*VIP Grand Tasting Only
The man behind the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case (Obergefell v Hodges) that resulted in the right for same-sex couples to legally marry throughout the United States.
Jim is a sought after speaker, activist, author, and co-founder of Equality Vines (the world's first cause-based wine label, to support organizations devoted to civil rights and equality for all.)
Jim was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2019, and has received many awards from organizations across the nation. Foreign Policy magazine named Jim one of its 2015 Global Thinkers, and Out magazine named Jim to its Out 100 list.
CHEF ANDRÉ CARTHEN
"The Fit Chef" as featured in Kathy Ireland’s many books, including, “Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity,” and Co-Author of Janet Jackson’s, NY Times #1 Best Seller “True You” where he designed a healthy weight loss and meal plan.
“True You” takes Celebrity Chef André’s exquisite recipes and transforms them into something anyone can do if they have a desire to stay fit while eating the foods they love. Chef André is the only African American, appointed to the Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council.
He is often asked to bring his culinary gifts to the media on popular radio & television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “CNN”, “Soap Talk”, “EXTRA”, “Inside Hollywood”, “Black Hollywood Live”, “Sunday Dinner”, “Brave Heart Women”, “Healthy Women Healthy World”, “Get Real Live”, Breakfast Television / City TV”.
CHEF BETTY BERRYSMITH -
With over 30 years of experience as a Chef, Kitchen Manager, Private Chef and Caterer in Southern California, North Carolina and Washington, Betty C. Berrysmith is passionate about food.
Betty’s company, B’s Table, specializes in California Soul (CaliSoul) which is a “gumbo” of local produce and products and inspired by the rich culture of Southern cuisine. B’s Table serves the Greater Coachella Valley
here in California.
Visit her booth at Equality Wine Fest and sample her award winning cuisine!
DARRELL BAUM and OSAMU SAGARA
Partners in life and in business, Darrell and Osamu brought their love of all things Japan to life with WABI SABI JAPAN LIVING located in Palm Springs, CA.
WABI SABI JAPAN LIVING is a home goods retail store that imports Sake, knives, tea, cookware, tableware, and food from Japan and Asia.
Their demonstration will feature traditional SAKE. Visit their booth at Equality Wine Fest for a tasting!
CERTIFIED SOMMELIER JEN CARTER
With over twenty years in the restaurant business, Jen developed a passion for great food and wine while working at some of the best restaurants and wine bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jen studied wine and event planning at UCLA, and became a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2007.
Jen will talk about the basics of Wine Tasting and bring some trivia too. Visit her booth at Equality Wine Fest for a tasting!
The fabulous Keisha D sings for you throughout the entire day at EQUALITY WINE FEST. Come and enjoy her talents while sipping some wine and having some tasty bites from local restauranteurs.
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