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Indulge your inner foodie at Phoenix Cooks

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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 10:00 am

The ninth Annual Phoenix Cooks event is selling out fast — and we think we know why.

With more than 50 chefs and foodie professionals, the ticket price includes entertainment that is often called “Food Network on steroids,” said event director Christina Bernardo.

Not only are guests sampling unlimited food, wine, beer and spirits, nonstop stage demonstrations will be teaching home cooks how to bring that restaurant flare into their own kitchen, Bernardo said.

Three separate stages will be set up for continuous entertainment from teaching participants how to braise your beef just right to a friendly Iron Chef competition.

Chefs from many Valley restaurants — including Mastro’s, Prado at the Montelucia, Different Pointe of View, Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch, The Buttes, deseo at Westin Kierland — will be showcasing their talents, passions and delicious eats with all of the guests.

To wash the mouth-watering creations down, there will be more than 30 wine, beer and mixology sampling booths.

As guests enter the building, they will receive a map that lists where and what every booth is. So, if you want to hit that restaurant you’ve been dying to try or just head straight to Phoenix Cooks’ newest feature, the Cox Kickoff Zone, you’ll know exactly which way to start walking.

Cox Kickoff Zone will be set up to mirror the classic tailgate party with beer, ribs, sausage and all of the football games on flat screen TVs.

For an extra $10, food lovers can participate in classes limited to 25 attendees. These classes will offer a chance to meet with chefs one-on-one and sample a selection of brews and chews not available to general admission.

A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win in-home chef dinners with wine, tickets to see Alton Brown from Food Network, 5-course tastings and many more extravagant foodie prizes.

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