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Food Forward Showcase

Celebrate Tucson's tasty innovation and 15 new up-and-coming food entrepreneurs.


San Xavier Co-op Farm
TEN55 Tucson
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Cash prizes

Secret Judges will select a winner. Guests help select a People's Choice winner.

Local Food, Drink, and  Networking

Enjoy an evening connecting and (re)connecting with community noshing on local bites and drinks.

Exciting Unveiling

Be the first to get a sneak peek of an exciting new resource coming to Tucson. 

Celebrate the graduates

Meet the 15 companies who have been hard at work in Startup Tucson's first ever food accelerator. 

Maribel Alvarez, Associate Dean for Community Engagement, College of Social & Behavioral S


4:00pm - 5:30pm: Showcase

Meet the companies while you preview their booth, sample their products, and learn more about their exciting new businesses.


Submit your favorite companies to win a cash prize with a "People's Choice" award. Secret Judges will also be selecting a cash prize winner!   

5:30pm - 7:00pm: Reception

Evening networking reception. With brief programming to include opening remarks, program graduation, exciting announcements, and the winners of the cash prizes will be announced. 

Enjoy fully local treats, with beer from Ten55 Brewing Company, wine from the Sand Reckoner, and appetizers from the San Xavier Co-op! 

Meet Our Companies

The Canela Company

The Canela Company is a blossoming business focused on selling a long-held family recipe for horchata, a traditional Mexican beverage characterized by the flavors of cinnamon, milk, and rice.

Ombre Coffee

Ombre Coffee is a local wholesale and retail coffee roasting company focused on creating unique blends using sustainably sourced coffee.


Oatman Farms

Oatman Farms baking mixes connect customers to growers with daily provisions that enrich the body and regenerate the soil while building stronger economic opportunities for the communities that make it all happen.

AZ Baking Company

AZ Baking Company makes Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix using heritage ingredients like wild-harvested mesquite flour and White Sonora Wheat, along with vegan chocolate chip cookies to create an easy and delicious treat.

Imago Dei Middle School's T.H.R.E.A.D. Provisions

Imago Dei's THREAD Provisions gives middle school youth the opportunity to learn about creating a small food startup, learning how to grow and prepare food and all the skills needed to take it to market. They currently offer a Sonoran Salve, Chorizo Spice Mix, dry Sonoran Soup mix, Mountains of Lemmons Herbal Tea blend and an '21-'22 8th grade exclusive product, Tajin Pickle Mix.

Everything Tart

Everything Tart is a Tucson based bakery that specializes in tarts, quiche, and gourmet fluffy marshmallows with a focus on local and seasonal fruits to make the best flavor-packed tarts in town.


Duke's Delicious Pizza L.L.C.

Duke's Delicious Pizza is a company that specializes in frozen pizza, burritos, and falafel made using local ingredients for local consumers.


Cheeky Charcuterie

Cheeky Charcuterie creates beautiful charcuterie boards and grazing tables for events along with the option for picnic setups.



Spicesmith uses locally grown ingredients to develop spice blends, sauces, and dry cookie mixes to give their customers a taste of the desert.