Gertrude’s will offer the Desert Botanical Garden members, patrons, and general public a fresh new food experience. The restaurant’s namesake, Mrs. Gertrude Divine Webster, an environmentalist ahead of her time, founded the Desert Botanical Garden in 1939. Mrs. Webster, in conjunction with a small group of Valley citizens, gathered in Papago Park to create a botanical garden to educate, understand, appreciate, and promote the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert. Mrs. Webster foresaw the potential to create a distinctive identity for the Phoenix area by envisioning the need to conserve the beautiful desert.
Gertrude’s will focus on bringing the best Arizona has to offer by utilizing fresh ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate. The menu will showcase local ingredients from artisans and farmers around Arizona and the Southwest.
Open for brunch, lunch, dinner, and happy hour, guests will experience Chef Stephen K. Eldridge’s ‘Living Desert Cuisine’ and focus on a total visceral experience for the guests with cuisine, wine, and overall garden ambience. A full complement of highly rated beer, wine, and spirits will meld perfectly with the cuisine. And as an added feature, Gertrude’s will be sourcing fresh herbs and vegetables from their own garden located on property at the Desert Botanical Garden.
“Gertrude’s will be a special place for all.” – Chef Stephen K. Eldridge
Arizona has such a wonderfully rich tradition of pioneering innovative gastronomic cuisine. We are truly excited and humbled to seize the opportunity to be part of the present and future of the Arizona culinary landscape.
Opening in 2013, Gertrude’s is an ingredient driven restaurant with top-quality food, libations, and service. Our goal is to bring a fresh perspective on ingredients, cooking technique, presentation, and guest experience. Gertrude’s carefully manages the source of our ingredients to ensure that our standards are reached on a per shift basis. Whenever possible we purchase locally grown, sustainable, naturally raised, and organic products. Through this philosophy, our food is prepared and presented with integrity in an uncomplicated straight forward manner. We are very proud to support local farms, ranchers, and artisan food producers and purveyors throughout Arizona.
Our commitment at Gertrude’s is to offer ‘Living Desert Cuisine’, complimented by exceptional service standards. We are committed to evolve with the local market and to continually push the proverbial envelope that is the future of Arizona cuisine.
On Your Plate in the Winter of 2013
Brown’s Apple Orchard Lamb
“Lambcetta”, House Cured Loin, Braised Greens, Farrotto, Pan Jus
“I Love You Like Chocolate” Cake
Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake, Dark Chocolate Semifreddo, Malted Milk Chocolate Truffle, Whipped White Chocolate Ganache, Salted Peanut Brittle Powder
Juniper Crusted, Sautéed Trumpet Mushrooms, Chevre, Pickled Red Onion, Arugula, Meyer Lemon Oil
Brussels + Breakfast
Farm Egg, House Brioche, Apple Wood Bacon, Onion Jam, Banyuls