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Tucson restaurant news: May’s Counter, Ritz-Patz & Hall, ARF benefit

Tucson restaurant news: May’s Counter, Ritz wine dinner, culinary awards, ARF wine tasting benefit

Coming soon – May’s Counter
Chicken and waffles joint coming to midtown Tucson. Aaron May, one of Phoenix’s hottest chefs, is the man behind the menu at May’s Counter, which is slated to open in early May. In fact, look for plenty of down-home, Southern-style cooking, along with gourmet burgers and salads. Breakfast will be served all day along with a full bar. May’s Counter is going into the old Pizza Hut at 2945 E. Speedway, which is undergoing a major renovation. It’s only about a mile from the University of Arizona campus, and will stay open late on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ritz-Carlton: Patz & Hall Wine Dinner
Perhaps mom is an oenophile and rather than go to brunch on Mother’s Day, wine and dine her at the Ritz-Carlton Patz & Hall wine dinner on Friday, May 7. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Experience a relaxing evening at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar while feasting on a specially prepared three-course menu with wine from leading Calif. vineyard Patz & Hall. Join celebrated Chef, Joel Harrington for an unforgettable dinner. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. ; the cost is $125 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain-(520) 572-3000.

Tucson Culinary Awards
Tucson Lifestyle announced the people’s choice of culinary awards and I was surprised to learn that Olive Garden was ranked third or “bronze” for best Italian. OMG! I was also disappointed that many of Tucson’s local favorite independent restaurants were omitted. I was shocked to see Old Pueblo Grille in the #1 place for Southwest cuisine. I can see OPG for al fresco dining but not Southwest. I am happy to see some of my favorites on the list: Jax Kitchen, Athens on 4th and OPA!, Saffron, Kingfisher Bar & Grill,  RA Sushi, Ghini’s Caffe, JBar, Janos, Sur Real, Vila Thai, and more. You be the judge. Hey, readers, how much importance do you place on these kinds of “best” food awards?

Wine Tasting for ARF
ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) has a wine tasting benefit on May 2, 4 to 6 pm. ARF rescues animals from the shelters and fosters them until permanent homes are found. There is a great need for this type of rescue effort in Tucson. The cost is $20 for a sampling of six wines at CataVinos Wine Shoppe.

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