This Weekend: Devoured Phx Culinary Classic

Over the last few years, the Valley of the Sun has become the Valley of the Culinary Festivals. A handful of must-visit food- and wine-tasting events is now a sprawling season of eating, from East Valley to West. It's a lot to choose from, actually, and can be a little overwhelming.

But the hands-down winner among them all, if you care about local, independent eateries that are trying to make a mark on the dining scene, is Devoured Phx Culinary Classic. It takes place this Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with a Friday night chefs-and-artists dinner, Palette to Palate, to kick things off.

Set in the lush, grassy courtyard of the Phoenix Art Museum, Devoured has just the right feel for two days of splurging -- classy atmosphere, perfect time of year for al fresco festivities, no overcrowding, live music (and sometimes live art-making), and a top-notch lineup of chefs and restaurants.

Last year was the official debut, although the annual festival spawned from a previous incarnation, West of Western. Now under the aegis of Local First Arizona's non-profit coalition of indie restaurants, Devour Phoenix, it's an even bigger smorgasbord of indulgences, with tastings from about 40 restaurants each day (approximately half of whom are there both days), wines from Arizona and national labels, a variety of spirits and beer, and demonstrations.

Highlights on Saturday will be tastings from Barrio Cafe (and a demo by chef Silvana Salcido Esparza), the new Downtown hotspot Arrogant Butcher, Roka Akor, and soon-to-open Province. On Sunday, check out new Citizen Public House, Prado, Hana, and Kai.

Never been? Bring a big appetite, make a quick cruise around the tables to set your priorities (seriously, you'll have a hard time hitting up all of them, and some you'll want to visit twice), pace yourself on the booze (or don't, and let someone else drive you home), and expect to be out in the sun most of the time (hello, SPF!). And ladies, don't bother with those stilettoes unless you like your heels sinking into the lawn.

Want to see the full festival lineup, from demos to participating restaurants? Read on:




SubZero/Wolf Ferguson's Chef Demonstration Stage


11:30 - Jacques Qualin, J&G Steakhouse

12:30 - Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café

1:30 - Anthony Dias Blue - James Beard Award winner & among world's leading wine experts...Mr. Blue talk Arizona Wine scene

2:30 - Julia Baker, Julia Baker Confections

3:30 - Aaron May, Vitamin T


11:30 - Payton Curry, Guerrilla Gourmet

12:30 - Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House, with mixologist Richie Moe

1:30 - Matt Smith, Boa Bistro/Caffé Boa, with Empty Glass Wines

2:30 - Justin Beckett, Beckett's Table

*each chef's dish featured with a suggested wine pairing

AJ'S Fine Foods Dessert Lounge. A new feature inside Phoenix Art Museum's Great Hall featuring AJ's bakery specialties; Urban Cookies, Delicious Dishes and Espressions Coffee Roastery.

Musical Entertainment


11:00am - What Laura Says

1:30pm - Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce


11:00am - Steve Ansel & The Jackson Street Band

12:15pm - Roger Clyne (& promoting his new tequila, Mexican Moonshine)

1:30pm - Calumet


Participating day


1. Arcadia Farms Café

2. Arrogant Butcher

3. Barrio Café

4. Bombay Spice Grill

5. Carte Blanche Gourmet Tacos

6. Chelsea's Kitchen

7. Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar

8. Cibo

9. District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

10. Espressions Coffee Roastery

11. Fez Restaurant & Bar

12. Four Peaks Brewing Co.

13. Frank & Albert's at Arizona Biltmore

14. Gallo Blanco Café

15. Green Restaurant

16. J&G Steakhouse

17. Julia Baker Confections

18. La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria

19. Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill

20. Los Taquitos

21. Maizie's Café & Bistro

22. Modern Steak

23. Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge

24. Olive & Ivy

25. Phoenix City Grille

26. Postino

27. Province

28. Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician

29. Roka Akor

30. San Tan Brewing Co.

31. Shula's Steak House

32. St. Francis

33. Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar

34. Taggia at Firesky Resort & Spa

35. Talavera

36. The Vig Uptown

37. The Parlor Pizzeria

38. True Food Kitchen

39. Urban Cookies

40. Verona Chophouse


1. Arcadia Farms Café

2. Beckett's Table

3. Bliss & ReBAR

4. Boa Bistro

5. Caffé Boa on Mill

6. Carte Blanche Gourmet Tacos

7. Chelsea's Kitchen

8. Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar

9. Cibo

10. Citizen Public House

11. Cowboy Ciao

12. Different Pointe of View

13. District American Kitchen & Wine Bar

14. El Chorro Lodge

15. Espressions Coffee Roastery

16. Fez Restaurant & Bar

17. Frank & Albert's at Arizona Biltmore

18. Green Restaurant

19. Guerrilla Gourmet

20. Hana Japanese Eatery

21. Honey Moon Sweets Bakery and Dessert Bar

22. Hula's Modern Tiki

23. Julia Baker Confections

24. Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass


25. La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria

26. Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge

27. Petite Maison

28. Postino

29. Prado at The InterContinental Montelucia

Resort & Spa

30. Province

31. Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician

32. San Tan Brewing Co.

33. Short Leash Hotdogs Mobile Food Truck

34. St. Francis

35. Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar

36. Tammie Coe Cakes

37. The Breadfruit

38. Tuck Shop

39. Vitamin T

Participating Wines, Beers & Spirits

SATURDAY - Arizona Wineries

Dos Cabezas WineWorks

Jerome Winery

Pillsbury Wine

Quail Distributing

Silvertap Wines

Su Vino Winery

SUNDAY - Arizona Wineries

Dos Cabezas WineWorks

Jerome Winery


Quail Distributing

Silvertap Wines


Global Wines, Beer & Spirits

Colores del Sol Malbec

Etude Pinot Noir

Empty Glass Wine Company

Greg Norman Shiraz

Penfolds BIN 138 Chateau

Santa Barbara Chardonnay

Sledgehammer Zinfandel

Souverain Chardonnay

Stags' Leap Cabernet

St. Clement Chardonnay

St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay

TAZ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir

Wolf Blass Yellow Label



Four Peaks


Honey Brown

Sam Adams


Mexican Moonshine

44 North

Compass Box

Tres Leches

Forward Brands Distributing (AZ)

Arroyo Vodka

BB's Apple Pye Liqueur