First Annual Sonoran Restaurant Week Features Several Downtown Favorites

August 19, 2019

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink is one of eleven downtown area restaurants participating in the first annual Sonoran Restaurant Week (Photo/Sonoran Restaurant Week).

 

Savor meals from local restaurants during inaugural Sonoran Restaurant Week: A Celebration of Tucson City of Gastronomy — supporting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Via Laura Reese, Storyteller Public Relations – July 30, 2019 (TUCSON, AZ) – This September, Tucson-area restaurants come together for the first annual Sonoran Restaurant Week: A Celebration of Tucson City of Gastronomy. From September 6-15, locals and visitors alike can savor special 3-course meals from a variety of participating restaurants at discounted prices. Sonoran Restaurant Week, sponsored by Visit Tucson, hopes the event will shine a spotlight on the vast array of unique dining experiences in Southern Arizona.

More than 30 restaurants plan to take part in Sonoran Restaurant Week and will participate in creating

$25 or $35 prix fixe menus for diners to enjoy. Guests can visit their favorite restaurants or discover new places — all while supporting mostly small, local businesses. In addition to the prix fixe options, guests can explore more than 20 of Tucson’s favorite casual restaurants with a self-guided Taco Tour, curated by Andi Berlin from This Is Tucson. Sonoran Restaurant Week hopes to build community between diners and restaurants, support the local food scene, and continue the good work of food festivals in Tucson.

“Tucson boasts a number of exceptional food festivals and other events that bring our community together to celebrate what makes us delicious,” said organizer Laura Reese. “But the beautiful stories of our restaurants go beyond the samples shared at a festival. It’s the service from staff, the unique ambiance of each space, the art of a plated meal, and the energy that comes from the kitchen that communicates their whole story. We hope Sonoran Restaurant Week encourages diners to venture inside brick-and-mortar spaces to explore new restaurants and local food in a tactile way.”

Sonoran Restaurant Week’s community-focused promotion and patronage will support not only local restaurants, but also the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

“We’re excited to see Sonoran Restaurant Week unfold, and the Community Food Bank is thrilled to benefit from an event that showcases our vibrant, local restaurant community,” said Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Their mission is to change lives in the communities they serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow. Their programs include providing sack lunches, 2,000 meals every day for seniors, and after-school eating options at Caridad Community Kitchen in addition to food distribution, education, health advocacy and more.

Each restaurant participating in Sonoran Restaurant Week supports the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona by donating gift cards, which will be used to raise funds and continue the great service the Food Bank provides for people in Southern Arizona. Guests and industry professionals are also encouraged to participate in HungerWalk happening on September 14, 2019, the final Saturday of Sonoran Restaurant Week. More information can be found at communityfoodbank.org/hungerwalk.

Chef Ryan Clark is the executive chef of PY Steakhouse and former Iron Chef champion. “Food security is vitally important to our success as a community,” said Clark. “We’re excited to support the Food Bank and their programming, while treating guests to our locally-inspired menu and hospitality at PY Steakhouse during Sonoran Restaurant Week.”

Sonoran Restaurant Week is made possible in part by the generous support of Visit Tucson, Rio Nuevo, Crest Insurance, Industrial Chemical of Tucson, Tucson Foodie, Tucson Weekly, This Is Tucson, iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Yelp.

“Tucson’s food is great in that, at its best, it tastes uniquely like Tucson with flavors and inspiration  taken from both the Sonoran Desert and the unique cultural makeup of our diverse community,” says Dan Gibson, Director of Communications at Visit Tucson. “We’re happy to sponsor Sonoran Restaurant Week and introduce Tucsonans and visitors alike to the incredible lineup of restaurants in our UNESCO City of Gastronomy.”

For a list of participating restaurants as well as information on Sonoran Restaurant Week, please visit sonoranrestaurantweek.com.

About the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Their mission is to change lives in the communities they serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.

 

For more information contact: Laura Reese, Storyteller Public Relations
(562) 652.5306 / laura@storytellerpr.com