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Wanted: Salsa Challenge Contestants

The 2008 My Nana's Salsa Challenge happens Saturday, Nov. 8, at Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers are looking for salsa contestants to compete as individuals, businesses and restaurants. The event benefits the Arizona Hemophilia Association. Check out the specifics at the Challenge Web site.

Sushi Showdown

Attention, competitive eaters: Put your sushi where your mouth is, as RA Sushi Bar Restaurant hosts its third annual Sushi Showdown competition on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no cost to enter, and the grand prize includes 12 $50 RA Sushi gift certificates. KFMA FM 92.1's The Frank Show will host. C'mon down and cheer your friends on while enjoying specially priced food and drinks at 2905 E. Skyline Drive; 615-3970.

My Secret Garden Tour

On Saturday, Nov. 1, take a tour through the winery, xeriscape, cactus and rose gardens led by UA/Pima County master gardeners at the Gardens on Campbell Avenue, at 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Chef Albert Hall, owner of Acacia at St. Philip's, will be on hand at 10:15 a.m. for a cooking demonstration using garden-fresh vegetables. The garden tours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event is free. Experts will be available to answer questions; 626-5161.


Maloney's Tavern has completed extensive remodeling at 213 N. Fourth Ave. In addition to the new décor, which includes new carpets, furniture and walls, they've installed a cutting-edge sound and video system with more than 50 high-definition LCD TVs. The indoor-outdoor deck bar now has movable glass walls and a smoking patio. Maloney's menu offers sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, salads and desserts for lunch, dinner and late-night snacking; 388-9355.

Tucson Power

Two Tucson originals (people, not restaurants) have combined forces to open an unusual restaurant in Phoenix. Noshing normally doesn't write about that smoggy metropolis to the north, but this is worth mentioning: Dr. Andrew Weil (UA Center for Integrative Medicine) and Sam Fox (Fox Restaurant Concepts) just opened True Food Kitchen, offering what is described as great-tasting, globally inspired cuisine that nourishes body, mind and spirit. Check out the restaurant's Web site.
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