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Tucson pork & scotch, wine, tequila and beer dinners

Tucson pork & scotch, wine, tequila and beer dinners

scotch & pork pairing
scotch & pork pairing at Agustin Kitchen

While it’s the dead of summer, restaurants are still dishing up some dinners pairing scotch, wine, tequila and beer to hungry gourmands. Enjoy.

Agustin Kitchen
Tuesday July 14
Pork & Scotch
Scotch lovers – this one is for you! Chef Ryan Clark at Agustin Kitchen is pleased to welcome Russ Kempton, renowned distilled spirit expert, as his special guest for “Dinner with Chefs.”

Upon hearing that Kempton would be in Tucson for a special event, Clark reached out to see if he would be interested in teaming up to create a unique dinner combining their talents. The result is an incredible feast featuring a series of nine “nose to tail” pork dishes paired with cocktails using six single malt scotches.

Known as America’s “Spirited” Speaker, Kempton has spent over three decades as a distilled spirits and wine educator.

Throughout the evening, Kempton will share his expertise on the many aspects of Scotch – from production to brand differences, pairings and more. The event will conclude with Q&A and cigars to take home.

For this special dinner, Chef Clark will purchase an entire pig from local purveyors at E & R Pork, a Tucson based producer and supplier of 100% locally raised, grain fed, hormone and antibiotic free pork products. Cost per person is $75++. Space is limited. Call (520) 398-5382 for reservations.


Pork + Miso Broth | wonton + kombu
Head Cheese | apricot + fennel
Trotter Rillette | Pickled mustard + balsamic onions
Shoulder + Shank Sausage | whipped fig cheese + red wine
Brined Loin | “Bahn Mi”
Smoked Pork Cheek | mac ‘n cheese
Pig + Duck Liver Pate | pistachio + cherry
House Bacon Lardons | chocolate cookies
Pork Rib | Korean bbq + kim chi

Glenfiddich 18yr
Bruichladdich Islay Barley
Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel – Sherry
Macallan 10yr Fine Oak
Balvenie 12yr Single Barrel – American Oak
Highland Park 12yr

Wednesday – July 15
Celebrate your own little Piedmontese holiday, when Margot Hoffar of Fontanafredda brings five delicious wines and we offer a whole dinner paired to each of them; $60++ The menu is posted here


Wednesday – July 15
Summer Tequila Dinner with Casamigos
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Dining room and/or patio – Blanco is located at La Encantada Shopping Center
Executive Chef: Eddie Coronado
Featured Spirit: Casamigos Tequila
Price: $45++
Reservations: 232.1007


tequila tasting blanco
Flan for dessert


Achiote Chicken Skewers
Shrimp Ceviche Skewers
Mini Chimis (vegetable or beef)
Assorted Cheese Crisps

Cocktail Pairing
Jalapeno Margarita: Casamigos Blanco, Grapefruit, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Ginger Beer


– Blanco: Tajin Pineapple
– Reposado: Grilled Chipotle Shrimp
– Anejo: Mole Chicken

– Steak Ranchero
– Camarones con Arroz
– Chicken Vera Cruz

Brown Sugar Caramel Flan
Mexican Chocolate Cake

Summer Solstice: Casamigos Reposado, Tempus Fugit Cacao, Muddled Blackberry, Lemon


Monday, July 20
Local Wine Dinner with Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Executive Chef: Andre Warren
Featuring Wines from Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Location: 6390 E. Grant Road
Time: 6:30 PM
Price: $45++ per person


First Course

Ahi Tuna Ceviche
Citrus, hibiscus, honeydew, jicama, pomegranate & toasted sesame seeds
Paired with 2012 Chenin Blanc

Second Course

Prosciutto & Fig Salad
Strawberries, apples, golden raisins, pecans, gorgonzola & black cherry vinaigrette
Paired with 2013 Estate Viognier

Third Course

French Dip Sandwich
Red win braised short rib, garlic butter baguette, mozzarella, provolone & au jus
Paired with 2012 Magdalena (blogger’s note: most unusual wine/does not taste like any red wine I ever tasted)


Chocolate Decadence
Chocolate cake, wine poached fruit chutney, pear & berry drizzle
Paired with 2013 Zinfandel (blogger’s note: this is my favorite Kief wine; perfect for dessert)

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