Devour Phoenix

Restaurants are the heart and soul of every great city.

Devour Phoenix is Local First Arizona’s city-wide coalition of select, independent restaurants that work together to maintain a forum for sharing ideas, purchasing power, and marketing dollars to advance Phoenix as a world class dining destination with a robust local food economy. Devour Phoenix shares resources to strengthen and grow restaurants in Phoenix, and manages and hosts events such as the Devoured Culinary Classic and fun, educational, food-oriented events like dessert socials and brewery tours that strengthen business and build awareness of our top tiered chefs and dining establishments. Additionally, Devour Phoenix identifies and encourages the use of local agriculture, artisans, and distributors as a means for increasing sustainability in the region. 

Devour Phoenix is a team of great chefs and restaurateurs working together, under the Local First umbrella, to build a sense of place and provide a unique identity for Phoenix that increases hometown pride, drives tourism dollars, and strengthens our state's overall food system. 

Devour Phoenix Gift Card  

Devour Phoenix’s eGift Card is redeemable at 35 locations of Phoenix’s best local restaurants. It is a quick, easy, and affordable solution for individuals or businesses looking for a unique gift idea for any occasion. The cards are easy to order online in any denomination ranging from $10 – $100, and can be printed or emailed as gifts. An alternative to standard gift cards to big box retailers, the Devour Phoenix eGift Card offers consumers an alternative that keeps dollars in the local economy but gives gift card recipients an option for where to spend their gift, all while supporting the local restaurant culture and the local economy. 

Total Devour Phoenix Gift Card Sales in 2015: $23,980

Devoured Week

Devoured Culinary Classic

The Devoured Culinary Classic, founded on the idea that food can bring people together, is the region’s premier annual culinary event that has grown into a week-long celebration. This 6th annual event showcased the state’s fine food and drink producers while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. The Devoured Culinary Classic is an amazing opportunity to shine the spotlight on the culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, beverage and restaurant industries. Attendees had the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs as well as taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers, and vintners. 

The Devoured Culinary Classic highlights the culinary talent here in Arizona and helps drive local and national tourism, contributing to Arizona’s claim as a food and dining destination. In 2015 the event sold out for the third consecutive year and was named a finalist in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Foodist Awards as well as crowned the 2015 Best Culinary Festival by the Phoenix New Times.

Devoured Bartending Competition 

To celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, “Startenders” from eight Devour Phoenix restaurants armed themselves with locally distilled spirits from Arizona Distilling Company at the Crescent Ballroom for a mix-off of epic proportions. This year’s event saw the highest attendance yet, drawing 528 attendees to enjoy nine locally-inspired craft cocktails from some of the best local restaurants and bars in the Phoenix Metro area. The big win this year went to Citizen Public House’s Brandon Casey, with his moonshine cocktail, the “Springtime Shine.” 

A ‘Toward Zero Waste’ plan implemented during the event diverted 200 gallons of recyclables from the landfill. 

Palette to Palate 

To add to the culinary excitement, Local First Arizona added another event to the Devoured Culinary Classic week celebration. Palette to Palate is an event that blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. This year’s Palette to Palate featured five artists paired with five chefs and offered attendees an intimate culinary experience. 

Devour Phoenix Members 

  • Barrio Cafe 
  • Barrio Urbano 
  • Beckett’s Table
  • Binkley’s Restaurant Group 
  • Bliss/reBAR 
  • The Breadfruit & Rum Bar Café at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market
  • Cibo 
  • Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom 
  • Corduroy 
  • Crudo
  • Federal Pizza
  • FEZ 
  • The Gladly
  • green Vegetarian
  • Hana Japanese Eatery
  • Hula’s Modern Tiki
  • Humble Pie
  • Joyride Taco House
  • Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails
  • Otro Cafe
  • Parlor Pizzeria
  • Phoenix City Grille
  • Pizza People Pub
  • Postino WineCafe
  • Rollover Doughnuts
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Sierra Bonita Grill
  • Southern Rail
  • St. Francis
  • Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Tammie Coe Cakes
  • Urban Beans Cafe & Bar
  • Tuck Shop
  • The Larder + The Delta
  • The Vig
  • Vovomeena
  • Windsor/Churn