The Devour Culinary Classic of Phoenix took place over the weekend of March 4-5 on the beautiful grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum. This event highlights the movers and shakers of the Arizona food and beverage industry. Attendees were ushered into the sculpture garden courtyard where they were treated to tastings from Arizona liquor, beer and wine merchants (plus a few from Cali) and several valley restaurants. I purchased a one-day ticket, and invited my friend, Betsy, to come along. Both of us are seasoned veterans of the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and felt this event was in every way as impressive, with innovative and delectable treats prepared by the Valley’s best chefs. Included here is a smattering of my favorites from the day. Yes, I tasted them all, and enjoyed myself so much that next year am determined to attend both days.
Proceeds from Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic benefited the Phoenix Art Museum, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, and Local First Arizona, a non-profit that supports locally owned businesses. Next year, due to high demand, the venue will be held at the Desert Botanical Garden. Keep posted at http://devourphoenix.com/classic/ for details.
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