Tucson Festival of Books

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                          TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS


                                     March 9 & 10, 2013


                             CULINARY TENT SCHEDULE


For the culinary demonstrations, major food items Donated by Tucson’s Whole Food Stores



Saturday, March 9, 2013


10:00-11:30- Bob Spitz- “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child”.  Donna Nordin,

                                         who once assisted Julia Child will prepare two of Julia’s

                                         Favorite recipes, “Le Kilimanjaro” & “Filets de Poisson

                                         Bercy”, Moderator; Janos Wilder, Chef/Owner Downtown

                                         Kitchen & Cocktails & James Beard Award winner, Best Chef



11:30-1:00- Bruce Aidells- The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need To Know

                                               to Buy and Cook Today’s Meat”. Assisted by Albert Hall,

                                              Chef/Owner Acacia Real Food & Cocktails Restaurant,                                                        

                                               Moderator; Barbara Fairchild, Journalist, consultant, former

                                               Editor-in-chief, Bon Appétit Magazine. Local beef for

                                               This session donated by the Arizona Cowbelles.


1:00- 2:30- John Mariani-     “How Italian Food Conquered the World”, Assisted by

                                               Massimo Tenino, Chef/ Owner Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

                                                and Isola Pizza Bar in San Diego, Moderator; Linda

                                                Murray Berzok, Cookbook author Food Historian.                                


2:30-4:00-- Meeru Dhalwala- “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey: The Warmth and Ease of Indian                                                                                                              Cooking” & “Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine” Assisted

                                                  by Ryan Clark, Executive Chef, Lodge on the Desert &

                                                  Tucson’s continuously winning Iron Chef.

                                                 Moderator; Jennifer English, James Beard Award winner

                                                 and founder of the Food & Wine Radio Network, and host

                                                 of  Bottoms Up! radio show. 


4:00-5:30- Tony Abou-Ganim- “Vodka Distilled”. Assisted by Karl Goranowski Beverage

                                                    Manager & Mixologist from 47 Scott and Scott & Co.,                                                        

                                                    Panelists; Aaron DeFeo, Resort Mixologist, Casino del

                                                    Sol, Ramiro, Scavo Chef/Owner (and Mixologist) Pasco

                                                        Kitchen & Lounge, Eric Farmilant, Bar Manager/Mixologist,

                                                        Tavolino Ristorante Italiano. Moderator; Jennifer English,

                                                    James Beard Award winner and founder of the Food &

                                                    Wine Radio Network, and host of Bottoms Up! radio





Sunday, March 10, 2013



10:00-11:30—Laura Werlin- “Mac & Cheese, Please” & “Grilled Cheese, Please”.                                                                                                                                                  Assisted by Bill Toto, Sous Chef, AZUL, Westin

                                                La Paloma Resort & Spa. Moderator; Michael Luria,

                                                Executive Director, Children’s Museum Tucson. This

                                                Session, Sunday Cheese School will have two tasting

                                                tables, one for adults and one for youths.


11:30- 1:00- Georgeanne Brennan- “Salad of the Day” & “The Davis Farmer’s

                                                         Market Cookbook”. A James Beard and

                                                         Julia Child Award Winner, Assisted by Kevin Fink,

                                                         Director of Operations, Zona 78, Italian Kitchen &

                                                         Enoteca Restaurants, Moderator; Judith Mattson

                                                         Editor & Publisher “Tucson Local Food News”.                                         



1:00-2:30 Heather Shouse--“Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best

                                               Kitchens on Wheels”. Assisted by Bryce Ward, Executive

                                               Sous Chef, Café a la C’Art and Carte Blanche Catering.

                                                Moderator; David Aguirre, Tucson’s Food Truck Guru and

                                                Director, Dinnerware Artspace.                                                                                                                                               


2:30-4:00-- Alice Feiring- “Naked Wine: Letting Grapes do What Comes Naturally”,                                                  

                                          Panelists- Jay Wisniewski, Owner, Caffe Boa, Tempe, AZ &

                                          Empty Glass Natural Wine Company, Yvonne K. Foucher,

                                          R.A., Owner CartaVinos Wines, Rick Paz, Sommelier & Wine

                                          Manager, Flemings Steakhouse, Jon Rogers, Proprietor, Wines

                                          Without The Mystery, Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild,

                                          and Doug Levy, Chef/Owner Feast Restaurant. Moderator;

                                          Bonnie Lee Lewis, Pour Me Some Grapes wine blogger

                                          For the Tucson Citizen.


4:00-5:00 – Chai Chat with Meeru Dhalwala, Author of “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey:                                       

                 The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking” & “Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine.”

                 Meeru will hold a very informal “Chai Chat” session to talk about Indian regional cuisines, recipes,

                 ingredients, organic farming, cooking at home, restaurant design, vendor relationships,

                 work ambience, and more.The audience will be invited to share a big pot of chai, cooked on the

                 mobile stove and spiced the way she serves it at her restaurants. There will be plenty of time for

                 questions. Moderator, Edie Jarolim, dining editor, Tucson Guide & Zagat Survey culinary journalist.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, March 10, 2013 (All day)