SaltRock Southwest Kitchen announced new executive chef and menu
The SaltRock Southwest Kitchen at the Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona announced their new, 32-year-old executive chef, Lindsey Dale. Chef Lindsey designed a completely new menu of Southwestern-inspired cuisine featuring light and seasonal dishes using fresh ingredients from the Verde Valley. Some standout dishes include the Watermelon & Burrata with heirloom tomatoes, topped with mint yogurt, dehydrated blood orange, Chile oil, micro cilantro and Maldon sea salt; Seared Salmon with smoked tomato puree, forbidden rice, snap peas, stone fruit mango salsa; Blueberry & Lime Verrineith with lime curd, blueberry whip, graham cracker crunch, sweet pickled blueberries and mint. The restaurant’s outdoor patio offers guests unobstructed views of Cleopatra Rock and Snoopy Rock.
SanTan Brewing Company offers behind the scenes tours and tastings
SanTan Brewing Company, Arizona’s largest independent brewery & distillery, will offer behind the scenes tours and tastings of beers and spirits at their 35,000 sq. ft. production facility in Chandler. Highlights include tours of the craft beer and spirit labs, tasting samples, and education on the history and future of SanTan Brewing Company. At the end of the tour, guests can purchase packaged products to take home and enjoy. Tours are expected to start in early October 2019 and offered three times per day on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission will be $15 per person with a percentage of each ticket sold to benefit Chandler Compadres, a non-profit organization that provides support for East Valley families in need.
New shopping and dining center in the Talking Stick Entertainment District has finished Phase 1 of construction
The Block at Pima Center, located along the Loop 101 in the Talking Stick Entertainment District in Scottsdale, has completed the first phase of construction. Phase 1 consists of 14,000 square feet of shopping and dinning space but will grow an additional 46,000 square feet when fully completed. The first few tenants, Starbucks, White Castle, Jersey Mikes, and Happy Feet Nail Spa, are expected to open doors between August and September. The remaining tenants will open later in Fall 2019. The Block is within walking distance to Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields baseball stadium, Odysea Aquarium, and TopGolf. In addition to the retail, restaurants, and other services that will be offered, The Block will also provide two new Hilton Hotels, Tru and Home 2 Suites.
Verde Valley listed fourth in the USA Today 2019 Readers’ Choice Top 10 Best Wine Regions
Sedona’s Verde Valley was voted the fourth best wine region in the country by USA Today. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by readers vote. The Verde Valley features a dry, arid climate with dramatic temperature changes from day to night and volcanic soil, resulting in excellent conditions for growing grapes. Visitors to the region can explore its wineries and tasting rooms along the Verde Valley Wine Trail.