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The Culinary Return

Of Devoured Phoenix

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Although It May Be Sold Out Already, Those Without Tickets Can Follow The Happenings As Modern Times Magazine Contributor Wayne Schutsky Will Provide Live Updates That Will Likely Get Readers Salivating

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By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 26, 2014 — For the fifth year, the Devoured Phoenix Food + Wine Festival will fill the Phoenix Art Museum and treat guests to a complete culinary experience. The event, hosted by the museum, Devoured Phoenix, and Local First Arizona, brings together a host of local restaurants and renowned breweries and wineries in a weekend that would make any foodie’s mouth water.

The event will take place over Saturday and Sunday this weekend and feature booths from a variety of local restaurants, including Brat Haus, Cibo, The Vig, Beckett’s Table, Barrio Cafe, Federal Pizza, Gallo Blanco Cafe, Hula’s Modern Tiki, Postino Winecafe, The Parlor Pizzeria, and Windsor/Churn, amongst others.

General admission tickets to the event, which can cover one or both days, have been sold out since November. VIP tickets sold out just about a month ago.

Additionally, Quench Fine Wines and Hensley Distributing will bring award winning wineries and breweries including Arizona-based Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Caduceus Cellars, Callaghan Vineyards, Dos Cabezas Wineworks, Grand Canyon Winery, Page Springs Cellars Winery, Pillsbury Wine Company, Sand Reckoner Vineyards as well as industry classics like Adelsheim Vineyards, Circo Vino, Merry Edwards Winery, Owen Rowe, Paul Hobbs Wines, Tendil & Lombardi Champagne, and more.

In addition to the booths, which serve sample size food and drinks, the festival will include a silent auction and VIP Lounge for VIP ticket holders. The silent auction will take place online for both festivalgoers and those not at the event. Auction items include a pizza making party for 6 kids at Federal Pizza, an ice cream making party for 6 kids at Churn, vintage designer frames from Framed Ewe, and a $6,500 Canyon Ranch Package.

The VIP Lounge, a new addition this year, will be located on the second level of the Phoenix Theater and provide guests with Quench Fine Wines sparkling wine all day, cocktails from 47 Scott and Avalon Gourmet will be serving gourmet meats and cheeses and desserts from FnB of Scottsdale.

All event attendees will be able to see guest chef demonstrations and panel discussions on cocktails and food, which will take place inside this year as opposed to outdoors in the courtyard. Last year, a slight drizzle dampened some of these activities. The movie indoors proved to be prescient as some rain is expected again this year.

Arizona foodies who were not able to snag a ticket to the festival can learn which restaurants, wineries and breweries impress Modern Times Magazine as we will be live-blogging the second day of the event this Sunday. A photo essay of all the delicious fare will follow next week.

Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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