The seventh annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa will take place March 24-26, 2017, at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, California, in the Ferguson Grand Tasting Tent.  Every year this event is an absolute blast!  I recommend heading out for the weekend to take advantage of this fabulous event and also checking out the wildflowers in bloom this season in the near area because of all of the rain we have had this year! That is what we plan to do! 

Every year the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival offers some of the best restaurants, wineries, spirits and breweries from the local Palm Desert area and beyond.  There are also a variety of celebrity chefs every year that put together cooking demonstrations. In the past we have met Chef Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ and Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants just to name a few!  See our photos with both of them below! 🙂

The events of this year will be as follows:

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon


10-11 a.m. – Gale Gand’s Pie Camp

11 a.m.-4 p.m. – VIP Grand Tasting

Noon-4 p.m. – Grand Tasting

12:30-3 p.m. – Chef Demonstrations

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

11 a.m.-4 p.m.  VIP Grand Tasting

Noon-4 p.m. – Grand Tasting

12:30-3:15 p.m. – Chef Demonstrations

The Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival is organized by Palm Springs Life and they always feature inspirational chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days!  The event takes place in a gorgeous travel destination, The El Paseo shopping district. Each year, the celebrity chef demonstrations  each year blow me away and really showcase what an amazing destination the Coachella Valley is for culinary excellence!

The event begins on Friday, March 24, with the James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon featuring emcee Gail Simmons, Food Expert, Food & Wine’s Special Projects Director, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. The luncheon will be prepared by four celebrity chefs! See full menu below!


Gale Gand
First Course

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Stuffed Sweet Peppers 
Paired with Barrymore by Carmel Road 2013 Pinot Grigio

Tory McPhail 
Second Course

Commander’s Turtle Soup
Paired with Foxtrot Four Shadows 2014 Chardonnay

Casey Thompson 
Main Course
Braised Pork Cheek, Poached Egg, Wood Ear, Enoki, Tofu, Black Bean, Radish Micro greens
Paired with Harumph Wines 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Zac Young 
Frozen Strawberry S’mores 
Strawberry cheesecake semifreddo, graham cracker angel food cake, pinot noir marshmallow
Paired with Grgich Hills Estate 2013 Napa Valley Merlot

For even more details about this special event, see the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival website! 🙂

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The Saturday and Sunday Grand Tasting events will feature decadent dishes from more than 40 restaurants, created by renowned chefs from all across California and beyond. More than 60 premium wines and champagnes will be offered as well as craft beers and cocktails, and participants will be able to interact with the vintners, spirits purveyors, brewers, and chefs to discuss the offerings in detail.

Prices for all events are as follows: Grand Tasting Tickets are $100 for general entry and $135 for VIP (early entry, special champagne tasting, and an exclusive chef demonstration featuring Aarti Sequeira.). The James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon is $125 for general admission and $150 for reserved seating. For more details about all chefs and celebrities in attendance & to purchase your tickets visit the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival website in link in first paragraph. 🙂 Hope to see you there!

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