The Saguaro hotel in Scottsdale (formerly Hotel Theodore and Mondrian) won't be open until November, but for foodies looking for a sneak preview of tastes from its flagship restaurant of modern Mexican cuisine, Distrito, along with its new chef de cuisine, both can be found at the Arizona Taco Festival happening this Saturday.
Recently chosen by The Saguaro's executive chef Jose Garces to be the chef de cusine for not only Distrito (opening in December) but for The Saguaro's other two dining outlets: the upscale cocktail and American eats parlor Village Whiskey and the bakery Garces Trading Company (both opening in November) Dave Conn, a "kitchen-taught chef" and his team will be doing their first cook in Arizona during this Saturday's event.
"Even before we open," says Garces, who is one of Food Network's seven Iron Chefs, "chef Conn and our team will be gearing up to compete in the Arizona Taco Festival, serving our stand-out tacos: mahi mahi, carnitas, and chicken ropa vieja."
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.