A Night of Culinary Stars at Mountain Shadows on Friday, September 22, 22017 - an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation. The evening will begin with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, including Aaron Chamberlin (St. Francis, Phoenix), Dustin Christofolo (Quiessence, Phoenix), Lori Hashimoto (Hana Japanese Eatery, Phoenix), Branden Levine (Sel Restaurant, Scottsdale, AZ) and Beau MacMillan (elements at Sanctuary, Paradise Valley, AZ). Emcee for the evening will be CBS News Anchor Sean McLaughlin.
Afterwards, guests will be seated for an extraordinary one-night-only dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, San Francisco), along with Local Star Nobuo Fukuda (Nobuo at Teeter House, Phoenix) and host chef Charles Wiley (Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows, Paradise Valley, AZ). The evening will conclude with a dessert reception with sweets from local pastry chefs Tammie Coe (Tammie Coe Cakes, Phoenix), Country Velador (Super Chunk, Scottsdale, AZ), and Cassie Weisz (Churn, Phoenix).
The benefit dinner is co-chaired by Honorary Chair Bill Nassikas (President and COO, Westroc Hospitality), whose father, James Nassikas (owner of San Francisco’s Stanford Court Hotel), was a personal friend of James Beard.
Mountain Shadows has arranged for a special overnight package which includes complimentary drinks upon arrival, a special arrival amenity, an upgraded room type upon arrival (based on availability) and admittance to the dinner. Occupancy for the night of the event only.