BY GRISELDA ZETINO, KTAR News
PHOENIX — It’s cooked and it looks just like a regular burger with a meat-like texture and flavor. But the “Impossible Burger” is actually a vegan burger.
It’s made out of plant-based ingredients, such as wheat and potatoes. The key ingredient is heme, which is what gives it a beef-like smell and taste.
“The Impossible Burger is our biggest seller,” said Zach Willekens, bar manager and event coordinator at the Cuff Downtown Bistro. “That brings in a lot of people because everyone wants to try it.”
The Cuff is one of many restaurants in downtown Glendale adding vegan options to their menus. A few blocks down, Pizza Old Roma is offering a vegan pizza. If tacos are more your taste, Mi Vagana Madre offers vegan tacos.
There are also several vegan dessert options, such as a vegan latte and pastries at A Shot of Java and vegan ice cream at Nomadic Ice Cream.
Willekens, a vegetarian and on-and-off vegan, said he used to have to drive to Phoenix or Scottsdale for vegan food. That’s no longer the case now with all the vegan options available in downtown Glendale.
“It’s a hole in the market that was never filled until now,” he said.
Katy Engles, director of downtown development for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, said more vegan options means more people are visiting the downtown area.
“We’re seeing that influx, and we’re happy they’re coming to us because we want people to experience different things downtown,” she said.
Engles said it all started in February with the opening of the Veggie Rebellion, the state’s first vegan grocery store, in downtown Glendale. She said the owner of the grocery store, Sandra McKee, worked with restaurant managers and owners to give them ideas on vegan options they could add to their menus.
For people who haven’t tried vegan food, Willekens said there are plenty of vegan food options to choose from.
“A good introductory point would be to try something like the Impossible Burger that is very similar in texture and taste, and it’s not that different from a normal beef hamburger,” he said “Then, from there venture out to more of the different quality vegan foods you can get.”
Glendale, AZ, (September 7, 2018) –Glendale’s sixth annual “Stand Up for Veterans” will be held at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., on Sat., Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 1,000 veterans have attended the community outreach event in its history. This event is designed to provide ample opportunities for veterans to access services tailored to their life experiences and needs, in a central location.
“I am proud of an event that continues to reach more veterans and their families every year,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers who initiated the Glendale Stand Up event six years ago. “This event offers veterans an opportunity to better their lives by connecting them to many resources including employers in one place. Its success is truly a powerful accomplishment for everyone involved.”
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The City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce for the city’s Chairman’s Circle Membership and general support services at a cost of $20,000 per year.
The city is a long-standing member of the chamber, which was established as part of the Glendale business community in 1927.
The chamber is a private, nonprofit, membership-driven organization whose mission is to serve the business community, provide programs and services to improve the economic environment, and serve as a reliable source for community information and business referrals.
Since October 2013, when current Chamber President Robert Heidt took over leadership, the chamber has grown from 475 members to more than 1,200, becoming one of the largest in the state of Arizona.
What could be better than a stroll through Historic Downtown Glendale on a summer evening? Think of one thing — the chance to win prizes while you stroll.
Visit Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with the downtown business community to put on the Summer Scavenger Stroll. While visitors shop, dine and stroll, they will encounter clues that will give them points and chances to win prizes.
Between 4 and 8 p.m. June 2, head to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce to pick up a map and start hunting. While shopping or dining, search for clues. The more clues one finds, the more points he or she will earn for chances to win prizes, which are provided by participating Downtown Glendale merchants. Last year’s prizes exceeded $600 in retail value.
Visitors will end the evening at Spinning Wheel Antiques & Gifts, 7015 N. 58th Ave., to turn in clues and attend the prize drawings. Bob and Sara Yarrow, owners of Spinning Wheel Antiques & Gifts, are coordinating the downtown event. Their shop has many vintage items, as well as Destination Christmas with year-round holiday treasures.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 275. For more information about the event, call Spinning Wheel Antiques & Gifts at 623-703-2071. Admission and parking are free. Parking is available in the adjacent garage, just north of Glenn Drive, between 58th Avenue and 58th Drive.
There’s something new and wonderful to celebrate in downtown Glendale. Check out the “before and after” transformation of this downtown space in this video.
Curious about those buzz-worthy restaurants but short on time to check them all out?
A food tour can take care of that with guides, transportation and insider tips. Consider these guided and self-guided tours that take you to restaurants, breweries and coffee shops across Phoenix.
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Glendale’s Tiki-Rific Mother’s Day Celebration in Paradise will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 in Historic Downtown Glendale.
The tiki-themed event is designed to make mothers feel pampered and appreciated on their special day. An information booth with an event map and information will be located in the northeast corner of Murphy Park. The first 100 mothers to visit the booth will receive a lei. The celebration will include free group Hula-Hoop lessons, hosted and sponsored by merchants, as well as a tiki-themed photo station. In addition, an air-conditioned shuttle will be on hand to transport attendees throughout the downtown area.
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Soon-to-be West Valley graduates who have committed to military service were honored during the second annual Induction Ceremony April 28 at Calvary Church in Glendale.
The event was hosted by the Glendale Office of the Mayor and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.
The ceremony began with remarks from Master of Ceremonies Jeffery J. Turner, Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, followed by the posting of the colors by the Civil Air Patrol, 388th Composite Squadron.
Mayor Jerry Weiers frequently tells officials at groundbreakings, “Here we grow again,” and he did it again April 10 when the city broke ground on the new Aloft Hotel at the Westgate Entertainment District.
“Everyone knows I like saying, ‘Here we grow again,’ and it is exciting to say it today,” Weiers said. “This is a big addition to the Westgate area and I am really excited about this expansion.”
The new hotel, located at the corner of 91st and Glendale avenues, is a 2.4-acre property next to Westgate, which has turned into one of the premier entertainment destinations in the region.
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The 100-room, four-story Aloft Hotel officially is under construction with Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at Westgate. The new hotel is designed with millennials or Generation Y in mind. Located in the Westgate Entertainment District, the new Aloft-Glendale plans to open in January 2019 or in about ten months. From the information sheet at the groundbreaking, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, “Aloft’s business model providing a hip, modern atmosphere at an affordable price."