Tickets now on sale for Palette to Palate

Palette to Palate is one of the events featured as part of the expanded Devoured Culinary Classic week. Palette to Palate will blend the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists. The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, paired with regional artists who will be carefully selected and who will prepare new works for the event.

Palette to Palate was initially created by Chef James Porter and his wife, Wendy, who owned Tapino at the time. They later went on to open Petite Maison in Scottsdale and have been leaders in the farm to table movement for the past 12 years.

Four chefs will each be paired with four artists to interpret each others’ works:

Chef: Bob Tam, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor

Artist: Randy Slack, Legend City Studios

Bob Tam is Executive Chef and Partner at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Downtown Phoenix. Bob got his start at Betelnut, a Pan-Asian restaurant in San Francisco that boasts a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant.” In 2000, Bob began developing menus and doing research and development as Corporate Executive Chef for P.F. Chang’s in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bob’s extensive experience with culinary evolution can also be seen at Valley favorites such as Cyclo, The Strand, La Piazza Locale, The Liberty Kitchen and across the Pacific where he has been augmenting Chinese cuisine in Xiamen, China.

photo by chris kontakis @localrevibe

Randy Slack tends to borrow from his upbringing during the 1970s and 1980s, saying heʼs continuously inspired by the timeʼs logos, cartoons, paint-by- numbers, hot chicks, and religion. Slack also says, “itʼs a subconscious collage of nostalgia that should make you giggle, then bring you in for deeper meaning.” Slack is a Phoenix native and self-taught artist. He co-owns Legend City Studios in downtown Phoenix, is co-founder of the artist collective 3carpileup and is creator/curator of the Chaos Theory group exhibition now in itʼs 13th year. Most of his creations are large-scale, surreal pop paintings.

Chef: Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House, The Gladly

Artist: Abigail Lynch

Bernie Kantak’s well-traveled comfort food doesn’t shy away from outside-the-box combinations or playful presentations. Bernie has showcased his talents at the James Beard House as well as had his recipes highlighted in Bon Appetit and Food & Wine Magazine.

Born in 1991, Abigail Lynch relocated from Virginia to the suburban desert of Phoenix, Arizona before reaching the age of one. In high school she thrived in studies focusing on the arts leading her to pursue a fine art degree in Photography at Arizona State University. Abigail graduated magna cum laude in May of 2014 with her Bachelor of Fine Art. Abigail’s work, ranging from hanging images to collections in books has been shown at several galleries around the metropolitan Phoenix area including Drive-Thru Gallery, First Studio, Northlight Gallery and Palabra. Her most recent work is featured among six photographers in Art Problems’ premiere publication 20,000 Hours. She is interested in self-published zines with a wide array of artistic content. She has been an active member of the Tempe art community hosting and participating in the Annual Tempe Zine Convention, which is in its fourth year. See Abigail’s work at

Chef: Gio Osso, Virtu Honest Craft

Artist: Taylor Jensen

Named one of the top 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine and nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award, Virtu is Chef Gio Osso’s honest craft gathering spot tucked inside Old Town Scottsdale’s Bespoke Inn.

Taylor Jensen is a painter, art director for Kamoto LLC, unicycle enthusiast and owner of two pot belly pigs named Brady and Frieda. Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, he began painting at age 14 and studied with Joel Koplin at East Side Art.

Chef: Stephen Jones

Artist: Hugo Medina

Coming from a family of master chefs and cooks, Stephen Jones has amassed a wealth of culinary expertise in his 35 years. A former football player at Utah State, he trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena before working at Watergrill, Table 8, and Nobu in Las Vegas. One of the highlights of Stephen’s career was working as a sous chef at Bradley Ogden in Las Vegas. “I draw on the experience of what we did there first and foremost, as we used the best local produce, meat, and dairy,” says Stephen. He then served as Chef de Cuisine at Tarbell’s, and as Executive Chef at Latilla at the Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, as well as opening chef of the downtown hot spot Blue Hound Kitchen + Cocktails built within the City Scape shopping & entertainment venue in Downtown Phoenix. Currently, you can find Chef Stephen working on his own project yard bird + the larder set to open within the Desoto Central Market located on the corner of Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Downtown Phoenix.

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Hugo Medina immigrated to New York as a child, where his interest in art was fostered by his architect father. Hugo received his BFA from C.W Post/ Long Island University in 1998 and his Masters in Education from University of Phoenix in 2006. While completing his undergraduate work in New York, Hugo volunteered to teach classes at a summer program at the Kumayya Indian reservation in San Diego, California. His experience at the reservation is what led him to become an art teacher. Upon completing his degree, Hugo’s desire to give back to the community and his love of children led him to a teaching career. Hugo’s great appreciation and admiration of the Southwest and a constant search for adventure brought me to Phoenix in 1998. See Hugo’s work at

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30pm

WHERE: Renaissance Hotel, Phoenix

TICKETS: Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale now at

General admission tickets have sold out and a limited number of VIP tickets still remain for both Saturday and Sunday of the Devoured Culinary Classic, the Valley’s premier culinary event hosted by Local First Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. On Saturday, March 7, Chef Kevin Binkly of Binkley’s Restaurant, Cafe Bink, Bink’s Midtown, and Bink’s Scottsdale will be showing off his culinary talent exclusively for VIP guests. On Sunday, March 8, Chef Gregory LaPrad, formerly of Quiessence and currently at Overland Trout in Sonoita, Arizona, will prepare delicious fare to be paired with Arizona wines from the Sonoita region. VIP ticket holders for both days will also have exclusive access to the general tasting area a full hour before General Admission ticket holders. VIP tickets are available for $150 per day (plus $3 service fee per ticket) and can be purchased at

Tickets are also on sale now for the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition, a showdown between nine of the Valley’s best bartenders to see who can come up with the best cocktail using local spirits. Tickets include 9 cocktail samples as well as craft spirit samples and the ability to vote for your favorite cocktail. The competition is set for Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. Early bird tickets are on sale now through January 31, 2015 for $20 per ticket. Tickets will increase to $25 on February 1, 2015. Tickets can be purchased at

More information about the Devoured Culinary Classic week of events can be found at

About Local First Arizona

Founded in 2003 by Director Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona (LFA) is the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country, working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. With over 2,500 members, LFA educates citizens, stakeholders, business leaders, and legislators about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. Visit for more information.

About Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 50 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. Critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions are shown alongside the Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. Visitors also enjoy vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit

About Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.

Originally published at on January 5, 2015.

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