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Feb 18: On the Red Carpet at LON's

"You can have anything you want if you dress for it." That is Edith Head's defining, signature quote and you know her even if you think you do not. And on February 18 at LON's at the Hermosa you have the opportunity to hear her out, as part of The Hermosa Inn's annual Pre-Oscars Party, hosted by Scottsdale fashion expert Robert Black. You also get to play a part. There will be a red carpet that night - with photographers - and guests are invited to come dressed for the occasion. In your closet there is a dress you have saved because you never know when you might get an invitation to supper with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace - even better, Balmoral. Wear it to this event. It will be gorgeously appropriate. As for Head, nobody has won more costume Academy Awards than Head - she won eight in a career spanning from 1949 ("The Heiress") to 1973 ("The Sting"). No woman has won more. And she was nominated a dazzling 40 times. A favorite Head quote: "You can lead a horse to water and you can even make it drink, but you can't make actresses wear what they don't want to wear." Nobody has known more about how to make clothing integral to a film. In a Head film, the clothes are a character of their own, they are that important. Head's Oscars include "All About Eve" (1949), "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "Roman Holiday" (1953), "Sabrina" (1954) . Head died in 1981 - age 83 - but we are fortunate to have Susan Claassen - who has specialized in channeling Head - bring to Paradise Valley her kind of reincarnation of the great designer. Wouldn't you love to hear Head dish on the clothes in "The Revenant" or "Mad Max" or "Carol?" Maybe on designer Sandy Powell who this year won nominations for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," the kind of dominance not seen since Head ruled. Oh, by the way, the smart money is betting on "Mad Max." Don't be shy: Ask Head/Claassen about that. Also part of the night will be a fashion show featuring elegant, one-of-a-kind museum quality designs - ranging from the camp to the elegant. You love clothes. You love Hollywood glamour. You want to be here that night. Price: $99++, inclusive of dinner at LON's and classic cocktails. Call 602-955-7878. A very few spaces remain.

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Red Carpets, Celebrities and Badgley Mischka

The red carpet is coming to The Hermosa Inn. Mark your calendar: March 8th. That's the kickoff event in "Conversations in Fashion," a partnership between the Phoenix Art Museum and The Hermosa Inn, and it brings to Paradise Valley designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka who have been hailed by Vogue as one of the "Top 10 American Designers." They are particularly known for their eye popping red carpet dresses worn by top name celebrities. Scroll through a gallery here. How many can you name? Maybe the easier question is: is there anyone you do not immediately recognize? Vogue, by the way, has also called them "red carpet stalwarts." Luxurious detail, superior craftsmanship mark the duo's design philosophy. "Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties," says Mischka. "The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant." Helen Mirren, by the way, has been known to sit in the front row at their runway shows. Here's a Vogue sampling of their 2016 spring/summer catwalk outfits. Guests will meet and mingle with the designers and others in a relaxed, intimate setting over wine and hors d'oeuvres, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, will introduce the designers. They will also be signing copies of their new book, American Glamour, which will be available for purchase at the event. Created in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum's Arizona Costume Institute, Conversations in Fashion is a design-focused, cocktail-hour series that will feature select artists from ACI's rich programming of events supporting the art of fashion. The casual conversations at Hermosa will likely inspire many guests to attend ACI's more in-depth presentations at Phoenix Art Museum.   Tickets to the Mark Badgley and James Mischka event are $40.  To reserve, please call LON's at the Hermosa, 602.955.7878.

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Feb 3: LON's at Uptown Farmer's Market

If you're in the central Phoenix area on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, be sure to stop by the Uptown Farmer's Market to see Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Sous Chef Joe Hobson lead a cooking demonstration and tasting using product from the market. The demo begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by samples for guests. The market is located at 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Get more info below and at uptownmarketaz.com.

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Recipe: Mesquite Sour

One of our signature hand-crafted cocktails at Last Drop at the Hermosa is our Mesquite Sour. This unique cocktail uses an egg white for froth, the mesquite flavor in the syrup gives a nod to the mesquite used throughout many signature dishes at LON's and the campfire whiskey gives that Old West feel. A great cocktail to enjoy year-round. Cheers! Mesquite Sour ($14) 1 1/2 ounces High West Campfire Whiskey 1/2 ounce mesquite syrup 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1 egg white Ice Bitters, for garnish Pour whiskey, mesquite syrup, lemon juice and egg white into a cocktail shaker. TIP: for the best froth, shake (for 30 seconds) without ice first. Then add ice and shake for an additional 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with bitters. For more recipes from behind the bar, follow us on Pinterest, or check back with us here every Monday. For more information and reservations, visit www.LONs.com, call 602.955.7878 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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