New: Barrio Brewery
This brewery is around the corner from 17th Street Market at 800 E. 16th St. You cannot miss this imposing 18,000-square-foot structure, made from mostly recycled materials both inside and out. Owner Dennis Arnold, who also owns Gentle Ben's, has finally found an apt new home to brew more beer. Currently, there's a limited menu; 791-BREW (2739).
New: Pizazz! Bistro
Pizazz! serves gourmet pizzas, panini and baked pasta in a comfortable bistro setting. At night, you can sit among the white lights under a covered patio and pretend Prince Road is somewhere else. The restaurant is owned by Seth and Emma Holzman, who also own Guadalajara Grill, which is practically across the street. Pizazz! is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1763 E. Prince Road; 325-9040.
Eat for a Breast Cancer Cure
Both Tucson Sweet Tomatoes restaurants will donate 10 percent of their sales on Thursday, Oct. 4 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), to Southern Arizona Komen for the Cure. Go to 4420 N. Stone Ave., 293-3343; or 6202 E. Broadway Blvd., 747-3864.
Food and Wine Extraordinaire
The Tucson Culinary Festival happens Oct. 4-7. Think Margaritaville on Oct. 4, as the event kicks off with the World Margarita Competition at Cuvée World Bistro, where bartender Shelly Moe will defend her 2006 title. Your vote counts; come taste tequila. Friday offers an intimate boutique and rare wine tasting. Saturday features the grand tasting of more than 60 wines and spirits (please pace your consumption) paired with Tucson Originals restaurants food, cookbook signings and sales from local authors. Save room for Sunday's blues-themed barbecue brunch prepared by Mark Ehrler, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort's executive chef, as well as his nationally renowned friends. Then Doug Levy of Feast will duel with Jonathan Landeen of Jonathan's Tucson Cork for the title of Copper Chef. Check out the Festival Web site
for specifics. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank, New Beginnings and Tucson Originals.