Tucson Culinary Altruism
You have to love this town because of all the culinary altruism where restaurants and organizations reach out to help the community. Here are four immediate opportunities.
Cooking for the Cure
Thursday, July 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Benefits: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona
Tucson’s favorite chefs demonstrate their talents while you foodie voyeurs can learn a few tips, take away recipes, and perhaps sample some food. Hang out in Tucson’s newest commercial kitchen plus sample beer and wine poured by celebrity bartenders.
Meet the participating chefs from Renee’s Organic Oven, Boca, Agustin Brasserie, Bluefin Seafood Bistro, and Casino del Sol PY Steakhouse. Talk, eat, sip, sample for a cause.
The first 100 people will receive a free cookbook.
Proceeds benefit local programs of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona and breast-cancer research. For more information go to the website or call 319-0155.
Location: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento (west of I-10/Congress exit)
Bonus: The Community Food Bank Farmers Market also takes place on Thursdays in this location. Arrive early and shop for local produce and products.
Erik Hite Foundation
Friday, July 27 – 5 to 8 p.m.
Benefits: Erik Hite Foundation
Step #1 – You must print out a flyer and present it at Peter Piper Pizza across from Park Place Mall. When you do, a portion of your meal will be donated to the Erik Hite Foundation. Servers for that night will be people associated with the Tucson Police Department and their Swat Team, from local first responder agencies, and Steve Kozachik (ward 6 city council). You are encouraged to print out flyers and give them to your friends.
Location: 5925 E. Broadway Blvd.
In 2008, Officer Hite was shot and killed while on duty. He left a wife and two children. After the tragic incident, his wife began the Foundation and has continued to provide a child care center and family outreach programs that offer a safe and positive environment benefiting both commissioned and non-commissioned personnel employed by law enforcement and emergency services personnel and their children. Come out and support your police officers and their families.
Homer Davis “Kids 4 Kids” Snack Collections
Ends August 1
Donate approved snacks to support and help nourish students at Homer Davis Elementary School (Flowing Wells School District).
Handmaker will be collecting the following items until August 1: Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Goldfish crackers (whole grain or original), raisins (individual packages or bulk-size) and sunflower seeds (shelled).
Collection bins are located at the front desk, at the main entrance and the reception desk at the Rubin Family Apartments. Handmaker Assisted Living is located at 2221 N. Rosemont Street, just south of Grant.
Rescue Music Tucson
Benefits: Tucson Summer Music providing musical lessons during the summer to underprivileged children. Rescue Music Tucson helps raise awareness and fund local embattled music education programs.
There are three simple ways to support Tucson Summer Music at The Parish (gastropub):
– Purchase a Rescue Music record label pinup standard $1, gold $5, platinum more than $5
– Order from the Rescue Music Pairing Menu specialty food and beer pairings (mouthwatering offerings)
– Attend Rescue Music Night Saturday or live local music, specialty food and drink features, $5 cover
The Parish is located at 6453 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704
Reminder: The Tucson Culinary Festival happens in two parts this year. Early bird discounted tickets are on sale now through Aug. 1. The Reserve Wine Tasting and Grand Wine Tasting will be held at Casino del Sol Resort on October 5 and the World Margarita Championship on October 26 at the Tucson Museum of Art. A portion of the proceeds from both events will benefit Tucson Values Teachers (love this!) and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Foundation (Scholarship Fund). More info