Chefs Vs. Surgeons, New Indian Food, New Argentinean Food, Jerk Chicken, World’s Largest Matzo Ball Attempt and More

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We made our maiden voyage to Don Pedro’s Peruvian Bistro (which we blogged about yesterday) and left with a full stomach and plans to return. Peruvian food takes many forms and combines disparate ingredients (for instance: tuna and cold mashed potatoes, which is quite good), and Don Pedro’s serves a fast and tasty version of it. The restaurant also has some of the hottest salsa we’ve tasted in a while, and a savory white condiment we have to get the recipe for. Good service, too.

Also new this week: Flavor of India, the new Oro Valley restaurant by the three brothers that own Gandhi Cuisine of India. They opened last Sunday and offer a buffet seven days a week. More information here.

The Cup Café at Hotel Congress unveiled a new menu this week. Notable additions include jerk chicken and a prime-rib sandwich. More here.

Speaking of jerk chicken, Tiki Tim’s Grill at the Hut does it right. We stopped in last Sunday and our lunch companion couldn’t stop talking about it. Wait, maybe the jerk she was talking about was me. Either way, Tiki Tim’s is awesome and well worth trying.

Discounted tickets are now available for the BBQ Classic at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30. We’re not sure how much tickets were originally, but they’ve been marked down to $10 per day, or $45 for VIP. More information here.

The owners of Casa Vicente are opening a new restaurant called Casa Marita in the Mercado San Agustin. Owner Vicente Sanchez says the new restaurant — which is named after his wife, Marita Gomez — will serve food from Gomez’s homeland of Argentina, with a focus on beef grilled over mesquite wood. Expect imported Argentinean beef, local, grass-fed beef and cuts of meat you may have never seen before. The restaurant is expected to open early next year.

Chefs from a number of local restaurants take on surgeons from the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute at a pumpkin-carving contest Thursday, Oct. 28. There will be snacks and wine and the pumpkins will be auctioned off to raise money for programs that help kids with arthritis. Admission is free. More information here.

We’ve also gotten word that they’ll try to set the world record for the largest matzo ball at this year’s Tucson Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 7. That will require a matzo ball that weighs at least 500 pounds. Damn. More information here.

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