New: Bistro at Las Candelas
The wedding facility Las Candelas (no relation to Candela) has added a recently opened 44-seat bistro. It serves a light lunch buffet where the menu changes daily Tuesday through Saturday, for $7.95. Table service is available for dinner. The signature dish, chicken cordon bistro, is a flat chicken breast wrapped around queso fresco, smoked mesquite bacon and cilantro sitting on tomatillo cream sauce, served with vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. The average dinner entrée costs $10, and there's a full bar. Chef/Manager Chris Baldwin formerly cooked at Delectables and the Gallery of Food at the Temple of Music and Art. Check out the newest bistro on the block at 427 E. Limberlost Drive; 696-9100.
Israeli Wine Tasting
With the support of Rincon Market, Congregation Bet Shalom will be transformed into a Golan Heights Winery tasting room at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 25. The event includes a hors d'oeuvres buffet, live entertainment, a silent auction and ongoing wine tasting. According to the press release, the Golan Heights Winery, located in the small city of Katzrin, Israel, has weathered decades of instability and still produces renowned vintages, prized throughout the world. Cost is $18 person. The synagogue is located at 3881 E. River Road. Call 577-1171 for reservations.
Hit the high seas with Fox Restaurant Concepts and Bon Voyage Travel, touring the Mediterranean from Athens to Lisbon, Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. The cruise will feature on-board cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and shore excursions featuring regional food and wines, led by Christopher Cristiano, executive chef, and Regan Jasper, corporate sommelier. Visit www.bvtravel.com /promo-hollandculinarycruise.html
Sushi aficionados know this roughly means "trust the chef," which is a good way to get some of the best sushi in the house and show respect for the chef. By trusting him to impress you with his skill, he may give you a particularly good cut of fish in return. Benihana Tucson has added a sushi bar to the teppanyaki-style restaurant at 6091 N. Oracle Road; 297-5555.