New: BakerzinThe UA Main Gate area is the home of the first United States location for Bakerzin. Sixteen other stores exist in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Bakerzin serves exquisite French pastries plus fresh soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches and main courses in a hip see-and-be-seen futuristic magenta neon setting. Tucson resident and franchise owner Winny Wang thinks that Bakerzin will attract students and neighbors alike to 940 E. University Blvd.; 792-0530; open daily from 11 a.m.
New: Bai ThongA new Thai restaurant moved into the former location of Thai China Palace at 4853 E. Speedway Blvd. Authentic Thai fare, with many vegetarian selections, is available; open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and dinner daily from 5 p.m.; 881-5068.
Flavors of the DesertNative Seeds/SEARCH presents the ninth annual Flavors of the Desert benefit dinner at the University of Arizona Grand Ballroom (in the student union) on Sunday, March 11. The evening begins with registration and a social hour, including live music, drinks and salsa stations beginning at 5 p.m. Keynote speaker is David Yetman, author and host of The Desert Speaks on KUAT Channel 6. The cost of $100 per person ($75 tax deductible) includes dinner, hors d'oeuvres, wine, tax, gratuity and a donation to Native Seeds/SEARCH. Call 622-5561 for reservations.