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A Taste of TUS

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!


Delicious Wishes

We love it when local restaurateurs gather together to help individuals and families in need, and with the inaugural Delicious Wishes event just days away, this broadcast came to you live from one of the participants – The Dutch Eatery and Refuge in Main Gate Square!

Rob LaMaster, Matt Russell & Chef Marcus Van winden

Our celebrity co-host was Make-A-Wish Southern Arizona director Rob LaMaster, who gave us the latest news from his organization that changes lives while presenting all of the details on Delicious Wishes. We were also joined by some of the folks who’ll be feeding their friends at the event, including Ramiro Scavo of Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room, Ellie Lippel of Woops Bakeshop, and Chef Marcus Van winden of The Dutch.

A ginormous buffalo ball. Enough said.

Marcus also made sure that we all had a ball at his eatery, dropping a house-made buffalo ball on the table which we promptly devoured. See you at Delicious Wishes!


Elgin or Bust

This season is prime time when it comes to Arizona food and wine festivals, and we hit one of the coolest and most creative of the year for this weekend’s show, live from the Professional Chili Cook-off and Winemaker Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge at the beautiful Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin!

Lori Reynolds, Ann Roncone, Matt Russell, Gary Elam, Ted Fichtl & Kief Manning

Our celebrity co-host was Ted Fichtl, former national executive director of the Chili Appreciation Society International! Ted shared a little about his passion for the “bowl of red” and walked us through the Winemaker “Chopped” Challenge that happened earlier in the day. We then sat down with four area vintners who showed off their culinary creds in the Chopped-esque contest; Ann Roncone from Lighting Ridge Cellars, Gary Elam of Village of Elgin Winery, Lori Reynolds of Sonoita Vineyards, and Kief Manning of Kief-Joshua Vineyards.

The panel of judges sharing their observations on the entries for the Winemaker Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge (Chef John Hohn, Matt Russell & Chef Patrick Malarchik)

They chatted about their perspectives on food and got us current on the latest news from their wineries.

So who won the cooking challenge? You’ll have to listen to learn!


Splish, Splash

How can you get to the beach without leaving Tucson? Easy! Just catch a wave over to the northwest corner of Sunrise and Swan and look for the flip-flops on the door and the portholes on the wall. And we did just that on this week’s live broadcast from Fini’s Landing!

Tyler Moody, Kenny King Kahuna, Ashley James, Matt Russell & Chris Cohen

Our celebrity co-host was Chris Cohen of Young’s Market Company who talked about beach drinks as well as some splishy-splashy events coming up from our good friends with the Centurions. We then turned to Ashley James of CODAC who revealed the latest news on the upcoming Dine Our For Safety event. Fini’s Landing bar manager Tyler Moody then paddled over to the table to transport our taste buds to the tropics with his line-up of tropical cocktails! And then the King showed up. Kenny King Kahuna, general manager/chef at Fini’s Landing!

New dish coming soon to Fini’s: Chubasco Chicken Pasta, with fresh egg fettuccini, monterey jack and parmesan alfredo sauce, fresh lime, chile lime pepitas, and blackened Chubasco chicken!


He got us current (get it?) with his weekend beachfront breakfast menu, while teasing us a bit on some of the new dishes that are about to land on his menu. Chubasco Chicken Pasta, anyone? See you at the beach!


Giving Rise to our Republic

The public house played a central role in our nation’s birth, for it was those colonial taverns and pubs in which our founding fathers met to discuss and debate the ideas that ultimately gave rise to our republic. And this week’s show came to you live from Tucson’s own public house, Union Public House!

Jamie Rice, Grant Krueger, Matt Russell, Steve Stratigouleas & Chef Casey Yeaton

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie Jamie Rice of Sysco Foods who got us up to date on his latest local food news. We also heard from Todd Hannley of Hotel Congress & Maynard’s Market & Kitchen about this year’s Agave Heritage Festival. Union owners Grant Krueger and Steve Stratigouleas sat down with us as well to talk about American whiskey and a special reserve bottle of Angel’s Envy Bourbon that was crafted just for Union! Then executive chef Casey Yeaton joined us to talk about the flavors and traditions of scratch American fare,

Braised pork osso buco with goat cheese and fresh herb polenta, sautéed green beans with caramelized onions, grilled peaches, heirloom cherry tomatoes, brandy and peach demi glace! Whoa!

serving up some braised pork osso buco with fried goat cheese polenta cakes by way of example. Finally there was some breaking news when Grant and Steve returned to make a big announcement! See you at Union!