Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame on Monday, November 13 at Wrigley Mansion’s Garden Room Jan 5th, 2018 by Lynette Carrington Save the date for the 26th annual Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Wrigley Mansion’s Garden Room. Presented by Scottsdale League for the Arts, this year’s star-studded soiree is going to be the biggest and best year yet. Local TV news personality, Jamie Cerreta, will emcee the evening’s ceremony bringing an upbeat elegance to the festivities.The Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame promises to be a fun, food-filled cocktail party and award ceremony celebrating the best and brightest in the Valley’s food and beverage industry. Tickets to the 26th annual Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame are $35 and include small bites. A cash bar will be available.Nominees for the 2017 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame include:Chef of the YearChristopher Nicosia- SassiJeff Smedstad, Elote CaféJeremy Pacheco – Lon’s at the Hermosa InnAnthony DeMuro – Different Pointe of ViewBest Upcoming ChefJoshua Amonson – Bourbon & BonesRochelle Daniel – Fat OxRichard Hinojosa – Crujiente TacoMatthew Taylor – Mora ItalianRestaurateur of the YearHard Knocks HospitalityS. Barrett Rinzler - Square One Concepts, IncWild Thyme GroupMixologist of the YearKeifer Gilbert – Counter Intuitive + UnderTowMatt Farrow – Iconic Cocktail CoJoshua James – Clever KoiFernando Bambaren – VirtuBrewer of the YearPreston Theony – Wren HouseDerek “Doc” Osborne - Pedal Haus BreweryChad McClelland -Goldwater Brewing CompanyBrian Helton – Helton Brewing CompanyWinemaker of the YearSam Pillsbury – Pillsbury WineKent Callaghan- Callaghan VineyardsMaynard James Keenan - Caduceus Cellars/Merkin VineyardsFood Truck of the YearAioli Gourmet BurgerLeft Coast BurritoThe Great Pho King Food TruckWaffle Love AZFood Writer of the YearTaryn Jeffries – Phoenix BitesSarah & Matthew - Geeks Who EatDominic Armato – AZ RepublicLifetime AchievementTBAAlex Simons Lifetime Achievement*John Fontana – Arizona Arts AllianceFor the next couple of weeks, the voting period will be open to a select group of chefs, mixologists, media, farmers, organization leaders and board members who will vote for this year’s inductees. The voting body includes the Scottsdale League for the Arts membership, the food and beverage community, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and all past recipients of the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame awards.All winners will be announced live at the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame on Monday, November 13, 2017. The event will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. at Wrigley Mansion’s Garden Room, 2501 E. Telawa Tr., Phoenix.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://scottsdalefest.org/halloffame/. *The Alex Simons Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize exceptional commitment to the arts in Arizona. Alex was a founding member of SLA and volunteered much of his time to the arts in Scottsdale. His family established an endowment for the award upon his death in 2001 to keep the memory of his love for the arts alive. The Scottsdale League for the Arts will be honoring John Fontana with the award this year for his work and dedication to the Arizona Art Alliance and the Veterans Outreach Program.About the Scottsdale League for the ArtsThe Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), non-profit volunteer organization of accomplished men and women who support artists, arts programs and arts education through fundraising and special events. In order to offer continuous value and assistance to the arts, the League awards all net funds raised to a variety of arts focused organizations through a grants program. For more information, visit: www.leagueforthearts.org.About HDE AgencyHDE Agency is an integrated multi-media marketing agency dedicated to expanding client visibility and establishing marketable brand positioning. We offer a wide range of brand development services including public relations, design, advertising, social media, print collateral and event production. By establishing a strong foundation of action based campaigns, HDE Agency strives to transform our clients’ goals and objectives into tangible efforts measurable by an increase of customers, sales and community relationships. Visit HDE Agency online at www.hdeagency.com for a complete list of services and learn about our current projects, events and community engagements through the HDE Agency blog at www.hdeagency.com/blog. HDE Agency can help you expand your reach!