After a week of events and two straight days of marathon eating and drinking, the 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic has come to a close. Introduced at last year’s Devoured Culinary Classic, the People’s Choice Awards gives attendees the opportunity to voice their opinion on the best dish, dessert, and sip for each day of the Devoured Culinary Classic. The votes have been tallied and the winners are:
Saturday: Best Dish
Aioli Gourmet Burgers: White Truffle Slider
Saturday: Best Dessert
Churn: Coffee Toffee Drumstick (fudge filled sugar cone topped with coffee ice cream, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coffee toffee)
Saturday: Best Sip
Joyride Taco House: Sloe Ride Margarita (blueberry-infused tequila, Sloe gin, house sour, and tiki bitters)
Sunday: Best Dish
Litchfield’s at The Wigwam: Cedar River Ribeye (Beets, Valdeon, Rocket)
Sunday: Best Dessert
Kai Restaurant: Chocolate Gateau (mole rojo spiced marcona, black cocoa joconde, caramelia ganache, pasilla chili mousse)
Sunday: Best Sip
Hula’s Modern Tiki: Dr. Funk (coconut rum, vodka, crème de banana, pineapple & orange juice)
Interesting trends appear in these results: Attendees overwhelmingly singled out the cocktail offerings as their favorite sips over wine and beer options, and classic flavors like beef and chocolate seemed to win the day.
The Devoured Culinary Classic, the region’s premier week long annual culinary celebration, is presented by Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. The goal of the events are to showcase celebrity culinary talent, the fine food and drink producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. More information can be found at devouredphoenix.com.
About Local First Arizona
Founded in 2003 by Director Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona (LFA) is the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country, working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. With over 2,700 members, LFA educates citizens, stakeholders, business leaders, and legislators about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. Visit www.LocalFirstAZ.com for more information.
About Devour Phoenix
Phoenix is a city-wide, non-profit coalition of select, independent restaurants operating under the Local First Arizona umbrella. Devour Phoenix is working to maintain a forum for sharing ideas, purchasing power, and marketing dollars to advance dining in the Phoenix area; create an image for Phoenix that is a respected destination for dining and culinary exploration; share resources to strengthen and grow restaurants in Phoenix; manage and host events such as culinary festivals and restaurant crawls that will strengthen business and build awareness for all Phoenix restaurants and identify and encourage the use of local agriculture and local artisans as a means for increasing sustainability in the region.
About Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 50 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. Top national and international exhibitions are shown alongside the museum’s collection of more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. The museum hosts photography exhibitions through its landmark partnership with The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Visitors can also enjoy the PhxArtKids gallery, the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, the Thorne Miniature Rooms of historic interiors, and a collection of works by renowned Arizona artist Philip C. Curtis. For additional information about Phoenix Art Museum please visit phxart.org or call 602-257-1880.
About Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.