OMNI SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT MONTELUCIA HOSTS INAUGURAL “DESERT TO DISH” CULINARY WEEKEND BENEFITTING THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

Three Day Culinary Experience (October 22-24, 2015) Will Showcase Six Chefs From Around the Country & the Diversity of Arizona Agriculture

SCOTTSDALE (August 6, 2015) Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is debuting the inaugural “Desert to Dish" culinary weekend, in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation taking place October 22 – 24, 2015, with proceeds benefiting the James Beard Foundation scholarship program.

The “Desert to Dish" culinary weekend was designed to bring together some of the country’s most talented chefs to highlight the bounty and diversity of Arizona agriculture, and will serve as the ultimate ‘foodie’ experience, while raising both awareness and funds for the James Beard Foundation through a series of consumer-facing events. Following the success of the popular “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend at Omni Scottsdale Resort’s sister property, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, “Desert to Dish” further enhances Omni Hotels & Resort’s commitment to creating memorable and unique culinary experiences for each guest.

“When I first moved to Arizona I was amazed with the diversity, quality, and scope of agriculture the state has to offer,” said Paul Eckert, managing director. “The creation of ‘Desert to Dish’ helps share this message with fellow foodies around the country, while exposing culinarians from each location to the resources of Arizona.”

“Desert to Dish” festivities will offer guests a range of true farm-to-table culinary dining experiences including a tour of Arizona farms, interactive chef-led cooking classes, exclusive pairing dinners, and one-of-a-kind interactive opportunities with six renowned chefs from across the country. The weekend is capped off with a live culinary competition featuring an indigenous secret ingredient, with the final vote resting in the hands of the guests.

During the weekend, Omni Scottsdale Resort’s Executive Chef Michael Cairns will welcome five regional chefs including: Executive Chef, Brandon Foster of award winning Vesta Dipping Grill in Denver, Colo; Joey Beato of Chicago’s Community Tavern and Chicago Magazine’s pick for ‘Top 4 Chefs to Know; Dakota Weiss, former Top Chef Texas contestant, and Executive Chef of Sweetfin Poke in Santa Monica along with the soon-to-open Estrella on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip; Joe Magnanelli of San Diego’s CUCINA urbana & enoteca restaurants, awarded Gayot’s Hot 25 Restaurants in the U.S.; Eater Dallas Chef of the Year, Brian Luscher of award-winning restaurant The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots, both located in Dallas, Texas.

“I’m proud to share the abundance of Arizona agriculture with our guests,” said Michael Cairns, executive chef. “We designed ‘Desert to Dish’ as a way to showcase the culinary diversity found in our backyard and I look forward to the unique creativity each chef will bring to this special event.”

For a schedule of events and additional information please visit www.omnihotels.com/DeserttoDish. Follow Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to experience more #DesertToDish.

About Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Ranked 6th on Travel + Leisure's 500 "Best U.S. Hotels List" in join Arizona and one of Condé Nast Traveler's "Best Spas" in 2014, Omni Scottsdale Resort is an exclusive oasis inspired by the exotic locales of Morocco and Andalusia in Southern Spain. Nestled at the base of picturesque Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the resort boasts 293 spacious guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, and award-winning culinary experiences including the critically-acclaimed Prado restaurant. Omni Scottsdale Resort’s crown jewel - Joya Spa is home to Scottsdale's only Hammam treatment spa – a rejuvenating Moroccan-inspired hot and cold bathing ritual. Located just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), the resort’s meeting facilities include more than 100,000 square-feet of modern luxury banquet and event space, including 27,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space, along with eight outdoor gardens, courtyards, and lawns perfect for conventions, board meetings and weddings. A member of the Omni Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Omni Scottsdale Resort is a privately owned and debt-free legacy purchase. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com/scottsdale or call 1-480-627-3200.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

About The James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage with programs that educate and inspire. Proceeds from Desert to Dish will support the Beard Foundation’s scholarship program and other educational initiatives.

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