April 2: AZ Wine & Dine

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Those seeking a high-energy and upscale celebration of food and wine to kick off the spring season will be delighted to know that the fourth annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, is taking place next Thursday, April 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter. AZ Wine & Dine boasts 19 of the Valley’s top resort and hotel restaurants, plus several Scottsdale Quarter favorites and a stellar selection of wines, provided by Young’s Market Company and craft beer, provided by Hensley Beverage Company. Each restaurant booth features a winery offering at least two different varietals that are beautifully paired with the delectable dishes.
Early bird pricing is being offered again this year: Through March 31, tickets are $65; April 1 and at the door, they are $75.
To tempt those taste buds, here is a look at what some of the restaurants plan to serve:
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa: 1) Seared scallop, chorizo risotto, cherry balsamic baujillo reduction
2) Caramel banana crunch torte
The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort: 1) Braised pork belly, blue corn waffle, gooseberry jam
2) Aleppo pepper spiced shrimp, charred corn, chorizo risotto, citrus fennel salad
Brio Tuscan Grille: 1) Spicy shrimp with black pepper cream sauce over an olive oil toast point
2) Fresh mozzarella and grape tomato Caprese skewer with balsamic reduction and fresh basil
deseo, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: 1) Bay scallops topped with plantain “fufu”, plantain chip, Aji Amarillo-pineapple chimichurri 2) Pork belly with malangon, pickled cabbage, guava glaze
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel: 1) Duck quesadilla
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale: 1) En Fuego slider burger with smoked cheddar cheese and Sriracha ketchup 2) Mini Doubletree cookie bites
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: 1) Wagyu Short Rib Ravioli, fricassee of Maine lobster
2) Cheesecake panna cotta, roasted rhubarb
Il Terrazzo, The Phoenician: Jersey ricotta agnolotti, pimiento & squash salpicon, Parmigiano-Reggianno, Genovese basil, romesco, charred lemon crema
Top of the Rock, Marriot Phoenix Tempe at The Buttes: 1) Crispy chicken liver, creamed hominy, poultry caramel and cured egg yolks 2) Granola cookie, blood oranges, pistachios and chocolate
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 1) Spanish ham croquettes: Chinese mustard, Emmental, chipotle, salsa criolla 2) Tuna Nikkel Ceviche: white soy, avocado, nori, sesame 3) Pumpkin picarones: pumpkin doughnuts, Tahitian anglaise
What’s more, attendees will be some of the first in the Valley to sample Blanc de Bleu, the “World’s First Blue” sparkling wine, will get to enjoy entertainment provided by Shining Star Band, and can be in a silent auction offering amazing deals on vacation getaways and gift certificates from Scottsdale Quarter’s eclectically rich mix of specialty shops. Plus, much of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

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