Tucson Cooking Classes – Indigenous Ingredients

What are indigenous ingredients? Think of ingredients native to the Sonoran Desert — saguaro and barrel cactus fruit, mesquite pods and prickly pear fruit. The chefs at Loews Ventana Canyon will offer a three-part culinary series of harvesting and preparing native ingredients during the summer. The once-per-month cooking classes are available June through August. June 20 – 2 PM Saguaro and barrel cactus fruit Special guest from TOCA (Tohono O’odham Community Action) will give a tutorial on the saguaro and its fruit, and then a Ventana chef will demonstrate how to create make-at-home dishes using saguaro syrup and saguaro seeds.
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Tucson Food: Hunger, Baked, Winner, Closing

Stamp Out Hunger – May 9 While most people are thinking about where to dine on Mother’s Day (May 10), place a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox (nationwide) and your postal person/letter carrier will pick it up and distribute to local food bank near you. Kudos to postal workers! Accolades Congratulations to the Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress for being among the winners at the Arizona Foodist Awards Hotel Congress’ Cup Cafe was recognized for their popular breakfast dish — cast iron baked eggs. Grilled Cheese Winner I guess the executive chef of Sauce didn’t like Circle of
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Events: Willcox Wine Festival, Tucson Coffee & Bacon

Tucson food events: Ethical coffee, Willcox wines, everything bacon Saturday May 9, Ethical Coffee Sourcing 10 AM To coincide with World Fair Trade 2015 Food Conspiracy Co-op is hosting Exo Roast Co. for a conversation on direct fair and ethical coffee sourcing. Join Doug Smith, green coffee sourcer and roaster at Exo Roast Co., as he shares slides and stories from a recent coffee sourcing trip to Mexico. Find out about plans for Exo Roast Co., and after the talk enjoy a tasting. Cost: FREE but RSVP required. The class is held at the Hoff Building behind the Co-op at
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Holy Guacamole – Happy Cinco de Mayo

I would bet pesos you have no idea why this Mexican holiday is celebrated unless it’s an excuse to drink and eat. Mexico history lesson 101 Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861 France sent a massive army to invade Mexico and they mostly won until reaching Puebla where against all odds the Mexicans won a short-lived victory. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day; that’s September 16. Now days Cinco de Mayo is more about celebrating with music (mariachi), drinking beer and margaritas and
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Tucson Mother’s Day Dining & Trivia

Sunday May 10th is Mother’s Day and it’s still a Hallmark holiday. Did you know that total amount annually spent on Mother’s Day cards is $671 million? And while we’re at it, $1.9 billion is spent on flowers. Consumers (that’s you) will spend an average of $168.94 on their moms on Mother’s Day. Flowers, clothes, jewelry, spa services, books, electronics, dinner…add up to $20.7 billion in spending in one day! Mother’s Day Trivia #1 Hoyt Axton wrote Three Dog Night’s hit song, “Joy to the World.” His mother, Mae Axton wrote an Elvis Presley hit. What is the name of
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April 26 – National Pretzel Day

The annual United States pretzel industry is worth more than $550 million, and the average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year. Eighty percent of these pretzels are made in Pennsylvania, where hard pretzels originated. Hard pretzels were invented in the late 1600s, when a snoozing apprentice in a Pennsylvania bakery accidentally over-baked his pretzels, creating crunchy, seemingly inedible, knots. His job was spared when the master baker, took a bite out of one–and loved it. These days hard pretzels are coated with sugary yogurt, sometimes tinted garish colors, chocolate and butterscotch. Pretzel nuggets and pretzel sticks can
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Easter Dining in Tucson

Sunday, April 5 is Easter. Don’t wait until the last minute to determine where you will dine. For people not celebrating Easter or celebrating more casually, how does all day happy hour sound? FOOTHILLS RA Sushi: All Day Happy Hour For those wanting a non-traditional Easter dinner option or not celebrating Easter, RA Sushi offers all day happy hour. You can eat more than 25 appetizer and sushi selections ranging from $3.49 to $8.99, and enjoy a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3.75 to $8. All day happy hour is not limited to the bar
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Agustin Kitchen wins 2nd place -International Culinary Competition

(Congratulations. Circle of Food looks forward to some exotic Thai tastes at Agustin Kitchen.) from the press release Tucson, Ariz—-On March 25th, Chef Ryan Clark and Chef de Cuisine Brandon Dillon of Agustin Kitchen, traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to represent the US and participate in the 2015 Thai Culinary World Challenge. Ten teams of chefs from around the world competed in a lively culinary challenge on March 28 and 29. On day one the team prepared three dishes , soup, appetizer and entrée from their country of origin. On day two they all prepared a similar meal, hot soup, herbal
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Grilled Cheese Meets Creativity + Giving Back, Tucson

Circle of Food goes bananas when local restaurants put a creative spin on giving back. Sauce Restaurants is celebrating National Grilled Cheese month in April. From now through April 18, you have an opportunity to suggest your own OUTSTANDING AND FANTASTIC grilled cheese sandwich by entering a recipe online or in the store. The winning recipe will be featured on the Sauce menu in May and Sauce will then donate $1 from each grilled cheese sandwich sold to the winner’s charity of choice. Circle of Food loves this idea! Winner will be judged by Sauce’s Executive Chef based on taste,
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Liquid Assets at Scott & Co., Tucson Cocktails

Scott & Co., makers & purveyors of fine handmade goods. With a tagline like that Scott & Co. could be a fine linens store, a pharmacy, a gift shop, etc. But in this case, Scott & Co. is a modern rendition of a speakeasy. Don’t worry you don’t need a secret handshake or password to get in, just a sense of adventure and a laid-back attitude. Circle of Food was fortunate to be invited to a cocktail tasting for the launch of  new liquid asset creations this spring and summer. The following cocktails debut March 20. First let’s introduce the
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