Eat Locally, Donate GloballyThree restaurants recently held tsunami benefit events. Raging Sage Coffee Roasters donated $2,342 to Save the Children, earmarked for tsunami aid; owner Roger Sliker thanks his customers for their generosity. At the recently opened Acacia, Chef Albert Hall and staff gave a $5,200 contribution to World Care. And at Daniel Scordato's Vivacé, regular customers wrote $75 checks (or more) directly to the American Red Cross in exchange for a three-course dinner plus wine, for a grand total of $7,000.
Raging Sage is located at 2458 N. Campbell Ave; 320-5203. Both Acacia and Vivacé can be found side by side at St. Philips Plaza on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road; 232-0101 and 795-7221, respectively.
Mother LodeCalifornia's version of the gold-digging Wild West was slated to open Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the El Con Mall. The Claim Jumper, a chain of 33 restaurants (and growing), serves super-sized portions of steaks, fresh fish, rotisserie chicken, baby back pork ribs, pot pies, specialty salads, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and more. Perusing the menu, I noticed a citrus salad that included pecan brittle--denture wearers, beware. Open daily for lunch and dinner at 3761 E. Broadway Blvd.; 795-2900.
Found a PepperA Noshing reader previously asked for help finding mulato peppers. Sherwood suggested Café Poca Cosa, thinking owner Suzana Davila perhaps had a source since her Oaxacan cuisine is pepper-driven. Then Sandy responded that Native Seeds/SEARCH has dried mulato peppers for $2.50 per 1.5 ounces at 526 N. Fourth Ave., 622-5561.
Slow Food Chinese FeastDine with other foodies on Monday, Feb. 7, for a pre-Chinese New Year Peking duck celebration. Check out www.slowfoodtucson.org for cost, location and reservation details.