Devour Bartending Competition Sunday, February 9
We still have a while to wait (sigh) until Devour comes around, but you can get your first taste of the culinary action this weekend, when the state's up-and-coming and established bartenders go head to head during the fifth annual Devour Bartending Competition. The lineup of "Star-tenders" includes Jax Gonzales of Phoenix Public Market Café, Michael Allmandinger of The Parlor, Manny Pena of Windsor, Evan Gibbs of Maizie's Café, Ryan Richardson of Kazimierz World Wine Bar, and Matt Tobey of District American Kitchen. The competition begins at 2 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom. Tickets cost $20 and include samples of seven cocktails and three sets of live acoustic music. For more information, visit the Crescent Ballroom website.