Grace Farms and Farmboy Present A Night In Tuscany Featuring Deep Sky Vineyard Wines and Chef Chris Spear (Founder of Cooking from Roots).
13012 E Chandler Heights Rd
Chandler, AZ 85249
Menu (Subject to change)
Cured Meats | Cheese | Accompaniments (TBD)
Chicken Liver Pate featuring Tucson’s Top Knot Farms
Farmboy Sour Dough Warm Bread Featuring Hayden Mills Flour and Queen Creek Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Panzanella Salad
Featuring Farmboy’s Sourdough Bread and locally sourced vegetables
2. Pici Cacio e Pepe
Homemade Pasta with Local Cheese Spiced with Pepper
Deep Sky Vineyard Frozen Grapes and Italian Sparking Wine
4. Pappardelle alla Lepre
A Tuscan Specialty Pasta Dish
Tiramisu Featuring Flagstaff’s Matador Coffee
Wine and Beer included (tax and gratuity as well).
Chef Chris is making the evening's pasta by hand.
Chef Chris Spear will be making pasta with Hayden Mills Arizona wheat. Here are some notes on the amazing flour we make here in AZ.
Hayden Mills Blue Beard Durum, developed with Don Guerra - Barrio Bread in Tucson. Grown at Sossaman Farms in Queen Creek.
Also known as pasta wheat, this durum is said to be a Landrace crop originating in Iran. This plump, yellow grain is best used for semolina to create pasta. Blue Beard Durum (14.18% protein, 8.35% moisture)
Sonoran Flour from BKW Farms in Marana. A very basic milling process is used. White Sonora Wheat – A heritage grain brought to the southwestern United States by Father Kino in the late 1600s. White Sonora is a soft, low protein wheat (http://www.bkwazgrown.com/content/grains#heritage_grains)
In 2009 we traveled to Argentina to celebrate Philip’s 50th birthday. We fell in love with the region’s Malbec wines and bought a small vineyard in the Uco Valley, just south of Mendoza. The hot sun, ample water supply and high desert soils produced luscious wines that exploded with flavor. We were hooked!
We returned home and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Argentina and Arizona. Was it possible we’d forgotten to look in our own backyard? With a little research, here’s what we discovered:
• Uco Valley, Argentina lies at 33 degrees South Latitude
• Willcox, Arizona lies at 33 degrees North Latitude
• Neither region has a marine influence
• Both have a high temperature amplitude (difference between daytime highs and nighttime lows)
• Both have similar soils
• Both have large underground acquifers
Uco Valley lies at the foot of the Andes Mountains
• Willcox lies at the foot of the Chiricahua Mountains
• Both have high desert climates at over 3,500 feet in altitude
What else could we do? We had to try and grow Malbec in Arizona! But we didn’t stop there. We decided to also plant the Rhone varieties of Viognier, Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Counoise which also benefit from the Arizona sun and terroir.