New: Glass Onion CaféJen McDonald is a Beatles fan, a caterer and a former New York deli owner from Boston. She recently opened the Glass Onion Café at 1990 W. River Road. Dabbling in Beatlemania, the sandwiches have names like albacore Rigby and crabby road; the smoked salmon on organic rye bread is aptly called Norwegian Wood. The café is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 293-6050 to order in advance.
New: Angelina's RistoranteAccording to one ex-New Yorker, Oro Valley's 2-month-old Angelina's has the best pizza in Tucson. I'm not sure it's the best, but from personal experience, I can say it's very good. Angelina's is located at 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; 742-9595.
Closed: Jai ThaiJai Thai, at 6151 E. Broadway Blvd., has closed; it opened in December 2007.
Humanitarian of the YearElizabeth Mikesell, a chef/instructor at Pima Community College, received the American Culinary Federation's Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 2008 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas in July. Mikesell was recognized for her unique contributions to the culinary industry within the past year. Congratulations!
Buddha's BowlHealing through whole foods is the mantra of Steve Critcher, chef and owner of Buddha's Bowl. According to the press release, it's Tucson's first personal-chef service focused on wellness through nutrition, and supporting caregivers and those in recovery; another goal is to educate clients wishing to heal themselves through locally grown foods. Check out the Bowl's Web site or call 668-9010.