I never thought Hugh Jackman and cookies had much in common, outside of the fact that both are described as "delicious." But that was before a press release arrived to announce that Pepperidge Farm is auctioning off a Jackman-autographed case of Aussie-style Tim Tam cookies to raise money for Feeding America, a hunger-relief charity. Bidding takes place at www.ebay.com/timtam through Wednesday, May 13.
Pastiche Modern Eatery (3025 N. Campbell Ave.; 325-3333) has found a way to fill many stomachs with one bowl of soup. Pastiche is donating $2 from the purchase of every bowl of chicken soup—and $1 from each cup—to the Tucson Community Food Bank, which has been saddled with increasing demands since the economy tanked.
Grab a bib and a handful of napkins, and head down to a fundraiser for the Cascade Foundation of Southern Arizona from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 9, at The Hut (305 N. Fourth Ave.). Blue Banjo BBQ and Catering will man the grills, while Chili's and No Parking Zone keep things hopping with live music. $15 per meal; 529-0596; www.cascadefoundationaz.org.
Specials abound all over town for Mother's Day, on Sunday, May 10. Reservations are recommended.
Acacia at St. Philip's (4340 N. Campbell Ave.; 232-0101) has a champagne buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $48. Blue Willow (2616 N. Campbell Ave.; 327-7577) has quiche, fruit and a mimosa or juice for $13.95. Cibaria Cucina Italiana (12985 N. Oracle Road; 825-2900) serves a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $22.95 adults; $15.95 ages 6 to 12; and free for those younger than 6. The Cup Café in Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St.; 622-8848) serves three courses from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $20. El Parador (2744 E. Broadway Blvd.; 881-2744) has an 80-item brunch buffet. $22.95 adults; $11.95 age 5 to 10. The Garden Café inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N. Alvernon Way; 326-9686) serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $19.95 adults; $9.95 kids. Maynards Market and Kitchen (400 N. Toole Ave., 545-0577) has a buffet that's $25 for adults; $8 for ages 6 to 12; and free for those younger than 6. The Sonoran Ballroom at Westward Look Resort (245 E. Ina Road; 297-1151) has an expansive buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $47 per person.