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Next show: August 25, live from the new Ten Fifty-Five Brewing & Sausage House

Join us on August 25 at 5:00 pm for our live broadcast from the new Ten Fifty-Five Brewing & Sausage House!


Rib-Cast 2018

Every year for nearly 10 years, we’ve dedicated one entire broadcast to the beauty that is the BBQ rib, in preparation for our annual pork pilgrimage to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, NV. This week’s show was the 2018 edition, which came to you live from Tucson’s Hardwood Headquarters..Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue!

Alan Zeman, Matt Russell & Ken Alexander

Our celebrity co-host was returning lead judge at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, the Fuego Daddy himself, Alan Zeman, who shared some inside news on this annual pork-a-palooza and walked us through the judging categories and process. We were then honored to hang out with Ken Alexander, of Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue, who took our taste buds on a tour of his concept, a journey that started as a kid growing up in Louisville that evolved into a passion for local brews, a fun and fascinating tribute to Big Red soda (what he calls a must for pairing with southern BBQ), and some pretty righteous racks of ribs.

Ken is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to his perspective on ribs!

We had ours rubbed, smoked, and delicately dipped into his house-made Memphis Mild sauce. A smokin’ hot time awaits you at Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue!


Cruisin’, Part Two

This week’s broadcast was the second in a two-part series of shows designed to prepare your palates for our Culinary and Cocktail Cruise of a Lifetime, and we revealed what awaits us in Greece, live from a Tucson taverna that transports your palates to the Hellenic Republic…Pelio Grill!

Lisa Summer, George Markou, Matt Russell & Chris Cohen

Our celebrity co-host was luxury travel specialist with Bon Voyage Travel Lisa Summer, who shared some of what she and her team have planned for us in the Greek Isles. Our resident olive oil authority Tom Alfonso, of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics, also joined the conversation with his thoughts on Greek olives and Greek olive oils. We then shifted from oil to ouzo, Greece’s national spirit, when Chris Cohen of Young’s Market Company presided over Ouzo 101. Pelio Grill’s own George Markou sat down with us as well to discuss the regional expressions of Greek cuisine and how his menu is representative of different styles and traditions.

This is what Greece looks and tastes like! A powerful statement of protein on a platter.

The dolmades were a huge hit, as was the protein platter with Greek sausage, chicken, gyro meat, and a selection of spectacular sauces. νόστιμο!



Cruisin’, Part One

As our listeners know, we’ll be hosting a culinary and cocktail cruise of a lifetime in October of 2019, and this week’s show was the first of a two-part series to prepare your palates for the trip! On this broadcast we covered the regional Italy and Malta experiences that we’ve planned, and we came to you live from one our favorite destinations for Italian cocktails, wine, and cuisine…Caffe Torino!

Derek Malone, Matt Russell & Ryan Hansen

Our celebrity co-host was the president of Bon Voyage Travel, Ryan Hansen, who talked about a few of the ports and excursions that we’ll enjoy, with an emphasis on food and beverage. We then welcomed Scotty Horn of Celebrity Cruises who revealed the latest on his brand new ship that we’ll all be on together, The Edge! He had us at martini glass-shaped hot tubs! Malta Joe from Malta Joe’s Baked Goods also joined the conversation with an update on his Pastizzi portfolio and some of his favorite things about Malta. We then turned to Italy’s regional expressions of wine and food with Caffe Torino sommelier Derek Malone!

A tasting of Caffe Torino’s Pasta Carbonara – and the secret to the sauce is egg white and parmesan…no heavy cream!

He showcased some of dishes and wines that he thought best represented the adventures that await us next fall. And his Pasta Amatriciana and Carbonara were crowd favorites!



Divine Wine

We’ve covered the Arizona wine scene for quite some time on our show, and this weekend’s broadcast came to you live from a place dedicated to that very story, the Arizona Wine Collective!

Pete Snell, Matt Russell, Jessica Nenadic, Jeanne Snell & Mark Phillips

Our celebrity co-host was Jessica Nenadic of the Tucson Museum of Art, who got us current with museum happs and her latest wine reflections. We were also joined by Gretchen Harper of the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, who shook up a little excitement about the upcoming World Margarita Championship. We turned the conversation back to wine with winemaker Mark Phillips of Golden Rule Vineyards and Jeanne and Pete Snell of the Arizona Wine Collective. We chatted showstopping varietals, wine as a love story, and this special place that the Snells built that’s the ideal backdrop for sharing our passion for the grape.

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Raise a glass in celebration of Arizona wine at Arizona Wine Collective!