The 5th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival with its two-day Chocolate Decadence fest is underway and fans of the event have already gotten a taste of the sweet treats in store for foodies.
Pechanga’s new chocolatier Frania Mendivil served up a vast array of extravagant treats crafted in all manner of perfection Friday night at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Mendivil has baked at several four and five star resorts including the Beverly Hilton, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, and the Four Seasons Newport Beach, as well as being one of three chefs on Team USA at the International Patisserie Grand Prix in 2009.
The Chocolate Decadence event also featured more than 30 premium wineries pouring domestic, sparkling, late harvest, Zinfandels, Syrahs and ports.
Check out this gallery of the tantalizing desserts, courtesy of Melissa Jewel:
The Pechanga Wine Festival, featuring hundreds of varietals poured along with great food pairings by Pechanga top chefs and a performance by famed “American Idol” contestant Casey Abrams is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. tonight Saturday, Mar. 9 also in the Ballroom.
Pechanga’s award-winning chefs will be pairing the wines with selections from their menus, including The Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Blazing Noodles/Bamboo, Seafood Grotto, Kelsey’s and Journey’s End. Live culinary demonstrations will teach chef secrets to festival goers.
To learn more, visit www.pechanga.com.