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Chewish Tucson: Primavera Cooks

Once again Tucson restaurants hold out their collective altruistic arms for the summer long event called Primavera Cooks.

Last summer I had the privilege to be an apprentice chef at Kingfisher Bar & Grill.

I have a new  appreciation for the back of the house (of a restaurant). It is amazingly difficult work requiring being on your feet and moving with precision at the speed of light.

Last year I cooked for 2.5 days. Although I was bone tired, I would not have missed this opportunity for the world because 1) it was for a great cause, 2) I love to learn new things in the kitchen,  3) I hung out with some really cool people — restaurant staff and other apprentice chefs, including one good natured meterologist, and 4) I wore a starchy toque.

If you like to cook, I suggest you be an apprentice chef for a good cause. If you like to eat, go and support the Primavera Foundation as a diner (did that a few years ago at Feast).

The schedule this summer fundraiser is:

May 20
Janos 3770 E. Sunrise Dr.

June 1
Feast 4122 E. Speedway Blvd.

June 10
VinTabla 2890 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 100

July 22
Pastiche Modern Eatery 4122 E. Speedway Blvd.

August 2
Pastiche Modern Eatery/COX hosted buyout 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

August 5
Feast 4122 E. Speedway Blvd.

August 19
Acacia 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

August 29
JBar 3770 E.Sunrise Dr.

September 2
Maynard’s Market & Kitchen 400 N. Toole Ave.

September 13
Kingfisher Bar & Grill 2564 E. Grant Rd.

September 17
Jonathan’s Tucson Cork 6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Reservations for all event locations must be made through the Primavera Foundation by calling 623-5111, ext. 101.

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