This Week at the Carriage House: Agave Heritage Festival Dinner & Brunch

Here’s what’s shaking this week at the Carriage House:

Agave Heritage Festival Dinner

5 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 5 • $138 (tax and gratuity included)
(Credit: Don Julio Tequila on Facebook)

(Credit: Don Julio Tequila on Facebook)

Chefs Janos Wilder and Brian Smith will partner for a four-course agave-themed dinner paired with Don Julio cocktails.

Proceeds will benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Agave Heritage Festival Dinner Menu

Hand-Passed Appetizers
  • Charred Onion Sope – Top Knot duck, mole manchamantel, queso fresco, radish
  • Coal-Roasted Vegetable Empanadas – smoked goat cheese, tomato
  • Green Tomato Gazpacho – achiote-crema, Guaymas prawns, Sal de Chapulines
First Course featuring Chef Janos Wilder
  • Pan-Seared Cabrilla – pipian rojo, lime cilantro aioli, the Three Sisters and Cousin Cholla
  • Vegan option: Spring Garden Tostada – spicy Tepary beans, radishes, pickled cholla buds, heirloom carrots, poached garlic, fava beans, roasted corn vinaigrette, flowers
  • Cocktail pairing:  Don Julio Reposado, celery lime syrup, orange juice, lime
Second Course featuring Chef Brian Smith
  • White Sonoran Wheat-Arizona Corn Fried Quail – fermented tomatillo jam, purslane, jalapeno, shaved radish
  • Vegan option: White Sonoran Wheat Berry Salad – fermented tomatillo jam, purslane, jalapeno, shaved radish
  • Cocktail pairing: Don Julio Blanco, ginger almond agave syrup, lemon, AZ Bitters Lab “Orange Sunshine” bitters
Third Course featuring Chef Janos Wilder
  • Grilled Beef Rib Eye Tampiqueña – frijoles maneados, chiles rajas, salsa fresca, cheese enchilada, Anita’s flour tortillas
  • Vegan option: Whole Roasted Blue Oyster Mushrooms – refritos, chiles rajas, salsa fresca, flour tortillas
  • Cocktail pairing: Don Julio Anejo, Carpano Antica, AZ Bitters Lab “Mi Casa” bitters
Fourth Course featuring Chef Brian Smith
  • Pastel de Elote – avocado-lime ice cream, plantains with piloncillo, orange, mescal, crispy corn
  • Cocktail pairing: Don Julio 70, Cointreau, walnut bitters

Visit the Agave Heritage Festival TicketFly page to purchase tickets.

Agave Heritage Festival Brunch

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7 • $69 (tax and gratuity included)

Chefs Janos WilderAnthony Coluci, and Devon Sanner will team up for a four-course meal with agave-inspired mimosas.

Proceeds will benefit Mission Garden.

Agave Heritage Festival Brunch Menu

First Course featuring Chef Anthony Coluci
  • Avocado Louis – Gulf stone crab salad, cilantro pistou, cucumber, smoked egg yolk, radish, corn tortilla
  • Mimosa pairing: pink grapefruit with Del Arbol chile infused agave syrup
Second Course featuring Chef Janos Wilder
  • Chorizo Chilaquiles – Guaymas shrimp salpicón mojo de ajo, mole verde
  • Vegan option: Mushroom and Squash Chilaquiles – salpicón, mole verde
  • Mimosa pairing: almond-infused agave with lime and black pepper
Third Course featuring Chef Anthony Coluci
  • Steak and Eggs – 40-minute egg, green chimichurri, fried garlic, stewed Anasazi beans, queso cotija, flour tortillas served family style
  • Mimosa pairing: jalapeño-infused agave with orange juice and lemongrass
Fourth Course featuring Chef Devon Sanner
  • Julie Shipway’s Meyer Lemon Curd – kumquat jam, pecan sandies
  • Vegan option: Mango Sorbet and Ginger Float – mint syrup
  • Mimosa pairing: blackberry-infused agave with lemon and pearl dust

Visit the Agave Heritage Festival TicketFly page to purchase tickets.

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