Big Brains

Bo Mostow: 2015 Big Brain Award Finalist, Culinary Arts

You submitted nominations for the best and brightest emerging Valley creatives, and the results are in. Presenting the 2015 BigBrain finalists.

Leading up to the announcement of winners at Artopia on May 9, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will introduce the finalists. Up today is Bo Mostow.

"What's important is everyone be in the same place, just like a grocery store," Bo Mostow explains.

With a furrowed brow, she studies a well-worn piece of graph paper, a map of the bi-weekly Uptown Farmers Market in North Phoenix. On it, each vendor's space is outlined and labeled in faded pencil.

As the market's manager, Mostow is responsible for placing each of the dozens of vendors, which vary from week to week, in the best space. Taking into account everything -- from the type of products (because you can't put a salsa vendor next to another salsa vendor) to the position of the sun (because chocolate, for example, will melt in an east-facing tent) -- she tries to design the perfect market experience.

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