20: Natalie Morris

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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: New Times' original Big Brain Culinary Arts winner.

After renouncing culinary school, Natalie Morris worked in the Phoenix food community connecting Valley farmers and chefs during her tenure for Community Food Connections, while writing for Edible Phoenix magazine and serving as Partnerships Chair for Slow Food Phoenix. She has her Master in Food Culture and Communications from the Universita degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche based out of Piedmont, Italy and now owns her own strategic services firm, Good Food Allies, creating marketing and fundraising programs in an effort to help small businesses thrive.

I arrived in Phoenix with... my mom and my dad, kicking and screaming at the now-defunct Phoenix Memorial Hospital as an Arizona-born.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... my love and support system, Chris; Albert Einstein for his mad brilliance; Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini, for his insight; Nelson Mandela for his compassionate strength; and MFK Fisher, Jackie Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt for their well-deserved and earned respect as women of their time. It's just going to be have to be a table for 8...

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is.... any one of the local farmer's markets so they can taste Arizona products and meet the people that grew and made them.

One menu item this city could do without is... locally sourced representation without the receipts to prove it.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... I'd take my slim to none chances that authentic Mexican food would be available at the next joint and grab some Rosa's from the Bianco's, goat cheese from Crow's Dairy and sweets from Tracy Dempsey, pair them with a 2010 Pink from Dos Cabezas, a Roan Red from Sam, a Syrah from Sierra Bonita, a Lisa's from Callaghan, a Rule of Three from Carlson Creek, a Malvasia from Sand Reckoner, some Italian Prosecco and an amaro. Grab the friends I have made from all walks of this Phoenix life and head to Camelback Mountain to eat together and watch the amazing Arizona sunset.

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
26: Korina Adkins
25: Carla Wade Logan
24: Jeff Zimmerman
23: Gabriele Bertaccini
22: Claudio Urciuoli
21: Peter DeRuvo

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Location Info

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crow's Dairy

11300 S. Dean Road, Buckeye, AZ

Category: General

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