Most people in Phoenix know Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza as the Phoenix food guru and James Beard-nominated mastermind behind Barrio Café and Barrio Queen. But this kind and straight-talking Phoenician is even more than that. She’s a local arts champion. A community activist. A real chef’s chef. And she is, quite possibly, Phoenix’s number-one fan.
Why do you choose to live in Phoenix? What do you think is the most annoying misconception about the city?
I live in Phoenix because it is a brilliant city. It feels like anything is possible here. I came here for culinary school and stayed because I saw the tremendous possibilities this growing city offered me. It’s so big and there’s still plenty of space for everyone. It’s so aptly named. You really can come here and reinvent yourself. I did. I put my stake in the ground and bet it all on Phoenix.
I think the most annoying misconception is that we’re not a community that welcomes difference. That’s about as far from the truth of my experience than I can say. Another misconception is that it’s too hot here in the summer. It’s perfectly and fantastically liveable all year round. Besides, the sun shines all the time and who can say no to a little Vitamin D?
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About the author: KatarinaKatarina Kovacevic
Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer, author of The Food Lovers’ Guide To Phoenix & Scottsdale, and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appeared in publications like American Spa, The New York Post, Travel + Leisure online, and more. Follow her travels on Twitter @Little_K and Instagram @Little_K_Kata.