Desert to Dish: Supporting Culinary Dreams Reception
The evening of day two of the inaugural Desert to Dish culinary event celebrated the culinary prowess of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and local beers, wines and distilled spirits. On a beautiful October night, tasting and pouring stations were scattered about the expansive patio and lawn of the Camelback Presidential Suite at Omni Scottsdale. Many dishes utilized the quality ingredients and farm-fresh vegetables seen on the various Farm Excursions earlier that day. Executive Chef Michael Cairns had once again gathered a crowd to spotlight his hard-working crew, visiting chefs, and some of his favorite Arizona beverage craftsmen.
Omni Scottsdale's culinary team greeted guests with beautiful plates such as romanesco and cheddar cauliflower with caper aioli, curry-glazed vegetable skewers with coconut rice, chimichurri-marinated New York strip steak and boniato puree, ancho-pesto shrimp with pepper jack cheese polenta, empanadas, and tinga and barbacoa tacos. There was also shrimp ceviche cleverly served in avocado cups and creamy cilantro hummus with vibrant heirloom vegetables:
A giant paella pan was filled with saffron-scented rice, peas, roasted peppers, shrimp, squid, fish, mussels, clams and Portuguese sausage:
To accompany the delicious food, our quality Arizona beverage scene was represented by craft breweries such as Mother Road Brewery out of Flagstaff and Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe. Four of my favorite Arizona vineyards were pouring their wines: Caduceus Cellars (Jerome) and winemaker Rob Hammelman of Sand Reckoner (Willcox)
Executive Pastry Chef Ben Galang's pistachio sponge cake with frozen tequila zabaglione and braised figs was so good, I went back for seconds.
Steve Kraus, owner of Press Coffee, and Alex Mason, General Manager, were on hand to treat the guests to their fantastic coffee (look for an upcoming interview and feature on Press Coffee this month).
Day two of Desert to Dish - another huge success.
I received a complimentary media invitation to this event.