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Top of the Rock

The Guest Writer Blog Series is a weekly portion of the Central Blog. Each month we get insight from those in the company about events, experiences, food and more.  For September, we continue to look into our staff’s memorable or extraordinary dining experiences from around the country.

In August 2009, Product Consultant Bob Davidson enjoyed his experience at Top of the Rock, a restaurant in the Marriott Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

He stayed at the resort with his brother for their 25th family reunion, however does not recommend vacationing in the area in August. He said by 7 a.m. the temperature was over 100°F and was 115-120°F in the afternoon. Despite the heat, he had a good experience indoors.

“Our Top of the Rock restaurant in Tempe features world-class dining, spectacular vistas and a special Champaign brunch on Sundays,” the Marriott website described.  This restaurant is open for dinner with a casual dress code.

During Davidson’s visit to Top of the Rock, he had the shrimp cocktail for the appetizer and said it beats St. Elmo’s by a long shot.

Following the appetizer, he had an 8 oz. filet mignon with a baked potato and salad.

“Never had any better,” he said.

Not including the drink or tip, Davidson described the average price of a meal around $70 per person and highly recommends the service and food.

“Chef Jim Hildebrand visited every table to make sure all was in perfect condition,” he said about his experience.  “If not, he made it right.”

The Marriott Buttes Resort has three other restaurants—Market Café, Thirsty Cactus Pool Bar and Grill and Tequila on the Rocks. They also have a lobby lounge with lunch and dinner selections.

The resort sits at the top of a 25-acre valley landmark and includes two swimming pools, water slide, Narande spa, fitness center, tennis courts and sand volleyball.

There are 353 smoke-free guest rooms at the Marriott Buttes Resort with amenities such as work desks, ergonomic chairs and mini-bars and marble bathrooms.

When Davidson reflected on the atmosphere, he simply replied, “Ah…air conditioning!”

Hot? What to Drink to Cool Down

The weather in our neck of the woods has been unusually hot these last few weeks. People are flocking to the pools, taking refuge in the air conditioning, and drinking a lot of cold beverages. We came across an article today, originally posted by Food and Wine, that covers what types of drinks will help you cool down.

In the Northwest, where the weather is ranging from the high 60°F mark to the low 80°F mark, try a 2008 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay.

In the midwest or Northeast, where temperatures are reaching 80°F to 100°F try a 2008 Weingut Fred Loimer Lois Grüner Veltliner ($14) or a 2009 Clifford Bay Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($10).

In the West, where temperatures are nearing or surpassing the 100° mark try a 2009 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde ($10). And for those REALLY hot in the Southwest, where temperatures are 110°F and above, skip the wine and have a cold beer. Try Stella Artois ($10 for a 6-pack). Need help keeping those drinks cold or keeping your wine fresh. Try these products. 

Keep your wine fresh by extracting the air from the bottle with this pump.

Store your wine horizontally without the fear of spillage with this wine stopper.

Keep your wine cold with this polycarbonate wine bucket.