The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week, Greg Esser -- director of the International Artist Residency program and the Desert Initiative at Arizona State University -- offers up his five favorite spots to take an artist to dinner.
By Greg Esser
One of the many tasks for my day job is figuring out where to take new visiting international artists, sometimes arriving in the United States for the first time, to create the perfect first impression of Phoenix. The ASU Art Museum International Visiting Artist Program brings artists from around the world to develop new artwork in collaboration with diverse individuals and community organizations throughout Arizona with support from the expansive research and other resources of Arizona State University. Artists live in downtown Phoenix at Combine Studios from a few weeks to a few months while developing projects.