While swirling and sipping a fine D.A. Ranch Petite Sirah, the new owners of Up the Creek described their innovative directions for the time-honored restaurant. From where we stood at the new, granite-topped wine tasting bar, we could view Oak Creek and all the colorful wildlife that it attracts.
“This is one of the best Petite Sirahs, and the grapes were grown right across the river,” said Chef Jim O’Meally as he motioned with his wine glass to the huge windows overlooking the creek and the wine country beyond. The D.A. Ranch vineyard is one of many vineyards situated along this limestone canyon formed by Oak Creek in scenic Page Springs. Up the Creek, an Arizona landmark, sits right in the middle of all the action that includes vineyards, tasting rooms, bed and breakfasts and a fish hatchery.
Chef Jim O’Meally and Mario Aguilar bring fresh, proven concepts from California’s Eastern Sierra, where they operated a restaurant outside of Yosemite National Park at Mono Lake. The property, owned by the Ansel Adams family, was a seasonal operation, open only six months of the year. The duo, along with a third partner, was thrilled to discover Up The Creek — another rustic, historic property that offered year-round clientele just outside of Sedona.
“I prepare a lot of game, like venison and wild boar,” said Chef Jim as he described the fine cuisine and casual dining now found at Up The Creek. < READ MORE >