Phoenix chef ditching Valley for Sonoita wine country

2013-05-21T11:32:00Z Phoenix chef ditching Valley for Sonoita wine countryCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

One of Arizona’s leading advocates of farm-to-table is heading to Southern Arizona’s wine country.

Chef Greg LaPrad announced last week that he is leaving his twin restaurants Quiessence and Morning Glory Café at Phoenix’s Farm at South Mountain in June to open a restaurant in Sonoita. Quiessence will serve its last dinner on June 15 and Morning Glory will close at the end of business June 16, LaPrad said during a phone interview last week.

“I’ve been scouting out the farmers markets in Tucson and talking to the local growers, and there is so much happening in Southern Arizona agriculturally,” LaPrad said. “I am excited to be able to bring that to Sonoita.”

LaPrad will occupy the 2,300-square-foot space on Highway 82 that housed long-closed Karen’s Wine Country Cafe, run by the mother of noted Sonoita vintner Kent Callaghan. LaPrad said he is renovating the building and hopes to open in August.

For now, he has not named the restaurant, which will be one of four in the town of just over 800 residents.

See the full story in Wednesday's Star and read more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.

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