Devour Tickets ON SALE NOW

We almost forgot to share the official news since we were traveling but did you guys know that Devour tickets are now on sale?!


After being hosted at the Phoenix Art Museum for the past eight years, the Devour Culinary Classic will be held at Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) March 3-4, 2018. Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to be bringing the Devour Culinary Classic to their space, as the event fits in closely to their mission. “Just like all the participants in the Devour Culinary Classic, the Garden is proud to fly the ‘locally grown’ flag,” says Desert Botanical Garden Executive Director Ken Schutz. “We look forward to hosting the event in 2018.”

As in years past, the Devour Culinary Classic will continue to be one of the state’s most collaborative and creative food-centered events. Unlike other food festivals, the Devour Culinary Classic intentionally focuses on local talent. “Our main objective is to support the development and promotion of the culinary and extended local food community and culture in Arizona, bringing deserved local and national attention to our state’s food scene,” said Kimber Lanning, founder of the event and Executive Director of Local First Arizona. “We believe we’ll be even better suited to showcase Arizona’s one-of-a-kind culinary culture with Desert Botanical Garden as our host.”

Event Details

The 2018 Devour Culinary Classic promises to present the very best that Arizona’s culinary scene has to offer with even more opportunities to connect with Arizona’s local culinary culture. 100 percent of all proceeds from the annual Devour Culinary Classic benefit the community efforts of Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden, and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.


  • Date: Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 2018

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Media/Connoisseur/VIP Hour: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

  • Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008


New this year, Connoisseur Package and VIP Package ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to attend a duo of curated experiences held during the length of each day of the Devour Culinary Classic. More information on both experiences can be found

  • Heritage Foods Experience – We’ve tasked some of Arizona’s favorite chefs to gather together, root themselves in the desert and create an all-day experience that allows guests to dig deep into Arizona’s food history. Chef collaborations and event features are unique to each day of the event and will take place in the serene Steele Herb Garden.

    • On Saturday, guests have their first chance at the flavors and concept of Roland’s, the new adaptive-reuse project from the minds of Chris Bianco, Armando Hernandez, and Nadia Holguin.

    • On Sunday, culinary luminaries join forces to showcase Arizona’s agricultural diversity. Get a taste alongside chefs Charleen Badman, Aaron Chamberlin, Sacha Levine, Chrysa Robertson, and Jeff Smedstad while sipping on cocktails from Travis Nass.

  • Arizona Beverage Experience – Fans of Arizona wine and those who choose AZ brews will be delighted to sip on this. Featuring the participants of the Arizona Vignerons Alliance and the craft beer portfolio of Hensley Beverage Company, relax as you taste and interact with some of the best people and drinks in the state as you explore the Garden’s tree-lined amphitheater.


The 2018 Devour Culinary Classic is bringing together dozens of the largest names in local culinary talent and achievement. An updated list of currently confirmed guests of note include:


  • John Sharpe, Turquoise Room

  • Robert McGrath, Roaring Fork, and Renegade Canteen

  • Ryan Swanson, Kai Restaurant


  • Charleen Badman, FnB

  • Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco, Tratto, and Roland’s

  • Aaron Chamberlin, St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Cafe

  • Armando Hernandez, Tacos Chiwas and Roland’s

  • Nadia Holguin, Tacos Chiwas and Roland’s

  • Sacha Levine, Ocotillo Restaurant

  • Travis Nass, Spirit Guide

  • Chrysa Robertson, Rancho Pinot

  • Jeff Smedstad, Elote Cafe


  • Arizona Vignerons Alliance participants

  • Tracy Dempsey, ODV Wines, and Tracy Dempsey Originals

  • Pavle Milic, FnB, and FnBar


  • Dave Anderson, Roastery of Cave Creek

  • Raveen Aurora, The Dhaba

  • Justin Beckett, Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail

  • Derek Biazo, Deseo at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

  • Damon Brasch, Green New American Vegetarian/Nami

  • Brady Breese, Urban Cookies Bakeshop

  • Doc Brown, Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams

  • Nick Campisano and Joshua James, Clever Koi

  • Cullen Campbell, Crudo

  • Johnny Chu, Red Thai

  • Tammie Coe, Tammie Coe Cakes

  • Lisa Dahl, Dahl Restaurant Group

  • Carlos Diaz, Otro Cafe

  • Taylor Domet, True Food Kitchen

  • Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe

  • Christopher Gross, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge

  • Ken Harvey, Loew’s Ventana Canyon

  • Scott Holmes, Little Miss BBQ

  • Stephen Jones, the larder + the delta

  • Bernie Kantak, The Gladly & Citizen Public House

  • Lauren Klein, High Spirited Cupcakes

  • Steve Kraus, Press Coffee

  • Danielle Leoni, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

  • Jeff Malkoon, Peanut Butter Americano

  • Kat and Brad Moore, Short Leash Hot Dogs

  • Dana Mule, Hula’s Modern Tiki

  • Jeremy Pacheco, Lon’s Last Drop

  • Sam Pillsbury, Pillsbury Wine Company

  • Doug Robson, Gallo Blanco

  • Joe and Dara Rodger, Shift FLG

  • Guido Saccone, Cibo Pizzeria

  • Suny Santana, Taco Chelo

  • Tamara Stanger, Helio Basin Brewing Co. (Winner of last year’s Devour Excellence Award)

  • Bob Tam, Bitter & Twisted

  • Scott Umscheid, House of Tricks

  • Justin Woodard, The Vig

  • Miguel Yeo, The Parlor Pizzeria

A continuously updated list of confirmed talent can be found at A list of chefs and their corresponding day of participation along with VIP Lounge and Connoisseur Package features will be available on the website when tickets are released. A final list of talent will be posted and distributed in February 2018.


  • General Ticket Sale: Tickets for the Devour Culinary Classic and other Devour Week events will be available to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 13. Tickets are limited and those interested in attending Devour Culinary Classic events are encouraged to explore membership options with LFA, DBG, and SAACA to take advantage of the member pre-sale. Tickets will be available for purchase at

Ticket Packages

For the 2018 Devour Culinary Classic, there are three different ticket packages available. Cost of ticket package includes ticketing and processing fees. Packages are available for both Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 2018. Packages are available for single day attendance only, those interested in attending both Saturday and Sunday must purchase those respective packages.

  • The Tasting Package – $105: The Tasting Package offers the essential experience allowing guests to sample and enjoy the best local restaurants and food while strolling Desert Botanical Garden.

  • The Connoisseur Package – $155: The Connoisseur Package is a next level experience for devoted Devour guests and novice food fans alike. Enjoy exclusive access to new event features while sampling and strolling your way through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden.

  • VIP Package – $205: The VIP Package is for those looking to have a truly unique experience. Get personal with chefs who pride themselves on the cuisine and culture of Arizona, enjoy exclusive access to new event features, and stroll through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden while sampling the best of local food and drink.

More details with regard to ticket package benefits to be announced in the coming months on the website at All other event details and updates regarding the Devour Culinary Classic will be posted to

Devour Week Events

As in years past, the Devour Culinary Classic will host a series of pre-events ahead of the main event to extend the culinary celebration all week long. Event details subject to change, and other events may be added at a later date.

  • Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona’s Star Bartender.

  • Seven Chefs Dinner: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Join the James Beard hosted “Arizona Seven” for a one-night-only dining event. Enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines and served by some of Arizona’s top chefs.

  • Devour the World: Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – East meets west, north, and south with this new Devour Phoenix event that celebrates the international flavors of Phoenix. Unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste the multi-cultural cuisines from the regions of your favorite countries. Chefs and restaurant lineup to be announced in the coming months. The event is presented in partnership with Phoenix Magazine, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, and Local First Arizona.


Official event hashtag: #DevourPhoenix. Follow @DevourPhoenix on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.

Facebook Event Links:

Devour Culinary Classic

Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition

Seven Chefs Dinner

Devour the World


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