Megan Goehring: "I'm looking forward to using different skills that haven’t gotten used as much and dedicating time to issues I’m passionate about but had to set aside. I’m still deeply embedded in the Coachella Valley.”

Restaurant Week and the Summer Eats Pass Return

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is back this year, taking place from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 12.

The (normally) annual event offers restaurant-goers 10 days of dining experiences. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus at varying price points, meaning the week is a great chance to try out new eateries and support local restaurants.

As the name implies, the week is not limited to Palm Springs proper; all nine desert cities have restaurants participating. Visit to see a list of participants, and peruse the various prix-fixe menus.

If you’re sad on June 13 that Restaurant Week is over, take heart: That’s the day when Visit Greater Palm Springs begins offering its Summer Eats Pass, which will be available through Sept. 5. All you need to do is download a mobile app that gives you access to offers from local restaurants; by using the app, you will also be entered to win a weekly drawing for restaurant gift certificates.

Last year, I found what has become one of my favorite restaurants—French Rotisserie Café, in Palm Desert—thanks to the Summer Eats Pass. Watch for details as they develop.

Certified Farmers’ Markets Manager Says Goodbye

Megan Goehring, the longtime manager of the Certified Farmers’ Markets in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta, has stepped down from her position.

“It’s been an enormous privilege to help build and maintain this economic platform, because it’s allowed people to fulfill their dreams of feeding the community,” Goehring said. “But it’s strenuous work, being a ‘culinary construction worker.’ I’m looking forward to using different skills that haven’t gotten used as much and dedicating time to issues I’m passionate about but had to set aside. I’m still deeply embedded in the Coachella Valley.”

Full disclosure: I’ve worked with Goehring at the farmers’ markets, and I’m be part of the team the Palm Springs Cultural Center has assembled to run the market in the interim. I would like to personally thank her for being instrumental in creating so many delicious meals in my kitchen!

In Brief

This fall, La Quinta’s Cork and Fork will close its doors—and open a new, larger location in Indio! Management will be refreshing the aesthetic with a brighter and airier vibe, with a promise to keep the same great food—with the additions of a full liquor license and weekend brunch. Watch for more details as they become available. … The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, at 74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, has unveiled its new JW Garden. Executive chef Eric Theiss is sourcing ingredients for recipes, cocktails and oils. Items available with garden ingredients include barramundi with celery root and sage lemon sauce, Himalayan mint and Amelda chutney; and blueberry- and sage-infused cocktails and cocktails. The garden will also play a part in the hotel’s programming, including nature walks. … Do you like cookies? Of course you do! Crumbl Cookies, a national chain with more than 200 bakeries in 36 states, has opened at 44491 Town Center Way, Suite F, in Palm Desert. A weekly rotating menu of cookies, served warm, includes the signature milk chocolate chip, salted caramel cheesecake, pina colada, and so much more. Details at … Also on Town Center Way: Handel’s Ice Cream is opening soon; this Ohio-based chain offers more than 45 flavors served daily, including caramel latte, Raspberry cheesecake chunk, and cherry magnolia. Check out the website for a daily list of what is being served; … Bad news: El Paseo Grill (73030 El Paseo, No. 103, Palm Desert) has closed its doors. Good news: It’s being quickly replaced by RuBerry Salsa. RuBerry has been a staple at Palm Springs Village Fest, featuring standards like chicken and al pastor tacos, and fusion offerings like “spring roll” and wasabi chicken tacos. Sounds fun and delicious to me; … There is reason to rejoice for those of us who adore raw fish. Sushi Lovers has opened at 109 S. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. The small venue, next to El Patron, only has outdoor seating, which is limited, so I hope they have a plan for the summer. Search for them on Facebook. … I Heart Mac and Cheese at 190 S. Indian Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, is close to opening. The restaurant was slated to open last November; now, the owners are hoping for June, fingers crossed. With promises to stay open until after the bars close, this restaurant will be a welcome fast-casual addition to the downtown food scene; more at … After much speculation, including in this column, Dan Gore, the owner of Oscar’s in downtown Palm Springs, has announced he is the new owner of Luchows Palm Springs, at 4771 E. Palm Canyon Drive. There’s no word yet on a re-opening date or planned changes, but Gore has made Oscar’s into a food and entertainment destination, so I am looking forward to seeing what he does. … Dead or Alive Bar, at 150 E. Palm Canyon Drive, is slated to close May 28. This hidden gem, which survived the pandemic by transforming into a wine shop, will be dearly missed.

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Charles Drabkin

Charles Drabkin is a native of McMinnville, Ore., the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, where the relationship between food and people was instilled in him at an early age. After working his way around...

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