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Party with Aarti at the Food and Wine Festival

Food Network Star to perform in Palm Desert, March 25th

PHOTO COURTESY OF AARTI SEQUEIRA

PHOTO COURTESY OF AARTI SEQUEIRA

As a devotee of the Food Network and a former Spago employee for Wolfgang Puck, not to mention, just enjoying eating, I'm really looking forward to seeing Aarti. 

Cooking isn’t just about making food, says Aarti Sequeira. It’s your invitation to the table.

The Los Angeles–based Sequeira is a warm, welcoming presence, and she embraces the camaraderie a plate of food provides. Cooking is an opportunity to connect, a time to break nan and nurture the people you love. 

Sequeira’s path to the kitchen was a winding one.

Her career began at CNN when she was fresh out of journalism school. But the more she strove to be like her hero, Christiane Amanpour, the more Sequeira sought refuge over the stove. After she launched her own cooking show on YouTube, the home cook’s passion for food grew and her star rocketed. 

In 2010, Sequeira officially traded her reporter’s notebook for a set of knives. She was the winner of the sixth season of Food Network’s reality show The Next Food Network Starand began hosting her own show, Aarti Party, focusing on easy ways to enhance traditionally American dishes with Indian flavors. 

For her, the career change from journalist to cook has just meant a different way to help people make connections. 

“[Making food] is more intimate than talking to someone, even one on one, because it’s a visceral connection — one made without words,” she says. 

Sequeira has moved on to appear on a number of other cooking shows, including Chopped All-Stars and Cutthroat Kitchen, as well as Taste in Translation, which she hosted. She’s also the author of the cookbook Aarti Party: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul.

Palm Springs Life spoke with Sequeira prior to her visit to Palm Desert Food & Wine.

PSL: Let’s say a home cook wants to try some Indian dishes but is unfamiliar with the cuisine. What advice do you have for someone cooking Indian recipes for the first time? 

Aarti Sequeira: It’s the same as [with] any other recipe — read it all the way through before you start cooking and don’t enterprise. It’s usually a new style of cooking for people, so you need to trust your teacher.

PSL: What is your favorite recipe from your own cookbook? 

AS: Kheema, the ground beef dish, is on my family’s table every two weeks. It’s quick, simple, and a huge hit with my girls!

PSL: Are there any specific ingredients that inspire you?

AS: Seasonal produce. I just can’t get enough.

PSL: If you’re having a few guests over, what’s a go-to dish you always prepare?

AS: Baba ghanoush. I don’t have great timing so I like having something for people to nosh on when they get to my house.

PSL: Was there one specific incident or moment when you realized you wanted to be a chef? 

AS: I don’t consider myself a chef — I’ve never run a kitchen — but I remember the first moment someone hired me to cook on television. I couldn’t believe that I was (a) being asked to do it and (b) getting paid for it. It was surreal and such a gift.

BE PART OF AARTI’S PARTY

Aarti Sequeira will hold a demo in Ferguson Demonstration Tent No. 1 at 2:30 p.m. March 25, with a book signing on the patio.

She will hold a second demo and book signing in Ferguson Demonstration Tent No. 1 at 11:30 a.m. March 26, for VIP ticket holders only.

Article courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine

Fashion Week: Thursday, March 23rd

Rosetta Getty Show Benefits the Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage

Photo courtesy of Rosetta Getty

Photo courtesy of Rosetta Getty

Having attended several of the shows this week, all of which were wonderful, I'm looking forward to this one as well.

Rosetta Getty, by any measure, has had an enormously full life. The successful designer runs her namesake fashion label, is involved in multiple philanthropic activities, actively engages in the art world, and relishes her role as a mother to four children. She doesn’t shy away from the cliché of having it all. 

“Sometimes having it all feels like just having a lot of work,” Getty says. “I try not to complain. Thank goodness I was able to have a big family, and I get to do what I love to do, and I’m married to a great guy, and I have a great community.”

Getty’s very full life begins at 6 a.m. with getting the kids off to school. Before she plunges into the world of running a fashion brand, she tries to take a moment to meditate and get centered. After the work at her day job is done, Getty focuses her energy on her nonprofit efforts, entertaining, and making time to see art and interact with artists.

No single part of her life exists in isolation. Her lifestyle and her passions guide her designs in both aesthetic and practical ways.

IF YOU GO

MARCH 23

YMA FASHION SCHOLARSHIP FUND PRESENTS: Rosetta Getty

7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:30 p.m. Fashion Show
After-party for ticket holders at Wally’s Desert Turtle, 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage.
$95 Reserved; $80 General; $35 Student

MARCH 24

Trunk Show with Rosetta Getty
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit Saks Fifth Avenue in The Gardens on El Paseo to peruse and shop the runway collections. Free to attend.

Saks Fifth Avenue, second level of The Gardens on El Paseo

Article courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine