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 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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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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AZ Beer Festival and Mayoral Proclamation

Another day, another beer festival for a cause – in this case – Sun Sounds – a Tucson non-profit organization providing audio access to information to people who cannot read print because they have a disability. Sun Sounds bridges the information gap between current print media and people who cannot use it because of a disability. The Arizona Daily Star wrote an interesting article about Sun Sounds and the organizer of this event for 20 years who doesn’t like beer and who is blind. This is the 30th anniversary of the AZ Beer Festival and it happens October 1 at
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My Love Affair with Avocado Toast

How did something like avocado toast that is so simple and so delicious be AWOL from my palate for so many years? The Aussies claim to have discovered avocado toast, apparently it’s very British to serve things on open-face toast. About a year ago I saw someone eating avocado toast at The Good Egg, a chain restaurant that I never considered good; at best– only mediocre.  A few weeks later when in L.A. my friend and I ordered avocado toast with smoked salmon at The Commissary, a Roy Choi restaurant at The Line Hotel in trendy Koreatown. It did not
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Shout Out to Tucson Food Bloggers

As the Tucson culinary, gastronomy and food scene continues to snap, crackle and pop…check out what Tucson’s bloggers have to say: Tucson Foodie Tucson Foodie is an online food magazine dedicated to covering Tucson’s delicious and growing food scene. And it does well and probably the only money-making/advertising-taking blog in the bunch. Adam Lehrman does an excellent job in announcing the food news first, often more frequently than the Arizona Daily Star or the waning Tucson Weekly. His “listicles” should not be missed: Look no further than 11 restaurants for a killer Cuban sandwich or 67 dog-friendly restaurant patios in
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Tucson Barrio Brewing Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Here’s a Tucson original. While Tucson is populated now with dozens of breweries, it’s exciting to know that Barrio Brewing Co. is celebrating 25 years in business. Congratulations. Currently located at 800 E. 16th Street, in an imposing building in an industrial area by the railroad tracks, Barrio increased its capacity in 2006 in what was a former Quonset hut built in 1947. Today, Barrio Brewing brews ten year-round beers and three seasonal beers, many award-winning. As one part of their Silver anniversary celebration, Barrio Brewing will offer a 25th Anniversary dinner, from October 2 – 7, featuring an appetizer,
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Highlights: AZ Farmer + Chef Connection

Today Circle of Food attended the 7th annual Arizona Farmer + Chef Connection at the Tucson Convention Center hosted by Local First Arizona. It’s refreshing to talk to people who are passionate about their products and ideas. Here are a few that stuck out in my mind: 3 Amigos Tequila distilled in Arizona, smooth. Black Mesa Ranch makes the most decadent chocolate fudge with concho chiles, rich with a spicy finish on the palate. A citrusy beer that had no citrus as an ingredient from Borderlands Brewing Co. Fresh baked goodies and cold brew from Cartel; try the savory green
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