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
on twitter and instagram - @BillGould & @Yenej 

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

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.

Monday, March 9, 2015



Temecula, CA – Now I have two things to remind me of 3-8-08, the day Shaun Vilan was gunned down by inebriated but toting off duty, out of county cop Dibble, then left to bleed out assuring no questions would ever be answered until God has His Day. But hey, that’s at least two blood moons away, so meh.

A year ago on another 3-8, a jet plane flew away from this cuckoos’ nest that would have had trouble fitting on the 105. The map to your right is how the experts view the world as far as open news and press stands. As a citizen journalist, someone who lives on both sides of the mirror, I can say that the map you see is bogus, otherwise we would all know that Hitler died in 1965 rather than 1945 and the reason for the Pope’s blessing on Hitler’s Final Solution was the promised advancement for idiopathic medicine.

To believe in anything official as gospel, anywhere, is cuckoo and people reacted negatively to CNN’s milking of this Elsie news cow with pinched noses. In reality, the real story is about how the public, the relatives, and the press were handled, leaving the question of why, further fortifying the luxury of government involvement. As with the two dissident views, TemCal brings you the real deal of what happened on the ground, or did you think Ferguson was only about race?

Sunday, March 8, 2015



Temecula, CA – Bill said he was nervous; Julia sat on the floor watching the lighting tech, chatting it up like two kids in class over a science project; the Captain fiddled over the soundboard knobs of the massive soundboard; and Jeney finished setting up the concessions corner with her game face on. Onstage sat or stood members of Suite 100, whose CD release this show was about. This evening also marked the return to the all ages/+21 Indie music scene of Full Value Entertainment. Everyone was nervous, except me.

For me it was a return to seeing music performances of the caliber that I have written about since Full Value Entertainment began. Later as I watched Julia Lucius take the stage like a pro, albeit a young pro, I flashed back to seeing an electric bass stand taller than its player, knowing that when you closed your eyes the matter of age was lost in the talent heard. Once again a small portion of the valley glimpsed a world I saw on a weekly basis from behind the curtain, and appreciated the talent found here locally.

Last night with the return to ‘throwing shows’ featuring today’s music artists, Full Value Entertainment thrust itself back into the scene with a CD release party for a band that appeared in the Temecula Music Fest a few years ago, Suite 100, a core 3-piece that beefed-up to complete its music written for aural consumption. The show and the sound were great!

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Doors, $10, includes Suite 100 CD Release and show. Refreshments, food extra. Broadway Starz,

42092 Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92590, (951) 296-9200


Temecula, CA – This is just a reminder promo piece to shout out tonight’s show at the Broadway Starz, Full Value Entertainment’s first foray back into the Murrieta/Temecula all ages youth market of entertainment.

Long a fixture in the valley before any outside entertainment existed for grownups beyond line dancing, a vibrant music market was born from the sheer volume of kids coming into the family-oriented planned cities. While there was no shortage of garages to start a band in, a public place to perform was a horse of a different color.

From this need emerged the first true friend of the scene, Full Value Entertainment. Operating in the shadows just around the corner of your mind, music of the youth established itself as a viable and needed music outlet. This breaking of the ‘footloose mentality’ in the foothills led to the present state of lively music all over the place. It wasn’t the only music seed, but it was a young seed that grew in step with the valley even when they tried to ‘Roundup’ us, cough, We want The Vault!

The re-emergence of Full Value Entertainment back into the youth music market comes after the latest version of Vic’s Warehouse was again shutdown by the city of Murrieta. There is or was something else happening in Murrville but I don’t get over on that side of town much. Meanwhile, Congrats to Bill Gould are coming from the strangest places. Who knew??

Details for tonight’s show with an added opening artist, after the jump.

Thursday, March 5, 2015



Temecula, CA – Those of us who weren’t born in sunny So Cali know the expression, ‘colder than a
witch’s tit’. Having known some witches personally you could say the line gets hazy between passion and hot blood, particularly when Mary Jane makes it a three-way.

The jury may be out on witches but a recent look at our back East bare-essential bookworms seems ready to shed some sunlight on the subject.

Before spending time digging out like the rest of the East Coast, the cerebral coed sit-ins continued indoors at both a coffee shop and a female friendly spa. Support for the group is spreading, one open mind at a time. 

How I wish for a summit between current moms group and the pulp fiction readers, but the NYC group isn’t FTN*. I respect that.

So here after the jump, we catch up with our favorite over the mountains group of intelligent, interesting women, the Outdoor Coed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, back outdoors as a symbol of the first pink buds of Spring. (Must be 18 years of age to make jump; you agree to such terms by making the jump)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



Temecula, CA – There is a movie that you can see online for free at the link after the jump. I highly [no pun intended] recommend watching it with your significant other, or your family, in the way people used to watch news when it was real and meant something.

The gist of the film is to observe our American life beyond the 6:00 NEWS at what is affecting all of us alike, redneck and radical, raped and repented, bullied and brutalized. 

Given the recent turn of events, the food camp fight was put on the back burner on purpose but one look at the film presented after the jump, and I threw caution to the wind. 

Make the jump, watch the film, and learn a central theme of the Occupy movement that affects protestors everywhere, and it ain’t clean undies.