Published on : Saturday, June 18, 2016
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North celebrates this August with a weekend of culinary festivities and colourful revelry to honour the Southwest’s Hispanic heritage.“We are fortunate to have so many incredible team members with a Hispanic background,” says Director of Food & Beverage Bryan Feigenbaum. “For a special weekend in August, we are inviting locals and overnight guests to enjoy a series of demonstrations, culinary events and spa treatments to showcase this rich culture and heritage and how it influences the local scene and what we do here at the Resort.”
Aguas Frescas and Mezcal
The Hispanic Heritage Weekend will be held Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 14, 2016, in line with when Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law in 1988. Guests who book over the weekend will be greeted with aguas frescas and seasonal chilled horchata drinks upon arrival. Guests who book under the “Hispanic Heritage Weekend” will be treated to a specialty welcome amenity including freshly made tortilla chips with Chef Mel Mecinas’ private label salsa and hibiscus cooler. An invitation to attend a complimentary mezcal tasting with beverage expert Nick Padua will kick off the weekend festivities in Onyx Bar & Lounge on Friday at 5:00 .m. A specialty dinner will be featured that evening in Proof, an American Canteen, where their “Summertime Smokehouse” series will get a Hispanic makeover featuring house-smoked green-chile pork, mezcal cocktails and a local Spanish guitarist. The Proof smokehouse dinner special will be offered for USD 28.
Culinary Seminars and Mecinas Mashup
The following day, two seminars welcome overnight guests and local visitors.
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Talavera Restaurant Chef Samantha Sanz will host “Flavours of the Sonora” featuring her hometown favourites and the Sonora spirit Bacanora.
2:30 to 3:30 pm: Resort Chef Emmanuel Calderon will host a cooking demonstration showcasing specialties and techniques from his hometown of Valladolid, Yucatan, which will also feature Clase Azul tequilas.
Pricing for local and resort guests for the seminars is USD 45 for both seminars.
That evening, Executive Chef Mel Mecinas will be joined by his two chef brothers for a four-course Oaxacan-inspired dinner. With more than 75 years combined in the food and restaurant industry all over the United States and Mexico, it will be the first time that the three talented Mecinas brothers have all prepared one menu under one roof here in Scottsdale. The Talavera four-course dinner is available to all visitors for USD 85, with optional wine and spirit pairings for an additional USD 35.
All weekend long, the Proof Breakfast Buffet will be Oaxacan-inspired with items such as the popular huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and other Mexican specialties.Guests of the Resort and locals can head to Onyx Bar & Lounge on Friday or Saturday evening to enjoy items from the Mexican Global Mashup menu in addition to specialty mezcal cocktails. A mole spice rub and mezcal recipe booklet greets guests at turndown.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage in the Spa
The Spa also is featuring the Cocoa Mole Energising Wrap throughout the weekend, an 80 minute body treatment offered at the special rate of USD 199. The treatment uses stimulating cafe mocha sugar scrub followed by a rich cocoa mole mud for deep moisturising.