Celebrate Leap Year Birthdays – Tucson, Atlanta, Orlando

from the press release Leapies with rare February 29th birthdays have something extra to celebrate this year: Several Loews Hotels are offering birthday compliments, from a poolside beverage to a birthday dinner. Did you know? A leap year occurs every four years to better sync the calendar year with the solar year. The chance of becoming a “Leapie” with this special birthday? About 1 in 1,500! That’s something to celebrate! Leap Year Happy Hour offers include: • At Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ “Leapies” can celebrate with a complimentary entrée in the Flying V Bar & Grill. Everyone
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Tucson: Neighborhood Chef – Fundraiser for Dinnerware Gallery

Neighborhood Chef: Dinner at Ralph’s Service Station South Fourth Avenue/19th Street, SE corner, Tucson Thursday, March 1, 2012 Free to attend. Food to be purchased. Percentage goes to Dinnerware Artspace You’re not cooking your dinner on Thursday. Not in Armory Park Neighborhood. Chef Castro will be cooking for you. We’ve invited Chef Jamie Castro and her food truck, “Jamie’s Bitchen Kitchen” into the Armory Park Neighborhood to cook your dinner for you. Chef Castro brings a certain spicy charm to her menu. If the Soup Nazi has a cousin, she might be Jamie Castro. Just sayin’. Her food is delicious.
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27th Annual Chef’s Sampler–Stuffed in Tallahassee

Two years ago we attended and left with, pun intended, a bad taste in our mouth. Did things improve in the interim? I think they did. I attended my first Chef’s Sampler in 1997–pre-Culinary School–and looking back over that year’s program I see the highlights were the lavash at a now-defunct local Italian place, the char-grilled octopus from Angelo’s, and the bacon-wrapped shrimp from local steak-house favorite, Marie Livingston’s. Back then, more than half of the attending restaurants were strictly local affairs. That last visit, in 2010, seemed to be weighted much more in favor of chains, and was also
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P.F. Changs Discount on Oscar Night

P.F. Chang’s Discount on Oscar Night Smart marketing idea! Order food online using the discount code OSCARS on Sunday, February 26 and you will receive 20 percent on your order. Visit the website to select your local store, order using the OSCARS discount code, and schedule a pick-up time on February 26th. Valid at all participating P.F. Chang’s restaurants in the continental U.S. The promotion code is only valid for online orders being picked up on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Promotion code must be entered online and will not be accepted in the restaurant.  The discount is applied pretax.  Offer
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Would You Mind Bringing a Little Something?

For those of us who like to entertain but are on a tight budget, hosting a pot-luck party is certainly an option if your fellow party-goers are the helpful type. But with the lowered cost to the hostess comes a bit more work on the organizational side. Recently we were invited to a friend’s home for a night of casual gaming. It was to be a pot-luck with a specific meal in mind, and I was requested to bring “something awesome.” Granted, something awesome is not all that hard to achieve, but it was a little vague and it took
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Tucson: February Farmers’ Dinner at Maynards

Maynards Market + Kitchen presents a monthly farmers’ dinner on the last Sunday of every month.  For each dinner, Maynards will partner with a different organization that supports local food and farms. Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance will be the partner for this month’s dinner which takes place on Sunday, February 26 at 5pm. Chef Addam Buzzalini has created a superb multi-course menu that takes advantage of the freshest ingredients and products from local farms.  The dinner will be served family-style and paired with local wines. Cost is $60/person with wine pairings. Reservations are limited to 30 people.  For reservations,
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Tucson: Art of Taste Underground Supper Club & Personal Chef

Meet Kusuma Rao. She’s a local (to Tucson) personal chef and creator of an underground supper club and a self described food artist fusing cultures through cuisine. Once Circle of Food blog writes about the underground supper club it won’t be underground anymore. While Kusuma Rao has come out of the closet with this wildly popular concept among her Tucson CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) friends — we never, ever want her to come out of the kitchen. Ms. Rao started cooking at the age of 11 when she would take the bus downtown and her father would take her to
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Tucson – On the Menu Live – Feb. 16

Karyn Zoldan, aka Chewish Tucson, and a co-owner of Circle of Food blog will be on the radio with Matt Russell – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. The show will be aired live from 47 Scott in getting hipper by the moment downtown Tucson. I love 47 Scott as it’s a pearl of place, one of the first new restaurants to boldly go downtown leading a new generation of restaurateurs and mixologists. Come on down and listen the show and take advantage of the happy hour specials. You can can never go wrong with happy hour. Confidentially, that is
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Paradise Bakery & Cafe coming to the eastside

from the press release Tucson, Ariz –The owners of Paradise Bakery & Café® are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of a second location of the new concept at the northwest corner of Broadway and Wilmot (in the space formerly occupied by Austin’s). With construction right on schedule for a late March opening, the latest location brings a great new dining option  to east-side residents and with its close proximity to Park Mall, an ideal stop for shoppers.  The bright, welcoming interior with individual and banquet seating can accommodate up to 90 guests. The spacious patio with its signature Paradise
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Avocado: More than Guacamole, Try Creme Brulee

Avocado: More than Guacamole, How about Creme Brulee? WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2012—The Chilean Avocado Importers Association (CAIA) today announced the winners of its third annual Culinary Student Recipe Contest, from among the nearly 100 entries received during the contest period, September 15 through December 15, 2011. Based on the contest criteria of originality, taste and ease of preparation, CAIA judges selected three winning recipes. The Grand Prize of $1,000 cash was awarded to Emme Ribeiro of the Seattle Culinary Academy in Seattle, Washington, for her Chilean Hass Avocado Crème Brûlée with Walnut Crust. Two Runners-Up each received a $250
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