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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quick Bites: Macabre Miscellany

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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Yume Japanese Gardens Tea Ceremony. There’s something inherently mindful about drinking a cup of tea. You don’t drink it to help you move faster, like coffee, and the flavor is usually subtle, so as you slow down to focus on the taste, it feels like time slows down as well. In Japan, a tea ceremony is even more ritualistic, to the point where it’s a work of art that leaves a deep impression on participants. A master of “The Way of Tea,” will prepare a cup of matcha for everyone, and offer a traditional Japanese sweet to go with it. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Yume Japanese Gardens. RSVP by Oct. 24 to yume.gardens@gmail.com with name, phone number and number in your party. $15 plus Gardens admission fee ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 students and military, $5 kids 3 to 15, free for kids under two, free for members.)

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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.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quick Bites: Halloween Specials, Fall Brawl And Therapy Dogs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 8:43 AM

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Salud 2017! Ruff week? What could make for a better evening than wine tasting, local restaurants, craft breweries and live music? Let us answer that for you: dogs! At this event hosted by Gabriel’s Angels, an Arizona-based organization that delivers pet therapy to abused and at-risk children. At this event to benefit the organization, attendees can triple up on wining, dining and canining therapy for a night that will have everyone wagging their tails with glee by the end. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Plaza Colonia, 2870 E. Skyline Drive. $65 resale, $75 at the door.

Trunk or Treat! Cheers to 15 years of the Northwest YMCA’s festive and fun-filled event, which sounds like it might just be all treats and no tricks. Inflatable things! Candy! Costumes! Live entertainment! “Kid friendly” is an understatement; this is a kid’s paradise. Mj’s hotdogs, Bella’s Gelato Shoppe, Wilson’s Kettle Corn and The Blacktop Grill will be serving up eats to complement the inevitable bags full of treats. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. Northwest YMCA, 7770 N. Shannon Road. $1 (ONE DOLLAR.)

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Fall Brawl #1. The WWE Smackdown of Tucson’s culinary community continues with this heated competition over who can craft the best game-day appetizer. Will it be Johnny Gibson’s? The Drunken Chicken? Mulligan Sports Grill? Or Rincon Market itself? Everyone knows the appetizer is the most important part of a game-day spread, because it’s the point in the day where you’re most likely to be sober and still have some sort of discerning taste. So this is not to be taken lightly. Cast your vote carefully, because there can only be one! 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St. $15.

Casino Del Sol Oktoberfest. It’s about to get German! And we’re not talking Weinerschnitzel. This 21+ Oktoberfest features Sam Adams and Paulaner beer, live music and German foods and desserts. Vendors will keep your belly full, live music will keep your heart full, and games and contests will keep your adrenaline reserves full. The event runs for 10 hours, and entry is free, so if you forget your lederhosen or your pint glass, there’s no worries about leaving and coming back (as long as you’re still okay to drive). Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. AVA Amphitheater, 5644 W. Valencia Road. Free.

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Uncle Bob’s Popcorn Halloween Promotion. Check out some of terrifically tasty treats at a small business that is just as lovable as it is local. If you’ve ever been to the Shanty on Fourth Ave, you’ve probably had Uncle Bob’s. But, in honor of Halloween, they’re mixing things up. The Monster Mash mix comes with bright green, orange and purple kernels, and the Day of the Dead popcorn is white, silver and black. A smaller bag is $399, and an impressively large one is $9.99. Through Oct. 31. Uncle Bob’s Popcorn, 1147 N. Columbus Ave.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quick Bites: Prickly Pears, Pitas and Margaritas!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM


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. Life is less hard when you have a marg, and furthermore… TEQUILA! Tucson Original Restaurants and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance are teaming up to make your life a little less hard and a lot more spirited with this opportunity to sample local cocktails and cuisine. A panel of judges (including the Weekly’s own Chow writer, Mark Whitaker) will deliver their verdict on the best of the Southwest, and attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award for best signature margarita. Proceeds from admission and raffle ticket sales go to SAACA to support local arts education, art therapy programs and Tucson Originals restaurants. 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. $55 in advance, $70 day of event.

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Desert Foods Fiesta. Give a man a prickly pear, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man how to safely harvest prickly pear fruits and make jellies and syrups out of the juice, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. At this festival, enjoy learning about prickly pear delicacies, solar cooking with the Solar Guild of Tucson, viewing the sun through telescopes, and milling your mesquite pods into flour. David Yetman of “In the Americas with David Yetman” and “The Desert Speaks” will also give a special presentation. Vendors ranging from El Saguaro Restaurant to Prest Coffee to Native Seed/SEARCH will be present to prepare and sell foods. The whole shebang is hosted by the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning, or Camp Cooper, which teaches kids (and adults!) all about the Sonoran Desert and the environment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. 5403 W. Trails End Road. Free.

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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.


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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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