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Sanctuary Offers Holiday Perks in Sunny Scottsdale

Those keen to skip the chaos of “tis the season” need look no further than Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The award-winning Scottsdale resort, with mountain views that are serious competition for snow covered peaks, announces a host of options for holiday revelry.

Sanctuary will offer two ways to enjoy Thanksgiving on Nov. 27 (reservations required):

• A Holiday Buffet in The Views ballroom (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), complete with live entertainment, will feature action and carving stations along with a variety of beginnings (such as refreshing salads, artisan breads and assorted cheeses) and an array of Thanksgiving desserts. The buffet is $55 per adult and $20 for children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity.

• Thanksgiving Dinner at elements (12 – 9 p.m.) will be a four-course New American prix-fixe feast. Beginnings include savory fall flavors like Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pumpkin Gnocchi, and Duck Confit and Sweet Potato Hash. Entrée selections include Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings, Roasted Halibut with white bean & chorizo stew, baby clams and, smoked paprika aioli, and Pan Roasted Filet of Beef with garlicky parsley crust, dauphinoise potatoes, haricot verts and sauce perigueux. Dessert is elevated with goodies like Pecan Butter Tart with chantilly cream and bourbon caramel, White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding with cinnamon anglaise and cinnamon ice cream, and Warm Apple Hand Pie with miso butterscotch and vanilla gelato. Dinner is $75 per adult and $25 for children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity. Holiday packages at Sanctuary carry into the New Year and are an easy, sunny choice this season:

• Sanctuary stylists will deck the halls of its private estates for the Home for the Holidays package. The resort’s collection of spectacular homes offers ample room for large families and stress-free entertaining. Guests will enjoy festive decorations, a $250 resort credit for dining or spa, and a welcome basket filled with seasonal goodies. Available Nov. 16, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015, rates start at $1,500 per night, based on a two night minimum.

• Situated in aptly named Paradise Valley, where winter temperatures average in the high 70s, Sanctuary’s guests can escape the cold for a Holiday in Paradise (Valley). The holiday special offers 15 percent off rates Nov. 15, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015 based on a three night minimum. It’s a great excuse to enjoy superb dining at elements restaurant and jade bar, or kick-start a New Year’s resolution at the Sanctuary Spa.

For more information and reservations, please call (480) 607-2300 or visit sanctuaryaz.com.

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Blue Hound Hires New Executive Chef

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix has hired Sean Currid as Executive Chef. Chef Currid comes from Elements at Sanctuary Resort & Spa where he served as Executive Catering Chef. Currid has been in the Valley for nearly 20 years and has also worked at Michael’s at the Citadel, Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and Cafe ZuZu at The Hotel Valley Ho.

Blue Hound guests will get a taste of Chef Currid’s cuisine when he releases a variety of new dishes on the new fall menu in late October.

ABOUT SEAN CURRID:

For nearly 20 years, Sean Currid has honed his skills in the Culinary Industry in the Valley. His food style falls under contemporary American cuisine, complimented with classic French cooking techniques.

Sean was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. In his teens, his family moved to El Paso, Texas. One of his first jobs in Texas was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and short order cook. It was at this job, his interest in food and cooking grew. Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided that he would take cooking seriously. Sean relocated to Phoenix to attend Scottsdale Culinary Institute and graduated in 1997.

Currid started his professional career at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn while attending Culinary School. Upon completion of school, he continued working there for the next four years. He moved through the ranks of the restaurants at Camelback Inn and finally promoted to Banquet Chef. He moved on to work at Michael’s at the Citadel and was asked once again to join the team at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn overseeing banquets. Currid was then offered a position at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and worked with James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. Over the next two years, he immersed himself in the restaurant and refined his cooking techniques. In 2005, Sean went to go with Chef Charles Wiley, another James Beard winner, to re-open The Hotel Valley Ho. His most recent position was working with Chef Beau MacMillan as Executive Catering Chef at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa.

Under his direction as Banquet Chef, at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn, the resort received the Gold Platter Award by Meeting and Conventions magazine. In 2010, Sean was named one of “The Valley’s Top Five Sous Chefs” in AZ Magazine. He was also named one of “The Valley’s Seven Top Chefs” AZ Foothills Magazine. Sean was on Food Network’s show “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell.

Sean continues to participate in charity fundraisers, and team with local farmers to create his menus. Currid has also had the privilege of assisting Chef Charles Wiley in New York at The James Beard House, as they represented Café ZuZu.

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Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it  a try on one of these upcoming triple-digit days! Cool fact, courtesy of jade bar, cucumbers can be 20 degrees cooler on the inside than the outside air.

What’s in the Honeydew Cucumber Sour:
Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin
Fresh-pressed lemon juice
Honeydew juice
Clover honey syrup
Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
Sliced cucumber

How to make it:
Mix ingredients, garnish with cucumber and sip happily.

jade bar @ Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, sanctuaryoncamelback.com

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Top 5 American Contemporary Restaurants

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants American Contemporary! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Restaurants: American Contemporary

Beckett’s Table
3717 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 954-1700
Website
Chef Justin Beckett has created a menu that features a hearty assortment of seasonal, American dishes. The neighborhood restaurant is a safe haven for sophisticated foodies and families alike. Expect incredible comfort food and service without pretension or fluff.

Quiessence Restaurant
6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042

(602) 276-0601
Website
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites guests to savor award-winning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

elements
5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(800) 245-2051
Website
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at elements a Sanctuary highlight.

Tarbell’s
3213 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 955-8100
Website
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce when possible.

The House Brasserie
6936 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 634-1600
Website
Tucked away in a shaded corner of Old Town Scottsdale, The House is a place of culinary artistry that allows guests to be a part of cutting-edge world cuisine, as well as leaving them slightly nostalgic for Grandma’s kitchen.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Luxury at Jade Bar

Jade Bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is nothing short of luxurious. The resort is set into Camelback Mountain, perfect for toasting to romantic Arizona sunsets, and is covered with colorful, native plants accompanied by a pool, tennis courts, spa rooms and more.

Since its expansion, Elements restaurant and Jade Bar overlook different areas of the property, depending on which area you choose to dine, from a private room, open restaurant, patio, or balcony. All areas are simply beautiful. With the philosophy that the bar is an extension of the kitchen, Jade Bar offers Element’s fresh cuisine with its wine list and cocktails.

All of the cocktails are fresh, unique, and great with the Asian-inspired cuisine. Be sure to try the Cantaloupe, the Pepper Smash, or the Anejo Manhattan, which range from sweet and fruity to spicy and citrusy to a stronger classic with a twist.

Cantaloupe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz watermelon liqueur

  • 1 ½ oz vodka

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • Splash of lime

Directions:

  • Shake ingredients together and pour into a martini glass

  • Garnish with a melon ball

Pepper Smash:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 a pint of loose mint

  • 2 oz Krogstad Aquavit

  • ¾ oz freshly pressed lime juice

  • ¾ oz freshly extracted yellow bell pepper juice

  • ¾ oz house blended grade A maple syrup

Directions:

  • Muddle mint

  • Shake ingredients

  • Pour into an Old Fashioned glass

  • Garnish with a mint sprig

    Anejo Manhatten

    Anejo Manhatten

Anejo Manhattan:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz El Tesoro Anejo Tequila

  • ½ oz Martini and Rossi Sweet Vermouth

  • ¼ oz Licor 43

  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

  • 1 dash Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters

  • Mole Salami Wrapped Sour Cherry for garnish

Photo: LON’s at The Hermosa Inn

Top 5: American Contemporary Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 American Contemporary — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

elements

5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 245-2051
sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at elements a Sanctuary highlight.


LON’s at The Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 241-1210
hermosainn.com/lons
LON’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors.


Tarbell’s

3213 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 955-8100
tarbells.com
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.


Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 276-0601
quiessencerestaurant.com
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning, handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.


Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(480) 437-1072
binkleysrestaurant.com
In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Sanctuary on Camelback Introduces New Maître d’ of elements

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is pleased to introduce Norbert G. Taillole as maître d’ of its award-winning elements restaurant.  He brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to his position.

“We are delighted to have Norbert in place at elements,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “He has brought a loyal following of patrons to us from his years with the area’s best restaurants, and I know that Norbert’s experience and professionalism will add to the reputation and continued success of Sanctuary’s dining program.”

A native of Provence, France, Taillole has lived with his family in Arizona since 1981.  He has served as maître d’ for some of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s most prestigious and successful restaurants, including LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, Zinc Bistro, Desert Highlands Golf Club, Christopher’s Bistro and Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician.

Taillole has an honors diploma in hospitality management from the American Hotel & Motel Association.

One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale.  Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa.  A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the “top resort” in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001, and in 2012 was named #1 Resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World.  Connect with Sanctuary on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Top 5 American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 American Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-437-1072
binkleysrestaurant.com
In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.


Tarbell’s

3213 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix AZ 85018
602-955-8100
tarbells.com
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.


Elements

5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-245-2051
sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at Elements a Sanctuary highlight.


Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-241-1210
hermosainn.com/lons
Lon’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors.


Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
602-276-0601
quiessencerestaurant.com
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012