A Good Time & A Great Cause

Hula cocktailHula’s Modern Tiki is a modern, urban twist on the classic tiki bars and restaurants from the 1950s and 60s. The restaurant has gained a Valley reputation for offering an awesome happy hour, a bustling lounge scene, tasty libations, and great food at both locations in Scottsdale and central Phoenix. The restaurant’s charitable giving program, Mahalo Mondays, is nearing its five year anniversary at the end of February, and they’re making a final push during the months of January and February to make a significant impact. Ten percent of gross proceeds from every Monday are donated to local nonprofits through the program. The goal from its inception was to donate $100,000 to local charities, and the team at Hula’s is going to make it happen with a little help from you and your friends. Swing by on Monday’s for a tropical cocktail or gather a gang of pals for dinner for a fusion of island and American flavors that are sure to have you hooked, all while supporting a wonderful local cause.

4700 N. Central Ave, PhoenixMahalo Mondays602.265.TIKI (8454)

7213 E. First Ave,Scottsdale
480.970.HULA (4852)


This member spotlight is written by Somlynn Rorie.

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What’s Brewing with the Arizona Beer Bill?

Craft beer lovers are abuzz about the Arizona Beer Bill in support of the growing local brew industry.

Drafted by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona, the AZ Beer Bill’s objective is to “ensure that our breweries and distributors are able to maximize production and profits without compromising the quality of their craft products – something that can only be done through the adoption of new legislation at the state level.” [ref: AZBeerBill]az craft brewers

40,000 barrels is the golden number here. Currently, if a craft brewer produces beyond this amount in a year, their legal classification changes from microbrewery to producer. As producers, brewers cannot own and operate off-site restaurants or pubs, which, with consumer demand increasing, renders a question mark on the future status for many of our burgeoning brewery restaurant faves who are quickly approaching the limit.

imageWithout the AZ Beer Bill, it may be farewell to local digs like SanTan Brewing Co and Four Peaks Brewing Co who could be required to forfeit their retail licenses and let go of employees. Radiating the success of the industry, SanTan Brewing Co represents the emerging Arizona brewing scene at large with its remarkable ranking as 14th fastest growing brewery in the country between 2011 and 2012.

san tan beerThere’s no doubt about it, Arizonans are peachy (ale) keen on their craft brews. With a gross revenue over $77 million in 2011, craft breweries demonstrate a significant economic impact with local dollars that circulate through Arizona’s economy. Between craft brewing and distribution, 3,486 jobs were created across the state in 2012- significant numbers for our recovering economy. Another fact to raise your glass to: a recent study by the Beer Institute found that for every one brewery job, 45 additional jobs are supported.

“From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work.”

[ref: Beer Institute]

imageOpposition to the bill comes primarily from alcohol distributors at the national and local level. Their concerns are on grounds that the AZ Beer Bill will affect the integrity of the three-tier system, the nationally mandated laws regarding designation of brewers, distributors, and retailers. Conversely, the Guild emphasizes the bill will strengthen the three-tier system to benefit both consumers and brewers by encouraging competition and allowing partnerships with independent distributors. In other words, more plentiful beer options for every palate.

If that’s something you can hop on board with, show you support by signing the petition.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

brixlogoThis is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar in Flagstaff

Part of SLO (Sustainable Local Organic) Restaurant Concepts, Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar opened in Flagstaff’s historic Carriage House during the spring of 2006 under the leadership of Paul and Laura Moir. Local, regional, national and worldwide acclaim soon followed. Brix serves seasonal, farm focused and contemporary cuisine.

brixoutsideIt was the frontrunner in leading the local food movement ahead in Flagstaff’s restaurant scene. Named to many “best of” lists, Brix has been featured in Conde Naste Traveler, Phoenix Magazine, and in Sunset Magazine as Flagstaff’s “best restaurant.” Brix prepares fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers in northern Arizona and in the Four Corners region.

Seasonally, the menu changes at Brix. During the winter you can find winter greens and roasted winter veggies, paired with local wines and locally brewed beers. Throughout the year, Brix also hosts different events that focus on bringing attention to the region and the season’s fruits and vegetables, local meats and food heritage. You can find the current menu online here: http://brixflagstaff.com/menus/.

Follow Brix and it’s sister companies, Criollo Latin Kitchen, Proper Meats and Proper (in Tucson) to find out what the entire SLO family is doing on Facebook!

Brix, as a SLO concept, is also committed to sustainability and conservation in all that it does. Here are just a few of their regular practices, and a map of its foodshed (or, where it sources much of what they prepare for the menu):brixfoodshed

  • Locally farmed, sustainable, local and organic food sourced from partners throughout Arizona and the Four Corners region.
  • Reverse osmosis water used for drinking water.
  • Recycling. All of their glass and paper waste is recycled. They also purchase recycled packaging materials.
  • Compost. All of their organic waste is fed into local composting operations.
  • Frying Oil. They use 100% rice bran oil for all of our frying.


Brix is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 5pm. 413 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff; (928) 213-1021; brixflagstaff.com. Dinner main dishes, $23-$34.

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Super Bowl Fans: Experience Phoenix Like a Localist


With Phoenix hosting the Super Bowl, many new and returning visitors will descend on the Valley of the Sun come February 1. We’re happy to welcome Seattle and New England football fans to enjoy our warm, sunny winter weather and experience the metro Phoenix area like a true Localist!

SEE ALSO: Local First Arizona’s Super Bowl Visitor’s Guide
SEE ALSO: Phoenix Small Wonders Map, your guide to local in Phoenix

While you’re here, don’t miss some of these fun events that will really showcase all that Phoenix has to offer! See below for details.

Phoenix Public Market Super Bowl Plans
January 24 from 8am to 10pm, January 28 from 3pm to 10pm, January 31st from 8am to 10pm, and February 1st All Day
721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
Mid-week, on Jan 28th, stock up on local snacks at the Open Air Market for extended hours from 3pm to 10pm, accompanied by A.J. ODneal and Sister Lip and the Oksar Blues Beer Garden.
On both Saturdays Jan 24th and Jan 31st, join in the Phoenix Public Market Bowl Events with an open air market showcasing 100+ of Downtown Phoenix’s best local vendors, BBQ, and food + drink specials from 8am-10pm. Starting at 3pm, you can cruise through the Oksar Blues Beer Garden while Kalliope Stage (January 24th) or Lee Perreira and Haymarket Squares (January 31st) take the stage to celebrate our city’s Superbowl. During the game, on Feb 1st, rally in the Public Market Café to watch the game with food specials and all day happy hour.

az scienceNFL Cheerleaders Pursuing Science Careers and Breaking Stereotypes Present at the Arizona Science Center
Friday, January 30 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m
Phoenix, AZ

As Arizona celebrates and hosts this year’s Super Bowl game, Science Cheerleaders, current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers, will be having their own event at Arizona Science Center.  Science Cheerleaders from multiple NFL teams will be at Arizona Science Center to celebrate S.T.E.M. careers and help break down those stereotypes of female scientists AND cheerleaders to the next generation of scientists.  Science Cheerleaders present during this event will provide inspiration and encouragement for the younger generation by showcasing their dual careers and sharing personal stories. The Arizona Science Center is also showcasing the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on display from Jan 24th to May 3rd.

roosevelt rowRoosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale
January 23-25 & January 30 – Feb 1 from 10AM – 5PM
Roosevelt Row, Phoenix
Sample Roosevelt businesses with a outside sidewalk sale, along 1st streets – 6th streets and on Roosevelt focusing on unique gifts, art pieces, vintage wear and more during the weekends of Probowl and Superbowl this month! Explore the walk-able areas of the Roosevelt Row arts district and stop for a bit at any participating Roosevelt Row restaurant for a $5 taste of signature food or drink from their menu.

Fair Trade Café Superbowl Celebration
January 28 to January 31st from 7pm to 11pm and Febuary 1st starting at 10am
Fair Trade Café and Community Kitchen, Phoenix
Hosted by It’s All About Love and starting Wednesday night, Jan 28th, there will be live DJs, bands, dancers, artists, food trucks and vendors from all over Phoenix entertaining at The Fair Trade Community Kitchen. The line up includes Wednesday with Real Radio Mix Show & Intoxicated Art on the patio, Thursday with Kim E Fresh and exclusive menu & drink specials, Friday is a cocktail party featuring live music from Jon White and DJ TooFine!, and Saturday features DjOne Period & DJ DN³ on the patio with football inspired signature drinks.

On game day, grab coffee and a bite at The Fair Trade Café starting at 10am for the Pre-Game Brunch.

Super Bowl Super Meal
Sunday, February 1st starting at 4pm.
Pizza People Pub
1326 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
Starting at 4pm on gameday, pull up a seat at Pizza People Pub to enjoy a cheese pizza, large mac’n’cheese, hot wings, and a 32 oz. pitcher of beer or soda or a house wine carafe all for $30.00! To make it even tastier, if you bring in two canned or boxed food items to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank you will be entered in their halftime raffle. For full info click here!

Gertrudes LogoGertrude’s and San Tan Brewery Local Craft Beer Dinner
Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m.
Gerturude’s at The Phoenix Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Gertrude’s and San Tan Brewing Company have teamed up to celebrate the Big Game Week with a local craft beer dinner. Enjoy six courses paired with a specialty San Tan brew. Reservations required, with full information here.

The Superb Owl Shuffle 5k
Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:00am
Kiwanis Park
5500 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Before kickoff at 4:30pm MST, get moving with the The Superb Owl Shuffle 5k run/walk, 100 Yard Kids’ Blitz, and Fun Run in Kiwanis Park put on by The Night Run Inc DBA Superb Owl Productions
. The course is mostly lake-side and the event is kid friendly! Full registration information available here!

Four Peaks Kegerator Raffle Drawing
Febuary 1st
Four Peaks Brewery, Tempe or Scottsdale
If you stop by either Four Peaks location before January 31st to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a Four Peaks Kegerator. They will be watching the game and drawing the winning ticket on Super Bowl Sunday! All ticket proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Windsor Superbowl Catering  (2)Upward Restaurants Catering
Phoenix Area for Superbowl Week
The Upward Restaurant group is offering catering specials for your Superbowl party. The restaurants include Windsor, ChurnPostino Winecafe, Joyride Taco House, and Federal Pizza. Contact any specific restaurant for more information!

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3 More Ways to Stick to Your 2015 Resolutions

This piece of local business advice is brought to you by Margo Brown of Wave Productivity

Happy 2015!In our last blog we identified actions to take for goal setting: Identify priorities, plan achievements and using positive self-talk.

In our second installment of creating resolutions and setting goals, here are three more tips to take to accomplish your goals.

1. Enroll Others

W. Clement Stone said it well—“Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.” Get people enrolled in what you’re doing. Find a friend who has similar goals and make a pact to help each other. When things get tough, you can help each other get back on track. Telling friends and family about your goals also helps to solidify your commitment and compels you to keep it, especially when they ask you how you’re doing with whatever it is you are trying to accomplish!

2. Don’t give up

On those days that you’re tempted to give up out of frustration, acknowledge and list all the steps you’ve taken to get to your goal. When you take the time to identify all you have already done to get to where you are on the road to achieving your goal, you will be much less likely to quit. Reflect on the positive feelings associated with accomplishing the small steps leading to your goal; this will inspire you to keep on working.

3. Invest in support

If you need help, reach out to find the support that you need. If you really want to get fit this time around, consider hiring a personal trainer. If you truly want to get your personal or business life in order hire a professional organizer. Acknowledging that you can’t always accomplish every detail on your own is often one of the most critical steps to finally achieving your goals, once and for all.

Local First Arizona members: attend our webinar with Margo Brown on “Life Outside the Inbox: Techniques and Tools for Email Management” on January 27! 

margoheadshot-blue (2)Margo Brown, Productivity Coach, of Wave Productivity works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. For a phone consultation, call 602-677-8275 or email margo@waveproductivity.com. You can also visit the website at www.waveproductivity.com.

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SAVOR returns with VIP lounge, focus on sustainability

This post written by LFA Tucson Membership Coordinator, Lisette DeMars

Photo provided by Michael Moriarty Photography

Photo provided by Michael Moriarty Photography

Tucson’s culinary prestige and slow food movement has been growing each year, and now is the time to SAVOR. Indulge in the flavors of Southern Arizona’s culinary arts during the second annual SAVOR Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival surrounded by the colorful floral blooms of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Featuring over 30 of the region’s finest chefs and local restaurants highlighting exceptional menu tastings, this foodie festival showcases the diversity of Southern Arizona’s tasty talents and conscious cooking.  The festival includes local favorites like North Italia, Cafe Roka, Pastiche, Poppy Kitchen , Gourmet Girls , Vero Amore and several others.  Along with unlimited restaurant samplings, attendees will enjoy fine wine, spirits and craft beer tastings from many of Arizona’s finest.


Photo provided by Michael Moriarty Photography

Check out the newest local brewer on the downtown block, Pueblo Vida, as well as longtime favorite Borderlands.  Attendees will have the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs, as well as taste an array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers and vintners.

New this year to the SAVOR Food & Wine Festival is the Westar / Edible Baja Culinary Stage. This area will feature a Westar kitchen set-up for live chef demonstrations during the event.  Theater style seating will be set up for event-goers to get in on the action of the live demonstrations.  Televisions will be set up as well, projecting the demonstration for everyone to see. Edible Baja Associate Publisher Jared McKinley will be moderating the culinary stage bringing his unique take on the great local flavors of the Southwest.

Also new this year is an increased focus on sustainability. Scraps on Scraps, a residential and commercial food waste collection service will be saving compostable waste from the event. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 20-30% of all waste that ends up in the landfill is actually compostable. Scraps on Scraps turns the food waste into compost which is then used by the fantastic people at the Community Food Bank’s Las Milpitas Farm!


Photo provided by Michael Moriarty Photgraphy

This year’s event also introduces a special VIP element.  VIP tickets are $100 each and include general admission to the event, as well as access to a private VIP lounge with featured Tucson celebrity chef menu tastings, craft cocktail sampling, and a VIP gift bag full of great local goodies. Chefs exclusive to the VIP lounge include Ryan Clark of Agustin Kitchen, Kristine Jensen of Cafe Botanica / Gallery of Food, Kris Vrolijk of Proper, and Danny Scordato of Scordato’s Pizzeria.

General admission tickets for Savor are $65 each prior to February 6, 2015 and $75 day of (unless sold out). Tickets include menu and wine sampling from over 50 featured area chefs, restaurants and Arizona wineries and breweries and selected spirits. Click here to purchase your tickets today and save!

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Locked Out?

locksYou never know when chaos will strike, like getting locked out of your car, losing all your keys after a wild night out, or forgetting your home safe combination. If you’re a business, finding a reliable, trustworthy locksmith who can rekey your business as well as your safe can also cause a bit of heartburn. Turn to Acme Locksmith, a local and veteran owned small business that has been serving the Valley since 1997.  After its recent merger with Saguaro Lock and Safe, ACME Locksmith now has as three locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa. The company also offers mobile services to help you out of a bind in the Phoenix area and 100% money back guarantee. Their emphasis on customer service and overall concern for keeping Valley residents safe has garnered numerous awards and many customer praises. Recently, in an initiative to thwart locksmith scammers charging up to $300 for a car unlock that have plagued Valley residents, Acme is now offering Phoenix area residents free car unlocks as a way to help consumers out from this unfortunate bind. Simply put Acme’s unlock freeunlocks2.tifdecal on your car’s window, and they’ll unlock your car for free during standard business hours. No charges, no membership fees, no dues…it’s a service that Acme offers 100% free. Request the decal here http://www.acmelocksmith.com/unlock-my-car-free.html and they’ll mail it to you.  Also check out their website for a wide range of locksmith services because you never know when you may get locked out!


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Get to Know Your Startenders for Devour Phoenix’s 6th Annual Bartending Competition

ROUND ONE of the 6th Annual Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition is ON! 

We had 18 great valley bartenders apply for the opportunity to compete this year, and we need your help narrowing that list down to nine! For the next two weeks, you may vote for your favorites once per day, each day via our online voting app, here. With your help, we will announce our final lineup on 2/1.

The chosen finalists will go head to head on March 1st at Crescent Ballroom. For more info and tickets to the mix-off, please visit devouredphoenix.com. Now without further ado…

Introducing YOUR Devour Phoenix 2015 Bartending Competition Starting Lineup:


brittanyvigBrittany Evans @ The Vig
Brittany is a mixology and craft inspired bartender who just moved to Phoenix area from Dallas, TX. She is ready to learn more about the craft and further her career. Brittany aspires to open her own bar and garden to make drinks with as many natural ingredients as possible. She’s very passionate about what she does and enjoys being the person that people go to when they want a good time or just someone to talk to.

vigLet’s just go to the Vig…that’s what people in the Valley have been saying for years, when they are looking for a fun, friendly, upscale neighborhood tavern that appeals to any and all. Some love them for their terrific patio. Others for their unique but affordable menu items. Still others show up for their mix of live music and djs. And of course there are those who just want to enjoy a cool beverage and a friendly game of bocce ball. No matter the reason…let’s just go to The Vig.

Find The Vig on Facebook.


brian-goodwin-bar-headshotBrian Goodwin @ The Gladly
Brian brings a unique work ethic to the bar from his past days as a cook. He is very involved in the preparation of fresh ingredients, components, shrubs, and bitters. Brian has been featured in multiple publications including Phoenix Magazine and The Tasting Panel. He is currently leading the charge for brown spirits in the Phoenix cocktail scene.


The-Gladly-Logo (1)Named one of Phoenix’s best new restaurants, The Gladly is the follow up concept by the owners of critically acclaimed Citizen Public House. The Stylish bar boasts a world-class beverage program and over 200 whiskies to go along with Chef Bernie Kantak’s well-traveled comfort food.

Find The Gladly on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.


tawnimaiziesTawni Koons @ Maizie’s Cafe and Bistro
Tawni Koons has been with Maizie’s for almost three years and now serves as the bar manger. She has enjoyed being in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years. She has recently put together an eclectic wine program featuring wines from all over the world that are approachable for all palates. She is passionate about bar service and makes one fabulous margarita!

maiziesMaizie’s Cafe and Bistro is a local, family owned restaurant and bar operating since 2008. The storefront is located in the heart of Central Phoenix, serving comfort food with modern flare.

Find Maizie’s Cafe and Bistro on Facebook & Instagram.


brandon-Casey-headshotBrandon Casey @ Citizen Public House
One minute he’s identifying mummified remains, the next he’s mixing up a killer cocktail. Welcome to the dynamic life of Brandon Casey: a classically trained anthropologist and renowned mixologist. Most recently Brandon was selected as one of the nation’s top mixologists by The Smithsonian National Museum of American History to create a cocktail inspired by our country’s spirited past in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Citizen_LogoCitizen_LogoCitizen Public House is a contemporary, upscale version of the traditional public house nestled in Old Town Scottsdale serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails, and award-winning gastropub cuisine to a clientele hungry for exceptional food, provocative drink and new-fashioned fun.

Find Citizen Public House on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


ColtonBarrioColton Brock @ Barrio Urbano
Colton Brock is a third generation Phoenix native, who was raised drinking tequila with his mother from the age of three. The smells, colors and flavors of the Sonoran Desert largely influence the style and composition of Brock’s creations. While invention and experimentation are celebrated within the recipes at Barrio Urbano, history and tradition play key roles in his creative process.


urbano logo finalAward winning Chef Silvana Esparza’s newest take on southern Mexican cuisine in Uptown Phoenix, Barrio Urbano, like Chef Esparza’s original establishment, places a large focus on agave-based, distilled spirits and other products from Mexico. Unlike previous concepts, this one is looking more and more towards Arizona Distilled spirits, as well as Arizona beers and wines.  Barrio Urbano drinks largely play off the ingredients in Chef Silvana’s kitchen, as well as local and seasonal ingredients.

Find Barrio Urbano on Facebook & Instagram.


alexandracleverkoiAlexandra McMillan @ The Clever Koi
Alexandra McMillan is the head bartender and manager under owner Joshua James. Over the past year, she has overseen a beverage program that has received many accolades, including Best New School Cocktails and Best Cocktail in Phoenix, as well as national recognition in publications such as Wall Street Journal and Market Watch. Although women remain disproportionately few in bartender ranks, Alexandra is one of the female mixologists transforming the scene.

CleverKoiLogoThe Clever Koi is a modern American approach to Asian food and drink. The bar focuses on elevated classics and progressive mixology, creating a wide range of flavors that compliment an ever changing menu.

Find The Clever Koi on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


andrewhulasAndrew Gilchrist @ Hula’s Modern Tiki
Tiki Drew, half-bartender, half-pirate, has been sailing to Hula’s Modern Tiki in Uptown Phoenix for years to whip up his signature tiki and island inspired cocktails. Witty and always quick with a joke, no patron escapes his bar without a big smile on their face. He treats everyone like family and makes you think for a while that the ocean is right outside the door.

hulas_logoHula’s Modern Tiki is a modern, urban twist on the classic tiki restaurants and bars of the 1950s and 1960s. Hula’s is a modern twist on the American Classic. Sit on the patio, enjoy their signature cocktails. See and be seen. Their Uptown Phoenix location is on the light rail and you’ll be surrounded by hipsters, oldsters, youngsters and everyone in between and beyond.

Find Hula’s Modern Tiki on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


View More: http://thomasingersollphotographer.pass.us/titustestTitus Fauntleroy @ St. Francis
Raised in the heart of Phoenix, Titus is constantly inspired by the art, culinary and music scenes. Titus would be best described as a person who loves to take on new obstacles. He likes to do things with his own unique hint of style.

StFrancis_logoSt. Francis is an experience that takes great pride in infusing itself within its neighborhood culture. They are a seasonal American restaurant that showcases local ingredients and their one of a kind wood-fired oven. With their relaxed but refined environment, St. Francis is a great urban gathering spot for the community to enjoy great food and drinks.

Find St. Francis on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


kellyvigKelly Ann Carr @ The Vig Fillmore
A vivacious, passionate bartender who is a Phoenix native, Kelly Ann is a veteran in the hospitality scene who has made her mark at Magnums Cigar Bar, The Beverly and The Vig Fillmore. Her vast knowledge of classic cocktails and quick wit enable her to keep her guests entertained and always coming back for more.

theviglogoThe Vig Fillmore is your downtown destination for craft cocktails, great food and an unrivaled neighborhood patio. Nestled in the historic district, The Vig Fillmore is located in “The Cavness Home”, a 100 year old home recognized by the Phoenix Historic Society.

Find The Vig Fillmore on Facebook and Instagram.


Bryan_BurtonBryan Burton @ The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
Growing up in Arizona, Bryan started working in the service industry when he was 15 at a local breakfast cafe. In 2010, he began bartending full time at a fine dining Italian restaurant in North Scottsdale which focused on martinis and classic cocktails. Since the summer of 2014, Bryan has been immersed in the enchanting world of rum where he has been focused on perfecting the art of true craft cocktails. This bartender’s passion is driven and influenced by the immense creativity and innovation at The Breadfruit and Rum Bar.

The-Breadfruit-Rum-Bar_5x_LogoThe Breadfruit offers the highest integrity in gastronomy with a perfectionist approach to crafting delicious treats. Rum Bar at The Breadfruit showcases cocktails with a unique blend of signature originals and the re-introduction of well-known classics such as the Hemingway, Daiquiri and Mojito. The Breadfruit will rekindle your love affairs with rum cocktails…

Find The Breadfruit & Rum Bar on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


LibbyParlorLibby Longlott @ The Parlor
Originally from Pennsylvania, Libby’s bartending career began at a popular college nightclub. Seven years later, she is now a contributor to The Parlor’s outstanding cocktail program, working closely under the wing of last year’s Devoured Cocktail Competition winner, Michael Allmandinger. When she’s not behind the bar, Libby enjoys utilizing her background in fashion and design by styling photo shoots, working on her upcoming fashion and lifestyle blog, and arranging fresh floral designs for a renowned local florist.

theparlorThe Parlor, a modern industrial restaurant which sprouted from the bones of a 1950’s beauty salon, focuses on delivering the freshest Italian cuisine with organic ingredients from the garden to the table. With award-winning pizza, handmade pastas, salads, and sandwiches, accompanied by craft beers, cocktails, and an extensive wine list, The Parlor prides itself on delivering only the best to their customers.

Find The Parlor on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


jamesjoyrideJames Anderson @ Joyride Taco House
A veteran member of Upward Projects, James spent time behind the bars of Windsor and Federal Pizza, before settling into an influential role at Joyride Taco House. His energy and focus behind the oak is matched by his love of big mountain snowboarding, skateboarding, and urban photography.

Joyride-Striped-LogoFrom the minds that created Postino, and located just next door, Joyride serves up modern Mexican in a lively indoor/outdoor space with a laid-back vibe. The menu features more than nine varieties of tacos served family style on made-to-order tortillas, as well as flavorful salads, burritos, and “especiales” – all complemented with a robust menu of margaritas, regional craft brews, vinos, tequila and an inventive list of agua frescas made fresh daily with love.

Find Joyride Taco House on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


shawnpinkShawn Gabor @ Pink Pony
Moving to Phoenix from Chicago, Shawn Gabor is the Pink Pony’s resident Barchitect. Shawn began his bartending career in Scottsdale at Cowboy Ciao. He is also a proud husband and father. Shawn specializes in crafting seasonal-based cocktails and artisan tap handles.

pinkponylogoThe new Pink Pony combines fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with a comfortable, stunning ambiance. The Pony is a legendary fixture in the Scottsdale dining scene, and Executive Chef, Stephen K. Eldridge, has created a menu that captures the history of the Pink Pony while providing contemporary comfort cuisine.

Find Pink Pony on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Lyndsi Hastings-Mundy @ Culinary Dropout @ the Yard
Lyndsi really immersed herself in mixology when she opened Culinary Dropout @ The Yard in 2013. Since then, she has become a Principle Bartender, the creator a cocktail that is now part of the menu at all four Culinary Dropout locations, a member of the Phoenix chapter of the USBG, and a competitor in several competitions. Her love for cocktails and creating them has grown over the years and will continue to grow as she hones her craft and works towards her goal of creating new and exciting drinks. Lyndsi is proud to be a part of such an incredible community of talented people and can’t wait to show Phoenix what she’s got!

CulinaryDropout_Logo_Genuine_V_4C-copyLeave your report cards and school books at home. From the chefs on the line with silver-studded ears and tomahawk hair, to the inked-up, decked-out bar staff mixologists shaking and stirring some of the most creative cocktails, we’re all dropouts here. Culinary Dropout serves the very best in unique gastropub fare and quietly seeks out future musical venue superstars who wouldn’t mind being paid at the bar in whiskey and pretzel bites. They’re not easily definable and even harder to forget. And they’ve done that on purpose so you could come and hang out. Spend time in their pub enjoying live music over brunch or happy hour. So seriously, come and hang out this weekend.

Find Culinary Dropout on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


clayphxClay Cone @ Phoenix Public Market Café
As a born and raised Phoenician, Clay loves the Downtown Phoenix local community. He’s been bartending at the Phoenix Public Market Café for just over a year and loves having the opportunity to bring local ingredients into the growing craft cocktail scene. Clay has become engrossed in the craft itself over a short period of time and is looking forward to where it takes him.

ppm-cafe-may8_0134Phoenix Public Market Café is open seven days a week 7am – 10pm serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy our happy hour menu 3-6pm and find happy hour priced drinks all day long. With a mission to build community through food, PPMC stays committed to working with local farms, purveyors and artisans to provide a complete local experience.

Find Phoenix Public Market Cafe on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


mattwindsorMatt Farrow @ Windsor
Matt Farrow is a 14 year veteran of the hospitality industry. His experience includes opening the speakeasy-style Green Russell in Denver, CO, and promoting West Coast craft brew at San Diego’s Hopping Pig Gastropub, before joining the team at Upward Projects. Matt is a creative force behind the bar at Windsor, where his hospitality is genuine, and his execution is immaculate. Matt is especially fond of whiskey, and focuses on authentic infusions, simplicity, and balance in his cocktails. In his free time, he enjoys astronomy, fringe scientific theory, and his lovely girlfriend.

Windsor-Logo1Tucked into its namesake historic Phoenix neighborhood, Windsor is a hip, local hangout with one of the best patios in town. Upward Projects kept the concept simple: high-quality wine and beer on tap, a robust selection of craft cocktails and a kitchen that cranks out casual and familiar bar food with an upscale twist. For an added scoop of “cool”, save some room for the homemade ice cream and nostalgic candy offered at Windsor’s own next door ice cream parlor, Churn.

Find Windsor on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


michaelcrudoMichael Soo @ Crudo
Michael has been bartending on and off for the past 10 years, and more recently has been working along side two of his mentors, Micah Olson, and Clint “Spotty” Spotleson. He is a lover of all things tiki, and has an extensive collection of tiki mugs and carvings, which branches over into to his love for rum and Polynesian-style cocktails. Michael is also active in the bartending community and is the Treasurer of the Phoenix Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.

crudo-logo‘Crudo’ means raw in Italian, which is Chef Cullen Campbell’s specialty. It’s sashimi with an Italian-style flair. The menu is simple in structure, broken down into four distinct elements; crudo (raw), cotto (cooked), mozza (mozzarella), and griglia (grilled). Meats are cooked on a custom-made wood-fired grill, mozzarella is pulled fresh daily, and Chef Campbell only uses the best local produce to deliver a truly original experience. Equally delicious are the magnificent cocktails, using an extensive, handpicked list of spirits and farm-to-glass ingredients to craft cocktails with absolute precision.

Find Crudo on Facebook & Twitter.


wilsondistrictCortney Wilson @ District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
Cortney is a trained chef turned bartender, and has a diverse palate for melding flavors together. She has a knack for creating her own bitters and syrups and loves using fresh herbs from the rooftop garden in creating her cocktails. She enjoys drinks you can sip and relax with, like a good whiskey.

District logoDistrict American Kitchen and Wine Bar features your favorite American comfort foods with a contemporary twist, showcasing artisan products, herbs from their very own garden, and sustainably farmed produce from local growers. Though classic drinks are served, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar also features a wide array of American wines, spirits, and local brews to cater to those who appreciate a break from the status quo.

Find District American Kitchen and Wine Bar on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.



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3 Ways to Stick to Your 2015 Resolutions

This piece of local business advice is brought to you by Margo Brown of Wave Productivity

Happy 2015!Many are breathing a sigh of relief after the hectic holiday season, while others are feeling melancholy that it all came and went so quickly. But in most cases, people are now buckling down and becoming re-inspired to set some new goals and create resolutions that they can keep. Here some tips for accomplishing your goals once and for all.

1. Identify your priorities

You can’t do everything and you can’t focus on what everyone else is doing. What are the most important things to you right now? Others may be jumping on the fitness train, and that may be important to you too, but is it most important? Or is getting organized or finding a new career at the top of your list? Many people have wonderful intentions to get things done, but then quickly fail due to lack of focus. Paring down a list and identifying three major things you’d like to change is a good way to get focused and actually accomplish something that is important to you.

Once you have identified your priorities, set absolute goals and make a list of real action steps to make your way toward achieving those goals. Buy a notebook specifically for your new priorities and goals, and get busy putting them to paper. For example, if one of your priorities is to finally start paying your bills on time, create a page for that priority, set a goal related to that priority, and then list the actions steps such as ‘set up online banking’  ‘buy a bill pay organizer’ ‘pay bills every Thursday’ ‘buy folders for paid bills and receipts. Identify your goals and putting action steps in writing solidifies your plan to truly make it happen.

2. Plan to achieve

Set aside specific times to work on your goal in order to reach it. For example, if your goal is to get in shape by spring, plan to exercise four to five times and then commit to it. If you goal is to start a home based business while still working full-time, plan what evenings you will focus on your goal, and make a list of exactly what you will do during that time. Plan specific times to achieve your goals in your calendar, and keep those appointments with yourself as you would any appointment. Like ‘pay yourself first’—plan yourself first.

3. Use positive self-talk

State things in the positive to truly achieve. Instead of saying ‘I’m not going to eat carbs’ say ‘I’m going to make healthy choices about the way I eat.” Each time you are in a situation that tests your commitment to your goal, state the positive outcome you want to. Then make the choice. Using positive self-talk can help you make choices that bring you closer to your goal.

Local First Arizona members: attend our webinar with Margo Brown on “Life Outside the Inbox: Techniques and Tools for Email Management” on January 27! 

margoheadshot-blue (2)Margo Brown, Productivity Coach, of Wave Productivity works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. For a phone consultation, call 602-677-8275 or email margo@waveproductivity.com. You can also visit the website at www.waveproductivity.com.

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Member Spotlight: Cork & Cuisine

This is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Cork & Cuisine in Prescott Valley.

CCCork & Cuisine is a locally owned restaurant in Prescott Valley that offers the ultimate wine and food experience. With a quaint, homelike atmosphere patrons feel as if they were having dinner at their friends home. By appreciating the sense of community Prescott Valley offers, owner Sherri Cook utilizes all of the great local resources for fresh meats, produce, micro brews and local wines ultimately providing a true taste of Arizona.

Cork & Cuisine has a monthly changing menu of wine selection and beers, as well as their 100food% scratch made food. The January menu offers fantastic plates including wine poached swordfish, linguica sausage & portobello mushroom flatbread and Polish kielbasa. Featured wines this month consist of the 2013 Santa Julia Innovacion which boasts sweet plum and black cherry with hints of tobacco, mesquite and toasted marshmallow, and the 2013 Santa Julia Pinot Grigio that offers a savory blend of pears, apples, melon and tropical fruit. By using a menu that stays consistent with what is fresh and in season a special uniqueness is brought not only to Prescott Valley but to the entire Quad Cities area.

On Friday and Saturday nights, by reservation only, Cork & Cuisine invites diners to experience their unique weekly Wine Me, Dine Me event. Patrons may sit at the chef’s table for a specially designed three-course food and wine-pairing. Guests are encouraged to talk with the staff, eat, ask questions and enjoy an experience like no other. In addition, the chef will accommodate those with food allergies or special diets ensuring everyone can participate and enjoy themselves.chef t

Cork & Cuisine is located at 2985 Centre Court, Prescott Valley. They are open Tuesday-Saturday and offers happy hour Tuesday- Friday from 3pm-6pm. Live music is available most days and a schedule of acts can be found here. Come check it out, you are sure to leave satisfied!


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