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Tucson restaurants: New Years Eve and Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup
I must comment on Pastiche’s chicken soup campaign – Chicken Soup for Tucson’s Soul. Earlier this year, Pat Connors decided to donate $1 for every cup and $2 for every bowl of chicken soup to the Community Food Bank. So far this year they have donated $2,000 which translates into $18,000 of food that the food bank can buy. Amazing!

Tucson New Years Eve

Janos/JBar/JBall
Tucson wouldn’t be Tucson without the year-end festivities created by Janos Wilder. Where does he get his energy? Bottle it! I want some. As usual the menu is filled with mouth watering prose. You can spend a lot at Janos. You can spend less at JBar. You can spend even less at the JBall, lots of options. Read the specifics on his website.

Pineapple Drop
Nope, it’s not the newest drink but I guess it could be. Times Square might have the ball drop but Hotel Congress has the pineapple drop. Fun! I’m lazy so click here to get the info for Mambo at Congress with penny drinks, dancing, sexy music, and more. It reminds me of the time I went to a Halloween party dressed as Carmen Miranda – decades ago when I was younger, taller, and thinner and have pictures to prove it!

Surf & Turf
Zona 78 offers a surf & turf dinner for $50/couple or $30/individual. Why oh why is the single or individual discriminated against on New Years Eve? It’s counter productive. Dinner includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Sparklies
You got to hand it to Yvonne Foucher at Catavinos Wine Shoppe, she has a great sense of style. Yes, I know I write about Catavinos frequently but I do enjoy going here. It’s the “Cheers” of Tucson wine tasting. If you want a low key New Years Eve or stop on your way to a party, Catavinos is having a sparklies tasting (six for $10) from 4 to 8 p.m. Stop by and taste some sparkle then buy a few bottles to take home or to the party. Hermann the German will be playing tunes on his zither or some such instrument.

First Night
Tucson celebrates the second year of First Night which is a family-friendly alcohol free event downtown in many different venues with tons of entertainment culminating in fireworks.

Here’s to a healthy, prosperous and delicious New Year – Happy 2010. Please send your Tucson restaurant and general food news to

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