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!
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM Free Event
21630 Marilla St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Join Charles at Valley Relics, alongside an intoxicating treasure trove of spellbinding mid-century San Fernando Valley artifacts and the 9th annual toy drive and car cruise in. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast will be served … YUM!
3201 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for a BREAKFAST, (yes, breakfast) a slide “showette” performance, and book signing at LA’s historic breakfast club where they’ve been serving it every Wednesday since 1925. Books will be available at the venue.
DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!
Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.
Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA Live Comedy Slide Show Performance
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA
Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, he shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.
This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.
Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.
PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza
Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, retro neighborhoods and other treasures that have made Palm Springs world famous.
Peer over the walls and hedges of landmark homes and hotels in legendary neighborhoods, including Vista Las Palmas, The Movie Colony, Twin Palms and more. Marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” Hideaway and famed “Twin Palms” estate of Frank Sinatra. Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques, and other not to be missed local attractions in Palm Springs.
Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!
Every season is Cherpumple season in the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen, and Halloween is SO no exception. For the first time I bravely attempted to make a Cherpumple in the shape of Jack-O-Lantern! Seemed like the logical thing to do. But then the Cherpumple Jack-O-Lantern turned evil on me, and tried to run away !!! ...
How could Halloween candy chunks, loads of milk chocolate frosting and white cake hyper colorized with massive amounts of fun food coloring be anything but an acid trippy, party pleasing edible centerpiece! You already know its gonna be finger lickin’ good!
Halloween Meatloaf of Rat is what happens in the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen when it’s the season of scary and a couple extra pounds of ground round are lying around. Crafting a Halloween Meatloaf of Rat is beyond easy. And you, yes, you, can do it!
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!