UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
My birthday wish this year is to throw a beach bash for charity…..so on Saturday, April 4th, my son Thatcher and myself are inviting you to come to the “Santa Barbara Beach Ball” and celebrate our birthdays with us as we give back to the community. 100% of the proceeds will go to Organic Soup Kitchen. Fun, food, beverages, games, and a beach workout with The Jenny Schatzle Program. Read the flyer below for more details – hope to see you there!
Join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Cat Cora For A Special Flower Show Cooking Demo!
Learn from the master chef as she shows you how to prepare some of her favorite award-winning dishes. The best part? There will be plenty of scrumptious samples to enjoy!
Macy’s State Street
Wednesday, April 1 2015 at 12:00pm
7th Floor Culinary Studio
After the demonstration, head to the lower level and explore the latest in cookware and kitchen gadgets. With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home department,* receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist,** which she will sign for you!
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: 1.800.329.8667.
Join Cat Cora At Macy’s State Street Chicago April 1. Event subject to cancellation or change. *Purchase must be made on April 1, 2015 at Macy’s on State Street only. Gift cards and cookbooks will be distributed April 1st. **One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Seating is 1st come, 1st served. Macy’s gift card valid April 1 – April 8, 2015.
Cat Cora Food And Wine Festival Festival Palm Desert 2015, March 27-29
Cat will appear at the 5th annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert March 27th and 28th. The 5th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 27-29, 2015. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.
The festival begins with a James Beard 4-course gourmet luncheon on Friday, March 27. The weekend “Grand Tastings” feature renowned chefs, and more than 80 premium wines and champagnes and 50 restaurants will offer tastings. Returning to this year’s festival are exclusive wine and beer tasting seminars.
Schedule of events: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/events-calendar.html
For tickets, click here: http://www.palmdesertfoodandwine.com/tickets.html
Cat Cora Joins Festival Of The Desert As Culinary Director
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., March 4, 2015 — Festival of the Desert Director and Chairman of IMG Artists, Barrett Wissman, today announced the addition of celebrated chef Cat Cora as Culinary Director of the premier cultural event in the Coachella Valley. Presented by the Del Sole Foundation, the inaugural March 18 event features a stellar lineup of some of today’s top music, dance, culinary, and theatrical artists, such as opera royalty Renée Fleming and the Paris Opera’s Music Director Phillippe Jordan. Music icon Quincy Jones curates the evening gala music program; American and Bolshoi Ballet’s Principal Dancer, David Hallberg, serves as the artistic director of the dance program; and Cora will oversee and prepare the culinary experience for the evening’s gala.
“We are so proud to have Cat Cora as the Festival of the Desert’s culinary curator,” said Barrett Wissman. “I know she will create a wonderful experience on March 18, and be instrumental in crafting the future of our culinary program.”
“I am excited to be in the company of the best artists in the world,” said Cat Cora, “anytime this type of talent comes together you know that they are contributing to something special and I couldn’t think of a better location than Sunnylands. This opportunity will give me a chance to create awareness about my charity Chefs for Humanity and will help us pursue our goals of Nutrition Education and Hunger Relief.”
With a longtime fondness for the Palm Springs area desert and a lifelong passion for music, the festival is the brainchild of Barrett Wissman and Maestro Philippe Jordan, one of the world’s rising star conductors, who approached philanthropists Regina and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten about the notion of advancing performing arts and arts education in the desert. The idea resonated with the Annenberg Weingartens, and they agreed be the lead donors for the launch of the festival.
“The beauty of Palm Springs, its weather, and its silence – in conjunction with the people who come to visit and live there from around the world – make for the perfect environment for launching such a festival,” said Maestro Jordan. “Palm Springs gave me so much, and I would like to give something back to it through my work, which is why I asked Barrett Wissman to collaborate with me on the project.”
The program features a centerpiece recital by today’s reigning soprano, Renée Fleming, at the McCallum Theater, with Maestro Jordan himself at the piano. The concert is followed by a gala reception at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens, where celebrity chef Cora will team up with the legendary Spencer’s Restaurant to provide an unforgettable dining experience. The gala features a musical program curated by Quincy Jones, and a dance program by one of the world’s most acclaimed dancers, David Hallberg.
“Any chance to work with Philippe Jordan is really an opportunity not to be missed,” said Renée Fleming. “Philippe envisions bringing the best that classical music has to offer to the Coachella Valley.”
“I decided to become involved with the festival to bring the highest quality of artistic excellence in dance to Palm Springs” said David Hallberg. “It is destined to be a festival of the highest standards, given the level of my curating colleagues and the artists involved.”
An 11:00 am concert, curated by Maestro Jordan, kicks off a day of events at the Sunnylands Center & Gardens. This is followed by lunch and a discussion, “The Future of the Arts in America,” led by Michael Kaiser, former President of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Tickets for Festival of the Desert are available on the web at http://www.festivalofthedesert.org, or by calling the McCallum Theater Box office at 760.340.ARTS (2787).
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About Festival of the Desert:
Festival of the Desert operates under the auspices of the Del Sole Foundation for the Humanities, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing financial support for education and the performing arts, and is produced by IMG Artists. Festival benefactors include a lead gift by GRoW Annenberg Foundation (a division of the Annenberg Foundation), followed by Harold Matzner and the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation. Venue partners include the McCallum Theater and the Sunnylands Center and Gardens, with media support from KUSC Los Angeles.
Join Cat At Macy’s Scottsdale Fashion Square January 30 2015. Impress your family and friends at your game day gathering with recipes from Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs Tom Douglas and Cat Cora. Learn from the master chefs as they show how to prepare some of their favorite award-winning dishes. The best part? There will be plenty of scrumptious samples to enjoy!
Macy’s Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale Arizona
Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 3pm
Cosmetics Entrance, Level 1
Feel free to explore the latest in cookware and gadgets for your kitchen. With any purchase of $50* or more in the Home department, receive a $10 Macy’s gift card** and a copy of either The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook or Classics with a Twist**, which the chefs will sign directly after the demonstration. Plus, make a purchase of $75 or more in the Home department and receive a $10 Macy’s gift card**, a copy of either chef’s cookbook, and a grill & cooler combo set.***
Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Please RSVP to: 1-877-55-MACYS (1-877-556-2297) starting January 19th, between 8-4 MST (9-5 CST).
Event subject to change or cancellation. *Purchase must be made on January 30, 2015 at Macy’s Scottsdale Fashion Square only. Gift card, cookbook & cooler set will be distributed January 30th.**One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Seating is first come, first served. Macy’s gift card valid January 30 – February 6, 2015.
An Evening With Cat Cora At Bacara Resort And Spa
On February 21st, 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm, spend an intimate evening at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa as Cat Cora discusses her experiences as a chef, culinary passion, and love for Santa Barbara. Then, join us afterward to mingle with other foodies while enjoying Santa Barbara inspired small bites by Bacara’s award-winning chefs and wine by our featured partner.
This special evening includes:
5-5:45 p.m. Q&A with Cat Cora in Bacara’s Screening Room. Questions will be led by moderator Sherry Villanueva, the mastermind behind The Lark, Lucky Penny, Les Marchands Wine Bar and Merchant, Santa Barbara Wine Collective, Bird Dog Mercantile, and Helena Avenue Bakery.
5:45-6:30 p.m. Margerum Wine Company Reception & Chef Tasting in Bacara’s Director’s Lounge
Tickets are $49, click here to buy
For more details about the event, click here
Cat Cora at 2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas! Cat joined an incredible lineup of musicians, artists, speakers, and of course Chefs at the 2014 Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, October 24-26th. Fans experienced music, food, art and learning with nearly 70 chart-topping acts performing on 4 massive stages in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas! Plus dozens of culinary giants, and world-renowned speakers with unexpected art installations.
What is Life is Beautiful all about?
Life is Beautiful is an inspirational social platform dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. The world we live in is a beautiful place. But, more often than not, people don’t see it that way. Too many people are consumed by their fears. Whether they’re insecure about their weight, are bullied at school or are unhappy with their job, more and more people are stuck in a lonely place. That’s where we hope to help. Life is Beautiful is meant to guide people to the place where they can embrace life and find happiness, whatever that looks like to the individual.
Cat Accepted an Award for Cat Cora’s Kitchen Kalamata EVOO at the LA Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, Los Angeles, July 24