Although it’s easy to forget that produce can thrive in our desert, there are multiple local chefs that are determined to bring awareness to this fact, as well as get the Valley the place on the national culinary map that it deserves. Chef Michael Cairns is one of those chefs.
With the backing of his Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, Cairns has put together the first annual Desert to Dish, a weekend full of chef tastings, wine pairings and seminars to learn more about the growth potential of the desert.
From October 22 through October 24, guests and patrons will have the opportunity to relish in the agricultural treasures of Arizona, while the proceeds of the event will support the James Beard Foundations’ scholarship program and other educational initiatives.
Five visiting chefs from around the nation will be joining Cairns for Desert to Dish, which will culminate in a live cooking competition between the six chefs. Leading up to this Sonoran Showdown will be a welcome reception on Thursday night, local farm excursions to reveal the many offerings of Arizona’s farmers with the competing chefs on Friday, which will lead to a showcase at Montelucia that evening of those products as well as locally crafted beers, wines and distilled spirits. Saturday morning and afternoon brings a schedule of master culinary classes by each of the visiting chefs.
The Desert to Dish finale event will take place on Saturday evening and will bring the six renowned chefs together in a friendly competition. Guests will feast on the chefs’ best offerings using locally sourced ingredients while sipping wine and craft beer.
Phoenix foodies and those interested in living locally will not want to miss this weekend filled with delicious farm-to-table dishes, Arizona wines, beers and spirits and plenty of education on and love for our great state.
Desert to Dish, Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.627.3200, omnihotels.com/deserttodish, Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24, times vary, $95-$125