Sam Fox Unveils Details for First of Five Global Ambassador Dining Concepts

théa Mediterranean Rooftop will ‘set the stage for Fox’s endeavor into inventive cocktails, shareable plates, and exceptional fare inspired by the sun-soaked Mediterranean region.’
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Yesterday, Nov 30, renowned restaurateur and 12-time James Beard Award nominee, Sam Fox, unveiled details for théa Mediterranean Rooftop, the first of five food and beverage concepts that will take up residence in the “ultra-luxurious” Global Ambassador hotel when it opens late 2023.

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In a press release shared with What Now Phoenix, Fox – who in addition to developing The Global Ambassador is also the founder of Author & Edit Hospitality Group – said, “Incredible food has always helped define some of my most cherished memories. Italy, France and Greece have served as the settings for some of the best meals of my life and I not only want to capture the bright and bold flavors of the Mediterranean, but also the memories made there, which are almost always accentuated by lively music, communal gatherings with family and friends and being encapsulated in stunning surroundings.”

To help manifest that ethos and environment, Fox has enlisted the help of acclaimed chef and culinary director, Eric Kim Haugen, who will serve as head of culinary creative. 

Together, the pair have come up with an extensive menu of mezze, pasta, and coastal seafood dishes including Charred Octopus, Shrimp Scorpio, Moroccan Roasted Carrots, Spanakorizo, and one of Fox’s personal favorites – The Spaghetti alla Nerano. 

Moreover, The Global Ambassador will have a robust cheese program, from which théa Mediterranean Rooftop will source savory delights such as Griddled Halloumi wrapped in grape leaf, Flaming Saganaki, and Burrata di Bufala served with caramelized figs, blistered tomatoes, and balsamic DOP. 

Lastly, shareable dips like Hummus, Muhammara, and Syros Pesto served alongside warm puffed pitas will foster a communal atmosphere, with the Goddess of All Dips serving as the menu’s highlight.

Théa, named for the Greek goddess of light, will sit beneath the majesty of Arizona’s Camelback Mountain, and serve as a “haven where guests will experience simple pleasures and extravagant moments sky high.

“With a stunning dining room that pours into the outdoors, three opulent bars and a sumptuous fireside lounge, the expansive indoor/outdoor restaurant will be unlike anything in the state.”

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Drew Pittock

Drew Pittock is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, CA. He’s covered music, culture, and plant-based cuisine for various media outlets from Beijing to Tallinn and beyond. He currently lives in El Paso, TX with his wife and their cat.
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