Tastemaker No. 2
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 does a latte for Phoenix.
- Tastemaker 2012 Archives
Tastemaker 2: Ashley Ryder
Ashley Ryder is Phoenix, born and raised and has worked at Starbucks for the last two years -- no-foaming and extra-whippping hundreds of lattes, cappuccinos and mochas every week. She currently studies Nutrition and Pre-Med at Arizona State University and would like to go to medical school and become an M.D.
"I have a feeling that I'll be the one they send for coffee runs in the hospital," she jokes.
I arrived in Phoenix with... my twin sister, wide-eyed with VIP passes for the NICU.
If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... the friends that I have made while living in Downtown Phoenix and my sister, it's always a party when we get together!
One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Fajitas - A Sizzlin' Celebration! The fresh guacamole, flour tortillas made in front of you, and the sizzling fajita meat make for the perfect gatherings.
One menu item this city could do without is... saltwater seafood, as much as I love it... we are nowhere near an ocean.
My last meal in Phoenix would be... any home cooked meal with my family, as long as my dad grills steak.
The Tastemakers so far: