The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food was officially proclaimed by the city to celebrate all the wonderful Mexican food options found in the 23-mile area that “is Tucson.” From South Tucson through Downtown to Mid-Town, you can find a full assortment of Mexican fare. Many of those restaurants will have food and drink at the event. Music is a part of the mix.
I went last year and had a truly great time. There was so much food to choose from that I doubt I got it all.
Other events that weekend include a Celebrity Chef Dinner on Friday night and an Authentic Father’s Day Mexican Buffet on Father’s Day (Sunday the 18th).
On Sunday June 4th from Noon to 3pm, refugee chef Shahd will be teaching the fundamentals of a Syrian breakfast with such treats as fattet hummus, falafel, ful medames (fava beans and sautéed vegetables and bad maslooch (her signature hard boiled egg dish).
The other day I wrote about Chef Janos Wilder traveling to Paris as part of the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation.
Well, if you can’t make it to Paris, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the great food and a little bit of glamor.
As he has for the past several summers, Janos and his team will be taking Tucsonans on the Around the Globe Culinary tour that includes classes and pop-up dinners at Carriage House and a series of menus at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails.
The cities on this year’s tour are sister Cities of Gastronomy and are an excellent mix of flavors and tastes.
Dénia, Spain – May 30 – July 17 – Class and Dinner – May 25
Florianópolis, Brazil – July 18 – August 21 –Class and Dinner – July 21
Shunde, China – August 22 – October 2 – Class and Dinner – August 18
Zahlé, Lebanon – October 3 – November 13 -Class and Dinner September 29
Classes will be held at The Carriage House and allow guests the opportunity to learn about the culinary history of the cities and enjoy a full dinner featuring a variety of dishes offered on the tour. . Cost is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity for a five-course dinner.
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.