Celebrating Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson's history in some of it's more historic locations. The tour guide is local ethnobotanist Martha Burgess, who has a deep knowledge of Old and New World foods taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders.
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. In addition to tastings of Old and New World foods, participants also enjoy Three Wells Distillery’s Silver and Copper spirits made from prickly pear fruits.
The tour then moves on to El Charro, enjoying 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 from members of the family and hear stories such as how the chimichanga was created.
The next stop is La Cocina 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 while they are told stories about the residents and businesses the building has hosted in the past. Time for shopping at the many quaint shops in Old Town Artisans is also included.
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 a one of their many famous desserts made with historic regional ingredients and learn about the Fish and Stevens families that inhabited the home.
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