Phoenix is starting to say goodbye to chain restaurants and hello to locally owned establishments. “We’ve really emerged as a culinary destination,” R.J. Price, vice president of marketing and events for Downtown Phoenix Inc., said. The award-winning chef and owner, Chris Bianco, brought New York-style pizza to Phoenix after moving to the desert city in the 1980s.
Phoenix is a rising star in the Valley of the Sun. With a strong sense of community, a developing downtown, and a growing arts and culinary scene, the desert city is in the middle of a cultural renaissance. Although most people may not think of Phoenix as much of a cultural hot spot, those who live there beg to differ. “It’s probably one of the most creative cities in the country,” said Catrina Kahler, publisher of the Downtown Phoenix Journal.
There’s never been a better time to be an artist in Phoenix. “A number of artists have decided to make Phoenix their canvas,” Catrina Kahler, publisher of the Downtown Phoenix Journal, said. “The murals around the restaurant were created out of my love for murals initially,” Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef and owner of Barrio Café, said.
If you’re looking to sample culture from around the world, without ever leaving the country, then look no further than Queens, N.Y. Boasting a diverse community with residents from over 100 countries, a new influx of tourists have come to realize that Queens offers a potpourri of cuisine, art and lifestyle. It’s a marriage of traditional and modern culture, as new arrivals enjoy current attractions as well as visit popular institutions that have been around for decades.