8/28/2012 1:19:00 PM Taking advantage of Sedona Dine & Wine event
Enjoying dinner on the patio of Hundred Rox are Eloise and Rick Baldauf with Jeff and Suzie.
Rick Brothers is anticipating a great meal being served by Tommy at Wild Orchid.
By Jeff and Suzie Dunn The Dunnery
During the month of July, The Dunnery and guests did their civic duty by participating for the third year, in the Sedona Restaurant Association’s event.
Twenty-two restaurants offered three course meals at a fixed price, excluding beverages, tax or gratuity. This year, several restaurants offered a wine flight to enhance the selected meals.
This opportunity has given us a means to try restaurants we have not frequented and because the menus are published online, we and our guests are fairly certain there is a menu item that will please us.
The first restaurant we selected was in the Fine Dining section ($35pp) and the second two were in the Elegant Dining ($25pp). We were not able to squeeze in the Classic Dining ($17pp) this year.
With Rick and Eloise Baldauf, we dined on the patio at HUNDRED ROX, the restaurant affiliated with the Amara Resort.
In the background, there was a great view of Snoopy Rock, the sound of cascading water and easy listening piano.
Only because we were experiencing the heat wave, no one selected as first course the Amber Ale Onion Soup, but it sounded good.
Instead we all had delicious salads, either the Wild Arugula Salad with Pink Lady Apples or the Grilled Long Stem Artichokes in a salad of mixed greens. Rick chose the grilled Ribeye with grilled asparagus and potato gratin, cooked to his liking, Jeff’s choice was the Center Cut Pork Chop with honey lime sweet potatoes.
Eloise and Suzie selected the Sauteed Fresh Salmon with Wild Mushrooms and Tuxedo Orzo (a first for us).
For dessert we all selected Key Lime Pie. Generous portions, first class presentation and excellent service. Our wine for the evening was Cotes Du Rhone “09 from Chateau Mont Redon.
Our next stop was WILD ORCHID with Rick and Jane Brothers and Glenn and Jan Snowberger. This was the first visit for all of us.
Tommy, our server, suggested we order off the menu, but we explained we were out to sample the Sedona Dine and Wine offerings.
He convinced us to a least try the popular Wild Orchid Roll, a summer roll with distinctive inclusion of strawberries, shrimp and toasted coconut flakes. It was delicious and filling.
Jeff ordered a reasonably price wine, DeLoach Merlot 2010 California Heritage Reserve while the Brothers enjoyed a crisp California Chardonnay. Jane ordered a most unusual sounding Fried Spinach Salad and deemed it good. Glenn enjoyed the evening special soup and Pad Thai.
The rest of us chose from the pre fixe. The printed description of the menu items appeared to a novice as being very similar when indeed they arrived looking and tasting very different.
The Pan Seared Salmon Cakes with Wasabi Dressing was an excellent first course, while the Pan Seared Salmon with Ginger Shitake Sauce made a very nice entree.
Shrimp were found in a coconut soup but also as a main course with bell peppers and walnuts sautéed in a mango sauce. We all enjoyed a different dessert: Green Tea Ice Cream, Red Bean Ice Cream, Plum Wine Ice Cream and Banana Ball with Vanilla Ice Cream (Yum!)We all agreed this restaurant was worthy of another visit
Our last stop was at REDSTONE GRILL & PATIO. We went with our son, Patrick, and family on a Saturday night. We knew that the regular menu, especially the Saturday night Prime Rib Special, would appeal to those not involved in the dine and wine project.
Our daughter- in-law, Sara, joined Suzie with selections from the pre fixe menu. Sara selected the first meal, beginning with an appetizer of Braised Pork Boneless Short Rib Glazed with Tamarind Sauce and Picked Watermelon Rind. Interesting and a great combination of flavors!
It was so filling that she could only eat part of the next course, Chicken Scallopini with Mushroom and Tomato Risotto, Marsala Cream and Spinach.
The second menu choice appealed to Suzie: a colorful yellow and red Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Sorrel Vinaigrette followed by Molasses and Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Polenta.
We compliment the kitchen staff for the nice presentation of all our courses. The portions were very large; fortunately, our grandsons helped polish off our meals and the accompanying fudge brownie dessert.
We hope the Sedona Restaurants see benefits from this summer promotion because we think it’s a great idea. Thanks to our friends who so kindly let us take their pictures and scrutinize their menu selections.
To Your Health and Happiness, Suzie and Jeff at The Dunnery
Bites and Sips:
Cucina Rustica has joined forces to enhance the Mel Copen Vision Fund with its
EARLY AUTUMN TUSCAN FEAST. It’s a Sedona Community Benefit Fund Raiser to be held Tuesday September 11, 2012 at Cucina Rustica. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.
The cost of a full course dinner will be $60pp including tax and tip; $5 of that cost will be donated to the fund.
Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages will be available for purchase
Reserve Your Place at Cucina Rustica @ 928-284-3010
We have heard that there will be an opportunity to bid on some of Mel’s photographs at this event!
The Power Card for accumulating purchasing power at Marketplace Café is also good at Sound Bites, Pizza Picazzo and Oak Creek Brewery. Each establishment has its own reward rules, but you only need one access card. Dining dollars can mount up quickly. Go to Powercard.com and click “sign in” to register and to monitor your balances at each.