Wining and dining in Scottsdale: The Hyatt Regency experience

 

A delightful first course at the Wine Me Dine Me

A delightful first course at the Wine Me Dine Me - Hyatt Regency Scottdale

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a private chef and staff, you might want to try the Wine Me, Dine Me experience at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Arizona. This four-course meal, prepared before your eyes, with your input, and paired with tequila and wines, can be yours for $70 per person.

Wine Me, Dine Me takes place by reservation. You’ll be seated at the Southwest Bistro demonstration kitchen. As you interact with the culinary team, you will experience the tastes of southwest cuisine as only the chefs of the Hyatt can create. It is not only a special experience for the diner, it is an opportunity for the chefs to create something unique, something not on the usual menu, and then carefully pair each course with tequila and wines. Your meal will be a surprise, something envisioned by the chefs for the Wine Me, Dine Me experience.

The Experience
Upon being seated at the open demonstration kitchen, we were introduced to Chef Jose who would be orchestrating our dining experience that evening. In addition, he personally prepared several of the courses.

As the tequila was poured, Chef Jose answered all my questions about the tequila and instructed me on how best to enjoy the Chinaco Tequila Reposado…with a little limon and salt. It was smooth. I think I could learn to enjoy sipping tequila!

The first course was a shrimp and scallop kabob with roasted corn and poblano relish, fresh avocados (I need to learn how the chefs skillfully sliced those avocados), and smoked salt. After watching the dish being prepared and assembled, it was presented to me. What a delightful combination of tastes. I savored each bite.

The next course, prepared by the salad chef, was fun to watch being prepared. Great care is taken with each ingredient. Since I am not a fan of vinaigrette dressings, the chefs specially prepared a southwest cream chipotle dressing for me. Arizona Stronghold Dayden, a dry rose, was poured.

The salad, a zucchini and squash flower salad with queso fresco, pumpkin seeds and that delightful dressing, was as special as the appetizer course.

Enjoy watching your food prepared during Wine Me Dine Me

Enjoy watching your food prepared during Wine Me Dine Me

I watched the next course being prepared. All the while the chef’s shared information with me and answered my questions. Soon, but not too soon, the Arctic Char was served on a sweet chorizo mash. On the side was red cabbage and red onion habanero, pineapple escabeche. Paired with a 2007 Three Sisters Syrah from Keeling-Schaefer, this course was equally amazing.

At that point I was full. But it wasn’t long and, out from another kitchen came Chef William Martin with an amazing chocolate dessert.¬† The last course was suited for the most discriminating chocolate lover.

Kitchen Reality
What I haven’t shared with you yet was that this team of chefs was also cooking for the Southwest Bistro restaurant while I was receiving this special dining experience. In the beginning, things were slow in the restaurant, but in the middle of our dining experience, a large group of people walked in.

Without any sign of stress, the chefs got ready for the salad and entree orders from this group. The ovens were blazing, steaks were seasoned and lined up and salads were freshly made and delivered quickly to the diners.

I became enthralled with watching the process. Each chef had a specialty and each was able to freshly prepare the courses for the dining group. All the while, my dining experience continued.

A chocolate delight tops off the Wine Me Dine Me experience.

A chocolate delight tops off the Wine Me Dine Me experience.

This was a unique and special experience. I learned about southwestern cuisine and found that it doesn’t have to be hot or smothered with cheese. I especially appreciated that the chefs chose Arizona wines for the meal.¬† Local produce, meats and wines always add a special touch to a meal.

Dining at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
The beautiful Hyatt Regency Scottsdale offers a range of dining experiences. All dining venues allow for casual dress yet the cuisine is innovative, fresh and beautifully presented. You can have a burger poolside or dine with attentive service at SWB, a southwest bistro, Alto ristorante e bar or Noh Japanese cuisine. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining. If you dine at Alto, the gondola rides are free!

Once you arrive at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, you’ll probably want to spend your entire vacation on-site. You can have a different dining experience each night, enjoy live music in the expansive lobby and outdoor area and relax at the pool or enjoy a round of golf.

More Information
About the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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