Sedona Hotels Go For the Gourmet

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The Yavapai offers a Sunday brunch ($38 per person) featuring seafood, caviar, egg dishes, a carving station, breakfast entrees, pastries and Champagne, along with live music played by a jazz trio.

The Yavapai Restaurant has a “resort casual” dress code during dinner – no denim or athletic wear. Enchantment’s Tii Gavo restaurant is more casual and also has amazing views.

The Yavapai Restaurant 5525 Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort (928-282-2900;

Sedona’s Food ‘Chaine’

Sedona may not be a culinary capital like San Francisco, New York, or Paris – unless the 40 local members of international culinary and enology organization Chaine des Rotisseurs are at your table. The Sedona chapter has been holding six dinners and wine tastings every year since 1990, says Peter Fagen, the group’s vice conseiller gastronomique.

Chaine des Rotisseurs began in Paris in 1950 and is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters from the 13th century. The organization has chapters in 70 countries with more than 7,000 members. While the Sedona chapter holds most of its dinners locally, they occasionally travel to Phoenix, Scottsdale and beyond – in August, they traveled to San Francisco for an event.

“We basically go out and have a good time eating and drinking,” says Peter. “We’ve had dinners at The Gallery on Oak Creek, L’Auberge, Rene’s and Steak and Sticks.”

Dinners usually cost $150 per person and include interaction with chefs and sommeliers who explain food and wine selections.

Peter says he’s seen a big change in Sedona dining over the past five years. “The dining experience in Sedona has improved dramatically,” he says. “Restaurant owners are paying attention to the quality of food, especially as diners start to demand a fresher product. We have restaurants flying in fish daily now. Some of them are comparable to the finest dining elsewhere.”

Each Chaine chapter has officers and each member wears a color ribbon to signify their position in the group. The medal in the center of each ribbon is engraved with the Chaine coat of arms: Two crossed turning spits and four larding needles surrounded by the flames of a hearth and the fleur-de-lis. Members collect pins and medals from different dining events.

Membership is exclusive and by invitation only – members pay dues to both the international organization and their individual chapter. For more information, visit

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