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Cookies & Cocktails

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season, and this was the theme that guided this week’s show from Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ!

Doma Stoller, Matt Russell, Seth Simon & Debbie Rich (missing was John Aldecoa, who was plating our ribs as this photo was being snapped!)

Our celebrity co-host was Debbie Rich, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, who talked about the upcoming Cookies & Cocktails and Dessert Challenge. We also caught up with Doma Stoller, of HUB Ice Cream Factory and Playground, who teased us a bit on how she’s preparing for battle at Cookies & Cocktails. We shifted from sweets to suds for a moment when Seth Simon joined us, the creator of the Brew Bowl Craft Beer Festival, with the delicious details on this year’s event.

Four Girl Scout Cookie-inspired cocktails, now available at Brother John’s!

We wrapped up with Brother John Aldecoa of Brother John’s, who talked about his family’s Girl Scout story, his new Girl Scout Cookie cocktail menu, the latest news from the BBQ pit, and his newest restaurant Abuela’s Cocina Mexicana!

 

Special Guest Host

Matt was back on the road this weekend and arranged for one of our favorite guest hosts to rock the studio while he was gone…the Z-Man himself, Chef Alan Zeman! Alan assembled an all-star cast for this show, including Chef Ryan Clark of Casino Del Sol, Chef Brandon Dillon of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, Greg Fogie of Hotel Congress, Chip Forsythe of Rebel Coast Winery, and former Iron Chef of Tucson, John Hohn of Gap Ministries!

 

 

Mediterranean Mix, Part 1

Now that the ball has officially dropped in Times Square, America’s collective crusade to drop a few pounds has commenced. Or, at least to start being a bit more mindful about what, and how, we eat and drink. We dug into some strategies this week, with the Mediterranean Diet taking center stage, on our live broadcast from Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics in St. Philip’s Plaza!

Tom Alfonso, Matt Russell & Lisa Strid

Our celebrity co-host was Tom Alfonso himself who revealed many of the health benefits associated with premium olive oils and balsamics, listed some of the local restaurants that carry his products, and shared some ideas for inspired pairings. We also brought Lisa Strid into the conversation, winemaker at Arizona’s own Aridus Wine Co., who walked us through the Aridus story, some of the hottest selections from her portfolio, and her integration of scientific rigor and intuitive leaps of imagination!

The Malvasia Bianca from Aridus Wine Co. was one of the stars on this show!

Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Arizona wine. Three of our basic food groups!

 

Reason to Celebrate

There’s so much to celebrate when we think about Tucson’s dynamic food and beverage scene. This weekend’s show focused on the very spirit of celebration as we prepared to close out another delicious year, live from the newly renovated Playground Bar & Lounge!

Chef Ben Caballero, Sandy Ford, Jessica Nenadic, Matt Russell, Rachel D’Acquisto & Leah Schwersinske

Our celebrity co-host was Jessica Nenadic of the Tucson Museum of Art who looked back at news from 2017’s libation landscape. We also heard from Adam Lehrman of Tucson Foodie who revealed his picks for top local food news of 2017. Playground’s events manager Leah Schwersinske sat down with us as well to share her plans for a Black Tie Affair on New Year’s Eve, and director of operations Sandy Ford walked us through the recent renovations at this downtown hot spot.

Showstopping cocktails at this adult playground!

We closed out the show with executive chef Ben Caballero who treated us to some of Playground’s sharable dishes, and general manager Rachel D’Acquisto who showcased the kaleidoscope of cocktail colors behind the bar. Happy New Year!

 

Viva Italia

Italy’s national anthem proudly proclaims, “Uniamoci, amiamoci,” which means, “Let us unite, let us love one another.” If Italy’s food and beverage story was told in a single word it would have to be love, and we fell in love with Italy all over again on this live broadcast from Caffe Torino in the Foothills!

Ollie Shouse, Derek Malone, Matt Russell & Tony Frank.

Our celebrity co-host was Caffe Torino sommelier Derek Malone, who talked about his wine-based journey while sharing some of his hand-picked selections from the wine list. We also chatted with Allie Baron of La Cocina, who was just crowned Bartender of the Year by the Tucson chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild! Caffe Torino proprietor Ollie Shouse sat down with us as well to talk about the cuisine that’s made this restaurant a favorite among those who love Italiano autentico!

Two of the wines that we enjoyed on this delicious broadcast.

The veal marsala with mushrooms and fettuccini alfredo and the seared sea scallops with shrimp and risotto that he presented were perfect examples. We wrapped up with local jazz man Tony Frank who talked about Caffe Torino’s live jazz line-up on the weekends. Viva Italia!