Desert Trip's Lavish Culinary Experience: What $499 Will Get You

In catering to its largely baby boomer attendees, Desert Trip has positioned itself as a culinary destination in addition to a music one. An all-inclusive food-and-drink package (which rings in at $179 a day) will offer options from a slate of top chefs that include Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker and Butter’s Alex Guarnaschelli, who, along with leading Los Angeles sommelier Rajat Parr, give a sneak peek of what to expect on the menu.

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THE FOOD
Pickled vegetables will be a highlight, as well as farro and other grains, for Guarnaschelli. “This is going to be a very ingredient-driven meal,” she says. “I’m making some different spice mixes, and I’m definitely bringing a small bag of tricks from New York to supplement and add flavor. There’s some great cheese produced in California, so I’m kind of honing in on all my favorite ingredients — honey, cheese, bread and tomatoes ­— that will still surprisingly be quite good in October.”

THE WINE
Parr is focused on putting together a program featuring light wines unlikely to cause sleepiness or excessive inebriation for the older demographic. “All of the wines are high energy, vibrant and fresh — it won’t be like having a glass of wine that makes you want to fall asleep,” he says. The wine aficionado plans to wow the crowd with small-production varieties like a Napa Valley blend from Steve Matthiasson (left) that he calls “one of America’s best whites.”

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 15 issue of Billboard.


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