Posts Tagged ‘John Panza’

  • Modern, Fresh, and Local: BiGA

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5ensesComments Off on Modern, Fresh, and Local: BiGARead More »

    By Katie Chatham Today we are living in a time when environmental awareness and the efforts towards sustainability are on the rise. To acknowledge and honor these movements, entire communities have taken action by doing things like banning plastic bags and straws, and encouraging everyone to shop and eat locally. The community of Prescott stands alongside many others that encourage these movements. One local eatery stands out when it comes to the efforts taken to realize the ideas of sustainability and sourcing locally. BiGA, a restaurant in the heart of Prescott, has gone to great lengths to ensure that the food served is sourced locally and raised in an environmentally conscious manner. From the structure of the building, to the leftovers, everything has been thought out carefully and has our Earth and our community at heart. Much of the structure of BiGA was built from repurposed wood and metal in an effort toward sustainability. And what about the food you leave on your plate? The servers place it into a receptacle to take back to the chickens at the farms where that very food was grown—it all comes around, full circle. BiGA’s owners, Chef John Panza and Cassandra Hankison, have been working in the industry for years, and came together to start a “pop-up”style dining and catering business called Senses back in July of 2016. At the heart of the

  • A table at the place: Senses enriches foodie life in Prescott

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Chef John Panza and Pastry Chef Cassandra Hankison, the team behind Senses. Visit Senses online via Facebook or SquareUp.Com/Store/Senses. Reach out by emailing SensesLLCInfo@Gmail.Com or texting SENSES to 22828.] What is it that Senses is and does? Panza: There’s three parts to what we do. We do popup dinners in and around Prescott, restaurant takeovers, and in-home dining experiences. The popup dinners are probably the most unique event we do. You purchase tickets to the meal without knowing where it is or what you’ll be eating. Twenty-four hours in advance, we disclose the location and the menu and let you know if it’s BYOB and things like that. When you arrive at the event, it’s up to 30 people all seated family style at a big table. It’s dinner and a show — I’m out in front and talk about the meal and there’ll be Q-and-As. It’s very intimate and very interactive. Some of the places we’ve done that have been the Groom Creek Schoolhouse and Studio 12, which is a photo studio, and the Thumb Butte Ramada in the Prescott National Forest. For the restaurant takeovers, you know a little bit more about it, specifically where it’s at. We work with small businesses and adopt our menu and meal to them. It’s not

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