The summer heat is creeping in, which means Noshing is officially on the prowl for drinks that ease the burn. The chicha morada at Candela, a Peruvian restaurant at 5845 N. Oracle Road, is perfect on hot days, and is even purported to have medicinal properties. The purple drink--made from boiled Peruvian corn, pineapple and other fruit--is beautiful, packed with antioxidants and seriously soothing; 407-0111.
Taking It to the Streets
Janos Wilder is taking a break from fine dining to flaunt his street cred this week. Learn how to make Sonoran hot dogs, ceviche, Oaxacan peanuts and other curbside cuisine the Wilder way with a class on Mexican street foods at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 28. The class takes place at Janos, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive, and costs $50. Call 615-6100 for reservations or more information.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort will turn off the lights at the Cascade Lounge for a candlelit happy hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28. The event is being held in support of Earth Hour, a movement hoping to get 1 billion people to turn off lights to raise awareness about global warming and sustainability (earthhour.org
). $1 St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur cocktails and $1 glasses of organic wine will be available. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Sabino Canyon. The resort is located at 7000 N. Resort Drive; 299-2020.
Salud at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa (3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.) hosts a tequila-tasting from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 28. Attendees will be treated to light appetizers and a half-dozen tequilas for $25. Call 791-6115 for reservations or more information.
Crush Wine Festival
The Tucson Museum of Art's Crush Wine Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. Friday's "Global Wine Adventure" features more than 150 wines and food by Pastiche, Zona 78, El Charro and other restaurants. The $60 admission ($75 at the door) includes a Riedel crystal glass. The Crush Classic Fine Art and Rare Wine Dinner Auction at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4, includes a champagne reception, an auction, a wine-paired dinner and live music by the Blue Moon Quartet. $200. The events take place in the courtyard (140 N. Main Ave.); call 624-2333, ext. 111, or visit the Museum Web site
for reservations or more info.