Tucson weekend food events – blind tasting, food trucks, desserts

Weekly Tasting – Blind Tasting CataVinos Wine Shoppe 3063 N. Alvernon Way Thursday, Friday, Saturday March 29,30,31 4-8 PM (Art Opening Saturday March 31) $10.00 for a flight of six wines ($8.00 with take home wine purchase over $10, FREE with case purchase) Here’s how it works. You go in for a tasting and get blindfolded then you taste six wines. Oh come on! Do you really believe that? No really, the bottles are bagged with mixed up the tasting sheets and you connect the tasting notes with the wine that is in your glass. If you correctly identify all
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Meet the Whites: Moscato

A couple New Years’ ago I walked into our local ABC Liquors and asked for something sparkling that wasn’t Brut. The very helpful clerk brought me back to the Italian imports section and pointed out several possible wines, one of which was a Moscato d’Asti, with which we happily rung in the new year. Since then it’s gone from the back of the store to boxes in the aisles of Wal-Mart, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be dismissed out of hand. It’s like the elephant in the room, these days: Moscato has become a major player in accessible
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Cookbook Review: What Color is your Smoothie?

Cookbook Review: What Color is your Smoothie? I love my blender. I love my blender. It makes me happy, a happy ender. Okay, enough silliness but I do love my blender as well as my melon baller, coffee maker and microplane. Those are my four favorite kitchen gadget appliances. I’m a minimalist at heart and also lack sufficient storage space so less is more. The reason I love my blender is because it does more than blend. It also chops and purees. And the reason I loved the book, What Color is Your Smoothie is because I drink lots of
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Tucson: Live Dessert Auction – March 31

Tucson: Live Dessert Auction – March 31 One of my favorite events is “A Very Special Horse Event” – a fundraiser for Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary. I’m not a horse person and neither do you have to be in order to appreciate all the hard work and creativity that goes into this event. What makes me come back year after year is the live Dessert Auction. Seeing is believing. This fun segment of the event makes your mouth water and your jaw drop when you not only see the wonderful decadent desserts but also when you watch and hear
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Anyone hosting an Earth Dinner?

Hey Tucson restaurants and beyond: Is anyone hosting an Earth Dinner? I love this idea! Over 80 chefs and restaurants across the U.S. have already signed up — the goal is 100. If you’re already hosting, thanks! If you aren’t yet, jump in. Earth Dinners are a series of events designed to highlight your restaurant and all that you do to promote the use of local, sustainable and organic food on Earth Day – Sunday, April 22 – or during the preceding week of April 16-21. This series is brought to you by Organic Valley and the Chefs Collaborative. Hosting
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Urgent Food Democracy Alert: Label GMOs

The M-word – consumers rights – food labeling – GMOs – food safety An estimated 80% of processed foods contain genetically modified ingredients. But Americans have been denied our basic right to know what we’re eating. It’s time to join more than 40 other countries and require labeling of GMO foods.                 from an email Last year a Canadian study discovered that insecticide toxins from genetically engineered (GMO) crops were found in the blood of 93% of blood samples taken from pregnant women and 80% umbilical cords tested. Monsanto has maintained that these toxins in their crops would never affect
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Tucson Restaurant: 2nd Paradise Bakery Cafe Locations Opens March 26

from the press release Tucson, Ariz –The owners of the Paradise Bakery & Café® are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a second location at the northwest corner of Broadway and Wilmot (in the space formerly occupied by Austin’s) on Monday, March 26. The Grand Opening will be celebrated with a week of prizes given to the first 100 customers each day starting on Monday March 26 through Friday March 30. Hours of operation for the new location as well as for the Oracle and Wetmore location are: Monday-Saturday 6am-9pm and Sunday 7am-9pm. Breakfast is offered Monday-Friday 6am-10:30am, Saturday
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Circle of Food Leftovers: Food Network, Nuts, Cakes, Food Critic

Circle of Food Leftovers: Food Network, Nuts, Cakes, Food Critic Here’s a few delicious crumbs of what I saw on Facebook and Twitter this past week: Food Network – It’s seems like everyone and their mother, brother, brother—in-law want to get on the Food Network. Me, not so much. I am a behind the scenes person. So if you want to try to get on – here’s what you hoops of fire you need to jump through. Good luck. Nuts – This might not be so delicious because it’s a food recall. Whole Foods Market recalled Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Slow Food Prescott – Visit Orme Ranch

Slow Food  Prescott  is visiting the Orme Ranch in Mayer, Arizona on Saturday, March 31. They’re a family-owned business, ranching and farming on the same land since 1929 in Yavapai County, Arizona. Orme believes in, and practices, holistic and sustainable management. They use “low stress” handling practices for their cattle and process them at a local family business. Orme says “We strive, in all we do, to observe and respond to nature’s processes. Our cattle graze native forage on our private land, our Prescott National Forest grazing allotment and our Arizona State Land Grazing lease.” Orme Ranch Tour, Meeting &
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Meet the Whites: Riesling

Now we’re into the fun wines! Okay, they’re all fun (when applied liberally) but the sweet wines are lovely in their own right: they go well with desserts! And dessert is often my favorite meal of the day. There’s more to Riesling than just a dessert wine, though, the varietal can be used in everything from the driest of dries to the sweetest of sweets–this grape’s got range! The later the harvest, the sweeter the Riesling, and you wouldn’t think so at first but the super-sweet dessert variety is helped by a virus! Botrytis Cinerea (aka “noble rot”) is a
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