Arizona’s Nirvana Food and Wine Festival

Wednesday, May 1

The 5 Best Things I Ate at Arizona’s Nirvana Food and Wine Festival
Get an insider's look at what went down in Arizona last week.

By: Gabriela Rodiles

From tacos al pastor to the freshest wasabi I’ve ever tasted, the third annual Nirvana Food and Wine Festival had it all. Chefs and mixologists from all over the country came together for five days of events at the gorgeous Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona. As an Arizona native, I was thrilled to return to the city to celebrate the growing food community and soak up the much-needed sunshine.

Casino Del Sol's Executive Chef Ryan Clark - Ahi Tuna and Black Truffle 

Did you know most wasabi in the United States is just horseradish mixed with a bunch of things to create the signature taste? If you haven’t ever tried fresh, pure wasabi ground right before your eyes, do me a favor and call every restaurant possible to find a taste. At the Best of the West event, I tried Chef Ryan Clark’s truffle-cured tuna topped with pickled turnip, shoyu (similar to soy sauce) and the freshest wasabi ever. This one had me coming back for seconds!

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