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Whole Foods Pre-Fest Beer Garden to Benefit FIND Food Bank

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Whole Foods Palm Desert will help kick off the weekends of Coachella Fest with their Pre-Fest Beer Garden on Thursday, April 13th and again on Thursday, April 20th. The event will get the music fest party started with fabulous beer, food and music, all benefiting one of our community’s most important organizations, FIND Food Bank.

Since opening in 2014, Whole Foods Palm Desert has been a welcomed addition to the Coachella Valley specialty market scene, providing the valley with the best in healthy food options. This year’s Pre-Fest Beer Garden, will mark the stores first entry into taking part in Coachella Fest fun. The idea was sparked by venue Supervisor, Buzz English and Stone Brewery Rep, Damaris Rojas, who were thinking of ways for the high profile store to get involved with festival events, while engaging and helping the community. The idea was quickly supported by Store Team Leader, Nathan Bulicek and will be enthusiastically executed by Marketing & Community Relations Team Leader, Christy Jeziorski, who has a background in event production, “I appreciate the crew entrusting me with this responsibility, it definitely gives me life to create experiences for others to enjoy” said Jeziorski.

The decision to incorporate FIND Food Bank as the benefiting charity was a natural one, as Whole Foods Palm Desert has been working with them since the store opened. FIND Food Bank is the only food bank of its kind in the Coachella Valley, helping to fight hunger and food insecurity.

The Pre-Fest Beer Garden will be located in their outdoor patio area from 12pm to 6pm, and will welcome festival goers, locals and visitors alike. Beer garden guests will be able to enjoy a variety of beer, food and music in an inviting, casual setting.

Event vendors include, Pizza Port, Mother Earth, Avery Brewing, Modern Times, Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing, Hangar 24, La Quinta Brewing, Firestone Walker, Conscious Kombucha and many more!

The music lineup in equally impressive with The BrosQuitos, Lance Riebsomer (Black Water Gospel) and DJ Journee (Stronghold Reggae) performing on April 13th, and DJ Alex Updike and Cesar Flores (Ocho Ojos) performing April 20th.

A donation of only $0.25 to FIND Food Bank is all that is needed to get in, of course guests can donate more if they wish. ID’s will be checked and wristbands given to those who wish to sample beer. Additional food and beverages may be purchased from Whole Foods Tap In Taproom, store, or “groceraunt” to be consumed in the Beer Garden. No outside food or beverage is allowed.

The Whole Foods Palm Desert Pre-Fest Beer Garden is a great way to get the music fest party started with fantastic beer, food and music, while supporting FIND Food Bank, one of our community’s most important organizations.

Whole Foods Palm Desert is located at 44-459 Town Center Way, Palm Desert

For more information visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Pub Time at the fox & Fiddle

By Denise Ortuno Neil                                                                        Fox and Fiddle

It is a growing trend in cities around the country. Pubs are springing up in communities to bring together great food, drinks and socialization. That is the focus of the Fox & Fiddle Pub, newly opened at The River in Rancho Mirage.

Pubs (Public Houses) have been around for over 2,000 years. A form of community gathering establishments that would allow for people to meet up and socialize while enjoying varied libations and food.

The Fox & Fiddle in Rancho Mirage leans on this Pub mentality, and is the first U.S. location for this Canadian based company. Their location at The River opened in February, 2017 and took over the former Sam’s Sushi restaurant, completely transforming it. A long bar now greets guests, as does the looming Moose head mounted on the wall at the entrance. The look of the Pub is a mixture of antique English style with old fashioned pictures on the walls and tufted banquets, mixed with modern touches of aqua blue colored barstools and glam chandeliers.

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I looked forward to trying out the Fox & Fiddle, especially once I heard that they served Scotch Eggs. The old world dish dates back to the 1700’s, and is comprised of a soft boiled egg wrapped in a sausage meat mixture, rolled in bread crumbs and then deep fried. Tasty! The eggs are basically a whole breakfast plate in a nice little package. Fox & Fiddle serves theirs with an appropriate, not too tangy flavored House Ketchup. The egg was served halved, sitting on a small smattering of the House Ketchup. The egg had just enough oozing yolk to complement the surrounding sausage and breading. A great little appetizer to share or have on your own for a jolt of protein with a smidge of carbs.

Another menu item that lured me in was their Poutine. This hearty offering is a Canadian staple, made up of French Fries, cheese curds and rich brown gravy. I was curious to try their version, as my previous encounter with locally served Poutine was not a memorable one. On the flip side, Fox & Fiddles Poutine was excellent! The proportion of fries, cheese and gravy was completely balanced. The rich beef gravy pulled the other ingredients together in a smooth blanket, making the ribbons of melted cheese curds even more enjoyable. Fox & Fiddles Poutine is a comfort food winner, and is also available with buffalo style chicken for added bite. Other menu favorites at Fox & Fiddle are their Fish & Chips with fresh Haddock, Flatbreads, Burgers, Curries and much more, including a mean Sticky Toffee Pudding for those who need to quell their sweet tooth.                                          rsz 1imag1430

Of course, to have the full Pub experience, imbibing in a Pint is the thing to do and goes perfectly with Fox & Fiddles Pub Fare. They offer many Draft beers including traditional Pub Ales such as Guinness and Boddington, as well as domestic beers and even Coachella Valley’s own La Quinta Brewery. Not into beer? Don’t worry, Fox & Fiddles bar staff will be happy to concoct a drink that you will spark you up, whether it be one of their own signature drinks such as their Foxy Collins or Poolside Shandy, or one specially made for you. Bar Manager Victor, Bartender Thomas and bar back Joe will hook you up ( Joe, Thomas, Victor pictured). rsz imag1433 1

Fox & Fiddle is open daily from 11am to midnight during the week and until 2am on the weekends. Enjoy their Happy Hour every day from 3pm to 6pm for special pricing on beer, wine and select menu items (that means the Poutine and Scotch Eggs).

Fox & Fiddle at The River in Rancho Mirage brings Pub life to the Coachella Valley in a modern way, sprinkled with old world charm. Coordinating great food and drinks in a social environment, bringing the community together, Fox & Fiddle is a new fave of The Palm Springs Local! 

Fox & Fiddle is located at 71-800 Suite 101, Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage Ca 92270

For more information visit www.foxandfiddle.com


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