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Chef Lineup + Delicious Menu Announced for Friends of James Beard Benefit
Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa - Scottsdale
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Scottsdale, AZ— On Thursday, March 23, 2017, James Beard award-winning chefs from around the country will prepare a multi-course meal complete with carefully selected wine pairings. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime collaborative dinner in the company of true artisans at one of the Valley’s finest resorts, The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.



Derek Biazo |Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

Black Mesa Ranch Goat Cheese Ravioli

Sphinx Date Relish, Caramelized Shallots,

Prickly Pear Reduction

Arizona Prime Beef Tenderloin

ROC2 Coffee Pearls, Pistachio Dust,

Dala Cabernet Reduction


Domaine Ste. Michelle, Brut

Columbia Valley

Santa Barbara Uni Panna Cotta

Crema Snow, Osetra Caviar, Aji Limo,

Bamba Rice Crisp

Spring Pea Gazpacho

Chicharrón, Blood Orange, Tendrils,


Domaine Ste. Michelle, Brut Rosé

Columbia Valley



JBF Award Winner Ming Tsai|Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA; and Blue Dragon, Boston

Tequila Marinated Salmon Sashimi

Madras Curry Oil, Soy-Lime Syrup, Crispy Rice


2013 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley


Host Chef JBF Award Winner Michael Ginor |Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Ferndale, NY; and Lola, Great Neck, NY

Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon

Banana, Grape, Almond, Celery


2013 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley

Brad Kilgore |Alter, Miami Langoustine Royale Verjus, Herb Blossoms, d’Espelette Glass, Cherry Blossom Consommé


2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Host Chef Chris Masco | The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ Speck-Crusted Rabbit Loin

Spring Pea Puree, Red Sorrel, Root Vegetable, Wild Leek Gastrique

2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley


John Tesar |Knife at Highland, Dallas

Braised 44 Farms Beef Cheeks

Creamy Polenta, Shaved Blacked Truffle, Sauce Italian


2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle “Artist Series” Meritage


JBF Award Winner Nancy Silverton|Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Almond Cornetto

Seasonal Compote, Gelato


2014 Eroica Riesling Ice Wine, Columbia Valley

This once-in-a-lifetime collaborative dinner experience sells out every year, and tickets are highly recommended to be purchased in advance. Tickets are $225 per person or $2,100 for a table of ten.  The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. The Westin Kierland Resort is located at 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://scottsdalefest.org.

All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area, via annual fundraisers such as the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4 million to numerous organizations such as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay, and Free Arts of Arizona.

About the Scottsdale League for the Arts

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), non-profit volunteer organization of accomplished men and women who support artists, arts programs and arts education through fundraising and special events. In order to offer continuous value and assistance to the arts, the League awards all net funds raised to a variety of arts focused organizations through a grants program. For more information visit: http://leagueforthearts.org