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!