January 2020 Food Events: Vegan cook-offs, bar crawls & anniversaries

By Matt Sterner
January 6, 2020

A compilation of yummy events happening this month.

It's a new year and a heap of new events, too.

January is shaping up to be a pretty eventful month as it gets 2020 in full swing. You've got choices that include visiting plant-based food trucks, a vegan cook-off, anniversary parties, themed bar crawls, and workshops for the creative foodies.

Saturday, January 11

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This is a unique occasion because chef Marcus van Winden has specially prepared and paired the dinner with Modern Times — all five courses, too. Plus, this meal is straight out of the field with pheasants and wild boar being included in different courses.

Seats are $69 per person and you must be at least 21 years old to attend. ...read more.

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It's heartwarming to know you'll be providing comfort and support for savable cats and dogs that are homeless in Pima County. In turn, your loving contribution will be rewarded with several vegan chili samples, and an opportunity to vote on your favorites.

Tickets are at $10 per person and that'll get you one round of samples. If you'd like seconds, it's just an extra $2. You can also enter the cook-off if you're feeling competitive. ...read more.

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Throughout the day at their midtown location they'll be serving up their signature craft brews — much like the appearance of the Anniversary Strong Ale — and even some tasty brisket and rib specials. In addition to the things you can ingest, the brewery will be offering free live music, drink specials, and giveaways.

If you're under 21 you're still invited to the family-friendly event. ...read more.

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During the class, Jackie will be covering composition, lighting, and techniques he commonly uses when out on a shoot. In addition, there are going to be bites from one of Tucson's great food trucks and beer from Public Brewhouse.

Seats are $150 per person with beer or $140 without. ...read more.

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You can "make your own adventure" using the bars and restaurants on the list and visit them in whichever order you wish. Those featured include Mr. HeadsSky BarR BarCobra Arcade Bar, and Fired Pie. At each destination you'll find discounted drinks, free giveaways, and much more.

You've got to be at least 21 years old to join the crawl and tickets are $14.99 for General Admission or $34.99 for a VIP Pass. ...read more.

Sunday, January 12

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The event, which is co-sponsored by Food + Travel, is meant to reveal some of the most popular and tasty doughnuts around, and to give everyone the opportunity to vote on their favorite. There's going to be around 8 to 10 vendors showing off their best doughnuts, and everyone attending will get samples from each of them.

There will also be a few options for buying your tickets. General Admission is $12.50 per person, VIP is $20 (which gets you in early at 1 p.m.), Family Passes (two adults and two kids) are $40, and children can get in for $8 each. ...read more.

Tuesday, January 14 & Tuesday, January 21

Vegan Dining Series

To increase the level of convenience, you've got two chances to make it to this class and it's perfect for those who are unfamiliar with how to live a healthy vegan lifestyle.

The workshops are free so be sure to pick the date that works best for you. ...read more.

Wednesday, January 15

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If you're a fan of wine this is one dinner you'll want to consider.

Tavolino is celebrating the release of the 2015 Sagrantino and other vintage wines from the Mattoni family of wine. When it comes to the meal, you're being treated with the likes of Torta al Testo — which is a cast iron baked bread with prosciutto, burrata cheese, and arugula — and Porchetta di Maiale. ...read more.

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Recently, Geronimo’s Revenge has been working with the brewery to host weekly meals, and this week’s main dish is their housemade ramen.

It’s made with maize noodle and is served in your choice of a Tucson-style hominy broth, a mushroom broth, or tossed in a creamy elote sauce. Each dish is $13 and good luck making a decision. ...read more.

Thursday, January 16

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If you haven't had the chance to taste some of Arizona's best wine, then here's the perfect opportunity. Each one of the participating wineries will have an owner or winemaker pouring samples, and also answering any questions you may have about their wine.

As long as you're at least 21 years old, it's totally free to taste the wine, and you'll be able to special order any wine that isn't normally stocked in the market. ...read more.

Friday, January 17

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If you've never tried mead it's been known to be one of the oldest forms of alcohol, and is created by fermenting honey with water and sometimes with fruit, spices, grains, or hops. From their beginnings in Skull Valley, Arizona to their tasting room in Prescott, Superstition Meadery has made more than 130 unique meads and hard ciders since 2012.

In addition to the free tastings, you can snag 10% off mead flights or full glass pours. ...read more.

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Dillinger Brewing Company is pairing their tasty brews with popcorn from [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn.

Popcorn & Beer Pairing Menu

  • "Naked" with Sea Salt
    • Paired with Cerveza De Oro
  • Green Chile Popcorn
    • Paired with Serrano Seduction
  • Salted Caramel Popcorn
    • Paired with Roadrunner Red
  • Churro
    • Paired with English Stout

Saturday, January 18

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After making a few stops around the country, spanning all the way from the east coast to southern California, the vegan food truck is making a stop in Tucson.

One of Southern Fried Vegan's signature dishes is coming along for the ride is the Beer-Cheeze Battered Beyond Burger, but there's plenty more where that's coming from. In addition to everything being free of meat, many of the items are free of gluten, too. ...read more.

Saturday, January 18 - Sunday, January 19

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The speakeasy event on Saturday night is from 6 - 9 p.m. and tickets are $45 per person. The experience gets you whiskey and gin tastings from different distillers and small bites.

The experience takes you back to the capture of gangster John Dillinger, which happened right here in Tucson. Dillinger Days features whiskey tastings, appetizers, premium cigars, a gun trick show, live music, and entertainment related to the 1930s era. ...read more.

Friday, January 24

Vive Le France Wine Tasting  at Maynards

Come and explore one of the world's largest wine-producing regions.

You've got to be at least 21 years old to attend tastings are $12 or free for Wine Club Members ...read more.

Saturday, January 25

Morning at the Museum: Coffee, Tea & Yoga Event at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Sip, stretch, and wake up on the wild side.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting its first “Morning at the Museum” event of 2020 at 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, January 25.

The animals are welcoming you to their stomping grounds for tastings and presentations from local coffee roasters and tea houses, early morning snacks, and yoga with Tiffany Georgia from Let’s Sweat.

In addition to the tea and coffee samples, there will be morning cocktails to sip on at the cash bar — Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Irish Coffees aplenty ...read more.

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The class is going to teach you some of the basic knife skills and also practice more fundamental cuts — like a mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet, and julienne.  You'll even get to practice cutting large food items like a head of cabbage, herbs, and onions.

Each seat in the class is $55 per person and includes a light Mexican-style lunch and ingredients to take home for dinner. ...read more.

Tuesday, January 28

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First up, is Erik Stanford from Pivot Produce and will involve using hand-picked, mindfully-sourced, Arizona-grown ingredients.

“We'll explore my culinary story and the cuisines of wintery rural Wisconsin, Katrina-ravaged New Orleans and the arid agriculture of the desert Southwest all while using ingredients grown or foraged right here in the Sonoran Desert." said Erik Stanford.

Seats range from $75 - $125 per person and you can make reservations by calling (520) 324-9350. ...read more.

Thursday, January 30

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Spread throughout the store, all guests will have the opportunity to check out the beautifully plated dishes, taste samples, listen to live music, and then even enter to win a piece to take home from Copenhagen.

Once you enter the The Art of Plating event you'll find separate stations for each chef where the actual plating will take place. After you've gotten a clear choice of which tasted and looked the best you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Award.

General admission tickets are $55 per person, which includes food samples and beverages, and then a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank. ...read more.

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