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Culinary Adventures
Over the past two decades, the Grand Canyon State has experienced a culinary revolution. Local, groundbreaking chefs have taken Southwestern and modern cuisine to new levels, helping Arizona carve its place as one the country's leading culinary destinations.

Experience how the land and personalities of Arizona are reflected in the food as you take a culinary journey from mom and pop Mexican cantinas and quintessentially Southwestern cafes to cowboy chic bistros and elegant gastronomical masterpieces at Arizona's signature resorts. Visit local growers to discover the bounty of the Sonoran Desert.

Head north to Flagstaff to experience the seasonal cuisine at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar, named as one of this year's "Best 95 Restaurants in the World" by Conde Nast Travelermagazine.

Sample the delectable cuisine of one of Arizona's many James Beard Award winners: Nobuo Fukuda of Sea Saw; Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco; Janos Wilder of Janos and J Bar; Christopher Gross of Christopher's Fermier Brassiere; Robert McGrath formerly of Roaring Fork and currently with REM.

Nothing goes better with food than wine, and many people are surprised to discover that Arizona is home to 24 vineyards, predominantly located in the southern part of the state where the growing conditions have been compared to Burgundy.

Savor Eats3 a uniquely Arizonan celebration of food, wine and spirits at SouthBridge in downtown Scottsdale, October 23-25, 2008. More than 30 Arizona chefs and 100 wineries showcase their finest along with international talents including culinary legend Jacques Pépin. The wildy unique events range from a cocktail-infused Iron Bartender competition to the BBQ & Bubbles finale.
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