If you've got citrus trees that produce more fruit than you know what to do with, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona can help. The organization has a fruit-gleaning program that sends workers into the community to pick up unwanted fruit so it can be distributed to needy families. Food Bank officials say there is a greater need for the fruit now thanks to the hard economic times. Contact the Food Bank at 882-3288, or visit www.communityfoodbank.org to schedule a pickup or get more information.
Coming Soon: Koi Sushi Bar
A new sushi place called Koi Sushi Bar is opening in what used to be a Golden Corral restaurant at 715 E. Wetmore Road. Our attempts to contact the owners have been unsuccessful thus far, but we'll get back to you when we learn more.
Legendary Italian food guy Joe Scordato wrote the menu and the recipes for the newish eatery Gusto Osteria of Tucson at 7153 E. Tanque Verde Road. The portions are huge, and a number of famous Scordato favorites, such as stuffed mushrooms and braciole, are among a large selection ranging from seafood to homemade farfalle Bolognese. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 722-9487; gustotucson.com.
A new Asian restaurant called Azian has opened in the old Sushi Garden spot at 15 N. Alvernon Way. The restaurant specializes in Korean and Japanese food, with some dishes taking cues from both styles of cuisine. It's operated by the same people who run Fusion Wasabi at 250 S. Craycroft Road. Azian also offers all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue and killer lunch specials.
The Pima County Health Department is kicking off a new program aimed at helping Tucson residents eat more healthfully. The Smart Choices for Healthy Dining program works with eateries to offer healthful meal options. Janos, Kingfisher, Eclectic Café, V Fine Thai Dining, Magpies Pizza and Dakota Café and Catering are among the participating restaurants. See what the program has to offer at a free event featuring samples from the participating eateries from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Restaurants interested in participating in the program can call 907-6725 for more information.