We had the good fortune of connecting with Katherine Dwight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katherine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
In regards to opening up a restaurant – which has always been what we where working towards-the most important factor to getting us here would be following what we are passionate about and sweat equity. We are very passionate about good food, made from scratch, with good ingredients from local farms. And there is no other way for us, so we where always determined to make this kind of food no matter what. Starting our business from scratch with absolutely nothing takes a lot, a lot of hard work. A lot of set backs. A lot of doors shut in our faces. A lot of very long hours. Tears. Obstacles. But we always keep moving forward, keeping getting back up, and keep pushing. Never giving up has got us to where we are.
What should our readers know about your business?
Persepshen focuses on food made in house from scratch, utilizing local and organic produce, only local sustainably raised proteins, so local chickens, grass fed AZ beef, and local pork. About 98 % of our produce is grown by small farmers in Arizona. We always use organic dairy, eggs from pasture raised chickens, locally produced spirits, craft beer, etc. Something that sets our restaurant apart from others is the fact that we only utilize whole animals. What that means is we get in whole steers and break them down in house, and utilize every single cut. Same for chickens and pork. Our menu is constantly changing based on what cuts of meat we are progressing though. This is really exciting! No cuts coming in from factory farms. It’s the highest quality meat straight from a local ranch, coming right to our back door, not going through endless amounts of processing and handling. It was not easy getting to where we are today. We started off small at a local farmers market selling rustic sandwiches, pastries, bread, smoked sausages, pickles + jams. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we love what we do so it was never a problem for us and we didn’t want to do it any other way. We overcame any challenges by constantly staying focused on our path. We are so passionate about our craft that even at the toughest of times it was never an option to give up. We want the world to know that they can come to Persepshen and get a good meal focused around what our state has to offer. We want the world to know that you can eat local, organic, sustainable food at a good price. Food doesn’t have to be made in a factory, with a long list of ingredients. That we should move back in the direction of real food made from real ingredients, its better for our health, for our economy, for our taste buds.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of our favorite places to eat is at Phoenix Palace on Sunday mornings for Dim Sum. This restaurant makes everything from scratch-and it is so so good. So first we would go there. Another important stop would be hiking for hours around Dreamy Draw. We would stop by Persepshen first and raid the walk in to pack picnic essentials like sliced salumi, cheese, pickles, and a loaf of bread, salad fixings, cookies, ice tea, etc. We live right by La Bohemia, so we would stop there for cold brews. Tacos Huicho is right around the corner, so we would stop there for longaniza tacos. If our pals had kids-we would for sure be at The Children’s Museum. This is one of the best places to be in Phx with kids, and it lines up with everything we love. The whole museum is pretty much made with repurposed materials. Its all about letting your kids get messy and exploring.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our parents, for showing us how to work hard for what we want in life