Noshing Around

Dine Out for Safety

Join the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and local restaurants, celebrities and service organizations on Wednesday, April 28, for an evening of fund raising and dining. Participating restaurants have agreed to donate up to 20 percent of the evenings' proceeds to SACASA. For a list of participating restaurants and cool raffle prizes, check out

Wine Dinner Under the Stars

The Lodge on the Desert combines the products from Bonny Doon Vineyard with a seasonally inspired tapas reception, dinner and wine pairing, along with entertainment and drawings for signed bottles and artwork, on Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, and reservations are required. Call 325-3366. The Lodge is located at 306 N. Alvernon Way. (Don't forget to peek inside the "oenoscopic laboratory!")

Kid Roast

Slow Food Tucson presents a goat roast at Evangelos Restaurant on Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Savor goat on a spit with all the trimmings, including appetizer, salad, side dishes and dessert. The cost includes tax and tip: $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. RSVP to 290-1355 or visit Evangelos is located at 4405 W. Speedway Blvd.

Restaurant Trends

According to PRNewswire, every spring, New York City's top chefs predict hot new trends and bash dining flops. Here are a few trends: globally influenced fish and food from artisan growers, purveyors and fishermen; more sushi, ceviche and raw bars that are in line with high-protein diets; special tasting menus and wine dinners offered at a great value; the demand for organic ingredients will increase, as will reduced-carb pizza using soy flour and whole wheat pastas. Next week, read about the flops.

Cactus Fruit

The Prickly Pear Cookbook, by local author Carolyn Niethammer, debuts this week with the following events: a free demonstration about prickly pear preparation at Civano Nursery, April 24, 11 a.m.; cooking classes at both Tohono Chul Park, April 25, 2-4 p.m., $20-members/$30 nonmembers, and Tucson Botanical Garden on May 1, 9-11 a.m., $20.
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