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Primavera Cooks: Janos and Pastiche

Once again, the altruistic Tucson Originals are helping with the Primavera Foundation's May through September fundraiser. Wannabe chefs or apprentices who contribute $200 work side by side with professional chefs to prepare a feast for diners who pay $100; that cost includes a wine pairing, tax and gratuity. All proceeds benefit the Primavera Foundation, which helps low-income, homeless and at-risk individuals obtain self-sufficiency and find dignity in their lives. The Janos dinner is Thursday, May 18; the Pastiche dinner is Wednesday, May 31. For reservations, contact David at 623-5111, ext. 101. Payment should be made in advance to Primavera Foundation; 70 percent of the diner's donation is tax-deductible.

Mother's Day at Red Sky

Moms will receive an orchid and a special menu selection of salmon, lamb, buffalo tenderloin, chicken and New York steak on Sunday, May 14. Red Sky will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 2900 N. Swan Road; call 326-5454 for reservations.

A Year of Chocolate

Chocolat Michel Cluizel, the Manhattan outpost of the legendary Parisian chocolatier, kicks off the ultimate sweet celebration for moms everywhere with a 12-month-long Mother's Day gift--the Chocolate of the Month Club. Once enrolled, moms will be surprised with a monthly doorstep delivery of choice chocolate confections, among them blended cocoa bars, single plantation cocoa bars, exquisite bonbons, and milk and dark chocolates. Prices start at $150; visit

Pearls of Wisdom

Last week, the Weekly's Rita Connelly was invited to Los Angeles for the 12th annual Pacific Coast Oyster and Wine Competition, held at the Water Grill, where she, along with other renowned foodies and food writers, spent the afternoon sampling oysters and wines. West Coast wineries were invited to submit their best wines suitable for blissful sipping with oysters. Three of the 10 winning wines were Blackstone Winery 2005 pinot grigio, Dry Creek Vineyard 2005 chenin blanc and Geyser Peak 2005 sauvignon blanc.

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