California Pizza Kitchen
A spokeswoman for California Pizza Kitchen says the company is opening a location at the Tucson Mall (4500 N. Oracle Road). An opening date has not been set, but hiring is expected to start in October. Expect pizza and other items ranging from Korean-barbecue tacos to deli sandwiches. Visit www.cpk.com for more information.
Back-to-School Beer Tasting
When Beer 101 makes it into course catalogs, all will be right in the world. Until then we'll have to get that education from events like the back-to-school beer tasting at Maynards Market and Kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26. Pay $5 and you'll be treated to tastes of five beers and appetizers. Show a UA CatCard and get 25 percent off the purchase of beers featured in the tasting. There'll be live music on the patio, too. Maynards is located at 400 N. Toole Ave.; 545-0577.
The Feast Blog
Fans of Feast restaurant can follow the progress of the new location at 3719 E. Speedway Blvd. through a blog at www.eatatfeast.com. Click on the "Future Location" link and check out the informative and comical updates posted almost daily. The estimated $1.5 million project is expected to wrap up later this year.
Salud Oyster Bar and Grill
The oyster bar at the newish Salud Oyster Bar and Grill (1825 W. Valencia Road) isn't finished yet, but it's going to be awesome once it is. "You'll be able to come in and sit down, and they'll pull the oysters right out of the ice and shuck them for you right there," said manager Jesus Bonilla Jr. "Eventually, we'll carry four or five kinds of oysters from all over the world." Currently, the restaurant serves oysters, other seafood and a selection of Mexican and American foods. There's also a full bar and a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 889-2800.
Hacienda del Sol holds its second annual Pinot Festival on Sunday, Aug. 29. Pinot grigio, pinot noir and pinot blanc from California, Oregon, France, Germany and New Zealand will be featured, and some of the winemakers will be on hand to answer questions. Food will be provided by Ramiro Scavo, corporate chef for Hacienda del Sol, Zona 78 and Harvest Restaurant. $55 general admission, $75 VIP. Reservations are required; 529-3500.