual affair is the perfect opportunity to discover new wines and enjoy luscious bites in a fun and entertaining setting, all while supporting the arts. Featured tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines, hand selected by AJ’s cellar masters, will be complemented by gourmet specialties from AJ’s, including chef-prepared sample entrees and desserts. AJ’s cellar masters also will be on site to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings.
“We look forward to another successful celebration of food and wine all in support of Scottsdale Arts,” said Jayson Mead, director of operations for AJ’s Fine Foods. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share new culinary experiences, explore wines from around the world and indulge in some of the best tastes that AJ’s has to offer.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to stock up their wine cellars with special discounts when they order six or more bottles of wine at the event.
Activities and entertainment include live music and a silent auction offering fine wines, tickets to sporting events, elaborate gift baskets, culinary accessories and other items from AJ’s and its partners. Two exhibitions curated by Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach will be on display in the Young@Art Gallery and the ArtReach Space. Guests also receive complimentary admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).
Tickets for entry between 2 and 4:30 p.m. are $40 for the general public and $35 for Scottsdale Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase through ArtOfWine.ScottsdaleArts.org or by calling the box office at 480-499-8587. VIP tickets for members are $45 and grant early access from 1 to 2 p.m. and include a Riedel wine glass and special AJ’s accessories. A limited number of early-access VIP tickets will be available to the general public for $50. Advance purchase is required; no tickets will be sold on the day of the event.
“We’re so thankful to continue our partnership with AJ’s and present the Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer,” said Darcy Hill, director of development for Scottsdale Arts. “It’s extraordinary to be able to bring such a high-quality culinary experience to our campus while supporting programs that directly benefit our community through the arts.”
Proceeds from AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer benefit the diverse artistic and educations programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts and its four operating branches: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach.
ABOUT AJ’S FINE FOODS
AJ’s Fine Foods provides an unparalleled shopping experience that delights the senses. As Arizona’s leading gourmet and specialty store that caters to discriminating tastes, AJ’s offers the highest level of customer service and attention to detail. From chef-prepared entrees and custom cuts of meat to fresh, homemade desserts and a farmers market, AJ’s offers a wide selection of high-quality, hard-to-find items. AJ’s also offers an extensive wine collection with a knowledgeable cellar staff, fresh produce and grocery items, unique floral arrangements, a humidor, custom gift baskets and specialty gifts. AJ’s operates 11 locations in Arizona and has been named one of the “Best Places to Work.” For more information, visit www.AJsFineFoods.com.
Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach — serving more than 400,000 participants annually.
LOCATION AND PARKING
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.
HOW TO REACH US
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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