A Food & Wine Experience Not To Miss This Weekend

azcentral Wine & Food Experience Announces Schedule for Nov. 2 & 3

16 Presentations on 3 Stages: 10 Cooking Demos & 6 Beverage Seminars

Saturday: Special Guest Alex Guarnaschelli, Star of Food Network’s Chopped

Sunday: Special Guest Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s Queer Eye

Saturday: The Bella Twins – Brie & Nikki Bella & Belle Radici wines

More than 50 Chefs over 2 Days

SommSelect’s Master Sommelier Ian Cauble & 2x James Beard Award Recipient David Lynch

#AZWFE benefits The Joy Bus

WHAT

azcentral Wine & Food Experience (#AZWFE) featuring Alex Guarnaschelli, Antoni Porowski, The Bella Twins and SommSelect global wine hunters Ian Cauble & David Lynch – plus more than 50 Arizona restaurants & chefs. https://wineandfood.usatoday.com/events/phoenix/

WHEN/WHERE

Sat. Nov. 2 & 3, 1pm-4pm, Salt River Fields, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(AJ’s Fines Foods VIP Lounge ticketholders enter at 12pm)

Tickets at https://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/phoenix/

Saturday Schedule

11:30am        The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Meet & Greet “Chef Session with Alex Guarnaschelli” [exclusive ticket]

12pm              AJ’s Fine Foods VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

12:15pm        The Expedition Foodie Cellar: Meet & Greet “Wine Down with The Bella Twins” & Belle Radici wines [exclusive ticket]

1:00pm          Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

1:15pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Alex Guarnaschelli Cooking Demonstration presenting Spicy chicken and carrot soup, roasted cremini mushrooms, bourbon pecan pie

1:30pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: Source One Vodka Seminar 

2pm                AJ’s Fine Foods VIP Lounge: “Ask The SOMM” with Ian Cauble & David Lynch [informal Q&A, VIP ticketholders only]

2pm                The Thermador Cooking Demo Stage: Chris Collins presenting Blackened Shrimp & Jalapeno-Cheddar Grits with Tasso Ham Relish and Grilled Noble Focaccia 

2:15pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: “Partners in Wine” Belle Radici wine seminar with Brie & Nikki Bella

2:30pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Lorenzo Boni of Barilla presenting Barilla® Collezione Spaghetti with Tomato-Basil Vero Gusto™, Bay Scallops, Saffron & Mullet Bottarga

3:00pm          The Ferguson Thermador Cooking Demo Stage: Chef Maria Mazon of BOCA Tacos & Tequila Cooking Demonstration 

3:15pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: “Drink Like a SOMM” with SommSelect’s Ian Cauble & David Lynch

3:30pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail Cooking Demo

                        *schedule subject to change

Sunday Schedule

11:30am        The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Meet & Greet “Chef Session with Antoni Porowski” [exclusive ticket]

12pm              AJ’s Fine Foods VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

1:00pm          Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

1:15pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: Source One Vodka Seminar 

1:15pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Antoni Porowski Cooking Demonstration featuringFrenchified Latkes with Chive Sour Cream

2:00pm          The Ferguson Thermador Cooking Demo Stage: Chef Rebecca Tillman of The Phoenician presenting Charred Heirloom Squash, watercress, whipped feta, garlic chips

2:15pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: Christopher Gross of Geordie’s at The Wrigley Mansion: “Journey through the Loire Valley” 

2:30pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Executive Pastry Chef Lance Whipple of Four Seasons presenting Pumpkin Spice Churros

3:00pm          The Ferguson Thermador Cooking Demo Stage:Zak’s Craft Chocolate Making 101: Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar

3:15pm          The Expedition Foodie Cellar: Sommelier Samantha Capaldi presents “From Heritage Wines to Social Media Sensations”

3:30pm          The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef George Frasher of Frasher’s Smokehouse and Mrs. Chicken presented by Lexus Cooking Demonstration

                        *schedule subject to change

RESTAURANTS & CHEFS

SATURDAY

§  Barrio Café 

§  Beckett’s Table, Chef Justin Beckett

§  Boca Tacos y Tequila, Chef Maria Mazon

§  Bourbon & Bones, Chef Kevin Gage

§  Cafe Lalibela, Chef Atsade Desta

§  Chino Bandido, Eve Lee Collins

§  Clever Koi, Chef      

§  Famous 48, Chef Monty

§  Frank & Albert’s. Chef Jason Jaynes

§  Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup, Chef Aaron Pool

§  Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, Chef Christopher Collins

§  High & Rye Southern Kitchen and Bar, Chef Brice Niehaus

§  Los Sombreros

§  Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

§  MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Orlando Parker

§  Maya’s Cajun Kitchen, Chef Maya Bartlett

§  Modern Market Eatery, Chef Nate Weir

§  Mowry & Cotton, Chef Tandy Peterson

§  Nekter Juice Bar

§  Nothing Bundt Cakes

§  Otro Café, Chef Doug Robson

§  Press Coffee Roasters, Steve Kraus

§  Proof at Four Seasons Resort, Executive Pastry Chef Lance Whipple

§  Stonegrill at Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Chef Christopher Iglesias

§  Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co, Emily Barton

§  The Bakery PHX, Lisa Ormsby

§  The Collins, Chef Christopher Collins

§  The Dhaba, Chef Raveens Arora

§  The Macintosh, Chef Christopher Collins

§  Talavera at Four Seasons Resort, Samantha Sanz

§  Timo Wine Bar, Chef Antonio Gordillo

§  Twisted Grove, Chef Christopher Collins

§  Sogno Toscano Tuscan Dream

§  Southern Rail, Chef Justin Beckett

§  Spinato’s, Chef Roy Harden & Jaime Spinato

§  Wally’s American Gastro Pub, Chef Christopher Collins

SUNDAY

§  Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria, Chefs Matt Nobile & John Araujo

§  Blue Clover Distillery, Chef Weston Holm

§  Bourbon & Bones, Chef Kevin Gage

§  Bourbon Steak, Chef Sara Garrant

§  Chula Seafood, Chef Juan Zamora

§  Che Ah Chi, Chef Jose Martinez

§  Chino Bandido, Eve Lee Collins

§  The Dhaba, Chef Raveen Arora

§  Famous 48, Chef Monty  

§  Frasher’s Smokehouse/Mrs.Chicken, Chef George Frasher

§  Frites Street, Chef Flip Isard

§  High & Rye Southern Kitchen & Bar, Chef Brice Niehaus

§  Los Sombreros 

§  Lulu’s Sorbetto, Chef Joe Natale

§  MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Orlando Parker

§  Maya’s Cajun Kitchen, Chef Maya Bartlett

§  Nekter Juice Bar

§  Nothing Bundt Cakes

§  Press Coffee Roasters, Chef Steve Kraus

§  Proof at Four Seasons Resort, Executive Pastry Chef Lance Whipple

§  Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain, Chef Dustin Christofolo

§  Sogno Toscano Tuscan Dream

§  Spinato’s, Chef Roy Harden & Jaime Spinato

§  Sweet Republic, Helen Young

§  Sweetz Cold Brew Coffee Co, Emily Barton

§  Tacos Tijuana, Chef Wendy Torres

§  Talavera at Four Seasons Resort, Samantha Sanz

§  The Phoenician Tavern, Chef Michael Press

§  Zak’s Chocolate, Chocolatiers Maureen & Jim Elitzak

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits…featuring several varieties within each portfolio below:

  • Arizona Distilling CO
  • Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 
  • C Mondavi & Family 
  • Cooper Spirits International 
  • Canyon Diablo Spirits 
  • CASAMIGOS Spirits 
  • Codigo/Park Street Imports 
  • Constellation Brands 
  • Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits 
  • Fifth Generation INC
  • HAHN Family Wines 
  • Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC 
  • Hotaling & CO LLC/DBA Anchor 
  • J LOHR Winery
  • Justin Vineyards & Winery
  • LCF Wine Company 
  • Mast Jägermeister
  • NLV Tequila Bottling
  • Pernod Ricardo USA 
  • Surville ENT/B&G/Patriarch 
  • Yahara Bay Distillers 

Plus Diageo’s Don Julio and Tanqueray; Baker Family Wines featuring baseball legend Dusty Baker; a variety of craft beers and more 

SPONSORS

  • azcentral Wine & Food Experience is sponsored by Lexus; AJ’s Fine Foods presenting the VIP Lounge; Arizona Office of Tourism presenting The Expedition Foodie Cellar; Bently Heritage’s Source One Vodka; Thermador Cooking Demonstration Stage and The Culinary Stage presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting; Diageo’s Tanqueray and Don Julio; Barilla; Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits; Lifetime Windows; New Home Company; Thinsters; Stein Mart; Five Farms Irish Cream; Hensley Beverage Company; AquaHydrate, audio video provided by QSC Systems; Yelp; and Elite Restaurants.

COLORFUL

  • In its 5rd year, this is the event that inspired the 10-city USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience 2019 tour. Delivering a quintessential grand tasting to explore and savor Arizona’s fine food, wine, craft beer & spirits from local and national chefs and gourmet authorities. #AZWFE, #WFE, Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usatwfe

ALSO FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Food Network’sChopped (Sat. Nov. 2)

  • Featuring a limited Chef Session ticket with Guarnaschelli that includes an informal presentation, Q&A, meet & greet with autographs.SOLD OUT
  • Chef Alex also presents a cooking demonstration on The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage open to all guests, first come, first served

Antoni Porowski, Wine & Food Connoisseur of Netflix’s Queer Eye (Sun., Nov. 3)

§  Featuring a limited Chef Session ticket with Antoni that includes an informal presentation, Q&A, meet & greet and his new book Antoni in the Kitchenbook signing SOLD OUT

·         Antoni also also presents a cooking demonstration on The Ferguson Thermador Culinary Stage open to all guests, first come, first served

The Bella Twins, co-founders, Belle Radici Wines[Saturday only]

  • Meet the Bella Twins in an exclusively reservedWine Down session (Q&A, autograph & photo op) featuring their Belle Radici wine
  • Also featured in The Cellar seminar “Partners in Wine” open to all guests (first-come, first-served only; no reserved seats)

SommSelect: Master Sommelier Ian Cauble & Sommelier/Editorial Director David Lynch

  • Cauble is among 274 master sommeliers in the world; featured in the Netflix cult classic SOMMand a renowned global hunter of exceptional wines.
  • Lynch is a two-time James Beard Foundation award recipient: as sommelier at NYC’s Babbo; as editor, Wine & Spirits Magazine. He is also the coauthor of acclaimed “Vino Italiano.”
  • Cauble & Lynch are featured in The Cellar wine seminar “Drink Like a Somm.” Open to all guests.(first-come, first-served only; no reserved seats). Also featured in the AJ’s Fine Foods VIP Lounge for an informal “Ask the Somm” session.

TICKETS             

Tickets at https://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/phoenix/

§  *Grand Tasting. $65 in advance.  1pm entry to Grand Tasting

§  *VIP Grand Tasting $120 in advance. 12pm entry, access to VIP Lounge in addition to Grand Tasting

§  Chef Session with Alex Guarnaschelli $180 limited ticket (Sat. Nov. 2) SOLD OUT

§  Chef Session with Antoni Porowski $180 limited ticket (Sun., Nov. 3) SOLD OUT

§  Wine Down with The Bella Twins $140 add-on; requires Grand Tasting, VIP or Chef Session ticket SATURDAY ONLY

*Event tickets at gate are $85 Grand Tasting; $140 VIP

ELEMENTS

GRAND TASTING.  More than 30 restaurants each day! Featuring the culinary flavors of Arizona with top chefs, restaurateurs and gourmet leaders greeting guests as they savor wine, craft beer, spirits and gourmet bites. The exciting Arizona dining scene will be on display, including culinary artisans, purveyors, trends and traditions.

16 GOURMET PRESENTATIONS.  The Culinary Stage, The Thermador Cooking Demonstration Stage & The Expedition Foodie Cellar Schedules.The Grand Tasting includes a schedule of demonstrations on 3 stages: The Culinary Stage; The Thermador Cooking Demonstration and wine and spirits seminars in The Expedition Foodie Cellar – open to all ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

OTHER EVENT ELEMENTS.  Three Airstreams featuring beverage sampling.  Centerpiece double decker bar.

Restaurant & Sponsor Participation. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Wienke twienke@usatoday.com or Mike O’Donnell, mikeod@r-entertainment.com. For restaurant participation, contact Lauren Wissmann lauren@r-entertainment.com

Beneficiary.  AZWFE supports The Joy Bus, founded in 2011, whose sole purpose is to relieve the daily struggles of homebound cancer patients with a fresh, chef-inspired meal, a friendly face, and to elevate the livelihood of patrons with the joy of culinary sustenance.

Colorful Scenes of #WFE Tour:  https://tinyurl.com/y58kvhbl 

Social Media: #AZWFE, #WFE, Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usatwfe

PARKING.  Salt River Fields is located off 101 Pima Freeway at Indian Bend exit from the south or Via de Ventura from the North.  Parking access on west side of complex off Pima Road.  Parking is free. Uber/Lyft recommend.

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