Lunch & Learn Series Returns to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain With Sizzling Summer 2011 Line-Up

Make a Night of It: Special Room Rate of $169 Includes Complimentary Upgrade for Lunch & Learn Guests

Scottsdale, Ariz. (June 1, 2011) – Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s popular Lunch & Learn series returns for a milestone 10th summer. Cooked up by the award-winning Scottsdale resort’s own culinary star, Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, the weekly events bring Sanctuary guests together with culinary masters, wine makers and TV’s top chefs for afternoons and evenings of cooking, conversation and camaraderie in The Views Ballroom.

The Saturday lunch series kicks off July 9 with the Borjorquez Family of Trocadero restaurant in Nogales, Mexico, and continues through August 27 with Phoenix star chefs Aaron May and Matt Carter, along with the producers of Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Classes are from 12 – 2:30 p.m. The $75 per person ticket covers a three-course meal (including beverages, tax and gratuity) and take-home recipes.

For those who prefer an evening event, two Saturday dinner engagements are scheduled for July 23 and August 20, from 6 – 10 p.m. Priced at $125, the special dinners include all the features of the lunches, plus live entertainment.

Friday evenings prior to each Lunch & Learn class will feature an exclusive dinner with Chef MacMillan and the star guest in XII, Sanctuary’s incredible private dining room. Starting at 6 p.m., these special chef’s tasting experiences are limited to 12 attendees, and include a multi-course dinner paired with wines for $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).

Foodies are invited to make a night of any Lunch & Learn event with a Friday or Saturday night stay at a special room rate of $169 (excluding tax and resort fee). The rate includes acomplimentary upgrade to a Mountain Vista Suite and is based on availability. Please note that the overnight rate does not include the cost of lunch & learn admission.

Details on Lunch & Learn will be updated throughout the summer on Sanctuary’s newly redesigned website. The series – including Friday dinner engagements in XII and Saturday lunches in The Views – features:

July 8-9: The Borjorquez Family of Trocadero restaurant in Nogales, Mexico.
July 15-16: Jim Poris, senior editor of Food Arts magazine.
July 22-23 (both dinners): Chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible(Friday dinner is sold out).
July 29-30: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, a regular on Food Network’s Chopped and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle.
August 5-6: Chef Eddie Matney, chef and owner of Eddie’s House restaurant and Chef Michael DeMaria, chef and owner of Heirloom restaurant, joined Saturday by Tram Mai, host of NBC 12’s News Valley Dish.
August 12-13: Hollywood Bites mystery guest!
August 19-20 (both dinners): Chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose served as guest chef at the White House for the Obama administration’s first state dinner and now is head chef of New York City hotspot, Red Rooster (Friday dinner is sold out).
August 26-27: Chef Aaron May, a member of Arizona’s Culinary Hall of Fame, Chef Matt Carter, executive chef and proprietor of Zinc Bistro and Producers of Food Network’s hit show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

About Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain:
One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the “top resort” in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and was included on theTravel & Leisure “T + L 500” list. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001.