Friday, March 27, 2015

Food + Wine Festival in Palm Desert to educate the masses with chef demos and wine seminars

Palm Desert’s annual food festival announces full educational chef demos and wine seminars available for ticket holders March 28th and 29th - featuring Food Network Iron Chef Cat Cora!

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PALM DESERT, CA —The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is this weekend and excitement is building as top culinary experts from across the country—alongside more than 50 restaurants and 80 wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors—gather in the Coachella Valley, Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

The three-day festival, a Palm Springs Life event co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, is proud to once again offer festival attendees educational experiences, from demonstrations to intimate tasting seminars, with epicurean stars representing the national food and wine community. A full schedule of all the weekend’s events is available at
·         Wine & Spirits Seminars
Taking place during the grand tastings on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
In addition to nibbling through the grand tasting tents, the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert also offers guests a chance to expand their wine and spirits knowledge with a series of educational tasting seminars. Tickets are available for an additional $25 per person/per seminar, and include access to an intimate tasting class led by an industry expert. Notable participants from both the Coachella Valley and beyond include:
o   Justin Baldwin, “The Art of Wine Blending”, Justin Winery
o   Nebil “Bilo” Zarif, winemaker for Summerland Winery
o   Jeffrey Farthing, winemaker for Purple Corduroy
o   Thomas Steferak, “Limoncello Seminar”, Cello’s Bistro, Cello’s Pastry
o   Allie DeKock of Moet Hennessy
o   Matthew Young, Wine Specialist for Whole Foods Palm Desert
o   Mark Davidson, Wine Specialist for Wine Australia

·         Chef Demos
Taking place during the grand tastings on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
Each year The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert provides direct access to an array of celebrity chefs through a series of live cooking demonstrations presented on four kitchen stages. Through these interactive cooking lessons, chefs will guide attendees through the creation of signature dishes while offering personal tips and tricks to achieve at home. Highlighted celebrity chefs for the 2015 festival include:
o   Cat Cora, Celebrity chef, TV personality, cookbook author and Food Network Iron Chef
o   Zack Bruell, James Beard-recognized chef and Cleveland restaurateur, Parallax Restaurant and Lounge, Table 45 Restaurant and Bar, L’Albatros Brasserie, Restaurante Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard Restaurant, Dynomite Burgers, Kafeteria
o   Brian Malarkey, Top Chef: Miami, Owner of Searsucker, Herringbone and Green Acre
o   Gale Gand, James Beard Award-Wining Pastry Chef, SprtizBurger Restaurant, Tru
o   Ari Taymor, Executive Chef at Alma Restaurant- named “Best New Restaurant 2014” by Bon Appetit Magazine
o   Lulu Powers, Caterer, “The Entertainologist”, best-selling author and event designer

About Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert
The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert, a Palm Springs Life event co- produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, with sponsorship support in part from Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa; Palm Desert; Tequila Alderete; Svedka Vodka; Rum Chata; BuzzBox; Voss; Peroni; Celebrity Cruises; Best Buy Restaurant Supply, Tastemade; Sarabella Tuscan Jars; Grassini Family Vineyards; Just Fabulous; Wine Australia; Whole FoodsPalm Desert; Jensen’s Finest Food; Savory Spice Shop; New Leaf, Catering; Chef Works; CBS Local 2; Desert Radio Group; Gay Desert GuideLIVE Magazine; The Sound 100.3 FM; Clarke & Clarke Fabrics; Egg & Dart, Ltd.; EventScape; Farley Interlocking Pavingstones; My Little Flower Shop; and William Switzer/Charles Pollock. The annual food and wine event aims to gather the brightest and most inspired chefs and culinary personalities from around the country for three extraordinary days of food and wine tasting. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the James Beard Foundation. For more information or visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

For tickets or more information please visit Visit the event on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PDFoodWine.

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