Brunch in the Foothills

Brunch is by far one of my most favorite meals. A little bit of breakfast, a little bit of lunch, usually a bloody mary or a mimosa, hopefully some strong black coffee all served at a reasonable hour.

So, when we were invited to sample the Sunday Blues, BBQ & Brews brunch at Loews Ventana Canyon a couple weeks back we replied with a resounding yes.IMG_0185

The day was warm and sunny, ideal for dining on the patio with close-up views of the Catalinas. A combo played some old-time blues. Totally relaxing.

Oddly we never made it inside for the omelet bar, cheeses, baked goods (well, we did east several of the many desserts that were displayed.) But that didn’t mean there was any shortage of things to eat.

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Tucson Flavor was the central theme of the brunch and while there were plenty of foods we don’t grow or make nearby, local makers were there serving their wares.  I filled my plate with grilled salmon,IMG_0183 prime rib, roasted veggies many of which were from local farms, cornbread, a tamale with an egg on top from Tucson Tamales,IMG_0179 several slices of a dark, sweet bread from Barrio Bread. IMG_0177

Flavors of Tucson is a part of ‘Flavors of Loews Hotels’ a program that is featured a Loews Hotels across the country.  The program highlights the products of local makers, bakers, brewers, distillers and more. Flavors of Loews Hotels began at Loews Miami Beach Hotel and now can be found at the Ventana Canyon. Chef Ken Harvey is working with Tucson Tamale, Barrio Bread and Dragoon Brewing Company to bring the delectable flavors of the Southwest to guests from near and far.

We skipped the local beer and went for a mimosa.IMG_0188IMG_0166

Other goodies included pots of Mexican dishes like green chile. Sonoran hot dogs, grilled chicken, fruits of all kinds, barbecued ribs and ……the list was so long, I list everything. But, everything we ate was fab. Quality products, prepared with finesse and flair was what this experience is all about.IMG_0171

This would be an ideal spot to take out-of-town guests to get a flavor and a feel for Tucson and the Sonoran Desert.IMG_0186

Sundays from 11-2. $42. Children 6-12 $21 $5.95 for kids 5 and under.

I’d make reservations.