46: Greg Peterson

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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 guy whose business has some real growth potential.

Tastemaker 46: Greg Peterson

See also: Urban Farm Nursery and Home Ec Department Part of Major Redevelopment at Former Citrus Nursery in North Central Phoenix

Greg Peterson is an unlikely foodie, mostly showing passion about how to grow food in our desert city. His mission is simple: to "inspire people to embrace their own greenness" - which he does daily by living what he speaks. Greg resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix, which he opens periodically for tours. He is also a partner at the Urban Farm Nursery (the first all edible nursery in Phoenix) at the Orchard in North Central Phoenix.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my parents in 1967, kicking and screaming - I was six. I integrated pretty quickly into the first grade AND the heat.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Daniel Quinn, Thomas Malthus, Michael Abelman, Lester Brown, Anissa Storie, and me. We'd have to do a little time travel but it would be an incredible conversation.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Tarbells - pan-roasted chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes, organic broccolini... OMG nobody does it better, and my mouth is watering. Better yet the chicken, potatoes and broccolini came from The Urban Farm.

One menu item this city could do without is... any iceberg wedge salad. Come on, you can do better than this.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... my dining room with an entire meal made from The Urban Farm's farmyard with friends and family.

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
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48: Lisa Reinhardt
47: Isam Saed

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Location Info

Tarbell's

3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Farm

6750 N. 13th Place, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Home Ec Department/The Urban Farm Nursery

7120 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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