Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Desert Gala pearl anniversary

2023 Desert Gala — Menu
April 30, 2023

Specialty Cocktail

Spicy Mango Burst
A Blend of Mango, Vodka, and Chile Pepper Boba
(non-spicy version available!)

Passed hors d’oeuvres

Beet Cured Salmon with Whipped Cream Cheese, Fresh Dill
and Capers On Cucumber (GF)

Eggplant Chip topped with Decadent Candied Green Valley Pecan, Pomegranate and Plum Sauce,
with Pomegranate Pearls (GF) (Vegan)

Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Basil on Tart Shell
with White Balsamic Pearls (Vegan)


Roasted Quinoa Salad with Nopales, Fresh Herbs and Crisp Vegetables
with an Agave and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette (GF) (Vegan)


Seared Pepper-Crusted Steak Medallions
Wild Mushroom Red Wine Demi-Glace
Garlic Confit Gold Potatoes with Caramelized Pearl Onions
and Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccolini (GF)

Red Wine Braised Chicken Thigh
with Mushrooms, Lardons and Mashed Potatoes (GF)

Oyster Mushroom Milanese with Romesco on a Pesto Zucchini Nest
with Micro Greens and Meyer Lemon Wedge (GF) (Vegan)


Tapioca Pearl Pudding
Vegan Caramel Sauce, Coconut Cream Banana Mousse,
and Cinnamon-Sugar-Bruleed Bananas,
topped with Pomegranate Arils (GF) (Vegan)

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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