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Sunflower Seed Harvest Tutorial

As the sunflowers in our Maynards Organic Garden & Grove reached the end of their lifecycle, we turned to Gardener Robert Vincent for a sunflower seed harvesting tutorial. If you have sunflowers in your garden, use these steps to harvest and roast your own sunflower seeds! Sunflower seed harvesting Prepare for drying process. Your sunflower is… Read more »

Beyond Napa and Sonoma

California, which produces over 90% of the wine made in the United States is such an enormous state, that I thought it might be fun to talk about the lesser known wine producing areas,  that are called The Central Coast. While everyone has heard of Napa and Sonoma, the Cental Coast is less well known…. Read more »

Barrio Bruschetta Recipe

Did you hear that we have expanded our Happy Hour at Maynards Market? Join us every day from 4-8pm for Tucson’s most sophisticated Happy Hour! One of the highlights of our menu is the seasonally inspired Barrio Bruschetta. This dish celebrates summer ingredients and showcases the award-winning bread from our local partner, Don Guerra of Barrio… Read more »

Tucson Takes Over Parma, Part II

Below are the latest photos from Executive Chef Brian Smith in Parma, Italy for Gola Gola Festival! Check out this La Republica Parma article featuring Brian and seven other chefs from a UNESCO city of gastronomy at this culinary mash-up dinner event!

Cantaloupe Gazpacho Recipe

Summer is among us and Executive Chef Brian Smith has a delicious treat to help you beat the heat! Stop into Maynards Market and Kitchen and try our new chilled soup! This refreshing cantaloupe gazpacho is just the trick to cool down during a hot Tucson day. Want to try making this soup at home? Here… Read more »

Secret Grapes

There are over a thousand different grape varieties and more being created all the time. I thought it would be fun to talk about a few that many people probably haven’t heard of. Let’s start with a grape called Zweigelt. Commonly found in Austria, this grape is known for having a rich tart candied red… Read more »

Tucson Takes Over Parma, Italy

Maynards Executive Chef Brian Smith is representing Tucson in sister City of Gastronomy, Parma, Italy during their annual Gola Gola Festival! He is creating an arroz con leche dish for the dessert course of an exclusive dinner during the festival. The dish showcases Sonoran ingredients such as Bacanora-soaked dates, Prickly Pear foam and White Sonoran Wheat Berries. Chef… Read more »

Country Wines On The Rise

Vin de Pays d’Oc is a classification of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France’s western Mediterranean Coast. With more than 700,000 acres of vineyard land, it is thought to be the largest wine-producing area in the world. For many years this region produced mostly ordinary, unremarkable wines. However in the 1980s a dramatic improvement… Read more »

Just Go Local!

If you are the kind of person who values buying local food, perhaps you should also consider buying local wine. One of the most commonly repeated mantras in food and wine pairing is, “What grows together, goes together”. During my long career in the restaurant business, I grew interested in the slow food movement that… Read more »

Open The Book To Great Recipes

This weekend Tucson celebrates our love for literature at the annual Festival of Books. One of the many features of this festival is cooking demonstration from Maynards Market & Kitchen’s Executive Chef Brian Smith. Teaming with Arizona Highways’ editor Kelly Vaughn, Chef Brian unveils the Maynards recipes highlighted in the Arizona’s Best Recipes cookbook. Make… Read more »