“Gallery of Food” opens a brick-and-mortar bodega on Ft. Lowell

"There is such a wealth of amazing local offerings."

When one door closes, another opens.

With the permanent closure of Café Botanica inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens, owner Kristine Jensen is pumped to open her new brick-and-mortar version of the online store, Gallery of Food, on Saturday, September 19.

(Credit: Cafe Botanica)

(Credit: Cafe Botanica)

“We are so sad to say goodbye to our lovely Café Botanica and will miss making food in one of the most relaxing and beautiful places in town,” said Jensen. “But we are so excited as we turn the next chapter and make our offerings more accessible to the public.”

The space at 2522 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. has been remodeled to accommodate a cozy market as well as a new kitchen where the staff will continue to prepare Café Botanica’s take-home meals. Some of the familiar dishes include Frida’s Favorite Corn Pudding, Duck Tamales, Grilled Vegetables, and more.

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The Gallery of Food Bodega is Is open this Saturday ?for Curbside Pick-up! All the wonderful food you've been getting from us online you can now get curbside at our store. Our Space is Ready for Prime Time 2522 E Fort Lowell Road The kitchen is sparkling! The powers that be have given us the Go-Ahead! And we are starting to do what we do best… COOK While we wait for times to head toward normalcy, we are spiffing up our place and getting ready to open an actual…physical…as in old-time bodega. You remember… where you can walk in and look and touch and mill-around. I can't wait! We are expanding our offerings! In addition to seasonal produce and meats from our local farms and ranches, We are breaking out the cooking tools so we will have a more extensive selection of our delicious prepared foods. We are also bringing some art to our little online shop, and have unique small pieces of art made by local artists that are great for bringing a bit of Tucson joy to you or your nearest and dearest. Our On-line store(click link in bio) Look for updates to our store on Wednesdays. We will have the new items listed then. And as always, please feel free to call us if you are having trouble ordering. We use a platform out of Scottsdale that has been working tirelessly since the world as we knew it ended and has tried hard to customize its site to fit the current needs of local businesses. There are still issues and quirks that cause both you and definitely me… frustration. My new mantra is "Be patient". I'm not very successful at it. We will call you to confirm every order and make sure you know when it will be ready for pick-up or delivery. (That is one of the website quirks… strange times for deliveries and Pick-ups.) Catering Catering is still a thing… even if you haven't seen your friends for months! If you need food for a group, we can help. We have some great ideas for small gatherings –from incredibly beautiful Bodega Boxes (Bento boxes with a Gallery of Food twist) to small buffets. We'd love to help you celebrate! #localvore #bodega #GalleryofFood #sustainable #sustainablefood #organic #tucson #az #foodie #local #localfood #tasty

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“There is such a wealth of amazing local offerings – it will be great to have them all under one roof,” said Jensen. “We will be able to expand on our farm-to-table offerings and our catering kitchen will allow us to provide for all size events.”

Some of the local products found online and inside the bodega include Top Knot Farms, Pivot Produce, Aravaipa Farms, and Barrio Bread.

(Credit: Cafe Botanica)

The bodega is temporarily for pick-up and delivery orders only from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday – Saturday. They plan on expanding the market’s hours in the future when the inside is open to the public.

Deliveries are available on Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m.

Gallery of Food Bodega is located at 2522 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. For more information, call (520) 884-5033 or visit galleryoffood.square.site

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