Desert Food Fest to Bring Beard-Nominated Campanile's Mark Peel

By Alesandra Dubin March 28, 2008, 5:01 PM EDT

The Palm Springs Food and Wine festival, which earlier this month announced plans for solar power and other eco-friendly initiatives, has announced the chefs that will participate in demos at the April event series. Mark Peel, whose Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles was just nominated for a 2008 James Beard Foundation award for outstanding restaurant, will be among them. Beard award winner and Roy's restaurants founder and chef Roy Yamaguchi, the Food Network's Jill Davie, Providence co-owner and executive head chef Michael Cimarusti, and Grace executive chef and owner Neal Fraser are among the other participants.

The three-day festival will take place April 11 through 13. It will benefit the Culinary Institute of America and, locally, Desert AIDS Project.

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