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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Flutes & Coops

Count me in! This event is destined to be spectacular, presented by Moët & Chandonand Woodford Reserve and hosted by Stephanie Izard, Chuck Hughes & Keifer Gilbert.

Fried chicken and champagne prove once again to be an inspired pairing. A star studded line up of chefs put their own spin on the southern specialty, complete with side dishes, fine bubbly and live music thanks to American country singer/songwriter D. Vincent Williams & the Nashville Allstars. Festival-goers can book VIP admission to enjoy 45 minutes of personal time with their favorite chef. Participating chefs and mixologists include Stephanie Izard, Chuck Hughes, Keifer Gilbert, Ana Garza, Bernie Kantak, Danny Grant, David Rose, Eddie Garcia, Jacob Ellis, James Garron, Jacob Cutino, Jeff Jackson, Lindsay Autry, Michael DeMaria, PJ Baron, Rochelle Daniel, Ron Dimas, Stephen Jones, and Tyson Tellez.

This event takes place:

Friday, April 20, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

(VIP), 7:15-10 p.m. (general admission);

The Sanctuary Ballroom and Lower Lawn;

$225 VIP/ $150 GA per person

Event includes: action stations, wine pairings, featured cocktails

Nirvana consists of 4 days of food and fun events with some of the top Chefs. Among the headliners are Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, who will share the spotlight with star chef/television personalities Todd English, Chuck Hughes, Aarón Sánchez, Stephanie Izard, Scott Conant; master mixologists Jason Asher, Maxton Kennedy, and more. Also playing a starring role will be Arizona’s glorious spring weather and famous sunsets, with Sanctuary’s mountain perch offering the ideal vantage point.

Nirvana 2018 will bring back crowd favorites from last year – Best of the West, the Master of Taste winemaker dinners and a Celebrity Golf Tournament. Three new events will make their festival debuts – Bourbon Street Blues, Rosé Parté, and Tequila & Tortillas.

Tickets to Nirvana are available at In addition to individual tickets, there are two value packages available: the Nirvana Passport ($444), offering a 20-percent savings for those who attend all events (excluding the celebrity golf tournament, Rosé Parté, and Master of Taste) and the Fiji Tastemaker ($256.50), which combines two main events, Bourbon Street and Tequila & Tortillas, at a 10-percent savings.

Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of two Nirvana Packages. “Total Nirvana” starts at $2,025 and includes three nights’ (Thursday – Saturday) accommodations at Sanctuary, one of the most celebrated resorts in the U.S., tickets to all four main Nirvana events, and 20-percent savings on room and tickets. Or, travelers may opt for the “Nirvana Package” that starts at $1,827 with the guest’s choice of two Nirvana main events, and 10-percent savings on tickets and accommodations in a luxury casita, suite or private home. Book online at or call 844-871-6042.

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