POS 07 — Get Soiled in Phoenix: Spotlight on the Bounty of Arizona Farms
Agriculture has long been integral to the Phoenix area. Today, it provides ingredients for Native American and Mexican inspired Southwestern cuisines, as well as others. This is a tour for foodies and anyone interested in the concept of locally grown products and handcrafted goods. In addition to inspiring dishes, you’ll have a chance to sample Arizona’s craft beers and cocktails and overnight in Phoenix area resorts.
Your farm, culture and culinary adventure begins in Phoenix at the Heard Museum, which interprets the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. Then it’s lunch at Barrio Urbana, where chef Silvana Salcido Esparza creates Mexican cuisine with an urban flair.
Among the highlights on day two is a stop at Queen Creek Olive Mill to taste oils, olives and tapenades and check out the mill’s line of beauty products. Next up: Joe’s Farm Grill, a family homestead-turned-burger-stand that was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Neighboring family farm Agritopia supplies ingredients to keep Joe’s menu entirely local. You’ll also visit Tower Garden in Mesa where the area’s top chefs procure produce that’s grown unconventionally using fewer resources, and take a cultural tour at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, owned by the Gila River Indian Community.
On day three you’ll enjoy brunch at The Farm at South Mountain, conceived in the early 1920s and today a model of farm-to-table sustainability. The farm includes gardens, restaurants and markets. Finally, you’ll explore the natural flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert at the stellar Desert Botanical Garden before heading home.
Cost: $270 Actives; $330 Associates; $360 Alumni, Spouses (maximum: 12)
Note: Transportation to the Phoenix area following the core convention is included. This tour ends at the Phoenix airport; participants are responsible for arranging flights home from PHX after 12:00 noon on Oct. 11.