50: Maya Dailey

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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 woman whose name is synonymous with a bright bouquet of farm-fresh flowers.

Tastemaker 50: Maya Dailey

If you've been to a Phoenix-area farmers market, then you probably already know of Maya Dailey, owner of Maya's Farm. When she's not using her magical green thumb to coax fresh produce from our desert soil, she stays active in the community through her work with Slow Foods Phoenix and the local nonprofit Community Food Connection. Maya consistently develops her knowledge of Slow Food's Ark of Taste program and immerses herself in the education of biodiversity, cultural diversity and native seed work.


I arrived in Phoenix with... the mission to educate Phoenicians and Arizonans about clean, fair, and safe agricultural practices and the importance of supporting small local farms.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Mick Jagger, Carlo Petrini, Mother Teresa, Jacques Cousteau, Cindy Gentry, and Gary Nabhan.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Rancho Pinot Grill.

One menu item this city could do without is... gringo red and green chile.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... a cowboy steakout with grass-fed beef, country western and salsa music, dancing and margaritas in the Superstition Mountains with friends, family, and community.

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

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Location Info

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Maya's Farm

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Rancho Pinot

6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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