Noshing Around

Jax Kitchen to close, Poppy Kitchen to open

Jax Makes Way for Poppy

Brian Metzger of Metzger Family Restaurants announced plans to end the five-year run of his first restaurant, Jax Kitchen and plans to open Poppy Kitchen at The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, on Feb. 21. Poppy, named in honor Metzger's late grandfather, is going in the spot that formally housed Janos' J-Bar. Metzger stated that Jax Kitchen is nearing the end of its lease, and they took this opportunity to focus on the company's growth brands. Jax Kitchen's last day of operation will be Sunday, Feb. 16. Reservations are being taken for the final four weeks of the restaurant's business at 219-1235.

Cook and Dine With Tucson Chefs

The next series of the hands-on cooking classes, Tucson Original Master Cooking Classes, is set to begin on Feb. 4. Each session includes six classes held on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. on alternating weeks. Each class includes dinner and wine tasting with the instructing chef, a recipe binder and recipes from each class, a Tucson Originals apron, paired wines/beverages for each course, as well as the invaluable learning experience. Featured chefs are Marianne Baines and Jim Murphy from Kingfisher/Bluefin, Susan Fulton and Mary Gibson from the Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bistro and Sergio Rocha from Tanque Verde Ranch. Space is very limited, so register soon by calling 343-9985.

1055 Is One

Local nano-brewery, Ten Fifty Five Brewing (3810 East 44th St.) is celebrating their one year anniversary this Saturday, Feb. 1 from noon to 10 p.m. Join the celebration of a year of great small batch, local beers with co-owners, John Paul Vyborny and Chris Squires. The event will feature music, food trucks Chef's Kitchen, Kadooks and Serial Grillers, as well as special release and barrel-aged brews. For more info, check out their website ( or their Facebook page (

Bodega Is Born

A new restaurant at St. Philip's Plaza, BODEGA | Kitchen & Wine, has opened. Described as "Spanish inspired contemporary cuisine, small plates and entrées, with options pleasing to all palates." For more information, check out their Facebook page: (

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