Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quick Bites: Mister Bing, Milkshakes and Mysteries

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:34 PM

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Mister Bing’s The Supper Club Experience. Hacienda del Sol hosts international entertainers Jesse and Laura Berger and several other musical guests at this Hollywood-style celebration of the Great American Songbook. A swanky cocktail hour is followed by dinner and show. On the menu? Cesar salad to start, roast branzino or braised short rib for the entree and a s’more cake to finish things off. Sure “The Best Things in Life are Free,” but “You and the Night and the Music” and the food will form the perfect quartet, so perhaps it’s best to just “Pick Yourself Up," give into “Temptation,” and head over to Hacienda del Sol. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $75 (plus tax and gratuity).

Flavor by Loews Hotels. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is now participating in the hotel’s initiative to offer guests lovable local flavors by partnering with the companies behind some of Tucson’s tastiest treats. The hotel will be offering tamales from the Tucson Tamale Company (called “the best tamales in the USA” by Alton Brown of The Food Network), French toast made with bread from Barrio Bread and beer on tap from Dragoon Brewing Company throughout the resort. It’s the perfect place for visiting friends and relatives to stay to get a taste of the city, and many Tusconans will probably now be tempted to stay at the resort themselves. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive.


Candy Shakes for a Cause. As if you needed another reason to buy a Butterfinger shake, this month at Zinburger, 100 percent of proceeds from their Butterfinger Shake sales will go to Lock in Hope. The Tucson-based organization provides support and care packages for siblings of pediatric cancer patients, or “sibling warriors” who are going through their own scary and confusing time, but can sometimes feel unnoticed. Through September. Zinburger 6390 E. Grant Road or 1865 East River Road.

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Dinner with Chefs. PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol hosts this monthly wine dinner event where Casino Del Sol’s Executive Chef Ryan Clark teams up with another of Tucson’s top chefs to present two different cuts of beef, leaving diners with 24 cuts of beef, or one steer’s worth, by the end of the year. This month’s featured chef is Ramiro Scavo of Red’s Smokehouse + Tap Room, bringing diners a Father Kino cocktail to start, followed by smoked brisket paired with an Alchemist Pinot Noir for the first course. Then it’s Picaditas with machaca and blue corn sopes paired with Alejandro Fernandez’s “Condando de Haza” and beef fat donuts with a vintage port for dessert. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol Resort, 5655 West Valencia Rd. Call 324-9350 for reservations.

Dillinger Brewing Company. Celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with special release brews, pretzels and food trucks. Friday night is Pint Night, where patrons can get a decorated beer can pint glass and a pint of the special Oktoberfestbier for $8. Saturday night will be the official release for the brewery’s newest barrel-aged stout aged in mesquite smoked Whiskey Del Bac barrels. Beer Geek Bakery giant pretzels will be available both nights, along with Burgerrito Food Truck on Friday and Meatball Madness Food Truck on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4 p.m Sept. 22 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23. Dillinger Brewery, 3895 N. Oracle Road. Free admission.

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Southwest Chili Cook-Off. Things are about to get HOT. Well, in the hot chili category, at least. Over in the mild chili category things will stay flavorful yet mild. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards for each category, complete with trophies and ribbons. There will also be a craft fair, a petting zoo, jumping castles and Jim Click Raffle tickets for a brand new Ford Explorer. Proceeds go to the Southwest Community Center. noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Southwest Community Center, 5950 S. Cardinal Ave. Free admission.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show. Everybody loves Clue, but sometimes there’s just not enough eating in that game. Get your murder mystery on as you try to solve a silly crime while enjoying your meal. The killer is hiding somewhere in the audience, so try to keep yourself from winding up as a prime suspect. The audience member/sleuth who is best able to identify the killer before the big reveal wins a prize package. On the menu are quiches, egg rolls and potsticker hors d’oeuvres, a house salad, a choice of chicken breast, salmon filet and pasta primavera for dinner, a chef’s choice dessert and coffee with free refills (to help you stay sharp.) 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Hilton Tucson East, 7600 East Broadway Blvd. $55 plus taxes and fees.

Southwest Chili Cook-Off. Things are about to get HOT. Well, in the hot chili category, at least. Over in the mild chili category things will stay flavorful yet mild. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards for each category, complete with trophies and ribbons. There will also be a craft fair, a petting zoo, jumping castles and Jim Click Raffle tickets for a brand new Ford Explorer. Proceeds go to the Southwest Community Center. noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Southwest Community Center, 5950 S. Cardinal Ave. Free admission.

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Born & Brewed Beer Battle at Hotel Congress. Which brewery produces the best pint in town and deserves the coveted 2017 Beer Cup? Help decide by casting your vote at Hotel Congress’s sixth annual event. It’s more local than ever this year, with beers strictly from Tucson breweries, who will compete in three categories: best flagship beer, best specialty beer and people’s choice. There will be panelists from Dragoon Brewing Co, Tucson Foodie, Tucson News Now and USBG Tucson. Beats, brews and eats abound with the tastings, food pairings and live music. 6 p.m. Saturday Sept. 23. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.. $15 designated driver, $30 GA $50 VIP.

Arizona Wine Dinner. As summer draws to a close, Maynards Market & Kitchen is helping us skip straight to wine-ter with this event, which promises to be a grape time. Sommelier Steve Berger and Executive Chef Brian Smith bring a selection of wines and food that are all from right here in Arizona. Try Lisa’s White from Callaghan Vineyards with a mesquite flour crepe, or Sand-Reconer Vineyards ‘Z’ Zinfandel with the Arizona grown beef striploin. But first, call or visit Maynards to see if any tickets are still available, because the dinner is close to being sold out. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. $55 plus tax and gratuity.

Fourth Friday Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. FoodInRoot hosts this event at Tucson Botanical Gardens, where there will be all of the wondrous farmers market offerings that a local could want. Pieces from local artisans, incredibly fresh produce, and other local treasures (edible and otherwise) will abound, and so will the opportunity to simply stroll through the gardens as the heat of the day fades. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Free admission.

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Greek Fest. Get your Greek on at the annual Tucson Greek Festival, featuring Panathenian Dancers, live music and all the food you could ever ask for, including baklava, dolmathes and spanakopita. If you’re a vegetarian or don’t eat meat for any reason, that’s okay. They’ll make lamb. And you can learn to do it yourself too, with a Greek cooking demonstration. Did we mention Sunday’s raffle contest for a free trip to Greece? Fire, Police, First Responders, and Active Duty Military have free admission all weekend. Thursday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 24. Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E Fort Lowell Road. $3.


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