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Fifth Annual Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition Celebrates Phoenix Cocktail Culture & Friendly Competition At Crescent Ballroom, Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 PM
On the judging panel, we will feature last year’s winner, Kyle Landry of Shady’s Fine Ales and Cocktails, Layla Linn from the Arizona chapter of the U.S. Bartending Guild, and seasoned mixologist, Jason Asher. Attendees who sample each cocktail may cast their vote as well, which will factor into the contestants’ overall scores. The winner will gain bragging rights for a year and receive two tickets to the Devoured Food + Wine Classic (March 1 and 2, 2014).
Tickets are $20 and, in addition to admission, include one sample of each beverage crafted—seven samples total. The event will feature three live acoustic music sets, and two energy-infused rounds of high-stakes mixology, emceed by the Arizona Republic’s Megan Finnerty. The Crescent Ballroom bar and restaurant will remain open for business during the event, and we strongly encourage patrons to support their local venue. T-shirts, sponsored by Brand X T-Shirts, will also be available to purchase this year for $10 each.
For the first time, word of mouth interest drove more bartenders to us to compete than there was space. This year, we held our first round of eliminations via social media and had fans vote for their favorite bartenders during the month of December. By December 31st, fans had selected seven bartenders from some of Phoenix’s finest cocktail establishments, including Manny Pena of Windsor, Evan Gibbs of Maizie’s Cafe, Matt Tobey of District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Zachariah Gillespie of Phoenix Public Market Cafe, Joshua James of The Clever Koi, Michael Allmandinger of Parlor Pizzeria, and Ryan Richardson and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. All seven are ready to get up on stage and shake their finest creations.
Tickets: $20 via Crescent Ballroom
It hasn’t been too often in recent years that Phoenix has found itself being recognized on the global map for humanitarianism. It’s also not frequent that we downtowners are inclined to be supportive of our fellow compatriots leaving us, but when it’s someone that we know deserves an escape abroad like Cindy Gentry, we stand in full support.
If you know Cindy from the Phoenix Public Market, have worked with her on one of her food access projects or through the state’s Farm to School program, asked her for some words of wisdom, or are simply a fan, then you know she is one of the hardest-working and most compassionate people this state has, and the international non-profit Slow Food has recognized her for that.
She, along with two other Phoenix food names we’re all familiar with, Pamela Hamilton of Edible Phoenix and Margaree Bigler of Devour Phoenix and Local First Arizona, have been accepted to attend Slow Food’s 2012 Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre five-day conference in Turin, Italy. While anyone can attend, the three are provided places to stay, transportation, wonderful food and have the honor of representing Phoenix.
Because one is not always given the opportunity to jetset off to another country, the community rallied around Cindy to ensure that she was able to make the trip. A post on her Facebook stated, “Just a note to say how thankful I am to all of you for your extraordinary generosity! In your kindness you have given us enough funds to make it possible for both [her friend] Chip and I to attend the Terra Madre 2012 event, a trip of a lifetime. We will find many ways to pay it forward. I am and we are, truly grateful.”
And THAT is proof right there that the Phoenix community knows an inescapable opportunity when it sees one. After all Cindy has given for this city, it’s refreshing to see the locals rally around one of their own and recognition given where it is truly deserved.
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Devour Phoenix and Waste Not Team Up for Hunger Awareness Drive July 17 -31
Devour Members set goal of using local food producers to raise enough money to feed 100,000 people
This July, the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition, an initiative of Local First Arizona and the hosts of the Devoured Culinary Classic, is collaborating with Waste Not to tackle hunger in Phoenix through their Devour for Waste Not campaign.
Waste Not, a local food rescue organization that collects up to 6,000 pounds of local food daily and re-distributes it to agencies and organizations that feed the hungry, is able to gather and re-distribute a surplus of edible food that would otherwise be thrown away. The collaborative effort has set a goal of feeding 100,000 people as a result of the Devour for Waste Not campaign and, with your help, will reach that goal. For every dollar raised by Devour restaurants, Waste Not can feed six people.
The details are simple and fun: help them reach their goal by dining out at one (or all 12!) of the participating restaurant locations from July 17 to July 31 and ask for the Waste Not featured dish. Each restaurant will be using local food purveyors like The Meat Shop, Queen Creek Olive Mill and Seacat Gardens and proceeds from the featured dish will go directly to Waste Not in their efforts in combating hunger.
IF YOU GO
What: Devour for Waste Not
When: Tuesday, July 17 to Tuesday, July 31
Where: Astor House, Beckett’s Table, Bliss/ReBar, Cibo, FEZ, Gallo Blanco, Humble Pie, St. Francis, Switch, The Parlor, Tuck Shop, Urban Beans