Starting Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 8 Palm Springs locals and diners can indulge in three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for $26 or $38 per person.There are over 90 participating restaurants this year and special rates and packages at luxury desert hotels and spas.
Here are some new restaurants participating in this Eat, Stay and Play 10-day event –
Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs – newly opened, serving fresh, handmade, classic American cooking with a Southern flair. The menu includes either a Wedge salad with candied apple bacon, local vegetables tempura, or Mexican street corn. Entrees are a 9 oz. Flat Iron steak, black Tiger prawns or Mahi Mahi and finish with a carrot cake “puzzle,” strawberry shortcake or a brownie IC Sundae. 150 South Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262 – Contact: 760-325-9676
Chef Michael Beckman at Workshop Kitchen + Bar is offering a 3-course gourmet dinner for $38 per person. Sit at the community table or in a private booth while Chef Beckman prepares an innovative menu includes a grilled asparagus salad, Taylor Farms baby kale salad or duck rillette for your first course. Entrees served are pan roasted U-10 scallops, Alaskan Halibut and Jidori Chicken breast Diavolo with rapine roasted with garlic, or Correia Ranch Flat Iron Steak with Frites Finish with a strawberry and rhubarb tiramisu, or a Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Terrine with house made marshmallows or lavender ice cream. 800 N. Palm Cyn. Dr. Suite G – (760)459-3451 – http://www.workshoppalmsprings.com.
Copley’s on Palm Canyon is located in part of the historic Cary Grant Estate. Award-winning British Chef Andrew Copley is preparing a 3-course meal for $38 per person. He uses the finest meat, seafood and fresh produce. Dine alfresco with stunning mountain views, or sit by the fountain or fire pit. Copley uses fresh herbs from his on-site garden. For the special menu start with a roasted beet and warm goat cheese salad or roasted tomato & basil soup. His grilled halibut is sensational with a papaya vegetable salad. Or order his BBQ glazed pork T-bone or a grilled beef filet. Finish with a warm apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream or chocolate terrine. 621 North Palm Cyn. ( 760)327-9555 – copleysrestaurant.com
In Rancho Mirage located at The River, dine at Acqua Pazza for their $26 per person 3-course dinner. Start with a salad Acqua Pazza or Caesar salad or a Minestrone or wild mushroom soup. Entrees include pan seared Maine scallops, wild Corvina sea bass, half of a duck, 10 oz. filet Mignon or Angel hair pasta with shrimp. Your choice of dessert includes a tiramisu, cappuccino ice cream, flourless triple chocolate cake or a creme brûlée. 71-800 Highway 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760)862-9800-http://www.acquapazzabistro.com.
Where to Stay and Play
When the sun blazes and the desert floor heat rises, it’s a great time to find shade and sit by a refreshing pool. During the summer months and especially Restaurant Week from May 31 to June 8, 2013, many of the “hottest” resorts are drastically discounted. I checked out various hotels in the Coachella Valley to find the most inviting pools. They had to have an “it” factor to make my list. Some feel like the old glamour of Hollywood when movie stars escaped to their desert enclave for cocktails, music and sitting by the pool.
The Saguaro offers the most kaleidoscope of vibrant hues throughout the hotel and pool in Palm Springs. I call this the “end of the rainbow” resort. There are 16 bold colors throughout this 245-room hotel, that was once a Holiday Inn.
Now managed by Joie de Vivre Hotels, renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat infused the colors of indigenous flowers found in the desert with the lines of the mountain range next to the expansive pool and inviting courtyard area. The grounds and gardens were renovated in Feb. 2012. Hummingbirds flit around the brilliant purple blooming Mexican sage.
Restaurant Week Special: Enjoy accommodations for two. Receive an Iron Chef gift before dinner for two at Tinto’s with a special Restaurant Week menu. Receive a copy of Executive Chef and Iron Chef Jose Garces “The Latin Road Home” cookbook. Later live it up with a Intraceuticals Spa Treatment. Last you will be given two tickets of admission into the Palm Springs Art Museum. This package is only $258.90 per room, double occupancy. Rate does not include the $18 resort fee. Subject to availability.
Tinto restaurant is a crowd pleaser. Executive Chef and Iron Chef Jose Garces manages two restaurants: El Jefe, a Wild-West style Mexican restaurant and margarita bar, and Tinto, a Northern Spain type of restaurant. Tinto, is an expression in Spain, used to describe red wine. It’s an intimate restaurant at La Saguaro serving Basque food. Various types of wine openers are displayed in the glass and wood tables. Order a fruity white sangria paired with plates of charcuterie & cheeses. Be sure to try the large prawn brochettes with shrimp and chorizo, grape tomato and espelette chile. The dates wrapped in bacon are heavenly.1800 East Palm Cyn. Drive, (877) 808-2439 – http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/riverside-hotels/the-saguaro-palm-springs.
Originally a 1930s Desert Inn, called Estrella Resort & Spa, the Viceroy Palm Springs has a wonderful history of old Hollywood stars such as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford swimming in one of the three pools. Designer Kelly Wearstler took the 74 room Inn and designed the suites to resemble Old Hollywood Regency style into a more modern and fabulous look.
Restaurant Week Specials: Save 30% off the Best Available Rate during the weekdays and 25% off during the weekends. Minimum length of stay may be required. Use code “STAY.”
Dine at the on site Citron for their special dining discount of a gourmet 3-course dinner for $38 per person. Fine dining inside Citron Restaurant or Poolside offers guests a multitude of culinary options. Executive Chef Warren Cordoba is serving during Restaurant Week a cauliflower soufflé or homemade veal Agnolotti. Entrees are a Mediterranean Branzino Pizzaiola or Kobe beef style Tagliata served pink with a white bean paste. Finish with a white chocolate mousse tartlet. 415 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 – (760)318-3005 – www.viceroypalmsprings.com/dining
ACE Hotel and Swim Club
Imagine going on a desert safari with a group of hipsters and your wind up at the newer Ace Hotel & Swim Club. This mid-century 170 room hotel, spa & resort is located near the heart of Palm Springs. Built on the foundation of a 1965 Howard Johnson hotel, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs offers two chlorine free pools and hot tub soakings everyday til 2am.
Restaurant Week Specials: Acquire an Easyrider package to collect a $25 nightly resort credit towards food and beverage or a spa treatment (room service is not included). Rates are $119 during the week and $229 during the weekends. Tax and Resort Fee is not included. The fully decked-out gym is open to hotel guests 24 hours a day. You also have full access to regular poolside events, including DJs, bands, dance parties and lot’s of great lounging in the desert sun. You never need to leave the property. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at King’s Highway for $26 per person. Chef Brian Kiepler offers guests a choice of three appetizers including Chignon ceviche or a charcuterie salad. Entrees include crispy tofu, beer soup or steak and frites. For dessert try the 2 Philosophers lemon tart, Chocolate stout cake or strawberry rhubarb shortcake.
During Restaurant Week enjoy a 25% discount on any 60 minute Spa treatment at Feel Good Spa when you show your King’s Highway or Amigo Room receipt from May 30 to June 8, 2013. This place is dog friendly, so don’t leave spot home. 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr. (760)325-9900 – http://www.acehotel.com.
ABOUT PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK
Founded in 2007, Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week showcases the diverse dining and leisure opportunities in the city of Palm Springs and surrounding communities of the greater Coachella Valley. In just seven years this annual event has grown from fewer than 30 participating restaurants, hotels, and attractions to more than 100. Restaurant Week offers ten days of its signature “Eat. See. Stay.” experience, featuring exclusive dining, hotel, spa, and attractions deals. Sponsors include Sysco, Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water, US Bank, City of Indian Wells, City of Palm Springs, City of Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs Life, and Kaminsky Productions, among others. For more information and a full list of participants, please visit http://www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com, “like” Restaurant Week on Facebook, or follow the organization on Twitter.