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Event: Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival!

Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival goes big in 2012



I wanted to make my readers aware of a fabulous event coming up next weekend the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival! Taking place March 23rd-25th, this Gastromic Festival will feature  dynamic Chefs, Wineries and Artisan Food Vendors all gathering together in a meeting of tribes. During this event you will be able to walk through the event and sample gourmet samples from over 45 award-winning restaurants. The Chefs will be showcased at this event, providing demonstrations and carefully preparing the dishes to be sampled. Come prepared to be stuffed!

Do you like Wine with your food ?  :) …of course you do! This event will also feature over 60+ wine brands  being poured to event guests. The one thing I really like about this event is how they coordinated the Chef’s Menu with the offerings provided by the wineries so the full flavor profile of the dishes are complimented by the wine!

This event is guaranteed to satisfy my “Foodie and “Wino” followers. I will be personally attending this event to provide coverage to anyone who could not attend. I highly encourage anyone who has the time and resources.  to attend this event. I have spoken with the event organizer and this sounds like a great opportunity to eat and drink like a PRO.

The Chefs in Attendance: There are many acclaimed Chef’s in attendance, although I have included this image from the web site to highlight some of the more decorate and famous chefs. http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/galleries/2012/2012-chefs.html

The Details

Tickets are being sold per day for this event. Buy Tickets

Friday: March 23rd, 2012 – Gourmet Luncheon 11:30 am to 2:30pm- $100 per ticket – This luncheon looks like a pre-celebration for folks who want to come early and get a full weekend out of the event.

Saturday, March 24, 2012 – Main Event -11:00am to 4:00pm – $65 per ticket (Saturday only).  Be prepared to be educated, stuffed while sipping on some of the finer wines from California and the West Coast.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012- Main Event -Day 2 -12pm to 5:00pm – $65 per ticket (Sunday only). More of the same gourmet eating and fine wine sampling.

Event Schedule:

Aside from the available food and wine available at the tent- there will also be a schedule of Cooking demonstrations and educational opportunities: Event Schedule on Website

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a sit down four course gourmet luncheon coupled with the perfect wines and hosted with celebrity chefs.

“Because alcohol will be served, you must be at least 21 years of age to attend Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert events and to enter the tent.”  I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grand Tasting, Chef Demonstrations, Wine Seminars, Book Signings, Culinary Institute of America Marketplace and Jensen’s Finest Foods Marketplace.

*Subject to change without notice


• 12:15 — Chris Mitchum
Executive Chef, Lantana & Agave Sunset @ Grand Hyatt Champions Resort Villas & Spa
• 1:15 — Debra Scott
Executive Chef/Partner, Cohn Restaurant Group
• 2:15 — Sara Moulton
Food Editor, Good Morning America


• 12:45 — Andre Carthen
Design & Entertainment Ambassador, kathy ireland worldwide
1:45 — Diana Von Welanetz Wentworth
Author and Spe

aker, Les Dames d’Escoffier
• 2:45 — Chris Crary
Executive Chef, Whist @ Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica


• 1:15 — Daniel Joly
Certified Master Chef, Executive Chef/Owner Mirabelle Restaurant
• 2:15 — Alejandra Schrader
Co-owner, Cucina Cocina, Finalist Fox’s Master Chef
• 3:15 — Amylu Kurzawski
Executive Chef/Owner, Amylu Sausages


• 12:45 — Joan Salyer
Gerard Bertrand Sud du France
• 1:45 — Jesse Katz
Winemaker, Lancaster Estate & Roth Es

• 2:45 — Brad Martin
Southwest Regional Manager, King Estate

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grand Tasting, Chef Demonstrations, Wine Seminars, Book Signings, Culinary Institute of America Marketplace and Jensen’s Finest Foods Marketplace.

*Subject to change without notice


• 12:15— Sean Kanan
Soap Star on Young and the Restless, Author
• 1:15 — Roy Yamaguchi
Owner, Roy’s Restaurant
• 2:15 — William Bradley
Executive Chef, Addison @ The Grand Del Mar


• 12:45 — Dave Cohn
Executive Chef, Tinto @ The Saguaro Palm Springs
• 1:45 — Oscar Ayala
Executive Chef, Escena Lounge & Grill
• 2:45 — Jill Davie
Spokesperson, Sunkist Growers
• 3:45 — Aaron Burns
Executive Chef, Circa59 @ Riviera Resort & Spa


• 1:15 — Andrew Copley
Executive Chef/Owner Copley’s on Palm Canyon
• 2:15 — Adam Gertler
The Next Food Network Star
and Will Work For Food
• 3:15 — Mark Peel
Executive Chef/Owner Campanile & Tar Pit
• 4:15 — Sharone Hakman
Finalist, Master Chef


• 1:45 — Tracy Cervellone
Certified Wine Educator, Wilson Daniels, LTD.
• 2:45 — Geoff Labitzke
Master of Wine, Corporate Vice President of Wine, Young’s Market Company
• 3:45 — Jesse Rodriguez
Wine Director, Addison @ The Grand Del Mar

Remember my readers – “Wine, how classy people get drunk”©

Event Website: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/

Purchase Tickets: https://www.palmspringslife.com/Palm-Springs-Life/Circulation-Department/Store-Mockup/Food-and-Wine-Festival-Palm-Desert/index.php

Accommodations: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/stay-dine.html

Participating Restaurants: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/restaurants.html

Wineries in Attendance: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/wineries.html

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

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