Noshing Around

Papa's Knows Best

If we had an "Eatery of the Week" award, I'd be handing it to the hard-working guys at Papa's Jerk Center (2030 S. Park Ave.). From the hand-scrawled sign outside, to the sumptuous jerk chicken, beans and rice, oxtail and steamed vegetables inside, the place is pure Jamaican gold. Those who've tried Papa's food at Tucson Meet Yourself know what I'm talking about. Those who haven't can get educated from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily. Carry out only; 339-7977.

Teen Iron Chef Competition

Teenagers cooking for themselves? It seemed like an urban legend until organizers of the Teen Iron Chef Competition assured me such a thing existed. They went on to explain that seven student teams will compete to create healthy snacks, entrées and smoothies using a secret ingredient, with celebrity judges picking the winner. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the John Valenzuela Youth Center (1550 S. Sixth Ave.). Admission is free; 621-3565.

Hair of the Dog

If you've never taken your dog out drinking, shame on you! Our four-legged counterparts deserve an occasional outing like the dog-friendly Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at the newly renovated Lodge on the Desert (306 N. Alvernon Way). Pet-themed cocktails and information about local pet services will be available. Leashes are required; 320-2005.

"The Art of Food, the Art of Life"

Take a trip through the cuisine of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with award-winning food writers Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford and their lecture "The Art of Food, the Art of Life" at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 23. The event takes place at the Center for Creative Photography (1030 N. Olive Road); chai tea and samosas will be served. Free. Call 621-7968, or visit for more info.

Art and Wine Benefit

Four wines from Tempe-based Valley of the Sun Fine Wines and Spirits will be featured at a benefit for La Paloma Kids in the courtyard of La Encantada (2905 E. Skyline Drive) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23. Photography and art by kids in La Paloma's programs will be for sale. Wine is $6 per glass, with proceeds benefiting abused, neglected and abandoned children. 750-9667;

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