Presidio Museum Gastronomy Tour
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Celebrating Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants learn from knowledgeable tour guides and experience Tucson’s complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients. You’ll also hear great stories of Tucson’s history in some of it’s more historic locations.
Beginning at the Presidio Museum, participants learn about Tucson’s origins and the food fusions that occurred when the Spanish and Tohono O’odham were first learning from each other through tastings of Old and New World foods,
The next stop is El Charro, where participants enjoy some of their most popular menu items and a margarita. While sitting in their flagship restaurant, tour participants will learn the rich history of the Flores family and hear stories such as how the chimichanga was created.
Next up is LaCo Restaurant/Old Town Artisans, located in the longest-inhabited block in Arizona. Participants will enjoy an appetizer portion of menu items made with both Old and New World ingredients. The stories told here are about the residents and businesses the building has hosted in the past.
The final stop on the tour is Café a la C’art, housed in the historic Fish-Stevens home at the Tucson Museum of Art. Here, participants will enjoy one of their many famous desserts made with historic regional ingredients and learn about the Fish and Stevens families that inhabited the home.
COVID Disclaimer: Presidio District Gastronomy Tours were suspended for the last 20 months due to the COVID surges. We are pleased to now be bringing them back. However, please note, while you will be outdoors while walking from one location to the next, you will be eating indoors in somewhat intimate settings. Please participate in tours at your own risk and based on your own comfort level. Masks will not be required.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received more than 48 hours in advance will receive a refund minus a small transaction fee. Cancellations received less than 48 hours in advance will not receive a refund.