About devour Phoenix

Started in 2009 by Kimber Lanning, Founder of Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix rose up as a collaborative coalition of local chefs working to create a destination food and dining scene worthy of national prestige.

The cornerstone of this coalition is Devour Week, a multi-event food and drink experience hosted in February. At the helm of Devour week is the Culinary Classic, celebrating its 11th year, this award-winning culinary festival featuring Arizona’s best chefs, purveyors, wineries, and artists providing a sensory experience of desert sounds, tastes, sights, and feel. In addition to the Culinary Classic are three signature culinary events: Devour Bartending Competition, 7 Chefs Dinner, and Devour the World.

ABOUT Devour Week

Devour Week is the region’s premier week long annual culinary celebration to showcase celebrity culinary talent, the fine food and drink producers and purveyors of Arizona. The week includes three highly anticipated events leading up to the culminating weekend-long food festival known as the Devour Culinary Classic.


The Main Event:
Devour Culinary Classic

An annually award-winning event, named Best Southwestern Culinary Festival by New York Times, the Devour Culinary Classic is the premier event during Devour Week that celebrates Arizona’s culinary talent, supporting the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries.

Attendees will meet award winning chefs and restaurateurs, partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, and taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region's best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers, and vintners. Hosted at the Desert Botanical Garden and in partnership with the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts.


Exploring Phoenix's food Cultures:
Devour The World

East meets west, north, and south with this event that celebrates the international flavors of Phoenix. Unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste the multicultural cuisines from the regions of your favorite countries while listening to the music of world-renowned musician(s). Tickets include libation and food sampling from up to 20 regional restaurants and chefs.


the best chefs in town:
Seven Chefs dinner

Join the James Beard hosted "Arizona Seven" for a one-night-only dining event at award winning restaurant The Gladly. Enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines and served by some of Arizona's top chefs. This year's Seven Chefs Dinner will feature 7 great local chefs working together to bring you a once in a lifetime meal paired with Arizona wines. Tickets are $175 & covers libations and a multiple course meal.


Best of Phoenix's Cocktail Culture:
Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition

Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the creative local cocktail culture in Phoenix. Root for your for your favorite bartenders from Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition as you sip on their competition creations.



Learn More About The Devour Culinary Classic