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
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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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