Noshing Around

Cuvée Is Closed

Cuvée World Bistro, at 3352 E. Speedway Blvd., has closed as of Sunday, Jan. 4, according to a recorded message left on the restaurant's voicemail by owner Robert Bossardet. "I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the entire city of Tucson, to all of our guests, to all of our friends, to all of our supporters," Bossardet said in the message. "Unfortunately, the economy turned out to be stronger than us." Opened in 2003 by Mitch Levy, who owns and operates another Cuvée World Bistro in Basalt, Colo., the restaurant was purchased by Bossardet in late 2007.

Curtains for Old Pueblo Grille at Foothills Mall

Dan Multhup, director of operations for Metro Restaurants, tells Noshing that the Old Pueblo Grille at Foothills Mall has also served its last meal, on Saturday, Dec. 27. Multhup said an influx of chain restaurants in the area slowly siphoned business from the eatery (which opened in 2004), and that the location at the mall just wasn't meant to be. While it's sad to see a locally owned business fade into the Sonoran sunset, Multhup suggested that new Metro Restaurants locations will open in the not-too-distant future.

A Taste of Poland

The recently opened Amber Restaurant and Gallery, at 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road, is adding a touch of the "variety and richness" of European and Polish cuisine to the Tucson dining scene, according to its Web site, with dishes such as goulash, schnitzel, kielbasa and a "pierogi of the day." Cognacs, wine, Polish pilsner and other beverages are available for libationary purposes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Call 296-9759, or visit Amber's Web site for more info.

Take a Wok on the Wild Side

Jen Lin-Liu, author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China, knows her way around a wok. She worked as the restaurant editor for the Zagat Survey and contributed pieces on Chinese cuisine to Newsweek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal before opening a Beijing cooking academy. Learn about an opportunity to teach conversational English in China while learning traditional Chinese cooking techniques with Lin-Liu at a meeting at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Udall Recreation Center at 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. Visit for more information.

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