Food + Restaurants

Bacanora
Sonoran restaurants are set to start promoting the regional agave spirit Bacanora. For many, boosting its profile on local menus a matter of pride.
May. 14, 2021
Live music in the park, a re-telling of “Alice in Wonderland,” poetry, art, literature, live performances. The artists are back, as millions of Arizonans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
More Arizona Arts, Entertainment News
May. 10, 2021
alana yazzie
Alana Yazzie studied marketing at Marquette University after growing up near the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. After a stint in HR, she quit and decided to strike out on her own as The Fancy Navajo. That’s her Instagram handle, and it has led her to a career of baking and blogging.
May. 7, 2021
Heather van Blokland
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 48%. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on KJZZ.org.
May. 7, 2021
jacq and jeremy davis
If you’ve hit a farmers’ market anytime recently, logged onto social media or gone to a local restaurant, you’ve probably seen locally-grown mulberries. They’re everywhere in the Valley right now, and they often get a bad rap. But Jacq Davis says all of that is a misunderstanding, and that the berries are top notch.
May. 6, 2021
chase field
After Arizona approved the expansion of sports betting in the state last month, it didn’t take long for the Diamondbacks to get into the game. A Vegas-like sportsbook is coming to Chase Field.
May. 6, 2021
Groceries
Rising fuel prices and increased packaging costs are contributing to higher grocery bills.
May. 4, 2021
andi berlin
It’s certainly been a difficult year for the restaurant industry. The pandemic has cost us some of the best restaurants in town and countless restaurant workers lost their jobs. Andi Berlin is the new restaurant critic at the Arizona Republic, and she’s starting the job at this interesting moment in time for the restaurant world.
May. 4, 2021
restaurant servers and cooks
Gov. Doug Ducey has lifted his 2020 executive order that removed the requirement for unemployed people to be actively looking for work. The move is welcomed by many in the business community trying to ramp up staffing as millions of Arizonans get vaccinated and are returning to pre-pandemic behaviors such as dining out.
May. 3, 2021
boba tea
The “bubbles” in the wildly popular bubble — or boba — teas are becoming harder to get.
Apr. 28, 2021
employee measuring space between arrows
Eased restrictions on Arizona restaurants haven’t made it easy to reestablish service to pre-pandemic levels. That’s because many workers who were employed in the service industry aren’t coming back to it for a number of reasons.
Apr. 18, 2021
Help wanted sign
New numbers are out, and Arizona's unemployment rate improved last month as more people in the state are beginning to go out to eat. Full recovery is a long way off, but this a good step.
More Arizona Business News
Apr. 15, 2021
Carla Wade Logan Carly's Bistro
As more potential customers have been vaccinated, the ability to venture out and sit down and eat at your favorite spot is becoming more of a reality again. But many restaurants are having a hard time getting former employees to return or to find new workers to replace them.
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Apr. 6, 2021
syringes
The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild has helped breweries navigate a rocky business climate caused by the pandemic. Now it's helping workers navigate Arizona’s vaccine program.
Mar. 30, 2021
fork and plate
The pandemic has affected, upended, challenged and in some cases, ended businesses in all parts of the economy. But restaurants were often in a particularly difficult spot — generally allowed to be open, but having to change a lot of what they do to accommodate takeout and delivery. So how has the Valley’s dining scene weathered the past year or so?
Mar. 25, 2021
Jackie Alpers shrimp Topopo salad
Jackie Alpers had begun work on her book "Taste of Tucson" prior to the pandemic, but its collection of recipes from some of southern Arizona’s favorite spots offers the chance to make the home kitchen a creative place.
Mar. 16, 2021
masked workers looking at camera
March 19 will mark one year since the pandemic forced The Breadfruit and Rum Bar in downtown Phoenix to close. At the same time, the Chicago Hamburger Company saw sales plummet 65%. Over the past year, KJZZ has been checking in with both restaurants and shares how the pandemic has changed the business owners professionally and personally.
Mar. 14, 2021
Ty Chiko
As the pandemic has caused dramatic hits to companies big and small plus millions of employees, many people have seen significant career shifts. Ty Chiko, though, made what has to be one of the more uncommon moves when he decided to deemphasize his training as an opera singer and focus instead on baking.
Feb. 25, 2021
Mixed drinks in jars
Arizona restaurants had been selling alcohol to go before courts struck down Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order. State Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler and some colleagues have introduced a bill that would bring back take-out and delivery for cocktails.
Feb. 10, 2021
patio dining
Gov. Doug Ducey is expanding his statewide program to help restaurants expand their patios and outdoor seating areas amid the pandemic. To find out how it’s worked on the ground, The Show spoke with Valley restaurateur Nick Campisano, who owns Clever Koi, Fellow and Across the Pond.
Jan. 26, 2021

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