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April 2016 Events at The Hermosa Inn

Event season continues as we celebrate our 80th anniversary throughout 2016. April events highlight the property's culinary program at LON's with Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco at the helm, the property's long history in the arts with an upcoming painting class and more. RSVP for any of the below classes by calling LON's at 602.955.7878. Details include: LON's Art of Cooking Class: Summer Dishes Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 12 â?" 2 p.m. Guests are invited to join Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team as they demonstrate how to counteract the summer heat with light and refreshing summer dishes. From salads, granitas and chilled soups, to chilled appetizers and entrees, guests will leave this class well prepared for their next summer gathering. Cost: $69/person Wines of the World Educational Series: Summer Wines Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 4 â?" 5:30 p.m. LON's at the Hermosa will be uncorking their award-winning wine program to take guests on a worldwide wine tasting experience, where they'll be able to sample a specific varietal and compare and contrast the difference in flavor profiles from those of each region, in addition to enjoying small plates specifically paired with the wines. LON's sommelier will lead each class, introducing guests to different wine regions of the world, teaching how to read labels, when to decant wines, and other tips and tricks of the wine trade. Cost: $55++/person Mimosa Mornings w/Carrie Curran Art Studios featuring Blue Door Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 â?" 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning of entertaining art instruction while sipping mimosas, eating pastries and creating masterpieces in The Hermosa Inn's stunning desert gardens. From enthusiastic beginners to emerging professionals, accomplished artist Carrie Curran will teach, inspire and guide guests on an artistic journey while using acrylic on canvas and learning to gracefully handle the medium. Cost: $75/class includes all supplies, mimosas and pastries Mixology Class at Last Drop: Tequila Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2 â?" 4 p.m. Join Last Drop's Spirit Guide for a two-hour crash course on cocktails. Guests not only get a taste of two cocktails but a veritable knowledge on the liquor of choice, along with ample time for Q&A at only 10 people per class. Cost: $30++/person Farmer in the House Dinner featuring Duncan's Trading Company & Pillsbury Wine Company Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 5:30 â?" 9 p.m. Patrick Duncan of Duncan's Trading Company and Sam Pillsbury of Pillsbury Wine Company will be joining Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and LON's culinary team to create a one-of-a-kind five-course dinner featuring only Arizona ingredients, paired with Arizona wines. Eat local, drink local and support local at this special AZ-made dinner. Cost: $99++/person For more details, or to RSVP for any of the above classes, call LON's at 602.955.7878.

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LON's Jeremy Pacheco Wows at "Check, Please! Arizona" Festival

Crowds queued up to get into the fourth annual "Check, Please! Arizona" food festival held this year at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. The festival celebrates the successful PBS 8 original series "Check, Please!" starring James Beard award-winner Robert McGrath and the local restaurants that are featured on it. Only restaurants - such as LON's at the Hermosa - that are featured on the show are invited to the festival. Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco served up two items that will be featured on LON's spring menu to the crowd. The artfully presented plates highlight local Arizona ingredients, something LON's is known for. Mangalitsa pork with fennel-pink peppercorn jam and pickled peppers on a polenta johnnycake; and a roasted vegetable salad with mesquite vinaigrette.   The former might be labor intensive to make at home (first, get an Arizona pig�). But the salad is doable, as Pacheco proved when he took to the stage at noon for a demonstration. Local farmers' markets now feature beets, parsnips, carrots and turnips, which Pacheco slices and tosses with vegetable oil and thyme, then lays on a rack in a roasting pan with white wine. Roast for an hour at 350 degrees, then cool for 5 minutes. The trick? The skin can be easily rubbed off with a towel, much easier than peeling raw veggies. A blend of ice wine vinegar and locally made Mesquite Amber Syrup give the vinaigrette a special touch. Plate with a purple frilly lettuce and top it off with a shaving of goat cheese. While Arizona produces a lot of goat cheese, Pacheco found a hard blue goat cheese with a strong flavor that he microplanes over the top, which perfectly finishes off this colorful starter. Back at the LON's booth at the festival - where Pacheco's team plated 800 servings of the pork and also the roasted vegetables - a lengthy (but fast moving) line was a constant. Large signs of satisfaction generally greeted the first bite of the pork in particular - a real crowd pleaser. If the dishes sound familiar, know that Pacheco plated similar at the Phoenix Art Museum's Devoured food festival a few weeks ago - where the pork won loud accolades from local critics. Recreate the salad by visiting your local farmer's market. Here in Phoenix, you can find turnips, carrots and red leaf lettuce from Blue Sky Organic Farms, tomatoes from Abby Lee Farm, rosemary from Maya's Farm. With an olive oil and balsamic dressing, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, it makes for the perfect, low-calorie dinner. Couldn't make it to the festival? Try these dishes on Chef Pacheco's new menu which debuts at LON's on March 23, 2016. Make a reservation on OpenTable or by calling 602.955.7878.

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Recipe: The Hermosa Inn's 80th Anniversary Cocktail

As part of our 80th anniversary celebration, we'll be announcing various initiatives throughout the year as ways for guests and residents to help us celebrate. This will include an 80th Anniversary stay (to be announced soon) and the below cocktail, which we'll be offering throughout 2016, that pays homage to our original owner cowboy artist Alonzo "Lon" Megargee. While we imagine his go-to cocktail would be a stiff drink, we think he'd like to celebrate such a special occasion with the occasional bubble. Join us for a cheers next time you visit, and don't forget to tag photos from your stays and dinner at LON's with #HermosaTurns80. The Alonzo 80 ($10) 1 oz CaskWerks Gin 1/2 oz hibiscus syrup 1/2 oz lime juice 4oz St. Hilaire sparkling Place hibiscus flower into champagne flute. Measure first 3 ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake like hell. Pour into Champagne flute. Top with St. Hilaire. For more recipes from behind the bar, follow us on Pinterest. For more information, visit www.LastDropBar.com, call 602.955.7878 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Badgley, Mischka, and "American Glamour:" Hollywood at the Hermosa

Mark Badgley and James Mischka have come a long way from their early days working from a loft in New York's Hell's Kitchen to their present-day offices in a landmark building on Seventh Avenue in the Garment District. Tuesday they'll be here at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, AZ to talk with guests and sign copies of their book, American Glamour. The 225 silver-leafed pages of this gorgeous tome by publisher Rizzoli shows why Vogue named Badgley Mischka one of the ten most important names in fashion. Kate Mara, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Dame Helen Mirren and Angelica Huston are a few of the celebrities photographed wearing Badgley Mischka's stunning gowns on the red carpet. Their mantra of "one zip and you're glamorous" sums up the American design duo's fascination with 1940s Hollywood glamour which they combine with modern day simplicity. Known for intricate beading, clinging silhouettes and fishtail gowns, the designs of Mark Badgley and James Mischka make a woman feel glamorous. Intricate beading is a signature of their look and they have refined a unique process over the years to achieve a certain lustre and color from the beads. One grand dress can take up to five people five days to sew on tens of thousands of custom beads and pearls. Martini-worthy cocktail dresses are celebrated in one chapter. Badgley Mischka's first collection consisted of twenty black dresses (and one red) that they thought their friends would wear. The right dress, they believe, can take a woman anywhere. It wasn't long before fans of their evening dresses were begging for versions in white and ivory to be worn as wedding gowns. Launched at Bergdorf Goodman in 1997, their sensual and romantic dresses are sought-after works of art that require the same intricate hand detailing of their evening gowns. The full-page photographs show stunning designs from the collection through the 2015 season. Come and meet this American design team, and talk fashion -- and Hollywood! -- over wine and hors d'oeuvres at The Hermosa Inn. Tuesday March 8, 5-7 pm, $40. Space is limited. Call 602.955.7878 to reserve your place.

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March Events at The Hermosa Inn

Our 80th Anniversary celebrations continue through the month of March as we host a number of events celebrating all things art, culture and culinary - plus a new series called Conversations in Fashion, launching March 8, 2016. Join us for any of the below events by calling LON's at 602.955.7878. Artist in Residence Brunch featuring Trevor Swanson Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. â?" 2 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy an a la carte brunch at LON's at the Hermosa featuring special guest and artist Trevor Swanson, who will be on hand for a painting demonstration of his works, which will be on display and available for purchase. From his frequent travels and love of the outdoors, Swanson has developed a great respect and enthusiasm for all aspects of nature which he now conveys through his art. With keen insight into the precise details of the animals and their environments, he transfers that to the canvas while remaining true to the fundamentals of artistic realism. Cost: complimentary with the price of brunch Conversations in Fashion featuring Badgley Mischka Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Mark Badgley and James Mischka of the American fashion brand Badgley Mischka, renowned for their beaded evening gowns and cocktail dresses worn by celebrities at red-carpet events, will be joining us at LON's for the inaugural "Conversations in Fashion," where guests will enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and meet and mingle with the designers, who will also be signing copies of their new book, American Glamour. Created in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum's Arizona Costume Institute, this design-focused, cocktail hour series will feature select artists from ACI's rich programming of events supporting the art of fashion. Cost: $40/person LON's Art of Cooking Class: Whole Grains Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 12 â?" 2 p.m. Eating whole grains is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and specialty supermarkets are stocking their shelves with a greater variety than ever before. In this class, enjoy the healthier side of food as LON's chefs provide an overview of some of the most popular grains, including quinoa and bulgur wheat, millet farro, and rice, in addition to teaching various cooking methods, techniques, recipes and benefits of these grains. Cost: $69/person Artist in Residence Plein Air Art Class featuring Carrie Curran Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. â?" 12 p.m. Join critically acclaimed Plein Air painter, and The Hermosa Inn's Artist in Residence, Carrie Curran of Carrie Curran Art Studios to learn the essentials of plein air painting, which requires different practices and disciplines from painting in the studio. Curran will demonstrate and teach students step-by-step to create a small "study" on the grounds of The Hermosa Inn. Course includes all oil painting supplies and outdoor equipment. Class size is limited. Cost: $130/person includes all oil painting supplies and outdoor equipment Wines of the World Educational Series: Chardonnay Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 4 â?" 5:30 p.m. LON's at the Hermosa will be uncorking their award-winning wine program to take guests on a worldwide wine tasting experience, where they'll be able to sample a specific varietal and compare and contrast the difference in flavor profiles from those of each region, in addition to enjoying small plates specifically paired with the wines. LON's sommelier will lead each class, introducing guests to different wine regions of the world, teaching how to read labels, when to decant wines, and other tips and tricks of the wine trade. Cost: $55++/person Mimosa Mornings w/Carrie Curran Art Studios featuring Saguaro Sunset Saturday, March 19 from 9:30 â?" 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning of entertaining art instruction while sipping mimosas, eating pastries and creating masterpieces in The Hermosa Inn's stunning desert gardens. From enthusiastic beginners to emerging professionals, accomplished artist Carrie Curran will teach, inspire and guide guests on an artistic journey while using acrylic on canvas and learning to gracefully handle the medium. Cost: $75/class includes all supplies, mimosas and pastries Mixology Class at Last Drop: Rum Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2 â?" 4 p.m. Join Last Drop's Spirit Guide for a two-hour crash course on cocktails. Guests not only get a taste of two cocktails but a veritable knowledge on the liquor of choice - this month rum - along with ample time for Q&A at only 10 people per class. Cost: $30++/person Easter Brunch at LON's at the Hermosa Sunday, March 27 from 10 a.m. â?" 3 p.m. Enjoy this special holiday with family and friends as LON's Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team prepare a special Easter Brunch consisting of four delicious courses. Cost: $75++/person |Kids ages 5-12: $25 | Kids under 4: free To make a reservation for any of the above events, call 602.955.7878. To a see our full calendar of upcoming events go here.

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