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SAVOR 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm MST

SAVOR Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival February 3, 2018 at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 11am-3pm. Tucson’s culinary prestige and slow food movement has been growing each year, and now is the time to SAVOR. Indulge in the flavors of Southern Arizona’s culinary arts at the 5th Annual Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival surrounded by the colorful floral blooms of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Tickets $70 Each

SAACA, Local First Arizona and the Tucson Botanical Gardens partner to bring over 75 of the region’s finest chefs, wineries, breweries, local foods and restaurants highlighting exceptional menu tastings. This foodie festival will showcase the diversity of the heritage foods and ingredients throughout the Southwest region.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of one of the most dynamic, and diverse culinary celebrations in our community this year!

Sunday, January 28
Lodge at Ventana Canyon

Thursday, February 1
Rialto Theatre

Tuesday, January 30
Monark Premium Appliance Co.

Saturday, February 3
Tucson Botanical Gardens

Get your tickets today, before they all sell out. Each event highlights a dynamic piece of our culinary community, whether raising a glass to salute our 2018 THE TOAST community leader honoree, Don Luria, or indulging in our sweet side at the 5th annual Sweet Charity Dessert Experience, or saving the fun for Carnival at the Rialto Theatre, where we celebrate the chefs who make our community great, through collaboration and innovation. Carnival will transport you to New Orleans as we celebrate the music, the sights, food and sounds of Fat Tuesday.

The weekend closes out with the largest celebration of our local purveyors, chefs, wineries and distilleries, at the SAVOR Food & Wine Festival, set in the serene landscape of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and creation of the arts. Arts and culture provide foundational contributions to communities’ well-being. By supporting and developing innovative community arts programming, we help create communities capable of positive, diverse and equitable public dialogue and action.

As a special THANK YOU for your support, we are offering you 10% off all tickets below! Just use code MEMBER at the time of purchase, to receive your discount.

A Culinary Celebration Honoring Community Leader, Don Luria

Sunday, January 28
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lodge at Ventana Canyon
6200 N Club House Ln, Tucson, AZ 85750

THE TOAST will celebrate a distinguished individual whose body of work exemplifies support and dedication to advancing the Southern Arizona Culinary scene. ​The 2018 TOAST will honor the distinguished work of community leader, Don Luria.

Tickets $70
Brunch sampling from area chefs, complimentary sparkling wine toast and featured wine and cocktail pairings. ​

Featured Chef Menus
Chef Issa Moussa and Chef Paul Cummings, from Lodge at Ventana Canyon
• Bagel sandwich bites with turkey, lingonberry jalapeno jam, goat cheese and avocado
• Brisket biscuit: Corn cheddar horseradish biscuit with caramelized shallots
• Farro Banana Crème Brulee
• Ventana Michelada featuring grilled poblanos, jalapenos, tomato juice, fresh lime & lemon juice, olive juice, worcheshire, celery salt, Modelo Especial

Chef Jim Murphy from Kingfisher
• Roasted Oyster Mushroom Tartine with Fried Egg and Goat Cheese Crema

Chef Ryan Clark from Casino del Sol
• Chili Bar, featuring Arizona Beef, Assorted Red Chiles, with all the fixings

Chef Wendy Gauthier from Chef Chic
• Blue corn mesquite flour chorizo stuffed tamale cake topped with shrimp and crispy Brussel sprouts and goat hollandaise

Mini Bundt cakes in assorted flavors frosted with signature butter cream cheese frosting, by Nothing Bundt Cakes

QUENCH Fine Wines, featuring Belstar Prosecco

Live Music by Steff Koeppen
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Perfect Dessert Pairings for a great cause!

Tuesday, January 30
6:00PM – 8:00 PM

Monark Premium Appliance Co.
3850 W Orange Grove Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741
The 5th annual Sweet Charity event features some of the most innovative, creative and sweet chefs in our region. Join us as we celebrate the sweet side of charity, with wine, libation and beer pairings and more.

Tickets $30
Dessert samplings along with wine and beer pairings will be offered from local chefs. Limited capacity event (150 max). Tickets anticipated to sell out.


[POPPED] Artisan Popcorn
• Flavors of Artisan Popcorn

Ritz Carlton – Dove Mountain
• Strawberries and Cream
• Vanilla panna cotta with whipped white chocolate strawberry ganache and meringues.
• Coffee, Chocolate and Shortbread
• Milk chocolate mousse with a coffee cremeux center, mirror glaze and a shortbread cookie base.

Chef Chic
• Custard, rhubarb and raspberry cake

Angie’s Gourmet To Go
• Sweet potato pecan pie bites

Gourmet Girls Bakery & Bistro
• Signature Lavender Cookies
• Lemon Meringue Mini Bites
• Chocolate Valentine’s Day dessert.
Prescott Brewing Company
• Achocolypse Chocolate Porter
• Palepricot – Apricot Pale Ale

Woops! BakeShop
• Seasonal Macaroon Flavors

SpunLight Cotton Candy
• Organic Blueberry Pie cotton candy
• Organic Chocolate Mint Silk cotton candy

Fusion’z Café
• Lemon, Basil Shortbread Cookies with a Mango, Ginger Jam.
• Chocolate and Candied Poblano Chili Pate. House Made Honey, Challah Crostini, Fresh Berry Salsa.
• Hawaiian Chocolate and Toasted Macadamia Nut Sweet Bread Pudding. Pineapple Vanilla Cream.

Delectables Catering and Venue
• GF Opera Cake with 10 Layers: 5 biscuit almond cake 2 ganache 3 coffee butter cream cover dark chocolate ganache
Monark Premium Appliance Co.
• Charcuterie display of cheeses, meats , baguette, crackers; fig AND sweet onion jam, sweet and savory nuts & bite size taster cups of arugula strawberry & gorgonzola salad with honey balsamic dressing

Quench Fine Wines Sampling
Sparkling Wines
• Alcohol by Volume Folktale Brut NV
• Advantage JP Chenet Sparkling Rose NV
• Anne Amie Cuvee a Amarita 16
• Maritime Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec NV
• Rare Wine CO W Perrone Bigaro 16
• Klwm Bottex Bugey-Cerdon Rose NV

White Wine Sampling
• Vineyard Brand Miraval Rose 16
• Iconic Wine Secret Identity Rose 16
• JWI Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 16
• MSW Selbach Incline Riesling GSZ-061 15
• Don Sebastiani Custard Chardonnay 15
• Rare Wine CO W Perrone Moscato Sourgal 16

Red Wine Sampling
• Vinum Cherry Bomb Pinot Noir 14
• Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 14
• Marietta Cellars Christo Rhone-Style Blend
• Farm Collective Said The Sky Merlot 15
• Niven Family True Myth Cab Sauv15
• Paul Hobbs Imp Felino Malbec 15

Dessert Wine Sampling
• Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 11
• Thienot Chateau Roumieu Sauternes 14
• Rare Wine Co W RWC Charleston
• Vineyard Brand Warres IBV 2004
• Vine Street Dandelion Pedro Ximenez
• Vias IMP SPR Sibona Amaro NV

Learn More & Purchase Tickets Online Here

A Fat Tuesday, New Orleans, Bayou, Brazil inspired event!

Thursday, February 1
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Rialto Theatre
318 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, GUT Chefs and the Rialto Theatre partner to bring you the official CARNIVAL at the Rialto. The Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday themed charity event, will feature cajun, Rio de Janiero and creole inspired cuisine, as well as dancing to live music. The Rialto Theatre will come alive with the sounds and sights of the Bayou, to kick off a Tucson themed CARNIVAL event. Attendees are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the celebration!

Entertainment includes live music performances by the Wildcat Jazz Band, a pop-up Drumline performance, acrobatics by Cirque Roots, and hand-crafted masks by Riddlemetrue.

Tickets $45
All tickets include menu sampling from local GUT Chefs, as well as cocktail and beer sampling, as well as live music and entertainment. 21 and Up Event.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets Online Here
Chef Marcus Van Winden (The Dutch Eatery & Refuge) collaborating with Max Provost (Private Chef), Nohemi Montoya (HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery) and Travis Gary Peters (The Parish) to present
• Dirty South Mudbug Rolls n’Gutzz
• Smoked ‘gator boudin sausage with creole mustard
• Green gumbo & grilled kale garlic rice

Chef Tanner Fleming (Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails) accompanied byDevon Sanner (The Carriage House), Tim Moore (Pastiche), and Matt Kraiss(Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails) presenting
• Brazilian Feijoada
• Pao de Quiejo
• Yuca Fries
• Molho Rose

Chef Rocco DiGrazia (Rocco’s Little Chicago) accompanied by Obadiah Hindman (Mountain Oyster Club) and Mat Cable (Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria)
• Smokey duck boudin balls with kumquat remoulade
• BBQ shrimp & pork belly poboys with charred pickle slaw
• Chicory, celery & chicken heart salad with crispy onions and buttermilk vinaigrette

Chef Chuck Scott (Highlands Bar & Grill) accompanied by Sam Krajnak (Red’s Smokehouse + Tap Room), Buddy Hopkins (Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar) and Rica Rances (The Parish) serving
• Stuffed fresh water shrimp head with a Shrimp mousse
• Corn flour tempura with Smoked chimichurri
• Beef Roulade with charred green onion, pickled carrots, bacon, avocado and Serrano cream
• Coconut flan, filo crisp and sous vide candied plantain topped with a coconut lace garnish.

Chef Jim Murphy (Kingfisher), accompanied by Michael Elefante (Mama Louisa’s) and Ken Foy (Dante’s Fire) serving
• Heritage Red Beans and Carolina Gold Rice and Pickled Pork
• Alligator Gumbo, Cajun Trinity, and Tasso Ham
• Fresh Beignet “Fosters” au Foie

Chef Gina Skelton (Casino del Sol) featuring King Cake


Saturday, February 3
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712

The SAVOR Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival features over 75 of the region’s finest chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and local heritage foods. The series of events culminates in a large culinary festival. SAACA collaborates with Local First Arizona and the Tucson Botanical Gardens as well as local non-profit organizations on this community fundraising event which celebrates our local heritage through the lens of our culinary assets.

Live music performances by Jamie O’Brien (Guitar & Vocals), Mark Willis (Piano), Pat Kelley (Guitar & Vocals, John Bujak (Guitar & Vocals), Matt Meza & Mariachi Sol Azteka

Tickets $75 Each
Tickets include libation, and menu samplings from over 75 local wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurant chefs, and food purveyors in Southern Arizona. Full access to the Tucson Botanical Gardens exhibits. Tickets will be $85 day-of-event if not sold out. 21 and Up Event

Learn More & Purchase Tickets Here
Featured Menus
• Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics: Lemon-Cucumber White Balsamic Shrub, Blood Orange Olive Oil Chocolate Brownies
• Angie’s Gourmet To Go: Succulent curry shrimp bursting with flavor on a bed of yellow rice and pigeon peas!
• Arizona Hops and Vines: Chardonnay, Red Blend, Sangria
• Asmundson Family Vineyard
• Deep Sky Vineyard
• AZ Distilling
• Barrio Brewing: Barrio Blonde, Citrazona, Barrio Rojo
• Beyond Bread: Shrimp creole crostini topped with a remoulade sauce.
• Boca Tacos Y Tequila: Taco de Machaca de Langosta!
• Borderlands Brewing
• Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ: Smoked Brisket, BBQ Pit Beans, House Margaritas
• BrushFire BBQ Co: Pulled Pork, Vinegar Slaw, Sweet Molasses BBQ Sauce.
• Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards
• Cafe Botanica/Gallery of Food: Botanica Sopes with Farmers’ Market Vegetables, House-made Salsa & Queso Fresco
• Callaghan Vineyards
• Chef Chic: Peruvian beef stew topped tacu tacu(bean and rice patty) with quinoa caramel custard pudding and a Peruvian Mojate drink
• Dominicks Real Italian: Meat Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna, Cannoli
• Dos Cabezas WineWorks: 2015 Meskeoli, 2016 Pink, 2014 Red, 2014 Toscano
• Dragoon Brewing Co
• El Cisne Cocina de Mexico: “Alitas de Mole o Chile Dulce,Chicken Wings tossed in Oaxacan Mole or Sweet Chile Glaze.
• Ermanos Croft Beer & Wine Bar: Micheladas and pulled pork tacos
• Fermented Tea Company Kombucha
• Firestone Walker Brewing Company: Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout
• Four Peaks Brewing Co: Four Peaks Golden Lager|Four Peaks Kilt Lifter|Four Peaks Hop Knot|Four Peaks Peach Ale
• Golden Rule Vineyards: Red Wines: 2015 Zinfandel, 2013 Petite Sirah, 2014 Blacklisted, 2014 Commonwealth, 2013 Cobra Loma, 2016 Patrick’s Rose
• Gourmet Girls Bakery/Bistro: Gluten Free House Made Crostini with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and fried capers. Perfect for tailgating! Mini mocha madness cupcakes.
• GRINGO grill+cantina: Tostones with ropa vieja
• Hamilton Distillers: Mesquite-smoked American single malt whiskey 100% malted and distilled in Tucson, Arizona.
• Huss Brewing Company
• Isle of Skye Blended Scotch: Whisky,Tamdhu 10 yr Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Tamdhu Batch Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Kilchoman Machir Bay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Kilchoman Sanaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Kilchoman Loch Gorm Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
• Lumberyard Brewery: Flagstaff India Pale Ale, Railhead Red Ale and Redrock Raspberry Ale.
• Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ: Haupia pudding with prickly pear reduction and macadamia nut lemon squares.
• Mano Y Metate: Freshly Ground Mole: Mole Dulce Popcorn, Mole Negro Popcorn
• Mother Road Brewing: Sampling Tower Station IPA, Kolsch Style Ale, Lost Highway Double Black IPA
• Nothing Bundt Cakes
• Omni Tucson National: Angus Beef Toast with Market Specialties & Sea Salt||Flan Baum-Kuchen
• Pillsbury Wine Company
• Pita Jungle: Hummus Trio, cilantro jalapeno, classic, and roasted red bell pepper & walnut baklava.
• Prescott Brewing Company
• Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort: Crispy Pork Belly, Celery-Apple Slaw, Citrus Gastrique
• Chevalier de Bayard: Wine
• Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
• Queen Ceviche: Hibiscus Moscow Mule
• Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila: Silver, Reposado and Anejo Tequila paired with dark chocolate with orange peal.
• Sand-Reckoner
• SanTan Brewing Company
• Seis Kitchen: Chicken Tinga Street Tacos on handmade corn tortillas, topped with pickled red onions and Mexican crema
• Stella Artois: Sampling Stella Artois Belgian Lager and Stella Cidre Hard Cider
• Sundance Café: Salmon skewer with pineapple, bell peppers, “Jesus'” special spice mix from his grandmother’s original recipe
• Whole Foods: Brussels sprouts and kale slaw with edible flowers
• The Living Room: Mini chilaquiles, with green salsa, chicken, cotija, and cream de fresh on a fresh tortilla chip
• Yellow Brick Coffee: Nitro Cold Brew – Honduras: Finca Mi tazita||Chemex (Hot coffee) – Kenya: Rukira, Othaya
• 3 Amigos Tequila
Hop Culture
Tucson City of Gastronomy
YWCA of Southern Arizona
Art by Eli
Safe Ride Partner

To help ensure all attendees make it to and from the event safely we have partnered with Lyft to encourage everyone attending the festival to plan ahead and keep the community safe.

​First Time User:
Redeem up to $20 in Free Lyft Credit using code: SAACA

Existing User:
20% off your ride to and from the Savor Food and Wine Festival using code: SAVORFEST
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Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am MST
Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm MST
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Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA)
(520) 797-3959


Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712 United States
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