Scottsdale Resort unveils new culinary concepts, menus

Scottsdale Resort

Scottsdale Resort Kitchen West. (Submitted photo)

On Sept. 8, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel will re-open its doors following a massive renovation, which injected $10 million into the independent resort to transform its grounds and revitalize its amenities, especially its culinary offerings.

According to the resort, guests and residents will get not one – but two – new Scottsdale hotspots as a result of the re-imagining of the resort.

“As the renovation nears completion, our team is perhaps most excited to debut Kitchen West and Bar Six40 to the public,” said Ken McKenzie, general manager of The Scottsdale. “We will offer a truly authentic dining experience at The Scottsdale. Our culinary offerings will be a cornerstone of our guest experience, and will attract foodies near and far.”

Mr. McKenzie sat down with us recently to give readers a sneak peek of what to expect from both venues.

Kitchen West

Kitchen West Restaurant, the premier dining establishment on-property, will offer an authentic experience that embraces the boldness of the Western spirit and adopts a welcoming communal vibe for guests and locals seeking bold flavors and a modern interpretation of American Western cooking.

“True to its name, Kitchen West is an expression of the modern American West, influenced by the boldness, tradition and sense of adventure that made the West what it is today. Guests can choose between single or family-style dishes, and the restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner,” says Mr. McKenzie.

Scottsdale Resort Kitchen West. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale Resort Kitchen West. (Submitted photo)

Kitchen West’s executive chef Rick Dupere has created a seasonal menu of unique American Western fare, and plans to source fresh products such as fish from Alaska that will arrive at the restaurant within 24 hours of being caught.

“Kitchen West will call upon the spirit of the Wild West, which means creative dishes that are whimsical and fun,” Mr. Dupere said. “We will go to great lengths to have the best, freshest product. If that means I have to courier a prized live king crab or wild sockeye salmon directly from the proud fisherman who cleaned and packed it, I will do just that.”

According to Mr. Depere, the culinary staff will have access to the latest and greatest culinary tools including a smoker to slow-cook brisket that will be sandwiched between two thin Angus ground beef burger patties to create an inimitable Brisket Burger, fresh ice cream spinners to create heavenly house-made ice cream, and a kiln oven to bake perfectly blistered earthen bread. The result is completely distinct Kitchen West flavors and dishes.

Additionally, the culinary team is working with local farms and artisans to purchase high-quality ingredients that bring an element of authenticity to the dishes and drinks. The resort has a partnership with The Simple Farm, a 3-acre private goat farm in Scottsdale that developed two custom flavors of their signature creamy goat milk caramels – Grand Marnier and espresso – exclusively for Kitchen West and the resort itself. Each guest will receive a caramel to complete their dining experience.

“We are working with the premier regional breweries and wineries to ensure that Kitchen West and Bar640 shine a bright spotlight on the best wine-making, brewing and distilling in the Western United States,” Mr. Dupere said.

Kitchen West will not only delight the taste buds, but also will provide a delightful sensory experience. The open kitchen will provide a choreography of steel and fire, while the scents of grilled meats and burning wood caress the senses.

Aesthetics such as reclaimed wood and natural ingredients will greet guests, along with enticing aromas from the daily specials, and the sound of crackling wood from the fire. Service stations will feature rustic antiques and curio cabinets. Historical photos will adorn the walls, paying homage to the rich history of the land upon which the resort was built. Accessible just off the lobby, the restaurant will reflect a “new Southwest” design with a vibrant, open kitchen and beautiful views of McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

Bar Six40

The resort’s new bar, Bar Six40 – named after the number of acres of land that Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased in 1888 that would become Scottsdale – will serve as an extension of Kitchen West, offering local coffee, freshly squeezed juices, and light breakfast options in the morning and afternoon along with craft beers and wines on tap with delectable bites from Kitchen West later in the day.

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Ms. Bailin is a volunteer correspondent at the North Valley Office of Independent Newsmedia.

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