What: Celebration of Place: A Desert Harvesters Evening of Story, Wild Foods, Drink, and Music
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:00pm–10:00pm
Where: La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave, Tucson, AZ
Dinner featuring Locally Grown and Harvested Native Wild-Food Ingredients
· Desert bean plate including tepary hummus, Pima lima salad with marinated palo-verde and cholla-bud garnish, crackers with mesquite flour, barrel cactus seeds, and chia seeds
· Calabacitas with nopalitos, garnished with barrel cactus seeds
Come early to order these plates as there will be limited quantities available—they will sell out fast!
Drinks Featuring Locally Grown and Harvested Native Wild-Food Ingredients
· Prickly-pear margaritas with barrel-cactus rim-salts
· Gin with creosote bitters
All in all, 10 wild foods will be represented: mesquite, cholla, chia, aloysia, prickly pear, barrel cactus, Foothills palo verde, creosote, chiltepin, and desert lavender.
Live music by Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments
A Desert Harvesters Presentation by Brad Lancaster: “Story of Celebration and Regeneration of Place and People with Wild Food Forests”
An overview of the evening’s schedule:
Showing of Arizona Public Media’s short video (featuring Desert Harvesters’ Amy Valdés Schwemm) about Tucson’s selection by UNESCO as a World City of Gastronomy
Live Music by Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments
“Celebration and Regeneration of Place and People with Wild Food Forests,” a Desert Harvesters presentation by Brad Lancaster
Raffle & music
Educational tables will also be available to visit throughout the evening to learn about wild foods and Desert Harvesters’ work. Desert Harvesters is a nonprofit grassroots group that promotes the harvest of native, wild, and cultivated desert foods and also advocates for the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite) and understory plantings within rainwater harvesting “gardens” (in the landscapes where we live, work, and play). Funds raised at these events support the group’s educational efforts in the community, including demonstrations, publications, and tasting events. Currently the group is raising funds to support the publication of a revised and expanded version of its 2010 cookbook Eat Mesquite!. This cookbook will include recipes for mesquite and other desert foods, as well as information about how to grow, harvest, and prepare native and local foods.
As part of La Cocina’s Tuesdays for Tucson tradition, 10% of all proceeds from the evening’s food and drink sales will be donated to Desert Harvesters.
Head to Desert Harvesters’ website to learn more.