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Tucson food events: chili cookoff, Jewish Food Festival, giant matzo ball

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Tucson Food Events & Tucson Restaurant News

Empty Bowl Luncheon – November 4
The Southern Arizona Clay Artists and some local Tucson restaurants come together for a soup and bread luncheon which benefits the Community Food Bank from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kino Center.

Tucson Firefighters Chili Cookoff – November 5
If you like firefighters and if you like chili, then you’re going to be so pleased about the day long event held at El Presidio Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Many local firefighters will compete for the title of best chili maker. Is 1,000 gallons of chili enough? Chili costs $1 per cup and proceeds benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-a-Family providing basic necessities and gifts for needy families during the holiday season.

Jewish Food Festival – November 7
The third annual Jewish Food Festival will be held at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 and children under 13 are free. There will be plenty of Jewish food for sale, family entertainment including activities for kids, and an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest matzo ball ever. Oy vey!

I have never made matzo balls. I watched my grandmother and my mother make them with ease but when I tried, instead of being light as a feather, it was a gastronomical nightmare. While matzo balls should be light, Schlomo & Vito’s restaurant will try to make the biggest recorded matzo ball — gulp — 500 pounds! That sounds like an amazing feat.Where do you get a pop that big?

Tuesdays on Campbell Avenue
Campbell Avenue is Tucson’s restaurant row. (When is that damn construction going to be finished?). Good news for carnivores: Pastiche Modern Eatery has been serving $15 steak night on Tuesdays and what a treat that has been. Now BrushFire BBQ serves BBQ prime rib on Tuesdays.

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