Attention All Foodies… It’s Restaurant Week 2018!
Don’t miss this 17 day Dining Extravaganza during Restaurant Week. Each year as the summer heats up, local restaurants across the valley come together to host Restaurant Week benefiting FIND Food Bank. Each restaurant has something special to offer, ranging from 3-course pre-fix menus, discounts on wines, Chef’s Choice Dessert Specials, to Dining Credits with hotel stays. Here’s a great way to try some of the desert’s top restaurants at a discount and help a local charity at the same time.
Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort
The ‘spot’ in the Coachella Valley to find: award-winning cuisine from an expert culinary team, creative craft cocktails, extensive wine list and spirit selections, craft beers and friendly service. Located within walking distance from four luxury hotels in Indian Wells, the Indian Wells Golf Resort is ideal for golf tournaments, group outings, dream wedding ceremonies and receptions and especially family weekend getaways.
Wally’s Desert Turtle
“A California Dining Destination” – Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage supports ranches, farms, and fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly, and ocean-friendly practices. Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand brings his culinary experiences to the desert offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for a great night out at Wally’s Desert Turtle.
WorkShop Kitchen + Bar
The kitchen is based around seasonal products from local farms, so the menu changes often. Although “Americana” may best describe the style of food, influences are many. Favorite techniques in the kitchen include wood-fired pizza oven, wood-fired grill and custom sous-vide station. The bar looks mostly to American classics and focuses on researched ingredients and carefully homemade basics. Original cocktails vary with the market’s availability and tend to rock.
Zin American Bistro
The little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying foods that change with seasons and define regional, homey, French cuisine.
Tack Room Tavern at the Empire Polo Club
Offering one of the Desert’s most unique and affordable settings for hosting guests. Private parties are available on the patio and in the dining room. Full catering service available.
Vicky’s of Santa Fe
Known for its exceptional food, generous portions, friendly service, and electrifying live music, Vicky’s of Santa Fe is one of the desert’s favorite dining and live entertainment destinations. It’s where to go and who to know in Indian Wells. Serving the best American cuisine of prime steaks, fresh seafood and an extraordinary selection of California wines. An inviting bar and music lounge with local and nationally known musicians appearing nightly. Vicky’s also accommodates private dining and special events up to 100 guests.
A chef owned and operated restaurant in Old Town La Quinta. Dine inside or out, browse local artists’ creations, and feel like part of the family while enjoying delicious creations.
State Fare Bar + Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
State Fare Kitchen pays tribute to California’s prized harvest and ingredients, inspired by offerings from the finest purveyors in the Coachella Valley, inland Southern California and the Pacific coast. Presenting the best of California for daily breakfast, lunch and supper, the restaurant provides a fresh and creative California menu, a lively chefs’ display kitchen, a chef’s table and private dining room. The restaurant is highlighted by a choice of settings from intimate to lively, including a fireplace “snug”, private dining rooms, relaxed fireside patio dining and expansive terraces overlooking gardens and pools.
Rockwood Grill at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
A sophisticated all-day dining venue featuring an upscale-casual menu of diverse American classics. Made from scratch daily from locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are expertly prepared and served in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and sophistication.
Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert
Enjoy homemade German food together with a beer in this traditionally furnished restaurant.
Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi brings to Rancho Mirage his Hawaiian-fusion food from the heart. Bold flavors, food friendly wines, aloha service. Groups up to 100.
533 Viet Fusion
Palm Springs’ favorite fusion eatery has upgraded its 90-seat restaurant to feature a bold new entrance and casual lounge area with loveseats and a large communal table. Adding an impressive cocktail and beverage bar, 533 Viet-Fusion now has a dedicated 10-seat spring roll bar presenting guests with front row seats as chefs prepare fresh spring roll varieties. 533 Viet-Fusion’s new spaces feature handpicked pendant lighting, reclaimed farmwood tables, a neutral backdrop with accents of bright blue and orange, and the inclusion of a carefully curated selection of Vietnamese landscape photography.
A|C|3 Restaurant + Bar
The hottest new restaurant featuring Chef Andrew Copley’s passion for new American cuisine with unique, global twists on classic dishes.
Acqua California Bistro at The River
he Keller family returns to The River with Acqua California Bistro featuring the finest modern California cuisine from multi award-winning Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs. Acqua features expanded dining areas, new River-view seating, a remodeled outdoor patio, and the new River Room, a private dining experience like no other for private parties, corporate events and special occasions. Join them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, outstanding prix fixe feasts, or the all day/night happy hour at the bar. Generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients and a dash of innovation from a talented team.
Al Dente Trattoria Toscana & Bar
A quaint cucina with a decidedly European atmosphere. Everything is homemade with the freshest of ingredients beginning with flavorful antipasti, salads and a variety of soups. Your pasta course features an incredible array of sauces with a Tuscan flair, such as a simple Aglio e Olio – fresh garlic and olive oil – to the succulent Frutti di Mare – calamari, shrimp, clams and mussels in tomato sauce, or Quatro Formaggi, a four-cheese sauce to die for.
Alebrije Bistro Mexico
Alebrije proposes clarity of flavor and quality of ingredients, together with the new contemporary Mexican techniques, from the platform of a restaurant that perfectly integrates the dynamics of the kitchen / service. It is the gastronomic tradition of Mexico, updated, and combined with a special wine list that offers wines from Mexico and Latin America and that complements the flavors and textures of our cuisine
Az’ucar at La Serena Villas
Tucked away inside the beautiful La Serena Villas, Azucar features a modern spin on Tapas and Mediterranean plates.
Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club
Re-live the atmosphere of what dining used to be. Stop by for martinis, supper and a swingin’ lounge act. Transport yourself to a time when nothing else mattered – except for being cool. Classic American dishes are created using modern cooking techniques. Committed to only the freshest ingredients, the produce and meats are sourced locally and sustainable whenever possible.
bluEmber at Omni Restaurant Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Showcasing the region’s rich harvest in a setting that exudes the sun-drenched charm of the Desert and the relaxed elegance of Southern California. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cafe Des Beaux-Arts
A premiere Parisian-style restaurant. The menu features an outstanding selection of fine French entrees such as duckling a l’orange, roasted rack of lamb provencal, savory crepes and salads. The climate-controlled outdoor patio has a Parisian ambiance and is the ideal spot to people-watch and enjoy the desert lifestyle. The elegant bar with its balance of cozy booths and a U-shaped copperplate bar top is where you will find a delectable “small bites” menu and features live entertainment two nights a week.
Enjoy the stylish music of Patrick Tuzzolino while sipping a brandy or cappuccino Romano. Pasta, veal, seafood, beef, and chicken specialties. Extensive wine list and full bar. Open nightly. Enclosed patio.
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Mediterranean themed restaurant, bringing forth tastes from Spain, Italy and California. Catalan firmly believes in creating an exceptional farm-to-table dining experience through the utilization of the finest ingredients the season has to offer. Chef Drew Davis is proud to support local farmers and fishermen by sourcing local when possible, as well as incorporating Spanish imported ingredients to build the authenticity of the restaurant’s Tapas and signature dish, Paella Mixta.
Good food is simple. It starts with great ingredients sourced from local farms who apply sustainable, eco-friendly standards to their craft. Chicken Ranch rotisserie chicken, crisp, delicious salads and savory, succulent sides are prepared carefully and artistically, with respect to seasonal ingredients, flavors and seasonings
Summer is the time for the lavender harvest and the annual Lavender Festival.
Every June 123 Farm at Highland Springs Resort opens their lavender fields to celebrate the beginning of harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival. Visitors are invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender fields, participate in guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, learn how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired dishes and enjoy live music. The organic herbs are featured prominently throughout the family-friendly festival with refreshing lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. The organic marketplace showcases specialty items made with lavender like honey, balsamic vinegar, essential oils, fresh bouquets, plants and even lavender-stuffed toys. With over 20 acres of organic lavender fields and more than 90 varieties of lavender. They primarily grow three varieties of lavender – Provence, Angustifolia & Munstead – which they use in their own aromatherapy products, for floral arrangements and in the kitchen. Bring your camera take as many photos as you like. The Lavender Festival is a real treat for the whole family!
PALM DESERT VISION SAN PABLO
The City’s newly updated General Plan identifies San Pablo Avenue as a key area for transformational change to facilitate the creation of a downtown/city center. The mile-long corridor connects shopping, restaurants, and other commercial services at El Paseo and Highway 111 with residential neighborhoods and The Civic Center including Civic Center Park, City Hall, College of the Desert, and eventually the CVLink.
Conceptual plans for the corridor call for a “road-diet” that would remove one vehicle lane in each direction on San Pablo and add enhanced walkways and buffered bike and golf cart lanes.
In May of 2016 the city set up a mock Vision San Pablo for 6 weeks. The city striped San Pablo reducing the road by one lane in each direction. They set up golf cart, bike and pedestrian lanes and created a round about at San Pablo and San Gorgonio. They brought in large boxed trees to line the center island and asked the community to use it and give feedback. The responses were overwhelmingly positive and the city adopted Vision San Pablo into their Updated General Plan.
They are currently working on updating the construction plans and surveyors are working now with ground breaking expected this summer.
THE CORRIDOR PLAN
A central goal of the 111 Corridor Plan is to systematically
evolve the physical design and functional characteristics of 111 to a 21st Century City Center Boulevard. The transformed 111 Corridor will provide an aesthetically cohesive, practically connected, safe and welcoming city center that emphasizes pedestrian activity and community life, balanced with and not dominated by high-speed automobile traffic. The 111 Corridor will become the city’s primary gateway as an iconic arrival point and a major hub for civic and commercial life and future developments in the Coachella Valley. In addition to 111 itself, the Corridor is supported by key districts and streetscapes.
The primary focus area
Approximately 1-mile of the 111 corridor between Highway 74 and Portola Ave. and includes seven cross streets, San Luis Rey, Larkspur, San Pablo, Las Palmas, Lupine and Sage. These areas are targeted to implement the city’s new urban design standards designed to increase the flow of vehicular, bike and pedestrian circulation for future development and open spaces.
Second Focus is along San Pablo between El Paseo and Civic Center, with street-scape renovations and traffic calming which will bolster connections to the larger community and Civic Center. In particular, San Pablo Avenue will feature a future roundabout at its intersections with San Gorgonio Way. This will allow the City and future developers to introduce and incorporate active and passive open spaces such as the existing community gardens and other public frontages.
Third Focus is San Alessandro, to incorporate several vacant lots that will be linked and transformed into a “Woonerf” District, which is a walkable flexible-use arts district pioneered to integrate live-work developments with the surrounding community and bolster cultural institutions and businesses.
Want to see more of what’s cook’n in Palm Desert and the New Updated City Plan, drop me a line, I’m happy to provide a copy of the whole report. Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com.
The 100th Anniversary Cherry Festival in Beaumont runs May 31 to June 3, 2018, at Stewart Park, and the theme is “100 Years of Cherries and Fun!”
“This is the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Festival, and we are making it special with new events, including the fireworks display on Saturday night,” said Buzz Dopf, the Beaumont Cherry Festival Association president. “We also have expanded the beer garden, which now encompasses most of the festival grounds, and our food vendors are really good this year – there’s hot and spicy, cool and refreshing, sweet and sour – there’s something for everyone.
The annual marquee event is the Cherry Festival Parade, and this year’s participation has increased with celebration of the 100th anniversary, said Bruce Murrill, a member of the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Rotary Club, which organizes the parade. “We currently have several float entries submitted along with marching bands, equestrians and many other participants. This will be one of our longer parades in recent memory with so many groups participating in celebration of the centennial.” On Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m., the parade will commence at Beaumont Avenue and 12th Street, head south on Beaumont Avenue and turn east on 6th Street and end at City Hall.
Sunnylands Films on the Great Lawn Free Movie Series
Starting May 4th and running three Fridays during the month.
Gates open at 7:30 show start at 8:00 p.m.
May 4 Princess Bride
The Princess Bride, a PG-rated fairy tale adventure directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, and Mandy Patinkin, among many others has become a true classic.
May 11 – Labyrinth
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure film by Jim Henson and executive producer George Lucas. The PG-rated film stars David Bowie and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles as Sarah, a teenager who must navigate a labyrinth to rescue her baby brother.
May 18 – The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story, a PG-rated drama-fantasy is from 1984. The story tells of Bastian, who ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies and sneaks away with a book. The novel, The Neverending Story, is about a fantasy land threatened by a darkness that destroys everything it touches. For the kingdom to survive it needs the help of a child.
Looking for something out of the ordinary to do when you visit Palm Springs, look no further than a trip to Ruddy’s General Store and Museum.
If you still remember sarsaparilla, fly ribbons, Rinso, silk stockings, Mazda lamps, Father John’s Medicine and Uneeda biscuits in the old cracker barrel, or wish you’d experienced, a quieter, less hurried time, you’ll find true nostalgia when you step into the General Store Museum. It’s a treasured bit of the past, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.
As you pass through the entrance, you are suddenly transported back in time to the 1930s and early 1940s. The museum is an authentic, lovingly re-created general store of that period.
In 1983 Jim Ruddy integrated his extensive 35 year collection of general store merchandise with a museum that he purchased in the Mid-West. The museum had been the collection of a Depression-Era liquidator who had kept his pick of the finest store fixtures and merchandise in his basement for 40 years. The result is one of the largest complete displays of unused general store merchandise in the country.
Every detail is authentic, including the original showcases, fixtures, signs and products – groceries, tobacco, hardware, clothing, medicines, beauty aids, soaps and notions. More than 6,000 unused items and individual products – 95% of them filled with their original contents – line the shelves and counters.
Whether you are a collector, a history buff, or wish to relive the “good ol’ days,” you will truly enjoy a nostalgic visit to Ruddy’s General Store Museum.
It’s Train Day at The Living Desert, featuring fun events including A Scavenger Hunt, Train chats, Train Adopts, and more!
Train Day is centered around the 3,300 linear feet of track at the Garden Railroad with a train-themed treasure hunt, special trackless train rides. Model train enthusiasts come from all over to enjoy this spectacular model train display. The first child to finish their Scavenger Hunt will become Conductor of the Day!
Enjoy Cool Summer Evenings in Palm Desert – Music in the Park We’re kicking off the Summer Season in the Desert with Live Concerts on the Terraced Lawn at Palm Desert Civic Center Park.
Every Thursday throughout the month of May
Music Lovers can look forward to a sampling of musical genres that range from Reggae, R & B, Jazz, Country to Indie.
Grab your friends, a blanket and have a picnic while you sit back, relax and enjoy live music under the stars. Food trucks are also on standby with a wide variety of culinary creations.
May 3, 2018 Ambrosia
Ken Stacy – Acoustic Guitar / Vocals
Joe Puerta – Bass / Vocals
Mary Harris – Keyboard / Vocals
Christopher North – B3/ Keys / Vocals
Burleigh Drummond – Drums / Vocals
Doug Jackson – Suitars / Vocals
May 10, 2018 The PettyBreakers – Tom Petty Tribute Band
May 17, 2018 Dead Winter Carpenters – Americana / Roots / Bluegrass
Jesse Dunn – Acoustic and Electric Guitars / Vocals
Jenni Charles – Fiddle / Vocals
Dave Lockhart – upright and Electric Bass / Vocals
Nick Swimley – Lead Telecaster Guitar / Vocals
Brendan Smith – Drums / Vocals
May 24, 2018 The Blue Breeze Band – Motown and R & B
Harold Wherry – Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Laia Jones – Vocals
Bob Henley iii – Vocals
Richard Moorings – Keyboards, Trombone, Vocals
Darryl Bomar – Electric and Bass Guitar and Vocals
Tim Anderson – Tenor Sax and Vocals
Tyrone Griffin – Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Vocals
May 31, 2018 All Our Exes Live in Texas – Indie / Folk Harmonies
Hannah Crofts – vocal and Ukulele
Georgia Mooney – Vocal and Mandolin
Elana Stone – Vocal and Accordion
Katie Wighton – Vocal and Guitar
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Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park Amphitheater is once again the hot spot for live music in May! Residents and visitors alike flock to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park every Thursday evening in May for the City’s free Concerts in the Park.
Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings from reggae to R&B, country to indie and more. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs.
The season will kick off in a big way on May 3 with a performance by Ambrosia, the Grammy nominated band known for its hit singles “How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part of Me,” and “You’re the Only Woman (You & I).”
The full schedule promises to continue to delight fans throughout the rest of the month:
- May 3: Ambrosia
- May 10: The PettyBreakers, Tom Petty Tribute Band
- May 17: Dead Winter Carpenters, Americana/Roots/Bluegrass
- May 24: The Blue Breeze Band, Motown and R&B
- May 31: All Our Exes Live in Texas, Indie/Folk Harmonies
The Family YMCA of the Desert will conduct children activities prior to each concert and food trucks will be onsite with tasty food options, beverages and snacks for purchase.
We bring local farmers and vendors together to showcase the fruits of their labor for you. A Certified Farmers Market is approved and certified by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Every WEDNESDAY from 8:00 AM TO 12:30 PM Through June 24th
New Wednesday Evening Certified Farmers Market in Palm Desert. Market to Run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on First Wednesday of Every Month.
The new first-of-the-month Wednesday Evening Certified Farmers’ Market will have many of the same farms and specialty vendors that come to the regular Wednesday morning market, but there are also new farmers, plus new home-based food businesses and food vendors. We’ll also have entertainment, special events, chef demonstrations, music and more!
Live farm animals, antique farm equipment, community non-profit booths, activity/health booths – as well as additional food options for folks who want to join us for dinner.
The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”
The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.