The Second Annual Taste the 23 Week Returns with Even More Ways to Save on the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food
Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance & Visit Tucson, Taste the 23 Week offers foodies the opportunity to sample the best dishes of local restaurants at special, fixed prices
For the second year, the public is invited to join a week-long celebration of Visit Tucson’s Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food by enjoying an array of can’t-miss deals at participating local restaurants. From June 16th to June 22nd, the week immediately following the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival, the Tucson 23 restaurants will offer specials celebrating the amazing culinary assets in Southern Arizona. Specials range from gourmet snacks and appetizers for only $2.30 to two complete diners for only $23.
"I think it’s important for people to take opportunities to explore their own community whether you're delving into something new or revisiting somewhere you haven’t been in a while," explains Visit Tucson's Director of Communications, Dan Gibson. "I spend a lot of time thinking about Mexican food in Tucson, but at times, even I take it for granted. We have such incredible options here, reflecting our unique borderlands culture in the Sonoran Desert, and the restaurants participating in Taste the 23 Week and the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival deserve to be appreciated and enjoyed. "
What is The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food? It's an adventure of incredible food and a wide array of dining options, from fine to funky. We'll go ahead and say it; you won't find better Mexican food anywhere north of the border and we stand by this claim! If you love Mexican food and you haven't eaten in Tucson, you haven't tasted the whole story. From moles to raspados, over 100 restaurants are included in The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food and each one is worth chowing down at for breakfast, lunch or diner.
To ensure attendees get the most out of Taste the 23 Week, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) has partnered with Yelp to develop a fun and easy way to keep track of all the deals available throughout the week. Using Yelp's new Bookmark feature, diners can easily navigate the available deals, leave a review for their favorite Taste the 23 Week restaurant, and upload photos of their favorite dishes There’s no better way to explore the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food North of the Border! The Bookmark can be found at https://www.yelp.com/collection/rkhZRLXRQiyeEvUW5EkWaQ
Featured Restaurant Specials:
Boca Tacos y Tequila
533 N. 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Chips + Salsa, 2 Tacos and 2 Beers for $23
Dine in only
Churros El Rey
2565 E Commerce Center Pl, Tucson, AZ 85706
1 filled churro for $2.30- choice of fillings include, Caramel, Condensed milk, Chocolate, Strawberry, Pineapple, Cream Cheese, and Vanilla. (Normal price is $3.25)
2602 S. 4th Ave, South Tucson, AZ 85713
Dinner for 2 includes 2 beef tacos, 2 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans and 2 soft drinks for $23
El Antojo Poblano
1103 W Prince Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705
$23 SPECIAL & $2.30 SPECIAL
Family pack: 2 Huaraches and 1 Cemita for $23
1 Gordita for $2.30
Elvira's Restaurant. Bar. Tequila
256 E. Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Summer wine + dine for $23, Only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Taste the 23 Week
Ensenada Street Food
1602 S. Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
Facebook- Ensenada Street Food
Family combo includes pastor, asada y birria tacos, drinks and more for $23
Mariscos Baja Mar
3541 S 12th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713
$23 SPECIAL & 2 items for $3 SPECIAL
2 shrimp tacos for $3 / Seafood Sampler and 2 Soft Drinks for $23
1009 Grande Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85745
$23 SPECIAL & $2.30 SPECIAL
2 Tacos Platters, 2 Tostadas and 2 drinks for $23/ 1 Tostada de Ceviche for $2.30
Oasis Fruit Cones
4126 S. 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85714
Facebook- Oasis Fruit Cones
Small natural fruit raspado for $2.30
Ice cream and additional toppings are an extra $.75 each. There is no extra charge for fruit combinations.
50 W Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701
Grilled marinated bistro tender, esquites, scallion corn cake, served with mole verde and queso fresco for $23
5851 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
2 Lunch Buffets for $23.00, soft drink included / 2 Dinner Buffets for $23.00, soft drink included (or 2 Draft Beers) for $23.00
Rollies Mexican Patio
4573 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85714
1 Flat Enchilada for $2.30- Deep fried corn masa patty topped w/homemade enchilada sauce, cabbage, cotija cheese, fine shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green olives and diced white onion. Dine in only
3501 S. 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
¾ lb carne asada or combination of carne asada & pastor; two ribs, tortillas, salsas and veggies for $23.
Only to go or eat on patio area
Tanias 33 Mexican Food
614 North Grande Ave., Tucson, AZ 85745
8 oz soup and tortilla for $2.30- 13 Soups Daily, including beef, chicken, or vegan!
Official event hashtag: #Tucson23.
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Taste the 23 Week
When: June 16, 2019 - June 22, 2019
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd,
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 797-3959
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote engagement in arts and culture, helping our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
Visit Tucson is the official destination marketing organization for Tucson and southern Arizona. Its mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meetings experiences. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Town of Oro Valley and more than 500 individual and business partners. For more information, go to VisitTucson.org.
Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food
Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, Downtown, and lower midtown. At these terrific eateries, many of which are family-owned and decades old, the settings are casual, the ingredients are fresh, and the experience is unforgettable.
James Beard award-winning Chef Christopher Gross to collaborate with Tucson chefs on SAACA and Native Seeds SEARCH Benefit Dinner
Native Seed/SEARCH and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance collaborate to create a new culinary series focused on agriculture & culinary traditions of the Three Sisters
Join some of Arizona's most esteemed and nationally celebrated chefs for an unforgettable culinary experience that will open your mind and introduce your palate to the possibilities of classic and modern ingredients alike. A unique collaboration between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Native Seeds/SEARCH brings Arizona chefs together for a series of culinary events that highlight the agricultural and culinary practices of the Three Sisters — corn, beans and squash.
Originating in Mexico, the Three Sisters is a traditional planting practice where corn, beans and squash are grown together in the same field: corn is tall and supportive, beans climb with vines and add nitrogen to the soil, and the third sister, squash, sprawls to retain moisture and prevent weeds and pests. Today, Native Seeds/SEARCH preserves many heirloom crop varieties grown using these environmentally sustainable methods and some will make their way into deliciously local dishes at each event.
The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa will host a dinner for the culinary series on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 6 PM. The dinner will feature a progressive five-course dinning experience led by four Arizona chefs, each bringing their signature flair to present the Three Sisters staple ingredients. Executive Chef Todd Sicolo of the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort will be preparing an assortment of appetizers that guests can enjoy as they stroll the beautiful courtyard and foyer of the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort. From there, guests will enter the Sonoran Ballroom where James Beard award-winning Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher's at Wrigley Mansion and Executive Chef Danny Perez from The Gallery Golf Club will be preparing the main courses of the night. To finish off their culinary journey, guests will join Chef Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic on the moonlit terrace for dessert.
Westward Look's commitment to developing and presenting innovative community outreach continues to shine in Southern Arizona. From partnering with SAACA to create Lookout Tucson, a free Thursday night jazz concert series, to opening their own community garden and offering new culinary education opportunities, Westward Look is more than just one of Tucson's resorts—it's a relaxing hub for creative minds. Dinner guests can enjoy an elegant weekend by taking advantage of Westward Look’s mid-summer room rates.
The third and final event in this special collaboration with Native Seeds/SEARCH will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30AM at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon and will feature a sampling-style brunch.
"SAACA is dedicated to maximizing our collective impact through meaningful collaborations within our community," explains the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance's Executive Director, Kate Marquez. "We learn from every project and with each collaboration draw deeper understanding of what our shared vision for our community will look like"
Proceeds from the Three Sisters Culinary Series will support SAACA's creative arts programming and Native Seeds/SEARCH's efforts to conserve the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest.
Event Title: The Three Sisters Culinary Series
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 6 PM / Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Where: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa / The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
Cost: $45 - $65
Phone: (520) 797-3959 x 107
NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos Available Upon Request
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote engagement in arts and culture, helping our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages. Learn more at www.saaca.org
Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) is a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Our mission is to conserve and promote the arid-adapted crop diversity of the Southwest in support of sustainable farming and food security. Since its founding in 1983, Native Seeds/SEARCH has been dedicated to conserving the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest. Preserved in our seed bank today are nearly 2,000 varieties of crops adapted to arid landscapes extending from southern Colorado to central Mexico, many of them rare or endangered. The collection represents the cultural heritage and farming knowledge of over 50 indigenous communities, as well as recent immigrants like Spanish missionaries and Mormon homesteaders. We also conserve a number of crop wild relatives, wild ancestors of domesticated plants. Learn more at www.nativeseeds.org
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
It’s tranquil, yet mesmerizing. Private, yet wide open. A distinctive luxury hotel in Tucson where historic charm and modern luxury unite. Welcome to Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Tucson’s first and finest resort. Built in the early 1900s, our 80-acre resort is flawlessly set at the base of the striking Santa Catalina Mountains. A favorite Tucson luxury resort and vacation destination, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa offers visitors of all ages the joy of getting close to nature with on-site hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Learn more at www.westwardlook.com
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