Daily Archives: January 28, 2010

Downtown Phoenix restaurant, District, focuses on Arizona-grown menu

[Source: Megan Finnerty, Arizona Republic] — Old Town Scottsdale prides itself on being filled with wine bars, restaurants, and clubs that are unique.  Rarely is a chain the best option for dinner or a drink.  And restaurants are increasingly adding produce to menus, highlighting for diners that they’ve come from neighboring farms such as Singh or McClendon’s Select.  At some resorts, bartenders are routinely ducking out to their own gardens to snip mint, thyme or basil, so garnishes are grown within feet of the bars where the drinks are served.

Recently, downtown Phoenix has given foodie bloggers and tastemakers reasons to talk, as a number of restaurants and bars specializing in locally sourced menu items expanded in the past year.  But the most significant development in Arizona-grown goodness might not be at an independently owned business after all.  And it’s not in Old Town either.

If you’re looking for truly local dining and drinking, you’ll want to head to the Sheraton hotel and swing by the District Kitchen and Bar in downtown Phoenix.  The all-local all-the-time focus is a new strategy for the hotel chain, but general manager Heinrich Stasiuk, who lives in Arcadia, is the man making it work.  Downtown Phoenix is a proud place when it comes to home-grown talent, and he has managed to get neighbors and business people to eat, drink and be merry in his bar.  [Note: Read the full article at Downtown Phoenix restaurant, District, focuses on Arizona-grown menu.]

University Public School in downtown Phoenix announces vacancies for students

University Public Schools, Inc. (UPSI) a non-profit organization that works in affiliation with Arizona State University announces vacancies for students in all grade levels for the 2010-1011 school year at the University Public School Phoenix, in partnership with Phoenix Elementary School District, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix at 735 E. Fillmore St.

Prospective families interested in enrolling new students for the 2010-2011 academic year will need to attend an orientation session.  These sessions will include a presentation, video overview, and follow-up Q/A session.  The schools offer students a learning environment that incorporates the following: high academic standards; safe and caring environment; innovative curriculum; individual learning plans; enhanced technology; family involvement; and access to ASU’s services and programs.  Additionally, University Public Schools offer before- and after-school child care.

University Public School Phoenix information sessions:

  • 6 p.m., Feb. 4, Media Center
  • 6 p.m., Feb. 10, Media Center
  • 6 p.m., Feb. 16, Media Center

For more information, visit the school’s website or call Cindy Walker at 602-496-3322.

Downtown Phoenix residents urged to comment on draft City budget, Feb. 16

The city of Phoenix is in the process of preparing its 2010-11 budget, which will include reductions to city programs and services of approximately $140 million.  Residents in and around downtown Phoenix are invited to attend a District 7 community hearing to discuss the proposed budget before final decisions are made.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16, starting at 6 p.m., at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

At the hearing, residents will have an opportunity to comment and make suggestions.  Council members and city staff will answer questions and talk about specific district issues.  This public discussion is among the reasons the city’s budget so closely matches the community’s highest priorities each fiscal year.   Residents can view details of the proposed budget and submit comments at phoenix.gov or by calling 602-262-4800.  After the community’s review, the mayor and City Council will approve a budget-balancing plan on Tuesday, March 2.  The approved plan will take effect April 5.

For more information about the budget process and other community hearings in other Council districts, click here.