Thursday, November 2, 2017

Quick Bites: Maize, Murder Mysteries and Meatballs

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Get to tastin', Tucsonans!

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Gelato Festival Tucson 2017. Get ready for a lot o’ gelato, and a lot o’ authentic Italian artisanal gelato to boot. Gelato’s a huge deal over in Italy, but is starting to gain popularity in the U.S., and the benevolent Gelato Festival America is taking on the noble mission of raising awareness of the neat, sweet treat from across the pond. Try flavors from some of the world’s best gelato artisans, and learn how to make you own as well. To quote Gwen Stefani: Go Gelato! G-E-L-A-T-O Fest! 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. $13.50-$40.

Murder Mystery Dinner. Let the games begin, and let the Game of Thrones begin first and foremost. Damascus Road Tucson presents this event, billed as a coronation for Queen Cersei, and everyone from Lord Marana to Lady South Tucson is invited. (Everyone is invited). Rincon Market will cater a formal dinner, so that guests will be plenty fueled up for part two of the evening: solving a mysterious murder (cue spooky music). Dress formally, but also dress ready to solve some crimes. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment, ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. $20.

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PINK YOUR DRINK Cocktail Competition. Here’s the lowdown: Anyone who is interested and over 21 can show up with a team of three, and each team is given a basket of mystery ingredients to make two pink cocktails (one shaken, one stirred) within 15 minutes. The top teams to emerge from this first round will move on to round two, with an all-new mystery basket. Featured whiskeys are Jack Daniels, Jack Rye, Old Forester 1897 Bottled-in-Bond and Old Forester 1920 Prohibition. Everyone knows teams perform better when all of the members are wearing team-themed attire, so team get-ups are highly encouraged. Specialty cocktails from some of Tucson’s top women bartenders will also be available, with proceeds going to Save the Ta-Tas. 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Martin Drug Co., 300 E. Congress St. Free.

Meatball Monday @ Classic. On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, did you lose your poor meatball when somebody sneezed? Well there’s no need to worry! Because you can replace your meatball for the shockingly reasonable price of $1 at Spaghetti Western Steakhouse’s Meatball Mondays. In addition, meatball appetizers are $4, spaghetti and meatball plates are $13 and meatball subs are $10.50. Meatball Mondays deals are from 4-9 p.m. every Monday at Spaghetti Western Steakhouse, 1535 N. Stone Ave.

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Happy First Birthday Crooked Tooth! This trendy brewing company has officially been open for a whole year and is inviting the community to come and celebrate. There will be food and drink specials all day as well as live music and giveaways for the audience. Food trucks will be parked outside to keep the good times rolling. Geronimo's Revenge, Black Top Grill and Nhu Lan Vietnamese will be rolling through at different times throughout the day and La Garrafa Ice Cream will be serving up sweet scoops. Noon on Saturday, Nov. 4 to 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., 228 E. Sixth St. Free.

Maize to Menus: 4,000 Years of Harvesting the Desert. Hamilton Distillers is doing its part to help us all understand what it exactly means to be living in a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Local orgs that embody the history and spirit of food production in the area, like E&R Pork, Native Seeds, Dragoon Brewing Company, BKW Farms, Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace and Hamilton Distillers will all be around to prove that, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a flavor is worth a million. All of the vendors will be dropping knowledge, serving cocktails and providing neat, interactive components, like letting guests play with barley. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The City of Gastronomy nonprofit. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Hamilton Distillers, 2106 N. Forbes Blvd., #103. $40.

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Noche de las Calaveras at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Head on out to the Arizona Desert Museum for a night filled with food and festivities. This is an adult-only event and will be a street feast celebrating the Day of the Dead. The dinner will include traditional Mexican street food and will celebrate our region’s rich cultural heritage and connection to Mexico. There will be live music and sugar skull decorating stations as well as cultural presentations and tequila tastings. Tickets range from $60 to $70 and include six food stations, three bar snacks, two drink tickets and access to all of the activities throughout the event. Salvador Duran, known as the Mexican Gypsy Troubadour will provide music for the event. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the night of the skulls. The event will run from 5:30-10 p.m. at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, which is located at 2021 N. Kinney Road.

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