Local Foodie News

Leah LeMoineApril 13, 2021
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All the news that’s fit to nosh.  

Tucson Takeover: After years of anticipation, Tucson fast-food icon eegee’s is opening its first Valley location. The eatery, which specializes in subs, grinders, specialty french fries, soft pretzels and its signature eegee frozen fruit drink, will open this summer at the southwest corner of Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive in Gilbert. “We’re very fortunate that there’s already so much anticipation around our expansion,” says eegee’s CEO Ron Petty. “Our brand affinity in Tucson is so strong, and we ultimately hope to grow that same kind of following in the Phoenix market, starting in the East Valley.” The award-winning Arizona chain has been in operation since 1971 and will open multiple locations throughout the Valley this year and in 2022, including in Gilbert, Mesa and Phoenix. 

What’s Popping: Tempe-based popcorn brand Kettle Heroes has launched a new flavor just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Elote Mexican Street Corn Mix is inspired by the famed Mexican street food and will boast the same brightness balanced by satisfying cheesiness. The new flavor is available in jumbo bags for $9.99 – exclusively online – April 25-May 6. 

Will Work for Food: Valleywide hiring shortage has been affecting restaurants as they attempt to re-staff for complete re-openings. If you’re looking for a job in the hospitality industry, now is your time. Medieval Times and The Italian Daughter are just two of the dozens of businesses hiring right now. Inquire with your favorite local restaurants for opportunities.  

Living Legacy: In the wake of the January passing of legendary Valley chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore, his family has established The Tomaso Maggiore Culinary Arts Foundation. The Maggiore Group, helmed by Tomaso’s adult children Joey and Melissa, aims to provide culinary arts education and support. “We are truly grateful for the generous outpouring of support being provided to the foundation by those who were touched by and who wish to honor the memory of our father,” says Joey Maggiore, president of the foundation. Details on a scholarship are being finalized and will be announced soon. Those interested in supporting its mission may make monetary donations or contribute memorial gifts in Tomaso’s honor. 

Wine and CultureWorld-famous architecture destination Taliesin West, the winter home of revered architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is popping corks with a fun new offering. The Wine & Wright Tour is offered on Fridays and includes a complimentary beverage of choice (wine or non-alcoholic selections) an hour before your property tour commences. It makes for a great date night or social hour with friends before taking in the beauty of Taliesin West. Bar hours are 4-6 p.m. and tours run at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. and last one hour. Advance reservations required, and tickets are $50/person.

Up Shot: The perks of vaccination keep on coming. Kitchen United MIX, the new 15-restaurant takeout/delivery hub in Scottsdale, is offering $10 off orders of $30 or more using the code VACCINE through the end of the month. Additionally, on April 23 guests can create their ultimate picnic basket with dishes from 10 different menus to celebrate National Picnic Day. Use code PICNIC to get 20 percent off orders of $40 or more online (valid April 25-26). You must create an account and log in to take advantage of both offers, not to be combined. Finally, if you take a photo of your “PicMIX” picnic and tag @kitchenunitedmix, the food collective is awarding a $50 gift card to a random winner. 

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