Food Conspiracy Expands
Fans of the deli at the Food Conspiracy Co-op (412 N. Fourth Ave.) will soon have much more to choose from. Co-op officials signed a deal last week to lease a 6,500-square-foot building at 425 E. Seventh St., and will convert at least 1,000 square feet into a commercial kitchen that will, for starters, increase the number of dishes available at the in-store Avenue Deli. The store has wanted to expand for some time, and the extra room can only mean good things for those who shop there; www.foodconspiracy.org.
New Local Brews
A microbrewery setting up shop in a westside warehouse will put more local beer on shelves before long. Eric Greene says he's opening the Dragoon Brewing Company with his father, Bruce Greene, as well as Tristan White. He hopes to have "beer in the tanks" by the end of the year. A potent and "aggressively hopped" India pale ale and a mild "session" beer will be brewed year-round. Seasonal beers made with locally inspired ingredients such as agave syrup and mesquite-smoked malt are also in the works. "We're going to try to keep it fresh and interesting and tied to Tucson a bit," said Eric Greene. There's more at www.dragoonbrewing.com.
New: New York Pizza Department
A new joint called New York Pizza Department has opened at 1521 N. Wilmot Road. It's a nice little pizzeria with about a dozen tables and a menu full of pizzas, hot subs, panini, calzones and a few desserts. The slices are large; the staff is friendly; they deliver; and there's a special most days featuring a drink and a slice for $3; 207-7667.
The first in a series of five cocktail classes at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails (135 S. Sixth Ave.) takes place Saturday, June 18. "Vodka vs. Gin: Let the Drinking Begin!" delves into the cerebral side of cocktails with detailed descriptions of the distilling processes that distinguish each spirit, and tips on how to make killer cocktails at home. The class starts at 2 p.m. and costs $25, which includes samples. Reservations are required; 623-7700.
All sorts of different specials are available at Tucson Originals members thanks to the $20.11 Summer Special Program. The deals run through Labor Day. Visit www.tucsonoriginals.com for a list of participating restaurants or more information.