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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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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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Launching this memorable weekend is a kickoff celebration hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, known for his Food Network hits including Restaurant: Impossible and Star Salvation and Jason Asher, owner of Counter Intuitive and Undertow. He’ll join a panel of renowned judges, as well as you and your fellow guests, in choosing which of six mixologist stations deserves the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards for their creation, which you can sample on the spot along with delectable cuisine form six culinary stations.

The tasting excitement begins as Arizona’s famous sunset lights up the mountains beyond Sanctuary’s infinity pool, and continues as Paradise Valley below the resort is bathed in starlight. It’s the perfect time for enjoying dozens of tempting specialties by a team of celebrities gathered together during this one-of-a-kind evening

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Birds and Bubbles


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

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Who doesn’t love fried chicken? And who doesn’t love Champagne or sparkling wine? Put great birds and bubbles together, and “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner” takes on a whole new magic. Todd English will host eight renowned guest chefs: Lindsay Autry of The Regional Kitchen and Public House, Justin Beckett of Southern Rail, Cullen Campbell of Crudo and Okra, Clay Conley of Buccan and Grato, Stephen Jones of Larder and The Delta/Homboy’s Hotsauce, Jeremy Pacheco of LON’S at the Hermosa Inn, Gio Osso of Virtu Honest Craft and Beau MacMillan of elements and Sanctuary.

Each will prepare their own unique fried chicken recipe, enhanced with other specialties and of course the bubbles as well as live music from renowned singer songwriter D. Vincent Williams that make this an extra spirited event . Take your choice of general or VIP admission, which provides up close and personal time with your favorite chefs as well as preferred seating in the Sanctuary ballroom, after enjoying magnificent sunset views from the lawn overlooking Camelback Mountain.

Buy Tickets – Birds & Bubbles

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 Owner and Winemaker at Caymus Vineyards Chuck Wagner, 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.

Three guest chefs — Matt Carter of Fat Ox and The Mission, Christopher Gross of Christopher’s and Crush, Mark Tarbell of Tarbell’s and Tarbell’s Tavern — join Beau MacMillan 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.

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Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

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

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Each foursome will be paired with a renowned chef, star mixologist and other notable sports figures 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.

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.

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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 farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents.

During this final evening of Nirvana, elements and its indoor/outdoor Praying Monk venue welcome guests to stations where they’ll meet host Scott Conant Chef/Restauranteur of Mora Italian and Chopped Judge plus celebrated guests including: Chuck Wiley of Mountain Shadows, Sean Currid of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, James Porter of Terra Farm + Manor, Samantha Sanz of Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North, and Beau MacMillan of elements and Sanctuary. As the chefs showcase their specialties paired with beer, wine and spirits, VIP attendees will be treated to extra time with these celebrities — delighting connoisseurs who recognize the difference of food and beverages created by the hands of masters.

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New Orleand Brunch


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, complete with a jazz band to provide just the right flavor of music.

Discover your favorite dishes at this sit down 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.

Buy Tickets – New Orleans Jazz & Bourbon Brunch

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.