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Cooks and Corks Is Back This Year, and Tickets Are on Sale Now

Valley food aficionados might remember the annual Cooks and Corks event, though it's been a while since the culinary fete made it into the Scottsdale Culinary Festival lineup. This year, the party's back on, though the revised rendition means there will be a few changes.

The one-night event is designed to highlight the Valley's best chefs, food, and wines during an evening of self-guided outdoor tastings. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 8, at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North. Tickets, which cost $95 a person, are on sale now.

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The lineup of chefs includes the resort's own Mel Mecinas, who will be serving a multi-course tasting menu. He'll be joined by:

  • Executive Chef Frank Belosic and Sous Chef Lee Hillson of The Phoenician Resort's Il Terrazzo
  • Chef Michael O'Dowd of Renegade by MOD
  • Chef Matt Carter of Zinc Bistro, The Mission and The House Brasserie
  • Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of The Sanctuary Resort
  • Executive Chef Roberto Madrid of The Westin Kierland's Deseo
  • Executive Chef Jason Connelly of J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge's Stone Grill
  • Executive Chef Travis Garner of The Capital Grille
  • Executive Chef Christopher Nicosia of Sassi

Attendees will also be able to taste a collection of spirits, wines, and craft beers provided by Hensley Beverage Co.

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The outdoor event will be held at the resort's Fountain Terrace lawn, which offers panoramic views of the Valley and mountains. For added ambiance, expect live music.

Tickets to Corks & Corks will be limited to between 250 and 300 attendees and can be purchased on the event website. The Four Seasons Resort will also be offering a special $350 room rate for attendees (discounted from $419). Guests should mention "Cooks & Corks" to receive the rate.

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