Arizona is a Foodie State

Via The two groups are in the midst of launching a new website called Expedition Foodie, which hopes to leverage the Grand Canyon State’s surprising progress in the culinary world. Average temperature aside, is Arizona about to become the country’s hottest foodie hot spot? It’s a little early to say, but the Arizona Restaurant Association, in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism, is working to make the case.

The National Park Service had a record-breaking year, in which 331 million visitors spent almost $35 million at the country’s 417 national parks in 2016. At home in Arizona, 12 million visitors spent $995.9 million at the state’s 25 national parks. The spending generated supported a total of 15,600 thousand jobs, $532.1 million in labor income, $881.4 million in value added, and $1.5 billion in economic output in the Arizona

Jobs in the Valley

Looking for a new job? These places are hiring Valley workers. See if your skill set fits any of the positions! Phoenix Job Fair Find a new career on Mon., April 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Hilton Phoenix Airport. There are nearly 2,000 jobs up for grabs. Some of the employers include Bank of America, State Farm, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, United Health

Shula’s Steak House Earns OpenTable’s 2017 Diner’s Choice Award

Via OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, has recently named Shula’s Steak House at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, the 2017 Diner’s Choice OpenTable Award recipient. The Diner’s Choice Award recognizes outstanding restaurants based on feedback from thousands of local diners. Shula’s Steak House currently has a 4.5 out 5-point rating and more than 1,095 reviews. “We are thrilled and

Dutch Bros Coffee To Open 6 New Stores

Via Dutch Bros Coffee is expanding its footprint in the Arizona with plans to add a half dozen more stores. The Oregon-based coffee chain already has 21 locations in Arizona. “We are opening approximately six new search areas throughout Arizona in the next year and a half. And in that time there will likely be one shop in each of those areas,” said Dutch Bros spokeswoman Jennifer Wheatley. Dutch

Via A Scottsdale restaurant and wine bar has closed its doors. 5th and Wine announced the news in a brief note on its website. “Thanks for your patronage over the last 7 years! Unfortunately, we have now closed our doors,” the message said. An exact reason for the closure was not released. The owners were unable to be reached for comment. However, in January, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Original ChopShop plans 4 Phoenix locations

Via Healthy craft eatery, Original ChopShop, plans to expand in the Phoenix area, starting with an opening in Queen Creek on 21227 S. Ellsworth Loop Road. The Queen Creek location will open in late April, marking its fourth location. Three more locations are planned to open this year in the neighborhoods of Arcadia, Paradise Valley and North Scottsdale. Original ChopShop currently has restaurants in Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. Hargett Hunter

Arizona's Top-rated Brews

Via This may be just the kind of news you need on a Friday: It’s National Beer Day! And Arizona has plenty of places to mark the day. After all, we have at least three breweries — Mother Road Brewing, San Tan Brewing Company and Four Peaks Brewing Company — that were recognized as some of the best beer makers around and we routinely pop up on best-of-beer lists. In honor of the

Food Network’s ‘Ginormous Food’ to film at several Arizona restaurants this week

Via The Food Network will highlight some of the big and delicious food the Valley has to offer when its show “Ginormous Food” films at Porkopolis in Scottsdale on Wednesday. The show’s premise is just what it sounds like: It travels to restaurants around the nation to find the biggest and tastiest foods in America. According to a press release, Porkopolis will feature the Brady Bacon Burger, Mammoth Meatloaf Platter