The 10th annual Devour Culinary Classic took place over the weekend of February 23-24 in the spectacular setting of the Desert Botanical Gardens. A celebration of the Valley’s culinary scene, this is the largest culinary festival in Phoenix, and one not to be missed. The event is hosted by Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent, local restaurants whose aim is to promote the local dining scene and to encourage the use of local agriculture.
Tickets for Devour Phoenix range in price from $105 – $205 and include all food and drink, a commemorative wine glass and lanyard, plus full access to one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the US. If you missed it (and don’t want to miss it again), find information on the botanical garden and the culinary classic by clicking here and here.
So you may be wondering how I managed my way through a culinary festival on my plant-based diet. Well, I cheated. Big time. And it was super fun. I think, in a way, I appreciated everything more. Plus, I could honestly tell you which ones were worth the cheat LOL. I am also always on the look out for, not only the latest greatest thing to do in the Valley, but also rediscovering old gems. For example, take Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, whose ravioli dish is the featured image. While I have been to the resort many times, I have never been to the restaurant, and shame on me. It sits perched atop a mountain in the Moon Valley area of town. Their website boasts that in its 35 year history, Different Pointe of View is the “longest consecutively awarded AAA four-diamond restaurant in the Valley”. I am not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds impressive. So you have good food and an amazing view…it is on my list!
I have compiled a photo montage of some of the judges, as well as my, favorites! And please note, these photos and award categories are from Sunday only. Happy Eating! xoM
Devour Phoenix operates under the umbrella of an organization called Local First Arizona. I encourage you to follow the link to the Local First Arizona website here and consider becoming a Localist and be the first to hear when tickets for Devour Phoenix go on sale. Plus, they hold interesting events throughout the year, such as tours of Taliesin West, Tovrea Castle and Roosevelt Row, just to name a few. Local First Arizona promotes a great mix of the culture, history and food that makes Arizona stand out among our Southwestern neighbors.
All photos by Marci Symington for texAZtaste.com.