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JAMIE LOVES: March 2012

Royal Palms launches ‘Live on the Lawn’ music series

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, will kick off the “Live on the Lawn, Summer Music Series” to celebrate each of the hottest summer holidays – Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. 

The free, three-part event begins this weekend and will be hosted under the stars on the picturesque Vernadero Lawn overlooking Camelback Mountain. Guests are invited to listen to local bands while enjoying sips and sliders from the notable culinary team. 

Every Friday night during the summer music series will include: 

  • Event dates: Friday, May 22, Friday, July 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 
  • Happy Hour at The Mix Up Bar from 4:00pm to 7:00pm with sips and light bites starting at $5. 
  • Live music from a local band on the Vernadero Lawn from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
  • Sips and sliders will also be offered on the Vernadero Lawn from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
  • There is no cover. 

Every Saturday night during the summer music series will include:

  • Event dates: Saturday, May 23, Saturday, July 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5
  • Live music at The Mix Up Bar from 8:00pm until 10:00pm. 
  • There is no cover. 

Every Sunday night during the summer music series will include:

  • Event dates: Sunday, May 24, Sunday, July 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6
  • Sunday Game Night at The Mix Up Bar
  • Enjoy $5 sangria all day long while playing your favorite board games. 
  • There is no cover. 

For more information about “Live on the Lawn, Summer Music Series”, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com/summer-resort-activities

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Arizona’s best resorts offer summer staycation deals

Need a summer getaway? Stay home and save money.

Arizona is home to some of the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants. So you can forget about flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about experiencing Arizona’s best resorts in the summer is that many offer great deals and low rates.

The Boulders Resort

The deal: The Boulders’ summer rates begin at only $99, which is more than a 70 percent discount from its current rates. The Boulders’ “Two by Fore” package includes private luxury casita accommodations, one round of golf per paying adult with same day replay, a 20 percent spa discount at The Boulders Spa, complimentary access to spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes for $189 per night.

To book: 480-488-9009 or theboulders.com

Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River

The deal: Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River offers a refreshing way to unwind. Book its Sleep In & Save Package and stay 2 nights, save 20 percent and sleep in with a 2 p.m. late check out. It’s your weekend to hit the snooze button and catch extra pool time.

To book: 888-236-2427 or courtyardscottsdalesaltriver.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The deal: The sky lights up this summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with fireworks every Saturday night, Dive In movies and the Techno Glo party after dark, a zip line across the lagoons, the SplashRider X-treme water ride, dining, spa golf and more activities for the entire family.  The summer “Sip, Savor & Splash” package starts at $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit.

To book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

FireSky Resort & Spa

The deals: FireSky has four opportunities for locals to enjoy a much-deserved staycation:

• Fast Forward to Summer: Book early and save up to 20 percent off the best available rate, Must book 4 weeks in advance to receive this rate. Mention rate code FAST when booking.

• Tequila and Tanlines: Includes one welcome pitcher of margaritas from Taggia Bar, morning coffee and tea service in the living room and hosted evening wine reception in the living room. Mention rate code PTAN when booking.

• Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Includes welcome signature cocktail for each person from Taggia bar, transportation to Old Town bars, $10 “Raid the Mini Bar card” for after hours, Westcor shopping and dining incentive guide and more. Mention rate code PGRL when booking.

• Bros and Brews Package: Includes welcome round of four beers, appetizer in Taggia Bar and more. Mention rate code PBRO when booking.

To book: 800-528-7867 or fireskyresort.com

Graduate Tempe

The deals: Graduate Tempe offers two staycation options that appeal to very both risktakers and the more reserved:

• Round up your comrades for the ultimate test in fortitude and sport with the Weekend Warrior Package. Spend an afternoon with your buddies settling old scores at Tempe Paintball. One night stay over Friday or Saturday only comes with a $50 restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and two Passes to Tempe Paintball with transportation included.

• What better way to cultivate your intellectual curiosity than with a night at the theatre? You pick up the tickets and Graduate Tempe will take care of the rest with our Gammage Theater Package. One night stay includes $50 a restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and transportation to the theater.

To book: graduatetempe.com

The Hermosa Inn

The deals: Artist for a Day Summer Package, available May 1 – September 7, 2015Amateurs and experienced artists alike are invited to escape the heat and channel their inner Monet, Van Gogh and O’Keefe by booking The Hermosa Inn’s Artist for a Day summer package. Available May 1 through September 7, the artful package includes a stay in one of the 34 luxury casitas, two drink tickets and a one and a half hour private painting lesson (for one person) with on-property artists from Carrie Curran Art Studios at the Inn’s Blue Door Art Studio & Gallery. Twenty-four hour notice is required to schedule the class and the lesson includes all supplies, with acrylic, watercolor, pencil or oils on canvas ($30 fee for additional person to attend the class). Rates starting from $355 per night.

To book: www.hermosainn.com or 800.241.1210

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa

The deal: With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is offering summer rates from $168 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8. Splash into the red rocks with three pools, enjoy indigenous spa treatments at eforea: spa and take a swing at 18 holes of golf at the adjacent Sedona Golf Resort.

To book: hiltonsedonaresort.com

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

The deal: Escape the hustle, bustle and day-to-day responsibilities with the Fling & Swing package, an amenity-rich package starting at $149. The summer package, available through Sept. 7, includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses, free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center and no resort fee.

To book: jwdesertridge.com

JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa

The deal: The Play Your Way package allows you to escape to cool and comfortable elegance, exciting adventure and delicious dining. From $199 per night — including a $50 or $100 daily resort credit, depending on package booked — you can make a splash at the Starr Pass Water Collection, relax and rejuvenate at Hashani Spa, swing into action at the Starr Pass Golf Club or indulge in fresh and flavorful fare of one of the facility’s five restaurants.

To book: 800-721-6996 or jwmarriottstarrpass.com, use promo code ES7

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

The deal: Hotel Palomar in the heart of downtown Phoenix is ready for some summer fun in the sun with its “Fast Forward to Summer” Staycation Package, starting at $119 per night. The package includes 20 percent off the best available rate, deluxe accommodations, 50 percent off valet parking, hosted wine reception in the living room and morning coffee and tea service in the living room.

To book: 602-253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

The Phoenician

The deal: Dive into summer at Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort with SunSational Summer at The Phoenician with starting rates of $159. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, signature amenities and incomparable service.

To book: 800-888-8234 (ask for rate plan SUMMER) or thephoenician.com/offers

L’Auberge de Sedona

The deal: For the past four summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.

To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

The deal: Round-up the family for The Great American Summer at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, the ultra-family friendly resort with four acres of pools, waterslide, lazy river and more. With rates from $109 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8, 2015, each summer weekend celebrates America’s favorite summertime experiences with beach parties, luaus, carnivals and more.

To book: squawpeakhilton.com, use promo code SUNSP

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

The deal: Leave the kids at home and escape to Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where stunning views and a dramatic mountainside location meet luxe amenities, including all-suite accommodations, eight refreshing pools, golf, spa and romantic dining overlooking the city lights. Rates from $89 are available for Thurs.-Sun. stays from July 6-Sept. 8.

To book: tapatiocliffshilton.com, use promo code TAPRM

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The deal: Summer Returns Package, starting at $239 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $50 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package, starting at $249 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $100 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package (multi-night) is $999 for a four-night stay and includes luxury accommodations and a $600 resort credit per package. Resort credits may be used for dining, spa or recreational experiences — excluding golf.

To book: 800-241-3333 or ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

The deal: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, is offering guests the “Luxe Lounging” Staycation Package, starting at $149 per night. The package features more than $135 of value, including an upgraded room, complimentary cocktails, $25 dinner credit to the renowned T. Cook’s and two $40 Alvadora Spa credits.

To book: 602-840-3610 or royalpalmshotel.com, use promo code PLL

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

The deals: Sanctuary offers a variety of staycation options to suit any interest or occasion:

• Couples looking to indulge in a quick, romantic escape can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Romance in Paradise package, which provides one night’s accommodations, dinner at elements, chocolate-covered strawberries and a rose petal turndown. Rates start at $410.

Friends seeking a sweet staycation can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s BFF Retreat which includes three nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, a guided hike, bento box lunch, and “build-a-martini” in-room kit. Rates start at $1,386.

Athletes can hone their skills during Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Triathlon Training package, which offers swimming workouts with Olympic Gold Medalist, Misty Hyman, tandem runs, and guided biking excursions with the resort’s staff of fitness experts. The package includes three nights’ accommodations, three days of training, daily breakfast and three spa treatments, designed to soothe the muscles after a hard day of workouts. Rates start at $1,797

To book: 855-245-2051

Talking Stick Resort

The deal: Talking Stick Resort is the perfect playground for your ideal summer getaway. Enjoy the Summer Playcation Package from just $119 per night. This exclusive package includes a daily $25 food and beverage credit with a minimum of a two-night stay. Valid for stays May 3-Sept. 30.

To book: 866-877-9897

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

The deal: For $129 per room, per nigh, the Summer Splash package includes a $50 food and beverage credit for the Ahnala Mesquite Room, room service or Pool Bar & Grill; $10 casino slot play for new Fortune Club members; and $5 casino slot play for existing Fortune Club members.

To book: 480-789-5320

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T. Cook’s at Royal Palms appoints new executive chef

T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa has hired Todd Allison as executive chef.

Bringing more than 10 years of luxury culinary experience to Royal Palms Resort and Spa, a Destination Hotel, Chef Allison previously served as Executive Chef at The Inn at Rancho Sante Fe in San Diego.

Allison also worked as Executive Chef at a number of restaurants in California, including the 350-seat restaurant, Anthology, Hilton Checkers in Downtown Los Angeles and Bollinger’s in Santa Barbara, to name a few.

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Royal Palms offers unique and seasonal meeting options

With designer meeting rooms, breathtaking outdoor spaces surrounded by abundant gardens and orange groves and seasonal banquet menus and packages throughout the year, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, is anything but traditional when it comes to meetings and conferences.

Located at the foot of Camelback Mountain, Royal Palms combines the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat. Royal Palms indoor meeting venues provide space for up to 200 attendees and are just as exceptional and personalized as the resort itself. Wall tapestries, antique furniture, stately stone fireplaces in each meeting space, natural lighting from the numerous arched windows and doorways leading to outdoor patios and stunning views of the tranquil gardens and mountainside come together to create an inviting atmosphere ideal for cultivating creativity. Individual interior designers were brought in to create a distinctive look for each of the four meeting rooms, ensuring that the 9,083 square-feet of meeting space is completely distinct and far from the traditional meeting venue.  

The lush grounds of the resort are a welcome oasis in the heart of the desert. Orange groves, colorful gardens with exotic plants, imported stone walkways and over 11,370 square-feet of outdoor gathering areas create a tranquil space for year-round meetings and activities. Groups are invited to take the meeting outside to enjoy the weather at any of the six locations including the orange groves, a one-of-a-kind experience not offered anywhere else in Arizona.  

Royal Palms is among the only resorts in the country to offer seasonal banquet menus in addition to the unique meeting venues. The renowned T. Cook’s restaurant, which has received both local and national acclaim, offers a thoughtful and ingredient-driven seasonal banquet menu unparalleled by other resorts. The northern Mediterranean inspired menus are created using fresh, local and in-season ingredients and can be completely customized for each meeting party. Conference and meeting groups have an opportunity to dine at any of the indoor and outdoor meeting venues, which includes under the trees of the orange groves with Camelback Mountain in the background.

With a long history of hosting exceptional meetings and events in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, Royal Palms is fully versed in the logistics of creating memorable events. Seasonal meeting packages at Royal Palms include: 

Pick Your Perk – Starting from $119

  • Customize your meeting your way with Royal Palms’ Pick Your Perks meeting experiences.
  • Your choice of three perks including: One Villa upgrade at group rate (only four on property), two 50 minute spa treatments in Alvadora Spa, waived attrition with a 30 day cutoff or 50 percent off upgrade fees.
  • Rate valid two or three day’s pre and post.
  • Complimentary arrival amenities.
  • One $200 gift certificate for a return visit to Royal Palms.
  • Five complimentary memento Royal Palms coffee table books.
  • Pick Your Perk is only available for groups of 50 room nights or more.
  • Offer valid through September 1, 2015 on travel for select dates in April and summer 2015-2016. Offer based on availability. Not valid on currently contracted groups. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Taxes, service charges, resort fee, parking are additional.

Summer All Inclusive – Starting from $179

  • Experience the simplicity of a business meeting with Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Our all- inclusive meeting packages make planning and budgeting a breeze.
  • Overnight luxury accommodations.
  • The Sonoran Meeting Package including breakfast, lunch and breaks from the renowned T. Cook’s.
  • Pricing – Groups of 50 room nights or more starting from $179 per person. Groups of 30-49 room nights starting from $199 per person. Groups of 10-29 room nights starting from $239 per person.
  • Summer All Inclusive also allows guests to upgrade the package to include treatments at Alvadora Spa starting from just $79 per 50 minute treatment.
  • Offer valid through September 5, 2015 on travel for select dates in summer 2015. Offer based on availability and number of group room nights contracted.  Not valid on currently contracted groups. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Resort fee, parking, taxes and service fees are additional.

Sundays to Savor – Starting from $179

  • Plan a Sunday arrival for your next meeting in Phoenix or Scottsdale at Royal Palms.
  • Complimentary one hour Sunday cocktail welcome reception.
  • Up to $30 off regular group rates.
  • One complimentary upgrade to a Valencia Casita for every 10 rooms reserved.
  • 25 percent off Alvadora Spa services for each attendee (and spouses).
  • 30 percent off nightly resort services fee.
  • Offer valid now through December 31, 2015 for travel through December 31, 2016.
  • Peak arrival must be Sunday.  Offer based on availability, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. $50 Alvadora Spa credit is valid on regularly priced 50 minute or more treatments. Taxes and gratuity are excluded. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions and not valid on currently contracted groups. Welcome reception is one hour. Other restrictions may apply. Resort fee, parking, taxes and service fees are additional.

All meeting packages includes complimentary wireless internet in meeting space, access to the complimentary business center complimentary shipping, handling and storage. Audiovisual equipment is also included such as an LCD projector, screen, two flip charts, power to projector and the Swank Drop Audio Visual Online Setup Tool.

For more information on Royal Palms Resort and Spa, call 602-840-3610 or visit www.royalpalmshotel.com.

Photo illustration of model Celina Maas taken at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media.

Plastic surgeons, tourism industry build enhanced partnership

A nip here, a tuck there. A growing number of tourists are traveling to Scottsdale to go under the knife and recover in high-end resorts with top-notch treatment.

Cosmetic surgeons in Scottsdale are attracting patients from all over the United States by partnering with local hotels and resorts to upgrade the recovery experience. Accommodations are made prior to the surgery for guests to recuperate in a resort of their choice, with medical care nearby. Some surgeons say there is untapped potential to capitalize on this trend and create a lucrative partnership.

Doctors say people are traveling to Scottsdale to undergo cosmetic procedures ranging from breast augmentation to facial rejuvenation, with pricetage ranging from $3,000 to $30,000.

“I think Scottsdale is a destination point,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, M.D., FACS, of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Shapiro Skin Klinic. “I think it has a very cosmopolitan reputation and usually larger cities with that discretionary income tend to have reputations for things like plastic surgery. We’re selling a luxury. We are providing the best possible results for somebody, with the best possible experience.”

Shapiro has practiced plastic surgery in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley for more than 22 years. He estimates that as many as 40 percent of his patients are from out of town.

“I think a lot of people are very private about whatever they do (in regards to plastic surgery),” Shapiro said. “It’s a win-win all the way around if somebody can have some improvements and go back home and they just look better. It’s at their discretion whether they want people to know. I think that’s why a lot people go out of town and have plastic surgery done.”

Building the brand

Scottsdale hotels and resorts have seen an increase of 3.2 percent in room occupancy and in 8.8 percent increase in RevPAR (room revenue divided by rooms available), according to Megan Doyle, community affairs manager at the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Our resorts and hotels are wonderful places in Scottsdale for rest and relaxation,” Doyle said. “I can imagine that anybody recovering from any kind of surgery or simply just needing a vacation can definitely come to one of our resorts and rejuvenate.”

Here’s how Shapiro said the medical tourism industry works in the Valley: After the surgery is completed, the patient and family stay in the clinic’s recovery center for a couple days and are then transferred to a hotel or resort where they will stay for approximately a week to 10 days.
“Whether there is a package deal or not, usually the hotel will basically give revision rates based upon the length of stay,” Shapiro said.

The accommodations depend on what kind of surgery the guest underwent and what his or her needs are. The surgical clinic conducts research based on the patient’s criteria and circumstance. Some special services that are provided are transportation to and from the hotel and clinic, food delivery to hotel rooms, an itinerary for a spouse or significant others while the patient is recovering and an on-call nurse.

“The package varies in terms of what people are looking for,” Shapiro said. “We’re not a deal kind of practice. We’re more of a discriminating kind of taste in population practice. We get what people want and we help them achieve that.”

Working together

Dr. Pablo Prichard is the senior partner at Advanced Aesthetic Associates and has two in-house concierges who work in compliance with local hotels and resorts to schedule patients’ stays. Prichard offers a “fly-in program,” where all of the details are scheduled and calculated prior to the procedure.

“Once they have their consultations and decide to have surgery, they discuss the matters with the surgical concierge, who discusses their stay, hotel, food service, nursing service, and transportation,” Prichard said.

Financially, the clinic and resort work together to find a financial fit for the patient based on what he or she needs for a comfortable recovery.

“We do give the options for resorts that are close to us and in different price ranges,” said Jadie Peck, cosmetic concierge at Advanced Aesthetic Associates, “but we do have some deals with the resorts in the area that we give the options for. That way, they are not paying full-price for these resorts. They are nice. They have the complimentary breakfast and things like that so the patients don’t have to go out.”

Peck emphasizes that recovery will take the same amount of time regardless of where the patient stays, but location can aid in a comfortable convalescence.

“We do try and figure out resorts that are higher end so the clients that we have get more of an upscale feel to their surgery and their overall experience,” Peck said.

The business side

One of Shapiro’s recent out-of-state patients received a thigh lift and stayed at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale. The thigh lift surgery cost $17,200, an additional $3,230 went for the operation room and $1,598 for anesthesia. A two-night stay at the recovery center was $1,400 and each additional night at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale cost approximately $500 per night.

“One of the things they are saving is time and energy,” Shapiro said. “It’s stressful trying to accommodate all of those things. Some of the deals that hotels will bundle is based upon how many days you are going to stay. You can save hundreds of dollars per night as compared with booking it independently.”

This type of agreement is not unusual in the medical industry. The Mayo Clinic has a corporate room rate agreement with  Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch for special seasonal room rates, according to Ann Lane, senior director of public relations at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.

The partnership started with clinics reaching out to the hotels and resorts in Scottsdale, due to the needs of their patients undergoing surgery and wanting to stay for an extended vacation to recover.

“(Clinics) started talking to hotels and resorts because we had out-of-town patients coming in,” Peck said. “We started talking to the hotels and working with them to get a mutual agreement going because we did have patients asking for that and we did it in order to accommodate the patients.”

Shapiro and Prichard both agree that it is a collaborative effort between the clinics and resorts to make a patient’s stay exactly what he or she wants and to recover successfully.

“Collaborative efforts with hotels is important, because a hotel can co-market a surgeon and the surgeon can co-market the hotel on their various websites,” Prichard said. “Co-marketing on a lot of different fronts helps with patients being aware that this is a possibility in that they don’t have to be restricted in one part of the country. They do have wide opportunities to go anywhere they want.”

The increase in the medical tourism industry shows great opportunity for the surgical facilities and resorts in Arizona to work together.

“I think it would be nice if the City of Scottsdale or the Chamber of Commerce would somehow get together with professional organizations and plastic surgeons and have a meet and greet with them and come up with an idea of how they can help each other in terms of public relations, package deals and any kind of incentives,” Shapiro said. “It is not only the traveling and lodging patients are paying for, there is money to spend in recreational activities, such as golfing and shopping. It’s good for business all the way around.”

REDW, Comerica Host Succession Planning Seminar

Research shows that 70% of family businesses will not make it to the second generation, and that 90% will not make it to the third.  Yet most family and privately held businesses do not have a leadership and capital succession plan in place.

REDWLLC, one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the Southwest, is teaming up with Comerica Bank to host a series of complimentary seminars designed to provide practical guidance and answers to many tough questions about succession planning that business owners need to face.

The first session of the series will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Speakers Sandy Abalos, CPA and Principal in Charge of REDW’s Phoenix office, and Joe Maturo of Rivers & Moorehead PLLC will address the key roadblocks to successful planning and create a framework in which business owners and top leaders can effectively turn talk into action.

“Many business owners are so focused on day-to-day operations that they often neglect to think about planning for their future. It is totally understandable, but very risky,” said Christina Roderick, Senior Manager in REDW’s Phoenix Tax Department. “Our goal is to help business owners understand those risks and what proactive steps they can take to make succession planning not only a top priority but also an evolving, dynamic and productive process.”

“This seminar series will provide business owners with the opportunity to learn about various succession plans and show them what steps they can put in place now to maximize the value of their business in the future,” added Kevin Draper, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Comerica Bank.

Session topics will include:

• The top 5 myths about succession planning
• The risks of delaying succession planning
• The options available for structuring a plan
• Critical elements of succession planning, and how to apply them to your organization

For details or to reserve your seat, email Christine Egter or call her at 602-730-1150.

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T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Launches ‘Power Lunch Hour’

T. Cook’s, the renowned restaurant at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, will be launching Power Lunch Hour – a thoughtful and ingredient-driven prix-fixe lunch menu, all in under an hour.

The new $24 prix-fixe menu, from Executive Chef Paul McCabe, will launch October 1 and includes a starter and main entrée. The Power Lunch Hour menu, which is available Monday through Friday, offers a fresh and local twist on traditional lunch favorites, with an array of light bites to hearty options that are perfect for a quick lunch or luncheon meeting.

In addition to these new items, T. Cook’s will also serve up complimentary macaroons to end the meal with a sweet treat. Guests are guaranteed a one-hour lunch and complimentary valet with car-side service upon departure between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2p.m.

A few items from the new Power Lunch Hour menu at T.Cook’s include:

• Roasted Beet Salad – caramelized yogurt, pistachio brittle, valdeon blue cheese and orange
• Chicken Panini – rotisserie chicken, crispy prosciutto, watercress and lemon aioli
• Flatbread – Serrano ham, fontina, mozzerella, pineapple and sweet reduction
• Chopped Vegetable Salad – vegetables from local farmers, local honey and pistou vinaigrette

For more information about Royal Palms and T.Cook’s, visit www.tcooksphoenix.com

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Top 5 Accommodations: Phoenix (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Phoenix! 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 list’s.



Top 5 Accommodations: Phoenix

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-1234
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Set within the center of cosmopolitan Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is an urban oasis of comfort and calm. From spacious suites to delicious dining and beyond, you can immerse yourself in the very essence of downtown Phoenix.

Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel
2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(877) 488-1908
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Hotel Palomar has the largest rooms in downtown Phoenix, ranging from 410 to 1,700 square feet, as well as a pool and adjacent open-air lounge. Located at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, guests are just steps away from the US Airways Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Symphony and more.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(800) 678-8946
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Since it began as a couple’s desert getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence— along with the amenities of an award-winning resort.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(800) 245-2051
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Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum Suite and Watsu pool.

The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix
2401 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(800) 542-8680
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The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

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AzLTA honors 'Stars of the Industry'

The shining stars of the hospitality and tourism industry were celebrated at the annual Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s (AzLTA) Stars of the Industry awards luncheon, held last week at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

The Stars of the Industry award was created more than 40 years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry. While the categories have evolved over the years, the concept is still the same: to honor lodging and tourism employees who best symbolize the quality service of the industry.

The 2013 Stars of the Industry Winners

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jarrod Voeller, Door Captain, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Outstanding Manager of the Year: Michael Cairns, Executive Chef and Director of F&B, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Kim Cole, Director of Public Relations, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Front of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Small Property: Robin Younger, Director of Housekeeping, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Heart of the House Manager of the Year, Large Property: Eddie Zrimsek, Assistant Spa Director, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Small Property: Dusty Cox, Server, The Hotel Congress

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, Large Property: Peter Genovese, In-room Dining and Pool Server, The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Small Property: Jason Kennedy, Bellman, The Boulders

Guest Service Employee of the Year, Large Property; Otto Valdez, Guest Services Supervisor, Tempe Mission Palms

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Small Property: Lucas Alonzo, Houseperson, Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Housekeeping Employee of the Year, Large Property: Nilda Staniscia, Uniform Attendant and Seamstress, Montelucia Resort & Spa

Property Achievement awards in five categories were also announced at the event. These awards highlight programs that showcase the involvement of multiple employees and departments which go above and beyond to build a better community internally and externally.

Community Service: Arizona Biltmore

Guest Relations, Lodging: The Boulders, “True Waldorf Committee”

Guest Relations, Tourism: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, “The Navigator Program”

Special Event, One Time: W Scottsdale, “CHILL”

Special Event, Ongoing: The Phoenician, “Discover the Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe and Friends”

Special Event Ongoing, Tourism: Phoenix Chapter of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, “Chinese Auction”

Good Earthkeeping Award: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

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Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

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Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the recent transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made liquors, tinctures and bitters are whipped up by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

OEG-Flowers-610x360Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails are made by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Royal Palms Announces New Executive Chef

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s historic luxury boutique resort, announces the upcoming revitalization of longtime renowned restaurant  T. Cook’s.  The evolution entails an interior redesign of the restaurant and bar, in addition to the highly anticipated hire of Paul McCabe as Executive Chef.  Chef McCabe joined the team on Monday, May 13, 2013 prior to the restaurant’s upcoming three-month revitalization debuting early September 2013.

Royal Palms has teamed up with Phoenix-based creative design team Bar Napkin Productions directed by Founding Principal Haley Balzano to develop the interior design which will boast vibrant shades of authentic colors of the desert and an overall softer palette.  Boldly colored chairs will surround rustic wooden tables adding depth and diversity to the dining room, while iron chandeliers create a sense of intimacy and stimulate enchanting experiences and romance.  The project will also feature a newly crafted wine and tequila room and an expanded bar.

“Together with Haley Balzano as architect and Howard S. Wright as general contractor, we are confident the enhancements at T. Cook’s will elevate the experience for our guests while still preserving the wonderful sense of place,” says Steve Benson, General Manager of Royal Palms Resort and Spa. “The dining room will feature a brightened color scheme accented by contemporary design elements, creating a space which will only be further elevated by the culinary creations of Chef Paul McCabe.”

As the revitalization expands into the bar, it continues to couple the open and inviting style of Mediterranean design with the warmth of the desert Southwest.  The expansion will also create additional nooks and engaging conversation spaces bolstering a handsome setting for food, drink and live entertainment. Since food and beverage has always been at the cornerstone and lure of Royal Palms, the new bar venue reinforces the resort’s dedication to the culinary arts.  The bar will serve as a canvas for the Chef’s brilliant creativity with smaller plates and signature beverage programs.

Throughout the summer season, Chef McCabe will helm the kitchen for the new Cervantes Bistro located amidst a collection of original artwork meticulously exhibited by Celebration of Fine Art.  The bistro will showcase a light summer fare menu as well as Chef McCabe’s weekly creations from the “Test Kitchen”.  As Executive Chef, McCabe will also oversee all culinary operations at the resort including social events and private dining.

Chef Paul McCabe joins Royal Palms from San Diego where he is known as a veteran food and beverage executive, most notably for his eight-year contribution as Executive Chef of L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa and the launch of the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant Kitchen 1540.  A Sedona native and avid mountain biker, Arizona is home to Chef McCabe where he began his culinary career.  Among his culinary ventures are serving as Executive Chef at such prestigious establishments as Enchantment Resort in Sedona before moving to Southern California to become Executive Chef of L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Other career highlights include participating as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York four times over the years, in addition to receiving such awards as “rising star of American Cuisine” by the James Beard Foundation and the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence, among other accolades.

Chef McCabe is excited to play a significant role in the next chapter of T. Cook’s evolution.  His culinary style can be summed up in three words – simple, pure and accurate – which are all precisely in line with the Mediterranean principles of simple preparations and uncomplicated dishes.  Furthermore, he is excited to delve deeper and mix his passion with the wants and needs of T. Cook’s current clientele.

“This summer will serve as a time to engage the palettes of our patrons,” says Chef McCabe. “We will utilize a ‘Test Kitchen’ approach showcasing specials offered on Wednesday nights that may ultimately appear on the fall menu.  I’m looking forward to interacting with long-term guests and Valley residents to embrace the future together.  I’m also eager to establish relationships with local purveyors to ensure we are sourcing the freshest and most seasonal ingredients.”

To learn more, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com/restaurant and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoyalPalms and www.facebook.com/TCooksPhoenix, Twitter at @RoyalPalmsHotel and Instagram at @royalpalmshotel.

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Royal Palms debuts new T. Cook’s menu

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s renowned luxury boutique hotel, announces the launch of brand-new dining menus at its acclaimed destination restaurant, T. Cook’s.  The new dinner and lounge menus focus on a renewed culinary approach to the restaurant’s signature Mediterranean cuisine, showcasing layers of French, Italian, Spanish and Greek flavors in a lighter, more modern interpretation of the region’s cuisine.

“The resort’s culinary team has done a tremendous job crafting the restaurant’s new approach, while maintaining the style, traditions and prestige T. Cook’s reflects,” said Steve Benson, Royal Palms Resort and Spa General Manager. “Both longtime patrons and visiting guests will recognize a stronger focus on smaller, sharable portions and plates that combine fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create big flavors, but executed with simple preparations.”

Diverse flavors permeate the menu as first introduced in the selection of appetizers, referred to as Tastes.  Crispy Sweet Breads offer a unique sweet and salty twist with house-made estate orange preserves, salted caramel and rosemary.  Penn Cove Mussels with charred chorizo, garlic, fennel, saffron and Parmesan toast and Maya Farms First Crop Beet Carpaccio with Fossil Creek goat cheese and spiced pecans showcase the highest quality ingredients prepared simply, yet deliciously.  Starters maintain seasonality in the Shaved Asparagus & Preserved Lemon salad with first of the year morels, Reggiano and heirloom tomatoes and the Truffle Spring Pea Soup with butter poached lobster, sweet pea tendrils and porcini mushroom cream.

This new, contemporary approach to highlighting Mediterranean flavors is further exemplified in the menu’s Mains as showcased in a Lamb Duet – an olive oil pressed rack, celeriac pudding, spiced shank, pearl pasta and pine nut crumble.  Local produce, handpicked directly from the property’s citrus grove, adds a bright citrus element to Crispy Black Cod with estate-grown orange salad, truffle creamed corn, roasted asparagus and sea salt.  Modern comfort food best describes the Gnudi – doughless cow’s milk ricotta ravioli with spaghetti squash, charred tomato broth and pesto.  Completing the dinner menu is an offering of Essentials, sides of vegetables such as Spiced Rapini & Reggiano and Caramelized Petite Root Vegetables.

T. Cook’s Lounge menu has also experienced a revival with an offering of casual bites mirroring the flavor profiles and sophistication of the new dinner menu.  Bar classics have seen a makeover as shown in the Bison Sliders with black fig ketchup, smoked onion marmalade served on toasted brioche and Flash Pan Calamari with mint, capers, fire-roasted tomatoes and garlic bread for dipping.  Zucca Chips take the place of fried zucchini; the crispy slivers are served with fried Italian parsley, Parmesan and fire-roasted red pepper dipping sauce.  Traditional Mediterranean fare such as Marinated Olives, Marinated Feta, Garlic Hummus and Bruschetta are each served with special accompaniments to liven up the dish.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa will soon introduce new brunch and lunch menus to debut mid-March.  In addition, T. Cook’s offers specialty menus for holiday dining, as well as seasonal specials.

To learn more, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com/restaurant and follow T. Cook’s on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TCooksPhoenix and Twitter at @TCooksPhoenix.

Royal Palms exterior

Royal Palms debuts new T. Cook's menu

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s renowned luxury boutique hotel, announces the launch of brand-new dining menus at its acclaimed destination restaurant, T. Cook’s.  The new dinner and lounge menus focus on a renewed culinary approach to the restaurant’s signature Mediterranean cuisine, showcasing layers of French, Italian, Spanish and Greek flavors in a lighter, more modern interpretation of the region’s cuisine.

“The resort’s culinary team has done a tremendous job crafting the restaurant’s new approach, while maintaining the style, traditions and prestige T. Cook’s reflects,” said Steve Benson, Royal Palms Resort and Spa General Manager. “Both longtime patrons and visiting guests will recognize a stronger focus on smaller, sharable portions and plates that combine fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create big flavors, but executed with simple preparations.”

Diverse flavors permeate the menu as first introduced in the selection of appetizers, referred to as Tastes.  Crispy Sweet Breads offer a unique sweet and salty twist with house-made estate orange preserves, salted caramel and rosemary.  Penn Cove Mussels with charred chorizo, garlic, fennel, saffron and Parmesan toast and Maya Farms First Crop Beet Carpaccio with Fossil Creek goat cheese and spiced pecans showcase the highest quality ingredients prepared simply, yet deliciously.  Starters maintain seasonality in the Shaved Asparagus & Preserved Lemon salad with first of the year morels, Reggiano and heirloom tomatoes and the Truffle Spring Pea Soup with butter poached lobster, sweet pea tendrils and porcini mushroom cream.

This new, contemporary approach to highlighting Mediterranean flavors is further exemplified in the menu’s Mains as showcased in a Lamb Duet – an olive oil pressed rack, celeriac pudding, spiced shank, pearl pasta and pine nut crumble.  Local produce, handpicked directly from the property’s citrus grove, adds a bright citrus element to Crispy Black Cod with estate-grown orange salad, truffle creamed corn, roasted asparagus and sea salt.  Modern comfort food best describes the Gnudi – doughless cow’s milk ricotta ravioli with spaghetti squash, charred tomato broth and pesto.  Completing the dinner menu is an offering of Essentials, sides of vegetables such as Spiced Rapini & Reggiano and Caramelized Petite Root Vegetables.

T. Cook’s Lounge menu has also experienced a revival with an offering of casual bites mirroring the flavor profiles and sophistication of the new dinner menu.  Bar classics have seen a makeover as shown in the Bison Sliders with black fig ketchup, smoked onion marmalade served on toasted brioche and Flash Pan Calamari with mint, capers, fire-roasted tomatoes and garlic bread for dipping.  Zucca Chips take the place of fried zucchini; the crispy slivers are served with fried Italian parsley, Parmesan and fire-roasted red pepper dipping sauce.  Traditional Mediterranean fare such as Marinated Olives, Marinated Feta, Garlic Hummus and Bruschetta are each served with special accompaniments to liven up the dish.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa will soon introduce new brunch and lunch menus to debut mid-March.  In addition, T. Cook’s offers specialty menus for holiday dining, as well as seasonal specials.

To learn more, visit www.royalpalmshotel.com/restaurant and follow T. Cook’s on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TCooksPhoenix and Twitter at @TCooksPhoenix.