Even Stevens, a Utah-based sandwich shop, has found their first Arizona location at the Heritage Marketplace in Downtown Gilbert. Even Stevens is one of the many new restaurants popping up in the growing Downtown Gilbert area. The difference is their mission—eat a sandwich, donate a sandwich.
Founded by entrepreneur Steve Down, Even Stevens first location opened on June 24, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As outlined on their website, their giving process is simple. At the end of each month, the store tallies the number of sandwiches sold. Then, the funds for sandwich making ingredients, such as bread, meat, cheese and produce, are placed into Sysco account. Volunteers help build the sandwiches to be donated. The non-profit partners of that store can access the funds and order sandwich making ingredients as they need. And a few days later a truck pulls up and delivers the product fresh, directly to their door step. Then, individuals in need can be fed. With the success of the first shop, Even Stevens has gradually expanded. They are located in several Utah cities, in Boise, Idaho, and now Gilbert, Arizona for a total of eight locations.
Specific to our Gilbert store, they have four non-profit partners working to help feed the hungry:
- Open Arms Care Center (http://openarmscc.com)
- United Food Bank (http://azfoodbanks.org)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (http://clubzona.org)
- A New Leaf – Faith House (http://turnanewleaf.org/services/domestic-violence)
In addition to non-profit partnerships, Even Stevens is dedicated to partnering with local companies to source beverage and food items:
- Peixoto Coffee (http://peixotocoffee.com)
- Noble Bread (http://noblebread.com)
- SanTan Brewing (http://santanbrewing.com)
- Cotton Country Jams (http://www.cottoncountryjams.com)
The artistic, warehouse-style space is set up to be very community-focused, like their company. There are many individual tables but also a comfy couch in the corner than can probably seat twelve. It is a very casual and family-friendly atmosphere that fits in well in Gilbert. However, I can see this space functioning as a place to meet and share ideas. It is very versatile.
Not only do they have a wonderful company concept, but Even Stevens has great food at a great price point. I am sure people would order the food even without the philanthropic motive behind it. I was able to sample a few sandwiches and small bites during their soft opening last week:
- Mihami Vice: their version of a Cubano = $8.65
- Banh Belly: similar to a Vietnamese banh mi but with soy-glazed pork belly that is oh-so tender = $8.85
- Banh Mahi: the pescatarian version of the Banh Belly = $8.85
- Party Tots: think loaded tater tots with guacamole = $4.95
- Beehive Baked Mac: hints of tomato-basil make this not-your-average baked mac & cheese = $4.85
They have so many delicious sounding sandwiches to choose from and also serve all day breakfast. For the carb adverse, there are salads available (which can also be made as a wrap for $1 more). And for my vegan friends: most items can be made vegan—just ask! Even Stevens will also run specials throughout the week, such as ½ sandwich and ½ soup or salad and a drink for $9.95 (one heck of a meal deal, in my opinion), craft beer & sandwich pairings, and even Sunday Brunch with unlimited French toast, $3 mimosas, and live music. Doesn’t this sounds like the most delicious way to give back?
Even Stevens is trying to fight hunger and bring awareness to this social issue. So if you happen to be hungry, why not cure your pangs to help someone else out with theirs? Stop by Even Stevens and start eating for a cause!
Please visit http://evenstevens.com for more information about the company and their menu.