The Tucson Festival of Books is next weekend and just over a dozen culinary authors are expected to participate in events surrounding the festival on the main mall on the University of Arizona campus.
Slow Food Tucson has organized a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. March 10 at Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way. Participating authors include Nancy Silverton, owner of several Los Angeles restaurants and founder of La Brea Bakery; Alice Medrich, called the “First Lady of Chocolate,” and author of “Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies;” and Evan Goldstein, master sommelier and author of “Perfect Pairings.”
Libations at the reception include wine from taps, local brews from both Tucson and Bisbee and three specialty cocktails: ginger-whisky breeze, tamarindo pod sangria and Lodge on the Desert’s classic margarita. Chef Ryan Clark will also prepare some hors d’ouevres. Tickets are $35 per person. (A dinner following the reception is already sold out.)
• Slow Food Tucson — http://slowfoodtucson.org/Events.asp
Polish country on Broadway
If you and your taste buds are looking to break out from one of the standard cuisines — Chinese, Italian, Mexican, etc, — try the Polish Cottage in mid-town. The restaurant opened in September and is relatively small, but nicely decorated with a warm, country-cottage feel. You might want to overlook the dining room chairs that look to be straight out of the 1970s.
The menu features Polish specialties including pierogi, stuffed cabbage, hunter’s stew and Polish sausage. For me, the pierogi was the highlight of a recent visit. There are four varieties of the house-made pierogi, potatoes and cheese, sweet farmers cheese, beef, and sauerkraut and mushrooms. Keeping true to their roots, the Polish Cottage also offers a nice list of Polish beers, vodka and liqueurs.
• The Polish Cottage, 4520 E. Broadway — http://polishcottageaz.com/index.html — (520) 891-1244
Another Paradise Bakery
Paradise Bakery & Café is continuing to expand in Tucson. Late this month it’s due to open northwest of the corner of Broadway and Wilmot Road in the space that last house Austin’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream. As Paradise Bakery the location will feature indoor seating for 90 and a newly constructed patio for 40.
The chain, which was acquired by Panera Bread a little over four years ago, has two other Tucson locations, at 845 N. Park Ave. in Main Gate Square, and 4362 N. Oracle Road.
• Paradise Bakery & Café, 6129 E. Broadway — www.paradisebakery.com.
Contact Michael Luria at email@example.com. Meals & Entertainment appears weekly in Inside Tucson Business.