MDA's 14th Annual Taste of the Town returns to Scottsdale Quarter

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Foodies, get ready. We're less than a month away from one of the Valley's biggest culinary charity events.

Hundreds of Valley food fans and wine enthusiasts are getting ready to gather under the stars for a night of music, dancing and delectable tastings during the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 14th Annual Taste of the Town, Friday.

The event is set for Oct. 17 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter. Emceed by 3TV's April Warnecke and Mark McClune, the charitable evening will feature more than 20 of the Valley's top restaurants serving up their finest food and drink for a great cause.

"It really means a lot for these people to come out and support the MDA community," says Bonnie Guzlef, who was diagnosed with ALS.

The event, presented by Cigna, will showcase a variety of food, fine wines, spirits and beer. Besides eating and drinking to their heart's content, guests will also spend the evening socializing with other donors, bidding on a variety of luxury items and enjoying the music of local band Elvis Before Noon, a Valley favorite for fans of the 90's Tempe sound.

In addition to the culinary offerings and silent auction, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to MDA and receive a custom necklace by luxury jeweler Cornelis Hollander through the Drinks with Dazzle raffle. The award-winning jewelry designer will be donating 50 necklaces featuring sterling silver pendants to adorn the wine up for grabs.

The Drinks with Dazzle raffle is an exciting opportunity for guests to buy a bottle of wine for $65, which will come with two wine glasses courtesy of Le Creuset, and win one of five diamond encrusted versions of the sterling silver pendant necklaces.

General admission tickets for Taste of the Town are priced at $75 through Oct. 3, after which general admission increases to $100. Tickets can be purchased online at
Taste of the Town participants include:
Alliance Beverage
Angels Envy Bourbon
Arizona Lottery
Barefoot Bubbly & Refresh
Barefoot Wine
Brio Tuscan Grille
Capital Grille
Fogo De Chao
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Hensley Beverage Company
HUB International
Jaburg and Wilk
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Nothing Bundt Cake
PHOENIX Magazine
Press Coffee Roasters
Rosenstein Law Group
Taylor Morrison
The Scottsdale Quarter
TK's Urban Tavern
Trader Joe's
True Food Kitchen

Taste of the Town benefits more than 2,400 Arizona families affected by neuromuscular diseases. The Muscular Dystrophy Association, a voluntary national health agency consisting of a combination of both scientists and citizens, strives to combat a variety of diseases that impair the muscle function of more than 1 million Americans. MDA is the nation's largest nongovernmental funder of scientific research seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in its program.

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