I usually think of eating something barbecued or smoked when visiting Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, but Chef Stephen Jones and his team are serving some lighter and healthier fare for the spring season that make a trip to this Downtown Phoenix establishment equally worthwhile. The ingredients for their avocado, blood orange, grapefruit, and wild greens salad are sourced locally. And the entree you shouldn’t miss at the moment is the crudo which is spiced up with pickled chiles and radishes. As always, their cocktail menu makes the meal complete with some of the best craft cocktails in town! I’m particularly fond of the Whiskey Richard and Lost Melody (which pairs particularly well with the lighter menu).

I usually think of eating something barbecued or smoked when visiting Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, but Chef Stephen Jones and his team are serving some lighter and healthier fare for the spring season that make a trip to this Downtown Phoenix establishment equally worthwhile. The ingredients for their avocado, blood orange, grapefruit, and wild greens salad are sourced locally. And the entree you shouldn’t miss at the moment is the crudo which is spiced up with pickled chiles and radishes. As always, their cocktail menu makes the meal complete with some of the best craft cocktails in town! I’m particularly fond of the Whiskey Richard and Lost Melody (which pairs particularly well with the lighter menu).

March Get Your PHX: Groove on Grand

Local First Arizona and Get Your PHX are joining forces to introduce individuals to one-of-a-kind locally owned businesses opening up on a regular basis in central Phoenix. The goal is to show up, en masse, to support entrepreneurs who pioneer new restaurants, stores, bars, event spaces and good things for Phoenix.

On March 20th, Local First Arizona and Get Your PHX will host an event at the Groove on Grand to celebrate the re-birth of Grand Avenue.

Owners Laurie and Tom Carmody fell in love with the look and feel of Phoenix early on and have owned many recognizable locations in downtown Phoenix including what are now Modified Arts Gallery, Made Art Boutique, Shine Coffee, Carly’s Bistro, Eye Lounge and Oasis on Grand. They envision Grand Avenue growing as an integral piece to the arts district in downtown Phoenix.

The Groove is home to a collection of businesses including the Red House Pub, Kustumz Hairshop, Grand Ol’ Optics, Muse Gallery Boutique, ib2 Chocolate and a coffee roaster. The businesses are housed in small cabins that once served as German POW housing for soldiers during World War II.

WHAT: Get Your PHX March Meet Up
WHEN: March 20, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Groove on Grand, 1028 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, 85003. Street parking is available.
MORE INFO: Free to attend. Drinks will be available for purchase. Raffle prizes will be given away including event tickets, a Localist membership to Local First Arizona and gift certificates to locally owned businesses.

More businesses are heading to Downtown Phoenix, AZ with the opening of The Pizza Studio and V’s Barbershop at CityScape Phoenix.The Pizza Studio, a fast-casual, create-your-own pizza restaurant, will open tomorrow next to Urban Outfitters. V’s Barbershop will open its 9th Valley location at CityScape with a 5-chair shop. It will be the first V’s to obtain a liquor license and serve craft beer (only $2) and wine (only $4).

More businesses are heading to Downtown Phoenix, AZ with the opening of The Pizza Studio and V’s Barbershop at CityScape Phoenix.

The Pizza Studio, a fast-casual, create-your-own pizza restaurant, will open tomorrow next to Urban Outfitters.

V’s Barbershop will open its 9th Valley location at CityScape with a 5-chair shop. It will be the first V’s to obtain a liquor license and serve craft beer (only $2) and wine (only $4).

The rain was kind enough to be minimally invasive on Day 1 of the Devoured Food + Wine Classic at Phoenix Art Museum. Looking forward to another delicious round tomorrow!

The rain was kind enough to be minimally invasive on Day 1 of the Devoured Food + Wine Classic at Phoenix Art Museum. Looking forward to another delicious round tomorrow!

Yesterday we had an opportunity to take a tour of The Newton construction site. The Newton will house Southern Rail, a restaurant by the team behind Beckett’s Table, a second location of Changing Hands Bookstore, as well as meeting space and other retail outlets. This building is going to have so many cool features including a tribute to Beef Eaters, the iconic restaurant previously housed in this space. Check out this week’s AZCentral.com article for an update on the project.

Yesterday we had an opportunity to take a tour of The Newton construction site. The Newton will house Southern Rail, a restaurant by the team behind Beckett’s Table, a second location of Changing Hands Bookstore, as well as meeting space and other retail outlets. This building is going to have so many cool features including a tribute to Beef Eaters, the iconic restaurant previously housed in this space. Check out this week’s AZCentral.com article for an update on the project.

"Celtic Chorale" - presented by the Phoenix Chorale

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Phoenix Chorale as they journey to the Emerald Isle with song and merriment. They’ll serenade you with traditional Irish airs, wistful love songs, and lilting Celtic tunes — all written and arranged by Irish composer Michael McGlynn.

Can’t wait until the performance? Join them for their Free Open Rehearsal - a behind-the-scenes look at music in the making as they prepare for Celtic Chorale - during First Friday Artwalk downtown. No tickets needed!

Free Open Rehearsal | March 7, 2014 6:30pm-9:30pm
at All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church
9502 W. Hutton Dr., Sun City

Celtic Chorale | Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:30pm
at Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Celtic Chorale | Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:00pm
at Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

Purchase online tickets here or call the box office at 602-253-2224.

More information can be found on the Phoenix Chorale Facebook page or at PhoenixChorale.org.