2020 Yearbook: 100+ photos of the faces behind Tucson food & drink

Now that it has been a little over four years since I’ve been working for Tucson Foodie, my photo archive is thick. With 1,300 articles comes thousands of photos. While most of the photos focus on trying to get a taco or salad to look luscious, a sizable chunk of photos have also been trying to capture the faces behind Tucson food and drink. Hundreds of faces.

When I think about the small businesses of Tucson, I think of the families and artisans putting their hearts into their craft. And when I think about those faces, it reminds me of the beauty of Tucson’s tight-knit food and drink community.

Here are the portraits I’ve gathered in the past few years. Keep in mind, I manually scrolled through over 10,000 photos, so I might have missed a few faces by accident. And it’s impossible for me to photograph the entire scene, so simply haven’t photographed countless faces. Also, I’m not including photos of permanently closed restaurants or people where they no longer work (awkward).

Tucson food and beverage portrait collage (Photos by Jackie Tran)

Tucson food and beverage portrait collage (Photos by Jackie Tran)

Adam Krantz, Monsoon Chocolate

Adam Krantz making chocolate bars at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Adam Krantz making chocolate bars at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our article Monsoon Chocolate: World-Class Chocolate, Bon Bons & Bars.

Aidan Gould, Sky Islands Public High School

Chef Aidan Gould sifting maqui berry powder onto duck breast with duck skin chicharron, grapefruit gastrique, and beet mole at Blue Sky Cafe at Sky Islands Public High School (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Aidan Gould sifting maqui berry powder onto duck breast with duck skin chicharron, grapefruit gastrique, and beet mole at Blue Sky Cafe at Sky Islands Public High School (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2019 article Not Your Average Cafeteria: Farm-To-Table Mindset Cultivated at Sky Islands Public High School.

Alan Kohler, Arizona Baking Company

Alan Kohler of Arizona Baking Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Alan Kohler of Arizona Baking Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article Arizona Baking Company Showcases Mesquite & Heritage Grains in Premium Baking Mix.

Alex Quezada, Carnitas Los Gordos

Alex Quezada chopping carne asada at Carnitas Estilo Michoacán Los Gordos

Alex Quezada chopping carne asada at Carnitas Estilo Michoacán Los Gordos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2019 article Tucson’s coolest new taco restaurant is inside a converted pink school bus.

Allan Conger, 1912 Brewing Company

1912 Brewing Co. president and head brewer Allan Conger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

1912 Brewing Co. president and head brewer Allan Conger (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2018 article Brewery Profile: 1912 Brewing Co..

Amjaad Jhan, The Curry Pot

Amjaad Jhan, owner of The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Amjaad Jhan, owner of The Curry Pot Sri Lankan Fusion (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2016 article The Curry Pot Food Truck Bringing Sri Lankan Food to Tucson.

Amy & Aaron Wilson, Crema Coffee

Amy and Aaron Wilson at Crema Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Meet Crema Coffee, Marana’s new craft coffee shop.

Anna Peirrera, Yellow Brick Coffee

Anna Perreira at Yellow Brick Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Anna Perreira at Yellow Brick Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2017 article Nine on the Line: Yellow Brick Coffee Anna Perreira.

Anthony Ooka, Hungry Kepuha

Owner and chef Anthony Ooka from Hungry Kepuha (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner and chef Anthony Ooka from Hungry Kepuha (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2017 article Hungry Kepuha Food Truck Bringing Guam Food to Tucson.

Anthony “Rocco” DiGrazia, Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria

Anthony "Rocco" DiGrazia at Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Anthony “Rocco” DiGrazia at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2016 article Keeping it Real with Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria.

Arash & Nooshin Foroozan, Just Kabab

Arash and Nooshin Foroozan at Just Kabab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Arash and Nooshin Foroozan at Just Kabab (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article Just Kabab brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Oro Valley (& you’ll want to try it).

Athene Kline, Monsoon Chocolate

Pastry chef and chocolatier Athene Kline at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pastry chef and chocolatier Athene Kline at Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article There’s only one place to spend National Chocolate Day.

Ben Forbes, Forbes Meat Company

Ben Forbes of Forbes Meat Company grilling sausages at Rincon Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ben Forbes of Forbes Meat Company grilling sausages at Rincon Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2017 article Nine on the Line: Forbes Meat Company Butcher Ben Forbes.

Blanca Mark & Yaxkin Andrade, El Chinito Gordo

Blanca Mark and Yaxkin Andrade at El Chinito Gordo (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Blanca Mark and Yaxkin Andrade at El Chinito Gordo (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article El Chinito Gordo offers a lively modern vibe with instant culinary classics.

Brandon Luthy, Peppersauce Kitchen

Brandon Luthy and pizzas at Peppersauce Kitchen (

Brandon Luthy and pizzas at Peppersauce Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article Zipline & dine: Arizona Zipline Tours’ Peppersauce Kitchen cooks homemade goodness.

Brian Haskins & Jasper Ludwig, 5 Points Market & Restaurant

Brian Haskins and Jasper Ludwig at the farm for 5 Points Market & Restaurant

Brian Haskins and Jasper Ludwig at the farm for 5 Points Market & Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our article 5 Points Market & Restaurant: Almost six years of nurturing community through food.

Brian Smith, Maynards Market & Kitchen

Maynards Market & Kitchen executive chef Brian Smith hosts Iron Chef Tucson Dinner on Sunday, August 26 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Maynards Market & Kitchen executive chef Brian Smith (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our June 2018 article A look into Brian Smith’s Iron Chef Tucson 2018 victory.

Brian, Vanessa, Piper, & Abby Wolfe, Food Groupie Cafe

Brian, Vanessa, Piper, and Abby at Food Groupie Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Brian, Vanessa, Piper, and Abby at Food Groupie Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article This Dickman’s Ugly Steak sandwich steals the show at Food Groupie Cafe.

Carolyn O’Connor, CERES

Carolyn O'Connor making cacio e pepe at CERES

Carolyn O’Connor making cacio e pepe at CERES (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Friday, June 19 is their last day open for the time being; stay tuned to their social media for reopening updates.

Read our October 2019 article “CERES” brings fresh hand-made pasta & bread to El Presidio.

Catalina Gallego, Magdalena Alvarez, Rachel Espinosa, & Sharon Alvarez, Ensenada Street Food

Catalina Gallego, Magdalena Alvarez, Rachel Espinosa, and Sharon Alvarez at Ensenada Street Food (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Catalina Gallego, Magdalena Alvarez, Rachel Espinosa, and Sharon Alvarez at Ensenada Street Food (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article Women-run food truck Ensenada Street Food serves up superb secret recipe al pastor.

Chaz Shelton, Merchant’s Garden

Chaz Shelton, founder and CEO of Merchant's Garden (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chaz Shelton, founder and CEO of Merchant’s Garden (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2017 article Merchant’s Garden to offer Tucson’s First Sustainable Certified Seafood.

Chris Squires, JP Vyborny, Ten55 Brewing Company

Ten Fifty-Five Brewing general manager Chris Squires and head brewer JP Vyborny (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ten55 Brewing Company co-owners Chris Squires and JP Vyborny (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2018 article Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House Grand Opening August 11.

CJ Hamm, Saguaro Corners • Mulligan’s Bar and Grill

Executive chef CJ Hamm at Saguaro Corners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef CJ Hamm at Saguaro Corners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2019 article Saguaro Corners: Hearty Comfort Food, Live Music & Mountain Views.

Claire Wang, Noodleholics

Claire Wang making noodles at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Claire Wang making noodles at Noodleholics (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2018 article New Chinese noodle shop “Noodleholics” to open on Grant Road.

Coralie Satta, Ghini’s French Caffe

Coralie Satta of Ghini's French Caffe and La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Coralie Satta of Ghini’s French Caffe and La Baguette Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2018 article Celebrate 26 Years of Ghini’s French Caffe with these 10 French classics (SLIDESHOW).

Curtis Wright, Time Market

Chef Curtis Wright at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Curtis Wright at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2018 article Nine on the Line: Chef Curtis Wright of Time Market.

Curtis Zimmerman, Presta Coffee Roasters

Presta Coffee Roasters owner Curtis Zimmerman

Presta Coffee Roasters owner Curtis Zimmerman (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article Presta Coffee is dedicated to bringing Nordic coffee culture to Tucson.

Damion Jenkins, Hop Street Lounge

Damion Jenkins at Hop Street Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Damion Jenkins at Hop Street Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our June 2019 article Meet Hop Street Lounge, east Tucson’s new beer, wine & bottle shop.

David Martin, Boulevard Barbecue & Fixins

David Martin, owner and pitmaster of Red Desert BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

David Martin, owner and pitmaster of Red Desert BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Red Desert BBQ & Catering to close July 20 in preparation of Boulevard BBQ.

David Perreira, Yellow Brick Coffee

Yellow Brick Coffee roaster David Perreira (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Yellow Brick Coffee roaster David Perreira (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our June 2017 article Tools They Use: Yellow Brick Coffee Roaster David Perreira.

David Solorzano, Penca

Penca executive chef David Solorzano

Penca executive chef David Solorzano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article 10 pretty pictures of Penca’s new fall menu items.

Dee Buizer

Dee Buizer, chef and owner of Senae Thai Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dee Buizer, chef and owner of Senae Thai Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2017 article Nine on the Line: Dee Buizer of Senae Thai Bistro.

Devon Sanner, The Carriage House

Executive Chef Devon Sanner at The Carriage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive Chef Devon Sanner at The Carriage House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2016 article Tools They Use: Carriage House Executive Chef Devon Sanner.

Dom Stoller, Doma’s Delights • Stacy Vernooy, The Red Light Lounge

Doma's Delights chef Dominique Stoller (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Doma’s Delights chef Dominique Stoller (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2019 article Doma’s Delights chef Dominique Stoller Wins Tucson Knife Fight 2019.

Read our December 2019 article Red Light Lounge at Downtown Clifton serves fantastic fry bread & crisp cocktails.

Don Guerra, Barrio Bread

Barrio Bread's Don Guerra in his home bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Barrio Bread’s Don Guerra in his home bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2016 article Barrio Bread Retail Bakery in ‘Preheat’; Prepares for November Opening.

Don Nguyen, Don Nguyen Knives

Don Nguyen of Don Nguyen Knives grinding a knife (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Don Nguyen of Don Nguyen Knives grinding a knife (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2017 article Custom ‘Don Nguyen Knives’ are a Hot Commodity Among Chefs, Locals & International Enthusiasts.

Don Rubino & Jaimie Perkunas, Bawker Bawker Cider House

Don Rubino and Jaimie Perkunas at Bawker Bawker Cider House

Don Rubino and Jaimie Perkunas at Bawker Bawker Cider House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article Tucson’s first craft cider house Bawker Bawker to open on 4th Ave.

Doug & Amy Smith, Exo Roast Co. • El Crisol Bar

Doug Smith and Amy Smith at El Crisol Bar

Doug Smith and Amy Smith at El Crisol Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Exo Roast Co. & El Crisol mezcal bar share intertwined mission for community building.

Doug Levy, Feast

Executive chef Doug Levy at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Doug Levy at Feast (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2018 article Feast’s Ever-changing Menu Will Keep You on Your Toes.

Eduardo Jara, Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

Executive chef Eduardo Jara at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano (Photo courtesy of Tavolino Ristorante Italiano)

Executive chef Eduardo Jara at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano (Photo courtesy of Tavolino Ristorante Italiano)

Read our May 2019 article We asked chefs: what is your favorite ingredient to grill?

Eli Schneider, Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea

Eli Schneider at Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eli Schneider at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2019 article Over 30 Years of Quality Food & Drinks Served at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea.

Elizabeth Menke, Saint Charles Tavern

Elizabeth Menke at the patio at Saint Charles Tavern (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elizabeth Menke at the patio at Saint Charles Tavern (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2018 article Saint Charles Tavern Sits in South Tucson’s Sweet Spot.

Ellie & Naomi Lippel, Woops! BakeShop

Ellie Lippel (left) and Naomi Lippel (right) at Woop! BakeShop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ellie Lippel (left) and Naomi Lippel (right) at Woop! BakeShop (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2016 article Macarons, NY Bagels & French Croissants: Tucson Sisters Bring Woops! BakeShop to Main Gate Square.

Emily Dillport, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain executive chef Emily Dillport at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain executive chef Emily Dillport at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2019 article Nine on the Line: Emily Dillport from the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Emma Vera, Guadalajara Original Grill

Owner Emma Vera at Guadalajara Original Grill on Prince Road (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner Emma Vera at Guadalajara Original Grill on Prince Road (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Fresh table-side salsa and weekly festivities at Guadalajara Original Grill.

Eric Corbin, Trident Pizza Pub

Eric Corbin tossing dough at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Eric Corbin tossing dough at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2019 article Trident Pizza Pub Serves Hand-Tossed, Brick-Oven Pizza with a Tucson Twist.

Eric Harding, Elvira’s

Beverage manager Eric Harding at Elvira's Elevated Latin Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Beverage manager Eric Harding at Elvira’s Elevated Latin Cuisine (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elvira’s is currently closed; stay tuned to their social media for any reopening announcements.

Read our June 2017 article Nine on the Line: Elvira’s Beverage Manager Eric Harding.

Erik Stanford, Pivot Produce

 

Erik Stanford at Pivot Produce (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Erik Stanford at Pivot Produce (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2018 article Pivot Produce: helping local produce make its way to your plate.

Erika & Todd Button, Button Brew House

Erika and Todd Button at Button Brew House (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Chiltepin Red Ale at Button Brew House is one of the finest spicy beers this side of the border.

Eston Stogner, Bowld

Owner-chef Eston Stogner at Bowld (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner-chef Eston Stogner at Bowld (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2019 article “Bowld” Restaurant & Meal Prep to Open in Vail.

Farideh Nikkhahmanesh, The Persian Room

Partner-chef Farideh Nikkhahmanesh at Persian Room

Partner-chef Farideh Nikkhahmanesh at Persian Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Feast like Royalty at Upscale Persian Room Fine Dining.

Fernando Mendez, Mendez Bakery

Empanadas at Mendez Bakery

Fernando Mendez and empanadas at Mendez Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2019 article Former Le Cave’s space finds new life as Mendez Bakery.

Flavia Briones, Sergio Torres, & Ariana, Barista del Barrio

Sergio and the family at Barista del Barrio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sergio and the family at Barista del Barrio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2018 article Barista del Barrio: Mexican mochas & breakfast burritos by the Briones family.

Frida Gonzales, Frida Hunt, Mauricio Salazar, & Walter Salazar, Villa Peru

Family at Villa Peru (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Family at Villa Peru (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Villa Peru: an elegant celebration of pisco, ceviche; delightful Peruvian staples.

Fulvia Steffenone, Caffe Milano

Chef Fulvia Steffenone "La Fufi" at Caffe Milano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Fulvia Steffenone “La Fufi” at Caffe Milano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article At Caffé Milano, Chef Fulvia Steffenone Brings a Taste of Italy to Tucson.

Gina Skelton, First We Eat

First We Eat pastry chef Gina Skelton (Credit: Jackie Tran)

First We Eat pastry chef Gina Skelton (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Art of Plating 2020 photos: chefs, plates & fun.

HeeMee Kim, owner-baker at HeeMee Coffee + Bakery

HeeMee Kim baking at HeeMee Coffee + Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

HeeMee Kim baking at HeeMee Coffee + Bakery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our June 2019 article “HeeMee Coffee + Bakery” to open downtown on Congress & Stone.

Ian Stupar, The Royal Room

The Royal Room and owner Ian Stupar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Royal Room and owner Ian Stupar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2017 article Mid-century Inspired Wine & Beer Bar The Royal Room to Open October 17.

Ivor Cryderman, Diablo Burger • Good Oak Bar

Executive chef Ivor Cryderman at Diablo Burger Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Ivor Cryderman at Diablo Burger Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2018 article Nine on the Line: Chef Ivor Cryderman.

Jake & Erika Muñoz, Seis Kitchen

Jake Muñoz and Erika Muñoz at Seis Kitchen and Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jake Muñoz and Erika Muñoz at Seis Kitchen and Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2016 article Nine on the Line: Seis Kitchen’s Jake & Erika Muñoz.

James Blue, Quail Distributing

James Blue pouring bubbly at Donut Bar Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

James Blue pouring bubbly at Donut Bar Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

We don’t have an article on him, but know that he’s behind the scenes tailoring wine lists for many local restaurants. He and I did have a lil’ pop-up dinner last year though…

Janet Jones, Tanque Verde Ranch

Executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Ranch with her dish at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive sous chef Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Ranch with her dish at Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2018 article Women’s History Month Episode 2: Coralie Satta, Janet Jones, Wendy Gauthier.

Janos Wilder, DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

Executive chef Janos Wilder at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Janos Wilder at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2019 article Guided through food: Tucson restaurateur Janos Wilder talks 40 years of global-inspired localism.

Javier Castro, Casino Del Sol

Casino Del Sol banquet chef Javier Castro at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Casino Del Sol banquet chef Javier Castro at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2016 article Vote and Meet the Chefs for Iron Chef Tucson 2016.

Jeff, Karyn, & Jeremy DeConcini, Eric Thu, & TJ the brewery dog, MotoSonora Brewing Co.

Jeff DeConcini, Karyn DeConcini, Jeremy DeConcini, Eric Thu, and TJ the brewery dog at MotoSonora Brewing Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jeff DeConcini, Karyn DeConcini, Jeremy DeConcini, Eric Thu, and TJ the brewery dog at MotoSonora Brewing Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2019 article MotoSonora Brewing Company to open on South Park Ave..

Jennifer English, radio host • Sally Kane, The Coronet

Jennifer English and Sally Kane for Around the Table (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jennifer English and Sally Kane for Around the Table (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2019 article Tucson Foodie & local celebs are talking breakfast, live this Thursday.

The Coronet is temporarily closed; stay up to date by following their social media.

Read our April 2014 article A Chat With The Coronet’s Sally Kane.

John Martinez, Tito & Pep

Tito & Pep owner-chef John Martinez (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tito & Pep owner-chef John Martinez (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article Inspiration behind Tito & Pep’s Art of Plating winning dish.

John “JP” Pratt, Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Executive John "JP" Pratt at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive John “JP” Pratt at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2018 article Nine on the Line: Chef John “JP” Pratt from Tohono Chul Garden Bistro.

Jon Holcombe, The Royal Room

Head bartender Jon Holcombe at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Head bartender Jon Holcombe at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2018 article We Experienced the Royal Room’s New Cocktail Menu Firsthand.

Jose “Che West” Zavala, Che West Tortillas

Tortillas by Che West owner-chef Jose Zavala (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tortillas by Che West owner-chef Jose Zavala (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2018 article Flavor-infused corn tortillas, hot from Che West.

Josh Johnson, Ranch House Grill & Brewery

Brewer Josh Johnson at Ranch House Grill & Brewery

Brewer Josh Johnson at Ranch House Grill & Brewery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2019 article SaddleBrooke’s Ranch House Grill & Brewery a worthy retirement community destination.

Juan Almanza, El Taco Rustico

Juan Almanza with costillas at El Taco Rustico at the Tohono O'odham Swap Meet

Juan Almanza with costillas at El Taco Rustico at the Tohono O’odham Swap Meet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2020 article Community rallies to save brand-new El Taco Rústico.

Kayla Draper, Prep & Pastry

Executive pastry chef Kayla Draper with a Classic XL Cinnamon Roll at Prep & Pastry

Executive pastry chef Kayla Draper with a Classic XL Cinnamon Roll at Prep & Pastry (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2019 article Visual guide to the baked treats at popular brunch restaurant Prep & Pastry.

Kelly & Gordon Berger, Le Rendez-vous

Kelly and Gordon Berger at Le Rendez-vous (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kelly and Gordon Berger at Le Rendez-vous (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article With formal dining & a bistro, Le Rendez-vous makes French classics available to everyone.

Kenneth Alexander, Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue

Proprietor Kenneth Alexander at Ken's Hardwood Barbecue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Proprietor Kenneth Alexander at Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2018 article Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue: Family-inspired menu drips multicultural soul.

Kenneth Foy, Dante’s Fire

Dante's Fire chef-partner Ken Foy (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Dante’s Fire chef-partner Kenneth Foy (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2019 article Dante’s Fire’s Ken Foy stoking new flames with fresh menu updates, new partner.

Konni & Dennis Calello with their sons Ken & Frank, Raptor Canyon Cafe

The Calello family at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Calello family at Raptor Canyon Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article Family-run Raptor Canyon Cafe warms hearts with home-style cooking.

Kwang An, Mr. An’s

Kwang An, also known as Mr. An, at his restaurant Mr. An's (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kwang An, also known as Mr. An, at his restaurant Mr. An’s (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2018 article Tucson’s Teppanyaki Evolution & Mr. An’s Legacy.

Kyle Jefferson, Pueblo Vida Brewing Company

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company co-owner and brewer Kyle Jefferson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pueblo Vida Brewing Company co-owner and brewer Kyle Jefferson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2016 article Tools They Use: Pueblo Vida Brewing’s Kyle Jefferson.

Kylie Myers, 4th Avenue Delicatessen

Kylie Myers with cannoli at 4th Avenue Delicatessen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kylie Myers with cannoli at 4th Avenue Delicatessen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article 4th Ave Deli employee Kylie Myers steps up to run the beloved sandwich shop.

Lindon “Lindy” Reilly & Jay Healy, Fire N’ Smoke Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ

Lindy Reilly and Jay Healy at Fire N' Smoke Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lindy Reilly and Jay Healy at Fire N’ Smoke Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Lindy Reilly joins as partner at Fire N’ Smoke, expands menu.

Louie Lazos, Louie’s Pub

Co-owner Louie Lazos pouring shots of Kiss My Chile at Louie's Pub

Co-owner Louie Lazos pouring shots of Kiss My Chile at Louie’s Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Louie’s Pub provides stand-out service; scorpion bowls & micheladas have a following.

Luis Gonzalez, Selena’s Salvadorian Restaurant

Owner Luis Gonzalez at Selena's Salvadorian Restaurant

Owner Luis Gonzalez at Selena’s Salvadorian Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2019 article Selena’s brings Salvadorian food to former Desert Island Eatery space.

Luke Smith, Charred Pie

Chef Luke Smith tossing pizza at Charred Pie

Chef Luke Smith tossing pizza at Charred Pie

Read our September 2019 article PHOTO FEATURE: Newly opened Charred Pie serves exceptional pizza in Oro Valley.

Mahmoud “Moody” Elbarasi, The Coronet

Executive chef Mahmoud "Moody" Elbarasi at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Mahmoud “Moody” Elbarasi at the Coronet (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Coronet is temporarily closed; stay up to date by following their social media.

Read our December 2017 article Nine on the Line with Moody Elbarasi of the Coronet.

Marcus van Winden, The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge executive chef and co-owner Marcus van Winden (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge executive chef and co-owner Marcus van Winden (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article 10 fun facts about The Dutch Eatery & Refuge.

Mark & Eric Erman, Ryne Hoffman, Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar • Portal Cocktails

Mark Erman, Eric Erman, and Ryne Hoffman at Portal Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mark Erman, Eric Erman, and Ryne Hoffman at Portal Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Both businesses are closed until further notice; stay tuned to their social media for any reopening announcements.

Read our February 2020 article Erman brothers to launch sexy bar “Portal Cocktails” on Fourth Ave.

Maria Mazon, BOCA Tacos y Tequila

Chef and owner Maria Mazon at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef and owner Maria Mazon at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2016 article Tools They Use: BOCA Tacos Chef Maria Mazon.

Marlee Palmer, OBON Sushi Bar Ramen

Marlee Palmer of OBON Sushi Bar Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Marlee Palmer of OBON Sushi Bar Ramen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

OBON is currently closed; stay tuned to their social media for reopening announcement soon.

Read our March 2019 article Throwback to the ’80s & ’90s with OBON’s New Cocktail Menu (VIDEO).

Mateo Otero, Rollies Mexican Patio

Owner-chef Mateo Otero at Rollies Mexican Patio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner-chef Mateo Otero at Rollies Mexican Patio (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2019 article Rollies Chef Mateo Otero: “What is Tucson’s Sonoran Chicano food to me?”

Matt & Nikki Thompson, Nook

Matt and Nikki Thompson at Nook

Matt and Nikki Thompson at Nook (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article Nook serves up creative brunch, lunch & dinner fare to downtown Tucson.

Michael Elefante, Mama Louisa’s

Executive Chef Michael Elefante at Mama Louisa's (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive Chef Michael Elefante at Mama Louisa’s (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2016 article Tools They Use: Mama Louisa’s Executive Chef Michael Elefante.

Michael “Mikey” Hultquist Jr., El Toreo • Lerua’s Fine Mexican Food

Chef Mikey Hultquist at El Torero

Chef Mikey Hultquist at El Torero (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2019 article El Torero back open with neighborhood charm & new gourmet delights.

Michael Rudner, The Bagel Joint

The Bagel Joint owner Michael Rudner making bagels (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Bagel Joint owner Michael Rudner making bagels (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2019 article The Bagel Joint: Wakin’ & Bakin’ Fresh & Local for almost 5 Years.

Mike Cotsones, Pappoule’s

Owner Mike Cotsones at Pappoule's (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner Mike Cotsones at Pappoule’s (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2019 article Pappoule’s: 30+ Years of Tender Gyros & Greek Flavors in Tucson.

Nathan Ares, Kyle Nottingham, Ares Collective

Nathan Ares and Kyle Nottingham at Commoner & Co.

Nathan Ares and Kyle Nottingham at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2018 article Miraval chef Kyle Nottingham to join Commoner & Co., Prep & Pastry team.

Nathan Teufel, August Rhodes Market

Partner-baker Nathan Teufel at August Rhodes Market

Partner-baker Nathan Teufel at August Rhodes Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2019 article PHOTO FEATURE: Sneak peek at August Rhodes Market, opening August 3.

Nicholas Lexvold, Cafe a la C’Art

Cafe a la C'Art executive chef Nicholas Lexvold (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cafe a la C’Art executive chef Nicholas Lexvold (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2018 article Three-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Cafe a la C’Art.

Niki King, Kenny King, Sonoran Brunch Company

Niki King and Kenny King at Sonoran Brunch Company

Niki King and Kenny King at Sonoran Brunch Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2019 article Sonoran Brunch Company to open at 22nd & Kolb on Halloween.

Noah & Zech Bergeron, Desert Dream Ice Creamery

Owners and brothers Noah and Zech Bergeron at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owners and brothers Noah and Zech Bergeron at Desert Dream Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2019 article Desert Dream Ice Creamery Now Open on Fourth Avenue.

Noboru Nakajima, Yamato Japanese Restaurant

Owner-chef Noboru Nakajima at Yamato Japanese Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Owner-chef Noboru Nakajima at Yamato Japanese Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2018 article I spent the last decade going to Yamato Japanese Restaurant for sushi.

Ramon Gonzales, Fat Noodle

Ramon Gonzales making ramen broth at Fat Noodle (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2018 article “Fat Noodle Ramen House” to open at First Ave. & Wetmore.

Ray & Carlotta Flores, Gary Hickey, Flores Concepts

Ray Flores, Carlotta Flores, and Gary Hickey at Charro Vida (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Charro Vida is currently closed; stay tuned to their social media for reopening announcements.

Read our February 2019 article Mediterranean-meets-Mexico with finesse & flavor at Charro Vida.

Renee & Steve Kreager, Renee’s Organic Oven

Renee & Steve Kreager at Renee's Organic Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Renee & Steve Kreager at Renee’s Organic Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2020 article Renee’s Organic Oven expands to new location with bar, patio & menu updates.

Riley Chandler, Pop-Up Tucson

Pop-Up Tucson Chef Riley Chandler (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pop-Up Tucson Chef Riley Chandler (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our June 2017 article Nine on the Line: Chef Riley Chandler of Pop-Up Tucson.

Roderick LeDesma, PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol

PY Steakhouse chef de cuisine Roderick LeDesma at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

PY Steakhouse chef de cuisine Roderick LeDesma at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2018 article PY Steakhouse Chef de Cuisine Roderick LeDesma Wins Knife Fight 2018.

Roxanne “Roxy” & Guillermo Berrellez, Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone

Roxanne "Roxy" and Guillermo Berrellez at Foxy Roxy's Chicken n Cone (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Roxanne “Roxy” and Guillermo Berrellez at Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This food truck is temporarily closed; stay tuned to their social media for updates on reopening.

Read our May 2019 article Foxy Roxy’s Chicken n Cone sizzles with quirky wing flavors on the go.

Ryan Clark, Casino Del Sol

Executive chef Ryan Clark at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Ryan Clark at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2016 article Tools They Use: Chef Ryan Clark.

Ryan Jones, Fini’s Landing

Executive chef Ryan Jones at Fini's Landing

Executive chef Ryan Jones at Fini’s Landing (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2019 article Enter Fini’s Landing with fresh seafood & beer on tap in the desert.

Sarah Hammelman, Sand-Reckoner Vineyards

Co-owner Sarah Hammelman at the Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room in Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Co-owner Sarah Hammelman at the Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room in Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2017 article Sand-Reckoner Vineyards Tasting Room Now Open in Warehouse Arts District.

Saumil Patel, Tamarind

Tamarind executive chef and owner Saumil Patel (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tamarind executive chef and owner Saumil Patel (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2018 article “Tamarind” Indian Fusion Restaurant Now Open Near Foothills Mall.

Scott Girod, Anello

Anello owner and pizzaiolo Scott Girod (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Anello owner and pizzaiolo Scott Girod (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2017 article Nine on the Line: Scott Girod of Anello.

Scott Peterson, Green Feet Brewing

Scott Petersen behind the bar at Green Feet Brewing (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Scott Petersen behind the bar at Green Feet Brewing (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article Green Feet Brewing: 3 Years Serving Those Who Serve.

Scott Volpe, Fiamme Pizza

Scott Volpe at Fiamme Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Scott Volpe at Fiamme Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2017 article Nine on the Line: Fiamme Pizza’s Scott Volpe.

Shazieh Gorji, Agave Pantry

Shazieh Gorji of Agave Pantry (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shazieh Gorji of Agave Pantry (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our December 2019 article Crank the kitchen game up a notch with gifts for the home chef in your life.

Stephanie Kingman, The Parish

Mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mixologist Stephanie Kingman from The Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2017 article This Week at Carriage House: Primavera Cooks, Tucson Feeds Paris Cocktail Challenge.

Stephen Paul, Whiskey Del Bac

Stephen Paul, owner of Hamilton Distillers, labeling Whiskey Del Bac Distiller's Cut (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Stephen Paul labeling Whiskey Del Bac Distiller’s Cut (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists include Barrio Bread, BOCA, Whiskey Del Bac, Mi Nidito.

Steven Schultz, Wild Garlic Grill

Executive chef Steven Schultz at Wild Garlic Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Steven Schultz at Wild Garlic Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2018 article Nine on the Line: Chef Steven Schultz of Wild Garlic Grill.

Suzana Davila, Cafe Poca Cosa

Cafe Poca Cosa owner and chef Suzana Davila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cafe Poca Cosa owner and chef Suzana Davila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our May 2019 article Internationally acclaimed Tucson restaurant Cafe Poca Cosa remains fresh & local after 33 years.

Thomas “Tiger” Ziegler, Tiger’s Tap Room at Hotel Congress

Thomas "Tiger" Ziegler at Tiger's Tap Room in Hotel Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Thomas “Tiger” Ziegler at Tiger’s Tap Room in Hotel Congress (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our March 2019 article Pouring at Hotel Congress Since the ’50s: “Tiger” of Tiger’s Tap Room.

Tisha Carey, Mama Carey’s Kitchen & Catering

Tisha Carey with chicken and waffles at Mama Carey's Kitchen

Tisha Carey with chicken and waffles at Mama Carey’s Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our November 2019 article Soul food’s the star at Mama Carey’s Kitchen & Catering. Please note; the restaurant has since closed, but Carey still offers catering.

Todd Getzelman, REVEL

Co-owner Todd Getzelman at REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Todd Getzelman at REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2017 article REVEL Wine and Beer to Open Near 4th Avenue January 14.

Ty, Tad, Dulce, & Elyse Hammett, Caps & Corks

Ty, Tad, Dulce, and Elyse Hammett of Caps & Corks (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ty, Tad, Dulce, and Elyse Hammett of Caps & Corks (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2018 article Caps & Corks Beer, Wine & Bottle Shop to Open in Marana.

Travis Peters, The Parish

Executive chef Travis Peters at the Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive chef Travis Peters at the Parish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our April 2017 article Nine on the Line: The Parish Executive Chef Travis Peters.

Tyler Fenton, Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Chef Tyler Fenton at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Tyler Fenton at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Reilly is temporarily closed; stay tuned to their social media for an update on reopening.

Read our February 2017 article Nine on the Line: Chef Tyler Fenton of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink.

Tyler Lapotosky, Loews Ventana Canyon

Executive sous chef Tyler Lapotosky at the Flying V Bar & Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Executive sous chef Tyler Lapotosky at the Flying V Bar & Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our September 2017 article Nine on the Line: Chef Tyler Lapotosky at the Flying V Bar & Grill.

Vlad Novokshchenov & Beck Caroli, Town Under Black Distillery

Vladimir Novokshchenov, Ozzy, and Beck Caroli at Town Under Black Distillery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Vladimir Novokshchenov, Ozzy, and Beck Caroli at Town Under Black Distillery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Tucson’s new Town Under Black Distillery features blue corn whiskey with cacao husks.

Welday Gezehen & Negesti Gebremichael with their daughter, Queen Sheba

Welday Gezehen and Negesti Gebremichael with their daughter at Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Welday Gezehen and Negesti Gebremichael with their daughter at Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our January 2018 article Tucson’s First Eritrean Restaurant Queen Sheba Now Open.

Wendy Garcia, Tumerico

Tumerico owner-chef Wendy Garcia

Tumerico owner-chef Wendy Garcia (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2019 article Tumerico charms locals with quality food & warm vibes (& free yoga).

Wendy Gauthier, Chef Chic

Chef Chic chef Wendy Gauthier at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Chic chef Wendy Gauthier at Art of Plating (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our July 2019 article Chef Chic Wendy Gauthier crowned Iron Chef Tucson 2019 winner (PHOTOS).

William & Travis Miller, Serial Grillers • Craft, A Modern Drinkery • Toro Loco Tacos y Burros • Boulevard Barbecue & Fixins

William Miller and Travis Miller, co-owners of Serial Grillers (Jackie Tran)

William Miller and Travis Miller, co-owners of Serial Grillers (Jackie Tran)

Read our August 2017 article Nine on the Line: Travis Miller of Serial Grillers.

Xin & Qi Wang, Mian Sichuan

Xin & Qi Wang of Mian Sichuan

Xin & Qi Wang of Mian Sichuan (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Read our October 2019 article Chinese noodle shop Mian Sichuan now open on North Oracle Road.

Yoshimi Tashima, Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery • Maru Japanese Noodle Shop

Yoshimi Tashima at Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Yoshimi Tashima at Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our February 2020 article The Journey & Evolution of Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery.

Yuri Rabayev, Rincon Market

Yuri Rabayev at Rincon Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Yuri Rabayev at Rincon Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

According to Rincon Market’s social media, they are temporarily closed. However, the building has a notice posted, stating that the tenant is locked out due to failure to pay rent. We hope to see them reopen regardless.

Read our June 2016 article Meet Yuri Rabayev, Rincon Market’s Fishmonger Extraordinaire for Over 20 Years.

Zoe Zibolsky, Yellow Brick Coffee

Coffee beans roasting at Yellow Brick Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Coffee beans roasting at Yellow Brick Coffee (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Read our 2020 article Yellow Brick Coffee brews quality & knowledge in every cup.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.

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