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Donna Nordin Cooks, Cowspiracy, Fat Tuesday in Tucson

Donna Nordin cooks
shares her famous tortilla soup recipe

February may be the shortest month of the year but it appears to be the busiest month food wise. Rock on…

Of course there’s Valentine’s Day but let’s see what else is happening around Tucson.

Acclaimed Chef Donna Nordin will present a cooking demonstration of two classic dishes from her iconic Tucson restaurant Café Terra Cotta this Saturday at Williams Sonoma in La Encantada.

Those who were fans will remember her tortilla soup and Arizona sunshine cake among other delectable classics. Stop by between 1 and 3 PM and enjoy the demo and delicious tastes of these signatures dishes. Visit Donna on Facebook at Donna Nordin Cooks.

Upcoming Feb. cooking demos at William Sonoma:
–Stacy Peersy from thegardenkitchen.org – Feb 21
–Sybil Parsa from At Sybil’s Kitchen – Feb 28

Feb 15
Free all-day community event at the Loft Cinema from 10 AM to 6 PM with two free showings of Cowspiracy at 11 AM and 3:30 PM (meet the filmmakers) plus food trucks, food demos, guest lectures and more about eating a plant-based menu, environmental destruction and sustainability which are no longer just buzz words but a way of life with tremendous following.

Feb 17
–Kingfisher & Bluefin
Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) festivities will take place this year on Tuesday, February 17th at Kingfisher Bar & Grill and Bluefin Seafood Bistro . The holiday, which has been celebrated at Kingfisher for 21 years at Kingfisher and for 10 years at Bluefin, commemorates the events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or King’s Day and culminating on Lent. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is celebrated by the joyful eating of classic rich dishes of the region before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins the following day, Ash Wednesday.

Both restaurants will feature classic N’awlins dishes on an a la carte menu as well as traditional Mardi Gras cocktails like Hurricanes and Sazaracs along with Dixie Lager and Abita Turbodog, two Louisiana beers.

In keeping with another Mardi Gras tradition, guests who order the King Cake for dessert and find a the baby in the cake will win a special Fat Tuesday t-shirt.

(image - Barbara Bakes)
(image – Barbara Bakes)

The Old Pueblo Dixieland Jazz Band will kick off the celebration at Kingfisher at 5:30 PM followed by Dr Mojo and the Zydeco Cannibals from 8:30 to closing.

The Parish
The Crawfish Boil begins at 4 PM and the regular lunch menu will be served from 11 AM to 2 PM. There’s a $10/pp charge in the evening as it’s filled with lots of live music all evening — Dixie Land, Rockabilly, Zydeco, Blues/Funk. Dance on Tucson!

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