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Next show: August 19, live from the Hacienda Del Sol

Join us on August 26 at 5:00 pm for our live broadcast from the Hacienda Del Sol!

 

Rib-Cast 2017

Summer in Tucson means a few of our favorite things…BBQ ribs, craft beer, and hand-crafted ice cream, and our annual summer salute to these beauties came to you live this weekend from BrushFire BBQ Co.!

Jared Wren, Matt Russell, Bill Harman & Alan Zeman

Joining us as celebrity co-host, as he does for each one of our annual rib-casts, was the Z-man himself, Alan Zeman, who walked us through his action-packed summer. We also caught up with Randy Kennedy of the Nugget Casino Resort in Nevada, who shared the latest news on his upcoming Nugget Rib Cook-Off! Then we shifted to a delicious dialogue on suds and smoke, with BrushFire’s own Jared Wren and Bill Harman.

Saucy, sexy & succulent…ribs!

Craft beer and ‘cue go great together, and we got some credentialed perspectives on pairings while we took down some of BrushFire’s righteous ribs and a spectrum of sauces. All of that and some news from the pit and their hand-crafted ice creamery made this one BBQ boom of a show!

 

Brillante Elefante

It all started decades ago when Joe Elefante left his home on Long Island and headed west to Tucson, looking for a way to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the Old Pueblo. Today, the restaurant that Joe bought is now in its third generation of Elefante family ownership, and we celebrated that beautiful family story from the very place they call home – Mama Louisa’s!

Chef Michael Elefante, Malto Joe, Matt Russell & David Torkko

Our celebrity co-host was David Torkko of Vino 750 and Orangewood Wines who discussed his spectacular portfolio and shared his thoughts on the season’s top varietals. We then transported our palates to Malta, when Malta Joe himself of Malta Joe’s Baked Goods introduced us to his savory pastries known as Pastizzi.

A selection from the Third Generation menu: brined pork chop with creamy polenta and raspberry gastrique

Mama Louisa’s own Chef Michael Elefante sat down with us as well to talk about his family’s story, his take on heritage and third generation cuisine, a series of upcominng beer pairing events, and a new cocktail menu which we worked our way through…including the Frankie Four Fingers which has already attracted a huge following. Mangia!

 

Glory in the Green

To members of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations and Air Combat Commands, the iconic “green feet” emblem is more than a mark. It’s a pledge of service, “that others may live”, in the execution of pararescue maneuvers. This weekend’s show was a celebration of that service, live from Green Feet Brewing!

Kyle Blessinger, Matt Russell & Petey Petersen

Our celebrity co-host was Air Force veteran and craft beer sophisticate Kyle Blessinger, general manager of Three Canyon Beer & Wine Garden, who got us current on his brews’ news. We also reported on the soon-to-be-open BIRD Modern Provisions & Bar, the latest concept from Fukushu Restaurant Concepts. Our featured guest was Petey Petersen, co-founder and brewer at Green Feet Brewing, who shared an inspiring story about his green feet journey and how his suds were literally inspired by service.

A flight of barrel-aged brews

He also took us on a flight of some of his barrel-aged brews: a bourbon barrel-aged brown, a rum barrel-aged red, and an agave barrel-aged blonde. We salute Petey for his service and urge you to check out Green Feet Brewing!

 

Welcome to the Jungle

Is it true that the jungle is where the food is fresh and healthy and the people are fun and creative? We set out on an epicurean expedition this weekend to find out for ourselves, in this live broadcast from Pita Jungle!

Luis Campos, Bettina Loison, Scott White, Vanessa Cady, Matt Russell & Jim Marten

Our celebrity co-host was whiskey enthusiast and communications specialist at Tucson Medical Center Jim Marten, who shared some of his whiskey wisdom and a few of his personal picks that won’t break the bank. We then caught up with Luis Campos of Inca’s Peruvian Cuisine who dished out the details on his upcoming Peruvian Independence Day party. Pita Jungle’s assistant manager Scott White then stirred things up by telling a happy hour story and showcasing some of his specialty cocktails that are perfect for hydrating in the jungle. The Zen Botany and Berry Sparkarita were crowd favorites! Vanessa Cady, general manager of the Pita Jungle on Oracle and Ina, joined the party as well for a lesson on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.

Hummus trio with grilled chicken…feeling healthy, feeling good!

She also walked us through some of her menu’s showstoppers, including the hummus trio with grilled chicken and the salmon burger. Looks like we found a delicious destination for the art of healthy eating!