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Saddle Up

It was time to saddle up and ride this weekend, and the destination for this show was sure to please the palates of cowboys and cowgirls alike – Tanque Verde Ranch!

Chef Justin Macy, Matt Russell, Elyse Filkin & Matt Montgomery

Our celebrity co-host was master distiller and real live cowboy Matt Montgomery of Three Wells Distilling Company. He got us updated on his latest adventures, including a new gin and news of a downtown tasting room which he’ll open early next year. We also heard from Brad Lawrence of Tucson Food Tours about a new route to launch his 6th season.

The New York strip is one of the seemingly countless items at the all-you-can-eat Cowboy Cookout! Every Wednesday and Saturday night!

Elyse Filkin of the Tanque Verde Ranch introduced us to some cocktails that promise to quench a cowboy’s thirst after a long day on the trail, while Executive Chef Justin Macy walked us through his story about ranch-inspired cuisine which includes a twice-weekly all-you-can-eat Cowboy Cookout! Happy trails.


Let’s Go, Chris-Co!

While Matt was on culinary and cocktail assignment across the pond this weekend, guest host Chris Cohen of Young’s Market Company, “Chris-Co” himself, presided over this hour dedicated to the flavors of fall.

Nate Anderson, David Zugarman, Chris Cohen, Rob Gillies & Chef Brandon Dillon

Our celebrity co-host was one of Chris’ partners in crime at Young’s Market Company, illusionist and master mixologist Nate Anderson! Chris and Nate also welcomed some local celebs to their fall food and beverage round table, including David Zugarman of Tucson Hop Shop, Rob Gillies of Tough Luck Club, and Chef Brandon Dillon of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink. Fall is finally here!


Doing the Dutch

Welkom! We transported our taste buds to the Netherlands on this weekend’s show, live from The Dutch Eatery & Refuge in Main Gate Square!

Chef Marcus and Nicole van Winden, Matt Russell & Mike Mallozzi

Our celebrity co-host was Mike Mallozzi of Borderlands Brewing Company who got us up to speed on his creative canning program with some fun stories behind his latest beers’ names. We also heard from Jim “Murph” Murphy of Kingfisher who revealed his plans for this year’s Kingfisher OysterFest. The Dutch co-owner Nicole van Winden, the brain trust behind the bar’s beverage program, then shared the story behind her cocktail program and treated us to a few selections. Blackberry whiskey lemonade? Yes please!

Dutch Bitterballen. Addictive. You’ve been warned.

We were then joined by The Dutch co-owner and executive chef Marcus van Winden, who shared some memorable moments from his journey, a little about his unique menu, and some of his items: braised duck tacos and the classic Dutch treat known as Bitterballen. Ja!


Refuge for Rule Breakers

They call it a refuge for rule breakers, and we channeled our inner drop outs on this week’s show from Tucson’s newest culinary and cocktail hot spot, Culinary Dropout at Grant Road Lumber Yard!

Ryan Justesen, Chef Erik Syrhe, Adam Lippe, Matt Russell, Greg Shepard & Eric Sipe

Our celebrity co-host was liquor distributor Greg Shepard of Breakthru Beverage, who shared some of what’s been keeping him busy on the local libation scene. Eric Sipe of Dillinger Brewing Company also stopped by to tell a fun story about how one of his brews was selected to join the horizon of handles at Culinary Dropout. Barman Ryan Justesen then wowed us with some creative cocktails that he says represent the restaurant’s rule breaking attitude, like the Prince of Tucson G&T! That rule breaking is also evident at the center of the plate, and Culinary Dropout brand chef Erik Syrhe walked us through his story, his menu, and some of his favorite dishes, including the Korean ribeye cap!

A cornucopia of cocktail color!

We wrapped things up with special events manager Adam Lippe who spoke about Culinary Dropout’s super cool event space called the Coop.

Rule breakers rejoice!


Zach’s Back

While Matt was on assignment in St. Louis this weekend, covering the culinary and cocktail scene in the Gateway to the West, one of Tucson’s most beloved radio personalities took over the mic…Zach Clark of the Zach Clark Show on ESPN!

Zach Clark and Danny Gallego

Zach reported on the latest food and beverage news, including some updates on the Arizona Bacon Fest. He also caught up with Jeremy Pye and Jeff Kaber from Copper Mine Brewing Company, who recently took home the coveted Judges Choice for best flagship beer at the Born and Brewed Beer Battle. He then sat down with Danny Gallego of Trident Grill for a lively conversation about the intersection of sports, suds, and sports bar cuisine. Call it a touchdown for your taste buds!