Fair Trade Awareness
Through July 29, Megan Thompson of the Food Conspiracy Co-op is visiting the Agrarian Cooperatives of Coffee Farmers of Cuzco, Peru (COCLA) as part of the Equal Exchange program. The Co-op is one of eight natural-food stores from around the United States participating. Fair trade is defined as a trading process involving a cooperative association ensuring that marginalized and disadvantaged world producers and farmers receive sufficient compensation for goods and produce. It's the antithesis of Wal-Mart. Plans are in the works to develop a shelf-tag labeling program at the store for fair trade and locally produced items, similar to what the Co-op already has for labeling organic products. Visit the Co-op at 412 N. Fourth Ave.; 624-4821.
Zona 78 hosts a La Cena d'Estate (dinner, Italian-style) paired with Italian wines on Tuesday, July 26. The three-course dinner costs $40 per person (tax and tip not included) starting at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required at 888-7878; 78 W. River Road.
Livorno's, a country bistro with European flair, recently started serving Sunday brunch for $15 per person and $7 for children. Brunch includes a carving station, omelet bar and other specialties. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5931 North Oracle Road; 887-5171.
During the oppressive summer months, the Gold Room at the Westward Look Resort offers inexpensive lunches in a luxurious setting. Chef Jamie West, who has cooked for Julia Child and Oprah Winfrey, presents Caesar salad with queso anejo cheese for $7.50, a grilled Angus burger with blue cheese and balsamic onions for $10 and grilled individual pizza for $8. The chef's daily special boasts soup de jour, garden salad, half a sandwich and fresh-baked cookie for $12 at 245 E. Ina Road; 297-1151.
Swimming With Dolphins
Darius Bailey, a local 5-year-old, will get his wish to swim with dolphins after he was selected from more than 200 contestants nationwide in Fuddruckers' Fins and Fudds promotion. Darius and his mom, Jessica Thorpe, will fly to Florida to make the dream come true.