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MVP: James Anderson


Young James (who is not so young anymore) started with Upward Projects 4 years ago and has become a staple behind the bar.

James started at Windsor, helped open Federal Pizza and Joyride Eastside, and is now full-time behind the bar at Joyride Central. Amongst his success with our company, most recently, he not only received MVP of the Quarter, but was also awarded “Best Beverage Knowledge for 2014” at Joyride Central. Try saying all of that in one breath…

Here are a few interesting facts about him that you may not know!

1. What song always makes you happy when you hear it?

Tame Impaula – Mind Mischief, hands down. Every time.

2. What do you love most about being a bartender?

Aside from talking to all of the interesting people that sit at the bar at our concepts, I am truly passionate about making drinks that people thoroughly enjoy. The expression on a person’s face when they love something they have never tried before, makes me feel so great!!

3. What do you currently have as the wallpaper of your cell phone?

Third Eye Chakra

4. Would you rather have legs as long as your fingers, or fingers as long as your legs?

Ew. If I absolutely had to choose, I’d have to go with fingers as long as my legs. It kind of reminds me of that guy who was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest fingernails… that’s what I would envision for myself.

5. Who is your all-time idol?

Rick Rubin. He’s an American record producer, co-founder for Def Jam Records and involved with so many other things – just an incredible dude. He discovered the Beastie Boys & Red Hot Chili Peppers… how could he not be my idol? He also does a lot for the community and is passionate about everything he does.


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Instagram Favorites: Round 15

If you follow us on Instagram (if you don’t, you better start!), you know that we love to post photos documenting current projects, our favorite items,  amazing finds, and your experiences at our restaurants! Here’s a snapshot of some of the most recent ones that make us smile…


Want to see your image on here? Make sure you tag your images on instagram with #windsoraz, #churnaz, #upwardprojects, #postino, #federalpizza or #joyridetacohouse!!

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Halloween Costumes!!

Halloween is kind of a big deal around our company.

If you’re coming to work, you’re most likely wearing a costume!!  Here’s a small showcase of the best of the best around Upward.  Check it out!


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Instagram Favorites: Round 12

THANK YOU for sharing such great photos on Instagram!


Want to see your image here? Tag your images on instagram with @windsoraz, @churnicecream, @upwardprojects, @postinowinecafe, @joyridetacohouse or @federalpizza!!

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Wine About It!

Every 4 months Postino rolls out a new list of unique wines.  Brent Karlicek, Beverage Guru, gives insight into the creation of the latest and greatest program.

How do you pick out wines exclusively for Upward Projects?

 “We put a great deal of effort into understanding the marketplace, both in Phoenix, and on the national stage. We’re constantly searching for the opportunity to represent up-and-coming producers, unique varietals, and regions crafting wines of character. Our deep relationships with importers, and our frequent discovery trips, provide an opportunity to keep things interesting for our guests, as well as our team.”


What goes into the roll out of the new list?

“For the release of every new Postino program, which generally consists of twenty-seven wines, we’ll typically taste through two hundred to three hundred possibilities, with the intention of identifying amazing wines that fit not only key varietal categories, but that help us achieve a broad spectrum of styles.”

Aglianico Photo

What interesting wines can guests expect to see?

“Bisceglia Aglianico: Incredibly aromatic, with ripe red fruits, fine grained tannins, and ample food-friendly acidity. Often hailed as the Nebbiolo of the South, Aglianico has plenty of complexity to “wow”  in it’s youth, but it’s charms truly unfold with a bit of age.  We’re currently pouring the 2009 vintage of this gem.”

Stop by any of our three Postino locations, and be sure to tell us about the new wines you fall in love with!

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