Food & Wine Experience
A Look Back Food & Wine Experience

Thank You

Thanks to all the guests, chefs and sponsors who helped make the 2016 Food & Wine Experience a great success! We hope you'll join us again next year.

DateNovember 4-6, 2016

LocationSalt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, AZ

Join us again on

November 3-5, 2017

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Scottsdale, AZ

It's never too early to reserve your place at next year's event. Get your 2017 tickets now!

Grand Tasting VIP Grand Tasting

Featured Chefs

Mario Batali

Mario Batali

Celebrity Chef, Author, Restaurateur & Co-Host of ABC TV's "The Chew"

Scott Conant

Scott Conant

Chef, Restaurateur, Author & Judge on Food Network's "Chopped"

Alex Stratta

Alex Stratta

Michelin Starred Chef and James Beard Award Winner

Kevin Fink

Kevin Fink

Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef of 2016."

Jordan Urnovitz

Jordan Urnovitz

AJ's Top Home Chef Winner

Also Featuring

Chris Bianco • Gio Osso • Matt Carter • Jacques Qualin • Derek Biazo • Bruce Kalman • Becca Carlson • Lori Hashimoto • Shannon Plowman • Lester Gonzalez • Stephen Jones • Bernie Kantak • Gregory Wiener • Mark Tarbell • George Frasher • Charles Wiley • Helen Yung • Anthony Demuro • Scott Holmes • Johnny Chu • Olashawn Weaver • Aaron Pool • Dustin Cristofolo • Cullen Campbell • Justin Beckett • Isaac Carter • Jason McGrath • Sean Kenyon • Fidencio Alatriste • Tonya Saidi • Jennifer Russo • Akos Szabo • Bob Tam • Doug Robson • Paul Haworth • Chrysa Robertson • Keenan Bosworth • Clayton MacGregor • Mel Mecinas • Tracy Dempsey • James Porter • Christopher Gross • Christopher Collins • Danielle Leoni • Dushyant Singh • Randy Tarlow • Jason Alford • Justin Pfeilsticker • Rachel Miller • Sean Currid • Robert McGrath • Luke Detraz •

In the 80s I was one of the original participants in a small food and wine festival — The Aspen (Snowmass) Food & Wine Classic – with Wolfgang Puck and Jimmy Schmitt. Azcentral Food & Wine Experience is poised to become as magical as Aspen in short order. WOW! The buzz now – this is THE premier food and wine festival in the Southwest — and after only a couple of years!


James Beard Award Winner

The people are so nice. The nicest people ever. By and large everyone has been super supportive, encouraging and engaging and they seem to want everyone to succeed and from an entrepreneurial perspective that is refreshing.


Chef, Restaurateur, Author & Judge on Food Network's "Chopped"

I'm surrounded by beautiful people and magnificent food and beverage and surrounded by cactus, rattlesnakes, and golf courses - everything I look for in life! I couldn't be in a better spot.


Celebrity Chef, Author, Restaurateur & Co-Host of ABC TV's "The Chew"


wine glasses


Grand Tasting sampling plates


drink samples from 120 wine, 25 craft beer & 35 spirits varieties


chefs & industry leaders presented


guests enjoyed Orchard a la carte dining ["Experiences"], panels & seminars

Our 2016 Sponsors

Cadillac City of Scottsdale Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits AJ's Fine Foods Talking Stick Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances Monark Premium Appliance Co. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Mitchell Gold Central Arizona Supply ProTix Hensley Beverage Company


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