We had the good fortune of connecting with Lanette Miles and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lanette, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Anything in the food business is a risk. Walking away from my corperate career at the Ritz Carlton was a huge risk because I had no money to start my own business; however I chose to just take a leap of faith. That leap changed my life and outlook on the world forever. At the time, I had no money and no guarantee in the food business and that leap granted me the freedom to travel, no longer work holidays unless I chose to, and be creative with food however I wished.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most excited about the fact that I get the freedom to be creative all of the time. I am constantly creating new projects, new ideas, and new concepts in order to be a fresh food creator. The challenges of owning your own business are continuous; however, knowing that I will always overcome those challenges keeps me going. Owning your own company and maintaining a brand is not easy; however, it is very rewarding. At the end of the day you know that you have shown off your talent and that you have given your customers an amazing event that they will forever remember. The pride that you feel knowing that you are capable of providing for your family while having fun at the same time makes it all worth while. The biggest lesson that I have learned is never doubt what you are capable of accomplishing and always know that you are bigger than what you give yourself credit for being. There is nothing that you cannot accomplish. Always make whatever you do fun and beautiful!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would recommend: -Tea at the Phoenician followed up by a walk around the property to view the architecture and take selfies.
-Cocktails on the rooftop bar of the W.
– Lazy River at Desert Ridge.
-Shopping at the Scottsdale Quarter.
– Playing outdoor games at The Yard.
-Dessert and espresso at Olive and Ivy.
-Breakfast at Chestnut.
-Dinner at The Henry.
-Walk along the Canal.
– Order pie to go for your midnight snack from the Pie Snob.

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