Tickets are still available for the Certified Farmers’ Market Fundraiser which is being hosted by the Palm Springs Cultural Center at the fabulous Casa de Monte Vista in Old Las Palmas (www.casademontevista.com). The event, which takes place on Saturday, March 20th, runs from 4pm to 8pm includes:
• A wine tasting sponsored by Young’s Market Company California and JHocker & Associates;
• A silent auction featuring items such as:
- Tickets to the Coachella Music Festival
- Tickets to the Stagecoach Music Festival
- A Private Chef Dinner Party for six
- Restaurant Gift Certificates
- Gift Sets
- CFM Gift Baskets
• A Seated Dinner, featuring the talents of:
Paul Hietter, Chef/Owner, Love At First Bite Catering (www.loveatfirstbite.com)
Paul will be preparing a farm fresh free-range chicken entrée as well as a specialty salad.
Hector Salvatierra, Executive Chef, Camelot Café (www.camelottheatres.com/cafe.html)
Hector will be preparing appetizers.
Renee Baribeau, Private Chef/Founder of the Healing Arts Center (www.deserthealingarts.com)
Renee will be doing the vegetarian entrée.
Lorraine Ornelas, Chef/Owner, Luscious Lorriane's (www.lusciouslorraines.com)
Lorraine is doing the Dessert.
NOTE: More than 85% of the food being served is being purchased from local farms
and local farmers who have booths at the Certified Farmers' Market.
Entertainment provided by:
The Dave Heveron Trio: Dave Heveron is a local musician in the Coachella Valley. His original songs are about life in the deserts of southern California. Along with band members Tom Maloney on acoustic bass and Rene Johnson on mandolin, Dave can be found playing at various venues in the Coachella Valley. He is a regular at the Certified Farmers’ Markets.
The music is a lively combination of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock. The sound is light and airy acoustic. They play many original songs and add an eclectic mix of traditional and even old standards with never the same show twice.
Sergio Villegas Acoustic Guitar: Sergio is another great local talent who performs solo, and also as part of The Evarro Family. He plays acoustic Guitar as well as Charango, latin percussion, and accordion. He is also a regular performer at the Certified Farmers’ Markets.
A Short Lecture by Farmer Bob Knight of Old Grove Orange Groves. Mr. Knight will be giving a short talk on why growing local, buying local, eating local, and supporting local farms and local farmers is important to our society, our environment, and our world.
All proceeds (all of them) are 100% tax deductible, and will be used to benefit the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’ Market Program. The Certified Farmers Market Program is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.
The Certified Farmers Market Program also works outside the markets themselves, and with other local organizations to provide educational outreach programs for sustainability, nutrition and farming. It also partners with the SNAP Program to make fresh fruit and vegetables available to SNAP participants.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.