Virginia Senior of Urban Beans on Architecture, Design, and Nondairy Coconut Ice Cream

BY LAUREN SARIA - Phoenix New Times
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 AT 9 A.M.

 

Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the seventh annual Pie Social at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Bioscience High School at 512 East Pierce Street. We've got an all-star lineup of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now till Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one.

Today, Virginia Senior of Urban Beans

Virginia Senior utilizes her experience in architecture, design, development, and restaurants in all her projects. Whether that project is a building, a print, or a pie, each project is better because of the diverse background and experience she brings to the table. Currently working with CCBG Architects in Phoenix, and running Urban Beans Bar & 24 Hour Café, Senior is most interested in bringing quality experiences to the community, in food, sustainability, and design.

What is the first dish you remember fixing yourself at home?
I was cooking for our family most nights since I was 12, I loved to cook, and my mom appreciated it cause she did not! Lots of pasta and casseroles, but the first memorable dish was blackened salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and greens. While I don’t eat salmon anymore, I would like to recreate that dish in a vegan format, as the combination of flavors in all three elements was magical, with a squeeze of lemon of course!

What is the one thing you always had in your kitchen growing up?
Enough of everything to experiment with!

What are five essentials in your home kitchen today?
Mustard, tamari, vegan mayo, pasta, coconut ice cream (nondairy)

What is a memorable dish from your childhood and the back story?
Artichokes. They were always a special treat at spring time. My sister didn’t like the heart, so I always got two.

Who inspired you to become a chef and why?
I’ve been inspired by so many people I have met while designing restaurants, eating at restaurants, and watching others cook, including my father, who was a chef.

 

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9 Places to Order a Holiday Pie in Metro Phoenix

BY LAUREN SARIA - Phoenix New Times
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 AT 6 A.M.

Urban Beans

Whether you're looking for a pie, a tart, or a box of toffee, central Phoenix's Urban Beans has got you covered. The 24-hour coffee shop and bakery is taking orders for vegan pies (flavors include apple, banana creme, apple chipotle, pumpkin, pumpkin chai, pecan, and chocolate pecan), which cost $26 each and feed between six and eight people. Vegan tarts (flavors include chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, and pumpkin) cost $34 and feed 10 to 12 people. Gluten-free pies and tarts are available for an additional $2. Customers can place an order online anytime before November 22 at 6 a.m. for pickup on November 23 or November 24 between noon and 5 p.m.

 

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Hungry? 30 Phoenix kitchens open past midnight to satisfy your late-night cravings

By Josh Frigerio - ABC 15      Posted: 12:33 PM, Aug 3, 2016

URBAN BEANS CAFE

You cannot be more available than being open 24 hours a day. Urban Beans is a Phoenix café that serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches and dessert. You can head over to the bar for cocktails, beer and wine.

The café is open 24 hours.

IF YOU GO:
3508 N. 7th Street, Phoenix AZ 85014
http://urbanbeans.squarespace.com

 

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Our 10 Favorite Phoenix Coffee Shops for Productivity

By Jake Rockland Somatic Labs Posted on August 1, 2016 

Urban Beans

Open 24/7, Urban Beans offers a great stop for night owls to grab a coffee and get some work done while enjoying the atmosphere of the cafe’s local-art decorated walls. Urban Beans also offers a great food selection, with many vegetarian options, and is a perfect place to grab lunch or a late-night snack.

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8 Favorite Coffee Shops for Non-Coffee Drinkers in Metro Phoenix

BY MARY KATE SNIDER - Phoenix New Times
 TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016 AT 6 A.M.

BY MARY KATE SNIDER  TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016 

"... Need somewhere to go at 3 a.m.? Urban Beans is the place for you. Open 24 hours a day, this central Phoenix coffee shop features all-day breakfast, a variety of teas, Italian sodas, juice, and milkshakes, along with wine and beer. Enjoy a piece of lavender olive oil cake and get some work done to the tune of some mellow music, or bring a friend and play a game of chess on the shop's chess board. With plenty of comfortable seating, great food, and free Wi-Fi, this spot is a perfect hangout spot any time of day or night. ..."

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WE ASKED 12 METRO PHOENIX CHEFS: IS FINE DINING REALLY DEAD?

BY TERESA TRAVERSE - PHOENIX NEW TIMES - FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

 

Virginia Senior, owner and executive chef of Urban Beans

"Pretentious dining is dead. People want real food, prepared well, in a great atmosphere. It used to be that you had to go to an expensive restaurant for that. Now, you can have that at so many more places, minus the giant-plate-with-a-dab-of-sauce-and-bite-of-something dishes."

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AZ Vegan Food Fest / Az Foothills Magazine

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Feb. 27, 2016. The inaugural PHX Vegan Food Festival.The event features vegan restaurants and vendors, a beer and wine garden, food sampling and live music at the Phoenix Theatre campus off Central Avenue and McDowell Road. A beer garden featured vegan and non-vegan beverages, and two stages of entertainment included performances from Jam Namaste, Soulective, Weslynn, Saith and Pride Through Strife.

Photography by Jenelle Bonifield
foodandlifestyles.com
jenelle@foodandlifestyles.com

 
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Urban Beans Adds Vegan Bagels

In partnership with The Bagel Bandit, Urban Beans now features East Coast-style vegan bagels in plain, everything, and cinnamon raisin churro crunch. These chewy, malty, bagels are hand-stretched, artisanal, and baked local. Single bagels can be purchased as a menu item, or in packages of a half-dozen.

Urban Beans Bar and Café, 3508 N. 7th St., Suite 100, is open 24 hours offering breakfast, soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as a full coffee bar, local wines, and craft beers. Every dish at Urban Beans is vegan or vegetarian.

Follow Urban Beans on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For more information, call the café at 602-595-2244.

http://northcentralnews.net/2016/dining/urban-beans-adds-vegan-bagels/

PHX Vegan Food Festival Celebrates Culinary Vibrance

By  Sarah Ventre    Published: Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:23pm

 

The PHX Vegan Food Festival is Saturday, and it got us thinking about vegan food. How is it made? Can it have appeal to non-vegans? What are the different approaches to cooking it? KJZZ's Sarah Ventre looked into the food. She spoke with two vegan chefs about the way they approach vegan cooking. The first chef was Amanda Langham, head chef and catering manager at Urban Beans. The other chef was Jason Wyrick of The Vegan Taste. He runs a vegan meal delivery service.

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http://kjzz.org/content/270878/phx-vegan-food-festival-celebrates-culinary-vibrance

Vegan Food Festival coming to Phoenix 2/27

 Kellie Hwang, The Republic | azcentral.com1:47 p.m. MST February 23, 2016

(Photo: Nathaniel Burns)

(Photo: Nathaniel Burns)

More proof the vegan lifestyle is in? Check out the inaugural PHX Vegan Food Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The event features vegan restaurants and vendors, a beer and wine garden, food sampling and live music at the Phoenix Theatre campus off Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

Davisson Entertainment is the local company hosting the festival, which is the brainchild of Daniel Davisson. He started to embrace the vegan lifestyle after attending the Vegan Beer & Food Festival in Portland and spending more time with his vegan and vegetarian friends.

"Phoenix has a strong vegan community, and I thought that an event should be done here as well," he said. "The idea is to educate people who are not aware of vegan topics. People tend to think that vegans are hippies, and I want to bring a little more awareness to the lifestyle. They don't just eat kale and sprouts, and there are plenty of good vegan options throughout the state."

While not a vegan himself, Davisson has adopted vegan practices and changed his habits, learning about vegan and animal cruelty-free vendors, being more informed about where food comes from, and getting more involved in animal and environmental rights.

 

Festival visitors will get to sample vegan offerings from a wide variety of food vendors, including Urban Beans, 24 Carrots, Iss' Magic Mixes, Juice Core, The Coronado, Pomegranate Cafe, Cafe Lalibela, Simon's Hot Dogs, PB Americano and Green Heart Bakery.

"We pride ourselves on being a fully produced event from Phoenix, with local vendors and local staff," Davisson said.

Food trucks, such as Mi Vegana Madre, Affogato Truck and Southern Fried Vegan, also will have food for purchase. Watch cooking demonstrations from chefs Jason Wyrick and Madelyn Pryor of The Vegan Taste, a vegan lifestyle website, and Will Tucker, vegan trainer and owner of Will Tucker Fitness.

A beer garden will feature vegan and non-vegan beverages, and two stages of entertainment will include performances from Soulective, Weslynn, Saith and Pride Through Strife. A youth area will keep kids busy with yoga, vegan cookie-making and giant Jenga.

Vegan-friendly groups and businesses also will be on site, including the Animal Defense League, Zen Comfort, Oh Kale Yeah!, PETA, Desert Flower Shop and Crunchy Mamas' Market.

Details: Saturday, Feb. 27. Noon-5 p.m. (VIP entry starts at 11 a.m.). Phoenix Theatre campus, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. $25 for general admission (includes one drink token), $60 for VIP (includes early admission, two drink tokens and a swag bag). davissonentertainment.comphxveganfest.com.

 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/2016/02/23/phx-vegan-festival-phoenix/80505644

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN BEANS IN PHOENIX IS NOW OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Jenna Duncan      TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Urban Beans, a mainstay for coffee in Central Phoenix, has extended its operating time to 24 hours a day. Known for coffee first, the café also features a hot and cold food menu, and a full bar that is open until 2 a.m.                             Jenna Duncan

Urban Beans, a mainstay for coffee in Central Phoenix, has extended its operating time to 24 hours a day. Known for coffee first, the café also features a hot and cold food menu, and a full bar that is open until 2 a.m.                             Jenna Duncan

 

Urban Beans, the coffee shop on Seventh Street and East Osborn in Central Phoenix, has extended its hours all the way — to 24/7, every day of the week.

Virginia Senior, founder and pastry chef, says she made the decision because she thought Phoenix should have more late-night and all-night quality dining choices.

“It occurred to me that every world-class city that I’ve heard of has a 24-hour component,” Senior says. “I felt Phoenix was being underserved.”

 

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/urban-beans-in-phoenix-is-now-open-24-hours-a-day-seven-days-a-week-7691654

Coffee, Wine & Now Dinner at Urban Beans

September 2015

By Patty Talahongva
Central Phoenix is getting a three-for-one deal with the expansion of Urban Beans Bar and Café, 3508 N. 7th St., Suite 100. The longtime coffee bar recently went 24/7 and began offering community dinners every night. Now you can stop by during the day and get a cup of coffee and breakfast or lunch, or RSVP for dinner and enjoy a glass of beer or Vegan wine. Or pop in at 3 a.m. and enjoy something from the “bites” menu.

Virgina Senior, co-owner of Urban Beans café and wine bar, pours a glass of Australian pinot grigio for Amber Manzer and her husband, Jarrod, during the Aug. 20 five-course wine dinner held at the eatery. The Manzers enjoy the second course of the Asian-inspired meal, a Tom Kha-Gai soup with kafir leaves. Next month’s wine dinner on Sept. 17 has an Italian theme (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Virgina Senior, co-owner of Urban Beans café and wine bar, pours a glass of Australian pinot grigio for Amber Manzer and her husband, Jarrod, during the Aug. 20 five-course wine dinner held at the eatery. The Manzers enjoy the second course of the Asian-inspired meal, a Tom Kha-Gai soup with kafir leaves. Next month’s wine dinner on Sept. 17 has an Italian theme (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

Virgina Senior, co-owner of Urban Beans café and wine bar, pours a glass of Australian pinot grigio for Amber Manzer and her husband, Jarrod, during the Aug. 20 five-course wine dinner held at the eatery. The Manzers enjoy the second course of the Asian-inspired meal, a Tom Kha-Gai soup with kafir leaves. Next month’s wine dinner on Sept. 17 has an Italian theme (photo by Teri Carnicelli).

It’s all about serving the community, says Virginia Senior, the owner and driving force behind the wine bar, coffee bar and cafe. In fact, her customers are the ones who suggested she expand to a 24-hour cycle. Workers from nearby hospitals, colleges and even other service workers were looking for a casual place that catered to their late-night schedules.

“It’s more of a European model, good food all the time,” Senior explains. Now people stop in to not only have a cup of coffee but also a relaxing beer. “Business meetings happened, birthdays happen, dates happen,” she smiles.

How Urban Beans came to be is an interesting confluence of things happening as well. Senior is a licensed architect and still works during the day at One Development, creating commercial buildings, multi-family housing and restaurants. In fact the Urban Beans building was one of her and her partners’ developments.

Senior said she always had a love of food, perhaps because her father was a chef. So in 2008 the partners started to develop the space. But when no one rented it, she thought, “How hard can it be?” So she and her business partner, who prefers to stay in the background, decided to open Urban Beans. Now Senior is creating a community space she herself enjoys.

Being open 24 hours a day is what Senior calls the missing link in serving her community. “People come here by themselves and bring their sketch books or write. They like the vibe. That’s a part of our community.”

Urban Beans also serves a specific community that traditionally has limited options: the vegan crowd. Every dish at Urban Beans is vegan or vegetarian. Senior herself has been vegan for almost two years. She’s the executive chef and works with Amanda Langham, the head chef, to create the entrees.

They use jackfruit for dishes like the barbecue sandwich. The Asian fruit has the texture and flavor of pork. But Senior is quick to add, “We’re really not into mock meat, it’s just great food.”

Senior’s vegan apple pie has won numerous awards, and the vegan lasagna would please even a discerning Italian palate. In fact, you wouldn’t even notice the cheese is vegan as it melts perfectly and has a soft, creamy texture. “We strive for using plant-based ingredients to make healthy food,” she explains. “Healthy, nutritious and delicious.”

By only offering one entree each night, Urban Beans saves on food costs plus people have to make a reservation so the chefs know how many servings they need to cook. Entrees include urban pizza melts, jackfruit tacos, Thai inspired noodle dishes, and urban burgers or empanadas.

Lunch is served daily until 6 p.m. The prix-fixe dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and you must make a reservation. The cost is $15 and dinner is served with a salad and soup. Add a glass of beer or wine and it’s $20.

Every third Thursday Urban Beans hosts a Wine Dinner, which is a themed five-course meal with wine pairings for $55 (not including tax and tip). The Sept. 17 dinner features a Caprese salad, white bean potato sage soup, margherita flatbread, baked ziti marinara, and Italian lemon olive oil cake. Again, you must make a reservation, as seating is limited.

After 8 p.m. the Bar Bites Menu is available. For $5 to $8 a serving, you can get flatbread pizzas, pretzel chips with dipping sauces, or hummus and pita bread. Specialty drinks include the Pink Diablo, a sort of homage to the desert plants featuring prickly pear juice and habeñero chile. “It’s kind and sweet and then it stings you,” Senior says. You can also get most cocktails alcohol free if you prefer. Local wines and beers are always available.

The house band, Police the Man, plays every Saturday . If you see a piece of art on the wall that you like, you can buy it.

Follow Urban Beans on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For dinner reservations, call 602-595-2244.

 

http://northcentralnews.net/2015/dining/coffee-wine-and-now-dinner-at-urban-beans/