Scottsdale Culinary Fest Comprises 12 Events This Week
Tuesday's Bubbles and Bliss at the W is sold out, but it's not too late to join the gala Friends of James Beard Dinner at the Westin Kierland (if you have $200, that is). Robert McGrath and Douglas Rodriguez are among eight participating chefs creating a six-course meal with wine pairings.
On Wednesday, the Chef Tribute Dinner at J&G Steakhouse ($125) features a four-course meal from chef Jacques Qualin, with food writer John Mariani in the house to talk about culinary trends. Barbara Fenzl, Nobuo Fukuda, Christopher Gross, Vincent Guerithault, Charles Wiley, Robert McGrath, Beau MacMillan, Janos Wilder, and Mark Tarbell will also be in attendance, mingling with guests.
There's an On the Rocks cocktail party scheduled for Wednesday night, poolside at the Valley Ho ($40), and for Thursday night at the Mondrian ($40). Also on Thursday night, the Scottsdale League for the Arts presents the annual Culinary Hall of Fame Awards Dinner at the Wrigley Mansion ($150).
The Eat, Drink and Be Pretty party, to be held at Scottsdale Center for the Arts on Friday night ($60) will feature dancing and live music, a runway show presented by Dillard's, and food from a variety of spots -- everyone from Talavera to Buffalo Wild Wings.
Several different restaurants, including Bourbon Steak and Il Terrazzo, will be serving special four-course Chefs' Wine Dinners on Saturday night ($125), while the InterContinental Montelucia will hold a Wine Country Brunch on Sunday. Sunday evening, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale's Best of the Fest wraps up the whole event with five courses and wine ($175), courtesy of chefs Kevin Binkley, Lee Hillson, Michael Rusconi, Charles Wiley, Eric Howson, Scott Tompkins, Sean Kavanaugh, Noah Bekovsky, Mel Mecinas, Sean Griffin, and Eddie Matney.