Friday, November 5, 2010

Brundog's Is Back, Wine-Tasting, Amarsi Ristorante, O’Hungry’s, New Farmers’ Market, Joe Mama’s Grill Closes and More

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Tastes of more than a dozen wines can be had at the Saturday Sipper event from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at the RumRunner at 3131 E. First St. It’s free and the featured wines will be available at a 15 percent discount after the tasting.

Brundog’s Zy-De-Que closed months ago when a very serious medical condition nearly took out Tom Brunner, who owned the restaurant with his wife, Marty. But apparently it takes a lot more than a life-threatening illness to keep Brundog down, because he’s back with Brundog’s and La Cocina de Gabby. There’s a lot to say about this new restaurant, but here’s the short version: You’ll find Brunner’s barbecue and Gabby Rosa’s excellent Mexico City fare under the same roof, and sometimes on the same plate. “I’ve never run across many of these dishes, even in Mexico,” Brunner said. Habanero pork, tacos made from his pecan-smoked meats and other delicious-sounding items abound; 887-2333.

We talked with one of the owners of Amarsi Ristorante today. It’s the first we’ve heard of the Italian restaurant - which opened back in March - but apparently people travel from far and wide just for the veal. The restaurant offers lunch (around $10) and dinner ($13 to $25) at 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., in Oro Valley; 297-9491.

A new farmers’ market is coming to Green Valley. Organizer Ed Dubis of Earth Made Farmers’ Markets says the Farmers’ Market at the Shoppes at La Posada will debut from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at the La Posada retirement community at 350 E. Morningside Road. Dozens of vendors have already signed up, and Dubis said there will be Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian food, too.

Stan Chu of the O’Hungry’s restaurant in San Diego also called. He’s been working for the better part of the past year to get his Tucson location open in Main Gate Square (944 E. University Blvd.), and is apparently almost finished. We’ll keep you posted.

The Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook-Off is happening right now. You can read about that in this week’s Noshing Around column.

Here’s the perfect event to impress that foodie you’ve been meaning to ask out.

Or perhaps this might do the trick. Chef Janos Wilder and authors Gary Nabhan and Diana Kennedy are the guest speakers, and all the money raised goes to Native Seeds/SEARCH and Sabores Sin Fronteras.

Here's another food-related happening, this one a fundraiser for Homicide Survivors.

Lastly, and sadly, Joe Mama’s Grill at 4230 N. Oracle Road has closed.

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