Local Alternative Food Manufacturing & Tepa Burger

TepaBurger This is a northern Arizona member spotlight featuring Local Alternative Food Manufacturing & Tepa Burger.

Founded in 2004, Tepa Burger™ is manufactured by Local Alternative Inc. Owned and operated by founder Jonathan Netzky it is headquartered in Flagstaff. Local Alternative takes pride in creating all-natural, wholesome and vegetarian protein products that are sourced locally and handmade in small-batches. The company was founded on the belief in the importance of knowing where food comes from and maintaining a respectful and accountable relationship with producers and farmers. Local Alternative focuses on ensuring consistent quality of its local, farm-sourced ingredients and its value-added products it produces and distributes.

tepaburger-logoLocal sourcing is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of the company's business model. Local, in fact, is their philosophy and is manifested in the consistent practice of sourcing the majority of our ingredients from growers as near to the facility in Flagstaff, Arizona as possible. Proximity to the source creates a high level of accountability for everyone involved in the supply and production chain. Of equal importance to local sourcing is growing their operations locally, and they focus on doing business locally with other local businesses and community members.

The Tepa Burger is a protein substitute on the most basic level. But really, it's a Superfood, made up of a number of different types of super ingredients. Superfoods are foods that are Nutrient Dense in their natural form and are void of unhealthy substances such as saturated fats, trans-fats, refined sugars and chemical or highly processed additives. The Tepa Burger's super ingredients include: Tepary Beans, Sunflower Seeds, Blue Corn Meal, Pasteurized Egg Whites, Oats, Water, Black Beluga Lentils, Onions, Kale, Carrots, Fire Roasted Chilis, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Honey Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Salt, Pepper, and Chili. It is Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Meat & Fish Free.  It is, however, packed with lively Southwestern flavor and has its own succulent meaty texture. All these amazing, local ingredients mean one thing, a delicious meal on your plate!

DiabloSlick1TEPAIf you want to taste the Tepa Burger for your self, you have plenty of options throughout Arizona to find it! If you're in Flagstaff, check it out at fellow Local First Arizona member Diablo Burger, or Satchmos, The Modern Grove, Mama Burger or if you're ever at the Flagstaff Medical Center. You can also find it in Williams at Pancho McGillicudy's, Bistro 66 or Doc Holiday's or at the Grand Canyon at El Tovar and a variety of other locations. If you're looking for it while exploring the rest of Arizona, check out all the locations here. Tell your server that you are excited to try a locally-grown and made Arizona product!