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Arizona's Premier Culinary Event March 2015
Winners Announced for Inaugural Devour Excellence Awards

The Devour Culinary Classic debuted the inaugural Devour Excellence Awards at this year’s event, showcasing Arizona’s culinary talent and bringing deserved attention to our state’s culinary leaders. A diverse panel of judges representing prestigious organizations and publications from across the country were on site to determine 2017 award winners.

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Devour Culinary Classic Announces Bold Move to Desert Botanical Garden in 2018

Hosted by Phoenix Art Museum since its inception nearly a decade ago, the Devour Culinary Classic, organized by Local First Arizona with support from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), has become the Valley’s premier culinary event. Having sold out for the previous four years, the Devour Culinary Classic is heading to a new venue in 2018 to accommodate the event’s growth and vision.

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14 AZ Wines Paired for Your Pleasure - Try These at the 2017 Devour Culinary Classic

While there is always much to be said about the food at the Devour Culinary Classic, those attending should not forget that this unique event is also an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and sample dozens of local, regional, and international wines. Here are 14 Arizona wines from 7 local wineries you should make sure not to miss at this year's Devour Culinary Classic.

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Connor Mansager of Welcome Diner Declared the 2017 Arizona Star Bartender

On Sunday, February 26, hundreds of cocktail lovers and enthusiasts gathered at the DeSoto Central Market to see who would be declared the 2017 Arizona Star Bartender at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Heat by heat, the bartenders took to the stage to create a custom cocktail using the provided ingredients, all made with locally distilled spirits from Arizona.

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Devour Culinary Classic Shines Spotlight on Local Distillers and Spirits

From the outside looking in, many people wouldn’t know that Arizona has a growing and dare I say, thriving group of local distillers and spirit brand owners. While many may know of the countless micro-distilleries around the country and more specifically our corner of the southwest, Arizona is just as involved with the craft spirits movement as anywhere. You can bet that the group will only get larger and larger in the years to come.

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Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlor

For Tam, who has done research and development for a lot of local restaurants in addition to his duties at Bitter and Twisted, tasting food around town at different restaurants is an important part of being a chef. He is intrigued by what other chefs are doing and appreciates their skills in transforming ingredients. This curiosity is what led Bob to consider partnering with Tacos Chiwas’ Armando Hernandez and Nadia Holguin for Devour.

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Become A Localist, Double Up On Devour Tickets

Any Localist who proudly wears their Localist tee to the Classic will be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2018 Devour Culinary Classic. Simply swing by the Localist booth to show your pride.

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