Events

Throughout the year, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House and its sister restaurant, Tonto Bar & Grill, hosts special events to bring together family and friends and foster a sense of community. From our popular Arizona history dinners to our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, we invite you to come out and join us for the good times. Our calendar lists events happening at both restaurants and in the neighborhood.

Remember to visit Cartwright’s when you are in Cave Creek/Carefree enjoying all of the wonderful activities the area has to offer, including golfing, shopping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, bird watching, sightseeing and attending festivals.

Ongoing

Daily happy hour

  • When: Join us 4:00-6:00 p.m. nightly for Happy Hour at the Mesquite Bar
  • Location: Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
  • Description: Enjoy $1 off draft beers, $5 well cocktails and featured wines, $8 well martinis, $5 select appetizers and $2.00 oysters (min. 6)
    see our full Happy Hour Menu here: Happy Hour
Sep
28
Wed
Arizona History Dinners: Speaker: Speaker: Native Cave Creeker Ron Roberts Subject: The Timeless Allure of Cave Creek
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, September 28:

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Speaker:
Native Cave Creeker Ron Roberts

Subject:
The Timeless Allure of Cave Creek

Appetizer:
Caramelized onion, Gruyère, chorizo tart, roasted red pepper coulis, smoked leeks, garlic and paprika oil

Entrée:
Japanese striped bass (Suzuki), spicy shallot-glazed rapini, braised shiitake risotto, saguaro fruit and Marcona almond butter

Dessert:
Carrot cake cheesecake torte, agave nectar sour cream topping, nutmeg carrot puree, glazed pineapple, and walnut clusters

Information/ Reservations:
Cost is $55 per person plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverages are extra. Gluten Free, and Vegetarian menus available upon request.
Please let us know ahead of time when making reservations
.

Buy Online Now

OR

Call Cartwright’s between 12 – 9 pm 480-488-8031 for reservations.
Please note when calling that you will be charged for the dinner presentation at the time of reservation, so please have your credit card ready.


It’s that time of year again! The tables have been set, the silverware polished, and the wine uncorked and ready to pour. Fabulous smells are wandering in from our kitchen, and a chair is open and waiting for you.

The Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series kicks off May 11. We’ll be welcoming guests every other Wednesday through October 26 for stories, songs and sagas from some of the Valley’s most colorful and knowledgeable spinners. This year’s dinners are sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln and promise to be the best yet!

There is no better place to spend a cozy evening than Cartwright’s, where our love for area history is matched only by our world-class Sonoran-inspired fare. Like our namesake, the Cartwright family, who settled in the North Valley in 1877, we’ve carved our own place in these rugged desert foothills with hard work, integrity, and the fortitude to build a legacy. Join us in preserving the values and the folkways that have drawn folks Westward for over 150 years.

Each history dinner begins with no-host cocktails in the award-winning Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Ranch Room, followed by mouthwatering, three-course dinner selections carefully prepared by top-ranking chef Brett Vibber and talented pastry chef Amanda Crick. This year’s dinner choices are more special than ever. We’ve taken perfection and upped the ante, and we’re eager to share our latest recipes with you!

Join us for the Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series. Sit back and relax as you’re regaled by stories of the Old West, and follow along with escapades and shenanigans. Our door is open and we’re ready to welcome you to our table!

About the Speakers
History is in the making at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, where the past and the present mesh seamlessly in a tradition of Western hospitality and tasty chow that would make any gunfighter come out of hiding. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln have become favorites in the last four years, and they are part of a long line of heritage in the north Valley.

This year, Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln will feature presentations by five of the state’s most popular speakers:

  • Marshall Trimble—This multi-talented “Ask the Marshall” columnist, humorist, and Arizona State Historian is a Cartwright’s renowned for both his wit and wisdom. Winner of True West magazine’s 2015 Westerner Award, Trimble will present some of the most unique Arizona tales in “Amazin’ AZ”; renditions of some of the most famous—and infamous moments of Arizona history in “They went that-a Way: Outlawry and Justice”; history of some of the most uniquely dubbed places in our state in “What’s in a Name: Arizona’s Colorful Place Names”; and stories of a time when Arizona’s future was pounded into the ground, one spike at a time, in “Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Arizona’s Railroads.”
  • Dolan Ellis—Arizona’s Official State Balladeer for over 45 years is a crooner of tunes and so much more. A Grammy Award winner, he has been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and played major venues in the U.S. and abroad. His engaging presentations combine live musical performances of Arizona songs and stories with a large-screen photography presentation from five decades of Arizona adventures. He will recount a lifetime of experiences in “50 Years the Balladeer”; will recount tales from some of the most remote corners of our state in “Little-Known Arizona”; will share some of his favorite tales of roundups and campfires in “Cowboys and Indians,” and will transport us all to another place and time in “Tall Tales, Lost Trails & Heroes.”
  • Charlie LeSueur— Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, Charlie LeSueur is an actor, teacher, published author, and Fellow of Arts at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. We’re excited to add his name to our guest list this year! He will be sharing stories, some first-hand, of the epic cowboy television era and the heroes it brought to our living rooms in “Cowboys of Early Television 1949-1955”; and will spotlight our favorite singing cowboys, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Judy Canova in “Songs of the Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”
  • Cave Creek Museum—For the first time in our history dinner history, one of our favorite institutions, the Cave Creek Museum, will be sharing our own history, which began with the ranch owned by our namesake family, the Cartwrights. There is no one better to share the stories, photos, and colorful historic gems directly from the annuls of their extensive collection, in “Cartwright’s Presents the Cartwrights.”

Oct
12
Wed
Arizona History Dinners: Charlie LeSueur, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Presents “Behind the Scenes of Arizona Filmmaking”
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, October 12:

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Speaker:
Charlie LeSueur, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian

Subject:
“Behind the Scenes of Arizona Filmmaking”

In Arizona, spaghetti Westerns weren’t only something that was filmed here; they became our identity as a state, and created dreams that continue to lure people here today. Our rugged and diverse geography and near-perfect climate (for most of the year, anyway) have created the backdrop for some of the most memorable and influential films since the 1920s. Join Arizona Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur for an evening of star-filled, big screen fun.

Appetizer:
Peppercorn-crusted beef Carpaccio; SIF Farms mixed greens, smoked sage aioli, preserved cholla buds, and toasted pine nuts

Entrée:
Chilean sea bass, sweet potato orzo, Ancho and roasted corn crema, citrus braised white asparagus, and fresh pomegranate

Dessert:
Sweet potato pie bites with pecan praline mousse, brandy hard sauce, sweet potato tumbleweeds, and caramel tile cookies

Information/ Reservations:
Cost is $55 per person plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverages are extra. Gluten Free, and Vegetarian menus available upon request.
Please let us know ahead of time when making reservations
.

Buy Online Now

OR

Call Cartwright’s between 12 – 9 pm 480-488-8031 for reservations.

Please note when calling that you will be charged for the dinner presentation at the time of reservation, so please have your credit card ready.


It’s that time of year again! The tables have been set, the silverware polished, and the wine uncorked and ready to pour. Fabulous smells are wandering in from our kitchen, and a chair is open and waiting for you.

The Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series kicks off May 11. We’ll be welcoming guests every other Wednesday through October 26 for stories, songs and sagas from some of the Valley’s most colorful and knowledgeable spinners. This year’s dinners are sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln and promise to be the best yet!

There is no better place to spend a cozy evening than Cartwright’s, where our love for area history is matched only by our world-class Sonoran-inspired fare. Like our namesake, the Cartwright family, who settled in the North Valley in 1877, we’ve carved our own place in these rugged desert foothills with hard work, integrity, and the fortitude to build a legacy. Join us in preserving the values and the folkways that have drawn folks Westward for over 150 years.

Each history dinner begins with no-host cocktails in the award-winning Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Ranch Room, followed by mouthwatering, three-course dinner selections carefully prepared by top-ranking chef Brett Vibber and talented pastry chef Amanda Crick. This year’s dinner choices are more special than ever. We’ve taken perfection and upped the ante, and we’re eager to share our latest recipes with you!

Join us for the Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series. Sit back and relax as you’re regaled by stories of the Old West, and follow along with escapades and shenanigans. Our door is open and we’re ready to welcome you to our table!

About the Speakers
History is in the making at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, where the past and the present mesh seamlessly in a tradition of Western hospitality and tasty chow that would make any gunfighter come out of hiding. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln have become favorites in the last four years, and they are part of a long line of heritage in the north Valley.

This year, Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln will feature presentations by five of the state’s most popular speakers:

  • Marshall Trimble—This multi-talented “Ask the Marshall” columnist, humorist, and Arizona State Historian is a Cartwright’s renowned for both his wit and wisdom. Winner of True West magazine’s 2015 Westerner Award, Trimble will present some of the most unique Arizona tales in “Amazin’ AZ”; renditions of some of the most famous—and infamous moments of Arizona history in “They went that-a Way: Outlawry and Justice”; history of some of the most uniquely dubbed places in our state in “What’s in a Name: Arizona’s Colorful Place Names”; and stories of a time when Arizona’s future was pounded into the ground, one spike at a time, in “Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Arizona’s Railroads.”
  • Dolan Ellis—Arizona’s Official State Balladeer for over 45 years is a crooner of tunes and so much more. A Grammy Award winner, he has been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and played major venues in the U.S. and abroad. His engaging presentations combine live musical performances of Arizona songs and stories with a large-screen photography presentation from five decades of Arizona adventures. He will recount a lifetime of experiences in “50 Years the Balladeer”; will recount tales from some of the most remote corners of our state in “Little-Known Arizona”; will share some of his favorite tales of roundups and campfires in “Cowboys and Indians,” and will transport us all to another place and time in “Tall Tales, Lost Trails & Heroes.”
  • Charlie LeSueur— Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, Charlie LeSueur is an actor, teacher, published author, and Fellow of Arts at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. We’re excited to add his name to our guest list this year! He will be sharing stories, some first-hand, of the epic cowboy television era and the heroes it brought to our living rooms in “Cowboys of Early Television 1949-1955”; and will spotlight our favorite singing cowboys, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Judy Canova in “Songs of the Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”
  • Cave Creek Museum—For the first time in our history dinner history, one of our favorite institutions, the Cave Creek Museum, will be sharing our own history, which began with the ranch owned by our namesake family, the Cartwrights. There is no one better to share the stories, photos, and colorful historic gems directly from the annuls of their extensive collection, in “Cartwright’s Presents the Cartwrights.”

Oct
26
Wed
Arizona History Dinners: Cave Creek Museum Presents “The History of the Cartwright Ranch”
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, October 26:

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Speaker:
Cave Creek Museum

Subject:
“The History of the Cartwright Ranch”

Join us for an evening reveling in the days of past at the historic Cartwright Cattle Ranch, which was in full operation for over 100 years and three generations of family. The ranch incorporated over 65,000 acres of grazing land, and Manford Cartwright was the founding member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association. His cattle was so prized that William Wrigley bought two train cars full and had them shipped to Catalina Island.

Appetizer:
Wilted frisée, sherry mustard vinaigrette, pickled quail eggs, pancetta crisp

Entrée:
American beef duo, Allison’s Ranch Wagyu ribeye, Niman Ranch prime angus ribeye, truffled potato espuma, and sous vide baby rainbow carrots

Dessert:
Sticky bun bread pudding, cream cheese drizzle, ginger cookie dust, candied orange bacon pieces, piloncillo sauce, black currant chutney

Information/ Reservations:
Cost is $55 per person plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverages are extra. Gluten Free, and Vegetarian menus available upon request.
Please let us know ahead of time when making reservations
.

Buy Online Now

or

Call Cartwright’s between 12 – 9 pm 480-488-8031 for reservations.
Please note when calling that you will be charged for the dinner presentation at the time of reservation, so please have your credit card ready.


It’s that time of year again! The tables have been set, the silverware polished, and the wine uncorked and ready to pour. Fabulous smells are wandering in from our kitchen, and a chair is open and waiting for you.

The Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series kicks off May 11. We’ll be welcoming guests every other Wednesday through October 26 for stories, songs and sagas from some of the Valley’s most colorful and knowledgeable spinners. This year’s dinners are sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln and promise to be the best yet!

There is no better place to spend a cozy evening than Cartwright’s, where our love for area history is matched only by our world-class Sonoran-inspired fare. Like our namesake, the Cartwright family, who settled in the North Valley in 1877, we’ve carved our own place in these rugged desert foothills with hard work, integrity, and the fortitude to build a legacy. Join us in preserving the values and the folkways that have drawn folks Westward for over 150 years.

Each history dinner begins with no-host cocktails in the award-winning Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Ranch Room, followed by mouthwatering, three-course dinner selections carefully prepared by top-ranking chef Brett Vibber and talented pastry chef Amanda Crick. This year’s dinner choices are more special than ever. We’ve taken perfection and upped the ante, and we’re eager to share our latest recipes with you!

Join us for the Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series. Sit back and relax as you’re regaled by stories of the Old West, and follow along with escapades and shenanigans. Our door is open and we’re ready to welcome you to our table!

About the Speakers
History is in the making at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, where the past and the present mesh seamlessly in a tradition of Western hospitality and tasty chow that would make any gunfighter come out of hiding. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln have become favorites in the last four years, and they are part of a long line of heritage in the north Valley.

This year, Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln will feature presentations by five of the state’s most popular speakers:

  • Marshall Trimble—This multi-talented “Ask the Marshall” columnist, humorist, and Arizona State Historian is a Cartwright’s renowned for both his wit and wisdom. Winner of True West magazine’s 2015 Westerner Award, Trimble will present some of the most unique Arizona tales in “Amazin’ AZ”; renditions of some of the most famous—and infamous moments of Arizona history in “They went that-a Way: Outlawry and Justice”; history of some of the most uniquely dubbed places in our state in “What’s in a Name: Arizona’s Colorful Place Names”; and stories of a time when Arizona’s future was pounded into the ground, one spike at a time, in “Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Arizona’s Railroads.”
  • Dolan Ellis—Arizona’s Official State Balladeer for over 45 years is a crooner of tunes and so much more. A Grammy Award winner, he has been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and played major venues in the U.S. and abroad. His engaging presentations combine live musical performances of Arizona songs and stories with a large-screen photography presentation from five decades of Arizona adventures. He will recount a lifetime of experiences in “50 Years the Balladeer”; will recount tales from some of the most remote corners of our state in “Little-Known Arizona”; will share some of his favorite tales of roundups and campfires in “Cowboys and Indians,” and will transport us all to another place and time in “Tall Tales, Lost Trails & Heroes.”
  • Charlie LeSueur— Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, Charlie LeSueur is an actor, teacher, published author, and Fellow of Arts at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. We’re excited to add his name to our guest list this year! He will be sharing stories, some first-hand, of the epic cowboy television era and the heroes it brought to our living rooms in “Cowboys of Early Television 1949-1955”; and will spotlight our favorite singing cowboys, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Judy Canova in “Songs of the Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”
  • Cave Creek Museum—For the first time in our history dinner history, one of our favorite institutions, the Cave Creek Museum, will be sharing our own history, which began with the ranch owned by our namesake family, the Cartwrights. There is no one better to share the stories, photos, and colorful historic gems directly from the annuls of their extensive collection, in “Cartwright’s Presents the Cartwrights.”
Nov
24
Thu
Thanksgiving Feast
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Turkey on a platter with sausage beans and pecan pieJoin us for a special Thanksgiving meal that’s sure to create lasting memories.
A special three course meal is served with choice of 3 entrees. We also offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan meals. Seating’s: 1, 2, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5 p.m.
$65 per guest /$22 for children ages 5-12 All prices subject to tax.
For reservations, please call 480-488-8031

 


Click here to view or print the Thanksgiving menu

Click here to view or print Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian menu

Or… want to have Thanksgiving dinner at Home?
Tonto Bar & Grill offers Thanksgiving holiday meal in the comfort of your own home. Take it home, warm it up, serve it and still have all of those wonderful leftovers. Comes per-prepared, ready to heat and serve. Reheating instructions provided. for more information click here Or phone 480-488-0698