New: Firkin and Friar
Firkin and Friar recently opened at 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road (in the spot that was formerly Fuego). The Canadian franchise plans to open three more Firkins in the Tucson area. Fare includes traditional and not-so-traditional pub food plus daily specials and a wide assortment of bottled and draught beer on tap. Firkin opens every day at 11 a.m.; 885-8277.
Mama's Diaper Drive
During September, Mama's Famous Pizza and Heros is holding a diaper drive for the Reachout Pregnancy Center and the Community Diaper Bank. For every unopened package of diapers donated, customers will receive $3 off any 16-inch or larger pizza. Mama's four locations are 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., 319-8856; 6996 E. 22nd St., 750-1919; 50 S. Houghton Road, 751-4600; and 7965 N. Oracle Road, 297-3993.
Join Slow Food Tucson at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St., a family-owned grocery dating back to 1926, for a coffee tasting presented by Tucson's homegrown Arbuckle Coffee Roasters. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about all of the different roasts plus organic, fair trade, arabica and robusta coffee, from its roots in Ethiopia to the Americas. There will be a number of delicious treats to complement the coffee. The cost is $20 per person. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dish and Rumrunner have been architecturally updated in a freestanding building (that's housed many businesses) located at 3131 E. First St.; 326-0121. Jerry Hernandez is the executive chef at the Dish, and his menu has been pared down to include small dishes, green dishes and a handful of big dishes. Flavors and presentation pop. Dropping in is encouraged, as reservations are no longer an option. Check out www.dishtucson.com
Chef of the Year
On Aug. 15, the Chefs Association of Southern Arizona held a competition to determine the Chef of the Year. Odell Baskerville, executive chef at the Arizona Inn, won first prize. In the pastry-chef category, Tavel Bristol-Joseph of Wildflower won first prize.