Food + Restaurants

Jackie Alpers shrimp Topopo salad
Jackie Alpers had begun work on her book "Taste of Tucson" prior to the pandemic, but its collection of recipes from some of southern Arizona’s favorite spots offers the chance to make the home kitchen a creative place.
Mar. 16, 2021
masked workers looking at camera
March 19 will mark one year since the pandemic forced The Breadfruit and Rum Bar in downtown Phoenix to close. At the same time, the Chicago Hamburger Company saw sales plummet 65%. Over the past year, KJZZ has been checking in with both restaurants and shares how the pandemic has changed the business owners professionally and personally.
Mar. 14, 2021
Ty Chiko
As the pandemic has caused dramatic hits to companies big and small plus millions of employees, many people have seen significant career shifts. Ty Chiko, though, made what has to be one of the more uncommon moves when he decided to deemphasize his training as an opera singer and focus instead on baking.
Feb. 25, 2021
Mixed drinks in jars
Arizona restaurants had been selling alcohol to go before courts struck down Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order. State Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler and some colleagues have introduced a bill that would bring back take-out and delivery for cocktails.
Feb. 10, 2021
patio dining
Gov. Doug Ducey is expanding his statewide program to help restaurants expand their patios and outdoor seating areas amid the pandemic. To find out how it’s worked on the ground, The Show spoke with Valley restaurateur Nick Campisano, who owns Clever Koi, Fellow and Across the Pond.
Jan. 26, 2021
A used pen cup at a restaurant in Glendale
Gov. Doug Ducey announced an additional $1 million for a statewide program to help Arizona restaurants and other dining establishments expand outdoor seating.
Jan. 26, 2021
chef in kitchen
New data show how the pandemic and social justice movements are impacting the restaurant industry. More take out and delivery is the most obvious change but what will happen post-pandemic when restaurants can fully offer dine-in service?
Jan. 25, 2021
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But a restaurant industry representative says that restaurants who win their cases intend to abide by at least the current pandemic restrictions, even though they would have no legal obligation to do so.
Jan. 19, 2021
For almost a month, the restaurant industry in Mexico City has been under a second lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And thousands of them decided to unite on a peaceful protest to push the authorities to be flexible, under the motto: “If we close, we die.”
Jan. 14, 2021
Huss Brewing Company patio
The Safest Outside Restaurant Program — in effect since December — is intended to help restaurants offer more comfort on their patios, including heaters and outdoor furniture. And Gov. Doug Ducey added $2 million to the program earlier this month.
Jan. 12, 2021
In many cities, restaurants are among the businesses struggling with the severe negative impact from the coronavirus pandemic, as lockdowns forbid them to open or fully operate. And in Mexico, many of these businesses are defying the local governments by reopening.
Jan. 11, 2021
Jenelle Bonifield
Because of how different this wine scene is compared to our neighbors in California, Oregon and Washington, photographer Jenelle Bonifield wanted to capture the “do it yourself,” hard-working attitude of Arizona winemakers.
Dec. 28, 2020
A used pen cup at a restaurant in Glendale
In late February, Arizona’s restaurant scene was experiencing an all-time high. But, then, just a few short weeks later, it all came crashing down. So, just how bad was it? And where do we go from here? The Show spoke with local food writer Chris Malloy, who’s also the food critic for the Phoenix New Times.
Dec. 21, 2020
Culinary Dropout in Phoenix
Maybe you assume when ordering from apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash that the food is coming from a real restaurant. Well, that might not be the case. So-called “ghost kitchens” and “virtual concepts” are the new wave in the restaurant industry, and Peter Romeo says they’re everywhere even if you didn’t know it.
Dec. 17, 2020
Frank Gioia Jr./Frank Capri
The restaurant business has long been known as an extremely competitive one, and succeeding in it is a difficult and tiring effort. And if your eatery is mostly a front for alleged mob activity and fraud, the figurative menu looks a lot different.
Dec. 16, 2020
esperanza and felipe carranza
This month, The Show is bringing you “Eating Christmas” — a typically live storytelling event that has had to adapt, like so much in life, to COVID-19. Felipe Carranza is the principal at Encanto Elementary School. He shared his “Eating Christmas” essay: “Tamales Y Santos."
Dec. 10, 2020
Huss Brewing Company patio
Record high temperatures prevented restaurants across the Valley from opening outdoor seating in an attempt to recoup lost profits in response to the pandemic. However, a drop in temperatures has businesses taking advantage of temporary dining permits and good weather and opening outdoor seating for their customers.
Dec. 4, 2020
masked man holding up bags of food
Several Valley chefs are partnering with a nonprofit to provide meals at polling places. The program not only feeds voters, it also nourishes local restaurants struggling during the pandemic.
Nov. 2, 2020
Funnel cake
Just because Arizona State Fair fans can’t pack the fairgrounds this year, it doesn’t mean they can’t get a taste of it. Fair organizers are hosting a drive-thru for two weekends featuring fair food favorites — from turkey legs to funnel cakes.
Sep. 26, 2020
Mixed drinks in jars
An attorney for Gov. Doug Ducey argues giving restaurants the "privilege" to sell beer, wine and liquor out the door "qualifies as a recovery and response activity because it aids restaurants." More than 100 bars are suing over the decision.
Sep. 22, 2020


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