The Palm Springs Certified Farmers' Market is heading back outside for the season.

Season Is (Almost) Here—and That Means More Events Outside

The Coachella Valley’s “season,” as it is affectionately referred to, more or less runs from October to May. So … welcome to season! It’s time to enjoy all the wonders our valley has to offer.

One of the first big (sort-of) outdoor events of the season will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Marker Broadcasting’s Wine and Dine Around the World is a “wine-tasting event featuring over 300 wines from nine different countries, paired with regional hors d’oeuvres.” The event benefits more than 15 local charities, and tickets are $75 to $150. Peruse the Wine and Dine Around the World page on Eventbrite for tickets or to learn more.

Speaking of outdoors: The Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market is returning to its outside home the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Road, the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1.

In other farmers’ market news: The Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market, held on Wednesdays for the last 13 years, will now take place on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting on Oct. 2. The market is located next to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, at 72559 Highway 111.

Remember, both markets allow customers to use EBT cards to shop, and both have the Market Match program, enabling low-income families to purchase more healthy fruits and vegetables. Learn more at

R.I.P. Sam Pace

Sad news out of Cathedral City: Sam Pace, one of the owners of Sammy’s Place, at 69034 E. Palm Canyon Drive, has passed away.

In addition to creating outstanding food, Sam was known for his involvement in local charities, particularly the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City.

Fortunately, Sammy’s Place will continue on, under the direction of chef Scott Robertson, of New Lead Catering.

Our thoughts are with Pace’s family and friends, as well as all of the people he has helped over the years.

In Brief

AsiaSF Palm Springs, at 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, is no more. Its space been “incorporated” into the Sonoran Event Center. Learn more about the events space at … Also no more is Salt Flats, in Cathedral City. The small restaurant, at 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, emphasized cuisines from deserts around the world. It was a real gem and will be missed. … Jake’s, at 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, will be reopening for the season under new ownership. Ron Lopes and Scott Clark have promised to keep operating the Palm Springs institution with no significant changes. As long as they keep the soft shell crab sandwich on the brunch menu, I’ll be happy. Good luck to former owners Bruce and Chris (and their pup Jackson) on their new adventures. Learn more at … Monsoon Indian Cuisine has opened a third location, at 44100 Jefferson St., in Indio, joining a Palm Desert location and the original Palm Springs space. Get details at … If you are craving pizza in La Quinta, you are in luck: Rancho Mirage’s Slice Italia has opened a second space, at 46660 Washington St. View the menu and learn more at … Luchador Brewing Company is now open at 68510 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in Cathedral City. The space is lots of fun, with a taco truck inside. My first bites were delicious; I really loved my smoked tuna taco. The space is a bit loud, which should be mitigated when the weather allows them to open the doors wide. Most importantly, they are promising to stay open until after the last show at the adjacent CVRep Playhouse gets out. Details at … The owners of Farm and Tac/Quila have opened The Front Porch at Farm, at 6 La Plaza Drive, in Palm Springs, featuring craft cocktails and healthy bites in an intimate setting. The Front Porch did not have a social media presence or website as of this writing, so keep an eye on Farm’s social media for more details. A fourth space is also in the work, called, Clandestino. Owners Liz and Mark Osotich had originally said they’d be opening a second Tac/Quila, but now they’re not saying much about how the new “Mexican cuisine Palm Springs style” venture will be different. Watch … Bread and Flours, a European-style sourdough bread bakery that started at the Certified Farmers’ Market, has opened a brick-and-mortar space at 2100 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs. The chewy, dense loaves of bread are handcrafted, and made with locally sourced wheat whenever possible. The owners are ramping up slowly, so check for hours. … Desert Hot Springs is getting a new barbecue joint! Uncle D’s Smokehouse BBQ and Grill is planning an early October opening. This custom-built trailer will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or when they run out) in the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet at 14677 Palm Drive. The owners’ families hail from Georgia and Alabama, and they will serve ribs, chicken, hot links, smoked turkey and delicious sides. Check them out on Instagram @uncledsmokehousebbq, or find them on Facebook. … If you are in Palm Springs and need juice or a smoothie, Frais Pour Toi Juice Bar (at 4050 Airport Center Drive, Suite A) has you covered. The healthy smoothies, breakfast bowls and waffles should be a hit with people leaving EOS Fitness; details at … And now, a roundup of chain news: There are plans for a new Starbucks location in Palm Springs, on the southeast corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Racquet Club Road, next to the Del Taco. This particular “coffee house” will have no indoor seating—just a double drive-through and walk-up windows. All hail our Starbucks overlords. … An El Pollo Loco is in the works in in Palm Springs, on the corner of Sunrise Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, across the street from another Del Taco. Given my well-documented love of tacos, I look forward to running back and forth across Sunrise in some unholy “chicken taco al carbon” fight to the death. … Last fall, Palm Springs lost its downtown See’s Candy, but in the circle of life that is the food industry, the company has opened a new location in Rancho Mirage, at 36101 Bob Hope Drive, Suite B5, near Gelson’s Sees played with this location as a pop-up shop last winter, and apparently, it worked for them.

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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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