Owners Danny and Cherie Mannheim, Jim Miller and Andrea Wallace recently opened a two-story coffee house at 942 E. University Blvd. serving organically-grown coffee and featuring free wifi and live music in an artfully eclectic space. Open daily; 624-4126.
Acacia at St. Philips
Acacias are known for their distinctive varieties. Likewise, Chef Albert Hall's new restaurant will be known for its diverse contemporary American cuisine with new Latin, Pacific Rim and regional flare. Opening Nov. 16, Acacia will serve lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and a lively bar menu all day. Dinner entrées include roasted quail, veal shank, cioppino, big eye tuna, smoked breast of duckling and desserts that no one else in town does. Reservations appreciated; 907-3712; 4340 N. Campbell Ave.
What Primavera Cooked
The third annual summer Primavera Cooks grossed $75,084 and netted more than $51,000. Funds were raised by 13 sponsors, 44 apprentice chefs, 18 auction winners, wine sales and more than 400 diners. The five-month series of culinary events were hosted by 11 Tucson Originals independently-owned restaurants. Funds may go toward Casa Paloma Women's Center, providing drop-in emergency relief for 20-40 unaccompanied homeless women and temporary housing for nine women for five months; or for 50 men to receive emergency shelter services including sleeping accommodations, food and case management for a 90-day period.
Savor a $10 cold sake tasting, and half the proceeds will benefit Primavera Foundation at RA Sushi's first anniversary event, 5 p.m. to closing Friday, Nov. 12. Complimentary sushi and signature hot dishes served from 5 to 7 p.m.; 2905 E. Skyline Drive.
Culinary School Open House
Pima Community College is hosting two culinary open houses--from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Dec. 17, at the Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, exit Interstate 19 at Irvington Road. Meet Chef Barry Infuso, culinary program director, to find out if a career in the food industry is right for you. For more information, call 206-5164.