The Carriage House, Janos Wilder’s special events venue and cooking school, is set to open downtown at the end of this month.
Located at 146 East Broadway Boulevard in the Julian-Drew/Lewis building, the space has seen major remodeling over the last six weeks. In an effort to update the historic building, which was constructed in 1917, Wilder and his team have opened up the space, painted, added special lighting effects, and even installed a video studio for classes.
Carriage House will host classes year-round, with a few series already in the works. The “Restaurant Chefs of Tucson” series will involve educational sessions with local “celebrity” chefs, running $60 per person per class. “Spirited Sessions,” sponsored by the Tucson Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG), will offer a variety of topics from food and beverage pairings, to wine tastings and cocktail mixology, home brewing and more. Cost is $35 per person per class. Finally, the “City of Gastronomy Classes” will introduce “the culinary masters who help preserve the spirit and flavors of Tucson and Southern Arizona.” These classes will cost $35 per person per class.
The first class will be taught by the James Beard award-winning Chef Wilder on Saturday, February 27, at 11am. It is titled “Celebrating Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy” and will include dishes from a variety of “Cultural Culinary Icons” from the region, all demonstrated by Wilder. Think chilaquiles, chile rellenos and more classic Tucson dishes.
“Teaching is something that I am passionate about,” said Wilder. “I have missed connecting with our guests in this way. This is where I get a chance to pull back the curtain, share trade secrets, teach some tips and share my love for cooking.”
In addition to classes, Carriage House will host special events for the public, including pop up dinners, Day of the Dead Festivities, Passover Seder, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, Wine Dinners and more. The first even will take place on March 6. Beginning at 5:30pm, this year’s event has been re-named as the City of Gastronomy Downtown Chef’s Table, in honor of the recent designation awarded by UNESCO. Tickets are $150 per person and space is limited.
There is good news for brunch lovers, as well. Every Sunday, Carriage House will host a Dim Sum + Then Sum Brunch. Traditional Cantonese dim sum and a variety of international specialties will be served at large, communal tables.
Nine classes are already on the schedule for March, including a meat class with newly-appointed Chef de Cuisine at PY Steakhouse, Chef Ryan Clark, and a taco and salsa class with Chef Maria Mazon of Boca Tacos y Tequila.
The Carriage House will be conducting interviews for Front of House positions tomorrow from 9 am-12 pm at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. 6th Ave. RSVP to email@example.com with a copy of your resume to secure a spot.
To purchase tickets for Downtown Chef’s Table and for more details, visit the Facebook page. To sign up for classes call 520-615-6100 ext. 1. Online registration will be available at carriagehouse.com after February 15.