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bb’s at The River

bb’s at The River

By | May 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm | No comments

A Great New Mid-Valley Dining Spot to Try By Judith Salkin   You could call Jack Srebnik, owner of Maracas and The Slice restaurants, and co-owner along with Todd Flood of JT’s Diner, crazy. He gave up the relatively sedate life of an accountant to work for Sysco...

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PS UNDERGROUND has 3 Fantastic Events Coming in May!

PS UNDERGROUND has 3 Fantastic Events Coming in May!

By | May 7, 2015 at 3:24 am | No comments

LIGHT May 15th ~ 7 pm ShareKitchen $150 per person This secret underground dining event is the talk of the town.  It is a one of a kind experience that can’t really be put into words.  It’s part high end dinner party, part performance art and part culinary...

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PLAN A CULINARY FANTASY FOR MOM ON MOTHER’S DAY

PLAN A CULINARY FANTASY FOR MOM ON MOTHER’S DAY

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:18 am | No comments

This Mother’s Day, let mom relax and enjoy the talents of Fantasy Springs’ world class chefs. There are special offerings to be had in three of our restaurants. If a casual relaxed dining experience is what mom loves, then POM is the perfect pick. For $36 she can enjoy...

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dish Creative Cuisine to Give 33% of Sales to Help Make 10th Dining Out for Life Record-Breaking

dish Creative Cuisine to Give 33% of Sales to Help Make 10th Dining Out for Life Record-Breaking

By | April 23, 2015 at 12:18 am | No comments

Join dish Creative Cuisine Thursday, April 30 for Dining Out For Life as they will donate 33% of sales that will power HIV/AIDS services and prevention efforts at Desert AIDS Project. Make your reservations today at 760-322-7171 to help make the 10th Dining Out For Life a...

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MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET BRUNCH AT CAVA AND A MONTH OF SPA DELIGHTS

MOTHER’S DAY BUFFET BRUNCH AT CAVA AND A MONTH OF SPA DELIGHTS

By | April 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm | No comments

May 10 At RENAISSANCE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA Mother’s Day will be celebrated throughout May at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, as the resort’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet will be presented at CAVA restaurant from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10....

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PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK

PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm | No comments

RETURNS FOR 10 DAYS OF EXCLUSIVE DINING, LODGING, AND ATTRACTION DEALS.  MAY 29-JUNE 7, 2015 New and returning participants showcase why the Coachella Valley is the ultimate "Eat. Stay. Play." getaway The Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week Association, Inc....

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Simon Kitchen+Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Simon Kitchen+Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

By | April 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill With spring upon us, many of our valley’s best restaurants have modified their menus to allow for seasonally available ingredients.  Butternut and Tahitian Squash soups have been replaced with chilled Gazpachos.  Prepare to see more pineapple and mango...

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The Slice in Rancho Mirage

The Slice in Rancho Mirage

By | April 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin Sometimes a restaurant’s name can be deceiving. That would be the case with The Slice Restaurant. Until last week, when I had the pleasure of dining there I had always thought it was “just” a pizza place. Much to the contrary, it is actually a full...

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matchbox Launches New Menu

matchbox Launches New Menu

By | April 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm | No comments

New executive chef Stephen Lyons adds seasonal classics and original dishes matchboxfoodgroup is thrilled to announce the addition of several new menu items at matchbox Palm Springs. The new menu includes curated classics and original creations by Vice President of Culinary...

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ROCKWOOD GRILL ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY SERIES OF FIVE COURSE WINE-PAIRING DINNERS FEATURING LOCAL CALIFORNIA WINERIES

ROCKWOOD GRILL ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY SERIES OF FIVE COURSE WINE-PAIRING DINNERS FEATURING LOCAL CALIFORNIA WINERIES

By | March 19, 2015 at 1:44 am | No comments

Inaugural dinner launches with Tondi Bolkan, Associate Winemaker at Francis Ford Coppola Winery on Friday, March 27, 2015 WHAT: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, invites guests to enjoy a quarterly series of decadent five course dinners featuring expert wine pairings...

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“Sun, Spoon & Stars” Series Presents Weekend with Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito

“Sun, Spoon & Stars” Series Presents Weekend with Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:40 am | No comments

Headlining new series with cocktails, cooking demonstrations & dinner Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa has announced a new partnership with iHeartMedia to create "Sun, Spoon & Stars" a special culinary weekend series featuring cooking demonstrations and dining...

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Miro’s Restaurant

Miro’s Restaurant

By | February 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill There are but a handful of restaurants here in our valley that can claim over 20 years of service. These valley gems have found the right balance of quality food, service, and ambiance that every restaurant struggles to achieve. Although I have lived in the...

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California Pizza Kitchen: An Unexpected Surprise!

California Pizza Kitchen: An Unexpected Surprise!

By | February 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin I had not planned on writing a review this week and certainly not at the last minute on a Tuesday which is production day here at CV Weekly. However, events lead me to a meeting and holiday gift cards from my daughter lead us to California Pizza Kitchen for...

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Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill

Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill

By | February 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill With so many incredible Mexican restaurants here in our valley, it can be increasingly difficult for one to find success. There is simply, too much competition. But with the right formula and a talented staff, a new restaurant can outshine its competitors and...

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Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill

Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:44 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill Some people believe change is bad. I see it as an opportunity for a new adventure. Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, wrote, “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” This is how I would sum up my recent experience dining at Smoke Tree...

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Cork & Fork

Cork & Fork

By | December 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin My husband and I recently had the experience of participating in our first wine pairings dinner at Cork & Fork Restaurant in La Quinta. Being a bit set in my ways as to what wines I prefer to drink and with what food, I was a bit hesitant, however every...

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Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar

Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar

By | December 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Most of my dining adventures are shared with a close friend or a date but few people know of me as a family man. My most recent night out was with my two teenage children in celebration of their recent academic accomplishments. We shared a memorable evening at...

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Catalan in Rancho Mirage

Catalan in Rancho Mirage

By | December 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill As often as I dine out in the desert, I still manage to find many restaurants that I have yet to visit. As the season is upon us, I am making every effort to check them all off my list. This week, I finally made it to Catalan Restaurant with a dear friend of...

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LIGHT – A PS Underground Event

LIGHT – A PS Underground Event

By | November 27, 2014 at 11:40 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill Quite often, I am asked, “What is your favorite restaurant”? Though I have many favorite restaurants throughout the valley, the best dining experiences I have had, have not been held at traditional dining venues. I have often bragged about my dining...

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THANKSGIVING DAY & WEEKEND ROUNDUP OF FESTIVITIES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

THANKSGIVING DAY & WEEKEND ROUNDUP OF FESTIVITIES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

By | November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm | No comments

MIRAMONTE RESORT & SPA CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING WITH VALLEY RESIDENTS AND GUESTS Miramonte Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef Christopher McLean brings a delectable Thanksgiving Day buffet and traditional dinner to local residents as well as guests visiting for the...

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE REVEALS A MODERN MAKEOVER AT PALM DESERT LOCATION

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE REVEALS A MODERN MAKEOVER AT PALM DESERT LOCATION

By | November 13, 2014 at 11:50 am | No comments

Area-residents welcome to see new remodel and try new fall menu items Morton’s The Steakhouse in Palm Desert is excited to reveal a fresh and modern new look for their restaurant space. Updated with a sleek design incorporating a modern take on the traditional Morton’s...

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The Blackhawk Showdown at La Quinta High School’s Culinary Department

The Blackhawk Showdown at La Quinta High School’s Culinary Department

By | October 30, 2014 at 3:28 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill If you are a fan of The Food Network and shows like, “Chopped” and, “Iron Chef,” then you are certainly going to love what La Quinta High School’s Culinary Department is cooking up this season. Many people do not realize that just over one year ago,...

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Cork & Fork

Cork & Fork

By | October 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Recently, I was invited to dinner with a few of my closest friends to try a fairly new restaurant that has been getting much attention. I immediately accepted the invite to Cork & Fork for a memorable evening of culinary genius. There is certainly no place...

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Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe

Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe

By | October 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Inspired by my most recent dining experience, I decided to see what culinary competition exists in this valley for fine French cuisine. My inquiry led me to Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and Café where I discovered that they are now open for dinner, serving...

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Cafe Des Beaux Arts in Palm Desert

Cafe Des Beaux Arts in Palm Desert

By | October 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill There are a few restaurants in our valley that I would consider landmarks. They are the gems of the valley that have been serving for twenty or more years and have a loyal following. One such establishment, located in Palm Desert on El Paseo, is the...

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Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mastro’s Steakhouse

By | September 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Mastro’s Steakhouse is once again back in the spotlight, having recently been voted, “Best Steakhouse” by the Coachella Valley Weekly ‘Best Of’ Awards. Based on my past experiences, I would readily concur with these findings but just to be sure, I...

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La Quinta Cliffhouse

La Quinta Cliffhouse

By | September 17, 2014 at 9:49 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill When friends are visiting from out of town and I am looking to impress with great food and ambiance, La Quinta Cliffhouse is one of my favorite places to dine. It also happens to be a great hot spot to meet locals for happy hour! Recently, while celebrating a...

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Out With The Chop House And In With Kaiser Grille

Out With The Chop House And In With Kaiser Grille

By | September 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm | No comments

Eric Morcus brings one of Palm Desert’s favorite eateries back to life with a new look and updated menu By Judith Salkin There’s a good side to being restaurant writer and that’s getting the gossip on what’s going on in the local restaurant scene before everyone else...

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Salsas Restaurant In Cathedral City

Salsas Restaurant In Cathedral City

By | September 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin Every now and then I run across a restaurant that impresses me so much I can’t stop talking about it. That happened last week when I was invited to lunch with a couple of ladies to discuss business. I was a bit hesitant when I was told we were meeting in...

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Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

By | August 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill It is no secret that my favorite food is pizza. I can eat it morning noon and night! After learning that Stuft Pizza had won both ‘Best Pizza’ and ‘Best Family Restaurant’ from the Coachella Valley Weekly Best Of Awards, I knew it was time to visit...

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Chef Kerry Simon is ready to rock Palm Springs at his Kitchen + Bar

Chef Kerry Simon is ready to rock Palm Springs at his Kitchen + Bar

By | August 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm | No comments

With a true passion for food and dining experiences, he’s ready to roll out a new restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel By Judith Salkin Most hotel owners plan everything down to the most minute detail when they open a new property, especially when it’s one that’s...

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Eureka!

Eureka!

By | August 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | No comments

By Raymond Bill When I think of gourmet food here in the desert, a hamburger does not immediately come to mind. That is, unless one is speaking of Eureka! Restaurant. This upscale eatery has soared to the top of my list of highly recommended restaurants in the valley. When I...

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The CV’s Best Restaurants of 2014

The CV’s Best Restaurants of 2014

By | August 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm | No comments

For this week’s Pampered Palate we have chosen snippets of restaurant reviews from CV Weekly’s Best of 2014 winners. Please visit us online at www.coachellavalleyweekly.com and click on Pampered Palate at the top of the page or go to Archives to read their full reviews....

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Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm | No comments

By Raymond Bill Each year, I cannot help but notice the number of year round residents continues to rise. The Coachella Valley is growing and the season is becoming increasingly harder to define. The line between where the summer ends and the tourist season begins is blurred...

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Cork and Fork

Cork and Fork

By | July 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm | No comments

Not just a meal but a dining experience By Tracy Dietlin Last Thursday evening a couple of dear friends took Phil and I out to dinner for his birthday. They chose Cork and Fork located in La Quinta and we were so glad they did. I must begin by saying that it was the best...

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