Eric Ramirez - Upward Projects
Upward Projects has generously chosen to donate all proceeds earned from their dinner to the other restaurants benefitting from this effort. By booking this experience you are giving some support to all of the restaurants on this list.
Chef Eric Ramirez is the Culinary Director for Upward Projects, the Arizona-based restaurant group behind Postino WineCafé, Federal Pizza, Joyride Taco House, Windsor, and Churn. A lifelong veteran of the hospitality industry, Ramirez oversees all aspects of menu development, menu creativity, and culinary standards for this award-winning collection of neighborhood-focused restaurants. When he’s not in the R&D lab, Ramirez is passionate about working the line, rubbing elbows with his fellow chefs to create innovative, collaborative dishes, and working the dining room to share his refined take on hospitality.
Prior to joining Upward Projects, the Denver born and El Paso raised Ramirez honed his skills in a variety of top local kitchens, including Lon’s at the Hermosa, Latilla at The Boulders, and most recently a decade-plus with Fox Restaurant Concepts. Inspired by his love of both Asian and Italian cuisines, Ramirez is a passionate proponent of high-quality sourcing and from-scratch cooking, providing the perfect cultural alignment with the values championed by Upward Projects locations from Arizona to Colorado, Texas and beyond.
In his spare time, Ramirez, who lives in Phoenix with his wife and their three big dogs, can be found exploring the outdoors and hiking the mountains of northern Arizona.
Why this dinner is important:
COVID-19 has impacted the team, the restaurant, as well as the Phoenix and Arizona food communities. It's been the greatest challenge we've ever faced as a Team. We had to get creative and pivot our operations completely within a matter of days. We also had to get really thoughtful and creative with how we served our guests and how we supported our greater Upward Projects Family as well. Through some of our darkest days, we've also seen an enormous outpouring of love and support - from our guests, our vendors and within the restaurant community.
Now, more than ever is a time to come together as a community and gather around
a shared cause - and that's making sure we're all doing our best to focus our
attention on those who need it most.
Support all of the teams involved in this initiative by booking your seat to this dinner here: