Sanctuary Camelback Mountain to Host James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain to Host James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort and Spa will be the center of the Scottsdale-Phoenix food world on February 23, when elements chef Samantha Sanz teams up with guest chef Rochelle Daniel of Atria & Fat Ox on behalf of James Beard Foundation’s Taste America. The 18-city series of chef-hosted dinner events is designed to celebrate local independent restaurants and support efforts to rebuild the industry.

Chefs Sanz and Daniel have designed a three-course menu that reflects both chefs’ signature styles and highlights the uniqueness of their restaurants and the community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course from Rune Wines and four flights of whiskey from Rabbit Hole Distillery.

The evening will begin with an appetizer course of SakanaBlue baby scallops with shrimp mousseline, apple and seafoam or a vegetarian-friendly brown butter-poached cauliflower with apple and hazelnuts. For an entrée, guests can choose smoked beef short rib with porcini tamal, black truffle mole and pomegranate or, alternatively, a mushroom steak with truffle mole and pomegranate. Dessert will be a coffee-chocolate tart with whiskey caramel. All guests will also go home with a swag bag.

The 6:30 dinner will take place at elements, Sanctuary’s signature restaurant. Tickets are $350 per pair and are available on the James Beard Foundation website. Seats are limited and local mandated COVID safety protocols will be strictly enforced.

Taste America, presented by Capitol One, is a nationwide initiative to bring together chefs and diners to support local restaurants rebuilding a more sustainable and equitable industry. Of each ticket purchase, 65% goes directly to the featured chefs to support their businesses and 35% supports the James Beard Foundation’s national programming, including the Open for Good campaign, which was launched to help independent restaurants survive the pandemic, rebuild better and thrive for the long term.