Edward Farrow of The Café at MIM Dishes About Chris Gross, Going Local and What He Learned at Kai

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Pretty setting at MIM
You swerved from fine dining to a cafeteria line. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?: We like to call our operation a café, not a café***** line (maybe I'm fooling myself, but I need to for sanity's sake).

Advantages: I'm home most evenings; I have constant support from Bon Appetit. Since most guests expectations are not very high when they come in the first time, we can put forth our vision, our way (local, sustainable, tasty foods). I have a fantastic venue to cook in and we can coordinate dishes with museum exhibitions or concerts, changing the menu a LOT.

Disadvantages: Most folks don't want wine with their meal, although we try real hard. It's sometimes difficult to really push the envelope, but we always will. Fighting the impression that we are a café***** line.

Pet peeve in the kitchen: People calling their job "work." If you don't want to be here, then don't. Let's have fun and make folks happy with our craft. We can influence a lot of folks in a positive, nurturing way. And get paid for it. Does it get any better than that?

Last meal on earth: Whatever Chris Lenza [MIM's chef de cuisine] wants to cook.

What should be written on your head stone?: Fate is the hand we all must play.

Enjoy this Chef Salad? Check out Nikki's previous interviews with:
Edward Farrow of The Cafe at MIM
Greg LaPrad of Quiessence & Morning Glory Cafe
Joshua Johnson of Kai
Joshua Johnson of Kai
Todd Sicolo of T.Cooks
Josh Riesner of Pig & Pickle
Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao
M.J. Coe of Federal Pizza
Steven "Chops" Smith of Searsucker
Aaron Chamberlin of St. Francis
Michael Rusconi of Rusconi's American Kitchen
Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot
Lynn Rossetto of The Splendid Table
Cullen Campbell of Crudo
DJ Monti Carlo
Pete DeRuvo of Davanti Enoteca
Chuck Wiley of Cafe ZuZu
Justin Beckett of Beckett's Table
Bryan Dooley of Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue
Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe
Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar
Bernie Kantak of Citizen Public House
James Porter of Petite Maison
Johnny Chu of SoChu House Neo Asian + Martini Bar
Stephen Jones of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Chris Gross of Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
Chris Curtiss of NoRTH Arcadia
Payton Curry of Brat Haus
Mark Tarbell of Tarbell's
Josh Hebert of Posh
Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant
Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery
Larry White, Jr. Lo-Lo's Fried Chicken & Waffles

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Location Info

The Cafe at MIM

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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