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.
April 27 to 30, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 7pm to 10pm
Infinity Pool and Lawn at Sanctuary
$125 per person
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
MASTER OF TASTE honoring Chuck Wagner
Friday, April 28, 7pm to 10pm
Casa Seven at Sanctuary
$350 per person, limited availability
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.
BEST OF THE WEST
Saturday, April 29, 7pm to 10pm (6:15pm VIP)
Praying Monk & elements restaurant
$145 per person, VIP $225 per person
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.
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.
Get Social with Nirvana Food and Wine Festival
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:
Everyone at Sanctuary appreciates these inaugural sponsors, without whom Nirvana would have remained only a dream. Thanks to them for making it a reality.