26: Korina Adkins

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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 who's very popular this time of year.

Tastemaker 26: Korina Adkins

Frufrufrau Korina Adkins was born and raised in Florida, and after a long stint in DC, came to Arizona in 2002. Having been an archivist, a firefighter, a graphic designer, and a web developer -- but always an avid home cook -- she jumped into the mobile food movement in 2011, and started frufrupops. You will find her selling her somewhat unusual flavors of ice pops at special events and farmers' markets
around the Valley.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a truckload of books, vintage junk, thrift furniture, two cats, a wienerdog, and an open mind.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions
would be...
Alton Brown for the fascinating facts. Anthony Bourdain for the raunchy jokes. Samantha Brown -- as a foil for Tony, and because she is so stinkin' cute and perky! Martha Stewart because, well, she's Martha Stewart. Last but definitely not least, my mom, because she would enjoy the company as much as I.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... though I hate to say, "ditto", Chef Gwen already nabbed my answers! I have only been to Barrio Cafe, Fry Bread House, and Tacos Atoyac (that one, way too many times). Kai has been on my wish list for a long time, especially since I geek out a little on traditional foods and ethnobotany. OK, a lot. Ask me about mesquite bean pops!

One menu item this city could do without is... cilantro. To me, it tastes like Dawn dish soap diluted with nail polish remover, and they put it in everything.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... I would cook up a huge blowout dinner for my family and friends, where I get to really pull the stops out and show off a bit. The food would not be fancy, just delicious, and served family style. Of course, I would have to come up with some frufru cocktails to go with, and some frozen desserts to finish it off.

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
36: Dwayne Allen
35: Jason Asher
34: Pamela Hamilton
33: Victoria Chavez
32: Giovanni Scorzo
31: Tim Wilson
30: Travis Nass
29: Jason Alford
28: Clint Spotleson
27: Daniel Wayne

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Location Info

Venue

Map

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Fry Bread House

1003 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Kai

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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