Presented in partnership with Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Devoured week of events featuring the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will run from February 28 through March 6. The week long celebration of food and drink returns with an all-star lineup of local chefs, culinarians, winemakers, brewmasters, and mixologists.
The main event, the Devoured Culinary Classic, will be held on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at Phoenix Art Museum, where the Dorrance Sculpture Garden will come alive with food, wine, and cocktail tastings, cooking demonstrations and interactive stations where attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with local Arizona chefs.
Tickets for the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will go on sale in limited release on Monday, December 7, and to the public on Monday, December 14. Tickets will be available for purchase at devouredphoenix.com/tickets. Tickets for the 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic are available in several package options:
- Beginning on Monday, December 7, 2015, Phoenix Art Museum Members and Local First Arizona Localists can purchase tickets a week before the general public at a rate of $89 for a single day ticket or $159 for a two-day ticket. Phoenix Art Museum Members can purchase tickets by calling 602-257-2124. Localists can purchase tickets by calling 602-956-0909 ext. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.
- Tickets for the general public will be available for sale on Monday, December 14 at devouredphoenix.com/tickets. Tickets options include Single Day General Admission ($99), Two-Day General Admission ($179), and Single Day VIP ($150).
VIP ticket holders will have exclusive access to the general tasting area a full hour before General Admission ticket holders. VIP benefits also include access to private VIP lounge areas featuring exclusive chef access, menu tastings, and cocktail samplings.
The Devoured Culinary Classic will once again feature interactive chef demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. These interactive demos, featuring Devour Phoenix chefs, will teach attendees how to master specific food and cocktail recipes as the chefs share their personal tricks and tips in the kitchen. Attendees will be able to sample what demonstrators have prepared while enjoying refreshingly cold drinks. Demonstrations are open to all ticketed attendees.
A star-studded collection of sommeliers, beverage directors, mixologists and craft beer experts round out the Devoured Culinary Classic line-up, including a diverse collection of wine from Quench Fine Wines. A full list of programming and participating restaurants will be announced on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2015. Please visit devouredphoenix.com for more information.
Devoured Culinary Classic ticket holders will also have the opportunity to explore Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibitions including Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane – Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti.
The Devoured Culinary Classic will once again feature two pre-festival events; Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate. These events are each ticketed separately.
The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition will kick off the week of events at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday February 28, a location for this event will be announced at a later date. Designed to celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, “startenders” from nine metro-Phoenix bars and restaurants armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits convene for a mix-off of epic proportions. Participating bartenders will go head to head in a series of three rounds, shaking it to compete for the title of Best Cocktail of the Valley for 2016. Tickets will be $35 each.
Palette to Palate will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Renaissance Hotel Phoenix Downtown. The event blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, paired with regional artists who will unveil new works at the event. Tickets will be $40 each.