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Arizona's Premier Culinary Event March 2015
Devour Week 2017 Details, Tickets, Changes Announced

The Devour Culinary Classic, formerly known as the Devoured Culinary Classic, is the region’s premier week long annual culinary celebration hosted at several distinct venues in Phoenix, Arizona. The goal of the events are to showcase Arizona’s celebrity culinary talent as well as its fine food and drink producers and purveyors, all while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige.

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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
Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams

Little did Doc Brown know, but his 22-year career with the Phoenix Police Department very well may have paved the way for his life as the owner of Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams. As a police officer, Brown’s job relied on his inquisitiveness, tenaciousness and attention to detail. It’s those same qualities that have made him the sweet success he is today.

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BlogKimber Lanning