Vida / Celebrating Women 2019: Event Photos, Video Footage & Community Support

Take a peek at the festival celebrations.

The first annual Vida / Celebrating Women festival was held on Saturday, March 9 — and it sold out!

Not only were all profits from Vida tickets sales donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona but women in the community were highlighted for their contributions to Tucson’s food and beverage industry, too. We had local female vendors providing wares to purchase, services to enjoy, and had representation by Microloan recipients who have benefitted from the Community Food Bank’s programs.

For those of you that missed out, it will be held in March next year and we’d love you to attend!

Support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

If you’d like to make a donation to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for programs that train and support women in the culinary arts, such as Caridad Community Kitchen and their Microloan Program in partnership with Community Investment Corporation (CIC), please consider donating to communityfoodbank.org/donate.

Thank you to every role player involved in making this event a success.

We want to thank each chef for the exquisite dishes presented at the festival — they were tasty and eye-catching.

Thank you to our vendors for sharing your beautifully crafted products and fun services as well as Microloan recipients chef Cecilia Arosemena of Dish for Dosha and Dani Flower of Sunflower Superfoods for sharing your products.

Thank you P.O.M. Events and Eastland Alley for the gorgeous photo booth and to our photographers — Mariah Alysz of Rya Pie Pictures, Jim Harris of J. Martin Harris Travel & Leisure Photography, and Jackie Tran of Tucson Foodie — for capturing the celebration through your lenses.

A huge thanks to Sarah Fox Hammelman of Sand-Reckoner for the wine donation, to the Community Food Bank for your representation, and the Morning Blend for featuring Vida on your show.

Lastly, event partners — Maynards Market & Kitchen, Yelp, and Brunch Babes — thank you for your behind-the-scenes hustle that made the festival the success that it was.

Vida event partners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Vida event partners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Here are the tasty dishes and libations created by our female chefs and mixologist:

Wendy Gauthier (Chef, Chef Chic)

Sweet Pea Panna Cotta with crab salad, mango dashi sorbet, crab tuile, and micro greens
Chef Wendy Gauthier from Chef Chic at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Wendy Gauthier from Chef Chic at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from chef Wendy Gauthier from Chef Chic at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Dish from chef Wendy Gauthier from Chef Chic at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Janet Jones (Executive Sous Chef, Tanque Verde Guest Ranch)

Fermented Pickles and Baby Beets atop house-made, dark, torn rye bread with local quark goat cheese and smoked nopales sauce
Executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Guest Ranch at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Guest Ranch at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Ranch at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Ranch (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Stephanie Kingman (Mixologist, The Parish)

Strawberry-Rose Lemonade and Sand-Reckoner Vermentino Wine-based Sangria flavored with mango, mint, and habernero
Mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Drinks by mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Drinks by mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Maria Mazon (Chef, BOCA Tacos y Tequila)

Organic Mushroom Chicharrón with a chile verde pea purée, ricotta, and chile guajillo carrot sauce
Chef Maria Mazon from BOCA Tacos y Tequila at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Maria Mazon from BOCA Tacos y Tequila at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from chef Maria Mazon from BOCA Tacos y Tequila at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from chef Maria Mazon from BOCA Tacos y Tequila at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rica Rances (Sous Chef, The Parish)

Confit Sunrise Beets marinated in preserved orange aji amarillo with Brunost siphon, fennel oil, fermented honey garlic glazed pancetta, and lavender haze
Chef Rica Rances from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Rica Rances from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from sous chef Rica Rances from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Jim Harris)

Dish from sous chef Rica Rances from The Parish at Vida (Credit: Jim Harris)

Gina Skelton (Executive Pastry Chef, Casino Del Sol)

Salted Honey and Goat Cheese Mousse with almond lavender cake
Executive pastry chef Gina Skelton from Casino Del Sol at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive pastry chef Gina Skelton from Casino Del Sol at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive pastry chef Gina Skelton from Casino Del Sol at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive pastry chef Gina Skelton from Casino Del Sol at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Susan Fulton (Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro)

Lemon Thyme-marinated Wild-caught Shrimp in an Asiago cheese black-pepper waffle cone with organic crisped kale, Champagne-infused papaya, and a pomegranate balsamic reduction
Gourmet Girls Representation at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Gourmet Girls Representation at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Dish from Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dominique Stoller (Executive Pastry Chef & General Manager, HUB Ice Cream Factory)

Prickly Pear Jamaica pops dipped in chamoy and Tajin
Mini Arizona Blue Corn Choco Tacos filled with Arizona blue corn and honeycomb ice cream, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed honeycomb candy
Executive pastry chef and general manager Dominique Stoller from HUB Ice Cream Factory (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive pastry chef and general manager Dominique Stoller from HUB Ice Cream Factory (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive pastry chef and general manager Dominique Stoller from HUB Ice Cream Factory (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from executive pastry chef and general manager Dominique Stoller from HUB Ice Cream Factory (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Nikki Thompson (Chef-Owner, Nook)

Tucson meets Hawaiian-style Fresh Ahi Poke Shooter served with a Tajin lotus crisp
Chef-Owner Nikki Thompson from Nook at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef-Owner Nikki Thompson from Nook at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from chef-owner Nikki Thompson from Nook at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Dish from chef-owner Nikki Thompson from Nook at Vida (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Caridad Community Kitchen and their Microloan recipients:

Caridad Community Kitchen

Broccoli and cranberry salad
Representation from Caridad Community Kitchen at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Representation from Caridad Community Kitchen at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from Caridad Community Kitchen at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dish from Caridad Community Kitchen at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Microloan recipient, Dish for Dosha Juices

Organic Juices
Microloan recipient chef Cecilia Arosemena of Dish for Dosha at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Microloan recipient chef Cecilia Arosemena of Dish for Dosha at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Microloan recipient, Sunflower Superfoods

Specialty Baby Greens and Sprouts
Microloan recipient Dani Flower of Sunflower Superfoods at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Microloan recipient Dani Flower of Sunflower Superfoods at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Wares and experiences provided by our local female vendors:

Belle Starr Salon

Braid Bar and Hair Styling
Belle Starr Salon (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Belle Starr Salon (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Sigfus Designs

Jewelry
Sigfus Designs (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Sigfus Designs (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Cosmic Weavers

Henna and Art
Cosmic Weavers (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Cosmic Weavers (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Sonoran Rosie Herbal Products

Luxury Organic Beauty Products
Sonoran Rosie Herbal Products (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Sonoran Rosie Herbal Products (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Batea Boutique

Curated Clothing and Vintage Designs
Batea Boutique (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Batea Boutique (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Creative Tribe

Craft and Paper Goods Pop-Up Shop
Creative Tribe (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Creative Tribe (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Heliotrope

Metalwork Jewelry
Heliotrope (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Heliotrope (Credit: Mariah Alysz)

Solace Macrame

Macrame Art Installations
Solace Macrame (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Solace Macrame (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Photo booth fun and memories captured:

And that’s a wrap.

See you next year for delicious plates and drinks, music, and photo booth fun to support local women and raise funds for the Community Food Bank.

For more information about the Vida festival and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, view our article: First Annual “Vida / Celebrating Women” Festival Empowers, Uplifts & Supports Women in Tucson.

Kate hails from South Africa. Yes, you read correctly. After wrestling lions and riding elephant-back, she finds herself in the desert. Feel free to charm her with mimosas anytime.

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