Notre Dame Preparatory's Culinary Festival Wrap-up by Lynette Carrington Notre Dame Preparatory's Culinary Festival Brought Together Community for Food, Fun, MusicSaturday, November 12 was a very special day for Notre Dame Preparatory High School as it held its annual culinary festival. Established in 2002, the delicious event is designed as a fundraiser and a fun way for the Notre Dame Prep community and its supporters to gather together. “Culinary Festival is a celebration of the beauty, talent and fine dining Scottsdale has to offer,” says Heather Weurding, Assistant Director of Advancement for Special Events at Notre Dame Prep, “And a way to thank the community at large for their support of Notre Dame Prep.” The weather was perfect, the restaurants were excited to share their culinary creations with guests and a good time was had by all.The entertainment for the evening was provided by popular Valley band, Elvis Before Noon. Many of the Elvis Before Noon members grew up when the Tempe music scene on Mill was the hottest thing in Arizona and those musical influences are echoed in the band’s music today. The band entertained the Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival Guests with a range of songs from everyone including The Gin Blossoms and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to Billy Idol, Johnny Cash and much more. Nothing Bundt Cakes -This sweet gem of a shop provided samples of lemon, chocolate and red velvet bundt cakes. You’ll never want a cupcake again after trying on of these little lovely “bundlets” of joy. True Food Kitchen – True Food Kitchen provided a generous selection of Juby True organic cold pressed juices, a roasted autumn salad with Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower and horseradish vinaigrette, plus cilantro hummus and fresh veggies.Dominick’s Steakhouse – Dominick’s had a popular booth providing colossal shrimp (truly, they were!), smoked salmon on blinis and sliced New York strip on a hash brown…All exceptionally well done!Eddie Merlot’s – Eddie Merlot’s dazzled guests with lobster mashed potatoes and a bourbon and brown sugar marinated beef that was out of this world! Ciao Grazie – Ciao Grazie provided an Italian sausage and penne pasta entrée with a delicious Caesar salad.Lion in Love Bakery – Lion in Love Bakery knocked in out of the park with its exceptional walnut baklava and pistachio bird’s nest baklava. Wow, wow, wow!Grimaldi’s-Valley favorite, Grimaldi’s sampled out delicious bruschetta and traditional Italian cannoli. Mojo Yogurt – Mojo Yogurt had cups of various flavors of yogurt, plus a wide assortment of toppings, making it easy for guests to create their own customized treat.Jalapeno Inferno – Jalapeno Inferno quenched guests’ thirst with refreshing frozen Acapulco margarita samples, and chips complimented by a trio of tantalizing guacamole dip (with a perfect balance of lime and cilantro), queso dip and salsa.Fairmont Princess – The Fairmont Princess sampled a scrumptious beef belly flauta and Nashville hot chicken sliders. As with everything they serve, the quality and flavor were outstanding. Toro- This restaurant sampled out a fresh and delicious tuna cevici topped with shredded dried seaweed, served up in an adorable bamboo “boat.”The Capital Grille – The Capital Grille is always cooking up something special. At the culinary festival, it served up a delicious sampling of mashed potatoes and Kona crusted New York strip.The Thumb – A big spread of culinary offerings from The Thumb included mac-n-cheese, brisket tacos, chicken tacos and collard greens.The beverage sponsor was Four Peak s Brewery.About Notre Dame PrepOpened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of about 920 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale. For more information or to schedule a tour of the spacious campus, visit www.ndpsaints.org or call (480) 634-8200.