Gallery of Food has been on my radar for some time now and with the closing of their restaurant at Tucson Botanical Gardens, the shift shopping due to the pandemic and my curious nature when it comes to food, I finally got around to checking out this foodie find.
Gallery of Food is located at 2522 E Ft Lowell Road so I could have easily taken advantage of ordering and then picking up my food, but I opted for delivery. There’s a small charge and you can add a tip, if you so choose. Deliveries are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and every effort is made on their part to make sure the delivery is made in a timely, efficient and no-contact manner.
A brick-and-mortar store is days away from opening, although it will have limited hours (check out the website for updates). The website also features the other happenings at Gallery of Food, such as their catering and something called The Unseasoned Chef. The website has all the info on those features.
Owner Kristine Jensen has gone above and beyond when it comes to sourcing locally sourced food.
Options include local produce (from farmers and ranchers), meats from Double Check Ranch, Sky Island Farms, Top Knot Farms and other nearby growers), bread from Barrio Bread, seafood from Blessing Foods (a new-to-me locally run source of Gulf seafood), hard-to- find cheeses, various items from Ramona Farms and so much more.
You’ll also find some prepared items – prepared by Jensen and her super friendly and knowledgeable team – like their ‘Mac n’ Cheese for Grown-ups’ and ‘Meatballs with Oyster Mushroom Marinara’. Not everything is available every day, but that’s fine. Gallery of Food is, after all, a provider of fresh, quality foods, and I would rather go without rather than receive mediocre products.
I made a pest of myself to ensure my delivery would coordinate with my being at home and the staff was most accommodating.
We ordered tomatoes, zucchini (green and yellow), Double Gloucester and Bamboozle cheeses, a baguette from Barrio Bread, mixed berries, hummus and a mixed berry cobbler. They were out of the Mac n’ cheese, which was disappointing but I was assured it will be available soon.
Everything we’ve tasted has been outstanding. The mix of tomatoes were jewel-like and oh so sweet. The blue cheese added a nice kick to the burgers we had for dinner. We’ve been nibbling on the mixed berries, which on looks alone deserve high praise.
I’m planning on putting together a cheese/fruit/bread board for lunch. Tonight, for dinner, I’m going to make zucchini fritters and dig into that cobbler.
I highly recommend Gallery of Food, a great source for fresh, local and tasty foods.