Easter 2013 is early enough – March 31, 2013 – so you can still get outside and enjoy great Arizona Spring weather. Celebrate family this year at one of the Valley’s many Easter celebrations. Here are a few of the Valley's offerings:
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
Celebrations at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess include something for the entire family:
- Easter Brunch – an extravaganza of four award-winning restaurants creating the ultimate culinary Easter festival. Items will come from Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, The Grill at TPC Scottsdale, and Ironwood American Kitchen. Desserts are served by the resort’s executive pastry chef.
Brunch highlights include: Southwestern omelet station, fruit, parfaits, granola, cheeses, crostini and lavosh, smoothies, breakfast pastries, Danish and muffins, EVOO seared ancho lime-rubbed ahi tuna, lychee nut and Mexican fruit relish, micro shiso mint and lavender-rubbed lamb leg, Spring vegetables, wild ramps, colored baby carrots, banana leaf-wrapped shrimp and cheese tamales in chipotle, jumbo chilled shrimp, Kobe beef sliders, crispy tobacco onions, crispy sweet potato fries, house-smoked salmon, salt-crusted herb prime rib, broccollini, carrot cake, raspberry truffle cake, white & dark chocolate mousse shooters, lemon raspberry mousse shooters, assorted Easter novelty candy, fresh seasonal fruit tarts, Nutella ganache tarts, and a kids’ dessert station.
Brunch is Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at La Hacienda Plaza and Trellis. $75, adults; $29, children 6 – 12 years; free, children 5 and under with purchase of adult meal. Reservations required. Call 480.585.4848.
- Photos with the Easter Bunny – stop by Hacienda Plaza on Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a VIP meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny and a photo at the Bunny Cottage. One free photo per family with purchase of an adult brunch.
- Bunnyland and Radio Disney – follow the bunny trail and white picket fence to the Lagoon Lawn for fun in the Bunnyland Easter Playground on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a giant bounce house, petting zoo, wooden turtle races, jelly bean BINGO, “larger than life” bubble making, potato sack races and more. Radio Disney entertainment will make a special appearance and entertain kids with games, music and prizes. Free to brunch and hotel guests.
- Easter Egg Hunts – head to the La Hacienda Plaza gates on Sunday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., where the Easter Bunny will lead guests in a parade down bunny trail to Princess lawn where kids can hunt for Easter eggs. Free for brunch and hotel guests.
Latilla Restaurant, The Boulders
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree
Head to North Scottsdale/Carefree for Easter Sunday where Latilla Restaurant at The Boulders is serving up a not-to-forget Easter Brunch. On Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the chefs will create a mix of traditional and specialty breakfast items, carving station, bread and bakery station, hot and cold entrees, and desserts. Highlights include:
- Pacific Rim chicken salad with sweet garlic peanut sauce
- Southwestern Caesar salad with tri-color tortilla strips, fire-roasted chipotle Caesar dressing, grilled swordfish, and cumin vinaigrette
- Roasted leg of lamb with pesto rosemary sauce
- Honey-baked ham with a cherry port wine sauce
- Belgian waffles
- Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce
- Beef Carpaccio with pepper crust and caper garlic aioli
- Dill honey mustard glazed salmon with champagne sauce
- Mushroom ravioli with porcini mushrooms sauce and steamed spring vegetables
- Maple bacon and breakfast sausage
- Apple and cinnamon bread pudding
- White chocolate cheesecake
- Carrot cake
$68 for adults; $28, children 6 to 12 years; free for kids 5 and under. Reservations are required. Call the concierge at 480.488.9009.
4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Roaring Fork restaurant in Scottsdale hosts a rugged western-themed Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chef Michael Bouwens will serve up his bold American Western cooking. You’ll find a selection of breakfast items, carving stations with meats, signature side dishes, parfaits, and tasty desserts. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be $5 each. The brunch is $35 per person. Reservations required. Call 480.947.0795
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Enjoy a farm fresh Easter brunch and afternoon of kids’ fun with Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa on Sunday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here are some of the fun things waiting for you just south of Chandler:
- Grand Easter Brunch at Ko’Sin Restaurant – the award-winning chefs will create a spread of fresh salads, exotic fruits, artisan cheeses and house charcuteries. You’ll find a build-your-own waffle bar, hand-carved leg of lamb station, slow-roasted New York strip loin, and bone-in ham with agave nectar glaze. You can partake of the Gila River iced raw bar with chili poached prawns, cracked snow crab legs, assorted caviars, mesquite smoked salmon. You’ll also find a gourmet omelet station. Finish off brunch with an assortment of cakes, pies, or ice cream sundae bar. Brunch includes free champagne.
You can enjoy seating either indoors or outdoors on the patio with views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. $70, adults; $63, seniors; $35, kids 5 – 12 years; free, kids 4 and under. Kids of all ages will love visits by the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required. Call 602.385.5726.
- Easter Extravaganza – hosted by the Sheraton Adventure Team on the Hemapik lawn at the resort. For $10 per child, resort guests and locals can enter the large Easter egg hunt. There will be action figures, egg dying, cookie decorating, caricature artists, balloon artists, 11-foot inflatable slide, and free beverage station with snacks.
T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Easter Sunday at T. Cook's, the restaurant at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, is sure to be a memorable occasion. The restaurant, under the new leadership of Executive Chef Todd Sicolo, offers a delicious and romantic setting for your meal, in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. You'll be able to select from two Easter brunch options:
- T. Cook's Restaurant – serving Easter brunch on Sunday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start off with a Mediterranean market buffet of fruit, smoked fish and bagels, antipasti, balsamic grilled vegetables, artisan breads, marinated and pickled vegetables, iced seafood bar, salads, and cheeses.
Follow that with a served entrée, your choice Mediterranean Benedict with fingerling potatoes; mascarpone stuffed French toast; campari tomato and prosciutto frittata; Sunday roast of braised lamb shank; crispy wild salmon; Poulet rouge; or vegetable lasagna.
Finish the meal with a dessert buffet featuring lemon raspberry roulade, carrot cake cupcakes, key lime tarts, white chocolate crème brulee tart, chocolate truffles, milk chocolate mousse petite fours, toasted coconut panna cotta, graham cracker cheesecake parfaits with bing cherry compote.
The price is $75, adults; $25, children 6 to 12 years; free, children 5 and under. Includes coffee, soft drinks, and teas.
- Palmera Ballroom – another brunch option for Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meal is a full buffet and includes coffee, soft drinks, and tea. The price is $60 for adults; $20 for children 6 to 12 years; free for kids 5 and under.
Reservations are required for both options, with a credit card necessary to hold your spot. 48-hour cancellation policy. Call 602.808.0766.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale
Enjoy the fun this year at the Easter Egg-stravaganza at Westin Kierland Resort. It’s a day not to be forgotten by kids of all ages.
- Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza starts with a surprise entrance from the Easter Bunny via helicopter. Once the Easter bunny is on hand by 9 a.m., Sunday, March 31, the events begin. The Easter Egg Hunt includes 20,000 stuffed Easter eggs at the resort’s outdoor Marshall’s Pavilion. You’ll also find a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, face-painting, games, Easter-themed arts and crafts, and more. The Little Tots Hunt, for kids 2 to 5 years, begins at 10 a.m. The Easter egg “race” begins immediately after that on one of Kierland Golf Course’s fairways.
- Easter Champagne Brunch takes place Sunday, 3/31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trailblazer’s Ballroom. Breakfast station includes yogurt and granola parfaits, sliced fruit and berries, freshly-baked pastries, bagels and flavored cream cheeses. Smoked salmon table features green tea smoked salmon, pastrami-cilantro salmon, agave-cured salmon capers, boiled eggs, Bermuda onions, cream cheese and roma tomatoes. There’s a build-your-own omelet, Jonah crab Benedict scrambled eggs, cinnamon brandy French toast, applewood-smoked bacon and sausage. The lunch station includes a seafood harvest of jumbo Gulf shrimp, Alaskan crab legs, Bangs Island mussels mignonette. You’ll also find a sushi station, salad station, tapenade station, soup station, and carving station with cashew-dusted leg of lamb and slow-roasted prime rib. The hot buffet includes pan-seared chicken breast, haricots verts, roasted artichokes, chanterelle mushroom sauce; limoncello cod, golden raisin escabeche; grilled cider-brined pork medallions, chile mango relish; and roasted sweet potatoes, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. There’s a full dessert station with prepared to order Belgian waffles with an assortment of toppings, flavored cheesecakes, raspberry torte, ricotta cassata, chocolate mousse mocha éclairs, fruit tarts, key lime tarts, chocolate crunch bar, chocolate strawberries, mini crème bruelee, chocolate custards, espresso flans. Kids will love the dedicated kid’s station with fruit cocktail, celery and carrot sticks, mac & cheese, chicken fingers, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, mini corn dogs, tater tots, Easter cookies, brownies, and Jell-O parfaits.
Cost is $75 per adults and $25 per child, ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under eat free. Reservations are required. Call 480.624.1202.
2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
Celebrate Easter with a brunch and festivities at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix.
- Easter Brunch – served in the ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. You can listen to live jazz while you enjoy fresh fruits, charcuterie, artisan cheese, chilled seafood, fresh salads, and baked goods. You’ll also find a live omelet station, freshly-carved prime rib and ham, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, challah French toast, Mediterranean chicken cacciatore, and Georges Bank codfish. Dessert selections include a variety of pastries, cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, sautéed apples a la mode and warm maple-blueberry bread pudding. The brunch, which includes a glass of champagne, is $80 per adult and $35 per child, aged 3 to 12.
- Easter festivities for those enjoying the brunch include a petting zoo and photo ops with the animals.
Reservations are required. Call 602.468.0700 or visit http://www.opentable.com.
Looking to get out of the Phoenix area for Easter weekend? Head to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona (just north of Tucson) is serving up a barbecue buffet on Saturday, a formal Easter Sunday Brunch, and hosting an Easter egg hunt:
- Easter Barbecue Buffet – will feature barbecue and live country music at Cayton's CB2 Burger Bistro. The event, open to guests and locals, is on Saturday, March 30, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The buffet and music event is $60, adults; $30, children. Reservations are required. Call 520.572.3511.
- Easter Sunday Brunch – is being served on Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar. You'll be able to taste fresh fruits and salads, seafood raw bar, made-to-order sushi, breakfast options, carved meats (including Honey-Glazed Duck Breast and Sun-Dried Tomato Roasted Leg of Lamb), cheese, charcuteries, breads, and a dessert selection. The cost is $75, adults; $35, children. Call 520.572.3064 for reservations.
- Easter Egg Hunt – is open to the little guests (registered hotel guests only). Hunts are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Marana, Arizona (north of Tucson)