Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palm Desert Food + Wine festival sizzles in the spring sun with good eats and cool drinks

Palm Desert, Ca - The first day of the Palm Desert Food + Wine festival was a huge success, with appearances by celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Brian Malarkey, Chris Mitchum and Andre Carthen. A huge air conditioned tent full of tasty bites supplied the large crowd with samples of food from all over the Lower Desert area. Many wineries were in attendance, including Temecula's very own South Coast Winery and Wilson Creek Winery.

Svedka Vodka
The second day of the event begins tomorrow March 29th at 11am, with the tastings beginning at 12 noon. Get details about the festival and tickets at

Temecula Calendar will be bringing you a full host of articles, interviews, videos and pictures of amazing chefs over the next week, including Cat Cora and Chris Mitchum!

Stay tuned, until then, here are some pictures from today.

The Marriott

Friday, March 27, 2015

Food + Wine Festival in Palm Desert to educate the masses with chef demos and wine seminars

Palm Desert’s annual food festival announces full educational chef demos and wine seminars available for ticket holders March 28th and 29th - featuring Food Network Iron Chef Cat Cora!

***Temecula Calendar will be there on Saturday March 28 to cover the event via photos, tweets, video and posts on A full report will be posted on after the event.

Follow Bill & Jeney's adventures live with hashtag #temcalfoodwine
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PALM DESERT, CA —The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is this weekend and excitement is building as top culinary experts from across the country—alongside more than 50 restaurants and 80 wineries, breweries, and spirit purveyors—gather in the Coachella Valley, Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29.

The three-day festival, a Palm Springs Life event co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, is proud to once again offer festival attendees educational experiences, from demonstrations to intimate tasting seminars, with epicurean stars representing the national food and wine community. A full schedule of all the weekend’s events is available at


Temecula, CA – When you've seen the Rolling Stones, AC-DC, and even AWB on their golden years tours after having seen them in their prime, there is only one other legendary band to see on my bucket list. As anyone who has read or listened to Memoirs of Mary Jane & Mr. Pete knows, this band has to be the Spoonbills, argumentatively the best bar band on either side of the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Burlington during the middle and late 80s.
A hobby band, the 'Bills never recorded any studio releases since this was way before Pro Tools and the internet. There were a few limited 'live' recordings made through the years and I was lucky enough to be immortalized on one of them, captured forever, as a guy named 'Steve'. 
Yes, Sports Fans, the night the 'wolf pack' showed up to be a part of the live recording, the band's fill-in front man Woody called me out as 'Steve' because in the heat of the moment, that was the first name that popped into his head. Yours truly blinked but Woody kept the monologue going before I joined him in singing the chorus of “Oh Yeah”.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Temecula, CA – As you read this I am again off on a road trip back in the state I spent the most time in as far as Memoirs is concerned, Iowa. Traveling to Iowa is still something of a mixed bag for me as far as cannabis is concerned. Gone are the days talked about in Chapters 8-15.
However, since I am attending a birthday party and a reunion show all tied to a person in the book, I do have a certain aura of coolness to stroll in with, being from Southern California now. For this trip back my plan is to be as cool as a cloud. In fact, I will have my own cloud, the Cloud V Phantom Premium, a very cool flower vape pen that resembles a cool light saber handle. 
During the recent Cannabis Cup I met Aristotle, the account exec for at the Cloud V tent after a demonstration and informative chat with the knowledgeable staff. To coincide with cannabis, the green model was chosen for review. Also the flower/dry herbal model was chosen for review over the slimmer oil/dab model just for the reason of this article, which is what do you do if you come from an advanced MMJ state to one that is not. Your clue Mr. Phelps, Mary Jane as a dried/cured plant is everywhere.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Temecula, CA – One thing bothered me after I defended my fellow neighbors' image in my column over the immigrant kid busing notoriety. Granted, it was and is a complex issue, especially given the reasons for a mass migration of youth, and poor youth at that. When animals stampede through a woods, you can bet a fire is coming.
Equally as complex are the reasons for the backlash generated, as my hip scene friends, the ones who are liberal, joined in with the national cry claiming local racism. On the other hand, ratings showed how my conservative, but not redneck friends, felt; the issue wasn't about race just as I had surmised. Still I had that 'splinter in the mind' feeling, until very recently. If the root reason for the border rub wasn't/isn't about race, what was it about?
An old memory came to mind from the Christian Church I was brought up in. It was the church of my grandparents, my parents generation, and where I went to service until I moved away [Memoirs, Chapter 2]. the church still stands there today though it is God's Will it hasn't been made a some commercial property, that plus the ghost of Abby Fife. But I digress.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


*Editors Note - We are very exited to be covering this upcoming event in Palm Desert. Here is some detailed info straight from the source! We will be on site at the event taking pictures and interviewing attendees, stay tuned for updates - or join us and pick up tickets here:


WHAT:           On Friday, March 27thFood + Wine Festival Palm Desert presented by Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, a Palm Springs Life event co-produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, opens its festival doors with the annual James Beard Luncheon. New to this year’s popular mid-day affair is a strong message for the culinary industry of “A Salute to Women”.
Over a 4-course menu, the female culinary powerhouse line up of Cat Cora, Gale Gand, Lulu Powers, and Brooke Williamson is set to join together in presentation of the meal expertly paired by returning guest Mark Davidson of Wine Australia. Adding additional spark to the luncheon are the interactive cooking demos by all chefs presented while attendees dine on the featured dish. Proceeds of the kick-off culinary lunch experience benefit The Friends of James Beard Foundation.

 MENU:           First Course
Brooke Williamson
Cucumber-Tomato Water, Dungeness Crab and Green Apple Salad, Watermelon and Sorrel Gelée Cold Soup
Voyager Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Margaret River


Temecula, CA – Comes this story of a San Diego girl whose scene name is Pint Sized Laya.
She sports a buzzed-down side haircut and red hair but her attitude isn't punk. If her short shorts don't give away the answer, let me just say that this twerk contest happened up at the NOS Event Center during the Cannabis Cup.

While I was playing Bill O'Reilly away from the action of the medicating area, people there were lined up in front of the stage for the High Times twerk-off. Though there may have been several or many, after the jump we will see the girl who won the prize, a 420nurse from the San Diego Chapter.

Seeing this latest dance style done by the stars, it seems cheap and vulgar. But when you see the real thing up close, it's more like amazement a person could make their gluteus medius muscles do such things and in harmony. Also as the lighting changes show, winning this competition happened over the course of the afternoon and into the evening. Wowwee!
But don't take my word for it, dab this!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Temecula, CA – As she looked over the music list sent her, she had a few comments for me that I thought would go a long way in explaining the scope behind T-Town Tunes before the official launch is rolled out for the valley. 

Angela was chosen for the intern position because, like the foreign talent judges at the TVMA who were all from behind the Orange Curtain, she had no knowledge of the artists prior to taint her selection of music to be played. Me, on the other hand, well I know 95% of the music groups played, having met them either locally or on the road in my So Cali adventure story trips.
One other facet of Angela caught my eye. Being a model [420, of course] we talked about her view on the subject. From the outlook and subtleties expressed in her vision of things I could tell she possessed the eye/ear to comprehend between genres and styles of music played. Plus Angela is young, and as Dr. Martin Luther King said to me, “The kids are the future,.”

Friday, March 13, 2015



Temecula, CA – In the twisted attempt at quackery by legislators nationwide who seem oblivious to tampering with a patient’s life enhancing medication for their own profit and social standing, California’s pot scene has been given the title of being the ‘Wild West of Weed’ because what isn’t understood is ridiculed. But then the Bible calls for this to happen.

Though most people outside the medical cannabis culture think of smoking pot whenever the subject weed comes up, whether a contemporary topic or a requested hookup [‘score’ for you old schoolers], those inside the ‘unregulated’ medicated edible field know when patients cook for patients the results are sensuous to look at and heavenly to grub on.

From the recent High Times Cannabis Cup where I was a political embed I was able to gather some medible samples. After the jump, my results. Remember however, as with any sweet treat, you have to use common sense when indulging no matter how good it looks to ya.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



Temecula, CA – The barroom fight has started and now the country is looking like a Warner Bros. western in various places with people being shot down like in the Old West outlaw days. All the while the fingerprint of God is left behind for those who have eyes to see. 

Being a Christian activist, I support the system as much as JC supported the moneychangers but there is no denying that Obama is a man of destiny. Like iron and clay, Obama and this country’s innate racism are never going to mix. [?? – Chapter 20, Memoirs]

Barring the miracle of God healing America’s racism or Obama turning white/Caucasian-skinned, the principle put forth in the Bible about a house divided has to come true. Or God is wrong.

‘A letter from Senate Republicans to Iran’s leadership has divided the GOP and forced it to play defense, endangering the party’s chances of passing a new round of sanctions that would kill President Obama’s nuclear talks with Tehran.