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Rooftop Garden

District American’s Rooftop Garden Continues To Grow

Out with the old, and in with the new.

No, this isn’t referring to Sheraton Phoenix Downtown’s many guests checking in and out of the 1,000-room hotel, but instead the produce found on its burgeoning rooftop garden.

Rooftop gardenFound in areas such as New York, Chicago and even Montreal, rooftop gardens aren’t too common in Metro Phoenix, but the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown and District American Kitchen and Wine Bar are changing that.

“For as big as we are, we’re always worried about our footprint,” says Chef Jay Bogsinske of District American Kitchen & Wine Bar. “This is something that’s very unique to hotels. No one as big as we are is doing this; it makes our food better for it.”

Growing strong since 2009 on its fourth-floor patio, this rooftop garden has been a plan of the Sheraton’s since day one.

“This was built into the budget, even in the beginning, because the passion was there for it,” Bogsinske says. “It was part of the original vision, to go after District American. When they started digging in the ground, this was already put together in their minds.”

With about 60 different types of produce grown throughout the year, the Sheraton strives to prove that even a 1,000-room hotel can become self-sufficient, sourcing local, fresh ingredients.

According to Bogsinske, the hotel is completely self-sufficient on radishes, chocolate mint, lemon grass, oregano, curry, thyme, rosemary, sage and bay leaf. He adds that with all of the garnish coming straight from the rooftop garden, picked fresh that day, this keeps the restaurant to season.

“A lot of hotels are not as quite in tune to the season as we are,” Bogsinske says. “The garden keeps us grounded, so we plan our dishes around that.”

Rooftop gardenFrom artichokes, corn and peanuts, to sage, lavender, chives, rosemary, thyme, curry, celery and oregano, all of the cooks are involved in cultivating the garden. Fifteen to 20 hours per week go into maintaining the garden, which includes harvesting, planting and composting.

“Me and one other person will come up here everyday or every other day,” Bogsinske says. “It’s a moment of zen from going 200 miles an hour downstairs to coming up here and taking care of it. There’s nothing better than something you love with your hands, a craft you take care of.”

But it’s not just the District American team who tend the garden; they’ve partnered with Singh Farms, a 20-acre, sustainable farm located in Scottsdale. This is where District American sources its nutrient-rich soil.

“We save all of our scraps and are part of the composting program at Singh Farms,” Bogsinske says. “We get better growth than most people because of the strength and nutrients of the soil.”

According to Bogsinske and Katie Brashear, complex director of public relations for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, the relationship between District American and Singh Farms is unique ― built and strengthened over time. They say it’s not just about buying and eating local, but, more importantly, educating one’s self in learning to grow and sustaining a garden.

“Sheraton is a corporate hotel, but we have so much passion about what we do and that resonates from the hotel to the culinary side, and we follow through,” Brashear says. “It’s everything from starting with the soil to the inception, to cultivating and nurturing, so we have the freshest product identical to what you can find, quality-wise, at Singh Farms.”

Currently, the garden is at 75 feet, with plans to add another 30 feet by the end of this year. Bogsinske says that they hope to double its size in the near future.

To view the rooftop garden for yourself, visit District American at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.


If You Go: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 817-5400
Valentine's Day Events 2012

Valentine's Day Events 2012

Not sure what to do this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of Valentine’s day ideas with restaurants and events that are sure to make your date unforgettable.

Table for Two at Different Pointe of View

Valentine's Day Events 2012Why settle this Valentine’s Day for a traditional indoor restaurant when you can have breathtaking views and exceptional cuisine at Different Pointe of View? Enjoy a five-course meal with your choice from four delicious entrée options: Cedar River Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan-seared Pacific Cobia, Citrus-scented Olive Oil Poached Main Lobster, or Seared Muscovy Duck Breast. For dessert, Different Pointe of View is offering a choice between Chocolate Temptation and traditional Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.

Call (602) 866-6350 for reservations.
5 p.m. seating: $99
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. seating: $110
Wine pairings are an additional $40 per person

Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(602) 866-6350

Pamper Yourself with Rich Treatments of Wine, Roses and Romance

Treat yourself (and your sweetheart) this Valentine’s day with one of the following decadent choices offered by Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort:

Valentine's Day Events 2012

The Tuscan Wine Therapy Body Treatment — a wine-drenched Italian decadence, featuring a mix of Mediterranean olive oil, crushed grape seeds, blackberry fibers and red wine, it’s available for $125 per person for 60 minutes, including gratuity (regularly $150).

The Rose Harmony Duo pairs a rose-petal soak with a rejuvenating massage, leaving your skin sweet-smelling and petal soft thanks to Jurlique’s signature rose petal body oil. This 90 minute treatment is available for $180 and includes gratuity (regularly $216).

The Sweetheart Chocolate Facial & Lip Scrub marries enticing aromas, hold-and-cold sensations and a relaxing facial massage with the bliss of a milk-and-chocolate antioxidant mask. Available for $135, this 60 minute package includes a peptide-firming System or RAW Man Kit (regularly $194 – $204).

Kimpton’s FireSky Resort and Jurlique Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
(480) 945-7666

Romance in the Desert at El Chorro

Valentine's Day Events 2012This Valentine’s day El Chorro restaurant will feature a menu filled with romantic options. A few of these include: Hearts of Romaine with Lobster Vinaigrette or Roasted Valentine Pepper Bisque with crispy red beets, a Lovebird Duo of pan-roasted chicken breast and leg confit with herb crust; a Center Cut Filet with Sweet(heart) Potato Gratin and Chilean Sea Bass with Wild-for-you Mushroom Ravioli.

For dessert, Chocolate Hearts features a dark chocolate cake served with white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ganache. All these delicious creations are by Executive Chef Charles Kassels and will be served in charming historic surroundings with spectacular mountain views. A special menu of wine pairings will also be available.

El Chorro
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
(480) 948-5170

Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel: “From Heart to Art — The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt”

For the musically inclined, pianist Jeffrey Siegel will be performing romantic compositions by Franz Liszt, including “Liebesträume.” The performance will include a state of the art video display that allows the audience to see the pianist’s hands moving across the keyboard from any seat in the theater. Jeffrey Siegel will converse about each composition after performing it, while offering insight about the composer’s life.

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $29 – $39

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale
(480) 499-8587

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Valentine's Day Events 2012This annual event in the historic part of Downtown Glendale celebrates chocolate and romance. With more than 30 chocolate specialty vendors, there is no shortage of this delicious treat. The event will occur at Murphy Park and admission is free.

Friday February 3, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday February 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday February 5,  from noon to 5 p.m.

City of Glendale
(623) 930-2299

Exotic Art Show –  Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular

The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show will take place on Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m. This exhibit will showcase sensual, personal, provocative, and audacious art from over 60 artists. The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show is the longest running exhibit of erotic and art in the country, so prepare for boundaries to be crossed and the line between performance and spectator to be blurred. Advance tickets highly recommended.

Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets $20 in advance ~ $25 door
Must be over 21 to attend

Alwun House Gallery and Garden Stage
1204 East Roosevelt Phoenix
(602) 253-7887

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day Events 2012A delectable dinner, romantic music and a complimentary rose are all included in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day special. This three-course feast is filled with delicious options like the Truffled Ricotta Stuffed Rigatoni, Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster, and for dessert, Chocolate Molten Cake with Strawberry Ganache. If you can’t attend on the 14th, don’t worry; their Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Saturday, February 11th through the 14th.

Call (602) 817-5400 for reservations
$49 per person
Wine pairings are an additional $30 per person

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N. 3rd Street
(602) 817-5400

The Saguaro Hosts the I Heart AZ Party

On Saturday, February 11 The Saguaro is hosting an I Heart AZ Party in celebration of both Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s 100th birthday. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Tony Martinez band will be featured, along with wine tasting, a pop-up shop, locally-grown hors d’oeuvres, and a charity kissing booth. The Saguaro’s art exhibitions will have a special show by 3 Car Pile Up, then from 7-10 p.m. the party will continue with music by DJ Melo.

$10 before 7 p.m.
Free after 7 p.m

The Saguaro is also offering special offers this Valentine’s Day:

Dinner and a Movie (Pool View rooms at $351+tax)

  • Distrito Tasting Menu for Two
  • An in-room movie credit
  • Breakfast in bed

A Suite for You and Your Sweetie (Suites at $1,011)

  • Overnight Suite Accommodations
  • In-room couples massage
  • Private Poolside Cabana Dinner with Distrito Valentine’s day Tasting menu & a bottle of champagne
  • Breakfast in bed
The Saguaro
4000 N Drinkwater Boulevard
(480) 308-1100
District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

District American Kitchen And Wine Bar: Amazing Ambiance, Appetizers and Alcohol

Amazing ambiance, appetizers and alcohol make District American Kitchen and Wine Bar a great post-work hangout

Yesterday was one just one of those days. Counting down the minutes until the end of my business day, all I had on my mind was that I needed to de-stress. The best way? A wine bar, of course. Although I had never been to one before, I knew yesterday was the night to consider a tryst with lady vino.

After Googling my options, I narrowed it down to one — District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. Because my main mode of transportation is the light rail, location was important when making this decision, and this wine bar is located fairly close to one of the stops. Convenient location? Check.

As my friend and I walked up to the restaurant, we knew we were in for a swanky treat. District American Kitchen is located in the downtown Phoenix Sheraton, directly across the street from a Hooters. Classy? Check. Just the right amount.

The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, the bar wrapping and curving — probably one of the most elegant bars I’ve seen. It became quickly evident this was a popular after-work hangout, with the men slipping out of their coats, rolling up their sleeves and loosening their ties. Women paired up with their girlfriends, chit-chatting over (many) glasses of wine. Work-related conversations (doused with exasperations) were heard from our neighboring tables, while those who chose to show solo paired up with their go-to cocktail.

With just an hour left of happy hour, which ends at 7 p.m., our eyes skimmed the drinks menu, and we chose the White Peach and the American Red Sangrias, both priced at $5 each. Both were sweet, rich and delicious. Originally, we were there to just sip, but after drooling over the list of small plates offered and watching others snack, we couldn’t resist and ordered the Pretzel Bite Fondue and the Schrieiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates, both priced at $4. Affordable happy hour prices? Check.

You would think as ladies, we would shy away from anything wrapped in bacon, but when you’re hungry, you’re hungry, and we don’t regret it one bit. But we probably should have, considering the dates were stuffed with chive cream cheese. Drizzled with Vermont maple syrup, the bite-size delights were so addicting, we ordered another round of it. Seriously.

The fondue, on the other hand, was what you’d expect, with the bread warm, soft and topped with a few grains of salt — just the right amount. The District cheese sauce was a little overwhelming, but because I consider cheese as its own food group, I finished the plate.

Our impulse order turned favorite? The Cedar River Beef Tenderloin Nachos ($10) topped with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. After asking the trio of patrons sitting at the next table if the nachos were worth ordering, we received an assuring “Yes,” all three expressing how much they enjoyed the dish. However, I’m not sure why we asked, considering there was virtually no trace of the nacho dish left on their table.

Our’s quickly became a mirror image. Incredible food and drinks that left us yearning for more? Check.

District American Kitchen offers a comfortable, gorgeous environment and comfort foods with a twist — perfect for winding down post-work in the middle of the week. It wasn’t crowded; you seat yourself; and it wasn’t too noisy, either. And I’m sure if you don’t end up ordering every aesthetically pleasing appetizer you see, you’ll walk away with not only a small bill, but also a newfound favorite happy hour bar you’re bound to lounge in more than once.

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If You Go: District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

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320 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 817-5400