Tucson Celebrates With Arizona’s Largest Agave Festival

Tucson Celebrates With Arizona’s Largest Agave Festival

From April 28th- May 7th, the historic Hotel Congress and many other partners including Visit Tucson and the Mexican Consulate, are collaborating on this one of a kind festival.  Agave Heritage Week celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows, and world-class culinary events.  

Pat Connors Award for Community Focused Business Presented to Mama Louisa's

Pat Connors Award for Community Focused Business Presented to Mama Louisa's

Tucson Originals and Local First Arizona are keeping the spirit of restaurateur Pat Connors alive with an award in his honor. For embodying the kindness, generosity, and commitment to his community that Pat was known for, Michael Elefante of Mama Louisa’s is the inaugural recipient of The Pat Connors Award.

Are You Interested In Financial and Ecological Sustainability?

Are You Interested In Financial and Ecological Sustainability?

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona is exploring opportunities to collaborate with a public or private entity in developing one acre of our Cracchiolo DK Ranch for the joint purposes of 1) producing “locally-sourced” micro-greens and other vegetables in a financially and ecologically sustainable manner primarily for sale to restaurants in Yavapai and Coconino counties, Arizona, and 2) supporting education programs delivered by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and academic units and Yavapai College.

 

The Art of Business: The FOUND:RE Business Mixer

The Art of Business: The FOUND:RE Business Mixer

Art, adaptive reuse, and placemaking combined forces for a lively poolside mixer at one of Habitat Metro's latest development projects, the marquee Found:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival - More Than Birds

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival - More Than Birds

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is this coming weekend at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, April 27 – 30.  Find all the information and a complete schedule of events and activities from the festival homepage: www.birdyverde.org.

Navajo Nation Celebrates Food with Sovereignty Summit

Navajo Nation Celebrates Food with Sovereignty Summit

2017 has already established itself as a banner year for local food in Arizona. There are a plethora of gatherings highlighting our state's local food systems and the ways that Arizonans are seeking to feed themselves more nutritionally and equitably with fewer fossil fuels and chemicals.  Local agriculture creates local jobs!

Vine Down to the River

Vine Down to the River

Local First Arizona members Page Spring Cellars and One for the Verde are collaborating to bring awareness to the recently-established water exchange pilot program. Enjoy the opportunity to sip some locally-produced wines and nosh on seasonal local foods while learning about what's new with the Verde River, water conservation, local resources, and sustainability.

Tempe Restaurant Owner Receives Face of Diversity - American Dream Award

If you haven't heard of Raveen Arora, you've probably heard of his award-winning Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace, which has been serving local residents divine Indian food for nearly 15 years. Arora last month received the National Restaurant Association's prestigious Face of Diversity award for his philanthropic initiatives, celebration of diversity and exemplary leadership skills. 

This award shows that Arora, a member of Local First Arizona, has been going the extra mile for longer than his restaurant has been open. His values are rooted in philanthropy, and as a refugee from India, Arora is no stranger to adversity. As a child, he worked with Mother Theresa and endured long lines to get basic necessities.

I would wake up hungry and angry as a child, and now, 65 years later, I wake up hungry but humble.
— Raveen Arora

Arora has used life's twists and turns as learning opportunities. A humble man, he uses his life lessons to boost others and treats his staff as family. Restaurants are an important part of the fabric of American culture, and Arora's support of his staff allows everyone to succeed. Those humble beliefs have allowed him and his restaurant to succeed.

Arora's journey is a local-business success story. He and the Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace are intertwined with Tempe residents. Businesses such as his bring out the true culture of our state. Local First Arizona exists to connect local businesses to strengthen our economy.