Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2015

Schedule of 2015 Events

 

*All wine and craft beer seminars are subject to change.


FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

JAMES BEARD GOURMET LUNCHEON - A SALUTE TO WOMEN

• 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Event Details:
The festivities begin Friday, March 27 with a four-course gourmet luncheon, paired with premium and sparkling wines — with each course created by James Beard Award–winning and nominated chefs. 2015’s featured chefs are Food Network Iron Chef Cat Cora, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Gale Gand, chef and owner of Hudson House, The Tripel, and Playa Provisions Brooke Williamson, and The “Entertainologist,” best-selling author, entertainer and event designer Lulu Powers. The luncheon takes place in the Big White Tent. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Catering courtesy of Scott Robertson, Owner, New Leaf Catering.

Menu:

First Course
Brooke Williamson
Cucumber-Tomato Water, Dungeness Crab and Green Apple Salad, Watermelon and Sorrel Gelee Cold Soup

Second Course
Lulu Powers
Kale and Sweet Potato Hummus with Buratta wrapped in Persian Cucumbers adorned with Tomatoes, Dates, Kumquats and fresh Basil

Third Course (ENTRÉE)
Cat Cora
Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Fourth Course (DESSERT)
Gale Gand
Passion Fruit Soup served with Pistachio Meringue Sticks

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. No accommodations are available for individuals under 21 years of age.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

VIP Grand Tasting Pass
• 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New for 2015 is a unique experience just for VIP Grand Tasting Pass ticket holders. In addition to the overall grand tasting with more than 20 celebrity chefs, 70 premium spirits, wines, sparkling wines, cognacs, and beers, and more than 50 fine restaurants and culinary brands, plus the celebrity chef book signings, and unique exhibits booths featuring culinary gift items, the VIP Grand Tasting Pass guests will receive the following between 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m.:

• One-hour early entrance into the event starting at 11:00 am (before the other ticket holders arrive)
• Special caviar and champagne tasting
• Exclusive celebrity chef cooking demonstration

Grand Tasting
• 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Foodies and wine enthusiasts will experience more than 20 celebrity chefs and enjoy 80 premium spirits, wines, sparkling wines, cognacs, and beers, as well as tastings from more than 50 fine restaurants and culinary brands. Enjoy celebrity chef book signings, unique exhibits booths featuring culinary gift items, a silent auction, and more!

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. No accommodations are available for individuals under 21 years of age.

CHEF DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE – Saturday, March 28, 2015

FERGUSON STAGE 1
12:00 p.m. — Chris Mitchum – Lantana Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
1:00 p.m. — Brian Malarkey, Top Chef Miami, Owner of Searsucker, Herringbone, and Green Acre
2:00 p.m. — Cat Cora – Chef, TV personality, cook book author, Food Network Iron Chef
3:00 p.m. — Lulu Powers – The “Entertainologist,” best-selling author, entertainer, and event designer

FERGUSON STAGE 2
12:15 p.m. — Zack Bruell – James Beard recognized, Parallax, Table 45, Ristorante Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, L’Albatros, Kafeteria and DYNOMITE
1:15 p.m. — Richard Pelz – Wally’s Desert Turtle
2:15 p.m. — Ernesto Gastelum – Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill
3:15 p.m. — Kitt Fraser – Europa Restaurant Palm Springs

FERGUSON STAGE 3
12:30 p.m. — Adam Palffy – Roy’s Restaurtant
1:30 p.m. — Jennifer Town – Purple Room Palm Springs
2:30 p.m. — Daniel Villanvera Jr – Balisage Bistro

VIP PASS ONLY, FERGUSON STAGE 3
11:30 a.m. — Gale Gand – SpritzBurger Restaurant & Tru Chicago, and James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef + BOOK SIGNING

ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Book signings takes place immediately after CHEF DEMO at Just Fabulous, located in the Reception Tent

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WINE TASTING SEMINARS

Wine Seminar 1 - Saturday, March 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. — $25 (Saturday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Justin Winery
Justin Baldwin – "The Art of Wine Blending (Deconstructing ISOSCELES)"

Wine Seminar 2 - Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. — $25 (Saturday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Moet Hennessy
Allie DeKock, CSW, CSS Certified Sommelier, Moet Hennessy Portfolio Manager

Wine Seminar 3 - Saturday, March 28, 2015
2:00 p.m. — $25 (Saturday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Summerland Winery
Nebil "BILO" Zarif, Winemaker

Wine Seminar 4 - Saturday, March 28, 2015
3:00 p.m. — $25 (Saturday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Whole Foods Market
Matthew Young, Wine Specialist

ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015

VIP Grand Tasting Pass
• 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New for 2015 is a unique experience just for VIP Grand Tasting Pass ticket holders. In addition to the overall grand tasting with more than 20 celebrity chefs, 70 premium spirits, wines, sparkling wines, cognacs, and beers, and more than 50 fine restaurants and culinary brands, plus the celebrity chef book signings, and unique exhibits booths featuring culinary gift items, the VIP Grand Tasting Pass guests will receive the following between 11:00 am to 12:00 pm:

• One-hour early entrance into the event starting at 11:00 am (before the other ticket holders arrive)
• Special caviar and champagne tasting
• Exclusive celebrity chef cooking demonstration

Grand Tasting
• 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Foodies and wine enthusiasts will experience more than 20 celebrity chefs and enjoy 80 premium spirits, wines, sparkling wines, cognacs, and beers, as well as tastings from more than 50 fine restaurants and culinary brands. Enjoy celebrity chef book signings, unique exhibits booths featuring culinary gift items, and more!

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. No accommodations are available for individuals under 21 years of age.

CHEF DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE – Sunday, March 29, 2015

FERGUSON STAGE 1
12:00 p.m. — Patrice Martineau – Citron at the Viceroy Palm Springs
1:00 p.m. — Ari Taymor – Alma, named “Best New Restaurant in America 2013 “ by Bon Appetit and “Best New Chef 2014” by Food & Wine
2:00 p.m. — Engin Onural – The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
3:00 p.m. — Mike Milligan – Aqua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa

FERGUSON STAGE 2
12:15 p.m. — Andrew Copley – Copley’s on Palm Canyon
1:15 p.m. — Gale Gand – SpritzBurger restaurant, Tru Chicago, and James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef, + BOOK SIGNING
2:15 p.m. — Andie Hubka – Cork & Fork Wine Bar & Kitchen
3:15 p.m. — Bonnie Barkley – CELLO’S Pantry, CELLO’S Bistro

FERGUSON STAGE 3
12:30 p.m. — Drew Davis – Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
1:30 p.m. — Greg Stillman – Purple Palm
2:30 p.m. — Gavin Grabe – Clementine Gourmet Market & Cafe

VIP PASS ONLY, FERGUSON STAGE 3
11:30 a.m. — Zack Bruell – James Beard recognized, Parallax, Table 45, Ristorante Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, L’Albatros, Kafeteria and DYNOMITE

ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Book signings takes place immediately after CHEF DEMO at Just Fabulous, located in the Reception Tent

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WINE TASTING SEMINARS

Wine Seminar 1 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
12:30 p.m. — $25 (Sunday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Justin Winery
Justin Baldwin – "The Art of Wine Blending (Deconstructing ISOSCELES)"

Wine Seminar 2 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
1:30 p.m. — $25 (Sunday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Purple Corduroy
Jeffrey Farthing, Winemaker

Wine Seminar 3 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
2:30 p.m. — $25 (Sunday Grand tasting ticket required for entry into wine seminar)
Lemoncello Seminar
Thomas Steferak, CELLO’S Bistro

ALL SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Watch this page for information as additional seminars are added to the schedule.