Award-Winning Culinary Fundraiser for ALS Research and Aarenesearch and Awareness Returns June 2

Posted By on May 10, 2018

The ALS Association Arizona Chapter’s ninth annual award-winning Bite Nite is returning on Saturday, June 2 to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa following its record-breaking event last year.

The event, which features exclusive mystery boxes, a silent and live auction, and of course, bites from coveted restaurants from across the state, raises funds and awareness for ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.

This year’s program promises to be one of the most engaging yet, with new, soon-to-be announced entertainment and a new approach to the program. Unlike previous years, which shared the stories of ALS patients, this year’s event will feature the perspective of an ALS caretaker, who will recount her experience with the fatal disease.

“The event is such a good mix of message and fun,” said ALS Association Arizona’s executive director Taryn Norley. “What I love most is getting to see patients interact with each other.”

Funds raised will support the ALS Association Arizona Chapter’s research endeavors as well as its variety of services for ALS patients and their families. The chapter currently serves more than 400 patients each year — helping to mitigate the average $200,000 annual cost of caring for someone with ALS.

ALS Association clients will have the opportunity to attend and get pampered prior to the event through the association, making it a special and memorable experience where they can enjoy a night out with family and friends.

Fogo de Chao and Sol Mexican Cantina are some of this year’s new participating restaurants, while many favorites such as Fairytale Brownies and Westin Kierland Resort catering are returning.

Tucson Bite Nite will also return this year on August 25 at a new venue, the JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa.

Dr. Shafeeq S. Ladha, director of the Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disorders Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and John Banquil, director of brand development for Desert Island Restaurants will serve as the chairs of the event.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to either event, visit

Jamie Killin

About Jamie Killin

Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.
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