Noshing Around

Poppy's Kitchen opens at La Paloma

Check Out Tucson's Culinary Future

Want to try something new? Have a meal at Ai Bistro, the student-run restaurant in the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Tucson, 5099 E. Grant Road. Ai Bistro is a fusion of cuisine preparation and education in a real-world setting. It offers an affordable three-course menu that changes regularly and highlights the cuisines and disciplines taught at the school. Reservations are highly recommended because the dining room regularly fills to capacity. Call Debie A. Pageau at 318-2726.

Poppy Is Poppin'

The newest venture from Metzger Family Restaurants (The Abbey, Jax, Gio Taco) has opened at The Westin La Paloma Resort, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive. Poppy Kitchen's vision of "food you want to eat" includes a pork porterhouse with potato latkes and homemade apple sauce ($24), and duck breast with duck confit fried rice ($22). For more information, visit

Kids Night on the Farm

Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., has a cool program that teaches our little foodies about sustainable, healthful and delicious fresh food. The farm is holding a "Parents' Night Out" from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 7. Parents can drop off their children for a few hours while the kids eat dinner at the farm and learn about farm life. The cost is $25 per child or $40 for two siblings. Children ages 5 through 11 are welcome. To register, contact Thom Plasse at 626-5161 or email

Viva La Local

Heirloom Farmers Market is moving from St. Philip's Plaza for one day only for the Viva La Local Food Festival: Celebrating your Local Food. The event will be held Sunday, April 6, at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave. With more than 80 Heirloom Farmers Market vendors on hand as well as representatives from more than 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries, the festival will be the place to go for food grown or raised in Southern Arizona. Admission is free and samples of local foods will be available. The event also includes live music and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, go to

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