Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Frightnin' Feasts

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Devil’s Night Dinner at Hotel Congress. Hotel Congress isn’t limiting its Halloween festivities to one night—they’ve got a whole Halloweekend thing going on. But this dinner, featuring Kenny Bang Bang the magician and a fire juggling (FIRE JUGGLING!) performance, is a can’t miss. Each of the four courses—See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil and Devil’s Dessert—are paired with a delicious Halloween-inspired cocktail. Chili vodka, blackberry-hazelnut agave, angostura bitters and St. George Raspberry Liquer will all be involved (albeit all in separate drinks) for a culin-scary adventure that’s sure to be the ghost delicious feast in town for the evening.

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Feast with the Dearly Departed. Take this opportunity to honor your loved ones without the solemnity. Celebrate life, appreciate the preciousness of the people you love and dance the night away to Tucson High School’s Mariachi Rayos del Sol. For the sixth iteration of this annual event, Tucson Botanical Gardens is bringing in face painters, pan de muerto, sugar skulls and a Dancing Skeleton exhibit—which will feature papier mâché skellies made by local artists, community groups, and even you, if you want to submit one (call 520-326-9686 ext. *10 for more info on that). Feast on the food available throughout the gardens, including tacos, tamales, pallets, refreshes and limeade. The community-made Ofrenda lies at the center of the event, and all guests are welcome to bring notes and mementos to place at the ofrenda. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $13 GA, $7.50 children, $10 member adults, $4 member children.

Casino del Sol Offal Beer Dinner. Nothing is scarier than liver (except maybe brussel sprouts) and PY Steakhouse isn’t trying to actually scare you to DEATH by serving those. However, this dinner will include goose liver, pig’s feet and jowls, duck tongues and beef heart, so it’s not for the faint of heart. The beer selections are equally spooky, from the BLOOD orange gose to the Santan DEVILs Ale to a WAKE UP THE DEAD Imperial Stout. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. PY Steakhouse, 5655 W. Valencia Road. $75.

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13th Annual Argentina Heart & Soul. When your heart and soul need a little bit of love, you ask for a hug, order some take out and watch a feel-good movie. But when your heart and soul really need the good stuff—the wine tasting, soul food, bread pudding good stuff—you tell them they’ll have to hang on until the next Argentina Heart and Soul Fest at Hacienda del Sol. Well, the wait is over! Dig into the suckling pig roast, chimmichuri, marinated steak, grilled lamb, chorizo provolone bruschetta, shrimp salad, grilled veggies and then desserts like coconut flan and Argentinian dulce de leche crepes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, no joke. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. $60 adults with wine, $45 adults without alcohol, $35 kids 7 to 14, free for kids under 6.

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