It isn’t every day a chef that has appeared on national television decides to open a new restaurant in your backyard, but if you are a resident of Scottsdale, that is exactly what has taken place. Of course, you’ll be forced to pay a pretty penny to take it in.
Cory Oppold has been called by other publications a “Celebrity Chef.” That likely is a bit premature, because although he did win his Food Network’s “Chopped” episode, which aired back in May of 2019, he doesn’t exactly have the kind of television pedigree or name recognition most chefs that have reached celebrity status can bolster. However, with that said, he does have an exceptional culinary background, which started at Le Cordon Bleu College. He has since won three OAD awards for top Casual Gourmet Restaurants of North America, which rates the top restaurants on the continent (in 2018 he placed 66, although the ranking has slid back to 136 with the 2020 release).
He has spent most of his professional culinary career around metro Phoenix, and now his newest restaurant “Course,” has opened. The restaurant is on the small side, with just 26 seats on the interior, and when you expand outward to include the patio there are another 36. Course isn’t the kind of restaurant where you just plop yourself down and pick a random item from the menu though. This is an extensive course offering (thus the name). For dinner, you can select between a five and 10-course meal, as well as a special six-course brunch on Sunday.
The course offerings will depend on the day of the week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, you will find a five-course offering, while on Thursdays through Saturdays there is the Chef’s Tasting Menu. If you haven’t had a tasting menu experience before, it is when every course is a small sample. Perhaps a bite or two but that’s about it. The courses will also change throughout the year, to ensure you always experience something new.
If you decide to go on Tuesday or Wednesday, the five-course dinner runs $135. If you stop by on Thursday through Saturday, the dinner reservation will cost $190 (both of these do not include drinks). Additionally, the Sunday brunch will cost $75.
Course is located at 7366 East Shea Blvd (#106) in Scottsdale. While closed Mondays, it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 PM until 9 PM, and on Sunday from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM.