Many Arizona restaurants have been jumping on the trend of sourcing the food they serve from local farmers and vendors. And with so many local food producers in the state, the only hard part is making the choice of who to purchase from! While many are jumping on this trend, Tempe's La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar has been a trendsetter in this arena. La Bocca has recently hired a new General Manager to take them to the next local level:
"A little over five weeks ago, James Farmer was hired as the new General Manager [of La Bocca]. The New Orleans native has been in the food services industry for over 30 years and moved to Arizona in 1995. James has a passion for food and loves working with local growers such as Singh Farms (Scottsdale) and Duncan Family Farms (Goodyear), incorporating their seasonal fruits and vegetables into his dishes."
This is great news, for both the local economy and food producers (and for our stomachs!). Farmer recently featured a dish highlighting some of the seasonal fare: Yellow Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho garnished with Feta and Fresh Basil. That sounds like the perfect, refreshing summer dish to allow us to forget about the oppressive and extreme temperatures outside.
It's already been shown that eating seasonally is beneficial in so many ways: for our health, for our community, and for the planet. Plus, local and fresh produce is just so delicious! With increasing numbers of restaurants choosing to "go local" (or working to set the trend like La Bocca), we will keep more of our food dollars right here in our local economy, and in the pockets of our hardworking farmers and food producers.