Fancy food. Celebrity chefs. Fine art. Sounds pricey, and that’s before adding Scottsdale and Bon Appetit magazine into the mix.
But the Bon Appetit Scottsdale ArtWalk Thursday, one of 13 culinary events in four days, is free — including the some 24 tasting stations set up at art galleries by some of the Valley’s best restaurants. Be warned, though: Free food tends to go quickly.
Ted Allen, gourmand of Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” will be there as well as event co-chairmen Tom Colicchio of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and Ming Tsai of the Food Network’s “East Meets West.”
At the Electrolux ICON Culinary Stage, chefs from America’s Test Kitchens will showcase the latest innovations in kitchen appliances during cooking demonstrations.
Trolley service will run to help out with parking, and a map of all the events can be printed out from the Internet.
Say, though, you don’t mind shelling out some of those funky new orange bills in pursuit of culinary fervor. The Bon Appetit Scottsdale Celebrity Chef Golf & Spa Invitational has lots more to offer, according to Michelle Streeter of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, Streeter says, many events are sold out, such as the dinner reception co-hosted by Allen at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.
Among the events still open are:
• Celebrating American Classic, a cooking class by Charles Wiley, executive chef of Café Zuzu and Trader Vic’s, at 11 a.m. Friday. Cost: $60.
• The Golf Invitational at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. $500 to play, $75 to be a spectator on Saturday. Spectator tickets include breakfast, food tastings on the course and the same luncheon treated to participants.
Rejuvenation for the Body and Soul at Spa Avania, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, offers a full day of pampering, spa cuisine and even personal yoga instruction, if desired. $300.
To find more, go to www.bonappetitgolf.com.
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Scottsdale’s Main Street Arts District (Main Street and Scottsdale Road)
Cost: Browsing and food is free, but costs are associated with art purchases.
Highlights: Celebrity chefs, including Ted Allen from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” cooking demonstrations, and did we mention the free food? Top Valley chefs and restaurants will have tasting stations along the route.
Map: Available at www.dineinscottsdale.com