Field to Feast
Jan. 13/YUMA – Led by a local grower, these half-day tours begin in a field planted at the University of Arizona research farm. Get a quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, along with hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives and a “recipe” card telling you what’s called for in the kitchen. Once you’ve filled the chefs’ “order,” you can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, as this is a real working field. When the harvesting is done, it’s back onto your motorcoach for a look at agriculture in action – the exact itinerary depends on your guide and what’s up in the fields. Meanwhile, culinary students from Arizona Western College are preparing a delicious lunch from the fresh harvest. 8 a.m. – 1:3i0 p.m. >MORE
Jan. 22, 23/WINTERHAVEN – 5-8:30 p.m. at the Imperial Date Gardens. Enjoy a memorable, multi-course gourmet dinner, prepared by Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef Alex Trujillo, served under the stars in a lush date grove! If you’ve only sampled the “fruit of kings” in a date shake, you’re in for some delicious surprises: every course of the elegant plated meal features a new twist on this oldest of cultivated fruits, both savory and sweet. This unforgettable feast is put on by Visit Yuma only a handful of times per season, making it an experience to treasure.