Jon Huertas of ABC's Castle
...In addition to his TV role, Jon is also a successful musician with Sony Music, he already has a CD out, the newest song, “Video” can be sent to you. And he owns a restaurant, a new Cali-Mex spot called Clutch in Venice Beach that had its main opening on February 16th.
Before joining the 12th precinct as a homicide detective, Esposito served in the Special Forces and was an officer in the Organized Crime Task Force at the 54th precinct. Alongside his partner Detective Ryan, they work tirelessly with Detective Beckett to solve murders and bring killers to justice. Always ready with a sardonic comment, Esposito is a loyal partner and a dedicated cop. Even in the face of adversity, he’s got his game face on and nothing can break him. He may have a bit of a bromance with Ryan but he considers himself quite the ladies man. Despite his constant wise cracks, Esposito is very intuitive and has always recognized the romantic tension between Beckett and Castle.
Jon Huertas' career spans television, film and music. His work on "Castle" has been recognized with a 2012 ALMA Award and a nomination in 2013 for an Imagen Award. He also starred as the outspoken and gritty Sgt. Antonio "Poke" Espera in the highly acclaimed, Emmy-nominated miniseries, "Generation Kill," as well as in a number of other TV series, including "Prison Break," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles," "NCIS," "CSI" and "Without a Trace."
Huertas has recently fulfilled one of his many goals...becoming a recording artist. He attributes the ability to create and distribute a project like "Grown & Sexy Music" (his first album) to technology, social media and the amazing evolution of the "independent artist" in the music business. Huertas is also passionate about producing and directing. One of his first ventures was co-producing "The Insatiable," starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Michael Biehn and distributed through THINKFilm. Since then he has been involved in an impressive catalog of projects, from his directorial debut, "Lone", and his current project, "The Box," to Neil LaBute's "After School Special" and acclaimed documentaries like "Sahaya Going Beyond," with Jeremy Irons, "The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story," with Taylor Kitsch, and the documentary feature "Ricky," currently in production.
As a kid, growing up on the east coast, Huertas was a class clown, played on his high school football team, studied martial arts and worked at Sears. After a stint in the Air Force, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a childhood dream of becoming an actor. Currently he serves on the board of SAG-AFTRA Hollywood.
TONY MARCHESE – CO-PRODUCER, AGUA CALIENTE RESORT & SPA FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL PALM DESERT
The 5th annual the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ will be held March 27-29, 2015. The festival, organized by Palm Springs Life, will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from across the country for three extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting under The Big White Tent on Larkspur between El Paseo and Shadow Mountain in Palm Desert, CA. This event will be uniquely educational in focus, showcasing the Coachella Valley as the ultimate culinary destination.
The festival begins with a James Beard 4-course gourmet luncheon on Friday, March 27. The weekend “Grand Tastings” feature renowned chefs, and more than 80 premium wines and champagnes and 50 restaurants will offer tastings. Returning to this year’s festival are exclusive wine and beer tasting seminars.
About AGUA CALIENTE RESORT & SPA Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert
The Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert is owned and operated by Palm Springs Life and co- produced by Tony Marchese and Dominic Peterson, with sponsorship support in part from Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa; CBS Local 2; Celebrity Cruises; Chef Works; the City of Palm Desert; Clarke & Clarke fabrics, Desert Radio Group; Egg & Dart, LTD.; Eventscape; Farley Interlocking Pavingstones; Gay Desert Guide; Jensen’s Finest Foods; Just Fabulous; LIVE Magazine; My Little Flower Shop; New Leaf Catering; Sarabella Tuscan Jars; Savory Spice Shop; Svedka Vodka; Tastemade; Tequila Alderete; Voss; Whole Foods Market Palm Desert; William Switzer/Charles Pollock; and Wine Australia. The annual food and wine event aims to gather the brightest and most inspired chefs and culinary personalities from around the country for three extraordinary days of food and wine tasting. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the James Beard Foundation.
STEVE EVANS - "THE MOVIE GUY"
GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.