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Nirvana Food & Wine

Welcome to Nirvana 2019

Sanctuary’s third annual culinary festival returns in 2019 with another star-studded lineup for a food & beverage extravaganza featuring some of the country’s top chefs, mixologist and winemakers alongside elements‘ Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. This year the festival includes three new events alongside returning favorites from 2018! Come experience a Nirvana for foodies!

See what Forbes’ had to say about Nirvana Food in Wine in their article “Sniff and Swish at These Food and Wine Festivals”.

Wednesday, April 24

Wood, Wine & Wagyu

Wood, Wine & Wagyu

Presented by Woodford Reserve & ZD Wines

Hosted by David Rose & Jason Asher

Nirvana 2019 will kick off with a brand-new event! This sit-down, family-style dinner features Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms grilled over a wood fire by local and national chefs, including Sanctuary’s own Beau MacMillan. Star mixologist Jason Asher will whip up craft cocktails made with Woodford Reserve bourbon in a special evening that also includes wines, a Davidoff cigar reception, and live music from Psychedelic Mushroom Culture.

Chefs/Mixologists:
Beau MacMillan, Jason Asher, David Rose, Danny Grant, Ana Garza, Jeff Jackson​

6:30pm-10pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$225 per person

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Master of Taste 1

Master of Taste 1

An evening with Tuck Beckstoffer wines

The first of four intimate winemakers’ evenings at this year’s Nirvana puts the spotlight on Napa’s Tuck Beckstoffer Wines – with pioneering winemaker Tuck himself playing host. Elevating the dining experience are stunning valley views, seen through the dramatic glass walls of Villa Mariposa, one of Sanctuary’s ultra-exclusive private villas. No menu substitutions.

Chefs:
Bruce Kalman, Matt Carter, Gio Osso, Russell LaCasce

Wine Maker:
Tuck Beckstoffer

7pm-10pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$500 per person

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Thursday, April 25

Bourbon Street Blues

Bourbon Street Blues

Presented by Ketel One

Hosted by Marc Murphy & Jillian Vose

Don your best Mardi Gras-inspired attire and join the fun! This grand New Orleans-style celebration returns for a second year with an extraordinary spread of food and drinks. Live jazz from a special musical guest sets a Big Easy beat, while the Valley’s top mixologists fuel the party vibe with inspired cocktail creations. Masquerade attire optional.

Chefs/Mixologists:
Marc Murphy, Jillian Vose, Beau MacMillan, Jason Asher, David Rose, Danny Grant, Will Luddington, Landon Post, Bobby Kramer, Justin Arellano, Dustin Bolin, Nathan Larson, Nick Anderson

7pm-9pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$135 per person

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Master of Taste 2

Master of Taste 2

An evening with Aperture Cellars

Nirvana’s second winemakers’ evening features rising star Jesse Katz, innovative founder Aperture Cellars, which focuses on Bordeaux varietals and demonstrates an expression of art both inside the bottle and out. Elevating the dining experience are stunning valley views, seen through the dramatic glass walls of Villa Mariposa, one of Sanctuary’s ultra-exclusive private villas. No menu substitutions.

Chefs:
Dustin Valette, Jeremy Pacheco, Rochelle Daniel, Ana Garza

Wine Maker:
Jesse Katz

7pm-10pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$500 per person

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Friday, April 26

Flutes & Coops

Flutes & Coops

Presented by Vueve Cliquot

Hosted by Todd English & Keifer Gilbert

Fried chicken gets fancy during this Champagne-focused soiree, featuring Veuve Clicquot and some of the country’s biggest culinary talent. This celebration of everyone’s favorite southern specialty gets an assist from inspired sides and live music from D. Vincent Williams and the Nashville All-Stars, returning for their third year. Book VIP admission to enjoy 45 minutes of personal time with your favorite participating chefs and mixologists.

Chefs/Mixologists:
Todd English, Keifer Gilbert, Russell LaCasce, Stephen Jones, Jennifer Russo, Jacob Cutino, Eddie Garcia, Ron Dimas, Nick Gownaris, Todd Sicolo, Fernando Bamberan, Bradford Thompson, James Garron, Alberto & Letizia Della Casa

7:15pm-10pm (VIP 6:30pm-7:15pm) at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$150 per person (VIP $225 per person)

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Master of Taste 3

Master of Taste 3

An evening with Red Stitch Wines

The third in our Master of Taste Dinner series brings together Dan Kosta of AldenAlli with former San Francisco Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia, now a partner in Red Stitch Wine Group. Elevating the dining experience are stunning valley views, seen through the dramatic glass walls of Villa Mariposa, one of Sanctuary’s ultra-exclusive private villas. Book early, as space is limited! No menu substitutions.

Chefs:
Francios de Melogue, Brian Lieske, Branden Levine

Winemakers:
Dan Kosta, Rich Aurilia

7pm-10pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$500 per person

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Late Night at Fat Ox

Nirvana After Party at Fat Ox

Hosted by Matt Carter & Jillian Vose

Exclusive! Nirvana’s first-ever late-night event is a roped-off, live-DJ affair at one of Scottsdale’s sexiest restaurants. Fat Ox Chef Matt Carter will headline this see-and-be-seen party, where you can rub shoulders with the best of Nirvana’s celebrity chefs and local mixologists.

Chefs/Mixologist:
Matt Carter, Jillian Vose, Jason Asher, Micah Olson, Bruce Kalman, Nick LaRosa

10:30pm-12:30am at Fat Ox
$125 per person

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Saturday, April 27

Celebrity Golf Tournament

Celebrity Golf Tournament

Bring your A-game and join us for an unforgettable round at Nirvana’s hugely popular celebrity golf tournament. Famous faces from the worlds of sports, food and drink, including Sanctuary’s own Beau MacMillan, will pair up with foursomes fro a day on the greens geared towards fun, including ample snacks and beverages.

Celebrities: A.Q. Shipley, Mark Malone, Rich Aurilia

9am Tee off (8am registration)
$400 per person

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Rosé Parté

Rosé Parté

Hosted by Christopher Gross with Robert Irvine, The Bella Twins & The Potash Twins

The rosé-all-day trend continues with Rosé Parté returning to Nirvana by popular demand – this time at Phoenix’s elegant Italianate estate, Wrigley Mansion. Also returning to the Nirvana scene are The Bella Twins, Nikki and Brie Bella of WWE fame, stars of E! Network’s Total Bellas, and the inspiration behind Belle Radici wines. Guests will enjoy fabulous pairings of rosé, cocktails from Libby Lingua, fine food and music by DJ Miss Mix while exploring the historic environs.

Chefs:
Christopher Gross, Robert Irvine, Libby Lingua, Mel Mecinas, Matt Carter, James Porter, Michael John Coe, Lindsay Autrey, Walter Sterling, Andrea Tuck, Andrea Moreno, Chris Nelson, Jeff Jackson, Paul Boehmer, Kayla Szeliga, Clarissa Robinson

10:30am-1pm at Wrigley Mansion
$150 per person

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Best of the West

Best of the West

Hosted by Scott Conant & Tony Abou-Ganim

The West’s most beloved chefs – the illustrious Scott Conant among them – will gather for an epic evening send-off, celebrating Nirvana 2019 with a spectacular walk-around tasting event. Purchase a VIP ticket for early access and extra time with your favorite chefs.

Chefs/Mixologists:
Scott Conant, Tony Abou-Ganim, Ryan Clark, Matthew Taylor, Karen Escamilla, PJ Baron, Bernie Kantak, Lisa Dahl, Dom Ruggiero, Cullen Campbell, Brian Archibald, John Conley, David Duarte, Marcos Seville, Eddie Matney, Jax Donahue

7:15pm-10pm (VIP 6:30pm-7:15pm) at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$175 per person (VIP $250 per person)

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Master of Taste 4

Master of Taste 4

An evening with Tusk, Immortal & Bella Radici Wines

Nirvana’s final Master of Taste Dinner spotlights winemaker Tim Martin and his trio of amazing wineries Tusk, Immortal and Bella Radici. Join Phoenix’s rising star chefs as they pay tribute to Arizona legends Chuck Wiley, Mark Tarbell, Vincent Guerithault, Barbara Fenzl and Alex Stratta for this amazing night of food, wine and special music guests. Elevating the dining experience are stunning valley views, seen through the dramatic glass walls of Villa Mariposa, one of Sanctuary’s ultra-exclusive private villas. Book early, as space is limited! No menu substitutions.

Honoring:
Chuck Wiley, Mark Tarbell, Vincent Guerithault, Alex Stratta, Barb Fenzl

Chefs:
Peter Mcquaid, Sheila Rendon, David Brito, Ana Garza, Nick Rusticus

Winemaker:
Timothy Martin

7pm-10pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$500 per person

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Sunday, April 28

Tequila & Tortillas

Tequila & Tortillas

Hosted by Jose Garces & Maxton Kennedy

Salud! Tequila is the star of Nirvana’s farewell brunch, with an impressive spread of Southwestern specialties and the best of the blue agave plant. And who better to host than the wonder team of Chef Jose Garces and some of Arizona’s top mixologists. Live music makes it a fiesta to remember as Nirvana bids adios to its 2019 showcase.

Chefs/Mixologists:
Jose Garces, Maxton Kennedy, Derek Biazo, Carlos Diaz, Julio Mata, Jason Asher, Heath Schecter, Smantha Sanz, Suny Santana, Roberto Centeno, Jennifer Caraway, Rene Andrade, Fidencio Alatriste, Kyle Mason

11am-2pm at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
$150 per person

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