From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.
Today: A man who's got milk.
Tastemaker 43: Wendell Crow
Wendell Crow is an Arizona native who's been dairy-farming in the Valley for 40 years. Adopted at birth into a cow dairy family, his passion of late is Purebred Nubian Dairy Goats. The family owns a Grade A dairy in Buckeye, Crow's Dairy, where they bottle milk, make ice cream, kefir, and a variety of cheeses. You can taste their products all over the Valley including at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn, Zinc Bistro and Pizzeria Bianco (for the full list see the Crow's Dairy website).
I arrived in Phoenix with... a slap on my bottom from a Catholic nun at St. Joseph's Hospital.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Chris Farley, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Ladmo, and my wife. We would be sure to have a good time.
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Poncho's near Central and Baseline.
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One menu item this city could do without is... fried rice.
My last meal in Phoenix would be... the biggest porterhouse steak in town. Very rare, of course.
The Tastemakers so far: 100: Tracy Dempsey 99: Craig DeMarco 98: Lara Mulchay 97: M.J. Coe 96: Betty Alatorre de Hong 95: Eric Schaefer 94: Hanna Gabrielsson 93: Shinji Kurita 92: Silvana Salcido Esparza 91: Mike Pitt 90: Christina Barrueta 89: Christopher Gross 88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung 87: DJ Fernandes 86: Cullen Campbell 85: Chris Lee 84. Gwen Ashley Walters 83: Tony Morales 82: Lylah Ledner 81: Andrea White 80: Lori Hashimoto 79. Mrs. White 78: Eugenia Theodosopolous 77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein 76: Anthony Patafio 75: Carl Seacat 74: Sacha Levine 73: Sharon Salomon 72: Johnny Chu 71: Susie Timm 70: Jason Silberschlag 69: Gina Miller 68: Cindy Gentry 67: Amy Binkley 66: Dave Anderson 65: Mark Tarbell 64: Marianne Belardi 63: Audrey Lasalle 62: Brandon Gauthier 61: Brad and Kat Moore 60: Denise Clayton 59: Nobuo Fukuda 58: Richie Moe 57: Robin Trick 56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia 55: Farah Khalid 54: Dave Andrea 53: Vincent Guerithault 52: Danielle Leoni 51: Stan Zawatski 50: Maya Dailey 49: Duc Liao 48: Lisa Reinhardt 47: Isam Saed 46: Greg Peterson 45: Marco Bianco 44: Mark Fratu