Tag: The Phoenician Resort

Behind the Apron With Jacques Qualin

April 27, 2011 | 12:37 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Meet the man who’s putting a sophisticated French-Asian twist on the classic American chophouse. As the Chef de Cuisine at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Jacques Qualin oversees one of the Valley’s finest dining spaces, a posh penthouse perched atop The Phoenician Resort. A native of the Franche-Comté region of France, Qualin was hand-picked to run J&G by his friend and fellow French native, Jean-Georges Vongerichten (aka the internationally renowned chef/author). Here in Scottsdale, Qualin has won high marks for his insistence on making everything in-house and from-scratch, including the ice cream, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauces …

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Have a Namaste at The Phoenician’s Outdoor Yoga Series

April 15, 2011 | 11:06 AM | Deals | By Ivy Adenauer

It’s not often that you hear the words “free” and “The Phoenician” in the same sentence, so you’re definitely going to want to check out this weekend’s Yoga event at this posh resort. Named Phoenician Rising, this complimentary outdoor class is led by Lisa Cohen, a master teacher in Flow Yoga. Hosted on the grass-lined Casita Lawn, attendees will enjoy a blend of vinyasa flow, power yoga, whimsical philosophy and music. Not to mention, stunning views of Camelback mountain.

48 Hours in Phoenix with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten

April 7, 2011 | 12:56 PM | Eat & Drink | By Staff

Famed chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, recently jet-setted into the Valley to host a food-forward dinner event inside his posh J&G Steakhouse atop The Phoenician Resort. Named the “Chef Tribute Dinner: An International Harvest with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten” this fine-dining feast was held as part of the week-long eat-o-rama that is Scottsdale Culinary Festival. From crafting menus to hiking Camelback Mountain, it was a whirlwind couple of days, says chef Vongerichten, who who gave us this first-person account of his Valley visit.

So we know you were only here for two days but what did you do aside from cooking at your restaurant?

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Meet the Mini Phoenician

March 30, 2011 | 9:31 AM | City Guides | By Staff

Recently, we received an update about a local hotel that we hadn’t thought about in years. However, this isn’t any ol’ Motel 8. This is actually the sister property to one of the Valley’s most famed (and infamous) resorts. A posh property that, back in the 1980s, brought a whole new level of sophistication to the West Valley. But today, it’s mostly forgotten, except by business travelers and savvy families looking to get great bang for their buck.

Towering over the I-17 freeway at Dunlap Ave., the Sheraton Crescent Hotel is a 342-room landmark located adjacent to the Metrocenter Mall (another local icon that’s seen better days). Built by famed anti-pornography advocate/disgraced AZ real estate developer, Charles H. Keating, the Crescent served as a model for his larger The Phoenician Resort, right down to the ornate interiors overflowing with Italian marble, crystal chandeliers and oversized tapestries.

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The Eats Come Out at Night

February 18, 2011 | 1:03 PM | Bars | By Staff

Feed your inner night owl as couple of famed local eateries will be rolling out new offerings. Over at the posh perch that is J&G Steakhouse atop The Phoenician, they are celebrating the full moon tonight starting at 5:30 pm with a $30 all-inclusive tasting featuring a lights-out assortment of aphrodisiacs and Champagne-based cocktails. Meanwhile, over at Pane Bianco in Phoenix, famed chef Chris Bianco has finally expanded to dinner (5- 8 pm), featuring a compact menu of from-scratch soups and hearty Italian entrees.

Worth Repeating: Behind the Apron With Jacques Qualin

December 19, 2010 | 2:07 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Meet the man who’s putting a sophisticated French-Asian twist on the classic American chophouse. As the Chef de Cuisine at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Jacques Qualin oversees one of the Valley’s finest dining spaces, a posh penthouse perched atop The Phoenician Resort. A native of the Franche-Comté region of France, Qualin was hand-picked to run J&G by his friend and fellow French native, Jean-Georges Vongerichten (aka the internationally renowned chef/author). Here in Scottsdale, Qualin has won high marks for his insistence on making everything in-house and from-scratch, including the ice cream, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauces …

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Scoop Factory Scoopstakes: Grand Finale

December 17, 2010 | 3:22 PM | Deals | By Staff

Hope you’re ready to put some happy in your holidays because today we’re dishing out not one, but two grand prize packages. Why don’t you try this one on for size: A cut, color, style, facial and waxing service from Inizio Salon courtesy of Spa Fit AZ + 1 pair of tickets to every show in Ballet Arizona’s 2010-2011 season + a $150 gift certificate to the sumptuous J&G Steakhouse. And speaking of the posh penthouse that is J&G, click here to read a tasty Q&A with the French-born chef who’s putting a Continental twist on the classic American chophouse.

Then again, maybe you’d prefer what’s behind door #2: A 1 night stay at the W Scottsdale on New Year’s Eve + a $100 gift certificate to the W’s sleek, stylish Sushi Roku + a timepiece of choice from Swisstek Watches Brillier luxury line. Now that’s some good gifting. First, however, we’ve got a little Weekend Guiding to get to.

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Thanksgiving Dinner: Take-Out or Dine-In

November 24, 2010 | 9:52 AM | Restaurants | By Lacee Wentworth

Let the chef's do the work this Thanksgiving.Want to eat Thanksgiving dinner at home, minus the cooking and clean-up? Let some of the Valley’s top chef’s do the work and order a whole Turkey Day feast to-go including the 20 pound bird and pie, pies and pies! Would you rather be entertained than be the one entertaining house guests this holiday? Check out a lengthy list of places offering five-course meals or feasts ready for take-out after the jump including the Heard Museum’s Thanksgiving Day Edible Galleries!

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Bradford’s Back

October 14, 2010 | 10:26 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Hey foodies. Ever wonder what happened to former Mary Elaine’s maestro, Bradford Thompson? Well, after winning the prestigious James Beard Award: Best Chef Southwest, and flying the coop for NYC, he’s back in town tonight for a special Celebrity Chef Dinner with the Valley’s-own, chef Beau MacMillan. Hosted at the Sanctuary on Camelback Resort, these two transplanted New Englanders will be whipping up a five-course feast featuring the authentic flavors of the Northeast. Full menu after the jump.

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Chow Down for Charity

October 11, 2010 | 2:52 PM | Events | By Lacee Wentworth

Presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, Noche de Gourmet will provide a night of drinking and dancing for charity for the 27th year in a row. Hosted at Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 16, the event pairs more than 20 top Valley restaurants and their signature dishes with local microbrews, top-shelf liquors and some national wines mostly from northern Cali. All event proceeds and ticket sales (currently $75 online here) will benefit The Children In Need Foundation.

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Scottsdale’s Chef Showdown

September 30, 2010 | 1:46 PM | Restaurants | By Ivy Adenauer

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Scoop Factory readers get free stuff all the time, such as this tix giveaway to a posh food fest in the heart of Scottsdale:

The food gods giveth and the food gods taketh away. Just as we were moping about the news that the Crave AZ food fest has been pushed back into 2011, we remembered that this weekend is the 5th annual Dine Out with the Chefs event. Hosted this Sunday, October 3, at an (air-conditioned) atrium inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, it’s your chance to mix and mingle with more than 20 of the Valley’s top chefs while sampling killer culinary creations such as these fish tacos from Frank & Albert’s at the Arizona Biltmore (pictured). Tix to this sumptuous Sunday affair are normally a very reasonable $55 ($65 at the door). But why pay even that paltry sum when you can eat for free (or should we say freebie)?

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Worth Repeating: Gaga Arrives in AZ

July 31, 2010 | 9:53 AM | Shop & Style | By Ivy Adenauer

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Check out this Tweet pic from the one-and-only, Lady Gaga. In town for this weekend’s concert, she’s looking quite cacti-chic in her leather and heelless skyscraper shoes ensemble.

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Updated: Gaga Arrives in AZ

July 29, 2010 | 4:52 PM | Shop & Style | By Ivy Adenauer

Check out this Tweet pic from the one-and-only, Lady Gaga. In town for this weekend’s concert, she’s looking quite cacti-chic in her leather and heelless skyscraper shoes ensemble.

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Sunset Swings

July 9, 2010 | 2:19 PM | Deals | By Frank Johnson

Calling all deal-loving duffers and thrifty tee-it-uppers. Twilight is not just for tweens anymore, as two of the Valley’s top resort courses are offering stellar pre-sunset deals all summer long.

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