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4 New Culinary Concepts Bring Sonoran Cuisine to The Scottsdale Resort

Sonoran cuisine lovers can rejoice in the arrival of four new culinary concepts now open at The Scottsdale Resort & Spa at McCormick Ranch. In tandem with a property-wide $40 million renovation, the resort’s restaurant revamp marks its biggest update in a nearly half-century long history. New culinary concepts include La Fogata, The Madam, The Social Boardroom and Barnaby’s Cafe. Here’s what to expect (and what to order) at each.

La Fogata

Formerly known as Kitchen West, the resort’s signature restaurant has a new name, look and taste. Its updated identifier, La Fogata—which translates to “the bonfire” in Spanish—plays off of the resort’s fiery foundations, as well as the addition of over a dozen new fire pits throughout the property. The restaurant’s new moniker was also inspired by executive chef Ken Arneson’s open fire cooking style, which is at the heart and soul of La Fogata’s culinary offerings. Patrons can expect seasoned service and modern Sonoran faire, as well as a few wild card globally inspired dishes (e.g.: Chilean Sea Bass and Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops). Aesthetically speaking, La Fogata gets two thumbs up for the stunning spanish tile interior update.

What We Ate

To start, we opted for two tried and true signature appetizers: House Made Mole Meatballs served with flour tortillas made from scratch, and the Sonoran Fire Elote with housemade chorizo and chili aioli. Both dishes feature ingredients from local purveyor Crow’s Dairy and the restaurant’s signature mole sauce comes from a decades-old, multigenerational recipe.

For entrees, we tried the Meat & Potatoes—scratch made gnocchi with melt-in-your-mouth braised oxtail—and the Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops on a bed of cauliflower bisque and grilled street corn, topped with grilled spring onion chimichurri. The heaping portions were perfect for splitting.

What We Drank

For my pre-dinner drink, I went with a mildly spicy marg, The Heatwave (jalapeno infused watermelon syrup, blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes Rojo, lime and triple sec, topped off with a sour watermelon gummy garnish).

My husband ordered La Fogato’s spin on a classic Old Fashioned, Memory Lane (Jack Daniel’s Bonded Rye Whiskey, pecan and thyme syrup, angostura bitters, orange peel, candied pecan) which, for research purposes, I also had to try. Typically I’m a non Old Fashioned drinker, but I enjoyed this twist on the classic cocktail, and in particular I loved what the pecan syrup and candied pecan brought to the table.

The Social Boardroom

This casual and sporty lounge offers entertainment for all ages including board games, pool, shuffleboard, and even a golf simulator for when the weather doesn’t agree with the golf course.

On the menu are classic bar bites such as sliders, naked wings with dipping sauces, nachos, as well as cocktails and brewskies (adults only).

The Madam

Nestled behind a bookshelf in The Social Boardroom, this speakeasy is the polar opposite from its sporty sister. Upon entry (password required), you’ll be greeted by a large portrait of The Madam herself overlooking the dimly lit yet cozy space inspired by the Roaring Twenties prohibition era. Currently cocktails are the only thing on the menu, but be on the lookout for small bites with suggested cocktail pairings coming soon

What We Drank

We opted for the bartender’s choice, Madam’s Whispers, a smoky, spiced cocktail (Whisky Del Bac Dorado, cinnamon orange demerara, black walnut bitters) fitting for the resort’s overall theme. Served in a cinnamon smoke-filled glass dome, this drink is shrouded in mystery (as the name suggests). Other signature creations include the oh-so exotic Shot To Your Heart (Dos Hombres Mezcal, Gran Ponche, coconut water, lemon juice, pomegranate compote, agave and egg white) and Word of Mouth (High West Double Rye, Celaya Reposado, Aperol, lemon juice, ginger, demerara sugar, Lagavulin spritz).

Barnaby’s Cafe

This casual coffee shop is perfect for the guest on-the-go. Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., early birds will enjoy morning coffee or tea, fresh pastries, breakfast sandwiches featuring in-house butcher meats and vegan baked goods from Noble Bread. Throughout the day, guests can also grab a salad or panini for a quick bite. Soon to come is Barnaby’s Wine Bar, which will feature sommelier-selected regional wines—perfect for late-night arrivals or those looking to unwind at the resort’s Spanish-style courtyard.

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