Majority of Devour Culinary Classic Events Have Sold Out

Devour Bartending CompetitionIn continuing its reputation as the premier culinary event in the Valley, a majority of the Devour Culinary Classic events have sold out. All available tickets have been claimed for the Seven Chef Singh Along (3/1), the Devour Phoenix Film Screening: Elements (3/3), Devour Culinary Classic: Saturday (3/4), and Devour Culinary Classic: Sunday (3/5). Tickets are still available for the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition (2/26) and Palette to Palate (3/2).

Details for the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate, the only Devour Culinary Classic events with tickets still available, are below:

The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition will take place Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. at DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix (915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Designed to celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, bartenders 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 in the final, mystery basket round for the title of Arizona’s Star Bartender in 2017. Tickets will be $40 each and available for purchase at

The 12 bartenders that will compete for the 2017 title have been selected and will compete in a series of heats followed by a final round that will determine Arizona’s Star Bartender:

  • Tim Avery – Joyride Taco House

  • Matt Bermudez – Welcome Diner

  • Jake Foster – The Parlor

  • Janessa Hilliard – St Francis

  • Danny Kang – The Gladly

  • Michael Liberatore – Citizen Public House

  • Liza Loewenhagen – The Vig

  • Matt Minsky – hulasmoderntiki

  • Gavin Pena – Clever Koi

  • Manny Pena – The Windsor

  • Kapono Rowe – DeSoto Central Market

  • Jaong Woo – Otro Cafe

Palette to PalatePalette to Palate will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel (100 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). 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. A full lineup of participants will be announced at a later date. Tickets will be $40 each and available for purchase at

This year’s artist and chef pairings include:

  • Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot paired with Chad Little

  • Charleen Badman of FnB paired with Tom Budzak

  • Doug Robson of Otro Cafe paired with Hugo Medina

  • Michael Babcock of Welcome Diner paired with JJ Horner

A $60 ticket package is available for those who want to attend both the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate. Attendees who purchase the package to attend both events will save 25% on the overall ticket price.

All event information and tickets can be found at

The 2017 Devour Culinary Classic is made possible through support from this year’s Presenting Sponsors: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Insurance, Hensley Beverage Company, Quench Fine Wines, AJ’s Fine Foods, Venue Projects and Venue Builders, and Wist Office Products. All sponsors can be viewed here:


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