On Friday, January 13th 2017, nationally renowned chefs converge on the Coachella Valley & team up for first-ever local Coachella Valley Culinary Invitational, held to benefit Coachella Valley youth by establishing a scholarship and mentor program

This will be a multi-tasting dinner at the historic Sturgios Building on the grounds of Desert Regional Medical Center

On Friday, January 13th, Coachella Valley chef Justin Bailey will bring together select area chefs and multiple highly acclaimed and celebrated chefs from across the country and across international borders to present the First Annual Coachella Valley Culinary Invitational (C.V.C.I.) a fundraising event to celebrate the Coachella Valley and raise funds to help establish a mentorship program that will include a scholarship platform allowing area youth to attend culinary school.

The featured chefs will each showcase dishes including 4 who will be placed in the local high schools and lead the student’s in presenting a dish at the event as well. They will be joined by master mixologists that most will recognize from Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”

The chef lineup for this year’s C.V.C.Invitational includes Chef Michael Leviton, Chef Jimmy Schmidt, Chef Martin Rios, Chef Evan Mallett & Chef Cristian Rebolledo. Joining them will be beverage industry leaders Phil Wills & Mia Mastroiani. The event will also feature gourmet coffee from Black Mountain Coffee Roasters, and European Desserts. Attendees will be able to taste hand crafted cocktails using the full line of Award winning Crater Lake Spirits, one of California’s most revered wines-Grgich Hills Estates, Tools wines and more. Chef Justin has sourced some of the best ranchers and farmers in the country to sponsor this event including seafood overnighted from the docks by Sea2Table, local farms like Primal Pastures, Pure Bird Farm, the Chefs Garden all the way from Ohio, that direct supplies some of the country’s top restaurants with heirloom varietals, run by the winner of the “Silver Spoon” award, the James Beard Award Farmer Lee Jones.


The cost of admission, which includes the dinner and beverages, is $179 and includes tax and gratuity. Chef Justin’s partners in the event are the Coachella Valley Economic Project, and its title sponsor is Desert Regional Medical Center. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.cvcinvitational.com

Chef Justin is also the Local Leader of the newest chapter of the Chefs Collaborative, an organization founded in 1993 by a group of revolutionary chefs including Alice Waters, Jimmy Schmidt and Rick Bayless, Chefs Collaborative is a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system