BeauMac arrives in Old Town Scottsdale. He has run the kitchen at Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain for over 20 years. And now, famous chef Beau MacMillan is branching out with a second Valley restaurant concept.
Chef Cala’s restaurant is coming soon to the new Senna House boutique hotel at 7501 E. Camelback Road. Expect coastal Mediterranean cuisine from Greece, Italy, Spain and Morocco, with a menu “driven by adults for the old town vibe,” MacMillan said in an exclusive interview with The Arizona Republic.
Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the restaurant is a spacious 5,000 square feet, with a large patio featuring a 40 foot bar with cabanas. He hopes to open the restaurant by January 21.
“A lot of people come here, find a place to eat and move to the clubs,” he said. “Let’s give them a place to eat where they won’t want to move.”
What to expect on Cala’s menu in Scottsdale
Cala is MacMillan’s second project with catering group Clive Collective, with which he has partnered to open Money, Baby! inside the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas in the summer of 2021. Money, Baby! is a sprawling interactive game restaurant and bar that Eater Las Vegas has described as an “adult playground with mid-century modern flair.”
Cala’s menu – which means cove in Spanish and Italian – will be smaller, focusing on fresh, light dishes with a “nice little pasta program” and pizza toppings that draw from different regions of the world. It’s the kind of place where you can spend $ 15 on an appetizer or splurge on a $ 150 tomahawk steak, MacMillan said.
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Seafood will also take center stage, with raw crudos and Peruvian scallop ceviche, as well as Mediterranean sea bass alongside meatier entrees like braised beef cheeks. Other dishes he tinkers with include a Moroccan-style braised lamb with a ras el hanout spice blend, a Spanish octopus dish and a mezze platter with a smoked eggplant and whipped honey ricotta. MacMillan hopes the menu will be ready for staff tastings soon.
Further afield, he also wants to organize sangria brunches with fondues on weekends.
“I’d rather do 15 things good than 25 things worse,” he said.
Peter McQuaid is Executive Chef. Clint Spotleson developed the cocktails
To bring the menu to life, he hires Sanctuary Camelback alumnus Peter McQuaid as executive chef. MacMillan described him as a “prodigy” who was the restaurant’s youngest sous-chef when he hired him at age 21. McQuaid was instrumental in opening Money, Baby !, and MacMillan believes Cala will be a good place to help him shine.
On the drink side, Cala will have an extensive cocktail menu crafted by bartender Clint Spotleson, who spent years at the Sanctuary before working at the famous Herbs & Rye cocktail bar in Las Vegas. MacMillan said the cocktail menu will have a “feminine vibe with fresh, colorful cocktails that are Instagrammable.” This results in lighter drinks that aren’t heavy on spirits, but with interesting flavors like cardamom and cinnamon, or a syrup of red pepper and basil.
Who is Beau MacMillan?
A longtime staple of Phoenix subway restaurants, MacMillan has cooked at one of the valley’s best resorts, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain since 1998, opening his signature Elements restaurant in 2001. During this time, he also expanded a solid career in television with the Food Network and co-hosted the show “Worst Cooks in America” in 2012.
He is best known for defeating Bobby Flay while cooking Kobe Beef on an episode of “Iron Chef America” in 2006. He also hosts Scottsdale’s first food festival, Nirvana Food and Wine, which he hopes to see. bring back in November 2022.
MacMillan said that in the future he Get ready to start working again with on-screen pal Guy Fieri. MacMillan previously served as a judge on “Guy’s Grocery Games” and appeared on Fieri’s hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.
Cala in Old Town Scottsdale
Details: 7501 E. Camelback Road, calascottsdale.com.
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