Palm Desert Food&Wine™ 2017

Schedule 2017 of Events

Friday, March 24, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon Hosted by Gail Simmons, Food Expert, Food & Wine Special Projects Director, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef

This year’s Bravo’s Top Chef and Celebrity Chefs are from the north, south, east and west. The line-up includes Tory McPhail, New Orleans (Executive Chef, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, Bravo’s Top Chef, and James Beard Award Winning chef), Gale Gand, Chicago (Chef/Owner of Tru, Chicago, cook book author Gale’s Root Beer, and James Beard-Award winning chef), Casey Thompson, Napa Valley (Season 3 finalist of Top Chef and participant in Season 8 and upcoming 2016-2017 Season 14 Top Chef All Stars), Zac Young, New York City (Named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America in 2015 and Pastry Director for Craveable Hospitality Group, New York). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the James Beard Foundation, an organization at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Gale Gand’s PIE CAMP*
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – VIP Grand Tasting with Gale Gand’s PIE CAMP*
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – VIP Grand Tasting
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Grand Tasting
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Chef Demonstrations

VIP Grand Tasting pass will include early entrance to the event, special champagne tasting, and an exclusive chef demonstration featuring Gail Simmons and Brooke Williamson. Grand Tastings will feature delectable morsels from more than 40 restaurants, created by renowned chefs from all across California. More than 60 premium wines and champagnes will be offered as well, and participants will be able to interact with the vintners and chefs.

*About Gale Gand’s Pie Camp:
Do you have a fear of Pie Crusts? Come to Chef Gale Gand's PIE CAMP, a one hour cooking demonstration to help you learn how to make the perfect pie crust and make the best double crust apple pie in your neighborhood. You'll learn the secret to keeping your crust flaky, what's the best kind of apples for pie, and how to make your pie look finished including how to do a decorative crimped edge.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – VIP Grand Tasting
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Grand Tasting
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Chef Demonstrations

VIP Grand Tasting pass will include early entrance to the event, special champagne tasting, and an exclusive chef demonstration featuring Aarti Sequeira. Grand Tastings will feature delectable morsels from more than 40 restaurants, created by renowned chefs from all across California. More than 60 premium wines and champagnes will be offered as well, and participants will be able to interact with the vintners and chefs.


Join the event early with a VIP Grand Tasting Ticket and enjoy an intimate, interactive VIP-only demonstration:

Saturday, March 25: Brook Williamson, chef/owner, Tripel, The Hudson House, Playa Provisions and Gail Simmons, Food Expert, Food & Wine Special Projects Director, and judge on Bravo's Top Chef (includes book signing)

Sunday, March 26: Aarti Sequeira, host of Food Network's Aarti Party, Season 6 winner of 2010 Food Network Star (includes book signing)

ADDITIONAL TASTING EXPERIENCES

Saturday, March 25
Grill Demonstration & Tasting: Daniel Villanueva Jr., Executive Chef/Owner, Balisage Bistro
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garden

Smoker Presentation & Tasting: Leonel De Leon &Tony France, Chef's, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort &Spa
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garden

Sunday, March 26
Grill Demonstration & Tasting: Daniel Villanueva Jr., Executive Chef/Owner, Balisage Bistro

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garden

Smoker Presentation & Tasting: Leonel De Leon &Tony France, Chef's, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort &Spa
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garden


CELEBRITY CHEF DEMONSTRATIONS

SATURDAY, MARCH 25
VIP Ticket with Gale Gand's Pie Camp or Pie Camp Ticket Only - Ferguson Demonstration Tent #1

10:00 a.m.
Gale Gand, Chef/Owner of Tru, Chicago, cook book author and James Beard Award winning pastry chef, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio

VIP Ticket Only - Ferguson Demonstration Tent #1
11:30 a.m. — Brook Williamson, Chef/Owner Tripel, The Hudson House, Playa Provisions and Gail Simmons, Food Expert, Food + Wine Special Projects Director, and judge on Bravo's Top Chef, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio

Ferguson Demonstration Tent #1
12:30 p.m. — Tory McPhail, Executive Chef, Commander's Palace, New Orleans, Bravo’s Top Chef, and James Beard Award Winning chef
1:30 p.m. — Casey Thompson, Top Chef Finalist
2:30 p.m. — Aarti Sequeira, Host of Food Network's Aarti Party, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio

Ferguson Demonstration Tent #2
12:15 p.m. — Stuart O'Keeffe, Celebrity Chef, Television Personality, and Author, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio
1:15 p.m. — Chris Mitchum, Executive Chef, Lantana Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa Signing on the Patio
2:15 p.m. — Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Beekman Boys, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio
3:00 p.m. — Bruno Lopez, Executive Chef, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Demonstration Tent #3
12:30 p.m. — Zac Young, Top Chef, Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America in 2015
1:30 p.m. — Melissa King, Bravo's Top Chef finalist, chef ambassador for Whole Foods Market
2:30 p.m. — Zack Bruell, Chef/Restauranteur, Parallax, Table 45, L'albatros, Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, Dynomite

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 26
VIP Ticket Only - Ferguson Demonstration Tent #1
11:30 a.m. — Aarti Sequeira, Host of Food Network's Aarti Party, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio

Ferguson Demonstration Tent #1
1:00 p.m. — Gale Gand, Chef/Owner of Tru, Chicago, cook book author and James Beard Award winning chef, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio
2:00 p.m. — Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Beekman Boys Demo + Book Signing on the Patio
3:00 p.m. — Stuart O'Keeffe, Celebrity Chef, Television Personality, and Author, Demo + Book Signing on the Patio

Ferguson Demonstration Tent #2
12:15 p.m. — Mike Milligan, Executive Chef, The Steakhouse, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
1:15 p.m. — Zack Bruell, Chef/Restauranteur, Parallax, Table 45, L'albatros, Chinato, Cowell &Hubbard, Dynomite
2:15 p.m. — Andrew Copley, Executive Chef/Owner Copley's on Palm Canyon and AC3 Palm Desert
3:15 p.m. — Jason Niederkorn, Executive Chef, SOPA, L'Horizon Hotel

Demonstration Tent #3
12:30 p.m. — Engin Onural, Executive Chef/Owner, The Venue Sushi Bar &Saki Lounge
1:30 p.m. — Drew Davis, Executive Chef/Owner Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
2:30 p.m. — Joane Garcia-Colson, Executive Chef/Owner, Dish Creative Cuisine


Other Palm Desert Food &Wine Events

Palm Desert Food & Wine presents
AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RESORT SPA
WINE DINNER featuring OPUS ONE WINERY

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Price per person: $250

Enjoy an incredible evening as you dine in the beautifully appointed Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s Presidential Suite. Located on the sixteenth floor, this exclusive and beautifully appointed room affords sweeping views of the natural beauty of the surrounding valley and majestic mountains. Guests will indulge on a delectable menu paired with 2013 Opus One wines. Your evening will be enhanced as a representative from Opus One provides professional insights about the Oakville, Ca winery and their award winning wines.

Menu:
Sweet Spinach
Dried Apples, Caramelized Onions, Feta & Warm Mushroom Dressing

Colorado Lamb Loin "Chop"
Swiss Chard, Lardon, Chanterelle, Crisp Salsify, Natural Jus

or

Grilled Late Winter Vegetable Stack

Strawberries & Sabayon
Deconstructed Shortcake Martini

Location:
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Reservations:
Please call Laurie Hrudka at 760-325-2333, ext. 202 or email laurie@palmspringslife.com.
Limited seating, please call early to secure your reservation.


Palm Desert Food & Wine presents
An Evening in New Orleans
at Toscana Country Club
Featuring Tory McPhail, Executive Chef, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, and Bravo’s Top Chef and James Beard Award-winning chef & Executive Chef, Eric Wadlund, Toscana Country Club

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Coachella Valley’s FIND Food Bank. Each seat sold will feed 35 people, and our goal is to feed 1,000 people through FIND Food Bank’s assistance program. Help us help others by dining tonight.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
1-4 p.m. Chefs Experience*
6 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. – Dinner
Cocktail Reception and Dinner: $200 per person
Table of Ten: $1,500
Secrets of a N’Awlins Chef Experience: $1,000 per person*

Step in to the Big Easy for this special evening at Toscana Country Club and experience the vibrant culinary landscape of New Orleans.  Where every dish has a story and old traditions are celebrated next to new voices. Start your evening with a cocktail reception followed by a remarkable three course dinner paired with exceptional wines sure to capture the heart and soul of the city.
Please check back for menu and paired wines.

*Secrets of a N’Awlins Chef Experience
Cook, taste, laugh, and learn from Chefs Tory McPhail and Eric Wadlund, making memories that will last a lifetime. This intimate experience includes sipping delicious wine and spending two hours in the kitchen watching, talking and assisting the Chefs as they prepare the incredible meal you will enjoy that evening. You will also have the exclusive experience of dining at the Chefs table with Commander’s Palace Co-Proprietor, Ti Adelaide Martin. Limited space available.

To make your reservation, please email Christina@palmspringslife.com or call 760-325-2333, ext. 222. Please reserve no later than March 16, 2017. Payment is required at time of reservation.

Toscana Country Club
76009 Via Club Villa, Indian Wells, CA 92210


Savory Spice presents Gale Gand's Vanilla 101
Thursday, March 23, 2017
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – $25 per person
Recently back from a Vanilla Plantation Trip to Tahiti, Chef Gale Gand will explain everything you wanted to know about vanilla, the bean grown from the only orchid that bears edible fruit. She will talk about its origin, how it's grown, how it's aged, the 4 main vanilla bean producing regions, the different flavor profiles each variety, and when to use which bean, and how to incorporate them into your cooking.
Each attendee will leave with three complimentary samples of vanilla.
Attendance is limited to the first 25.
Location: Savory Spice, 73399 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

About Gale Gand
Gale Gand is a pastry chef and partner in the Michelin two star restaurant, Tru, Chicago. She was the host of Food Network's long running show "Sweet Dreams," and author of 8 cook books. She just finished a 2 year pop-up of Spritzburger, a burger and craft soda joint, with The Hearty Boys, also of Food Network fame. Gale teaches cooking classes all over the country and is an artisanal soda pop maker producing Gale's Root Beer which is sold nationally. Gale does food innovation with The Hyde Park Group in Chicago. She has received two James Beard Awards, has been inducted to the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and was schooled in Paris at La Varenne. Gale is the mother of 3 and plays the ukulele.

About Savory Spice
Spice specialist with a variety of blends as well as extracts, sauces &specialty foods.
Located in the heart of the El Paseo shopping district: 73399 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Savory Spice


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• Because alcohol will be served, you must be at least 21 years of age to attend Palm Desert Food & Wine™ events and to enter the tent. No accommodations are available for individuals under 21 years of age.