Imagine the stress of putting a party together — having to make sure you have the right mix of people (who actually come after they RSVP), making sure you get enough food so no one leaves hungry, and having to put together the perfect party music mix that everyone will enjoy. Now, multiple that by 1,000. As general manager of Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts, it’s Kristin Castle’s job to make sure the Valley’s longest-running culinary festival comes together perfectly. The Gilbert resident started off her professional career in the world of dance, as a touring company member for shows such as Footloose and The Music Man, before becoming an event planner. She’s helping coordinate the Cooks and Corks dining event Friday, November 8 at Four Seasons Resort at Troon North. Read on for insight into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into these massive dining events, as well as to hear five reasons why Castle is glad to call the Valley home after living in the country’s two biggest cities.
What brought you to Arizona?
I’m originally from Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to New York and was a professional dancer there for about seven years. I was ready for a change from the winters and moved to L.A., where I met my husband. We came here last summer because of his job. Continue reading