Premiere Food & Wine Tasting Event

Premiere Food & Wine Tasting Event @ Cafe Monarch


In the heart of Arizona, amidst the desert’s shimmering heat, lies an oasis of culinary delight – Cafe Monarch. Nestled in the quaint streets of Old Town Scottsdale, this charming restaurant has long been revered for its fusion of European elegance and contemporary American cuisine. However, on a balmy evening in late spring, Cafe Monarch transcended its reputation to host a premiere food and wine tasting event, curated by none other than the Italian Association of Arizona.

The event was long-awaited by members and non-members of Italian Association of Arizona. Enthusiasts of fine dining and wine connoisseurs alike eagerly awaited the opportunity to indulge in an evening filled with amazing food, good music, and finest wines Italy has to offer. As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the rustic streets, guests arrived dressed in their finest attire, ready to embark on a culinary journey.

Upon entering Cafe Monarch, guests were greeted by the intriguing aromas of fresh appetizers and simmering sauces – an introduction to the culinary symphony that awaited them. The ambiance was one of sophistication and intimacy, with softly lit candles casting a romantic glow over the elegantly set tables.

The evening started off with a fine wine reception, where guests mingled and savored delicate appetizers crafted by Cafe Monarch’s esteemed chefs. As glasses clinked and laughter filled the air, anticipation mounted for the main event – a meticulously curated tasting menu, expertly paired with a selection of Italy’s most distinguished wines.

The menu, a testament to Cafe Monarch’s commitment to culinary excellence, showcased a fusion of traditional Italian flavors and contemporary innovation. From the delicate notes of a creamy scallops to the robust richness of a turkey breast served with homemade gravy, each dish was a masterpiece in its own right, celebrating the rich tapestry of Italian cuisine.

Complementing the culinary journey was a carefully curated selection of wines, sourced from Italy’s most renowned vineyards, presented to us by Classico Wines. From the Italian answer to champaign, Francia Corta Bellavista, to the Super Tuscan from Il Borro from the winery of Salvatore Ferragamo, each pour served to enhance the flavors of the accompanying dishes, elevating the dining experience to new heights.

Central to the evening’s festivities was the Italian Association of Arizona, whose passion for Italian culture and food shone through in every carefully planned detail. From us selecting the finest wines to collaborating with Cafe Monarch’s culinary artisans, to our dedication to fostering a deeper appreciation for Italian cuisine was evident at every turn.

As the evening drew to a close and guests reluctantly bid farewell to the culinary oasis that had enveloped them, one thing was very clear – the premiere food and wine tasting event at Cafe Monarch, organized by the Italian Association of Arizona, had left a permanent mark on the palate and the soul.

In a world where culinary experiences are often fleeting, the memories forged amidst the flickering candlelight of Cafe Monarch will endure as a testament to the    allure of fine dining and the timeless elegance of Italian gastronomy. Until next event, we raise our glasses in gratitude to everybody who joined us on this fine evening in the heart of Arizona’s culinary landscape. Grazie!