Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain announces Lunch & Learn lineup

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s kitchen is heating up again with this year’s installment of the Lunch & Learn series, now in its 14th year.

The series will run through July and August, with an additional special event on Friday, Oct. 16.

The popular series will showcase a sizzling lineup of renowned culinary experts and includes an interactive cooking demonstration, three-course meal with wine, Q & A sessions with the pros and take-home recipes, according to a press release.

Held in The Views Ballroom, all lunch events are priced at $75 per person and start at 12 p.m. Dinner events are priced at $125 per person and start at 6 p.m, according to the release.

The Aug. 8 special dinner event with Food Network favorite, Robert Irvine, is $150 per person, or $250 for those who would like to participate in a VIP meet and greet with the guest, according to the release. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-607-2300.

For those who want to stay the night, Sanctuary is offering a special rate of $199 for the July-Aug. events and $329 for the Oct. 16 event, based on availability (excluding tax and resort fee) with the purchase of a Lunch & Learn ticket, stated the release.

According to the release, the 2015 lineup is to feature:

  • Saturday, July 18 – Summer Supper (dinner): Executive Chef Beau MacMillan welcomes his mentor Chef Jeff Jackson to kick off the 2015 Lunch & Learn series.  Chef Jackson has mastered his own trademark style of market driven seasonal cooking based on sound craftsmanship. He will create a beautiful four-course Summer Supper featuring ingredients from California’s finest organic farms, orchids and fish mongers. He is the executive chef at the A.R. Valentien restaurant at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
  • Saturday, July 25 – Take a Bite Out of ‘The Big Easy’ (lunch): Join Chef de Cuisine Chris Lusk of New Orleans’ R’evolution as he exposes the down and dirty of the N’awlins’ food scene. Gumbo, shrimp n’ grits and live jazz – just a taste of what Chef Lusk will bring to Sanctuary from one of the best food cities in the world.Mr. Lusk has been named one of “Esquire” magazine’s “Four Breakout Chefs to Watch” and “Louisiana Cookin’” magazine’s “Chef to Watch.”
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 – Robert Irvine 365 (dinner): Behind the fame, lights and glory from one of the most successful chefs in Food Network history, to the brand that is Robert Irvine, there is a man. Find out what motivates, inspires and drives him to be one of the hardest working, ambitious and charitable celebrities today.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15 – Southern Charm (lunch): Meet Chef Lindsay Autry (season nine Top Chef finalist) as she charms us with her soulful, southern style. This native North Carolinian has touched some of the top kitchens in the country. She currently owns and operates Fin & Feather, a southern meets Florida catering concept in Palm Beach, Fla. 
  • Saturday, Aug. 22 – The Dead Rabbit NYC (lunch): What’s it like to manage the best cocktail bar in America, or the world for that matter? Find out when superstar Jillian Vose returns to Sanctuary for an elaborate lesson in the sensual pleasures of the crafted cocktail. Ms. Vose is the bar manager for New York City’s The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog where she oversees the development of the restaurant’s lauded mixed drink book that contains 64 original cocktails, more than half of which were created by Vose.
  • Saturday, Aug. 29 – Roadtrip, Destination: Tacoma (dinner): Pile on board with Chef/Owner Matt Schweitzer of Hilltop Kitchen and Marrow Kitchen & Bar for a journey of modern American cuisine through a northwest filter. Chef Schweitzer’s use of the region’s incredible ingredients have brought much acclaim to his signature restaurants.
  • Friday, Oct. 16 (dinner): Author Simon Majumdar is a true food adventurer, author of the acclaimed book “Eat My Globe” and frequently appears on Food Network shows including “Extreme Chef,” “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Iron Chef America.”

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