On Saturday, Sept. 4, The Sixth Annual Phoenix Cooks will take over JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort for a special culinary event that will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year’s theme is “Where Food Happens!” More than 50 of the Valley’s most excellent restaurants, as well as wineries and beer and spirit distributors, will be sampling their goods. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy cooking classes (which you must pre-register and purchase tickets for) and cooking demos. There will also be a 33,000-sq.-ft. marketplace to pick up all your cooking essentials.
This year, Phoenix Cooks welcomes a few new events. The 1st Annual Latte Art Throw-down will showcase local coffee baristas competing and showcasing their artistic coffee making skills. Football fans will enjoy the new SRP Green College Football Tailgating Zone where fans can watch the day’s college games broadcasted on energy efficient televisions while indulging in gourmet tailgating treats and eco-friendly Alaskan Brewing IPA beer.
Some of the culinary superstars to expect at this year’s event include Beau MacMillan (elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain), Lee Hillson (T. Cooks at The Royal Palms), Donald Lemperle (Cielo at Hotel Theadore), Michael D’Maria (Heirloom & M Catering) ChuckWiley (Café Zu Zu at Hotel Valley Ho), Payton Curry (Caffe Boa), Oliver Reschreiter (JW Marriott Desert Ridge), Peter DeRuvo (Sassi), Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro & The Mission), Scott Tompkins (Skye), Mel Mecinas (Four Seasons), Todd Berry (TheWestin Kierland), Eric Howson (Hyatt Regency Scottsdale), Anthony DeMuro (Different Pointe of View), Patrick Turcot (Fairmont Scottsdale), Michael Cairns (Smith Hospitality) and more.
Tickets to Phoenix Cooks are $75 in advance or $90 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixcooks.com.