Top Scottsdale restaurants wow at NDP’s Culinary Festival

Jason Howe, Kimberly Howe, April McCracken, Jay McCracken, Melissa Lehman and Tom Lehman. (submitted photo)

Jason Howe, Kimberly Howe, April McCracken, Jay McCracken, Melissa Lehman and Tom Lehman. (submitted photo)

Fifteen of Scottsdale’s top restaurants showcased their signature dishes at Notre Prep’s Culinary Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12 in an outdoor dining extravaganza on the school’s campus.

The annual Culinary Festival was established in 2002 to bring the Scottsdale community together to enjoy amazing food, friends and music in a casual atmosphere.

More than 300 guests enjoyed music and culinary delights from local eateries, according to a press release.

“The food was the best it has ever been,” said Heather Weurding, assistant director of advancement for special events at NDP, in the release.

Featured restaurants included Ciao Grazie, The Thumb, Nothing Bundt Cake, Bourbon Steak, Ironwood American Kitchen, Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizza, The Capital Grille, Mojo Yogurt, Dominick’s Prime Steakhouse, La Hacienda, Jalapeño Inferno, Eddie Merlot’s, Toro, Lion in Love Bakery and True Food Kitchen. The beverage sponsor was Four Peaks Brewery.

The band Elvis Before Noon provided live entertainment.

“Culinary Festival is a celebration of the beauty, talent and fine dining Scottsdale has to offer,” Ms. Weurding said in the release. “And a way to thank the community at large for their support of Notre Dame Prep.”

Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 947 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic, performing arts and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

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