Tucson: April Food Events: chocolate, gardening, tacos, secrets, pie

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Pie Party Tucson

Tucson: April Food Events – Lots going on foodie-wise!

Congratulations to Pastiche Modern Eatery for celebrating their 14th anniversary. Throughout the entire month, celebrate with:
Every Tuesday – Certified Angus Beef $15 Steak Dinner Night
Every Wednesday – Half off all bottles of wine
Every Thursday – Half off all desserts
Every Friday – Amanda’s $5 wine tasting
Every Saturday – BBQ Dinner – $15
Every Sunday – Paella Night

Sunday, April 15 – Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser
There are still some tickets left at the door. Who amongst us does not want to taste chocolate for a good cause? Join the Rincon Rotary club at their 4th Annual Taste of Chocolate, a unique opportunity to support Tucson chefs, caterers, and restaurants while savoring the most delicious chocolate treats imaginable. Proceeds support local youth through the Rincon Rotary Scholarship program and 3rd Grade Dictionary project. The event costs $10 and click here for more info and the Midtown location.

Added/Thursday – April 19 – Food Truck Roll Call
Brookline College hosts Tucson’s first “Food Truck Roll Call” as part of the college’s grand re-opening celebration.  The event marks the first time eight gourmet food trucks have converged for a weekday lunchtime food fest in Tucson. Be hungry from 11 am – 2 pm.  The Brookline College, Tucson campus, is located at 5441 E. 22nd Street (near Craycroft); 748-9799.

Saturday, April 21 – HEAL Festival
Trying to get your family to eat more healthy food? It’s a collaborative process and one they should be actively participating in. HEAL stands for healthy eating active lifestyle and the event will feature everything from fun cooking demonstrations with local chefs to energizing activities for kids and families to have fun and play, while learning about simple strategies to increase physical activities and improve eating habits. It all happens at 1501 N Campbell Avenue in the Diamond Children’s lobby and exterior patio areas, as well as the grassy area outside the University of Arizona’s Medical Center’s Health & Wellness Center, from 11.a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 – Summer Vegetable Gardening Clinic
In spite of the oppressive heat, yes, you can grow vegetables here in Tucson. You will learn everything from soil preparation to plant selection. The class is free and registration is not required; just show up to Harlow Gardens at 2 p.m.  Other dates include April 28 and May 4.

Added/Sunday, April 22 – Crash the Resort’s Pool!
You’ve heard of the wedding crasher well this is the pool crasher. But in reality you are permitted to crash the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s pool and make a splash from 2 to 6 p.m. Live DJ plus drink specials too. All that is required is a minimum $25/pp food & beverage tab.

Saturday, April 28 – Janos Secrets
Janos will be sharing some of his classic recipes with you at this cooking class in the Foothills. The delicious demo class shows recipes like El Presidio Pan-Fried Chicken, Sonoran Chile and Squash Soup, Shrimp and Green Corn Tamale Pie, and 10-Hour Braised Short Ribs with Candied Kumquats. After the class everyone will sit down and eat. Lunch includes his famous chocolate jalapeno ice cream. Check it out!

Saturday, April 28 – Flavors of the Dessert
Check out the previous blog with the specifics.

Saturday, April 28 – Tucson Taco Festival
Taco throwdown! Amateurs vs. chefs battle for $5,000 cash.
Everyone from local restaurants to amateur competitors will taco-battle it out for $5,000 cash. Expect Lucha Libre wrestling, huge VIP tent, Margarita Challenge, Hot Chile Pepper Eating contest, and Boutique Tequila Expo Tent featuring over 30 different brands of premium tequilas.

Saturday, April 28 – Pie Party
Get out those rolling pins and enter a pie or two or three. There are no entree fees. Pie categories include fruit, cream, vegan, and other. First prize winner will not only win a prize but also can decide which notable non profit organization wins the big bucks. Check out the specifics here and hope you can stop humming American Pie because I cannot.

May 4-6 – Experience Wine & Cheese
The two were made for each other like Brad & Angelina. Join Coronado Vineyards in Willcox, AZ as they pair six unique cheeses with their award winning wines on May 4 thru 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10/person; reservations are not required.

From the website: Coronado Vineyards is nestled between the majestic Mt. Graham and Dos Cabezas Mountains yet located less than one mile off Interstate 10 in Willcox at exit 344. Coronado Vineyards is one of Arizona’s Top Vineyards, with many award winning wines. Visitors will find a wide variety of wines from dry reds to sweet sparkling. For information, visit the website or call 520-384-2993.

P.S. I love their Syrahs!

If you have a food event in Tucson or So. Ariz., please send the info to karynzoldan@yahoo.com

P.S. +

Previously I posted about the live dessert auction at the Equine Voices fundraiser. What a blast. Two desserts went for $500 – Ric’s Cafe’s peach cobbler and PF Chang’s great wall of chocolate cake. Bidding was fierce and fun.

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