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Irish Nobility

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend’s show served up the best Irish-inspired culinary and cocktail talk from a grand patio party at Noble Hops!

Sherwood Alger, Julie Vlahakis, Matt Russell, Stacy Gopp & Chef Daniel Martinez

Our celebrity co-host was craft specialist Sherwood Alger of Hensley Beverage Company, who introduced us to some spectacular Irish whiskies that should take center stage at any St. Patrick’s Day party. We then heard from Stacy Gopp of JDRF with all the delicious details on her “Sip, Savor & Celebrate” event and its Mix Madness Cocktail Competition. We can’t wait! Noble Hops’ general manager Julie Vlahakis joined the party as well to get us briefed on her bar program and her series of off-the-hook events, while executive chef Daniel Martinez shared some moments from his personal culinary journey and a few stories behind the Noble Hops menu.

Bangers and Mash at Noble Hops. Let the banging begin!

He then treated us to some Noble nosh…Bangers and Mash with a rosemary brown gravy and a plate of Noble Nachos with a beef/lamb mix! Erin go Bragh!

 

Books, Beers & Ben

This weekend’s Tucson Festival of Books drew large literary crowds to the University of Arizona, and we came to you live from the center of the swarm from Gentle Ben’s, just steps away from the university’s main gate in Main Gate Square!

Richard Fifer, Jane McCollum, Matt Russell & Ben Buehler-Garcia

Our celebrity co-host was Ben Buehler-Garcia, host of American Warrior Radio on KQTH, who talked about his inspirational program as well as what he’s been eating and drinking lately. We also got the details on this year’s Zin, Blues & BBQ from John Kulikowski of the Hacienda Del Sol. Our featured guest was Gentle Ben’s new owner Richard Fifer, who talked about his personal Gentle Ben’s journey, his plans for the space now that he has the keys, his craft beer program anchored by Barrio Brewing Company’s suds, and his brewpub-inspired menu.

Grilled shrimp tacos – a new menu item at Ben’s!

He even treated us to some new menu items that were about to go live, including a bountiful bowl of ceviche and some scrumptious grilled shrimp tacos. See you at Ben’s!

 

Golf & Gastronomy

The sun was shining, the fairways were emerald green, and the golf was world-class! We brought all of those together on this live broadcast from the Omni Tucson National Resort’s Legends Bar & Grill, against the backdrop of the Tucson Conquistadores Cologuard Classic!

Mike Rapp, Jeff White, Matt Russell & Chef Jonathan Stutzman (Regan Jasper had to refill his wine glass and missed the picture!)

Our celebrity co-host was Mike Rapp, host of Tucson Morning News with Mike Rapp, who shared his thoughts on Omni Tucson’s beauty as well as some of the things making culinary and cocktail headlines these days. We also caught up with Conquistador Regan Jasper of Fox Restaurant Concepts, who is celebrating his company’s 20th anniversary this year. Listen for what he had to say about hospitality!

Golf Gastronomy, as imagined by the Omni Tucson National Resort!

We then welcomed Omni Tucson’s general manager Jeff White, who had some suggestions for libating near the links, and executive chef Jonathan Stutzman, who talked about the kind of cuisine that pairs well with golf! Fore!

 

Rodeo Rendezvous

The 93rd annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, known to locals  as the Tucson Rodeo, was in spur-clinking swing this week, which meant that we stepped into our boots, saddled up, and went straight to the Horseshoe Grill for this weekend’s show!

Kevin Bedient, Matt Russell, Chef Andy Romero & Dan Gibson

Our celebrity co-host was Dan Gibson of Visit Tucson, who shared some of the stories that people were telling about the Tucson food scene these days. We also spoke about the new Arizona Wine Collective which just opened at St. Philip’s Plaza. Kevin Bedient of the Horseshoe Grill sat with us as well to talk about what was making news behind his bar, and the Shoe’s executive chef Andy Romero revealed some of the delicious items on his new menu.

Pork belly burnt ends? Yes!

The smoked pork belly burnt ends and the monstrous pit master sandwich were off the hook. Giddy up!

 

Let the Crawling Commence

Downtown Tucson was swarming with craft beer enthusiasts this weekend during the annual Tucson Craft Beer Crawl, and we found ourselves in the middle of the swarm on this live broadcast from the Crawl’s after-party at Tap and Bottle!

Amjaad Jhan, the Classy Alcoholic, Matt Russell, Rebecca Safford, Evan Luthye & Burke the Beer Man

Our celebrity co-host was the nameless, the faceless, the Classy Alcoholic, who shared his observations and highlights from the Crawl. We also checked in with Burke the Beer Man from Huss Brewing Company, who detailed the latest from his Tempe taproom, as well as Evan Luthye of Mother Road Brewing Company, who broke some exciting news about their latest project! Scott and Rebecca Safford of Tap and Bottle then broke away from the paparazzi to catch us up on the latest happs at their community center for craft beer and wine loyalists. They also took us on an Arizona Beer Flight, featuring some spectacular suds from Huss and Mother Road.

Follow that truck!

We wrapped things up with Amjaad Jhan, of the Curry Pot food truck, who talked about Sri Lankan cuisine and how well it pairs with craft brews. Yay beer!