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"Dine Out with the Chefs" Event Adds Bernie Kantak, Charleen Badman, and Aaron May

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is stepping up its game this year for its sixth annual, "Dine Out With the Chefs," one of the Valley's most exclusive culinary events where guests get to mingle with local celebu-chefs and taste their culinary creations.

In addition to returning taste makers like Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao, Beau MacMillan of elements, Matt Carter of The Mission and Zinc Bistro, Helen Yung of Sweet Republic, Tracy Dempsey of Tracy Dempsey Originals, and others, this year's event will feature some new faces. Most notably, Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House, Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman of FnB, and Aaron May.

Along with the two main attraction (the chefs and their food), the 2011 event has some other goodies on the menu as well.

Also scheduled to appear are film director and winemaker, Sam Pillsbury, who will be on hand for a wine sampling, Pamela Swartz, author of Dine Out Phoenix: Where to Eat from Chic to Unique, who will sign copies of her latest edition, and Chef Laura Slama of Celebrated Cuisine, who will do a cooking demonstration.

There will also be wine and tequila seminars and live entertainment. For complete details, go here.

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"Dine Out with the Chefs" happens from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 2, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 at the door, and are on sale now. To buy tickets online go here or call 480-499-8587.

Proceeds from the event benefit the arts education and outreach programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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