Travis Miller (TRAVIS MILLER) explains the menu to a customer at the Serial Grillers (SERIAL GRILLERS) food truck on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at an old gas station at 7889 E. 22nd Street (7889 E. 22ND ST) where they're looking to become a more permanent fixture with other food trucks. A mister systems cools diners underneath a canopy, while renovations are underway to gut the service station to make way for an air-conditioned eating space. Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star *NO MAGS NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT*


Firefighters rally around fallen brother's widow

Firefighters from agencies throughout the Tucson area are joining hands to help the family of a Marana firefighter killed June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

From 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, members of the Old Pueblo Firefighters Association will gather in St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., to sell firefighter calendars, raffle tickets, and collect "fill the boot" donations to help William Warneke's family finish building his Marana home. Warneke was among the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters killed in the Yarnell Fire outside Prescott. At the time, Warneke and his pregnant wife were restoring their house.

Union Public House, one of several restaurants in St. Philip's Plaza, will donate proceeds from appetizers during the event. Raffles include stays at Casino del Sol Resort and Desert Diamond Casino hotel.

Coming soon: Serial Grillers pizza

Serial Grillers - the food truck with the macabre sense of humor when it comes to the names of its cheesesteak sandwiches and burgers - is venturing off in an entirely different direction.

Owners Travis and William Miller are opening a pizza joint.

But lest you think Serial Grillers Pizza, Salad, Subs goes too far afield of the Millers' killer concept, consider the names of some of their pizza creations:

• Mr. Brooks - Genoa salami, Canadian bacon and pepperoni on a crust brushed with garlic olive oil and red wine vinaigrette and flecked with red onions and hot peppers.

• Texas Chainsaw Massacre - White barbecue sauce as the base for three cheese blend (mozzarella, cheddar and provolone), diced chicken, tomatoes and jalapenos.

• The Bone Collector - Breaded spicy boneless chicken wings sitting on a bed of ranch dressing topped by cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.

Serial Grillers Pizza - nicknamed Serial Grillers #2 - is in a former carryout pizza restaurant at 5737 E. Speedway. Travis Miller said the brothers hoped to be open by month's end.

Meanwhile, the original Serial Grillers food truck is parked from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays at 22nd & Pantano Food Truck Court, 7889 E. 22nd St.

Hogs 'N' Hounds to help shelter animals

Harley Davidson of Tucson, 7355 Interstate 10 Frontage Road, is throwing a beer-tasting fundraiser on Saturday with proceeds going to The Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Thunder Canyon Brewery is providing the beer.

There will also be music by "Z" Westhoff, along with snacks, raffle, silent auction items and photo opportunities with a Harley and a hound.

The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $15 for four beer tastings.

For more information, call 321-3704, Ext. 188.

This is the shelter's first event with Harley Davidson and organizers are hoping for a full house.

The Humane Society has been at or near capacity in recent weeks. Check Page 24 to see a couple of the animals from the Human Society that are awaiting their forever homes.

Michelle Hains, the regional marketing manager for Harley Davidson, said plans are also underway for a motorcycle ride early next year to benefit the Humane Society.

Feast event benefits shelter for felines

File this under eating for a good cause:

Feast Restaurant, 3719 E. Speedway, will donate 20 percent of your bill all day Wednesday to PAWSitively Cats.

You need to have a flyer - download it at - and you also can drop off donations of canned cat food or scoopable cat litter.

PAWSitively Cats is a cage-free, no-kill shelter for felines.

For reservations and more information, call 326-9363.

Summer break's over; tasters group resumes tasting

Tucson Tasters Guild is fresh from its monthlong vacation and ready to dive into what it does best - eat.

The group will hold its next tasting event Saturday at one of Tucson's newest restaurants, Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Relish, at 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive, will host a wine tasting with small plates crafted by chef/owner Stephen Hurd. The menu includes Matua Sauvignon Blanc paired with tuna tartare; Dark Horse Chardonnay paired with crab cake with lobster; Raymond Merlot complementing duck breast with a Swiss chard and cherry marmalade; and Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon paired with beef tenderloin with wild mushroom ragu.

The price is $40 and that includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Relish at 300-4529.

Relish opened in February in the space that housed Create Cafe.

Anthony's gets wine win

Anthony's in the Catalinas snagged one of 73 grand awards doled out by Wine Spectator.

The grand award is the prestigious magazine's highest honor, drawing thousands of entries from around the world. Eligible restaurants must have 1,500 bottles in house covering a breadth of styles and producers, from mature vintages to large-format bottles.

Anthony's, 6440 N. Campbell Ave., is the only stand-alone restaurant in Arizona to receive the honor. Reservations and information at 299-1771.

Cathalena E. Burch