You’re now able to Eat Tucson whenever you Fly Tucson, and the recent change to the concessions lineup at Tucson International Airport was the backdrop for this week’s live broadcast from TUS (at the new Noble Hops to be exact!)!

Barbara Hempel, Matt Russell, Stephanie Victoria & Scott Lynch

Our celebrity co-host was Stephanie Victoria, director of marketing for Flores Concepts, whose company played a significant role in the re-imagination of the dining and drinking scene at TUS. We then caught up with Barbara Hempel of the Tucson Airport Authority, who reviewed the landscape of local eateries at the airport. We also chatted with Roger Schwandtner of Creative Food Group, whose company runs the airport’s new concessions operation. He had lots to say about trends in airport cuisine. We then welcomed two local restaurateurs whose eateries now call TUS home; Shelby Collier of Beyond Bread and Scott Lynch of Empire Pizza and Pub!

A flavorful pie from Empire Pizza, with Sonoran Dog slices and Chicken Tikka Masala slices!

Scott also brought a pizza. A big one. It didn’t last long. See you at TUS!