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SaltRock Now Open at Sedona’s Amara

A new restaurant, SaltRock, has opened as the signature dining destination at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, lead by Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca.

SaltRock offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley. SaltRock serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and its outdoor patio offers guests a breathtaking setting under the stars with a majestic red rock backdrop, live music Thursday through Saturday and views of the heated, sea salt infinity-edge pool and nearby fire pits.

Chef Massimo is also the executive chef at Taggia, located at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, where he showcases coastal Italian cuisine, sourcing local Arizona organic produce, herbs from the on-site garden and top-quality meats and seafood flown in fresh daily. Classic in his training, yet innovative in his approach, Chef Massimo is known for connecting tradition with contemporary musings.

For Chef Massimo, standouts have already emerged from the menu including Deviled Eggs, chipotle-egg yolk mousse with pasilla maple syrup; King Oyster Mushrooms, confit, charred and marinated in local pine needles and served with warm Mexican chocolate and pinenut gremolata; Mini Bell Peppers, smoked with pecan wood and garnished with spicy aioli; Trout Pâté, local Sedona trout slow roasted over apple wood, made into a pâté and layered in a smoking jar served with toasted baguette; Lamb Tostadas, braised lamb belly, smoked goat cheese and apple-mint chutney and fresh epazote served over freshly made crispy tostadas; Wild So-Cal Swordfish, citrus grilled, layered with tomatillos, pineapple-puree and topped with mango and black bean salsa and Achiote Chicken, marinated organic chicken breast served over jalapeño and cilantro risotto, asparagus, garnished with piñon sauce and pomegranate seeds.

The cocktail program at SaltRock highlights craft margaritas and was created by Kimpton Lead Bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout, who oversees the cocktails and spirits program for Kimpton’s nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges across the country. The bar offers a thoughtful selection of tequila and mezcal, along with a curated selection of other spirits, local wines and craft, domestic and international beer favorites.

SaltRock’s design complements the resort’s new “modern native” design esthetic, which infuses elements of Native American patterns, but reinvented in a contemporary way. With charcoal-colored oak flooring, mix-and-match dining chairs, a live-edge wood communal dining table and banquets upholstered in vintage rugs, the restaurant embodies a timeless and comfortable American vibe and spirit. An art-installation of more than 300 antique spoons, found at flea markets across the country and artfully dipped in a variety of colors, adorn the wall. Lush, green air-plants in ceramic pots hang from ropes and leather straps to create a living wall that separates the restaurant from the resort’s living room to connect the spaces, while still allowing for privacy.

Born in Toronto, Chef Massimo’s international culinary passions have led him to positions in such places as Toronto, Canada; Torino and Cesenatico, Italy; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Washington DC; Manhattan, New York and Dallas, Texas. In addition to his diverse experiences, he has worked under world renowned chefs such as Gianpiero Tondina, Vincenzo Cammeruci, Oscar Tuchi and JP Challet.

Chef Massimo joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in 2008 where he has served as executive chef at a variety of restaurants across the country over the years. He moved to Scottsdale to lead the culinary vision at Taggia in 2012, where he has earned numerous accolades including “Top 10 Best Italian Restaurants” by Phoenix Magazine. Kimpton is known for its award-winning collection of seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars lead by creative, local chefs that turn farm-fresh flavors into memorable dishes.

Last month, Amara Resort & Spa unveiled a $1 million redesign of the boutique resort’s 100 spacious guest rooms and suites, common spaces including the living room where guests enjoy complimentary wine hour nightly, the outdoor lounge and the 26,000-gallon infinity edge saltwater pool that overlooks the serene Oak Creek and red rocks. As Kimpton’s newest addition to its Arizona properties, Amara is located in the heart of uptown Sedona. Nestled along Oak Creek, the resort overlooks the Cleopatra Red Rock Formation where Camel Rock and the much-loved Snoopy Rock are in perfect view.

While Amara is just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sedona’s uptown shopping, dining and cultural hub, the resort is situated below the main area, nestled on the banks of the creek, which makes it feel worlds away.

To learn more about Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828.

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Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix At CityScape Opens This Summer

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will open its doors on June 5 in the heart of downtown Phoenix, marking the completion of the highly-anticipated development project, CityScape Phoenix. The hotel, just steps from major sports arenas, entertainment venues and cultural attractions, will add 242 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites and more than 10,000 square feet of stylish, flexible meeting space to the city’s lineup and will bring even more energy to the downtown Phoenix area.

Situated at the heart of CityScape, a $500 million mixed-used development of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and offices, the completion of Hotel Palomar Phoenix will be the final step in the six-year process undertaken by Phoenix-based RED Development in partnership with the City of Phoenix.

“We’re excited to introduce Kimpton’s signature hospitality to this new and vibrant downtown Phoenix,” said Jim Hollister, general manager of Hotel Palomar Phoenix. “We think it’s a perfect complement to the energy of the area and we know our guests will enjoy the warm welcome, modern amenities, and a sleek and artful aesthetic of the hotel, not to mention the easy access to incredible entertainment venues, restaurants and bars and shops.”

Inspired by the contemporary vibe of the surrounding urban landscape, Hotel Palomar Phoenix is the second hotel in the Greater Phoenix area for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which entered the market in 2005 with the FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Located in the mixed-use development of CityScape, the newly built Hotel Palomar Phoenix enjoys a prime location across from Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and US Airways Center (event hub and home of the Phoenix Suns), proximity to the light rail and much more.

Entering from the ground-floor entrance, Hotel Palomar Phoenix guests will leave the world behind as they ascend to the second-floor living room lobby. There, they can relax in the casual, conversational seating beside the fireplace — an ideal atmosphere for working, lounging and enjoying Kimpton’s signature daily hosted wine hour.

The destination’s interior design scheme — from the public and event spaces to the guest rooms and suites — embodies a relaxed sophistication that is modern while reflecting Arizona’s casual approach. Design and décor elements that use bright spots of color, lines that create a sense of movement and light-hearted artistic touches also help to bring the hotel’s ‘Art in Motion’ theme to life.

Adjacent to the hotel lobby, The Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails features contemporary American gastro lounge cuisine for lunch, dinner and late-night bites, and a blazing cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core. Additionally, guests will be drawn to the hotel’s third-floor terrace with its open-air swimming pool and al fresco Lustre Bar, which provides a spectacular perch above the bustle of the city, perfect for admiring views of the downtown.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix’s third floor also includes a stretch of more than 10,000 square feet of art-infused meeting space across 10 event rooms, each offering picture windows that usher light in and capture city and mountain views. Event rooms range from the 3,100-square-foot Dreamcatcher Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, to the 600-square-foot Rangoli Board Room, designed for up to 10 guests. State-of-the-art connectivity provided through wireless Internet access and comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support make meetings and events hassle-free.

On the higher floors, 242 well-appointed guest rooms, including 16 suites, are washed in warm, earthy shades of Arizona and accented by small, thoughtful bursts of color. Whimsy finds its place with signature artwork such as Phoenix artist John Randall Nelson’s acrylic on canvas featuring a vibrant blue face of a long-horned steer or the green felt bird sculpture perched on the bedroom wall. All rooms offer a wide range of modern amenities including 37-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet access, an honor bar with locally inspired and organic items, custom Etro designer bath products, in-room yoga and On Demand fitness classes, and Kimpton’s signature animal print robes.

Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape, has seen the city’s excitement grow as Hotel Palomar Phoenix nears completion.

“I can’t overemphasize the profound impact this hotel will have on CityScape, our retailers and the downtown traffic generators like US Airways, Chase Field and the Convention Center,” Moloznik said. “Palomar will ignite a 24-hour energy into CityScape and offer hotel guests a never-before-experienced proximity to the area’s sporting, cultural and music venues along with dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment — all within steps of their hotel room door.”

Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape was designed by global architecture and design firm Callison. Interiors have been created by Los Angeles-based KNA Design and the project is being built by Hunt Construction Group. Hotel Palomar Phoenix is located at 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. To learn more, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.