“Local for Locals” Arizona Tasting Menu

By Babs Harrison (January 19, 2013) | Return to Blog

Local ingredients from Arizona take a leading role in each of the three courses of Che-Ah-Chi’s “Local for Locals” tasting menu, created especially for Arizonans as part of our winter appreciation deal.*
Chef David Schmidt highlights winter fruits, herbs, vegetables and dairy items from local gardens, growers and artisans . Unique for a winter menu are flavorful, juicy tomatoes, and these are from Seacat Gardens paired in a first course with a generous portion of creamy burrata made by a husband and wife team. Super-fragrant basil is blended into a pesto and drizzled with more olive oil. Smear this onto thick triangles of toasted sourdough for a crunchy, creamy first course and the meal is already a hit.

Short ribs, a perfect winter dish, and these do not disappoint. Cooked in local Arizona Stronghold red wine till fall-off-the bone tender, they’re presented atop a bed of pleasingly sweet grilled corn polenta and topped with an organic fried egg from local Hickman Farms. Luscious little local beets and a swish of harissa finish the plate.
Lastly, the apple cobbler was so good, we could barely snap a photo before it was gone. Oak Creek apples baked in a flaky warm crust with rich, cold buttermilk ice cream from Shamrock Farms dairy, topped with blueberry sauce and a drizzle of caramel. This meal is definitely worth the drive!

 

TASTING MENU

- Amuse Bouche

FIRST:
- Seacat Gardens Local Salad
with Arizona pecans, Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese, Sedona apples
OR
Gina’s Homemade Burrata
Arizona basil pesto, Seacat Gardens winter tomatoes

SECOND:
-Arizona Stronghold Braised Beef Short Ribs
Grilled corn polenta, local beets, Hickman Farms organic friend egg, harissa
OR
-Crispy Skin Trout
Celery root puree, braised local winter greens, shallot and agave vinaigrette

DESSERT
-Oak Creek Apple Cobbler
Shamrock Farms Buttermilk Ice Cream
OR
-Strawberry Prickly Pear Short Cake
Vanilla Bean Gelato

*Stay two nights and enjoy a complimentary 3-course tasting menu for two  (inclusive of F+B tax and 18% gratuity)  in Che Ah Chi, our signature restaurant.  Rates begin at $275.  Valid through February 12, 2013. Mention code AZDIN and show AZ ID at check-in.