Phoenix: Sriracha Festival – Hot Stuff

Here’s a shout out for our neighbors to the north. This sounds like fun –#SrirachaFestAZ on September 24 from 6 to 11 pm at Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, 85004. $5 from every ticket sale will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix. Tickets cost $35 – $75/pp (pre-sale) or $55 – $110 (at the door). Enjoy endless food tastings, mixology contest, game area, live entertainment and more.   Sriracha is the condiment on every restaurant table. Sriracha is not as hot as a jalapeño. According to the Scoville scale, Sriracha only scores 1,000-2,200 points, where jalapeño peppers
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Eat for the Cats, Tucson Fundraisers

Do you like innovative cuisine prepared by an uber talented Tucson chef? If yes, consider dining out on Wednesday, Sept 21 at Feast Restaurant where 20% of your check will be donated to Pawsitively Cats. One hitch: You must download and print out the flyer and present it to your server in order for Pawsitively Cats to receive the 20%. It happens all day from 11 AM to 9 PM at 3719 E. Speedway Blvd. Check out the menu here. Donations of Friskies canned cat food will be accepted at the door.  Hunky Firefighters Now that I further have your
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Tucson Drinks: Storming the Sazerac – September 20-23

Here’s a word you don’t hear too often in Tucson – Sazerac. In 2008, the Sazerac was deemed New Orlean’s official cocktail but in the Old Pueblo not so much. We have the World Margarita Championship happening September 30. But back to the Sazerac which is alive and well at The Parish Gastropub. The drink is traditionally a combination of Cognac or rye, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters, sugar and lemon twist. Sometimes Herbsaint is substituted for absinthe. All of this magical mixture is drunk from chilled old-fashioned glasses. As for the storming part, on September 23, 1949, a bunch of determined
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Fun Food Events – Tucson, Sept 15-18

You won’t be hungry or thirsty this weekend with all that is happening in Tucson. CataVinos Wine Shoppe celebrates its 9th anniversary over the next two weekends. On the menu for this weekend starting September 15, 16, 17 from 4 to 8 pm; the cost is $15 per tasting. Each weekend they will be pouring six to eight wines from each distributor all three nights with up to 24 wines each weekend. CataVinos will pour the distributors’ wines on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday you can meet the distributor reps and pick their brains for any interesting facts you might
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Ice Cream Throwdown Fundraiser for Ben’s Bells, Salt & Straw

This sounds like my kind of fundraiser: Eight local ice cream and gelato makers want to win bragging rights while you the people get to sample and judge the offerings. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ben’s Bells, a homegrown charity promoting kindness to all. Sweet. The contenders are: BrushFire BBQ Co The Cup Cafe HUB Ice Cream Factory Isabella’s Ice Cream Maynards Market & Kitchen Sullivan’s Eatery & Creamery Tazzina di Gelato The Screamery Tickets cost $10 (for 10 tastings) and you are urged to buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines of people trying to buy
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Farmer+Chef–Local First Arizona Event–Sept 12

Don’t miss this special event and resource for Arizona farmers and vendors to get to know chefs, stores and buyers at a wholesale vendor fair. Also students, advocates, entrepreneurs and interested parties like me can learn about sourcing food products on a local level. This daylong event happens Monday, Sept 12 at the Tucson Convention Center from 11 am to 4 pm and there’s a networking reception to follow until 6 pm featuring local food, beer, wine, and spirits.                                                              During the reception, awards will be presented for AZ Made Awards recognizing excellence in food, drink and crafted products made in
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Tucson Gone to Seed at Native Seeds Search, Pop-Up Beer

Raise your hand if you have ever cleaned seeds? It might not be on your bucket list but you would be helping Native Seeds Search if you came out to help (volunteer) on Thursday September 8 from noon to 4 pm. Drop in; you need not stay for the entire time. Seeds have been sown and now they need to be cleaned. It’s like your room; seeds don’t clean themselves. Lots of seeds to process: Mayo Kama Winter Squash, San Carlos Apache Devil’s Claw, Tarahumara Mustard, Magdelena Acelgas, and more. Come to the Native Seeds Search Conservation Center and learn
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Tucson Hunger Walk Fundraiser – September 17, 2016

Tucson is an altruistic city which is good because the need is great to feed people in need. Not only are three Arizona-owned restaurants participating in a month-long No Kid Hungry campaign but the Community Food Bank is hosting its signature Hunger Walk with the goal of raising $205,000. So far, $148,000 has been raised! The money raised for the Hunger Walk stays here at the Tucson Community Food Bank and will go directly to all the hunger assistance programs. Did you know $1 = 4 meals? There will be two different locations for Hunger Walks – at  Kino Sports
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Tucson Food Events–Sept 17-Bacon, Brew, Casks Oktoberfest

What is it about Saturday September 17th that the stars are aligned in such a way to bring about a trio of sumptuous beef, bacon and beer events around town? My apologies to vegetarians. Arizona Bacon Fest You must be 21+ to attend this bacon bacchanalia at Randolph Park driving range from 5 to 9 pm. General admission costs $40 which includes unlimited food tastings from 35+ local chefs and 35+ beer tastings. Go ahead and pig out!  Live music by Love Boat & Sol Invictus.  Friends don’t let friends drive drunk but eating too much bacon is another story
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Get Prickly at Sonoran Desert Cooking Camp – Aug 6

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday August 6 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort? Join the region’s best chefs in harvesting and preparing a variety of native ingredients like prickly pear fruit, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus and mesquite pods in this one-day fully interactive cooking class. Learn BBQ techniques using prickly pear fruit with Executive Chef Ken Harvey. Learn how to make specialty desserts using barrel cactus with Pastry Chef Krista Owens and how to whip-up creative mesquite appetizers with Executive Sous Chef Ashley Reese, and more. The cost for this one-day cooking camp which runs from noon to
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