It’s that time again, when we find an epic party spot and take it over for a full weekend of food crushing and beverage tippling. Welcome to Hotel Thrillist. This year we’re posting up at the W Scottsdale, and we’ll be bringing you updates all weekend on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Friendster.
 
Social media a scary thing for the #teens? That’s ok, we got you covered. First up, a recap of the kickoff feast in the best way we know how: closeup food porn of each of the 16 custom, off-menu dishes that 16 heavy-hitting Phoenix food pros concocted just for the occasion. Feast your eyes:

Anthony Humphreys

Boot Dumplings

Where it’s from: Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse
What’s in it: Pork belly deliciousness nestled inside a tender dumpling and absolutely smothered in moonshine barbecue glaze.

Anthony Humphreys

Chilled Sweet Corn Soup

Where it’s from: Central Bistro
What’s in it: Fresh, puréed sweet corn with hon shimeji mushrooms, rock shrimp, and crème fraîche. 

Anthony Humphreys

Southwest Smoked Salmon Tapas

Where it’s from: Chompie’s
What’s in it: House-made southwest cream cheese, chopped vegetables in a lemon-infused vinaigrette, and sautéed salmon with capers, all piled onto a crispy potato pancake (take that all other latkes).

Anthony Humphreys

Bacon Beignets
Where it’s from: Cowboy Ciao
What’s in it: Bacon. In a beignet. Covered in chocolate sauce. ‘Nuff said.

Anthony Humphreys

Toast, Two Ways

Where it’s from: Dakota Nightclub
What’s in it: Dakota brought two different toasts to the party -- one with chicken, arugula, feta cheese, scallion aioli, and lemon vinaigrette, the other pictured right up there with creamy brie, Granny Smith apples, crushed walnuts, and honey.

Anthony Humphreys

Machaca Sweet Corn Taco

Where it’s from: Diego Pops
What’s in it: Traditional, spice-dried beef Machaca and sweet corn salsa served in a warm corn tortilla.

Anthony Humphreys

Aloha Burger

Where it’s from: The District All-American Burger Bar
What’s in it: A ginger-soy Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauced Venison burger with pineapple and walnut slaw on a sweet roll, because a regular roll just wasn’t going to cut it.

Anthony Humphreys

Festival Taco

Where it’s from: Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup
What’s in it: Roasted tomatillo chicken, sweet & spicy cornbread, and honey vinaigrette slaw, barely contained in a flour tortilla.

Anthony Humphreys

Boss Hog Burger

Where it’s from: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
What’s in it: A classic American beef patty topped with BBQ pulled pork, cheddar cheese, chipotle slaw, and sweet mustard on an egg bun. Oh, and they threw bacon on it, because calories = energy. And more energy = more food you can eat. It’s the circle of life.

Anthony Humphreys

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

Where it’s from: Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
What’s in it: Homemade biscuits filled with bacon, cheddar, and scallions.

Anthony Humphreys

Three Flavors of “Bundtinis”

Where it’s from: Nothing Bundt Cakes
What’s in it: Three flavors of cake: white chocolate raspberry, chocolate chocolate chip, and red velvet. Quite the sweet-fecta.

Anthony Humphreys

Monte Cristo

Where it’s from: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
What’s in it: Organic brown sugar and vanilla egg-battered English muffin topped with Swiss cheese, shaved tender belly ham (which is what your belly becomes after eating this), Vermont maple syrup, and Dijon hollandaise.

Anthony Humphreys

Miso Yuzu Salmon Tiradito

Where it’s from: Sumomaya
What’s in it: Chipotle-flavored salmon, miso, yuzu, and bonito flake on a corn tostada.

Anthony Humphreys

Ebi Bacon Shrimp Skewers

Where it’s from: Sushi Roku
What’s in it: Ebi bacon and shrimp in the easily face-stuffable skewer format.

Anthony Humphreys

Mini Cubanos

Where it’s from: The Montauk
What’s in it: Slow-roasted pork, ham, pickles, and mustard on a brioche roll.

Anthony Humphreys

Smoke Fried Chicken Banh Mi

Where it’s from: elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
What’s in it: Smokey fried chicken with kimchi pickles and spicy red dragon sauce (does not contain actual dragon).

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