Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty Last Night at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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Alissa Irei
Scottsdale Culinary Festival's annual Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty event brings together style, sustenance, and spirits in one rollicking bash.

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty fête is arguably more about seeing and being seen than it is about eating -- Be Pretty, Drink, and Eat might be a more apropos name. It's the sort of event that doesn't favor any foods too messy or cumbersome; if you can't eat it without smearing your lipstick, you probably won't find it at the party. But while the food wasn't of the no-holds-barred sort you'll see at, say, the festival's Burger Battle, neither did it disappoint.

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Alissa Irei
Little Cleo's smoked and cured sturgeon "bacon," with a quail egg and creme fraiche on a toasted baguette.

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The event, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, included food from more than 20 area restaurants. One standout came from seafood concept Little Cleo's. Called "Bacon and Eggs," it consisted of a quail egg and a bite of sturgeon served on a baguette with a dab of creme fraiche. We admired the dish's diverse flavors and textures and were particularly impressed by the sturgeon, which was smoked and cured like bacon. Maybe more people should treat fish like pigs.

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Alissa Irei
The Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a potato croquette.

Another pleaser - Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a crunchy yet pillowy potato croquette. What's not to like? As a fellow partygoer remarked, "You had me at bacon."

Location Info

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Fogo De Chao

6300 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Malee's Thai Bistro

7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Capital Grille

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe

15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ra Sushi Bar & Restaurant

3815 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Cuttlefish

8777 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Phillipp R Ostrovsky
Phillipp R Ostrovsky

Hopefully seven Bistro central bistro and bliss rebar are not in the lineup of all places to eat and the atmosphere is a dump

Kelley Daugherty Rao
Kelley Daugherty Rao

It was an awesome event! Great entertainment, food and drinks. And super nice people.

Deanna Elliott
Deanna Elliott

only in scottsdale....eat, drink and be PRETTY! lol

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