One series is taking on food waste in greater Phoenix.
Remember: "It's a dry heat."
Her plot for world domination doesn’t wait a moment.
Last month, we published a story on a current Phoenix-area phenomenon — members of the Phoenix music scene now opening their own bars and restaurants.
In "Demos to Dining: Phoenix Musicians Are Opening Bars and Restaurants," we talked with local business owners behind Crescent Ballroom and Gracie's Tax Bar, Thunderbird Lounge and the Dirty Drummer. We also chatted with a major developer here to preserve Phoenix's culture, and a member of one of the latest restaurant groups in town, Instrumental Hospitality.
The results were sweet and inspiring. The story was even highlighted on KJZZ's radio program The Show.
But if you'd like to put a face to some of the story's major players, including our cover figure Grace Perry and Charlie Levy, take a spin through our accompanying slideshow.
The word “desert” conjures a wasteland, but the Sonoran is widely alive, home to more than 250 species of edible plants.
The Sonoran seems to satisfy and smash what a desert should be. A desert is defined by rainfall — as land that gets less than 10 inches per year. The Sonoran averages seven to eight. The word “desert” conjures a wasteland, like the sliding landscape of an hourglass, the Sahara, or Tatooine. But the Sonoran is widely alive, home to more than 250 species of edible plants.
According to urban forager and botanist Mark Lewis, the number actually exceeds 1,000.
You can find the wild and farmed ancient foods of the Sonoran Desert across greater Phoenix. Places serving these ingredients tend to exist on the margins for a lot of reasons. One is that the populations with knowledge of them have been marginalized. Another is that they don’t teach you how to harvest saguaro fruit in culinary school.
Yet another is education — local diners just don’t know about these ingredients, or where to try them.
To remedy that, read "A Curious Eater's Guide to 16 Ancient and Wild Foods of the Sonoran," or spool through this visual guide to the ancient foods of the Sonoran Desert.