Sushi Making Classes
Joy Asian Market hosts sushi-making classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Owner Chin Tak says that classes are for two or three people, and students learn to make 10 different rolls. The cost per class is $40 per person at 6261 N. Oracle Road. Call 531-1121 to reserve a space. He will also make sushi at private parties.
John Hall and Joy Vargo had a dream: to own a small bistro in the country. After cooking in Seattle, they decided to go overseas. However, John's dad called and said, "Come to Sonoita. There's a restaurant for sale, and it has your name on it." And they did. It took about a year, but they opened Canela (formerly Il Pastor), which serves Southwest-French-inspired casual fine dining using local and regional ingredients. Canela is a true mom-and-pop effort, open Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. at 3252 Highway 82 (use Exit 281 on Interstate 10). Reservations advised; (520) 445-5873.
Wines Without the Mystery
Jon Rogers teaches an eight-week class for beginners in his midtown home starting Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. At each class, there are three wines to drink, cheese to complement, a lecture and handouts. The cost for eight weeks is $240; a $40 deposit is required. In 1987, Rogers opened Wine Works, Arizona's first wine bar. More than 1,000 students in 24 years have taken this beginning class, and eight couples have met and married. Call 325-0566 to make arrangements.
Sticks and Stones
At the Westward Look Resort's Gold Room, Chef Jamie West has created a whole new menu, but what caught my eye was an appetizer of sticks and stones. Diners have the opportunity to heat the sticks or skewers of chicken, beef or tuna with this interactive dish. The sticks are brought to the table with a hot granite stone that has been heated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Choices include jerk chicken, chimichurri beef or chili-rubbed ahi tuna. Dipping sauces are served on a separate plate.