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Restaurant & Food News

25 Feb 2020
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Three Pieces of Unsolicited Advice for Restaurateurs There’s surprisingly little restaurant news to report at this point during the busy season ... because, well, most everyone is so gosh-darned busy. Therefore, I’m going to take advantage of this relative news lull to offer up a few pieces of advice to the valley’s restaurateurs. While I’m certainly not a trained chef or a restaurant-management expert, I have been writing about food and restaurants for more than two decades now. And I’ve noticed some things. Enough with the preamble: • Be sure to make a good first impression. I’m stunned at how many restaurants put someone at the host/hostess stand who is ... well, less than pleasant. On a recent lunch visit to one of Palm Springs’ most-popular restaurants, we were seated by a young woman who seemed, well, downright morose—to the point that my husband and I, when she was out…
27 Jan 2020
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Almost Open: AsiaSF/Palm Springs, Taking Reservations for Feb. 8 and Beyond After visiting the original AsiaSF, I completely get it now. When it was announced last year that AsiaSF—a 22-year-old San Francisco cabaret and dinner theater featuring transgender women as servers/performers—would be opening its second location in Palm Springs, I was a little confused. Even after PR extraordinaire David Perry introduced me to founders Larry Hashbarger and Skip Young on a trip they made out here, I didn’t fully understand was AsiaSF was all about. So on a recent trip to San Francisco, I asked Perry if he could get me, my husband and two friends reservations to a Saturday-night AsiaSF show. He obliged (and got our meals and drinks comped, I should disclose)—and now, I understand: At AsiaSF, it’s all about the party … in a very good way. After a brief wait in the downstairs lounge—where the music…
23 Dec 2019
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New to El Paseo: Chef Eric Wadlund’s Wildest Restaurant + Bar Wildest Restaurant + Bar, the latest project from chef Eric Wadlund, was slated to celebrate its grand opening on Dec. 26 at 72990 El Paseo, No. 3, in the space that used to house the late Denise DuBarry Hay’s Wildest Greens. An announcement, posted on Nov. 30 at the Wildest Restaurant + Bar website, compared the effort to the restaurants of the great Joel Robuchon, who passed away in 2018. (The announcement didn’t quite spell Robuchon’s name right, but, hey, mistakes happen.) “Following in the footsteps of French ‘Chef of the Century’ and restaurateur Joel Rubichon (sic), who believed healthy food was the future of fine dining, one of the most celebrated chefs in the desert, Eric Wadlund, with his partners Bill Hay and Charissa Farley, are introducing the first restaurant in the valley committed to continuing this vision,”…
23 Nov 2019
The Goal of the Second Desert VegFest: Sharing Info About Veganism With the Coachella Valley Bryan Lopez is passionate about the vegan lifestyle—so passionate, in fact, that he produced a whole festival focused on vegan food back in the spring. Just six months later, Lopez is back with the sequel: The second Desert VegFest—a whole day of food, music and guest speakers—will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the UC Riverside’s Palm Desert campus. “I went vegan two years ago, and I have a lot of friends ask what I eat,” Lopez said. “‘What do you eat? Grass?’ I get poked at a lot, because a majority of people don’t understand it—so I thought that it would be a good idea to bring a lot of food into the valley that people can taste to try to disprove many people’s misconceptions. Vegan food is good, but a lot of…
27 Oct 2019
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Owners of Wally’s Desert Turtle to Retire at the End of the Season; Restaurant’s Future ‘To Be Determined At the very least, management change is coming to Wally’s Desert Turtle, one of the desert’s pre-eminent fine-dining restaurants, located at 71775 Highway 111, in Rancho Mirage: Owners Michael and Nicole Botello have announced they’re going to retire at the end of the tourist season. Wally’s—which was opened by Michael’s father, Wally Botello, in 1978—has been managed by Michael and Nicole since 1982. What does this mean for the future of Wally’s? We reached out to the restaurant and asked whether it would close or continue on under new management. The response: “That is to be determined. What we know at this time is that the Botellos are retiring.” Watch this space and www.facebook.com/wallysturtle for more information. Sanctuary Palm Springs Throws a ‘Holiday Spectacular’ at Spencer’s One of the valley’s most amazing…
30 Sep 2019
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Now Open at Palm Springs’ Kaptur Plaza: V Wine Lounge Before we get to all the sad news … let’s celebrate a little bit of good news with a glass of wine! V Wine Lounge has finally opened its doors in Kaptur Plaza, at 600 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in downtown Palm Springs. Mikey Consbruck, the owner of V Wine Room in West Hollywood, and James Mortensen are the masterminds behind V Wine Lounge. On offer are 80 wines by the glass from California and the old world; a nice variety of craft beers; and even cheese plates, if you’re feeling a bit peckish. Even though Independent World Headquarters is located just a short jaunt from V Wine Lounge, we haven’t yet had a chance to stop in for a drink or three. We’ll do so soon—so watch this space. For more information, call 760-668-9665, or visit www.vwinelounge.com. Three Much-Loved…

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