CiCi's Pizza Invasion
All-you-can-eat-pizza joint CiCi's Pizza is opening three more locations in the Tucson area, according to a press release. There is currently one local CiCi's Pizza location, at 2912 W. Ina Road. We unsuccessfully tried to get a company spokesman to cough up the addresses of the new locations. The chain restaurant has 650 restaurants in 33 states, and the plan is to open at least 25 more locations across Arizona.
Fans of unique ethnic food may want to make a stop at the Tucson World RefugeeFest. This year's event features Afghani food by Sultan Palace, and meals by the Laotian Temple and Ghanaian Association. There will also be a Refugee Café selling foods made by Iraqi, Bhutanese and East African refugees. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 19, at El Presidio Park (160 W. Alameda St.). Admission is free; www.tucsonrefugeefest.com.
Father's Day Wines
Bring dad to CataVinos from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 17, through Saturday, June 19, and he'll be treated to a free tasting of six wines. If dad digs music, you'll want to be there from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Saturday tasting, when rocker Chuck Aubrey takes the stage. CataVinos is located at 3063 N. Alvernon Way; 323-3063; www.catavinoswines.com.
Delectables (533 N. Fourth Ave.) hosts an organic-vegetable tasting from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 24. Guests will be treated to tastes of six organically grown vegetables, dip, and organic watermelon and cucumber juices for $10. Several organic vodkas will also be available. Delectables also celebrates its 37th anniversary with a free event featuring music and cake at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17; 884-9289; delectables.com.
Jax Farm Project: The Blog
Check out an interactive approach to the farm-to-table concept at jaxKitchen's blog for its recently planted chef's garden. Owners Brian and Sandy Metzger are posting photos of every step of the garden's development while offering frequent status updates. Check it out at jaxfarm.tumblr.com.
Open and Closed
El Charro Café (15920 S. Rancho Sahuarita, Sahuarita) is open. ... In-N-Out Burger and Harvest Moon at Oro Valley Marketplace (corner of Tangerine and Oracle roads) are open. ... Jason's Deli (4545 N. Oracle Road) is open. ... Carvel Ice Cream and Bakery (1150 N. Silverbell Road) is closed.