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Tía Carmen to Open in April

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is set to Tía Carmen, a new dining destination led by Chef Angelo Sosa in early April. Open for dinner, the restaurant will spotlight wood-fired flavors and ingredients of the region.

Chef Sosa has worked alongside the likes of Alain Ducasse, Stephen Starr and Masaharu Morimoto, and is a protégé of renowned Jean-George Vongerichten. Tía Carmen is named after Chef Sosa’s aunt–“a woman of passion, love and humility”–and spotlights the region’s landscape, farmers and community in a stunning yet simplistic setting.

The menu is divided into three sections: light + fresh, maize + harina and charcoal + wood + fire. Chef Sosa’s signature dishes at include tuna crudo with chilled corn-coconut broth accented with jicama and garnished with dill; Southwestern-style tri-tip kebabs garnished with Thai basil, cilantro, pickles and serrano chilis (pictured); lamb ragu with mesquite noodles; and Tía Carmen’s chicken guisado, a stew made with pieces of thigh meat and seasoned with a mélange of cumin, annatto, arbol and oregano.

Chef Sosa and long-time partner and restaurant operator Mark Stone are collaborating with a variety of Arizona-based purveyors, including Hypha Foods, Ramona Farms, Arizona Grass Raised Beef and Top Knot Farms as well as Phoenix-based Blue Door Ceramics, which will design an exclusive collection of plateware for the restaurant.

Mitchel O. Bushell has a cocktail program focusing on local herbs and spices alongside local producers of small and large batched spirits, including Arizona’s own spirits and a broad program of artisanal agave spirits. Eduardo Dingler’s wine program focuses heavily on representation from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe as well as wines from the West Coast and emerging European producers.

Designed by Thomas Schoos of Los Angeles-based Schoos Design, Tía Carmen exudes an “earth meets art” theme in an aesthetic that is effortless and inspired by the surrounding region.
For more information about Tía Carmen, visit @TiaCarmen.PHX on Instagram.

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