We are nearing the end of the summer and that means it’s time for one of the best culinary affairs in Phoenix! I’ve had the opportunity to attend Phoenix Cooks a couple of years ago and it was one the best culinary showcases for local chefs and restaurants, as well as for other businesses that support the food and beverage industry. Holding true to its mission, Phoenix Cooks is not just for foodies to indulge for the day, but a portion of the proceeds will benefit Banner Children’s, a health network that provides comprehensive, family-centered medical care for children.
Phoenix Cooks is indeed a culinary extravaganza that is a must attend! It is the perfect opportunity for people to learn about the restaurants that are unique to the Phoenix metropolitan area, to connect with the chefs and their staff, and to witness stellar performances as each dish is prepared right before your eyes and beautifully displayed! Before you can taste a bite, you’re salivating just because the samples are absolutely gorgeous!
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Phoenix will kick-off Labor Day weekend with the 10th Annual Phoenix Cooks at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10am – 3pm. There will be top Chefs from around the Valley to perform and teach in front of a live audience. Phoenix Cooks wants to show their support for local businesses by featuring local eateries including Sol Mexican Cocina, Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, North Italia, Sushi Roku and more.
It will be a fun affair all the while benefiting Banner Children’s. There will be so much to explore and experience throughout the day including the following featured highlights:
- A College Football Tailgating Zone where culinary sports fans can watch the day’s college games while indulging in gourmet tailgating treats and the best of Alaskan Brewing beers, all sponsored by Cox Communications.
- One stage, two chefs and a mystery ingredient– watch as tops chefs’ dual in a cook-off to see who has what it takes to make the best dish.
- Twelve intimate cooking classes will be taught by the valley’s best, highlighting wine, spirits, delectable dishes, Alaskan beer and more.
- Three live interactive stages will be hosting a variety of chefs and their own culinary treats will be held every half hour.
For more information, the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit phoenixcooks.com. General admission tickets-including all food, wine, beer, spirit samplings and stage demonstrations–$85 in advance, $100 at the door and $60 for designated drivers (if available). Classes are an additional $10/person per class. Tickets are still available for purchase now!
Here are a few pictures that I captured from a past Phoenix Cooks event!