The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival might kickoff on April 7, but a pair of incredible events opens the festivities at the end of March. The Friends of James Beard Dinner is March 26 and the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is March 30. Tickets for both events can be purchased here.
The annual Friends of James Beard Dinner event will be fit for kings as guests enjoy a multicourse wine-paired dinner prepared by famed local and national chefs for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner under the stars at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
The featured chefs for 2015 are:
Ben Pollinger (Oceana, New York, NY)
Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Denver, CO)
Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Philadelphia, PA)
Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery Los Angeles, CA)
Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Restaurant Lola, Great Neck, NY)
Host Chef Chris Masco (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa)
Host Chef Roberto Madrid (The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa)
Once you’ve digested that deliciousness, prepare your taste buds because the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is just four days later. Hosted inside Scottsdale’s newest entertainment venue, Livewire, the ceremony will recognize 2015’s best chef, restaurateur and beverage master presented by 2014’s Hall of Fame recipients.
Chef of the Year
Charleen Badman – FnB
Gio Osso – Virtú
Mel Mecinas – Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort
Justin Beckett – Beckett’s Table, Southern Rail
Beverage Master of the Year
Kim Haasarud – Liquid Architecture, AZ Cocktail Week
Ross Simon – Bitter & Twisted, AZ Cocktail Week
Travis Nass- Last Drop at Lon’s at the Hermosa
Bill Degroot- SumoMaya
Jonathan Buford/ Brett Dettler/ Patrick Ware (Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company)
Restaurateur of the Year
Mastro’s Family – Steak 44, Michael Dominick’s
Sam Fox – Fox Restaurant Concepts
Maggiore Family- Tomaso’s, Tommy V’s, Vivo Ristorante, Cuttlefish
Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso- Salty Sow, Hopdoddy, Roaring Fork, Eddie V’s
For more information visit www.scottsdalefest.org.