Against the base of Camelback Mountain, guests of Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa are greeted with jaw-dropping views and Food Network-worthy food. After a recent multi-million dollar renovation, elements restaurant has expanded its blueprint to include a new state-of-the-art kitchen; indoor/outdoor event space called Praying Monk; 1,000-bottle wine corridor that would make any oenophile blush with envy; and XII, a private dining room fit for 12.
Recently, I joined local journalists and Chef Beau MacMillan (winner of “Iron Chef: America”) at XII for a mouthwatering 12-course dinner complete with wine pairings. Beginning with a Champagne reception inside elements new show kitchen, guests mingled while getting a VIP glimpse into the chef’s kitchen before descending to our seats. Once settled, a wall of glass closed allowing for an intimate evening while still affording a grand view of the kitchen. While the multi-course tasting menu is rarely ever the same at the private chef’s table, we promise the food is always amazing.
Here’s a glimpse at the impressive 12-course dinner menu. Each entree incorporated fresh local ingredients and true passion for cooking.
Potato spring roll ׀ smoked salmon, caviar
Sweet corn cappuccino ׀ corn and crab fritter
Tuna tataki ׀ avocado, basil, soy
Foie gras and abalone ׀ pepper caramel, brioche French toast
Escargot “en croute” ׀ shitake mushrooms, scallions, black garlic
Filet of beef ׀ mushroom harsh, truffle demi, salsify fondue
Vanilla bean bavarois ׀ passion fruit mousse, black sesame sable, guava coulis
Pistachio cake ׀ Grand Marnier cream, caramelized orange segments, salty honey comb
One word summary: amazing. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com. -Christine Whitton, assistant editor