It’s no secret that restaurants around the Valley — and throughout the world — are hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Devour Phoenix creator Kimber Lanning wanted to do her part to support those struggling businesses. Previously held at the Desert Botanical Garden, Devour pivoted to Devour at Home, which is set for Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28. All of the proceeds are going directly to participating restaurants.
“We look at it as an opportunity to shine a light and drive some money into the restaurants right now when they need it the most,” says Lanning, also of Local First Arizona.
“We’re doing this because we love our restaurants, and they need us right now.”
Each day, the Valley’s most renowned chefs and award-winning restaurants will offer a limited quantity, one-night-only, $200 prix fixe menu for four people. Each order includes Devour Culinary Classic signature wine glasses, warming instructions, chef bios, a 2021 Devour at Home placemat and a commemorative thermal tote.
Preorders for the event start at 9 a.m. Monday, February 1, and close at 5 p.m. Friday, February 19. Customers can pick up meals from the restaurants on their participating day between 4 and 6 p.m. Menu substitutions or modifications are not permitted.
“I think, more than anything, the restaurant industry has been significantly been harmed by this year overall,” Lanning says. “Some restaurants are doing well, and some aren’t, but this is really our chance to step up and help them.”
Twenty restaurants make up what Lanning calls the “absolute star lineup.” Chefs slated to appear are Christopher Gross of the Wrigley Mansion, Danielle Leoni of The Breadfruit and Rum Bar, Justin Beckett of Southern Rail and Beckett’s Table, Lori Hashimoto of Hana Japanese Eatery, Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Café and Stephen Jones of The Larder and The Delta.
“We have so many excellent chefs who are really just linking arms and helping out,” Lanning said. “Some of the chefs have even said, ‘You know if there is money that we can raise and give it to someone who is not doing as well as us’ they are even stepping up to help each other.”
Dara Wong’s Shift in Flagstaff has participated three previous times.
“I love the event because it brings the state together,” Wong says. “I like how the restaurants from other parts of the state can come down and be on the same playing field as everyone else — I like that is showcases Arizona food.”
Shift will offer a three-course meal including sunchoke tortellini with preserved lemon, fire roasted and sorrel, Harris Ranch ribeye cap braciola with caramelized onions and Calabrian chili jam finishing with a cannoli cheesecake.
“We want everything to be great, but we are also big on presentation,” Wong says. “Usually, for the previous Devour events, we focus on how it all looks on a little plate or how we’re going to eat it. This is just a little bit different with the take-home item.”
Devour fans can show off their plating skills to win prizes and partake in virtual experiences with the participating chefs.
Wong is grateful that Devour chose to include her restaurant, even though it’s in Flagstaff.
“We don’t get to do all of the restaurant weeks or all the other things,” Wong says. “We’re on our own sometimes and I like that Devour has included us and we’re really excited for this — it’s definitely a highlight.
“I really like that we are still going to do something because restaurants are still working hard. Some people still want to showcase what they’re doing and the fact that we are able to make proceeds this time is really amazing as well.”
Devour at Home
Saturday, February 27, and Sunday, February 28
Participating restaurant locations