West of Western Culinary Festival
Phoenix , Arizona, USA
It's an upscale chefs dream come true...In only four years, West of Western has
become the premier culinary event in Arizona.- The Arizona Republic
The ambiance of a sophisticated garden party. The artistry of 60 renowned Arizona chefs. The flavors of 100 wines and spirits. West of Western, the Southwest’s premier culinary arts festival, features chefs from top independent restaurants and delivers an avant-garde epicurean experience. Held at Phoenix Art Museum, this multi-sensory affair of signature dishes, stunning works of art, live musical performance and hands-on demonstrations celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2009.
Designed as a weekend of fine food, education and entertainment, the highlight of West of Western is the Chefs’ Invitational Grand Tasting, an unparalleled gathering of the Arizona’s top executive chefs, chefs de cuisine and pastry chefs. Participants are selected for their excellence and innovation in the culinary arts and come ready to impress with trend-setting specialties. Set in Phoenix Art Museum’s lush and tranquil Dorrance Sculpture Garden, chefs prepare entrees “al fresco” exposing the art of the kitchen to guests who sample incredible gourmet offerings.
“West of Western is a showcase of the great culinary artists that are responsible for the amazing haute cuisine this region is becoming known for,” commented Scott Andrews, Director, West of West Culinary Festival. “West of Western focuses on quality, nor quantity. We intentionally limit the number of participants because we want our guests to sample the best that Arizona has to offer in a setting that allows the chefs to engage with festival goers.”
Inside Phoenix Art Museum the festivities continue. In the Museum’s Great Hall at The Wine Table, connoisseurs and novices sample dozens of labels from around the world with the assistance of trained sommeliers and wine masters. Presentations by local and national food and wine experts, cooking demonstrations, live music and docent lead tours of Phoenix Art Museum complete the experience.
“West of Western Culinary Festival is a terrific display of all Phoenix has to offer,” commented Jim Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director, Phoenix Art Museum. “The fifth anniversary of West of Western coincides with the opening of the Museum’s spring exhibition In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein bringing together world-class art with amazing cuisine from Valley restaurants and resorts in one unique lifestyle event.”
Previous years menus included: buffalo tongue and pork butt taco ostrich filet lobster bisque with truffle and Kobe beef and goat cheese profiterole shrimp and scallop ceviche veal cheek carne seca with citrus anchovy vinaigrette from cochinita pibil foie gras white chocolate fritter with caramel burrata crostini and much more.
Alongside the chefs tents is Desert Diversity Expo, with Slow Food Phoenix and CommunitPerformers
Executive Chefs, Chefs de Cuisine and Pastry Chefs exhibiting their artistry in the Culinary Arts. Live Jazz. Talks and interactive seminars about cooking and the dining experience as an art form new food, wine, and restaurant trends and cooking classes for children and adults.
The Festival programming is presented at no extra charge in this prix fixe event.
Sat and Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission & Parking
Advance Food & Wine All-Day Pass $75, $85 at door,
Advance Food Only All-Day Pass $67, $77 at door,
Youth Pass (9-15) $22,
Advance Two Day Food & Wine Pass $140, door $150,
Advance Two Day Food Only $124, door $134,
Children 8 and under admitted free. Ample parking available nearby and by shuttle.