Noshing Around

Zona 78 Stone Fired Foods

Just opened by two experienced locals--Tom Firth and Rick Fink--Zona serves handcrafted pizza, cedar plank salmon and smoked BLT on homemade pita bread, made with a wood-burning stone oven. They offer specialty salads with locally grown produce (no overdone Caesar salads here), authentic antipasto, Italian wines and seating for 120, including patio dining. 78 W. River Road, open Monday-Saturday for lunch, dinner and late night dining as well as Sunday dinner.

Wanted: Prospective Chefs

Wannabe chefs are invited to an open house on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ocotillo Room of Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz. Join culinary director Barry Infuso and learn everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a chef. Apply now for the spring 2004 semester beginning Jan. 14. RSVP to 206-5164 or

Benefit for Mount Lemmon Fire Department

On Oct. 18, Old Father Inn will host a benefit to help the Mount Lemmon Fire Department buy a new fire truck. Enjoy live bands day and night, discounted sandwiches (try the hot pastrami), good brews and a raffle with lots of prizes from area merchants. From 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 4080 W. Ina Road.

Philanthropy with Phlavor

Pastiche Modern Eatery (voted Best Nouvelle Cuisine by Tucson Weekly's readers) will donate 5 percent of sales to Arizona Greyhound Rescue throughout the month of October. Treat yourself while helping the hounds. 3025 N. Campbell Ave., 325-3333.

Arizona Harvest Dinner

On Oct. 21, Janos Wilder will cook an innovative six-course menu using fresh regional foods from the desert, sea and south of the border to benefit the nonprofit organization Native Seeds/SEARCH. Cost is $150 per person and includes dinner, wine, tax and gratuity. To RSVP, call 615-6100. For more info, visit and www.