Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa – Sedona, AZ and a Recipe for Gingered Yams
“Mark Twain has been credited with saying that, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Situated in Horseshoe Canyon and recently acquired and made private by the management of Enchantment Resort, Seven Canyons Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole championship links style course that has garnered significant acclaim. This course has been named one of the 50 Greatest Golf Retreats and one of the Top 100 Modern Courses by Golf Digest and Golfweek magazine, respectively. It can be difficult to focus on your game when you are surrounded by the majestic Red Rocks and lush fairways and greens that are perfectly manicured. The vistas overlooking the course and the spectacular views from elevated tees could certainly make the most avid golfer think that Mark Twain just might be right.”
In addition to impressive and attentive service, world-class amenities and golf, and gorgeous scenery, one of the outstanding highlights at this resort is the food; in particular, the dining experience offered by Executive Chef David Schmidt at their signature restaurant, Che-Ah-Chi.
We had the pleasure to sit down with this talented chef before our evening at Che-Ah-Chi. Inspired by his family’s move from Wisconsin to Arizona and his wife’s Mexican heritage, Chef Schmidt has artfully combined his culinary expertise with Southwestern flavors. As executive chef Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa, Schmidt has the responsibility for creating unique menus with a different focus for the three restaurants at the resort.
Catering to a well-traveled and sophisticated palate, particularly in the resort’s high season, this chef is aware that his guests know and expect extraordinary food and he is committed to delivering on those expectations. He uses local ingredients whenever possible and sources the best products available for the resort’s restaurants.
Chef Schmidt prepared a tasting menu for us the evening we dined at Che-Ah-Chi, which was paired with wines selected by their Sommelier. While we had incredible and impressive meals during our journey through Arizona, the single best bite of the trip had to be Schmidt’s Diver Sea Scallop with Garlic Gnocchi, Braised Leeks, Celery Fluid Gel, Vanilla, and Truffle. It truly was extraordinary with an artful presentation and combination of surprising, yet complimentary flavors.