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12th annual Taste of the Biltmore kicks off AZ charity event season

Cooler temps and gorgeous evenings not only point to the return of fall in Arizona, it also signals of the official start of the social season, when the community comes together to support local nonprofits and organizations at celebrations throughout the state.

Helping kick off the season is National Bank of Arizona, who is hosting its annual Taste of the Biltmore event on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the bank’s corporate center in Phoenix. Now in its 12th year, the event celebrates fine food and drink from some of the state’s most popular restaurants and eateries.

“As a local bank, we want this event to benefit Arizona and celebrate the community we live in, “says Kimberly Robb, NB|AZ marketing supervisor, adding that Taste of the Biltmore initially started as a client appreciation event more than a decade ago. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees.

Participating restaurants include longtime participants Benedict’s Catering, Bluewater Grill, and Nothing Bundt Cakes, as well as newcomers La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar, La Purismia Bakery, Tres Leches Café, San Tan Brewing + Distilling and Wrigley Mansion. Wine is provided by Young’s Market Company of Arizona, with entertainment provided by Soundbite.

And while guests savor and sip the night away, they’re also helping support some of the Valley’s most dedicated nonprofits and their missions to improve the lives of people in Arizona. Each year a different charity is selected to receive the proceeds of the event. This year’s benefitting charities are Feeding Matters and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona. Feeding Matters furthers advances in pediatric feeding disorders by accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for children and families. UCP of Central Arizona provides comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing physical and developmental support as well as educational growth.

According to Robb, NB|AZ has raised more than $95.617 since 2007. “Taste of the Biltmore demonstrates NB|AZ’s commitment to the community in which we live and work,” Robb says.

 

Julia De Simone

 

 

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