Cocktails in Paris

The UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation has brought Tucson’s culinary scene on to the world stage in a big way.

The US Commission to UNESCO recently extended an invitation to Tucson to showcase our cuisine at a special reception honoring The Old Pueblo. The reception will take place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on June 28th.

Appropriately the chef who will be preparing the special dinner is James Beard Award winning Chef Janos Wilder, who long before it became trendy, celebrated local foods in his restaurants.

Janos wants a cocktail that says “Tucson” to be served with his dishes and so he’s shouting out to all local bartenders to use their talents to create that one-of-a-kind cocktail.

The Tucson Feeds Paris Cocktail Challenge will take place at The Carriage House on Thursday June 1st from 5pm-7pm. The cost is $25.

Six cocktails will be served (whittled down from a first round selected by judges) along with hors d’ouevres. Guests will vote for the cocktail that best represents the flavors and ingredients of Tucson.

Sponsored by the non-profit Tucson City of Gastronomy and The Carriage House this event sounds like a great time. The winning bartender will get $500 and bragging rights to showcasing Tucson in the City of Lights.

Bartenders interested can see the rules at

Deadline is May 22nd.

Seating is limited to 125 people. Make reservations at: