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Summer on Sunrise 2.0

This weekend’s show was a nod to some of the people and places that make summer in Tucson worth sticking around for, and we came to you live from Commoner & Co. on Sunrise Drive!

Nathan Ares, Kim Keyser, Matt Russell, Chef Kyle Nottingham, and Tom Lapadat

Our celebrity co-host was certified chef and host of the Sports Exchange on ESPN Tucson, Tom Lapadat, who discussed his passion for food and sports and where they intersect. We also caught up with Jane McCollum of Main Gate Square who dished out the latest on the upcoming Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge! Commoner & Co. general manager Kim Keyser then commenced the shaking and stirring with an introduction to her summer cocktail line-up. Fresh, floral, and fragrant! We were also privileged to sit down with the new executive chef at Commoner & Co., Kyle Nottingham, who shared a little about his journey, his approach to rustic American cuisine, and his new summer menu.

Chorizo mac and cheese with house-made mac, five-cheese bechamel, chorizo, crispy shallots and chile bread crumbs. Yes.

Our tasting included a rather rustic range of dishes, including chorizo mac and cheese with a five-cheese bechamel, trout on cous cous with a blistered grape and parsley salad, and roasted chicken thigh with fettuccini and a tomato and caper sauce.

We closed out the show with Commoner & Co. / Prep & Pastry owner Nathan Ares who shared some delicious updates from Prep.

Happy summer!


Sipping & Snacking in Sahuarita

It had been a while since we headed south on the ol’ I-19, and on this weekend’s show we did some sipping and snacking, Sahuarita-style, from Pub 1922!

John Farlow, Chef Gary Hickey, Matt Russell, Sam Gelardi, Barwoman Sara & George Bass

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie and PR maven, a man who’s rarely more than a few steps away from a beach or a blender, John Farlow! John talked about his latest food and drink adventures whilst taking down a “Big Boy” chocolate porter. We also checked in with Dale Riggins of Hamilton Distillers, who shared the latest news on her upcoming Del Bac Showdown. Sara the Bar Manager at Pub 1922 sat down with us as well to talk about her line-up of local suds as well as her, gasp, 32-ounce michelada!

Greek salad from the Pub’s new Summer Greek Menu!

We were then joined by Chef Gary Hickey, George Bass, and Sam Gelardi of Pub 1922 for a lively discussion of this pub-forward concept and menu. Our tasting included a super fresh Greek salad from their new Summer Greek Menu, as well as the Ray’s BBQ Burger, magnificent in its monstrosity!


Summer of Mango

We made a splash on this broadcast when we came to you live, poolside, from the crystal clear waters of the Omni Tucson National Resort for Summer of Mango!

Dylan Higgins, Josh Rockwell, Jeff White, Matt Russell, Iron Chef Brian Smith & Chef Jonathan Stutzman

Our celebrity co-host was Dylan Higgins of Breakthru Beverage Group who offered some credentialed recommendations on summertime sipping by the pool. We also welcomed Tucson’s newest Iron Chef, Brian Smith of Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, who offered some reflections on his huge win. Summer of Mango took center stage at this point when we checked in with Omni Tucson’s general manager Jeff White, who walked us through mango mixology and his seasonal cocktail line-up. And there was more where the mango came from, when Omni Tucson’s executive chef Jonathan Stutzman talked about his respect for this summer fruit and how it inspired a range of dishes that we all subsequently sank our teeth into.

One of the ways that the mango plays at the Omni…charred mango hummus!

We particularly loved the way that the Mango Pool Mule paired with the Charred Mango Hummus!

Make some mango moments of your own this summer at the Omni!


Iron Chef ’18

While Matt was on the road this week capturing culinary and cocktail content from across the Empire State, guest host Zach Clark, of ESPN Tucson’s Zach Clark Show, presided over this delicious broadcast live from the Iron Chef competition at Casino Del Sol!

Guest host Zach Clark!

Joining Zach at the broadcast booth just steps away from Kitchen Stadium were Chef Jonathan Landeen of Jonathan’s Cork, the event’s MC; Danny Peterson of Stella Artois; and Chef Ryan Clark of Casino Del Sol, one of the Iron Chef judges.


Gin is in Again!

Gin is in again! And what better time to celebrate the beauty of the botanicals than on World Gin Day at 47 Scott!

Travis Reese, Donald Gipson, Matt Russell, Tiffany Eldredge, and Rebecca Crane

Our celebrity co-host was soulstress of style and purveyor of spirituousness at Young’s Market Company Tiffany Eldredge, who walked us through some gin history alongside her cocktail comrade Rebecca Crane. We also sat down with 47 Scott bar manager Donald Gipson, who showcased the kinds of gin-anchored cocktails that were trending behind his downtown bar. We enjoyed sipping on a couple of examples that he shook up for us; the Basil Cucumber Gimlet and the Last Word. 47 Scott owner Travis Reese stopped by as well to share his own stories about gin while getting us current with some of his dishes that are making news this season.

Celebrating World Gin Day with a Basil Cucumber Gimlet!

The flavors of summer took center stage on our tasting, featuring some righteous crab cakes, a gorgeous heirloom tomato salad, a mustard-crusted salmon with beet puree, and a duck confit meatloaf with cheesy greens. So much fun at Tucson’s original downtown neighborhood bistro!