Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald of The Market by Jennifer's: "I Think We're Finally Where We Want to Be"

Categories: Chef and Tell

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Lauren Saria
Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald.
Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald
Owner
The Market by Jennifer's
www.themarketbyjennifers.com

It's been about five months since The Market by Jennifer's opened its doors on the west-side of the Gaslight Square shopping center in Arcadia. And if you haven't been into the restaurant since its first few weeks, you might be surprised by the changes that have already been made during this short amount of time.

For owner and experienced caterer Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald, nailing down a concept that best fits the neighborhood has been a bit like trying to hit a moving target. But she's confident they're getting closer everyday and are continuing to make small changes to help the restaurant become the cozy, neighborhood place she originally envisioned.

"I think we're finally where we want to be," she says.

See also: 5 Best Restaurants in Arcadia Right Now

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Lauren Saria
The Market's Cuban sandwich.
For more than decade prior to opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Russo-Fitzgerald owned and operated Jennifer's Catering. She still heads up that business, splitting her time - and the Market's kitchen - between both ventures.

She originally got into the catering business after spending several years working in restaurant kitchens with some of the Valley's best-known chefs. After graduating from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Russo-Fitzgerald returned to the Valley to do an internship with Vincent Guerithault at Vincent's on Camelback. She would eventually become sous chef at Mark Tarbell's namesake restaurant, but had to give up cooking on a line when she sustained a knee injury.

That's when she got the idea to start her own catering business and for 16 years she operated out of a building at 13th Street and Northern.


Location Info

The Market by Jennifer’s

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Jo-Ann Yana
Jo-Ann Yana

Hey Jenifer do you know where your pastry chef Cory Barnes went?!!

Angela Saban
Angela Saban

WAY TO GO! You deserve all the success, you are amazing!

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