David Tyda: Founder of Arizona Barbecue Festival, Arizona Taco Festival and EATERAZ.com

David Tyda, founder of Arizona Barbecue Festival, Arizona Taco Festival and EATERAZ.com, photographed at Dick's Hideaway in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

David Tyda, founder of Arizona Barbecue Festival, Arizona Taco Festival and EATERAZ.com, photographed at Dick’s Hideaway in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

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While most who know him would call David Tyda a Valley foodie, the man who’s involved in just about everything in the local restaurant scene insists he’s simply a guy who knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to share his honest opinion about it. Tyda is at the helm of local food blog, www.EATERAZ.com, along with his business partner, Rick Phillips. He and Phillips also own Affordable Food Festivals, which puts on the annual Arizona Barbecue Festival and Arizona Taco Festival. You can say hi to the 36-year-old Phoenix resident at the 4th Annual Arizona Barbecue Festival Saturday, April 20 at Salt River Fields, and keep reading for Tyda’s thoughts on the culinary landscape of the Valley, along with five reasons why he loves living here.

What brought you to Arizona?

School, originally. I’m from Chicago and went to ASU for a degree in humanities with a minor in art theory. I started working on the Ritz-Carlton‘s magazine a week after graduation and did that for 4 years. Continue reading