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Noshing Tucson: Beard Bluff, Wine, Buzz

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James Beard Foundation finalists were announced today and all of Arizona nominees were omitted from the competition. BFD! I know the James Beard awards are the food/restaurant world equivalent of an Oscar but I’d bet there is a lot of politicking going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. Five years ago, the James Beard Foundation experienced financial difficulty, could not account for a $4 million shortfall, and had not filed tax returns for two years. Arizona has the Grand Canyon and their own financial difficulties; they don’t need no stinkin’ James Beard awards.

Here were the Tucson nominees.

The Lodge on the Desert, a historic hotel located in Poets Corner/the Peter Howell neighborhood, is just finishing a tremendous renovation and expansion. An inaugural wine tasting happens this Friday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the restaurant. Wines from three talented winemakers will be presented: Marcelo Retamal of Nuevomundo was named Chile’s winemaker of the year by his peers last year. Carol Shelton remains America’s most awarded winemaker, and Sara Gott used to make Phelps Insignia (one of the five top California wines) and Quintessa. Their new releases will be tasted along with hors d’oeuvres for $10.

I’ve heard that the new Maynard’s Market is buzzing with good service and a great menu.

The next Tucson Originals Gift Certificate Sale will take place on the morning of Wednesday, March 25. Gift certificates from all 37 Tucson Original restaurants will be on sale in increments of $25 and/or $50 at 25-50% off the full price. Click on the “Gift Certificates” link. After the transaction is made, certificates are delivered via email to the purchaser. All certificates are valid for six months from date of purchase. Certain restrictions may apply.

Please send your Tucson restaurant and food happening news to Karyn Zoldan

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