There's a new berry in town. Pichuberries are being imported from South America by a company called MojoTree Farms, which is also working with the University of Arizona to find a way to cultivate the berries locally. The berries look like yellow tomatillos and have a sweet taste unlike anything I've come across. The bonus is that the little guys are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, which some say could make them the next superfood. MojoTree Farms is developing a pichuberry juice and other products, but for the time being, you can find the berries in a couple of cocktails at Che's Lounge, 350 N. Fourth Ave., and at several farmers' markets around town. Visit www.pichuberry.com for more information.
Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Weekend
Allen Yap of OM Modern Asian Kitchen will attempt to dethrone reigning champion Ryan Clark of Lodge on the Desert at this year's Iron Chef Tucson competition on Saturday, June 23. It should be quite the matchup, but Yap better bring it on, since Clark has dominated nearly every local cooking competition he's entered in recent years. Tickets are $40, or $75 VIP. The next day features equipment exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, tastings and much more. Tickets are $20. It all takes place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. Visit www.ironcheftucson.com for tickets or more information.
Caffé Milano, at 46 W. Congress St., is taking a summer break that started June 14. The owners head to Italy each year to search for new recipes, but say they'll be back and open for business on Wednesday, July 18.
Big Juan's: No. 2
Big Juan's Tacos y Burros, the newest quick-service Mexican restaurant to hit Tucson, has opened its second location at 4470 N. First Ave. The new spot opened last week, but its grand-opening fiesta starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23. The first location, at 4352 E. Speedway Blvd., opened in March. If you're in a hurry and craving a street-style taco or burrito, the food is a cut above that at many fast-food joints, and the prices aren't bad. Both locations also feature drive-through windows that are open 24 hours a day.
Picazzo's Organic Italian Kitchen, at 7850 N. Oracle Road, has closed.