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Rockabilly Pre-Game

It goes without saying that all great parties start with an epic pre-game, and we pre-gamed in style on this live broadcast from Loews Ventana Canyon Resort as the clock ticked down for their first annual Rockabilly & Blues BBQ!

One of the Rockabilly & Blues BBQ culinary stations: Top Knot Farms chicken suspended over a live fire by chain cables!

Our guests included just a few of the local farmers and purveyors who brought their best to this evening under the starts, including Michael Muthart of Top Knot Farms, Rod Miller of E&R Pork, and Todd and Sherry Martin of Tucson Tamale Company. We also caught up with Chef Ryan Clark, of Casino Del Sol, who revealed the latest on his upcoming Arizona Farm & Food Festival, and Aaron Wolf, of the

One of two 180-pound hogs that was smoked for guests at the Rockabilly & Blues BBQ!

Flying V Bar & Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon, who unveiled some of the new seasonal dishes that are stars of his new fall menu!

What a way to shake, rattle, and roll!

 

Fall’s Favor & Flavor

Fall is harvest season in the wine world, and this was a great context for sharing our passion for grapes, and the fall flavors that complement them, on this live broadcast from Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, the home of Tucson’s Iron Chef!

Greg Shepard, Matt Russell, Will Olendorf & Iron Chef Brian Smith

Our celebrity co-host was wine authority Greg Shepard of Breakthru Beverage, who talked about the kinds of wines that he’s grooving on this fall. We also caught up with famed California winemaker Bob Blue of 1000 Stories Wines, who shared some fascinating small-batch stories about aging Zins in bourbon barrels. Will Olendorf, sommelier at Maynard’s, joined the conversation as well with information on his upcoming Grapes to Glass event, and Iron Chef Brian Smith revealed his perspectives on fall with a look at his new fall menu.

New on the Maynard’s fall menu: Crispy pork belly with barbecued tepary beans, Swiss chard, bread and butter cauliflower, and smoked bread crumbs. Boom!

True comfort at the center of the plate!

 

For Immediate Release

“For Immediate Release!” This is the standard element of a press release that indicates to its media recipients that news can be shared the moment that it’s received, and we released some news about a brand new beer that was officially released on this live broadcast from Dragoon Brewing Company!

Tristan White, Matt Russell, Ken Harvey & C.J. Hamm

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie and loyalist on the local libation scene C.J. Hamm, who got us current with news from Saguaro Corners and Mulligans. We then caught up with Chef Ken Harvey of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, who shook, rattled, and rolled-out all the details for his upcoming Rockabilly & Blues BBQ. Casking was all the buzz as well, especially when we sat down with Dragoon’s own Brittni Rawlins who presided over Cask Conditioning 101.

The latest release from Dragoon…Frosty Friends!

And then came Tristan White, Dragoon co-founder and manager, who briefed us on things making news in his west side Tucson tap room,including the just-released Frosty Friends, an American Pale Ale they crafted in collaboration with Finley Distributing.

Cheers!

 

 

Windy City Wisdom

Chicago Cubs fans were experiencing some Windy City woes this week, so what better place to heal those wounds than at the destination for this week’s show, Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria!

Herb Stratford, Matt Russell & Rocco DiGrazia

Our celebrity co-host was Herb Stratford, a classic pepperoni guy and director of Film Fest Tucson who revealed some of the fun films in the line-up for his third annual event. We also sat down with veteran Rocco’s manager Evan Stevens, who talked about some of the beverages that were trending behind the bar including old school brews, modern craft brews, and signature cocktails! And then the righteousness of Rocco’s took center stage when Rocco DiGrazia himself, the pride of Chicago’s south side, joined us as we launched National Pizza Month in style!

The “Kitchen Sink” deep dish pizza. There are no words.

We talked about the wisdom of the Windy City that was symbolized by deep dish pizza, Midwestern thin pizza, wings like none other, and a spaghetti and meatballs plate that was inspired by Rocco’s late grandma Marinara Marian.

We’ll see yous guys at Rocco’s!

 

Asian Adventures

Polished. Casual. Unconventional. Memorable. Traditional. Modern. These are some of the words that define a downtown hot spot that tells a fascinating story of Japanese culture and cuisine. And we were at the center of that story when we came to you live this weekend from OBON!

Jim Marten, Michael Luria, Matt Russell, Chef Creamer & Marlee Palmer

Our celebrity co-host was fellow whiskey enthusiast and member of the Tucson Medical Center communications team, Jim Marten. Jim showcased some of the Scotches he’s been enjoying in this early fall season with their distinct expressions of barley. We also caught up with Michael Luria of Children’s Museum Tucson who shared the news on his upcoming Evening of Play (an event that Jim Marten is chairing!). We then made our way over to the OBON bar with mixologist Marlee Palmer who revealed some Asian inspirations for her libations, while Chef Creamer whipped up some wonderful and reportedly weird stories from the back of the house.

Fried Spam steam buns with kimchi, house-made pickles, green onion, and spicy mayo. Right?

We experienced the perfect pairing of Marlee’s Gangnam Style cocktail with toasted sesame infused vodka and Creamer’s fried Spam bun with kimchi and ponzu cream!

Outrageously OBON!