Bringing awareness to our awesome Phoenix restaurant scene is just one way that we strive to put our dynamic and innovative community on the map. Being part of a local community involves more than just shopping and eating local. It’s about getting to know the faces behind the food and hearing their incredible stories.
In the spirit of bringing our restaurant community into the spotlight, we’ve asked the members of our Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition a few questions to get to know them better and hear a bit about their inspiration.
Our next featured individual is:
Gina Bartes / The Gladly & Citizen Public House, Marketing Director
Q: What is your favorite food memory?
Hanging out in my Dad’s restaurants as a kid.
Q: Which other Phoenix chefs or restaurateurs inspire you and why?
Bernie Kantak. He always stays true to himself. His history guides his decisions.
Kevin Binkley. He’s keeping it real, and edgy, and weird. Three things I love.
Q: What do you think should be the next food trend in the Phoenix food & dining scene?
Service, of course. I think service should always be dynamic. We all need to exceed the expectations of our guests and sometimes our tactics need to be freshened up. Service revolution 2017!
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring chef, what would it be?
You are talented and smart, but don’t let your ego stop you from realizing you are surrounded by a community of people who want you to succeed.