TBD - Date pending
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Southern Arizona Arts and 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 and creole cuisine complete with authentic King Cake, 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!
What is GUT?
The Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) is a collaboration of over 30 local chefs and food professionals. Following Tucson’s designation by UNESCO as a World City of Gastronomy, the chefs of GUT came together to foster a culinary community of creativity, professional development, and community engagement.
The dynamic food scene of Tucson is more than its exceptional restaurants; it is the seed libraries, the food banks, the community gardens, the 4000 year agricultural history, the farmer’s markets, the breweries, wineries, distilleries, growers, ranchers, food writers, and most importantly, the Tucson community that supports them. GUT seeks to bring these elements together both to honor our food heritage and to foster culinary innovation and creative exchange.
The event seeks to raise funds for the two worthy arts and cultural organizations, the Rialto Theatre and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance programming and events, as well as provide exposure and value to the participating restaurants, wineries and breweries.
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.
The Rialto Theatre
318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
The Rialto Theatre Foundation is dedicated to the stewardship of the historic Rialto Theatre and to offering the most diverse possible array of entertainment for Tucson and its denizens and visitors. By which we mean, bands, comedy, drag shows, speakers, the occasional film screening, etc. We probably would turn our noses up if you came at us with a full-on mime show, though. But that’s just the reality we’re all living in.
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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
Chef Tanner Fleming (Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails) accompanied by Devon Sanner (The Carriage House), Tim Moore (Pastiche), and Matt Kraiss (Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails) presenting
Chef Rocco DiGrazia (Rocco’s Little Chicago) accompanied by Obadiah Hindman (Mountain Oyster Club) and Mat Cable (Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria)
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
Chef Jim Murphy (Kingfisher), accompanied by Michael Elefante (Mama Louisa's) and Ken Foy (Dante's Fire) serving
Chef Gina Skelton (Casino del Sol) featuring King Cake
The Wildcat Jazz Band, comprised of six world class musicians offers traditional New Orleans and Chicago jazz performed in a spirit and style that is true to its musical roots and wildly popular with audiences around the United States. Founded by New Christy Minstrels veteran Rob Wright and a roster of six Tucson jazz legends, their free-wheelin mix of well known jazz favorites, tongue in cheek originals, dixieland staples has been planting smiles on faces since 2004.
The Wildcat Jazz Band will play live on stage at the Rialto at 7:30pm.
Art Activations throughout the night also include:
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