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I AGREE Food and Wine Experience presented by Cadillac

| October 20, 2015 | Calendar Food & Wine Experience presented by Cadillac ( (#AZFWE) Sat. & Sun., Nov. 7 & 8, Scottsdale Fashion Square, has infused its global culinary perspective with popular chefs from Las Vegas, New York and Montreal to participate at the inaugural event.

Two-time James Beard Award winner Paul Bartolotta is the man behind the elegant Ristorante di Mare of Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, and hosts a gold-star panel of chefs in the Grand Tasting pavilion Sun., Nov. 8. Bartolotta’s first James Beard award came in 1994 for Best Chef Midwest; the second in 2009, for Best Chef Southwest.

In addition to his award-winning Las Vegas restaurant, Bartolotta also is highly acclaimed for his more than 10 dining establishments in the Midwest (

Joining Bartolotta on the gold-star panel is Michael Ginor, cofounder of Hudson Valley Foie Gras ( which in 1996 received the Award for Excellence from the James Beard Foundation, among others. Ginor first discovered the potential of modern-age foie gras processing while serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. He pursued his dream by establishing what is today the major foie gras producer in the United States. And, in 2014, Hudson Valley Chicken LLC was incorporated and now produces the finest organic chickens in New York State. He is a frequent contributing food writer, and also cookbook author of Foie Gras…A Passion. Ginor participates also in a Sunday evening, Nov. 8, “Grand Finale” dining experience hosted by Chef Aaron May and his chef friends.

Chef Akira Back of Yellowtail at Bellagio, Las Vegas, ( and Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, also joins May in the Grand Finale, and Bartolotta in the Gold Star Panel on Saturday. Back was born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colo. He brings boundless originality to classic Japanese cuisine.

Back has restaurants also in New Delhi and Jakarta. He has appeared on TV’s Cooking Channel and Food Network, and has been named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly among other accolades, plus producing at least four dinners at the James Beard House.

Chef Chuck Hughes ( participates in the gold-star panel led by Bartolotta, and also is among ‘friends’ joining Chef May at the Grand Finale Sunday dinner event. Hughes is star of three television Cooking Channel shows: Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck’s Week Off and Chuck’s Eat The Street. His cookbook “Chuck’s Day Off” is based on his popular TV show. He also owns hot restaurant Garde Manger as well as his second, Le Bremner, both in Montreal. Known for his big personality, love of entertaining and passion for food, the latter is exemplified by tattoos he sports of his food favorites: bacon, arugula, lemon meringue pie and lobster. His enthusiasm yielded dividends when he became youngest Canadian chef to win Iron Chef America beating Bobby Flay.

CHEF AARON MAY & FRIENDS: GRAND FINALE DINING EXPERIENCE. Arizona’s own celebrity chef, Aaron May, often featured on Food Network TV (and often with friend Guy Fieri of Diners Drive-ins & Dives) has gathered his accomplished culinary friends Back, Ginor and Hughes and others locally to join in producing a wow experience called the Grand Finale, capping off the two-day event on Sunday evening. Each chef will create or collaborate on a course. Each stage of the dinner will be matched with beverages to create a rare experience. Limited seating available. More information coming soon.

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS. Chef Graham Elliot, star of FOX TV’s Master Chef, host of Food Network Television’s Craziest Restaurants in America and Chicago restaurateur of Graham Elliot Bistro ( hosts the event. And in addition to Paul Bartolotta, Michael Ginor, Akira Back and Chuck Hughes, the lineup also features online sensation Jenn Bare of ( with 1.5 million online fans and Ruth & Angie McCartney of Mrs. McCartney’s Organic Teas ( and step-mother and sister to Sir Paul McCartney.

TICKETS FOR A CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE. Azcentral Food & Wine Experience presented by Cadillac is designed for foodies to customize their experience to their tastes and pocketbook: from a $10 ticket to Aperitif after-party to $85 to the Grand Tasting to $250 to the Grand Finale dinner, or a myriad of other rare, intimate dining experiences in an orchard setting such as the Dinner with Graham Elliot; McCartney Tea & Talk; French Wine with Chef Christopher Gross & Chef Michael Ginor; Champagne Brunch with Chef Beau MacMillan; and more. Visit for more. #AZFWE @AZFWE

SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNTS. Subscribers to and The Arizona Republic are eligible for a $20 discount available by visiting

SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS. Food & Wine Experience presented by Cadillac, features Alliance Beverage Distributing Company; AJ’S Fine Foods & Festive Entertaining Pavilion; Black, Starr & Frost Dining Orchards; Monark Premium Appliance Co. featuring SubZero/Wolf; Hensley Beverage Company and Goose Island Beer Co, official craft beer.


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