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Aarti Sequeira Joins Culinary All-Star Lineup at Palm Desert Food & Wine Presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

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Celebrity book signings, live cooking demonstrations, and wine and craft beer tastings round out the weekend-long celebration, taking place in the Coachella Valley

PALM DESERT, CA; March 17, 2016)—Palm Desert Food & Wine presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, is just a few weeks away and excitement is building as top chefs from across the country—alongside more than 60 restaurants and 40 premium wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors—gather in the Coachella Valley, Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. A recent addition to the star-studded lineup, the festival welcomes celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira (host of Food Network’s “Aarti Party” and season six winner of “The Next Food Network Star”). Sequeira will host a live culinary demo at the Sunday, April 10 Grand Tasting, alongside Ricardo Zarate, Suzanne Tracht, and Valerie Gordon, among others. A full schedule of events is available at

Programming highlights include:

Annual James Beard Foundation Luncheon – Friday, April 8

Held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this annual affair—with a portion of proceeds benefitting the eponymous culinary foundation—features a four-course, gourmet luncheon from award-winning chefs Suzanne Tracht, Valerie Gordon, Cat Cora, and Gale Gand. Each chef prepares one course—set to this year’s theme of the “Modern Masters of the Modern Palate”—and offers a culinary demonstration of their dish live on stage. Courses are paired with premium wines from around the world. Tickets are available for $125 per person (general admission) and $150 per person for reserved seating.

Cooking Demonstrations from Celebrity Chefs – Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10

Taking place throughout the Grand Tastings (see festival website for VIP and general admission hours), this year’s culinary demonstrations are showcased within three, state-of-the-art Poggenpohl-designed studio kitchens. The festival features a powerhouse lineup of culinary talent, offering a variety of cooking tutorials—from how to make delicious vegan entrees to modern renditions of classic favorites. Live celebrity chef demos include, but are not limited to:

Aarti Sequeira – host of Food Network’s “Aarti Party” and winner of “The Next Food Network Star”

Cat Cora – TV personality, cookbook author, and Food Network Iron Chef

Kelly Childs & Erinn Weatherbie mother-daughter duo, plant-based chefs, cookbook authors, and co-owners of Kelly's Bake Shoppe

Ricardo ZarateFood & Wine magazine “Best New Chef,” cookbook author, and chef of new Los Angeles restaurant concept opening Summer 2016

Sean Le – Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” season two contestant

The Hearty Boys – Food Network hosts, Chicago-based restaurateurs, cookbook authors

Valerie Gordon – chef/owner of Valerie Confections, award-winning chocolatier, and cookbook author

Celebrity Book Signings

Throughout the festival, guests can attend cookbook signings from participating celebrity chefs, such as Ricardo Zarate (signing The Fire of Peru: Recipes and Stories from my Peruvian Kitchen), Gale Gand (signing a selection of her books, including Gale Gand’s Lunch! and Gale Gand’s Brunch!) and Kelly Childs & Erinn Weatherbie (signing Made with Love), to name a few.

About Palm Desert Food & Wine presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Palm Desert Food & Wine presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is owned and operated by Palm Springs Life magazine and co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, with sponsorship support in part from Palm Desert; Lexus; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Better Built Inc.; Tequila Alderete; RumChata; BuzzBox Cocktails; Effen Vodka; Jim Beam; Big Green Egg; Patio’s Plus; Paul Gauguin Cruises; TRIO; The Purple Room Restaurant & Stage; North Shore Living Herbs; Whole Foods Market Palm Desert; VOSS; Jensen’s; JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa; Chef Works; My Little Flower Shop; Wine Australia; Angelic Imports; and Goufrais German Chocolate. The annual food and wine event gathers some of the brightest and most inspired chefs and culinary personalities from around the country for three extraordinary days of food and wine tasting in California’s scenic Coachella Valley. A portion of proceeds from the annual James Beard Foundation Luncheon benefit the Friends of the James Beard Foundation. For more information visit or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About Palm Springs Life

Palm Springs Life has represented the greater Palm Springs area for over 58 years. Its award-winning monthly publication is a reflection of the special lifestyle of the desert resort communities. Palm Springs Life’s monthly editorial content includes: social scene; upcoming events including major golf and tennis tournaments; luxury homes; fine dining; fashion; travel; the arts; and profiles of celebrity and business leaders.


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