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Tucson Restaurants: Altruism, Maynards, Change

Another week, another update about the Tucson dining scene and then some….

What really amazes me about Tucson is how altruistic the local restaurants are. Let’s face it – most restaurants are hurting in this economy.  People are eating out less, eating in less expensive places less often, and ordering less expensive items. Yet, when a good cause calls, Tucson restaurants open their doors and give back.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) presents its annual signature fundraising event, Dine Out for Safety. Participating restaurants donate a portion of that day’s income to the non-profit organization.

Community hosts will be there to greet the public, tell them about SACASA’s mission (they have a 24-hour sexual abuse hotline), and sell raffle tickets (lots of cool prizes). I will be a community host at Zivaz from 5 to 7 p.m. so come on by, sip a magical hibiscus margarita, and say “hi”.  Angy Shearer (extraordinary person) will also be a community host during that time.
Although Maynard’s has been open for awhile, the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony happens Tuesday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Maynard’s is located at 400 N.Toole Avenue in the historic train depot, Maynard’s provides the downtown neighborhood with a wonderful market and restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily.  An effort has been made to feature high quality products from local purveyors like Caffé Luce roasters, Tucson Tamale Company, Poblano Hot Sauce Inc, Five Star Jerky, Jack and the Bean Soup, Villa Feliz flowers, and more.  Guests at the open house will have an opportunity to meet 20 vendors and sample products including salsa, tamales, local micro brews, AZ wines and more, while enjoying live music on the patio. All products will be available for sale in the market. Representatives from Slow Food Tucson and Local First Arizona will also participate in the event.

You’re invited. You must RSVP.

Change is good, so good in fact that the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona will be holding their first Change Fundraising Drive during National Volunteer Week (April 19th-25th). The Tucson community is encouraged to support the Center’s programs by dropping their loose change off at any of the following participating locations:
• Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona
• Enterprise Rent-A- Car (Tucson locations)
• Wells Fargo (under the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona Savings Account)
• Susie’s Cafe* (has the best grilled sandwiches)
• Hush, A Salon & Day Spa
• Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s Toys

*4553 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 881-1363
Sandwiches come with a big of chips and a delicious fudgy brownie

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

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