Each year, tourists spend more than $2.9 billion travelling to Arizona’s world-class hotels and resorts to experience the flavor of our state’s celebrated chefs. But these destination-worthy dining experiences aren’t just for travelers. An upcoming spring event is set to remind locals just how lucky they are to live in a culinary locale that outsiders pay thousands to visit each year.
It’s the fifth annual AZ Wine & Dine event, an upscale celebration of the region’s top resort restaurants, and it’s slated for 5 pm – 8 pm Thursday, April 7, at Scottsdale Quarter. Join award-winning chefs from 19 resort restaurants as they serve up the fare that has visitors flocking to Phoenix and Scottsdale from the furthest-reaching corners of the world. Each restaurant’s menu or dish will be expertly pre-paired with a selected wine, giving guests a unique opportunity to sip and sample their way through the region’s premier resort restaurants without booking an overnight stay.
Participating chefs and restaurants are some of the best in the nation, and many have earned numerous national nods for their innovative resort culinary programs. KAI Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass and Casino, a recipient of a prestigious five-star ranking from Forbes magazine, is among those serving up some of its finest culinary offerings at the festival, and Talavera Executive Chef Mel Mecinas will also be onsite demonstrating why his Four Seasons resort restaurant continues to garner international acclaim. Along with the following:
Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, The Camby
J&G Steakhouse, The Phoenician
Different Pointe of View, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
T. Cook’s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Deseo, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
BRIO Tuscan Grille, Scottsdale Quarter
Tanzy, Scottsdale Quarter
Grimaldi’s, Scottsdale Quarter
Litchfield’s, Wigwam Resort
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Bourbon Steak, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Alto Ristorante, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Stonegrill, JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Prado, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Icon Lounge, Renaissance Downtown Phoenix
enFuego, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Paradise Valley-Scottsdale
“Many years ago, resort restaurants were overlooked as spots serving “hotel food,” but the chefs and culinary programs of Arizona completely buck the trend,” said 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.”
In addition to showcasing the best of Arizona’s resort-restaurant scene, AZ Wine & Dine offers live music, libations from boutique wineries and local microbreweries and a chance to mix and mingle with some of the state’s top culinary talent. Though the event presents a great opportunity for locals to sample culinary specialties from multiple resorts all at once, it also serves as an unofficial kick-off for a summer-long campaign urging locals to visit the state’s resort restaurants. With less competition for tables and shorter lines to wait in, it’s an ideal time for locals to get a taste of what others travel halfway around the world to enjoy.
AZ Wine & Dine tickets are available for $65 per person until March 31, at which time ticket prices will increase to $75. This event is 21+ and sells out every year, so secure tickets today at AZWineandDine.com.