Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel 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.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

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Nirvana Food and Wine Festival


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For four days in April, Scottsdale will be heaven for fine food aficionados with Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. This all-star culinary event will evoke “a flavorful state of mind” as it brings together festival-goers with world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals, and a celebrity golf tournament.  Festival-goers can make it a vacation by reserving a casita, suite or private home at Sanctuary, one of the most celebrated resorts in the U.S. 

Bourbon Street presented by Bulleit Bourbon
Hosted by Beau MacMillan & Jason Asher
Time:  Thursday, 7pm - 10pm
Price: $150 per person
Chefs/Mixologists: Brian Belvins, Paul Boehmer, Audrey Enriquez, George Frasher, Maxton Kennedy, Bobby Kramer, Brian Lieske, Libby Longlott, Landon Post, Lenard Rubin, Eric Wilson

Master of Taste A, An Evening with Red Stitch Wines
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Price: $350 per person
Chefs: Matt Carter and Mark Stark
Wine Makers: Rich Aurilia and Dan Kosta

Friday, April 20, 2018:
Birds & Bubbles presented by Möet & Chandon and Woodford Reserve
Hosted by Stephanie Izard & Chuck Hughes
Time: 7:15pm - 10pm (VIP 6:30pm - 7:15pm)
Price: $150 GA | $225 VIP
Chefs/Mixologists: Lindsay Autry, Jacob Cutino, Rochelle Daniel, Michael DeMaria, Eddie Diaz, Ron Dimas, Jacob Ellis, Kiefer Gilbert, Stephen Jones, Bernie Kantak

Master of Taste B, An Evening with Tuck Beckstoffer Wines
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Price: $350 per person
Chefs: Dustin Valette and Chris Gross
Wine Maker: Tuck Beckstoffer

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Rosé Parté
Hosted by Todd English
Time: 11am - 2pm
Price: $135 per person

Best of the West
Hosted by Scott Conant & Tony Abou-Ganim
Time: 7:15pm - 10pm (VIP 6:30pm - 7:15pm)
Price: $150 GA | $225 VIP
Chefs: Justin Beckett, Cullen Campbell, Ryan Clark, John Conley, Russell LaCasce, Branden Levine, Gio Osso, Jeremy Pacheco, James Porter, Joseph Rodger, Caleb Schiff, Matthew Taylor, Chuck Wiley

Tequila & Tortillas
Hosted by Aarón Sánchez & Maxton Kennedy
Time: 11am - 2pm
Price: $135 per person
Chefs/Mixologists: Rene Andrade, Jason Asher, Lee Hilson, Beau MacMillan, Aaron May, Peter McQuaid, Doug Robson, Lenard Rubin, Samantha Sanz, Suny Santana

For a full list of events, to purchase tickets, and to make room reservations, visit www.NirvanaFoodandWine.com