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Next show: October 13, live from Dragoon Brewing Company

Join us on October 13 at 5:00 pm for our live broadcast from Dragoon Brewing Company!

 

Windy City Wisdom

Chicago Cubs fans were experiencing some Windy City woes this week, so what better place to heal those wounds than at the destination for this week’s show, Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria!

Herb Stratford, Matt Russell & Rocco DiGrazia

Our celebrity co-host was Herb Stratford, a classic pepperoni guy and director of Film Fest Tucson who revealed some of the fun films in the line-up for his third annual event. We also sat down with veteran Rocco’s manager Evan Stevens, who talked about some of the beverages that were trending behind the bar including old school brews, modern craft brews, and signature cocktails! And then the righteousness of Rocco’s took center stage when Rocco DiGrazia himself, the pride of Chicago’s south side, joined us as we launched National Pizza Month in style!

The “Kitchen Sink” deep dish pizza. There are no words.

We talked about the wisdom of the Windy City that was symbolized by deep dish pizza, Midwestern thin pizza, wings like none other, and a spaghetti and meatballs plate that was inspired by Rocco’s late grandma Marinara Marian.

We’ll see yous guys at Rocco’s!

 

Asian Adventures

Polished. Casual. Unconventional. Memorable. Traditional. Modern. These are some of the words that define a downtown hot spot that tells a fascinating story of Japanese culture and cuisine. And we were at the center of that story when we came to you live this weekend from OBON!

Jim Marten, Michael Luria, Matt Russell, Chef Creamer & Marlee Palmer

Our celebrity co-host was fellow whiskey enthusiast and member of the Tucson Medical Center communications team, Jim Marten. Jim showcased some of the Scotches he’s been enjoying in this early fall season with their distinct expressions of barley. We also caught up with Michael Luria of Children’s Museum Tucson who shared the news on his upcoming Evening of Play (an event that Jim Marten is chairing!). We then made our way over to the OBON bar with mixologist Marlee Palmer who revealed some Asian inspirations for her libations, while Chef Creamer whipped up some wonderful and reportedly weird stories from the back of the house.

Fried Spam steam buns with kimchi, house-made pickles, green onion, and spicy mayo. Right?

We experienced the perfect pairing of Marlee’s Gangnam Style cocktail with toasted sesame infused vodka and Creamer’s fried Spam bun with kimchi and ponzu cream!

Outrageously OBON!

 

Kitchens & Kantinas

You may have seen the news that change was coming to Tucson’s own taco garage. Well, change has come, and we came to you live from the newly imagined space that still promises that they fix hungry, Sir Veza’s Kitchen & Kantina!

Chef Gary Hickey, Ray Flores, Matt Russell, Mike Rapp & Chef Michael Elefante

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie and drive-time radio wonder Mike Rapp, host of Tucson Morning News on KQTH, who briefed us on his latest action, including his participation in Real Men Wear Pink to support the American Cancer Society. We were then joined by John Aldecoa of Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ who threw his own hat in the ring to support Mike’s efforts by donating restaurant proceeds to Real Men Wear Pink. Listen for the delicious details! We were then joined by Sir Veza’s own Ray Flores and Gary Hickey who revealed the fresh new concept in a space we’ve loved for years.

And the food?

Man vs. Taco. And it’s a salad!

Our tasting included a hemp tamale, kantina nachos, all-natural Sonoran dogs, and a taco salad served in a 14-inch taco shell that you have to see to believe!

We closed out with Michael Elefante of Mama Louisa’s with information on this year’s Tucson Knife Fight finals!

 

Mercado Mix & Mingle

The Mercado San Agustin & MSA Annex is a vibrant market district on the west end of the Modern Streetcar line and is home to several local destinations for deliciousness, and we came to you live from one of its best…Agustin Kitchen!

Dennis Arnold, Sally Kane, Matt Russell, Chef Alex O’Neill & Chef Javier Castro

Our celebrity co-host was Arizona craft beer pioneer Dennis Arnold of Barrio Brewing Co., who talked about some of the things making news at his tap room. We also checked in with Chef Javier Castro of Casino Del Sol, who shared the latest news from the upcoming House Party to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. We then sat down with two local taste-makers whose concepts at the MSA Annex are buzz worthy, Rebecca Safford of Westbound and Michael McCormick of Kukai! Our featured guests were Agustin Kitchen owner Sally Kane and executive chef Alex O’Neill who walked us through their thoughts on west side cuisine.

A fan favorite: fried cactus pads with a duet of dipping sauces!

They also showcased a fan favorite from the menu, the nopales fries, while teasing us on a new dish about to drop on the new seasonal menu. Coffee-rubbed Arizona filet mignon with Israeli pearls, a coffee-reduction tuile, and young peach gastrique anyone?

See you at MSA!