THE BIG DISH: In March, a sixth wine tasting room landed in Old Town Scottsdale and began pouring. Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, opened Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria representing his northern Arizona wineries, Caduceus Cellars, Puscifer canned wines, and Merkin Vineyards.
SIX MORE BITES:
- Known for her locally sourced, elevated veggie creations, Chef Charleen Badman of Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant was named James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Best Chef: Southwest this month, following five consecutive JBF nominations.
- Drunk Munk, a tiki-inspired bar and restaurant, opened in Old Town in March and transports diners and cocktail enthusiasts to an island oasis. On the menu, find sushi rolls, flaming pu pu platters, and tiki-themed drinks (read: the Sandy Pants and Alota Colada).
- Tocaya Organica, the SoCal-inspired modern Mexican restaurant, unveiled its second location at Scottsdale Fashion Square May 5, serving up health-conscious and bold-flavored dishes like the Guiltless Gluten-Free Burrito.
- Bringing major contemporary-cool vibes in an unsuspecting spot is Hush Public House, just opened in February. Find dishes ranging from small plates like hush puppies and halibut crudo, to swordfish steak and Italian beef.
- Keeping visitors cool in the Scottsdale summer heat, the subterranean wine cellar at LON’sat The Hermosa Inn – typically only available for private events – will open May 30-Sept. 15 for parties of two or more.
- Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, is inviting Latin food lovers to experience the flavors of Peru, Brazil, Argentina and more with a new monthly interactive dinner series beginning June 13.
THINGS TO DO
HOT RIGHT NOW: Just last month, breakthrough concept Wonderspaces opened in Scottsdale, immediately captivating and mesmerizing locals and visitors alike. The current show, “Point of View,” will run through the summer season and showcases works by 13 artists from around the world, including a digital painting installation and a virtual reality dinner party. Visitors can enjoy food and beverages within the 80-minute show while exploring topics such as power, religion, time and reality through these experiential installations. At 16,000 square feet inside Scottsdale Fashion Square, this is Wonderspaces’ first permanent location and the first of many traveling art shows planned for the Scottsdale venue.
FOUR MORE TO SEE & DO:
- Now – 2020: “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” opened May 8 at OdySea in the Desert, telling the compelling stories of its passengers – 107 years after its tragic sinking – through room recreations and 137 artifacts, including 120 never-before-seen in Arizona. More than 40 million have seen the exhibition, in cities from Chicago to London.
- May 25 – Oct. 13: Summer exhibition, “Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art,” is a contemporary take on one of the first exhibitions ever featured at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – now in its 20th anniversary year – and highlights both master contemporary glass artists, like Dale Chihuly, as well as emerging ones.
- June 3 – August 30: Scottsdale Public Art and local artist, Shachi Kale present “Before Ever After: My American Fairytale,” a collection of rich watercolor paintings depicting the artist’s journey after marriage – moving from India to Arizona – through the lens of fairytales.
- Ongoing: Stellar Adventures has launched two new “pairing” tours. Embark on the Grapes and Gravel Tour for a desert adventure of your choice with a wine tasting and apps at Postino Winecafe, or strap in for the HummBeer Tour, to experience an H1 Desert Hummer Tour coupled with beer tasting and bites at local Four Peaks Brewery.