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Restaurant & Food News

10 May 2013
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Fire Temporarily Shutters Twin Palms Bistro On a fairly recent visit to the newish Twin Palms Bistro and Lounge, 1201 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, a manager told us that the restaurant, which opened last year, was finally starting to hits its figurative stride after working out all of the kinks that come with launching a new business. Then Murphy’s Law hit. And then it hit again. And yet again, as posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page show in heartbreaking detail. On April 9, a “minor fire” broke out in the Twin Palms kitchen. “The fire started in a wall and the good news is the damage appears to be minor. The bad news is we will be closed today as we work to repair the damaged area,” said an April 10 post on the Twin Palms Facebook page. An April 11 post expressed hope that the minor damage…
20 Mar 2013
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Friday, May 31, may seem like a long way away, but the organizers of Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week say it never hurts to get an early start on planning. “Every year, my husband and I make it a staycation,” said Kim Crandal, the executive director of Restaurant Week, during which a bevy of local restaurants will be offering special three-course prix-fixe menus for either $26 or $38 per person. Given that this year’s Restaurant Week is bigger than ever, perhaps planning is a good idea. For one thing, the week is much longer than a week—it runs for 17 days, in fact, from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 16. Why the expansion? “We took a look at the history of requests from some of the restaurants,” Crandal said. “… So many people were experiencing success.” As of now, 79 restaurants throughout the valley—including local favorites, big chains…
09 Mar 2013
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At a time when locally owned coffee houses across the world are closing due to ever-expanding chains (like Starbucks and McDonald's), here’s some refreshing news: Palm Springs’ Koffi recently announced plans to open a third location in Rancho Mirage. However, a quick look at the spot slated to house the new location, at 71390 Highway 111, reveals that any opening is likely months away. Koffi’s original spot, at 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, was opened by owners John Abner and John Strohm in August 2002. They doubled the size of the place in 2005, and opened the second location, at 1700 S. Camino Real (at Palm Canyon Drive, across Camino Real from the Ace Hotel), in 2008. At the Camino Real location, a large “Road Map to Koffi” poster has for weeks announced that the Rancho Mirage location—in the building that was formerly home to Amici Italian Trattoria, just a…
16 Feb 2013
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The folks at the Desert Sun Resort say there are only a few spots left at their clothing-optional champagne-tasting and dinner next month. The event takes place at the resort, at 1533 N. Chaparral Road, on Saturday, March 2. The lady working the desk at the resort on Friday said the event takes place every year, seats about 50 and was “about 85 percent” sold out. The dinner will be served buffet-style and features lobster bisque, salmon with mango salsa fresca, shrimp scampi, chicken piccata and a number of other dishes. Four different champagnes will be available for tasting. Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations are required. The resort also holds a number of other clothing-optional events. A St. Patrick’s Day dance and lunch, and an Easter-egg hunt and brunch are on deck for March, and numerous other events take place throughout the year. Call 322-5800, or visit www.desertsunresort.com…
09 Feb 2013
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Andie Hubka was five years into running a successful gourmet cooking school when she had an idea: What if she offered a dinner of seasonally driven, creative dishes once a week? Would people come? “I just started getting the itch to do a restaurant night,” said Hubka, co-owner of the new restaurant Cork and Fork in La Quinta. “So we put together an underground supper club, for lack of a better word, and became really well known for that, and before we knew it, we were turning people away, because we had more people coming than we could seat on any given night.” With the dinner nights an obvious hit, Hubka saw a craving for interesting, wine-paired dishes. She decided it was time to leave the quiet classroom of her cooking school and enter the fast-paced world of restaurant ownership, which happened officially when Cork and Fork opened to the…
04 Feb 2013
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A new casual-dining spot named after a well-known celebrity chef will be opening its doors in Palm Desert in the coming months. Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar is currently under construction at 73130 El Paseo. Representatives for the Wolfgang Puck family of restaurants say the opening is tentatively set for late March or early April. The celebrity chef’s family of restaurants includes fine-dining establishments such as his flagship restaurant Spago—which originally opened in 1982 in West Hollywood but now has four locations—and the Cut steakhouses, which have been touted as some of the top steak joints in the country. His holdings also include more-casual eateries and a handful of bars, cafés, express eateries and lounges in cities across the country. The Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar concept falls soundly in the casual category. “These comfortable and casual restaurants offer a full bar and an extensive menu featuring delicious pastas, salads, oven-roasted dishes…

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