07 Nov

Wine Pairing & Olive Oil Seminars & Wine BBQ

By Judith Salkin,

Let’s face it, a weekend of doing nothing but eating fine food, drinking fine wine, listening to fine music and eyeing fine art sounds like a pretty good way to get the desert’s social season off to a fine start.

If this sounds like a way you’d like to spend your time this Thursday through Sunday, Palm Desert’s inaugural Art of Food and Wine Festival still has tickets to some of the events. From Thursday evening’s public art dedication at The Gardens on El Paseo to Sunday’s Grand Tasting, Palm Desert will be turned into an Epicurean delight.

From 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, get an education in wine tasting, olive oil and down a little barbecue, too. At 10 a.m., join Kim Beto of Southern Wine & Spirits and Chef Paul Squicciarini of Culinary Concepts to learn how wine is affected by the food you eat. At 11 a.m., Thomas L. Curry III, certified master taster and general manager of the Temecula Olive Oil Company, walks you through the joy of liquid gold that includes an olive oil tasting. The day is topped off at 1 p.m., when featured chefs step out of the kitchen at an interactive lunch that includes cooking demonstrations and wine pairings at Desert Springs Marriott. Tickets are $175 for the entire day.

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