The popular Lunch & Learn series has returned to the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for its 15th season. On Saturdays throughout August (the series kicked off in July), top chefs will join Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan for interactive cooking demonstrations including a three-course meal with wine, Q&A opportunities and take-home recipes in The Views Ballroom.
The 2016 Lineup:
Aug. 6 Chef Jeff Mauro (dinner): Celebrity Chef Jeff Mauro is the host of Food Network’s Emmy-nominated “Sandwich King” and the wildly successful talk show, “The Kitchen.” He is also the co-founder and executive chef of Chicago’s very first slow-smoked sandwich shop, Pork & Mindy’s. Chef Mauro put his passion for sandwiches on display during his Season 7 win of Food Network’s “Food Network Star.”
Aug. 13 Chef Cullen Campbell (dinner): A master of “crudo” Italian and Mediterranean dishes, Chef Campbell offers a unique cooking style to Phoenix diners. Inspired by the traditions of Southern cooking, Campbell is the chef/co-owner of Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails as well as Crudo/Bar Crudo in Phoenix. Since opening in 2012, Crudo has won rave reviews from USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and Sunset Magazine, while Campbell’s refined take on coastal Italian cuisine has been personally lauded by Saveur and earned him an invite to cook at the James Beard House in New York. Campbell’s new restaurant, Okra, serves Italian-accented twists on classic Southern dishes like Tennessee Hot Chicken and Pig Cheek Pot Pie.
Aug. 20 Marc Summers and Chef Beau MacMillan (lunch): Watch as Food Network personalities Marc Summers and Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan tag team for a lively lunch that is sure to entertain. Summers is currently hosting the longest running show on Food Network, “Unwrapped,” and he is also Executive Producer of “Dinner: Impossible,” “Food Feuds” and “Restaurant: Impossible.”
Aug. 27 Chef Ryan Clark (dinner): A Tucson native, Chef Clark has worked in both New York and Arizona extensively, including a post at Sanctuary under Chef MacMillan. Chef Clark opened Agustin Kitchen in 2012, a popular French bistro. Now Chef Clark serves as Chef de Cuisine at PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson.
All lunch events are $75 per person and start at 12 p.m. Dinner events are $125 per person and start at 6 p.m. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling 480.607.2300.
Want to stay the night? A special rate of $199 with an upgrade to a Mountain Suite is offered following each Saturday event (based on availability, excluding tax and resort fee) with the purchase of a Lunch & Learn ticket.