This Weekend: Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic

Update 03/16/2010: For a post weekend wrap-up of Devoured 2010 by yours truly in the Downtown Phoenix Journal, go HERE.

Update 03/15/2011: For a recount of Devoured 2011, also in the Downtown Phoenix Journal, go HERE.

Update 03/15/2012: For a post weekend wrap-up of Devoured 2012 in the Downtown Phoenix Journal, go HERE.

Despite the many internal controversies within our community’s food brethren as a result of its official shakeup last year, the once effortlessly respectable (and popular) West of Western culinary festival is simply no more. In its place however, a newly annual springtime food event is being prepped for its freshman debut, bringing with it a decidedly updated focus and intention.

Labeled Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic, the freshly minted food fest is being orchestrated indirectly by the amplifying homegrown lobbying/PR organization Local First AZ (community booster du jour and entrepreneur Kimber Lanning is a headlining force), and will remain hosted at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Though there are definite exceptions to the principals’ intentions, the affair will be a sharper, more agenda-driven celebration of all things locally and independently edible. In particular, it is (casually) intended as a weighted showcase of restaurants throughout central Phoenix specifically–Downtown, Midtown, etc.

Taking place this weekend, Saturday March 13th and Sunday March 14th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event is largely being held outdoors within the art museum’s courtyard. Devoured is currently listing over 70 local restaurants and 25 different wineries among its roster of participants. There will also be a variety of cooking demonstrations and food-related seminars.

Single day and two-day passes are $65 and $90, respectively. $75 for a single day pass day-of. Already a museum member? I’m not. However if you are, inquire about passes with the museum directly, as there is a discounted members-only rate.

For more information, to purchase said passes, as well as peruse the itemized listing of involved restaurants and wineries, go: HERE. (

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