February 25 through March 4
Text and Photos Courtesy of Devour Phoenix
The Culinary Classic Moves to The Garden
The Devour Culinary Classic, organized by Local First Arizona (LFA) with support from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), has become the Valley’s premier culinary event. For a decade, Classic attendees have enjoyed sampling only the highest quality and most innovative food, beverages from restaurateurs, chefs and food producers while perusing the grounds of Phoenix Art Museum.
“After planning the 2017 Devour Culinary Classic, it became apparent that a new venue was needed to accommodate the growth and popularity of the event,” explains Kimber Lanning, founder and director of LFA. “Desert Botanical Garden is an Arizona treasure, and their expansive venue and community commitment makes them the perfect venue to allow us to expand the Devour Culinary Classic while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere.”
“Just like all the participants in the Devour Culinary Classic, the Garden is proud to fly the ‘locally grown’ flag,” says Desert Botanical Garden director Ken Schutz.
The Bartending Competition
Kick off Devour Week on February 25 and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at Desoto Central Market. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., root for your favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as you sip on their competition creations and listen to the event being called by downtown Phoenix favorite personality RJ Price of Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits provided by Hensley/Quench, your favorite bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up. The fee of $40 will benefit the non-profit work of Local First Arizona Foundation.
Seven Chefs Dinner
On February 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join the James Beard hosted “Arizona Seven” for a one-night-only dining event. In the fields and under the stars at Tempe’s Singh Meadows, the featured chefs are Justin Beckett, Donald Hawk, Scott Holmes, Bernie Kantak, Danielle Leoni and Doug Robson. Enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with Arizona wines and served by some of Arizona’s top chefs on an organic oasis. New this year, our theme is one of unity and shared cultural identity. Fifteen Arizona chefs have come together to pair up and create seven different courses for guests to experience. Priced at $160, proceeds benefit the non-profit work of Local First Arizona Foundation.
Devour the World
East meets west, north, and south with this new Devour Phoenix event that celebrates the international flavors of Phoenix. On March 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste the multi-cultural cuisines from the regions of your favorite countries while listening to the music of world-renowned musical artist Ken Koshio. Priced at $60, the chefs and restaurant lineup include Good Fortune Kitchen, Satay Hut, Flavors of Louisiana, El Chullo Peruvian Restaurant & Bar, Hana Japanese Eatery, Helio Basin Brewing Co., Sonata’s Restaurant, The REZ an urban eatery LLC, Palaphx, Andreoli Italian Grocer, Soup and Sausage Bistro, Rice Paper, and Chula Seafood.
The Tasting Package offers the essential experience allowing guests to sample and enjoy the best local restaurants, food, and drink while strolling the Desert Botanical Garden from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests will choose either the March 3 or 4 date of the Devour Culinary Classic. All fees are included in the purchase price of $105.
Priced at $155, the Connoisseur Package, is a next level experience for devoted Devour guests and novice food fans alike. Enjoy exclusive access to new event features while sampling and strolling your way through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.on either March 3 or 4.
For those looking to have a truly unique experience, purchase the VIP Package for either March 3 or 4. Get personal with chefs who pride themselves on the cuisine and culture of Arizona, enjoy exclusive access to new event features, and stroll through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while sampling the best of local food and drink. All fees included in purchase price of $205.
For more information, visit https://classic.devourphoenix.com/