Stephanie Izard & The Accidental Yard

Accidental Yard Door - Photo by Jonathan Roberts

There is something very special behind this old door.

It is The Accidental Yard, a multi-use space that has been more than a year in the making.

Located next to The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale, The Accidental Yard is the brain child of Joe Garcia, and while it isn’t open to the public just yet, it has quietly opened as an event space, hosting weddings and private parties.

On Sunday, October 16th, The Accidental Yard is hosting Stephanie Izard, owner of The Girl & The Goat in Chicago, the Top Chef Season 4 winner, and a former Scottsdale Culinary Institute graduate.

Izard will be in town to promote the release of her new cookbook, The Girl in the Kitchen, and she chose The Accidental Yard for her one-night, pop-up collaborative dinner benefiting Share Our Strength, a leading non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger.

Izard invited cooking buddies, Chef Beau MacMillan (elements) and Chef Randy Zweiban (Province, Chicago & Phoenix) to help her to rock out recipes from her new book.

Also on board for the bash is national cocktail designer Kim Haasarud, a.k.a. the Liquid Chef, who will be joined by local cocktail maestro Travis Nass of Rancho Pinot, and wine and spirits aficionado, Dave Johnson.

Diners will also get a chance to experience Mulch Coffee, the java bar for The Accidental Yard from Garcia’s partners and coffee kings Brian Clemens and Jason Calhoon.

That’s a lot of excitement for one evening: A national chef, local rock star chefs and beverage barons, and a sneak peek into one of the hottest, local food scene openings on the horizon. But at the center of this special evening is the original purpose of Izard’s book tour: charity.

Proceeds will go to Share Our Strength. Tickets are $150 per person (UPDATE: sale 9/27 at 10 a.m.), and include a signed copy of The Girl in the Kitchen.

Check the Goat Tour website to purchase tickets.

photo © by Jonathan Roberts



What: Stephanie Izard’s Pop Up Collaborative Dinner & Book Signing

Where: The Accidental Yard, 3811 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale

When: Sunday, October 16th (time TBD)

Why: Fundraiser for Share Our Strength

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  1. […] new cookbook, The Girl in the Kitchen. If you are in Scottsdale on October 16, take a look at the Share Our Strength fundraiser with Stephanie at The Accidental Yard. It’s a chance to get up close and personal with Stephanie, support a great cause and take […]

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