Four food-focused fundraisers to serve tastes of world, regional fare and chocolate

Food-focused fundraisers serve tastes of world, regional fare - and chocolate
2013-04-11T00:00:00Z Four food-focused fundraisers to serve tastes of world, regional fare and chocolateCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It's a good week to be a foodie, and to be a foodie for a good cause.

Several events this week are tied to food and good causes, from a nighttime golf competition and wine tasting to support parks programs for kids to a chicken and waffles feast to fund scholarships for kids.

Here's a taste of what you'll taste.

Big Break Night Golf & Food Fest

Randolph Golf Complex, 600 S. Alvernon Way.

• What: You don't need to know how to golf for this. In fact not being a good golfer might serve you well. That will minimize your angst when you lose sight of your glow-in-the-dark ball as it whizzes off course during the inaugural Big Break Night Golf & Food Fest.

But you will want to focus on the food, catered by Randolph Golf Course's El Con Grill. The menu that includes everything from beef and portobello sliders to chicken and shrimp skewers is paired with wines from Sonoita's Wilhelm Vineyards.

The Big Break features several golf competitions including "A Putt in the Dark" and "Sonoran Sand Shot" that require little or no actual golf talent, organizers said.

Proceeds benefit the Dan Felix Memorial Fund, set up not long after Felix died of lung cancer in 2003. The fund sponsors such things as swim lessons for kids and other city and county parks and recreation programs, said his widow Madonna Felix.

"He devoted a lot of his time to kids and the youth of Tucson so we started the fund in order to give back to the city and county parks and recreation programs for kids who are less privileged," she said.

Felix was a city and county employee for 30 years, spending most of that time in parks and recreation, she said. The city dedicated Dan Felix Memorial Park on the northwest side in his honor.

• When: 6-10 p.m. Friday.

• Cost: $75.

• Details: 575-8959.

Tastes of Many Cultures

McCormick Park, 2950 N. Columbus Blvd.

• What: Refugees from Somalia, elsewhere in Africa, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nepal will prepare a taste from their homelands at the Noor Women's Association annual fundraiser. This year's event is a little different than past years, when the group brought in a local ethnic restaurant to provide the food. This year, the association, which assists refugees with everything from English lessons to money for rent and utilities, is turning to the refugees themselves to make the food. Noor Women's Association President Dure Nomaan said the cooks will prepare mostly finger foods and prices will vary. The refugees will keep whatever they make, she said.

• When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Cost: No admission; purchase food at varying prices from vendors.

• Details: freewebs.com/noorwomen

Eighth annual Chicken & Waffles Fundraiser

Donna Liggins Center (formerly Northwest Center), 2160 N. Sixth Ave.

• What: The ladies of the Eta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are frying chicken and mixing scratch-made waffles for their eighth annual fundraiser.

"These aren't straight-out-of-the package waffles. We add some secret spices. It's pretty authentic," said organizer Rusneisha Taylor.

Eta Epsilon Omega is the graduate chapter of the sorority, comprised of alumni from around the country. Taylor, a first lieutenant in the Air Force stationed the past three years at Davis-Monthan, is originally from South Carolina and she estimated that most of her sorority sisters are Tucson transplants "who grew up with chicken and waffles."

All proceeds from the event will fund scholarships and go to local charities, Taylor said.

The event also includes prizes, music and raffles.

• When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

• Cost: $5 in advance by emailing aka.heq@gmail.com or $7 at the door.

• Details: aka-etaepsilonomega.org

coming later this month

Rincon Rotary Fifth Annual "Taste of Chocolate"

Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

• What: Did you ever daydream of being a judge in a chocolate contest?

The Rotary Club of Rincon (Tucson) is about to make your dream come true at its fifth annual "Taste of Chocolate" competition and tasting event.

Here's the scoop: 29 local chefs - caterers, bakers and gourmet chefs - will parlay their talents with chocolate as the main ingredient, whipping up decadent goodies. You get to taste-test and decide which is the best.

You also can taste some wines or beer from Borderlands Brewery for an additional cost. And, of course, there will be milk, which is free.

"It's a great event for the family to spend the afternoon," said event chairwoman Wendy Hobbs.

The event also includes a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds support the club's scholarship program and the 3rd Grade Dictionary Project, which puts dictionaries in the hands of local third-graders.

• When: 2 to 4 p.m. April 21.

• Cost: $10 per adult or two kids 5 to 12 ; free for kids 4 and younger with paid adult. Get them in advance by emailing wbtus@aol.com

• Details: 327-7111.

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