Phoenix may not be famous as a culinary capitol (yet), but this desert metropolis is no slouch when it comes to top-notch local food and drink.
For proof of the city's culinary clout, foodies will want to check out Devoured Phoenix, a week-long food event that brings together the city's best independent restaurants, chefs and bartenders for a smorgasbord of gourmet tastings and all-around foodie schmoozing.
The event, which is organized and presented by local organizations Devour Phoenix and Local First Arizona, will take place March 1 to March 8, 2015, at multiple venues around central Phoenix.
Devoured Phoenix is the city's most highly anticipated culinary event of the year — Photo courtesy of Devour Phoenix / Local First Arizona
The festivities kick off on Sunday, March 1 with a bartending competition at the Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix. Nine local star bartenders (or "startenders") will take center stage to mix and shake up cocktail creations, all of which feature Arizona-made distilled spirits.
Cheer on the mixologists as they battle for the title of Devoured Phoenix's 2015 Bartender of the Year.
Attendees will get to sample the nine contestant cocktails, as well as enjoy samples of craft spirits from local distillers. Tickets for the event are $25, with proceeds benefiting the Local First Arizona Foundation.
Devoured Phoenix continues on Thursday, March 5, at the Renaissance Hotel with Palette to Palate, a unique event that brings together the visual arts with the culinary arts. The event pairs local artists and chefs, who interpret each other's works for a unique evening of live painting and gastronomy.
Attendees get to watch as a new works of visual art come into fruition and then taste test the art-inspired culinary creations from well-known local chefs.
Devoured Phoenix culminates with a weekend of tastings, demonstrations and meet-and-greets during the Culinary Classic weekend on March 7 and 8. The two-day event is held at the Phoenix Art Museum, where about 4,000 guests will get to rub elbows with more than 100 restaurant owners, wine makers, local celebrity chefs, regional food producers and craft beer makers.
Guests get to enjoy live culinary demonstrations and enjoy freshly prepared edibles and drinks from some of the city's best-loved purveyors of food and drink. Top-rated chefs from Cibo, Coup des Tartes, Sierra Bonita Grill, Chelsea's Kitchen and Beckett's Table, among others, will be on hand to feed the crowd and talk food.
General admission tickets for each day of the Culinary Classic are $90 and include food and wine tastings. Tickets also include admission to the Phoenix Art Museum.
For more information about the Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic, contact Devour Phoenix at (602) 257-2124.