Now there’s one more reason to visit Twin Arrows’ Navajo Casino Resort. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recently selected the resort’s Zenith Steakhouse to receive the prestigious Award of Excellence.
“We are honored to be recognized by the world’s leading expert on wine for the caliber of food and wine at Zenith Steakhouse,” stated Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming. “Our Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Twin Arrows Directors of Food and Dining and their teams have worked tirelessly to create a dining experience that will attract national and international guests to experience Navajo cuisine and culture at our four-diamond resort, Twin Arrows.”
Wine Spectator’s annual awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. Additionally, Award of Excellence winners offer a well-chosen selection of at least 90 quality producers that match the restaurant’s menu in both price and style.
“Twin Arrows offers a larger wine section that any other restaurant in northern Arizona, said Joseph Diver, food and beverage director at the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “More importantly however, is how smoothly the wine list integrates with our menu in both pairings and theming.”
While only required to offer 90 selections as an Award of Excellence recipient, Zenith Steakhouse offers more than 250 hand-procured wines including new and old world favorites and as well as selections from Australia, South Africa, Italy, France and California. Additionally, Zenith Steakhouse features many unusual Arizona wines, or hidden local gems that wine aficionados can’t find anywhere else.
Zenith Steakhouse’s wine is priced to move and offered at half off to guests on Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays. Additionally Twin Arrows guests enjoy weekly complementary wine tastings.
Zenith Steakhouse is Twin Arrow’s flagship restaurant. Its exhibition kitchen, fireplace and menu put a progressive twist on the traditional. Zenith serves the highest quality Navajo Beef and sustainable seafood paired with seasonal and regional produce to create exquisite steaks, chops, fish and shellfish entrees.
The architecture and décor of the restaurant were inspired by the high nest of the eagle. Its stone walls evoke the cliffs where eagles build their nests and sculptural birch branches create intimate dining zones. Custom light fixtures are woven from silver branches in the style of eagle nests. A Hogan ceiling is also replicated at the entryway portal.
To learn more about Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort or to book a room in its recently expanded resort, visit www.twinarrows.com
About Wine Spectator:
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator Magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million reads worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platform, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wines’ role in contemporary culture and delivering expert review of more than 15,000 wines every year. Parent company M. Chanken Communications also publishes Cigar Afficianao, Whiskey Advocate, Food arts, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Impact.
About Navajo Gaming:
Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).
Navajo Gaming opened its first Navajo Casino on Nov. 19, 2008 – Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, N.M. The second Navajo Casino opened Oct. 13, 2010 – Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter, near Shiprock, N.M. The third Navajo Casino opened Jan. 16, 2012 – Northern Edge Navajo Casino – in Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, N.M. The fourth Navajo Casino – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – is located in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Ariz. Currently, Navajo Gaming has 1,400 employees.
Navajo Gaming’s vision includes creating additional job opportunities for Navajos, to continue returning revenue to the Navajo Nation and continue building the Navajo Gaming and Hospitality brand.