By Brittany Maroney
Photo by Mark Morgan
Roza Ferdowsmakan is a self-described foodie — a woman on a mission to share her love of sustainable, farm-to-table, delicious food. It’s a passion that she is now sharing with others, bringing the concept to your fingertips.
“I’m a foodie in that I am always looking to taste and experience new perspectives – new flavors, new combinations, new cuisines,” Ferdowsmakan explains. “I was not seeking to create an app, it organically grew in my head based on my experiences with farming, my adventurous nature, and my work as a tech attorney, working with tech startups.”
That app is Bites, a community-driven marketplace that connects foodies with local chefs who source from local growers. Once a chef is selected, they will bring those ingredients to your home for a complete dining experience, made from scratch right in your own kitchen.
“Thankfully, food culture has moved more toward consideration for how we source ingredients, and where ingredients are grown,” Ferdowsmakan says. “It’s about respect for the story behind the food. Bites puts that idea into the palm of your hands and into your kitchen.”
For more information, visit www.bites.mobi.
What eatery in Phoenix is doing it right? FnB is doing amazing things with the farm-to-table experience. [They have] respect for the ingredients in simple and yet they do it in innovative formats. What is one food trend you are loving? Macarons are just simply amazing. I can’t get enough. When did Bites launch? Bites debuted as a beta app primarily to the Phoenix metro area on July 1, meaning Phoenicians got first dibs on this amazing culinary adventure. The wider Bites app will be released for both Android and iPhone on October 1.
By Kelly Potts
Photo by Mark Morgan
Arizona will make its mark on the music industry if Damon Evans has any say in it. He recently launched Arena Music, the first and only music platform built on the concept of fair pay for artists and free play for listeners. Evans’ goal? Make this state known as the “independent music capital of the world.”
Arena Music (www.arena.com) allows users to stream singles and albums from both independent and major label artists without commercials, interruptions or a monthly subscription fee.
“The reason behind Arena is simple: build a platform that supports artists – not labels,” Evans says. “Our goal is to fix a broken industry, pay artists more and be a platform that connects with Arizona.”
Evans has had a passion for music since he was a kid and has been working in the industry since the late ’90s with heavy metal and indie rock labels and bands, but realized the business has changed and the need for distribution has transformed.
“I think that’s what the labels and advertisers realized – they needed to become on-demand, or they were out of business. But, the major players went about it in a way that disrupted the artists,” he explains, noting his new platform fixes the problem.
Why did you decide to set up shop in Arizona? I was heading out to California from back East when I decided to start a streaming service. I stopped in Arizona to visit my parents and I just never left. It’s the easiest, cleanest, big city that I have ever lived in. What is one thing you want the world to know about Arena Music? I truly believe it is the foundation for funding future artists and through [my other company] Arena Merchandise, it will allow schools to launch fundraising campaigns. Current favorite artists: Tame Impala, Lany, Big Thief, Kendrick Lamar, Black Mountain, Death Grips, Run the Jewels, OM, and The Ropes.