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Get down and ‘derby’ deals in the Valley

If you are looking for something other than Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend, maybe the Kentucky Derby is more your style. Saturday, May 3, presents the 140th Kentucky Derby, which some describe as the most exciting two minutes in sports. There are several Kentucky Derby parties for women to dress up in spring dresses and giant hats and men to dress in their best seersuckers suits.

    Turf Paradise: This huge, spring party has all the Kentucky Derby musts including mint juleps and a fashion judging of traditional Derby clothes of bonnets, sundresses and suits. There are a variety of choices, depending on your budget, including a “Top of the Park” suite that encompasses a view of the infield lakes and two racetracks, a Turf Club Buffet that includes private televisions for viewing, a Clubhouse and Players’ Buffet that get you closer to the horses and the cheering crowd and finally, a Party on the Rail that lets you get up close to the race. All areas include Kentucky Derby food and drinks. Don’t forget to stay for the Hat and Ensemble contest!
    Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: This party is comprised of a Kentucky Derby Brunch and Lawn Party. Live blues music will accompany the mint juleps, bourbon tastings, buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, crab Louie, shrimp and grits and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. If you haven’t divulged enough, then continue on to dessert with lemon meringue tarts, red velvet cupcakes and chocolate bourbon pecan pies. You can also try signature cocktails including a “Seersucker” cocktail with bourbon, peach and mint, “The Derby” with bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao and lime or the “Kentucky Cousin” with Know Creek Bourbon Cherry Herring, lemon and black tea. Once you have eaten your fill, you can play horseshoes and lawn games, take pictures with four-time National Champion racehorse, Saul, or enjoy the women in their stylish hats and men in their suits.
    The Phoenician in Scottsdale: Like the other two events, The Phoenician will host a Kentucky Derby Party with a special viewing party on the Orchid Lawn. The party will include flat screen TVs covering the pre-race festivities and the race itself. Women can compete in the best hat contest and men can win the best Southern fashion contest. Festivities will also include a Winner’s Circle raffle and a delicious Southern menu.

If you want a more low-key atmosphere to watch the race, visit one of these local restaurants to try a Kentucky Derby-inspired cocktail:
    Phoenix Public Market Café: The TNT, $8, contains Arizona Distilling Company Copper City Bourbon, tamarind paste, pequin chili simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon
    J&G Steakhouse: Whiskey Passion Fruit Fizz, $13, is composed of Passion Fruit Chili Bar syrup, bourbon and ginger ale
    Crudo: No Name, $12, is made of Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon, Montenegro, Bonal, St. Elizabeth allspice Dram and Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, served in a chilled coupe
    Central Bistro: Old Fashioned, $10, has Wild Turkey Rye, Demerara syrup and old fashion bitters
    Del Frisco’s Grille: Tennessee Peach, $5, mixes Jack Daniel’s, fresh peaches, honey and fresh lime juice
    American TapHouse: Mint Julep, $3, is a classic drink that can be paired with a delicious BBQ pulled pork sandwich

So whether you are watching the races or just want to try something new, check out these local events and specials this weekend!

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Drunk In Love: Valentine's Day Cocktails

Are you still looking for that romantic Valentine’s Day date idea? Maybe a classy, romantic night on the town? A steakhouse with a special Valentine’s Day cocktail is the perfect choice. Both J&G Steakhouse and Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse have come up with some deliciously romantic cocktails for the occasion.

J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician created the Fraise Sauvage cocktail. This drink is delectably pink and refreshing on the lips. It is not sugary sweet but has a bit of tartness to keep you interested and wanting more. On the other hand, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse’s cocktail, Sweet Love, is the epitome of a chocolate-covered strawberry. With a chocolate liqueur and strawberry puree you will never have tasted anything so perfect. It is even garnished with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Make these yourself with the following recipes or go out on the town for a lovely Valentine’s Day date!

J&G- Fraise Sauvage PhotoFraise Sauvage at J&G Steakhouse – $15

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ oz Plymouth Gin
  • ½ oz Strawberry vanilla puree
  • ¾ oz Lemon juice
  • ¼ oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Prosecco

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients except sparkling wine into a mixing glass
  • Add large, cold ice
  • Shake vigorously
  • Pour sparkling wine into a Martini glass
  • Top the sparkling wine with shaken mixture
  • Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim

DSC_0382 (1)Sweet Love – $12 regular menu, $7 happy hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Malibu rum
  • 1 ounce strawberry puree
  • ½ ounce Vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce crème de cacao

Directions:

  • In a shaker tin with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass
  • Garnish with chocolate covered strawberry and whipped cream in the center
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J&G Steakhouse Serves Up Summer Small Plates (and Cocktail…Kits?)

Casual dining meets cocktail culture this summer at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Dubbed the Summer Social Menu, this collection of sharable small plates is bringing the bold, comfortable flavors of a gastro-pub to this fine dining steakhouse located atop The Phoenician Resort. Inspired by Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group’s gastro-pub concept, Cook Hall (located inside W Atlanta and W Dallas), this new menu featuring crisp, seasonal and surprisingly hearty small plates will be available in both the bar area and the main dining room, alongside J&G’s regular summer menu.

Deviled Eggs Peekytoe Crab_LowJ&G’s Summer Small Plates Menu:

  • West Coast oysters, Cucumber mignonette
  • Deviled eggs, Peekytoe crab meat
  • Popcorn Shrimp, Ranch and Herbs
  • Roasted Radish Crostini
  • Baby Back Ribs, Peanut Crunch
  • Crispy pork Belly Sliders, Chili Mayonnaise

Also new this season, guests will be tempted by an all-new menu of DIY Cocktail Kits.  Housed in sturdy baskets, each tabletop kit contains one top-shelf spirit of your choice, such as gin, bourbon or rum, paired with a variety of house-made mixers, fresh fruit-infused syrups, bitters, fresh herbs and everything else you need to whip up your own custom cocktail creation. Each kit also includes recipe Cocktail Kit Lowsuggestions, bar tools, and of course, your very own cocktail shaker. So get together with friends and get creative without spending a fortune on the tools of the trade – and who knows, J&G’s master mixologists might just show you a trick or two along the way.

Each cocktail kit comes with the following, plus your choice of spirit:
Lemongrass lemon base, simple syrup, Magic Lime Syrup, Cherry Yuzu Base, Ginger Lime Base, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Pineapple Habanero Shrub, Absinthe Wormwood Tincture, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Mint, Shiso Leaves, Cilantro, Thai Basil Leaves, Cucumber, Pineapple, Limes, Lemons, Ginger Beer, Club Soda, and Tonic.

Pork Belly Sliders_Low

J&G Steakhouse Serves Up Summer Small Plates (and Cocktail…Kits?)

Casual dining meets cocktail culture this summer at J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Dubbed the Summer Social Menu, this collection of sharable small plates is bringing the bold, comfortable flavors of a gastro-pub to this fine dining steakhouse located atop The Phoenician Resort. Inspired by Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group’s gastro-pub concept, Cook Hall (located inside W Atlanta and W Dallas), this new menu featuring crisp, seasonal and surprisingly hearty small plates (see below) will be available in both the bar area and the main dining room, alongside J&G’s regular summer menu.
 
Deviled Eggs Peekytoe Crab_LowJ&G’s Summer Small Plates Menu:

  • West Coast oysters, Cucumber mignonette
  • Deviled eggs, Peekytoe crab meat
  • Popcorn Shrimp, Ranch and Herbs
  • Roasted Radish Crostini
  • Baby Back Ribs, Peanut Crunch
  • Crispy pork Belly Sliders, Chili Mayonnaise

Also new this season, guests will be tempted by an all-new menu of DIY Cocktail Kits.  Housed in sturdy baskets, each tabletop kit contains one top-shelf spirit of your choice, such as gin, bourbon or rum, paired with a variety of house-made mixers, fresh fruit-infused syrups, bitters, fresh herbs and everything else you need to whip up your own custom cocktail creation. Cocktail Kit LowEach kit also includes recipe suggestions, bar tools, and of course, your very own cocktail shaker. So get together with friends and get creative without spending a fortune on the tools of the trade – and who knows, J&G’s master mixologists might just show you a trick or two along the way.

Each cocktail kit comes with the following, plus your choice of spirit:
Lemongrass lemon base, Simple syrup, Magic Lime Syrup, Cherry Yuzu Base, Ginger Lime Base, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Pineapple Habanero Shrub, Absinthe Wormwood Tincture, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Mint, Shiso Leaves, Cilantro, Thai Basil Leaves, Cucumber, Pineapple, Limes, Lemons, Ginger Beer, Club Soda, and Tonic.

The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Phoenician To Offer “5 Days to Get Away” Discovery Package On Cyber Monday

The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination in Scottsdale, Ariz., will take part in Cyber Monday, November 26, the busiest online shopping day of the holiday season, unveiling its exclusive “5 Days to Get Away” package.

The special offer can be booked through November 30, 2012, for stays between December 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The package includes:

  • AAA Five Diamond luxury accommodations, with guestrooms starting at 600 square feet
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A 1-hour-and-15-minute, round-trip aerial sightseeing tour for two of Desert Splash Adventures’s “Apache Air Trail,” featuring spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert and Tonto Basin with a water landing on Lake Roosevelt

The 250-acre Phoenician, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, offers both a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and an exclusive Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites. The 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. The Phoenician’s cuisine includes Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro. A championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, boutique shops, nine swimming pools, a $25 million art collection and The Center for Well-Being and Salon Mila are on-site as well.

Rates start at just $529 per night, and a two-night minimum stay is required. Transportation to/from the Desert Splash Adventures Seaplane Tour, conveniently located at the Scottsdale Airport, is not included.

For booking, as well as terms and conditions, please visit thephoenician.com/cybermonday, or call (866) 716-8136 and ask for rate plan: 5DAY1. For more information on Desert Splash Adventures and the “Apache Air Trail,” visit desertsplashadventures.com.

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Local: (480) 941-8200 | Toll-free: (800) 888-8234
thephoenician.com

 

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J&G Steakhouse Makes The Former Mary Elaine’s Location Its Own

Over the past two years, the dining scene at the Valley’s top resorts has undergone an extreme makeover. The most high profile of those makeovers took place at The Phoenician, where that staid first lady of dining for 20 years, Mary Elaine’s, was shuttered last year. Now occupying the spot where Mary Elaine’s once stood is the far trendier and far less formal J&G Steakhouse.

Gone are the high-backed chairs and linen tablecloths. In are butcher-block tables and modern designs. Out is French cuisine; in is a new take on steak and seafood. But one thing has remained the same — those fabulous views Mary Elaine’s was so famous for.

The restaurant’s interior is swathed in purple and gold, a palette the establishment’s owners say was inspired by steak and wine. A tempesta onyx wraparound bar welcomes patrons as they head into the main dining room. There are also two private dining areas and the terrace has oval banquettes and fire pits.

J&G Steakhouse, which opened in December, is the creation of Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He has developed a menu in which the classic fare of a big city steakhouse is re-imagined with a modern twist.

After getting over the initial wonder of how the space that had once housed Mary Elaine’s has been transformed, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of food on J&G Steakhouse’s menu. For a steakhouse, it has a generous selection of seafood.

Our dining party started the meal with J&G’s specialty cocktails. While most of the drinks were variations of more familiar libations, such as a grapefruit gimlet, others were of the kind I thought went out with the Rat Pack. Case in point is the Sazerac, made with 100-proof Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Pernod Absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters. You don’t want anyone lighting a match around this drink.

The appetizers were an unexpected treat. Many restaurants fail to find a balance with their appetizers; they are either afterthoughts or so good they overshadow the main menu. At J&G, the appetizers are inventive and tasty. The restaurant succeeds in not overwhelming the main courses by keeping portions small. Of the four appetizers we chose, every one was a winner. Special mention goes out to the savory French onion soup, the rich sweet corn ravioli in basil butter and the salmon tartar, served diced with warm garlic toast and mustard oil.

With so much good seafood on the menu, we couldn’t resist splitting our orders into two meat dishes and two fish entrees. First up was the 8-ounce filet mignon, which, good thing for a steakhouse, did not disappoint. The milk-fed veal porterhouse was also a treat. Normally, I won’t eat veal because I don’t like the taste, but J&G’s rendition of the cut may make me a convert. The first fish entrée was a roasted striped bass encrusted with chilies, herbs and lime.But the true star of our evening at J&G was the sautéed Dover sole grenobloise. Carved tableside, the sole was light and flavorful, and was a wonderful alternative to the meat dishes.

Like many steakhouses, J&G is a la carte, so if you want side dishes you have to order them separately. The sides at J&G are pretty straightforward fare, but they don’t take a backseat to the entrees. Of particular note were the roasted mushrooms with herbs — if you have a large party, make sure to double your order.