Time for a Good New-Fashioned Block Party

The Gastronomic Union of Tucson is at it again.

After a summer filled with outstanding dinners at the Carriage House where various chef members came together to serve up pork in glorious ways, G.U.T. is throwing a block party.

IMG_0500The big event will take place in the Carriage House parking lot on Sunday October 1st from 3pm-6pm.

Four chefs will be preparing four locally grown pigs in four ways; all sound fab.

Michael Elefante of Mama Louisa’s will serve porchetta, elefantebio-768x554Matt Cable of Fresco Pizza will smoke his pig, Chef Obie of Mountain Oyster Club will serve Caja China – box roasted pig– and Gary Hickey of Charro Steak will cook his pig on a spit over a mesquite fire.TF-Charro-Steak-Gary-Hickey-0837-768x512

Four local breweries – Barrio Brewing, Crooked Tooth, Dillinger and Pueblo Vida – will be there pouring their finest brews.

The event is an all you can eat sort of affair with beer samples included.

Live entertainment from DJ Herm and DJ Alias are also planned.

A portion of the monies raised will go to TEDx Tucson.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $12.50 for kids under 15 and are available at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-block-party-on-broadway-tickets-37369119041?aff=ehomesaved


G.U.T. is union of local chefs dedicated to promoting the flavors and culture of Tucson using local product and responsible agriculture. Inspired by Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the chefs want to educate the public about Tucson’s rich food scene, exceptional restaurants, seed banks, community gardens, farmers’ markets, brewers, distillers, growers, ranchers and even food writers.

This will be a popular event, I suggest you get your tickets today.

Ermano’s at Last!

Yesterday while touring the Modern Streetcar route, we finally had a chance to eat at Ermano’s Craft Beer & Wine Bar on Fourth Avenue.

I’d been there before on a busy evening, but had only sampled the nachos

The space is open and industrial. We wouldn’t remember what it used to be, but they did a great job of turning it into a gorgeous bar and dining room.

My sister and her husband were visiting from Michigan so with four people we had the opportunity to try several items. It was Taco Tuesday (@$2.00 each). it was Happy Hour and we had a 10% off coupon, so we chowed down. DSCN2104

The three of them ordered various craft beers and i went with the Sand Reckoner “R”.

We started with the deviled eggs and the hummus plate.DSCN2103 The eggs were served with house pickles and candied jalapenos and were both creamy and spicy. The hummus pate was unusual in that the hummus was made from black-eyed peas. The naan that came with it was also made in house.DSCN2102

The guys went with the fish tacos, which yesterday were made with grilled tilapia and a mess of house slaw and other stuff. They were tiny but packed with great flavors and textures.

I opted for mac n’ cheese. It was a perfect rendition. DSCN2106The bechamel sauce was almost light but what too the dish over the top was the big bites of house cured bacon.

We shared the fries. DSCN2108This was a generous serving and tasted like potatoes. They were also cooked like french fries are supposed to be cooked, some thing that is hard to find these days.

No real room for dessert.