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Savor the Flavors of Scottsdale
Many of Scottsdale’s restaurants are helmed by leading chefs who use the region’s farm-fresh produce in masterful presentations of Mediterranean, contemporary American, and Southwestern dishes. There’s also plenty of other cuisines and fusions to be found in Scottsdale. Consider this a trip of culinary discovery—a chance to experience new flavors and surprising combinations. In addition to eating your way around the city, you can take advantage of cooking classes that will elevate your own culinary skills, allowing you to bring some of the gourmet innovations of Scottsdale home to your own kitchen.
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    Day 1
    Stay and Dine Mountainside
    Your home base for your gourmet adventure will be the Mountain Shadows Resort. Originally opened in 1959, the hotel has hosted Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, and other Rat Pack-era celebrities. The hotel got a major facelift and was reopened in 2017, bringing a mid-century modern aesthetic to its corner of Scottsdale. This summer, Vogue described its pool as “one of the hottest places to cool down.”

    It is also home to the first stop on your culinary tour of Scottsdale, Hearth ’61. Chef Charles Wiley celebrates local produce and local suppliers in his elevated American dishes, which always include a roast of the day and an assortment of delicious flatbreads. The only thing that can compete for attention with the dishes served here are the views of Camelback Mountain through the restaurant’s glass walls.
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    Day 2
    To Market!
    Start your day as many chefs do with a visit to the Old Town Farmers Market, where you can meet local purveyors and pick up jams, honeys, and other edible souvenirs. Enjoy a breakfast of artisanal breads or tamales—a Southwestern favorite. In the afternoon, a class at the Classic Cooking Academy will allow you to sharpen your knife skills, learn how to prepare the perfect brunch spread, master the flavors of the Mediterranean, and more!

    After class is out and your apron untied, take a stroll on the Scottsdale Wine Trail, which includes five wineries that have tasting rooms in Old Town: Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek Vineyards, LDV Winery, Salvatore Vineyards, and Su Vino Winery. Though Arizona’s wine production may not be as large as that of some other states, a number of innovative winemakers are using the unique profile of Scottsdale’s climate and soil to produce world-class wines.

    After your wine tour, head to dinner at FnB, where head Chef Charleen Badman has earned recognition from the James Beard Foundation, the New York Times, and others for her farm-fresh creations.
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    Day 3
    A Culinary Tour
    Start this morning off right with a visit to the New Wave Market for a cup of locally roasted Peixoto Coffee. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to pair it with the French toast or a pastry. If your taste leans more towards the savory, the ham and green chili frittata or one of the signature breakfast sandwiches are great options.

    Continue your culinary explorations with a 15-minute drive to the Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons. Just as winemakers have discovered that Arizona is an ideal place to grow award-winning wines, the area near Scottsdale has proven perfect for producing excellent olives as well. Kierland Commons also has some 70 different high-end shops, as well as restaurants like the Mission, that will satisfy both your culinary and your shopping cravings.

    Later in the day, learn about Scottsdale’s food scene from one of the guides at Arizona Food Tours. Their progressive dinner tours start at 5 p.m. on Sundays (5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and offer a chance to sample courses at six different restaurants. From Thai and Italian to American and Latin cuisines, it’s a quick and tasty primer on Scottsdale’s culinary diversity.
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    Day 4
    Leave Sated
    Relax poolside at the Mountain Shadows Resort before enjoying one last meal before you leave town. Consider Grassroots Kitchen & Tap for farm-to-table fare, or go organic and dine on the patio at Olive & Ivy. For something more substantial before you head to the airport, swing by Rehab Burger Therapy for a menu full of creative combos. You may be full at this point, but with some 600 restaurants in Scottsdale featuring a growing roster of talented chefs, we’re predicting that your inner foodie will be eager to book a trip back soon.