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What’s on the menu? Tequila, Girl Scouts, wine, and Chinese cooking classes


August 27 – Tequila Challenge for a Cause
The 2011 southern Arizona Tequila Challenge  stirs up to nine celebrity chefs and mixologists from local area restaurants, featuring unique tequila-based mixed drinks with menu pairings plus live music, cultural art displays, dancing, and the Southern AZ Amateur and Professional Salsa Challenge.

This fun event happens this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. inside the former Bluepoint Restaurant at La Encantada Shopping Center. The cost is $35/person. The event benefits Community Food Bank and SAACA.

Tequila based mixed drink sampling and menu pairing will come from:

•  47 Scott
•  Blanco Tacos + Tequila
•  Boca Tacos Y Tequila
•  Jax Kitchen/The Abbey
•  Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen
•  Mosaic Café
•  Salud! at JW Marriott
•  Sir Veza’s Taco Garage
•  The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol

–Tequila Factory at Casino del Sol

Ticket also includes…Salsa sampling from all 15 Salsa Challenge Finalists and up to 10 professional restaurants, plus live music performances by Flamenco guitarists Misael Barraza-Diaz and Gabriel Ayala and tequila flight tastings provided by Tequila Corrido, Cruz Tequila, Manana Tequila, Blanco Tequila, Three Amigos Tequila and more.

To purchase tickets over the phone, call SAACA at 520-797-3959 x 9.

August 28 – Wine Tasting for Girl Scouts
Pastiche hosts A Summer Sip – Wine Tasting to benefit the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona on Sunday, August 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $45 and includes heavy appetizers, wine, and a silent auction. This event is open to the public. If you ever were a Girl Scout or know a Girl Scout, consider going. Call 319-3147 for more info.

August 30 – Wine Dinner at NoRTH
Three-course wine dinner at NoRTH located in La Encantada Shopping Center, 2995 E. Skyline Drive. Experience the taste of Italy with local heirloom tomatoes/aged balsamic vinegar, pan-roasted sturgeon, very special saffron risotto, and stone fruit semifredo with warm olive oil pound cake. Every course is appropriately paired with Italian liquid assets. The cost is $40/person plus tax + gratuity. Call 299-1600 to make a reservation.

September 13 – Chinese Cooking Classes
Now is your chance to learn some Chinese dishes at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center located at 1288 W. River Road. The classes are sponsored by Harvest Moon Chinese Cuisine with Chef Wanda Zhang. The schedule for the remainder of the year is:

– September 13 – pineapple rainbow seafood fried rice w/wonton soup
– October 13 – vegetable deluxe w/crispy tofu
– November 8 – fruity Peking pork chops with pot stickers
– December 13 – lemongrass shrimp & scallops with dim sum appetizers

The classes are held on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4 pm. Classes cost $25/person.

Harvest Moon won an award earlier in March 2011 and was named as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Chinese Restaurants. That’s quite an accomplishment for an Oro Valley restaurant. Congratulations!

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