I am excited to share that Tía Carmen, the new signature restaurant led by acclaimed Executive Chef Angelo Sosa along with seasoned restaurant operator Mark Stone, is officially open at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa!
Behind the Name
The restaurant named after Chef Sosa’s aunt (Tía) Carmen is the newest addition to Phoenix’s growing culinary scene and features flavors that showcase American Indian and heirloom food products from the region. Sosa explored the Southwestern region through the lens of ranchers, potters, farmers, and artisans to create the vision of Tía Carmen.
I was honored to be invited to the “First Look” media event at Tia Carmen’s on April 28th, 2022 to experience this spectacular culinary art. The made-to-sip artisan cocktails and the garnishes gave them a dramatic flair. Out of all of the options my picks were the Yuzu and Bergamot Paloma and the Aguachile Margarita. I can’t imagine that there is anything more complimentary to that Arizona sunny day.
The tuna crudo with chilled corn coconut broth with jicama was garnished with dill. It was a delicious blend of spices and textures and it was like experiencing a memory that you can’t quite remember, but found solace in it.
I personally don’t eat much meat and was excited to experience the vegan and vegetarian options. The mesquite roasted yam with queso sauce had a thrilling blend of flavors and was my absolute favorite dish of the evening.
“It’s been an incredible journey to see the transformation of Tía Carmen and witness the passion each partner and local purveyor has played in the growth of the vision,” said Chef Sosa. “We’re excited to welcome locals and visitors to this new dining experience with an inviting ambiance and menus that showcase locally sourced, seasonal ingredients reflecting a mix of tradition and modernity. Tía Carmen is centered on the idea that food is more than a meal— it’s an experience, and I can’t wait for all of our guests to taste the spirit and love of Tía Carmen.”
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85054