Tavolino Ristorante has moved from 7090 N. Oracle Road to the former VinTabla spot at 2890 E. Skyline Drive. The new location opened Monday and boasts an open kitchen and a salumeria where cured meats are sliced for antipasto and to-go orders. Expect house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and rotisserie meats. Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 531-1913; www.tavolinoristorante.com.
As gluten-free awareness has increased, so has attendance at Tucson's annual Gluten-Free Food Faire, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 24, on the grounds of Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. Organizer Pat Hirsch says food will be provided by El Charro Café, Tucson Tamale Company and others, and that more than 25 vendors of gluten-free goods are expected. Admission is free; www.southernarizona,celiacsupport.org.
A grand opening for the newly expanded Café Passé (415 N. Fourth Ave.) takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday, April 22. The expansion doubles the amount of seating, features three new retail/gallery spaces and has a stage that will be christened with performances by the Tryst, Duo Sonido, the Awkward Moments and the Fell City Shouts. The outdoor seating area is also being upgraded, and there's word that movie nights will be held there soon; 624-4411.
If sunning your buns sounds like a good time, try the Tucson Solar Potluck and Exhibition from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at Catalina State Park (11570 N. Oracle Road). ... Cajun crawfish, Vietnamese food and karaoke highlight a festival at Our Lady of La Vang Parish (800 S. Tucson Blvd.) from 1 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 24; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 25. Admission is free. ... $20 buys dinner by Blue Banjo BBQ at a benefit for the Cascade Foundation of Southern Arizona from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at the Hut (305 N. Fourth Ave.). ... Dogs will whine for treats as their owners are treated to wines at a dog-friendly party at Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery (342 Elgin Road, Elgin) from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 24; $15; (520) 455-5499; www.canelohillswinery.com.