ADERO Scottsdale Resort to feature Cielo as its signature restaurant

When the new ADERO Scottsdale Resort opens in October it will offer great views, luxury and inventive cuisine in Cielo Restaurant. Located on the southern end of the McDowell Mountains on the border of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, ADERO will feature 117 rooms, a boutique spa and will be Scottsdale’s only Dark Sky Resort. As part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, ADERO will have elevated experiences and amenities.

“This new resort has been years in the making, and we’re thrilled to debut ADERO this October as part of the Autograph Collection,” said Owner and Developer Bill Hinz. “With endless desert terrain allowing for the possibility of year-round adventure, we wanted to create a place where flora and fauna, the local community and culture intersect with the guest experience through hands on programming and superior service. Our goal is for guests to be forever impacted by wonderful memories, and more importantly an all-encompassing knowledge on how to be better stewards of our environment.”

Cielo, means “sky”, will be the resorts signature restaurant will offer guests one of the best views on the Scottsdale dining scene including outdoor seating with views of Four Peaks and the surrounding desert. Regional tequilas and mezcals will be featured in the restaurant’s cocktail program and the menu will include regional ingredients. Partnerships with local purveyors are being pursued that currently includes Bone Haus Brewing.

For more information visit their website or call (480)-333-1850. ADERO can be followed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ADEROScottsdale.

Phoenix area restaurants have Mother’s Day meals for takeout

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 10th and Phoenix area restaurants are preparing for takeout meals. Prie-fixe meals, family style meals and a la carte options are be available but hurry up as time is running out to place your order.

Phoenix area restaurants celebrating mom

Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen is offering a 3-course, prie-fixe meals are available for $35 per person. Add a bottle or 2 of pre-selected wines for $15-$30 a bottle. Pre-order by calling 480-427-2264 for pick up Sunday between 2 – 7 p.m. 7303 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The Roaring Fork gives mom the choice to choose from signature items with entrees, sides & dessert for up to 4 people. A la carte items are available too. Meals are $65- $75 and can be picked up Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. To order head to their website or call 480-947-0795. 4800 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Fired Pie is giving discounts at all 21 of their Phoenix area locations.  $5 off orders of $20 or more and $10 off $40 orders. Only available with online ordering and not available on 3rd party deliveries.

Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley has created a special Mother’s Day menu from executive chef Chuck Wiley. A stuffed Roasted Chicken comes with salad, sides and dessert for $39 per person. Add a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label for $45 or a bottle of Prosecco & a bouquet of flowers for $55. Orders are being taken until Thurs. May 7th at 4 p.m. and can be made by emailing or calling the restaurant at 480-624-5431. Pick up between 11a. m. – 4 p.m. 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley 85253.

PHX Beer Co. celebrates mom on Sat & Sun. with $20 crowlers filled with Bloody Mary’s, Margaritas and Mimosa kits with oj & champagne. $10 of will be donated to Homeward Bound.

VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen has a “Beignets & Bubbly” family style meal that feeds 4. Orders can be place by calling 480-659-6145 or by heading to their website. Not available with 3rd party deliveries. 1325 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 106, in Tempe.

Chase’s Dinner is giving mom half off her entree all day long from its full menu. Pick up or have it delivered by Postmates and GrubHub. Call your order in at 480-855-3663. 2040 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler 85224.

Padre Murphy’s in Glendale has 3 course family meals of Chicken Marsala ($84.99) or Grilled Salmon ($99.99). Each can be had a la carte too along with beers and cocktails available for purchase. 24 hour notice is required and orders can be called in at (602) 547-9406. 4338 W Bell Rd Glendale 85308.

Downtown Chandler restaurants offering takeout

Crown Plaza San Marcos Resort in the heart of downtown Chandler has a 5 course family meal with main dishes, quiche and more. $125 plus tax and you can add a Mimosa drink pack for $15. Orders need to be placed by May 6th by calling 480-812-0900. One San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225.

Mingle & Graze offers a Mother’s Day Mingle Box charcuterie board, chocolates and more for $50 for four or dinner for 4 at $90. Orders are being taken until May 7th by calling 480-726-2264 or on their website. Pick up Sunday between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 48 S San Marcos Pl. Chandler 85225.

SanTan Brewery has Prime Rib, Honey Glazed Ham and more by the pound on its special Mother’s Day menu. Call 480-917-8700 or head to their website to place an order. Pick up or delivery is on Sunday. 8 S. San Marcos Pl. Chandler 85225.

Serranos Mexican Restaurant will satisfy mom’s sweet tooth with churro donuts topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar. 2 for $3.99 or 6 for $12. order on line or by calling 480-899-3318. 141 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler 85225.

The Hidden House offers  a al carte brunch with bagels $14, Mixed Berry French toast $14 and more from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. wanting more a celebratory dinner several family meals are available from 3 – 8 p.m. The Filet Family Pack ($150), Duck Breast Family Pack ($90), Chicken Breast Family Pack ($70) or a combination Family Pack ($115). Each family meal comes with two sides and a dessert. Call 480-275-5525 or order online. 159 W. Commonwealth Ave. Chandler 85225.

Peixoto Coffee has boxed pastry for her morning coffee. Call ahead of time for curbside pick-up at 480-275-2843. 11 West Boston Street, Suite 6 Chandler 85225.

Delivery and take-out options at Phoenix restaurants during pandemic

Many Phoenix restaurants have closed their dining rooms to customers but are preparing meals for delivery or take-out. Here is a list of local restaurants. This will be updated going forward.

Ocotillo Restaurant & Bar has a pop-up menu on their website for pick up daily from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch available 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get 10% off all takeout orders. Buy $100 gift card, get $20 card free. To order call 602-687-9080. 3243 N. 3rd St. Phoenix 85012.

Bourbon & Bones is open from 4 – 9 p.m. for curbside pick up & takeout. A modified menu is available with 25% off pick-up or takeout orders and 50% off select beer, wine and spirits. To order call 480-629-4922. 4200 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251.

Hopdoddy Camelback & Scottsdale are open for curbside pick up & delivery from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. for burgers, shakes and more. Use promo code “Buy1Give1” to have a hands free burger delivered to healthcare workers. Delivery available thru UberEats (free), Postmates and DoorDash

Steak 44, Ocean 44 & Dominick’s Steakhouse are offering luxury takeout daily from 12 – 7 p.m. with white glove curbside service. The restaurants are offering their full menus and all bottles of wine to take home.

Farm & Craft has started a touch less takeout and curbside pick up service. Individual and family style appetizers, salads, entrees, bowl and more are available as are selected bottles of wine. Vegetarians are available too. Open Thurs. – Sun. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. with 24 hour notice needed for Family Style meals, to order call 480-568-8980 or order on-line. Delivery from DoorDash and Postmates is available. 4302 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse has a to go menu along with butchered meats for home cooking. Wine & Caipirinas available to go as well. Free delivery on orders of $50 or more and within 15 miles. Call 480-609-8866 to order. 6300 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85253. 

Miracle Mile Deli– The central Phoenix deli is open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 .m. for pick up of individual meals, family meals deals, deli meats, breads and more. Delivery available from Postmates and UberEats. See website for complete menu of offerings and call 602-776-0992. 4433 North 16th Street Phoenix 85016.

Zuzu at Hotel Valley Hois offering a new to-go menu from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Buy 1 bottle of wine with you meal, get the 2nd at no cost. Gift cards are also available. Call 480-376-2600 order. 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale 85251.

Mountain Shadows ResortBreakfast burritos, burgers and more are available for pick up at Rusty’s from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bottles of wine start at $15 and gift cards are available to. Orders can be placed at 480-624-5442 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley 85253.

Barro’s PizzaAll locations continue to do takeout for pickup and delivery. Lunch specials to incl 2 slices & a drink for under $5.

Be CoffeeThe coffee shop in Monorchid is open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. for it signature drinks and cold outs to go. Delivery available from Grubhub, UberEats & Postmates. 214 E. Roosevelt Phoenix.

My Pie PizzaAll My Pie Pizza locations remain open for takeout (curbside) and in most areas, 3rd party delivery is available through DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats and Grub Hub.

SanTan Brewing & DistillingFull pub menus are available for pick up or delivery in addition to larger quantities for family meals. oreder $50 or more and recceive a FREE 32oz can of beer when you use promo code a BEER at checkout. Delivery thru Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash & UberEats. Call 480-917-8700. 8 S. San Marcos Pl. Chandler, AZ 85225

Pita JungleSelect locations throughout Arizona have a limited menu available for takeout along with Family Meals for $35. Select bottles of wine are $15.

Ghost Ranch– Friends & Family meals to go, pick up only. Chicken tacos and enchiladas with sides for $25. Feeds 2 -3 people. Call the restaurant at 480-474-4328.

Serrano’s Mexican RestaurantsMeals serve 6-8 or 8-10 people. Take out only. All 5 locations. The $39.99 Family Pack specials include:

Taco Family Pack: The special includes two dozen taco-size flour tortillas, 32 oz. of either shredded beef or chicken (or combo), shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, 8 oz. smooth hot sauce or tomatillo salsa, bag of chips, 16 oz. chunky house salsa and 16 oz. bean dip.

Burrito Family Pack: The special includes one dozen flour tortillas, 32 oz. shredded beef or chicken or refried beans, 16 oz. enchilada sauce (red, green or tomatillo), bag of chips, 16 oz. chunky house salsa and 16 oz. bean dip.

Nachos Family Pack:  The special includes 32 oz. of either shredded beef or chicken, 16 oz shredded lettuce, 16 oz shredded cheese, 8 oz. pico de gallo, 8 oz guacamole, 3 oz sliced olives, bag of chips, 16 oz. chunky house salsa and 16 oz. bean dip.

Taco Salad Family Pack: The special includes 32 oz. of either shredded beef or chicken, salad mix for 6-8 people, 8 oz shredded cheese, 8 oz. tomatoes, 8 oz dressing of your choice, bag of chips, 16 oz. chunky house salsa and 16 oz. bean dip.

$5 Grab ‘n’ Go Burritos: Serrano’s will also offer shredded beef, shredded chicken or bean and cheese burros for those looking for a single meal option. To avoid a wait, please call ahead to order.

Pomo Restaurant Group delivery & take out options.

All Pomo’s are offering 30% off and free delivery on orders over $100, here’s how to order from each location.

Pomo Pizzeria- Shops at Gainey Village.  Take- out or delivery.

1. Call for Pickup or Delivery: (480) 998-1366 Curbside is right in front.
2. Online Order for Pickup: https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com<https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com/>
3. Online Order for Delivery: https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com<https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com/>

Pomo Pizzeria Downtown Phoenix- 705 N 1st St #120, Phoenix, AZ 85004

1. Call for Pickup or Delivery: (602) 998-1366. Curbside right in front.
2. Online order for pickup: https://pomodowntown.mobilebytes.com/
3. Online Order for Delivery: https://pomodowntown.mobilebytes.com/
4. Third Party Delivery: ubereats, postmates, grubhub, doordash

Pomo Pizza at Biltmore Fashion Park– 2502 E. Camelback Road

1. Call for Pickup or Delivery: (602) 954-5278 Curbside loading area south east
2. Online Order for Pickup: https://pomobiltmore.mobilebytes.com/
3. Online Order for Delivery: https://pomobiltmore.mobilebytes.com/

Pomo Pizzeria Gilbert– 366 N Gilbert Rd #106, Gilbert, AZ 85234

1. Call for Pickup or Delivery: (480) 878-2222 Curbside, back entrance with reserved spots
2. Online Order for Pickup: https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com<https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com/>
3. Online Order for Delivery: https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com<https://pomovillage.mobilebytes.com/>
4. Online Order for Delivery: Postmates, Ubereats, Doordash

More delivery & pick up options

Kaleidoscope Juice is delivering orders of $80 or more on packaged juices with 25 mile radius of their old town Scottsdale location. All locations are open for Grab n Go and are encouraged to call in order ahead of time.

Fired PieAll 21 locations has a Date Night deal ready for pick up. 2 pizzas 9or salads) and 4 rotolis for 420. Use promo code “Date” when ordering. Also 2 pepperoni or cheese pizzas for 410 when you use promo code “pepp”.

Koibito Pokehas partnered with Postmates, Door dash and Uber Eats for food delivery.

PHX Beer Co. ScottsdaleThe restaurant is still open but offers sandwiches and salads for pick during lunch hours, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for $12.

Salads

House-made Chicken Tortilla Soup and Small Salad

CK Chopped Salad—Kale, romaine, tomato, red peppers, smoked mozzarella, black beans, corn, pepitas, agave onions and a house creamy malt vinaigrette. Add grilled chicken for $5 or salmon, shrimp or prime flat iron steak for $7.

Sandwiches

BLT—Applewood bacon on toasted sourdough with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Grilled Ham and Cheese—Seared ham, sandwiched between melted cheddar cheese and sourdough.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich—Seasoned and grilled chicken breast with lettuce and tomato on challah bun.

BBQ Pork Sandwich—Zesty, smoked and pulled BBQ Pork on challah bun with sliced red onion.

The All Day Family Combos that feeds 3 – 4 people.

Black Iron Pizza & Salad ($22)—14” Melrose (house-made sauce, secret cheese blend) & CK Chopped Salad. Toppings extra.

Black Iron Pizza & Wings ($28)–14” (house-made sauce, secret cheese blend) & 12 wings (choice of Guajillo Chile, BBQ, Buffalo and Smoked Salt & Pepper). Toppings extra.

Salad & Wings ($25)—CK Chopped Salad & 12 Wings (choice of Guajillo Chile, BBQ, Buffalo and Smoked Salt & Pepper)

Southern Fried Chicken Tender Dinner ($42)—Choice of two sides (coleslaw, Cast Iron Mac N Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, seasoned fries or fruit). Includes Morenci Copper Ale BBQ Sauce.

Crowlers—For adults only (2 pack $18/4 pack $35), choose from 12 PHX Beer Co. beer selections.

Aoili Gourmet Burgers- Meal prep kits are available for pick up or delivery. 5-9 meals @ $9 each + tax and delivery, 10-13 meals @ $8.50 each + tax and delivery 14 + meals @ $8 each + tax and delivery

Burger Kits – Package is $29.99 and includes four burger patties, buns, cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, grilled onions, salt and aioli sauce. All orders placed by Thurs 5 p.m. and will be delivered Sunday between 11 a.m. and can be picked up between 4 – 8 p.m. To order info@aioliburger.com

 

Compass Lounge & Restaurant welcomes new chef Brandon Drummond

Chef and new culinary director at the Hyatt Phoenix Brandon Drummond is no stranger to hotel life having worked for Hyatt Hotels around the country for the past 15 years. He come from the Hyatt in Greenwich, Connecticut to run the culinary team at Compass Lounge & Restaurant, Arizona’s only revolving rooftop restaurant.

The downtown hotel is finishing a multi-million dollar facelift and they’ve hired Drummond to re-vamp the menu at their signature restaurant. He brings his experience working in culinary management in the Hyatt family in Washington D.C., Bonita Springs Fla., New Orleans and San Antonio to his new role.

Both the lounge and restaurant will see new dishes including fresh seafood and regional ingredients. In the lounge guest will have the chance to order Buttermilk Fried Quail, a Charcuterie Board and more. The new menu includes Quick Cured Duck and Elk Chops in addition to other new dishes and longtime favorites.

New cocktails include the Strawberry Blonde made with Meyer lemon vodka, house made simple syrup and strawberries. The Bramble Rose mixes Maker’s Mark bourbon with house made rosemary simple syrup and blueberries.

Meet Chef Drummond when he participates in Plated and Staged at the Herberger Theater on Sunday March 29th. The annual fundraiser benefits for the theatre’s youth outreach program. The program exposes youths to culinary programs and the performing arts.

The Compass Lounge & Restaurant the Hyatt Phoenix is at 122 N. 2nd St. Phoenix 85004. Visit their website for more information.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” dinner at Match Restaurant & Lounge

Match Restaurant & Lounge’s Executive Chef Orlando Parker takes you on a trip to Whoville on Saturday December 7th when he and his culinary team create a five course dinner based on the Dr. Seuss classic Christmas film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Guests will have a full stomach and a smile on their face when dinner concludes.  All courses will be paired with a specialty cocktail to complement each other.

1st Course: Whoville Treat — Cherry and Plum Bruschetta paired with The Green One cocktail

2nd Course: Grinch Greens — Creamy Spinach Soup with croutons served with The Stolen Christmas Tree cocktail

3rd Course: Cindy Lu Salad – Orange and Pomegranate Salad with buttermilk dressing complemented by Martha May’s Little Helper Cocktail

4th Course: Roast Beast – Rosemary Roast Beef and potatoes and carrots with horseradish crema served with the Lou Who Family Recipe Cocktail

5th Course:  Who-Pudding – Plum Pudding with crème anglaise topped with fresh raspberries paired with The Mean One Cocktail

The “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $96 plus tax per person and reservations can be made by heading to the Eventbrite page.

Match Restaurant & Lounge is in the Found:R.E. Phoenix Hotel at 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85003.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale announces 2020 Winemaker Series Dinners

With five weeks left in 2019 restaurants and resorts are looking beyond the holiday season as they plan for 2020. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa has announced their monthly Winemaker Dinner Series schedule of featured wineries for the first six months of 2020. The six wineries featured are from premiere California growing regions of Napa Valley, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles.

The popular dinners take place on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner starts with hors d’oeuvres at a wine reception before the featured wines are paired with a four course dinner.

January 23rd Grgich Hills Winery

Grgich Hills Estate is a winery located in Rutherford, California in the heart of the Napa Valley. The winery changed its name (from Grgich Hills Cellar) in 2006 when it first began producing only “estate grown” wines made from grapes grown exclusively in vineyards owned by the winery.

February 27th Alpha Omega Collective

Alpha Omega, a family-owned boutique winery, features Bordeaux-inspired releases. It began its journey in 2006 being recognized as one of the great wine estates in the world. Founded by Robin and Michelle Baggett, Alpha Omega handcrafts wines from historic vineyards throughout Napa Valley.

March 19th Copper Cane by Joe Wagner

Owned and operated by Joseph Wagner in Napa Valley, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions houses a collection of brands that are crafted to offer a touch of luxury for everyday indulgence.

April 16th ZD

Founded in 1969, ZD Wines is owned and operated by the deLeuze family. Over three generations of the family showcase their passion for wine as ZD has gained the recognition of being one of Napa Valley’s favorite wineries, offering unrivaled world-class wines. The winery is located in Rutherford, a premium Cabernet Sauvignon growing region in the heart of the Napa Valley.

May 21st Silverado Vineyards

In 1981, Ron and Diane Miller established Silverado Vineyards in the heart of the Stags Leap District. They had purchased the vineyard several years earlier from Harry See who identified and propagated a special field selection of Cabernet, which UC Davis has designated as a “Heritage” clone, one of only three Cabernets in California to be given this distinction.

June 25th JUSTIN Winery

World-class wines from the heart of California. JUSTIN specializes in Bordeaux-style varieties, combined with traditional winemaking practices.

July 23rd La Crema Winery

Located in the Russian River Valley and established in 1979, the winery specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from cool-climate vineyards throughout California. La Crema Winery is part of Sonoma-based Jackson Family Estates, owned by Laura Jackson-Giron and her sister Jennifer Jackson.

Seats are limited for each epicurean experience and cost $115++ with reservations being made by calling the Hyatt Regency at 444-1234 x 8650. “Take Home” wines can be purchased after the dinner at a discount with repeat guests receive a 10% off the next dinner.

 

CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa offers guests and locals culinary delights

In the northern part of the “Valley of the Sun” sits the village of Carefree, home to CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa. The AAA Four Diamond award resort offers guests and locals the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate from everyday life. Whether you prefer to pamper yourself at the spa, relieve stress through art or spirituality or tempt your palate with sips and bites from the resorts culinary team the resort has your best interest in mind this holiday season.

Whether you prefer to dine morning, noon or night, the resort’ signature restaurant Terras and Executive Chef Justin Macy offer several unique dining opportunities and events. Holiday dining, learning to cooking something new or visiting with out of town friends on the patio overlooking the Sonoran desert this line-up will keep you and your appetite satisfied.

Holiday Dining

Celebrate the holidays with healthy, yet indulgent culinary creations at Terras. Holiday dinners will celebrate the season’s best flavors with an exclusive prix-fixe menu complete with all the trimmings. Seating’s start at 5:00 p.m. with pricing ranging from $65 per adult and $32 per child.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner – November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Dinner – December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner – December 31, 2019
CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa
All photos courtesy of CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa

Half-Off Happy Hour

The happiest of hours is available daily 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Terras, featuring half off all beer, house wine & well cocktails along with all bar menu bites

Sunday Brunch

Make Terras the new Sunday morning tradition and indulge in a variety of healthy and comfort classics from yogurt parfaits, breakfast goods, savory creations to decadent charcuterie boards and top it off with a glass of champagne.

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • $25 per person

Private Chef’s Table Experience

An intimate four-course dining experience at Terras for three to six people featuring a four-course dinner highlighting the season’s best ingredients and perfectly paired wine. Each night features a different Chef’s choice menu.

  • Available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • $150 per person

Tequila Sunset

Enjoy the epic Carefree sunset nightly on the Terras Terrace with a rainbow Tequila flight and choice of 3 tacos (steak, fish or chicken)

  • Available daily from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • $20 per person

Bottle & Board

Choose from a variety of Chef Justin Macy’s featured charcuterie boards, along with a bottle of vino for a perfect shareable evening at the Terras Lounge.

  • Available daily from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • $25 per person

CIVANA Culinary School

The CIVANA Culinary team spotlights tips and tricks to create health-conscious, delicious recipes. Choose from a variety of classes available to resort guests and the public.

  • Sustainable Juicing Class
  • Shake and Stir Cocktail Class
  • Soulful Soups
  • Bake Shop 101
  • Vines to Wines
  • Culinary Clinic

To make reservations for holiday dining & classes, spa & wellness packages and for staying at CIVANA visit their website.

CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa is at 37220 Mule Train Rd. Carefree 85377. 480-653-9000

Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez to appear at Sanctuary on Camelback

When Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa resumes its Lunch & Learn series on Sunday November 17th their doing with a celebrity chef. The resorts own celebrity chef Beau McMillan will welcome his friend Aaron Sanchez for the interactive culinary demonstration. Sanchez is co-host of the Food Network’s “Chopped” and a judge and co-host of Fox’s “MasterChef”.

MacMillan and Sanchez will host 125 guests for the 3-course lunch inspired by Sanchez’s latest best-selling memoir, “Where I Came From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef”. Guests will receive a signed copy of the book at the end of the event. In addition to his TV work Sanchez is chef and owner of New Orlean’s popular restaurant “Johnny Sanchez”. He’s considered to be America’s most prominent Latino chef and when he’s not working on TV he’s donating his time and money to worthy causes.

Lunch & Learn with Aaron Sanchez starts at 11 a.m. and tickets are $135 per  person and are all inclusive. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling 855-318-9009. Seats are limited so guests are encouraged to make their reservations early.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is at 5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley 85253.

Castle Hot Springs re-opens with Harvest, serving crop driven cuisine

Arizona’s first luxury resort, Castle Hot Springs has re-opened for its first full season. Originally opened in 1896, the 210 acre property will be opened from October til late June offering guests the opportunity to detach from the digital world while rejuvenating and healing in the resorts 120 degrees thermal hot springs. Hiking, horseback riding, foraging and star gazing are a few of the many activities guests can enjoy at the iconic resort and its surrounding desert and mountains.

Harvest, Castle Hot Springs signature restaurant

Castle Hot Springs is home to Harvest, the signature restaurant and farm offering crop driven cuisine. Executive chef Christopher Brugman’s menu rotates daily based on what’s available at the resorts one acre farm. The farm and greenhouse are overseen by resident agronomist Ian Berger. He oversees over 150 fruits and vegetables native to the desert along with the properties groves that are home to 36 types of citrus trees. Included in the farm are over 35 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

Working together Brugman and Berger choose ripe fruit and vegetables for each days menu. What they don’t grow they  get from local vendors to fill in the gaps. Harvest also adheres to zero waste and sustainable guidelines. Guests can participate in daily foraging and learn about “flavor farming” that covers the sweet and savory tastes through a foods color. Dishes such as Coconut Carrot Bisque and Tandoori Octopus Grilled over Juniper Wood have been on the menu. The culinary team also has an in-house pickling program and creates concoctions such as Brugman’s Onion Ash.

Food & Beverage Manager and Sommelier Thomas Burris has created a beverage program to complement Brugman’s cuisine. Signature cocktails such as the Trade Secret and Lady & The Tramp also use ingredients sourced from the property. Trade Secret is made with rosemary infused vodka, Elderflower and pink grapefruit. The savory Lady & The Tramp combine Pecorino Romano infused vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh basil leaves. Castle Springs Lithium Lager is made exclusively for Harvest and uses natural elements of the resorts hot springs.

The resort is at 5050 E. Castle Hot Springs Rd. Castle Hot Springs AZ. 85342. For more information and to make a reservation head to their website.

New menu and new look as a re-vamped Zuzu re-opens

Hotel Valley Ho’s Zuzu is back open after getting a new look and menu. Hotel guests and locals will notice the restaurant’s new mid-century modern look is in-line with the hotels 1950’s style. Designed by Mendil + Meyer Design Studio, new features include a Zuzu neon sign, 1950’s inspired wood screens and new lighting. The lounge and dining room has been combined for welcoming space and the hotel’s signature circle design is noticeable.

“We are beyond excited to re-introduce ZuZu, not only to our wonderful Scottsdale community, but also to the guests of Hotel Valley Ho,” said Executive Chef Russell LaCasce. “Our new menu is meant to surprise and delight, while still satisfying those classic cravings.”

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Crispy Pork Shank. All photos courtesy of Kristin Heggli at Hotel Valley Ho

Look at the new menu

LaCasce’s new menu features smaller, shareable plates with a few guests’ favorite dishes remaining. Many of the menu’s ingredients come from the restaurant’s new 240 foot herb and vegetable garden. Zuzu continues to work with local farmers and purveyors including Pinnacle Farms, Schreiner’s Fine Sausage and Hickman’s Family Farms.

New signature dishes include Oxtail Pappardelle with foie gras & Parmesan and Crispy Pork Shank with sour apple molasses glaze, cucumber tarragon yogurt and pita. Two new monthly revolving dishes will be available….. Cut of the Moment will be a savory dish with a unique plating design and Farmer’s Plate will offer seasonal vegetables making for a great vegetarian meal. Those looking for a unique dining experience can let LaCasce Take the Wheel. For $75 per person chef will create a hand selected meal. Weekend brunchers will notice a few changes and brunch is now served all day during the week.

Zuzu Chocolate Bar

Save room for dessert as Zuzu’s famous Show Stopper Shake is still available along with new desserts. Le Cordon Bleu trained Pastry Chef Clarissa Robinson brings her chocolate expertise to new desserts Zuzu Chocolate Bar, a Donut Sundae and Buttermilk Pie. Adults can add their favorite spirit to dessert to spike it up.

Private dining, wine room and more

Speaking of spirits new cocktails have been added including the Zuzu Mango Tango along with a new wine room. The new “Vine Vault” house wines from around the world. “The Rosie Room” is a new hidden private dining room named for Rosalyn “Rosie” Bennett Lyon, the matriarch of the family that owns the hotel. Her grandchildren called Rosie “Zuzu” and the inspiration for the restaurant comes from her cooking and warm hospitality.

I’ll be visiting Zuzu next week to check out the new menu and more. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @SandyWass for pictures.

Zuzu and Hotel Valley Ho is at 6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale 85251.