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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Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series at the Westin Kierland

  • Westin Kierland Resort and Spa 6902 East Greenway Road Scottsdale, AZ, 85260 United States (map)
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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa presents in collaboration with Scottsdale League for the Arts – “Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series” in which Beverage Specialist Matt Allen takes guests through a sequence of cocktail and culinary pairings that include off-the-beaten-path themes like “Birds & Bees,” featuring honey-infused cocktails paired with savory poultry dishes, and “Locals Only,” featuring barrel-aged Arizona spirits paired with Arizona prime cuts sourced from ranches across the state.

The series is priced at $100 per person. Event seating is limited with only 24 seats available per event. For a limited time, tickets for the collective five-dinner series are presented as Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series package for $450 per package, available for purchase until February 15. Ticket pricing includes service charge and sales tax, and additional gratuity is welcome upon guest preference. Complimentary valet & self-parking with validation. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here. Ages 21+ only

Birds & Bees | February 15, 2019

In honor of one of Mother Nature’s sweetest delights, sip and swirl honey-infused cocktails that showcase a wide varietal of sweet nectars collected from around the globe – such as the “Pillow Talk” featuring Amazon Forest honey – accompanied by savory poultry dishes that include fowl favorites such as slow roast duck, pulled chicken, and “Cast-Iron Seared Quail,” served with calvin pea tendrils, artisan greens, beet of the night and green grape verjus.

Future Events:
Locals Only | March 15, 2019
Designed in homage to the area’s finest flavors, a thoughtful collection of barrel-aged Arizona spirits, including Arizona Distilling Company and Hamilton Distillers, complements a menu of homegrown fare that features local ingredients cultivated and sourced from the Grand Canyon state.
Nature’s Balance | April 26, 2019
Spring cleaning with a twist, indulge in a holistic lineup of organic cocktail and culinary creations crafted with 100% certified organic ingredients, each hand-selected from organic farms, ranches, purveyors and distilleries across the Southwest. Ticket pricing includes service charge and sales tax, and additional gratuity is welcome upon guest preference.
Desert Delights | May 17, 2019
Taste your way through the majestic Sonoran Desert’s more than 100,000 square miles with cacti-infused cocktails enriched with botanical liqueurs and paired with desert delicacies such as wild boar, rabbit, rattlesnake and more. Ticket pricing includes service charge and sales tax, and additional gratuity is welcome upon guest preference.
A Tale of Five Isles | June 14, 2019
In celebration of the contributions Scottish immigrants made to early Arizona, explore a variety of “Scotchtails” – Scotch whisky-based cocktails representing all five of Scotland’s iconic isles – joined by traditional Scottish fare rich with the likes of pecan- and barrel-smoked fish, game proteins and more.