As promised, today I’m spending a little more time on a new favorite here in Tucson. Last Friday night, my husband Seth and I enjoyed an amazing vegan dinner at this relatively new dining spot. Although items are available a la carte, I highly recommend trying one of two prix-fixe “supper club” options — vegan or raw. Along with soup, salad, entree, and dessert, you’ll get two freshly made juices. With our salad course, we were given a refreshing watermelon-mint juice that was out of this world; with our entree, we were served a pineapple, carrot, ginger juice. At $25 for four such lovely, creative dishes and the juices, the supper club may be the best bargain in town. It’s certainly one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Tucson.

The menu changes, as one of the tenets is to cook healthy foods that make the most of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

With only eight tables and seating a maximum of about twenty-five people, the cozy, dimly lit dining room is bound to be an intimate dining experience, whether you’re sharing your meal with a date or some friends. The decor stays true to Tucson’s southwestern roots by featuring warm earth colors. Works by local artists that are displayed on the walls add splashes of color to make the place feel as alive as it does relaxed and welcoming.

Sisters Sigret and Keanne Thompson, the owners who also are doing all the cooking and juicing, share an admirable vision for this venture: a second room is available for hosting events, including cooking classes. I love the idea of The Kitchen as a resource for the whole community — not only a place where people can get together and share such incredible (cruelty-free!) food, but also where people can learn to create organic vegan and raw dishes for themselves. In this way, The Tasteful Kitchen establishes itself as a hub of harmony, both philosophically and in what’s happening there each night as people gather. Sweet sounds, indeed.

-Sharon Discorfano