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Beyond a last name, married couple and Shift Co-Owners Dara and Joe Rodger share quite a bit. From a mutual love for fine foods and mountain towns to matching employment histories in the hospitality industry, both their backgrounds and their visions for the future are evident in every square foot at Shift.

Boulder, Colorado-born Dara and Sedona, Arizona-born Joe met and bonded while working at Boulder, Colorado’s Frasca Food & Wine before relocating to Flagstaff to cement themselves as part of the city’s burgeoning culinary landscape. With Shift, they look to challenge locals and travelers alike to look beyond what they might consider typical “mountain town” food and instead focus on bold flavors, a locally driven menu and artfully composed plates served up amidst a casual, pretension-free ambiance.  

Winners Announced for 2018 Devour Excellence Awards

We continued our tradition of recognizing the most outstanding talent at the Devour Culinary Classic with the 2018 Devour Excellence Awards. And those who participated did not disappoint.

It was a challenge for our international panel of judges to just a handful of winners from the abundance of wonderful and inspiring dishes that our local chefs brought to the table. Through quite an extended deliberation period, however, the results were clear. Here are the results of the 2018 Devour Excellence Awards: 

Excellence in Presentation 

Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that paid particular attention to how the dish looked and appeared. Your mouth will start watering by just looking at it. 

SATURDAY

Winner: Cibo
Arancini no. 1 - Pan Fried rice balls with mozzarella and green peas
Arancini no. 2 - Pam fried rice balls with mozzarella and lamb

Runner Up: Phoenix Public Market
Arizona Citrus Salad - goat cheese, pistachios, local dates, sweet shallot honey vinaigrette, micro greens

SUNDAY

Winner: Kai
Smoked Ocean Trout, Squash Escabeche, Huitlacoche Chumeth, Black Tepary Miso. 

Runner Up: FnB / The Inbetweens
Fresh vegetable salad with sugar snap peas and country ham

Excellence in Innovation

Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that challenged the status quo and used unique ingredients or methods. 

SATURDAY

Winner: True Food Kitchen
Grilled Cauliflower Planks - black walnut pesto, truffle tahini, aleppo chili

Runner Up: Helio Basin Brewery
Venison Sausage

SUNDAY

Winner: Shift
Beef tongue Philly Cheesesteak

Runner Up: The Dressing Room
Tako Yaki Hushpuppy with a Tomato Sriracha Jam

Excellence in Taste 

Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that stood out based on taste and flavor. 

SATURDAY

Winner: Gallo Blanco
Flapjacks with Plantains Foster

Runner Up: Dust Cutter
Huevos Rancheros / Sonoran Native Tepary Bean Chili, Ground bison, quail egg and chorizo espuma

SUNDAY

Winner: Elote Cafe
Spicy Anasazi beans with local heritage barley and mesquite cornbread

Runner Up: Different Point of View
Grain Mustard Soy Grilled Muscovy Duck; Sweet Corn Milk Griddle Cakes & Bliss Maple Drizzle, Kumquat Shallot Jam, Duck Cracklings, Basil Oil

Excellence in Distinction

Awarded to one restaurant over the two-day event that stood out in all categories for excellence in taste, innovation, and presentation. 

Winner: FnB / The Inbetweens
Runner up: Kai

Thanks to all of our amazing chefs, restauranteurs, food artisans, ranchers, growers, winemakers, beer brewers, and spirit distillers who played a part in making this Devour Culinary Classic one of the best yet! Still holding on to your Devour passport? There are many great offers from our local restaurant partners in there! 

Want to make sure you'll be there for the 10th anniversary Devour celebration in 2019? Follow @DevourPhoenix on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, and sign up for email updates so you are the first to know when tickets go on sale.

Until then, we hope you continue to #DevourPhoenix with us!

Snow Fun in Flagstaff: Where to Eat

By Roberta Peterson // February 2017 // Gilbert Woman Magazine

Downtown Flagstaff has become a burgeoning food mecca, as suprising as locals seem to find that development. You could stay a week and easily enjoy a top-shelf but distinctly different dining experience every night. 

Dara and Joe Rodger, co-owners of the small but extremely high-energy Shift Kitchen and Bar downtown, share a passion for food, a background in hospitality and a love of mountain towns. The combination landed them in Flagstaff. Dara's hometown is Chicago; Joe was originally from Sedona; his parents now live in Gilbert. 

The emphasis at Shift is small plates and creativity. 

"This is the most fun job I've ever had," declares Dara without hesitation, as she assembles a creative dessert during a weekend dinner rush, half hidden by several tall stacks of clean plates fresh from the dishwasher. 

"Here at the bar, that's where the action is," she says, as Joe bends to meticulously paint a large house-made cracker with colorful puree from a pastry cone, carefully selecting the additions for an orchestration of flavor with visual presentation. 

Every small plate that leaves the kitchen at Shift receives the same care and usually includes a surprise- such as a fried egg perched atop pasta. Yet somehow the unexpected works. Very Well. 

Each new dish builds on the previous for a frenzy of flavor and texture, creating a satisfying meal. The energy is shared by both chef and customer. Diners can construct meals from the day's offering or can request to have the kitchen staff customize a presentation. Love your dinner? Add $10 to the check to buy the kitchen a six pack.

Shift opened in April and enthusiastic endorsements have been plentiful while ringside seats overlooking the kitchen are increasingly hard to come by. 

"This is such a change for Flagstaff, and that's where the name comes from," explains Joe.

The high-energy dinner experience doesn't inspire an early bedtime or sitting but the fire, it's best followed by an evening of bar hopping or downtown shopping. Options are plentiful for both.  

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