Did you cook up a big Thanksgiving dinner and just the thought of cooking a big meal for Christmas is stressing you out? Then you are in luck! Fabulous restaurants around the valley are cooking up amazing meals for Christmas dinner!
elements at Sanctuary Resort
elements restaurant will feature a four-course dinner by executive chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan. Served Dec. 25 from 5:30-10 p.m. ($90 per person excluding tax, gratuity and beverages), menu highlights include roasted parsnip soup with shallot confit, toasted pecans and maple cream; escargot ‘pot pie’ with hon shimeji mushrooms, spinach, candied fennel, and soy caramel; herb roasted guinea hen with braised cabbage, wild rice, celery root hash and natural jus; chilean sea bass with fennel chorizo broth, roasted cippolini onions, blistered tomato, and lobster; and moroccan spice lamb with roasted eggplant, harissa, and pistachio mint chimichurri. Dessert selections will include chocolate hazelnut roulade with chocolate sponge, nutella cream, orange, and candied hazelnuts; and vanilla semifreddo with citrus consommé, shortbread cookie, and basil. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.607.2300.
District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar in Phoenix will offer a three course meal. First course is a choice of sweet potato bisque or chicory and local goat cheese salad. The second course is a choice of spiced Tenderbelly ham with citrus and rye, tomahawk ribeye with caramelized onion smashed potatoes or Cioppino which is clams, mussels, crab, shrimp and lobster tail in a spicy tomato broth. For dessert, District will serve salted caramel and hazelnut truffle tart with sweet cherry ice cream and hazelnut dust. Prices for Christmas Day dinner are $34 for adults, $17 for kids 12 years old and younger, and $16 for the wine pairing. Restaurant reservations are required. Call 602.817.5400 or visit districtrestaurant.com.
Enjoy a traditional ham dinner – with a twist! Tanzy is offering a maple glazed ham steak as the main course of their Christmas feast. Dinner is $35 per adult and $20 for children. Visit tanzyrestaurant.com for the full menu.
The Latilla at the Boulders
The Boulders’ signature Latilla restaurant hosts a delectable prix fixe four-course Christmas Day menu. Selected menu items include Maine Lobster Bisque, Roasted Free Range Turkey, Pan Seared Organic Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Black Angus Filet. This feast is $78.00 per person; children 6-11 years old $28.00. For more information, or to make a reservation please call 480.595.3496 or visit the website at theboulders.com.
Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Enjoy brunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. or dinner from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The regular menus will be offered, along with some festive holiday specials starting at 11 a.m., including Green Corn Tamales with red chile sauce and a poached egg ($13), Lobster Bisque with brioche croutons and chive crème fraiche ($8), Slow Roasted Herb Crusted Prime Rib with yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, creamy horseradish and au jus ($32), Egg Nog Crème Brulee with raspberry and brandy coulis ($8), Pumpkin Cheesecake with cinnamon spiced whipped cream ($8), and a children’s special of ZuZu’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese with roast ham and buttered breadcrumbs ($12). Reservations can be made at HotelValleyHo.com or 480.421.7997.