Devoured definitely gives new meaning -- in a good way -- to the all-you-can-eat-buffet. We weren't blown away by the beverage choices yesterday during the food festival's first day at the Phoenix Art Museum -- but who has room for booze with food like this? At least the shrimp were drunk.
Get the rest of the dish -- including our take on veggies and desserts -- on Devoured after the jump.
|Keyon Fareghi |
|Chef Silvano Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe demonstrates how to make drunken shrimp. |
Sam Fox's restaurants were out in force. Modern Steak's Kobe beef and lobster slider was a real palate-pleaser and whatever you do, do not leave without trying a peanut butter mousse cup from The Arrogant Butcher booth.
|Anthony Dias Blue, a James Beard Award winner and wine expert, dispensed some wine wisdom. |
Switch served up a well-loaded seafood crepe with an asparagus, corn and tomato salad and a lemon, garlic aioli, while Ken Chevrount's wine bar gave us a New York strip tartar laced with truffle oil, capers and olives. Talavera had chilled pea shooters with lump crab meat as well as grilled New York strip with a lobster bernaise. J&G went with New York strip as well, but instead opted for a presentation with shitake mushrooms, asparagus and a caramel soy sauce.
|Culinary indulgence at its best: Modern Steak's Kobe slider with lobster, bacon and caviar aioli. |
District and Udder Delights made a splash with dramatic displays. District's booth was complete with a vintage-looking popcorn machine, cotton candy blossoming out of a bed of grass and an upscale corndog. Udder Delights was also down with the savory/sweet combo with a pasilla flatbread with bacon, house-made ricotta, chipotle aioli, corn and pesto. The sweet potato ice cream and spicy chocolate pastries were not as good as the flatbread, but we still downed them happily.
|Keyon Fareghi |
|Talavera shows an elegant version of surf and turf with New York strip steak and lobster bernaise sauce. |
Jared Porter, executive chef at The Parlor, used this as an opportunity to test out new menu items. Porter created a charred octopus dish with wood-fired peppers and onions, crispy chickpeas, capers and a citrus vinaigrette.
|Keyon Fareghi |
|Leaps and bounds ahead of other participating wineries, Teira was offering sauvignon blanc, zinfandel and merlot on tap.|
|Chef Porter put forth an ambitious dish using octopus, which was actually well-received. |
We don't mean to diss the veggies here, but the healthy, vegetarian food items were a bit of a disappointment. Unless you are a vegetarian who is also a borderline alcoholic, Devoured may not be worth your $50. It's difficult to justify spending that kind of money on garbanzo bean salad and vegetarian "sausage" and peppers.
Those with an enormous sweet tooth should also be cautioned here. The selection of dessert was just kinda eh.
|Simple reigned supreme as far as desserts went. The Grateful Spoon's blood orange gelato was a crowd pleaser.|
Liqour-wise, the Arroyo en Fuego was great and then Roger Clyne's Mexican moonshine, which was interesting, but other than that just a lot of mediocre local wine.
|Arroyo Vodka featured a cocktail called the Arroyo en Fuego, which is has Arroyo Vodka, cucumber slices, agave nectar, jalapenos, lime juice and soda water.|
|Roger Clyne of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers served up his Mexican moonshine from his own unique booth/cantina.|
Editor's Note: New Times
|The Phoenix Art Museum played a good host to Devoured. There were comfortable lounge areas among the booths to wine and dine within. |
intern Keyon Fareghi is an employee at Chelsea's Kitchen, which is a Devoured participant.
Catch our coverage of Friday's Palette to Palate event here.