Chef Michael Cairns gathering produce from Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa’s herb garden // © 2015 Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Feature image (above): Cairns gives a cooking demonstration in the property’s new Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden. // © 2015 Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
The farm-to-table movement continues to accelerate in the U.S., popularizing the use of locally and sustainably grown products. In keeping with this culinary trend, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Ariz., has recently introduced the 4,000-square-foot Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden. The new indoor/outdoor space, located right on the property, will provide fresh produce for use at the hotel’s restaurants, in addition to serving as a venue for experiential activities and private events.
Designed with the Mediterranean climate of Scottsdale in mind and with input from chef Michael Cairns, the outdoor herb garden will contain citrus trees, herbs and exotic mints, including chocolate mint. Seasonal plantings in the garden will bear summer squashes, heirloom tomatoes and fall root vegetables to provide fresh produce for use at the resort’s restaurants.
The kitchen contains many personal touches and memorabilia from Cairns’ culinary history, which gives visitors the feeling they've stepped into his home for dinner. Guests will also be invited into the kitchen to enjoy a variety of daily experiential events, including wine and tapas tastings and cooking demonstrations, all under the expertise of Cairns, as well as chef de cuisine Tom Vykulil.
For those looking for an even more extensive experience in Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden, Omni Scottsdale offers a Chef’s Kitchen package. The seasonal package includes suite accommodations; an arrival gift; a wine tasting with the resort’s sommelier; a tapas class; drinks at the juice bar; and bike rentals or a guided hike at nearby Camelback Mountain. But the highlight of this exclusive culinary package is a custom dinner for two in Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden, along with a copy of the personalized menu and recipes signed by the chef.
“We took great care in constructing Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden, and this indoor-and-outdoor kitchen and event space reflects Omni Hotels & Resort’s brand-wide commitment to providing superior culinary and leisure experiences for our guests,” said Paul Eckert, managing director for Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.