Noshing Around

Blue Willow Turns 30

The Blue Willow restaurant, gift shop and bakery, a Tucson institution, celebrates its 30th anniversary on June 10. Family-owned since 1978, the Blue Willow serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and that fabulous chocolate cake on one of the best patios around--and the interior's cozy, too. From June 9-15, order two featured dinner entrées with dessert for $30. During the entire month of June, appetizers are half off with the purchase of a bottle of wine--and that yummy chocolate sour cream cake is only $2 per slice at 2616 N. Campbell Ave.; 327-7577.

One Harvest

On May 5, It's a Grind, a coffeehouse franchise with 100 units in 14 states, launched One Harvest, a humanitarian business partnership with coffee workers in three countries: Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Guatemala. Workers are paid a fair-market price for their coffee and receive grants to help pay for medical and dental services for them and their children. Find the three full-bodied One Harvest varieties at 8260 N. Cortaro Road, Marana, 744-1784; 7805 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, 469-7400; and coming soon to Plaza Antigua (the shopping center with Trader Joe's at Campbell Avenue and Limberlost Road).

National Doughnut Day

The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day, which originated during World War I, when Salvation Army women would make doughnuts for the troops. On Friday, June 6, Mom and Pop Donut Shop will donate 15 percent from all donut sales to the Salvation Army. The shop opens at 6 a.m. at 7854 E. Wrightstown Road; 721-6611.

Summer Specials

Bottles of wine are half off at Elle Sunday through Thursday. The summer wine tour includes two courses plus two wines for $22; located at 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.; 327-0500.
At Hacienda del Sol Resort, on Sundays, receive three gourmet chopped sirloin sliders and a pint of beer for $12; Mondays yield 50 percent off all bottles of wine and dining room entrées; and on Wednesday, sup on a three-course rack of barbecued baby-back ribs, salad and a side for $19.95, at 5601 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road; 299-1501.
Acacia at St. Philip's offers half-off martinis on Monday; on Thursdays, the half-pound burger and crafted beer can be had for $9; both specials run at the bar from 4 p.m. to closing; 4340 N. Campbell Ave.; 232-0101.