Tucson Beer Brewed with Chiles Fundraiser for 4 Charities

Love this idea! Thirteen local craft breweries are coming together Thursday September 29 with specially crafted beers infused with chiles, chiltepin, chocolate (Hershey Bars!), mesquite and more for a special tasting that benefits four fab Tucson charities — Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refugee Network, and Trees for Tucson.  This is a yearlong collaboration with Edible Baja Arizona. The cost is $15 for 13 samples and all the money raised goes to the above. It all flows at Barrio Brewing Company is at 800 East 16th Street from 6 to 8 pm, just east of Armory Park. Tucson’s altruism, once
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Tucson: September 25 – Eat Greek, Eat Tucson Originals

What did Circle of Food miss? 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival Opa! Lots of publicity about this event and it’s as crowded as ever. The fest ends today at 5 pm. Go for the food, the pastries, the music, the culture. Taste of Tucson Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson by Tucson Originals. Entry to the Taste of Tucson is completely FREE and food prices will be determined by each individual restaurant with 25% of the proceeds benefiting BBBS. It’s all happening from 11 am to 2 pm at Reid Park at the NW entrance near Country Club
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Phoenix: Sriracha Festival – Hot Stuff

Here’s a shout out for our neighbors to the north. This sounds like fun –#SrirachaFestAZ on September 24 from 6 to 11 pm at Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, 85004. $5 from every ticket sale will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix. Tickets cost $35 – $75/pp (pre-sale) or $55 – $110 (at the door). Enjoy endless food tastings, mixology contest, game area, live entertainment and more.   Sriracha is the condiment on every restaurant table. Sriracha is not as hot as a jalapeño. According to the Scoville scale, Sriracha only scores 1,000-2,200 points, where jalapeño peppers
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With Relish: Manish Shah, Heirloom Farmers Market, Tucson

Meet Manish Shah, the co-executive director of Heirloom Farmers Market. He’s responsible for Heirloom Farmers Market Chile Festival happening this weekend September 23-25 at Trail Dust Town, Steam Punk Ranch in Oro Valley and Rillito Park. What makes this chile head tick? What’s your favorite dish to cook on a personal level and why? Got recipe? Right now, it’s fresh chile season so I’m doing a lot of things with them.  This is one that my kids love: Corn and Poblano Lasagna Recipe Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from
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My Love Affair with Avocado Toast

How did something like avocado toast that is so simple and so delicious be AWOL from my palate for so many years? The Aussies claim to have discovered avocado toast, apparently it’s very British to serve things on open-face toast. About a year ago I saw someone eating avocado toast at The Good Egg, a chain restaurant that I never considered good; at best– only mediocre.  A few weeks later when in L.A. my friend and I ordered avocado toast with smoked salmon at The Commissary, a Roy Choi restaurant at The Line Hotel in trendy Koreatown. It did not
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Shout Out to Tucson Food Bloggers

As the Tucson culinary, gastronomy and food scene continues to snap, crackle and pop…check out what Tucson’s bloggers have to say: Tucson Foodie Tucson Foodie is an online food magazine dedicated to covering Tucson’s delicious and growing food scene. And it does well and probably the only money-making/advertising-taking blog in the bunch. Adam Lehrman does an excellent job in announcing the food news first, often more frequently than the Arizona Daily Star or the waning Tucson Weekly. His “listicles” should not be missed: Look no further than 11 restaurants for a killer Cuban sandwich or 67 dog-friendly restaurant patios in
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Eat for the Cats, Tucson Fundraisers

Do you like innovative cuisine prepared by an uber talented Tucson chef? If yes, consider dining out on Wednesday, Sept 21 at Feast Restaurant where 20% of your check will be donated to Pawsitively Cats. One hitch: You must download and print out the flyer and present it to your server in order for Pawsitively Cats to receive the 20%. It happens all day from 11 AM to 9 PM at 3719 E. Speedway Blvd. Check out the menu here. Donations of Friskies canned cat food will be accepted at the door.  Hunky Firefighters Now that I further have your
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Eating around Tucson with Circle of Food–Roma Imports

Today two friends (M.J. and Loren) and I went to Roma Imports for late lunch. As we zigged and zagged south of Broadway and west of Kino Parkway on a numbered street, both wondered where the heck we were going. Roma Imports is like a mirage in the middle of an industrial area. Roma is part Italian grocer, takeout, catering and restaurant. We all ordered panini. Theirs were laden with roasted vegetables and mine was a special of the day – the Bri-nini – a seductive combo of gooey melted brie with fig jam, thinly sliced cucumbers and fresh lettuce.
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Tucson Drinks: Storming the Sazerac – September 20-23

Here’s a word you don’t hear too often in Tucson – Sazerac. In 2008, the Sazerac was deemed New Orlean’s official cocktail but in the Old Pueblo not so much. We have the World Margarita Championship happening September 30. But back to the Sazerac which is alive and well at The Parish Gastropub. The drink is traditionally a combination of Cognac or rye, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, sugar and lemon twist. Sometimes Herbsaint is substituted for absinthe. All of this magical mixture is drunk from chilled old-fashioned glasses. As for the storming part, on September 23, 1949, a bunch of determined
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Fun Food Events – Tucson, Sept 15-18

You won’t be hungry or thirsty this weekend with all that is happening in Tucson. CataVinos Wine Shoppe celebrates its 9th anniversary over the next two weekends. On the menu for this weekend starting September 15, 16, 17 from 4 to 8 pm; the cost is $15 per tasting. Each weekend they will be pouring six to eight wines from each distributor all three nights with up to 24 wines each weekend. CataVinos will pour the distributors’ wines on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday you can meet the distributor reps and pick their brains for any interesting facts you might
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