(Photo by Jackie Tran)

Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) announces the return of its collaborative pop-up dinners

July 3, 2022
By Matt Sterner

'GUT Goes to the Movies!' kicks off the culinary extravaganza

There’s something wonderful going on with the Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT), and brace yourself because it’s the first time it’s happened since 2019. The collaborative endeavor, which is a cornucopia of more than three dozen of Tucson’s best-loved and most-acclaimed chefs and food professionals, is thrilled to announce the return of its summer series of pop-up dinners.

Chefs plating at a Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) dinner at the Carriage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Chefs plating at a Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) dinner at the Carriage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you’ve never attended one of these magical meals in the past, or haven’t the slightest idea what they consist of, don’t worry about it because we’ve got all of the details for you.

These five-course meals, including welcome cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, and wine will take place monthly on Sunday, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 30. There are a few themes going on this year, too, including GUT Goes to the Movies!, Lost Restaurants of Tucson, Right Here Right Now — Hyperlocal and Seasonal, and Culinary Legends of Tucson.

(Photo courtesy of The Gastronomic Union of Tucson)
Lights, camera… ACTION!

The first dinner, on Sunday, July 17 takes a culinary approach to the silver screen — no trick photography goin’ on here. The mise en scène will be beautifully crafted with GUT chefs collaborating to create dishes inspired by iconic films.

Each course honors a different film ranging from blockbusters to cult classics. Just imagine innovative tributes to Julie and Julia, Tampopo, Big Night, and Ratatouille. Oh, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes will be rolling and tumbling into one of the courses as well. You can bet GUT’s dishes will turn this low-budget sci-fi film’s Rotten Tomatoes score into something fresh.

Dinner synopsis: Expect imaginative dishes ranging from classical haute cuisine to fanciful avant-garde executed by some of Tucson’s best chefs.

GUT Goes to the Movies! will take place at Mountain Oyster Club, located at 6400 E. El Dorado Circle. Those wanting to attend can snag tickets via Eventbrite for $90 per person, plus any applicable fees. Hors d’oeuvre will begin at 6 p.m. and make a note that seating will be limited and tickets are available while they last.

Chef collaborators for GUT Goes to the Movies! Include:

  • Juan Almanza – El Rustico
  • Steven Bartels – Mountain Oyster Club
  • Drew Burk – The Coronet
  • Mat Cable – Fresco, Zio Peppe
  • Michael Elefante – Mama Louisa’s
  • Michael Estelle – Mountain Oyster Club
  • Nohemi Estrada – Eurest
  • Ken Foy – Dante’s Fire
  • Susan Tomber Fulton – Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro
  • Jay Garcia – Muncheez
  • Wendy Gauthier – Chef Chic
  • Brian Hagan – The Parish
  • CJ Hamm – Saguaro Corners, Mulligan’s
  • Dan Heady – Zio Peppe
  • Natalia Herrera- Mountain Oyster Club
  • Obadiah Hindman – Mountain Oyster Club
  • Sarah Lamberth – Noble Hops
  • Roderick Ledesma – Casino del Sol
  • Helen Mora – Culinary Dropout
  • Jerry Morgan – Chef Chic
  • Mateo Otero, Rollie’s
  • Travis Peters – The Parish, The Delta
  • Max Provost – Mountain Oyster Club
  • Devon Sanner – Zio Peppe
  • Mary Steiger – Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro
  • Noah Tellez – Mountain Oyster Club

For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit eventbrite.com

Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT)
Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) (Photo by Adam Lehrman
More dinners to add to your calendar

The second dinner, on Sunday, August 21, will celebrate the Lost Restaurants of Tucson. So, for one night only, GUT chefs will summon up local nostalgia with some of Tucson’s iconic restaurants that have permanently closed.

The third dinner, Sunday, September 18, is named Right Here Right Now, setting its sights on the best ingredients farmed and foraged in the Tucson basin at the end of summer. Therefore, hyperlocal and seasonal foods will be the stars of the show.

And now, drumroll, please.

The season finale is destined to be a complete “showstopper” — Culinary Legends of Tucson. As a dinner to benefit the 501c3 nonprofit Tucson: City of Gastronomy, GUT has enlisted the help of Carlotta Flores of the Sí Charro! restaurants, Jonathan Landeen of Jonathan’s Cork, Jim Murphy of Kingfisher, Donna Nordin of Cafe Terra Cotta, local legend Janos Wilder of the former Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, and Alan Zeman of Fuego.

You know, it’s just an epic collection of living legends who’ve made the Tucson food scene into the internationally recognized hotspot of delicious food — that’s all. They’ll join forces with the chefs of GUT to create a dinner that won’t be easy to replicate.

The menus and ticket prices for the other summer dinners will be announced at a later time, but meanwhile, tickets for the GUT Goes to the Movies! dinner are available now at eventbrite.com.

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