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Cheers to Arizona’s Heritage with a Celebration and Experience that will Spark your Imagination


PHOENIX – (December 5, 2012) – Experience the energy of downtown Phoenix during a divine New Year’s Eve dinner at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar and an overnight stay at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Make it a night to remember as Arizona’s centennial year comes to a grand finale! Enjoy the evening complete with a dinner menu that features delicious American cuisine inspired by the Sonoran desert and an exceptional overnight stay that will create everlasting memories.


New Year’s Eve Dinner

Journey into an Arizona desert-inspired New Year’s Eve experience accented with Arizona wine pairings while listening to live jazz music throughout the night at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. The delectable dinner creations showcase artisan ingredients, herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden, and sustainably harvested produce from local growers. Savor desert-influenced American foods served with an innovative twist that will evoke inspiration for years to come.


Amuse: Schreiner’s bacon wrapped Arizona dates filled with Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese   and drizzled with organic agave nectar infused with purple sage from the restaurant’s rooftop garden.


First course: Poured tableside, an indigenous squash soup with butter-poached desert sweet shrimp from Gila Bend and griddled heirloom zucchini quick bread finished with toasted pepitas and burnt mesquite marshmallow.


Second course: The “High Desert Duo” includes a saddle of rabbit and Singh Farms young carrot stew with rosemary honey coupled with smoked prairie quail with creamed corn, grilled nopales and garlic chives from the restaurant’s rooftop garden.


Intermezzo: Arizona sparkling wine and Arcadia citrus tarragon sherbet.


Main course: An Arizona trio includes: Arizona grass-fed beef short rib with a chili that pays homage to the late Senator Barry Goldwater’s chili mix and a cilantro lime salt; chipotle pulled pork tamale with Hayden Flour Mill cornmeal, Arizona pistachios and charred tomatillo salsa; and finally chuck wagon gin-infused venison with high country Mogollon Pignon brittle and huckleberries.


Dessert: A sweet surprise from the restaurant’s Pastry Chef Winnona Herr. All you need to know is it’s “Out with the Old, In with the New”!

First seating is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Prices are $59 for adults, $30 for young adults under 12 years of age, and $30 for the Arizona wine pairing. Second seating is from 8 to 10 p.m. Prices are $69 for adults with a champagne toast, $34 for young adults under 12 years of age, and $30 for the Arizona wine pairing. An a la carte menu will be available for bar patrons. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Restaurant reservations are required. Call (602) 817-5400 or visit


Dine and Stay

Come for a memorable dinner and then stay at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel with holiday rates starting from $89. At the end of the night, relax and slip into the comfort of a signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. During your stay, marvel at a gingerbread house village creatively decorated and displayed inside the hotel’s Park Lounge lobby. Rekindle fond holiday memories while looking forward to the New Year. At Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, special moments are meant to be shared and fun is for everyone!


Stay the night at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel with holiday rates starting from $89. To book, visit or call (866) 716-8134 and mention rate code HOL12. (Dinner not included.)


New Year’s Day

After a celebratory night of ringing in the New Year, the District Harvest Table in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar will satisfy your appetite! The District Harvest Table features a complete breakfast experience for only $17.95 and includes: fluffy scrambled eggs with Singh Farms I’itoi onions, Applewood smoked bacon, peppered sausage, biscuits with Schreiner’s red eye gravy, sweet toast with Vermont maple syrup, assorted breads from a local master baker and pastries, seasonal fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh juice, and coffee. For an additional $3, try building your own elixir at the Bloody Mary Bar, or simply opt for a mimosa. For those in need of a $5 upgrade, try the Five Chili Bloody Mary made with Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka from Oregon. Or, if you’re in need of a hangover remedy, the Bloody Bourbon is the answer! This specialty cocktail is more like a breakfast that can satisfy any post-party event. The Bloody Bourbon is made with Schreiner’s chorizo and Jim Beam Black Bourbon and available only on New Year’s Day. (The complete recipe is below). The District Harvest Table is available from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

 For the Bloody Bourbon cocktail recipe, click here.

About Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel opened on September 30, 2008, as the largest hotel in Arizona with 1,000 guestrooms. The hotel features signature services and amenities such as Sheraton Fitness® powered by Core Performance, the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed and the Link@Sheraton experienced by Microsoft®. Set in an urban oasis, the hotel offers guests a 4,500-square-foot outdoor pool and sundeck with an adjacent rooftop herb garden. The hotel provides more than 80,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space and a restaurant, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, with bar and lounge. It is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix and adjacent the Phoenix Convention Center. For additional information or for reservations, please visit


About District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is designed to meld into the fabric of the downtown Phoenix core, embracing its inherent energy with open-air patio seating, local artwork, and live entertainment or DJs. Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the restaurant serves the best of innovative American heritage cuisine, wines, beers, and classic cocktails. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar features a rooftop garden, supports local food purveyors, and offers a wide selection of sophisticated yet accessible regional fare. Patrons can expect new twists on classic favorites as well as traditional favorites reinvented. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is located at the northwest corner of Third Street and Van Buren in the heart of downtown Phoenix. For restaurant reservations, please call (602) 817-5400 or visit


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Maralyn D. HillThe Epicurean Explorer

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