What's Cookin' in Coachella's Food Court This Year
While some people are worried about going on a crash diet before Coachella, others (like us) are more concerned with how they'll stay sated during the sweaty, three day free-for-all. Try as they might, man cannot live on Heineken alone, and thankfully our friends over at Eater got the 411 on who's serving at this year's Indio festival.
As usual, Coachella is placing an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients and biodegradeable serviceware. There will be Certified Organic Farmer's Markets (located next to the clubhouse and open for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will also feature a breakfast buffet), Kogi is back in the VIP, meanwhile outspoken and colorful New York chef Eddie Huang is bring his Taiwanese street food restaurant Baohaus to the desert. Quite interesting, really.
We love the sounds of having some soup dumplings after a good set, and really hope he brings along some Taiwanese shave ice a la Class 302. The thoughts of that ribboned ice cream in the desert heat is almost as exciting as the rumors of Daft Punk sneaking into the headliners.
If an icy treat is what you're after, don't forget to check out some of the off-site options on your way in, like the Shield's Date Farm—where you can learn about the secret sex lives of dates—or just grab a creamy date shake.
And if you're staying in Palm Springs, be sure to check out the Food Network's Jose Garces' new restaurant at the Saugaro Hotel called El Jefe, as well as the King's Highway at the Ace. (LA will get its very own Ace later this fall.)
Also new this year will be two on-site restaurants — one in the campgrounds called Campground Café (think Johnny cakes, eggs Benedict, hangover hash) and one in the lobby area of the festival site, an air conditioned Cantina Restaurant. Campers will also get their own fancy espresso bar from Drip Mobile Espresso, fresh pressed juice from the Juicebox Food Truck and breakfast fare from Epic Burritos. Spicy Pie will also offer late night slices. If the showers were just slightly less gnar gnar, this could almost be considered glamping.
For those going the luxury route and splurging on VIP tickets, Kogi, Border Grill, Green Truck, Coolhaus and The Lime Truck will be available. They'll also get nibbles from the Hudson, the Churchill, and Clover Juice.
But most importantly, please remember to stay hydrated out there. It's going to be hot. (You can't blame us for trying to manifest a clear weekend, unlike last year, can you?)