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Nowhere do Tucson’s past and present intertwine like in the Presidio District. Celebrating Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the Presidio District Gastronomy Tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants will learn from knowledgeable ethnobotanist 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 from members of the family and hear stories such as how the chimichanga was created.
Next up 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 as well as Three Wells Distillery’s Silver and Copper spirits made from prickly pear fruits. The stories told here cover past residents and businesses the building has hosted. 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.
Book your reservations early! The tour fills quickly and pre-registration is required.
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