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Buckmaster Show Takeover

I was honored to occupy Bill Buckmaster’s chair today, as guest host of the Buckmaster Show, while Bill was away on vacation. The full hour was dedicated to the dynamic food and beverage scene in Southern Arizona!

Brandi, Terry, me, and Vlad! (Brennan called in from out of town).


My guests included Terry Kyte of the Tucson Originals who talked about the important work of locally owned and independent restaurants, Brennan Sanders of Aridus Wine Co. who got us current with his newest releases while sharing some hot news about a national honor that was recently conferred on this Southern Arizona winery, Vlad Novokschenov of Town Under Black Distillery who reserved his first live radio interview about his blue corn and cacao husk whiskey for me, and Brandi Romero of Kiss of Smoke BBQ who turned the final segment of the Buckmaster Show into the Pitmaster Show. Listen as she shares the secrets behind her proprietary wood blend!

Thanks for letting me sit in the big chair, Bill. You can go on vacation whenever you want!



Bringing it to the Morning MIX on 94.9 FM

In my inaugural appearance on the Morning MIX, on 94.9 MIX-FM, I dished out the latest deets on the Iron Chef Tucson and Meet the Chefs event!

It was a blast hanging out with host Greg Curtis and newsman Mike Rapp!



My Visit to Around the Table

It was fun food and beverage talk when I was a guest on Jennifer English’s Around the Table live broadcast, with special guest, celebrity TV chef Manouschka Guerrier!

We chatted agave spirits, mint juleps, smoked tri-tip, and a host of other items as we snacked and sipped our way through a delicious hour.


My April Visit to Wake Up Tucson

A Tucson twist on the kopstootje!

There’s no better way to get the day started than with a delicious dialogue on the local food, beer, and spirits scene, and I hit the trifecta on my latest appearance on Wake Up Tucson!

Host Chris DeSimone and I hit on a number of issues in this hour-long affair, from my days behind the bar at the Bum Steer 30 years ago to Tucson’s ranking on the list of top meat towns in the U.S.

But the highlight of the hour was my kopstootjes cocktail demonstration, executed the way it’s done in the Netherlands in the countdown to King’s Day at The Dutch Eatery & Refuge.



March’s Tucson Food-n-Booze

So much to talk about on this edition of “Tucson Food-n-Booze,” my monthly musings on the local culinary and cocktail scene on A Morning Affair with Mark Bishop!

Today we talked about some cool things happening this spring with canned wine from Dos Cabezas WineWorks, the upcoming Baja Beer Festival and the kind of cuisine that will complement the suds, the Agave Heritage Festival, and other delicious news across the region!


February’s Tucson Food-n-Booze

The last Friday of every month is one of the most delicious days on the calendar because my “Tucson Food-n-Booze” segment is on A Morning Affair with Mark Bishop!

Today we talked about sausages and suds from Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House, along with some news about a fun event on March 10 that will bring together Tucson’s beer, sausage, and cycling communities!

All of that plus some news on my culinary and cocktail cruise later this year, some thoughts on fresh seafood in Tucson, and more!


A Delicious Drive Time on Wake Up Tucson

How do you make drive time more delicious? Hang out with Wake Up Tucson host Chris DeSimone and spend an hour sharing observations on our local culinary and cocktail scene!

I love joining Chris for these live segments, and this one revealed some of our favorite local dishes and how dishes and drinks are storytelling vehicles.



Food-n-Booze on A Morning Affair!

Today I launched a new series on KVOI’s weekday show, “A Morning Affair with Mark Bishop,” that covers our local culinary and cocktail scene.

Pour yourself a cocktail and listen to our conversation!

The half-hour segment is called Food-n-Booze, and I’ll join Mark on his show on the last Friday of every month for a look at things making news on the food and beverage beat.

In this inaugural appearance, I shook up some cocktails while introducing Mark’s audience to the Grand Canyon Distillery. 



Tales of the Keg on ESPN Tucson: Barrio Brewing Co.


In this edition of Tales of the Keg on ESPN, I caught up with Dennis Arnold of Barrio Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in the state of Arizona. He had some sudsy stories to tell including a new commemorative beer to celebrate the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl!



Our (for now) finale!

After approximately 500 weekly shows, over nearly ten years, on four radio stations, we’re taking a break. Our host radio station sold and is changing formats. So this week’s show was our last, for now, and it came to you live from a standing-room-only Jonathan’s Cork! This was a special two-hour, commercial-free show and we caught up with several local food and beverage celebs who shared their thoughts on our delicious radio journey.

Our sincere thanks go to our loyal and loving sponsors and listeners, our fabulous crew at KQTH, and our extended family of local chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, distillers, winemakers, and sommeliers whose stories we’ve had the privilege to tell over the years. Simply said, we love what we do because they love what they do. There’s no finer food and beverage community in the world.