With the onset of construction in November, the excitement has begun to build at Chef Janos Wilder’s new venue, the Carriage House Event Space and Cooking School. Phase one of the construction is the development of the 1000 square foot modern state of the art catering kitchen which will be managed by Executive Chef Devon Sanner. Chef Sanner has worked with Chef Wilder since 2005, at both the namesake restaurant Janos at the Westin La Paloma and at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails since 2012 and is looking forward to his newly expanded role, “This is an exciting phase of the Carriage House for us. Watching it take shape after months of planning, is very rewarding. The new kitchen will enable us to accommodate events of all sizes – something we were unable to provide in the existing space at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails”.Megan Noli has been hired as Sales Director for the Carriage House Event Space & Cooking School. The University of Arizona graduate with a BS in Retail & Consumer studies and an MBA with an emphasis in Global Management, brings a wealth of extensive experience in domestic and international sales to the position. She is a long time downtown Tucson resident, a volunteer at her son’s school as VP of PTA Community Relations while also raising money for Tu Nidito in the El Tour Ride for a Child program. She is currently taking 2016 event reservations for The Carriage House and can be reached at 520-615-6100 or by email at Megan@DownTownKitchen.com.
Class scheduling for The Carriage House Cooking School has begun. Appropriately, the first classes of 2016 will be taught by the DOWNTOWN Kitchen culinary team beginning with Chef Wilder on Saturday, February 27th at 11am. Chef Jerry Alday, will follow on Tuesday, March 1st at 6pm, and Executive Chef Devon Sanner on Saturday, March 5th at 11am. Others, including Jonathan Landeen/Jonathan’s Cork. Maria Mazon/Boca Tacos y Tequila, Ken Harvey/Loews Ventana Canyon, Jim Murphy/Kingfisher are among the local “celebrity” chefs that will be conducting the demonstration classes at the Carriage House throughout the year All are eagerly looking forward to sharing their personal recipes and expertise with the public. The fee per person, per class is $60 and includes cooking demonstration, recipes and sampling of featured dishes Gift certificates for classes can be purchased in advance by calling 520-615-6100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations for classes can be made on the website at carriagehouse.com beginning January 2nd, 2016. Forthcoming details can be found on The Carriage House Facebook page.
The complex of buildings on the southwest corner of Fifth and Broadway was constructed in 1917 as the Julian-Drew/Lewis Hotel building. Developed by William Armine Julian and W.E. Drew, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built to house Julian’s plumbing company, with Tucson Overland Company, a Studebaker dealership and Tucson’s first auto dealership, in the lower floors. On the second floor Arthur Lewis ran the Lewis Hotel whose primary guests were railroad personnel and their families. Over time, it has also been home to a general store, roofing warehouse and commerce/trade center. A faint ghost sign on the west sides of both buildings reveal bits of the building’s past lives.
The building style is categorized as early 20th Century with Neo-Classical details. As it approaches its 100th birthday the building, with many of the original materials still in excellent condition, The Carriage House Event Space and Cooking School is a classic example of how historical buildings can be excellent candidates for adaptive reuse.