2016 Devoured Culinary Classic Tickets Are on Pre-Sale Now — Here's the List of Participating Restaurants So Far

You'd better start training now — for a marathon two days of eating, that is. Because we've got the preliminary lineup of restaurants for the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic and, as usual, you're not going to want to miss this event. 

The two-day culinary festival will be held on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Phoenix Art Museum. Organizers are presenting a new format for the popular event this time around, designating four separate ares for different types of dishes. Unlike in past years, when most restaurants' booths were located in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, the 2016 event will offer first course dishes like salads and appetizers in the Great Hall and entree-style plates and sample beers, wines, and spirits in the outdoor garden. Local restaurants, bakeries, coffee roasters, and confectioners will serves sweets in the Hardes Theater Dessert Lounge, and inside Palette, guests will be able to browse the new Local Foods Marketplace to sample and purchase products from local food artisans.

As in past years, the event will also feature a VIP lounge with different host chefs on each day. Saturday's VIP attendees will be hosted by Crudo and Okra chef Cullen Campbell, while Sunday attendees will find Vincent Guerithault, owner and chef of Vincent’s on Camelback, in the lounge. 

Tickets to the Devoured Culinary Classic are on pre-sale now to Phoenix Art Museum Members and Local First Arizona Localists for $89 for a single day ticket or $159 for a two-day ticket. Phoenix Art Museum Members can purchase tickets by calling 602-257-2124. Localists can purchase tickets by calling 602-956-0909 ext. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.

Tickets to the event go on sale to the public on Monday, December 14 on the Devoured website. Single Day General Admission tickets cost $99, Two-Day General Admission tickets cost $179, and Single Day VIP tickets cost $150.

Leading up the main weekend event will be two additional events, the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate. The bartending competition, which will feature nine local bartenders as well as locally-made sprits, will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix. Participating bartenders will be selected through online voting, and will compete head to head in a series of three rounds for the title of Best Cocktail of the Valley for 2016. Palatte to Palate, which pairs chefs and painters and challenges them to nterpret each other's work, will be held on Thursday, March 3, at the Renaissance Hotel Phoenix Downtown.

Tickets to both events cost $40 or $60 for a package that includes admission to both. Tickets can be purchased beginning Monday, December 7 at the Devoured website.

Here's the list of participating restaurants so far: 

AJ's Fine Foods
Alto Ristorante at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch
Barrio Café
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse
Café Lalibela
Chelsea's Kitchen
Crudo - VIP
EVO & Citrine
Federal Pizza
Flying V (Loews Ventana Canyon)
Joyride Taco House
La Grande Orange Grocery + Pizzeria
LON's at the Hermosa
North Italia
Otro Café
Pomegranate Café
Postino WineCafe
SanTan Brewing Company
Sierra Bonita Grill
Squid Ink
St Francis
Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar
Tapacubo & The Normal Diner
The Clever Koi
The Dhaba
The Henry
The Vig
Windsor / Churn

Other confirmed participants:

Aloha Cakes AZ
Brittle Bliss Gourmet Brittles
Cookie Girl Cookie Shop
Delighted By Hummus
Doc's Artisan Ice Creams
Espresso Italia
Fluff It Marshmallows
GI Joe Coffee
Hamilton Distillery (Whiskey Del Bac)
Heavenly Sweets Organic Pastries
Jacked Ice
Kettle Heroes LLC
Popped Artisan Popcorn
Sogno Toscano Olive Oil Boutique


Barrio Urbano
Beckett's Table
Bitter & Twisted
Buck & Rider
Christopher's Crush & Wrigley Mansion
Citizen Public House
Different Pointe of View
District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
Green New American Vegetarian | Nami Vegan Sweets
Hana Japanese Eatery
House of Tricks
Hula's Modern Tiki
Ingo's Tasty Food
Kai Restaurant
Nobuo at Teeter House
Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails
Phoenix City Grille
Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Redthai Southeast Asian/Shabu Fondu
Second Story Liquor Bar
Short Leash Hotdogs / Rollover Doughnuts
SOL Cocina
Southern Rail
The Gladly
The Larder and The Delta
The Market by Jennifer
The Parlor Pizzeria
The Wigwam
Vincent’s on Camelback - VIP
Virtù Honest Craft

Other confirmed participants:

Tammie Coe Cakes
The OKB Old Kentucky BBQ Sauce
Urban Cookies Bakeshop
Zak's Chocolate