Hone Your Holiday Entertaining Skills with the Arizona Biltmore

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Get in the holiday mindset with the Arizona Biltmore‘s new tasting experiences as well as cooking and food education classes geared toward the season. You’ll have 10 opportunities to experience everything from making your own holiday cocktails and chocolate truffles to creating cookies and gingerbread houses with the kids to champagne and wine tastings.

Dec. 4, Saturday): “Gingerbread House Making 101.”
1–3 p.m. in the Pastry Shop in the McArthur Kitchen. Hands on. $50.
Chef Shane Ward and his team will show participants how to create their very own gingerbread house that they can take home afterward to share with the family.

Dec. 11, Saturday: “Top 10 Wines.”
1–2:30 p.m. in Wright’s Main Dining Room. Lecture and food pairing. $40.
Enjoy a comparative tasting and discussion of five of the Top 10 Wines of the season, paired with a sampling of fine hors d’oeuvres.

Dec. 18, Saturday: “Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate.”
1–3:30 p.m. in Main Pastry Shop. Demo. $40.
The Arizona Biltmore Main Pastry Shop will show attendees how to make chili hot chocolate, chocolate truffles, chocolate soufflés, flourless chocolate cake and other Biltmore secret chocolate recipes.

Dec. 24, Friday: “Sprinkle your Cupcakes.”
11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Main Pastry Shop. Demo. $30.
For those who always feel rushed during the holidays, this class will share a number of fast, easy and creative ways to bake, stuff and decorate favorite holiday cupcakes such as Peppermint Crunch and Chocolate Dunked Candy Cane.

Dec. 26, Sunday: “The Day After – Holiday Cocktails.”
1-2:30 p.m. in Frank & Albert’s Bar. Demo and tasting. $30.
Walk down memory lane at Frank & Albert’s with such classic drinks as the original Tequila Sunrise (a concoction first created at the Biltmore) and accompanied by small plate pairings.

Dec. 27, Monday: “Holiday Bubbly Wine Tasting.”
2–4 p.m. in Frank & Albert’s Bar. Demo and tasting. $30.
Sample five sparkling wines that are just right for ringing in the New Year. Be confident in your selection with a side-by-side comparative tasting paired with caviars, cheeses and cured meats.

Dec. 28, Tuesday: “Make and Decorate Holiday Cookies with the Kids.”
2–4 p.m. in the Main Pastry Shop. Hands on. $25.
Big and small kids are welcome to mix, cut, bake and decorate with Chef Stephanie, pastry chef extraordinaire. Build them, box them and share with your family.

Dec. 29, Wednesday: “Leftovers Dining.”
1–4 p.m. in the Main Kitchen. Demo. $30.
So all the relatives have left town and you suddenly find yourself with a whole lot of extra food. Join the Arizona Biltmore for this fun demo that will show you how to put those holiday leftovers to good use!

Dec. 30, Thursday: “The Chef’s Studio.”
1–4 p.m. in the Main Kitchen. Hands on. $50.
Chefs Todd Sicolo and Conor Favre will teach participants the lingo of the kitchen, as well as knife skills and how to prepare a sumptuous four-course lunch while you enjoy wine with each course.

Dec. 31, Friday: “Wild about Wine and Cheese.”
1-3 p.m. in Wrights Dining Room. Demo. $45.
Discover unexpected yet excellent wine and cheese pairings while also learning how to cook such classics as saltimbocca, pinot pasta, red wine-braised sausage with creamy mac and cheese, and more.

Reservations for the classes and tastings are required, and you can reserve your place by calling 602.381.7632 or 800.950.0086.

The Arizona Biltmore is located at 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix 602.955.6600

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