On Saturday, November 1, the Scottsdale Airport will transform from bustling transportation hub to the hottest party the North Valley has ever seen as it hosts the 3nd Weekend Jetaway Culinary Casino Classic, presented by AXA Advisors Southwest, Jet Set Magazine and Aero Jet Services. Set within one of the airport’s own private jet hangars, Weekend Jetaway will raise funds for Elevate Phoenix via an evening of gourmet food and drink, music, dancing, “elevated” surprise entertainers and a dice-style game that will culminate with four lucky guests winning a luxurious two-night, three-day round-trip vacation on their very private jet.
PGA star and North Valley resident Tom Lehman, a founding board member of Elevate Phoenix, will serve as the event’s honorary host. Lehman is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours: the PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour and the Champions Tour. Currently playing on the PGA Senior Tour, Lehman won the Open Championship, one of the PGA’s major titles, in 1996. In addition to hosting the affair, he will also be bringing a prize just as enticing as the private jet vacation itself – the chance to bid on the opportunity to be his guest at the 2015 British Open.
While only a select few guests will win the jet and British open packages, respectively, thanks to a lux silent auction including vacation homes, private dining experiences, spa packages, fine jewelry and more, many party-goers will leave winners. Given the eye-popping culinary aspect of the event, all party-goers will leave full.
Alliance Beverage will be providing the wildly popular Deep Eddy Vodka – in Ruby Red and original – will be among the signature spirits of the evening. Joining Deep Eddy are a host of beers, wines and spirits, including Ketel One Vodka, Grey Goose Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Don Julia Tequila Blanco, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Jack Daniels, Chandon Etoile Rose, Moet Nectar Imperial, Beringer Wines, Lagunitas IPA, Sam Adams Boston Lager, and Yukon Jack Wicked Hot.
Chef Christopher Nicosia of Sassi will be serving butternut squash panna cotta with duck conserva and pomegranate as well as the Sassi cannoli. Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North Chef Mel Mecinas will be serving seared venison loin, mole sauce, stone fruit chutney and chocolate Grand Mariner mousse with candied kumquats. Chef Jesse Hansen from Proof at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North will be serving slow braised boneless short ribs, marble potatoes, sweet onion marmalade and cranberry pucker float.The Yacht Club’s Chef Aaron May will be serving oysters two ways. Chef Lisa Anderson from Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market will be serving pulled pork sliders and bourbon pecan tarts. The Melting Pot Director Marie Miller Rodriguez will be serving chocolate covered strawberries. SOL Cocina Chef Deborah Schneider will be serving Baja corn chowder with crab. The Mission’s Chef Matt Carter will be serving Sichuan pepper cured pork cheek, smoked and pickled cauliflower and figs. Cookies from Home will also be on-hand with their crowd-pleasing cookies in your favorite flavors.
For more information, visit www.weekendjetaway.org.