Blog: Specialty Venue

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Bon Appétit Executive Chef Chris Lenza and the Café Allegro team are known for their commitment to showcasing Arizona ingredients and indigenous foodways. But for this year’s Eat Local Challenge, attended by some very special guests, they outdid themselves.

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Two special menus came to the Restaurant at the Getty in Los Angeles this spring, including one to accompany the exhibition “A Queen’s Treasure from Versailles: Marie-Antoinette’s Japanese Lacquer” and another for Valentine’s Day.

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The special “experience weekend” at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix offered focused on the “Science of Cooking” and incorporated a live, rapid-freeze ice cream demo.

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Once per year, General Manager Adrian Burciaga invites an international guest chef to share the kitchen with the Bon Appétit team, cooking a multicourse meal to pair with the evening’s themed wines. This year, Adrian partnered with renowned chef and Top Chef Mexico judge Aquiles Chávez.

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Rogelio Garcia, Bon Appétit’s executive chef at The Commissary in San Francisco’s Presidio, was invited to cook a collaborative Día de los Muertos dinner with chefs from all over the country at the James Beard House — it was his second time to cook at the famed house!

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Always going above and beyond for the Eat Local Challenge, it’s no surprise that Executive Chef Chris Lenza and his team at the Musical Instrument Museum’s Café Allegro have started developing recipes for hot sauces made with local chilis