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Sanctuary on Camelback hosts Easter festivities

The Sanctuary experience is full of unexpected surprises, from catching sight of a hummingbird while dining on elements’ deck to finding a transformative moment in the meditation garden of the Sanctuary Spa. This Easter Sunday, April 5, hidden treasures will be plentiful at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, thanks to its annual Egg Hunt and delectable Easter feast by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan.
The resort’s Sunset Lawn Garden will become an early morning playground for resort guests, with a hunt for hidden eggs and treats commencing at 8:30 a.m. Thereafter guests and locals are invited to a four course prix-fixe Easter Brunch at elements restaurant or an Easter Brunch Buffet in The Views Ballroom, both affording sweeping views of Paradise Valley and the resort’s namesake Camelback Mountain. 
The prix-fixe Easter Brunch at elements, offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is $80 per person or $90 with sparkling wine ($25 for children ages 6-12), plus tax, gratuity and beverages.  The menu (available in full here) includes an amuse of Maine Lobster Bisque with cognac and tarragon crème and a choice of beginnings like Foie Gras Sticky Bun with toasted pecans, tokaji jelly and black truffle, and Baked Oysters Dynamite with bloomside spinach, Dungeness crab, Chinese sausage and sesame sauce.
Entrée choices include BBQ Shrimp n’ Grits with Anson Mills cheddar grits, fried egg, chorizo broth and tomato jam, Korean Fried Chicken with bacon waffle, banh mi pickles, and red dragon sauce, and Lobster Benedict with poached eggs, shaved ham, toasted English muffin, and lobster hollandaise, among other options. 
Desserts choices are equally decadent, including Strawberry Shortcake and Liquid Center Chocolate Torte.
Easter Brunch Buffet in The Views, offered 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., is $65 per person ($20 for children ages 6-12) plus tax, gratuity and beverages. The buffet menu (available in full here) features glorious spreads including artisanal bread, cheese and dessert displays, an omelet station, a carving board with Roasted Easter Ham with pineapple sticky glaze and fresh biscuits as well as Mustard Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with rosemary and garlic jus. These are complemented by scrumptious plates including Orecchiette Pasta with Lobster, Shrimp and Crab, Cognac Bananas Foster French Toast with chantilly crème and rum caramel, and Pan Seared Salmon with organic spinach, capers and lemon, among others.
Reservations are required for both Easter events. Please call 480-948-2100.

The Dish: Peas and Prosciutto

One of the tastiest things to come out of the garden in spring are English peas. Now, sadly in Arizona peas are hard to come by fresh from the farm. Thankfully frozen peas are picked at the peak of ripeness and available year round even here in ever warm Arizona.

Prosciutto adds a wonderful saltiness to balance the sweetness of the peas.

Fresh peas can occasionally be found in Trader Joe’s or AJ’s and need to be cooked before using in this dish.

As always, you can find the link for this recipe and many more seasonal delights on my Pinterest page, Scottsdale Living: The Dish.

Peas and Prosciutto

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) bag frozen peas, thawed
4 ounces (1/8-inch-thick slices) prosciutto, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper, and saute until tender, about 1 minute. Add the peas and saute until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the prosciutto and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the parsley and remove from the heat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve.


'HOP' Into Sprinkles Cupcakes for Easter Treats

Spread some springtime cheer with Sprinkles HOP Box. Perfect for your holiday table or in lieu of an Easter basket, adults and children alike will delight in Sprinkles Cupcakes’ brown sugar praline cupcakes and adorable bunny decorations.

Each dozen box includes an assortment of dark chocolate, carrot, red velvet, and brown sugar praline cupcakes, decorated with pink and green bunnies and sealed with a ‘HOP for Cupcakes’ sticker. The Sprinkles HOP Box will be available at Sprinkles from March 22 – 31.

“The HOP box is an Easter tradition here at Sprinkles,” says Sprinkles Co-Founder and Executive Pastry Chef, Candace Nelson. “This springtime selection of flavors is a delicious ending to a family dinner or a fun Easter basket addition!”

Valley residents can pick up their Sprinkles HOP boxes at the Scottsdale location Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To place an order, call (480) 970-4321 or visit www.sprinkles.com.

Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Easter Events

Easter Events Throughout The Valley

Hippity, hoppity; Easter’s on its way. So if you haven’t already thought about what you’re doing for the holiday, you’re in luck because we have listed a few Easter events happening throughout the Valley.

Here are a few Easter events in the Valley:

Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Easter Pageant: The Easter Pageant, held at the Mesa Arizona Temple, is one of the largest in the world. The pageant has been an annual tradition, and the cast has grown to more than 400 hundred people. There are performances in English and Spanish, each lasting about 65 minutes. The Easter Pageant is open to people of all religions, ages and cultures. Admission is free, and no ticket is required. For more info, visit easterpageant.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Schnepff Farms: The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 a.m. where the children will be divided into age groups. The admission cost is $25 per child and will include the egg hunt, unlimited train rides, carousel rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny and lunch. Admission for adults is free. Arrive early if you plan on paying in cash. For more info, visit schnepffarms.com.

Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee’s Annual Easter Parade and Spring Fling: The parade will begin at 48th St. and Warner in Ahwatukee at 10:00 a.m. The Spring Fling Carnival begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. There will be rides, kids’ activities and entertainment for the whole family. One-hundred percent of all the proceeds from the parade and Spring Fling will go to support local programs and charities. For more information, visit ahwatukeekiwanis.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Enchanted Island Amusement Park: The egg-hunt is free for children ages 1 – 10. All eggs are filled with prizes, and there are 20 grand prize eggs. Arrive early as children must register and receive an age-appropriate stamp. The Easter Bunny will be available all day for pictures and hugs.  For more information, visit enchantedisland.com/specialevents.php.

Easter Cookie Decorating Workshop at el Pedregal at the Boulders: The Bakery Café at el Pedregal will be celebrating Easter by holding an Easter Cookie Decorating workshop on April 2, at 2 p.m. Families can come to decorate both sugar cookies and chocolate bunnies. Guests can also indulge in a variety of other deserts, including carrot cake, cream puffs, coconut cake, macaroons and other Easter candies. Cookie decoration kits cost $5.50 each. Visit theboulders.com for more info.

Family Easter Celebration in Chandler: The Easter Bunny will also be visiting the Snedigar Sports Complex Saturday, April 7 to take pictures with children ages nine and under. In addition, there will be Easter Egg hunts, vendors, interactive amusements and an Easter Basket Give-A-Way. Event lasts from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov.

Easter at Lake Pleasant regional Park: Come celebrate Easter at the Road Runner Campground Play Area. The park will be filled with more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs. There will be also special prize eggs, which can be redeemed for prizes.  The egg hunt is open to kids ages 12 and under. Admission is free with the cost of a vehicle ($6.00). For more information, visit maricopa.gov.