While Farmer in the Dale has closed its brick-and-mortar location, its outdoor markets at various locations live on. Photo via Farmer in the Dale Facebook

Bar Cecil’s Gabriel Woo to Take Over PS Art Museum Space

Last month, we reported that the Palm Springs Art Museum had launched a pop-up food program while they searched for a new permanent restauranteur.

That search is over: The museum has announced that Gabriel Woo, the executive chef at Bar Cecil who also designed menus at Holiday House and Sparrows Lodge, will take over the space, with an anticipated fall opening. The pop-ups will continue for now, filling the void created when the museum declined to renew the lease of Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar.

Woo helms what’s arguably the most popular restaurant in the valley, and he was known for the multi-course family-styles meals he created pre-pandemic. I can’t wait to see what he will do with what, by necessity, must be much more accessible food.

It’s Time for the Farmers’ Markets Shuffle

As happens every year, the Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market will be closed on the first Saturday of June so it can transition from being outside at the Palm Springs Cultural Center into its usual indoor summer home at the Palm Springs Pavilion (401 S. Pavilion Way) starting on June 10 … because the fresh eggs on sale would cook in their shells if left outside in our summer heat. The final outdoor market of the season will be on May 27.

In related news, April 30 was the last Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market of the season. It will return with the cooler weather in August.

Learn more at certifiedfarmersmarkets.org.

In Brief

Farmer in the Dale Produce Market has sadly had to close its Desert Hot Springs brick-and-mortar location. The good news is that Farmer in the Dale lives on with pop-up events. Watch facebook.com/farmerinthedalemarket for dates and locations. … New to La Quinta, at 79305 Highway 111: La Casa Del Mariachi, offering Mexican fare and live mariachi music on the weekends. Online reviews on the mariachis are mixed, although most people agree that the service is very attentive. Call 760-564-0613. … Mr. B’s Subs, at 74600 Highway 111, Suite F, in Palm Desert, is under new management with new recipes. With a selection of breakfast burritos, paninis, smoothies and, of course, sub sandwiches, you are sure to find something to satisfy. Learn more at mrbssubs.com. … The T&T Innovation Kitchen has returned to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, at 74855 Country Club Drive, in Palm Desert—but it’s only open for private group events, with a capacity of up to 35 for a sit-down dinner and 60 for receptions. The plan is for the space to soon reopen to the public; watch www.desertspringsresort.com. … The Weenee Roadhouse has opened at 35400 Date Palm Drive, in Cathedral City; this hot dog and chili restaurant moved into the space formerly occupied by the Southern Belle Café. Details at weeneeroadhouse.com. … Bar Chingona, the bar operating out of a vintage Airstream trailer at the Flannery Exchange (750 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs), has expanded its service to include food in addition to craft cocktails and spirits. Initially operated in partnership with the Hoja Blanca pop-up restaurant, Bar Chingona continues to offer contemporary Latin cuisine like yuzu shrimp aguachile and cauliflower esquite. Learn more and peruse the menu at barchingona.com. … The new Spa at Séc-he, at 200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in Palm Springs, has two new dining options to enjoy: Pál Bar and Málmal Café offer healthy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine like grain salads, wild mushroom wraps and hummus and olive tapenade plates. Learn more at thespaatseche.com/cuisine. … Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, at 49500 Seminole Drive, in Cabazon, has a new chicken sandwich spot. Ruffled Feathers features hot and “mello” chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and shakes; visit www.morongocasinoresort.com/dining/ruffled-feathers to find out more.

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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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