Foodie Events from Jan. 19 – 25: Mini Bar’s grand opening, a Kosher pop-up & more

Tucson continues to blossom with new events each and every week, and we’ve rounded up just a few of them to get your calendar filled with fun.

Photo courtesy of Mini Bar on Instagram

Photo courtesy of Mini Bar on Instagram

If you appreciate a good event as much as we do, you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled on these articles as we announce Tucson Foodie-owned events such as the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl. If you’re looking for more exclusive events, check out Tucson Foodie 500 club to get the latest scoop (and discounts).

Don’t forget to check out our Events Directory for a full list of upcoming Foodie events.


Wednesday, January 18 – Sunday, January 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Various Farmers Markets

Image provided by Heirloom Farmers Markets

Pucker up and celebrate the citrus season! Local oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangelos, and kumquats are flourishing on the trees. Heirloom Farmers Markets is excited to highlight this fresh and zesty fruit with its own Citrus Week and Citrus Jubilee!

Join Heirloom Farmers Markets at their various locations from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, visit our article Citrus Week & Citrus Jubilee at the Heirloom Farmers Markets.

18jan9:00 am1:00 pmCITRUS WEEK AND CITRUS JUBILEE AT THE FARMERS MARKETS9:00 am - 1:00 pm Arizona Rillito Park Farmers Market


Thursday, January 19 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd.

(Photo courtesy of Tucson Jewish Community Center)

Tucson Jewish Community Center presents Bistro at the J by Asher, a Kosher Dining Experience for Everyone. This will be a full-service Kosher dining experience for all, hosted in the J’s ballroom with a Grand Opening Thursday, January 19 from 5 – 8 p.m., and open subsequent third Thursdays through April.

For more information, visit our article Bistro at the J by Asher: A Kosher dining 


Thursday, January 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Antsy Nancy, 5655 E River Rd., #101

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Antsy Nancy’s first Celebrity Chef cooking class menu is from Bobby Flay’s, Mesa Grill restaurant, formerly located in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This menu is perfect for maximizing the spices and chiles found locally. There will even be an optional, complimentary Scout & Cellar wine will be paired and served with dinner for students 21 and over. Students are welcome to bring their own wine, champagne, beer, etc. to enjoy during class. Please view the BYOB policy for more details.

Cost: $75

19jan6:00 pm8:00 pmCooking Class: Bobby Flay’s Ancho Chile-Honey Glazed Salmon6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Arizona Antsy Nancy


Friday, January 20 at  7 p.m.
MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Image provided by This is Mini Bar

From the folks who brought you Spaghetti Club, comes the cozy cocktail box, Mini Bar. Help the crew celebrate the special grand opening this Friday and, in turn, you’ll be rewarded with a fun evening under dry skies to try the wonderful new sakés, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Plus, Tita! Tita! will be serving their delicious bites.

20jan7:00 pmThis Is Mini Bar Grand Opening7:00 pm Arizona MSA Annex

Traditional O’odham Agriculture

Saturday, January 21 from 8 a.m. – noon
Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Ln.

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Every third Saturday of the month Maegan Lopez and Sterling Johnson continue their Mission Garden tradition of talks and demonstrations about O’odham Agriculture. They talk about traditions associated with Native American crops like corn, beans, and squash, and how crops brought by Europeans were integrated into O’odham agriculture.

This is a great collaboration between Mission Garden and Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Cost: Free with a suggested $5 per person donation at the entry gate.

21jan8:00 am12:00 pmTraditional O’odham Agriculture8:00 am - 12:00 pm Arizona Mission Garden


Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m.
Feast, 3719 E. Speedway Blvd.

This week, Feast will be tasting four wines that pair with a broad spectrum of foods, and what they might be served with. Additionally, they’ll be sampling Albariño from Maryland. Cool stuff, right?

Cost: $15 plus tax and tip.

If you’re interested, give them a call at (520) 326-9363. You can see the tasting order and the pricing here.

21jan2:00 pmWines that play well with food2:00 pm Arizona Feast


Saturday, January 21 from 4 – 9 p.m. & Sunday, January 22, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3750 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Grilled Shrimps topped with Coconut Curry Sauce on Jasmine Rice, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Grilled Chicken Skewers from Miss Saigon (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Grilled Shrimps topped with Coconut Curry Sauce on Jasmine Rice, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce from Miss Saigon (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

The Our Lady of Lavang Vietnamese church will be holding a Lunar New Year festival called Tet, the shortened version of Tet Nguyên Dán. It is an important celebration in Vietnamese culture and translates to the “Festival of the First Day of the Year.”

There will be Vietnamese food stalls serving barbequed marinated pork skewers, banh mi, glutinous rice dishes, Vietnamese puddings, coffee jelly, authentic Vietnamese coffee, and much more!

There will also be entertainment such as a lion dance, a traditional dance where performers will don a large lion costume and mimic movements to bring good fortune and luck, traditional singing and dances, bingo, game stalls, toy stalls, and so on.

Everyone is welcome, adults and children, to come and enjoy the Vietnamese Lunar New Year festivities!

21jan4:00 pm9:00 pmVietnamese Lunar New Year Festival4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Arizona The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Sunday, January 22 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Tap & Bottle North, 7254 N. Oracle Rd.

Image provided by Cuts & Slabs Charcuterie

Join Cuts & Slabs Charcuterie for the first charcuterie workshop of 2023. This is a lettering workshop which means you select any letter you would like and you’ll learn how to create a beautiful charcuterie display with all ingredients and step-by-step instructions will be provided.

Cost: $55 per person. Reserve your spot here.

22jan12:00 pm1:00 pmCharcuterie Letter Workshop12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Arizona Tap & Bottle North


Sunday, January 22 starting at 4:30 p.m.
Feast, 3719 E. Speedway Blvd.

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Doug Levy, chef and owner of Feast, has crafted the meal that’s inspired by Isak Dinesen’s famous short story, which is paired with special wines and cognac.

The meal is a fundraiser for The Rogue Theatre and tickets are $375 per person. Check out the full menu here.

22jan4:30 pmBabette’s Feast at Feast4:30 pm Arizona Feast


Sunday, January 22 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Tohono Chul Garden Bistro, 7366 N Paseo Del Norte

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Join AZ Winery Tours for a delightful evening of good food with exquisite wine pairings. Each course is presented by the Chef & Winemaker, James Callahan.

Cost: $139 includes tax and gratuity, a three-course meal, delicious wine, and a passed course with a wine cocktail.

Check out the menu below.

22jan5:30 pm8:00 pmWine Dinner - Featuring James Callahan of Rune5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Arizona Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and Star Wars. Her love of food and drink takes her to places far, far away.