Tucson Chow Card: Tucson's exotic flavors

Date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 12:10pm - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:00pm

Experience Tucson's exotic flavors! Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Tucson Meet Yourself Folklore and Tucson Weekly invite the public to support local nonprofits and ethnic eateries.

Tucsonans have an opportunity to travel to the Mediterranean, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and other exotic cultures... through their taste buds.

Culture is cooking on the city's culinary scene, and now foodies can eat up the ethnic diversity, sometimes hidden, throughout town with Tucson's CHOW CARD.

Tucson's 2012 CHOW CARD serves two meals for the price of one at more than 15 locally owned, authentically ethnic and culturally diverse restaurants.

The card, in partnership with Tucson Weekly, is valid through Oct. 31, 2012 and benefits the efforts of two local nonprofit organizations that have worked to preserve cultural encounters for the community.

Chow cards are $20 per card, and proceeds support the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival.

Cardholders can savor the flavors of India, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Greece and the Mediterranean, Thailand, Peru, Jamaica and Vietnam.

Culture from the kitchens
Don Pedro's Peruvian Restaurant moved to Tucson to bring a true Peruvian culinary experience to the city. This family-oriented restaurant feels perfection and consistency, along with family creations, are the key elements to their longevity and success.

CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen offers a warm and charming atmosphere. Experience a menu of jerk chicken, oxtails, curry goat or any of their other mouthwatering dishes. The chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces.

V Fine Thai Dining offers an amazing menu of classic Thai flavors with modern twists in a fine dining, warm, comfortable atmosphere. Owner Vila Jarrell's V Thai is recognized as the only representative out of 62 restaurants in Arizona by Thailand's government that reflects the flavors of Thai cuisine. As a part of this honor, Vila Jarrell frequently travels to Thailand and brings this experience in classic Thai flavors and new culinary advancements.

Amber Restaurant and Gallery prepares food made from scratch according to traditional Polish recipes. The restaurant has continued the enduring Polish tradition, where hospitality of the people and rich, wholesome food quickly earned the Poles an unrivalled reputation as welcoming and generous hosts.

Since 1992, Govinda's has been serving gourmet vegetarian cuisine in Tucson. Their internationally renowned chefs blend garden fresh vegetables, whole grains and freshly ground spices to create a delicious, hearty, healthy cuisine that is a delight to the taste buds.

PERUVIAN
Don Pedro's Peruvian Bistro
3386 S. 6th Ave. #121
www.donpedrosperuvianbistro.com

JAMAICAN
Cee Dee Jamaican Kitchen
1070 N. Swan Road
www.jamaicanrestauranttucson.com

THAI
V Fine Thai Dining
9 E. Congress St.
www.vilathai.com

INDIAN
Flavor of India
12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. #100

MEXICAN
Little Mexico Restaurant & Steakhouse - two locations
698 W. Irvington Road
2851 W. Valencia Road
www.littlemexicotucson.com

POLISH
Amber Restaurant & Gallery
7000 E. Tanque Verde Road
www.amberrestaurantgallery.com

PERSIAN
Ali Baba Restaurant
2545 E. Speedway Blvd. # 125
www.alibabatucson.com

INDIAN
Saffron
7607 N. Oracle Road #101
www.saffronaz.com

Kababeque
845 E. University Blvd. # 185

INTERNATIONAL / VEGETARIAN
Govinda's Natural Foods
711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
www.GovindasofTucson.com

MEXICAN
Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurante
16238 N. Oracle Road
www.mitierraonline.com

GREEK
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant - two locations
7131 E. Broadway Blvd.
7265 N. La Cholla
www.eatmoregreek.com

AMERICAN-SOUTHERN
May's Counter
2945 E. Speedway Blvd.
www.mayscounter.com

JAPANESE
Yamato Japanese Restaurant
857 E. Grant Road

JAMAICAN
D's Island Grill (Food Truck)
Southwest corner of 6th Avenue and Grant Road

MEXICAN
La Parilla Suiza - three locations
4250 W. Ina Road
2720 N. Oracle Road
5602 E. Speedway Blvd.

Tucson's 2012 CHOW CARD
When: Now through Oct. 31, 2012
Where: Participating ethnic restaurants
Online: www.tucsonchowcard.com
Phone: (520) 797-3959

About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.

Organization History The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.

For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.

Location

Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, AZ
United States
Phone: (520) 797-3959
32° 23' 49.7256" N, 110° 59' 43.7028" W