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So much going on at Tucson Originals!

July 30, 2009

Too much here to Tweet, so I’m just posting the entire email I got from my friends at Tucson Originals. You guys and gals are awesome!

The few Tucson Original Gift Certificates remaining from the June sale are now available at 50% off the face value. Purchase them on the website at Certificates are valid for 6 months from date of sale. Certain restrictions may apply.

Tucson Original $20.09 Summer deals
As you make your way around town to enjoy our summer offerings you’ve still got time to try them all. Be sure and visit the website to see updates and new member offerings. Offers are good through Labor Day.

Members News

Fans of El Charro Café will be excited to learn about the new Fiesta de la Musica Live Music Series featuring live music every weekend (Friday through Sunday) at El Charro located at 7725 N. Oracle Road. The series will expand over the new few months to include all locations. Call 520-299-1022 for details.

Congratulations to Ciaran Wiese, head Bartender and Beverage Director at Barrio Food & Drink who was selected as the winner of the “Trails of the Cocktail” Apprentice Program Scholarship at the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans on July 10th. This prestigious award is given to new emerging talent in the cocktail industry and includes a trip to the Cointreau Maison and Distillery in Angers, France where he will spend several days as an apprentice with Richard Lambert, the International Cointreau Brand Ambassador. Barrio is located at 135 S. Sixth Avenue. 520-629-0191.

Enjoy Dollar Shrimp Night at Jonathan’s Cork every Wednesday. You pay just $1 per each shrimp – prepared any way you like it – fried, grilled, blackened…in the bar or in the dining room 3pm to midnight (no take out!) 520-296-1631

Taco Bron is hosting a Bike Ride/Poker Game on Saturday August 1st. Participants meet at the restaurant at 6910 E. Tanque Verde Road and depart at 12:30pm for Mt Lemmon, returning to Taco Bron at 5:30 pm for “Bike Night/Poker Game”. For details call 520-722-4302.

You are invited to celebrate with downtown Tucson Original members – Cup Café, Maynards Market and Kitchen, El Charro, Barrio Grill, Enoteca and Café 54 the long awaited opening of the 4th Ave underpass on August 20th at 4pm. Join us for this exciting milestone as Mayor Walkup “cuts the ribbon” to downtown when he arrives in the first Tucson Trolley to make its way downtown!

Ghini’s French Caffé celebrates their 17th Anniversary this month! Chef/owner Coralie Satta wishes to thank Tucson “for all of your support & loyalty through these years”. Ghini’s is a little bit of Provence right here in Tucson and is located at 1803 E. Prince.

the Tucson Children’s Museum

Tucson Original chefs have had fun “Cooking From the Garden” with the kids at the Tucson Children’s Museum this month. Classes start at 10:30 am – admission is $5 for kids and $7 for adults and seniors; coming up next: July 31st – Chef Addam Buzzalini from Maynards Market and Kitchen .

The museum is located at 200 N. 6th Avenue. Make your reservations by calling 792-9985.

The second series of the Tucson Original Master Classes kicks of on Tuesday, October 6th, and will continue every other Tuesday through December 15th. They will take place in the wonderful state of the art demonstration kitchens at Tucson Wholesale Supply at 4229 E Speedway Boulevard.

Each class will last from 6 to 8pm, culminating in dinner with the chef. Cost for the series of 6 “hands-on” classes is $600 per person and includes a notebook, recipes, dinner and beverages. Space is limited to just 10 participants and with many from the first series are already signed up just a few slots are left. Contact Colette Landeen at 343-9985 or at

Class Schedule

October 6
Chef Addam Buzzalini ~ Maynards Market and Kitchen ~ Classsic Cassoulet and Cocktail Pairings

October 20
Chef Albert Hall ~ Acacia at St Philips ~ Fall Harvest Dinner

November 3rd
Chef Janos Wilder ~ Janos and J BAR ~ Southwestern Holiday Dinner

November 17th
Chefs Jim Murphy and Maryanne Baines ~ Kingfisher/Bluefin ~ Holiday Desserts

December 1
Chef Jeff Glomski ~ Barrio ~ Holiday Appetizers

December 15th
Vila Jarrell and Chef Ryan Jarrell ~ Vila Thai ~ Thai Tapas

Dutch Diners Club
The next Dutch Diner’s Club will take place on Saturday, August 22nd at Bluefin Seafood Bistro at 5:00pm. Chef Jim Murphy invites you to enjoy his fabulous $20.09 Lobster Special or select from a wide variety of Bluefin signature dishes. Bluefin is located in Casas Adobes Plaza at 7053 N Oracle Rd. To reserve your seat please email Rovella at

Something New at the 2009 Tucson Culinary Festival ~ Oct 1-4, 2009
We are pleased to welcome Milagro Tequila® as the title sponsor of opening event of the four day festival. The 4th Annual Milagro Tequila® World Margarita Championship will take place on Thursday, October 1st from 5:30-8pm on the patio at Maynards Market and Kitchen at the historic Train Depot in Downtown Tucson located at 400 N. Toole Ave. Featuring a “spirited” competition among a select group of outstanding Tucson Originals “mixologists”, this year’s event also will feature demonstrations and tastings with Milagro Brand Ambassador/Mixologist Gaston Martinez.

Finalists and their original Margarita entries are:

Bartender Collin Liebing ~ Acacia at St. Phillips ~ “Lila’s Tucson Tropical Margarita”
Bartender Aaron DeFeo ~ Cup Café at Hotel Congress ~ “El Camino”
Bartender Brian Metzger ~ jaxKitchen ~ “jaxKitchen Summer Margarita”
Bartender Patrick O’Brien ~ Barrio ~ “Tres Flores”
Bartender Jeffrey Hughes ~ Jonathan’s Tucson Cork ~ “J.C.’s Miraculous Margarita”
Bartender Aaron DeFeo ~ Maynards Market & Kitchen, ~ “El Tiradito”
Bartender Steven Kincade ~ Pastiche Modern Eatery ~ “The Almendrado Margarita”
Chef Janos Wilder ~ Janos/J Bar ~ “J Bar Margarita”
Bartender Maria Jose Mazon ~ Papagayo Mexican Restaurant ~ “Tango Margarita”

Guests will have the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorite traditional margarita. A panel of esteemed judges will determine which margarita deserves the title of “Worlds Best Margarita.” The “people’s choice” vote will be added to those of the judges to select the final winner. Admission to the event is $35 per person.

The following day, Friday, October 2nd, Milagro’s Gaston Martinez and Maynards Market and Kitchen Executive Chef Addam Buzzalini will team up for a fabulous tequila luncheon. Guests will learn the secrets of one of the world’s finest tequilas, and about the barrel aging that sets Milagro apart from the rest. This new Tucson Culinary Festival event will include a cocktail reception with passed appetizers, a tasting of six marks of Milagro and a two course luncheon (entrée and dessert) specially created by Chef Buzzalini to pair with Milagro tequilas.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2:30 pm in the Drawing Room (upstairs private dining room at Maynards). Seating is limited to 35 attendees. Reservations can be made by calling 520.545.0577. Cost is $50 per person. (does not include tax)
A portion of the proceeds from the 2009 Tucson Culinary Festival will benefit New Beginnings for Women and Children and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. For complete details on the Tucson Culinary Festival activities, weekend package ticket pricing and purchases, visit the website at or call 520.488.8601

Win 52 weeks of Tucson Original Dining!
Tucson Culinary Festival Raffle Tickets are now on sale at all Tucson Originals restaurants July 1st-Sept. 25th. They may also be purchased at all Tucson Culinary Festival events Oct 1-4.
Raffle Grand Prize – 52 Weeks of Dining at Tucson Originals restaurants are the hallmark of culinary excellence in southern Arizona. The winner of this raffle prize will discover all of our member restaurants with 52 weeks of fine and casual dining.
Raffle Special Prizes –
Trader Joes Gift Cards, a $500 Value; Good at all Trader Joes locations nationwide and never expires. Six Liter Bottle of Markham Vineyards Wine, A $500 Value

Primavera Cooks!
There is still time to experience one of the 2009 Primavera Cooks! Dinners. As the season moves on, some dinners are already sold out but there are still seats at several locations if you act fast (see the list below).
Purchase your tickets at or contact: David Elliott at or 623-5111 ext. 101

Sun., Aug 9 Cup Cafe, (BRUNCH!) * NEW DATE!
Wed., Aug 19 Acacia at St Philips * SOLD OUT!
Sat., Aug 29 JBAR Wed.,
Sept 2 Maynards Market and Kitchen
Sun., Sept 13 Kingfisher * SOLD OUT!
Thurs., Sept 17 Jonathans Cork

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