Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner Last Night in Scottsdale

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The event started off with a reception with appetizers from Chefs Chris Masco and Roberto Madrid of The Westin Keirland and deseo at The Westin Keirland.

Guests sipped on bubbles from Domaine Chandon (an event sponsor), which accompanied small bites and cold smoked eel. Domaine Chandon is a Napa Valley winery and a California transplant of the famous Moet and Chandon winery of France. Chadon specializes in sparkling wines, but reps shared a range of wines throughout the evening.

The reception gave guests a chance to mix and mingle with the chefs and each other. It was also a nice opportunity to admire the giant ice sculpture at the center of the patio, which doubled as the cold smoker that Chef Madrid used to prepare his dish.

Here's what was on the menu:

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Lauren Saria
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