Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Noshing Tucson: Buzzing VinTabla and Tomatoes

Lots of buzz in the air featuring Tucson restaurants and southeast Arizona.

The April 2009 issue of Arizona Highways just named VinTabla one of the best 25 restaurants in Arizona. Congratulations! Last year Feast got the only Tucson nod. 

Speaking of VinTabla, they recently introduced a Sunday night $25 prime rib dinner which includes a generous portion of prime rib, served with your choice of caesar or mixed green salad and sauteed spinach, mashed potatoes, and red wine gravy; starting at 5 p.m.

In the May issue of Bon Appetit, for the article, United Plates of America, southern Arizona got two nods – What to Buy: blue corn amaranth baking mix from Native Seeds; and What to Drink: 2006 Toscano from Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita. The what to eat went to a Phoenix restaurant.

Oddly enough in Calif., the what to eat category went to the double double animal style burger from In-n-Out Burger. And in Pennsylvania, my favorite sandwich joint – Primanti Bros. won for what to eat. I wish there would be a Tucson outlet.

ChefsBest® has honored Willcox Eurofresh Farms’ Tomatoes on the Vine (TOV) with the 2009 ChefsBest® Award for Best Taste, which is awarded to the brand rated highest overall among leading brands by independent professional chefs. The judging organization has recognized Eurofresh Farms’ variety as “America’s Best” since 1997, an achievement no other tomato producer has attained.
The ChefsBest panelists evaluated several competing tomatoes on the vine brands in a blind judging event. The panelists are certified Master Tasters and have been rigorously trained and screened for palate acuity.  (I wonder how you get to be a Master Taster?) They judged the tomatoes on appearance, aroma, flavor, taste and texture, as well as their flavor and texture in a recipe with buffalo mozzarella, basil and olive oil.

Please send your Tucson restaurant, food and wine news to Karyn Zoldan.

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