Smoke Tree ribsWine, Beer, & Food Specials available at Both Palm Springs & Palm Desert Locations

Funkey Industries of Palm Springs, the team that’s created local favorite hotspots Giuseppes, Smoke Tree BBQ and BAR is pleased to announce their second Smoke Tree BBQ location in Palm Desert.

Located on Highway 111 in the heart of Palm Desert, the new restaurant showcases BBQ specialties such as Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs, Carolina Smoked Pulled Pork, Angus Choice Brisket, and homemade sides of Horsey Creamy Cole Slaw, Sweet Potato Fries and Buttered Sweet Corn for lunch and dinner.

“Our new location really caters to the busy lunch crowd in Palm Desert,” says catering director Kim Funkey. “We’re excited to launch our happy hour and to bring people in after work as well!”


Happy Hour is available daily at both locations, from 3–6pm Sunday through Thursday, and 3–5pm Friday and Saturday. Enjoy $4 draft beers, $5 house wines, and $4 well drinks at the Palm Springs location and

$4 draft beers and $5 house wines in Palm Desert. Food specials include Carolina Pulled Pork Nachos, Baby Back Ribs, and Brisket Tacos with homemade Habañero BBQ Sauce. Local beers on draft include selections from La Quinta Brewery and Coachella Valley Brew Co.

Smoke Tree BBQ takes pride in their quality hand trimmed meats seasoned with signature spices and rubs before being slow-smoked to perfection with a blend of oak and fruit woods.

Locations: Palm Desert 73850 HWY 111 Unit A (between Portola and San Pablo) 760-834-8658           Open Daily 11am – 9pm

Palm Springs Smoke Tree Shopping Center (next to Giuseppes) 1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive 760-778-6521 Open M – Sat 11am – 9pm


Las Casuelas - TacosIntroducing the new milk pairing trend in California: Las Casuelas Terraza’s Patrick Service

The taco has succeeded in igniting a culinary revolution across America with its many flavors, ingredients and versatility. In California, talented chefs are also reinterpreting the taco, to include global flairs, local ingredients and modernizing it to fit the palate of today’s generation. Palm Spring’s own Patrick Service and Las Casuelas Terraza are taking part in this exciting taco revolution.

A Palm Springs native, Service is part of a family legacy in the restaurant business. Inspired every day by the innovative environment that Palm Springs offers, Service is dedicated to his community, as he’s currently the president of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. He’s also always on the cusp of on-trend concepts, and his latest project is a partnership with got milk? for the Spicy Loves Milk campaign. Service developed a spicy taco, Citrus Pork Taco with Quemada Sauce, that tastes great with a glass of milk due to its refreshing and cooling qualities, and his recipe is one of just seven that are being featured in the campaign, which highlights California’s love of tacos and spicy foods.

Recipe created by Patrick Service from Las Casuelas Terraza in Palm Springs:

Makes 4- 6 serving


Finely diced red onions for garnish

Finely chopped cilantro for garnish

Thinly sliced radishes for garnish

2 lbs. Pork cushion, butt or shoulder

1 navel orange

Vegetable oil or lard

Salt and white pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 oz. fresh garlic

Salsa Roja Quemada

2.5 lbs. of tomatoes

1 oz. dried arbol chiles

1 oz. kosher salt

1 oz. Fresh garlic



Request the most marbled cut of meat.  Cut pork into about 1 inch cubes. Start a sauté pan on low and add garlic and vegetable oil, enough to submerge ⅓ of the meat cubes. Add the cut pork and bay leaf and sauté until the pork is golden brown.  Just before removing from heat, juice the orange over the meat and toss the mixture in the pan.  Season to taste with white pepper and salt. Remove the pork from mixture and place over parchment paper on a sheet pan. Place the heat in the oven (convection preferred) at 350°for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy.


Place a pan in high heat and blister the arbol dried chiles for about 1-2 minutes, the chiles will get a slight color change. On a grill, roast tomatoes until the skin blisters and slightly pops to get a smoky flavor.  In a pot, simmer water and drop in chiles, remove chiles after 4 minutes. De-vein and de-stem the chiles. Add the chiles, salt, garlic, and flame roasted tomatoes to a blender and blend until all ingredients reach a smooth consistency.

Constructing the taco

Heat a pan to medium high heat, heat corn tortillas for 1-2 minutes each side.  Place tortillas on a plate and add pork and top with cilantro and onions.  Finish with salsa and a radish slice.


IHOP CrepesCupcake Pancakes, Red Velvet Crepes, and Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast Offer a Bakery Experience, Any Time of Day

Beginning April 11, guests visiting their local IHOP® restaurant will encounter the sights, scents, and sweetness of their neighborhood bakery when the breakfast leader brings innovative new twists on fresh bakery favorites available for a limited time including new Cupcake Pancakes, new Red Velvet Crepes, or Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast.

Each of these Bakery Favorite items – perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – was inspired by the flavors and nostalgic memories of delicious bakery treats like yummy cupcakes, warm cinnamon rolls, and rich red velvet cake:

NEW! Cupcake Pancakes – IHOP restaurants’ signature buttermilk pancakes filled with festive rainbow sprinkles, then topped with cupcake icing, and whipped topping.

NEW! Red Velvet Crepe – A delicate, chocolaty crepe filled with IHOP restaurants’ sweet cream cheese, drizzled with cream cheese icing.

Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast – Thick slices of Brioche French toast topped with rich cinnamon roll filling and delicious cream cheese icing.

“There’s something unique about the inviting aromas and mouthwatering flavors you find in your neighborhood bakery that inspired us to create these fun, delicious treats in a way that only IHOP can,” said Marie Grimm, Vice President, Menu Development and Innovation, International house of Pancakes, LLC. “The excitement of a cupcake created with a pancake, the luscious indulgence of red velvet in a crepe and the classic taste of a cinnamon roll captured in our brioche French Toast are all irresistible.  And unlike some neighborhood bakeries, every one of these items is freshly made just for you!”

Guests can enjoy their choice of a Bakery Favorite item any time of day as part of a sweet and savory combo with eggs, made to order, their choice of IHOP restaurants’ signature hickory smoked bacon, pork sausage links or a slice of perfectly grilled ham, and golden hash browns.

To make the offer even sweeter, as part of IHOP restaurant’s “Kids Eat Free” promotion, from April 11 through May 6, from 4pm to 10pm, when Breakfastarians order an adult entrée, children 12 and under will receive a free entrée from the “Just for Kids” menu at participating restaurants. And for a limited time, the Kids’ Menu will feature a Kids’ Cupcake Rooty Jr. Combo.

Bakery Favorites will be available at participating IHOP restaurants between April 11 and June 5, 2016.