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The 27th Annual Desert Museum Gala - 2020 Vision Focus on the Future

2020 Desert Gala Postponed


This year we will feature another very special Gala dinner, set under the stars of the Sonoran Desert. The Desert Museum’s award-winning caterer Craft Culinary Concepts, has curated the spectacular locally-inspired and sustainably-sourced meal featured below. Remember to choose your meal when registering online, you won’t want to miss this culinary experience!


Shrimp CevicheMarinated Shrimp / Cilantro / Lime / Red Bell Pepper / Fluted Cucumber

Chicharron ArepasMini Masa Cake Stuffed with Chicharron Verde

Purple Potato RoundsLemon Creme Friache / Caviar

Watermelon Jicama SkewersWatermelon / Jicama Micro Mint / Lime / Tajin VEGAN, GF


Local Field Greens SaladButter Lettuce / Radiccio / Mache / Cucumber Ribbons / Roasted Heirloom Tomato / Green Valley Pecans / Pomegranate Vinaigrette VEGAN, GF

Mesquite Smoked Carrot BisqueChipotle Oil / Cumin Crema / Toasted Pepitas


Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Cotija & ChorizoChili Rojo Bordelaise Sauce / Chipotle Parsnip Purée / Cumin Roasted Heirloom Rainbow Carrots / Fennel Confit

Ancho Spiced Arctic CharChipotle Parsnip Purée / Watermelon Radish- Beet-Orange Slaw / Pickled Cholla Bud-Roasted Corn Salsa / Micro Cilantro / Chimichurri

Southwest Vegetable TamaleSpinach / Mushroom / Corn / Chipotle-Parsnip Purée / Aztec Sauce / Purple Peruvian Potato Brava / Green Chili Braised Kale VEGAN, GF


Chocolate Ancho Mesquite TorteCinnamon Mocha Butter cream / Tequila Lime Maserated Berries / Pistachio Brittle

Lime MousseCoconut base, Prickly Pear Gelee / Tequila Maserated Berries VEGAN, GF

Photos of the menu items

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“During our first visit to the Desert Museum in 1994 we agreed it was the best full spectrum natural history experience we'd ever had - and right here in our own backyard!
We've supported the Museum annually since then and encourage friends and business associates to do the same.”
--Jerry Weinert
& Marni Dittmar