Smelling wine as part of wine tasting

Smelling wine as part of wine tasting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 19 – North Fattoria Italiana Opens
NoRTH Restaurant (at La Encantada) has had a makeover and will transform into North Fattoria Italiana. It’s still a Fox Concepts restaurant owned by Tucson’s golden boy Sam Fox. Fattoria means farm in Italian. I’m not sure about that word if people don’t know what it means. Think rustic, made from scratch, fresh. Stay tuned for a review.

September 20-23 – Tucson Greek Festival
Opa! This is the biggest ever with an extra day featuring a Greek World Market, mouth-watering array of traditional Greek dishes like Souvlaki, Saganaki Flambé, Spanakopita, Baklava, and more, as well as live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations. More info

September 21 – Born & Brewed: Tucson’s Beer Cup
Local breweries (Nimbus, Borderlands, Dragoon, Thunder Canyon, Barrio, 1702) will go head-to-head to win the people’s choice vote for “Tucson’s Best Beer.” The cost is $20/person, includes a keepsake mug for tasting, 12 beer samples and complimentary snacks. Time/Location: 7 to 10 pm at Hotel Congress

September 22 – 5th Anniversary/CataVinos Wine
Drink local. There are lots of big box wine chains but here’s a local wine shoppe/wine tasting that has been around and thrived for 5 years in this bad economy. During the past years, CataVinos fabulous anniversary parties were only open to people on the mailing list but now wine lovers everywhere are invited. Check it out from 2 to 6 pm where wine distributors will be pouring. These types of events are usually only open to the wine industry. Don’t miss out on this yearly event and pace yourself as 50 wines will be poured. Cost: $18, 10% off all wines in the shoppe, plus buy six bottles and receive a FREE CataVinos wine tote bag. Location: 3063 N. Alvernon Way (1 block south of Ft. Lowell)

September 22 – Let Them Eat Cupcakes
This is an art installation/performance by L.A. artist Elizabeth Tobias.  The artist will ask you to write thoughts, story, feelings about the issue of hunger on a card provided by the artist. In exchange, the participant will be given a chocolate/jalapeno cupcake. The cards will be collected and put on display in a tent erected inside Dinnerware from 6 to 9 pm. Read more about it on Facebook

September 26 – PAWSitively Cats Fundraiser/Renee’s OO
Renee’s Organic Oven will donate 10% of your check to PAWSitively Cats when you bring in a flyer (download here). Enjoy fresh, delicious, and healthy food while contributing to Tucson’s no-kill cat shelter. Regular and gluten-free pizza available. The altruistic deal is available from 11 am to 9pm. Renee’s is located at 7065 E. Tanque Verde Road.

Please send your Tucson/Southern Arizona food events/restaurant news to karynzoldan@yahoo.com – No promises will try to include as many as possible. Thank you


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