A Great Way to Celebrate Tucson, A UNESCO City of Gastronomy

A couple of days ago I posted why I love Tucson in the summer.

Well, here’s another reason – Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails Around the Globe Tour.

Janos Wilder and Downtown Chef Jerry Alday create menus from cities all over the world. Each special menu lasts about 6 weeks. Diners can enjoy a three course meal for $38 per person or order items a la carte. In addition, Janos and team will have a cooking class and pop-up dinner for each city at The Carriage House, the stunning event center located behind the restaurant.DSCN2063

This year, in keeping with Tucson being named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the cities featured will be other cities that have earned this prestigious title.

First up (May 24 – July 11) – Parma, Italy (you see in what good company Tucson finds itself) and the menu sounds fabulous. The dishes showcase the many wonderful foods Parma is known for including Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto de Parma.

Appetizers

 

SALAMI FINOCCHIONA, PROSCIUTTO di PARMA + PARMIGIANO REGGIANO

grilled focaccia, tomato jam, poached Yong garlic  $14.00

 

OCTOPUS TERRINE, OLIVES, CAPERS + HERBS

blood orange oil, 18 year balsamico, herb aioli $12.00 gf, dairy free

 

SHAVED ASPARAGUS, GRILLED RADICCHIO, SQUASH RIBBONS, TOMATOES + ARUGULA

SALAD

Parmigiano Reggiano, pancetta, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, preserved lemon

$12.00 gf

 

Main Courses

 

LASAGNE BOLOGNESE

rich ragout of pork, pancetta and veal, tomato, onions and garlic layered with pasta, housemade ricotta and Parmigiano Reggiano. Served with griddled

garlic bread.  $20

 

 

GOAT SUGO + OLIVE OIL CRUSHED POTATOES

with tomato, olives, caramelized onions, shallots  $22 gf, dairy free

 

 

PORCHETTA + CREAMY POLENTA

pork tenderloin wrapped in pork belly, rosemary jus, snap peas, fennel

citrus salad $23 gf

 

Desserts

 

TORTA BAROZZI + CHERRY MOUSSE $8 gf

 

CROSTATA with CREMA di RICOTTA, MASCARPONE + BLUEBERRY SAUCE $8

 

The other cities to follow are:

 

Rasht, Iran

July 12, – August 22,

 

Phuket, Thailand

August 23, -October 3

 

Ensenada, Mexico,

October – November 14.

 

I really want to try the Parma tour and Phuket will, no doubt, be outstanding as Janos has been doing Asian food for years.

 

Reservations are highly recommended.