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Saturday Cooking Demos
Ever wonder how a trained chef would make your favorite meal? Learn culinary tips and tricks from the best during the Great Arizona Picnic's Saturday Cooking Demos. You'll be a pro before you know it!
 
Event Emcee:
Heidi Lee, Chef & Founder of InToTheSoup.com
 
Ever wonder how a trained chef would make your favorite meal? Learn culinary tips and tricks from the best during the Great Arizona Picnic's Saturday Cooking Demos. You'll be a pro before you know it!
 
Event Emcee:
Heidi Lee, Chef & Founder of InToTheSoup.com
 
Demonstration Schedule
1:00 PM - Chef Aaron May, Iruna
2:30 PM - Chef Michael DeMaria, M Culinary Concepts
3:45 PM - Chef Jason Wyrick, The Vegan Culinary Experience
1:00 PM - Chef Aaron May, Iruna
2:30 PM - Chef Michael DeMaria, M Culinary Concepts
3:45 PM - Chef Jason Wyrick, The Vegan Culinary Experience

Event Details
Date & Time: Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Cooking Demonstration Tent
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ
Maps:


Parking & Trolley
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2011 GAP
Grounds Map

 
Attire: Casual
Tickets: Included in $10 GAP entrance fee
  All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. 
 
Date & Time: Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Cooking Demonstration Tent
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ
Maps:


Parking & Trolley
Map


2011 GAP
Grounds Map

 
Attire: Casual
Tickets: Included in $10 GAP entrance fee
  All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. 
 

Participating Chefs


Michael DeMaria
Executive Chef
Michael DeMaria

Executive Chef
M Catering by Michael's

Festival Event(s):
  • Best of the Fest

  • Saturday Cooking Demos

  • Chef Michael DeMaria is renowned throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan region and beyond for his inventive and exceptional American and Italian contemporary cuisines
     
    Chef Michael was trained by the superior chefs at the five-star Arizona Biltmore. His dynamic background includes teaching culinary arts at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and working at well-known destinations such as San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix’s famous Royal Palms Hotel and Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and Westin Hotel Corporation. In 1992, Chef Michael was selected as one of 25 chefs to comprise Team U.S.A., which represented the United States in the Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt, Germany. For a decade, 1997-2007, Chef Michael’s highly acclaimed namesake restaurant, Michael’s at the Citadel, located in the high Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale, received recognitions such as the AAA 4-Diamond award, Mobil 3-Star award, Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence and the Zagat Survey’s “extraordinary.”
     
    Business partners Chef Michael and Brandon Maxwell are co-owners of M Culinary Concepts business with operations that include: M Catering by Michael’s, a 36,000 square-foot commissary kitchen and warehouse, is a chef-driven concept serving world cuisine to parties of eight to 8,000; Main Course, Chef Michael’s unique corporate dining experience that offers meal service to businesses within their on-site dining facilities, as well as VIP events, special meetings and holiday parties; and M Restaurants, a cuttingedge, contemporary restaurant concept designed and developed by Chef Michael. His newest venture is Heirloom - An American Restaurant, located at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, which opened in January of 2009. Heirloom has received high praise from area diners, as well as the media: “…dinner at Heirloom is flat-out delicious.” – The Arizona Republic; “…you’ll love DeMaria’s new place, which focuses on fresh seasonal delights.” – PHOENIX Magazine, October ’09; and One of 23 Best New Restaurants, November ‘09 – PHOENIX Magazine.
     
    Chef Michael continues to receive awards such as Phoenix Home & Garden 2002 “Master of the Southwest” Master Chef; New Times “Best of Phoenix;” Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame Inductee 2002; as well as several PHOENIX Magazine’s “Best of the Valley” recognition awards.


    Heidi Lee
    InToTheSoup.com
    Heidi Lee

    InToTheSoup.com


    Festival Event(s):
  • Challenge to the Chefs

  • Saturday Cooking Demos

  • Heidi Lee is the founder and CEO of into the Soup, LLC (www.intothesoup.com) a food and travel media company based in Phoenix, AZ. The mission of her company is to support the culinary arts so that dining doesn't go the way of Wal-Mart and claims that into the Soup is "The Most Fun You'll Have in Your Kitchen with Your Clothes On!" Heidi started her cooking career on Charter Boats in the Caribbean Islands and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of boys, booze and new kinds of food. Heidi has travelled all over the world cooking, eating and drinking and brings her love and passion for all that to everyone she meets. Listen in to her tales and those of her very interesting guests during her radio program every Saturday from 2-3 p.m. on KFNX 1100 AM and KWSS 106.7.


    Aaron May
    Executive Chef
    Aaron May

    Executive Chef
    Iruna

    Festival Event(s):
  • Saturday Cooking Demos

  • Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, May developed a love of food at a young age.  Casually working in restaurant kitchens from the age of 15,and after a brief stint at University,  May enrolled in the culinary arts program  at  Scottsdale Community College.  Upon  finishing, May went on to study in Paris. He worked in Arizona hotels and in New York City before returning to Scottsdale to open his restaurant company, Eatwell and Drinlalott.  Aaron can be found at his restaurants around Arizona from the casual tacos and tortas of Vitamin T in Phoenix, breakfast at Over Easy or the Midwestern flair of the  Lodge.  May can often be seen in the kitchen whipping up  Spanish Tapas at Iruna, bellied up to the bar at chic mid-century cocktail lounge Mabels, or in Tucson at May’s Counter serving up southern food with an Arizona twist. 
     
    His critically acclaimed cuisine won him praise from the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, which named him “Chef Extraordinaire” in 2010. He has appeared on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” The Learning Channel’s "Best Food Ever" and in numerous publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today.


    Jason Wyrick
    Executive Chef
    Jason Wyrick

    Executive Chef
    Devil Spice

    Festival Event(s):
  • Saturday Cooking Demos

  • Jason Wyrick is the executive chef and publisher of The Vegan Culinary Experience, an educational vegan culinary magazine with a readership of about 30,000.  In 2001, Chef Jason reversed his diabetes by switching to a low-fat, vegan diet and subsequently left his position as the Director of Marketing for an IT company to become a chef and instructor to help others.  Since then, he has been featured by the NY Times, Edible Phoenix, and the Arizona Republic, and has had numerous local television appearances.  He has catered for companies such as Google, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and Farm Sanctuary, has been featured in the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s premier event, and has been a guest instructor in the Le Cordon Bleu program at Scottsdale Culinary Institute.  Recently, Chef Jason wrote a book with Dr. Neal Barnard entitled 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.  You can find out more about Chef Jason Wyrick at www.veganculinaryexperience.com.


    Event Sponsors


    Great Arizona Picnic Grounds Map
    Great Arizona Picnic Grounds Map
    Great Arizona Picnic Participating Restaurants
    Great Arizona Picnic Participating Restaurants


    Angelo’s Italian Ice
    Angelo’s Italian Ice
    Website: www.angelositalianice.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Italian Ice Small, Italian Ice Rainbow - $2.00
    • Italian Ice Large, Italian Ice Any Flavor - $5.00 
    •  Gelato Any Flavor - $5.00 

  • Bobby Q
    Bobby Q
    Website: www.bobbyq.net

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic
     
    Menu:
    • Pork Sandwich / Cole Slaw - $4 
    • Brisket Sand / Beans - $4 

  • Bombay Spice
    Bombay Spice
    Website: www.bombayspice.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Festival Menu: Coming Soon...


  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
    Chipotle Mexican Grill
    Website: www.chipotle.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Soft Tacos - flour or corn tortilla filled with vegetarian black beans or choice of meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak), salsa, cheese or sour cream and romaine lettuce - $3 each
    • Order of Chips, Guacamole & Salsa - Chips made daily with a squeeze of real lime and kosher salt. Guacamole made from perfectly ripe avocados, and hand mashed, up to three times a day - $2 

  • Classic Cakes & Confections
    Classic Cakes & Confections
    Website: www.classiccakesandconfections.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic
  • The Chocolate and Wine Experience

    Great Arizona Picnic Menu:
    • Cake Truffles- an assortment of our award winning bite sized cakes, enrobed in Swiss couverture chocolates - $1.50
    • Red velvet dippers- 3 of our Red Velvet mini cup cakes, served with a side of cream cheese frosting - $3.50 

  • Dos Gringos
    Dos Gringos
    Website: www.dosgringosaz.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Great Arizona Picnic Menu:
    • Carne Asada Tacos - Marinated and grill steak served on a corn tortilla with avacado salsa - $2
    • Grilled Chicken Tacos - Marinated and grill chicken served on a corn tortilla with avacado salsa - $2 
    • Shrimp Tacos - Seasoned baja style shrimp served with mango salsa and baja sauce - $2.50
    Southwest Festival of Beers Menu:
    • Carne Asada Tacos - Marinated and grill steak served on a corn tortilla with avacado salsa - $2
    • Grilled Chicken Tacos - Marinated and grill chicken served on a corn tortilla with avacado salsa - $2 
    • Shrimp Tacos - Seasoned baja style shrimp served with mango salsa and baja sauce - $2.50
    • Ground Beef Nachos - Fresh tortilla chips topped with nacho cheese, ground beef salsa and sour cream - $5
    •  Add more meat to your nachos - $2

  • Grand Lux Cafe
    Grand Lux Cafe
    Website: www.grandluxcafe.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Buffalo Chicken Bites - Chicken Breast, Cheese and Our Spicy Buffalo Sauce, Fried Crisp with Blue Cheese Dressing - $2
    • Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya - Sauteed with Peppers, Onions and Tasso in a Delicious Spicy Sauce - $5 
    •  New Orleans Beignets - Served Warm with Jack Daniels Creme Anglais Sauce - $1.50 

  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria
    Grimaldi's Pizzeria
    Website: www.grimaldispizzeria.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Cheese Pizza - $2
    • Pepperoni Pizza - $3

  • Jewel of the Crown
    Jewel of the Crown
    Website: www.jewelofthecrown.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • Jimmy Woo's
    Jimmy Woo's
    Website: www.jimmywoos.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • Kona Grill
    Kona Grill
    Website: www.konagrill.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Las Vegas Roll- Fresh salmon, crab mix & cream cheese, deep fried with tempura batter, w/ eel sauce - $5
    •  California Roll- Crab mix w/ motoyaki sauce, cucumber & avocado - $2
    •  Crab Crunch Roll- Crab mix w/ motoyaki suace & cucumber topped w/ tempura flakes & eel sauce - $3
    •  Sweet & Spicy Shrimp- Crispy shrimp tossed in a sweet & spicy chili sauce, served on a bed of crispy rice noodles - $5
    • Oriental Salad- Nappa cabbage, green onion, red cabbage, red bell pepper, cilantro, shredded carrot, toasted almonds and ramen crunch, tossed on our sweet-soy dressing - $2 

  • La Dolce Pesca
    La Dolce Pesca
    Website: www.ladolcepesca.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Mini unfilled cupcake - red velevet with cream cheese icing or vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream - $1 each
    • Mini filled cupcake - vanilla cupcake filled with ganche topped with peanut butter butter cream or chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache topped with chcocoate butter cream - $2 each

  • Los Taquitos
    Los Taquitos
    Website: www.ltgrill.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Festival Menu: Coming Soon....


  • Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
    Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
    Website: www.lucillesbbq.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
    Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
    Website: www.macayo.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • Ocean Prime
    Ocean Prime


    Philadelphia Sandwich Company
    Philadelphia Sandwich Company
    Website: www.phillycheezesteak.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic
     
    Menu:
    • Mac N' Cheez Wedges- Battered and deep fried macaroni and cheese nuggets-$2 
    • American Cheese Steak-  Thin sliced steak w/ melted white american cheese on a roll-$4 
    • Wiz Wit- The original cheese steak w/ Kraft Cheese Whiz and Fried onions on a roll-$4 
    • Combo Taster- sandwich of choice and mac n'cheez wedges-$5 

  • Roka Akor
    Roka Akor
    Website: www.rokaakor.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Festival Menu: Coming Soon...


  • Salty Senorita
    Salty Senorita
    Website: www.saltysenorita.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • Sonoran Freeze Shaved Ice
    Sonoran Freeze Shaved Ice
    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Shaved Ice Regular Size - $3
    • Kettle Corn Original - $3                       
    • Kettle Corn Flavored - $4 

  • Spanish Fly Restaurant
    Spanish Fly Restaurant


    Tapas Papa Frita
    Tapas Papa Frita
    Website: www.tapaspapafrita.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Festival Menu:
    Spanish Potato Pie $2
    Crab Stuffed Piquillo Pepper $3
     

  • The Breakfast Joynt
    The Breakfast Joynt
    Website: www.thebreakfastjoynt.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

  • The Compound Grill
    The Compound Grill
    Website: www.compoundgrill.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:
    • Street Tacos, Pork - $2
    •  Street Tacos, Chicken - $2
    • Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche- $3

  • The Gelato Spot
    The Gelato Spot
    Website: www.gelatospot.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • One Scoop/ One Flavor - $4
    • Two Scoops/ Two Flavors - $5

  • The Melting Pot
    The Melting Pot
    Website: www.meltingpot.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Menu:

    • Milk Chocolate Fondue dipped Strawberry Duo on a skewer - $3
    •  Milk Chocolate Fondue dipped Marshmallow Duo on a skewer - $3

  • Yogurtology
    Yogurtology
    Website: www.yogurtology.com

    Festival Event(s):
  • Great Arizona Picnic

    Festival Menu: Coming Soon...

  • 2011 GAP Entertainment Schedule
    2011 GAP Entertainment Schedule
    Saturday, April 9  
    Time Band Location
    12-1:45pm Elvis Before Noon Fountain Stage
    2:15-4:15pm Keltic Cowboys Fountain Stage
    4:45-6:45pm Mogollon Fountain Stage
    7:15-9pm Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns Fountain Stage
         
    12-2pm Young Country Barefoot Stage
    2:30-4:30pm True to Life Barefoot Stage
    5-6:30pm Marmalade Skies Barefoot Stage
    7-9pm Bounce Barefoot Stage
         
    1-7pm Instant Classics Southwest Festival of Beers
         
    Sunday, April 10  
    Time Band Location
    12-1:30pm Big Nick and the Gila Monsters Fountain Stage
    2:00-3:30pm EastonAshe Fountain Stage
    4-6pm Turning Point Fountain Stage
         
    12-2pm Herndon Brothers Barefoot Stage
    2:30-4pm Groove Merchants Barefoot Stage
    4:30-6pm Powerdrive Barefoot Stage
         
    1-5pm Instant Classics Southwest Festival of Beers

     

    2010 SCF Photo Gallery
    2010 SCF Photo Gallery

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    Signature Weekend Events
    Fri, Apr 8   Eat, Drink & Be Pretty Party
    Apr 9-10 Cooks & Corks
    Apr 9-10 Great Arizona Picnic
    Tue, Apr 5 The Kick Off Party
    Tue, Apr 5 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame
    Wed, Apr 6 Chef Tribute Dinner
    Thu, Apr 7 The Chocolate & Wine Experience
    Thu, Apr 7 Friends of James Beard Dinner
    Sat, Apr 9 Chef Wine Dinners
    Sun, Apr 10 Wine Country Brunch
    Sun, Apr 10 Best of the Fest

     

    Signature Weekend Events
    Fri, Apr 8   Eat, Drink & Be Pretty Party
    Apr 9-10 Cooks & Corks
    Apr 9-10 Great Arizona Picnic
    Tue, Apr 5 The Kick Off Party
    Tue, Apr 5 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame
    Wed, Apr 6 Chef Tribute Dinner
    Thu, Apr 7 The Chocolate & Wine Experience
    Thu, Apr 7 Friends of James Beard Dinner
    Sat, Apr 9 Chef Wine Dinners
    Sun, Apr 10 Wine Country Brunch
    Sun, Apr 10 Best of the Fest

     

    2011 Event Photos
    2011 Event Photos
    2010 Event Photos
    2010 Event Photos
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