Tucson, Celebrate Pi Day with Pie

March 14 is Pi Day (3/14) celebrated around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi brings us to pie. In Tucson, you can celebrate Pi Day at Back Dough. Buy one pie (chicken pot pie, quiche, cream or fruit pie) at the full price at receive the second pie for $3.14 (while supplies last). Back Dough is located behind Beyond Bread on Speedway/Wilmot. At any local Sauce Pizza & Wine, you can get
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Tucson Festival of Books: What’s Under the Culinary Tent?

The Tucson Festival of Books happens next weekend (March 11 & 12) and for foodies and cooks, there is plenty to mentally munch on. Chef Ryan Clark, Executive Chef at Casino del Sol and Festival of Books Culinary Tent advisor, is pleased to announce the outstanding lineup of Tucson chefs/food authorities who will participate as moderators and assistant chefs in the Tucson Festival of Books Culinary program. Chef Clark, along with Jennifer Slothower and Mary Barker (culinary tent co-chairs) worked to pair local talent with visiting cookbook authors appearing at the 2017 Festival of Books. Saturday, March 11:  10am ~
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Food Recall: Trader Joe’s Apple Sauce

Manzana Products Co., Inc. is voluntarily recalling three different types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces due to the potential presence of glass pieces.  Click here for more labels and info. Details are as follows: States Affected Name of Product UPC “Best Before” Date Codes AZ, AL, CA, CO, ID, LA, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce 00014359 ALL CODES Through DEC 16, 2018 National Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce 00194877 ALL CODES Through OCT 06, 2018 National Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce 00015905 ALL CODES Through AUG
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Tucson Craft Beer and AZ Women Brewers Show Their Altruism

Single Craft Beer Raises $10,000 for Women’s Shelters in Arizona, Tucson’s Wings for Women to receive $3,500  Tucson, AZ (February 14, 2017) – In partnership with a statewide collective of women brewers who convened in Tucson last month to help craft a special beer to raise funds for charity, Barrio Brewing Company today announced that subsequent sales of its commemorative State Bird Double IPA have raised $10,000 for women’s shelters in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Prescott.  The State Bird reached its fundraising goal of $10,000 in just five days after it was distributed by Hensley Beverage Company, which donated their
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Popcorn Is My Crack

Confession: I’ve never done crack but let’s just say I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Bollywood popcorn which by the way is being phased out because not enough people buy it. Right now, I saw the bright blue package at the Trader Joe’s Swan/Grant store for 99 cents. The manager confirmed Bollywood popcorn is going into oblivion. I am a popcorn fanatic. Not the crap sold in movies with the nasty “buttered” topping but mostly the gourmet stuff you can buy in an overpriced bag. Often popcorn along with a craft beer or a glass of wine is my dinner.
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Chef Ryan Clark Represents Tucson: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

What a fabulous representation Tucson will have at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show Chef Ryan Clark will travel with members of VisitTucson to Chicago this month to represent The Arizona Office of Tourism at the 2017 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, on January 21-22. Billed as one of the top travel shows in the country, approximately 23,000 guests are expected to attend the two-day event.  Chef Clark, who is the Chef de Cuisine at PY Steakhouse at Casino del Sol Resort and one of Arizona’s top chefs, was selected to exemplify Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
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Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails opens Jan 16, Tucson

St. Philips Plaza adds a new restaurant — Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails. It’s in the former Amalour Lounge space which has been several different restaurants in the past years. I hope they kept the dazzling crystal chandeliers? (from the press release) Tucson-based, family-owned JAM Culinary Concepts announces the opening of the restaurant group’s newest concept — Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails, Tucson’s only authentic Creole restaurant. Sazerac will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight beginning January 16. It is located at 4340 N. Campbell in St. Philips Plaza.  Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails joins other JAM Tucson-area restaurants
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A Perfect Pear

Every year around Christmas my neighbor Chris gives me a pear from Harry and David. These pears have never failed to be the perfect pear – the epitome of peardom. Sometime in my adult life, I fell in love with pears. I don’t recall eating them as a child. About 35 years ago, I was at the Bread Garden in Berkeley and ordered a pear tart. My life changed. Unlike a flamboyant apple or blueberry tart, the pear tart was understated in its delicious elegance. My friends and I talked about while there were caramel or candied apples, there was
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Tucson: Who will be crowned Nacho King or Queen?

The Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival raises the bar on tailgating. Not only does the end of the year wrap up with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl but the pre-game experience is filled with family-friendly fun, and a chip to chip challenge as to who will crowned the next Nacho King or Nacho Queen? Wrapping up a national tour that made more than 100 stops this year alone, the Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms will return to their native Arizona on December 30 to perform at the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival, the epic entertainment experience that will rally fans for
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Tucson New Years Eve Dining Plus

It’s that time of year when you’re either going to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or you’re going to hibernate. If you choose the former, here are some Tucson options as well as other holiday essentials: KINGFISHER BAR & GRILL  2564 E Grant Road ~ 520-323-7739 Christmas Eve: Kingfisher will be open – last seating at 8pm, serving from the dinner menu. Reservations suggested. New Year’s Eve: On New Year’s Eve – open for dinner from 5-11pm serving a special menu comprised of Kingfisher favorites and specials for the night. The Cochise County All-Stars featuring Amy Langely will perform from
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