“When you work at Even Stevens, do a good job. Because when you do well, we do well.” – Doug Burke of Open Arms Care Center, Gilbert, AZ.
Words to live by for our smashing new team in Even Stevens No. 8, located in the bustling foodie oasis of Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert, Arizona. Family friendly, growing and bursting with enthusiasm for good old-fashioned community vibes (check out the awesome farmers market on Saturdays), Gilbert has lot going for it. And even better, Gilbert has a lot to give.
And just as serious as we take our mission to spread the eat to give philosophy, creating positive scenarios all, we take our right to turn it into a paaar-tay. Like they say (alright alright, like we say), the team that twerks together, works together:
And what’s the fun in partying without good friends? Here’s the scoop on our some of our new AZ partners in craft and compassion:
PEIXOTO COFFEE | CHANDLER, AZ
Inspired by her family’s 100-year legacy of coffee farming and the idyllic Brazilian coffee farm where she grew up, Julia Peixoto had a vision to simplify the bean’s journey from farm to cup. Peixoto Coffee goes beyond Fair Trade and sources directly from the farmers who produce it. Ensuring that growers receive a fair price and that customers are paying for a supply chain journey that adds value…not steps.
NOBLE BREAD | PHEONIX, AZ
Noble Bread is a small bakery taking an old world approach. They bake the simple way, using only organic, GMO free flours, water, sea salt and organic levain starter. With each loaf taking 36-hours from start the finish, the result is complex, biologically active and (decidedly) worth the wait.
SANTAN BREWING | CHANDLER, AZ
Pairing great craft beer with great craft food is SanTan Brewing’s MO. And inspiring togetherness is their goal. Their award-winning Southwestern Style Ales have been a catalyst to good conversation and good times throughout Arizona since 2007.
COTTON COUNTRY JAM | PHEONIX, AZ
Cotton Country Jams has their jar game down. Delicious jams, jellies, salsas, syrups, vinegars, sauces and pickles are made with Arizona-grown ingredients, and sold at Farmers Markets state-wide. A true “grandma’s recipe” tale, the family owned and operated kitchen has artfully managed to never loose that homemade touch.
OPEN ARMS CARE CENTER | GILBERT, AZ
Open Arms is the only Gilbert agency providing food and clothing to those in need. They give to our Gilbert neighbors regardless of age, race, religion or national origin. Open five days a week, serving an average of 300 families per month, they are supported 100% by volunteers and donations. They host two canned food drives monthly to benefit low-income members of the Gilbert community.
UNITED FOOD BANK | MESA, AZ
United Food Bank fights hunger by partnering with over 200 organizations to distribute food to individuals and families throughout Eastern Arizona. They deliver over 25 million pounds of food per year. That equates to about 59,000 meals per day! They pull this off with remarkably low overhead costs; 96% of funds go directly to acquiring, sorting, and distributing food.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE EASY VALLEY | MESA, AZ
For 50 years, Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley has made it their number one priority to fill the opportunity gap and provide kids with a chance to build their talents, learn the value of contributing to others, and realize their dreams. They do this for about 43,000 youth at eleven branches. Their specific giving programs allow you to contribute to the need that resonates most with you.
A NEW LEAF FAITH HOUSE | PHOENIX, AZ
Faith House serves women and children in crisis, including victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and those experiencing homelessness. Faith House is part of A New Leaf, an organization committed to helping families in crisis. A New Leaf provides an average of 200,000 meals, 150,000 nights of shelter, and 12,000 counseling sessions annually.