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Nirvana Culinary Festival Coming to Sanctuary

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Sanctuary on Camelback has a long history of providing exciting culinary events like their Summer Lunch & Learn series. This Spring they will be adding a new culinary treat for food lovers; the Nirvana Culinary Festival.

Nirvana Culinary Festival at Sanctuary on CamelbackThe Nirvana Culinary Festival will take place over the course of four days and this is going to be the ultimate place to be from April 27th through the 30th. The inaugural event is touted as being “a flavorful state of mind” and will bring world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special dinners along with a celebrity golf tournament.

French gastronome Charles Pierre Monselet once said, “a gourmet is a being pleasing to the heavens,” and if that is true than the Nirvana Culinary Festival is sure to live up to its name. Chef Beau MacMillan will team up with celebrity chefs like Scott Conant, Todd English and Robert Irvine along with some of our favorite local chefs and mixologists.

Our beautiful Arizona Spring weather will also be playing a leading role. The resort’s location will highlight our incomparable sunsets and majestic views, making it the perfect backdrop for this star-stuffed festival.

A portion of all tickets sold will benefit Hope Kids, an organization that provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

Immerse yourself in the total experience by reserving a casita, suite or private home at Sanctuary. With rates beginning at $479 per night, this is the perfect opportunity to completely indulge in the finer things in life.

The 2017 Nirvana Culinary Festival Line-Up

Torch | Thursday, April 27th | 7pm until 10pm | Infinity Pool and Lawn | $125 per person

This special event will be hosted by celebrity chef and television personality Robert Irvine and local celebrity mixologist Jason Asher.  Torch will kick-off the festival with a poolside Polynesian fantasy. Mixologists will compete at eight different stations as guests rub shoulders with an esteemed panel of judges to select winners of the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards.

Torch at Nirvana

Photo Credit: Sanctuary on Camelback

Birds and Bubbles | Friday, April 28th | 7pm until 10pm | The Views Ballroom and Lawn | $135 per person, $225 for VIP access

Fried chicken and Champagne come together in an inspired pairing as guest chefs put their own spin on the southern specialty, complete with side dishes and bubbly. The all-star local lineup includes Stephen Jones (The Larder + The Delta and Homeboy’s Hotsauce), Cullen Campbell (Crudo and Okra), Justin Beckett (Southern Rail), Jeremy Pacheco (LON’s at The Hermosa Inn), Gio Osso (Virtù at The Bespoke Inn) and Beau MacMillan. They will be joined by visiting chefs from Palm Beach, Florida: Clay Conley (Buccan and Grato) and Lindsay Autry (The Regional Kitchen & Public House). Festival-goers who book VIP admission enjoy personal time for 45 minutes with their favorite chefs.

American country singer/songwriter D. Vincent Williams & the Nashville Allstars, whose “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” sung by Otto James, topped the country charts in 2008, will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. His songs have also been recorded by major artists like Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Rascal Flatts (“I’m Movin’ On”).

D.Vincent Williams and Taryn Jeffries

Taryn Jeffries and D. Vincent WIlliams at Jade Bar

Master of Taste | Friday, April 28th | 7pm until l10pm | Casa Seven | $350 per person

Chuck Wagner, owner and winemaker of Caymus Vineyards, and scion of the legendary Napa Valley vintner family will be the guest of honor at an intimate dinner at one of Sanctuary’s elegant private estate homes.  The evening will showcase the exceptional vintages of the Wagner Family of Wine and three generations of winemaking talent. Preparing the feast will be local chefs Christopher Gross (Christopher’s and Crush), Matt Carter (Fat Ox and The Mission), Mark Tarbell (Tarbell’s and Tarbell’s Tavern), and Beau MacMillan.

Master of Taste at Nirvana

Photo Credit: Sanctuary on Camelback

Golf Tournament | Saturday, April 29th | 10:30am registration | Mountain Shadows | $400 per player

Each foursome will be paired with a renowned chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure at this fun-filled celebrity golf tournament being played at the long-awaited Mountain Shadows course located at the base of Camelback Mountain. Plenty of food, beer and spirits will round out an unforgettable day on the links.

Nirvana Golf Tournament

Photo Credit: Sanctuary on Camelback

Best of the West | Sunday, April 29th | 7pm until 10pm | elements | $145 per person, $225 for VIP access

Sanctuary’s signature restaurant, elements, and its indoor/outdoor Praying Monk venue will be the setting for Nirvana’s final evening event. More than a dozen elegant restaurant stations will be manned by celebrated chefs from throughout the West, including James Porter (Terra Farm + Manor), Samantha Sanz (Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North), Sean Currid (Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails) and Beau MacMillan. VIP attendees gain early access and extra time with the chefs.

Best of the West at Nirvana

Photo Credit: Sanctuary on Camelback

New Orleans Jazz & Bourbon Brunch | Sunday, April 30th | 11am until 1pm | elements | $85 per person

Nirvana will come to a rousing finale with a N’Awlins-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a Bourbon twist, serving up everything from étouffée to feather-light beignets at this fun sit-down event.

With all these great events at the first ever Nirvana Culinary Festival, there is surely one that you can’t resist. Be sure to get your tickets and reservations now before they sell out, as I am sure they will quickly.

Sanctuary on Camelback | 5700 E. McDonald Drive | Paradise Valley | 85253 | 480.948.2100


© Taryn Jeffries 2017

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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