The Hut (305 N. Fourth Ave.) will soon be serving island-inspired cuisine out of a 1970s Airstream trailer. The man behind the project is Timothy Stevens, and the result will be Tiki Tim's Grill, which is expected to open this summer. The menu will include burgers topped with grilled pineapple and black-bean-and-teriyaki sauce, purple Peruvian potato salad, and hotdogs served with chunks of pineapple and onion gastrique, along with hot wings, grilled pizzas and other items inspired by surf and island culture. The initial menu will focus mainly on burgers—all of which can be had with a veggie patty instead of beef—but Stevens says he'll eventually serve foods from Hawaii, Guam, Australia, Tahiti and Jamaica.
A Jamaican eatery called CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen opened last weekend at 1070 N. Swan Road. It's owned and operated by Cardell and Deon Harrison—who were born in Jamaica and ended up in Tucson by way of New York. The menu includes oxtail; jerk chicken; steamed fish; curried goat, beef and shrimp; and other island dishes. Until now, Papa's Jerk Chicken on South Sixth Avenue was the area's only Jamaican eatery (at least that I know of), so this is a most welcome arrival; 795-3400.
It's fun to imagine how much food Sleeping Frog Farms will be able to produce now that its owners have purchased a 75-acre spread near Cascabel. The farm provides a half-dozen restaurants and hordes of shoppers with produce grown on about an acre at 1801 W. Overton Road, so the new land opens up "endless possibilities," according to Debbie Weingarten, who runs the farm with C.J. Marks and Adam Valdivia. Vegetable production will quadruple; egg production will quintuple; and farmers' markets in Bisbee and Sierra Vista may be added to the list of places where shoppers can find their organic produce; sleepingfrogfarms.com.
Williams-Sonoma, at La Encantada (2905 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 103) offers free classes on cooking techniques at 10 a.m., most Sundays, through July 25. The class on Sunday, May 23, will include information on building a better burger, with tips on everything from meat selection to creating the perfect stuffed patty. Upcoming classes cover subjects ranging from cooking with farmers'-market produce to crafting frozen desserts. Reservations are required; 615-3595.