Tucson City of Gastronomy

Restaurant Certification Program

The non-profit Tucson City of Gastronomy, Inc. manages the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, and is developing a new program for certifying and promoting qualifying restaurants as “City of Gastronomy Restaurants” around metro Tucson and southern Arizona.

We intend to make the certification meaningful through criteria that connect locally owned, unique restaurants to the rest of the local food system and the community in positive ways. The program promotes restaurants that do, and incentivizes restaurants to, support a healthy southern Arizona food system.

City of Gastronomy Restaurants


To be certified for the calendar year, a restaurant must fill out and submit an application demonstrating how it meets all of the required criteria AND at score at least 15 points in the 7 self-selected criteria categories. The 7 categories are Local Sourcing, Heritage Conservation, Food Service Employee Support, Addressing Food Security, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Development, as well as a self selected catagory.

To increase consumer awareness and maintain the transparency of the program, certified restaurants must display their awarded plaque demonstrating how they meet the program’s self-selected criteria. Certifications must be renewed through annual re-applications.

City of Gastronomy Restaurants…

  1. May display the “Tucson City of Gastronomy” name and logo, and will be promoted by Visit Tucson and Tucson City of Gastronomy. (Window Sticker provided by TCoG)

  2. May promote themselves a a “City of Gastronomy Approved Restaurant”

  3. Will be included on the City of Gastronomy Restaurant Map

  4. Will be provided with a plaque explaining some of the unique criteria that make them a Tucson City of Gastronomy Restaurant

  5. Will become part of the network of Tucson City of Gastronomy restaurants participating in international chef exchanges, event appearances, press opportunities.

Fee Structure
The annual fee will be tiered by the number of seats in the restaurant:

20 seats or less $100
20-50 seats $150
50-100 seats $200
More than 100 seats $250