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Thursday, February 9, 2017
AMAZING STEAK AT THE WRIGLEY MANSION
Steak entree at Geordie's Restaurant inside the Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix AZ.
AND THE MUSHROOM
SOUP WAS TERRIFIC
This blog is fond of
championing fine dining in historic, architecturally significant and cultural
venues worldwide.The bon vivant-ness of
breaking bread in such remarkable settings is in a word indescribable.In today’s recap, we visit the Wrigley
Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona, where the management and chef at Geordie’s
Restaurant goes beyond menu convenience for tourgoers to offer first class
fare.More on the menu later, but first
a side dish of history.
Wrigley Mansion, now a landmark site was originally commissioned in the late
1920s by chewing gum icon William Wrigley Jr.Completed in 1932, as a 50th anniversary gift to his wife, Ada, the
mansion from atop a 100-ft hill, offers visitors a 360-degree views of the
mountains and the sprawling city below.
Wm. Wrigley, Jr.
Earl Heitschmidt of Los Angeles designed the home at a cost of $1.2 million, in
a combination of architectural styles including elements of Spanish, California
Monterey and Mediterranean styles.
has 24 rooms, 12 bathrooms in more than 16,000 square feet. Much of the
extensive tile work was shipped to Phoenix from Wrigley's factory on Catalina Island.The mansion is nearby to the Arizona Biltmore
Hotel, which Wrigley owned at one time.
Wrigley Mansion Phoenix, Arizona
Wrigley’s maintained other residences in Chicago; Philadelphia; Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin; Catalina Island; and Pasadena, and used this, the smallest of their
houses, for only a few weeks a year. William Wrigley died in 1932, shortly
after its completion.
being sold by the Wrigley family in 1973, it changed hands several times. In
1992, as the city of Phoenix was planning to tear it down to make room for
condos, the late meat-packing scion Geordie Hormel and his wife Jamie fell in
love with the property and purchased it on the spot. Together they restored it
with the intention of sharing its inherent magic with everyone.
Wrigley Mansion is a Phoenix “Point of Pride”, a top destination for weddings
and special events, as well as the popular restaurant Geordie’s Steak
restaurant and lounge offering lunch, dinner, happy hour and Sunday brunch.
Geordie's Steak Restaurant, Phoenix AZ
this one visit, our entrees of fish and steak by Chef Jason Diaz were superb as
were the side dishes.Stealing the show
from the steaks and other entrees was the chef’s fresh mushroom soups. Geordie’s
serves Arizona-raised Cedar River Farms prime beef.
Paola Embry and General Manager Ben Sinon have developed an award-winning wine
list. With more than 500 different wines, Geordie’s wine list is one of the
largest in the Southwest.
Wrigley Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.