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The Valley’s most festive fundraiser, the Original Taste uncorks at the Scottsdale Waterfront (4/23)

Scottsdale Charity Event

The Valley’s premier food & wine tasting event, The Original Taste returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 7 – 10 pm, immediately followed by the can’t miss VIP-only after-party, Late Night with Executive Council 70, from 10 pm – midnight. Presented every Spring by the Valley-based Executive Council Charities, the non-profit fundraising arm of the local organization, Executive Council 70 (EC70), The Original Taste brings together more than 40 of the Valley’s best restaurants, wines from across the world, select craft beers and premium cocktails, plus live entertainment and a festive dress-to-impress scene you will not want to miss. Even tastier, The Original Taste doubles as a fundraiser for local charities, helping the Executive Council Charities donate more than $4 million in the past five years alone, including a recent $500,000 commitment to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new $40M Emergency Department and Trauma Center.

Highlights for 2016 include a red-hot restaurant line-up featuring the finest local and national eateries serving up chef-crafted finger foods and savory bar bites. Back for 2016, Evening Entertainment Group (Bevvy, Bottled Blonde, Hi Fi Kitchen + Cocktails, RnR, Sandbar Mexican Grill), will be sponsoring the Beer Garden, whileUpward Projects’ Postino Wine Café will be a new addition near the Stetson Bridge, serving fine food and wines from this scenic perch spanning the Arizona Canal. Plus, enjoy gourmet food & drink from Fox Restaurant Concepts (Culinary Dropout, Olive & Ivy) and Square One Concepts (Bourbon & Bones, Crab & Mermaid, Wasted Grain), and more.

The Original Taste 2016 restaurant lineup (plus many more to come):

  • 4  Buona Vita
  • America’s Taco Shop
  • Bevvy
  • Bottled Blonde
  • Bourbon & Bones
  • Chloe’s Corner
  • Classic Crust Pizza
  • Crab & Mermaid
  • Culinary Dropout
  • Diego Pops
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Frank and Lupe’s Old Mexico
  • Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
  • Grimaldi’s
  • Hi Fi Kitchen + Cocktails
  • The Herb Box
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar
  • Kelly’s at Southbridge
  • Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
  • Olive & Ivy
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Postino WineCafé
  • RnR
  • Roka Akor
  • Sandbar Mexican Grill
  • Second Story Liquor Bar
  • Shake Shack
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Sushi Brokers
  • Sushi Roku
  • Tarbell’s
  • Wasted Grain

Also new for 2016, enjoy an expanded live music lineup unspooling across the entire Scottsdale Waterfront, headlined by Zowie Bowie and featuring local favorite, Elvis Before Noon. Additional details such as ticket sales and sponsorship packages will be announced shortly (Must be 21+ to attend). Proceeds from The Original Taste benefit Executive Council Charities to fund critical youth programs at organizations like Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, UMOM New Day Centers, Ryan House, Foundation for Blind Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, New Pathways for Youth, and Child Crisis Arizona and many more.

The Original Taste is Saturday, April 23, 2016 (7 – 10 pm) followed immediately by the Late Night with Executive Council 70 (10 pm – midnight) at the Scottsdale Waterfront (7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251). For more information visit www.theoriginaltaste.com.

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