Omni Hotels & Resorts and FOOD & WINE invite you to Discover Rioja Weekend at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Sample wines and cuisine from one of Spain’s burgeoning regions with events that include tastings, a cooking demonstration, tapas crawl, and a five-course, wine-paired dinner. Celebrity Chef Katie Button, owner of Cúrate Tapas Bar and Nightbell restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, and FOOD & WINE’s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle, will host the weekend events.



  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m: Welcome reception with cooking demonstration, tapas and wine tasting in the Omni Scottsdale Chef’s Kitchen featuring FOOD & WINE Editor Ray Isle and Celebrity Chef Katie Button
Chef's Kitchen at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Chef’s Kitchen at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia


  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m: Lunch event featuring Executive Chef Marcos Seville and FOOD & WINE  Editor Ray Isle. Programming to include a wine educational-style seminar lead by Ray Isle featuring the wines of Rioja paired with food
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m: Self-guided tasting tour with artisan pop-up shops throughout the property curated by Omni Hotels & Resorts along with FOOD & WINE
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m: Cocktail Reception
  • 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m: Five-course dinner hosted at Prado featuring Celebrity Chef Katie Button

Prado at Omni Montelucia. Photo courtesy Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia


  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: Rosé Brunch featuring Executive Chef Marcos Seville



Celebrity Executive Chef & Co-owner of Cúrate Bar de Tapas and Nightbell – Ashville, NC

Chef Katie Button is a Southern chef with a scientific mind who honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés. She is now the executive chef and co-owner of Cúrate Bar de Tapas and Nightbell in Asheville, North Carolina, which have earned world-wide recognition and accolades and Button a place among Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2015. In October 2016, she released her first cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen, offering up recipes for home cooks that celebrate her love of Spain and Southern heritage. Chef Button recently completed the expansion of Cúrate Bar de Tapas, adding a jamoneria with charcuterie to go and a bar inspired by the vermuterias of Spain, with cocktails and a selection of Spanish vermouth, sherry and cider on tap and by the bottle.


Executive Chef – Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia – Scottsdale, AZ

At the helm of the resort’s impressive food and beverage program is Executive Chef Marcos Seville. When cultivating his culinary vision, Seville draws from over a decade of experience gained through various roles within the food and beverage industry. During his time at Omni Scottsdale, he has participated in a plethora of culinary events including the inaugural “Desert to Dish,” a James Beard Foundation event and celebration of Arizona’s Agritourism. Prior to joining Omni Scottsdale in 2013 as executive sous chef, Seville served as the executive banquet chef at The Peabody in Orlando, Florida, where he led the culinary team to success. Before making his way back to the valley, Seville worked in multiple professional kitchens including the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa and the Arizona Biltmore.



Executive Wine Editor for FOOD & WINE

Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor for FOOD & WINE, where he writes the monthly column, as well as regular feature articles on wine, spirits and wine-and-food-pairing subjects. His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in wide range of national publications, have been nominated twice for a James Beard award, and have won the IACP Bert Greene Award for culinary writing about wine or spirits. He also speaks regularly on wine at events around the country, and is a regular guest on national media, appearing on programs such as Today, CBS This Morning, The View, CNBC’s On the Money & Squawk Box, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “Splendid Table, among others.


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