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James Beard Benefit Dinner

  • Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 6902 East Greenway Parkway Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 United States (map)

Photo: Debby Wolvos

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, James Beard award-winning chefs from around the country will prepare a multi-course meal complete with carefully selected wine pairings. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime collaborative dinner in the company of true artisans at one of the Valley’s finest resorts, The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.


Derek Biazo | Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ
Black Mesa Ranch Goat Cheese Ravioli, Sphinx Date Relish, Caramelized Shallots, Prickly Pear Reduction
Arizona Prime Beef Tenderloin, ROC2 Coffee Pearls, Pistachio Dust, Dala Cabernet Reduction
Domaine Ste. Michelle, Brut. Columbia Valley

Santa Barbara Uni Panna Cotta, Crema Snow, Osetra Caviar, Aji Limo, Bamba Rice Crisp
Spring Pea Gazpacho, Chicharrón, Blood Orange, Tendrils, Huacatay
Domaine Ste. Michelle, Brut Rosé. Columbia Valley


JBF Award Winner Ming Tsai | Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA; and Blue Dragon, Boston
Tequila Marinated Salmon Sashimi, Madras Curry Oil, Soy-Lime Syrup, Crispy Rice
2013 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley

Host Chef JBF Award Winner Michael Ginor | Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Ferndale, NY; and Lola, Great Neck, NY
Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon, Banana, Grape, Almond, Celery
2013 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley

Brad Kilgore | Alter, Miami
Langoustine Royale, Verjus, Herb Blossoms, d’Espelette Glass, Cherry Blossom Consommé
2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Host Chef Chris Masco | The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ
Speck-Crusted Rabbit Loin, Spring Pea Puree, Red Sorrel, Root Vegetable, Wild Leek Gastrique
2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley

John Tesar | Knife at Highland, Dallas
Braised 44 Farms Beef Cheeks, Creamy Polenta, Shaved Blacked Truffle, Sauce Italian
2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle “Artist Series” Meritage

JBF Award Winner Nancy Silverton | Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Almond Cornetto, Seasonal Compote, Gelato
2014 Eroica Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley

Tickets are $225 per person or $2,100 for a table of ten.  The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://scottsdalefest.org.

Earlier Event: March 22
Global Accolade Wine Dinner at Flourish
Later Event: March 23
Garden Session at Teeter House