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Tucson restaurant news: cat benefit, Boca, heavy metal wine, guns and pizza

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Additional update on Boca serving lion meat tacos.

Update on Boca serving lion meat tacos.

Eat for the Cats
Casa de los Gatos is hosting a fundraiser June 23 at the Bamboo Club Asian Bistro in Park Place Mall. You eat. You drink. And a portion of the your check goes to benefit Arizona’s largest no-kill cat sanctuary located here in Tucson.

If you want to further help the cat cause, check out the Beading Divas’ bracelets which are for sale online and in three Tucson stores. (I’m a beading diva.) 100 percent of the bracelet sales (less S&H) go directly to the kitties during the month of June.

New: Boca
Bryan and Maria Mazon (of Papagayo fame) recently opened BOCA located at 828 E. Speedway (777-8134). Boca is  a tiny little gem of a restaurant featuring gourmet tacos and lots of tequila (along with full range of Mexican beers). I’ve heard these are not your “Tia’s” tacos.  – visit Boca and experience Chef Maria’s outstanding cuisine. The website is coming soon but live dangerously and check it out now.

Fun with Albert
Hang out with Chef Albert Hall of Acacia, Marketplace at Acacia, and Tohono Chul Tea Room who will take you on a short walk through the Sunday farmers market at St. Philips Plaza collecting a variety of fresh ingredients that he will assemble into a quick, delicious dish right there on the patio of Acacia. Get a taste, get the recipe and get the ingredients all in one great location fir $10 per person. Reserve your spot by contacting rox@mayatea.com. This happens June 27 starting 9 a.m.

Intriguing Pairing: Heavy Metal & Wine
The second annual Heavy Metal Music and Wine event presented by Hotel Congress will happen Sunday, June 27.   This rare offering of awesome wine selections paired with heavy metal tunes inspired by artists like Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and more, is one of Tucson’s most unique annual happenings. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with the wine tasting featuring a selection of five wines inspired by five heavy metal numbers. The wine tasting is $13 per person and in addition to the tasting, includes  a $3 cocktail voucher good for use throughout the evening. Featured musical guests include The BulletBoys  to  perform in Club Congress after the tasting.  The show begins at 8 p.m.  and the cost per person is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Guests are invited to dress in their best “metal attire”.
Combo tickets for both the tasting and the show are available for only $20 per person.

Guns & Pepperoni
The law for allowing concealed weapons in Arizona restaurants takes effect soon. Will the world be a safer place? Doubt it. Restaurants can post signs as to whether or not patrons can bring guns or not. Pizza Hut locations in Tucson will be allowing guns.   Gun toters are urging their followers to vote with their dollars and one Tucson restaurant whom I don’t feel like publicizing is offering gun carriers a discount. It’s good to know as I won’t be eating there any time soon. I guess Arizona has never moved on from its Old West image.

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  1. That sounds like a week’s worth of food fun! Except for the gun part – I don’t like pistols with my pizza.

  2. Given the senseless tragedy that occurred here in Tucson today (Gabriele Giffords shooting,) our family is now no longer giving our business to any establishment that allows patrons to carry guns into their establishments. If eateries want only paranoid right wing nutcases for clientele, they will soon get exactly what they deserve and go out of business. Good riddance. We’ll eat elsewhere.

  3. Letters recently sent:
    Before patronizing the new California Pizza Kitchen in Tucson, I called to determine if weapons were allowed in the restaurant. I was told they were not permitted.
    After dinner I asked the manager where the signs indicating weapons prohibition were that should have been easily visible to all diners. She took me outside but could not find any. She said they should have been there, as per corporate policy.
    Given the horrific killings that took place on Saturday, January 8th here in Tucson, I decided I would not place myself or my wife in a situation where a madman and weapon toting do-gooders could endanger us in a wild west shootout.
    We very much enjoyed our dining experience but until those signs are in place, We’ll not be returning to the CPK here.

    We have been avid patrons of Zone 78 on West River Rd. since we found out about your restaurant.
    Before departing for dinner the other night, I called to determine if weapons were allowed in the restaurant. I was told, yes they were permitted because it was now Arizona law. I reminded the manager that that was entirely up to management whether patrons were allowed to enter an establishment armed. He said however, they were allowed in. I explained to him I’d decided I would not place myself or my wife in a situation where a madman and weapon toting do-gooders could endanger us in a wild west shootout. He merely said “Well, OK”.
    Given the horrific killings that took place on Saturday, January 8th here in Tucson we will not be returning to Zona 78 until those policies change.

    Now all we have to do is find a list of establishments that prohibit open carry.

  4. Ben & Jim
    Thanks for your comments.
    I’m going to work on making a list of restaurants that don’t allow guns. Guns may have a place in our society; restaurants is not the place.

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