Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert – Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29, 2015

I went to this event a few years back. This time of year the Coachella Valley is just starting to heat up. They had a tent with hoses that forced air into the tents, but you had to be in the line of fire for it to cool you off. It was hot and uncomfortable in many of the demonstration tents, but I managed to witness a few great chefs doing their thing.

What I like most about this Food and Wine event is that the restaurants are strictly from this immediate area, so you get to try lots of things that you would never get to try unless you lived her year round.

They had a tent sponsored by Aqua Caliente resort that they kept nice and cold, so that was s great addition to this hot day.

Participating Restaurants:

BluEmber, Broken Yolk Café, Catalan Restaurant, Cello’s BistroCello’s, Chicks with Bark, Citron, Clementine, Copley’s on Palm Canyon, Cork and Fork, The Cowboy Way, Essense, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Kaiser Grille Palm Springs, Lantana, Legacy Thai Cuisine, LunaOlivio, Matchbox, Palm Springs, Mikado Japanese Steakhouse, Mister Parker’s, Olea Farm, Olive A’Sudden, Purple Palm, Purple Room Palm Springs, Rio Azul, Rockwood Grill, Roy’s Restaurant, Rubio’s, Sadie Rose Baking Co., Siam @ Rancho Mirage, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Tinto, Trio Restaurant, The Venue Sushi Bar & Saki Lounge, Wilma & Frieda, Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Yard House at The River.

Participating Premium Wines, Sparkling Wines, Champagnes & Spirits:

Acacia Vineyards, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alma Rosa
American Beverage Marketers, Beaulieu Vineyard, Benziger Family Winery, Boisset Family Winery, Calcareous Vineyard, Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill, Chalone Estate, Chandon, Château d’Esclans,
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Clayhouse Wines, Columbia Crest, Conn Creek, Couger Winery, Danza Del Sol, Domaine Carneros, Emerald Creek Winery, Erath, Fess Parker Winery, Fizz Winery, Francis Ford Coppola, Franciscan, Frangipani Estate Winery, Frazeli Winery, Gainey Vineyard,Gehricks Los Carneros, Gershon, Bacchus Winery, Grassini Family Vineyards, Gundlach Bundschu, Hall Winery, Hope Family Wines, Houdini Winery Iron Horse, Jeriko Estate, Keyways Vineyard & Winery, Kim Crawford, Kobrand, Korbel Cellars, Leese Fitch, Leoness Winery, Leviathan, Marchesi Antinori, Markham Vineyards, Mark West, Martini & Rossi, Matchbook Wine Company, Merryvale Vineyards, Mill Creek Vineyard, Monte De Oro Winery & Vineyard, MooBuzz Winery, Mountain Peoples Wine, Mulderbosch Vineyards, Navarro Vineyards, Newton Vineyard, Oak Mountain Winery, Organic Wine Exchange, Peju Province Winery, Pennywise, Plungerhead, Ponzi Vineyards, Pope Valley Vineyards, Prosecco,Provenance Vineyards, Purple Corduroy, Qupe, Real Wines, Robert Mondavi, Robert Renzoni, Robert Strong Winery, Rosatello Wines, Ruffino, Rutherford Hill, Sanford Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Schramsberg, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Sokol Blosser, Sonoma-Cutrer, South Coast Winery, Resort & Spa, Stag’s Leap, Sterling Vineyards, Summerland Wines, Svedka Vodka, Terlato Family Wines,Terra Savia Vineyard, The Other Guys, The White Knight, Tolosa Winery, Torres, Trinity Wines and Spirits, TRIO House Blend, Turnbull Wine Cellars, Vine Connections, Vinemark, Walt Vineyards, Wetzel Family Estate.

All of the food and wine was great, each day offered up new choices and different restaurants. It would take me a year to tell you about each and every item that these establishments served. Just go see for yourself next year. It’s a great excuse to get away and go check out these entire fantastic Coachella Valley restaurant and all of these special wines.

The Chefs demonstrations were fantastic. The tents tended to get a little to hot, but I managed to stay and watch two for the whole presentation, and of course taste the demonstrated recipe. Mike Milligan from Aqua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, he made delicious open-faced raviolis, and then I got to take the raw pasta ball home with me. Zack Bruell who is James Beard recognized, and his restaurants include: Parallax, Table 45, Ristorante Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, L’Albatros, Kafeteria and DYNOMITE all from Cleveland, Ohio. His scallops had an Asian flair to them and were cooked to perfection.

This event is truly a great way to spend the weekend, just make sure you pace yourself so you can at least take a bite of everything.


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