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Plated & Staged…

A Herberger Theater Experience

text by Kathryn Brooks    photos courtesy of Herberger Theater Center

Above left: Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. Above right: Mark Mettes, president and CEO Herberger Theater Center, and Kiel Klaphake.

On March 11, over 200 guests attended the third annual Plated & Staged … A Herberger Theater Experience. The reception began at the Herberger Theater Center with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, raffle and wine pull plus live entertainment. Dinner followed, but only then did guests learn their host restaurant for the remainder of the evening.

Top left: Daniel Sandmeyer and Frances Cohen. Top right: Fritz Beeson and Jenny Holsman Tetrault. Bottom, left to right: Paula Cullison, Rosemary Close, Chris Haines and Billie Jo Herberger.

Dining establishments throughout the Valley participated, each hosting a table for 12 with a specially prepared three-course meal and wine pairings.  Restaurant partners included Brio Tuscan Grille, The Canal Club, Chef Lounge, Citizen Public House, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Ladera, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Mancuso’s Restaurant, Marcellino Ristorante, Match, Sierra Bonita Grill, Southern Rail, The Strand, T. Cook’s, Tom & Lin Catering, Tomaso’s, University Club Phoenix and Weft & Warp.

Above left: Alan and Char Augenstein. Above right, left to right: Mark Mettes, Chris Colyer and Felipe Ruiz.

The Herberger Theater Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate. Having made a strong commitment to sustain its outreach programs and collaborations for youth by providing kids with an opportunity to experience the beauty and magic of the theater, each year 30,000 school-aged children share the unique experience of live performing arts.

Proceeds from the event benefit its youth outreach programs. For more information, visit