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Welcome to Nirvana

From April 27–30, Sanctuary’s inaugural culinary festival draws international talent to a food & beverage extravaganza featuring star chefs along with Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. Throughout the weekend, you’ll enjoy informative, intimate conversation with celebrities from the world of food and wine…accompanied by tantalizing tastings, sumptuous meals and activities that make the most of Arizona’s glorious spring weather.

An exciting series of special events — including the poolside Torch evening, Birds & Bubbles dinner, private-home Master of Taste gala, desert golf tournament, Best of the West celebration, and New Orleans jazz brunch — showcase not only the talents of premier chefs and winemakers from around the globe, but also the spectacular beauty of this 53-acre lush desert setting on Scottsdale’s legendary Camelback Mountain.

Nirvana Food Festiva

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Celebrities & Athletes


Nirvana Food Festiva


April 27 to 30, 2017



Thursday, April 27, 7pm to 10pm
Infinity Pool and Lawn at Sanctuary
$125 per person

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Join us for the kickoff celebration of Nirvana, as we invite you to Torch, the ultimate Tiki Takedown.  Hosted by superstar and Food Network legend, Chef Robert Irvine, as well as craft cocktail extraordinaire, Arizona’s Jason Asher, owner of Counter Intuitive and Undertow.  Watch as six of the Valley’s best bartenders, including Brian Blevins from Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, Jonathan Sheridan from Sumo Maya, Maxton Kennedy from The OstrichClint Spotleson from Second Story Liquor BarBobby Kramer from Brickyard, and Michael Regan from Mix-up at the Royal Palms, go head-to-head in the ultimate Tiki cocktail competition.

As a guest, your vote will count in our People’s Choice cocktail award, so come join us to see whose cocktail will reign supreme.  It’s an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink Polynesian party, with music from DJ Hybrid, celebrity judges, and more!

Torch – SOLD OUT

Birds and Bubbles

BIRDS & BUBBLES presented by Moët & Woodford Reserve

Friday, April 28, 7pm to 10pm
The Views Ballroom and Lawn at Sanctuary
$135 per person

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Join us for a transcendent fried chicken and champagne campaign!  Birds and Bubbles will be hosted by celebrity chef Todd English and mixologist Micah Olson of Bar Crudo and Okra, plus friends Lindsay Autry of the Regional Kitchen & Public House in Palm Beach, Florida, and Clay Conley of Buccan & Grotto in Palm Beach, Florida. Guests will taste a range of Moët Chandon champagnes and chef’s unique spins on fried chicken, as well as whiskey cocktails from jade bar’s own Eddie Garcia.

To end the evening, we’ve brought in one of Nashville’s hottest singers/songwriters, D. Vincent Williams. AZ’s participating chefs include Justin Beckett of Southern Rail, Cullen Campbell of Crudo & Okra, Stephen Jones of The Larder & The Delta, Jeremy Pacheco of Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, and Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft, and Ana Garza of elements.  Don’t miss this roof-rocking, boot-stomping party, at Sanctuary’s Views Ballroom.

Birds & Bubbles – SOLD OUT

Master of Taste

MASTER OF TASTE honoring Chuck Wagner

Friday, April 28, 7pm to 10pm
Casa Seven at Sanctuary
$350 per person, limited availability

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No family has played a bigger role in Napa Valley winemaking history than that of  Chuck Wagner, Owner and Winemaker at Caymus Vineyards, whose parents were born to pioneers that helped shape the industry from the late nineteenth century to the present day. This scion of the Wagner Family of Wine, which includes Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Red Schooner and Emmolo, arrives with pairings for an exclusive five-course dinner in one of Sanctuary’s most luxurious private homes.

Four guest chefs — Matt Carter of Fat Ox and The Mission, Mark Tarbell  of Tarbell’s and Tarbell’s Tavern, James Beard Award Winner Alessandro Stratta, and guest chef Francois de Melogue of Foods in Season — join Beau MacMillan and Ana Garza of elements and Sanctuary in honoring the celebrated winemaker…presenting an inspired appetizer, salad, entrée, side dish and dessert that showcase their distinctive culinary talents. Accompanied by thoughtful wine choices and dramatic views from Casa Seven’s wall of glass, this tribute to a living legend will be an event to remember.

Master of Taste – SOLD OUT

Golf Tournament

CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT presented by Huss Brewing

Saturday, April 29, 10:30am registration & 12pm tee
Mountain Shadows
$400 per player

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Come play with your favorite celebrity chefs, professional athletes and musicians. This celebrity golf extravaganza includes plenty of food, beer and spirits to round out an unforgettable day on the links.

Whether you prefer to arrange your own foursome or join fellow golfers with an interest in Nirvana’s sporting highlight, get ready for an afternoon that shows off Mountain Shadows’ course at its best. Stunning mountain and desert vistas live up to Sanctuary’s own spectacular setting, and the spring weather — complete with wildflowers in bloom — makes it a special pleasure to enjoy golf in the Arizona sunshine.

Participating celebrities and athletes include: Former NFL Quaterback and four-time Emmy Award Winner Mark Malone, Center for the Arizona Cardinals AQ Shipley, Good Evening Arizona News Anchor Erika Williams, Former MLB player and Arizona Diamondbacks Coach Matt Williams, Offensive Tackle for the Arizona Cardinals Jared Veldheer, Producer and founder of Savlov Consulting Scott Savlov, Former MLB player Troy O’Leary, Former MLB player Willie Bloomquist, Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals Drew Stanton, Former MLB player Matt Thompson, The Human Calculator Scott Flansburg, Former NFL player Jason Kyle,  Local Celebrity Mixologist Jason Asher, Celebrity Chef, Author and Restaurateur Todd English and Award-winning Singer Songwriter of The Nashville Allstars D. Vincent Williams.

Celebrity Golf Tournament – SOLD OUT

Best of the West


Saturday, April 29, 7pm to 10pm (6:15pm VIP)
Praying Monk & elements restaurant
$145 per person, VIP $225 per person

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The centerpiece of Sanctuary’s culinary wonders is elements.  Known for dramatic views of the surrounding mountain vistas and sunsets behind Camelback Mountain…exceeded only by the superior service and Chef Beau MacMillan’s award-winning cuisine.  During the final evening of Nirvana, elements and its indoor/outdoor Praying Monk venue welcome stations, where they’ll meet host Scott Conant, Chef and restaurateur of restaurant Mora Italian, as well as Chopped judge on Food Network.

Best of the West is your ticket to meet some of the finest Valley chefs as they showcase their specialties, paired with full wine portfolios from renowned vineyards, including ZD, Belle Glos, Etude and more.  Delight in high-end spirits such as Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Belvedere Vodka, and Dalmore Scotch, or find a favorite new local, craft brew while chatting with your favorite local chefs at interactive action stations throughout the restaurant.  Celebrated chefs include Chuck Wiley of Mountain Shadows,  James Porter of Terra Farm & Manor,  Samantha Sanz of Talavera, Russell LaCasce of Zuzu, Jacob Ellis of Top of the Rock, Brian Lieske of Grayhawk Golf Club, George Frasher of Frasher’s Steakhouse, Lenard Rubin of The Country Club at DC Ranch, Peter McQuaid, and Rochell Daniel oFat Ox, and Beau MacMillan of elements.

For an even more incredible culinary experience, indulge in Best of the West’s VIP tickets.  Enjoy a private meet and greet plus book signing with Scott Conant in elements!

Best of the West – SOLD OUT

New Orleand Brunch

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & BOURBON BRUNCH presented by Bulleit Bourbon

Sunday, April 30, 11am to 1pm
elements at Sanctuary
$85 per person

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Forget everything you know about jambalaya and muffulettas. You haven’t tasted the best of the Big Easy until you’ve savored this festive brunch with a focus on bourbon. What better way to conclude the weekend than a tribute to relaxation N’Awlins style, hosted by Chefs Beau MacMillan of elements,  Aaron May of Over Easy, Eddie Matney from Eddie’s House, Bernie Kantak from The Gladly & Citizen Public House, Gregory Wiener from Buck & Rider, and Lenard Rubin from The Country Club at DC Ranch, complete with a live jazz from The Funkhaus Brass Band to provide just the right flavor of music.

Discover your favorite dishes at this stationed event featuring traditional classics and innovative creations that highlight the talents of each participant. From decadent étouffées to feather-light beignets, you’ll be transported to the majestic grandeur of the Old South with a feisty Caribbean twist, all brought together in a salute to what makes New Orleans great…the perfect finale to a festival of Nirvana.

New Orleans Jazz & Bourbon Brunch – SOLD OUT

Nirvana Tickets


Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy your favorite events at this one-of-a-kind culinary extravaganza. Tickets for each of the weekend’s event are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to order yours soon — check below or call 877.808.9463.

Why We Do It

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HopeKids – an organization dedicated to restoring hope and transforming the lives of children with life-­threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which they serve.

Make It a Vacation

To reserve a casita, suite or private home at Sanctuary during the festival weekend from April 27–30, just CHECK AVAILABILITY. Rates starting at $479 with a two-night minimum.

All events, prices, personalities, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, unless otherwise noted. Tickets to Nirvana are not tax deductible. The Sanctuary urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly. Rain or shine.

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Sanctuary’s premier culinary festival is made possible by the willingness of celebrity guests to share their talent with patrons who appreciate their gifts, as well as by the dedicated commitment of:

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Everyone at Sanctuary appreciates these inaugural sponsors, without whom Nirvana would have remained only a dream. Thanks to them for making it a reality.