The azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience, presented by Cadillac, and produced in conjunction with R Entertainment, will deliver the flavor of this iconic luxury automotive brand alongside an array of celebrity chefs, colorful lifestyle pavilions, intimate dining experiences, rare seminars and lively demonstrations.
The inaugural event features Chef Graham Elliot, star of FOX TV’s Master Chef, host of Food Network Television’s Craziest Restaurants in America and Chicago restaurateur of Graham Elliot Bistro. The music-loving chef entertainer will participate in cooking demonstrations on the Monark SubZero/Wolf Stage, an intimate “orchard dinner” and more.
In addition, Angie and Ruth McCartney, of Mrs. Angie McCartney’s Teas (www.MrsAngieMcCartneysTeas.com) and the iconic music family, will appear at the event in a private tea-infused experience and book-signing, mixed with rarely heard personal stories of The Beatles and their famous contemporaries — before and after they rose to global fame. The duo is stepmother and stepsister, respectively, of legendary musician Paul McCartney.
The luminous list of Arizona culinary talent participating to date already is notable, including James Beard Award winners Robert McGrath, host of Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona [Arizona PBS]; Christopher Gross of Christopher’s Restaurant & Crush Lounge; and Nobuo Fukuda of Nobuo at Teeter House.
More Arizona chefs, visiting chefs and cookbook authors are being announced regularly to round out this singular Arizona celebration of the global language of food and drink.
THE EXPERIENCE. The azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience, produced in conjunction with R Entertainment, will feature the food lover’s favorite, the Grand Tasting Experience, with an anticipated 50 restaurants over Saturday and Sunday. A variety of topical culinary expos are in store, such as the featured AJ’S Fine Foods & Festive Entertaining Pavilion. A Farmer’s Market of specialty items for purchase, demonstrations by food experts, sommeliers, cicerones and others are in the works; plus a Technology Expo featuring the latest kitchen and cooking technologies, as well as a Kitchen Gadget Expo. Guests will experience this event’s signature brand of culinary entertainment over two days with ever-popular cooking demonstrations, cookbook author meet & greets, special-reservation orchard dinners, master classes and wine seminars; VIP area; a Luxury Expo; and into-the-night with the DJ, chef & drink-infused after hours Aperitif embracing the millennials and others.
Guests will celebrate the global wine and spirits portfolio of Alliance Beverage Distributing Company, for example, with wine brands Cape Mentelle, Great American Wine Company and Truvée among others; and rare spirits tastings from the likes of Grey Goose and Woodford Reserve for starters. Extraordinary beverage lifestyle seminars are in development, focusing on traditions and trends straight from seasoned sommeliers and renowned spirits authorities.
At least 30 craft brewers from the Hensley Beverage Company portfolio will be featured, with a special focus on Goose Island Beer Co.
TICKETS & INFORMATION. Tickets for the Grand Tasting Experience are available at http://www.azcentralfoodandwineexperience.com/. Tickets for exclusive dining experiences, roundtables, informative seminars and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans are invited to check in frequently for the latest developments as event details unfold. Subscribers to www.azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic are eligible for a $20 discount available by visiting www.azcentral.com/insider.