27 November, 2022, 09:55

Acacia Summer Events: Luau, Cooking Classes and Father’s Day

Foothills restaurant Acacia is known for its sprawling, stellar view, but their summer events lineup should give you a few more reasons to stop in for an evening overlooking the city.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • The Second Annual Acacia Luau. Need a quick-fix getaway from the dry heat? On Sunday June 8th Chef Albert Hall turns his foothills restaurant into an oasis island paradise, complete with music, hula dancers, and – in true luau fashion – a whole roasted pig with all the fixings.
  • Father’s Day Dinner. This Father’s Day treat pops to a luxe dinner of all his favorite foods, like T-bone Steak, a super stuffed potato, and a rich, warm, dark chocolate brownie a la mode for dessert.
  • Dragoon Beer Dinner. Start the weekend early on Thursday, June 19th, with a Four-Course Beer Dinner, featuring summer brews from Tucson’s own Dragoon Brewing Co. $45 per person. Pairings look delish:
    • Saison Blue w/ “Moules frites” (Belgian bistro style Mussels with salted fries)
    • Daisy Berliner-Style Weisse w/ Spiced melon and pickled grapes with arugula and chevre
    • Unihopper Pale Ale w/ Trilogy of heritage sliders:
      • Buttermilk fried chicken, bootleg chik-fil-a sauce
      • Angus sirloin with jalapeno bacon and Pt Reyes blue
      • Pacific cod, onion ring, creamy cole slaw
    • Bourbon Barrel-Aged, The Dos Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout aged one year w/ “Mama’s Milkshake”
  • Summer Cooking Classes.Want to bring a little Acacia flare home with you? Summer Cooking Classes take place Saturdays from 11am to 2pm, and include recipes, lunch and cocktails. Here’s the lineup:
    • June 21 – Pizza & Pasta – Make pasta, flatbreads and pizza dough from scratch. $55 per person
    • July 26 – Sous Vide – French for “under vacuum”- a method of cooking food sealed in airtight.  $55 per person

Acacia is is located at 3001 East Skyline Drive and open Tuesday thru Thursday from 11am to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7pm, and Sunday brunch is from 11am to 2pm (dining room service from 5-9pm). For more information, menu, and to make reservations, visit www.acaciatucson.com.

Nina is a Creative Nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Arizona, a food writer and a recipe addict.