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Coming Soon: Carriage House Cooking School, Special Event Venue

Coming Soon: Carriage House Cooking School, Special Event Venue

downtown Tucson cooking school
coming soon – January 2016

Wow! This is impressive and what a good idea. Tucson’s one name wonder, Janos, will open a second venue downtown. While the name, The Carriage House, may sound old-fashioned, it’s actually state of the art and high tech.

from the press release

Tucson, Ariz—Ever the culinary trailblazer, Chef Janos Wilder, Tucson’s only James Beard award winning chef, is about to make local history again with the opening in January 2016 of The Carriage House, a multi-use space featuring a cooking school, as well as a private event/dining room and patio. Conveniently located just to the south of Wilder’s DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails, the Carriage House is not your usual startup. With Wilder’s outstanding track record, it contains all the ingredients for success.

Opening the Carriage House is the fulfillment of a dream that the Wilders have had since they opened DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails in 2010. The space, with its brick walls, high ceilings, graceful trusses, sky lights and stunning collection of original local art will provide a beautiful back drop for events of all varieties and sizes.

The Cooking School

The Carriage House will offer year round classes taught by Chef Wilder, as well as other guest chefs, wine experts, mixologists and culinary educators in a state of the art demonstration kitchen and video studio. Rather than mirrors, classes will be on camera displayed in real time on flat screens. Guests will be able to purchase digital copies of the classes. The video studio will also be used to create customized digital content for a variety of projects. The space will accommodate up to 70 guests for demonstration classes, 20 for hands on classes.

The Event Space

With a fully equipped catering kitchen and Janos’ James Beard Award winning cuisine prepared by long time Janos and DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails Executive Chef, Devon Sanner, the event space will comfortably seat 20-160 for sit down affairs; private parties, wedding receptions, corporate events, fundraising dinners, pharmaceutical dinners and a full range of catered events. Two smaller rooms, one that seats 14 guests, and one for 30 guests, will also be available. Both will feature flat screens that can be used for closed circuit presentations. An enclosed patio will accommodate up to 45 guests.

The Carriage House Sponsored Events

Wilder also plans to originate new events at the Carriage House that will be open to the public. From Dim Sum Sunday brunches, to pop up dinners, Day of the Dead Festivities, Passover Dinners, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, and Wine Dinners, a wide ranging complement of exciting events will enliven the South of Congress district.


From time to time the crew will pull out the tables, roll up the rugs and transform The Carriage House into an intimate concert venue for special performances by local, national and international touring artists Concerts and Lecturers.

Janos and his wife Rebecca made their mark on the Tucson culinary scene with the opening of the first of their award winning restaurants, Janos Restaurant, on the grounds of the Tucson Museum of Art in 1983. In the mid-90’s they created Wild Johnny’s Wagon, the country’s first modern food truck which they used to serve lunch on the museum grounds and for catered events throughout Southern Arizona. In 1998 they moved Janos Restaurant to the grounds of the Westin La Paloma and opened J BAR, their casual Latin Grill the following year.

globally inspired cocktails
globally inspired cocktails

In 2010 the couple returned to their downtown roots and opened DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails, helping to spark the current renaissance of downtown Tucson. DOWNTOWN Kitchen & Cocktails, serving global and local cuisine in an urban setting, is located at 146 E. Broadway, in a historic building in downtown Tucson. Open daily, offering Happy Hour (4-6pm), Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri & Sat 5-10pm, Sun 4-9pm, and Late Night Fri & Sat pm- close. For more information on DOWNTOWN Kitchen & Cocktails visit the website . For inquiries on The Carriage House please contact Janos Wilder at 520-623-7700.

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