Noshing Around

Like a Virgin

What's the difference between virgin and extra-virgin olive oil? What should you look for when selecting olive oil for different uses? Does higher cost translate into higher quality? Find the answers to these and other slick questions at Pima Community College's School of Culinary Arts, Desert Vista Campus, for an informative olive oil tasting on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to noon. Free.

Harvesting Women Winemakers

On Sunday, June 29, The Feast features wine tasting from fabulous women winemakers. Headliners include Oregon-based Patricia Green's beautiful pinot noir; Francesca Planeta's Sicilian blend of greciano and chardonnay, rated highly by Gambero Rosso, the Italian version of the Wine Spectator; Central Coast's Lollapalooza pinot noir by Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead; Francoise de Calvez, owner of Chateau Coupe Roses, an organic winery; Susan Balbo of Crios in Argentina; and another winemaking femme fatale not available at press time. Starting time is 3:30 p.m. Snacks will be included. Tickets are $20 and reservations are necessary. 4122 E. Speedway Blvd., 326-9363.

Iron Cactus Grille

This new grille in town is serving hot breakfasts and lunch specials from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, but starting July 1, closing time will change to 8 p.m. for dinners at this family-owned restaurant located on Ryan Field, 9700 W. Ajo Way, 883-9455.

Chocolate Seeks Singles for Fast Times

To quote Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." The same can be said for chocolate speed dating held locally at Choc-Alot, where equal numbers of 40-50-plus-year-old men and women mingle around candlelight to judge and be judged. Since chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac, perhaps modern romance really does melt in your mouth. Otherwise, you can always drown your rejection in the all-you-can-eat fondue. Reservations and pre-payment of $30 (as in making a commitment to participate) are required. Contact 748-8889 or