The Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen Puttin' the Kitsch in Kitchen!
Eye-popping edible party centerpieces and potluck pleasers made with legendary American brand name products. These festive original recipes reflect the retro sensibility Charles is famous for. Don’t just eat your food, have fun with it too! And serve it up with a great big helping of American pride!
Prepare for your Holiday spirit to skyrocket when retro pop culture humorist, Charles Phoenix, propels classic and kitschy Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving and into the stratosphere!
Lavishing the very best of his ‘found’ vintage holiday slide collection with his quick-witted commentary and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh out-loud roast and toast of holiday fun and frivolity, past and present!
Charles also shares his latest eye-popping food crafting creations, frolicking field trip adventures and “best of” guide to unique local landmarks, lore and much more.
Round up your friends and family and turn this holiday celebration into your party.
5-4-3-2-1!!! … BLAST-OFF !!! … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches us into the spellbinding stratosphere of mid-century era futurism ala flea-market found vintage Kodachrome slides and his retro road trip adventure discoveries.
With his keen expertise, sharp eye for oddball detail and gracious sense of humor, Charles explores America’s Tomorrowland era of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and much more.
Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we travel to a time and place where your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar …
Be prepared for your vintage car lovin’ spirit to soar Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes us on the ultimate ride to the wondrous world of Detroit’s most extreme era of mid-century motoring.
With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for odd-ball detail, Charles reveals the most beautiful and bizarre mid-century show cars, sport coupes, stations wagons, luxury sedans and colorful convertibles.
Don’t miss this fun-filled, hi-octane, extravaganza of kitschy and classic car culture!
After the show meet and greet Charles in the sculpture garden. Complimentary Mimosas will be served.
Prepare for your Palm Springs loving pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, leads you on this festive and fun-filled 2.5 hour tour atop a modern double decker, open-air bus.
Departing from CAMP, this exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views of over walls and hedges of the legendary residential, commercial and civic landmarks that made Palm Springs world famous for great architecture.
Combining his mid-century expertise and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the legend and lore of dozens mid-century modern buildings and other architectural treasures tracing the history of local modernism.
This is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views over walls and hedges of legendary homes and hotels such as the Movie Colony, Vista Las Palmas, Twin Palms, and Racquet Club Estates. See Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House, the Wexler Steel Homes and the spellbinding homes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Charles also offers insightful shopping, dining and other sightseeing tips! You will never think of Palm Springs the same way again!
MIDTOUR BATHROOM STOP: at the iconic Tramway Gas Station (1963) by Albert Frey, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center.
Tours happen rain or shine.
All seats are on the upper deck and exposed to the elements. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended; jackets on cooler days.
Stairs are required to reach the upper deck; all tours are wheelchair accessible on the lower level only.
This tour does NOT include interiors, only exterior views.
The Jack-O-Cheeze Ball is a salsa-filled Velveeta ball Halloween party appetizer that melts into yummy queso fondue dip! Your guests will be mesmerized.
Jack is the Halloween version of Frosty the Cheeseball Man. But this time with a twist — the Velveeta is filled with chunky salsa!
Velveeta is an incredible medium to work in and is very under-rated in the sculpture world. I prefer working with Velveeta more than clay and even more than Play-Doh. And when you’re done playing with it, you can eat it too. Tastes just like liquid mac ‘n’ cheese.
What you’ll need to create your own Jack-O-Cheeze Ball:
retro electric skillet (that works)
3 Velveeta bricks
jar of chunky salsa
black tortilla chips
Start by kneading Velveeta bricks into a ball. Carve salsa well in middle and freeze for 1 hour to firm. Remove and spoon out more of the well. Shape excess Velveeta into a Jack’s lid. Place in cool electric skillet; pour in jar of chunky salsa place top and seal and seal. Smooth ball with wet fingers. Decorate with celery stalk starburst and give Jack his black tortilla chip face.
As soon as the party gets going, gather guests around Jack and toast him. Without skipping a beat, plug in the electric skillet on low. (This gives “toast” another whole meaning!)
When the celery wilts dead, Jack is too and it’s time to dig in with chips, fruits, veggies, cookies, breadsticks, pretzels, Halloween candy…anything you want.
Shall we have a Velveeta sculpture contest? Yes! Have fun and send pix!
Frosty the Cheeseball Man is made of three Velveeta balls stacked and frosted with cream cheese and decorated with veggies. Proudly present him in an electric skillet to party guests then plug it in. In 30 minutes, he melts into cheesy fondue dip! … FUN n YUM !!!