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Tucson Culinary Festival, Barbara Fairchild, Bon Appetit Magazine

Tucson restaurant news: This year the Tucson Culinary Festival happens October 28-31, 2010, with some of the same events but some new events or twists to add spice. This year, Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit Magazine, will be the first ever recipient of the Monica Flin Award…

Here’s the press release in its full glory. Please read and consider attending, supporting Tucson’s vibrant independent restaurants scene, plus local vendors, visiting winemakers, and cookbook authors. Yum!


Tucson, Ariz— The Tucson Culinary Foundation is pleased to announce that Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit Magazine, will be the first-ever recipient of the Monica Flin Award, to be presented at the 8th Annual Tucson Culinary Festival. The award is named for the extraordinary woman who was the great aunt of Carlotta Flores and founder of El Charro Café in 1922. Monica Flin’s long legacy bestowed a significant awareness to the rest of the country that the “Old Pueblo” had much to offer both in the culinary world and culturally.

The Monica Flin award will be given annually at the Tucson Culinary Festival to a nationally significant figure in the world of food and wine who has through his/her work helped to bring attention and appreciation of the rich culinary treasures of Tucson. Carlotta Flores was thrilled upon hearing about the award.  “What an honor to have such a prestigious award named after my darling beloved “Tia” Monica Flin! She truly would be smiling and toasting all of you who have added so much to the culinary World of Tucson, and other parts of the world.  One of her favorite toasts was  “Pa’ Arriba, Pa’ Abajo, Pa’ Centro, y Pa’ Dentro!!” (Can someone please comment with a translation?)

A prominent leader in the epicurean world, Barbara began her career at Bon Appétit as an editorial assistant in 1978. She has been editor-in-chief of the magazine for ten years.  Ms. Fairchild was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage” in May 2000. She is a member of over a dozen professional organizations (including the American Society of Magazine Editors) and devotes time to charities such as the Jonsson Cancer Center at UCLA, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, the Los Angeles Library Council, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Frequent television appearances include NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC, CNN, MSNBC, A&E’s Biography, Food Network (Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, and America’s Top Restaurants, among others), and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Master Chef.

Ms. Fairchild has also authored The Bon Appétit Cookbook, Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh, and Bon Appétit Desserts.  Several will be available for sale—and Ms. Fairchild is signing—at both the Reserve Tasting on Friday, October 29 and the Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 30.

Copper Chef Challenger & Cheesesteak Throwdown
Maynard’s Executive Chef Addam Buzzalini will challenge Chef Jim “Murp” Murphy owner Kingfisher and Bluefin Restaurants at the 2010 Copper Chef Challenge and Barbecue Breakfast on Sunday, October 31 . The spirited competition will be held on the patio of the Kiva Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon. The event will take place from 11 am to 1 pm featuring fabulous breakfast barbecue offerings from Tucson Originals chefs, the Copper Chef Challenge at high noon followed by an exciting “Cheesesteak Throwdown” featuring Frankie Santos (Frankies South Phillie Cheesesteaks) and Albert Hall (Acacia, Marketplace at Acacia, Tohono Chul Tea Room and Tucson Botanical Garden Café).  Families are welcome.

For details and to buy tickets, visit the website.
Welcome New Sponsor!
Ventura Pacific Development –Reserve Tasting Sponsor ( Friday, October 29 at the Canyon Café at Loews Ventana Canyon);  Builders and Developers of some of Tucson’s finest restaurants and outstanding commercial properties, Ventura Pacific stands on its 20 year reputation for delivering the best quality and service to their clients.  Owners Doug Perry and Megan Escobar are very excited to be a part of the 2010 Culinary Festival.

Many thanks to all our sponsors: US Foodservice, Ventura Pacific Development, Smile Spa, Trader Joes and  Certified Angus Beef.
And our Media Sponsors: Arizona Daily Star, Advision Outdoor, Clear Channel Communications – 92.9 The Mountain, Cool 1450, News Talk 790 KNST and Tejano 1600; COX, Good News Communications, El Imparcial, Madden Media, Tucson Green Times, Tucson Weekly, Univision/Telefutura

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