Rocker ROGER Clyne takes
over Tucson with tequila

We normally don’t run news about Arizona rocker Roger Clyne in this dining column. But this week he’s sharing the marquee with beer, tequila and tacos.

On Saturday, Clyne will make the rounds to a handful of Tucson bars and restaurants for his Mexican Moonshine Cantina Crawl.

He’ll stop at each to introduce his Mexican Moonshine Tequila: 2:30 p.m. at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails, 345 E. Congress St.; 3:30 at Old Father Inn, 4080 W. Ina Road in Marana; 5 at Fini’s Landing, 5689 N. Swan Road in the Foothills; 6:15 at Dante’s Fire, 2526 E. Grant Road; then back downtown at 7 at Agustín Kitchen, 100 S. Avenida del Convento; 8:30 at Junxion Bar, 63 E. Congress St.; and finishing at 9:30 at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

That’s where Clyne will play a free plaza show and you can get a couple of Cup Cafe street tacos for $5, shots of Mexican Moonshine Tequila for $5 and two-for-one Four Peaks Brewery beers. Congress mixologist David Clark also will be creating craft cocktails using tequila. Clyne is expected on stage at 9:30.

Details: or 622-8848.

Time to sample, cast vote
for Tucson’s next Iron Chef

The list of chefs competing to be Tucson’s next top chef is in and now it’s time to decide which two rise to the top to compete in the 2014 Stella Artois Iron Chef Tucson.

Meet the contenders tonight at Desert Diamond Casino at 7350 S. Nogales Highway, where they will be lobbying for your vote — sample their food and cast a vote — $3 per person, $5 per couple — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The contenders: Nicholas Bamford, Harvest Restaurant; Jimmy Belden, Tohono Chul Garden Bistro; Michael Bujold, Desert Diamond Casino; Wendy Gauthier, Chef Chic; Ken Harvey, Loews Ventana Canyon; John Hohn, Bob’s Steak & Chop House at the Omni; Stephen Hurd, Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar; Edgar Legazppy, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse; Sergio Rocha, Tanque Verde Ranch; Erik Savin, PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol Resort; Ramiro Scavo, Pasco Kitchen & Lounge; Jared Scott, Maynards Kitchen; Pablo Valencia, Caruso’s Italian Restaurant; Marcus van Winden, Lodge on The Desert; Brian Watiker, Skybox Restaurant; and Bruce Yim, The Grill At Hacienda Del Sol.

Voting started May 12 and continues through June 6. Vote online at

The cook-off between the two finalists takes place June 28 during the annual Culinary Experience at Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive.

Food Conspiracy Co-Op gets into Tucson beer biz

The Food Conspiracy Co-Op is introducing its new Conspiracy Beer, brewed for the co-op by Tucson’s Iron John’s Brewing Co.

The Iron John English Pale Ale will be sold by the growler — $13 — at the Food Conspiracy Co-Op, 412 N. Fourth Ave., beginning Sunday. Every two months, the co-op will turn to another local brewery for a different beer, with profits from the sales benefiting El Grupo Youth Cycling Club.

Every year the co-op will select a different Tucson nonprofit organization as its beer benefactor, said Food Conspiracy spokesman Coley Ward.

Iron John’s Brewing Co. is Tucson’s newest brewery, launching in March and run by longtime home brewer John Adkisson. He produces small batch beers — no more than two barrels at a time — and all done by hand.

To celebrate the beer, Food Conspiracy Co-Op is hosting a Bike and Beer Brunch that begins at 9 a.m. with a bike ride on a route that takes riders 10 to 15 miles from the co-op to Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave. Brunch starts at 10:30 a.m. at Food Conspiracy. The cost is $15, which includes food and beer; it’s $10 for a vegetarian, non-beer option. Tickets are available at the store or online at

Tilted Kilt chain opening first Tucson spot

Tilted Kilt, a Tempe-based, Celtic-themed sports pub chain will soon open a location in the former home of Risky Business, 250 S. Craycroft Road.

That Risky Business closed on Sunday to make way for the new-to-Tucson concept, which will launch later this summer, according to a press release sent to the Star.

It will be one of more than 94 locations throughout the United States and Canada, including four in the Phoenix area.

The first Tilted Kilt opened in the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino in 2003.

The Tilted Kilt is coming to Tucson, courtesy of restaurant owners Wes Harris and Bob Raynor.

Harris already owns a Tilted Kilt in Boise, Idaho.

Raynor owns the other two Risky Business locations in Tucson, one at 6866 E. Sunrise Drive and the other at 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road; both will remain open.

Aside from the pub grub, including dishes such as the roasted garlic fries and Irish nachos topped in a Guinness beer cheese sauce, Tilted Kilt was also conceived as a “pub staffed with beautiful servers in sexy plaid kilts and matching plaid bras,” according to the restaurant’s website.

Visit for more information.

Summer dining deals

Whenever we come across a summertime dining deal, we’re going to let you know.

  • Pastiche
  • , 3025 N. Campbell Ave., is grilling up steaks tonight and on Tuesdays this summer for its weekly $15 steak night. Tonight it’s certified Angus New York Steak served au poivre — that’s French for pepper steak. On Mondays, you can get a beer and burger for $8. Pastiche is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Details: 325-3333 or
  • Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails
  • is celebrating the release of John Favreau’s film “Chef” with a 15 percent discount on food to those who bring their movie ticket stub to Downtown, 135 S. Sixth Ave. . Like the title character in the movie, Downtown Chef/Owner Janos Wilder also had a food truck, Wild Johnny’s Wagon, in the mid-1990s. “Chef” is now playing in several Tucson movie theaters. Downtown serves dinner from 5 p.m. daily; happy hour starts at 4.
  • Tavolino Restaurant
  • , 2890 E. Skyline Drive, is springing into summer with its $20.14 three-course offer: Ensalata Mista, choice of lasagna, spagetti pomodoro or chicken cacciatori, followed by house made gelato or sorbet. Deal good starting at 5 p.m. daily, 3 p.m. Sundays.
  • 531-1913
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  • Happy Hour for Hope at
  • Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
  • , 198 W. Cushing St., from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. $10 with proceeds benefiting the Hope Animal Shelter. 792-9200.
  • Jonathan’s Cork
  • , 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road, will host its 17th annual Patio Pig, a weekly pig roast that traverses the globe for culinary inspiration. It’s every Thursday in June: Mexican theme next Thursday; ; Panama on June 12; Brazil on June 19; and Argentina June 26. In addition to pig, the buffet features fish, salads and dessert. It’s from 3 to 7 p.m. and the cost is $25 a person, which includes one drink. 296-1631.
Father’s Day dining roundup

We’re rounding up Father’s Day specials to run in Caliente on June 12. To submit an entry, go to and click “Log in to add your event.” Select “Holiday dining” for the primary category under “Event details.” Submission deadline is Wednesday.

Cathalena E. Burch and Gerald M. Gay

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.