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2nd Annual Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner


Stay tuned for details about the 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner!  Exciting announcements coming soon.

Thank you for making the Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner a huge success. We were thrilled to spend an evening with 200 of our friends and supporters along the historic Santa Cruz River. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Honorary Chair, "Big" Jim Griffith, our Host Committee, and the SCVHA Board of Directors invite you to the second annual Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner, the kick-off event to a week-long community celebration of Food Day 2012. 
Host Committe    

Jim Griffith - Honorary Chair
Demion Clinco
Jerry & Marjorie Dixon
Felipe Garcia
Pierre Landau & Katya Peterson
Michael McNulty
Richard & Shana Oseran
Corky Poster
Julie Glaser Ray
Diana Rhoades
Anne-Marie Russell
Keri Lazarus Silvyn
Pam Sutherland
Ann Vargas
Dick & Nan Walden
Adam Weinstein
Beverly Werber & Peter Goldman

When: Sunday, October 21, 2012, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
Cost: $60 per person ($30 is tax deductible) OR $480 for reserved table for 8.
RSVP: Advance ticket purchase is required by Oct. 15 or while supplies last. Seating is limited. Last year we sold out so please reserve your seat early.

The Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner features:  
  • Menu based on local and heritage food products. 
  • Tour of Tucson's Birthplace, the Mission Garden.
  • Wine tasting featuring Arizona Hops and Vines, Callaghan Vineyards, Canelo Hills Vineyard & Winery, Dos Cabezas Wineworks, and Lightning Ridge Cellars.  
  • Beer tasting from Borderlands Brewing Company, featuring white Sonora wheat, a heritage grain, and Dragoon Brewing Co.  
  • Silent auction featuring tickets to Disneyland, wine tours, restaurant gift cards, behind the scene tours, gift basket, massages, facials, and more (see below).   
  • Educational information to increase community awareness of the region’s rich agricultural traditions.      

The Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner begins with appetizers and a tour of the Mission Garden at the base of “A” Mountain. The Mission Garden is a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson’s historic San Agustin Mission. Rebuilt on its original site, the Garden features heirloom plants, interpreting 4,000 years of Tucson agriculture. The main course and dessert will be served a few blocks north at the Mercado San Agustin. The Mercado San Agustin is Tucson’s first public market, located at the corner of the Avenida del Convento and Congress Street, on the west side of the Santa Cruz River, and is home to the Thursday Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. 

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Bechtol at or 520-882-4405. 

SILENT AUCTIONThank you to the many businesses who have already donated auction items! 

Silent Auction Payment:  


Agustin Brasserie - Gift certificate
Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics - Gift basket
Antigone Books - Gift certificate
Arizona Athletics - UA basketball autographed by Coach Miller and team
Arizona Diamondbacks - Four tickets to 2013 regular season
Arizona State Museum -  Admission for 4 and behind the scenes tour

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Walk with a Keeper - behind scenes for 4
Armitage -  Gift certificate
Arte de la Vida - Burnished Clay Pumpkin from Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico
Bookman's - Gift cards

CactusHuggers - Framed photo
Carolyn Niethammer - Cooking the Wild Southwest cookbook
Cheri's Desert Harvest - Prickly pear gift basket
Conrad Wilde Gallery - Art 
Disneyland and California Adventure - Four (4) one-day park hopper passes 
Duquesne House B&B - One-night stay

El Rancho del los Caballos - Weekend getaway
Estudio de Piel - Facial gift certificates
Flor de Mayo Arts - canvas tote bag and heirloom beans

Gary Nabhan - signed copy of Desert Terroir
Janet Taylor cookbook The Green Southwest Cookbook and a mesquite cutting board
Kief-Joshua Vineyards - Private wine tasting for eight (8)
Knead It Or Knot - Massage

Lilly's Table - 1 year meal planning subscription
Mano Y Metate -  Mole gift basket
Michael McNulty -  Framed photography
Milagros - Massage gift certificates
MOCA - Gift basket; family membership
Native Seeds/SEARCH - Heritage foods gift basket

Old Tucson -  Gift basket including admission for four and private tour
Pima Air & Space Museum or Titan Missile Musem - admission for two
Precision Personal Training - Six (6) 30-minute sessions
Rio Nuevo Publishers - Autographed copy of Jim Griffith's A Border Runs Through It

Robert Markley Salon Spa -  90-minute massage
San Xavier Coop Farm - Farm tour
Solace International - Lapis necklace 

Summit Hut - $50 Gift certificate
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - Admission for 4 and behind the scenes tour
Tucson Botanical Gardens - admission for four
Tucson Padres - t-shirt, hat, and 10 tickets to 2013 season
Tucson Symphony Orchestra - Two tickets to a Classics or Pops concert 
University Pedi-Cabs - 2 hour tour of downtown Tucson

Waddell & Reed - $100 certificate for financial planning
Western National Parks Association - Gift bag
Westward Look Resort - One-night stay 
Yoga Connection - gift certificate

Food Day is a nation-wide event that brings together families, community organizers, educators, farmers, chefs and local officials as a united front for change in our food system. The Santa Cruz Harvest Dinner is the opening event to a week-long celebration of Food Day in Tucson.







10/21/2012 - 4:00pm