(Photo courtesy of Iskashitaa Refugee Network)

Iskashitaa Refugee Network & Chef Devon Sanner’s Citrus Celebration Gala (MENU)


March 18, 2024
By Matt Sterner

Here in Tucson, the Iskashitaa Refugee Network creates opportunities to integrate UN refugees into the Southern Arizona community. This is all while educating the public, strengthening the local food system, reducing local food waste, and increasing food security.

From 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, which is also Arizona Gives Day, Iskashitaa Refugee Network is teaming up with Chef Devon Sanner of Zio Peppe and the Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) for a Citrus Celebration Gala.

Chef Devon Sanner (Photo by Jackie Tran)

This fundraising gala will include a silent auction, a refugee art show, storytelling by refugees, live music by Cynthia Hilts, and an assortment of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts, as well as drinks, wine, and specialty cocktails.

If you’re not immediately searching for how to buy tickets after reading that last sentence then maybe you need to read it once more! Tickets to the dinner/gala are $100 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Throughout the dinner, Chef Sanner will be using produce harvested by the Iskashitaa Refugee Network.

  • Tomato Jam and Hand-pulled Mozzarella Bruschetta
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Honey + Chamomile Goat Cheese, Toasted Marcona Almonds
  • Grapefruit & Tequila Cured Gravlax, English Cucumber, Dill Crème Fraîche
  • Seville Orange Marinated Achiote Pork Tostaditas with Pickled Red Onion
  • Duck Rillettes, Focaccia, Candied Kumquat
  • Chilled Basil and Pea Soup with Prickly Pear and Lemon Crema
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado, Chile, and Lime
  • Three Sisters Salad – Tepary Beans, Grilled Corn, Roasted Squash, Nopalitos, Guajillo Chile and Tangerine Vinaigrette
  • Sweet Bites
    • Lemon Curd Tartlets
    • Mandarin, Lavender, and Honey Posset Parfait
    • Orange Cream Profiteroles
Harvesting

Iskashitaa volunteers harvest from residential trees, community and urban gardens, and the beautiful Tucson desert collecting useable produce that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Food Preservation

Based on what is harvested and the community donations they receive, the network makes food products that are then sold in their online shop.

Refugee Garden Art Program

Every Wednesday volunteers and U.N. refugees come together as a community to garden, practice language, create art projects, and share culture.

Food Donation

Produce that the Iskashitaa Refugee Network harvests, along with food donations from community partners, is given to refugees weekly to increase food security among refugees in the Tucson community.

The Citrus Celebration Gala is from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 (Arizona Gives Day). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

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