Noshing Around

Local Restaurant Gets Face-lift

Some fresh paint, a new pop of color and a wall mural along the side of the building at 722 N. Stone Ave. caught my attention while driving the other day. It's the home of The Tasteful Kitchen, one of the few all-vegetarian establishments in town. Open a few years now, it has about 30 seats. The owners, sisters Keanne and Sigret Thompson, spoke to me about how keeping it small and personal has been their goal all along. They also have two monthly cooking classes and periodic "Movie Nights." The restaurant is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday. And because of the limited seating, a reservation is strongly suggested. Call 250-9600. To check out the menu, go to

Saguaro Corners Open

The newest venture by the folks that have been running the Sawmill Run Restaurant on Mount Lemmon is open. Saguaro Corners Ice House, 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail, opened April 1. The Latin menu features tapas and tacos. It's open daily starting at 11 a.m. For more info, call 886-2020.

La Madrina Pizza Is Closing

La Madrina, 7872 N. Oracle Road, is closing at the end of April. It's sad to see an establishment that has been around for 28 years forced to pull the plug. When I called to find out why, the owners gave an all-too-common reason: It wasn't profitable anymore.

Slow Food Southern Arizona's First Annual Dinner

You can experience Slow Food Southern Arizona's first Local Food, Beer & Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at The Lodge on the Desert. Participants in the festivities include Acacia, Feast, Pasco, Nimbus, 1055 Brewing, Dragoon Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Dos Cabezas, Callaghan Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards and Flying Leap Vineyards. The event also features live music. The cost is $35 for non-SFSA members and $25 for members. Attendance will be limited to 250. For more details, go to Lodge on the Desert is at 306 N. Alvernon Way.