Monday, March 16, 2009

Lovely weekend

This is such a beautiful time of year in Phoenix. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. The picture above is from our favorite plant shop, Berridge Nursery. It sits at the base of Camelback Mountain. Josh & I dropped in last night to pick up a new cacti for our back patio.

I had such a lovely weekend. I went to the West of Western Culinary Festival for good eats & good wine on Saturday as well as volunteered my time at their front entrance on Sunday. My friend Marietta and I go to this event annually every March.

The ambiance of a sophisticated garden party. The artistry of renowned Arizona chefs. The flavors of international wines and spirits. West of Western, the Southwest’s premier culinary arts festival, features chefs from top independent and chef-driven resort 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. Different restaurants will present each day.

This year, we decided to volunteer on Sunday as well. The event is almost entirely volunteer driven. Even the chefs are selected and invited to show on a volunteer basis, bringing their own food and staff. The event is held in the Phoenix Art Museum. It just is really neat.

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