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Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty Last Night at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival's annual Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty event brings together style, sustenance, and spirits in one rollicking bash.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival's annual Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty event brings together style, sustenance, and spirits in one rollicking bash.
Alissa Irei

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Eat, Drink, and Be Pretty fête is arguably more about seeing and being seen than it is about eating -- Be Pretty, Drink, and Eat might be a more apropos name. It's the sort of event that doesn't favor any foods too messy or cumbersome; if you can't eat it without smearing your lipstick, you probably won't find it at the party. But while the food wasn't of the no-holds-barred sort you'll see at, say, the festival's Burger Battle, neither did it disappoint.

Little Cleo's smoked and cured sturgeon "bacon," with a quail egg and creme fraiche on a toasted baguette.
Little Cleo's smoked and cured sturgeon "bacon," with a quail egg and creme fraiche on a toasted baguette.
Alissa Irei

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The event, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, included food from more than 20 area restaurants. One standout came from seafood concept Little Cleo's. Called "Bacon and Eggs," it consisted of a quail egg and a bite of sturgeon served on a baguette with a dab of creme fraiche. We admired the dish's diverse flavors and textures and were particularly impressed by the sturgeon, which was smoked and cured like bacon. Maybe more people should treat fish like pigs.

The Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a potato croquette.
The Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a potato croquette.
Alissa Irei

Another pleaser - Milagro Grill's bacon-wrapped asparagus, sirloin steak, and cotija cheese on a crunchy yet pillowy potato croquette. What's not to like? As a fellow partygoer remarked, "You had me at bacon."

 

Fogo de Chao's team grills up some meat.
Fogo de Chao's team grills up some meat.
Alissa Irei

Other participants included Ra Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Cowboy Ciao, Fogo de Chão, Malee's Thai Bistro, Cuttlefish, and The Capital Grille. While they noshed and mingled, guests watched a live fashion show, featuring styles from Caché and Tommy Bahama.

Ahi Tuna Tacos from Tommy Bahama, with Asian slaw and wasabi-lime infused avocado in a wonton shell.
Ahi Tuna Tacos from Tommy Bahama, with Asian slaw and wasabi-lime infused avocado in a wonton shell.
Alissa Irei

Speaking of Tommy Bahama, the retailer's restaurant was also in attendance, serving up a pretty tasty Ahi Tuna Taco. The wasabi-lime infused avocado had a nice kick, and the crunchy wonton was better than any crispy taco shell we can remember eating.

All in all, we'd call this year's event an unqualified success (even if we'd personally put a little more emphasis on the eating and a little less on the being pretty). Guests at the well-attended soirée got to snack, sip, and strut their stuff, making the party everything it promised to be.

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-994-2787

www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

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Fogo De Chao

6300 N. Scottsdale Road
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

480-609-8866

www.fogodechao.com

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Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-946-3111

www.cowboyciao.com

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The Capital Grille

2502 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-952-8900

www.thecapitalgrille.com

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Ra Sushi Bar & Restaurant

3815 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-990-9256

www.rasushi.com

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Cuttlefish

8777 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

573-202-3044

www.cuttlefishscottsdale.com


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