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What’s on the Tucson Feeds Paris Menu?

What’s on the Tucson Feeds Paris Menu?

prickly pear

What does Parma, Italy; Phuket, Thailand; Bergen, Norway; and Tucson, Arizona have in common?

Along with a dozen other cities scattered across the global scape, they all have been chosen as World Cities of Gastronomy by UNESCO, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Tucson is the first U.S. city to be chosen which is a double honor.

UNESCO invited Tucson to the 2017 UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s annual conference on June 28th at the U.S. Embassy in Paris to present tastes of our town. Who better than Janos Wilder, our James Beard Award winning chef to prepare the meal and wow the attendees. During the event, a photographic slide show of Tucson’s food history and gastronomy will be projected.


Chef-created bocaditos, “little bites,” will highlight Tucson City of Gastronomy flavors. Some will include ingredients from Tucson that have been grown here for more than 4,000 years, as well as even older traditionally foraged foods like cholla buds, saguaro blossom syrup, and prickly pear juice. At several action stations, guests will be able to watch bocaditos being made to order by Chef Wilder and chefs from the U.S. Embassy, and hear explanations of the cultural significance of the traditional ingredients.

What’s on the Tucson Feeds Paris menu?                                                     

Passed Botanas

chilled mango soup with spicy crab aioli and jalapeno orange vinaigrette


braised beef cheek with Anita’s soft tacos, cabbage radish slaw and salsa fresca


mushroom, queso and poblano flautas with saguaro blossom crema

Made to Order Action Stations

shrimp mojo de ajo – frijoles maneados, roasted pepper, cabbage slaw, pickled cholla buds, chiltepin salsa


pork tenderloin adobado – chipotle black bean sauce, achiote vinaigrette, guacamole


beef salpicon + escabeche – green chile sauce, prickly pear crema

Tray Passed Desserts

assorted mezcal, bacanora, tamarindo and chile- scented chocolate truffles


Ahumado fresca


San Xavier del Bac whiskey


The Creative Cities Network is currently formed by 116 cities in 54 countries and covers seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.

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