Ripe for the Picking
The new Sunflower Market raises the bar a notch or three in grocery shopping. Housed in a former IGA on the eastside, Sunflower rivals a more-affordable Wild Oats with a splash of Trader Joe's. Look for weekly sales and eager-to-please service at 7877 E. Broadway Blvd. at Pantano Road. Two cartons of fresh strawberries for $3 actually tasted more like strawberries than any I've tasted in Tucson to date. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Another Sunflower will come to midtown by September 2004. Hooray!
James Beard Nomination
Congratulations to local radio broadcaster Jennifer English, for her 2004 James Beard nomination for I Know What You Ate Last Summer.
English's show can be heard on the Food and Wine Radio Network.
Embracing the 1040
With the dreaded tax time drawing near, eating at Café Terra Cotta on April 15 won't make your pockets weep. Order any of their signature plates, like the large stuffed prawns with herbed goat cheese on a Southwestern tomato coulis, and get $10.40 off the item price for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended; 577-4551, 3500 E. Sunrise Drive.
Death, Taxes and Burros
Customers who purchase food at a Chipotle Mexican Grill between April 11-14 must save their receipt to be eligible for a burrito refund. Complete the 2003 BurritoEZ Form (available at Chipotle) and present it along with a valid receipt on April 15 to receive your free burrito.
Aussie + Winemaker = Dinner
Join winemaker Jane Ferrari, of the six-generation Yalumba Winery (Australia's oldest family-owned winery), and Westward Look Resort's Executive Chef Chris Pederson (recently promoted through the ranks) for a five-course wine and food pairing on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. There will be shrimp on the barbie, of course, but it'll be prepared with sweet sake wasabi caviar and served alongside other exotic and familiar offerings. Cost is $85 per person; call 297-1151 for information or reservations.