Letter from Editor-In-Chief

More than a passing fancy

Photo by Jon Wolf Photography

Ask any sports fan what they want in their community, and high on their list will be a college bowl game. Having two teams come to town and generate the sort of buzz and attention that comes with playing in front of tens of thousands of spectators in the stands, while thousands more watch on TV, is hard to beat. Throw in a downtown block party and a tailgate party, and you’ve got the perfect celebration with which to close out the year.

That’s why we’re thrilled to make the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl — held Dec. 29 at Arizona Stadium — our cover story (with an illustration by Chris Gall). This is the third year for the game, and the festivities surrounding it have expanded. The Downtown Block Party, presented by Rio Nuevo, will take place Dec. 28, and Dec. 29, following the game. And the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival will not only once again feature its popular nacho competition, but also a performance by the band Neon Trees. To learn about the history of the bowl, its economic impact on businesses and charities, and the events that are planned, turn to page 98.

This is a big month for many of us to entertain out-of-town visitors, and we will likely take them to some of our community’s finest restaurants. We asked Sarah Burton to report on the virtues of five very different restaurants that can provide you and your guests with the sort of atmosphere and culinary delights that will make their trip memorable. The mouthwatering particulars start on page 60.

Lastly, be sure to peruse our Top Dentists list, compiled by topDentists, LLC, based in Augusta, Georgia. More than 130 local dentists in several areas of expertise are included with their contact information. Read about how it was compiled and see the names, starting on page 46.