Salt Lake City-based eatery Even Stevens had a recent grand opening of a location in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix. The craft-casual restaurant specializes in sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and other bites; while also bringing customers a sense of local attributes. Even Stevens also has a huge heart. They believe in “eat one, give one,” in that for each sandwich bought in store, they donate a sandwich to a local non-profit.
The folks at Even Stevens explain, “Eat to give turns customers into benefactors, investing in the community’s well-being and creating sustainable change. We aren’t handing out bologna sandwiches at the park. We’re partnering with non-profits who we’ve identified as partners, and donate healthy, fresh sandwich-making ingredients to bolster their meal programs. Saving them cash and allowing for reallocation into the programs they care about. Food connects everyone, and the culinary experience at Even Stevens begins with that understanding. By sourcing local and sourcing craft, welcome the community into our supply chain of love. By offering fresh takes on nostalgic recipes, we connect to our personal and collective roots through our palate.”
The Even Stevens Arcadia location paired with four non-profit beneficiaries: Native American Connections, ICM Food and Clothing Bank, Friendly House, and Joshua Tree Feeding Program. They also collaborated with Peixoto Coffee, San Tan Brewing Company, Proof Bread, and other local vendors for food and beverage partnerships.
I attended their “Hype Night,” a couple days before the official grand opening celebration. Guests were able to try the dishes, mix, mingle, and learn about the new store. I met the store’s designer- Daniel Packman, with Design Blue– who told me a little about the store’s unique features, such as that the tables were creating using 1930s bowling lanes. The store’s overall design was inspired by Arcadia’s rich citrus farming history. A bright color palette coincided with rustic accents, including reclaimed barn doors. The restrooms were inspired by vibrant indoor potting sheds, and even includes lotions and handy sprays in the convenient shelving. Don’t forget to also “Wash Yo Hands!”
I had the Jackfruit Torta, salad, pickle, and the Brava Tots- seen above. You guys… the photo doesn’t do the food justice. The sandwich had jackfruit carnitas, pepitas, guacamole, salsa morita, radish, cilantro, lettuce, pickled onions- all lovingly put between a sweet bun. The food was fresh and delicious. The Brava Tots- whomever invented those deserves a hug. The tots were sprinkled with smokey paprika, with Brava Aioli sauce drizzled on top. Best tater tots EVER!
I ended my evening by doing a cheesy slo-mo video provided by Crazy Shotz (see below).