Thursday, March 19, 2015


*Editors Note - We are very exited to be covering this upcoming event in Palm Desert. Here is some detailed info straight from the source! We will be on site at the event taking pictures and interviewing attendees, stay tuned for updates - or join us and pick up tickets here:


WHAT:           On Friday, March 27thFood + Wine Festival Palm Desert presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, a Palm Springs Life event co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, opens its festival doors with the annual James Beard Luncheon. New to this year’s popular mid-day affair is a strong message for the culinary industry of “A Salute to Women”.
Over a 4-course menu, the female culinary powerhouse line up of Cat Cora, Gale Gand, Lulu Powers, and Brooke Williamson is set to join together in presentation of the meal expertly paired by returning guest Mark Davidson of Wine Australia. Adding additional spark to the luncheon are the interactive cooking demos by all chefs presented while attendees dine on the featured dish. Proceeds of the kick-off culinary lunch experience benefit The Friends of James Beard Foundation.

 MENU:           First Course
Brooke Williamson
Cucumber-Tomato Water, Dungeness Crab and Green Apple Salad, Watermelon and Sorrel Gelée Cold Soup
Voyager Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Margaret River

Second Course
Lulu Powers
Kale and Sweet Potato Hummus with Burrata wrapped in Persian Cucumbers adorned with Tomatoes, Dates, Kumquats and Fresh Basil
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2014 – Riverland

Third Course (ENTRÉE)
Cat Cora
Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
Dairymple Estate Pinot Noir 2012 – Tasmania

Fourth Course (DESSERT)
Gale Gand
Passion Fruit Soup served with Pistachio Meringue Sticks
Innocent Bystander Moscato 2014 – Victoria

WHEN:           Friday, March 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Located at the Grand Tasting tent at the Food + Wine Palm Desert campus on Larkspur Lane at El Paseo
 COST:            $125 per person – General Seating
$150 per person – Reserved Seating
*Guests must be 21 to attend
For more information and to purchase tickets visit 

About Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert
The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is 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 Foods Palm 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 visit or visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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