MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails will be the on-site restaurant at the much-anticipated FOUND:RE Phoenix, providing a unique dining experience for locals and travelers alike. An extension of the one-of-a-kind art and lifestyle hotel, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails will serve a selection of eclectic, globally-inspired street food in a fun and vibrant atmosphere that draws on the energy of the growing downtown art scene. The restaurant will exude creativity through innovative cuisine, inspired libations and interactive guest experiences.

Empanadas from MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails

Empanadas from MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails. Photo courtesy FOUND:RE Phoenix

Bringing more than two decades of industry talent and culinary expertise, Executive Chef Akos Szabo is leading the kitchen at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails and FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel. Simple and refined, the ever-changing menus created by Chef Szabo will focus on sharable plates. Chef Szabo is committed to supporting the Phoenix economy by partnering with local businesses such as Cochise Cattle Company, Crow’s Dairy, Noble Bread, Mediterra Bakehouse, Recycled City, and the Orchard Community Farm.

“MATCH will take you on a culinary journey,” said Chef Szabo. “It all starts when we strike a match to build a fire. We pair simple ingredients with technique, food with wine, and flavors with textures.”

Chef Szabo started his professional culinary career at AAA five-diamond Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. and has since worked his way through Southern California, Chicago, Boston, Napa Valley and Spain, providing him with a diverse culinary style that melds global cuisine with local ingredients. Born in California, Chef Szabo proudly embraces his Guatemalan heritage. At a young age, cooking alongside his grandmother, Mama Lola, Chef Szabo realized his passion for cooking.

Raw green papaya salad from MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails

Raw green papaya salad from MATCH Cuisine & cocktails. Photo courtesy FOUND:RE Phoenix

“At MATCH, our focus is going ‘Glocal’ by fusing global street foods and custom cocktails, with locally sourced ingredients,” said Vittal Calamur, FOUND:RE general manager. “We want this to be a unique experience for anyone dining and drinking at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, whether it’s with friends, family, clients, and all other social rendezvous. The hope is to stir curiosity with an innovative guest experience, and provide a place where our neighbors come together day after day.”

Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, MATCH will provide a community aspect that is inventive, approachable and almost entirely local. A central focus of the menu items will come from a beautiful Forno Bravo wood oven, as well as a wood grill fueled by a mix of wood from Northern Arizona. Hand-in-hand with MATCH’s globally-inspired menu, the cocktail program will focus on unique, artful libations sourced from local ingredients and international spirits, along with a selection of Arizona craft beers and wine.

Menu highlights at MATCH will include:

Small Plates:

  1.  Guatemalan Coctel de Camaron – haas avocado, heirloom tomato, grilled peppers, young coriander, lime, saladitas
  2. Wood Grilled Korean BBQ Ribs – salad of shaved green papaya, toban-jan lime dressing
  3. The Meat Shop Pizza – braised shoulder bacon, herbed porchetta sausage, smoked Canadian style loin, MATCH garden herbs

Family Style:

  1. Wood Grilled Bakkafrost Salmon – toasted red quinoa “tabbuoleh,” castelvetrano olives, Crows Dairy quark, local citrus, harissa vinaigrette
  2. Steak and Frittes – wood grilled ribeye, crisp house cut fries, sauce albufera, black garlic butter, Orchard Farms arugula

The on-site restaurant will also include an interactive guest experience with a 23-foot-long, 12 guest chef’s counter where Chef Szabo will create personalized menus. The Studio at FOUND:RE Phoenix is a unique private dining room, that will be able to accommodate up to 36 guests, and other private dining options include the Gallery that can accommodate up to 160 guests and offer the same globally-inspired menus and dining experience.

MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails and FOUND:RE Phoenix are being developed by Habitat Metro, the same developers of the Portland Place and the adjacent Portland on the Park condominiums with BOND Partners, developers of a collection of unique, lifestyle hotels and resorts. Construction is well underway, with MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails slated to be unveiled in spring 2016 in The Roosevelt Row Arts District; recently named one of the top ten up and coming art districts in the country by USA Today. Once revealed, the restaurant dining room will be open Monday – Sunday, for breakfast 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., with late afternoon and late night service available in the bar and lounge. For more information, please visit www.foundrehotels.com. For regular updates, please follow on social media, Facebook: MATCH Phoenix, Twitter and Instagram: @MATCHPhx.

FOUND:RE Phoenix rendering

FOUND:RE Phoenix rendering. Photo courtesy FOUND:RE Phoenix

About FOUND:RE Phoenix:  

Set to open in spring 2016, the 105-room art and lifestyle hotel will be a one-of-a-kind experience with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel will enhance the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The modern hotel will contain a dynamic art component led by Cultural Curator Michael Oleskow who will be sourcing contemporary art of various mediums by local artists that will inspire creative guest experiences. The collection is intended to complement the decor and guest programming, including an on-site art gallery and exterior avant-garde art display. The FOUND:RE is partnering with prolific designs partners to create an industrial, raw design and aesthetic throughout, with furnishings and touches such as concrete floors, exposed ceiling and floating beds. The hotel will also have an on-site restaurant, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, which will offer a creative menu of shareable plates focusing on eclectic, globally-inspired street food. The FOUND:RE will be another layer of creativity in Phoenix’s growing art community, embracing its urban location with nearby art galleries, the Phoenix Art Museum and creative art spaces. FOUND:RE Phoenix is also an affiliate of Worldhotels, a leading global group for independent upscale hotels with nearly 500 hotels in 250 destinations and 65 countries worldwide.

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