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azcentral Wine & Food Experience
11.03.2018 - 11.04.2018 
Monterra at WestWorld - Scottsdale
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azcentral Wine & Food Experience returns for a fourth year at new location, Monterra at WestWorld, in Scottsdale, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4.

azcentral Wine & Food Experience (#AZWFE) features one of the finest Grand Tastings in the country, the anchor element that showcases gourmet samples from more than 60 restaurants over two days in three pavilions, plus a schedule of lively cooking demonstrations and tastings of industry-leading wines, spirits and craft beer.

Chefs and Grand Tasting participants to date include:

  • Aaron Chamberlin, Phoenix Public Market Café & Tempe Public Market Café
  • Aaron Poole, Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
  • Adam Allison, Handlebar Diner
  • Adam Dunton, Frank & Albert’s
  • Alex Stratta, Match Restaurant & Lounge
  • Anthony DeMuro, Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
  • Antonio Gordillo, Timo Wine Bar
  • Atsade Desta, Cafe Lalibela
  • Boulders Resort & Spa
  • Brett Vibber, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine
  • Brian Peterson, Wright’s at The Biltmore
  • Carlos Garcia, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar
  • Carly Loving, Nekter Juice Bar
  • Country Velador, Super Chunk Sweet
  • Cory Mingo, Mingo’s Louisiana Kitchen
  • Dara & Joe Rodger, Shift
  • Dushyant Singh, Artizen at The Camby
  • Dustin Christofolo, Quiessence at The Farm
  • Famished Events
  • Fernando Fernandez, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Flip Isard, Frites Street
  • Forest Hamrick, La Hacienda
  • George Frasher, Frasher’s Smokehouse
  • Helen Yung, Sweet Republic
  • Jacques Qualin, J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort
  • Jeff Kraus, Crêpe Bar
  • Jennifer Russo, THE MARKET by Jennifer’s RESTAURANT + BAR
  • Jim Dandy, West Alley BBQ
  • Juan Zamora, Chula Seafood
  • Julio Mata, Barrio Queen
  • Kevin Wemlinger, Bourbon & Bones Chophouse | Bar
  • Los Sombreros
  • Lou Malnatis Pizzeria
  • Matt Nobile & John Araujo, Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria
  • Michael Press, Tanzy Restaurant
  • Modern Market
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen
  • Top of the Rock at Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes
  • Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
  • Proof at Four Seasons Resort
  • Raveen Arora, The Dhaba
  • Rich Hinojosa, CRUjiente Tacos
  • Suny Santana, Taco Chelo
  • Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co.
  • Talavera at Four Seasons Resort
  • Tandy Peterson, Mowry & Cotton
  • The Clever Koi
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Thumb
  • Tonya Saidi, Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole
  • Tricia Arce, Toasted Mallow

The Martha Stewart Experience. In its second year at #AZWFE, the 2018 installation of the lifestyle leader’s transformative tented event entry takes on a new theme – Celebrating with Martha. Guests can get creative with Martha’s Celebrations line from Michaels; snap a selfie against a fun backdrop with Martha at a café table; explore the lifestyle leader’s newest lines from Macy’s tabletop; grab a glimpse of a cool ‘utensil chandelier;’ and explore kitchen gear, books, Martha’s QVC product line, and more.

The Grateful House. A new addition in 2018, The Grateful House is a hands-on tented area where guests can make their own salsa and wine charms and learn how to decorate desserts. In addition, Grateful will conclude the day in The Grateful House with a master demo led by a Grateful influencer that 40 people can participate in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nov. 3, Marcus Samuelsson. Chef Samuelsson is the special guest Sat., Nov. 3. Samuelsson is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, philanthropist and food activist known for his time as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Chopped Junior, Beat Bobby Flay and more.

Nov. 4, Aarón Sánchez. Chef Sánchez joins the chef lineup Sun., Nov 4. Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. Fans may know Sánchez best from his time as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior, he can now be seen as a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF.

Tickets.  Tickets are available at wineandfood.azcentral.com for the two-day event, Sat. & Sun., Nov 3 & 4 and feature: 

  • Grand Tasting.  $65 limited time offer in advance. Sample delicious bites from Arizona’s most coveted dining establishments. Meet chefs, taste their creations; see cooking demonstrations.  Plus enjoy fine wine, craft beer and distinctive spirits sampling. GT entry at 1pm Sat. and Sun.
  • VIP Grand Tasting. $120 in advance.  For guests who seek all the benefits of the Grand Tasting, they’ll also enjoy private tastings from wineries and distillers, early entry, a VIP Lounge and VIP restrooms. VIP Entry at noon.

Chef’s Package Experience with Marcus Samulesson & Aarón Sánchez.  $180 in advance. Enjoy all the benefits of the VIP Grand Tasting, PLUS private meet and greet and book-signing with Marcus Samuelsson Nov. 3 & Aarón Sánchez Nov. 4 [Advance purchase recommended. Tickets subject to sellout.] Chef’s Package begins at 11:30am. Subscribers are eligible for $15 off tickets, available only through azcentral.com/insider