About Us

Bluehound Kitchen & Cocktails

It's clear we are inspired by man's best friend. We want to be your new best friend downtown: business lunches, before or after D-Backs, Suns, or Mercury games, Phoenix Footprint Center events, live music, comedy clubbing, dancing, or any urban adventure you choose. At Blue Hound, you’ll find seasonal American fare meant for sharing and pairing--with craft cocktails, wine or beer, that is. So go ahead. Whenever you revel in the delights of Phoenix, come home to the tail-wagging comfort of Blue Hound anytime.


Executive Chef Gilbert Laurie is an accomplished culinary professional with over 25 years of hospitality experience.

Chef Gilbert started his culinary journey as a student and apprentice at The Pacific club in Newport Beach, California. He then had the opportunity to further enhance his skills in Valencia, Spain, where he honed his skills at a prestigious two-star Michelin restaurant before returning to Southern California to successfully lead the Opah Seafood Grille restaurant group for the next eleven years.

Before coming aboard to lead the culinary team at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Chef Gilbert served as the Executive Chef of the Kimpton Shorebreak Resort and their acclaimed Pacific Hideaway restaurant in Huntington Beach, California.

As the Executive Chef of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Chef Gilbert has created vibrant and modern menus inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia and Latin America, while incorporating the essence of Arizona.


Christian Jenkins grew up in Discovery Bay, a community located in the East Bay region of Northern California. Following his graduation with a degree in Business Tourism from Arizona State University, Christian ventured into the hospitality sector by managing a 24-hour hotel café in Scottsdale. It was during this period where Christian cultivated a deep interest and expertise in mixology, focusing on crafting cocktails that were both welcoming and well-balanced. He then expanded his ventures by opening six distinct restaurant concepts across Arizona. In 2022, Christian was recognized with the Phoenix Culture Shaker award. He joined our team as the Beverage Director in the autumn of 2023 and has since achieved success as the winner of the 2024 RNDC’s Last Slinger Standing cocktail competition.