The 7th Annual Palm Desert Food & Wine


All-Star Chefs And Extraordinary Programing is what’s in store for this year’s Food & Wine Presented By Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. This highly anticipated culinary event comes your way on March 24-26, 2017.

The festivities include a soirée at the iconic Ford Estate, Gerald and Betty Ford’s newly restored home; “An Evening in New Orleans” featuring renowned Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace; the return of the James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon; and more

For the first time ever, the festival presents unparalleled pre-events, such as the much-anticipated “Celebrity Chef Reception” at the Ford Estate, featuring bites from award-winning Chef, and Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant, Brooke Williamson accompanied by a tour of Gerald and Betty Ford’s former home. Executive Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace will also host “An Evening in New Orleans” at Toscana Country Club, sharing delectable bites of Creole cuisine.

The festivities begin on Friday, March 24, 2017 at The Gardens on El Paseo with an afternoon reflecting the pinnacle of culinary excellence, a James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon featuring emcee and distinguished food expert, critic, and author Gail Simmons. Served in an elegant setting, the luncheon will be beautifully prepared by four standout chefs, including “Top Chef” fan favorite, Casey Thompson; James Beard award-winner Gale Gand; Commander’s Palace Executive Chef and James Beard award-winner Tory McPhail; and Craveable Hospitality Group’s Executive Pastry Chef Zac Young. The events continue with grand tastings and demonstrations from some of the country’s best culinary talent, such as Aarti Sequeira, host of Food Network’s “Aarti Party” and Season 6 winner of “Food Network Star”; and Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, founders of “Beekman 1802,” reality TV show personalities, and cookbook and memoir authors; among others.

The event will feature exceptional tastings, lunches, cookbook signings, and demonstrations (with more to be announced soon), including:

* “An Evening in New Orleans” at Toscana Country Club, where Chef Tory McPhail will kick start the revelry on Thursday, March 23

* James Beard Gourmet Four-Course Luncheon on Friday, March 24 with emcee Gail Simmons, food expert, Food & Wine Special Projects Director, and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef

* “Celebrity Chef Reception” at the Ford Estate on the evening of Friday, March 24, where guests can meet and mingle with Gail Simmons and indulge in a one-of-a-kind meal expertly prepared by Brooke Williamson, along with a tour of the restored home

* Two Days of Grand Tastings on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, featuring tastings from 42 celebrated restaurants plus demonstrations from excellent culinary talent, and wines poured from over 60 vintners

Tickets are currently on sale for individual events range from $35-200, with additional package and VIP options.

Palm Desert Food & Wine will donate 35 meals for every festival ticket purchased to Coachella Valley’s FIND Food Bank, which provides food and essentials to those in need throughout the community. 2017 sponsors for Palm Desert Food & Wine presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa include: City of Palm Desert; Lexus; Better Built Inc.; Effen Vodka; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Celebrity Cruises; Shamrock Foods; Hotel Paseo; Chef Works; TRIO Restaurant; VOSS Artesian Water; Verterra; North Shore Living Herbs; Selvarey Rum; Sandy Young; Eventscape; My Little Flower Shop; and media sponsors KMIR, KPSE, LIVE Magazine, Valpak, and The Standard.



PD Food & Wine
March 24-26
The Gardens on El Paseo
Tickets: or 888-596-1027