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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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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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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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The Annual Hangover: 2016 Bartending Competition Rehash

This year marked the seventh for the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and, with that number, quite the fortunate lineup. Nearly 500 attendees eagerly lined up to pick up their reserved tickets to the sold out show at this year's new venue, Desoto Central Market, who's space allowed for a variety of food and full-service drink options, patio relaxation, and a birds-eye view of the Bar and Restaurant Insurance Competition Stage inside.

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BlogNatalie Morris
Quiessence

Stroll through the pecan groves at the Farm at South Mountain, and follow the path to Quiessence, an elegant restaurant set among mature trees, potted plants and garlands of soft white lights. On any given night as you meander toward the entrance, Chef Dustin Christofolo will be cutting fresh herbs that he grew and harvested from seedlings, or you might find him in Maya’s Garden at the Farm requesting a pound of arugula for the evening meal.

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BlogCait Blanton
Barrio Café

In 2002, Esparza opened Barrio Café, bringing to the table her personal interpretation of traditional recipes from the Yucatan, Oaxaca and Mexico City. Drawing on her training as a classical chef and her upbringing as a baker’s daughter, she sought to change people’s perception of Mexican food by cooking dishes from Mexico’s many regions.

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BlogCait Blanton
St. Francis

The farm-to-fork menu at St. Francis is divided simply among appetizers, salads, vegetables and sandwiches. Then there are meats and flatbreads cooked in the wood-fired oven. Elegantly crafted specialties turn many St. Francis patrons into regulars.

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BlogKimber Lanning
Crudo

When Chef Cullen Campbell and his wife, Maureen, launched Crudo four years back, modern Italian cuisine was sweeping the country, leaving the sushi craze floundering in its wake. Crudo, meaning “raw” in Italian, is a creative fusion of Japanese-style sashimi and bold flavors found in a variety of oils, spices and seasonal local ingredients.

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BlogKimber Lanning
Hamilton Distillers

In a little over a year, Hamilton Distillery has aged quite a bit, figuratively and literally. They’ve traveled head first into the whiskey industry and, in terms of terroir and locality, ahead of most whiskey distillers in America—simply digging their feet deeper into the Tucson soil.

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BlogKimber Lanning
And Then There Were Nine

Only nine could rise to compete in Round 2 on February 28th at Desoto Central Market. The starting lineup will now go head to head, bringing their best drinks to the bar. Get to know them here and then taste their signature styles day of, where the theme of the day will be taking pride in Arizona's spirit.

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BlogKimber Lanning
The Larder + The Delta

This April, Jones will celebrate the one-year anniversary of DeSoto Central Market, the urban food hall he opened with Connelly on the corner of Roosevelt and Central. Unlike anything Phoenix—the Valley for that matter—has seen before, it follows in the footsteps of such food markets as L.A.’s Grand Central Market or Gotham West Market in New York City. Desoto Central Market is restaurant hub, speakeasy, retail space, entertainment venue, dance hall, yoga studio, crafts classroom, and communal gathering place where anything goes, especially the food.

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BlogKimber Lanning
Short Leash Hot Dogs

Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck impresarios Brad and Kat Moore leaped into the arms of opportunity six years ago with their idea for a gourmet hot dog food truck. Their focus was to have fun by celebrating the lighthearted side of dogs in every way, including their menu.

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BlogKimber Lanning