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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quick Bites: Events

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM

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Primavera Cooks: Kingfisher. Catch the last Primavera Cooks Dinner of the season at Kingfisher Bar & Grill. This is the 16th season of these dinners, in which community members and top local chefs team up to produce gourmet wine-paired dinners for their guests, who get to chow down and be charitable at the same time. Proceeds go to the programs and services of the nonprofit, which works to decrease poverty through affordable housing, job workshops and neighborhood revitalization projects. 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 Kingfisher Bar & Grill, 564 E Grant Road. $125.

16th Annual Roasted Chile Festival. The Rincon Institute hosts this chile and spice and everything nice event at the Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market. Aside from fresh roasted chilies, locally grown produce and a beer garden, there will also be artisans and crafters, activities for kids and live music by John Grant & The Guilty Bystanders and Johnny Bencomo. Come get your metaphorical fill of local culture and your literal fill of hatch and poblano chilies. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. Free entry.

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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 general admission, $50 VIP.


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Quick Bites: Openings

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 4:47 PM

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards Grand Opening. Southern Arizona is quickly becoming recognized for more than its cacti and Wildcats. Wines from the region are gaining national attention, and a new vineyard is rolling into town. The Kief-Joshua Vineyards Grand Opening will celebrate the new vineyard and tasting room by inviting the community to come and sample their newest wines. The event will include wine and sangria by the glass, wine flights, small bite pairings and samples from a local pistachio farmer. Wilcox has recently been labeled as an AVA region (American Viticulture Area) meaning that it has the precise growing conditions to produce the perfect grapes making for a perfect wine tasting afternoon. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. 4923 E. Arzberger Rd, Willcox. $10 for a souvenir glass and five one ounce tastings. $7 if you bring your own glass.

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Angry Crab opening. Phoenix favorite Angry Crab Shack & BBQ is open in Tucson! After a grand opening on Sept. 1, this seafood spot continues to serve up all of your favorite crab, clams and shellfish right here in the desert. Seafood is prepared just the way you like it at the Angry Crab, as every menu item is specialized to your taste. First, pick your fish or shellfish, then pick a sauce and finally decide how spicy you want it for the perfect mouthwatering meal. Burgers and brisket are also available for a menu that is sure to please the whole family. Open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 1365 West Grant Road.

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Spaghetti Western Steakhouse Opening. Get ready for some steak and spaghetti, in both Western and noodle forms. They’ll be coming your way this week at the grand opening of Classic Spaghetti Western Steakhouse on Stone Avenue. The new restaurant will join Brother John’s BBQ, which opened in 2015, to add to the growing Bronx Park Neighborhood food scene. Decorated with murals from local artist Danny Martin, the restaurant will channel the spaghetti western fan in all of us while serving up a juicy mix of steakhouse favorites and classic Italian fare. Grand opening event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.

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Culinary Dropout Opening. Another distinctive and delectable restaurant is being added to the Tucson food scene. With four locations in the Phoenix area, Culinary Dropout is bringing its classic dishes and self-proclaimed “inked up” and “mohawk rocking” staff down to Tucson. Along with food, beer and cocktails, the space at the former Grant Road Lumber will have games and live music from local up-and-coming artists for patrons to enjoy. Opens Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Regular hours: Monday through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2543 East Grant Road.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Quick Bites: Pasta, Pizza, Pancakes & Primavera Cooks

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:30 PM

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Italy Meets AZ. There’s a lot of partnerships going on in this event. Italian chef Simona Fabrizio and Maynards executive chef Brian Smith are coming together to create a six course dinner. Italian and Tucsonan culture will be coming together, as the six courses will use local Sonoran ingredients to make authentic Italian food. Lastly, the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences is partnering with Maynards in order to put this event together. 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. $135.

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Pantcake Breakfast. What would you do for a pancake breakfast? Empty out your savings account? Fast for three days? Kill a man? All Summit Hut is asking you to do is show up. This pancake breakfast is complete with coffee, juice, and a raffle ticket for some KÜHL gear. If you try on a pair of KÜHL pants, you’ll receive a free gift as well, while supplies last. Put on breakfast gear and get ready for your jacks to get flapped and your cakes to get pantsed. 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Summit Hut 5251 E. Speedway. Free.

Primavera Cooks! These gourmet fundraising dinners have been going on throughout the summer to fundraise for the Primavera Foundation, which helps people find pathways out of poverty. This week, Chef Tim Moore of Pastiche teams up with apprentice chef Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Five courses, complete with wine pairings, will be served at the Tucson staple along the Campbell Avenue corridor. Wednesday, Sept. 13. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave. $125. Call 308-3104 for reservations.

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The Garden Kitchen Grand Reopening. The Garden Kitchen, Fourth Avenue’s cutest culinary school and seed-to-table gardening center, is reopening after summer construction. In celebration, they’ll be holding cooking demos with yummy and healthy recipes to demonstrate the new and improved hands-on classroom. Tour the garden, enjoy a plant-a-seed activity, and pay tribute to plants, because plants are friends AND food. Saturday, Sept. 10. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garden Kitchen, 2205 S. Fourth Ave. Free.

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bRUNch Run with Southern Arizona Roadrunners and Whole Foods
. If you’re a runner who’s anything like Matthew Inman, the man behind the popular webcomic series The Oatmeal, then you’ve deeply internalized the idea that the more you run, the more you can eat. Do just that with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, who are hosting this free social run on a Saturday morning. Sign a quick waver, run either three or six miles down the Rillito River Path, and then head over to Whole Foods for coffee, smoothies and the most important meal of the day. 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. Whole Foods Market 5555 E. River Road. The run is free, but bring a form of payment for your discounted breakfast.

Pizza Patrón Grand Opening Event. We're hesitant to put the word out about this one, because we want to be in the first 20 people in line. Those who are (and who make a minimum $5 purchase) get FREE PIZZA FOR A WHOLE YEAR. This is not a drill. How much pizza can a human being eat in a year? Scientists have never dared to investigate, but it will be up to these 20 lucky pioneers to find out. There’s also free custom T-shirts from CREAM Design and Print available, and pizza is 50 percent off for the duration of the event. Pizza-n Earth. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Pizza Patrón 1785 W. Valencia Road, Suite 143. Free.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick Bites: Rhyme Thyme

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:04 PM

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Hacienda Del Sol Heritage Foods Festival. A gourmet buffet and local brew, with wine and spirit tastings too. A farmers markets will be on-scene, as well as Chef Yim and his culinary team. Enjoy a panel discussion about local gastronomy and a chance to support local Tucson economy. Tour the organic gardens at a time opportune while the Rafael Moreno Quartet plays some tunes. You won’t want to miss all this booze and these eats, so what follows are all of the most crucial deets. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. $55, RSVP required.

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Villa Peru. In early August, a new restaurant came on the scene, serving up authentic Peruvian cuisine. Try the anticuchos skewers or the lomo saltado, inside a wonton skin and topped with avocado. The Salazar family owns and runs the operation, and this Tucson restaurant is their second location. The first was in Tempe, where they did quite well, named best Latin American Restaurant in 2012. Originally, the family hails from Peru, so you know it’s authentic (and so yummy too!) Did we mention that they’ve got a full-service bar, with a Pisco Sour cocktail? Bless the Salazars. 1745 E. River Road #165.

Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue Expansion. With two new locations at Tucson Premium Outlets and over at The Hub, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is expanding your options for grub. No longer must you brave the roads and play a somber ballad while you drive all the way to the eastside to get a beef teriyaki salad. We only wish that this change could have happened soona’, but now’s a perfect time to dig into a Big Kahuna. 6401 W. Marana Center Blvd. and 1011 N. Tyndall Ave.

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Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. Living here in Tucson, it would be more or less obscene to say you don’t enjoy the trifecta of classic Southwest cuisine. Put salsa on your tacos! Try the Salsa Borracha with tequila! Try the habanero cotton candy or the mini chilaquiles! Though this poem opened with describing a trifecta, it has even more offerings than you may have expected. Bundt cakes, churro tots, Tikki Masala and beer. What more reason could you need to make sure your schedule’s clear? 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E Skyline Drive. $55 in advance or $65 day of.

“Fighting Fire With Food: An Expert’s Inside Look at Nutrition and Inflammation… What Does the Science Say?” Arthritis and clogged arteries, and damaged tissues too. Do these symptoms of inflammations sound familiar to you? You may not feel this information relates to your palate’s predilections, but guess what! What you eat may have the power to alleviate your afflictions. Dr. Donato Romagnolo and Dr. Ann Skulas-Ray will separate fact from myth about nutritional science today. What is a Mediterranean diet? Is fish oil really so great? The answers to all of these questions and more (well, probably) relate. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Banner University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Free.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

HUBba HUBba: Downtown's HUB Has Reopened

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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The HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery reopened Friday after a summer of renovations! The pre-opening festivities over the two preceding nights acted as an appetizer for the months to come, whetting the appetites of those in attendance with satisfying entrees, specialty cocktails and, of course an array of ice cream flavors ranging from Nutter Butter to Pistachio Orange.

The updated menu features a spread of appetizers, including calamari, hub wings and several varieties of mac and cheese. Vegetarians will enjoy the selections of salad, as well as a hearty veggie burger option, while carnivores are likely to enjoy the hub shank, the chicken enchiladas or the fish of the day.

Visit hubdowntown.com to learn more and to see the full menu.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Weekly List: 22 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

¡Cultura!

ART BY TIMOTHY SCHIRACK, UPCOMING FEATURED ARTIST AT TOHONO CHUL.
  • Art by Timothy Schirack, upcoming featured artist at Tohono Chul.
Día de los Muertos Opening Reception. Tohono Chul’s next exhibit honors and remembers the dead in a celebration that is full of color and joy. Pieces by local artists will be displayed until the exhibit ends on Nov. 8, and artists whose work is on display will be present at the opening night reception. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. 7366 Paseo del Norte. Free.

Closing Reception and Sewing Circle. Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria is a group made of citizens from Mexico and other cities abroad who embroider the names of victims of Mexico’s War Against Drug Trafficking onto white handkerchiefs. These stitched stories are a beautiful and sobering visualization of the suffering real people face in the reality of war. Handkerchiefs will be displayed in the café area, and, while supplies last, materials for visitors to embroider their own tributes and testimonies will be provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. Joel D. Valdez Main Library 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.

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Space Night 2017. Sleepovers at friends’ houses are fun, but are they educational? Are there opportunities to use state-of-the-art telescopes? Are there real meteorites available to be touched? We didn’t think so. The Children’s Museum Tucson will be showing sleepover guests how to get a party started with pizza, pajamas, binoculars, thermal cameras, and even meteorite-touching ops. Families are welcome to pitch tents in designated areas in the museum and in the main courtyard, for that highly sought after “pitch-a-tent-in-the-living-room-or-backyard-but-still-be-surrounded-by-fascinating-artifacts-and-unique-educational-opportunites” feel that many a sleepover party host has strived for and not attained. 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 27. Children's Museum Tucson 200 South Sixth Ave. $50, $45 for museum members.

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Quick Bites: You Can Eat With Your Hands!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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End of Summer Pizza Party! Okay, this section is called “Quick Bites.” And sometimes, though a festival of tastings or a five-course meal might sound indulgent and incredible, all you really want is a quick slice of pizza and a soft drink. Old Pueblo Harley Davidson has pizza lovers covered for a Saturday summer send-off, where pizza and soda are free while supplies last, and, starting at 11 a.m., so is ice cream. While you’re there, you might want to earn some the one-day-only triple rewards points on H-D Merchandise, and enter a raffle where tickets are sold by the Harley Davidson Girls. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Old Pueblo Harley Davidson 7503 E. 22nd St. Free.


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Friday Fish Fry. Have you checked this event at the Sabbar Shrine out yet? It’s open to the public, and, even if you have, they have an all-new menu now. It offers different combinations of cod and shrimp dinners, fried chicken, steak or steak and shrimp combinations and Sabbar hamburgers. Sides of coleslaw, French fries or sweet potato fries will also be served. Support the children’s hospital and enjoy a heaping helping of whatever menu item you choose. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. Prices vary based on menu item.





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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick Bites: Wine Sounds Just Fine

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Beat the Heat Sangria & Salsa Festival. If you’re wondering what more a Southern Arizona resident could really ask for besides salsa and sangria, get this: the event is held in an ice hockey rink, with full blast AC. Not to mention there will be paella, empanadas, artisan vendors and live Spanish guitar. Parents who have been spending weekends buying back-to-school supplies deserve a treat, summer lovers watching their favorite season fade away deserve a treat, and, well, even if you don’t deserve a treat, you’re probably going to want to treat yourself anyway. 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave. $45.


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Rose Wine Pairings Dinner. Wildflower American Cuisine hosts this four-courser with food prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Handt and wine pairings selected by Regan Jasper. Wildflower is known for its desserts, but you’re not going to want to miss the courses leading up to it: a compressed melon salad, roasted Alaskan Halibut, and Tortellini pasta with white beans, pancetta and mushrooms. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 5:30 Monday, Aug. 28. Wildflower American Cuisine, 7037 N. Oracle Road. $50.

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James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar, A Retrospective

Celebrating the career of Tucson artist James G. Davis with a selection of paintings and prints made… More

@ Etherton Gallery Sat., Sept. 9, 7-10 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11 135 S. Sixth Ave.

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