Arizona Wine & Dine Returns for 5th Year

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Food & Drink Festivals Issue: March 2016

Photo courtesy Arizona Wine & Dine FestivalArizonans sometimes forget that we’re graced with exceptionally talented chefs at many of our award-winning resort properties. Since we live here, we often don’t think about them as dining destinations.

If you’ve been thinking about checking out Beau MacMillan’s fare at Elements at The Sanctuary or Todd Allison’s Mediterranean cuisine at Royal Palms' T. Cook’s, by all means do so. But if you want to experience 19 different resort chefs at once, including the aforementioned two, attend the 5th Annual AZ Wine & Dine Festival on Thursday, April 7, at the Scottsdale Quarter.

Hosted by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, AZ Wine & Dine will feature some of the Valley’s most celebrated chefs from local resort hotels, including Michael Cairns from Omni Montelucia; Mel Mecinas of the Four Seasons; Jeremy McMillan of the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess; and Roberto Madrid from Westin Kierland, to name a few.

“Many years ago, resort restaurants were overlooked as spots serving 'hotel food,' but the chefs and culinary programs of Arizona completely buck the trend,” says Kim Sabow, president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. “We’re a world-class dining destination and we’re lucky enough to have the best of the best of the nation’s resort restaurants right here in our own backyard.”

This year, wine and spirits distributor Young’s Market Co. will pair fine wines with each restaurant, and Hensley Beverage Co. will offer three different craft beers. “You’ll get a sampling of everything, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts, paired with a different wine and/or beer,” Sabow says.

The event typically sells out, so Sabow encourages people to buy their tickets early. Also new this year: The Scottsdale Quarter has added a third parking garage, which will make coming and going a little easier. Valet parking will also be available at the event.

Photo courtesy Arizona Wine & Dine FestivalIf you go:
What: 5th Annual AZ Wine & Dine Festival
Where: Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 7
Cost: $65 until March 31; $75 after
Tickets: azwineanddine.com