36: Dwayne Allen

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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: Belly up to the rum bar.

Tastemaker 36: Dwayne Allen


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In a previous life, Dwyane Allen was a computer systems engineer, but since moving to the Phoenix suburbs in 1992, he's established himself as Phoenix's own rum royalty. After falling in love with downtown in 2002, Allen opened The Breadfruit with co-owner Danielle Leoni, and in 2011 they added Rum Bar at the Breadfruit to the mix. Together, the two spots create a Caribbean oasis in the heart of downtown.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a heavy Jamaican accent and no idea what Taco Bell was.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be...
My grandma who lives in Jamaica so I get to see once per year, and Danielle's grandma, the quintessential Italian lady from Illinois. They would insist on cooking so it would be a thrill to experience what these two matriarchs would serve up on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I'd through in three of your food critics, who shall remain nameless, to see what they'd write about... It would be a great way for me to get a proper gauge of their palates with some seriously good food.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Nobuo at Teeter House. I'd need at least three days' notice so I can reserve a bento box or two.

One menu item this city could do without is... bacon... It just too easy!

My last meal in Phoenix would be... cinnamon buns at St. Francis -- sweet, soft, warm and fluffy with the perfect amount of gooey. This thing has all that could ever be right with consuming so much sugar.

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
46: Greg Peterson
45: Marco Bianco
44: Mark Fratu
43: Wendell Crow
42. Barb Harris
41: Michael Perry
40: Jeff Kraus
39: Ryan Avery
38: Charleen Badman
37: Damon Brasch

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Location Info

The Breadfruit

108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Rum Bar

108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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