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

This post was written by Jocelyn Manjarrez LFA Intern

Whoever said you can't mix business and pleasure obviously didn't attend this week's business mixer! We hung out poolside at the art-filled, adaptively reused, boutique hotel in downtown Phoenix, The FOUND:RE. Not only is the FOUND:RE located close to all of Phoenix's best attractions but the FOUND:RE is an attraction of its own with all of the local artwork that is up for display throughout the entire hotel. Whether you're from out of town or doing a staycation, the FOUND:RE is anything but your typical run-of-the-mill hotel experience. 

We started the evening off with an informative Member 101 session lead by Thomas Barr, Local First's Director of Member Engagement and Operations. These sessions are helpful for those wanting to learn how to leverage their membership and make it work for them. Afterwards we gathered poolside and enjoyed some locally crafted wines and beers while networking and making new friends. 

Parley Stock, The FOUND:RE's Director of Sales and Marketing spoke to us about how the FOUND:RE came to life and what makes this space such an incredible addition to the Phoenix Art and Hospitality scene.

Later Connor Descheemaker, Local First Community Planning Coordinator, addressed the importance of these adaptive reuse projects and Local First's For(u)m initiative. To this end, Descheemaker discussed "closing the circle" of localized development--supporting its partnership with both the operators of FOUND:Re, and its developers, Habitat Metro, who have completed a number of these infill and reuse projects around greater downtown Phoenix.

Thank you to those who were in attendance and to our sustaining members! A big thank you to everyone at The FOUND:RE Hotel for graciously allowing us to enjoy the creative ambiance that this hotel provides.

Make sure to join us next month for our next Business Luncheon:

O.H.S.O. Brewery.  

4900 East Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ, 85018 United States

Wednesday May 3, 2017

11:30AM-1:00PM

 

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 already heard of Raveen Arora maybe you have heard of his multi award winning restaurant, The Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace has been serving local residents divine Indian food for nearly 15 years. Raveen Arora was bestowed the Face of Diversity award last month for his philanthropic initiatives, celebration of diversity and his exemplary leadership skills. 

This award shows that Arora is and has been going the extra mile for longer than his restaurant has even been open. His roots are ingrained in philanthropy and as a refugee from India, Arora is no stranger to adversity. As a child he worked with Mother Theresa and faced long ration lines. Instilling some important values that would last him a life time.

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 taken all of twists and turns that life has had and used them as learning opportunity. An extremely 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 belief and support of his staff allows everyone to succeed. It is clearly shown that because of those humble beliefs, not only has his restaurant succeeded but so as he.

As a member of Local First, Arora represents the perfect image of a local business success story. He and his business have become intertwined with Tempe and its local residents. Businesses like The Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace bring out the true culture of our state and its people like Arora who tie the fabric of our community together. Local First Arizona exists to connect local businesses together to strengthen our local economy and its businesses owners like Arora, who continue to allow our local economy to thrive.