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Chewish Tucson: Mothers Day – part 1

May 10 is Mother’s Day. Celebrate mom with a brunch or dinner out. Consider getting mom a cooking lesson at the Culinary Institute or a spa treatment. Mom probably doesn’t want a skateboard or power tools.

Let mom feel like a queen at Loews Ventana Resort. Mother’s Day Brunch will be served on Sunday, May 10 in the Canyon Café from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. The cost is $45 per adult and $22 for children 12 and under. Dine outside on the terrace at the Canyon Café, listen to live music and enjoy mimosas and beer on tap (included in the price of the brunch, unbeatable). If you want to seek refuge in the shade, just request to be seated indoors at the Canyon Café.  Stick to the tried and true omelettes and traditional breakfast fare or venture over to the ‘90 Miles North of the Border’ station with fajita fixings.

If brunch isn’t quite enough to show mom how much you appreciate her, give the perfect gift of Loews Culinary Institute classes. Held at the Flying V Bar and Grill, your mom (and you, too!) can learn to dice and chop like a professional chef. Classes will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 30, and will cost $30. Students will spend one hour learning from the award winning chefs at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and one hour enjoying the fruits of their labor with a self-prepared yet spectacular lunch. Classes will be held most Saturdays throughout the summer until September 5.

There’s one more Mother’s Day gift to consider – a guilt-free spa happy hour at Loews Lakeside Spa. Three treatments that are regularly priced at $120 plus gratuity are being served up for $75 each plus gratuity, Sundays thru Thursdays. Choose from a 50-minute Swedish massage, a classic facial or a manicure and pedicure combo. Pamper mom!

Call the Canyon Café at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort at 615-5496 to make brunch reservations, the Lakeside Spa at 529-7830 to book spa treatments or the concierge at 299-5107 to set up a class with the Loews Culinary Institute.

Cactus Rose Steakhouse
Make mom feel special with the award-winning brunch at the Cactus Rose Steakhouse, inside the beautiful Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park. A carving station will feature roast prime rib of beef with au jus and horseradish; Dijon crusted roasted bone-in ham; garlic smoked pork loin; roasted turkey. Other entrees will feature made-to-order omelets, seafood station, cheese trays, a delectable desserts and breads. Price includes champagne. Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $39.95 adults, $34.95 seniors, $17.95 children under 12, excludes tax and gratuity. Phone: 323.5220. 

The Grill at Hacienda del Sol
A Tucson Lifestyle Gold Culinary Award winner for “Best Sunday Brunch” and “Best Special Occasion”, The Grill is a premier dining spot for Mother’s Day. Reservations for the coveted patio will be gone first, so call early to reserve a table. Cost: $450 per person. Phone: 529.3500.  
Miguel’s at La Posada
Miguel’s at La Posada, a favorite Latin American,  offers a four-course prix fix dinner menu for Mother’s Day 2009. Entrees include: pan seared cod served with mango and papaya relish; stuffed chicken with crab meat and asparagus served with green peas and mashed potatoes; braised pork chop in a mango chutney sauce served with roasted corn flan and warm sweet potatoes. Time: Dinner opens at 5 p.m. Cost: $35.00 per person, excludes tax and gratuity. Phone: 887.3777.  

Here are FOX concept restaurants:

Montana Avenue
The Grant Road restaurant known for its “Great American Cooking” will serve its regular menu along with original Mother’s Day specials ranging from a Brioche French Toast with spring berries and vanilla crème fraîche ($10) to shrimp and crab fettuccini in a parmesan cream sauce with Campari tomato and fresh herbs ($18). Time: Open from 10 a.m. to 90 p.m. Cost: Brunch specials range from $10 to $25. Phone: 298.2020.  

Enjoy NoRTH’s regular menu along with Mother’s Day specials from one of Tucson’s most beautiful dining patios overlooking the Tucson valley. Flattened chicken and short rib & egg sandwiches ($10 each) complement more elegant entrees such as smoked salmon and asparagus frittata ($15) or pan-roasted Alaskan halibut served with vegetable risotto and Campari tomato ($28). Time: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: Brunch specials range from $10 to $28. Phone: 299.1600. 
Located in the beautiful Casas Adobes Plaza, Wildflower is an elegant location for a memorable day. Try roast chicken Cobb salad, with Roquefort blue cheese, apple smoked bacon, avocado, egg and creamy herb dressing ($12). Or for something more hefty, the sea salt crusted prime rib with cipollini onions and mushroom ragout ($24). Regular dinner options are also available. Open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Brunch specials range from $9 to $24. Phone: 219.4230.

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