By Jeff and Suzie Dunn
|Jennifer Yastic offers an inviting display during the Grille at ShadowRocks complimentary wine tasting.|
The view's not bad either at Hilton's Grille at Shadowrock. But first, on 1st and 3rd Fridays, 5:30-6:30, stop by for complimentary wine tasting. Our friend, Jennifer Yastic, one of the restaurant managers, is usually there to greet us and if the wine is not being poured by a distributor, she takes over.
There is usually a beautiful fruit and cheese platter to nibble on while discussing the wines and mixing with new and old friends. When the tasting is over, we usually stay in the lounge and order from the tapas menu. We recommend the wings, choice of hot and spicy or sweet sour, either way, delicious. The wines featured during the tasting are available at a reduced price.
On a beautiful evening this past month, some of our family joined us for dinner on the patio. Soft summer breezes, people enjoying people, the chef's herb garden and as we said, not a bad view either.
If your family is like ours, no two people have the same food choices. Take that back, Sara and Suzie did choose the special of the evening, Mahi Mahi atop wasabi mashed potatoes accompanied by the best prepared broccolini. Jeff selected the Ahi with saffron risotto.
Chef Salvadore Moscoto was not on the premises to congratulate, but both seafood entrees were designed and prepared expertly. Patrick helped out our server in the "burger contest", that night's deal being a turkey burger topped with Gorgonzola cheese, choice of side and a bar drink or dessert.
Grandson Kendall, to no one's surprise, ordered gourmet mac and cheese. All good.
For reservations and information, call the Hilton front desk at 284-4040 or investigate HiltonSedonaResort.com
Bites and Sips:
Congratulations to restaurateurs, Michelle Moore and Stephen Sullins. They were married on July 21 and celebrated with big bash at Sound Bites. Yummy sweet/potato-spicy sausage hors d'oeuvres linger on our palate memories.
The Yavapai County Food Neighbors Project. See Gail Shaw Simpson's article. How important it is to have consistently donated food! Call Gail at 928-284-9720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
We're excited about The Field restaurant/coffee shop/ bar located where formerly there was Heart of Sedona Coffee with Pita Fresh in The Marketplace at 1370 W. SR 89A #12. Many readers have made return visits there and we will too. 928-282-0010 or check website: heartofsedona.com
The Horn is another new stop for us. Located at 348 S. Main Street in Camp Verde. Wine and beer tasting flights or by the glass. Delicious lunch and dinner fare in a classy understated atmosphere. A craft brewery next door is soon to open using locally grown hops. 928-567-7229 or www.TheHornSaloon.com
Sedona Wine and Beer Company, 2575 W. SR 89A. Wine and beer tastings, plus inviting tapas, soups and salads. Friday evening yoga on the patio! 928-554-4584 or sedonawineandbeerco.com