A Night to Honor – Janos Wilder – A Tucson Treasure

As a food writer in Tucson my life has been filled with wonderful, passionate people who love making others happy through their craft; people who make the world a better place through hard work, creativity and talent.

One of the most, perhaps even the most, creative caring people is Janos Wilder.

Janos has for decades created food that made people sit up and listen, He used local ingredients long before the trend became the norm. His food was transcendent. It was food you dreamed about long after you put your fork down.

He has generously shared his talents with the community and has given back to his adopted city time and time again. Who knows how much money he has helped raise for numerous causes in Tucson?

Personally, Janos has always been there when I asked for anything form a simple question for an article to having a incredible dinner to promote my book, ‘Lost Restaurants of Tucson.’  Talking with him is always enriching and fun. He’s made a difference in my life.

Now Tucson is giving back to Janos in a big way.

As the kick-off event for the Annual Agave Heritage Festival, a dinner honoring Janos Wilder will take place on Friday, April 27th at Carriage House.

The four course dinner will include an agave-inspired cocktail appetizers, entrée and dessert created from Janos’ cornucopia of recipes.

Participating chefs include: Bryan Vernon, Patrick Fahey, David La Force, Carlos Calderon, Bruce Yim, Marianne Banes, Devon Sanner and Brian Smith.


Cost is $150 per person and will benefit NATIVE Seed/Search, a Tucson based organization that preserves and protects native plants and seeds. Janos had been instrumental to the growth and success of NATIVE Seed/Search and is currently the Chairman of the Board.

Tickets are available below.