With a focus on sustainable, farm-to-table dining and nourishing cuisine, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a haven of culinary delights for health-focused food fans. For this guide, we look at some innovative and delicious gastronomic experiences currently available in the desert city.
Brimming with inviting bars and world-class restaurants offering organic, fresh and local ingredients, as well as mind-blowing views, Scottsdale, Arizona, is the perfect destination for travellers who love all things health and nourishment. From mouth-watering seasonal wellness menus to fine wines served overlooking the breathtaking Camelback Mountain, here are some of Scottsdale’s best eats to satisfy foodie needs.
FnB’s Chef Charleen Badman (main image), a five-time James Beard award semifinalist and winner of the “Best Chef in the Southwest” award in 2019, uses local produce and indigenous ingredients in her veggie-forward, wine-centric menu at one of Scottsdale’s most notable culinary destinations in the heart of Downtown.
Known as “The Veggie Whisperer”, Badman’s unfussy yet boldly flavoured menu, which changes as often as week-to-week based on what’s available from local farmers, showcases the best of Arizona’s abundant farming and agricultural community. Whilst embodying the true definition of farm-to-table cuisine, Charleen has been boosting the health of thousands of happy customers since 2019. Expect to find squash transformed into spaghetti, fennel-infused green beans and sweet potato crisped in ricotta and Calabrian chilli for a sensational gastronomic experience.
Farm and Craft
Farm and Craft (F&C) focus on nutritious and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere and fashion modern farm decor with a contemporary twist. F&C boasts a mouth-watering seasonal “wellness menu”, featuring four paths to optimal health that focus on anti-inflammatory, probiotics, antioxidants and overall stress-reducing ingredients. Tuck into nutritional bowls, loaded flatbreads and seasonal juices to nourish the body and soul with organic and hormone-free ingredients.
Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden
For farm-to-table delights, visit Gertrude’s Restaurant, known for its seasonally-inspired cuisine that combines American favourites with classic cooking techniques and flavours from around the globe. The seasonal menus celebrate Arizona’s growers and producers while offering a sophisticated culinary experience in a reserved oasis setting.
Gertrude’s fresh ingredients come directly from the farm and pasture to the plate, with the menu showcasing local ingredients from artisans and farmers around Arizona and the Southwest. Pair the freshest ingredients with locally sourced beverages from local brewers and winemakers supplemented with international spirits to deliver clever botanic creations that pair well with every dish.
Located in the Desert Botanical Garden, which serves as a global leader in desert plant conservation, guests will feel more connected to nature than ever before.
LON’s restaurant at The Hermosa Inn
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn seeks out the region’s freshest ingredients, preparing them with age-old cooking traditions, such as roasting and smoking, and combines flavours with cutting-edge trends. Guests can experience Arizonian fusion cuisine at its finest, including the popular Himalayan Salt Seared Ahi Tuna, served with cilantro, pickled onion, and ceviche sauce.
A new Chef’s Tasting Menu is offered each week, with an expert sommelier always on-hand recommending the perfect wine pairings with each dish. LON’s is a wine connoisseur’s dream with a subterranean wine cellar and three wine vaults that house nearly 700 labels from American appellations to classic Old World vintages.
Offering an intimate patio, handcrafted cocktails and a crackling fireplace in the evenings, LON’s is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the striking views of Camelback Mountain.
Terras at CIVANA
Tucked among 20 acres of succulent-studded Sonoran Desert, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa has a mission of providing every guest with a wellness experience that empowers them to stay happy. The property’s signature dinner destination, Terras, brings diners seasonal, local ingredients and bright flavours to create innovative and nourishing menus.
Enjoy a fresh and modern take on regionally inspired cuisine that highlights colourful, veggie-forward dishes as the sun sets. With farm-to-table produce, grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and indulgent desserts, Terras will leave guests feeling rejuvenated and restored.
The Herb Box
Veg out at The Herb Box, a three-tiered powerhouse encompassing a restaurant concept with three locations, a market, and a full-service catering company. Come with family and friends for delicious and hearty sharing plates, perfect for vegans who can enjoy the ‘nosh board’, featuring rainbow quinoa, blackberries, fennel, orange, pistachios, and kale pakora + Korean fried cauliflower, among other delicious veggie delights.
For more information, visit www.experiencescottsdale.com.
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