Autumn Flavors

Visitors from other parts of the country often comment how much they love the weather in Tucson but if they lived here they would miss the change in seasons.

Well, if they lived here they would soon realize that there is definitely a change in seasons here. They may be more subtle, but there is a marked difference as the calendar moves forward.

Take autumn for example. Around these parts we notice cooler temperatures that are still pleasantly warm during the day. The skies are clear and blue now that the monsoons have moved on and the air is filled with the aroma of roasting chiles.

In that vein restaurants in Tucson make the most of these changes. Patio dining is at its best. Menus take inspiration from the ingredients found at markets and larger farms.

Kingfisher has done just that with the return of their warm cabbage salad, an interesting soup with eggplant as its base and three or four new desserts from Marianne. Oysters are more plentiful and cocktails take on an autumn hue.

The fall list of classes and events at Carriage House is an interesting mix.

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As a nod to the other UNESCO City of Gastronomy in North America. CHEF DIEGO HERNANDEZ will have both a class and a pop –up dinner Thursday evening.

Chef Maria Mazon of Boca Tacos will teach a class featuring her spin on Mexican food on Friday.

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Chef Alan Zeman, of Fuego fame, will be teaching a class later in October. You can count on fire being a part of the lesson plan.

One of the most popular classes, Chef Janos Wilder’s Culinary Boot Camp, will be held on Saturday October 29th. The seats are limited and this class fills up fast.

Two other pop-up diners are planned. One (0ctober 25th) with Tucson’s newest Southern restaurant, Bird, will feature Chef Daniel Thomas. The other dinner on November 9th with have two seatings and be under the guidance of Chef Valencia of Urban Belly.

There are other events, of course. Check out Carriage House website for details.

Of course, with the cooler weather there are plenty of other happenings around town.

We’ll keep you posted.