Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden Opening January 2013

October 29, 2012

    Bitsy Susich   
    602-320-1343 | bitsypr@earthlink.net
Gertrude’s, the much-anticipated restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden, is on track to open January 2013. Gertrude’s will offer the Desert Botanical Garden members, patrons and general public a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. Gertrude’s will be open daily at 8 a.m. with the last dinner seating at 9 p.m. The restaurant will feature indoor and patio dining, a private chef’s table and bar seating.

Executive Chef Stephen Eldridge’s “Modern Arizona Cuisine” will emphasize fresh, local ingredients. In anticipation of the opening menu Chef Eldridge is currently cultivating arugula, red sail and butter crunch greens, root vegetables and herbs in Gertrude’s plot at the Garden’s Community Garden. Passionate about local foods, native ingredients and the Sonoran Desert, Chef Eldridge promises, “Gertrude’s will be a special place for all.”

Gertrude’s will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast, with prices ranging from $5-$12, will include a full coffee bar, fresh baked breakfast pastries and items such as eggs to order, house made granola, lemon-scented griddle cakes and green chili pork over creamy grits. Lunch, with prices ranging from $8-$18, is designed to be served quickly and will consist of lighter salads, vegetarian dishes, hamburgers, pasta dishes and entrees, as well as a children’s menu. Dinner, with prices ranging from $7-$32, will feature appetizers, fish, pastas, steak and lighter fare. There will also be daily Happy Hour items and a Sunday brunch. Gertrude’s menu will change often, based on the availability of local products and Chef Eldridge’s inspiration.

The full bar menu will offer Arizona craft brews on tap and quality Old and New World wines, most by the glass and of course bottle.  Spirits will be highly rated products from acclaimed distillers as well as regional American selections.  Gertrude’s will also feature Garden-inspired cocktails made with native Arizona ingredients and Garden-grown herbs.

The restaurant’s namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, an environmentalist ahead of her time founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. Webster, in conjunction with a small group of Valley citizens, gathered in Papago Park to create a botanical garden to educate, understand, appreciate and promote the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert. She foresaw the potential to create a distinctive identity for the Phoenix area by envisioning the need to conserve thee beautiful desert.

Skip and Chantal Hause, owners of Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events, operate Gertrude’s. The company has been a fixture in Arizona catering and food service since 1995 and has been responsible for the daily operation of the Garden's Patio Cafe since 2006. A preferred caterer for clients hosting events onsite Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events is responsible for food service at Las Noches de las Luminarias, the Music in the Garden concert series and at the Fabulous Fall Festivals.  It also operates The Arizona Science Center Cafe.

A “Phoenix Point of Pride”, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.




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