Inaugural ‘Sunday Brunch at the Encore’ A Great Success

Sunday, October 20, 2019, marked the day of our first Sunday Brunch in a series of monthly brunches in the newly-renovated Encore Room adjacent to the lobby in Arizona Broadway Theatre. Patrons were treated to a delicious omelet bar as well as an assortment of meats, pastries, fruit, desserts and freshly-made breads. The bar was open for the duration, and mimosas and bloody marys flowed. Nicole Pesce, pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger, dazzled everyone with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor, and pizzazz.

The idea behind Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE comes from ABT leadership and the City of Peoria who got together to bring this fresh new approach to the arts and dining to the West Valley.

Pianist Nicole Pesce with Marylou Stephens

We spoke with Marylou Stephens, Arts & Events Manager of the City of Peoria, who gave us some insight into this new venture.

“The City of Peoria wants to encourage the arts in all its forms,”  says Stephens. “Participation in the arts is a direct connection to the quality of life we experience in this beautiful city.  By supporting artists in a variety of mediums, we are encouraging more artists to create here in Peoria, and our residents are the winners that get to enjoy an ‘arts-rich life’ right in their own backyard.  ABT already understands the connection between great food, great art, and great company – the Sunday Brunch series was a perfect way for the City to support this endeavor and make more arts opportunities accessible to more Peorians and attract art lovers throughout Maricopa County to this great destination.”

When asked to expound on the city’s goals for the future of this event, Marylou replied, “I hope it will continue to grow so that we can include a wide variety of artists that will entertain the current ABT audience and entice music lovers from around the Valley to make the Sunday Brunch Series a monthly tradition.”

Artistic Directors at Arizona Broadway Theatre chose a diverse collection of local quality artists to grace the stage at The ENCORE to create that special upscale entertainment environment.

The next Sunday Brunch at The ENCORE will be on November 17, 2019, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, featuring Curt Cichon. Curt is a Flamenco/Rumba-style Guitarist that has been playing for over 25 years. With the intense rhythms, strumming, and scale runs, his sound is guaranteed to be a beautiful and intense sound to the ears. Playing many other styles such as Bossanova, Classical, Jazz, and Pop and many others, diversity is key. Curt had studied in Sevilla, Spain, learning how to accompany Flamenco singers and Flamenco dancers thus creating the cohesive sounds blending all three aspects to create the magic or “Duende” in the room.

The cost for the generous buffet is $29. The bar opens at 10 am, and full beverage service is available for purchase throughout the event. View all upcoming artists and purchase tickets by CLICKING HERE.

What people are saying about Sunday Brunch at the Encore:

“Entertainment was outstanding, it was great to be so close to the performer.”

“Never seen so much fantastic food with great variety.”

“The bar makes a mean Bloody Mary!”

“Educational component provided by the musician was incredibly insightful.”

“We didn’t know ABT had such an amazing culinary team!”