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Best Time of Year to Enjoy the Restaurants of Scottsdale

August 23, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale 0 Comments

With beautiful weather year-round and over 300 days of sunshine annually there really isn’t it a bad time to enjoy time spent in Arizona. But if you want to maximize your enjoyment by combining long lunches at sidewalk tables and fine dining at dinner in Scottsdale with the naturally beauty of the rest of Arizona, then springtime is the best bet.

Scottsdale is set in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. And like all deserts it holds a treasure trove of hidden beauties. At first sight, the desert doesn’t change much from season to season. The 100 degree days of summer give way to the 70 degree days of winter and that seems to be it. But the observant visitor will notice much more.

The winter rains bring life-giving water to the incredible array of wildflowers and cacti that bloom in the desert. Snow melt from the mountains swell the rivers and streams providing great rafting and canoeing opportunities. The cooler temperatures make the numerous trails, paths, bikeways, tennis courts and golf courses of the Scottsdale area a dream for outdoor types.

And of course, if you’re not outdoorsy or you just enjoy a great meal, the restaurants of Scottsdale will cater to your gastronomic needs. As the sun goes down Scottsdale’s restaurants and nightclubs provide unrivalled nightlife and dining experiences.

Fine Dining in Scottsdale

Long-time visitors to Scottsdale have known for years that Scottsdale is in incredible travel and fine dining destination, but the rest of the world is starting to take notice, too. Scottsdale is the proud home of James Beard Award winners Nobuo Fukuda, Deborah Knight, Douglas Rodriquez. Their restaurants are serving some of the best meals available in the desert southwest. These Scottsdale chefs are rolling out the red carpet in springtime and all the time.

Some of Scottsdale’s finest restaurants include:

  • AZ 88 - A great spot for people-watching, this sleek, glassed-in restaurant serves some of the Valley's best cocktails and food at affordable prices.
  • Rancho Pinot Grill – Known for its delicious posole, a mouth-watering broth with hominy, salt pork, and cabbage, the inventive menu changes daily, depending on what's fresh.
  • Sea Saw - Chef Nobu Fukada is creating some of the Valley's most interesting food at this small, simple eatery. "Tapanese" cuisine—small plates of Japanese tapas such as baked black cod marinated in miso, allow you to sample lots of different items.

Why choose one of the best when you can try them all? In addition to many fine restaurants, Scottsdale is home to well known food festivals such as the Scottsdale Culinary Arts Festival where you can sample some of best cooking in Arizona.

Scottsdale Culinary Arts Festival

Each spring Arizona shines with the Scottsdale Culinary Arts Festival, one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the United States. Chefs, authors, restaurateurs and other culinary personalities descend on Scottsdale and for six days they turn the desert into a huge celebration of food, style, and celebrity.

Festival events range from the Challenge to the Chefs, where guest chefs prepare dishes from mystery baskets of ingredients, to the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. This event draws some of the USA and Canada’s most prestigious and influential James Beard award-winning chefs, who demonstrate their extraordinary talent in a once in a lifetime multi-course, collaborative dinner, complete with carefully selected wine pairings.

With over 40,000 guests mingling with the culinary dignitaries, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival will play a major part in your culinary training as you pursue Arizona culinary jobs.

This article is presented by The Scottsdale Culinary Institute. The Scottsdale Culinary Institute offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs in Scottsdale, Arizona. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Scottsdale for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. The Scottsdale Culinary Institute does not guarantee employment or salary.

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