Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food and beverage writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

It's about time I reported back on our last meal at Bourbon Steak, because WOW it was one of the culinary highlights of 2015.  

We're long time-fans of Bourbon Steak, having been here multiple times - whether it be for happy hour, cocktail classes, dinner (and my husband's favorite lobster pot pie) or to celebrate our anniversary.

Back in December, we joined our close friends and frequent dining partners Bill and Lill of AZ Bitters Lab for dinner. As is our wont, we met for cocktails before dinner in the bar. Jason Caballero, one of my favorite sommeliers in Arizona (whom I had first met at a special wine dinner with Maynard James Keenan of Caduceus Cellars), came out to greet us and told us we had a special treat in store.  Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan  had kindly offered to prepare the four of us a tasting menu.  Would we like to do that instead of ordering a la carte? Why, of course! 

What followed next was a wonderful meal with course after course of creative, delicious dishes expertly paired with wines by sommelier Jason. I'd be hard pressed to pick my favorites, but three that I'm still thinking about include Jason's pairing of Lillet with an intensely flavorful chestnut and black truffle soup, Chef's juicy, crispy-skinned guinea hen (from local Two Wash Ranch) glazed with sorghum and whiskey with decadent foie gras rice, and the fantastic combination of beet-stuffed caramelle pasta embellished with raisins, poppy seeds, and freshly-grated horseradish savored with a glass of Moulin à Vent gamay.  Our feast: 

Thank you to Chef Jeremy and Jason for a superlative evening!