Originally founded in 1987 as the tourism arm of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Experience Scottsdale became a standalone organization in 2001. The organization has more than 40 full- and part-time employees, along with a volunteer board of directors composed of local hospitality and tourism industry leaders.
Cafe Monarch is a family-owned Scottsdale favorite that recently made waves on the national food scene when it was named one of TripAdvisor's 25 Best Restaurants of 2018. It's easy to see why. From the ornate Spanish-inspired architecture to the inventive, multicultural menu and the lush patio, Cafe Monarch is the perfect destination for your next special occasion.
Cafe Monarch also takes its hospitality philosophy seriously: “We want people to be taken care of in an unpretentious air that makes fine dining fun and approachable,” says chef Ryan Pitt. “We have a close relationship with our purveyors that allow us to create a different menu weekly that is constantly evolving with global aspects and classic techniques using the best products available.”
Your wonderful choices might include truffle cauliflower soup with crème fraiche and pine nuts, seared foie gras with green apple turnover, or tuna crudo on crispy rice cakes. An extensive wine list encourages pairing, while superb craft cocktails are just as thoughtfully created. “Like our chefs, I begin with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients where I can,” says head bartender Andrew DeNeef. “I take my inspiration from prohibition-era cocktails and look to ancient wisdom to craft modern classics of my own that complement our prix-fixe menus. It’s our hope that our guests recognize everything we do is focused to create a memorable experience.”