Tour and Taste: Savor Yuma

Planning on a sojourn in the southwestern Arizona burg? Sup well.

Savor Yuma

THE FIRST THING TO KNOW: When visiting a town, what's the most important first bit of knowledge to get under your belt? Maybe the year the town was founded, or if it is a university town, or if agriculture or art or transportation figure heavily would be interesting firsts for the first-time visitor. But everybody but everybody, pretty much, arrives in a place asking thing: Where can I get lunch? (Or dinner or breakfast... You understand.) Supping, and supping well, in the manner of the locals, is a key initial step when entering any city for the first or third or twentieth time. If only ever municipality followed Yuma's lead in matters of sustenance, knowledge, and showing off the city's culinary best. The southwestern Arizona burg is home to the Savor Yuma tours -- yep, obviously Savor Yuma tours would be in Yuma, so that's a handy helpful bit of naming right there -- and the tours take in a wide swath of savory and sweet offerings around the town. Ready to join a progressive dinner-style motorcoach offering that provides an appetite-whetting (and -satisfying) overview of La Cuisine Yuma? Then mark...

TUESDAY, JAN. 6... on your calendar. That's when the tours rev up for 2015, and there are six to come: Two in January, two in February, and two in March. The tours are fifty bucks a person, and that includes the motorcoach, the meals, and "two adult beverages." Participating venues may/will include Tina's Cocina, The Farmhouse, and Yuma's Main Squeeze.

AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSE: Yuma is, of course, one of the go-to places for a variety of crops, fruits, and grown-goodness (hello, Medjool dates). Let's give the Big Y a hearty pat on the back for doing lettuce, that healthy salad-and-beyond staple, so very well. There's a lettuce fest, in fact, at the end of February and beginning of March. If you're a lettuce lover, best attend, lest you're green with envy. (Yep, "green" as in lettuce -- salad humor.)

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