Get to know Arizona

Ticket holders of the Devour Culinary Classic can expect the dedication to taste, high quality, and innovation they appreciate each year from Arizona's best chefs. All guests in 2018 will also have access to the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, an ambience guaranteed to make for a outstanding and authentic experience.

VIP Lounge

We hear rumblings from our VIP chefs of an affair unlike anything we've ever attempted. Alongside the benefits that our VIP loyalists have become accustomed to, guests will be able to get personal with chefs who pride themselves on the cuisine and culture of Arizona, enjoying native foods like Navajo Churro Lamb raised in northern Arizona and cooked on site, a special selection of beverages, and just relax in the beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden.


Join Arizona's pioneering chefs John Sharpe of northern Arizona's The Turquoise Room and Robert McGrath of the iconic Roaring Fork and Renegade Canteen as they bring Arizona's food culture to light. VIP Saturday guests will enjoy Arizona-raised whole Churro Lamb spit-roasted on site and cooked over Alligator Juniper foraged from the forests near Chef John's restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. Seasoned with Arizona wild herbs, pulled off the bone and served over a soup of Ramona Farm's Tepary beans and Ga’visa – stone ground roasted Pima corn in a lamb broth with Native spices. Welcome cocktails and drink service provided throughout the day.


Year after year, chef Ryan Swanson of Kai Restaurant has proven to Devour Culinary Classic loyalists his ability to impress. From taste to service, guests know they will only have the best. In 2018, we've given Chef Swanson more room to elevate his talent. Sunday VIP Lounge ticket holders are sure to be pleased.


New this year, Connoisseur Package and VIP Package ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to attend a duo of curated experiences held during the length of each day of the Devour Culinary Classic. Enjoy the main event or relax with old friends and new in these "pop in and out" pocket areas created just for you.

Heritage Foods Experience

We’ve tasked some of Arizona’s favorite chefs to gather together, root themselves in the desert, and create an all-day experience that allows guests to dig deep into Arizona’s food history. Chef collaborations and event features are unique to each day of the event and take place in the serene Steele Herb Garden.


Guests have their first chance at the flavors and concept of Roland’s, the new adaptive-reuse project from the minds of Chris Bianco, Armando Hernandez, and Nadia Holguin. The historic (1917) Roland's Market building at Van Buren and 15th streets has lived multiple lives, but with this new partnership from the Bianco Group and Tacos Chiwas, Devour Culinary Classic VIP and Connoisseur ticket holders will enjoy exclusive first tastes of a new and yet-to-be-revealed menu.


Using the best of the culinary herbs and offerings that the Steele Herb Garden has to provide, some of Arizona's culinary luminaries have joined forces to showcase Arizona’s agricultural diversity. With spring at its peak, VIP and Connoisseur ticket holders will get a taste alongside chefs Charleen Badman, Aaron Chamberlin, Sacha Levine, Chrysa Robertson, and Jeff Smedstad while sipping on cocktails from Travis Nass and exclusively enjoying the trails and seating within this calming space.

Arizona Beverage Experience

Fans of Arizona wine and those who choose AZ brews will be delighted to sip on this. Featuring the participants of the Arizona Vignerons Alliance and the craft beer portfolio of Hensley Beverage Company, relax as you taste and interact with some of the best people and drinks in the state as you explore the Garden’s tree-lined amphitheatre. Final lineups and more event features will be announced soon and be unique to each day of the event.

Saturday- Coming Soon


Join Arizona Vignerons Alliance winemakers and friends for an Arizona wine experience you won’t forget. Dos Cabezas Wineworks, Caduceus Cellars, Sand Reckoner Vineyards, Callaghan Vineyards and other certified wineries will provide comparative tastings and fun educational mini-wine seminars through out the day- stop by for for one or come back for them all! Meet the owners of ODV wines and other Arizona wine champions and get an insider’s view on how Arizona wines compare to other wine-making regions around the world. Get a unique, one-on-one experience with some of Arizona’s most renowned wine makers and see how they are making Arizona some of the most recognized upcoming wines around. 


The 2018 Devour Culinary Classic will offer multiple opportunities for all attendees to learn skills and tips from some of their favorite local chefs and food producers. Open to all ticket types, chefs and further details will be announced in the coming months.

Hensley/Quench Wine Sales

A special event in its own right, all guests have access to the Hensley/Quench Wine Sale, where they may opt to purchase from a curated portfolio of wine and spirits available at discounted prices.

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest, featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. All guests of the Devour Culinary Classic have access to the Desert Botanical Garden trails for the duration of their ticket event time. Visit for more information on the Desert Botanical Garden.