Noshing Around

Local Foods Farm Dinner

Janos Restaurant will celebrate locally grown foods, Nimbus beer and Sonoita's Callaghan Vineyards wines on Sunday, Oct. 19. The growers, winemaker and brewmaster will be honorary guests and will join patrons at large communal tables for a dinner showcasing the bounty of our region. Embrace the local harvest, and think like a desert locavore. Among the participating farmers and ranchers will be Forever Yong Farms, Agua Linda Farms, the Chicken Ladies, Briggs and Eggers Orchards, Double Check Ranch, 47 Ranch, San Xavier Co-op Farms, Native Seeds/SEARCH and Avalon Organic Gardens. The cost is $80 per person, plus tax and 20 percent gratuity, and includes the reception plus dinner with a sampling of wines and beer. To reserve, call 615-6100; 3770 E. Sunrise Drive.

Pumpkins and Ponies

Unplug and take the short drive to Amado (40 minutes south of Tucson, off Exit 42 on Interstate 19) to Agua Linda Farm for its eighth annual Fall Festival. Admission is $7 (cash) per vehicle and includes a petting zoo, hayrides, a kid-friendly maze, live music and a Friday night movie. Pumpkins, pony rides, grass-fed burgers and produce without pesticides are for sale. No pets or outside food are allowed. The festival times include 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 26. Go to for more info, or call (520) 398-3218 .

Brunch Competition

The last event of the four-day Tucson Culinary Festival should not be missed. Why? Three reasons: 1) The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation is the beneficiary. 2) Celebrity chef Norman Van Aken, often called father of New World cuisine, and chef Mark Ehrler, from Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, will prepare a brunch fusing the flavors of the Caribbean and the Southwest. Both chefs have won James Beard Awards. 3) During brunch, Jonathan Landeen (Jonathan's Tucson Cork) and Jim Murphy (Kingfisher) will face off in the third annual Copper Chef Challenge. It all happens on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. The cost is $75. Buy tickets online.

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