Sunday Brunch With Iron Chef America Winner Beau MacMillan
Week #6, of our Top Ten Sunday Brunches of Scottsdale & Phoenix series, found us at Elements restaurant, inside the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain found its way into our hearts when we were invited to spend a night at the resort nearly a year ago. Here’s the video from our stay.
The legendary history of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain began in the early 1950s when Charlie Chaplin’s son (Sydney) and a group of prominent Hollywood investors and stars envisioned a prestigious racket club modeled after the elite Racquet Club in Palm Springs.
Week #6 – Sunday Brunch at Elements, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Today the property features 81 luxury mountain casitas, 24 spa casitas, and 7 distinctive mountainside estates for their guests to enjoy. All enjoy remarkable views from their perch on the slope of Camelback mountain, offer world-class amenities, and have a very special designer’s “funk” added to the 1950s Frank Lloyd Wright style architecture.
Elements restaurant enjoys world-renowned fame from its celebrity chef, Beau MacMillan. Chef MacMillan has won the prestigious Iron Chef America and is also a Food Network star.[AFG_gallery id=’7′]
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The Sunday buffet at Elements comes in two different options. You can enjoy the buffet only for $32, or for $42 you can enjoy the buffet as well as ordering one of their signature entrées from the menu. Both options include sparkling wine, coffee, and tea.
The buffet includes an omelet station, a whole host of wonderful delicacies, and also includes a fabulous dessert station.
As we were present to sample and report on their Sunday Brunch, we received the $42 option and started out with piping-hot cinnamon rolls. Holy what a way to start a meal Batman!
For our entrées Carol opted for Ranchero Frittata (spiced chicken, jalapeno jack, black bean relish), and I was tempted by the very photogenic Pumpkin Zucchini Five Spice French Toast (macerated strawberry, pink pepper caramel). I can’t begin to tell you what a treat the french toast was. My taste buds were dancing in a melee of pumpkin, zucchini, and wondrous spices all vying for my attention.
My step-son Jerome was along on this journey and he was all smiles as he quietly swooned over Smoked Salmon Benedict (croissant, tomato, spinach, yuzu hollandaise). Wow! I was tempted to go havsies with him, but the thought of sharing my french toast found deep wells of selfishness from within my soul.
Our waitress also told us about their Red Velvet Pancakes (white chocolate sauce, razz cherry syrup). I was tempted to beg my way into two entrées but I figured a sugar coma whilst doing a Sunday Brunch review was probably not a good idea. However, those pancakes are haunting me even as I type. I’ve got to go back and try ’em out!
Our Sunday Brunch at Elements restaurant was a wonderful culinary treat, and we even got to spend a few minutes before we left with Chef MacMillan. When I surveyed the table at the end of the meal, I found six thumbs up! We highly recommend the experience.
Note: don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll whisk you off to another exciting and mouthwatering Sunday Brunch experience.
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Disclosure: our wonderful Sunday Brunch was provided by the kind folks at Elements restaurant. Thanks!
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