Once every quarter, this union of local independent restaurants comes together for a fundraiser for their organization: They offer gift certificates to all participating restaurants. The good news: The gift certificates are offered at 60-70 percent of their face value. The bad news: They're offered online only, and chaos tends to ensue when they release the certificates for sale. They go fast--often within a matter of minutes--but the lucky purchasers receive booty that any pirate would desire. To get in the game for these desirable treasures, go to www.tucsonoriginals.com
and click on "purchase gift certificates online" to find out when the next quarterly sale is.