Cooking for a cause: Hospice of the Valley fundraiser a feast for foodies

Charles Wiley, Cullen Campbell, Gio Osso among top Phoenix chefs at Hospice of the Valley's Off the Vine fundraiser Oct.

cooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 1 10/1: Sunday Bloody Sunday Festival | Nothing says Sunday like a satisfying Bloody Mary. At this fest, try a variety of savory brunch cocktails created by restaurants and Blood Mary mix companies. The drinks will be scored by a panel of local celebrity judges. Competitors include Hash Kitchen, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Bloody Maria, Blood Brothers and Four Peaks Brewing Company. Admission includes 15 tasting tickets. Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The Watershed, 5350 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe. $35-$45.  David Kadlubowski/The Republic, David Kadlubowski/The Republiccooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 2 10/7: Scottsdale Bacon and Beer Classic | Enjoy the delicious combo at this event, featuring 50-plus types of craft beers and 25 bacon-infused dishes. Guests will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy lawn games, a bacon-eating contest and music. There will be two time slots during the day: one in the afternoon and one in the evening, with VIP ticket holders getting in an hour early. | Details: 1-4 p.m. (noon admission for VIPs) or 7-10 p.m. (6 p.m. admission for VIPs) Saturday, Oct. 7..  Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. $49.$79.  Michael Schennum/azcentral sportcooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 3 10/7: Uncorked: PHX Wine Festival | The festival returns to Phoenix, bringing more than 100 wines from across the world, including Mumm Napa, Rodney Strong, The Federalist, Sanford Winery and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Uncorked includes lawn games and food trucks such as Queso Good and 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese. VIP admission includes early entry, shorter lines and exclusive wines. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Phoenix Community Alliance. | Details: 1-4 p.m. (noon admission for VIPs) Saturday, Oct. 7. Civic Center Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $55-$65.  Norm Hall Photographycooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 4 10/7: Mac & Cheese Festival | This inaugural event, dedicated to the classic comfort dish, will feature gooey macaroni and cheese samples from Valley chefs and home cooks, as well as a gaming area and craft beer vendors. | Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7134 E. Stetson Drive. $15 for general admission, $75 for VIP. 480-666-5545,  The Arizona Republiccooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 5 10/13: Off the Vine | The vintage wine auction is hosted by and benefits Hospice of the Valley. Guests will enjoy gourmet food prepared by Valley chefs Cullen Campbell, Charles Wiley and Stephen Jones (pictured), paired with top-notch wines. The auction features rare and vintage wines from private collections; trips to the Mediterranean, Paris and Napa Valley; and a private dinner for eight from Chris Bianco. | Details: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. $250. 602-530-6900,  FleurComGroupcooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 6 10/13: Taste of the Town | Hosted by the Greater Arizona Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the classy soiree features signature dishes from Valley restaurants such as Tanzy, Postino, Grimaldi's Pizzeria and Zinburger. Dishes are paired with wine and beer. The event includes a silent auction, raffles and live music. | Details: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Road. $65-$85.  Zinburgercooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 7 10/13-14: Vintage & Vino Festival | Browse through 100-plus vintage and handmade vendors while enjoying wine tasting in the lounge, as well as a mimosa and craft beer bar. The event includes food vendors, games, music and a craft area for kids. | Details: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct 13. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. $5 for general admission; $20 for wine package, includes admission and six wine tasting tickets.  Vintage & Vinocooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 8 10/14-15: Arizona Taco Festival | Love tacos? Don't miss this food fest that features 50 restaurants. Guests can purchase tacos for $2 each, and wash them down with beers and margaritas at the bars hosted by Dos Gringos, El Hefe, Salty Señorita, Wasted Grain and Old Town Gringos. The event features lucha libre wrestling, food-eating contests, photo booths, a tequila expo, chihuahua beauty pageant and live music. | Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road on the Salt River Reservation, near Scottsdale. $12 for general admission; $18 for Mucho Margarita package; $20 for Margarita Expo; $100 for VIP. 480-270-5000,  Arizona Taco Festivalcooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 9 10/20: Cooks & Corks | Help raise money for the Scottsdale League for The Arts at this culinary event featuring such restaurants as Deseo, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, Mowry & Cotton, Lon's at the Hermosa, T. Cook's and Nonna Urban Eatery (pictured). Wineries include Cannonball, Aridus Wine Company, Pillsbury Wine Company and Farm Collective. The league raises helps raise money for local arts education organizations. | Details: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive. $125 for general admission, $175 for VIP.  Nonna Urban Eaterycooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 10 10/20-22: Lost Lake Festival | The inaugural music festival will feature a number of culinary experiences. Phoenix Flavors will showcase 25 local restaurants, curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco. Brewpark will include more than 100 breweries. Nectar of the Gods will offer tasting flights of agave spirits. And the Lava Pit will feature barbecued meats and an active "volcano." | Details: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. General admission, $224.50-$239.50. $574.50 for VIP.  Lost Lake Festivalcooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 11 10/22: Dish It Out | Join a well-heeled crowd at this dressy culinary event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Participating restaurants include Citizen Public House, Proof, Timo, The Vig, Ocean Prime and The Dhaba. Banfi Vintners, SanTan Brewing Company, Huss Brewing Co. and Tequila Herradura will be among a wide variety of wine, beer and spirits vendors. | Details: 5-8 p.m. (4:15 p.m. admission for VIPs) Sunday, Oct. 22. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. $75 for general admission, $500 for VIP. 602-343-1204,  Joanie Simoncooking-for-a-cause-hospice-of-the-valley-fundraiser-a-feast-for-foodies photo 12 10/28: LDV Winery Harvest Festival | Grape stomping, anyone? Celebrate fall at the Scottsdale winery's annual event, with ticket holders receiving a glass of wine with a souvenir glass and barbecue lunch. Additional wine is available for purchase. | Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. LDV Winery, 6951 E. First St., Scottsdale. $35-$45. 480-664-4822,  LDV Winery

Hospice of the Valley's annual fundraiser, Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction, has made some big changes this year, from a new setting to a new team of chefs.  

After 15 years at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, the event has moved to the new Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. And when guests arrive on Friday, Oct. 13, they'll find some of the Valley's most talented chefs behind five food stations: 

  • Charles Wiley, executive chef at Mountain Shadow's signature restaurant, Hearth '61.
  • Cullen Campbell from Crudo and Okra Cookhouse and Cocktails in Phoenix.
  • Gio Osso of Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale and Nico Heirloom Kitchen in Gilbert.
  • Walter Sterling from Ocotillo in Phoenix.
  • Stephen Jones from The Larder + The Delta, previously at DeSoto Central Market. 

"We wanted a fresh experience this year, we're changing the format as well and thought it would be the perfect time," said Liz Gerlach, co-chair of Off the Vine. "There are so many amazing chefs in Phoenix and we want to represent what they are doing and how successful they have been." 

The chef stations will each feature a specialty dish. Wiley, host chef, plans to serve short rib agnolotti, a popular dish at Hearth '61; and tortellino filled with wild mushrooms and mascarpone.

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"We are setting the stage for all the visiting chefs. It provides great energy in the kitchen to have visiting chefs come, and the staff gets excited," he said. "We also love connecting with the guests, which doesn't happen often at our restaurants because we are busy behind the stove or expediting."

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The rare wine auction is a big part of the Off the Vine fundraiser for Hospice of the Valley. (Photo: Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley)

Besides silent and live auctions, the evening will feature a wine pull — mystery wine bags for purchase. Auction items include:

  • A private dinner for eight with celebrated Phoenix chef Chris Bianco.
  • Trips to Napa Valley, the Mediterranean and Champagne, France.
  • Rarewines including 2011 selections from French.

In 2016, Off the Vine raised more than $100,000 for the non-profit hospice, whose mission is to promote "comfort and dignity as life nears its end."  

Proceeds will benefit the agency's Salutes to Veterans program, featuring volunteer veterans from all branches of the military presenting lapel pins to veteran patients. Funds also will go to a new, similar program called Honoring First Responders. 

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"Hospice of the Valley provides such an important service at a time when people are the most vulnerable in their lives," Wiley said. "There are many great organizations that are all about research and fighting disease, but Hospice so humbly takes care of folks so near the end of their lives." 

Details: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Mountain Shadows Resort, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. $250. 602-530-6900, 


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