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.

Monthly Mashup at Talavera with Chefs Mel Mecinas and Christopher Gross

Two chefs, one kitchen is the idea behind the Monthly Mashup series at Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North.  The program kicked off in March, with a different guest chef each month joining Executive Chef Mel Mecinas in the Talavera kitchen.  I love the thought behind this concept - enjoying the food of not just one, but two favorite chefs as they team up to create a menu featuring each other's culinary creativity and philosophy. “The best way to grow as a chef is to partner and learn from other chefs,” says Executive Chef Mel Mecinas.  “Taking two concepts and blending them together – for one night only – gives each chef the opportunity to expand their skills and offer diners a truly unique experience.”  In May, the collaboration was between Mel Mecinas and Christopher Gross, two talented chefs whom I've spotlighted in the past in AZ Wine Lifestyle.  Seated on the gorgeous Talavera patio on a beautiful spring evening, this Mashup menu did not disappoint:

Our evening in photos: 

We were hosted by the Four Seasons and our meal was complimentary.