Sustainable. Local. Organic. (SLO) Restaurant Concepts' family includes the northern and southern Arizona favorites in Flagstaff and Tucson. You've probably been to Proper in downtown Tucson or to Criollo Latin Kitchen or Brix Restaurant in Flagstaff and enjoyed a taste of the towns, including the freshest local ingredients. A commitment to local food is at the center of each of these restaurants' operations and it's one way they are bringing attention to the local agriculture movement statewide.
Now SLO Restaurant Concepts is expanding their local food business "concept" with two new butcher shops, coming to Flagstaff in September and to Tucson later this fall. The new meatery in Flagstaff, called "Proper Meats + Provisions, will offer meat from four beef ranches, four pork producers, three chicken farms and two lamb farms, all located within Arizona. The shop is also hoping to sell to other local restaurants and keep doors open for local meat producers to sell their products through both retail and wholesale markets.
Proper Meats + Provisions is a venture owned by Paul and Laura Moir with partner David Smith. They are excited to open their new project at 101 S. San Francisco Street by Sept. 1. The shop will keep money in the local agricultural economy, the local Flagstaff economy and will help to build a new locavore culture in Arizona. For more information on the meatery in Flagstaff, follow them on Facebook, or check out the recent article in the Arizona Daily Sun. The Tucson location will be open later this fall. Stay tuned!
Aside from local meats featured in the meatery, it must be noted that the restaurants are all currently work with a long list of local and regional producers and food manufacturers, including:
- Maya Tea Company - Tucson, AZ
- Queen Creek Olive Mill - Queen Creek, AZ
- Arizona Legacy Beef - Northern AZ
- Borderlands Brewing Company - Tucson, AZ
- Black Mesa Ranch - Snowflake, AZ
- Sutcliffe Vineyards - Cortez, CO
- Tortilla Lady - Flagstaff, AZ
- Ridgeview Farms -Paulden, AZ
- Valley View Farm - Prescott, AZ
- High Wire Ranch - Hotchkiss, CO
- James Ranch - Durango, CO
- Exo Roast Company Tucson, AZ
- McClendon's Farm - Peoria, AZ
- Whipstone Farms - Paulden, AZ
- Chino Valley Farms - Chino Valley, AZ
- Murdock Family Farms - Camp Verde, AZ
What's more, local food is just one way that SLO's restaurants and the new are committed to sustainability. They are committed to sustainability and conservation, creating and maintaining the conditions under which the business exists with nature in productive harmony.
Here are some of the businesses' regular practices:
- Locally farmed, sustainable, local and organic foods purchased from our local partners.
- Reverse osmosis water used for drinking water.
- Recycling, all of our glass and paper waste is recycled. We also purchase recycled packaging materials.
- Compost, all of our organic waste is fed into local composting operations.
- Frying Oil, we use 100% rice bran oil for all of our frying.