James Beard luncheon


Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Just like any good wine, cheese, or cast-iron skillet, the James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon, a special feature of Palm Desert Food & Wine, only gets better and better each year. The lineup of James Beard Award–winning authors, Bravo Top Chefs, and celebrity chefs that will be attending the 2018 event hail from California and across the country and include Laura Werlin, one of the country’s foremost authorities on cheese and a James Beard Award–winning author of six books on the subject; Richard Blais, chef, restaurateur, James Beard Award–nominated author of Try This at Home and So Good, and podcast host of “Starving for Attention”; Fabio Viviani, acclaimed chef, culinary personality, restaurateur, cookbook author, and winner of Top Chef’s Fan Favorite title; and Zac Young, named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 2015, creator of viral dessert sensation The PieCaken, finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, and pastry director of Craveable Hospitality Group.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the James Beard Foundation and to Coachella Valley’s FIND Food Bank.


First Course
Laura Werlin – Three cheeses
Paired with Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne and 2016 PlumpJack Chardonnay

Second Course
Richard Blais – Lobster roll with garlicky green goddess dressing and California caviar
Paired with 2017 Benevolent Neglect Wines Rosé

Third Course
Fabio Viviani – Braised short rib, yuzu gremolata, finger lime caviar
Paired with 2014 Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fourth Course
Zac Young – “Molten” carrot cake
Paired with Violetta Late Harvest, 2013 Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley

Menu subject to change.