City Spotlight: Tucson, Arizona

City Spotlight: Tucson, Arizona

By Kelsey Ogletree, May 30, 2017

Prickly Pear Margarita tucson arizonaTuscon’s Authentic Eats

Southern Arizona has a cuisine all its own. “A lot of places have great food, but our great food feels like Tucson,” notes Gibson. Making it official, UNESCO designated Tucson a World City of Gastronomy in 2016—and it was the only U.S. metropolis to make the list. Incorporate these items into menus to add local flavor.

Sonoran Hot Dog
A hot dog is wrapped in mesquite-cooked bacon, grilled and then topped with pinto beans, grilled and fresh onions, tomatoes, mayo, mustard and jalapeno salsa. Serve on a bolillo roll (the Mexican riff on a baguette) with a side of roasted chili peppers.

Prickly Pear Syrup
The magenta-colored syrup, produced from prickly pear cactus, is incorporated into everything from lemonade and margaritas to candy and barbecue sauce.

Mesquite-Smoked Everything
You can get quality mesquite-smoked steaks and chops around downtown, but Hamilton Distillers thinks outside the animal with its mesquite-smoked aged whiskey, Dorado—a smokin’ idea for room drops or VIP gifts.

Tepary Beans
Executive Chef Ken Harvey, who leads groups on foraging expeditions around Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, practices what he preaches. He incorporates Arizona-native tepary bean into hummus on the resort’s poolside menu.

(Visited 382 times, 1 visits today)

What are your favorite venues in the central U.S.? This is a chance for you to nominate a great partner of yours, be it a hotel, convention center or other

Connect planner extraordinaire Angie Ahrens applauds MPI for changing its formula‑something we are doing for our event in Salt Lake City.

Everywhere you look, there’s a project to expand, renovate or create a venue in Las Vegas. We make sense of all the groundbreaking new construction and

Whether it's food, arts, shopping or drinking-yes, that exists here-Salt Lake City will leave you and your event attendees leaving thirsty for more.

The Latest