The Story Behind Cress & Etch: Two New Sedona Culinary Destinations at L’Auberge

Experience the new Sedona Culinary Destinations Cress on Oak Creek and Etch Kitchen & Bar

L’Auberge and its restaurant have a long history of being happily nestled along the banks of Oak Creek. The doors first opened in May 1984, when hotel consisted of just 14 cottages downstream from the restaurant. In 1986, the Creekhouse, Lodge and additional cottages were added to the property, and 6 years later in 1992, the restaurant terrace was built on Oak Creek to allow for creekside dining (it would have to be rebuilt after a few storms and their resulting floods). In 2004, the spa was constructed (which would become L’Apothecary Spa), and in 2010 the Vista and Spa Cottages were added to bring L’Auberge to the current count of 21 Lodge Rooms, 62 Cottages and one Creekhouse.

In June 2015, a renovation project started on the Arrivals Cottage including L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek.  The purpose of the renovation was to bring the restaurant up to date, all the while keeping the original creekside charm that the restaurant was built on in 1984.

Throughout the project, it became apparent that the restaurant and bar had been given a new identity and a new name was needed. Cress was chosen for many reasons – mainly because it is an ingredient that is foraged from the very Oak Creek that we have dined along for over 30 years. It was the first item foraged by Chef Rochelle as she created her menu to have a Northern Arizona focus and flavor. Cress symbolizes all ingredients that are indigenous to our region and the freshest products with the best flavor; simple, classy and bold all at the same time.

Chef Rochelle Foraging Along Oak Creek

Etch Kitchen & Bar began as a name around the bar top that was commissioned by local artist Cheston Trammel. For the special custom bar top, Cheston used wood from an ancient native Alligator Juniper tree collected from the Mogollon Rim and thought to be at least 800 years old if not older. This 25′ bar top has 75+ inlays of Copper, Azurite and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise – all natural elements from Arizona. The stones have been inlayed and etched into the bar in a beautifully intricate yet subtle pattern. Moreover, the prevailing reason for the name Etch is because our goal, with all guests, is to leave a wonderful experience “etched” into memory.

Cress on Oak Creek, named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Conde Nast features the area’s most extensive wine program. Our wine list was hand crafted to emphasize the boutique selections available from across the U.S., as well as more diverse international selections.

As a winner of the Wine Spectator‘s “Award of Excellence” 22 consecutive times, the diversity and quality of our offerings help us stand apart and complement our world-class cuisine and breathtaking ambiance.  Our Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel works closely with our wine experts to create a wine pairing that best accompanies the dishes in our Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Join us on a culinary journey like no other!

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