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Tucson restaurant news: closings, eating locally, philantrophy, whine wine

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Tucson restaurant news: closing, eating locally, philantrophy, whine & wine

I have been remiss in blogging. When my day job as a writer saps all my mental energy it’s even difficult to write about what I love.

Closed: The franchise Jason’s Deli with two locations and the chain Bluepoint Kitchen & Bar have closed. Update: Jason’s plans to reopen.

Kudos to JaxKitchen for starting a farm project in Barrio Historico. Now the food will be a little more fabulous with oh-so-fresh fare from the garden. I can’t wait for the harvest. Janos already culls produce from local farms and purveyors. If any other restaurants are doing so, please contact me at karynzoldan@yahoo.com so I can write about your combined efforts on multiple food blogs.

Speaking of local restaurants, once again it’s Philantrophy with Phlavor month at Pastiche. It works like this: You eat and drink liberally. While paying the bill you put a check by one choice from a list of 40 or so local charities which in turn gets 5 percent of your bill, less tax and tip. I love Pastiche’s ongoing philantrophic spirit.

May 9-Whine Wednesday: Is the American Idol of wine? You are invited to vote wines in and out of CataVinos. No singing allowed. Yvonne, the owner of CataVinos Wine Shoppe is letting you in on the action to decide which wine comes into the shop and which gets booted into oblivion. The distributor will be there and you can whine all you want. These tastings are always fun. Check it out.

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