The Arizona Wine Growers Association and the Tucson chapter of the American Wine Society pair up March 10 for the sixth annual Governor's Choice banquet at the Savoy Opera House for award-winning Arizona wines, Western-style barbecue, silent auction and a live blues concert by Mr. Boogie Woogie. Reservations are still available and may be made by calling Jay Bileti at (520) 909-0976 in Sonoita. Tickets cost $75 (inclusive). The Savoy Opera house is located at 6541 E.Tanque Verde Road, and the event starts at 7 p.m. For more info about either of these groups, visit www.arizonawine.org
Irish Coffee for Breakfast
Start your St. Patrick's Day at 8 a.m. with Irish coffee for breakfast ($3.50) and free green doughnuts at McHugh's Pub. From noon the feasting continues with Guinness beef, lamb or salmon, corned beef and cabbage, spuds, rye and Irish soda breads or vegetarian-friendly boxty pancakes, cabbage and leeks for $6.50 per plate. Enjoy Celtic music with DJ Charlie Artistree starting 7 p.m. at 3218 N. Oracle Road; 293-9883.
According to the Food Lover's Companion
, this thick pancake, made from shredded and mashed potatoes, originated during the Irish famine. Like a scone, the dough is shaped into a circle, cut into quarters then baked on a griddle.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Old Pueblo Grille (60 N. Alvernon Way), where tacos get a creative twist with corned beef and cabbage for $1 each. For dessert, try the Guinness-infused house-made ice cream. At the Old Pueblo Grille located at the Foothills Mall (7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.) add Irish stew to the above. Dinner for two will be awarded to the guest with the best St. Patrick's Day outfit.
In the Swim
Eating more fish for Lent? The 17th Street Market has a bountiful selection of shrimp, clams, mussels, lobster tails for broiling, salmon, halibut, bay scallops, catfish and tilapia. The market is open Monday through Saturday at 810 E. 17th St. Call 792-2588 for directions.