[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal] — A handful of Valley restaurateurs and Local First Arizona are banding together to promote independent eateries across metro Phoenix through a new group called Devour Phoenix. Local First Arizona is a grassroots nonprofit aimed at supporting homegrown companies and encouraging state residents to do the same.
A handful of entrepreneurs and chefs have formed a steering committee to put the Devour Phoenix idea into motion. The fledgling effort has yet to map out a to-do list, but organizers say they could tackle everything from a restaurant crawl and shared advertising to pooled purchasing power on restaurant supplies. “I think it’s really important that people realize there are great eating establishments in Phoenix. We offer original ideas and different concepts,” said Arizona Sen. Ken Cheuvront, a steering committee member and owner of Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar on Central Avenue in Phoenix. [Note: Read the full article at Independent restaurants aim to Devour Phoenix and Phoenix New Times’ coverage of the same.]