One of our favorite food and wine events of the year is the Devoured Food + Wine Classic. To begin the festivities, the Devoured team hosts a friendly, yet competitive bartending competition. This year will mark the fifth annual competition.
The seven chosen finalists will compete head-to-head for the title of “Devour Phoenix Best Cocktail of the Valley 2014,” and must use locally-distilled Arizona Distilling Company Copper City Bourbon and Gin. Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition.
The finalists were chosen via social media where fans voted for their favorite bartenders during the month of December. By December 31st, fans voted and the following seven bartenders were selected to compete:
- 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
- Ryan Richardson and Kazimierz World Wine Bar
The judging panel this year 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.
Attend the festivities on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom and you’ll have a chance to help determine the winner. Attendees will sample each cocktail and vote on their favorites which will factor into the contestants overall scores. Tickets are $20 and include a sample of each cocktail, live music and a ton of fun.
Get your tickets today at CrescentPhx.com/event/442567
Header photos are courtesy Devour Phoenix and Local First Arizona.