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Kingfisher Turns 20

Kingfisher Bar and Grill, a Tucson gem, turns 20 years old on Sept. 1. In celebration of the anniversary, and as a thanks to its patrons, Kingfisher will be running specials from its original menu—at the original prices—for the entire month. Kingfisher, 2564 E. Grant Road, also is donating 20 percent of gross sales for the first 20 days of September to the Tucson Community Food Bank. Happy birthday, Kingfisher. We wish you many, many more years. For more info, visit kingfishertucson.com.

Back to School

It's that time of year again. Pack up lunch for the little ones, dress them in new clothes and send them off for some learnin'. But why should the kids be the only ones to better themselves? How about some cooking classes from some of the city's best chefs?

Tucson Originals has announced its lineup for its fall Master Cooking Classes, which start Sept. 10. For more information on the schedule, cost and the chefs participating, go to tucsonoriginals.com or call 343-9985.

Donna Nordin, former co-owner and executive chef of the now closed (but still beloved) Café Terra Cotta, has announced her series of intimate cooking classes. They include preparation of three to four recipes, and lunch with libations. Some of the recipes are for Terra Cotta classics that we all miss dearly. For more information, email donnanordincooks@aol.com or call 299-8100.

Back to Work

It's no secret that the restaurant business slows down in Tucson during the summer. Many local eateries like to take advantage of that fact and close for extended periods. Robert's Restaurant, 3301 E. Grant Road, has come back from its monthlong vacation.  The saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder,"  proves true in the case of Robert's regulars. Check out the menu at robertstucson.com

Wine Not?

The great Arizona Grape Stomp is coming up, and it's making a couple of stops near Tucson. The series of 5K fun runs is a great way to enjoy the countryside and sample some delicious local wines after the race. For dates, locations and ticket info, visit arizonawine.org/grapestomp.

Pillsbury Vineyards is hosting a harvest festival at its tasting room in Cottonwood on Sept. 1. The event will feature wines from the winemaker and host, Sam Pillsbury, available by the glass or bottle. There will be live music, and for those who want to imbibe more than a taste, the winery is encouraging overnight camping on the grounds. Call 520-384-3964 or go to pillsburywine.com for more info.

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