Beau MacMillan, Aaron May, James Porter and More to Guest-Chef at Tempe's Top of the Rock Chef's Collection Series

Who do you call when your putting together your restaurant's first major collaboration event? Your friends, of course.

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That's what Top of the Rock's executive chef Gregory J. Wiener (The Boulders, Marriott International) did when he came up with the idea for his Chef's Collection Series. The series, which features eight guest chefs cooking up three-course dinners focusing on local products and purveyors, will start Thursday, July 11, and run each Thursday following until August 29.

And this celebu-chef event with a view comes with a wallet-friendly price tag.

"It's no so much about foie gras as it is about the farm," Wiener says.

Wiener tells me his Chef's Collection Series is part of an ongoing effort he started after coming on board two-and-a-half years ago to bring the restaurant back to a more cuisine-centered status.

And Wiener is making sure the price is right, too. Each three-course dinner will cost $35 (optional wine and beer pairings can be had for an additional cost), start with a reception at 6:30 p.m., and be kept to around thirty guests. To make reservations, call Top of the Rock Restaurant at 602-431-2370.

"It's going to be a fun time," Wiener says of being able to cook alongside his chef-friends at the event. "Just put your ego at the door and cook your heart out."

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, July 11: Chef Kelly Fletcher, House of Tricks

Thursday, July 18: Chef Stephen Toevs, The Ritz Carlton

Thursday, July 25: Chef Stephen Jones, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Thursday, August 1: Chef Mel Mecinas, Talavera / Proof

Thursday, August 8: Chef Aaron May, Praying Monk

Thursday, August 15: Chef James Porter, Petite Maison

Thursday, August 22: Chef Beau MacMillan, Elements

Thursday, August 29: Chef Brian Archibald, Renaissance

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