Noshing Around

What Primavera Cooked

The fourth annual, summer-long Primavera Cooks 2005 events grossed almost $90,000 and netted more than $67,000, surpassing the goal. These funds will go directly to programs and services which help Tucson's homeless and most poor with emergency services, transitional and affordable housing, job training and placement, and home ownership. Thanks to the 10 participating Tucson Originals restaurants (Bistro Zin, Cuvée, Elle, Feast, Fuego, Hacienda del Sol, Janos, Jonathan's Tucson Cork, Kingfisher and Pastiche), sponsors (led by CPSA, Honeywell, HSBC-North America and Native Tucson Builders) media partners (led by Tucson Home) and hundreds of diners and volunteers.

$2 Wine Tasting

Check out the Beverage House's wine tasting on Friday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wines run the gamut from so-so to awesome. We went a few Fridays ago along with about 50 other friendly folks. Join the party at 8660 E. Broadway Blvd. (southwest corner at Camino Seco); 296-9933. This week, meet Robert Craig and his award-winning Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons.

In-n-Out Update

Here's a message from one of my El Con buddies: In-n-Out Burger has started construction. They just finished the parking lot, and pouring the slab can't be far behind. Although the Web site,, doesn't list Tucson as coming soon yet, read the history. It will astound you.

Saturday Night Fever

Every Saturday night beginning at 10 p.m., Bistro Zin will transform into a chic urban lounge featuring dinner until 11:30 p.m., with small plates and the downbeat tunes of DJ Sean T until closing. For information, call 299-7799; 1865 E. River Road.

Sweet Tooth

The Treat Festival will be held at Plaza Palomino on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dozen sweet purveyors will be offering tastes and taking holiday orders. Favorites include Lutz Swiss Bakery, El Triunfo Bakery and Marble Slab Creamery, to name a few. Plaza Palomino is located at 2980 N. Swan Road.