AZ Culture sent me on a mission…
I saw. I ate. I delivered.
Read on to understand just how amazing my time with the boys at Fogo de Chão really was…
And yes, I am STILL digesting.
“You know you’ve got a pretty darn remarkable meal when tableside dialogue turns into a championship series between “Mmmm!” and “MMM-Hmmm!” This is exactly what happened when I sat down for lunch after my interview with the managing boys over at Fogo de Chão. I went over there to chat about their involvement with the event “Play All Day & All Night” being put on by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Never having been to the authentic Brazilian steakhouse before, I didn’t quite know what to expect besides chow on a stick.
“The first piece of delectable meat I encountered was no hunky Brazilian bodybuilder asking me if I wanted a little Curacao with my eye candy. Instead I was greeted by four self-spinning spits of succulent steak lewdly dancing inside a display case, daring me punch through the glass and take a bite. Peeling my eyes away from such an impressive welcome, I was met by the charming, boyish grin of Head Chef and Assistant General Manager Joao Zanrosso. In perfect Gaucho (Brazilian cowboy) style, he whisked me away to a room where he and General Manager Evan Christopher proceeded to win me over with their genuine passion and love for all things Brazil.
“Fogo de Chão prides itself on taking care of its people. It’s why they partnered up with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Every Fogo de Chão restaurant around the country supports a charity of their choosing – one it truly believes in. Ever since a heartfelt meeting with the President and VP of the Boys & Girls Club back when the restaurant opened its doors just over three years ago, Scottsdale Fogo de Chão has been avidly supporting their charity partner with live events and in-house fundraising.
“Their presence at “Play” this coming Saturday evening is no small feat. They’re bringing not only two very large, very cumbersome grills, they’re also bringing a small army of their best chefs, all led by Head Chef Joao to deliver some of the best grilled meat the state of Arizona has ever smelled, let alone tasted. On the menu for the lucky few who get to sample these Brazilian delicacies are Picanha, prime sirloin seasoned with sea salt (flown in from the Brazilian sea!) or flavored with garlic (grown locally!), and Linguica, slow roasted pork sausages (yum!). All proceeds generated by Fogo de Chão at the event will go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale.
“There’s so much to be said about the food, which is breathtaking and awe-inspiring, but there’s even more to behold with the integrity of the restaurant and its tight knit crew of chefs and servers. They care. And I don’t mean, “Oh yeah, we know how to grill” type care. I mean, they really, TRULY care about their customers and their team of people. You’ll see them bend over backwards to put together a special dinner for a desperate husband who remembered his anniversary at the very last minute. They’ll secure over 500 pounds of the Valley’s best meat to serve to hungry football players during the Fiesta Bowl. They’ll even put out fires for you (literally – just ask Evan). On top of all this great customer service, they train every single employee for at least six months on everything from food safety laws and regulations to how to prepare and personally serve their internationally renowned menus.
“This is not your typical restaurant serving meat on a stick. This is a family. Your dining experience, whether at the restaurant or at the “Play All Day & All Night” event, will leave you feeling like you were personally invited to taste the secret recipes of Joao’s great great great grandmother. And despite eating so much you feel like you’re about to burst at the seams, you’ll squeal every time a stick of meat makes a quick stop at your table to change your life forever.”
Experience Fogo de Chão at Play All Day & All Night!
Saturday, November 10 from 6:45 to 11 p.m.
Salt River Fields
7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
Regular – $20
Tickets with food & spirit tastings – $75
For a full list of ticket options, visit www.bgcs.org/events.
Tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.
Photo ID required for alcohol tastings.