Nick Neuman: Owner of EVO

Nick Neuman, owner of EVO in Scottsdale, photographed at his restaurant by Nicki Escudero

Nick Neuman, owner of EVO in Scottsdale, photographed at his restaurant by Nicki Escudero

Nick Neuman
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Nick Neuman has spent most of his adult life in the restaurant world, so it makes sense the 39-year-old Scottsdale resident set out to open his own hip spot. He owns EVO in the Old Town Scottsdale area, an eatery with late-night eats that opened this past April. The spot has been a haven among the bar and restaurant industry crowd because of its late hours, but its Italian menu set among a modern yet cozy setting is available for lunch every day, too. Read on to what drove Neuman to opening EVO, as well as to watch him talk about five of his favorite reasons for loving life in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

School. When I was in high school, I came to visit my aunt who lived in Tucson. I fell in love with Arizona and decided when I graduated high school to go to University of Arizona. I ended up transferring to Arizona State University and graduating with degrees in economics and political science. I was born in Virginia. Continue reading

Kari Lake: FOX 10 Anchor

Kari Lake, anchor for FOX 10, photographed at the FOX 10 Studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Kari Lake, anchor for FOX 10, photographed at the FOX 10 Studios in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

Kari Lake
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Kari Lake is one half of the longest-running news team in the Valley, “Hook & Lake,” with co-anchor John Hook on FOX 10. The Iowa-raised Lake has been on Valley airwaves for nearly 20 years and can be seen weeknights on the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts. The Phoenix resident says she’s perfectly content with her career and offers up advice for aspiring anchors. Keep scrolling, too, to see a video of her name her five favorite reasons for living in Arizona.

What brought you to Arizona?

A job at Channel 12 brought me here in 1994, but I also had family here, as well. I had sent my sister a tape just to say, “Hey, look, I’m on TV! Here’s some of my work.” I didn’t even apply, but she knew somebody who knew somebody who was at Channel 12.

All of a sudden, I got a call one day from Sean McLaughlin (now an anchor for Channel 5) who said, “Hey, we want you to come out and interview for the job.” It was for news and weather anchoring and reporting. Continue reading

Jacques Qualin: J&G Steakhouse’s Chef de Cuisine

Jacques Qualin, Chef de Cuisine at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician, photographed at Arcadia Farms Cafe marketplace in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Jacques Qualin, Chef de Cuisine at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician, photographed at Arcadia Farms Cafe marketplace in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Jacques Qualin
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Jacques Qualin has been lauded as one of the Valley’s best chefs at one of Arizona’s most well-known restaurants: J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician. The French-born Qualin, who now lives in Phoenix, insists on the highest quality ingredients, many sourced locally. The 44-year-old is a veteran chef who has been cooking professionally since the age of 16. Read on for what inspires his menus and to watch a video of why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I came from New York to open J&G Steakhouse. The parent company was based in New York City, and I came here five years ago. I had never been to the Southwest, so I wanted to see it. I was born in Montbeliard, France and moved to New York in the ’90s. I like the States a lot because living here is very different. Continue reading

Danielle Kamela: Fox Sports Arizona Girl


Danielle Kamela
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If you love Arizona sports, you’ve probably seen Danielle Kamela on the court, field or screen. She’s danced for the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns and is now a Fox Sports Arizona Girl, connecting the fans to all four major Arizona teams through social media updates and charity work. The 25-year-old Scottsdale resident and native can also be seen in local commercials and print ads, as she is also¬†an actor and model represented by The Agency Arizona. Catch her on Fox Sports Arizona, and keep scrolling to hear five reasons why she’s glad to say she’s Arizona born and raised.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m proud to say I’m a native. I was born and raised here in Scottsdale and went to Chaparral High School, then to Arizona State University. At ASU, I majored in communications and tourism. Aside from my love and passion for sports, I love to travel and enjoy experiencing new places and learning about different cultures. It was great to be able to combine my interests in communications and broadcasting and travel here in my hometown. Continue reading