Courtesy of Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Hail to the chef: Kevin Binkley gets gets props from the Culinary Hall of Fame

Ready, set, eat!

Tomorrow marks the start of the 29th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and it's looking like one hell of a foodie marathon.

What sounds like a six-day blowout is actually more than a dozen different events under the festival umbrella. The James Beard "Out of the House" dinner and reception starts things off tomorrow night at the Westin Kierland Resort, and while its $275 price of admission makes it a splurge, there's plenty in the way of affordable parties, too. A series of Mixologist happy hours -- at Axis/Radius on Tuesday, Kazimierz on Wednesday, and the Hotel Valley Ho on Thursday -- are $35 apiece, and admission to Saturday and Sunday's Great Arizona Picnic is only five bucks.

Congrats to the Culinary Hall of Fame Award-winners, who'll be feted on Thursday at the Fairmont, but who've already been announced: Culinary Ambassadors The Thunderbirds, Culinary Media Masters Kim Laurie and Don Sandler (hosts of Culinary Confessions on KXAM), and Culinary Rock Star, er, Chef Extraordinaire Kevin Binkley.

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