That’s Lunch

What’s on the menu at JCK Tucson

We’ve all been there. You’re cramming your day full of appointments, meetings, browsing amazing gems and jewelry, and just generally getting caught up in all the sights and sounds of the show floor—and then it happens. Your stomach rumbles so loudly you’re afraid the entire show can hear. Surely you didn’t forget to eat lunch again…did you? You check your watch—it’s 3 p.m. You reach into your bag for yesterday’s half-eaten granola bar and try to pretend that it’s satisfying. Cue the infomercial slogan: There’s gotta be a better way!

And there is! Because this is JCK Tucson. You don’t have to spend your days hurrying around, thanks to the show’s intimate setting and your excellent scheduling skills. This year, you will make lunch a priority. Which is good, because the show offers some stellar culinary options, with a new menu each day. Curated lunches are held daily from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at JW Marriott’s Ania Lawn and Terrace for $18–$20 (depending on which option you choose). Trust us—with these offerings, you won’t leave hungry.

The schedule looks like this:

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Southwestern Cuisine. Choose beef, chicken, or vegetarian entrees, and enjoy all the accompaniments of a delicious Southwestern spread.

Thursday, Feb. 1: BBQ Classics. Choose pork, brisket, smoked wings, or chili (there’s a vegetarian chili option, too), and wash it all down with a (non-alcoholic) beverage of your choice.

Friday, Feb. 2: Italian Cuisine. Cheese tortellini, anyone? You can also choose grilled chicken with pasta, and a number of different sauces to suit your preference. Buon Appetito!

Of course, this is Tucson, so you have lots of other dining options, too. The JW Marriott Starr Pass resort has a number of restaurants on site, including the casual Signature Grill, serving Southwestern delights like tacos pescados, an Arizona burger, and tortas; Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar, where you can catch up on your favorite teams and enjoy dishes like BBQ nachos and baked macaroni and cheese; and Plunge Poolside Dining, which serves light fare like sandwiches and salads. Who doesn’t want an excuse to have a bite or two in view of the resort’s pool? Now that feels like a vacation.

If you’re in the mood to venture offsite, you’ll find plenty of tempting possibilities. The resort has compiled a convenient list of offerings. For some of the closest options, visit this page. Now that we’ve got your dining plans covered, pack your bags knowing that you’ll never have to worry about missing a meal at JCK Tucson!

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