Scottsdale Food Trends Making Their Mark in the Valley's Restaurants

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Scottsdale has a vibrant and growing food scene

From Their Farms to Your Tables

The people have spoken, and their plea? Sustainable, good-for-you foods that are locally raised and hormone- and antibiotic-free. Nationwide, diners are becoming more aware of the chemicals being added to foods and are asking restaurants to follow suit. After years of importing ingredients from around the world, more and more chefs are beginning to look to local farmers to stock their kitchens.

Award-winning restaurant FnB, an establishment with a farm-focused menu, has graced the pages of publications like Food + Wine and The New York Times as it continues to produce locally sourced items with an unpretentious feel. The constantly-evolving menu gives diners the chance to try foods specifically fitting for each season, at the peak of their freshness. The Winter 2012 offerings included a dish of Santa Barbara mussels, fennel, oil cured olives and orange gremolata. FnB also serves an all-Arizona wine list which further promotes the concept of support local farmers and harvesters, and keeping it in the family.

As part of the farm-fresh revolution, Iron Chef America winner, Food Network star, and Executive Chef, Beau MacMillan has created a diverse menu at Elements inside Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. The esteemed restaurant offers an upscale dining experience with a focus on the best local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meats amongst the backdrop of the Camelback Mountains. MacMillan’s guarantee that all foods fit those criteria makes it easier for guests to feel good about what they’re choosing. His bold flavors have won over locals and travelers as he showcases dinner items like bacon wrapped filet of beef with horseradish mash, asparagus, blue cheese, and a zinfandel syrup. Who’s hungry?

Who Likes My Meal?

As we move towards the second half of 2013, we can expect to see more menus filled with healthier options, controlled portion sizes and creative dishes that come directly from local farms. And don’t worry, Scottsdale will continue to see food related Instagrams showing up on feeds; presenting the ever-important question, “Which menu item will get me the most likes?” Choose wisely, #foodies.

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This post originally appeared on JustLuxe.