Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Noshing Tucson: Gourmet Bake Sale for Primavera

Splendido, a Tucson-based resort-style retirement community, and the Primavera Foundation, a non-profit organization in Tucson that promotes economic and social justice, have partnered with some of Southern Arizona’s top chefs and restaurants for a  benefit bake sale and health drive to fight homelessness and poverty in Southern Arizona.

The event happens at Splendido, 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., on Saturday March 14from 1 to 4 p.m.

Participating chefs and restaurants include:
•         Karen “Spike” Ames – Executive pastry chef of Wildflower
•         Pat Connors – Owner and General Manager of Pastiche Modern Eatery and Wine Shop
•         Andy Du – Executive pastry chef of Splendido
•         Doug Levy – Chef-owner of Feast
•         Janos Wilder – James Beard Foundation award nominee for Outstanding Chef in the United States, owner of Janos and J Bar
In addition to purchasing delicious baked goods, the public can donate health-related items that Primavera urgently needs to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Tucson’s poorest community members, in exchange for one of the chef’s desserts.  Here’s a list of greatly needed suggested items.

Splendido is also hosting the event in order to celebrate Aging Well Bakes!, its first-ever recipe contest aimed at celebrating Arizona’s active, older adults and their baking talents. Adults 55 years of age and older are invited to share an original baked dessert recipe through Splendido’s contest website. We know you’re out there and have fond food memories with a talent that inspires others to be creative in the kitchen. If your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews always brag about your special dessert that no one else makes like you do — that is the recipe to enter.

Submissions will be accepted until March 27, 2009.

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