Splash Event To Bring 22 Restaurants, Art, Fashion To La Encantada

Summer in Tucson brings with it a few age-old traditions: students escape to family vacations and internships, the snowbirds retreat back to cooler climates, traffic disappears, and there is always a seat open at your favorite (air-conditioned) restaurant.

By June, the city seemingly slows to a halt. However, the Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance has initiated a new tradition in the form of an arts gala, bringing Tucson’s fashion, music and food scene together for one night. Suddenly, the summer seems cooler than ever.

SAACA is hosting the Splash! Summer Arts Gala on Saturday, June 27, at La Encantada.

Get an early, exclusive look at the menu and cocktail selections right here for Splash!, all provided by local restaurants and chefs. The variety of samplings will please the pickiest of palettes, with vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options.

The $35 ticket gets you dinner, dessert and cocktail samplings from 22 local restaurants, as well as an event goodie bag. Festivities begin at 6pm.

All proceeds benefit the SAACA Creative Arts Therapy programs. Buy your tickets on SAACA’s website.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

Salsa at SAACA's Salsa & Tequila Challenge

Salsa and Tacos from Salsa & Tequila Challenge

  • Pastor Chicken – Chicken with achiote, roasted pineapple, grilled onion, chipotle sauce and cabbage slaw

Visit Blanco at foxrc.com.

Boca Tacos y Tequila

  • TBA

Visit Boca at bocatacos.com.

Borderlands Brewing Company

  • Borderlands Seasonal Brews – Current brews offered at the Downtown location include Prickly Pear Wheat, Noche Dulce Vanilla Porter, Agua Bendita 2015, Hibiscus Saison, Citrana Wild Ale, La Morena and Horchata Cream Ale

Visit Borderlands at borderlandsbrewing.com.

Catering Internacional

Salsa at SAACA's Salsa & Tequila Challenge

Salsa at SAACA’s Salsa & Tequila Challenge

  • Tacos de Cochinita Pibil Pork Shoulder – Slow roasted in achiote chile along with some citrus juices and amber beer

Visit Catering Internacional on Facebook.

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

  • Variations of Beets, Sage Sand, Orange – Beets from Crooked Sky Farms, purple sage sand, and fresh oranges

Visit Ermanos at ermanosbrew.com.

Govinda’s Natural Foods

  • Mango Halauah, Lentil Chips, Sesame Tomato Chutney

Visit Govinda’s at govindasoftucson.com.

Grimaldi’s

  • Mini Cannoli – Stuffed with a sweetened ricotta chocolate chip filling
  • Pesto Pizza – Green basil pesto with mozzarella
  • Traditional Cheese Pizza – With classic Grimaldi’s red sauce

Visit Grimaldi’s at grimaldispizzeria.com.

Kalina Russian Cuisine and Tea House

Saaca Sweet Desserts from Sweet Charity

  • Russian Walnut Cookie, Oreshek – Traditional Russian butter cookie with sweet condensed milk and a walnut inside

Visit Kalina at kalinarestaurant.com.

Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue

  • Haupia Pudding with Splash of Prickly Pear Reduction – Coconut pudding with native prickly pear fruit syrup (gluten & dairy free)

Visit Mama’s at mamashawaiianbbq.com.

Monsoons Tap & Grill

  • Patty Perfect – Medley of vegetables on soft bread with cream cheese and ranch

Visit Monsoons at monsoonstapandgrill.com.

North Italia

North at Last Year's Splash!

North at Last Year’s Splash!

  • Bruschetta – Tomato and house-made ricotta
  • Tuscan Kale Salad – Crispy pancetta, charred grape, apple, pistachio, breadcrumb, parmesan vinaigrette

Visit North at northitaliarestaurant.com.

[POPPED] Artisan Popcorn

  • Artisan Popcorn – Hand-blended unique flavors have included Herb, Sweet Chile Lime, Churro, and Sea Salt Caramel (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)

Visit [POPPED] at poppedartisan.wordpress.com.

Queen Ceviche

  • Organic Hibiscus Lemonade Chiller – Organic hibiscus syrup made with organic sugar and Sicilian lemons

Visit Queen Ceviche on Facebook.

RA Sushi Bar

  • RA Chips and Salsa – Spicy tuna tartare mixed with cucumber, avocado and fresh salsa; served with wonton chips
  • Strawberry Lemonade

Visit RA at rasushi.com.

Reforma Cocina Y Cantina

Fruit Salad from Savor

Fruit Salad from Savor

  • Pico – Mango, melon, seasonal berries, jicama, cilantro and salsa bufalo (Reforma’s take on a traditional buffalo sauce)

Visit Reforma at reformatucson.com.

Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila

Margarita at SAACA's Margarita Championship

Margarita from Margarita Championship

  • Mexican Moonshine Mule – Premium tequila in ginger beer with a squeeze of lime

Visit Roger Clyne’s at rogerclyneandthepeacemakers.com.

Root 52

  • Southern Gumbo – Andouille sausage and organic fresh vegetables
  • Jerk Chicken – created by Errol “Mac” McDonald, a Jamaican native, McDonald marinates the chicken for 2 full days in his secret family recipe

Visit Root 52 at gapmin.com.

Shlomo and Vito’s NY Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen

  • Italian Shrimp Pops – Skewered, sauteed shrimp with grilled cherry tomatoes, drizzled with Italian seasonings

Visit Shlomo and Vito’s at shlomoandvitos.com.

Sonya’s Brown Sugar Bakery

Chocolates at SAACA's Sweet Charity Event

Chocolates from Sweet Charity Event

  • Mesquite and Vanilla Bean Cake – Prickly pear cream cheese and lavender buttercream frosting

Visit Sonya’s at cakegourmet.com.

Tazzina di Gelato

  • Variety of Gelato Flavors – Frequent flavors include Caramel Sea Salt, Death by Chocolate, Coconut Almond Joy, Mexican Coffee and Stracciatella

Visit Tazzina at tazzinadigelato.com.

Tea of a Kind

  • Full bottles of Tea of a Kind – Popular flavors include Peach Ginger Black Tea, Pomegranate Acai White Tea, and Citrus Mint Green Tea

Visit Tea of a Kind, visit teaofakind.com.

For more information, visit saaca.org.

Theresa is a copywriter, food explorer and pursuer of all things creative. Find her at theresadelaney.com.

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