Tapino's Locavore dinners started off as special events at the restaurant, always featuring locally grown produce, ingredients from local purveyors, and Arizona wines. Inevitably, the events would sell out, and they'd have to add new dates.
Lately, Tapino has taken things to the next level by going straight to the farm. Saturday's event at Superstition Farm in Mesa sounds like a total blast -- a wine reception with hors d'oeuvres, a tour of the dairy and a chance to talk to participating farmers, ranchers, and wine makers, and then a four-course dinner prepared by chef James Porter.
It's $125 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. (Click here for more info and reservations.) You know the weather's going to be awesome -- it starts at 3 in the afternoon -- and the menu looks splendid. Check this out:
a parade of local flavors
Pillsbury "One Night Stand" Rose, Cochise County, AZ '08
family style farm dinner
native tepary bean hummus with rustic grilled flat bread and
queen creek olive oil
Keeling-Schaefer "Two Reds" Grenache, Cochise County, AZ '07
seacat gardens green salad with his award winning italian heirloom tomatoes, glazed turnips, superstition farm farmer's cheese, roasted maya's farm beets and her herb garden vinaigrette
Pillsbury "Roan Red" Blend, Cochise County, AZ '06
spit roasted meat shop suckling pig and charbroiled double check ranch beef
with maya's braised fennel, rosemary carrots,
campfire one mill creek potatoes and creamed spinach
Keeling-Schaefer "Three Sisters" Syrah, Cochise County, AZ '06
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green valley pecan and sphinx date ranch
"brown betty pie" with udder delights old fashioned ice cream