Food and Wine Festival in Palm Desert

Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The Integrated Wealth Management Fashion Week in Palm Desert held its annual Food and Wine Festival on March 22 thru 24 in two big white tents. Friday held the sit down luncheon where 4 award winning chefs gave demonstrations about the foods served to the customers. Large tables lined each side of the runway in the big tent facing the stage so all could see the way the Chefs prepared the food on 2 large video screens and see what ingredients they used. After each demonstration the dish was served.

Wines were served with each course and guests were told what wine was chosen and why. Chefs included Bradley Ogen. Luciano Pellegrini, Scott Robertson and Sara Moulton. Dishes were expertly prepared and beautifully designed on the plate. These are dishes you would find in a very fine dining establishment.

People filled both tents on Saturday and Sunday for wine and food tastings. Local restaurants served small portions of a food they were famous for. Lines of people were at each vendor waiting for a plate of delicious food. There were many vintners with fine wines for the tasting at various booths around both tents. Demonstrations of food preparation were held all day. All chefs are award winners, authors of cookbooks, TV personalities and restaurant owners.

A lot of the guests waited for Master Chef Martin Yan to give his demonstration. Martin Yan has hosted over 3000 cooking shows on TV and has written 30 cookbooks and is an award winning chef and restauranteur. It took both tents to accommodate all the people, the demonstrations by several chefs and the tastings.

The Fashion week also held Runway Shows of Collections by known designers, Trunk Shows , a Q&A with designers from Project Runway, and In-Store events with over 40 shops on El Paseo participating. The Designer of the week was Gilbert A Chagoury that showed his collection of clothing on Saturday the final night of the event. After parties were held almost every night at local venues.