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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt


Devour Week kicks off with the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Central Market (915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). This event celebrates 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.

The lineup of local bartenders who will be competing includes the following:

  • Lauren Johnson, The Gladly

  • Shawn Campbell, Genuine Concepts

  • Ryan Shinn, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

  • Matt Minsky, Hulasmoderntiki

  • Manny Pena, The Windsor

  • Kapono Rowe, Welcome Diner

  • Daniel Friedman, DeSoto Central Market

  • Brien Corwin, Tempe Public Market Cafe

  • JT Taber, Gallo Blanco Cafe y Bar

Tickets to attend the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition are $40 and include a cocktail sample from each of the participating bartenders as well as neat spirits from each of the sponsoring distilleries and access to viewing the competition. Registration and more information is available at

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