Dutchman’s Holdings, LLC has established Dutchman’s Truffiere to be the first French Perigord (tuber malenosporum) truffle orchard in Arizona. Their planting of at
least 10 acres of host seedlings will begin after land acquisition has
been finalized. With the confirmation of initial soils data, Italian white
summer Alba truffles will also be planted commercially for the first
time in North American soil.“This will allow us to bring a very rare and desirable food item to market, not just locally, but nationwide. Fresh black winter truffles are
very difficult to get here in the US. Fresh white summer truffles from
Italy are impossible to obtain because they spoil too quickly.
Eventually we’ll even produce our own truffle salt for our sister
company, go lb. salt”, stated Liz Eckburg, owner and co-founder of
Dutchman’s Truffiere. “When growing truffles, you need to follow the
vines. So we are finalizing site selection for planting in one of the
three key wine growing regions in Arizona.”
“Dutchman’s Truffiere represents a very unique venture. Not only
because of its notable crop, but also because we are utilizing
Indiegogo to secure the remaining funds necessary to establish and
successfully maintain the truffiere for the first 10 years of operation.
This is necessary because there can be no expectation of any
saleable crop during the first decade as we work to establish the first
legacy truffle orchard in the Southwest”, stated Aaron Eckburg, cofounder.
“This is the largest crowd funded project to date and every
backer will be acknowledged as a founder of the truffiere. We see the
crowd funding platform as a great way to generate public interest for
the project and to introduce a new and emerging crop into Arizona’s
agriculture program. Most importantly, it will help preserve a unique
crop that is becoming increasingly more rare around the world.”
Dutchman’s Truffiere is the first and only truffiere for growing French
Perigord truffles in Arizona and the greater desert Southwest. If the
white truffle part of the venture is successful they will be the first
commercial truffiere to cultivate white Alba truffles. As such, they are
pleased to announce the start of this project as a unique addition to
the Arizona agriculture and viticulture communities and economies.
Individuals interested in learning more about Dutchman’s Truffiere can
visit www.dutchmanstruffiere.com. Persons who would like to know
more about the Dutchman’s Truffiere Indiegogo crowd funding project
can visit http://t.co/6gCeXH4
Tucked up in the desert amongst golf courses and the growth of north Scottsdale is the 431 room Zona Hotel and Suites. To coincide with a renovation that started in the summer of 2011, they also have re-branded the restaurant that is on property calling it, Graze Desert Grille. Emphasizing the cuisine of the Southwest, Executive Chef Kevin Myers uses the ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers and using all natural ingredients. Food and Beverage director Brian Blanke will compliment the food by featuring Arizona wines, spirits and beers along with other selections. I recently had the opportunity to taste several items from the new menu to debut April 5th, 2012.
The evening started with select cocktails of our choice including Flagstaff’s High Spirits Distillery gin for Martinis.
If your a fan of corned beef hash you won’t be disappointed by the Corned Beef & Green Chile Hash that comes topped with an Sunny Side Up egg. tasty and with a hint of spice this is a good way to start your day.
I enjoyed the Duck & Brie Quesadilla that includes duck confit, caramelized apples and Brie cheese and drizzled with Balsamic vinegar. A nice combination of sweet, creamy and savory make this a unique take on the classic appetizer.
Locally grown vegetables are the stars of 2 of the salads I tasted, The Rocket Salad uses Arugula that is tossed with dried apricot, aged Manchego cheese, pistachios and oregano dressing. The Beet Salad is complimented with Purple Haze goat cheese, baby lettuce and a hazelnut vinaigrette. Both salads are flavorful and make for a great light lunch or as a start to your dinner.
Pressed Pulled Pork Sandwich uses in house seasoned and smoked pork that comes served on a locally baked Ciabatta rolled and is topped with Arugula, sweet and sour onions and a Guajillo pepper aioli. This was one of my favorites of the evening and comes served with thick cut, crispy French fries.
Two of the entrees were tasted on this evening and I recommend both of them. If you’re in the mood for fish the pan seared Grouper should serve you well. The white, flaky fish is served over a bed of spaghetti squash, it is drizzled with smoked tomato butter and comes with braised greens that offer a nice contrast to the other ingredients. If red meat is part of your plan the Whiskey Braised Shortribs is not to be missed. Placed atop a pile of white cheddar and chive mashed potatoes, it comes with spinach from local farmers markets, an oven roasted tomato and its own juices pour over it. Tender and flavorful the meat is very good.
All courses were paired with the wines from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards with the exception of the pork sandwich which was paired with Lake Havasu City’s Mudshark Brewery’s Scorpion Amber Ale. The wines all tasted very good and were paired well with the food. National Sales Manager Paula Woosley joined us to talk about the wines and the success Arizona Stronghold and the Arizona wine industry is enjoying.
7677 East Princess Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is pleased to celebrate Spring Break with a fantastic “break” for its guests: the iconic combination of a tender Filet Mignon and a sweet North Atlantic Lobster Tail, plus a starter course and a side, all for only $34.95* for a limited time.
“Spring break is a time for celebration, when family and friends gather to take a well deserved respite from routine,” said Russell Skall, Fleming’s Executive Chef. “We’re welcoming the warmer weather with a classic favorite that can be paired with one of our seasonal cocktails or the perfect wine from our extensive wine collection.”
Now through April 7 at all Fleming’s locations, guests can start the Spring Break Celebration with their choice of the Wedge Salad with crisp iceberg lettuce with grape tomatoes, red onions and crumbled blue cheese or French Onion Soup baked with gruyere and parmesan cheeses. The generous filet mignon—Fleming’s leanest meat—and broiled lobster tail with drawn butter are accompanied by a choice of French Green Beans with shiitake mushrooms and porcini essence or Fleming’s Mashed Potatoes topped with blue cheese, parmesan-peppercorn or roasted garlic.
The Spring Break Celebration is not on the regular menu and is available only upon request. There are four Fleming’s in Phoenix in Scottsdale (at Lincoln Road), North Scottsdale (at DC Ranch), Chandler and Peoria. For details about your nearest location or to make reservations, please visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
Chef Jeff Kraus in the Kitchen
Bike In Movie Night: The Three AmigosFriday, February 24, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 – Previews + Prix Fixe
7:30 – 9:00 – Main Feature
$10 for Prix Fixe sampler – RSVP requested
$3 to $5 ala carte food and drink menu
HB Hanratty’s Pub537 E. Camelback Rd.
Spruce up your cruisers, fixies and tandems for Bike-In Movie Night at HB Hanratty’s Pub. Everyone is encouraged to ride their bikes to this Arizona Beer Week celebration of Mr. Hanratty’s “Three Amigos” – bicycles, brews and food. Inside, the classic western comedy The Three Amigos will play on the big screens, a selection of Beer Bargains will be on tap, and movie-themed snacks from Chef extraordinaire Jeff Kraus of ++experience++ will be available ala cart. The movie showing is free and beers and snacks will be priced at $5 or less per item.
Mr. Hanratty and Chef Kraus team up again for Arizona Beer Week after their successful tasting event last year. This time, Mr. Hanratty declared: “Let them ride bikes!” It is his favorite form of transportation and one that Arizonans can ride comfortably nearly year-round. Cycling through the pub’s Central and Camelback neighborhoods is a wonderful and much safer way to “bar hop,” he explains. For those outside the neighborhood, a bicycle makes the pub within easy access of the Light Rail.
Kraus is also no stranger to “alternative” transportation. After circling the Valley in his popular food truck, Truckin’ Good Food, he shuttered the mobile eatery to develop ++experience++. He now specializes in pop-up and guest chef events where he can be even more creative with his menus. After serious viewings of The Three Amigos in the name of research, he is planning a range of movie-appropriate snacks that will also pair to Hanratty’s featured Beer Bargains.
The Bike-In begins with Previews from 6:30 – 7:30 where a prix fixe sampler will be available for $10. This will include a sampler of snacks not available on the ala carte menu plus one Arizona draft beer. At 7:30 the curtain rises for The Three Amigos.
As always, there will be prizes and give aways throughout the night. Those who arrive on bicycle will receive a gift and second entry in the give away drawing.
RSVPs are requested for the Prix Fixe Sampler on the HB Hanratty’s Facebook page – facebook.com/hbhanrattys.