I’ve heard that no one can harmonize quite like siblings, which is probably why family music acts are so very popular. And I think it’s fair to assume that the same can be said for sibs who are also chefs. This weekend, Chef Mel Mecinas of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is teaming up with his brother, Honorio Mecinas, Chef de Cuisine at VooDoo Steak & Lounge at the Rio Las Vegas, for a one-of-a-kind tasting event, a “Two-Way” tasting at the resort’s Talavera restaurant. Each course of the five-course menu will highlight a particular ingredient, with which each chef will showcase their own specialized culinary technique.
On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m., diners are invited to Talavera to indulge in the brothers’ “Two-Way” tasting. The dinner is $75, including wine pairings. Here’s what diners can expect from the Mecinas brothers:
Seared / Apricot French Toast / Orange Vanilla Emulsion
Duck Breast / Foie / Figs / Balsamic
Maine Lobster Ravioli / Chanterelles / White Asparagus
Lobster Medallion / Andouille Sausage / Sweet Corn
Lamb Rack / Confit Potato / Fennel Fondue / Lamb Reduction
Medallion of Lamb Loin / Squash Blossom / Basil
Mango Parfait / Cherry Relish
Valhrona Carmelia Chocolate / Rainier Cherries
“The last time we cooked together was in 1997, when we were both working at Café Pinot in downtown Los Angeles,” says Mel. (Chef Mel was the Chef de Cuisine and Chef Honorio was the PM Sous Chef.) “We would do more than 300 covers for lunch; there is nothing like working alongside your brother in such an energetic, exciting atmosphere.” To make reservations for this unique tasting opportunity at Talavera restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, call 480.513.5085 or visit http://www.talaverarestaurant.com/.