James Beard's "Best Chef" semifinalist knows burritos

A burrito on a paper plate with shredded beef coming out of the end next to a glass soft drink bottle.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

There's an abundance of Arizona chefs and restaurants on the James Beard Foundation award semifinalist list. Since I haven't tried most of them, I decided to grab lunch Friday at Testal Mexican Kitchen, home to "Best Chef" semifinalist Fernando Hernández.

Where: 1325 Grand Ave.

Egg-scape from high prices with your own chickens

An illustration of a chicken with dollar signs over its eyes.

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

If high egg prices brought you down, there's a homegrown solution: Get your own chickens.

Why it matters: Inflation and an avian flu outbreak have more than doubled egg prices across the country, and Arizona has been no exception.

Mr. Pickle's opens first Arizona restaurant, with more to come

A sub sandwich cut in half.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop opened its first Arizona outpost in north Scottsdale last week, so I decided to see what the California eatery has to offer.

Details: The chain relocated its headquarters to Arizona last year under new ownership, according to What Now Phoenix.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 26, 2023 - Business

These Arizona restaurants and chefs are James Beard semifinalists

Illustration of a first place ribbon with a gold plate at the center.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Arizona's culinary scene has reason to celebrate this week.

What's happening: Twelve Arizona chefs, two restaurants and one bakery were named semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.

Jeremy Duda
Jan 26, 2023 - Business

Lab offers shared workspace for growing biotech sector

Lab equipment on a table.

A table full of equipment at Connect Labs. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Arizona's first shared workspace and laboratory for startups in the biotechnology and life science industries is now open in downtown Phoenix.

Driving the news: Development company Wexford Science & Technology held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Connect Labs on Jan. 19.

Trevor's Liquor opens second location in north Phoenix

A storefront with a sign that reads Trevor's.

Trevor's Liquor on Mayo Boulevard, near the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

If you're a fan of good alcohol and you live in the north Phoenix and north Scottsdale area, you're in luck — Trevor's Liquor opened its second location in the Valley.

Where: 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., near Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 20, 2023 - News

Metro Phoenix dads will pitch scorpion solution on ABC's Shark Tank

Slick Barrier is a clear slippery coating applied to the base of homes. Photo: Courtesy of Slick Barrier

Two East Valley dads will appear on an episode of ABC's "Shark Tank" next Friday to pitch their pest control solution.

What's happening: About five years ago, childhood friends Aaron Gonzales and Tony Gonzales formed Slick Barrier, a company that produces and sells a coating for the exterior of homes that prevents scorpions and other pests from getting inside.

Jessica Boehm
Jan 17, 2023 - Business
Glendale LVII

Glendale LVII: Here's how much hotels and flights to the Phoenix Super Bowl cost

A Motel 6 sign that says "open."

Would you spend $854 on a Motel 6? Photo: Don and Melinda Crawford/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Attendees at this year's Super Bowl in Glendale will have to pay a fortune just to get here and find a place to sleep.

Why it matters: We reap the tax revenue benefits when out-of-towners drop big money in the Valley on hotels, dining and entertainment.


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