New: Motzi Nouvelle Patisserie
Fourth-generation pastry chef James Botwright and Wayne Anderson co-own the newly opened Motzi at 47 N. Scott Ave. (formerly Touch of Class), located between Congress and Pennington streets, across from the county parking garage. Open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Motzi serves pastries, cakes, tarts, salads and sandwiches--and caters, too; 622-0045.
Waverly's Coffee and Espresso to Go had a soft opening on April 15 and will celebrate its grand opening on May 15. Hailing from Spokane, this coffee roaster is drive-thru only and serves a variety of hot and cold coffees and teas, smoothies, drinks for kids, soft-serve ice cream and locally made pastries. You can call ahead and place your order, which will be ready when you arrive at 5775 E. Broadway Blvd. (across from See's Candies by the Park Place Mall); 777-6773. Waverly's is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed: Daybreak Café
A Noshing reader reported that the Daybreak Café at 8270 S. Houghton Road in Santa Rita Ranch has closed; its phone line seems to have been disconnected.
Slow Food Tucson
On Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m., join other foodies for a very special five-course feast at RA Sushi, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, where each course will be paired with different sakes. Alex Summer, RA's corporate beverage manager and sake expert, will educate your palate about sake pairings. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Call Barry Infuso at 290-1355 for payment options; prepayment reserves your space.
Eurofresh Farms of Willcox received the 2008 ChefsBest™ Award for their tomatoes on the vine (TOV). The blind taste-test judging was conducted by professional chefs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tomatoes were judged on their appearance, aroma, flavor, taste and texture, as well as their flavor and texture when used in a buffalo mozzarella, basil leaf and olive oil recipe. Eurofresh Farms has been growing and selling TOVs since 1998 and currently has exclusive rights to produce and market the "brilliant" variety of TOVs in the United States and Canada.