Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

Take a Bite of the Dining Scene

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 Southwestern cafes to cowboy chic bistros and elegant dining masterpieces at area resorts. Visit local growers to discover the county of the Sonoran Desert.

For the second year in a row, Scottsdale will welcome Crave Arizona (formerly Eats3) a flavorful showcase of Scottsdale's finest culinary offerings focusing on independent restaurants Oct. 22-24. "Taste the Desert" with a cocktail-infused ArtWalk, in-gallery private dinners, national Mix-It-Up competition, Arizona Grand Tasting featuring the finest chefs and wine makers, and the signature BBQ & Bubbles Finale.

Sample a cornucopia of locally grown flavors and Sonoran Desert specialties at Scottsdale's Old Town Farmer's Market, or opt for a more European-style open-air experience at The Market at Scottsdale's upscale Market Street at DC Ranch featuring fresh organic produce and herbs, gourmet chocolates, live chef demonstrations from nearby restaurants, and more.

Sample the delectable cuisine of one of Arizona's many James Beard Award winners: Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco; Janos Wilder of Janos and J Bar. And there also are a handful of chefs in the area who are both local and national celebrities. There's Beau MacMillan of elements at Sanctuary on Camelback; Mark Tarbell, chef and owner of Tarbell's; Lee Hilson, executive chef at T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort; local TV personality Chef Eddie Matney from Eddie's House in downtown Scottsdale; and Deborah Knight, chef and owner of Mosaic.

Take your taste buds on a global tour journey in Historic Downtown Glendale, home to a variety of restaurants that serve up a feast of worldly flavors ranging from traditional German or Polish fare to contemporary Chinese and home-style Mexican flavors. And don't miss the 40-year-old, family-owned Cerreta Candy Company.

From there, head into Wickenburg dine under the stars, and next to a stunning horse corral at Kay el Bar Guest Ranch. Or visit Arizona's oldest bartender at the Bar 7. But don't challenge anybody to a game of pool - these cowboys can play.
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