May Foodie Events to Keep You Busy All Month

In case any of you are wondering, I am still going strong although there’s no proof in this page.

My book, Historic Restaurants of Tucson, has been keeping me busy what with writing and interviewing and trying to find good photos.

But May is just around the corner and there are plenty of foodie happenings happening all over town.

Here is a short list:

Meet the Chefs

Saturday May 3

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rialto Theatre on Congress

Here’s your chance to meet the full list of chefs who are the nominees for Tucson Iron Chef, one of the best competitions our fair city has to offer. The cook-off isn’t until June but this evening will give you a chance to meet some of Tucson’s finest.

If you can’t make it that night (or even if you can) you can vote at One vote per day or you mess up the system.

Brought to you by Stella Artois and Rio Nuevo and benefitting the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation.

Here’s a pic from last year’s Iron Chef:



Cinco de Mayo

Blanco Tacos é Tequila

La Encantada Shopping Center

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour Drinks

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour Food

$10 Margaritas all day

Specialty Margarita – Pineapple Coconut Margarita (Patron Silver, Malibu Rum, house sour mix, fresh pineapple and shaved coconut).


After all that eating and drinking it’s time to take a class and Carriage House has the perfect option


Cooking from Tucson’s Spring Garden with Chef Janos Wilder

Carriage House

Saturday May 20

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Don’t worry, you’ll get to eat and drink here. Janos will also create dishes using spring flowers, herbs, spring peas, fava beans and preserved lemons. Wine will be from an Southern Arizona winery complete with a certain someone from that winery.

These classes are up close and personal and lots of fun.


And then…

May 26th is the kickoff date for Kingfisher’s Summer Road Trip series.


Southwest dishes

Fred Harris (Jeff and Murph will also take a turn at the steering wheel um, I mean, in the kitchen.)

Check out the website for a complete list. This tour is lasts all summer long and is one of the best reasons to hang around for all those wonderful summer nights.