History Dinners

Held at the beautiful and historic St. Paul’s Cultural Center, City Historian Tina Clark and lifelong resident Cathy Reeves host the dinners which celebrate the best of local dishes and fresh farm produce, with Mexican flair. Tina and Cathy share stories, photos, music and more from Yuma’s yesteryear, covering a different aspect of Yuma’s past during each dinner.

Visit Yuma will be complying with CDC and Arizona Department of Health Service guidelines as it relates to social distancing and safety measures. Depending on the guidelines at the time of the event, you may be required to wear a mask for portions of the event.

In order for us to best seat you and your party together, you will be required, during the check-out process, to let us know how many individuals total will be seated with you and the last name of all the individuals in your party, even those with tickets purchased by someone else. Please have that information ready before proceeding to check-out.

Tickets: https://www.universe.com/explore?ll=32.68%252c-114.5&loc=yuma&categories=food-drink&time=&price=&query=%2520history

Photo Courtesy of Visit Yuma

Holiday Wine & Dine

Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season with the SHOPS Gainey Village on Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00pm-7:00pm during their fifth annual Holiday Wine and Dine Christmas event! Guests will have plenty of space to social distance while enjoying live music by the Volcano Steel Drum Duo, Electric Violinist, Natasha, The Sahanas Brothers Guitar Duo and Miguel de Maria on Spanish Guitar throughout the expansive shopping center. To put guests in the spirit, festive horse and carriage rides by Scottsdale Horse and Carriage will be available in addition to festive baked goods, coffee and hot chocolate by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. For those 21 years and older, complimentary wine tastings will be available at selected restaurants. The event is free to attend.

Photo courtesy of The Shops Gainey Village

Seasonal Charcuterie Teach & Taste

This festive, socially distanced demonstration at Schmooze showcases how to put together an artfully presented and totally tasty charcuterie board for intimate holiday gatherings at home this season. Upon arrival, attendees will receive their own pre-packaged charcuterie kit including three cheeses such as Brie, English cheddar and Gorgonzola; two meats like prosciutto and soppressata; along with olives, crostini, nuts, fruit like red and green grapes and strawberries, and raspberry preserves.

Once seated at their table, guests will build their own board as Chef Tony Hamati demonstrates preparation and presentation tips. Patrons can purchase additional pre-packaged charcuterie kits to take home or give as gifts. Registrants must select their total party count upon registration. Parties will be seated together and spaced at least six feet apart from other guests.

Buy Tickets: https://scottsdazzle.com/event/seasonal-charcuterie-teach-taste/

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Arizona Fried Chicken & Wings Festival

Are you ready to wing it at the Arizona Fried Chicken and Wings Festival?

A festival on fried chicken and wings was bound to happen! Fried chicken and wings embody the perfect food to share with friends and family. Come and share a wide variety of fried chicken and wing creations at The Pressroom on Saturday, January 30th from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Fried chicken is enjoyed throughout the world and every culture has their own twist on it. Guests will enjoy an abundance of flavorful, fusion, and diverse fried chicken and wing options from over 10 local food vendors at this global inspired food festival. You can also find boba drinks, desserts, and beer/cocktails. Shop from a curated artist marketplace such as anime stickers and play a variety of lawn, board and video games.

Buy Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/azfriedchicken/341574/r/festival

Photo Courtesy of festival.

Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque

Discover unique gifts, and strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll on December 19th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The retailers will have their doors open till 7:00 pm celebrating the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list. https://www.tlaq.com/annual-events/sweet-stroll

Photo Courtesy od Tlaquepaque

Field to Feast

Ever wonder what’s growing in Yuma’s lush fields? Our Field to Feast tour gives you the answers – from the ground up. Get down – and a little dirty – with a hands-on farming lesson!

Led by a local grower, these half-day tours begin in a field planted just for us at the University of Arizona research farm. There, you’ll get a quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, along with hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives and a “recipe” card telling you what’s called for in the kitchen. Once you’ve filled the chefs’ “order,” you can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home. Don’t know kale from collards? Experts are on hand to assist and answer your questions.

Be sure to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, as this is a real working field.

When the harvesting is done, it’s back onto your motorcoach for a look at agriculture in action – the exact itinerary depends on your guide and what’s up in the fields.

As you look and learn, culinary students from Arizona Western College are preparing a delicious lunch from the fresh harvest. By the time you sit down for your “feast,” you’ll be stuffed with knowledge about how healthy Yuma produce gets from farm to fork.

It’s a winning recipe for fresh fun!

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. All tours depart promptly from the Visitor Information Center at 8 a.m. and return to the same location at approximately 1:30 p.m. You will receive a confirmation email with these details.

Buy tickets here: https://www.universe.com/explore?query=field%2520to%2520feast&loc=yuma&ll=32.68%252c-114.5&categories=other&time=&price=

Photo courtesy of Visit Yuma

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Flagstaff emerging as culinary destination

flagstaff restaurant

Eclectic, outdoorsy and sneaky fabulous for all types of foodies, there is no better spot to fall in love with this fall than Flagstaff.

The award-winning, mouth-watering Tinderbox Kitchen is often named among those credited for launching the current foodie movement in Flagstaff.

The Cottage Farmhouse French Bistro is in the deft hands of Scott Heinonen, one-time chef for Paul McCartney.

A forest-to-table restaurant, Root Public House features true Northern Arizona ingredients throughout its always evolving seasonal menus.

Specializing in Latin-inspired fusion, Criollo Latin Kitchen has been recognized by Arizona Highways and USA Today.

– Alison Bailin, HMA Public Relations

The 10th Annual Arizona Taco Festival

The 10th annual Arizona Taco Festival is moving to Scottsdale’s WestWorld on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13. Roughly 60 taco teams from around the country will compete for more than $10,000 in prize money, with about 35,000 people expected to be served more than 100,000 tacos.

This will be the event’s first year at WestWorld. In recent years, it was held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

“For years, we’ve watched [the Arizona Taco Festival] grow into a world-class event,” Brian Dygert, WestWorld general manager, says in a press release. And where better for this massive taco event to be held, he says, than in the same venue as Barrett-Jackson and the Arabian Horse Show.

The 2019 Arizona Taco Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days. The attractions will include $3 tacos, a hot sauce expo, cooking demonstrations, a tequila expo, lucha libre wrestling, a hot chili pepper contest, a Day of the Dead wedding, and live music.

Tickets and more information will be available soon.

In the meantime, stay tuned to the Arizona Taco Festival’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.

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Four Seasons unveils new concept, cuisine, gin bar

Talavera restaurant

Talavera, the signature restaurant of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, has unveiled an all-new menu, design and lively dining experience with its launch as a Spanish steakhouse. Created by Chef Samantha Sanz, an up-and-coming culinary star, the menu focuses on traditional Latin specialties such as paella, dry-aged steak and jamón ibérico.

Created to pair with the concept is its contemporary new Gin Tonic Bar, which is inspired by the tapas bars of Spain and features a menu of gin tonics, as well as sherry, beer, cider, vermouth and a selection of wines.

– Jennifer Franklin, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

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Artizen launches innovative summer menu

Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby has a different approach when it comes to food. Rather than divide its newly launched menu by appetizer, sides, etc., the dishes are separated by “snack,” “soil,” “entrees” and “butcher’s block.”

The goal is to be cheeky and literal while reflecting the “where” and “why” behind the ingredients. For example, “soil” features dishes from the garden, whereas “snacks” are small bites you’d take from the pantry – if you lived with a chef, that is.

Recommendations from our new summer menu include Parisian gnocchi, sunchokes, smoked lamb neck bucatini and the tomahawk ribeye.

– Dushyant Singh, Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar